St. Rita Roman Catholic Church
1008 Maple Dr.
Webster, NY 14580
585-671-1100
Masses: Sat 5:00 pm
Sun 7:30; 9:00 (children's liturgy); 10:30 am
Mon-Thurs 8:15 am
Reconciliation: Saturdays from 3:30-4:30 pm
Office Hours: M-Th 9:00 am to 4:30 pm
Fri 9:00 to 12:00 pm

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Pastor's Message - February 25, 2018

“Brothers and sisters: If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son but handed him over for us all, how will he not also give us everything else along with him?” ~Romans 8

Dear Parishioners and Friends,

One of the most profound conversions called for in Lent is a true acceptance of how much God loves us. Despite all of our failures and brokenness He still loves us deeply and that makes all the difference. If our prayer, fasting and almsgiving can free us up to realize this reality – that will make all the difference.

This Tuesday evening we begin our Lenten Soup Supper Series in Room 1 beginning at 6:00pm followed by a Lenten Reflection at 6:45pm. This series is Free and no registration is required. There will be delicious hearty crock pots of soup with a variety of breads, drinks and cookies. Bring the whole family!

For this Tuesday’s reflection we welcome James Murphy who will share his story from a life on Wall Street to now living and working closely with the Rochester homeless community. Come and hear his moving story!

Exposition of the Holy Eucharist will take place on Tuesdays from 1:00 - 3:00pm.

The Sacrament of Reconciliation is offered every Wednesday in church after Daily Mass (about 8:45am) and on Saturdays from 3:30-4:30pm. On Wednesday, March 14, we will again host the annual Diocesan Day of Penance from 12:30pm-7:30pm. Easy to use guides to the Sacrament will be provided, so there is no need to worry about memorizing any prayers. This is a wonderful opportunity for a “worry-free” confession!

Stations of the Cross are offered every Friday at 7:00pm in Church - following our fabulous Lenten Fish Dinners. Like the Apostles, come eat fish and then spend some time with Jesus this Lent by experiencing the Stations of the Cross.

A new Bible Study begins next week, reflecting on the kingship of David and its connection to Jesus as our Good Shepherd and King.

Next Saturday morning and afternoon our Pre-Cana team gathers at St. Rita with 15 engaged couples preparing for the Sacrament of Marriage. We will conclude with prayer for them at the 5:00pm Saturday Evening Mass.

Let us continue to pray for all those suffering because of violence.

May God bless you this week!
Fr. Gonyo



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An Introduction to Sunday's Scripture Readings - February 25, 2018brfaha

The Second Sunday of Lent

In the hope that you will enter more fully into the Mass
 
The Transfiguration of Jesus
I KNOW NOW HOW DEVOTED YOU ARE TO GOD, SINCE YOU DID NOT WITHHOLD FROM ME YOUR OWN BELOVED SON.
 
As we continue our lenten journey toward the cross, we are asked to ponder God's unfathomable love for us, so great that he did not withhold from us his own beloved son. 

In our first reading (Genesis 22:1-2, 9-13, 15-18), we hear to vivid story of Abraham as he freely offers "his only son Isaac, whom he loves," as a holocaust to God. Even though complying with God's request would have meant an end to God's promise for "descendants as countless as the stars", he did not question. His love for God was greater than all else. We see in Abraham's absolute trust in God as a model for us.

God put Abraham to the test. He called to him, "Abraham!" "Here I am!" he replied. Then God said: "Take your son Isaac, your only one, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah. There you shall offer him up as a holocaust on a height that I will point out to you." 

When they came to the place of which God had told him, Abraham built an altar there and arranged the wood on it. Then he reached out and took the knife to slaughter his son. But the LORD's messenger called to him from heaven, "Abraham, Abraham!" "Here I am!" he answered. "Do not lay your hand on the boy," said the messenger. "Do not do the least thing to him. I know now how devoted you are to God, since you did not withhold from me your own beloved son." As Abraham looked about, he spied a ram caught by its horns in the thicket. So he went and took the ram and offered it up as a holocaust in place of his son. 

Again the LORD's messenger called to Abraham from heaven and said: "I swear by myself, declares the LORD, that because you acted as you did in not withholding from me your beloved son, I will bless you abundantly and make your descendants as countless as the stars of the sky and the sands of the seashore; your descendants shall take possession of the gates of their enemies, and in your descendants all the nations of the earth shall find blessing-all this because you obeyed my command."

In our Gospel reading (Mark 9:2-10), we hear of the Transfiguration of Jesus on a high mountain. There are many elements of this story that directly link Jesus to the Law and the Prophets of the Old Testament. In it, Jesus is revealed in all his divine glory. This takes place shortly before Jesus passion and death - from divine glory to the agony of crucifixion. At the conclusion of this scene, we hear the voice of God saying, "This is my beloved son. Listen to him."

Jesus took Peter, James, and John and led them up a high mountain apart by themselves. And he was transfigured before them, and his clothes became dazzling white, such as no fuller on earth could bleach them. Then Elijah appeared to them along with Moses, and they were conversing with Jesus. Then Peter said to Jesus in reply, "Rabbi, it is good that we are here! Let us make three tents: one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah." He hardly knew what to say, they were so terrified. Then a cloud came, casting a shadow over them; from the cloud came a voice, "This is my beloved Son. Listen to him." Suddenly, looking around, they no longer saw anyone but Jesus alone with them.
 
As they were coming down from the mountain, he charged them not to relate what they had seen to anyone, except when the Son of Man had risen from the dead. So they kept the matter to themselves, questioning what rising from the dead meant.

In our Epistle reading (Romans 8:31-34), St. Paul reassures his Christian audience that, even in the midst of relentless persecution, they can be no less glorified in their suffering than God's own son, whom God "handed over for us all".
 
Brothers and sisters: If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son but handed him over for us all, how will he not also give us everything else along with him? Who will bring a charge against God's chosen ones? It is God who acquits us, who will condemn? Christ Jesus it is who died-or, rather, was raised - who also is at the right hand of God, who indeed intercedes for us.

One of the things we learn today is that God's call is personal and demanding. It is not always easy. We follow in the footsteps of God's own son. But we know where those footsteps lead. Beyond the suffering, beyond the hardships, beyond even death, we know God's unfathomable love for us will transcend it all. "It is God who acquits us, who will condemn?" When God calls to us, how should we respond? As Abraham, "Here I am."

  • Click Here to read, reflect and pray on the full readings for February 25, 2017


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News

Registration has begun!

Prospective new families can either stop in the office for a packet or follow the link to Admissions---Registration for the packet.

If you have any questions about registration, please contact the School Office (585-671-3132).

Communion Breakfast

ALL ARE WELCOME!
ST. RITA SOCIETY is hosting a
COMMUNION BREAKFAST
Sunday, February 25
following the 9:00am Mass
All are welcome to please join us in Church to celebrate Mass at 9:00am then over to Glendoveers Restaurant on
Old Browncroft Road for a wonderful breakfast.
We are delighted to have:
Sr. Karlien Bach, RSM as our Guest Speaker.
Tickets are $10 per person and will be on sale after all masses the next two weekends starting (Feb 10/11).
You can also stop in or call in your reservation to the parish office (671-1100) up until Monday, February 21.
Carpooling will be available from Church for this event, so please do not hesitate to ask for a ride!
Any Questions, please call Kathy at 671-4347.

Lenten Soup Suppers

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 27

1:00-3:00pm Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament
6:00-6:45pm SOUP & BREAD SUPPER in Room 1
6:45-7:30pm PRESENTATION in Church
Webster native James Murphy will share his compelling life-story that brought him from a life on Wall Street to living at St. Joseph’s House of Hospitality working with the Rochester homeless community.

Tuesday, March 6: Taize Prayer

Tuesday, March 13: Fr. George Heyman on the Eucharist

Tuesday, March 20: Musical Reflection

The Power of the Eucharist

CATHOLIC WOMEN
A Time Just for You!
5th ANNUAL ROCHESTER CATHOLIC WOMEN’S CONFERENCE
“The Power of the Eucharist: Glorifying God and Sanctifying the Word”
Saturday, March 10
8:00 am – 3:30 pm
(doors open at 7:00am)
Held at The Aquinas Institute ~ 1127 Dewey Ave
Conference sold out early last year so don’t wait!
Don’t miss this opportunity to celebrate Mass with our Bishop and to hear national speakers, Dr. Edward Sri, theologian and noted author, and Danielle Bean, publisher of Catholic Digest. There will be the opportunity for reconciliation, praying the rosary, perusing Catholic vendors, and connecting with other Catholic women.
Bishop Salvatore Matano will preside at morning Mass beginning at 8:00am. Continental breakfast and lunch are included. The cost is $50 for mail-in registrations and $53.00 for online registrations.
Registration forms are available in our parish office and in the greeting area in Church or you may go online to Rochestercwc.org. If you have questions, please contact Maria at rochcwc@gmail.com

Living Stations of the Cross

High school students are invited to experience the Stations of the Cross from a different point of view this Lent by filling acting and behind the scenes roles.
Presentation dates are Friday, March 23 at 7:00 pm at Holy Trinity Church and Friday, March 30 at 7:00 pm at St. Rita. Practices will be Sundays, March 4, 11, and 18 from 11:30 am – 1:30 pm. Please contact Elizabeth for more information and to sign up to help by March 1.

David the King

This spring, we will be offering a study of King David by noted author and video lecturer Bishop Robert Barron.  The New Testament foretold a son of David who would realize the fullness of Israelite kingship … but whose actual reign defied expectation. King David causes us to look back toward Adam’s kingship and forward toward Christ the King, seeing Christ as the fulfillment of the Davidic line and the realization of the Kingdom of God on earth.

Three separate sessions are offered beginning March 5, 7 & 8 and run for 7 weeks.
Groups meet on Monday mornings from 10-11:30 am, Wednesday evenings from 7-8:30 pm & Thursday evenings from 7-8:30 pm in Room 1. You can “Mix and Match”, attending any of the sessions in the same week.

Please email or call the parish office at 671-1100 and let us know which session you would like to attend. The cost of materials (workbook & study guide) is $15.

"Abracadabra Aladdin" ~the 5th graders play

Performances are Thursday, March 8th at 10:00am and 7:00pm  AND Friday March 9th at 1:00 pm

Come enjoy the performances

Scholastic Book Fair ~ Paws for Books!

Come to the Spring Fair March 3rd to March 9th 

We will have a Family Night on March 9th

Boy Scout Pasta Dinner

Boy Scout Troop 163 will be serving a Pasta Dinner on Saturday, March 10 from 5:30-7:30 pm in the Parish Center. $8 per person; children under 5 eat free. Tickets can be purchased after Masses NEXT WEEKEND or at the door. Raffle Basket tickets will be sold as well – you don’t need to be present to win.

Lenten Fish Fry Dinners

Served on Fridays during Lent
February 16 – March 23
5:00-7:00pm in the Parish Center
Fried or Baked Haddock are available as well as Cheese Pizza and Macaroni and Cheese. Adult Fish dinners include fish, seasoned potato wedges, coleslaw and a roll. Soft Drinks, Milk, Coffee and Tea and Desserts are available to purchase - Dine in or Take Out!