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MASS TIMES
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
SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION
(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

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Msgr. Richard Krekelberg, V. F.Pastor
626.355.1292 x. 228 revkrek@st-rita.org
Dcn. Manuel & Chela Valencia
deaconmanuelvalencia@gmail.com 355.1292
Dcn. John Hulljohnhull65@gmail.com 355.1292

Weekend Presider:
10 am MassFr. Chris Thiel, OFM Capuchin

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
Pastoral Council
Parish Office: 355.1292
Finance Council Chair
Bill Sullivan: 355.3707

St. Rita SchoolOffice: 626.355.6114
Principal: Joanne Harabedian jharabedian@st-rita.org

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


How to Contact Us
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For Information about the Sacraments
Baptism
If you are a parishioner interested in baptizing your child, please
contact the Parish Office for further information on the Baptism
process and requirements.

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

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

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.

Anointing of the Sick See adjoining column.
Liturgy & Worship
Lectors and Eucharistic Ministers: David & Jill Muhs
355.9810 em@st-rita.org
Altar Servers, Youth: Kathy Ganino 626.398.9302
katganino@charter.net
Altar Servers, Adult: Bill Cosso 355.5656
Eucharistic Adoration: Kathy Ganino 626.398.9302
katganino@charter.net
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

Ministries & Organizations
Bereavement Ministry: 355.1292 bereave@st-rita.org
Christian Family: Ana Ptasinski 355.3146
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

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
Parish Ministries and Organizations

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.

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!

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.

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REV. MSGR. RICHARD KREKELBERG
PASTORS CORNER
Dear Parishioners,

We hear in the proclamation of the gospel today:

Whoever has my commandments and observes them
is the one who loves me.

As we look towards Pentecost, awaiting the promised Spirit and the gifts that Gods Holy Spirit bestows, we wonder
what the world could look like. Imagine the world, todays world, if leadershipfrom heads of household to
president, prime minister, and popewere leading with the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of right
judgment and courage, and the spirit of knowledge and reverencethe spirit of wonder and awe in your
presence (Rite of Confirmation). Indeed all of the above would claim to be doing his or her best so as to lead and
shepherd exercising such God-given skills and talents, but, alas, this side of heaven, there remains the human
condition with all its weakness and frailty. This is no cause to lose hope, however, because we were sealed with the
gift of the Holy Spirit; the Spirit is always there waiting to be retrieved. [I almost wrote, retrieved and repurposed,
but it is not the Spirit that needs repurposing, is it? It is our very self that often needs to be repurposedredirected.]

Peter, with his occasional arrogance and lying, well understands the dynamic of needing to repurpose. In todays
passage from his own writing we can perceive his reliance once again on the Holy Spirit as he instructs those first to
be called Christian,and instructs usSanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts. Always be ready to give an
explanation to anyone who asks for a reason for your hope [and note that he adds], but do it with
gentleness and reverence, keeping your conscience clear . In other words, check your attitude at the
door! Obviously a person with a soul sanctified in Christ and a heart filled with hope is a person who is attractive,
not repulsivea person ready to evangelize!

Truly, in todays readings we are being duped and tricked into, well, living a much better, more peace-filled, more
satisfyingmore purpose drivenlife. We might even say that we are being brain washed in a most acceptable
way, to keeping Jesus command to put love of God and neighbor on an equal plane, and to love one another as he
loved us. But like the prophet Jeremiah we say that I was dupedand I let myself be duped, because something
tells us that is going to be good for usit is going to redeem and save us. We allow ourselves to surrender to that
which we know can save our families, our country, our world, and yes, even our Church! After all, we have no hope
if our souls are not constantly being sanctified in Christ along lifes journeyon the path to the throne of God in
Exultation. By all means, BRING IT ON!
Msgr. Richard

PASTORS NEWS NOTES

CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR ST. RITA HONOREES!
On Monday evening, May 12
th
, Catholic Charities (San Gabriel
Pastoral Region) honored three St. Rita volunteers for their leadership
in organizing outreach and care programs for those in need. And so
we congratulate Rosemary Hagerott, Cheryl Harlow, and Sara Landis
for receiving these awards and thus honoring Saint Rita Parish at the
same time. These ladies would be the last, ever, to single themselves
out for recognition and would much rather point to those who
faithfully team up with them, but I am very happy for their
acceptance since inspiring others and encouraging the same is also
part of ministry and growing discipleship.
Msgr. Richard
PARISHIONERS WHO REQUEST OUR PRAYERS
FOR HEALING AND RETURN TO GOOD HEALTH
Margie Schubert, Sheila Pierce, Mary Zuckerburg, Emily Young, JoAnn
Douglass, Mary McColl, Evelyn Tres, Barbara Hester, Phil Huddleston, Gerald
Drean, Charlotte Bollman Fuchs, Gerry Krekelberg, Leah Greteman, Raymond
Payne, Peter Delgatto, Jr., Montserrat Marti, Jordan Alabart, Linda Milligan,
Susan Skousen, Brooke Manning, Arthur Contreras, Jr., Robert Quinonez,
Richard Krier, Patsy Starkey, Margaret & David Duran, Jean Mansour, Jacob
Bigley, Dorothy Van Gorden, Maria Carmen Marti, Dennis & Clare Marquardt,
Kathleen Ramsey, Tonyja Blakeslee, Addie Marshall, Jackie Bagnuolo, Mary Ellen
Isoard, Rose Mary Taquino, Paul Viger, Zdenka Czerny, Hal Finney, Ailey
Gardner-Ybarra, Cathy Hundshamer, Eva Bernejo, Edith Olah, Lancelot Loera,
Fred Mycroft, Brian Eck, Alex Arranaga, Anna Mary Hession, Joseph Moore.




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SATURDAY, MAY 24
8:00 AM Lathrop Hoffman RIP
5:30 PM Charles Day RIP
SUNDAY, MAY 25
7:30 AM Genevieve Green RIP
10:00 AM Gary Davis RIP
12 NOON For All Parishioners
MONDAY, MAY 26MEMORIAL DAY
8:05 AM For Our Military and their Families
TUESDAY, MAY 27
8:05 AM Pat Smith RIP
WEDNESDAY, MAY 28
8:05 AM Communion Service
THURSDAY, MAY 29
8:05 AM Communion Service
FRIDAY, MAY 30
8:05 AM Lathrop Hoffman RIP
SATURDAY, MAY 31
8:05 AM Tom Viola RIP
5:30 PM For All Parishioners
SUNDAY, JUNE 1
7:30 AM George Taylor RIP
10:00 AM Dorothy Hoffman INT
12 NOON Dr. Joseph Ryan RIP





MondaySt. Philip Neri
TuesdaySt. Augustine of Canterbury
ThursdayThe Ascension of the Lord
(observance moved to Sunday, June 1)
SaturdayThe Visitation of the
Blessed Virgin Mary





First ReadingThe people of Samaria
accepted the word of God preached by Philip;
they received the Holy Spirit (Acts 8:5-8, 14-17).
PsalmLet all the earth cry out to God with
joy (Psalm 66).
Second ReadingAct with gentleness and
reverence toward all, so that when you are
maligned those who defame you will be the ones
put to shame (1 Peter 3:15- 18) or 1 Peter 4:13-16.
GospelI will not leave you orphans, but will
come to you (John 14:15-21) or Jn 17:1-11a.


AND
TODAYS READINGS
FEAST DAYS
Chaz Cepielik
Jack Conlon
Elise DeGroot
Joe DeGroot
Colin Grace
Annabella Gruber
Chloe Hodge
Alyssa Householder
Alexander Kroe
Jason Maucher
Devon Nardoni
Danny Peters
Sam Poon
John (Jack) Torres
Congratulations and thank you to our new Altar Servers
Serra Club International Annual Luncheon
May 5, 2014Father Richard & 8th-grade servers
Thank you faithful servers!
Sean Aguilar
Amanda Coscarelli
Will Cosso
Henry Gardner
Tess Gauthier
Natalie Gohrick
Katelyn Gutierrez
Alexandra Houston
Blake Howard
Jack Love
Makenna Maucher
Tim ONeill
Victor Scalzo
Madeline Tupy
Brian Valmonte
Jonathan Valmonte
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St. Rita Catholic School
91 Years of Faith, Excellence, and Stewardship


Upcoming School Events

Thursday, May 29PTO General Meeting
Friday, June 6Graduation Day

Please call the School Office for information about
any of the above events.

Announcing the 2014-2015 PTO Board Members
PresidentJenny Shepard
Vice PresidentSuzy Rettig
SecretaryCarol Mispagel
TreasurerNathan Cash, Jenny Puccinelli
Health and SafetyEllen DeGroot, Dorelli Gorocica
Ways and MeansHeather Young, Phil Raycraft,
Danielle Gleason, Deborah King, Sonya Froio, Neil Barber,
Giovanni Guerra, Eric Ikari, Pat McKiernan, Erin Oseguera
Time KeepersSue Fisher, Michelle Noble
Room Parent ChairpersonMara and Frank Chimenti
Communications CommitteeLiz Bruny, Lisa Gonzales,
Jamie Dillon, Debbie Hardy
Community Liaison CommitteeIleana Barber,
Jessica Boskovich, Margot Chavarry, Cher Culver,
Renee Sullivan
ScripDiane Johnson
Faculty RepEllen Hoffman
ParliamentarianCheryl Allen

Thank you to our 2013-2014 PTO Board
who served us so well and so unselfishly
and thank you to our new Board for
offering their time and talents too!

SCHOOL OFFICE 355-6114


Youth Nite for Confirmandi
Wednesday, May 28, 7 pm, OMalley
8th Grade RetreatFri., May 30, 9 am - 3 pm,
OMalley
Edge Bowling PartyMon., June 2, 3:45 - 5:30 pm.
Join us for our end of year celebration at Bowlmor in
Pasadena. Includes bowling, pizza and drink. Please
respond to your evite invitation or call me.

Theresa Costanzo ym@st-rita.org
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Articles for the Bulletin should be submitted to
bulletin@st-rita.org or to the Parish Office. Ask for or
leave a message for Rosemary, 355-1292 x226.

Deadline is 10 days before the desired weekend.
Space is limited so the earlier submissions take priority.
Memorial Day Ceremony
Sierra Madre Pioneer Cemetery
Monday, May 2611 am

Harry L. Embree VFW Post 3208 invites you to
attend this special Ceremony honoring our deceased War
Veterans. Patriotic and WW II music will be played before and
after the Ceremony. St. Rita Parishioners participating in the
Ceremony include: Msgr. Richard (Invocation); Paul Puccinelli
and Peter Vecchio (Music); MaryAnn MacGillvray (Keynote
Speaker); Dave Loera and Duncan MacGillvray (Members of
Post 3208).

A sandwich lunch will be served following the ceremony,
courtesy of the Post.

Please arrive early to secure a seat; there is plenty of standing room.
Special Collection This Weekendfor the
Military Services Serving Those Who Serve

The Archdiocese for the Military Services was created
by Pope John Paul II to provide the Catholic Churchs
full range of pastoral ministries and spiritual services
to those in the United States Armed Forces. This
Special Collection provides financial support for the
Archdiocese for the Military Services, which is funded
solely through donations.

Special envelopes for this collection can be found in
the Vestibulethey were not included in your
monthly envelope packet.

Light of Belief
Every believer in this world
must become a spark of light.
St. John XXIII
Sunday School for Ages 3-6. All families with younger
children are invited to join us for Sunday School in Gara
Hall (upstairs) during the 10 am Mass. Please let your
children experience our curriculum based upon the Sunday
Gospel.


Cristina Cullen dre@st-rita.org




This Week at St. Rita This Week at St. Rita This Week at St. Rita

This WeekendSpecial Collection
for the Military Services
See page 5 for more information.

This Sunday, May 25Pacific Islanders celebrate
the Feast of St. Rita
At the Noon Mass with reception following.

Save the Date Save the Date Save the Date





Monday, May 26Memorial Day
Parish Office will be closed.

Monday, May 26Memorial Day Observances
at Sierra Madre Pioneer Cemetery
See page 5 for more information.

Thursday, May 29The Ascension of the Lord
Not a Holy Day of Obligation
Feast is moved to Sunday, June 1

Thursday, May 29Liturgy of the Hours
& Evening Prayer
5 pm Music & Meditation 5:30 pm Prayer
Parish Office Oratory


Sunday, June 1
The Feast of the Ascension

Sunday, June 1Baptisms
1:30 pm In the Church

Thursday, June 5Bible Study Resumes
7 pm In the Parish Office Meeting Room

Friday, June 6Adoration
After the 8 am Mass until 5 pm Parish Office Oratory

Friday, June 20
Mens Club Dinner & Installation of Officers
Check next weeks Bulletin for information.
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Creating a Vision for a Timeless Parish
in the New Millennium

Honoring our Past, Looking to our Future

It has been an exciting and
wonderful month for the Capital
Campaign. Msgr. Richard
officially announced our parish
Campaign, Strengthening Our Holy
Communion, Growing in Faith, Hope
and Love, at all the Masses on the
weekend of May 3-4. The announcement was received
with much positive enthusiasmfrom the gentleman in
the back of church who shouted out, Lets do this
thing. Were with you, Msgr.to the quiet pats on the
back and affirmations as folks walked out of church
and greeted Msgr.

Msgr. said, We have great gratitude for those who
have gone before us, for the foundations that have
been laid, for the work that has been done; without this
we would not be able to proceed. Now is our time, now
we must take the steps necessary to provide for future
generations. We stand on the shoulders of earlier
generations, now we must be the shoulders for future
generations.

This past week, a mailing went out to all members of
our parish with background about the Campaign and an
invitation for EVERYONE in the parish to attend one
of our Information Sessions. Watch for your invitation
and be sure to reserve your spot!

Why the announcement and why now? Successful
Capital Campaigns are announced to the general
community only after a certain percent of the total goal
has been committed by key supporters of the effort. A
typical threshold for this milestone is to have 30-50%
of the goal pledged prior to the public announcement.
In this case, Saint Rita Parish leaders have pledged a
total of $1,953,000 toward our goal of $5,250,000.
This amazing generosity demonstrates a passionate
commitment to a future for Saint Rita that is vibrant
and responsive to the needs of the people in the pew.
Now we need the support of the entire parish
community to meet our goal.

Learn moreattend an Information Session and most
importantly, pray for the success of YOUR parish
Campaign.

Watch this space on the last Sunday of each month
to read more about plans for our parish.
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St. Rita WebsiteTake a Look!
Did you knowyou can read the Bulletin online? Did you
knowyou can find information about ministries and
upcoming events? Did you knowyou can find Mass
schedules for Sundays and holydays? Did you knowyou
can read The Tidings online via a link on our website?
Did you knowtheres a link to make your Sunday
Offering donation using your credit card?
st-rita.org
Looking for St. Rita School Alumni

Please help us update our contact information. Fill out the
form below and place it in the Sunday Offering basket or
return it to the School Office. You may also email
landis@st-ritaschool.org


Name

Phone

Email

Year of Graduation

Fingerprinting for Virtus
Friday, May 30Immaculate Conception Parish,
740 S. Shamrock, Monrovia.
12 pm - 3:40 pm & 5:20 pm - 7:20 pm
Must call for appointment: 626/358-1166

Avila Gardens Open HouseSat., May 31, 1-3 pm.
Sr. Shawn Pauline will share about the Spirituality of St. John
Paul II. Complimentary refreshments, tour, door prizes.
1171 Encanto Parkway, Duarte 91010
Info/Reservations: 626/599-2214

Healing Mass at St. Luke Catholic Church
Thursday, June 5, 7 pm. Fr. Bill Adams, CSsR, will
celebrate a Charismatic Mass with Healing Service.
St. Luke Church, 9451 Broadway, Temple City.

Yearnings of the Restless HeartJune 13-15. A
weekend restreat for adults in their 20s and 30s. Singles and
married couples welcome. Requested donation$125. Mater
Dolorosa Retreat Center.
Info: Cathy Hainley 626/355-7188, x101


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