St. Rita Roman Catholic Church
1008 Maple Dr.
Webster, NY 14580
Masses: Sat 5:00 pm
Sun 7:30; 9:00 (children's liturgy); 10:30 am
Weekdays 8:15 am
Reconciliation: Saturdays from 3:30-4:30 pm
Office Hours: M-Th 9:00 am to 4:30 pm
Fri 9:00 to 12:00 pm

Pastor's Message - September 17, 2017

"Peter approached Jesus and asked him, “Lord, if my brother sins against me, how often must I forgive?
As many as seven times?” Jesus answered, “I say to you, not seven times but seventy-seven times." ~Matthew 18

Dear Parishioners and Friends,

We welcome visiting teens and parents to our new Webster Area Youth Group (WAY) Kickoff event that begins this weekend at the 5:00pm Saturday mass. This will be followed by a great evening that even includes overnight activities, friends, fellowship, a campfire, and marshmallows!

I wish to thank everyone at St. Rita who gave generously last weekend towards the hurricane relief collection. All funds will be used to support the combined efforts of many Dioceses throughout the country in helping those suffering the most from this historic weather disaster. We have so far collected over $10,000 dollars.

Last Wednesday we celebrated our first St. Rita School mass for the start of the school year. The excitement, joy and enthusiasm of our students was certainly evident!

May God bless you this week!
Fr. Gonyo

Pastor's Message - September 10, 2017

"A clean heart create for me, O God, and a steadfast spirit renew within me.
Cast me not out from your presence, and your Holy Spirit take not from me." ~Psalm 51

Dear Parishioners and Friends,

We will have a special second collection this weekend on behalf of a request made by Bishop Matano and all United States Catholic Bishops to assist the hurricane and flooding victims. All funds collected will be used for victim assistance. Thank you for your generosity.

This past Wednesday morning at daily mass we prayed for the safety of all people who are facing hurricane emergencies and disasters. We also asked for God's continued blessing upon our young students as they started a new school year this past week. What an exciting first day of school it was for our students last Wednesday. At St. Rita School, JOY was everywhere!

Did you know that we have a weekly "E-Newsletter"? This is a parish newsletter that is emailed to parishioners and friends each week. Inside is the Sunday Mass readings with reflections and meditations. Also included is the latest news and information about our parish and school, and details about upcoming events. If you would like to be included, please sign up here.

Don't forget to sign your child up for Faith Formation and Sacramental programs. Classes start next week. Please see the bulletin or call the office for more information. You can enroll for all our Faith Formation classes and Sacramental programs on-line here.

May God bless you!
Fr. Gonyo

Pastor's Message - September 3, 2017

"I urge you, brothers and sisters, by the mercies of God, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God, your spiritual worship. Do not conform yourselves to this age but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and pleasing and perfect." ~Romans 12

Dear Parishioners and Friends,

Next weekend we will have a special second collection to assist the efforts of Catholic Charities in aiding people devastated by the historic flooding in South Texas and Louisiana. This will be a Diocesan and national effort.

Now with September upon us, we have a new season and time to look forward to. But of course, we have to first enjoy eating our Labor Day grilled hot dog! This past week St. Rita school teachers and those from all over our area have been busy preparing for the start of school. This is a time of excitement and opportunity for the whole community. School buses will fill the roads, shiny new books and supplies will be handed out, classrooms will be full of energetic and excited children who will tell tales of summer adventure. Everything will point to the beginning of a great new school year and the changing of seasons. At some time in our life I’m sure we have all experienced this feeling.

Be sure to check the inside of the bulletin this week as we have many fall events set to begin and announcements to be made.

Dear God, I thank you for the chance to watch my child grow and mature. I am grateful for the joy of helping me fulfill the divine plan you have for him/her. Help my child to adjust to this new time and start of school without undue anxiety. Help him/her see your constant care and love. Give me the ability to offer compassionate parental love, encouragement and wisdom. Bless the teachers of my child, help my child to make good friends, keep them safe, and bless children and parents everywhere. Amen.

May God bless you this week!
Fr. Gonyo

Pastor's Message - August 27, 2017

"And so I say to you, you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church, and the gates of the netherworld shall not prevail against it. I will give you the keys to the kingdom of heaven. Whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven; and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.” ~Matthew 16

Dear Parishioners and Friends,

The Gospel reading this weekend recalls the commission Jesus gave the apostles to continue the work of the church. Peter specifically is entrusted with the "Keys to the Kingdom of Heaven" by Jesus and was given delegated authority over the church and its governance. When we talk about the "Primacy of Peter" or make reference to the "Chair of St. Peter" we refer to the authoritative role that Peter, his papal successors and appointed Bishops now have in teaching, governing and proclaiming the truth of the Gospels and church teachings. The divinely inspired four Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John and the rest of the New Testament books were selected and compiled by the early Church (not the other way around!) so that they could be preserved and read by us today. Our own bishop is therefore a direct spiritual descendent of the first apostles as he shepherds the Diocese of Rochester. So this Gospel is a great lead-in to an upcoming milestone for our Diocese.

On Friday, September 22nd our Diocese will be hosting Cardinal Timothy Dolan at Sacred Heart Cathedral for a special mass commemorating the 150th anniversary and founding of the Diocese of Rochester. We will have the opportunity to reflect and learn more about the many fascinating historical facts and details.

At St. Rita we are happy to announce that we have a brand new high school youth program starting up in conjunction with the parishes of Holy Trinity and St. Paul. This Webster Area Youth group is called "The WAY!" See the bulletin today for information on the WAY Kickoff Event with a camp fire and marshmallows happening right on our St. Rita soccer field.

With the month of August coming to a close, repair projects at the parish and school are wrapping up in preparation for the start of the school year. We've needed to repair a water line on our property as well as address some drainage work to deal with the large amounts is rainfall we've had this summer. Also, teachers have begun setting up their classrooms this past week and parents have been shopping for school supplies.

It is an exciting time of year as everyone, even those not in school, starts thinking about the fall season. We will, of course, still have many mild days of weather to yet enjoy!

May God bless you!
Fr. Gonyo