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

Pastor's Message

November 16, 2014

“Remain in me as I remain in you, says the Lord. Whoever remains in me bears much fruit.”
John 15

Dear Parishioners and Friends,
In this past edition of the Catholic Courier, Bishop Matano writes concerning Catholic funerals and proper burial practices. His article offers the reasons why it is important to have a funeral mass celebrated for a loved one. He also writes about the proper burial of a body or cremains. He concludes by stating that it is important to remember to add the request for a funeral mass in your last will and testament.

I am hoping every parishioner household receives our Diocesan Catholic Courier paper. Did you know that this paper is a subscription that the parish provides everyone free of charge? Let us know if you are not receiving one. There is also a digital edition that is sent mid-month, which only requires your email address. Soon we will be conducting an internal parish Census so that addresses and email addresses stay current.

Last Monday our parish council met to discuss a variety of parish needs and updates concerning the parish and school. The council is also in the process of reworking our parish “vision statement” to more closely reflect our mission of evangelization. If anyone has thoughts they would like to share with the council, or any concerns, let members know as they are eager to listen.

Like any homeowner, there are always the unexpected surprises that suddenly end up costing lots and lots of money. Unfortunately, after our most recent prolonged rainstorm, we ended up using trash cans in the church hallway to catch the incoming water. While we successfully treated our flat roof sections over the summer, and the school library roof, not to mention the convent/office roof which we replaced a year or so ago, this latest series of leaks came from a failing section of asphalt roof above the pews on the north side of church. Even the electrical conduit for the church interior lights was found wet, so repairs were urgent, especially with the onset of winter. In the spring we will have to look into finishing the remaining sections of roof including the south side and chapel peak. The cost of these repairs is, as you can imagine, substantial. Donations are always appreciated as we may need to announce a new capital roof campaign.

A simpler, but still important, repair: We are in need of a new plaster hand for the statue of Mary as the old one is broken. If anyone can do such repairs, let me know! The life-size statue is in room #1 and, I believe, was the original that was in the old St. Rita Church.

I have received word at our parish council meeting that “Breakfast with Santa” is a definite “GO” in December. Santa has already scheduled himself for a visit. Free photos will be included. I think Santa must have heard about our roof problems and wants to see how comfortable he is landing on it!
May God bless you this week!
Fr. Gonyo

An Introduction to Sunday's Scripture Readings

November 16, 2014

Fear of the Lord doesn't mean being afraid of the Lord.  That's the theme of today's Gospel reading (Matthew 25:14-30). fear of the lordParable of the Talents "Well done, my good and faithful servant"Jesus told his disciples the parable about a man going on a journey who called in three servants and gave them each a sum of money (talents). Two of the three recognized their responsibility to use their talents for the benefit of their master.  Confident in their relationship with the master, they traded with their talents and doubled their money.  The third, out of fear, went off and buried his talent in the ground.
    When the master returned, he praised the first two, saying "well done, my good and faithful servant. Since you were faithful in small matters, I will give you great responsibilities. Come, share your master's joy!". To the third servant, the master said, "Should you not then have put my money in the bank so that I could have it back with interest on my return?" He then severely chastised the servant saying, "You wicked, lazy servant."
St. Paul reminds us in our second reading (Thessalonians 5:1-6) that we will not know when the master will return, saying, "For you yourselves know very well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief at night."  Even so, Paul tells us not to live in fear but to live always prepared for the day the Lord will come, "But you, brothers, are not in darkness, for that day to overtake you like a thief. For all of you are children of the light and children of the day . . . Therefore, let us not sleep as the rest do, but let us stay alert and sober."  Saint Paul reminds us to always be prepared to account for the talents God has given us.
   In our first reading (Proverbs 31: 10-13, 19-20, 30-31), we hear a poem possibly written by a queen mother to her son, the king. The longer version of the poem is an admonition of chastity,  prudence and justice. Today's portion of the poem can be described as 'the virtuous woman' or the 'ideal wife': "When one finds a worthy wife, her value is far beyond pearls. Her husband, entrusting his heart to her, has an unfailing prize . . .  Charm is deceptive and beauty fleeting; the woman who fears the Lord is to be praised."

Click Here to read and reflect on the Sunday readings for Nov. 16 



Activities and Events

Christmas Angel Gift Project

christmas angelBe a CHRISTMAS ANGEL!  Let's make this a happy Christmas for those families that could use a little help.  Stop in the greeting area after Mass the next three weekends to pick up an Angel Tag with gift requests.  Return your gifts to Church or the Parish Office by noon on Sunday, December 14.  Gifts go to the Migrant Community at La Casa, residents of the Rochester Psychiatric Center, and other local agencies.

Change to the Children's Liturgy Program

Please Note ~ We will only offer the Children’s Liturgy of the Word Program during the 9:00am Mass on Sundays.

Thanksgiving Day Mass

give-thanksPlease join us for Mass on Thanksgiving morning, Thursday, November 27 at 9:00am.

Fr. Gonyo will include a special blessing of food. Feel free to bring a food item to be blessed, that you will be sharing at your meal.

SaveAround Rochester

Stop by the Parish Office to pick up your 2015 SaveAround Rochester coupon book for $20.  This book contains over $2,500 in savearoundvalue at many popular stores and restaurants, both local and nationwide.  For each book sold, St. Rita receives a 40% profit to use for our youth programs.  Get one for all your friends - buy 5 books, get 1 free!  You can also order a book for other cities.  For more information, contact Elizabeth Kwiatkowski at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call the office at 671-1100 ext. 14.

There are also a few discounted 2014 books left - coupons are good through the end of this year.

Catholic Ministries Appeal is Now Underway

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, “Attitude of Gratitude”. 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 is - $146,887
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 church. Please read the material carefully and give prayerful consideration to your participation. Every gift is needed and important. For more information or to give online please go to the diocesan website at – Every gift, no matter the size is appreciated. Thank you for your prayers and support!

School News

Ski Club

skiThere is space available for any 4th-12th grader who would like to ski with St. Rita Ski Club.  For more information, please contact Rita and Tony Mendicino at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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!