St. Rita Roman Catholic Church
1008 Maple Dr.
Webster, NY 14580
Masses: Sat 5:00 pm
Sun 7:30; 9:00 (children's liturgy); 10:30 am
Mon-Fri 8:15 am
Reconciliation: Saturdays from 3:30-4:30 pm;
Wednesdays after morning Mass (about 8:45)
Office Hours: M-Th 9:00 am to 4:30 pm
Fri 9:00 to 12:00 pm

Pastor's Message - November 18, 2018

“In those days, I, Daniel, heard this word of the Lord: At that time there shall arise Michael, the great prince, guardian of your people; it shall be a time unsurpassed in distress since nations began until that time. At that time your people shall escape, everyone who is found written in the book.  Many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake; some shall live forever, others shall be held in contempt and disgrace. But the wise shall shine brightly like the splendor of the firmament, and those who lead the many to justice shall be like the stars forever.” - Daniel 12

Dear Parishioners and Friends;

The first reading this weekend is from the book of Daniel. It is quite different than what we are used to. Reference is made to the "end times" and of the salvation God will bestow on the just. Reference is also made of Michael the Archangel who will assist in the task of rescuing those who have died, while separating the wicked from the good. These particular "end time" readings indicate that we will be soon celebrating the feast of Christ the King and the conclusion of the church year.

As to Michael the Archangel, I know of men and women who serve in our armed forces and others who serve in public service as police and firefighters who ask Michael the Archangel to protect them. Many even carry a medal of Michael the Archangel on their person. 

During the Month of October, Pope Francis asked us to pray the rosary for the Church and to avail ourselves of the intercession of Michael the Archangel by reciting the Archangel prayer at the end of mass. Our daily mass folks already do this during the week. Here is the prayer:

"Saint Michael the Archangel defend us in battle. Be our defense against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray. And do Thou, O Prince of the Heavenly host, by the Divine Power of God thrust into hell Satan and all the evil spirits who prowl about the world for the ruin of souls. Amen."

Our annual Thanksgiving Mass will be held ‪at 9:00 am this Thursday. We will have a table set up in the main body of Church for any personal food items (breads/pies) that you would like blessed at Mass and then brought back home again to share at your table. The Prayers of the Faithful will also provide an opportunity to offer our gratitude to God. So come join us for this great celebration!

This Sunday afternoon, our Confirmation candidates, along with some of their parents and sponsors will be helping to sort, pack and deliver deluxe Thanksgiving baskets to many local families this Sunday afternoon. We are so grateful to all the generous parishioners who responded graciously donating a variety of turkeys and food items so others who are less fortunate can enjoy a delicious dinner! Thank you!

We have much to be grateful for!

May God bless you!
Fr. Gonyo

Pastor's Message - November 11, 2018

The LORD keeps faith forever, secures justice for the oppressed, gives food to the hungry. The LORD sets captives free. The LORD gives sight to the blind; the LORD raises up those who were bowed down. The LORD loves the just; the LORD protects strangers. The fatherless and the widow he sustains, but the way of the wicked he thwarts. The LORD shall reign forever; your God, O Zion, through all generations. Alleluia. - Psalm 146

Dear Parishioners and Friends;

We remember and honor all of our living and fallen veterans on this Veterans Day weekend. Our St. Rita School students held a special prayer service ceremony last Friday remembering our Veterans. We especially want to keep our own parishioners, family members and friends who are currently serving our country in our prayers.

A special thanks for all who participated in the "Discovering Christ" program these past seven weeks! It was a wonderful experience. Those who participated had time to deepen their relationship with Jesus. For some it may have provided a chance to discover Christ in a new personal way. Look for an opportunity for seven more weeks to "Follow Christ" beginning in January.

This Wednesday evening, 54 of our young people will be making their First Reconciliation. - Please keep them and their parents in your prayers. Next Spring, most of these same children will be making their First Holy Eucharist. On behalf of our Faith Formation Director Anita Wagner, and myself, we wish to thank the parents of these children for taking an active role in their sacramental journey of faith and making it a priority for our young folks.

We congratulate our parishioner Viola Laging as she became an Associate of the Sisters of St. Joseph on Sunday, October 28th at the Sisters of St. Joseph Motherhouse. Associates are lay people who share the spirit and charism of the Sisters of St. Joseph, which draws them to work in peace, gentleness and joy for the reconciliation of neighbor with neighbor and God.

We have much to be grateful for!

May God bless you!
Fr. Gonyo

Pastor's Message - November 4, 2018

"Beloved: See what love the Father has bestowed on us that we may be called the children of God. Yet so we are. The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him. Beloved, we are God’s children now; what we shall be has not yet been revealed. We do know that when it is revealed we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is. Everyone who has this hope based on him makes himself pure, as he is pure." - 1 John 3

Dear Parishioners and Friends,

Bishop Matano has requested that every church congregation in the Diocese of Rochester pray for the victims in the Pennsylvania Synagogue tragedy.  We unite are hearts and prayers with our Jewish brothers and sisters.

The Feast of All Saints, which we celebrated on Thursday, reminded us that Church history is filled with many examples of individuals who were outstanding examples of courage, holiness, conviction of faith and selfless witnesses of Christ's love. The church recognizes the names of the Saints as a "great multitude" of witnesses that inspire us to move forward on our path towards Christ. Each had their own struggles and challenges, just as we have our own.

The Commemoration of the Feast of All Souls was celebrated this past Saturday bringing to mind loved family members, friends, fellow parishioners and people we have known who are now deceased. We offered a special Mass of Remembrance and lit candles for all deceased members of St. Rita Parish.  The names of those who died in the past year were individually read along with other names of family members.  So know that your loved one was included and prayed for as we commend them into the mercy of God

After all Masses this Sunday (November 4) we will bless the graves of the deceased at West Webster Cemetery across from our church on Maple Drive.   We will gather at the Saint Rita Shrine, which is the site of the old St. Rita Church across from the rectory, for a special prayer of blessing immediately following Sunday 10:30am Mass (about 11:40am). We will then ask those present to cross the street to the cemetery and stand at the burial plot of their loved one for an individual blessing by Fr. Mike, Deacon Jim or myself. All are welcome!

May God Bless you this week,
Fr. Gonyo

Pastor's Message - October 28, 2018

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,

The month of November offers us a special time to commemorate our dearly beloved to the Lord. Below are a list of important dates to consider:

Thursday, November 1st is the Feast of All Saints, a Holy Day of obligation. Masses will be at 8:15am, 9:15am and 7:00pm. Saints are ordinary people who lived in our past, but became outstanding models of courage, holiness, conviction of faith, and selfless witnesses of Christ's love. The church recognizes the names of the Saints as a "great multitude" of witnesses that inspire us to move forward on our path toward Christ.

Friday, November 2nd is the Feast of All Souls, at the 8:15am mass, we remember all of our Faithful Departed and commend them to the mercy of God.

Saturday, November 3rd at 11:00am, we will hold our annual Mass of Remembrance. We will read the names of the deceased from the past year and 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 to be read at this liturgy, please contact Julie Cohn at the parish office (671-1100 ext. 13). All are welcome to join us for this beautiful remembrance liturgy.

Sunday, November 4th at 9:00am Mass: On this first Sunday of the month is our Family Mass. Children will stay in church for the Liturgy of the Word and a chance to hear and learn more about the Mass!

Sunday, November 4th is our Annual Blessing of Graves. Immediately following the 10:30am Mass next Sunday (around 11:40am), all are welcome to gather at the site of our old St. Rita Church and current St. Rita Shrine. We will process across the street to the West Webster Cemetery and bless the graves of any friends and family members who are buried there. Each grave with a family member or friend standing by it will be sprinkled with Holy Water. Everyone is welcome to join us for this remembrance of our faithful departed. It's rain or shine so bring an umbrella in case of rain!

Daylight Savings Time begins at 2:00am on Sunday, November 4. Don't forget to wake up at 2:00am and change your clocks back one hour!

May God Bless you this week,
Fr. Gonyo