Register Now for Discovering Christ
We invite you to experience “Discovering Christ” starting next Sunday, September 22 at St. Rita Church. Consider inviting a friend or loved one to share the experience with you. Please register online here or by calling Julie Cohn at the Parish Office (585) 671-1100 x 13.
“Discovering Christ” is an eight-week experience where anyone and everyone, from the baptized in the pews to the un-churched, is invited to hear the Good News and personally encounter Jesus Christ. Discovering Christ helps people enter into or renew a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, experience the love of God the Father, and be empowered by the Holy Spirit to live as God's children.
“Discovering Christ” consists of seven weekly Sunday sessions and one Saturday retreat day. The weekly sessions begin at 5:30pm and include four components:
Meal - A time to share hospitality, foster relationships, and grow in friendship with one another.
Prayer - Consists of singing together a few songs that offer time to the Lord and help everyone become comfortable praying together.
Video Teaching - The videos proclaim, with beauty and simplicity, the core Gospel message and invite participants to make a personal response to Jesus Christ.
Small Group Discussion - A place for people to freely share what they think and feel about the topic discussed in the teaching.
An Introduction to Sunday's Scripture Readings - September 22, 2019
An Introduction to the Scripture Readings for
the Twenty-Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time
In the hope that you will enter more fully into the Mass
“You Cannot Serve Both God And Mammon”
Today’s readings focus our attention on Justice—”the moral virtue that consists in the constant and firm will to give their due to God and neighbor” (CCC #1807). A Just Person is one who does not lie, cheat or steal; one who lives in right relationship with God, neighbor and environment. Today, we are asked to choose, with whom are we in right relationship — God and neighbor or ourselves. We cannot choose both.
In our first reading (Amos 8:4-7), the Prophet Amos calls out Israel for its trampling on the rights of the poor by cheating and stealing to enrich themselves. Their dishonest methods destroyed the poor while portraying themselves as righteous and holy. “Never will I forget a thing they have done!”, says the Lord.
Hear this, you who trample upon the needy and destroy the poor of the land! "When will the new moon be over," you ask, "that we may sell our grain, and the sabbath, that we may display the wheat? We will diminish the ephah, add to the shekel, and fix our scales for cheating! We will buy the lowly for silver, and the poor for a pair of sandals; even the refuse of the wheat we will sell!" The LORD has sworn by the pride of Jacob: Never will I forget a thing they have done!
In our Epistle reading (1 Timothy 2:1-8), we are reminded that God seeks salvation for all mankind and it is the Christian obligation to pray for everyone, including those in positions of power and leadership. That could never be more true than it is today.
Beloved: First of all, I ask that supplications, prayers, petitions, and thanksgivings be offered for everyone, for kings and for all in authority, that we may lead a quiet and tranquil life in all devotion and dignity. This is good and pleasing to God our savior, who wills everyone to be saved and to come to knowledge of the truth. For there is one God. There is also one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as ransom for all. This was the testimony at the proper time. For this I was appointed preacher and apostle — I am speaking the truth, I am not lying —, teacher of the Gentiles in faith and truth. It is my wish, then, that in every place the men should pray, lifting up holy hands, without anger or argument.
In our Gospel reading (Luke 16:1-3), Jesus praised the example of a dishonest steward who was prudent in protecting his own self-interest. Jesus seemed to be urging his followers to work as hard for the Kingdom of God as those with "dishonest wealth" worked for their own worldly goods. As disciples, we must choose—do we serve the wealth of this world or the “true wealth” of the Kingdom of God.
Jesus said to his disciples, "A rich man had a steward who was reported to him for squandering his property. He summoned him and said, 'What is this I hear about you? Prepare a full account of your stewardship, because you can no longer be my steward.' The steward said to himself, 'What shall I do, now that my master is taking the position of steward away from me? I am not strong enough to dig and I am ashamed to beg. I know what I shall do so that, when I am removed from the stewardship, they may welcome me into their homes.' He called in his master's debtors one by one. To the first he said, 'How much do you owe my master?' He replied, 'One hundred measures of olive oil.' He said to him, 'Here is your promissory note. Sit down and quickly write one for fifty.' Then to another the steward said, 'And you, how much do you owe?' He replied, 'One hundred kors of wheat.' The steward said to him, 'Here is your promissory note; write one for eighty.'
And the master commended that dishonest steward for acting prudently. "For the children of this world are more prudent in dealing with their own generation than are the children of light. I tell you, make friends for yourselves with dishonest wealth, so that when it fails, you will be welcomed into eternal dwellings. The person who is trustworthy in very small matters is also trustworthy in great ones; and the person who is dishonest in very small matters is also dishonest in great ones. If, therefore, you are not trustworthy with dishonest wealth, who will trust you with true wealth? If you are not trustworthy with what belongs to another, who will give you what is yours? No servant can serve two masters. He will either hate one and love the other, or be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and mammon."
There is an old Bette Midler song called “From a Distance”. Its is about a world that from a distance seems to be in right relationship with itself and God—a world where all the right words are spoken of peace and hope but underneath, there is a world of bitterness, poverty and war. The bridge is, “God is watching us, from a distance.” The solution might just be to heed St. Paul’s admonition in today’s Epistle: that “prayers, petitions, and thanksgivings be offered for everyone, for kings and for all in authority.”
AFTER MASSES NEXT WEEKEND!
St. Rita's Scout Pack 163 will be selling popcorn after Masses next weekend, September 21 & 22. You can also donate popcorn to our service members in the military. Proceeds are used to fund our scouting activities throughout the year.
Saturday, October 12
from 9:00am – 3:00pm
VENDORS: We have 8 gym spots and 2
classroom spots open for our Annual Craft Sale. For more info see,
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Our Contemporary Christian music ministry group will be leading the music at the 5:00pm Mass on Saturday, September 28.
Pope Francis writes “The great danger in today’s world, pervaded as it is by consumerism, is the desolation and anguish born of a complacent yet covetous heart. Many fall prey to it, and end up resentful, angry, and listless.”
Our readings for this Mass remind us of the danger of losing our lives, here and eternal, by living this life only for ourselves. We are called to act for social justice and share the blessings we are given by God the Father.
We will sing these songs to reinforce our obligation to be Christ-like to those less fortunate, and how the Holy Spirit strengthens us to accomplish that through the power of our relationship with Jesus.
At Your Feet – Anna Conti
Alive – Big Daddy Weave
O Come To The Altar – Elevation Worship
Blessings – Laura Story
Resurrecting – Elevation Worship
I Refuse – Josh Wilson
Families whose children played for a St. Rita team last year (“returning families”) will be sent an invitation by email to register online on Monday, September 23.
Registration for new players begins on Thursday, September 26 and will be posted on the website.
Registration closes Friday, October 4 or whenever teams are full.
Grades 3-6 (boys and girls) - $125/player
Grades 7-8 (boys) - $150/player
Grades 9-12 (boys) - $175/player
Please check this page: www.stritawebster.org/cyobasketball.html
for more information.
Saturday, October 19
from 8:30 am - 4:00 pm
The Theme is: Rebuilding the Family
at Home ~ in the Church ~ through Sports
at St. Jude the Apostle Parish
(4100 Lyell Rd, Rochester)
Join us at 8:30am for Mass with Bishop Matano. Hear presentations from nationally known speakers including: Tom Nash, Fr. Joseph Freedy and Dr. Ray Guarendi. The day includes morning snacks and lunch. Cost is $55 Students are $15.
For complete details and to REGISTER go to: www.exultrochester.org