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
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

ASH WEDNESDAY SERVICES - March 1
All services include distribution of ashes

St. Rita: Masses at 8:15am, 9:15am and 7:00pm
Holy Spirit: Masses: 9:00am, 5:30pm and 7:30pm
Holy Trinity: 6:30am - Prayer Service, 9:00am Mass, 12:15pm - Prayer Service, 5:30pm Mass
St. Paul: Masses: 8:30am, 12 Noon and 7:00pm

Our goal is $155,109. So far, we have received $139,160 from 598 households. Can you help us raise the remaining $15,949? Thanks for your support! 

Pastor's Message - February 26, 2017

“You are merciful to all, O Lord, and despise nothing that you have made. You overlook people’s sins, to bring them to repentance, and you spare them, for you are the Lord our God.” ~Wisdom 11

Dear Parishioners and Friends,
Ash Wednesday begins this week on March 1st.
Masses with the distribution of ashes will be held at 8:15am, 9:15am and 7:00pm. We have the Lenten “Little Black Book” available for adults. Children’s Lenten books are also available after masses this weekend. These Lenten booklets are a wonderful way to journey through Lent with daily reflections and prayer.

Parishioners will receive a Lenten Schedule of Events in the mail – there are extra copies in the back of church. Don’t forget to mark your calendar with all of the special Lenten opportunities.

Beginning on Tuesday, March 7 our Lenten Soup & Bread Suppers will begin. Please join us then and for the following three Tuesday evenings for a simple meal followed by a great Lenten reflection and music in church.

Be sure to mark your calendar for the annual
DIOCESAN DAY OF PENANCE
on Tuesday March 28th from 12:30pm-7:30pm.
All Diocesan churches will be open this day during these times for reconciliation.

The Sacrament of Reconciliation is also available here at St. Rita every Wednesday at 8:45am (following daily mass), as well as on Saturday afternoons from 3:30pm-4:45pm or by appointment.
May God bless you this week!
Fr. Gonyo



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An Introduction to Sunday's Scripture Readings - February 19, 2017

The Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time

In the hope that you will enter more fully into the Mass
 
Matthew 5 
BE HOLY, FOR I, THE LORD, YOUR GOD, AM HOLY

We have been hearing from the Sermon on the Mount for the past four Sundays. In Last Sunday's Gospel, Jesus instructed his disciples, "I have not come to abolish but to fulfill the Law".

In our first reading (Leviticus 19:1-2, 17-18) we hear from the Law of Moses, which commanded Israel to imitate God in love. But it was a command only partially understood, limited to one's neighbors, one's own clan. But God's love is more perfect than that.

The LORD said to Moses, "Speak to the whole Israelite community and tell them: Be holy, for I, the LORD, your God, am holy. "You shall not bear hatred for your brother or sister in your heart. Though you may have to reprove your fellow citizen, do not incur sin because of him. Take no revenge and cherish no grudge against any of your people. You shall love your neighbor as yourself. I am the LORD."

In our Gospel reading (Matthew 5:38:48), we continue with Jesus' contrast between the Law of Moses ("You have heard it said") and the Law come to fulfillment in Jesus ("But I say to you"). It is a call to imitate the perfect love of the Father.

Jesus said to his disciples: "You have heard that it was said, An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth. But I say to you, offer no resistance to one who is evil. When someone strikes you on your right cheek, turn the other one as well. If anyone wants to go to law with you over your tunic, hand over your cloak as well. Should anyone press you into service for one mile, go for two miles. Give to the one who asks of you, and do not turn your back on one who wants to borrow.
 
"You have heard that it was said, You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy. But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your heavenly Father, for he makes his sun rise on the bad and the good, and causes rain to fall on the just and the unjust. For if you love those who love you, what recompense will you have? Do not the tax collectors do the same? And if you greet your brothers only, what is unusual about that? Do not the pagans do the same? So be perfect, just as your heavenly Father is perfect."
 
In our Epistle reading (1 Corinthians 3:16-23), St. Paul reminds us that it is the Perfect who dwells within us that calls us to holiness.

Brothers and sisters: Do you not know that you are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? If anyone destroys God's temple, God will destroy that person; for the temple of God, which you are, is holy. Let no one deceive himself. If any one among you considers himself wise in this age, let him become a fool, so as to become wise. For the wisdom of this world is foolishness in the eyes of God, for it is written: God catches the wise in their own ruses, and again: The Lord knows the thoughts of the wise, that they are vain.
 
So let no one boast about human beings, for everything belongs to you, Paul or Apollos or Cephas, or the world or life or death, or the present or the future: all belong to you, and you to Christ, and Christ to God.

Jesus gave us the perfect example of how to be holy. We are to love our enemies - as he did, praying for his persecutors on the cross. He does not call us to Be perfect but to Strive to be perfect. And the God who dwells within us will help us.

Click Here for the full scripture readings for Sunday, February 19, 2017


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Stations of the Cross

Spend some time with Jesus this Lent by experiencing the Stations of the Cross through reflections, music, or a living presentation by our youth. Join us on Fridays: March 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, and April 7 & 14 at 7:00 pm in church.

WEROC - Lenten Book Study

DON’T GIVE UP CHOCOLATE THIS LENT!
Instead, do something life-changing. Lent is the perfect time to form new life-giving habits and abandon old self-destructive habits. Lent is about doing something - something bold to become a better person! What if this year you did more than just give up something during Lent? Do something life-changing.
Join us for our Lenten Book Study
“Heaven Starts Now: Becoming a Saint Day by Day”
By Father John Riccardo
WHEN: Tuesday mornings (when school is in session)
February 28 to April 10
TIME: 9:00am-10:30am
WHERE: St. Rita's Church Meeting Room 1

Explore the Bible

Understanding the Bible and knowing how to read and pray with it will draw you closer to God and fill your spirit with the fire of his love. You will be amazed at how the Holy Spirit will speak personally, individually and directly to you through God’s living word.

“Introduction to the Bible” Starting Thursday, March 2 (Thursday nights only)
Introduction to the Bible is for new-comers AND experienced bible students alike. There will be eight sessions beginning Thursday, March 2 at 7:00 pm in Room 3 (choir room) in the Church. We will explore the Bible as God's self-revelation throughout history and how it speaks to us today. We will learn how to critically read passages to discern the writer's original intent and culture of the day as well as God's message that speaks to each one of us directly and individually today. We will also explore the relationship between the old and New Testament. We will conclude with an exercise on the various ways we can pray with scripture including Lectio Divina.
Introduction to the Bible will meet in Room 3 from 7:00 to 8:30pm March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30; April 6, 20, 27

“Ephesians – Discover Your Inheritance”
You can “Mix and Match” any of the sessions in the same week
St. Paul’s letter to the Ephesians reveals many remarkable gifts that we as Christians are given in the Church. This letter tells us about the nature of the Church – as a body, as a household, as a mystery, as a communion, as a bride, and as an army. It shows us the great inheritance that awaits us as sons and daughters, adopted fully into the family of God. It reveals how God’s great love for us can transform our daily lives if we allow it. 
The dates and times are as follows:
 Group 1 will meet Monday mornings in Room 1 from 10:00 – 11:30 am on February 27; March 6, 13, 20, 27; April 3, 17, 24
 Group 2 will meet Wednesday evenings in Room 1, 7:00 – 8:30 pm on March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29; April 5, 19, 26
 Group 3 will meet Thursday evenings in Room 1, 7:00 – 8:30 pm on March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30; April 6, 20, 27

Registration has began!

Families already enrolled in St. Rita School have received their packet for registration.

Prospective new families can either stop in the office for a packet or follow the link to Admissions---Registration for the packet.

Enchanted Sleeping Beauty

The 5th Graders present a different take on the classic.

Come enjoy this wonderful play.
There are 3 performances--Thursday, March 9 at 10:00am &  7:00pm  and Friday, March 10 at 1:00pm 

Pasta Dinner

St. Rita Boy Scout Troop 163 invites you to a
PASTA DINNER
Saturday, March 11
5:30-7:30pm
in the Parish Center
Tickets are $7.00 cash at the door; Children under 5 are Free
Dinner includes Pasta, Meatballs, Salad and Italian Bread– Desserts will be available
Raffle Baskets and a Silent Auction too!
The annual Boy Scout pasta dinner is our fundraiser that supports all of our troop’s activities such as our camping
trips, outdoor activities, as well as purchasing camping and outdoor sports equipment.
Tickets will be on sale after Masses this weekend and next – or at the door.
Come enjoy a delicious pasta meal!

Yolickity Week ~ March 6th to March 12th!

Stop in at Yolickity in the Hard Road Plaza store for a fun dessert. They have yogurt, ice cream, custard & gelato.

Remember before you cash out to to tell them you are from St. Rita School. 

Catholic Women's Conference

“A Morning with Immaculee”
Saturday, March 18
8:30am – 12:30pm (doors open at 7:30am)
Held at the Aquinas Institute ~ 1127 Dewey Ave
Immaculee Ilibagiza is a national speaker who will offer a presentation on faith and the persistence of prayer. Immaculee survived the Rwandan genocide in 1994.
Bishop Salvatore Matano will preside at morning Mass. Continental breakfast and snacks are included. This year’s conference is a half-day format and the cost is only $25!
To register please visit: Rochestercwc.org. Forms are also available in our parish office and in the greeting area in Church. There will be a table in the greeting area after Masses the next two weekends with more information.

Lenten Fish Fry

Beginning Friday, March 3rd come to the Parish Center, every Friday in Lent (except Good Friday), for a fabulous dinner! Menu also includes baked fish, cheese pizza and "mac & cheese". Serving is from 5pm to 7pm.

The dedicated group of volunteers have been together for over 20 years building community through this very important fundraiser!

Information on School Closings

If it becomes necessary to close school due to inclement weather, such notice will be given over the local radio stations beginning at 6:00 a.m. The announcement will indicate that ALL WEBSTER CENTRAL SCHOOLS ARE CLOSED. Families are requested to listen to the radio and not call the School office.