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A Catholic Faith Community Since 1908

St. Rita of Cascia

May 19, 2013

SUNDAYS: Sat. 5:30 pm (Vigil), 7:30 am, 10 am & 12 N WEEKDAYS: Mon., Tues., Fri, and Sat. 8 am (Wed. & Thurs. 8 am Communion Service) HOLY DAYS: (eve of) 5:30 pm; (day of) 8 am & 6:30 pm

(Confession) Saturdays 4-5 pm or by appointment DEVOTIONS Our Lady of Perpetual Help: Saturday 7:50 am ADORATION First Friday 8:30 am5 pm, Rectory Oratory

Msgr. Richard Krekelberg, V.F.Pastor Deacon Manuel Valencia Deacon John Hull 318 North Baldwin Avenue, Sierra Madre Mailing Address: 50 East Alegria Avenue, Sierra Madre, CA 91024 Phone: 626/355-1292 FAX: 626/355-2290 www.st-rita.org


Msgr. Richard Krekelberg, V. F.Pastor
626.355.1292 x. 228 revkrek@st-rita.org Dcn. Manuel & Chela Valencia deaconmanuelvalencia@gmail.com 626.355.1292 Dcn. John Hulljohnhull65@gmail.com 626.355.1292 Weekend Presiders: 10 am MassFr. Chris Thiel, OFM Capuchin 12 Noon MassRev. Msgr. John Morales


Parish Ministries and Organizations

Liturgy & Worship
Lectors and Eucharistic Ministers: David & Jill Muhs 355.9810 em@st-rita.org Altar Servers, Youth: Kathy Ganino 626.398.9302 Altar Servers, Adult: Bill Cosso 355.5656 Eucharistic Adoration: Kathy Ganino 626.398.9302 Rosary Prayer Group: Susan Day 355-3835 Sacristans: Sat. Vigil: Gary Fidone/Bill & Patti Huber Sunday Masses: 7:30-Bill Cosso/David Banis; 10:00-David Muhs; 12N-Bernie Grace Weekdays: John Bigley, Margaret Duran Porter: (Evening Church Lockup) Sheila Palazzolo Environment: Denise Villalovos/Gil Lazo gil@st-rita.org 355.1292

How to Contact Us
Parish Office/Mailing Address 50 East Alegria Ave., Sierra Madre, CA 91024 Hours: Mon.-Fri. 9am to 6pm; Sat. 9 am to 1 pm. Office Email: ParishAdmin@st-rita.org Director of Administration
Mary Lou Butler: mlbutler@st-rita.org 355.1292

Ministries & Organizations

Bereavement Ministry: Call Parish Office 355.1292 Christian Family: Sheila Pierce 355.8332 Greeters & Ushers: Erny Henry 626.289.3504 626.446.6715 Mens Club: Nick Sotis: 358-2495 nick.sotis@pro-sites.net New Members/Welcome: Contact the Parish Office St. Rita Guild: Patty Sullivan 355.3707 psullivan514@gmail.com Senior Ministry: Marilyn McKernan, marilyn@st-rita.org Shawl Ministry: Mary Taillac 355.3179 Marilyn Delgatto 355.8717

Pastoral Council Vice Chair

George Landis: 626.792.0445

Finance Council Chair

Bill Sullivan: 355.3707

St. Rita SchoolOffice: 626.355.6114

Principal: Joanne Harabedian jharabedian@st-rita.org

Other Contacts
Archivist: Marilyn McKernan marilyn@st-rita.org Bulletin Submissions: bulletin@st-rita.org or drop off at Office Public Relations: ParishAdmin@st-rita.org Registration Information: rc@st-rita.org 355.1292 Webmaster: Ralph Seymour: seymour@seymourmedia.com

Director of Liturgy & Music Paul Puccinelli: mm@st-rita.org Director of Religious Education Cristina Cullen: 355.3841 dre@st-rita.org Director of Youth Ministry/Confirmation Theresa Bui Costanzo: 626.590.8828 ym@st-rita.org RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults) Team: Deacon Manuel and Chela Valencia; Susan Blakeslee: rcia@st-rita.org

Let Saint Rita Be There For You . . .

Communion for Sick and Homebound Parishioners
St. Rita ministers provide Communion home visits. Contact the Parish Office 355.1292 or Jill Muhs 355.9810 em@st-rita.org.

For Information about the

Sacrament of Baptism
Baptismal Preparation for parents and godparents: 7 8:30 pm the last Monday of the month. Call for Reservations. Baptisms are usually the first Sunday of the month.

Anointing of the Sick

Please notify us (355.1292) as early as possible for the Anointing of the Sick, the sacrament intended for the seriously ill or dying. It is Our Lords special presence and companionship in serious time of need. Anointing may take place in the home, at the hospital or elsewhere and as often as once a month. If someone should die without anointing, remember that the desire to receive is sufficient and the Lord cares!

Sacraments of Reconciliation and first Eucharist

Preparation for children who have attained the age of reason (usually during 2nd grade) is arranged either through the Office of Religious Education or St. Rita Elementary School.

If You Should Experience the Loss of a Loved One

Please call us at 355.1292 If you feel you will be in need, or your loved one has passed, we will assist in making arrangements with your chosen funeral directors; refer you to our liturgy and music directors; and offer you helpful guidelines and a book that will aid in the selection of readings for the Mass or Memorial Service. Areas we can help you with prior to the passing may help in the planning of funeral services. We know that this can be a tough time and we want you to know that your parish is there for you. PLEASE UNDERSTAND we only have one resident priest, sometimes arrangements for another priest may be needed.

Sacrament of Matrimony
Contact the Parish Office upon engagement; at least six months is needed for preparation of this joyous sacrament!

Sacrament of Confirmation

A two-year program for freshman/sophomore age teens. Apply through the Office of Religious Education.

NOTE: Adult applicants for the sacraments should contact the Parish Office.

Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick

See adjoining column.






Come Holy Spirit! Fill the Hearts of Your Faithful!


Dear Parishioners,
This year as we celebrate what many refer to as The Birthday of The Church, we have administered the initiation sacraments of Baptism, First Reconciliation, Confirmation and First Eucharist to well over one hundred young and also adult members of our parish. And with a new Holy Father in the Vatican, it does have the feel of Springtime in the Church local and Universal. During 2012, as a particular faith community, we embarked upon a new consciousness and spirit of stewardship; in other words, in The Year of Faith, we of St. Rita Parish embraced the New Evangelization with high purpose and intent to be church. These, then, are very important days for St. Rita Parish to pray for the help and advocacy of the Holy Spirit to lead and guide us as a parish that wills to be strong and vital to the mission of Jesus going forward. Also important is our prayer that we may be ever conscious of being linked as the Body of Christ to all of the parishes that make up our Deanery, our Pastoral Region of San Gabriel, and to the Universal Church. We also celebrate The Solemnity of Pentecost 2013 on the Feast Day Weekend of our beloved Saint Rita of Cascia. We make all of our prayers to The Holy Trinity through her intercessionshe who was wife, mother, and vowed religious. If we model our lives on hers, we stand to receive a wonderful encouragement for our continuance as a community desirous of only the Peace that Christ can offer us. Like her we seek, by indwelling of Gods Most Holy Spirit, to live in Holy Communion with the One that IS our Communion.

Mary, Queen of Peace, Pray for Us! Saint Rita of Cascia, Saint of the Impossible, Pray for Us!
And this Pentecost, Happy Birthday to Us, Church Local and Universal! Msgr. Richard

Welcome to All Pilgrims and Visitors Who Come this Feast Day Week To Honor Our Patroness, St. Rita of Cascia! Welcome once again to our brothers and sisters of the Pacific Islands and to the Armenian Catholic and Orthodox Communities. We Make Your Special Prayers Our Prayers As Well.




8:00 AM 5:30 PM


Pat Hardy RIP Alice Feeney RIP

7:30 AM Tom McGoldrick RIP 10:00 AM Richard A. Schaub, Jr. RIP 12 NOON For All Parishioners

Gerald Krekelberg, Cathy Fiore, Madelyn Shaull, Dorothy Van Gorden, John J. McCoy, Diane Ridley, Richard Forcione, Maria Carmen Marti, Dennis & Clare Marquardt, Rosemary Fryzm, Andy Pulley, Katherine Haderlein, Andy Heller, JoAnn E. Douglass, Kathleen Ramsey, Tonyja Blakeslee, Addie Marshall, Joanna Singleton, Jackie Bagnuolo, Mary Ellen Isoard, Tim Stanley, Antoinette Wassef, Theresa Morcos, Aspet Herapetian, Rose Mary Taquino, Selma Tuffs, David Duran, Paul Viger, Julie Meyer, Zdenka Czerny, Cliff Hancuff, Wendy Wolf Fadel, Hal Finney, Christa Owen, Ailey Gardner-Ybarra, Cathy Hundshamer, Eva Bernejo, Laurie Larkin Masella, Edith Olah, Matteo Begnoche, Lancelot Loera, Fred Mycroft, Brian Eck, Alex Arranaga, Anna Mary Hession, Mildred Vocelka, Joseph Moore, Effie DeGroot, Ned Vento.


8:00 AM 8:00 AM 8:00 AM 8:00 AM 8:00 AM

Dr. Vincent Bonfiglio RIP



Michael Burke RIP St. Rita Devotees INT Communion Service Rev. James F. OGrady RIP

Opportunities for Spiritual Growth Wednesday, May 22, Evening Prayer

5:30 pm Meditation 6 pm Prayer Rectory Oratory


8:00 AM Ernie Nosari RIP 5:30 PM For All Parishioners 7:30 AM Janet Heins RIP 10:00 AM Pat Hardy RIP 12 NOON Liberty & Edward Krekelberg RIP

Have you ever had moments when your heart was deeply burdened but you didnt know how to pray? At such moments, the Church comes to our aid, and, drawing from her rich prayer tradition shaped by Scripture itself, we are given words for the deepest desires of the human heart. This is the prayer of the Church, which we offer together at Evening Prayer. Thursday, May 23, Bible Study
7 pm Parish Office Meeting Room

St. Bernardine of Siena St. Christopher Magallanes & Companions

FEAST DAYS Monday, May 20

Tuesday, May 21

Wednesday, May 22
St. Rita of Cascia

St. Bede the Venerable St. Gregory VII St. Mary Magdalene de Pazzi

Saturday, May 25

Congratulations First Communicants

May 11, 2013
Luca Augustyn Emily Banuelos Elisa Booth Wes Carson Erica Cimino Aidan Cuellar Samuel Hart Alicia Hernandez Colleen McPhillips Madeline Miller Alexa Petersen Andrew Quijada Kalice Rodriguez Jacob Romaine Gabriel Alejandro Sanchez Danielle Santoyo Nina Santoyo Ella Savage Yvette Serrano Arman Thoresen Annamaria Vasquez James Wilcox Grace Zurick

First ReadingFilled with the Holy Spirit, the apostles begin to speak in tongues (Acts 2:1-11). PsalmLord, send out your Spirit, and renew the face of the earth (Psalm 104). Second ReadingIn one Spirit we are baptized into one body (1 Corinthians 12:3b-7, 12-13) GospelJesus Christ appears to the disciples and sends them on their mission (John 20:19-23)


St. Rita School
Edge Monday, May 20, 4 pm, Gara NOTE: No Edge on Memorial Day, Monday, May 27 Youth NiteWednesday, May 22, 7 pm, Gara Service: Union Station, Sunday, June 2, 7:30-10am Youth Ministry Trip to Belize ~Still time to donate~ Thank you to those who responded to our appeal to help send members of our St. Rita Youth Ministry, along with parent chaperones, to Belize in mid-June to assist in child ministry, sports ministry, and repair of homes/churches. We need your prayersand more donations. You may send your check (payable to St. Rita Church, with Belize Trip on the memo line) to the Parish Office or drop it in the Sunday Offering basket. Thank you! Theresa Costanzo ym@st-rita.org Catholic Education gives a child an advantage for life! Tuesday, June 4Fundraiser, Cold Stone Creamery. From 2-9 pm in Monrovia, 408 S. Myrtle Avenue. Monrovia.


Use coupon on page 7 of this Bulletin.

Dont forget you can help our school receive funding by participating in our Scrip program, registering your Ralphs Rewards card, etc. Please contact Sara Landis in the School Office for more information. St. Rita School Office 355-6114

Safeguard the Children

Cell phones with photographic capability are a great blessing, but they can be misused as well. Have a healthy suspicion of anyone using a cell phone in an awkward or suspicious way. Be especially cognizant of any cell phone use in areas where people could be in various states of undress, or where children are gathered. If you see someone using a cell phone in a manner that appears to be suspicious, dont be afraid to ask what he or she is doing, or to alert someone in a position of authority about your concerns. For the complete VIRTUS article, Taking a Closer Look at Cell Phone Video Voyeurism, e-mail jvienna@la-archdiocese.org Office of Safeguard the Children la-archdiocese.org/org/protecting/safeguard

METROOn the Move

Friday, May 24 1:30 - 3:30 pm OMalley Hall

Learn all about it!

Come to this presentationhosted by the St. Rita Senior Ministry but open to all agesin OMalley Hall. Our speaker, Lilly Ortiz, from METRO will show how to use METRO (Gold Line, rail, bus) to get around for shopping, visiting friends, or seeing the sights. Find out about costs, passes, and more. For more information: Marilyn McKernan marilyn@st-rita.org 355-1292 x233

First Communion at St. Rita Saturday, May 11

Last Saturday, children from the St. Rita Religious Education program (names listed on page 4 of this Bulletin) received the Sacrament of Holy Eucharist. Congratulations to the Communicantsand to their parents for ensuring their children registered and attended classes; to their dedicated teachers; to Monsignor Richard; and to all those parishioners and friends who prayed for them as they prepared for this important Sacrament. Thank you to our Music Ministry and to our Environmental Committee for providing for this very special service. And a very special thank you to our Director of Religious Education, Cristina Cullen, for her dedication and ongoing support.

All the news thats fit to print

Whats happening in your Organization or Ministry? Send us some information to include in the Bulletinevents, plans, election of officers, etc. And take some photos at your events and include them (jpeg format)well print your news as space allows.

Deadline for Bulletin articles is Thursday, 10 days

before desired publication date.

bulletin@st-rita.org or bring to the Parish Office.


Meetings, Ministry & Special Events


This Week at St. Rita

TodayWelcome Pacific Islanders
Noon Mass Reception following in OMalley Hall

Monday, May 20Baptism Preparation Class

7 pm Rectory Meeting Room For June 2 Baptisms

Wednesday, May 22Feast of St. Rita

8 am Mass Join our school children as we celebrate the Feast Day of our Patroness. Or plan to make a visit to our Shrine throughout the day to venerate the Relic of St. Rita.

Friday, May 24The Metro (bus, Gold Line & more.)

1:30 pm OMalley Hall See page 5 for more information.

Opportunities for Spiritual Growth

Pray the RosaryAfter weekday 8 am Mass Wednesday, May 22, Evening Prayer Thursday, May 23, Bible Study
7 pm Parish Office Meeting Room 5:30 pm Meditation 6 pm Prayer Rectory Oratory

Feast Day of our PatronessMay 22 Saint Rita of Cascia 1381-1457

Save the Date

We Celebrate!
Sunday, May 26 40th Anniversary of Monsignor Richards Ordination
If you plan to attend, get your reservations in nowseating is limited!

Saint of the Impossible

Catholic Community & Local Events

Beginning ExperienceJune 7-9, Holy Spirit Retreat Center in Encino. A retreat for those who have experienced the loss of a spouse through death, divorce, or separation. Info? 818/767-1007 bela2011-30@hotmail.com Crossing the ThresholdThe Quest for Spiritual Wholeness June 7-9, Mater Dolorosa Retreat Center. A retreat for those in their 20s or 30s, single or married. $125 per person, Friday night through Sunday noon. Info? 626/355-7188 materdolorosa.org FingerprintingAssumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Saturday, June 15, 10 am-1:40 pm, 3:20 pm-5:20 pm For appointment, call 626/792-1343 Marriage Encounter WeekendJune 28-30. Your love as husband and wife is a gift to one another, as well as a gift from God. Strengthen and rekindle your relationship. Info? www.ilovemyspouse.net

Sunday, June 2We Continue to Celebrate!

After all the Sunday Masses


For those who will not be able to attend the May 26th event, there will be a meet & greet after each Mass Sunday, June 2Catholicism
Rescheduled from April 28 4 pm OMalley Hall Light Refreshments


Your opinion is vital to us Help Support St. Rita School
Clip out the coupon below for an ice cream treat on Tuesday, June 4th from 2-9 PM!


Our parish family has grown and thrived for generations; many of you have said that St. Rita feels like home to you. In order to guarantee that our parish home thrives for our future generations, we are asking for your opinion in assessing and planning for its needs. On the weekend of June 1-2, during all Masses, we will be conducting an in-pew survey to have each of you help us with the planning process. We look forward to hearing from you. Mary Lou Butler Have you considered placing a congratulatory ad in our Bulletin? JS Paluch flyers are in the Vestibule. All ads are placed directly with Paluch.
800-621-5197 jspaluch.com customercare@jspaluch.com

Indulge Yourself for a Great Cause

Monrovia Cold Stone Creamery 408 S. Myrtle Ave (@Lime St) Next to the Krikorian Theatre Visit Cold Stone Creamery on June 4th and up to 30% of your sales will go directly to St. Rita Elementary School Bring this coupon to the store at time of purchase.