St. Rita Roman Catholic Church
1008 Maple Dr.
Webster, NY 14580
Masses: Sat 5:00 pm
Sun 7:30; 9:00; 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

Now is the time to buy your Spectacular Raffle Tickets! Stop by the raffle table after all weekend Masses or at the Parish Center with cash (and return address labels to make it easier). 1 for $10, 3 for $25, 7 for $50, or 15 for $100 (plus a free oil change coupon).

Click here to sign up to volunteer at our 62nd Annual Fiesta on June 3 and 4!

For all of the details about the Fiesta, brought to you by our title sponsors, Isaac Heating & Air Conditioning and Vision Automotive, click here

Ongoing maintenance is a reality for anyone who owns property, and after an architectural review of our buildings, it has been determined that our 30-year-old Church and our 22-year-old Parish Center are in need of major repairs. Because our regular operating income and savings are not sufficient to fund these repairs, our Finance Council and Parish Pastoral Council have agreed to initiate a capital campaign entitled “Protecting Our Future - Saint Rita Roof Campaign". This campaign will enable us to continue our mission to provide a safe worship and fellowship space for all to gather as we continue on our journey in faith.

Your support in this effort is most appreciated and we are hoping you will do what you can to help the future of our facilities for years to come. If you would like to set up an online Pledge payment, please click here and follow the directions. For more information visit this page.

Pastor's Message - May 22, 2016

"Glory be to the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit; to God who is, who was, and who is to come. Amen."

Dear Parishioners and Friends,
This weekend we celebrate the Feast of the Holy Trinity. The Holy Trinity refers to the "Triune" nature of God. The three Persons of the Holy Trinity, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit are described at the same time as also One God, in a perfect unity of oneness. In the Gospel of John, Jesus makes reference to himself in relationship to His Heavenly Father. "He who sees Me has already seen who sent Me" John 12:45. Jesus also promised his disciples that he would always be with them and that he would send the Spirit to be with them in John 14:26, "These things I have spoken to you, while abiding with you. "But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to you all that I said to you." We too are invited into relationship with the wonderful mystery of the Holy Trinity.

Along with Trinity Sunday this weekend we also remember our parish patroness, St. Rita of Cascia on this, her Feast Day, Sunday, May 22nd. She is an exceptional saint who led a remarkable life of great courage and prayerfulness.
As a religious sister, Rita was deeply prayerful. She was wonderful to the other sisters and lived a great example of holiness. She had a great devotion to the crucified Christ. Even a wound that never healed appeared on the forehead of Rita, just as Jesus had his crown of thorns. She lived until she was seventy six.

Today, many people have a devotion to St. Rita and pray, asking for St. Rita’s intercession for their own family and marital difficulties. Rita is a saint who understands human suffering and tragedy. She understands the loss of a spouse, and the loss of children, she became a religious sister filled with longing to love God with all her heart. She, like St. Jude, is described as the “Saint of the Impossible.”

Be sure to visit the beautiful statue of St. Rita found next to the confessional in the back of church.
O kind and compassionate Saint Rita, remember us and pray for us!

May God bless you this week!
Fr. Gonyo

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An Introduction to Sunday's Scripture Readings - May 22, 2016

The Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity

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

Trinity Sunday  
    Many Catholics invoke this Trinitarian Prayer multiple times a day in blessing themselves. This Sunday is a celebration of the mystery of the Most Holy Trinity. The thing about mysteries is that they are mysterious, unknowable. Attempting to fully understand this mystery is like trying to fit the ocean into the thimble of our mind. Our readings for today give us a glimpse into this mystery of who is the Holy Trinity - three distinct persons in one God. 
    Our Gospel reading (John 16:12-15) is an excerpt from Jesus' farewell discourse to his disciples at the last supper. Jesus was preparing them for the days to come within the limits of their understanding. In this brief passage we find embodied the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. 
    "Jesus said to his disciples: 'I have much more to tell you, but you cannot bear it now. But when he comes, the Spirit of truth, he will guide you to all truth. He will not speak on his own, but he will speak what he hears, and will declare to you the things that are coming. He will glorify me, because he will take from what is mine and declare it to you. Everything that the Father has is mine; for this reason I told you that he will take from what is mine and declare it to you.'"
    In our first reading from the Book of Proverbs (Prov 8:22-31) we hear of the mysterious creature Wisdom, who was there before the beginning of creation. Some scholars have thought Wisdom in this passage to represent Jesus and / or the Holy Spirit. 
    "Thus says the wisdom of God: 'The LORD possessed me, the beginning of his ways, the forerunner of his prodigies of long ago; from of old I was poured forth. . . . When the Lord established the heavens I was there, when he marked out the vault over the face of the deep; when he made firm the skies above, when he fixed fast the foundations of the earth; when he set for the sea its limit, so that the waters should not transgress his command; then was I beside him as his craftsman, and I was his delight day by day, playing before him all the while, playing on the surface of his earth; and I found delight in the human race.'"
    In our Epistle reading (Romans 5:1-5), St. Paul explains the fruits of our relationship with the Trinity - God the Father, God the Son, Jesus and the Holy Spirit, the essence of the perfect love between the Father and the Son. 
    "Brothers and sisters: Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith to this grace in which we stand, and we boast in hope of the glory of God. Not only that, but we even boast of our afflictions, knowing that affliction produces endurance, and endurance, proven character, and proven character, hope, and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us."
    By our human nature, God has given us the desire to understand the unknowable, to come closer in relationship to our Creator, to fill the "God-shaped" hole in our heart. Our readings today help us understand that it is the Holy Spirit, the presence of Jesus that draws us closer to the Father. We find this presence in no greater place than in the Eucharist. Receive it. 
 Click Here to read, reflect and pray on the full readings for Sunday, May 22, 2016

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Sign up for Vacation Bible School - July 25-29!

Get your body and spirit in shape this summer! All families are invited to join us for a week of activities aimed at keeping faith strong through physical and spiritual exercises.  Get more information and sign up here! Teen and adult volunteers needed.

Book Nook and Music Hour

Bring any 2½ to 4 year old (accompanied by parent or caregiver) to our Pre K Book Nook & Music Hour.
Join us on Thursdays from 1:00-2:00pm in the PreK classroom for a fun filled afternoon of books, crafts and songs.
Themes include:
May 19 - How My Garden Grows
May 26 - Goin' on a Picnic
June 2 - Frogs, Fables & Turtle Tales
June 9 - Sea, Sun & Sand
Please register (for one or all of the weeks) by calling the school office at 671-3132. Space is limited - first come, first served. There is no fee to attend. You do not need to be a parishioner to attend so invite your neighbors, friends, and family. All are welcome!

Camp Stella Maris Raffle Tickets

Win a $250 gift certificate towards a week of resident camp
(overnight camp experience for 7-15 year olds)
Expires 8/28/2017.
Tickets (cash only) are:
1 for $5.00 or
4 for $10.00
Purchase tickets at the school office, parish office, after Masses each weekend, or at the Fiesta. Drawing to be held at the Fiesta on Saturday, June 4th at 9:30 pm. Winner need not be present to win.

Flag Retiring Ceremony

The patriotic entity of the Webster Knights of Columbus referred to as the Fourth Degree, will hold a Flag Retiring Ceremony on Sunday, June 5 at Noon. Anyone who has a flag they wish to be properly disposed may drop it off in Church or the Parish Office. You are welcome to join us at the K of C building at 70 Barrett Drive on Sunday, June 5th.

Faith Formation Classes

Enrollment for Faith Formation classes for the 2016-2017 school year is underway. Students in Grades K-7, who do not attend a Catholic school, are strongly encouraged to be enrolled in the Faith Formation Program.
You may enroll in and pay for Faith Formation on-line here.
Enrollment Forms for new students are also available in the Greeting Area.
A choice of two sessions will be offered weekly:
Session 1: Mondays: 4:30 pm – 5:45 pm (Grades K-6)
Session 2: Mondays: 6:15 pm – 7:30 pm (Grades 1-7)
Parents of Returning Students - Enrollment Forms were mailed home. Don’t forget to return your enrollment forms, or enroll on-line by July 13, 2016.