St. Rita Roman Catholic Church
1008 Maple Dr., Webster, NY 14580
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If the Webster Central School District is listed as closed on TV and/or the radio, all events at St. Rita are also cancelled, including our 8:15 daily morning Mass.

Pastor's Message - March 8, 2015

Dear Parishioners and Friends,
This weekend we celebrate the 3rd Sunday of Lent. The Gospel at Mass comes from John, Chapter 2. It tells about Jesus who drove the money changers from the temple area selling oxen, sheep, and doves. They were making the temple area, not a house of prayer, but only another marketplace. The overturning of the tables is an indication that Jesus came to bring the good news of the Gospel and change and restore our relationship with God. Our misguided directions and sinful ways need to be overturned so that we may return back to God. On the lighter side, thank goodness we only sell chocolate rabbits and Easter lily plants, not in church, but in our front lobby!

PARISH CENSUS: Our Census update is well underway. We are asking every family to update their census information so that we can have accurate mailing and email addresses. We will now begin the second phase of our census for those who have not yet filled out their information by contacting everyone who has not responded via email or by phone.

C.A.S.E. (Creating a Safe Environment): We will again be contacting every parish volunteer organization leader at St. Rita to ensure that they and their volunteers are up-to-date on C.A.S.E. training. All volunteers working with young and the elderly need to be C.A.S.E. certified and have valid record checks. This includes all school, scout, CYO, youth, or senior volunteers in any capacity. There are no exceptions to this policy. Please contact Elizabeth Kwiatkowski with any questions.

Soon we will begin a new Eucharistic Minister training/retraining and commissioning session. This training and commissioning is similar to the original program that occurred Diocesan-wide when lay extraordinary Eucharistic ministers were first commissioned in the Diocese in the late 70’s. More details about this Diocesan-wide program will be forthcoming.

Finally, we thank Mary Ann and Al Richards who are relocating to be closer to their children and grandchildren in the Boston Area. They have been with us since 1993 and have assisted the parish and school in countless ways. They will be missed. May the Lord bless them on their new adventures!

May God bless you this Lent!
Fr. Gonyo

Please join us for our Lenten Program
Soup-er Tuesdays!

12:00-3:00pm Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament
6:00-6:45pm SOUP & BREAD SUPPER
6:45-7:30pm TAIZE PRAYER – We are bringing back this popular evening of prayer and meditative music in our candlelit church.
12:00-3:00pm Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament
6:00-6:45pm SOUP & BREAD SUPPER
6:45-7:30pm SUNG EVENING PRAYER - A wonderful opportunity to reflect on music and readings of the Passion led by a select a cappella vocal ensemble.
12:00-3:00pm Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament
6:00-6:45pm SOUP & BREAD SUPPER
6:45-7:30pm BENEDICTION & ADORATION ~ Time for quiet prayer and reflection.

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An Introduction to Sunday's Scripture Readings - March 1, 2015

        Our Lenten readings continue this Sunday with a theme of testing and trust in the Lord. Last Sunday, we read of Jesus resisting temptation in the desert and this Sunday we read of God's testing of Abraham and his faithful, trusting response.
        In our first reading (Genesis 22: 1-2, 9-13, 15-18), God speaks to Abraham, "God put Abraham to the test. He called to him, 'Abraham!' 'Here I am!' he replied. Then God said: 'Take your son Isaac, your only one, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah. There you shall offer him up as a holocaust on a height that I will point out to you.'"
        Abraham faithfully follows God's instructions. "Then he reached out and took the knife to slaughter his son. But the LORD's messenger called to him from heaven, 'Abraham, Abraham!' 'Here I am!' he answered. . . . .

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Boy Scout Troop 163 Pasta Dinner

This annual pasta dinner is on Saturday, March 7 in the Parish Center from 4-7 pm. Tickets are $7.00 and will be on sale after all Masses this weekend, at the door, and from any Boy Scout. Children under 5 are free. Come enjoy a delicious pasta meal!

Celebrating Girl Scouting

All Girl Scouts from St. Rita’s parish are invited to attend the 9:00am Mass on Sunday, March 8 in celebration of Girl Scout Sunday. Please meet in Room 1 at 8:30 am. Troops will be seated together after processing into church as a group. Please wear your Scout vest/sash with a white blouse & solid pants or skirt. A reception for Girl Scouts and their families will be held after Mass in the gym. We hope to see all Scouts from our parish NEXT WEEKEND to celebrate Girl Scout Sunday!
Our St. Rita’s Girl Scouts will also have Girl Scout Cookies for sale next weekend after all Masses!

Celebrating our Blessings at St. Joseph's Table

Please join us in the Parish Center after the 5:00 Mass on Saturday, March 14 for a delicious shared meal in celebration of our blessings, in honor of St. Joseph. Everyone is welcome! Donations of food may be dropped off after noon to the kitchen in the Parish Center. For suggestions of food donations and a more detailed history of this tradition, click on the title of this article.

"Game Quest" - a mini lock-in for Grades 5-12

Friday, March 20
7 pm - 12:30 am
in the Parish Center

Youth in grades 5-12 are invited to this exciting lock-in event. Activities include a variety of board and card games, 3 vs. 3 Basketball games, a late night Mass with Fr. Gonyo, and food! Participants must stay the entire time. Registration is required. Download a registration form here for more details or pick one up at the Parish Office. This event is free!

Easter Candy Sale

6 oz Chocolate Bunnies $5.00
6 oz Mint Melt-Aways $5.00
Our St. Rita Society is holding their annual Easter candy sale after all Masses for the next few weeks. Candy is also available at the Parish Office. Proceeds are used for Society Outreach Projects.

Upcoming School Events

The Scholastic Book Fair is open Monday & Tuesday, March 9 & 10 from 8 am - 2 pm, Wednesday, March 11 from 9:30 am - 2 pm, and Friday, March 13 from 4 -7 pm in the Science Lab in school.

The Fifth and Sixth Graders will be presenting "At the Bandstand", a lively 50's themed musical, on Thursday, March 19 at 10 am and 7 pm and Friday, March 20 at 1 pm.

Mrs. Farley's fifth grade class will portray a live Stations of the Cross on Friday, March 27 at 1 pm in church. All are welcome to attend.

School registration is now open! If you or someone you know would like to check out the extraordinary students and program at St. Rita School with a tour or a student shadow day, please call us at 671-3132.

Lenten Fish Dinners Are Here

Served on Fridays during Lent
thru Friday, March 27
5:00-7:00 pm in the Parish Center

Fried or Baked Haddock are available as well as Cheese Pizza and Macaroni & Cheese for those who do not care for fish! Adult Fish dinners include coleslaw or applesauce, French fries and a roll. Regular dinners are $11; $10 for Seniors and $6 for Children (or half-portions).
Soft Drinks, Milk, Coffee and Tea and Desserts are available from our Boy Scout Troop 163.

Come in for great sit-down service or take-out!

Rochester Catholic Women's Conference

“Body, Mind and Soul”
Saturday, March 28, 2015
7:00am - 5:00pm
at the Aquinas Institute
1127 Dewey Ave ~ Rochester
Ladies, you won’t want to miss this amazing all day conference for the women of the Diocese of Rochester. Last year was sold out so register early! For more information, to register online, or volunteer for the day, please visit:

A Biblical Walk Through the Mass

Discover the riches of the Mass through a five-part Bible Study for all ages - adults, young people, and families. There are three different sessions available - Monday mornings from 10-11 am, Wednesday evenings from 7-8 pm, and Thursday evenings from 7-8 pm. All sessions begin the week of April 6 and continue for 5 weeks. All sessions are held in Room 1 at Church. There will be table after Masses this weekend with more information and a registration form. There is a $20 fee to cover the cost of the materials. You can pay at the first session, but please register in advance so we know how many people to expect. Family members may share materials - just let us know when you sign up! To register online, click here.

Parish Family Census

We are asking all families to complete a Family Census Form.