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 - October 23, 2016

“The prayer of the lowly pierces the cloud; it does not rest till it reaches its goal, nor will it withdraw till the Most High responds,  judges justly and affirms the right, and the Lord will not delay.” ~Sirach 35

Dear Parishioners and Friends,

At the end of masses this weekend, members of our Finance Council will share a summary of our successful St. Rita Roof Campaign, our annual financial Parish/School outlook, and an introduction to the 2016-2017 annual Catholic Ministries Appeal.  

We also invite you to stay after mass for a reception in our gathering area, so we can say, “Thank You” to everyone who has been so generous with their prayers and kind donations which have allowed us to make these much needed repairs to our buildings.  Through your generosity we are able to provide a safe worship and fellowship space for us all to gather as we continue on our journey in faith and maintain the future of our facilities for years to come.

Note - The St. Rita Men’s Retreat is scheduled for next weekend.  This is a great opportunity to take some time to rejuvenate and refresh in a beautiful facility with great food!       

May God bless you this week!  

Fr. Gonyo

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An Introduction to Sunday's Scripture Readings - October 26, 2016

The Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time

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

Parable of the Pharisee and Tax Collector
   Last Sunday's readings focused on the need for persistence in prayer. This week, the focus is on coming to prayer with a humble and contrite heart. In our first reading (Sirach 35:12-14, 16-18), we hear that God is an equal opportunity giver of mercy but has particular concern for the lowly and sufferers of injustice.

The LORD is a God of justice, who knows no favorites. Though not unduly partial toward the weak, yet he hears the cry of the oppressed. The Lord is not deaf to the wail of the orphan, nor to the widow when she pours out her complaint. The one who serves God willingly is heard; his petition reaches the heavens. The prayer of the lowly pierces the clouds; it does not rest till it reaches its goal, nor will it withdraw till the Most High responds, judges justly and affirms the right, and the Lord will not delay.

   In our Gospel reading (Luke 18:9-14), Jesus tells a parable contrasting a boastful pharisee with a humble and contrite tax collector who's shame and remorse is painfully evident. It is the Pharisee's sense of superiority that offends Jesus.

Jesus addressed this parable to those who were convinced of their own righteousness and despised everyone else. "Two people went up to the temple area to pray; one was a Pharisee and the other was a tax collector. The Pharisee took up his position and spoke this prayer to himself, 'O God, I thank you that I am not like the rest of humanity -- greedy, dishonest, adulterous -- or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week, and I pay tithes on my whole income.' But the tax collector stood off at a distance and would not even raise his eyes to heaven but beat his breast and prayed, 'O God, be merciful to me a sinner.' I tell you, the latter went home justified, not the former; for whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and the one who humbles himself will be exalted." 

   In our Epistle reading (2 Timothy 4:6-8. 16-18), St. Paul continues his letter from prison as he contemplates his impending martyrdom. At its heart, it is a prayer of praise and glory to God for allowing him the gift of his ministry and complete service to God.

Beloved: I am already being poured out like a libation, and the time of my departure is at hand. I have competed well; I have finished the race; I have kept the faith. From now on the crown of righteousness awaits me, which the Lord, the just judge, will award to me on that day, and not only to me, but to all who have longed for his appearance. At my first defense no one appeared on my behalf, but everyone deserted me. May it not be held against them! But the Lord stood by me and gave me strength, so that through me the proclamation might be completed and all the Gentiles might hear it. And I was rescued from the lion's mouth. The Lord will rescue me from every evil threat and will bring me safe to his heavenly kingdom. To him be glory forever and ever. Amen.

   If we are to emulate one character in today's readings, it is the tax collector's humility and true repentance for his sins, not judging others or feeling in any way better (or worse) than others. Like the poor widow and orphan, simply take our sorrow and our troubles and lay them at the foot of the cross. And then go and do justice to others.

Click Here to read, reflect and pray on the full readings for Sunday, October 23, 2016

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The 63rd Annual Fiesta Needs You!

Our hardworking core team of Fiesta volunteers has some critical needs to fill to make our 63rd Annual Fiesta a reality.  We are looking for people to share their professional skills on our Sponsorship, Publicity, and Raffle committees.  If you or someone you know has related skills and abilities, come find out more on Sunday, October 23 at 10:00 am in Room 1 or send us an email at  We look forward to hearing from you!

Men's Retreat

St. Rita Annual Men’s Retreat
Friday, October 28 – Sunday October 30
At the Notre Dame Retreat House

 The theme for these retreats is “Our American Catholic Heritage, Past, Present, and Future”. 

 Conferences will focus on:

  • How Catholicism came to America
  • How Catholicism has evolved, shaped and influenced us as a nation and individually over the years.
  • The importance of Catholicism for us now and in the future

 Come away for a weekend with the Lord.  The weekend is sure to be a special one!  For reservations or more information please call Jim Lajoie at 236-5716 or Nancy Lynch at Notre Dame 585-394-5700.

Annual Mass of Remembrance

Saturday, November 5 at 11:00am

Please join Father Gonyo and Father Shatzel for this special annual liturgy in remembrance of all those who have gone before us.

 We will read the names of the deceased from the past year.  A candle will be lit for each person whose name is read.  If you would like to include a family member or friend’s name to be read at this liturgy please contact the parish office (671-1100). Join us for this beautiful remembrance liturgy.   Refreshments will follow after Mass.  All are welcome!

Blessing of the Graves

Special Blessing of the graves of those buried at the West Webster Cemetery

Sunday, November 6 at 11:45am

 Join Fr. Gonyo on Sunday, November 6th at 11:45am for this special blessing following the 10:30am Mass.  All are welcome to join us as we begin in prayer in front of the St. Rita statue (by the rectory - the site of our old church).  For those who have family members buried across the street, we will process over to the cemetery. Family members of the deceased will stand next to the grave of their loved one for an individual blessing with Holy Water.  Father will proceed from one grave to the next.  Come join us for this Remembrance of our Faithful Departed.  It’s rain or shine so bring an umbrella in the case of rain!

Hands of Christ Nominations

Please consider nominating a high school senior (graduating class of 2017) for the diocesan Hands of Christ award.  The Hands of Christ is a recognition program to assist parishes in affirming their high school seniors who are “Hands of Christ” in their church, home, school and community. 

A nominated senior needs to meet the following criteria:
+    Demonstrate a Christian attitude by word & example
+    Be actively involved in their parish as well as their school community.
+    Be a positive role model for their peers.
+    Is a participating Roman Catholic in a parish in the Diocese of Rochester.
+    Is currently a High School Senior.

 All nominations are due by Monday, November 14. The celebrations will be in February this year.

Pick up a form in the greeting area or fill one out online here.

Pre K Book Nook and Music Hour

Open to all 2½  to 4 year olds (accompanied by a parent or caregiver) to our PreK Book Nook and Music Hour! 

 Join us on the Thursdays listed below from 1:00-2:00pm in the PreK-4 classroom in school for a fun filled afternoon of stories, crafts and songs. 

 Themes include:
10/20:   Apples, Apples, Apples
10/27:   Pumpkins, Happy Halloween
11/3:     Autumn Colors    
11/17:   Thanksgiving is for Family    
12/1:     Christmas Time
12/8:     Happy Birthday Baby Jesus 
 Please register (for one or all weeks) by calling the school office at 671-3132.  Space is limited - first come, first served.  The cost is $3.00 per class or $15.00 for all 6 weeks.  You do not need to be a parishioner to attend so invite your neighbors, friends, and family.  All are welcome!