St. Rita Roman Catholic Church
1008 Maple Dr.
Webster, NY 14580
585-671-1100
Masses: Sat 5:00 pm
Sun 7:30; 9:00 (children's liturgy); 10:30 am
Mon-Thurs 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 - November 19, 2017

“Blessed are you who fear the LORD, who walk in his ways!
For you shall eat the fruit of your handiwork; blessed shall you be, and favored.”

Dear Parishioners and Friends,

On Thursday we will host our Thanksgiving Day Mass at 9:00am instead of the usual 8:15am.
We will have a table set up in the center aisle for any breads or pies you would like blessed for your Thanksgiving table. The “open” Prayers of the Faithful will also provide you an opportunity to offer your gratitude to God. Bring the family and come join us for this great celebration!

Thank you to everyone who has been donating various food items and turkeys for our annual Thanksgiving Basket program. As our volunteers at Hope Ministry have shared with us, the need is great and it helps people in our community enjoy the blessings of knowing that our church community cares for them too.

CMA Reminder – The money raised by this campaign is used to fund specific programs, services and ministries that are diocesan-wide in scope and provide our parish with services we’d be hard pressed to supply on our own. Every gift is needed and important. If you are new to our parish or misplaced your card, extra pledge cards are available in the greeting area in church. For more information or to give online please go to the diocesan website at www.dor.org. Thank you for your continued prayers and support!

May God bless you this week!
Fr. Gonyo

Pastor's Message - November 12, 2017

“We do not want you to be unaware, brothers and sisters, about those who have fallen asleep, so that you may not grieve like the rest, who have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose, so too will God, through Jesus, bring with him those who have fallen asleep. Indeed, we tell you this, on the word of the Lord, that we who are alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will surely not precede those who have fallen asleep. For the Lord himself, with a word of command, with the voice of an archangel and with the trumpet of God, will come down from heaven, and the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. Thus we shall always be with the Lord. Therefore, console one another with these words”. ~1 Thessalonians

Dear Parishioners and Friends,

Included below is a letter from Bishop Matano regarding the tragic loss of life in a Baptist Church in Texas and a statement from the Chair of the Catholic Conference of Bishops. Our hearts and prayers stand in solidarity with our fellow Baptist congregations as they, and we, mourn this very sad event.

This Wednesday evening, 65 of our young people will be making their First Reconciliation. Please keep them and their parents in your prayers. Next Spring, most of these same children will be making their First Holy Eucharist. On behalf of our Faith Formation Director Anita Wagner, and myself, we wish to thank the parents of these children for taking an active role in their sacramental journey of faith and making it a priority for our young folks.

Our Parish directory needs your picture! There is NO COST to have your picture taken. By participating, you are helping us put together a new Parish Pictorial Directory. Just for having your picture taken you will receive a FREE Directory and a FREE 8 x10 photo. Please call the parish office at 671-1100 and speak with Julie at ext. 13 or Elizabeth at ext. 14 to schedule a time to have your picture taken. You can also do this online. See the bulletin for details.  Pictures will be taken in Room 1 between November 9 and 26.

May God bless you this week!
Fr. Gonyo

My dear brothers and sisters in Christ,
I join with my brother Bishops in echoing the sentiments expressed below in the statement by Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo, president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, regarding the victims of the tragic Texas church shootings. I ask that you pray for all the victims, their families and the first-responders, as well as victims of recent mass violence in New York City, our nation and throughout the world.
+ The Most Reverend Salvatore R. Matano


STATEMENT OF CARDINAL DINARDO
"Earlier today, we heard of the mass shooting at the Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas. With Archbishop Gustavo García-Siller, I extend my prayers and the prayers of my brother bishops for the victims, families, first responders, our Baptist brothers and sisters, and the whole community of Sutherland Springs. We stand in unity with you in this time of terrible tragedy as you stand on holy ground, ground marred today by horrific violence. We ask the Lord for healing of those injured. His loving care of those who have died and the consolation of their families. This incomprehensibly tragic event joins an ever-growing list of mass shootings, some of which were also at Churches while people were worshipping and at prayer. We must come to the firm determination that there is a fundamental problem in our society. A Culture of Life cannot tolerate, and must prevent, senseless gun violence in all its forms. May the Lord, who Himself is Peace, send us His Spirit of charity and nonviolence to nurture His peace among us all."

Pastor's Message - November 5, 2017

“The greatest among you must be your servant. Whoever exalts himself will be humbled;
but whoever humbles himself will be exalted.” ~Matthew 23

Dear Parishioners and Friends,

The Feast of All Saints and the commemoration of All Souls brings to mind loved family members, friends, fellow parishioners and people we have known who are now deceased.

So this Sunday, we will again bless the graves of the deceased at the West Webster Cemetery across from our church on Maple Drive. Immediately following the 10:30am mass (about 11:40am), we will gather at the site of the old St. Rita church across from the rectory for a special prayer of blessing. We will then ask those present to cross the street to the cemetery and stand at the burial plot of their loved one for an individual blessing.

This past Saturday we offered a special mass of remembrance and lit candles for all deceased members of St. Rita Parish. The names of those who died in the past year were individually read, along with other names of family members. So know that your loved one is prayed for and not forgotten as we commend them into the mercy of God.

In this Year of the Eucharist, we will have a special prayer service this Tuesday evening at 7:00pm in Church. It will include the rosary along with Eucharistic Adoration and Exposition. Please see the bulletin for details on this Diocesan-wide endeavor.

May God bless you!
Fr. Gonyo