Pastor's Message - May 27, 2018
"Brothers and sisters: Those who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God. For you did not receive a spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you received a Spirit of adoption, through whom we cry, “Abba, Father!” The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs, heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if only we suffer with him so that we may also be glorified with him." ~Romans 8
Dear Parishioners and Friends:
Our annual St. Rita Fiesta begins next Friday and Saturday. Lots of food, live music, games and a great car show! Bring the whole family!
A special thank you goes out to our Fiesta planning committee who have donated countless hours in organization and sponsorship promotion and to our generous sponsors for helping us make it all possible.
Note that next weekend, because of the Fiesta, the Saturday evening mass will be at 4pm. There will be golf cart taxis at the ready to assist people in arriving to the front door of church.
Today we celebrate the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity. It is because of Jesus that we can begin to understand the Trinitarian mystery of God. Jesus made countless references to his relationship to his Heavenly Father. In the Gospel of John we read, "I and the Father are one."(John 10:30) On the same page we also read the phrase... "He who sees me sees the Father." John 12:45) Jesus never distinguishes himself as separate or apart from his Heavenly Father's person or His will. Jesus and His Father are of a perfect unity.
In John 15:26, Jesus also tells the disciples he would send his disciples an "Advocate - the Spirit of Truth" who would come to them from the Father to help and guide them. Years later, in the year 325, a synod of Bishops from around the world came together to define in writing the current description of what we now call the "Nicene Creed." Here is the Nicene Creed below with a few of my personal notes added:
"I believe in one God, (Christians understand God as ONE God-not separate gods) the Father almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all things visible and invisible (everything we know and don't yet know ultimately comes from the hand of God) I believe in one Lord Jesus Christ, the Only Begotten Son of God,(and fully God) born of the Father before all ages- (Jesus exists eternally even before his incarnation) God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made, (perfect being) consubstantial (means Jesus is one and the same) with the Father; through him all things were made. For us men (and women too!) and for our salvation he came down from heaven, and by the Holy Spirit was incarnate of the Virgin Mary and became man (Jesus is God who becomes also human flesh because of the Virgin Mary). For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate, he suffered death and was buried, and rose again on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures. He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead and his kingdom will have no end. (In the second coming of Jesus, we will render an accounting of our lives)
I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son, who with the Father and the Son is adored and glorified, who has spoken through the prophets. (The Holy Spirit is also fully God) I believe in one, holy, catholic (the word catholic means universal) and apostolic Church. (Our faith is clearly rooted in the eyewitness testimony of the Apostles.) I confess one Baptism for the forgiveness of sins (baptism removes our separation from God due to original sin) and I look forward to the resurrection of the dead and the life of the world to come." (Jesus promises us eternal life with Him!)
Imagine eternal life with God with all of our dreams fulfilled! No more death, illness, sin and hatred, bloodshed, disease, torment, or harm.
Let us draw closer to the Holy Trinity through the Sacraments of Reconciliation and Holy Eucharist and help our family and our fellow brothers and sisters to do the same.
May God bless you this week.
An Introduction to Sunday's Scripture Readings - May 27, 2018
The Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity
In the hope that you will enter more fully into the Mass
The two Sundays that follow Pentecost are the feasts of the Most Holy Trinity and the Body and Blood of Christ. The Church now focuses our thoughts on two central and unfathomable mysteries of our Catholic faith - the mystery of our Triune God - one God in three persons - and the mystery of the Holy Eucharist - the real, living presence of Jesus Christ in body, blood, soul and divinity.
In our first reading (Deuteronomy 4:32-34, 39-40), Moses spoke to the Israelites as they prepared to cross over into the promised land. He reminded them of the awesome glory of their God. A God who loved them into existence and chose them for his special mission on Earth. In our reading today, Moses calls them to faithfulness, to "know, and fix in your heart, that the Lord is God."
Moses said to the people: "Ask now of the days of old, before your time, ever since God created man upon the earth; ask from one end of the sky to the other: Did anything so great ever happen before? Was it ever heard of? Did a people ever hear the voice of God speaking from the midst of fire, as you did, and live? Or did any god venture to go and take a nation for himself from the midst of another nation, by testings, by signs and wonders, by war, with strong hand and outstretched arm, and by great terrors, all of which the LORD, your God, did for you in Egypt before your very eyes? This is why you must now know, and fix in your heart, that the LORD is God in the heavens above and on earth below, and that there is no other. You must keep his statutes and commandments that I enjoin on you today, that you and your children after you may prosper, and that you may have long life on the land which the LORD, your God, is giving you forever."
In our Gospel reading (Matthew 28:16-20)
, we hear the conclusion of Matthew's Gospel as Jesus gave final instructions to his disciples, to "go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations." It is in the name of the Holy Trinity, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, that he sent them. This is perhaps the clearest indication in the New Testament of the knowledge of the Holy Trinity.
The eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had ordered them. When they all saw him, they worshiped, but they doubted. Then Jesus approached and said to them, "All power in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age."
In our Epistle reading (Romans 8:14-17)
, St. Paul reminds us that we are children of God by adoption. In this short passage, we hear mention of the Father (Abba), the Son (Christ) and the Holy Spirit, all referred to as God. --"if only we suffer with him so that we may also be glorified with him".
Brothers and sisters: For those who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God. For you did not receive a spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you received a Spirit of adoption, through whom we cry, "Abba, Father!" The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs, heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if only we suffer with him so that we may also be glorified with him.
There is a line in the popular movie, The Shack, where "Mack", the protagonist, is together with the three persons of the Trinity. He asks them, "Which one of you is God". They all respond in unison, "I am"., or it could be "I AM", a biblical reference to Yahweh.
So many times throughout the day, we invoke the Trinity in the simple act of blessing ourselves. Rarely though, do we ponder this great mystery. Here is a brief explanation found in the Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC 254)
The divine persons are really distinct from one another. "God is one but not solitary." "Father", "Son", "Holy Spirit" are not simply names designating modalities of the divine being, for they are really distinct from one another.
- Click HERE to read and reflect on the full readings for Sunday, May 27
- Click HERE to read what the Catechism says about the Holy Trinity
Our Fiesta database is open for you and your family to sign up to volunteer - click here! We are also looking for a coordinator for Gift Basket Raffle and a photographer and/or drone pilot.
Here are a few other items we're looking for:
-Talent Show Acts (3-5 minutes)
-Giant camping coolers (to borrow for the weekend)
-Cases of soda or juice
-New beanie babies or McDonald’s toys
There is a collection box in the greeting area for books, games, puzzles, and music for our Book Sale. Plant donations will also be accepted...once it finally decides to warm up a little!
For complete Fiesta and Spectacular Raffle information, check out our flyer or go to the Fiesta webpage.
T-Shirts for Fiesta Workers will be available between 5:30 and 7:00pm on Wednesday, May 30 & Thursday, May 31 or stop at the Information Booth before your shift during the Fiesta. Set up for the Fiesta will happen both nights so if you can stay and help set up it would be much appreciated!
Come to Frontier Field to celebrate Catholic School Day with the Red Wings. All students will participate in a pre-game parade. Game starts at 1:30 pm
Tickets need to be ordered by June 1st. Click here for the order form.
Come party with us at the 64th Annual Fiesta!
June 1st and June 2nd
There is something for everyone.
Sunday, June 10 at Noon at the Knights of Columbus
The patriotic entity of the Webster Knights of Columbus referred to as the Fourth Degree, will hold a Flag Retiring Ceremony.
Anyone who has a flag they wish to be properly disposed of may drop it in the bin in the greeting area in Church or at St. Rita parish office during the week.
You may also bring your flag to the ceremony - all are welcome to attend! Please meet behind the Knights of Columbus building at 70 Barrett Drive in the village of Webster.
Register now for "Shipwrecked" VBS!
This summer's program is August 6-10 from 9 am - noon for students ages 4-10.
There is a $25 per student fee, with a family max of $60. All families will receive a music CD.
Click here to sign up students.
Click here to sign up volunteers, ages 11+ (entering 6th grade or above).
Prospective new families can either stop in the office for a packet or follow the link to Admissions---Registration for the packet.
If you have any questions about registration, please contact the School Office (585-671-3132).
For help in planning future events here is next year's school calendar.