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-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 23, 2018

“O God, by your name save me. By your strength defend my cause.
O God, hear my prayer. Listen to the words of my mouth.”
- Psalm 54

Dear Parishioners and Friends:

We wish to extend a warm welcome to June Frosino who joins our parish community as our new Music Director. June has a wealth of experience directing choirs of all ages, leading music and providing music lessons. She will be active in both the church and school, leading and teaching. We are so blessed here at St. Rita to have such a variety of talent in our musicians, cantors, choir members and all who add such depth to our prayerful liturgies. Please see the article of introduction below from June.

The importance of music can be found in Hebrew Scriptures particularly in the Psalms that are attributed to King David who sang and danced before the Lord. So too, our songs are an expression of love to God who makes it possible for us to sing God’s praises.

This Sunday, our Christ Life program begins in the parish center at 5:30pm. Please pray for all of our participants.

Parents are reminded that Faith Formation classes begin this Monday afternoon and evening. Be sure to check in with Anita Wagner, our Faith Formation Director if you have any questions. Our volunteer catechists are prepared to meet your children and enjoy another successful year!

Also on Monday night at 6:30pm in Church is our Confirmation Parent Meeting for 1st and 2nd year parents of students. Marie Marton can assist if you have a child in 8th grade or older who hasn’t registered for this very important sacrament.

DID YOU KNOW? That the Sacrament of Confirmation is the completion of the Baptismal Sacrament? Many people do not realize that in order to be a sponsor for Confirmation - or a godparent for a child for Baptism - You need to have received the Sacrament of Confirmation. It’s never too late to be confirmed!

May God bless you!
Fr. Gonyo


A Note from our New Music Director!

Hello! I am June Weltzer Frosino and I am very excited to be joining St. Rita’s as Director of Music. I will be planning and providing music for weekend Masses and other liturgies, and will also be teaching instrumental music in the school. I feel honored to work with others to contribute musically to the liturgy. It is a privilege to bring the gifts of music to the Lord. The Roman Catholic liturgy is so rich, and I love sharing the joy of worshipping the Lord with others through music.

I have been involved in Music Ministry for over forty years, as a cantor, pianist, organist, flutist, and guitarist, and more recently as Director of Music. I grew up in Greece and attended Holy Name of Jesus Church, where I became Director of Music. Since 2014 I have been ministering at St. Patrick’s Church in Victor. I have directed a variety of different choirs with people of all ages, and I am humbled by the beautiful sound that we can create together for the Glory of God. Over the years, I have ministered with music in the Long Term Health Care senior setting, have worked with and taught young children and teens, and have also taught young adults at Brockport College.

My husband, Tony, and I live in Chili, and we have two sons: Anthony, who is now with the Lord, and our younger son, Michael, who is serving in the military overseas. I am so happy to be coming to St. Rita’s. I thank you for the warm welcome I have already received and look forward to meeting you and worshipping the Lord together!

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

Pastor's Message - September 9, 2018

“The LORD gives sight to the blind; the LORD raises up those who were bowed down. The LORD loves the just; the LORD protects strangers. The fatherless and the widow the LORD sustains, but the way of the wicked he thwarts. The LORD shall reign forever; your God, O Zion, through all generations.” - Psalm 146

Dear Parishioners and Friends;

The school season has begun! While our children are now busy with a new school year and doing their homework, we have a special fall program for us older folks.

If you are finding your faith tired, stretched, or worn out these days, don't despair!

This weekend you will have the opportunity to sign up for the "Discovering Christ" program. It is somewhat similar to our long-running Bible study programs we have offered at St. Rita, but with a few key differences. The ChristLife – “Discovering Christ” program provides an opportunity for us to gather on seven Sunday evenings for a shared meal, an educational and inspirational video, and a short discussion with prayer and music. This runs from September 23 through November 11.

Please join us! Or at least give it a try! All are welcome! We have well over a hundred people at St. Rita already signed up for this event. There is no cost for those attending.


Next Friday, September 14th is the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross. All parishes in our Diocese will be participating in a Day of Penance by Priests in Union with the Bishop for healing, reconciliation and conversion. We unite the sufferings of the victims, the Church, and all of God's people to the perfect sacrifice of Christ on Calvary.

 

In light of the Bishops request for all of us priests to join him in prayer, we will have a schedule of events next Friday at St. Rita as listed below.

Schedule for next Friday, September 14th
7:45amChurch will be open
8:15amMass - For the intention of all victims of abuse and their families
9:00amSacrament of Reconciliation will be available (following Mass)
11:00amStations of the Cross
12:00pmRosary and Exposition of the Holy Eucharist
2:00pmChaplet of Divine Mercy
3:00pmBenediction of the Holy Eucharist
Church closes after Benediction

May God bless you this week,
Fr. Gonyo

Pastor's Message - September 2, 2018

"Dearest brothers and sisters: All good giving and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no alteration or shadow caused by change. He willed to give us birth by the word of truth that we may be a kind of first fruits of his creatures. Humbly welcome the word that has been planted in you and is able to save your souls. Be doers of the word and not hearers only, deluding yourselves. Religion that is pure and undefiled before God and the Father is this: to care for orphans and widows in their affliction and to keep oneself unstained by the world." - James 1

Dear Parishioners and Friends;

You can sense the energy and excitement for the start of the new school year. Stores have been filled with children and parents getting clothing and supplies. Our staff at St. Rita has been busy finishing up last minute projects in the school and playground and St. Rita teachers have been hard at work getting their classrooms ready for this week. 

Soon the sight and sound of school buses and caravans of cars filled with children and parents will fill the parking lot and school grounds. Children sharing stories of summer adventures will fill the air along with moms and dads marking new childhood milestones on the first day of school.

I place great emphasis on a quality Faith Formation Program here at St. Rita. Every child, teenager and adult needs to continue to learn and grow in their Catholic Faith! Education is a key component of our faith journey and our parish community goes to great lengths to provide the best Catholic education it can through our Catholic School, Faith Formation program and Adult Faith programs.

New this fall will be the start of our Christ-Life Program. I encourage you to sign up for this wonderful opportunity to discover anew your relationship with Christ. More details will be shared after Masses next weekend.

May God bless you on this Labor Day Weekend!
Fr. Gonyo

Pastor's Message - August 26, 2018

“When the just cry out, the LORD hears them, and from all their distress he rescues them. The LORD is close to the brokenhearted; and those who are crushed in spirit he saves.” - Psalm 34

Dear Parishioners and Friends;

A heavy topic, but importantly, in this week's bulletin please see Bishop Matano’s letter that was issued last Monday regarding the recent Pennsylvania investigations and related matters involving the sexual abuse of minors. This letter can also be found on the Catholic Courier website and various media outlets.

With our Bishop, we together grieve for the victims who were violated by such egregious behavior from those who abused their position of authority.

In Church this Sunday, at 12:00 noon, I will be hosting an open-forum discussion concerning the whole topic. This forum will be open to anyone who would like to come and participate in an open discussion about this matter or to bring up any other concerns or questions you may have. There is no set agenda.

Due to the nature of the discussion, I must insist that no children be at this open forum please! I am guessing that the meeting will probably last about one hour.  

I think that having this separate open forum held after all Masses on Sunday will be the best setting for discussion rather than attempting to bring up this issue during Mass. Mass is a time to pray and be with God. And we need many prayers and grace from God!

May God Bless You!
Fr. Gonyo