Twenty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time

He answered them,

"Strive to enter through the narrow gate, for many, I tell you, will attempt to enter but will not be strong enough.

After the master of the house has arisen and locked the door,

then will you stand outside knocking and saying,

'Lord, open the door for us.'

He will say to you in reply,

'I do not know where you are from.

And you will say,

'We ate and drank in your company and you taught in our streets.'

Then he will say to you,

'I do not know where you are from. 

~Luke 13

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From the Pastor

Dear Parishioners and Friends,


In the time of Jesus, small gated passageways could be found around the walls of Jerusalem and were placed for the ease and convenience of residents as shortcuts. But these tiny gated side entrances were purposely kept small enough to defend and protect from unwanted marauding invaders, enemy horses and equipment from gaining easy access.  


Jesus uses reference to a narrow gate as an example of how one should live the Gospel message by choosing, not the easy path in life, but instead the path of righteousness, a path that leads to the "narrow gate." In chapter 13 of Matthew, Jesus proclaims: "Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it." Matthew 13


In this weekend's Gospel from Luke, we hear about how one day, at the end of our earthly lives, we will come to a place in which we will have to offer an account about how we lived our life. To enter the heavenly kingdom, we will need to knock on the door and hope to squeeze through the narrow gate and never have to hear the words from the master of the house, "Depart from me you evil-doers."  


Happiness is not some self-achievement. Happiness is not found in "me." It is only found in relationship to God who patiently loves us with this uniquely personal, limitless, and eternal love. God made us hungry for the infinite, ever hungry for God. We will never be satisfied with anything lesser.


But if left to our own initiatives, we would not be able to squeeze through the narrow gate, especially when we are attached to wrongful misdeeds and selfish choices that harm others and ourselves. We must "declutter" and "lose a few pounds" and unload some of the "stuff" that harms our relationship with God. This is only made possible when we give God room to stretch inside our hearts and influence our moral decision making process. We then give God permission to begin shaping us into the image God wants us to be. The Sacrament of Reconciliation and regular reception of the Holy Eucharist is the best way to squeeze through the narrow gate.

Finally consider this passage from the Gospel of John, chapter 10, which describes Jesus' desire to help us through the narrow gate...


"I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved. They will come in and go out and find pasture. The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life and have it to the full. I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep... I know my sheep, and my sheep know me."  

If Jesus is at the gate, we can take a deep breath and place our total trust in him.


May God bless you!

Fr. Gonyo

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From the Deacon's Desk

Ministry Fair September 17th, after the 4:00 Mass.


This is a great way to share a parish ministry with others and to grow the vibrancy of the parish. The fair will help others decide how they will be good stewards of their time, talent and treasure as we begin this new school year. You can have a space/table in the Gym to display examples or information and welcome others into your ministry.

To participate, simply send the following information to Annette to help coordinate the logistics: Annette.Syracusa@dor .org or contact the Parish Office.

 

Name of Ministry: ________________

Purpose of Ministry: _______________

Contact: Name_______________, Phone: _______________, Email: ______________

Deadline for input is Tuesday September 6th

 

SYNOD

 ICE CREAM DISCUSSIONS

To “Synod” is “to listen”.

That is what we have been doing for several months as we participated in various individual chats, small ministry groups and the awesome I-Square Ice Cream Socials. During this time frame, we have spoken to over 60 people. This listening process has been much more productive than conducting an on-line survey.

We will be processing the collected thoughts and concerns into a format that parallels the thought process of the DOR Synod Synthesis. Then, we will review the data, thoughts and opinions and share it in the near future.

The Diocesan Synthesis can be found on the DOR Website: https://www.dor.org/synod/


Peace and Blessings,

Fr. Gonyo and Deacon Lon

Bible Study

Book of Revelation Bible Study starts in late September!

          

     “Blessed is he who reads aloud the words of prophesy, and blessed are those who hear, and who keep what is written therein; for the time is near.” -Revelation 1:3


               Come, listen, read, watch and experience the Book of Revelation. The earthly visions of 7 Letters, 7 Seals, 7 trumpets, “The Cosmic Cast, 7 Bowls, and the Marriage to the Supper of the Lamb await you in this study.


Learn of the meaning of the “numbers”, an understanding of the symbols. Come and participate in a study that will only serve to strengthen your Catholic identity.

 

Faith Formation

Please welcome our new Confirmation Coordinator!!

Christine Bondi,


Dear Saint Kateri,


I am looking forward to serving as the new Confirmation Coordinator for Saint Kateri Parish. My husband Steve and I, and our four children, have been parishioners at Saint Kateri since we moved to New York from Mississippi five years ago. 


I have served as a catechist for 8 years, and have 16 years of experience as a teacher of math/science for 7th and 8th grade. I have a great love for this parish, and the wonderful people I’ve met here, and I hope I can be a part of preparing our youth to be an engaged and faithful part of our future as a parish and a church. 

 

Please look in the bulletin for upcoming news about the Confirmation program, and please reach out to me at Christine.bondi@dor.org with any questions you have!

 

 Peace, Christine

Adult Formation

The Practice of Keeping Sabbath


What does it mean to "Remember the sabbath day—keep it holy?" (Exodus 20) Let's explore this question together. We will be gathering via Zoom every Wednesday in September to discuss the Practice of Keeping Sabbath.


We begin by reflecting on how we currently keep sabbath (or not...). In the second week, we'll look at sabbath in Scripture and how Christians have engaged in that practice, and the effect on their lives. During the third week, we'll experience some of those practices and find out what works, what doesn't, and what some of the challenges might be. Finally, in week four we'll discuss how we can make sabbath keeping a regular part of our lives, and of our spirituality.


As we enter into the Eucharistic Revival, perhaps keeping the sabbath will help us to more deeply enter into a Eucharistic and sacramental spirituality.


The sessions begin on September 7th, at 7:00 PM.  For more information, or to register, email me at mark.keller@dor.org


Blessings,

Mark


RCIA

Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults


Our RCIA sessions begin on Wednesday, October 5th at 6:30. 


We hope to be able to offer both in-person and Zoom options. 

If you know of anyone who:


  • is interested in becoming Catholic,
  • is considering returning to the faith,
  • or who simply wants to explore our faith,



Please, have them email me at mark.keller@dor.org or call the parish office. 

I would be happy to answer any questions.

Saint Kateri School

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

 

Learning through PLAY!


Our three- and four-year old classes offer a play-based program where learning is integrated into their day. We offer multiple program options with the opportunity for before and after care. 

 

Website: saintkaterischool.org   Facebook: @SKSIrondequoit   Instagram: saintkaterischool

Parish Picnic

Let’s Celebrate!

Parish Family Picnic

SAVE THE DATE:  September 17, After the 4:00 Mass

                              

Spend some time with family and friends and get to know others in our parish community. Fun and Games for all ages! 


Looking for Volunteers: To help plan and organize committees for the picnic (food, set-up and clean-up) and games. Contact Annette Syracusa (annette.syracusa@dor.org)


Entertainment: We are looking for people willing to share their talents. We will get you on stage and let you bring joy to our hearts while you sing or dance. Volunteers and entertainers contact Deacon Lon


Ministry Fair: Meet people in our parish that are involved in the various ministries. Maybe you would like to participate. Volunteers and Ministry Leaders contact Deacon Lon



Let the joy of the Lord fill your hearts.

  Come Celebrate as a Community!

     Please volunteer to help plan this great event.

 

CYO Soccer 

Scheduling Meeting Space

Attention All Chairs/Leaders of SKT Committees & Groups

 

2022-23 Scheduling of SKT Meeting Space


We are excited and ready to invite ministries and groups back to gather at Saint Kateri.

It has been a long time and we hope to make every effort to honor requests for meetings and gatherings.


Forms are available in the Parish Office or emailing Annette Syracusa with any questions at annette.syracusa@dor.org

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