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 - July 22, 2018

“The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. In verdant pastures he gives me repose; beside restful waters he leads me; he refreshes my soul. He guides me in right paths for his name’s sake. Even though I walk in the dark valley I fear no evil; for you are at my side with your rod and your staff that give me courage. You spread the table before me in the sight of my foes; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Only goodness and kindness follow me all the days of my life; and I shall dwell in the house of the LORD for years to come.” ~Psalm 23

Dear Parishioners and Friends,

Psalm 23 (selected from our readings this weekend) is perhaps the best known and recognized psalm verse in the Bible. It is a psalm that gives comfort and hope. It reminds us that God loves us with a depth of love that is certain and eternal. Our Lord, the Good Shepherd, will never abandon us or our loved ones at the time of death. Psalm 23 is truly powerful. But so are the other psalms!

Originally the psalms were composed as songs and intended to be sung. They are attributed to the work of King David who would sing and dance before the Lord, even when he was ridiculed by onlookers for doing so. Nothing was holding King David back from his love and praise for God. The psalms have endured ever since and express the full gamut and depth of human emotion. The psalms express a longing for God that no other prayer can match. For centuries the psalms have been incorporated into the daily prayer of the church found in every monastery, abbey and cloistered community. Priests and deacons are obligated to pray using the psalms in the Liturgy of the Hours. We pray the psalms at every Mass that is celebrated and sing the psalms at Sunday liturgies because they were intended to be sung.

It is summer-time and a great time to do some extra reading. Check out the psalms in your own bible. You may be surprised a psalm-prayer that matches the longing you have for God in your heart.

May God Bless You!
Fr. Gonyo

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An Introduction to Sunday's Scripture Readings - July 22, 2018

The Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

In the hope that you will enter more fully into the Mass
The Just Shepherd


This Sunday's scripture readings are all about shepherds - good ones and bad ones. God promised that he himself will shepherd his people Israel and raise up an heir to the throne of David who will reign as a righteous king.

In our first reading (Jeremiah 23:1-6), the prophet chastised the weak and sinful kings (shepherds) of his day for scattering their flocks and then speaks on behalf of God as he promises a righteous shoot from David will reign as king and Israel shall dwell in security. This messianic prophesy is fulfilled by Jesus as we will hear in today's Gospel.

Woe to the shepherds who mislead and scatter the flock of my pasture, says the LORD. Therefore, thus says the LORD, the God of Israel, against the shepherds who shepherd my people: You have scattered my sheep and driven them away. You have not cared for them, but I will take care to punish your evil deeds. I myself will gather the remnant of my flock from all the lands to which I have driven them and bring them back to their meadow; there they shall increase and multiply. I will appoint shepherds for them who will shepherd them so that they need no longer fear and tremble; and none shall be missing, says the LORD.
Behold, the days are coming, says the LORD, when I will raise up a righteous shoot to David; as king he shall reign and govern wisely, he shall do what is just and right in the land. In his days Judah shall be saved, Israel shall dwell in security. This is the name they give him: "The LORD our justice."

In our Gospel reading (Mark 6:30-34), the twelve apostles return from their mission elated but exhausted (see last Sunday's Gospel). Jesus takes them to a deserted place to rest but the crowd follows. Jesus reveals himself as the faithful shepherd of the new Israel as he is moved with pity for them. He began to teach them many things. In the next passage that follows this, Jesus will feed the five thousand with just five loaves and two fish.

The apostles gathered together with Jesus and reported all they had done and taught. He said to them, "Come away by yourselves to a deserted place and rest a while." People were coming and going in great numbers, and they had no opportunity even to eat. So they went off in the boat by themselves to a deserted place. People saw them leaving and many came to know about it. They hastened there on foot from all the towns and arrived at the place before them.
When he disembarked and saw the vast crowd, his heart was moved with pity for them, for they were like sheep without a shepherd; and he began to teach them many things.

In our Epistle reading (Ephesians 2:13-18), St. Paul tells the Gentile Ephesian community that through the blood of Christ, the dividing wall has been broken down. They and the Jews have been united into one people; just as God had promised in our first reading, God has "gathered the remnant of his flock".

Brothers and sisters: In Christ Jesus you who once were far off have become near by the blood of Christ. For he is our peace, he who made both one and broke down the dividing wall of enmity, through his flesh, abolishing the law with its commandments and legal claims, that he might create in himself one new person in place of the two, thus establishing peace, and might reconcile both with God, in one body, through the cross, putting that enmity to death by it. He came and preached peace to you who were far off and peace to those who were near, for through him we both have access in one Spirit to the Father.

Again, lest we think that this talk about shepherds of old does not concern us, we should keep in mind that we are all shepherds in some way - either for our family, our friends, or those in our care or charge. We are blessed to have the apostles and Jesus himself as our models. May we live up to our calling.

  • Click HERE to read and reflect on the readings for, Sunday, July 22

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Communion Service with Deacon Jim

Tuesday, July 24 at 5:00pm
at St. Joseph’s House of Hospitality
(402 South Ave. in Rochester)
I will conduct a Communion Service for the guests and Catholic Workers at St. Joseph's House of Hospitality. Many of you may remember their presentation given during one of our Lenten Soup Suppers.
This is another great opportunity to get to know those among us whose lives are very different from ours yet, as children of God, are similar in so many ways. Getting to know one another is where it all begins! If you plan on attending, please also consider bringing along a donation item. The men could use the following items: clothing items in general, socks and underwear in particular.
Please feel free to call me at 233-0334 or email me at with any questions.
Peace and love,
Deacon Jim

Vacation Bible School

Register now for "Shipwrecked" VBS! 

This summer's program is August 6-10 from 9 am - noon for students ages 4-10. 
There is a $25 per student fee, with a family max of $60.  All families will receive a music CD. 

Click here to sign up students.

Click here to sign up volunteers, ages 11+ (entering 6th grade or above). 

Praise and Worship Music

Next Saturday, July 28, at the 5 pm Mass, we will be using contemporary praise and worship music to bring us closer to the Lord through song. If you’d like to preview the music before Mass on YouTube, here is what we will be singing together:

 Open the Eyes of my Heart – Paul Baloche

The Table – Chris Tomlin

Lord, I Need You – Matt Maher

O Come To The Altar – Elevation Worship

God Alone – The Nebblett Family

This Is Amazing Grace – Phil Wickham

Be a part of our Welcome Ministry!

We are looking for families or individuals who are willing to make a connection with newer parishioners here at St. Rita. We will match you with a new family or individual with similar family dynamics
This would involve making a welcoming phone call, inviting them to attend Mass, Breakfast Club or another activity, and making some introductions to other parishioners. This does not require a big time commitment and will hopefully be rewarding for all involved! Anyone who has been a parishioner for at least a year is encouraged to become involved in this ministry. Contact Karen at the Parish Office at 671-1100 x 11 or by email.

Registration are still being accepted

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).

Used Uniform Sale

Get ready for school!

Sale is August 10th in the hallway by the library. Donations can be accepted until August 3rd.

All items are $2.00

CYO Soccer Registration

CYO soccer registration for the upcoming fall season has begun! Boys and Girls from St. Rita Parish in Grades 3-6 may sign up for this league, which will play in September and October. Please register and pay online here. The fees are: $60 for 3rd & 4th Grade players and $80 for 5th & 6th Grade players. There is a $140 family maximum. Deadline to register is Monday, August 13.


What is ChristLife? ChristLife™ has been conducted in many parishes throughout the Rochester diocese and is a proven method for rediscovering and sharing our faith with others. In the first series, Discovering Christ, people are helped to enter into or renew a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, experience the love of God the Father, and be empowered by the Holy Spirit to live as God's children. We invite you to experience Discovering Christ starting on Sunday September 23rd, at St. Rita Church. Considering inviting a friend or loved one who you think might benefit from this experience. There will be an opportunity to sign-up after the Masses on the weekend of September 8th & 9th, online here, or by calling Julie Cohn at the Parish Office (585) 671-1100 x 13.

Confirmation Registration

If your youth is in 8th Grade or above and has received the Sacraments of Baptism, Eucharist and Reconciliation, he or she will be ready to start preparing to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation. This is a two year program. It will start in mid-September. Please register online here by September 1. If you have any questions, please email Marie Marton or call 671-1100 x 17.

School Supply Collection

Over the next few months please take advantage of special sales! In order to assist those in need in our area, we will be collecting school supplies until September. You can help with your donation of pens, pencils, crayons, highlighters, markers, dry erase markers, colored pencils, pencil cases, composition notebooks, binders in 1½ inch, 2 inch and 3 inch, filler paper in regular and college lines,colored folders, 3-5 subject spiral notebooks, dividers and book bags. There is a bin for these items in our greeting area in church. Thank you!