St. Rita Roman Catholic Church
1008 Maple Dr., Webster, NY 14580
585-671-1100

Pastor's Message

October 19, 2014

“Sing to the Lord a new song; sing to the Lord, all you lands.
Tell his glory among the nations; among all peoples, his wondrous deeds.” Psalm 96


Dear Parishioners and Friends,
Next Saturday, our Confirmation Students will be on retreat in our parish center gym. Please continue to pray for them and their sponsors. Confirmation will be at Sacred Heart Cathedral on October 30th.


An informational meeting will be held for CYO coaches on Monday October 20th at 7:00pm. CYO is an important activity at St. Rita. It has a long history and dedicated coach volunteers. Plenty of students are signed up to play but we are short on about 3 teams for head and assistant coaches. In addition to standard Diocesan requirements, CYO coaches will need to be active parishioners of the St. Rita community. Parents of students are asked to consider volunteering for this very important ministry. Most, if not all our parish programs, could not happen without the generosity of volunteers. For more information about CYO please contact the parish office 671-1100 x 14 or email Elizabeth at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Mark your calendar for the Annual St. Rita Roast Beef dinner to be held on Saturday, November 8th. I love Roast Beef!
November 1st, the Feast of All Saints, will be celebrated at a morning 9:00am daily mass and at the evening 5:00pm Saturday mass. On Sunday, November 2nd we will celebrate the Commemoration of the Faithful Departed (All Souls Day) at the 7:30am, 9:00am and 10:30am masses. This year, Catholics need only attend either a Saturday evening or Sunday mass of their choosing to fulfill their weekend/holy-day obligation. Remember that Sunday, November 2nd is the time we set clocks one hour back for Daylight Savings Time.


Finally, because All Souls Day is on a Sunday this year, I will offer a Special Blessing of the graves of those buried at the West Webster Cemetery. Join us on Sunday, November 2nd at 11:45am for this special blessing. We will begin in prayer at the outside St. Rita statue (by the rectory - the site of our old church). We will then cross the street to the cemetery. Family members of the deceased will go to stand next to the grave of their loved one for an individual blessing with Holy Water. I will proceed from one grave to the next. Come join us for this Remembrance of our Faithful departed. The entire service will last about a half hour. It’s rain or shine so bring an umbrella in the case of rain!
May God bless you this week,
Fr. Gonyo

An Introduction to Sunday's Scripture Readings

October 19, 2014

The Scripture readings for this Sunday are all about the supremacy of the One True God above all. In our first reading, (Is 45:1, 4-caesar6), Isaiah speaks to Cyrus, the Persian king who, after conquering the Babylonians, released the Israelites from exile and funded the rebuilding of the temple in Jerusalem.
    "Thus says the LORD to his anointed, Cyrus . . . For the sake of Jacob, my servant, of Israel, my chosen one, I have called you by your name, giving  you a title, though you knew me not. I am the LORD and there is no other, there is no God besides me. It is I who arm you, though you know me not, so that toward the rising  and the setting of the sun people may know that there is none besides me."  As powerful as Cyrus was as king, he received all that he was and had from God. Though he knew God not - God knew Cyrus.
    In our Gospel reading (Matthew 22:15-21), the Pharisees were plotting to entrap Jesus, so they sent to Jesus members of two political factions, the Pharisees and the Herodians. One group opposed the Roman tax and the other supported it. "'Teacher, we know that you are a truthful man . . . tell us then, what is your opinion: Is it lawful to pay the census tax to Caesar or not?' Knowing their malice, Jesus said, 'Why are you testing me, you hypocrites?  Show me the coin that pays the census tax.'  Then they  handed him the Roman coin.  He said to them, 'Whose image is this and whose  inscription?'  They replied, 'Caesar's.' At that he said to them, 'Then repay to Caesar what belongs to Caesar and to God what belongs to God."'
    In a back-handed way, Jesus gave Caesar his due - what was created by him, in his image, but also gave to God his due - what is created by God, in God's image. It is through this power of the One God, that St. Paul reminds us in his letter to the Thessalonians (1 Thes 1: 1-5)," . . . knowing, brothers and sisters loved by God, how you were chosen. For our gospel did not come to you in word alone, but also in power and in the Holy Spirit and with much conviction."   How can we not be incredibly grateful that the One God of the universe has chosen us as his own, created in his own image and likeness?
Click Here to read and reflect on the Sunday readings for October 19, 2014.
 

Activities and Events

Feast of All Saints

Saturday, November 1st is the Feast of All Saints. We will celebrate at a morning 9:00am daily mass and also at the evening 5:00pm Saturday mass. On Sunday, November 2nd we will celebrate the Commemoration of the Faithful Departed (All Souls Day) at the 7:30am, 9:00am and 10:30am Sunday masses. This year, Catholics need only attend either a Saturday evening or Sunday mass of their choosing to fulfill their weekend and holy-day obligation.

Catholic Ministries Appeal is Now Underway

For over 30 years, this annual appeal has allowed our Diocese to grow and expand to meet the challenges and opportunities of strengthening our faith. The generous response of tens of thousands of Catholics each year, make a real difference in our Church. This year’s theme is, “Attitude of Gratitude”. The CMA affords each of us an opportunity to support the larger Church so that it can meet real needs throughout the Diocese. Your support enables the Church to be responsive and caring. The money raised by this campaign is used to fund specific programs, services and ministries that are diocesan-wide in scope and impact.


Our Goal for St. Rita Church is - $146,887
All registered parishioners should have received a Catholic Ministries Appeal brochure, letter, pledge card and return envelope in the mail. If you are new to our parish, extra pledge cards are available in church. Please read the material carefully and give prayerful consideration to your participation. Every gift is needed and important. For more information or to give online please go to the diocesan website at www.dor.org – Every gift, no matter the size is appreciated. Thank you for your prayers and support!

19th Annual Roast Beef Dinner

Saturday, November 8roast beef
4:30pm until 7:00pm in the Parish Center
The St. Rita Society hosts this delicious meal that will include roast beef, mashed potatoes with gravy, vegetables, salad, bread, and beverage. Assorted desserts will be available for $1. Tickets are $10 per person and will be on sale after mass and also at the Parish Office during the week.
All food is cooked and served with a smile. The proceeds will benefit a variety of Society outreach projects. Join us for a great meal!

Prayer Line Ministry

Cross in hand prayerPrayer is a solemn request for help or expression of thanks addressed to God. If you are interested in being part of our telephone prayer line ministry or are currently involved, please come to a meeting on:
Sunday, October 26 at 11:30am
(following 10:30am Mass) - in Room 1 The meeting will last about 30 minutes
Our Prayer Line provides the opportunity to minister to one another through prayer. It allows us to share specific prayer requests from our St. Rita Parish family.
All are welcome to take part. If you have any questions or need more information, please call Mary Jo DiNoto at 671-1100 x 13. All are welcome!

School News

Veteran's Day Prayer Service

Monday, November 10 at 1:00pm in Church
The students and faculty of St. Rita School will remember and honor the Veterans of the United States of America in a special prayer service. We extend an invitation to any veterans and families or friends who wish to join us on this special day. We proudly honor those who have served in our armed forces.

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Ski Club

skiThere is space available for any 4th-12th grader who would like to ski with St. Rita Ski Club.  For more information, please contact Rita and Tony Mendicino at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Supporting Our School

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There are lots of ways to support St. Rita School.  Cut out those Box Tops for Education labels on boxed food and household items, as well as Campbell's Soup labels.  You can drop them off in the shiny box in the greeting area at Church or to the cart in the main hallway of school.  We also accept empty ink cartridges for recycling. You can also sign up St. Rita School as your designated non-profit at Target, if you have one of their Red Cards. As always, the school community is grateful for your prayer and continued support!