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
Weekdays 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

Our goal is $155,109. So far, we have received $132,726 from 581 households. Can you help us raise the remaining $22,383? Thanks for your support! 

Pastor's Message - January 15, 2017

“Here I am, Lord, I come to do your will.” ~Psalm 40

Dear Parishioners and Friends:

This week’s readings lead us into the season of “Ordinary Time” before the start of Lent, but these readings are anything but ordinary. We are called to live as Christians, formed by the word of God, to work together to be a light for others.

Each of the readings this weekend reflect on who God created us to be. The first reading from Isaiah reminds us that God called us before we were born. Then Paul tells us that our vocation is to take up our part in the community that God has formed and sent forth for the sake of the world. The Gospel gives us John the Baptist as the model servant of God, so dedicated that he could recognize God’s chosen one and so humble knowing we are not called for ourselves, but to serve others.

Our psalm response today is “Here I am, Lord, I come to do your will.” When we pray these words we claim to be ready for anything that God puts before us in our lives. Think about how willing you are to rely on God and what it means to be a servant of our Lord living out your baptismal call.

Every so often a great opportunity comes along that is well worth sharing! Holy Trinity Church is hosting a wonderful program for all High School Youth called Breathing Space. This is a speaker series that addresses important issues that teens face today. The speakers scheduled are dynamic and should be a fun and meaningful time for our youth. Please see the article to the right with all the details. Spread the word!

May God bless you this week!
Fr. Gonyo



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An Introduction to Sunday's Scripture Readings - January 15, 2017

In the hope that you will enter more fully into the Mass
 
(John 1:29)
YOU ARE MY SERVANT ISRAEL, THROUGH WHOM I SHOW MY GLORY

Last Sunday, we saw Christ manifested to the Gentile world through the Maji from the East. This Sunday, we see Christ manifested to the Jewish world through John the Baptist, who boldly proclaimed, "Behold the Lamb of God".

In our first reading (Isaiah 49:3,5-6), Isaiah prophesied about the calling of God's servant Israel to be a "Light to the Nations". It is a calling we share with Israel and with John the Baptist, to be that light that points, leads others to Christ.

The LORD said to me: You are my servant, Israel, through whom I show my glory. Now the LORD has spoken who formed me as his servant from the womb, that Jacob may be brought back to him and Israel gathered to him; and I am made glorious in the sight of the LORD, and my God is now my strength! It is too little, the LORD says, for you to be my servant, to raise up the tribes of Jacob, and restore the survivors of Israel; I will make you a light to the nations, that my salvation may reach to the ends of the earth.

In our Gospel reading (John 1:29-34), we hear of John the Baptist living out the same calling as ancient Israel, leading others to Christ - 'Behold, the Lamb of God".

John the Baptist saw Jesus coming toward him and said, "Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world. He is the one of whom I said, 'A man is coming after me who ranks ahead of me because he existed before me.' I did not know him, but the reason why I came baptizing with water was that he might be made known to Israel." John testified further, saying, "I saw the Spirit come down like a dove from heaven and remain upon him. I did not know him, but the one who sent me to baptize with water told me, 'On whomever you see the Spirit come down and remain, he is the one who will baptize with the Holy Spirit.' Now I have seen and testified that he is the Son of God."

In our Epistle reading (Corinthians 1:1-3), we hear the opening greeting of St. Paul's letter to the Church in Corinth. This short greeting  included the clarity that his beloved are  "sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be holy, with those everywhere."

Paul, called to be an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, and Sosthenes our brother, to the church of God that is in Corinth, to you who have been sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be holy, with all those everywhere who call upon the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, their Lord and ours. Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

We learn in our readings today that throughout salvation history, God has called upon and relied upon his children to be beacons of hope and light, leading others to God. That is no less true today as we are the servants called by God to point others, lead others to Christ. May it be we through whom God "shows his glory". 
  • Click Here for the full scripture readings for Sunday, January 15, 2017


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News

Prospective Family Information Night

St. Rita School . . .
Where Faith and Knowledge Meet!
St. Rita School invites you to our
PROSPECTIVE FAMILY INFORMATION NIGHT
Wednesday, January 18 at 7:00 pm
~Tours will be given~

Meet in church starting at 7:00 pm.  Babysitting will be provided.   In addition to tours, there will be separate presentations by the pre-kindergarten and kindergarten teachers.

St. Rita School is committed to fostering the God-given gifts of each child. In an atmosphere where faith and knowledge meet, our goal is to shepherd the spiritual, intellectual, social, emotional, and physical growth of our students.
St. Rita School offers grades PK3 & PK4 (half & full day options) and full day Kindergarten through Grade 5.
We offer a Before School Care Program which is available beginning at 7:00am and an After School Care Program which is available until 6:00pm.
We are Common Core Compliant and Middle States Accredited.

Women's Basketball

Are you looking for a fun activity to get you moving this year? All women ages 18 and up are welcome to join us on Wednesday evenings from 8:45-9:45pm in the gym for some basketball fun. All skill levels are welcome – we are in it for the fun and health benefits! Join our email list for weekly updates by sending a note to Elizabeth.

Companions in Grief Support Group

Thursday, January 19
at 7:30pm in Room 1 
All who have experienced the loss of a friend or loved one through death are invited to attend. All are welcome!

Catholic Schools Week

A fun filled week of celebrations!

NCYC

NATIONAL CATHOLIC YOUTH CONFERENCE
November 16-18, 2017 in Indianapolis

Have you been Called?
This is an exciting, three-day experience of prayer, community, and empowerment for Catholic high school students. It includes concerts, inspiring musicians, exhibits, speakers, large group Eucharistic celebrations, and an interactive theme park.

NCYC is open to those in grades 9-12 as of September 2017 and to chaperones over age 21.

NCYC is more than a weekend trip. It is an amazing opportunity to become connected with a small group of other high school students through a year of activities in preparation for being a pilgrim. For more information or to sign up for this adventure, contact Elizabeth Kwiatkowski or stop by after Masses the weekend of February 4/5.

Information on School Closings

If it becomes necessary to close school due to inclement weather, such notice will be given over the local radio stations beginning at 6:00 a.m. The announcement will indicate that ALL WEBSTER CENTRAL SCHOOLS ARE CLOSED. Families are requested to listen to the radio and not call the School office.

Supporting Our School

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