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 - April 22, 2018

“Beloved: See what love the Father has bestowed on us that we may be called the children of God. Yet so we are. The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him. Beloved, we are God’s children now; what we shall be has not yet been revealed. We do know that when it is revealed we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is." ~1 John 3

Dear Parishioners and Friends,
We congratulate the second half of our St. Rita Confirmation students as they received the Sacrament of Confirmation at Sacred Heart Cathedral with Bishop Matano last Wednesday evening. It was a joy to witness the excitement of our young people and the happiness of attending parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles and brothers, sisters and sponsors.

In addition to thanking parents and sponsors for supporting our fine students, I wish to thank Marie Marton, assisted by her husband Tom Marton for their kind dedication in teaching and guiding our students through this two year preparatory Confirmation program.

Last week, all diocesan priests and parish administrators gathered with Bishop Matano for our annual convocation. It was a wonderful opportunity for reflection and we had a host of topics and themes to ponder.

One of those topics was to consider the "domestic church." When we speak of "church" we often only think of the church building or of the general church community. But really our church is comprised of individual "domestic" churches, individual family units that consist of parents, children, grandparents and more. The "domestic church" is the family unit. The health of the family unit directly relates to who we are as the larger church community.

Faith is not something that happens in a vacuum. Children need a lived faith experience that is rooted on the faith commitment and teaching from parents. While the larger church can assist parents in the task of raising Catholic, faith-filled children, it cannot replace the teaching and modeling role of parents. Children need parental love and support in developing their own relationship to faith. They need to be taught how to pray. They need personal stories from parents who can tell them God is real and loves them too. They need experiences of faith and of church and the sacraments. Most importantly, children need you!

In the presence of God, your family is THE domestic church!

May God bless you!
Fr. Gonyo



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An Introduction to Sunday's Scripture Readings - April 15, 2018

The Third Sunday of Easter

In the hope that you will enter more fully into the Mass

Jesus Appears to his Disciples 
GOD HAS BROUGHT TO FULFILLMENT WHAT HE HAS ANNOUNCED BEFOREHAND 
 
In this Third Sunday of Easter, our readings remind us that Jesus is the Messiah prophesied  throughout all of the Hebrew Scriptures. Peter proclaims this in our first reading and Jesus himself "opened their minds to understand the Scriptures" as he appeared to his disciples that first Easter Sunday night.

In our first reading (Acts of the Apostles 3:13-15, 17-19), St. Peter speaks to the crowd gathered just after he healed the cripple at the "Beautiful Gate" of the temple. He proclaims the risen Christ as the "suffering servant" of Isaiah foretold long ago, raised up by the God of Abraham. He calls them to repentance and conversion.

Peter said to the people: "The God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, the God of our fathers, has glorified his servant Jesus, whom you handed over and denied in Pilate's presence when he had decided to release him. You denied the Holy and Righteous One and asked that a murderer be released to you. The author of life you put to death, but God raised him from the dead; of this we are witnesses. Now I know, brothers, that you acted out of ignorance, just as your leaders did; but God has thus brought to fulfillment what he had announced beforehand through the mouth of all the prophets, that his Christ would suffer. Repent, therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be wiped away."

In our Gospel reading (Luke 24:35-48), we hear Luke's telling of that first Easter Sundaynight, when Jesus appeared to his disciples. The two disciples who were on the "road to Emmaus" have just told of their encounter with Jesus. Then Jesus appeared to the group and showed them that he is alive and not a ghost by showing his wounds and sharing a meal with them. Then he "opened their minds" to all that was written about him and commissioned them to preach the Gospel of repentance and forgiveness in his name.

The two disciples recounted what had taken place on the way, and how Jesus was made known to them in the breaking of bread.
 
While they were still speaking about this, he stood in their midst and said to them, "Peace be with you." But they were startled and terrified and thought that they were seeing a ghost. Then he said to them, "Why are you troubled? And why do questions arise in your hearts? Look at my hands and my feet, that it is I myself. Touch me and see, because a ghost does not have flesh and bones as you can see I have." And as he said this, he showed them his hands and his feet. While they were still incredulous for joy and were amazed, he asked them, "Have you anything here to eat?" They gave him a piece of baked fish; he took it and ate it in front of them.
 
"He said to them, "These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you, that everything written about me in the law of Moses and in the prophets and psalms must be fulfilled." Then he opened their minds to understand the Scriptures. And he said to them, "Thus it is written that the Christ would suffer and rise from the dead on the third day and that repentance, for the forgiveness of sins, would be preached in his name to all the nations, beginning from Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things."

In our Epistle reading (1 John 2:1-5), St. John calls us to repentance but offers comfort that when we do sin, Jesus the Advocate will intercede for us. He is expiation for our sins. 

"My children, I am writing this to you so that you may not commit sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous one. He is expiation for our sins, and not for our sins only but for those of the whole world. The way we may be sure that we know him is to keep his commandments. Those who say, "I know him," but do not keep his commandments are liars, and the truth is not in them. But whoever keeps his word, the love of God is truly perfected in him.  

Our readings remind us that from the very beginning, it is God's plan that the Christ would suffer and die for our sins and that we would be offered forgiveness and right relationship with the Father. St. John tells us that to know Jesus is to keep his commandments. May we know Jesus!
  • Click HERE to read and reflect on the full readings for Sunday, April 15


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News

Fiesta Volunteers Needed!

Our Fiesta database is open for you and your family to sign up to volunteer - click here!  We are also looking for a coordinator for Gift Basket Raffle and a photographer and/or drone pilot.

Here are a few other items we're looking for:

-Talent Show Acts (3-5 minutes)
-Giant camping coolers (to borrow for the weekend)
-Cases of soda or juice
-New beanie babies or McDonald’s toys

There is a collection box in the greeting area for books, games, puzzles, and music for our Book Sale. Plant donations will also be accepted...once it finally decides to warm up a little!

For complete Fiesta and Spectacular Raffle information, check out our flyer or go to the Fiesta webpage.

Come See What We Are All About ~ PreK Open House

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).

NY State 2018 Testing Days

Only students in grades 3 through 5 take these tests.

Here are the dates for this year's tests.

ELA ~ April 11th to April 12th

Math ~ May 1st to May 2nd

Help Stop Hunger

Webster CROP Walk
Sunday, May 6 at 1:30pm
Starting at the Webster Baptist Church - 59 South Ave.
Our St. Rita’s walker (Carol) raised $2,050 last year! Please consider being a walker and getting sponsors – it’s a great family opportunity! For information on being a walker or to make a donation, please call Carol 671-7832 or go here www.crophungerwalk.org/websterny and select the team 'St.Rita'. Proceeds help provide emergency aid, clean water, food, and farming supplies to those in need.

Senior Tea Party

Thursday, May 24
10:00 am – 11:30 am
in St. Rita Parish Center
Please join the students of St. Rita School for tea, cookies, entertainment and fun!

R.S.V.P. by Friday, May 18 to the school at 671-3132 or by e-mail to Eileen
Perryman at eileen.perryman@dor.org.
All are welcome!! Bring a Friend!

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.