St. Rita Roman Catholic Church
1008 Maple Dr., Webster, NY 14580

Pastor's Message - August 30, 2015

“Religion that is pure and undefiled before God and the Father is this: to care for orphans and widows in their affliction and to keep oneself unstained by the world.” ~James 1

Dear Parishioners and Friends,
Many thanks to our St. Rita Scout Troop 163 and Michael Facci, who has been very busy completing his Eagle Scout project, which consisted of installing directional signs for our campus and a new landscape berm in the Sr. Katherine Ann bus loop. This was a project that required quite a bit of planning. A new lighted sign listing our mass times will soon be added to the front church exterior as well. Everything looks fabulous for the upcoming school year, so thank you, Scouts!

I also want to thank our many volunteer parishioners who have so carefully maintained the various landscaped areas throughout the church and school property this summer, and to Joyce Hollander who helps coordinate the volunteers for all of the many areas that need landscape care. As you can see, these areas have been exceptionally cared for. Much work happens behind the scenes to keep flower beds and bushes looking their best. The plantings are beautiful and they are such a gift to all of us.

Pope Francis’s visit to Philadelphia is coming soon at the end of September. It will be a momentous occasion to look forward to. More information will be coming out in the Catholic Courier. Stay tuned!

May God bless you this week!
Fr. Gonyo

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An Introduction to Sunday's Scripture Readings - August 23, 2015

The Twenty First Sunday in Ordinary Time

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

"As for me and my household,
we will serve the LORD"
    CHOOSE CHRIST! For the past five weeks, we have been hearing from Chapter Six of the Gospel according to John. First, with the feeding of the five thousand, then four weeks of the Bread of Life discourse. Now, as we conclude chapter six, it is brought to its logical conclusion - Jesus asks his Apostles to choose. Their response is stunning.
    In this Sunday's Gospel passage, (John 6:60-69), even some of Jesus' disciples find it hard to accept and understand his command that we heard in last week's reading, "Unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you do not have life within you."
   "Many of Jesus' disciples who were listening said, 'This saying is hard; who can accept it?' . . . . As a result of this, many of his disciples returned to their former way of life and no longer accompanied him. . . . . >>>>>>

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Trivia Night!

Friday, August 28
6:00-8:30 pm ~ in the Parish Center
All ages are welcome - this is a great family event!
Join us for a fun evening of facts, food, and friends! Play our new electronic trivia game - each team (any size, but we recommend 2-4 people) will need one device that can connect to the wireless internet. Bring a snack to share. We will be accepting monetary donations to help send our youth to the National Catholic Youth Conference (NCYC) in November. Any questions, please contact Elizabeth.  Topics include "A Gaggle of Goslings", "Disney Villains", "Greek or Roman?" and more!

School Supply Collection

HOPE Ministry
Needs School Supplies

HOPE Ministry is collecting school supplies and gently used clothing for low income children in our community. You may leave your donations in the greeting area in Church. Thank you for your generosity!

Children's Liturgy of the Word

Children's Liturgy of the Word will begin again in September!
Sunday mornings during 9:00 Mass

This program was developed to give children a chance to listen and pray at their level of understanding. Children are invited up to the altar before the first reading. After receiving a blessing from the priest or deacon they proceed with their Catechist (adult leader) to Room 1 - adjacent to the church hallway. They will hear the Children’s Liturgy of the Word and then return to the Church following the homily. Parents are always welcome to attend with their children. For older children who have received their sacraments and wish to follow along, Children’s Mass Books are located in the pews.
We Need Your Help! Be a Children’s Liturgy Catechist (adult leader)!
We provide all the materials and training. This is a great way to share your faith with our young people. If you are interested or have questions, please contact Teri Bucks at tbucks(at) or 671-0388

Women's Retreat Weekend

Friday, September 18-Sunday, September 20

Notre Dame Retreat House overlooking beautiful Canandaigua Lake

Come away for a weekend with the Lord!  This year's theme is "Faith under Fire".

Suggested donations are:
Private room/shared bath...$130
Double room/private bath...$100 per person
Private room/private bath...$195

All meals are included.  Don't let the price keep you away - the Retreat House believes money should never keep anyone away from a beautiful experience of faith.

For reservations or more information, contact Darlene at 787-0983 or Jane at 734-6061.

Our Youth Ministry Needs YOU!

Come share your ideas for learning about and living your faith as a youth member of our community on
Sunday, September 13 from 4:00-6:00 pm in the Barn
Everyone ages 10-18 is welcome to get involved in planning a great year of youth events. (Parents and other interested family members are invited as well!) We’ll be meeting in the downstairs of the barn, the new space for our Youth Ministry at St. Rita. Can’t make it, but have ideas to share? Email Elizabeth or call the office at 671-1100 x14.

Are You Ready to Be Confirmed?

Our new Confirmation program is ready to go!  Those in Grade 8 and up who wish to join the 2-year preparation program should go here to sign up.  The first parent-candidate session is on Monday, September 28 at 6:15 pm in Church.  For more information, contact Marie Marton.

Ladies Auxiliary Knights of Columbus

The Ladies Auxiliary of the Knights of Columbus, is having a Pot Luck Supper and Open House on September 14, 2015 at 6:00 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus Center, 70 Barrett Road in the Village of Webster. Come learn about our organization and see if our mission interests you. If you plan to attend please email us at [email protected]

HOPE Ministry Garage Sale

Save the date!
HOPE Ministry – Garage Sale!
Thursday & Friday, September 17 and 18
From 10:00am to 4:00pm
Saturday, September 19 (everything is ½ price)
From 10:00am to Noon
Donations will be accepted on Sunday, September 13 from noon until 2:00 pm and Monday, September 14 from 10:00 am until 2:00 pm.

Volunteer Appreciation Gathering

Saturday, September 26
at 6:00pm
in the Parish Center Gym
As a token of our appreciation we extend this invitation to all of our volunteers ~ anyone who shares their time at St. Rita in any way!!
Please RSVP by Wednesday, September 16 to Mary Jo.