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 - October 21, 2018

You know that those who are recognized as rulers over the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones make their authority over them felt. But it shall not be so among you. Rather, whoever wishes to be great among you will be your servant; whoever wishes to be first among you will be the slave of all. For the Son of Man did not come to be served but to serve and to give his life as a ransom for many. - Mark 10

Dear Parishioners and Friends;

We have always been blessed at St. Rita parish to have the presence of good and holy deacons. The deacon is a man of faith, who is called from the community that already recognizes his dedication to service.  He makes a lifetime commitment to serving the People of God by proclaiming the Word, assisting and presiding at liturgies, and ministering in the areas of charity and social justice. A deacon gives witness to his availability to the community by addressing present and emerging needs of the Church.

Currently the Diocese of Rochester is inviting interested men of strong and active faith, who can demonstrate a record of service in the communities in which they live, work and worship, who may wish to explore a possible call to ordained ministry as a permanent deacon. A potential candidate must be at least 35 years of age and no older than 62 years of age at the time of ordination after a five (5) year period of formation. He must be in good health, emotionally mature, have stable relationships and must have the wholehearted support of his wife (if married) and family. To enter the phase of inquiry please contact me for more information or Deacon Edward Giblin, Director of the Office of the Permanent Diaconate, at edward.giblin@dor.org

May God bless you!
Fr. Gonyo

Pastor's Message - October 14, 2018

"As Jesus was setting out on a journey, a man ran up, knelt down before him, and asked him, 'Good teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?' Jesus answered him, "Why do you call me good? No one is good but God alone. You know the commandments: You shall not kill; you shall not commit adultery; you shall not steal; you shall not bear false witness; you shall not defraud; honor your father and your mother." - Mark 10

Dear Parishioners and Friends;

At Masses this weekend let us continue to pray for the many people dealing with the terrible hardships of flooding and other weather related hardships due to the effects of the hurricane.

Confirmation students and parents are reminded that classes (for Group A) start this Monday evening at 6:15pm in the Barn. Be sure to check the schedule or call Marie Marton at the parish office 671-1100 ext. 22 if you have any questions.

Faith Formation classes for K-7 are also well underway on Monday afternoons and evenings. It is not too late to have your child included in this essential Faith Formation opportunity. Contact Anita Wagner at anita.wagner@dor.org

Special thanks to all who organized, assisted and visited the annual giant St. Rita School Craft Sale this past Saturday! It was a great success!

An important update for St. Rita Parishioners who have gluten sensitivities:
If you have been attending Mass and bringing your own unconsecrated host in a pyx to be placed on the altar, we are making new changes. Beginning next weekend the priest or deacon will now solely provide you with a very low gluten consecrated host from a separate ciboria at the start of communion time at all Masses.

Please let us know if you need further details or clarification!

May God bless you this week!
Fr. Gonyo

Pastor's Message - October 7, 2018

Blessed are you who fear the LORD, who walk in his ways! For you shall eat the fruit of your handiwork; blessed shall you be, and favored. - Psalm 128

Dear Parishioners and Friends,

The calendar month of October is filled with the names of saints and even include the guardian angels.
Some of the best known names include:

  • October 1 - St. Therese of the Child Jesus
    (died at the age of 24, noted for her "little way" of following Jesus. Doctor of the Church)
  • October 2 - The Guardian Angels
  • October 4 - St. Francis of Assisi
  • October 5 - Blessed Francis Xavier Sedos
    (born in Germany in 1819 and came to the U.S. and as a priest worked with Bishop Saint John Neumann.)
  • October 6 - Blessed Marie Rose Durocher (founded religious order dedicated to teaching)
    and St. Bruno (also a teacher and advisor to Pope Urban II in the year 1088)
  • October 7 - Our Lady of the Rosary
  • October 9 - St. Denis (1st. Bishop of Paris, martyr)
    St. John Leonardi (priest who trained seminarians)
  • October 11 - St. John XXIII, Pope
  • October 15 - St. Theresa of Jesus
    (Carmelite mystic, advisor to the Pope and Doctor of the Church)
  • October 16 - St. Margaret Mary Alacoque, St. Hedwig
  • October 17 - St. Ignatius of Antioch
    (Bishop and brave martyr who died in the Roman Ampitheater around the year 107, wrote seven major letters still preserved today)
  • October 18 - St. Luke Evangelist
  • October 19 - St. Isaac Jogues, St. John de Brebeuf and companions
    (North American martyrs, with shrine in Auriesville, NY.)
  • October 20 - St. Paul of the Cross
    (the name of our nearby Webster Parish!)
  • October 22 - St. John Paul II, Pope
  • October 23 - St. John of Capistrano
    (Franciscan reformer, patron of Military chaplains)
  • October 24 - St. Anthony Mary Claret
    (1849 from Catalonia, started the Claretian order. Fostered credit unions and the apostolate of the press.)
  • November 1 - Feast of All Saints

As you can see, our Church is blessed by those who have given of their lives as heroic witnesses of faith.
We are the people next in line that are called to do the same.

May God bless you!
Fr. Gonyo

Pastor's Message - September 30, 2018

The law of the Lord is perfect, refreshing the soul; the decree of the Lord is trustworthy, giving wisdom to the simple. The fear of the LORD is pure, enduring forever; the ordinances of the LORD are true, all of them just. - Psalm 19

Dear Parishioners and Friends,

In the mailing that was sent to all registered parishioners last week, we received a letter from Bishop Matano asking for support of this year's Catholic Ministries Appeal (CMA). Along with a video that will be shared this weekend, we now begin the annual process of requesting funds to provide for the essential operating support of diocesan programs and support services to both St. Rita parish and thousands of people throughout the twelve counties that comprise our Diocese.

A successful Catholic Ministries Appeal is vital to the continued health of our Diocesan mission and that of our local Church. As our parishes within the Diocese strive to work together for a common cause, we act as the Body of Christ. Together we can and we do make a difference.

I am asking that every family in our parish please join me in support of the Catholic Ministries Appeal. Your support of this appeal ensures that our schools, faith formation, and sacramental programs remain vital sources of learning and support for the young people who will one day lead our Church. It ensures that the needs of the sick, the troubled and elderly are met by the various offices of Catholic Charities. It ensures essential training for all those who are called to ministry within our Diocese and gives support to our seminarians who will become, by God's grace, good and holy future priests. Our combined support ensures that our church remains a vital, faith driven community. If you did not receive a mailing from the Diocese, information and donation envelopes are available in the back of Church.

You can also click here where you can make your gift by credit card if you like. There is a link to the moving CMA video which you can also view online here. Please be sure to indicate St. Rita Church #327 as your church. Thank you all for what you've done to help make St. Rita Parish a vibrant faith community. You are most appreciated!

May God bless you!
Fr. Gonyo

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!