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-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

Pastor's Message - December 10, 2017

“Prepare the way of the Lord, make straight his paths:
all flesh shall see the salvation of God.”

Dear Parishioners and Friends,

A transformation is underway as lights are strung, decorations are fitted and plans are made for the Advent of Jesus’ birth and our anticipation of Jesus’ second coming. On this second Sunday of Advent, we hear from the Gospel of Mark about John the Baptist boldly proclaiming that “One mightier than I is coming after me. I am not worthy to stoop and loosen the thongs of his sandals. I have baptized you with water; he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.” May we also hear the words of John the Baptist and make a straight path for the Lord!

Are you experiencing pre-Christmas stress? Then please come join us for an Advent concert this Sunday at 2:00pm in Church. All of our choirs will be participating for this playful and reflective musical masterpiece called “Lessons and Carols.” A special thanks to Joe Kwiatkowski and Chrisanne Gates for organizing this truly beautiful musical extravaganza. The event is free!

This Wednesday, December 13 at 7:00pm in Church we will have our Advent Penance Service. If it has been a while since you have celebrated the Sacrament, don’t worry. We will have materials available to guide you through everything for an anxiety-free experience of God’s mercy and grace. Bring the whole family and the kids too! We all need the opportunity to experience the blessings of the Sacrament of Reconciliation. I will have neighboring priests assisting me for a private reception of the Sacrament.

This week our school children present their annual Christmas Pageant. What a wonderful way to step back from the business and enjoy the true meaning of Christmas. All are welcome to see our talented and gifted young people.
Join us for a Visit with Santa next Sunday after the 9:00am and 10:30am Masses. Come down to the parish center for some tasty treats and see Santa. All are welcome!

Finally, be sure to carefully check the Christmas schedule of mass times listed in the bulletin.

May God bless you this Week!
Fr. Gonyo


Pastor's Message - December 3, 2017

“Lord, make us turn to You and we shall be saved.” ~Psalm 80

Dear Parishioners and Friends,

Happy Advent! We begin the season of Advent this weekend with the lighting of the Advent wreath. Many people have already begun decorating inside and outside with lights, wreaths and trees.

My great appreciation to our Boy Scout troop 163 for helping us put up our giant trees behind the altar in church. This is a huge task. These trees will be lit on Christmas Eve.

This Friday, December 8th, is the Feast of the Immaculate Conception of Mary, a holy day of obligation. There will be a Holy day mass of anticipation at 7:00pm on Thursday evening, December 7th. Then on Friday December 8th we will have an 8:15am mass and a 9:15am mass which our school children will be leading and attending. All are welcome!

On Wednesday, December 13th we will have our Parish Advent Penance Service beginning at 7:00pm. Visiting priests will be joining us for individual confessions. As an option, confessions can be also heard in the Spanish language. Additionally, confessions are offered after every Wednesday following mass at 8:45am and on Saturdays between 3:30-4:30pm.

Be sure to mark your calendars for many upcoming advent opportunities:

Eucharistic Adoration and Benediction will be offered every Wednesday during advent from 1:00pm-3:00pm beginning this Wednesday, December 6, December 13 and December 20.

On Sunday December 10th at 2:00pm we will have Lessons and Carols, a musically prayer-filled afternoon event you won’t want to miss! Beautiful advent prayers and songs will be presented by all of our choirs and music groups led by our Music Director Joe Kwiatkowski and with the gracious assistance of Chrisanne Gates, our former Music Director.

Visit with Santa following the 9:00am and 10:30am masses on Sunday, December 17th. Join us for donuts and juice and even a picture with Santa! Breakfast Club will still be served that weekend.

On Tuesday, December 12th (Feast of our Lady of Guadalupe) our St. Rita Society is hosting an exciting, super fun, musical, Pre-Christmas party with snacks and all the Advent/Christmas songs you can sing! All are welcome!

Bring everybody along to all of these events and much more!

May God bless you this week!
Fr. Gonyo

Pastor's Message - November 26, 2017

“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,

Welcome to everyone who is visiting this Thanksgiving weekend!
This is a time to appreciate God’s countless blessings.

This weekend, we celebrate the Feast of Christ the King. Jesus is our Good Shepherd, our King who seeks the lost and has laid down His life for the sheep. We seek to give of ourselves to Christ our King in everything we do. Each moment of life is a blessing from God, even during times of trouble and tribulation. Our Scripture readings from this past week and today remind us to have courage, to pray constantly, and to place our whole trust in God who will never disappoint.

As we will begin our new church year next weekend with the start of Advent, may God bless you and your family on this Feast of Christ our King!
Fr. Gonyo