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 - September 16, 2018

Indeed someone might say, “You have faith and I have works.” Demonstrate your faith to me without works, and I will demonstrate my faith to you from my works.” - James 2

Dear Parishioners and Friends;

Let us keep in our prayers all of those who are having to face the effects of the hurricane. We have many of our own parishioners who have family and friends living in or near the Carolinas.  Know that our church community shares your concern and worry for them.

Be sure also to check our bulletin and website for upcoming events.

A reminder to our parents to be sure to register your children for our St. Rita Faith Formation and Sacramental programs.  Parents have a special obligation to ensure that their children attend weekend Mass, participate in Faith Formation classes, and receive the Sacraments needed for their grade level.   Faith Formation classes are starting very soon and are held Monday afternoons and evenings.  Also starting soon is our first and second year Confirmation Classes which coincide with Monday evening classes. Please contact Anita Wagner and/or Marie Marton for more information at the parish office.

Our school playground has a wonderful (and very expensive) new addition tailored especially for our preschool children and kindergartners. It is made with state-of-the-art components and includes three slides with an adventure bridge. It is a gift to us from a very kind and generous benefactor along with the help of a school parent.  Thank you very much!

I am so grateful to all the people in our St. Rita Church and School community who volunteer and generously support our parish and school to make life better for everyone, young and old alike.

May God bless you!
Fr. Gonyo

Pastor's Message - September 9, 2018

“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 the LORD sustains, but the way of the wicked he thwarts. The LORD shall reign forever; your God, O Zion, through all generations.” - Psalm 146

Dear Parishioners and Friends;

The school season has begun! While our children are now busy with a new school year and doing their homework, we have a special fall program for us older folks.

If you are finding your faith tired, stretched, or worn out these days, don't despair!

This weekend you will have the opportunity to sign up for the "Discovering Christ" program. It is somewhat similar to our long-running Bible study programs we have offered at St. Rita, but with a few key differences. The ChristLife – “Discovering Christ” program provides an opportunity for us to gather on seven Sunday evenings for a shared meal, an educational and inspirational video, and a short discussion with prayer and music. This runs from September 23 through November 11.

Please join us! Or at least give it a try! All are welcome! We have well over a hundred people at St. Rita already signed up for this event. There is no cost for those attending.

Next Friday, September 14th is the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross. All parishes in our Diocese will be participating in a Day of Penance by Priests in Union with the Bishop for healing, reconciliation and conversion. We unite the sufferings of the victims, the Church, and all of God's people to the perfect sacrifice of Christ on Calvary.


In light of the Bishops request for all of us priests to join him in prayer, we will have a schedule of events next Friday at St. Rita as listed below.

Schedule for next Friday, September 14th
7:45amChurch will be open
8:15amMass - For the intention of all victims of abuse and their families
9:00amSacrament of Reconciliation will be available (following Mass)
11:00amStations of the Cross
12:00pmRosary and Exposition of the Holy Eucharist
2:00pmChaplet of Divine Mercy
3:00pmBenediction of the Holy Eucharist
Church closes after Benediction

May God bless you this week,
Fr. Gonyo

Pastor's Message - September 2, 2018

"Dearest brothers and sisters: All good giving and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no alteration or shadow caused by change. He willed to give us birth by the word of truth that we may be a kind of first fruits of his creatures. Humbly welcome the word that has been planted in you and is able to save your souls. Be doers of the word and not hearers only, deluding yourselves. Religion that is pure and undefiled before God and the Father is this: to care for orphans and widows in their affliction and to keep oneself unstained by the world." - James 1

Dear Parishioners and Friends;

You can sense the energy and excitement for the start of the new school year. Stores have been filled with children and parents getting clothing and supplies. Our staff at St. Rita has been busy finishing up last minute projects in the school and playground and St. Rita teachers have been hard at work getting their classrooms ready for this week. 

Soon the sight and sound of school buses and caravans of cars filled with children and parents will fill the parking lot and school grounds. Children sharing stories of summer adventures will fill the air along with moms and dads marking new childhood milestones on the first day of school.

I place great emphasis on a quality Faith Formation Program here at St. Rita. Every child, teenager and adult needs to continue to learn and grow in their Catholic Faith! Education is a key component of our faith journey and our parish community goes to great lengths to provide the best Catholic education it can through our Catholic School, Faith Formation program and Adult Faith programs.

New this fall will be the start of our Christ-Life Program. I encourage you to sign up for this wonderful opportunity to discover anew your relationship with Christ. More details will be shared after Masses next weekend.

May God bless you on this Labor Day Weekend!
Fr. Gonyo

Pastor's Message - August 26, 2018

“When the just cry out, the LORD hears them, and from all their distress he rescues them. The LORD is close to the brokenhearted; and those who are crushed in spirit he saves.” - Psalm 34

Dear Parishioners and Friends;

A heavy topic, but importantly, in this week's bulletin please see Bishop Matano’s letter that was issued last Monday regarding the recent Pennsylvania investigations and related matters involving the sexual abuse of minors. This letter can also be found on the Catholic Courier website and various media outlets.

With our Bishop, we together grieve for the victims who were violated by such egregious behavior from those who abused their position of authority.

In Church this Sunday, at 12:00 noon, I will be hosting an open-forum discussion concerning the whole topic. This forum will be open to anyone who would like to come and participate in an open discussion about this matter or to bring up any other concerns or questions you may have. There is no set agenda.

Due to the nature of the discussion, I must insist that no children be at this open forum please! I am guessing that the meeting will probably last about one hour.  

I think that having this separate open forum held after all Masses on Sunday will be the best setting for discussion rather than attempting to bring up this issue during Mass. Mass is a time to pray and be with God. And we need many prayers and grace from God!

May God Bless You!
Fr. Gonyo

Pastor's Message - August 19, 2018

Jesus said to the crowds: I am the living bread that came down from heaven; whoever eats this bread will live forever; and the bread that I will give is my flesh for the life of the world.” John 6

Dear Parishioners and Friends;

A flurry of activity and last minute cleaning and repairs are happening around our campus especially in the parish center gym floor refinishing, kitchen and school rooms as staff and teachers get prepared for September. Fortunately summer days are still with us!

This weekend at all Masses we welcome Father James, a visiting missionary from Africa, who will speak to us regarding the needs of his diocesan Church community in Kenya.

The readings at Mass this weekend are a continuation of what is traditionally called “the last supper discourse” in the Gospel of John. Jesus speaks to the crowds about giving of himself as living food. He does not speak in symbolic language but in a literal sense. "Amen, amen, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you do not have life within you." Jesus is telling us that we need to partake of his very self which he freely gives, so that we can have eternal life. While some may not spend much time thinking about eternal life, let alone their relationship with God, many of people go to great lengths to preserve their health and fitness, finding the best diet; which are all good things to do for maintaining one's heath, but is never a substitute for discovering our most important treasure; namely our relationship with God.

In today’s bulletin you will see opportunities for retreats which include quiet time with our Lord, Mass and Reconciliation. If you are able, these times often help bring us closer to God as we continue our journey in faith.

No other earthly food, possession or power can substitute for such a gift. No prophet or king can give us what Jesus gives." Just as the living Father sent me, and I have life because of the Father, so also the one who feeds on me will have life because of me.

May God Bless You!
Fr. Gonyo