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

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An Introduction to Sunday's Scripture Readings

The Twenty-Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

In the hope that you will enter more fully into the Mass
One theme found in our readings for this Sunday is the suffering servant, vindicated by God. It is not the picture the disciples had for the messiah. They expected a victorious, triumphant leader. No no, said Jesus. The messiah is to be much like the suffering servant of Isaiah found in today's first reading.
In our first reading (Isaiah 50:5-9), we listen as Isaiah prophesied the role of the suffering servant that would ultimately be fulfilled in Jesus Christ. He meekly and willing submited to his suffering, yet with full faith that God would deliver him.
The Lord GOD opens my ear that I may hear; and I have not rebelled, have not turned back. I gave my back to those who beat me, my cheeks to those who plucked my beard; my face I did not shield from buffets and spitting.
The Lord GOD is my help, therefore I am not disgraced; I have set my face like flint, knowing that I shall not be put to shame. He is near who upholds my right; if anyone wishes to oppose me, let us appear together. Who disputes my right? Let that man confront me. See, the Lord GOD is my help; who will prove me wrong?
In our Gospel reading (Mark 8:27-35), we hear a two-part exchange between Jesus and his disciples. First, Peter, speaking for the disciples, proclaimed, "You are the Christ." But then completely misunderstood the role of the Christ. Peter rebuked Jesus when he predicted his passion and death. Jesus responded by teaching them the paradox of discipleship - embrace your cross.
Jesus and his disciples set out for the villages of Caesarea Philippi. Along the way he asked his disciples, "Who do people say that I am?" They said in reply, "John the Baptist, others Elijah, still others one of the prophets." And he asked them, "But who do you say that I am?" Peter said to him in reply, "You are the Christ." Then he warned them not to tell anyone about him.
He began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer greatly and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests, and the scribes, and be killed, and rise after three days. He spoke this openly. Then Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. At this he turned around and, looking at his disciples, rebuked Peter and said, "Get behind me, Satan. You are thinking not as God does, but as human beings do."
He summoned the crowd with his disciples and said to them, "Whoever wishes to come after me must deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me. For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake and that of the gospel will save it."
In our Epistle reading (James 2:14-18), St. James brings clarity to the age-old discussion of whether we are justified by faith alone or by faith and good works. James' argument is that true faith must be expressed through good works. Without works, faith is dead. Good deeds is the evidence that faith exists.
What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him? If a brother or sister has nothing to wear and has no food for the day, and one of you says to them, "Go in peace, keep warm, and eat well, " but you do not give them the necessities of the body, what good is it? So also faith of itself, if it does not have works, is dead. 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.
Our world today is suffering; our Church today is suffering; we and our families today are suffering. One thing we might learn today is that by embracing our cross, in union with Jesus' passion and death, we find meaning and purpose in our suffering. May we embrace the concept of redemptive suffering, wherein we find redemption in our suffering. May we take up our cross and follow him.

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Companions in Grief

Thursday, September 20
at 7:00 PM in Room 1

All who have experienced the loss of a loved one through death are invited to attend. All are welcome!

Confirmation Candidate and Parent Meeting

Monday, September 24
at 6:30pm in Church

Registration for Confirmation is open to any youth in 8th Grade or above who has received the Sacraments of Baptism, Eucharist and Reconciliation. This is a two year program. All parents and youth who are in either their first or second year of preparation are expected to attend. You may register and pay here. If you have any questions please contact Marie Marton at 671-1100 x22

Marathon is September 29th!

This year marks the 32nd annual Marathon. We have some awesome prizes.

Be sure "Read More" for all the information that has came home.

CYO Basketball Registration

Registration will be held
Sunday, October 7
2:00-3:00pm in the Gym

St. Rita's CYO Basketball program is open to boys in grades 3-12 and girls in grades 3-6. Priority placement goes to St. Rita and parishioners and students who attend St. Rita School. Space is limited. See more information here.

Registration forms may be picked up at the Parish Office
beginning Tuesday, October 9
through Thursday, October 18

If anyone is interested in coaching
please contact Elizabeth at 671-1100 x14

Rochester Catholic Men's Conference

Saturday October 13
8:30 am - 4:00 pm

Theme: “The Eucharist”

at St. Jude the Apostle Parish
4100 Lyell Road in Rochester

Featured Speakers are:

  • Dr. John Bergsma; - Catholic Scholar & Theologian
  • Dr. Marcellino D’Ambrosio; - Best-selling Author and Inspirational Speaker
  • Troy L. Guy – Evangelist, Author, Nuclear Engineer

The Day includes breakfast, lunch, and snack

Cost is $55 - Students are $15

Complete Details and REGISTER at:

If you have questions you may contact John at or 585-314-6096

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).

The 2018-2019 school calendar

To help with your planning, here is the year school calendar. One is in COLOR and one is NON Color.

NY State 2018 Testing Days

The dates for the 2019 Math and ELA test are now available. Only students in grades 3 through 5 take these tests.

The NYS Science tests are administered to only students in 4th grade.

Please try not to schedule appointments during NY State testing days. Thanks for your cooperation