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A Catholic Faith Community Since 1908

St. Rita of Cascia
June 16, 2013

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


Parish Ministries and Organizations
Liturgy & Worship
Lectors and Eucharistic Ministers: David & Jill Muhs 355.9810 • Altar Servers, Youth: Kathy Ganino • 626.398.9302 Altar Servers, Adult: Bill Cosso • 355.5656 Eucharistic Adoration: Kathy Ganino • 626.398.9302 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 • 355.1292

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
Mary Lou Butler: • 355.1292

Ministries & Organizations
Bereavement Ministry: Call Parish Office • 355.1292 Christian Family: Sheila Pierce • 355.8332 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

Pastoral Council Vice Chair
George Landis: 626.792.0445

Finance Council Chair
Bill Sullivan: 355.3707

St. Rita School—Office: 626.355.6114
Principal: Joanne Harabedian •

Other Contacts
Archivist: Marilyn McKernan • Bulletin Submissions: or drop off at Office Public Relations: Registration Information: • 355.1292 Webmaster: Ralph Seymour:

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.

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 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!

Sacraments of Reconciliation and first Eucharist

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.

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.

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.





Dear Parishioners,
This Sunday’s Liturgy of the Word puts before us the Good News that those who have sinned much can be forgiven much. In the first reading Nathan informs David that “the Lord, for his part, has forgiven him his sins—even though his sins were that he [David] killed Uriah the Hittite and took his wife for his own. Jesus in the Gospel defends the “sinful city woman” and explains to Simon that she who has sinned much will be all the more grateful for the forgiveness she receives. In fact he tells the woman that her faith has saved her and to “Go in peace.” Today’s readings beg the question, "How ready are we to forgive?” Certainly King David—at the very least—broke the law when he murdered and committed adultery. Whatever the sinful woman from the city did was most certainly against the law. It is Paul who addresses forgiveness and law when he writes to the Galatians: “…even we have believed in Christ Jesus that we might be justified by faith in Christ and not by works of the law, because by works of the law no one will be justified.” We live in a world today in which, not only are people being tempted to take the law into their own hands, but they have weapons of mass destruction to carry out their (probably crazed) will. We know all too tragically the enormous harm that can follow from that! Our country along with many other countries struggles with the “hot button” issues of the day, and in some cases those issues are before our own Congress, President, and United States Supreme Court as we speak. And, speaking of courts, let us remember that all of the above technically are in “Caesar’s court”; what emerges may or may not be what is declared in God’s court—that is, Jesus’ kingdom. Who gets to define what living a “rule of law society” means? What’s a Christian to do? In my first assignment as a priest in inner city Los Angeles, I lived near a troubled, gang-ridden junior high school, and sometimes I had coffee in the morning before school with some of its teachers. Once, one of those teachers said to me, “You Catholics are lucky. You get to teach Catholic morality in your schools. We public schools are expected to hand on morals to the children, but we can’t seem to get there, because no one can agree on whose morals are allowed to be taught.” Well, there you have it. If you and I could claim like Paul, “…I live, no longer I, but Christ lives in me,” what difference might that make in our decisions and how we live—how we treat “the sinner” and “the evildoer”? I could hand the lawbreaker over and be satisfied that I kept the letter of the law—gave to Caesar what belongs to Caesar, but would I have given to God what belongs to God? Paul says that the law has no power to justify me, only faith in Jesus Christ who gave his life for me can, in the end, justify and save me. And, by all means, let us all take a stand on “what Jesus would do,” but let’s make sure and do our homework first and be ready to back up our claim by the clear evidence of Jesus’ life and how he lived it. —Msgr. Richard


Please read my comments on page 5 of this Bulletin.

—Msgr. Richard



8:00 AM 5:30 PM


Alcorn Family INT For All Parishioners

7:30 AM Grace Teeple RIP 10:00 AM For All Fathers 12 NOON Dr. Godbey RIP

8:00 AM 8:00 AM 8:00 AM 8:00 AM 8:00 AM

Denis Keegan, Jacob Bigley, Gerald Krekelberg, Cathy Fiore, Madelyn Shaull, Dorothy Van Gorden, John J. McCoy, Diane Ridley, Richard Forcione, Maria Carmen Marti, Dennis & Clare Marquardt, Rosemary Fryzm, Andy Pulley, Katherine Haderlein, Andy Heller, JoAnn E. Douglass, Kathleen Ramsey, Tonyja Blakeslee, Addie Marshall, Joanna Singleton, Jackie Bagnuolo, Mary Ellen Isoard, Tim Stanley, Antoinette Wassef, Theresa Morcos, Aspet Herapetian, Rose Mary Taquino, Selma Tuffs, David Duran, Paul Viger, Julie Meyer, Zdenka Czerny, Cliff Hancuff, Wendy Wolf Fadel, Hal Finney, Christa Owen, Ailey GardnerYbarra, Cathy Hundshamer, Eva Bernejo, Laurie Larkin Masella, Edith Olah, Matteo Begnoche, Lancelot Loera, Fred Mycroft, Brian Eck, Alex Arranaga, Anna Mary Hession, Mildred Vocelka, Joseph Moore, Effie DeGroot, Ned Vento.


Elizabeth V. Love RIP



Rev. Jerome J. Lantry, OCD RIP

Communion Service Communion Service

Opportunities for Spiritual Growth † Wednesday, June 19, Evening Prayer
5:30 pm Meditation • 6 pm Prayer • Rectory Oratory


Kathleen Farrell INT

8:00 AM Janet Heins RIP 5:30 PM Claudia Valencia-Casteneda RIP 7:30 AM Alice Feeney RIP 10:00 AM Roland & Angela Brennan RIP 12 NOON For All Parishioners

† Thursday, June 20, Bible Study
7 pm • Parish Office Meeting Room

YEAR OF FAITH: JUNE 2013 FEAST DAYS Wednesday, June 19
St. Romuald St. Aloysius Gonzaga St. Paulinus of Nola; St. John Fisher; St. Thomas More

Rediscovering the Eucharist: Celebration and Adoration
How providential that June opened, in this Year of Faith, with the solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ (Corpus Christi). June's Sunday Gospels show Jesus comforting the afflicted and forgiving sin, predicting his saving passion and challenging would-be disciples to take up their cross daily and follow him. But faithful discipleship is impossible without the grace that flows from Christ's Eucharistic sacrifice, without the comfort bestowed by Jesus' abiding Eucharistic presence. Thus June becomes a grace-filled opportunity to renew our appreciation of the multiple dimensions of the Eucharist by rediscovering the riches of the Church's teaching: Eucharist as sacrifice and paschal banquet; Christ's Real Presence; full, conscious and active participation (internal and external); fruits of the Eucharist in our personal and communal lives; Eucharist as pledge of future glory.

Friday, June 21

Saturday, June 22

First Reading—The Lord forgives David for taking the wife of Uriah, and for having Uriah killed (2 Samuel 12:7-10, 13). Psalm—Lord, forgive the wrong I have done
(Psalm 32).

Second Reading—If justification comes through the law, then Christ died for nothing
(Galatians 2:16, 19-21).

Gospel—Jesus forgives the woman because of her great love (Luke 7:36 — 8:3 [7:36-50]).

FATHERHOOD—My father didn’t tell me how to live;

he lived, and let me watch him do it. —Clarence Budington Kelland

JOSÉ LUIS RODRIGUEZ - ¡SALUD! ►Youth Nite—Wednesday, June 26, 7 pm, Gara ►Youth Mass—Saturday, July 6, 5:30 pm ►Service—Union Station, Sunday, July 7, 7:30-10am Our Youth Nites and Youth Masses continue throughout the summer as well as service opportunities. Have a great summer and don’t forget to check in at your St. Rita “home” from time-to-time! Theresa Costanzo • As I had been tutored about St. Rita Parish by Msgr. Joseph Cokus, in my interview with him before I applied for this parish, Msgr. Joe spoke of a loyal and faithful staffer, José, “who knew the parish plant inside and out.” So the first time I encountered said employee, I said, “You must be José.” He replied briskly and with his wry smile, “José Luis! My name is José Luis!” I knew instinctively that I was being put on notice. The feeling definitely was, “don’t presume anything,” “you need to earn my trust,” and “just, saying, I’ve already buried one pastor, sent one into retirement, and you’re just next on the list.” By the way, to this day, I think I’m the only one here that calls José, “José Luis.” I believe that from day one, for José, it has always been about the kids. He has been surrogate and real father and grandfather to them. From rescuing stray backpacks and lunch containers to walking St. Rita Students across Baldwin Avenue, Mr. Rodriguez has watched after their safety and wellbeing for 38 years. And now, when this pastor of only 9 years welcomes and greets returning alumni, one of the first questions is always, “Is José still here?” It’s almost like, “The buildings are still here; José must still be here.” Being part of a parish staff, its life and ministry, for as long as José has, brings certain benefits, for instance: enjoying multigenerational friendships, being part of the very history and story of a faith community, becoming a happy memory of a person’s childhood, and claiming a certain wisdom about how to be a successful Catholic parish and school. These are gifts of a lifetime and will be the gifts that keep on giving beyond retirement. José is also part of this pastor’s arrival at St. Rita and of his support system to be a successful pastor. I am deeply grateful to you, José, for that! For me and for so many you will always be a shining piece of the mosaic that we know as St. Rita Parish. And so José, for you and for your wife, Aurora, and the Rodriguez family all of us at St. Rita pray every spiritual blessing, sustained health, and very happy retirement years. Thank you, José, and remember, (forgive my limited Spanish)


Thank You!
The St. Rita Guild is appreciative of all your donations last week-end—we filled a van with food and received $197 in cash/check donations. Your generosity means a lot to those who struggle to put food on their tables. And thank you to all the Guild members who helped with the collection, sorting, and delivery of the food. —Patty Sullivan

Blood Drive—Sunday, July 14 8:30 - 2:30, O’Malley Hall
To make an appointment, please contact: Marilyn McKernan 355-1292 x233 •

Liturgical Environment
Thank you to members of the Environment Committee for the beautiful decorations of our Church, especially during these past few months. To the men who braved the ladders, to the people who designed and arranged the floral arrangements, to those who created the fabric panels & hangings. We salute you! We are blessed! What’s happening in your Organization or Ministry? Send us some information to include in the Bulletin! Better yet, take some photos at your events and include them (jpeg format)—we’ll print your news as space allows. ►Deadline for Bulletin articles is Thursday, 10 days before desired publication date. or bring to the Parish Office.

¡Una vez Santa Rita, siempre Santa Rita!—-

Once St. Rita, always St. Rita! —Msgr. Richard

Meetings, Ministry & Special Events


This Week at St. Rita
5:30 PM Mass • Reception following in St. Rita Meadow

Welcome to our newest St. Rita Faith Community members, baptized here on June 2— Hannah Emily Buan Jonathan & Christina Buan Michael Harrison Hudick Harry & Monina Hudick Holden Thomas Concidine Michael & Christina Concidine Ryan Dennis Fisher Mark & Hayley Fisher Kaiyana E. Kikyou Peterson Jay Kimo & Catherine Peterson Emilio Fidel Cabrera Serrano Graciella Rita Cabrera Serrano Ferdinand & Melanie Serrano

This Saturday, June 15—Farewell to José Rodriguez

This Sunday, June 16—Happy Father’s Day
A day to pray, with gratitude, for all fathers, living and deceased.

This Sunday, June 16—Coffee and Donuts
After every Mass • Sponsored by The Men’s Club

Opportunities for Spiritual Growth
See page 4 for more information, times, locations.

† Pray the Rosary—After weekday 8 am Mass † Wednesday, June 19, Evening Prayer † Thursday, June 20, Bible Study

Save the Date
Monday, June 24—Baptism Preparation Class
7 pm • Parish Office Meeting Room For July 7 Baptisms See page 5 for information.

Catholic Community & Local Events
►Right to Life League Golf Tournament—Monday, June 17. “Tournament Fore Life”, La Cañada Country Club, 5500 Godbey Drive, La Cañada 91011. Register online: or 626/398-6100 ►Medjugorje Anniversary Mass—Monday, June 24. Join us as we honor the Blessed Mother and the messages of hope & love she brings to us. Rosary 7 pm followed by Mass at 7:30 pm. Annunciation Church, Arcadia. Information: Therese Burch 303-5221 ►Marriage Encounter Weekend—June 28-30. Your love as husband and wife is a gift to one another, as well as a gift from God. Strengthen and rekindle your relationship. Info? ►Children & Teens Grief Support Camp—Aug. 2325. A 3-day camp for children and teens ages 7 to 17 who have experienced the death of someone close within 4 years at the start of camp. Free of charge. Led by professionally trained staff. Activities include: swimming, sports, arts & crafts, etc. Camp Erin—LA. Karissa Provost • 310/473-1511

Sunday, July 14—Blood Drive

May 2013 Repairs & Maintenance Report
Special Monthly Collection (Blue Envelopes) Total Income—$7072 May Expenses for the Church & Rectory/Office Total Expenses—$7573 Repairs & Maintenance Income Shortfall—<$501> * Total Expenses includes utilities, hardware supplies, repairs to equipment, replacement of baseboard, etc.


Support of your parish is a “treasure” part of Stewardship. If you are not currently receiving weekly offering envelopes, you may request them below; then drop the request in the Sunday Offering. Thank you! Please add my name to the mailing list for Sunday envelopes. Parish ID number (if known) Name Mailing Address

Thank you to the 201 families who donated to this special collection during the month of May. We encourage everyone to help by contributing to this very necessary collection. Currently we are facing a serious failure of our air conditioning system in the Church that may require significant expenditure. Please consider making it a habit to contribute each month to this fund. The “official” collection is the second
Sunday of each month but your donation is welcome any week. Simply indicate “for Maintenance” on your check and/or envelope.

St. Rita Website—Take a Look!
Our website has descriptions and contact information for parish organizations and ministries; monthly calendar of events; and more. Did you know there’s a link to make your Sunday Offering donation using your credit card? Check us out!

Thank you for your support!
All funds stay at St. Rita—thank you!