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
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

Pastor's Message - June 25, 2017

"I pray to you, O LORD, for the time of your favor, O God!
In your great kindness answer me with your constant help. Answer me, O LORD,
for bounteous is your kindness; in your great mercy turn toward me." ~Psalm 69

Dear Parishioners and Friends,

With school now finished for the season, summer vacation begins! July 4th, hot dogs and family visits are all part of the joys of summer. Remember to sign up for the Strawberry Social and Anointing service this Wednesday!

This weekend we read from Matthew Chapter 10 about God's great love for us. "Are not two sparrows sold for a small coin? Yet not one of them falls to the ground without your Father’s knowledge. Even all the hairs of your head are counted. So do not be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows."

As we begin this Holy Year of the Most Holy Eucharist, let us reflect on the immense love of God for us all.

A continuation of Bishop Matano's Pastoral Letter declaring this year The Holy Year of the Eucharist is included in the bulletin. It will be run in segments over the next several weeks. The full version of his letter was published in a recent edition of the Catholic Courier, our diocesan paper which every parish household should be receiving. You may follow along here each week or you can go online to read the full version at

May God bless you!
Fr. Gonyo

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An Introduction to Sunday's Scripture Readings - June 25, 2017

The Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time

In the hope that you will enter more fully into the Mass
"So do not be afraid, you are worth more than many sparrows." (Matthew 10:31)

The readings for this Sunday give us courage to not be afraid in the face of persecution or the scorn of others because of our faith. There is nothing they can do to hurt us.

In our first reading (Jeremiah 20:10-13), we hear one of the laments of the prophet Jeremiah, who was continuously persecuted for speaking the truth of God. Despite the "terror on every side", he remained steadfast in his faith in God.

Jeremiah said: "I hear the whisperings of many: 'Terror on every side! Denounce! let us denounce him!' All those who were my friends are on the watch for any misstep of mine. 'Perhaps he will be trapped; then we can prevail, and take our vengeance on him.' But the LORD is with me, like a mighty champion: my persecutors will stumble, they will not triumph. In their failure they will be put to utter shame, to lasting, unforgettable confusion. O LORD of hosts, you who test the just, who probe mind and heart, let me witness the vengeance you take on them, for to you I have entrusted my cause. Sing to the LORD, praise the LORD, for he has rescued the life of the poor from the power of the wicked!"

In our Gospel reading (Matthew 10:26-33), we hear Jesus preparing his apostles for the persecutions they would experience as he commissioned them to go to the "lost sheep of Israel" to "proclaim that the Kingdom of God is at hand." 

Jesus said to the Twelve: "Fear no one. Nothing is concealed that will not be revealed, nor secret that will not be known. What I say to you in the darkness, speak in the light; what you hear whispered, proclaim on the housetops. And do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul; rather, be afraid of the one who can destroy both soul and body in Gehenna. 

Are not two sparrows sold for a small coin? Yet not one of them falls to the ground without your Father's knowledge. Even all the hairs of your head are counted. So do not be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows. Everyone who acknowledges me before others I will acknowledge before my heavenly Father. But whoever denies me before others, I will deny before my heavenly Father."

In our Epistle reading (Romans 5:12-15), St. Paul compares and contrasts the role of the old Adam with that of the new Adam (Jesus) . One brought sin and death while the other brought life and salvation.

Brothers and sisters: Through one man sin entered the world, and through sin, death, and thus death came to all men, inasmuch as all sinned -- for up to the time of the law, sin was in the world, though sin is not accounted when there is no law. But death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over those who did not sin after the pattern of the trespass of Adam, who is the type of the one who was to come.
But the gift is not like the transgression. For if by the transgression of the one the many died, how much more did the grace of God and the gracious gift of the one man Jesus Christ overflow for the many.

In many ways, we too are called to be prophets, to speak God's truth to the world. And in so doing, we may also suffer persecutions, scorn or ridicule. We should take comfort in knowing, God has our back - so much more so than the sparrow.
  • Click Here to read, reflect and pray on the full readings for Sunday, June 25, 2017

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Marathon is September 30th!

This year marks the 31st annual Marathon.

We have some awesome top and participation prizes.

It may be summer vacation but you can start to collect pledges now if you want.

The 2017-2018 school calendar is available

For help in planning future events here is next year's school calendar.  

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.

Confirmation Registration

If your youth is in 8th Grade or above and has received the Sacraments of Baptism, Eucharist and Reconciliation, he/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. You can register on-line here. If you have any questions, please contact Marie Marton (671-1100 x 17).

Strawberry Social and Anointing of the Sick

Wednesday, June 28 at 1:00 pm
We will start at 1:00pm in Church for prayers and Anointing of the Sick.
Anyone facing illness or significant life challenges can be anointed. Then we will head over to the Parish Center
for dessert and social. For reservations or if you need a ride, please call the Parish Office at 671-1100.
Volunteers are needed. If you can help please call Kathy Foster at 671-4347. All are welcome!

Faith Formation

For Kindergarten thru Grade Seven
Enrollment for Faith Formation classes for the 2017-2018 school year is underway. Students in Grades K-7 who do not attend a Catholic school are strongly encouraged to be enrolled in our parish Faith Formation Program.
Enrollment Forms for new students are also available in the Greeting Area.
A choice of two sessions are offered weekly:
Session 1: Mondays: 4:30 - 5:45 pm (Grades K-6)
Session 2: Mondays: 6:15 - 7:30 pm (Grades 1-7)
Enrollment Forms were mailed home to parents of returning students
Please don’t forget to return your enrollment forms, or enroll on-line here by July 15.