St. Rita Roman Catholic Church
1008 Maple Dr., Webster, NY 14580
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Pastor's Message - April 26, 2015

“It was in the name of Jesus Christ the Nazorean whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead, in his name this man stands before you healed. He is the stone rejected by you, the builders, which has become the cornerstone. There is no salvation through anyone else, nor is there any other name under heaven given to the human race by which we are to be saved.” ~Acts 4

Dear Parishioners and Friends,
During the Easter season, many of our first readings at Mass come from the Acts of the Apostles. Today’s first reading comes from Chapter 4. We use just a small portion of the chapter, so you might want to read it in its entirety. If you would like to try some easy biblical reading, pick up a bible, find the table of contents, and read from the Acts of the Apostles. A great family activity is to read a chapter live to your children. (Be sure to preview first). You will find that the Acts of the Apostles have a great synopsis of events that occurred during the earliest days of the Church. Our Catholic faith is often referred to as the “Apostolic Faith” because it is deeply rooted in the eye witness accounts of the Apostles in the Gospels and in the Acts of the Apostles (connected to the Gospel of Luke). We also have various Letters from Paul to surrounding Christian communities and others like the Letter to the Galatians, Peter and the Book of Revelation (connected to the Gospel of John).

Important announcement for Eucharistic Ministers
Next Saturday, May 2nd and Sunday, May 3rd we will have the first of a two-part Diocesan required training session for New AND Current Eucharistic Ministers. This includes all parishioners who make nursing home and hospital parish visitations. We will meet in Room 1 following the 5:00pm Mass on Saturday and the 10:30am Mass on Sunday. This training is a Diocesan-wide endeavor that will allow for updates regarding new procedures and provide an opportunity for discussion about the very important role of the Eucharistic Minister. We will notify you when the second training session is scheduled. Upon conclusion of the two-part training, we will have a special commissioning for our Eucharistic Ministers at Sunday Mass. Email reminders will be sent from the parish office.

May God bless you this week!
Fr. Gonyo

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An Introduction to Sunday's Scripture Readings - April 19, 2015

The Third Sunday of Easter

In the hope that you will enter more fully into the Mass

Alleluia, Christ is risen!    This Sunday's Gospel according to Luke (Luke 24:35-48) tells of Jesus' last appearance with his disciples just before he ascended into heaven. The two disciples who encountered the risen Jesus on their way to Emmaus had just returned to Jerusalem where the found the eleven and the others.
     "The two disciples recounted what had taken place on the way, and how Jesus was made known to them in the breaking of the bread. While they were still speaking, he stood in their midst and said to them, 'Peace be with you.'  But they were startled and . . . . >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>"

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Senior Tea Party

You're invited to a Seniors Tea Party!

Wednesday, April 29 from 10-11:30 am

in the Parish Center
The students of St. Rita School will serve you tea, desserts, and musical entertainment at this special tea party.  Please RSVP by Monday, April 27 to the school at 671-3132 or by email to [email protected]  All are welcome!!

St. Rita School Open House

Prospective Families - Open House
Thursday, April 30
Tours will be given from 9 - 11:00am and 6:30 - 8:30pm

St. Rita School is committed to fostering the God-given gifts of each child. In an atmosphere where faith and knowledge meet, our goal is to shepherd the spiritual, intellectual, social, emotional, and physical growth of our students.

St. Rita School offers PK3 & PK4 (half & full day options) and full day Kindergarten through Grade 6. We also offer an After Care Program which is available until 6pm.
*Beginning Fall of 2015, Before School Care will also be provided.

Click here to visit the school's website.

Roman Holiday with Father Shatzel

On this 12-Day trip called the “Grand Catholic Italy Tour”, run by the Globus Company from Monday, September 14th through Friday, September 25th we will travel and visit Rome itself (with a Papal audience), Cascia ~ Assisi ~ Siena ~ Florence ~ Milan ~ Padua and Venice. Brochures are available from the Parish Office or from Father Shatzel. Once you get one, you may officially book yourself with the listed down payment. Reservations are due by May 1st.

Fiesta Preview Night

Friday, May 1
from 5:00 - 9:00 pm in the Parish Center

Get in the Fiesta spirit! Help us test out our new Trivia Contest, play some games, eat some Fiesta food, and buy your Spectacular Raffle Tickets for a chance to win the first Early Bird drawing of $250 at 9 pm.

We’ll also be accepting donations for our Book Sale, as well as canned goods and household products for the Webster Food Cupboard, our Fiesta tithe recipient for this year. (All donations earn extra tokens for food and games at this event!)

This is also an opportunity to sign up to volunteer on May 29 and 30 – perfect for families, college students, and anyone looking for service hours!

The first 50 people to RSVP for this event will receive a special gift when they arrive. RSVP today by emailing [email protected]

Webster CROP Walk

Sunday, May 3 at 1:00pm
Starting at the Webster Baptist Church - 59 South Ave.
Be a sponsor or a walker! Proceeds help provide emergency aid, clean water, food, seeds and farming tools to those in need. For sponsor or walker forms or to make a donation, please call Carol at 671-7832.

Parish Pastoral Council Nominations

NEXT WEEKEND we will be collecting nominations for new Parish Pastoral Council members. We ask that you consider registered parishioners who can share their motivation, spirituality, and are able to give of their Time and Talent for the good of our parish. Your nomination of a person is not a commitment for them. It is simply an invitation for them to consider pursuing the selection process. We will be selecting 2 women and 2 men for a three-year term, and 2 youth (15-18) to serve a one-year term.

Parish Pastoral Council members represent the Parish Community. We attend monthly meetings (except July and August), and contribute to discussion and decisions regarding the Parish. Each year new members are selected near Pentecost Sunday.

Please nominate those individuals whom you believe would represent you. Each nominee is invited to an informational meeting after which they determine if they wish to serve the Parish community. The names of those individuals who agree to serve are randomly placed together and new Parish Council members are selected through the intervention of the Holy Spirit.

Click here to submit your nominations online or call the office at 671-1100.

Rochester Catholic Men's Conference

Saturday, May 16, 2015
7:30 am to 5:00 pm
St. John Fisher College
3690 East Avenue

Calling all men to the 1st annual Rochester Catholic Men's Conference!
We have fantastic, nationally known speakers such as Tim Staples, Hector Molina, and Danny Abramowicz scheduled to present. Bishop Matano will celebrate Mass. Look for more details coming in the weeks ahead, but save your spot now. Register online at or pick up a form in church. Recharge your spiritual life and be touched by the Holy Spirit!

W.E.R.O.C. - "Building Better Families"

Women Enjoying Rediscovering Our Catholicism

Tuesdays beginning May 12
TIME: 9:00am-10:00am
WHERE: St. Rita's Meeting Room 3
by Matthew Kelly
Join us for a 6 week book study learning from Matthew Kelly as he shares with us remarkable insights and sensible everyday strategies for transforming the family into what it should be: a place where each of us can become the-best-version-of-ourselves. Beginning with an exploration of the changing face of the family in our culture, Kelly sets every listener at ease by explaining: “A family is not what we think a family should be, or what we hope to have, or should have, or what would be ideal - a family is what we actually have…”
For more information or to reserve your spot, contact:
TEREZEJA LEMIEUX ([email protected]) or DARLENE PIERSALL ([email protected])

Parish Family Census

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

Vacation Bible School 2015

Monday, July 20 - Friday, July 24

Save the dates!  Look for registration information coming soon.