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 - May 19, 2019

“Then I, John, saw a new heaven and a new earth. The former heaven and the former earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. I also saw the holy city, a new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, God’s dwelling is with the human race. He will dwell with them and they will be his people and God himself will always be with them as their God. He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there shall be no more death or mourning, wailing or pain, for the old order has passed away.”
~Revelation 21

Dear Parishioners and Friends;
Our weekend second readings have been from the book of Revelation and are really beautiful reminders of the blessings God has prepared for us.

We celebrate the passing away of the reign of death and the new creation of eternal life with God.  The vision of John we hear about today looks to fulfillment in the full realization of the new creation at the end of time when all is transformed and made new!

Our Diocesan Diaconate Ordination is scheduled for next Saturday, May 25th at 10:00am. The following weekend, June 1st, will be the Priesthood Ordinations. Please pray for our soon to be ordained deacons and priests. Pray also for Sr. Colleen O'Toole, as she is in her final months of becoming a fully professed Sister of Mercy.

Let us all pray for and encourage our young people to consider a life of service in the church through God's calling. Vocations do not appear out of nowhere. With God's grace they come from families like your own.

Our 65th annual Fiesta is only two weeks away! Be sure to check our bulletin and website for more information. Volunteers are always needed.

Next Tuesday evening we will have Mass at 5:00pm for members of our St. Rita Society followed by the Litany of Mary.  Everyone is welcome to join us.  

May God bless you!

Fr. Gonyo

Pastor's Message - May 12, 2019

"I am the good shepherd, says the Lord;
I know my sheep, and mine know me."
~John 10

Dear Parishioners and Friends;

On this Fourth Sunday of Easter we hear in the book of Revelation about a vision of "a great multitude, which no one could count, from every nation, race, people, and tongue. They stood before the throne and before the Lamb, wearing white robes and holding palm branches and worshipping God day and night." No hunger or thirst nor the effects of the hot sun with afflict them.  "For the Lamb who is in the center of the throne will shepherd them and lead them to springs of life-giving water, and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes."

God will not forget the people he came to save. We can fully entrust our loved ones to the everlasting love of God. Powerful reminders for our Easter Season!

Happy Mother's Day to all mothers and for all women who love and nurture others.

Our 65th annual Fiesta is only three weeks away! Be sure to check out our website for all of the news regarding this amazing family friendly event.  There are many volunteer opportunities for singles and families.  This is a great way to meet new friends and get involved.  There will be a table in the greeting area after all Masses with much more information, so be sure to stop after Mass and check it out.  A special thank you goes out to our Fiesta planning committee who have donated countless hours in organization and to our generous sponsors for helping us make it all possible.

May God bless you!

Fr. Gonyo

Pastor's Message - May 5, 2019

"When they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon, son of John, do you love me more than these?” Simon Peter answered him, “Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.” Jesus said to him, “Feed my lambs.” He then said to Simon Peter a second time, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?” Simon Peter answered him, “Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.” Jesus said to him, “Tend my sheep.” Jesus said to him the third time, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?” Peter was distressed that Jesus had said to him a third time, “Do you love me?” and he said to him, “Lord, you know everything; you know that I love you.” Jesus said to him, “Feed my sheep. Amen, amen, I say to you, when you were younger, you used to dress yourself and go where you wanted; but when you grow old, you will stretch out your hands, and someone else will dress you and lead you where you do not want to go.” He said this signifying by what kind of death he would glorify God. And when he had said this, he said to him, “Follow me.”  ~John 21

Dear Parishioners and Friends;

This weekend we continue our Easter journey with the Gospel resurrection account of Jesus reconciling with Peter. Before Jesus was led off to be crucified, Peter was asked by a young servant girl if he knew Jesus. Peter, who was warming himself by a fire, three times, adamantly denied he even knew him.  

Now imagine Peter's distress when, after Jesus appeared after rising from the dead, was asked by Jesus if he still loved him. Not asked once, but three times. Each time Peter responded affirmatively to

Jesus, he received a new commission to "feed my lambs" then "tend my sheep" and finally, "feed my sheep." Jesus commissioned Peter to sacrifice himself for the sake of the sheep, just as Jesus had sacrificed himself for the Apostles and ultimately for all of us.

The Gospel calls us all to a self-giving love that is guided by Jesus. Let us be faithful followers of Jesus!

We wish to congratulate our 54 First Communion children from last weekend. The church had an overflowing crowd with lots and lots of happy parents and children.

The month of May begins with a flurry of pre- Fiesta preparations. The end of the month will mark 65 years the St. Rita parish community has hosted the annual St. Rita Fiesta. Please keep tuned to the bulletin and our church website for all the details on our Spectacular Raffle and opportunities for you and your family to volunteer at this great family friendly event.  More volunteers are always needed!

May God bless you!

Fr. Gonyo