What is ChristLife? ChristLife™ has been conducted in many parishes throughout the Rochester diocese and is a proven method for rediscovering and sharing our faith with others. In the first series, Discovering Christ, people are helped to 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. We invite you to experience Discovering Christ starting on Sunday September 23rd, at St. Rita Church. Considering inviting a friend or loved one who you think might benefit from this experience. There will be an opportunity to sign-up after the Masses on the weekend of September 8th & 9th, online here, or by calling Julie Cohn at the Parish Office (585) 671-1100 x 13.
If your youth is in 8th Grade or above and has received the Sacraments of Baptism, Eucharist and Reconciliation, he or she will be ready to start preparing to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation. This is a two year program. It will start in mid-September. Please register online here by September 1. If you have any questions, please email Marie Marton or call 671-1100 x 17.
Summer Mission Speaker
NEXT WEEKEND we welcome Fr. James Kagunya, a diocesan priest, who will be with us on behalf of the Diocese of Nakuru in Kenya, Africa. Presently, the diocese of Nakuru is involved in pastoral care and promoting human development activities to a Catholic population of approximately 650,000 in the counties of Nakuru and Baringo.
With your support and prayers, the Diocese of Nakuru will provide food, water, and medical supplies to thousands of people affected by drought in many parts of the diocese. There are reports of human and livestock deaths because of acute food shortage. There is also a decrease of small communities due to depletion of pasture and water for livestock. This situation has sparked conflicts over dwindling pasture and water resources. School drop-outs have increased significantly with kids abandoning learning to become migrant herders. In most of the parishes, priests and nuns are serving hundreds of families with the much needed food, water and medical supplies.
We will have a second collection NEXT WEEKEND to help the Diocese of Nakuru. If you’re not prepared to contribute today, you can send in your donation to the parish office – marked “Missions”.
Companions in Grief
Tuesday, August 21 at 7:00 PM
AT HOLY SPIRIT CHURCH (1355 Hatch Rd, corner of Plank Rd.)
Presentation by: Fr. Jeff Chichester
All who have experienced the loss of a loved one through death are invited to attend. All are welcome!
School Supply Collection
Over the next few months please take advantage of special sales! In order to assist those in need in our area, we will be collecting school supplies until September. You can help with your donation of pens, pencils, crayons, highlighters, markers, dry erase markers, colored pencils, pencil cases, composition notebooks, binders in 1½ inch, 2 inch and 3 inch, filler paper in regular and college lines,colored folders, 3-5 subject spiral notebooks, dividers and book bags. There is a bin for these items in our greeting area in church. Thank you!
Field of Honor at Mercy Center
Join us at Mercy Center (1437 Blossom Rd.) for Mass on Thursday, September 6 at 7:00pm. Opening Ceremony is on Friday, September 7 at 10:00am and Closing Ceremony on Sunday, September 9 at 2:00 pm.
For 72 hours, over 200 American flags will decorate the lawn of Mercy Center to pay tribute to veterans, active members of the military, first responders, police officers, firefighters, and emergency responders. The Field of Honor is open to the public and the flags will be illuminated all night and guarded until dawn.
A tribute flag can be purchased for $25. If you would like to purchase a Tribute Flag, order forms are available at St. Rita Parish Office, contact Sr. Katherine Ann or go online to mercybridges.com
at the Notre Dame Retreat House - 5151 Foster Road in Canandaigua
This Year’s Theme is: “Faith, Hope and Love . . .”
Come, strengthen your roots so you might grow and bloom in your walk with Christ and others.
Please join us as we offer an opportunity for women, men and teens to enhance their prayer life.
This weekend away with the Lord is sure to be special!
The retreat begins about 8:00pm on Friday evening through noon on Sunday. We do ask that you get your room assignment and settle into your room by 7:30pm on Friday evening. This allows a little time before starting the retreat experience.
Pricing for Weekend Retreats Directed by Notre Dame Staff is as follows:
$150.00 for a single rooms
$120.00 for shared double room
$200.00 for a double room alone (private room)
These are SUGGESTED donations. As always, our policy is that the fee should never deter anyone from coming on retreat. For more information regarding the retreat house, check out their website: www.notredameretreat.org
WOMEN’S RETREAT WEEKEND will be held
Friday, September 14 – Sunday, September 16
For reservations or more information please contact
Darlene at (585) 797-0983 or email@example.com
MEN’S RETREAT WEEKEND will be held
Friday, October 26 – Sunday October 28
For reservations or more information please call
Jim Lajoie at 236-5716 or Nancy Lynch
at Notre Dame 585-394-5700
Men...never been on a retreat?
Perhaps now is the time. Please join me for a relaxing retreat from Sunday evening October 7th to Tuesday morning, October 9th at Mt. Irenaeus, a Franciscan Mountain Retreat House situated in the Allegany Mountains near Olean, NY, about a 2 hour drive from Webster. Their website, www.mounti.com, provides insight into their Gospel Mission of “Making All Things New” as well as practical information for your stay.
There are plenty of hiking trails and places to spend time in restful thought with our Lord, our companion and our friend. This is not a directed retreat and is meant to provide quiet, contemplative time for yourself or with others in the group. We live alongside the Friars and ease into their way of life with morning and evening prayer along with a Monday evening Mass and an opportunity for penance. We can accommodate about 12-15 people on this retreat. Spots will be filled on a first come, first serve basis. I will add people to a waiting list if needed. To register or if you have any questions, please email me at James.Fien@dor.org or call me at 585-233-0334.
Peace, Deacon Jim
HOPE Ministry's Garage Sale
at Holy Trinity Church
Save your gently used household items
Donations will be able to be dropped off Sunday, September 9 from 1-3 PM and Monday, September 10 from 10-2 PM. Please bring donations to Murphy Hall, Holy Trinity.
The sale begins Wednesday, September 12 6-8 PM. This evening is a preview of all our treasures and admittance is $5/person. Thursday, September 13 and Friday, September 14 the sale is from 10-4. Saturday everything is half price from 10-noon! Mark your calendars - this is Webster’s biggest garage sale. All proceeds are to help low-income people in our community.
If you are interested in volunteering please call 265-6694.