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September 23, 2012

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 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 •

Msgr. Richard Krekelberg, V. F.—Pastor
626.355.1292 x. 228 • Dcn. Manuel & Chela Valencia— • 626.355.1292 Dcn. John Hull— • 626.355.1292 Weekend Presiders: 10 am Mass—Fr. Chris Thiel, OFM Capuchin 12 Noon Mass—Rev. Msgr. John Morales


Parish Ministries and Organizations
Lectors and Eucharistic Ministers: David & Jill Muhs 355.9810 • Altar Servers, Youth: Kathy Ganino: 626.398.9302 Altar Servers, Adult: Bill Cosso Eucharistic Adoration: Marylyn Barnes Rosary Prayer Group: Marylyn Barnes 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: Barbara LeVeque /Gil Lazo 355.1292 Bereavement Ministry: Call Parish Office: 355.1292 Christian Family: Terri Cummings 355.8895 Greeters & Ushers: Erny Henry: 626.289.3504; 626.446.6715 Men’s Club: Nick Sotis: 358-2495 • New Members/Welcome: Contact the Parish Office St. Rita Guild: Patty Sullivan : 355.3707 • Senior Ministry: Marilyn McKernan, Shawl Ministry: Mary Taillac 355.3179 • Marilyn Delgatto 355.8717 Archivist: Marilyn McKernan, Bulletin Submissions: or drop off at Office Public Relations: Registration Information: • 355.1292 Webmaster: Ralph Seymour:

Liturgy & Worship

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: Director of Administration
George Landis: 626.792.0445 Mary Lou Butler: • 355.1292

Ministries & Organizations

Pastoral Council Vice Chair Finance Council Chair
Bill Sullivan: 355.3707

St. Rita School—Office: 626.355.6114

Principal: Joanne Harabedian •

Other Contacts

Director of Liturgy & Music Paul Puccinelli: Director of Religious Education Cristina Cullen: 355.3841 • Director of Youth Ministry/Confirmation Theresa Bui Costanzo: 626.590.8828 • RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults) Team: Deacon Manuel and Chela Valencia; Susan Blakeslee:

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 •

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. 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.

Anointing of the Sick

Sacraments of Reconciliation and first Eucharist

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 Lord’s 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

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.

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.





Dear Parishioners, School is in full swing and once again I hear the voices of angels calling out to each other outside in the play yard during recess and P.E. Amidst all of the laughter, shouting, and general mayhem, occasionally, I hear the familiar cry, “BUT THAT’S NOT FAIR!” And I wonder, how early on in their young lives did they pick up the notion and the idea that something is or is not fair. Did they get it first from a parent or a sibling or, perhaps, from a playmate? A parent, it seems to me, even though they believe it was he or she that got the idea across, must still be at least startled the first time one’s own child pronounces the “fair or not fair” judgment upon something the parent has done—some decision or command that he or she has made. “Mom, you and Dad get to drink the red stuff in that bottle before dinner and I never get to. That’s not fair!” Or perhaps more germane to today’s passage: “Dad, you and Mom always give each other more money when we go to the store than you give to me. That’s not fair!” To which observation Mom or Dad replies, “Are you envious because Mom and Dad are generous with each other? Are we not free to do with our own money as we wish? Honey, we are not cheating you. Here, take your usual 35 cents allowance and go!” See how useful and practical today’s gospel is? For us Christians, on the difficulty scale “The last will be first and the first will be last” is right up there with “Turn the other cheek!” The whole idea of a deathbed conversion or confession—or the last rites and absolution given to a convicted serial killer—grates against most people’s sense of fairness. “But what about the rest of us who live decent lives for decades and work at keeping the commandments every day of our lives? You mean to tell me that I’m supposed to believe that this creep will get into heaven after his lethal injection even before I will?” What are we to say of God’s dispensation of grace, forgiveness and salvation? Is God not allowed to save the way God chooses to? The first reading and responsorial spoke of “our God who is generous in forgiving,” whose “thoughts are not our thoughts” and who “is near to ALL who call upon him.” Is it not, therefore, our place as his creatures to be humble before him and ultimately to surrender our (sometimes hasty and emotion-packed) judgment to his merciful, divine judgment? On this Earth our judgments and thoughts are and will always be human and therefore incomplete and imperfect—not omniscient. The God who made us knows us better than we know ourselves. We have every reason to curb our temptations to be the judge, the jury, and the executioner—every reason to be humble. I would wager that the late Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist would not have objected to this observation. That’s my judgment. —-Msgr. Richard

NEWSNOTES Besides school being in full swing, our parish organizations and ministries are going full throttle, well in advance of today’s Ministry Fair. This is a very busy and fulfilling time of year for our parish—Religious Education and Youth Ministry ensuring the foundation of faith for our youth; St. Rita School providing for the spiritual and educational foundation of students while also planning Food Drives and Magazine Fundraisers, along with their Annual Festival. The Men’s Club, the Guild, and Senior Ministry are busy with meetings, barbecues, Communion Breakfast, Retreats, and boutique planning.

Now you know why we went to an expanded Bulletin! We realized for some time that we needed more space to tell
you about parish events and accomplishments. Along with more pages comes the requirement to provide more advertisers! The Bulletin ads pay for the printing costs—our Bulletin is underwritten by the advertisers—SO we need sufficient and generous supporters. (Please contact JS Paluch Co., 1-800-231-0805, for info about ad rates.)

The fruit of righteousness is sown in peace and for those who cultivate peace.

—James 3:18



8:00 AM 5:30 PM


Rev. Msgr. John T. Naughton RIP Salvatore Barilla RIP

7:30 AM Jesus Domingo del Rosario RIP 10:00 AM Benjamin Go RIP 12 NOON For All Parishioners

PARISHIONERS WHO REQUEST OUR PRAYERS FOR HEALING AND RETURN TO GOOD HEALTH— Kathleen Ramsey, Sam Rowland, Tonyja Blakeslee, Addie Marshall, Alice Feeney, Joanna Singleton, Jackie Bagnuolo, Mary Ellen Isoard, Tim Stanley, Antoinette Wassef, Theresa Morcos, Aspet Herapetian, Tony Comaianni, Rose Mary Taquino, Selma Tuffs, David Duran, Paul Viger, Julie Meyer, Zdenka Czerny, Debra Ann Williamson, Cliff Hancuff, Wendy Wolf Fadel, Dorothy Van Gordon, Rosanne Kenny, Hal Finney, Louise Bigley, Christa Owen, Ailey Gardner-Ybarra, Cathy Hundshamer, Eva Bernejo, Laurie Larkin Masella, Rudy Wunderlin, Edith Olah, Matteo Begnoche, Lancelot Loera, Fred Mycroft, Clare Marquardt, Brian Eck, Alex Arranaga, Anna Mary Hession, Mildred Vocelka, Ann Twedell, Joseph Moore, Effie DeGroot, Ned Vento.


8:00 AM 8:00 AM

8:00 AM Donna Agnew Winkler RIP Rev. Mateo H. Hicarte RIP Communion Service


8:00 AM 8:00 AM 8:00 AM 5:30 PM

Opportunities for Spiritual Growth
† Tuesday, September 25, RCIA Class
7:30 pm, Parish Office Meeting Room For information, please contact—


Communion Service


Lewis Cenicola RIP

Desmond Howling RIP For All Parishioners

† Wednesday, September 26, Evening Prayer
Try it—you may like it!

5:30 pm Meditation • 6 pm Prayer • Rectory Oratory

7:30 AM Alfonso N. Gonzalez RIP 10:00 AM John Keshysian RIP 12 NOON Danny Abrego RIP

† Thursday, September 27, Bible Study Resumes
7 pm, Parish Office Meeting Room

Just bring your Bible—we supply the rest!

Ss. Cosmas and Damien St. Vincent de Paul

St. Rita’s Women’s Weekend Retreat November 2-4, 2012 Mater Dolorosa Retreat Center 700 N. Sunnyside, Sierra Madre Cost: Suggested donation $195 A special time for prayer, meditation, and renewal.


St. Lawrence Ruiz & Companions; St. Wenceslaus Ss. Michael, Gabriel and Raphael

Questions? Call Joan • 355-3621 or Marie • 355-1234


The next Baptism Preparation Class (for October 7 baptisms) will be this Monday, September 24 at 7 pm in the Parish Office Meeting Room. Please contact Paula in the Parish Office. 355-1292 x 223 •

First Reading—The wicked say: With revilement and torture let us put the just one to the test (Wisdom 2:12, 17-20). Psalm—The Lord upholds my life (Psalm 54). Second Reading—The wisdom from above is full of mercy and good fruits (James 3:16 — 4:3). Gospel—Whoever receives one child such as this in my name, receives me (Mark 9:30-37).

We’re looking for 1-2 people to coordinate the preschool (for 3-5 year olds) Sunday School program during the 10 am Mass. This is a wonderful opportunity to bring the faith to the children of our parish as well as becoming more connected to your own. Classes begin this Sunday, September 23. Questions? Cristina Cullen •

Help Needed

High School Ministry
Hey all high school teens, join us for “PARKING LOT PALOOZA,” our official 2012-2013 Youth Nite Kick-Off on Wednesday, Sept. 26, 7:00 – 8:30 pm in the church parking lot. There will be food, drinks, games, and a mystery activity. It will be FUN!


What is Edge?
Edge is a Catholic ministry for middle school youth (6th-8th graders). Using an interactive, non-classroom format, Edge is a relational model of catechesis and evangelization. Edge relies on a core team comprised of caring adults and teen volunteers who serve as small group leaders. Goals of the Edge —To create a positive experience of the Catholic Church for early adolescents. —To assist middle school youngster in gaining an understanding and appreciation of what the Catholic Church teaches and believes. —To incorporate the Catholic Church’s vision of social justice and peace into the spiritual life of preadolescents. —To develop an identity in middle school youth and in The Edge ministry as being a vital and visual presence within the parish community. Edge Fellowships are monthly Youth Ministry gatherings for ALL middle school youth, including those attending St. Rita’s School. All 6th to 8th graders are invited to join us at the first Edge Fellowship on Monday, October 1, 4:00 pm—5:15 pm in Msgr. Gara Hall.

† Sunday, Sept. 30—Guild Communion Breakfast The St. Rita Guild invites all women and girls of our parish to attend our Annual Communion Breakfast. The event begins with Mass at 10 am followed by a catered gourmet breakfast in O’Malley Hall. Our speaker is Theresa Costanzo, St. Rita Director of Youth Ministry, who will speak on “Practical Ways for Parents to Share Faith at Home.” Cost is $15/person; reservation deadline is September 25. Questions/Reservations? Patty Sullivan • 355-3707 •

St. Rita School
The school, mindful of its mission to be a witness to the love of Christ for all, admits students regardless of race, color, or national and/or ethnic origin to all rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. The school does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, disability, sex, or national and/or ethnic origin in the administration of educational policies and practices, scholarship programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs, although certain athletic leagues and other programs may limit participation and some archdiocesan schools operate as single sex schools. While the school does not discriminate against students with special needs, a full range of services may not always be available to them. Decisions concerning the admission and continued enrollment of a student in the school are based upon the student’s emotional, academic and physical abilities and the resources available to the school in meeting the student’s needs.

Support Catholic Education at St. Rita School through the annual Magazine Drive. Stop by the school office to renew or purchase new magazine subscriptions. Online ordering is also available through the school website: • Select "Great American Opportunities."

Learn to “stop” inappropriate activity before it happens. Child safety tip: Teach your child to respect the word “stop!” Teach your preschooler that “stop” means “stop,” and that your child has the right to stop people from touching his or her body. Obviously, exceptions will have to be made for doctors and parents, but even parents must listen when a child doesn’t want to be tickled or hugged anymore. Reinforcing this excellent lesson gives your child the power to recognize— and to stop— “bad touching” by others if it should happen. For particular help, you may call: Archdiocesan Assistance Ministry, 213/637-7650. Articles from the Archdiocese are also on our website: (select publications, then Safeguard the Children)


The school earns 50% of every sale, while you pay less than the newsstand price and most subscription offers. Thank you for your help in ensuring the success of this Annual Drive. Harvest Festival Weekend, October 26 & 27 Beer, Brats, and Bingo—Friday, October 26 Harvest Festival—Saturday, October 27 Watch for a flyer insert in next week’s Bulletin!

Bulletin articles. Please submit copy/information

10 days before the desired Sunday of publication. or bring/send to the Parish Office.

Meetings, Ministry & Special Events


This Week at St. Rita
See adjoining column for more information.

This Sunday— St. Rita Ministry Fair Msgr. Gara Hall—After All the Masses Take a closer look at the ministries and organizations of St. Rita. Don’t miss this great opportunity to find out the “what” of St. Rita! Raffle (free) • Refreshments • Fun

This Sunday, September 23—Bundle Sunday This Sunday, September 23—Ministry Fair
8 am until 2 pm, Msgr. Gara Hall See adjoining column for more information. See page 4 for more information.

Monday, September 24—Baptism Preparation Class

This Sunday—8 am until 2 pm The St. Vincent de Paul Society truck will be in the Church lower parking lot.

Bundle Sunday

Opportunities for Spiritual Growth
† Tuesday, September 25—RCIA
7:30 pm, Rectory Meeting Room

† Wednesday, September 26—Evening Prayer
5:30 pm Mediation; 6 pm Group Prayer • Rectory Oratory

† Thursday, September 27—Bible Study
7 pm, Parish Office Meeting Room

Bring usable clothing, shoes, small appliances, household items, linens, books, etc. For furniture and large appliances please phone 323/224-6280 or 800/97-HELP-1 for a special free pick up at your home. Your contributions will either be given to the needy or sold in the St. Vincent Thrift Shops to support their charitable activities.

Save the Date
Sunday, September 30—Guild Communion Breakfast
See page 5 for more information.

Catholic Community & Local Events
Fingerprinting, Wed., Sept. 26—Nativity, El Monte For appointment call 626/448-8895 Bereavement Support—Begins Thurs., Sept. 27, 7-9 PM. An eight-week group support program. $10 for workbook. St. Luke Church Parish Center, 5605 Cloverly, Temple City. Info/reservations: Sherrie • 626/291-5900 or 287-8504 College Fair—Thurs. Sept. 27, 6:30-8:30 pm in the St. Francis High School Courtyard, LaCañada. Info: 818/790-0325 ”The Hero’s Journey—Becoming a Saint” Saturday, Sept. 29, 9 am-5 pm Come to learn the habits it takes to persevere and become a hero for God. Fee is $35, or pay what you can. St. Joseph Retreat Center Campus, Alhambra. Info: 626/289-1353 San Gabriel Mission Elementary School’s 100th Anniversary—Sunday, Sept. 30, 11:15 am Mass Join Archbishop José Gomez for Mass, followed by a tour of the campus and gardens, with food trucks and fellowship. Info: 626/281-2454 St. Francis Alumni Golf Classic—Monday, Oct. 1 Brookside Golf Course. Proceeds for student financial aid. Info / Registration: San Gabriel Pastoral Region Annual Regional Congress, “Embracing God’s Call”—Saturday, Oct. 6 Bishop Amat High School, La Puente. Info: 626/962-7707 •

† Catholicism, A Series About the Catholic Faith
Sunday, September 30—4 pm, O’Malley Hall Refreshments, fellowship, discussion—please join us!

Friday, October 26—Beer, Brats and Bingo AND Saturday, October 27— Harvest Festival
Watch future Bulletins for more information.

Together in Mission (TIM) Report


October Special Collections
Sunday, October 14—Maintenance & Repairs. This monthly collection is to help pay for the expenses of running a parish—we have bills just like you do! Our utility bills have increased—just like yours! We do not get any discount or “break” from the utility companies just because we are a religious institution. Please be generous in helping. You may use your blue envelope (from your envelope packet) or just write “For Maintenance Only” on your check or an envelope. Thank you! Sunday, October 21—World Mission Sunday. This Annual Appeal by the Archdiocese should not be confused with our recent Missionary Cooperative Appeal (see adjacent column). On Missionary Sunday, we are asked to support the Propagation of the Faith in their continuing efforts to spread the faith around the world. Checks should be made payable to “St. Rita” please. Again, you will find a special envelope in your envelope packet and also in the pews.

Archdiocesan Assessment $59,712.68 Amount Pledged & Paid to Date $45,726.00 Pledges yet to be Paid $ 3,850.00 Amount Still Needed $10,136.68 Will you help? Can you help? Please join the 165 families who have already participated. Thank you!

Thank you!
Thank you for your support of the August Missionary Cooperative Appeal presented by Father Peter Linhxuan Dat Vu on behalf of the Cistercian Abbey of Our Lady of Divine Grace near Saigon, Vietnam. A check in the amount of $4796 was sent to the Archdiocese to forward to the Abbey — once again, the generosity of St. Rita parishioners is overwhelming!

Thank you for your generosity!