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

Pastor's Message

October 26, 2014

“I love you, O Lord, my strength, O Lord, my rock, my fortress, my deliverer.
My God, my rock of refuge, my shield, the horn of my salvation, my stronghold!” Psalm 18
Dear Parishioners and Friends,
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. Then 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 one Saturday evening mass or Sunday morning mass to fulfill their Holy Day obligation.

Because All Souls Day is on a Sunday this year, I will offer a special blessing of the graves for those buried at the West Webster Cemetery. If you have loved ones who are buried there, join us at 11:45am near the St. Rita outside statue (by the rectory- the site for the old church). Beginning in prayer, we will then cross the street to the cemetery. Each grave with a family member will be sprinkled with Holy Water. Bring an umbrella in case of rain!

We recognized our 63 Confirmation candidates at the 5:00pm mass this weekend as they will be confirmed this Thursday, October 30th at Sacred Heart Cathedral by Bishop Matano. Thank you to Anita Wagner and their Confirmation Sponsors for supporting our young people in this important sacramental journey. 

There will be a Mass of Remembrance on Saturday, November 8th at 11:00am. We will read the names of the deceased from the past year. A candle will be lit for each person whose name is read. If you would like to include a family member or friend’s name at this liturgy please contact Karen at the parish office. Join us for this beautiful remembrance liturgy.

Also on Saturday, November 8th, the St. Rita Society will host their annual Roast Beef dinner after the 5:00pm mass. Thank you to our great volunteers who make this possible!

Finally, don’t forget to change your clock back one hour as Daylight Savings Time begins at 2:00am on Sunday, November 2.
May God bless you this week,
Fr. Gonyo

An Introduction to Sunday's Scripture Readings

November 2, 2014

This Saturday is All Saints' Day and Sunday is All Souls' Day. The readings for the Saturday vigil Mass will be from the All Saints' all saints soulsDay liturgy and Sunday will be from the All Souls' Day liturgy.
    Sunday's readings are all about hope --  hope in the resurrection, hope that we who are faithful will one day be raised up, reunited with our loved ones and have life eternal with our loving God.  This hope is not a wish, it is an expectation, rooted in faith and founded in love.
    Sunday's gospel reading is from the Gospel of John (6:37-40). Jesus tells the crowds that have been following him to focus on him and the one who sent him, "And this is the will of the one who sent me, that I should not lose anything of what he gave me, but that I should raise it on the last day. For this is the will of my father, that everyone who sees the Son and believes in him may have eternal life, and I shall raise him up on the last day."
    Our first reading (Wisdom 3: 1-9) shows that hope in the resurrection was already rooted in the faith of the Jewish people. "The souls of the just are in the hand of God, and no torment shall touch them. They seemed, in the view of the foolish, to be dead; and their passing away was thought an affliction . . . but they are in peace."
    This passage also seems to give understanding to the concept of Purgatory,  "For if before men, indeed, they be punished, yet is their hope full of immortality; chastised a little, they shall be greatly blessed because God tried them and found them worthy of himself. As gold in the furnace, he proved them".  This reading also mirrors the words of Jesus in John's Gospel, "Those who trust in him shall understand truth, and the faithful shall abide with him in love."
    In our second reading, St. Paul writes in his letter to the Romans (Rom 5:5-11), "Hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us. . . . But God proves his love for us in that while we were still sinners Christ died for us. How much more then, since we are now justified by his Blood, will we be saved through him from the wrath."
    So we are not foolish when we hope in the resurrection and we will not be disappointed. We are right to have faith in God's love for us.  Jesus told us so. Our faith is simply to believe him.
Click Here to read and reflect on the Sunday readings for Nov. 2 (All Saints' Day)
Click Here to read and reflect on the Saturday readings for Nov. 1 (All Souls' Day)

Activities and Events

Mass of Remembrance

Saturday, November 8 at 11:00am
ALL ARE INVITED to join Fr. Gonyo for this special annual liturgy in remembrance of all those who have recently gone before us.
Refreshments will follow after Mass.

Voting as a Catholic

Election Day is coming!  Click here for some information from the Bishop on voting as a Catholic.

Blessing of the Graves at the West Webster Cemetery

Join Fr. Gonyo 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 stand next to the grave of their loved one for an individual blessing with Holy Water. Father 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!

Inviting All Youth in Grades 6-12

Sunday, November 2youth-at-church-2
4:30 – 6:00pm
In St. Rita Parish Center Gym
JOIN US FOR FUN AND FELLOWSHIP! If you are in grades 6-12 and interested in getting together with other youth who share the same faith,thoughts and beliefs as you do don't miss this fun time. Pizza and beverage will be provided. ALL ARE WELCOME!!!!

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.

School News

Prospective Families Open House

On Wednesday, November 5 from 10:30-1:30 and Thursday, November 6 from 6:30-8:00, St. Rita School will be offering tours as part of thesmallSRSBlackLogo Discover Catholic Schools Open Houses.  St. Rita School is committed to fostering the God-given gifts of each child.  In an atmosphere where faith and knowledge meet, our goal is to shepherd the spiritual, intellectual, social, emotional, and physical growth of our students.  St. Rita School offers Pre-Kindergarten (half and full-day options)and full day Kindergarten through Sixth Grade.  We also offer an After Care program until 6 pm. *Beginning Fall 2015, Before School Care will also be offered.  For more information about our school, visit: 

Operation Share Joy

candyAfter the Halloween celebration, our students are beginning another service project.  Operation Share Joy allows students to donate some of their candy to be sent to soldiers overseas.  Students can also donate small smounts of money to help with the shipping costs.  The students also make cards and assemble the care packages.  If you would like to support this project, you can make a donation to the school office or in the box in church, marked Operation Share Joy.

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.