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St. Rita Parish Bulletin 9/1/2013

St. Rita Parish Bulletin 9/1/2013

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M
 ASS
T
IMES
 
S
UNDAYS
:
Sat. 5:30 pm (Vigil), 7:30 am, 10 am & 12 N
 W
EEKDAYS
:
Mon., Tues., Fri, and Sat. 8 am(Wed. & Thurs. 8 am Communion Service)
H
OLY 
D
 AYS
:
(eve of) 5:30 pm; (day of) 8 am & 6:30 pm
 
S
 ACRAMENT
 
OF
ECONCILIATION
 
(Confession) Saturdays 4-5 pm or by appointment
D
EVOTIONS
 
Our Lady of Perpetual Help: Saturday 7:50 am
 A 
DORATION
 
First Friday 8:30 am—5 pm, Rectory Oratory 
Msgr. Richard Krekelberg, V.F.—PastorDeacon Manuel Valencia Deacon John Hull
318 North Baldwin Avenue, Sierra MadreMailing Address: 50 East Alegria Avenue, Sierra Madre, CA 91024Phone: 626/355-1292 • FAX: 626/355-2290 • www.st-rita.org 
St. Rita of Casciat. Rita of Casciat. Rita of Cascia 
A Catholic Faith Community Since 1908Catholic Faith Community Since 1908Catholic Faith Community Since 1908
 
September 1, 2013eptember 1, 2013eptember 1, 2013 
 
 
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 Hull
 —johnhull65@gmail.com 626.355.1292
 Weekend Presider:
10 am Mass—Fr. 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 School— 
Office: 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
22
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S
UNDAY
 
IN
O
RDINARY
T
IME
—S
EPTEMBER
1, 2013
 
2
 
For Information about the Sacraments— 
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.
Reconciliation and First Eucharist
Preparation for children who have attained the age of reason(usually during 2
nd
grade) is arranged either through theOffice of Religious Education or St. Rita Elementary School.
Matrimony
Contact the Parish Office upon engagement; at leastsix 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 Muhs355.9810 • em@st-rita.org  Altar Servers, Youth: Kathy Ganino • 626.398.9302 Altar Servers, Adult: Bill Cosso • 355.5656Eucharistic Adoration: Kathy Ganino • 626.398.9302Rosary Prayer Group: Susan Day • 355-3835Sacristans: Sat. Vigil: Gary Fidone/Bill & Patti HuberSunday Masses: 7:30-Bill Cosso/David Banis;10:00-David Muhs; 12N-Bernie Grace Weekdays: John Bigley, Margaret DuranPorter: (Evening Church Lockup) Sheila PalazzoloEnvironment: Denise Villalovos/Gil Lazo
gil@st-rita.org • 355.1292
Ministries & Organizations
Bereavement Ministry: 355.1292 • bereave@st-rita.org Christian Family: Sheila Pierce 355.8332Greeters & Ushers: Erny Henry 626.289.3504 • 626.446.6715Men’s Club: Nick Sotis: 358-2495 • nick.sotis@pro-sites.netNew Members/Welcome: Contact the Parish OfficeSt. Rita Guild: Patty Sullivan 355.3707 • psullivan514@gmail.comSenior 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 OfficePublic Relations: ParishAdmin@st-rita.orRegistration 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 theParish 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 OurLord’s special presence and companionship in serious time of need. Anointing may take place in the home, at the hospital or elsewhereand as often as once a month. If someone should die withoutanointing, remember that the desire to receive is sufficient and theLord cares!
 
If You Should Experience the Loss of a Loved One
Please call us at 355.1292If you feel you will be in need, or your loved one has passed, we willassist in making arrangements with your chosen funeral directors;refer you to our liturgy and music directors; and offer you helpfulguidelines and a book that will aid in the selection of readings for theMass or Memorial Service. Areas we can help you with prior to thepassing may help in the planning of funeral services. We know thatthis can be a tough time and we want you to know that your parish isthere for you.
P
LEASE
 
UNDERSTAND
 
 we only have one residentpriest; sometimes arrangements for another priest may be needed.
 
 
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R
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. R
ICHARD
K
REKELBERG
 
P
ASTOR
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ORNER
 
Dear Parishioners,
 This Sunday Jesus invites us “to take the lowest place,” and to welcome “the poor, the crippled, andlame” as VIPs. And the reason he gives for this: “For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled,but the one who humbles himself will be exalted.” Can we all get a big “HUMILITY IS A VIRTUE!”up in here? Why does humility come so hard for many of us? Because it is just too hard to be humble whenyou’re so darn good? Well…anyway, there are those for whom humility comes natural. Evidently theMother of Jesus was one of those. The canticle proclaims that she rejoices, because God has chosenher in her humility and her lowliness. We’ve said it before. We’ll say it again: “humility increases ourcapacity for God’s grace.” And then, as Mary herself proclaims, “God has done great things for me!”In humility so much more of love can be accomplished.Becoming humble always starts with the admission, “God is God and I am not.” Once we admit that(and admit, therefore, that we are not perfect in judgment or in any way perfectly in control of anything or anyone), then we can become the instruments of God’s healing, redemption, andsanctification. In fact, in humility we stand the very best chance of being saved ourselves.Holy Wisdom proclaimed the primacy of humility in the first reading as we heard:
 My child, conduct your affairs with humility,and you will be loved more than a giver of gifts.Humble yourself the more, the greater you are,and you will find favor with God.
Mary knew these words of the Old Testament by heart. They were for her the instructions on how  TO BE when God may call upon you. Indeed he did call upon her. And the rest is salvation history. At the same time, “Humility is not
Pious Pisch Parsch 
” (Msgr. John Riley in a homily to high schoolseminarians,
ca 1978 
.) This is to say that humility is not “Casper Milquetoast”; it is not the proverbial“wilting lily.” Humility takes a well-honed consciousness of the presence of God in one’s life. Itrequires courage as a disciple of Jesus, the kind of courage that can carry a cross. Humility can be thespiritual project of a lifetime—especially if we are not inclined to it. Most of all we must takeencouragement from St. Paul, who encourages those in his listening to believe that life in Christ is nota mountain too high to climb. God’s grace is enough for us—especially if we are humble.
 —-Msgr. Richard 
 

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