Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Jesus entered a village where a woman whose name was Martha welcomed him. She had a sister named Mary who sat beside the Lord at his feet listening to him speak. Martha, burdened with much serving, came to him and said, “Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me by myself to do the serving? Tell her to help me.” The Lord said to her in reply, “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and worried about many things. There is need of only one thing. Mary has chosen the better part and it will not be taken from her.  ~Luke 10

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From the Pastor

Dear Parishioners and Friends,


Monday begins Vacation Bible School at Christ the King. A big thank you to our coordinators, parents and volunteers who are helping make this event possible.


The summer months allow us to do some deeper cleaning and to schedule much needed repairs and updates to our school and church locations. The main office of the school and the faculty room will be getting new flooring to replace the worn out carpeting. In the coming weeks, you will be seeing parking lot repairs, and playground updates and maintenance.


We are continuing to accept applications for the faith formation and confirmation parish staff positions. We are working to have staff in place very soon as we are already preparing for our fall faith formation program.

 

May God bless you!

Fr. Gonyo

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From the Deacon's Desk

Martha and Mary teach us many things about ourselves and about our response to the society in which we live. This story is rich and resonates with me on many levels. Martha and Mary have literally taught me about my relationship with the Lord, the importance of hospitality, and our need to examine our spirituality. You see, my grandmothers’ names are Martha and Mary. So, every time I meet these women in the biblical stories, I am reminded about the similarities and differences of my two grandmothers. These stories are on my mind and heart as I re-kindle my childhood memories. Maybe you have people in your life that can be represented by these two women. Let’s examine the scripture.  

First, we need to realize that the Word of God is always calling us to have a relationship with Jesus. This story allows us to peer into the Lord’s human nature. Jesus had a deep desire for friendship. Mary and Martha (and their brother Lazarus) were some of Jesus’ closest friends. John 11:5 tells us “Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus.” This family believed Jesus was the Messiah and saw Him bring their brother back to life. Jesus spent some of his last days on earth in their comfortable home. The story of Martha and Mary also gives us amazing insight into their personalities and teaches us some important lessons about ourselves.

Let’s examine our spirituality. Are we in balance? It has been my personal experience, that I need to be mindful of spending time alone with the Lord. It is not my natural response to “let things go” and “put work on the back burner” so I can go off and pray. What about you? Are you always busy doing things? Do you have a list that is never ending? Does this insatiable desire to accomplish stuff separate you from God like it often does for me? Balance is what I see when I look at these sisters - if the two personalities could be put in a blender and poured out as one. I wonder, do you see this in yourself or in your own families? When I say the rosary, it takes me 3 decades to settle down and let go of the world’s issues. Kind of like a trip to the Adirondacks, It takes me three days to feel the pressure come off my shoulders.

Let’s think about Hospitality. As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said. But all the preparations that had to be made distracted Martha. She came to him and asked, ‘Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!’ ‘Martha, Martha’, the Lord answered, ‘you are worried and upset about many things, but only one thing is needed. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.’” Luke 10:38-42. What jumps out at you from this conversation? One thing is WOW, that takes a lot of nerve to get snappy with the Messiah when you’re having a tiff with your sister!

But I get it, Martha is doing all the work and her sister is sitting there, “taking it easy”. It doesn’t seem fair. Think about having guests in your home … hospitality is more than preparing food and cleaning. It is also about spending time with others. Balance needs to be addressed.

Sisters and Brothers, I ask you to consider examining your lives for balance in your spirituality, hospitality and relationship with the Lord. Consider increasing your prayer time, going on a retreat, attending an additional Mass. Grow in hospitality by giving of your time, talent and treasure. I pray you feel peace in achieving balance and a closer relationship with God. Thank you, Martha and Mary, I love you both.

 

Peace and Blessings,

Deacon Lon

Job Opportunity

Catechetical Coordinator 


Saint Kateri Tekakwitha Parish is seeking a full-time (35 hours/week) Catechetical Coordinator. The Catechetical Coordinator is responsible for planning, overseeing and administering the parish religious education program in a parish, utilizing a variety of resources. This may include; recruitment and training of volunteers; planning 

programs for families, teens, children; and evaluating program curricula. Applicant should (minimally) be certified as a Catechetical Leader (or be enrolled in the Diocesan Certification program), but preferably have a Bachelors Degree in Theology, Pastoral Ministry, and/or Religious Studies.


Qualifications:

  • BS in Religious Studies or related field and three years’ pastoral ministry experience (campus setting preferred).  
  • A strong experience of God in one’s own life, and an ability to both share one’s personal faith journey and enable others to do the same.
  • Active membership in a faith community of the Roman Catholic Church in the Diocese of Rochester. 
  • Ability to articulate a personal vision of spirituality, justice and community. 
  • Excellent interpersonal and group communication skills.  
  • Ability to function effectively in a team or collaborative ministry setting. 


Additionally, we are working to recruit a part-time

Confirmation Coordinator 


Interested candidates , or someone you know, please send a cover letter and resume to Annette Syracusa, annette.syracusa@dor.org

Saint Kateri School 

We are currently enrolling

Preschool—5th grade!

Saint Kateri School is currently accepting registrations for all classes, Preschool 3 year old—5th grade. Small class sizes and high expectations allow us to meet your child where they are in their learning and help them to grow into their full potential. 

More information and registration paperwork can be found on our website: saintkaterischool.org.

 You can schedule an in-person tour by calling

our Main Office at (585) 467-8730

Adult Formation

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YOU’RE INVITED!

Alpha is a place to connect with other people who are open to exploring life, faith, and meaning. Each session includes a time to connect with others, hear a short talk on an element of the Christian faith, and then a chance for each person to share their own questions with the group. We’d love to hear your perspective!


We will start the series meeting via Zoom

Wednesday evenings: 7:00 - 8:00 PM


Contact Mark Keller

mark.keller@dor.org

for more information and to register.

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Knights  of Columbus

Dear Parishioners, 


Your Knights of Columbus Council Pope Pius XII recently held its Annual Charity Chicken BBQ catered by Sticky Lips on Friday June 24th. We are very pleased to share with you that it was a very successful event.  We sold in excess of 500 dinners by the end of the event!  The proceeds enable our Council to continue its charitable contributions to a variety of worthy causes, including St. Kateri School and Parish.

We could not have been successful without your loyal support!! Each year you never fail to help us by purchasing the dinners.

Please accept our sincerest Thank You for your ongoing Loyalty and Support.


Sincerely,

Your Knights of Columbus, Council 4691

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