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

Pastor's Message

September 14, 2014

“For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life.  For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through him.”   John 3


Dear Parishioners and Friends,

This past Wednesday, we celebrated our first St. Rita School Mass.  The mass was an occasion filled with joy and celebration and excitement too!  Every child in the school has moved up to a new grade filled with new opportunity.  One blessing of our school is the emphasis we place on learning about faith and the sacraments.  I would hope that every Catholic child is being raised with the opportunity to learn and grow in their faith and relationship with God either through Catholic school, or in our parish faith formation program. 

 For those not attending a Catholic School, Faith formation classes for grades K - 8 begin this Monday.  Two Monday sessions are offered each week, one at 4:30pm-5:45pm, and an early evening session 6:15-7:30pm.  Registration information and forms can be down-loaded at

 It is the responsibility of parents to ensure that their child is enrolled either in a Catholic School or attending the Faith Formation program at St. Rita.  We have so many wonderful activities at St. Rita, including sports, music, and scouting.  But the most important of these is the opportunity for a child to learn about their faith through faith formation classes and by attending weekend mass. 

 Adult Bible Study Classes are getting underway soon.  Information will be made available at all masses this weekend.

 This weekend we are taking up a special second collection at all masses.  Funds will be used by Catholic Relief Services for those suffering in the Middle East.  This is a nation-wide collection encouraged by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.

 May God bless you this week,

                                              Fr. Gonyo

An Introduction to Sunday's Scripture Readings

September 14, 2014

This Sunday is the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, a commemoration of the finding of the wood of Christ's cross in Jerusalem by Emperor Constantine's mother, St. Helena. It is an exaltationso loved world of the Cross which is the central focus of our salvation through Christ.
    Our Gospel reading (John 3:13-17) contains one of the most recognizable passages in scripture: John 3:16, "For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him may not perish but may have eternal life."  Jesus, in speaking to Nicodemus, makes reference to a scripture passage from the Book of Numbers, "And just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the desert, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, so that everyone who believes in him may have eternal  life."

    Jesus is referring to the story that is our first reading this Sunday (Numbers 21:4B-9) where the Israelites, weary of their wandering in the desert, complain against God. "In punishment the LORD sent among the people saraph serpents, which bit the  people so that many of them died."  They repented and asked Moses to "Pray the LORD to take the serpents from us". At God's command, "Moses accordingly made a bronze serpent and mounted it on a pole, and whenever anyone who had been bitten by a serpent looked at the bronze serpent, he lived."
    In our second reading (Philippians 2:6-11), St. Paul very powerfully explains God's supreme sacrifice for our salvation, "Christ Jesus, though he was in the form of  God, did not regard equality with God something to be grasped. Rather, he emptied  himself, taking the form of a slave, coming in human likeness; and found human in appearance, he humbled himself, becoming obedient to death, even death on a cross."
    In our Old Testament reading, the Israelites gaze upon the bronze serpent on a pole and and live. In our New Testament readings, we are reminded that we are to set our gaze upon Christ on the Cross and believe in him so that we "might have eternal life".
  • Click Here to read and reflect on the Sunday readings for September 14, 2014.
  • Click Here to learn more about the Exaltation of the Holy Cross

Activities and Events

Calling all Youth in Grades 6-12

youth-at-church-2All those in grades 6-12 are invited to join us in the Parish Center gym on Sunday, October 5 from 4:30-6:30 for food, fun, and fellowship.  Bring your friends and make new ones! There will be pizza!

Altar Server Training

altar serverJoin us Saturday, October 4 at noon in the church for an altar server training and refresher course!

Any girl or boy in 4th grade and older who is interested in serving at our weekend liturgies is invited to attend.
Current altar servers are asked to attend as well for a little refresher and to help with the new servers.
Pizza will be served at noon! Please RSVP to Elizabeth Kwiatkowski or call her at the Parish Office at 671-1100 ext. 14.

Parents, please talk with your children about the responsibility of being an altar server and prayerfully consider their readiness to serve in this important ministry. All are welcome ~ No experience is necessary.
Our session should be done by 1:30pm.

Pet Blessing

animal blessingIn honor of the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi, patron saint of animals, Fr. Gonyo will hold a pet blessing on Saturday, October 4 at 2:00 pm in the loop in front of school.  All pets are welcome - please bring them in crates or on leashes!


CYO Basketball Registration is Open

basketball4-CopyCYO Basketball Registration for players in grades 3-12 is open until September 30.  Click here for more information about the program and to download a registration form.  Please note that teams will be filled with parishioners and St. Rita School students first.  Teams are limited due to gym and coach availability.  Forms are also available in Church, at school, and the Parish Office. If you have any questions, please contact Elizabeth Kwiatkowski.

Explore the Bible

biblestudyJoin us for an all new Bible Study program this fall.  "A Quick Journey through the Bible" is part of the Great Adventure Bible Series edited by Jeff Cavins.  Three separate groups will meet - pick the session that fits your schedule!

Group 1 will meet on Monday mornings from 10:00 - 11:30 am - In Room 1
Sept. 22, 29 Oct. 6,13,20,27 Nov. 3, & 10
Group 2 will meet on Wednesday evenings from 7:00 - 8:30 pm - In Room 1
Sept. 24 Oct. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 Nov. 5, & 12
Group 3 will meet on Thursday evenings from 7:00 - 8:30 pm - In Room 1
Sept. 25 Oct. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 Nov. 6, & 13

The cost of materials (workbook/study guide) is $20. For more information or to sign up, contact the Parish Office.  

School News

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!