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St. Rita Parish Bulletin 9/8/2013

St. Rita Parish Bulletin 9/8/2013

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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 8, 2013eptember 8, 2013eptember 8, 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
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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 •katganino@charter.net Altar Servers, Adult: Bill Cosso • 355.5656Eucharistic Adoration: Kathy Ganino • 626.398.9302 •katganino@charter.netRosary 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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Dear Parishioners,
Remember when I pointed out that one scripture scholar once described this part of Luke’s Gospelas “Not Nice Jesus”? Well, we have more cause for that particular image of the Savior today: hateyour family, hate your own life, and carry your cross! (At least, Mary must have taught her son that it was impolite to say “Shut up!”) These sayings in the mouth of a loving good shepherd tend to baffleus. And it was wise of the Church to put in our ears this weekend Wisdom’s question:
“Who can know God’s counsel. Who could conceive what the Lord intends?” 
 At the same time we must own that we are not totally without understanding, when we put Jesus’ words in the context of making his way to Jerusalem for the last time and to the Cross. (Who wouldn’t be in a mood?) Actually, Jesus’ words here are not different from his teaching aboutremaining detached from the world in order to serve freely for sake of the Kingdom. There is apresumption in Jesus’ sayings that the father and mother we should hate, or our own lives that weshould hate, are somehow working to pull us away from our mission to be “other Christs.” In other words, bad influence and temptation towards selfishness and evil are to be avoided at all costs.In trying to live up to Jesus’ high expectations of us, we are not without his loving and caring helpalong the way, especially in providing good examples of how to do God’s will. I received such a giftof an inspiring life just recently in the person of our missionary priest, Fr. Jude Umeobi. After the5:30 Vigil Mass, I had a chance to spend some time with him at
 El Pollo Loco
(I couldn’t convince himto go to
Der Weinerschnitzel 
 ). As we talked and I asked a lot of questions about his priestly life, family,and home—I realized I was in the presence of a man who heard Jesus words,
“Leave all things behind, and come and follow me.” 
 And even though it must be so hard for him to be so far away from everything he knows, he communicates a wonderful “inner peace” and an enviable confidencein knowing who he is and what his purpose in life is. Can you and I say the same about ourselves? Are we so sure of our discipleship? Has being a follower of Jesus cost us anything—really? After all, it is about a personal relationship to Jesus Christ. St. Paul, interestingly, tells Philemon thathe is sending “his child” (by spiritual adoption), not as a slave, but as a brother. One who leaveseverything behind to serve does so best by coming from a place of love and devotion. This isfreedom in discipleship personified and what, I believe, touched me about Fr. Jude Umeobi from theDiocese of Awka, Nigeria. Important to note: inner peace and freedom to serve is just as impressive when we are just a few miles from home, as it is if were thousands of miles from home. For the truefollower of Jesus, the grace and power of discipleship and of carrying one’s cross is transcendent. It ishow any prisoner can still claim to be free!
 —-Msgr. Richard 
 

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