St. Rita Roman Catholic Church
1008 Maple Dr., Webster, NY 14580
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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, “We Are All One Body”. 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 this year is - $147,317

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 the greeting area in church. Please read the material carefully and give prayerful consideration to your participation.
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An Introduction to Sunday's Scripture Readings - October 4, 2015

The Twenty-Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time

In the hope that you will enter more fully into the Mass
"That is why a man leaves his father and mother and clings to his wife, and the two of them become one flesh."  (Genesis 2:24)
MARRIAGE IS A SACRAMENT: Our readings for this Sunday emphasize the sanctity of the marriage relationship - ordained by God since the beginning of creation.  It is God's intention that when man and woman enter into marriage, it is not just a legal contract contingent upon each side living up to its commitment; it is a sacred covenant relationship, borne of love which God himself has witnessed and joined together.
    In our first reading (Genesis 2:18-24), we hear the creation story where God created man and woman to be one flesh, "So the LORD God cast a deep sleep on the man, and while he was asleep, he took out one of his ribs and closed up its place with flesh. The LORD God then built up into a woman the rib that he had taken from the man. When he brought her to the man, the man said: 'This one, at last, is bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; this one shall be called 'woman', for out of 'her man' this one has been taken.' That is why a man leaves his father and mother and clings to his wife, and the two of them become one flesh."
    In our Gospel reading (Mark 10:2-16), the Pharisees seek to test Jesus, asking him about divorce, "The Pharisees approached Jesus and asked, 'Is it lawful for a husband to divorce his wife?'  They were testing him. He said to them in reply, 'What did Moses command you?'  They replied, 'Moses permitted a husband to write a bill of divorce and dismiss her.'  But Jesus told them, . . . .>>>>

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Knights of Columbus Open House

The Knights of Columbus is the largest Catholic fraternal group in the world, comprising over 1.8 million men. We serve our local parishes and community through a variety of charitable, faith based and service programs.
Trinity Council embraces the Webster and Ontario parishes and is active with many activities.
We invite you to an OPEN HOUSE at the Webster Columbus Center, 70 Barrett Drive in Webster on Monday, October 12 at 7:00pm for more information and to enjoy refreshments.

Interested in altar serving?

If you have a child in 4th grade or older who is interested in being trained as an altar server (or if you have a newer server who would like some additional practice), please contact Elizabeth Kwiatkowski.  We will be setting up training sessions this coming week.

St. Rita School 31st Annual Craft Sale

Saturday, October 17
from 9:00am – 3:15pm
Get a jump-start on your holiday shopping with arts and crafts from over 100 vendors, at our 31st Annual St. Rita School Craft Sale. There will be food, raffles and a bake sale throughout the day. Free admission and free parking. For information call the school at 671-3132.

Join Our Liturgy Committee

“Why don’t they…?” “I wish they would…”
If you’ve ever asked yourself one of these questions during a parish liturgy, then our Liturgy Committee is for you. Learn what is involved in planning weekly and seasonal liturgies. Become part of the planning team. The first meeting of the Liturgy Committee is Tuesday, October 20 at 7:00 pm in the Parish Office. If you have any questions, please contact Teri Bucks.

Marine Mammals

Tuesday, October 20
at 7:00 pm in the Parish Center
All are welcome to a presentation by Mary Ellen Ostrander, author and zoologist at the Seneca Park Zoo. Mary Ellen will share with us interesting facts about the marine mammals that reside at our zoo and she will also introduce us to her latest book entitled “Puff the Sea Lion”. Copies of the book will be available to purchase.
Feel free to bring a guest, especially children and grandchildren, to this interesting presentation. Refreshments will be provided.
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This event is hosted by St. Rita Society.

Adult Faith Discussion Group

Voting with a Catholic Conscience
Wednesday, October 28
at St. Rita Church in Room 1 from 7:00-8:15pm
What is our church’s teaching on matters that impact our voting decisions today? Have questions or comments? Julie Ellender will present this topic, followed by a facilitated discussion. The Catholic parishes in Webster formed an Adult Faith Discussion group to help us learn about and live our faith. Father Tim Horan will be in attendance to offer clarification as needed. Personal experiences, questions and opinions are welcome! We hope you will join us for an enjoyable and enlightening evening of learning and fellowship.

Annual Men's Retreat

Friday, October 30 – Sunday November 1
at the Notre Dame Retreat House
The theme is: “Faith Under Fire”
Come spend time away on retreat and deepen your faith and your relationship with God. This year’s theme will focus on keeping the Faith in a secular world. Our Catholic faith is constantly being challenged. Come and learn how you can be a light in the world today!
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 please call our parishioner contact Jim Lajoie at 248-9543 or
Nancy Lynch at Notre Dame (585-394-5700).

Annual Mass of Rememberance

Mass of Remembrance
Saturday, November 7 at 11:00 am

All are invited to join Fr. Gonyo and Fr. Shatzel for this special annual liturgy in remembrance of all those wh ohave recently gone before us. Refreshments will follow after Mass.