I am asking that every family in our parish please join me in support of the Catholic Ministries Appeal. Your support of this appeal ensures that our schools, faith formation, and sacramental programs remain vital sources of learning and support for the young people who will one day lead our Church. It ensures that the needs of the sick, the troubled and elderly are met by the various offices of Catholic Charities. It ensures essential training for all those who are called to ministry within our Diocese and gives support to our seminarians who will become, by God's grace, good and holy future priests. Our combined support ensures that our church remains a vital, faith driven community.
If you did not receive a mailing from the Diocese, donation envelopes are available in the back of Church. Click here to view the CMA Video and to make your donation. Thank you for your support! ~Fr. Gonyo
Pastor's Message - January 20, 2019
“Nations shall behold your vindication, and all the kings your glory; you shall be called by a new name pronounced by the mouth of the LORD. You shall be a glorious crown in the hand of the LORD, a royal diadem held by your God. No more shall people call you “Forsaken,” or your land “Desolate,” but you shall be called “My Delight,” and your land “Espoused.” For the LORD delights in you and makes your land his spouse. As a young man marries a virgin, your Builder shall marry you; and as a bridegroom rejoices in his bride so shall your God rejoice in you.” ~Isaiah 62
Dear Parishioners and Friends,
The beautiful words of Isaiah found in the selection for our Sunday readings today, are juxtaposed with the story of the wedding feast of Cana that we hear from the Gospel of John.
From the baron, empty, and desolate desert of separation from God, now comes an abundance of blessing. In the book of Isaiah we hear of God's love for people in tender marriage imagery; a love of a "bridegroom for his bride."
And in the Gospel, only because of the direct prompting of his mother Mary, we read of Jesus beginning his works of mercy by providing needed wine for a newly married couple who had run out. Of all places, Jesus’ first miracle happened while attending a wedding feast!
Jesus’ first miracle at the Wedding Feast of Cana may not seem to correspond with his later miracles of healing, raising the dead, curing the leper, and feeding the hungry; five thousand at Cana. But when we read the selection from today's first reading from Isaiah or check out the book of the prophet Hosea, we begin to better discern the connection and understand why Jesus’ first miracle was at a wedding feast.
Through inspired scriptural writers, God uses marriage imagery throughout the Old and New Testaments to more deeply describe the immense love God has for human beings. This love far exceeds our own limited capacity for marital love and self-sacrifice. The book of Isaiah and the book of Hosea describe this marital love of God in varied ways. We see that God established a powerful marriage covenant of love that is meant to be eternal and everlasting.
Although the season of Christmas has officially concluded, we continue to marvel at God the Father sending us Jesus, his only Son, God incarnate, so that we would know the great awe-inspiring gift of love He has for us.
Like His Heavenly Father, Jesus who is, and always has been, God from God, Light from Light, begotten from God, became one of us, taking human form and flesh through the womb of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Because of Jesus, human life is now made sacred, in an everlasting way.
The gift that we share when we receive the Holy Eucharist at Mass, is Jesus himself. What a gift!
May God bless you this week!
An Introduction to Sunday's Scripture Readings - January 20, 2019
The Second Sunday in Ordinary Time
In the hope that you will enter more fully into the Mass
DO WHATEVER HE TELLS YOU
This Sunday, we begin what is called "Ordinary Time". The word "ordinary" does not mean normal or unimportant. In liturgy, it means ordered or numbered, from the Latin root ordinalis. It is the time between the high seasons of Christmas and Easter. And so, the readings for this Second Sunday in Ordinary Time remind us that God's love for us is like a sacred marriage covenant, like a young man's love for his bride, exuberant, with an abundance of generosity.
Our first reading (Isaiah 62:1-5)
is from a time when the Israelites were returning to Jerusalem after their long exile in Babylon. They were rebuilding their city of ruin. Isaiah's words gave them hope in the future, that God still loved them and would pour out his love upon them - "As a young man marries a virgin."
For Zion's sake I will not be silent, for Jerusalem's sake I will not be quiet, until her vindication shines forth like the dawn and her victory like a burning torch. Nations shall behold your vindication, and all the kings your glory; you shall be called by a new name pronounced by the mouth of the LORD. You shall be a glorious crown in the hand of the LORD, a royal diadem held by your God. No more shall people call you "Forsaken," or your land "Desolate," but you shall be called "My Delight," and your land "Espoused." For the LORD delights in you and makes your land his spouse. As a young man marries a virgin, your Builder shall marry you; and as a bridegroom rejoices in his bride so shall your God rejoice in you.
In our Gospel reading (John 2:1-11)
, we hear John describe the miracle of the wedding feast of Cana as the first of Jesus' "signs" or miracles. Jesus may have chosen this miracle and this setting to manifest his glory because of its corollary to the covenant relationship with God and for the overabundance of his love. Jesus could have made ordinary wine, but he chose to make the choicest wine. He could have made one jar, but he made six. It should also be noted, the trust his mother had in Jesus when she simply said, "Do whatever he tells you."
There was a wedding at Cana in Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there. Jesus and his disciples were also invited to the wedding. When the wine ran short, the mother of Jesus said to him, "They have no wine." And Jesus said to her, "Woman, how does your concern affect me? My hour has not yet come." His mother said to the servers, "Do whatever he tells you." Now there were six stone water jars there for Jewish ceremonial washings, each holding twenty to thirty gallons. Jesus told the them, "Fill the jars with water." So they filled them to the brim. Then he told them, "Draw some out now and take it to the headwaiter."
So they took it. And when the headwaiter tasted the water that had become wine, without knowing where it came from - although the servers who had drawn the water knew -, the headwaiter called the bridegroom and said to him, "Everyone serves good wine first, and then when people have drunk freely, an inferior one; but you have kept the good wine until now." Jesus did this as the beginning of his signs at Cana in Galilee and so revealed his glory, and his disciples began to believe in him.
In our Epistle reading (1 Corinthians 12:4-11)
, St. Paul reminds us that God, through his Holy Spirit, is the giver of all gifts. Each one of us has (at least) one spiritual gift from the Spirit, to be used in service to God and others. The gifts are all different as the Spirit chooses, "but one and the same Spirit produces all of these."
Brothers and sisters: There are different kinds of spiritual gifts but the same Spirit; there are different forms of service but the same Lord; there are different workings but the same God who produces all of them in everyone. To each individual the manifestation of the Spirit is given for some benefit. To one is given through the Spirit the expression of wisdom; to another, the expression of knowledge according to the same Spirit; to another, faith by the same Spirit; to another, gifts of healing by the one Spirit; to another, mighty deeds; to another, prophecy; to another, discernment of spirits; to another, varieties of tongues; to another, interpretation of tongues. But one and the same Spirit produces all of these, distributing them individually to each person as he wishes.
Imagine if we lived in a town with all gas stations and no grocery stores or drug stores. How difficult life would be if God only gave one type of spiritual gift. We should rejoice and give thanks for the wide variety charisms the Spirit gives to his loved ones. It is the mosaic that portrays the image of a God so in love with his chosen ones that, "As a bridegroom rejoices in his bride, so shall your God rejoice in you." And so what shall we do? Do whatever he tells you.
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You are invited to join Women Enjoying Rediscovering Our Catholicism as we share, grow, and learn through connection and prayer to deepen our faith.
Thursdays beginning January 24 from 9-10 am in Room 1
BOOK STUDY: “Resisting Happiness by Matthew Kelly”
Every single moment is a chance to turn it all around.
Are you happy? It may be the wrong question. Most of us think we are relatively happy, while at the same time knowing that we could
be happier—maybe even a lot happier.
Are you overwhelmed? Do you procrastinate? Do you sometimes feel like you are your own worst enemy? Are you ignoring your
dreams? Have you lost the courage to truly be yourself? Do you feel that your life lacks meaning and purpose? Do you find yourself
avoiding the real issues in your life and focusing on the superficial?
Breaking through resistance, Kelly tells us, is essential to becoming the-best-version-of-ourselves and living with passion and purpose.
What is resistance? It’s that sluggish feeling of not wanting to do something that you know is good for you. It’s the inclination to do something that you unabashedly know is not good for you. It’s the desire and tendency to delay something you should be doing right now. It is resistance that stands between you and happiness. Join us as we learn not only what it is, but how to recognize and conquer it in our own lives.
FOR MORE INFORMATION OR TO RESERVE YOUR SPOT....CONTACT
TEREZEJA LEMIEUX [email protected] ~ cell # 703-606-6794
DARLENE PIERSALL [email protected] #585-787-0983
NEXT Sunday, January 27
1:00 – 3:00 PM
St. Rita Parish Center/Gym
An afternoon of praise and worship!
Everyone is welcome! Bring your voice to sing or any musical instrument that you play. This is a great opportunity for youth (junior high and high school) to form a praise band of their own! Come for an uplifting afternoon. Refreshments will be served.
SUNDAY, January 27
All youth in grades 8-12 are invited to the Youth Center (first floor of the barn, behind the church) next Sunday
for fun, fellowship, and food. Please RSVP to Elizabeth and let us know you
are coming. All are welcome – Bring a friend!
Support St. Rita School
Monday, January 21
Sunday, January 27
From 1:00 pm – 9:00 pm (944 Hard Road)
Code Word: St. Rita School
Purchase delicious frozen treats: yogurt, ice cream, custard, or gelato. Mention “St. Rita School” to the cashier and our school will earn 20% of the net proceeds.
BLESSED ~ BROKEN ~ GIVEN
Please join us for an informational meeting in early February for youth who are interested in attending (or learning more about) the National Catholic Youth Conference (NCYC) to be held in Indianapolis, Indiana on November 21-23, 2019. The NCYC is open to any youth in grades 9-12 as of September 2019 and chaperones over the age 21.
The NCYC is more than a weekend trip. It is an amazing opportunity to become more connected with a small group of other high school students through almost a year of activities in preparation for being a pilgrim. It is a chance to become connected to the wider Catholic community and to figure out how you can fit in this world. This is an amazing opportunity that you don’t want to miss! If you or your teen are interested in learning more about NCYC, please email Elizabeth and she will let you know the date and time of the meeting.
5th ANNUAL ROCHESTER CATHOLIC
Saturday, March 9
8:00 am – 3:30 pm
(doors open at 7:00am)
Held at The Aquinas Institute ~ 1127 Dewey Ave
Conference sold out early last year so don’t wait!
Don’t miss this opportunity to celebrate Mass with our Bishop and to hear national speakers, Karlo Brousard
from Catholic Answers, Sr. Anne Catherine Burleigh, O.P. There will be the opportunity for reconciliation,
praying the rosary, perusing Catholic vendors, and connecting with other Catholic women.
Bishop Salvatore Matano will preside at morning Mass beginning at 8:00am. Continental breakfast and lunch
are included. The cost is $50 for mail-in registrations and $53.00 for online registrations.
Registration forms are available in our parish office and in the greeting area in Church or you may go online to
Rochestercwc.org. If you have questions, please contact Maria at [email protected]
If it becomes necessary to close school due to inclement weather, such notice will be given over the local radio stations beginning at 6:00 a.m.
The announcement will indicate that ALL WEBSTER CENTRAL SCHOOLS ARE CLOSED. Families are requested to listen to the radio and not call the School office.
The dates for the 2019 Math and ELA test are now available. Only students in grades 3 through 5 take these tests.
The NYS Science tests are administered to only students in 4th grade.
Please try not to schedule appointments during NY State testing days. Thanks for your cooperation
To help with your planning, here is the year school calendar. One is in COLOR and one is NON Color.