St. Rita Roman Catholic Church
1008 Maple Dr., Webster, NY 14580
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Pastor's Message - March 22, 2015

“Have mercy on me, O God, in your goodness, in the greatness of your compassion wipe out my offense. Thoroughly wash me from my guilt and of my sin cleanse me.” ~Psalm 51

Dear Parishioners and Friends,
This Tuesday is our Diocesan Day of Penance. Local churches throughout our Diocese will be open for the Sacrament of Reconciliation on Tuesday, March 24th between 12:30pm - 7:30pm. Here at St. Rita, our church will be open for private prayer with Exposition of the Eucharist. Also that evening, beginning at 6:00 pm we will have our Soup Supper in Room 1. Come and bring the family for this important event!

This weekend we welcomed our Pre-Cana couples from throughout our Diocese at the 5:00pm mass. I extend my gratitude to our parish Pre-Cana team members for making this preparation day so special for our engaged couples.

Palm Sunday is next weekend along with the beginning of Holy Week. We will have fresh palm branches for distribution at all the masses and read from the Lord’s Passion.

May God bless you this week!
Fr. Gonyo

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An Introduction to Sunday's Scripture Readings - March 22, 2015

        One of the themes in the Gospel according to John is Jesus' journey to Jerusalem, his slow and purposeful journey to his passion, death and glorification through his resurrection. Numerous times in John's gospel, Jesus said "My hour has not yet come". In today's gospel (John 12:20-33), Jesus declares for the first time, "The hour has come" as he begins to prepare his disciples for what is to come and why it must come,
        "The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. Amen, amen, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains just a grain of wheat; but if it dies, it produces much fruit. Whoever loves his life loses it, and whoever hates his life in this world will preserve it for eternal life. Whoever serves me must follow me, and where I am, there also will my servant be. The Father will honor whoever serves me."
        In our first reading (Jer 31:31-34), Jeremiah seems to be prophesying about . . . .

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Holy Week and Easter Schedule

Tuesday, March 31
7:00 pm - Chrism Mass at Sacred Heart Cathedral

7:00 pm - Mass of the Lord's Supper

3:00 pm - Liturgy of the Lord's Passion

7:00 pm - Living Stations of the Cross

11:00 am - Blessing of Easter Food

7:00 pm - Easter Vigil (no 5 pm Mass)

Masses at 7:30 am, 9:00 am, and 10:30 am

A Biblical Walk Through the Mass

Discover the riches of the Mass through a five-part Bible Study for all ages - adults, young people, and families. There are three different sessions available - Monday mornings from 10-11 am, Wednesday evenings from 7-8 pm, and Thursday evenings from 7-8 pm. All sessions begin the week of April 6 and continue for 5 weeks. All sessions are held in Room 1 at Church. There will be table after Masses this weekend with more information and a registration form. There is a $20 fee to cover the cost of the materials. You can pay at the first session, but please register in advance so we know how many people to expect. Family members may share materials - just let us know when you sign up! To register online, click here.

Parish Family Census

We are asking all families to complete a Family Census Form.

Roman Holiday with Father Shatzel

On this 12-Day trip called the “Grand Catholic Italy Tour”, run by the Globus Company from Monday, September 14th through Friday, September 25th we will travel and visit Rome itself (with a Papal audience), Cascia ~ Assisi ~ Siena ~ Florence ~ Milan ~ Padua and Venice. Brochures are available from the Parish Office or from Father Shatzel. Once you get one, you may officially book yourself with the listed down payment.