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The Lord is God

in the


heavens above
and on


earth below.



St. Rita of Cascia

A Catholic Faith Community Since 1908

May 31, 2015

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
Our Lady of Perpetual Help: Saturday 7:50 am
First Friday 8:30 am - 5 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


Parish Ministries and Organizations

How to Contact Us
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. 9:15 am 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

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
Immaculate Heart of Mary Prayer Group: Susan Day 355-3835
Sacristans: Sat. Vigil: Gary Fidone/Stephen Bollman
Sunday Masses: 7:30-Bill Cosso/David Banis;
10:00-David Muhs/Paula Garavaglia, Terri Eliassen;
12N-Bernie Grace
Weekdays: John Bigley
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 626.327.9480
Mens Club: Dave Loera d.loera@verizon.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

Director of Religious Education

Other Contacts

Cristina Cullen: 355.1292 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; and
Susan Blakeslee:

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

Let Saint Rita Be There For You . . .

Communion for Sick and Homebound Parishioners

St. Rita Eucharistic 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) for the Anointing of the Sick, the sacrament intended for the seriously ill or dying and 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.

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 director; refer you
to our Bereavement Ministry and Music Ministry; and offer you helpful guidelines that will aid in the selection of readings for a Mass or
Memorial Service. We know 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.

For Information about the Sacraments

BaptismPlease contact the Parish Office for further information on the Baptism process and requirements.
Reconciliation and First EucharistPreparation 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.

MatrimonyContact the Parish Office upon engagement; at least six months is needed for preparation of this joyous sacrament!
ConfirmationA two-year program for freshman/sophomore age teens. Apply through the Office of Youth Ministry.





Dear Parishioners and Visitors,

Its All About Relationship

Today we celebrate
While this particular article of our
faith may be a stumbling block for
some, or the most difficult concept
to wrap ones arms aroundthree
persons in one, and all of that,
there is hardly an article of faith that
could compete with its enormity in
our creed as Roman Catholics,
Orthodox, and a whole host of
Christian denominations. After all,
as Roman Catholics what dont we
begin without In the Name of the
Father and of the Son and of the
Holy Spirit? What blessing would
be complete without it?
For me, at the top of the list of
questions treated in Trinity 101
would have to be: Why DO we
believe that God is Trinity? In the
face of a concept usually presented
as the deepest of mysteries and
down right mind boggling, the
answer is so simple its almost
insulting: We believe in God as
Father, Son, and Holy Spirit,
because Jesus taught it. Before
Jesus, there was no such revelation
or knowledge about God. Our
Jewish ancestors taught that God is
one and that God is personal, but

only the Jewish Rabbi, Jesus, taught

that God was his Father (and our
Father) and that their combined
wisdom and love is the Holy Spirit
Yes, this teaching/
revelation of Jesus was unique to
him, it was ground breaking, and it
was part of what ultimately nailed
him to a cross. I dont think it
presumptuous of me to say that we
should not take our faith in God as
Holy Trinity lightly.
What is more, we must understand
the importance of the revelation that
God is both singular and plural. If
God were not so, neither would
creation be experienced as singular
and plural, individual and many. If
God created it, God has to be it. So
whenever we make the Sign of the
Cross, we should also realize that
God is the source and the
foundation of all of our
We can only be
individuals in relationshipbe
friends, be married, be a family, be a
churchin as much as that is at the
core of our being created in the
image and likeness of God. Now,
given the free will that came with
our creation, if only we would
choose to be like the Trinity in all of
our relationships, that is: as the
Father loves the Son, and the Son
loves the Father, and therefore

emanating the Holy Spirit of love.

When our human relationships are
ordered correctlythat is to say,
they are holylove is the natural
The Solemnity of The Most Holy
Trinity, then, is about relationship.
How could it not be? We are called
to think today and imagine how all
of our relationships could become
holierhow they could better
mirror the likeness of God as
Trinity. Following upon Pentecost,
of course, we may rely on the power
of Gods Holy Spirit to provide the
transforming grace and courage to
make any needed changes in the
living out of our relationships and
commitments to one another.
Come Holy Spirit. Come!

Msgr. Richard
BTW - If you want to see what a 16th
Century Peruvian artist (anonymous)
thought The Most Holy Trinity might look
like, check out our 400-year old prized
painting of The Coronation of the Blessed
Mother as Queen of Heaven. You will
find it in the northwest corner of the
Church (left rear when facing the Altar).
Can you identify whos who among the
Divine Triplets?



8:00 AM Virginia Coppi RIP

5:30 PM Alex Arranaga RIP


7:30 AM For All Parishioners

10:00 AM Patricia Legamaro RIP
12 NOON Marilyn Delgatto INT


8:00 AM Rev. Joseph Scerbo RIP


8:00 AM Virgil Archambault RIP

8:00 AM

Communion Service

8:00 AM

Communion Service


8:00 AM Tom Johnson RIP


8:00 AM Lawrence Johnson RIP

5:30 PM Burnetta Johnson RIP


7:30 AM Signe Lynch INT

10:00 AM For All Parishioners
12 NOON Claire Jones INT

MondaySt. Justin
TuesdaySs. Marcellinus and Peter
WednesdaySt. Charles Lwanga and
FridaySt. Boniface
SaturdaySt. Norbert

First ReadingThe Lord is God in
the heavens above and on earth below
(Deuteronomy 4:32-34, 39-40).

PsalmBlessed the people the Lord

has chosen to be his own (Psalm 33).
Second ReadingYou received a Spirit
of adoption, through whom we cry,
Abba, Father! (Romans 8:14-17).
GospelBaptize them in the name of
the Father, and of the Son, and of the
Holy Spirit (Matthew 28:16-20).



Retirement Fund for

Archdiocesan Priests

Marcia Turner, Celia Merritt, Garvin

Stanislawski, Gary Inocente, Ethan
Sandoval, Adam Throop, Janet WatsonContreras, Barbara Jean Wood, Arthur
Little, Ernest Kopka, Vera Delgatto, JF
Mahoney, Kelly Solomon, Linda Theriault,
Heather Hagan, Mike Wolf, Jean Wood,
Jos Colayco, Mario de la Torre, Barbara
Vanni, Freya Sheasby Bailey, Anna
Schube, Aubrey Randolph, Joseph Malvin,
Randy Graff, Toni Navarro, Susan
Watson, Juanito & Marilou Pe, Margaret
Duran, Guia Canizales, Anne Frealy, Eva
Shammon, Margie Schubert, Mary
Zuckerburg, Emily Young, JoAnn
Douglass, Evelyn Tres, Barbara Hester,
Gerald Drean, Charlotte Bollman Fuchs,
Raymond Payne, Peter Delgatto, Jr.,
Montserrat Marti, Jordan Alabart, Susan
Skousen, Brooke Manning, Arthur
Contreras, Jr., Robert Quinonez, Jean
Mansour, Jacob Bigley, Maria Carmen
Marti, Clare Marquardt, Kathleen Ramsey,
Tonyja Blakeslee, Addie Marshall, Jackie
Bagnuolo, Mary Ellen Isoard, Rose Mary
Taquino, Paul Viger, Hal Finney, Eva
Bernejo, Edith Olah, Fred Mycroft, Joseph

This Annual Collection is for the

support of all diocesan priests who
have served us and now have earned
their rest. This Appeal is very dear to
Msgr. Richards heart as he will one
day benefit from your generosity!

Special CollectionJune 6 & 7

Special envelopes are in your monthly

packet and also in the Vestibule. Or
you may simply write on your check
or any envelopeRetirement Fund for
Thank you!

Bereavement Support Group

This Sunday, May 31
4 pm - 5:15 pm OMalley Hall
Come join us even if you missed the
first two meetings. This is an

opportunity to hear some good

thoughts, share some feelings of loss,
and be with a group of others walking
the same path.

We encourage you to attend and

perhaps find hope and strength as you
continue life without your loved one.
Deacon John Hull 355-1292

St. Rita Feast Day 2015

Just some of our Volunteers!


Youth Ministry

Senior Ministry

Next Youth Nite

Wed., June 10, 7-8:30 pm, OMalley

Summer Luncheon
Saturday, June 13
Noon OMalley Hall

Confirmation, Year 1
Saturday, June 6, 4 pm - 5:15, OMalley
followed by 5:30 pm Youth Mass

Informative speaker, excellent salad

lunch, and door prizesall for the
amazing price of $10!

Theresa Costanzo ym@st-rita.org

Please RSVP and pay by June 3.

Religious Education
Preschool Sunday School

During the 10 am Mass for children

ages 3-5. Above Gara Hall in the
Pre-K Classroom. No registration is
Cristina Cullen dre@st-rita.org

Young Adult Ministry

A new Ministry for adults between 18
and 35, single or married. Please read
about the upcoming Retreat (adjacent
column)and please contact me for
more information about this or other
upcoming events.
Priya Tharayil trosep84@yahoo.com

Bulletin Submissions
Articles are due by Thursday, 10 days
in advance of publication weekend
desired. Be sure to send pictures
(jpeg format) from your events also!
You may submit your information
either to the Parish Office or send to

Questions? Please contact

Rosemary Hagerott
355-1292 x226

Reservation Forms are in the Vestibule

or contact
Marilyn McKernan 355-1292 x233

Mass Cards for Fathers Day

We are offering cards (Spiritual
Bouquets) for the Fathers Day Special
Masses at St. Rita. The cards are
available in the Vestibule.

No donation is required BUT we

need you to return the outer envelope
with the name(s) of those you want to
remember. The envelopes are then
placed on the Altar on Fathers Day
and for the remainder of June.

St. Rita School

Class of 1965 Reunion
Sunday, June 14, Noon Mass
followed by a lunch/reception.
If you or someone you know graduated
from St. Rita School in 1965, please
contact us for more information.
Marianne Marshall 626/215-3514
Patrick McCormick 310/560-9162

Did You Know? Child

molesters look like everyone

else. They do not look like
scary people to avoid. They
do live with their families and
in our neighborhoods. To assure the
safety of our children, know the
warning signs: wanting to be alone
with children; allowing children to do
things their parents would not permit;
being more excited to be with children
rather than adults; discouraging others
from participating in activities
involving kids.
For more information:

Young Adult Retreat

Mater Dolorosa
Retreat Center
Weekend of June 5 - 7
The Retreat will be presented
by Dr. Michael Downey,
Director of Theological and
Spiritual Formation at Mater
Dolorosa. Music will be
provided throughout the
weekend by Rock S.A.L.T.,
a band from St. Augustine
Parish, Culver City. Join us
and enjoy being with other
young adults seeking to
deepen their faith.
Fr. Bruno DSouza, C.P.


Capital Campaign

This Week at St. Rita

Q. Why is the Campaign important to the parishioners

of St. Rita Parish?
This SundayHospitality After All the Masses.
Sponsored by: St. Rita Girl Scout Cadettes

This SundayMass Cards for Fathers Day

Available in the Vestibule.
See page 5 for more information.

This SundayBereavement Support Group

4 pm OMalley Hall
The third meeting of a 6-week program.
See page 4 for more information.

Thursday, June 4Liturgy of the Hours

Evening Prayer
5 pm Meditation 5:30 Prayers In the Parish Office Oratory
Friday, June 5Adoration
After the 8 am Mass until 5 pm In the Parish Office Oratory
Sign-up book ,for visitation time, in the Vestibule.

Friday, June 5St. Rita School Graduation

A: One of our donors recently shared his story telling us

why he thinks the Strengthening our Holy Communion,
Growing in Faith, Hope, and Love Campaign is so
important. The following is in his words.
When I realize that the great gift of this parish has been
provided to us by the people who came before us: the early
parishioners who laid the foundation for this parish; the
pastors and associates who dedicated their lives to keeping
this parish thriving; the nuns who started and maintained
our school; the lay faculty and staff who made personal
sacrifices for the benefit of parishioners and students. Now
its our turn. Years from now, when St. Rita Parish is
still thriving and when our St. Rita School is offering
quality Catholic education to future students, someone will
say they are grateful for those who came before them and
who took steps to make sure that St. Rita Parish and
School would continue, and they will be talking about us.
Is this Campaign important? This Campaign is more
than important, its essential for our future.
Thank you to this donor for sharing his thoughts and
to all who are supporting our St. Rita Campaign.

Save the Date

& Local Events

Weekend of June 6 & 7Special Collection

Retirement Fund for Archdiocesan Priests

See page 4 for more information.

Sunday, June 7Baptism

1:30 pm In the Church Deacon Manuel

Saturday, June 13Senior Ministry Summer Luncheon

See page 5 for more information.

Sunday, June 14St. Rita Class of 1965 Reunion

See page 5 for more information.

Friday, June 5Fingerprinting. At St. Philip the Apostle, 151 S. Hill

Avenue, Pasadena 91106.
12 pm - 3:40 pm and 5 pm 7:20 pm.

Must call for an appointment: 626/793-0693

Saturday, June 6Courage to Be a Man Conference. For Adults
and Teens. Sponsored by the Carmelite Sisters at Sacred Heart Retreat
House, 507 N. Granada Ave.,, Alhambra 91801. Please RSVP by June 2.

Info: 626/289-1353 x200 sacredheartretreathouse.com

Friday and Saturday, June 12 & 13Sacred Heart Conference.

Featuring Alan Aames, Mary Vogrinic, Fr. Michael Barry, SS.CC. Friday
from 7 until 9 pm; Saturday from 8:30 am until 4 pm. Fee: $35.
Holy Name of Mary Parish, 724 E. Bonita Avenue, San Dimas 91773.

Info: Niela 951/258-4475 Holy Name Church 909/599-1243

June & July Summer CampsFamily Camps & Girls Camp.

Sacred Heart Retreat Camp, Big Bear Lake. Your donations to help send
needy children to camp are also requested.

For information:

909/866-5696 Sacredheartretreatcamp.com


An Abundance of Roses
for St. Rita

St. Rita Feast Day2015

From the Armenian/Arabic language Mass at Noonto the Shrine visitors all dayuntil the concluding Benediction,
devotes of our Patroness, St. Rita of Cascia, came from near and far to show their love. There are so many who worked
so hard for so long to make this day a reality: to Joan Crow and Kathy Coyne for their organization of the volunteers; to
Rosemary Hagerott and Cheryl Harlow for their coordination of the sales of religious items; to our Music Ministry; to our
Eucharistic Ministers; to our Altar Servers; to our Ushers; to Lauro Sanchez and Steven Antoine for their constant and
cheerful help; to our Mens Club for traffic control; to Terri Eliassen and the Parish Office Staff; to Mary Lou Butler; and
especially to Deacon Harry, Deacons Manuel and John, and Msgr. Richard-thank you one and all!