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

Pastor's Message - August 2, 2015

“I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me will never hunger, and whoever believes in me will never thirst.” ~John 6

Dear Parishioners and Friends,
Our annual Summer Mission Sunday Appeal will take place this weekend at all Masses. Our guest presider is Fr. Bradler, who is also our Diocesan Director of Mission Outreach through the Propagation of the Faith. This annual Mission appeal helps us to be aware of the needs of our global church community.

I am very grateful to our parish volunteers who helped to install new flooring in a school classroom and office this past week. It was not an easy task with the heat and humidity! The results are impressive. Also, thank you to members of our scouts who helped move classroom toys and preschool furniture in preparation for the fall.

We are still in need of furniture (couches & love seats) for our aftercare, youth and confirmation programs (no recliners though please). Thank you for the great donations we have received thus far!

Registration for our fall Faith Formation and Sacrament programs are well underway – as well as our new two-year Confirmation program. Click here for registration information for our sacramental preparation programs.

May God bless you this week!
Fr. Gonyo

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An Introduction to Sunday's Scripture Readings - July 12, 2015

The Fifteenth Sunday In Ordinary Time

In the hope that you will enter more fully into the Mass
Jesus sends the twelve apostles (Mark 6:7-13)
   In this Sunday's readings, we hear about ordinary people commissioned by God to speak and act on his behalf. In these words lie also the mission of the Church today and of we, ordinary people, called by God - to be the hands and the feet of Jesus.
    In our Gospel passage (Mark 6:7-13), Jesus commissioned his 12 chosen apostles, all of them ordinary working men, to go out into the world to preach and to heal, taking no baggage with them and prepared for the rejection that would confront them.
    "Jesus summoned the Twelve and began to send them out two by two >>>

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Summer Mission Appeal

This weekend, our parish participates in the Rochester Diocesan Mission Cooperative Plan. We welcome Father Robert Bradler, Diocesan Director of the Society for the Propagation of the Faith who will speak on behalf of the Missionary Childhood Association (MCA).
Today, MCA continues to follow the vision of Bishop Charles de Forbin-Janson, “children helping children”. MCA partners with schools, K-12, and offers newsletters, leader guides, posters, programs and contests. After learning about the great needs of the world’s poorest children, young people are invited to pray and to offer financial help so that children in the Missions today may know Christ and experience His love and care.

Please be as generous as your means allow in the second collection.

Summer Fun for Youth

Kickball fun continues in August!  Join us on the St. Rita soccer field on Tuesday, August 4 from 6-8 pm, followed by an outdoor movie and bonfire at St. Paul (on Hard Rd.).  Everyone ages 11-18 is welcome to join us and bring a friend.  Free frozen refreshments and water will be provided.  All skill levels welcome!  No RSVP needed.  For more information, contact Elizabeth.

Middle School Scholarship

St. Rita School
Middle School Scholarship
Through the generous donation of an anonymous donor, a one-time Middle School scholarship has been created. One student will receive 100% of St. Rita School's tuition rate for 6th grade and 100% of Siena Catholic Academy tuition rate for 7th and 8th grade.
Eligibility Children entering 6th grade not currently enrolled in one of the Catholic schools in the Diocese of Rochester are eligible to apply for this scholarship. Scholarship is based on the applicant meeting the following criteria:
 Registered and supporting member of a Webster parish (Holy Trinity, St. Paul or St. Rita)
 Demonstrated financial need
 Participation in parish life
 Regularly celebrate the liturgy and sacraments
Click here to download an application. The application deadline is 12:00 pm on Monday, August 10, 2015.

Register Now for CYO Soccer

CYO soccer registration for the upcoming fall season has begun! Children from St. Rita Parish in grades 3-6 may sign up for this league, which will play in September and October. New this year - register and pay online here. The fees for this year are $60 for 3/4 grade players and $80 for 5/6 grade players ($140 family maximum). Deadline to register is August 17, 2015.

Are you interested in being a lector?

Are you currently in another ministry and would like a change or to add another role? Maybe you are a former altar server who would like to share in this new ministry?

We will be offering a training session for anyone interested in proclaiming God’s word at our weekend liturgies. This includes any youth who has been confirmed!
Please join us on Tuesday, August 18 at 6:30pm in Church.
If you have any questions, please contact Elizabeth by email or at 671-1100 ext. 14.

Altar Server Fun Day

Tuesday, August 18
Noon – 2:00pm
Any boy or girl (4th grade and older) who wants to be scheduled to altar serve beginning in September is asked to please attend this gathering. This includes current servers. All are welcome ~ No experience is necessary.
Father Gonyo will begin in Church at Noon then we will head to the Gym for fun and an ice cream social! Families are welcome to join us for ice cream at 1:15 pm in the Gym.
Please RSVP by emailing Elizabeth or call her at the Parish Office at 671-1100 ext. 14.

Children's Liturgy of the Word

The Children's Liturgy of the Word program will be suspended for the months of July and August.

This program is offered September - June during the 9:00am Sunday Mass for the children and is a great way to share your faith with our young ones. If you would like to participate in the program when we start up again in September, please contact Teri Bucks at [email protected] We will offer training sometime in August.