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

Pastor's Message

Sunday, August 31, 2014

“O God, you are my God whom I seek; for you my flesh pines and my soul thirsts like the earth, parched,
lifeless and without water. Thus have I gazed toward you in the sanctuary to see your power and
your glory, for your kindness is a greater good than life; my lips shall glorify you. Thus I will
bless you while I live; lifting up my hands, I will call upon your name. As with the riches of a banquet
shall my soul be satisfied, and with exultant lips my mouth shall praise you. You are my help, and
in the shadow of your wings I shout for joy. My soul clings fast to you; your right hand upholds me.”
(Psalm 63 – this weekend’s Psalm)

Dear Parishioners and Friends,
We welcome Bishop Salvatore Matano next Sunday, September 7th at the 10:30am mass. Join us for this
special Sunday celebration as our new bishop celebrates mass with us!
You can sense the energy and excitement for the start of the new school season. Our maintenance staff has
been finishing painting and cleaning. St. Rita teachers have been hard at work getting their classrooms ready
this past week with moving desks and chairs, restarting computer equipment, filling the school aquarium and
reorganizing classroom shelves and displays. Walmart and Kmart will be swamped with parents rushing for
last minute bargains on sneakers, pencils, paper, crayons and backpacks. Parents and grandparents have
been rearranging new schedules for the children and grandchildren and the family pet. Soon the sight and
sound of yellow school buses and caravans of arriving cars filled with children and parents will fill the parking
lot and school grounds. Children sharing stories of summer adventures will fill the air along with the tears of
new preschoolers and moms and dads marking new childhood milestones during the first day of school.
And… all… will be well. Happy Labor Day!

This weekend and next, Peter Swovick with Troop 163, will be collecting old electronics for recycling. This
fundraiser will be used to offset the cost of the new flooring for the PreK and 6th grade classrooms. Anything
electronic, big or small, new or old, is welcome. The only items we cannot accept are old CRT (tube style)
T.V.’s and broken LCD monitors. This event helps clean out our basements and closets and keeps these
items out of the trash and raises money too! Items can be brought to meeting room #1 in church. Thank you
Peter and Troop 163!

May God bless you this week,
Fr. Gonyo

An Introduction to Sunday's Scripture Readings

Sunday, August 31, 2014

take up cross"Whoever wishes to come after me must deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me." (Matthew 16:24)In our gospel passage this Sunday (Matthew 16:21-27), "Jesus began to show his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer greatly."  But Peter began to rebuke Jesus, "God forbid, Lord! No such thing shall ever happen to you." To which Jesus said, "Get behind me Satan! You are an obstacle to me."
    "Then Jesus said to his disciples, 'Whoever wishes to come after me must deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me. For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.'"
St. Paul tells us today in our second reading (Romans 2:1-2), "I urge you, brothers and sisters, by the mercies of God,to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice,holy and pleasing to God, your spiritual worship."
   In our first reading from the book of the prophet Jeremiah (20:7-9), we have a scene where God had called Jeremiah to chastise the people of Judah for their sins and idolatry.  For this he was attacked, beaten, imprisoned and even thrown into a cistern. This is indeed a heavy cross for Jeremiah to bear and he cries out in frustration, "You duped me, O Lord, and I let myself be duped. . . .All the day I am an object of laughter, everyone mocks me."
    So Jeremiah decides he will carry this cross no more, only to find he cannot deny his God, "I say to myself, I will not mention him, I will speak in his name no more. But then it becomes like fire burning in my heart, imprisoned in my bones, I grow weary holding it in, I cannot endure it."
    Jeremiah and Peter are not unlike most of us.  We shudder at the thought of suffering the weight of our cross and at times we rebuke God in frustration. Sometimes we feel like we
"will speak in his name no more." But Jesus in today's Gospel reminds us ever so clearly, "whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it."  All we have to do is trust, and believe Jesus what he tells us.
  • Click Here to read and reflect on the Sunday readings for August 31, 2014.

Activities and Events

Breakfast Club Starts Again

BREAKFAST CLUB starts again next Sunday, September 7!
This is our 43rd year! You are invited each Sunday morning from 8:30-11:00am in the Parish Center for a delicious meal served with a smile! We offer a “Special” each Sunday but we always have a traditional menu as well with items such as eggs (any way you like ‘em), bacon, sausage, pancakes, etc . . . So sit back and let Breakfast Club serve you breakfast on Sunday mornings from September through May! Next week’s special: CHEESY SCRAMBLED EGGS served with warm buttered toast and a bottomless cup of coffee. Our ministry runs on donations only which are greatly appreciated.

Volunteer workers are always needed – volunteer as a family or if you are a teen needing community service! If interested please call the parish office.

New Scout Joining Night

NOW is a GREAT time to JOIN Scouting!
St. Rita’s Pack 163 
would love to have your family join us in Scouting!

All boys in grades 1 – 4 are welcome!

New Scout Joining Night- September 12, 6:30 at St Rita’s Gym

Join us for the 2014 -2015 Scouting year! Our events include a Fall Camp Out, Pinewood Derby Races, the Red Wings Game and Sleepover at Frontier Field, and Cub Scout Adventure Camp. For more information, contact Michael Quatela.

Electronic Recycling Fundraiser

electronics Beginning next weekend August 30 & 31 and on the weekend of September 6 & 7 there will be a table in the greeting area in church for you to bring your old electronic or computer items for recycling.

This fundraiser is part of Peter Swovick’s Eagle Scout project.  Peter has been busy installing beautiful walnut colored composite flooring in both the pre-kindergarten and sixth grade classrooms and these funds will help offset some of the cost to the parish and the school.

Bring your unwanted computer monitors, hard drives, radios, typewriters, keyboards, telephones, etc . . . .

They will not take:  CRT monitors, TV sets, Laser Jet or old ink jet printers, fax machines and broken LCD monitors.

If you have any questions please call Peter at 872-0803 or send him an e-mail.

Women Enjoying Rediscovering Our Catholicism

werocW.E.R.O.C. (Women Enjoying Rediscovering Our Catholicism) invites all interested women to join them on Tuesdays from 9:00-10:00 am in Meeting Room 1, starting September 9.

The Four Signs of a Dynamic Catholic by Matthew Kelly

Four things make the difference between highly engaged Catholics and disengaged Catholics: the four signs of a Dynamic Catholic. Whether you are ready to let God take your spiritual life to the next level or want to help reinvigorate your parish, The Four Signs of a Dynamic Catholic promises to take you on a journey that will help you to live out the genius of Catholicism in your everyday life. The central idea in this book should change the way we live our faith and the way we teach our faith.

For more information, contact Terezeja Lemieux or Darlene Piersall.

Annual Women's Retreat

retreatCome away for a weekend with the Lord at the Notre Dame Retreat House overlooking Canandaigua Lake.  The theme this year is "Gifts Beyond Compare". Let Him restore and renew your spirit and create in you strength and courage. We carpool from the St. Rita parking lot on Friday, September 12 at 5:30 pm and return Sunday around noon. The suggested donation for the weekend is $130 for a private room with a shared bath, $100 per person for a double room with a private bath, and $195 for a private room with a private bath. 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, call Darlene Piersall at 787-0983 or Jane Murray at 787-1573.  

Men's Retreat Weekend is October 31-November 2.  Watch for more details!

School News

Back to School

srsSchool starts for St. Rita School students on Wednesday, September 3, 2014.  Everyone is getting ready!

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 as we prepare for the upcoming school year!

St. Rita School...Where Faith and Knowledge Meet!

It’s not too late to register for the 2014-2015 school year!  We are accepting registrations for PreK 3 & 4 years olds and Grades K-6.  After School Care is available for all of our students, PreK-Grade 6 until 6:00 pm.  Please don’t hesitate to call us at 671-3132 with any questions and/or to schedule a tour.