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September 15, 2013
St. Rita of Cascia
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
SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION
(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 • www.st-rita.org
24TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME—SEPTEMBER 15, 2013
How to Contact Us
Msgr. Richard Krekelberg, V. F.—Pastor
626.355.1292 x. 228 • email@example.com Dcn. Manuel & Chela Valencia— firstname.lastname@example.org • 355.1292 Dcn. John Hull—email@example.com • 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 Pastoral Council
Parish Office: 355.1292 Mary Lou Butler: firstname.lastname@example.org • 355.1292
Parish Ministries and Organizations
Liturgy & Worship
Lectors and Eucharistic Ministers: David & Jill Muhs 355.9810 • email@example.com Altar Servers, Youth: Kathy Ganino • 626.398.9302 firstname.lastname@example.org Altar Servers, Adult: Bill Cosso • 355.5656 Eucharistic Adoration: Kathy Ganino • 626.398.9302 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org • 355.1292
Ministries & Organizations
Bereavement Ministry: 355.1292 • email@example.com Christian Family: Sheila Pierce • 355.8332 Greeters & Ushers: Erny Henry 626.289.3504 • 626.446.6715 Men’s Club: Nick Sotis: 358-2495 • firstname.lastname@example.org New Members/Welcome: Contact the Parish Office St. Rita Guild: Patty Sullivan 355.3707 • email@example.com Senior Ministry: Marilyn McKernan, firstname.lastname@example.org Shawl Ministry: Mary Taillac 355.3179 • Marilyn Delgatto 355.8717
Finance Council Chair
Bill Sullivan: 355.3707
St. Rita School—Office: 626.355.6114 Director of Liturgy & Music
Paul Puccinelli: email@example.com
Principal: Joanne Harabedian • firstname.lastname@example.org
Archivist: Marilyn McKernan • email@example.com Bulletin Submissions: firstname.lastname@example.org or drop off at Office Public Relations: ParishAdmin@st-rita.org Registration Information: email@example.com • 355.1292 Webmaster: Ralph Seymour: firstname.lastname@example.org
Director of Religious Education
Cristina Cullen: 355.3841 • email@example.com
Director of Youth Ministry/Confirmation
Theresa Bui Costanzo: 626.590.8828 • firstname.lastname@example.org
RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults)
Team: Deacon Manuel and Chela Valencia; Susan Blakeslee: email@example.com
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 • firstname.lastname@example.org.
For Information about the Sacraments—
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!
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.
Contact the Parish Office upon engagement; at least six months is needed for preparation of this joyous sacrament!
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.
REV. MSGR. RICHARD KREKELBERG
“Rejoice with me for I have found my lost sheep!”
Jesus asks which one of us would not respond like this after finding someone or something precious that had been lost. It’s the natural response. However by contrast, in the first reading from the Old Testament, the chosen people lose God and do not seem to rejoice when Moses wins him back. This is the danger, of course, that it is possible for us to become so dulled to God’s call and God’s vision of us that we turn our attention and allegiance to a poor substitute god of our own making. Does anyone remember the movie, “Joe and the Volcano”? Remember how “the Waponie” worshiped Orange Crush? Pretty funny, but entirely understandable if, perhaps, you’re the owner of the Orange Crush company. Jesus brings the message home triple-fold by following up his examples of the shepherd finding his lost sheep and the widow who found her lost coin with the lengthy saga of The Prodigal Son. The profound joy of the father seeing his son returning in the distance is hardly lost on any of us. We all want to be so loved and so forgiven. It seems to me that the strong message in today’s readings is really all about desire. Do any of us need to be convinced of how powerful our desires can be? St. Ignatius of Loyola says that we can discern God’s will for us in an examination of our desires. He says that important clues are found in our desire’s resulting feelings of consolation and/or desolation. Moses knows that the chosen people’s desire for a quick fix is headed for a desolation of hopelessness and he begs God’s forgiveness. On the other hand, the desire of the shepherd for his sheep, the widow for her coin, and the father for his lost son bring them great consolation when that which had true value is restored to them. But what if that which is lost cannot be found or recovered? There was a family back in the ‘50’s that purchased one of the modernizations of the time—TV trays. Before they knew it, they found that they were grabbing dinners and heading for the TV each evening and, almost undetectably, stopped eating around a table as a family, except for maybe holidays. Later on, members of the family described this as a loss—a mistake. 20/20 hindsight blamed problems of lack of interest in each other and watching out for one another on the offhanded decision to no longer share meals together. What then were the desires that led up to the decision to be thoroughly modern? What would an analysis of the consequent feelings of consolation and desolation by family members reveal about the spiritual wellbeing of the family? Consolation / Desolation: What experience of these do you have going on in your present experience of life, or perhaps over your lifetime? Give this some thought and then take it to God. I guarantee that this spiritual exercise will pay off—and probably surprise you with God-given deeper knowledge and understanding of yourself and of God. Try it. But I can’t guarantee that you will necessarily like it. We know that even now Jesus desires us to be with him. Where do our desires lie and where are they taking us? Let us pray to the Good Shepherd today, that we may find and recover our precious losses—before we discover that it’s too late!
24TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME—SEPTEMBER 15, 2013
PARISHIONERS WHO REQUEST OUR PRAYERS FOR HEALING AND RETURN TO GOOD HEALTH—
8:00 AM 5:30 PM
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 14
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 15
Amelia Laserna RIP Reynoldo Reyes RIP
7:30 AM Rev. Kevin Kester RIP 10:00 AM Kenneth Wise RIP 12 NOON For All Parishioners
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 16
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 17 No Mass WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 18
8:00 AM 8:00 AM
Dr. Vincent Bonfiglio RIP
Patrick Cronin, Patsy Starkey, Margaret Duran, Zhou Le, Mu Song, Jody Williams, Gabriella Reyes, Ashley Biely, Jean Mansour, Celia Merritt, 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, JoAnn E. Douglass, Kathleen Ramsey, Tonyja Blakeslee, Addie Marshall, 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 Gardner-Ybarra, 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.
Husband of Joanne
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 19 FRIDAY, S EPTEMBER 20
8:00 AM 5:30 PM
Communion Service Communion Service Rev. Msgr. George Parnassus RIP Terry & Rita Young INT For All Parishioners
Opportunities for Spiritual Growth
Tuesday, September 17— Rite of Christian Initiation (RCIA) 7:30 pm • Parish Office Meeting Room Tuesday, September 17— Los Angeles Catholic Prayer Breakfast Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels 6:30-9 am • Rosary, Mass, Breakfast Guest Speaker: Matthew Kelly Terri • Parish Office for information • 355-1292 Thursday, September 19— Evening Prayer 5 pm Music & Meditation • 5:30 Prayer Oratory in the Parish Office Come spend some mid-week time with Our Lord. Wednesday, September 25— Bereavement Team Meeting 7-8 pm • Parish Office Meeting Room All are welcome to come to find out about this Ministry! Thursday, September 26— Bible Study resumes 7 pm • Parish Office Meeting Room Become more familiar with Jesus’ Word.
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 21 SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 22
7:30 AM Joanna Singleton RIP 10:00 AM Burt Buono INT 12 NOON Ciceila Feghali RIP
FEAST DAYS Monday, September 16
Ss. Cornelius & Cyprian St. Robert Bellarmine St. Januarius St. Matthew
Tuesday, September 17 Thursday, September 19 Saturday, September 21
First Reading—“Why should your wrath blaze up against your own people, whom you brought out of Egypt?” (Exodus 32:7-11, 13-14). Psalm—I will rise and go to my father (Psalm 51). Second Reading—The grace of our Lord has been abundant (1 Timothy 1:12-17). Gospel—There is great rejoicing in heaven and among the angels when a sinner repents
(Luke 15:1-32 [1-10]).
Needed The thing that is most needed in homes today is a family.
SAINT RITA OF CASCIA CHURCH
St. Rita Catholic School
►EDGE Ministry—Monday, Sept. 16, 4 pm, Gara ► Followed by a parent meeting at 5:15 pm ►Confirmation Orientation & Youth Mass— ►Youth Nite—Wed., Sept. 25, 7 pm, O’Malley Hall ►Belize Mission Slideshow & Talk— Sat., Oct. 5, 4 pm & Sun., Oct. 6 (after 10 am Mass) Watch for a bulletin flyer insert next weekend with more info. ►Edge Gathering—Monday, October 7, 4 pm, Gara The Confirmation Program is a two-year process preparing high school freshmen and sophomores for the sacrament of Confirmation. To register, please download the Confirmation Year 1 Registration Packet form from the St. Rita website: http:/st-rita.org/category/sacraments/ Youth Ministry Youth Nite. Welcome all high school youth to our Youth Nites! We will kick off the 20132014 year with a Scavenger Hunt Adventure on Wednesday, September 25, 7:00 p.m. in O’Malley Hall. Come and bring a friend! Edge Ministry provides weekly faith formation sessions to all 6th to 8th grade students not attending Catholic schools. If you haven’t received a registration packet yet, please send an email to Theresa Costanzo. The first class is followed by a parent meeting. EDGE First Gathering, October 7. All middle school youth, including St. Rita students, are invited to our fun and interesting Edge fellowships on the first Monday of each month in Gara Hall at 4 pm. Theresa Costanzo • email@example.com
Saturday, September 21, 3:30-6:30 pm, O’Malley Hall (see below for more information)
91 Years of Faith, Excellence, and Stewardship
► Harvest Fest Weekend, October 18-20, 2013 ◄
—Friday, 6-10 pm, Beer, Brats & Bingo —Saturday, 12:30-9:30 pm, Rides, Games, Food, & More
Fun for all the family! Watch for more details.
—Sunday, After all the Masses, Plant Sale
► The Harvest Festival General Store would greatly
appreciate donations of fall and holiday items—handmade, household items, etc. To donate or for more information, please contact
Edie Gardner • 626/599-1778 • firstname.lastname@example.org ►The Harvest Festival Auction Committee is accepting
donations for the Silent and Live Auctions. If you can donate concert tickets, sports tickets, restaurant gift certificates, gift cards for any store, etc., please contact
Sheryl Sanchez • 808-7863 • email@example.com
School Office • 355-6114
All Members of the Legal Community are invited to The 31st Annual Red Mass
Thursday, October 3, 5:30 pm Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels Homilist: Msgr. Craig Cox, J.C.D. Reception immediately following.
Registration materials are available in the Parish Office for children in grades 1-5. Classes begin this Monday, September 16th at 4 pm. There is a $50 fee per child but payment options are available. We look forward to having your child as part of our program. Cristina Cullen • firstname.lastname@example.org • 355-3841
►Deadline for Bulletin articles is Thursday, 10 days before desired publication date. email@example.com or bring to the Parish Office. ►Have a friend or relative who has moved or is not able to attend Mass at St. Rita? They can read our Bulletin online at st-rita.org
24TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME—SEPTEMBER 15, 2013
This Week at St. Rita
► Sunday, September 15—Catechetical Sunday ◄ 10 am Mass ► Tuesday, September 17—No 8 am Mass
(because of Catholic Prayer Breakfast)
Weekend of September 28 & 29
After all the Masses • O’Malley Hall
Join us for our second annual Ministry Fair. This year the Fair will be held in O’Malley Hall—and will feature great refreshments, activities for children, and outstanding raffle prizes as well as the opportunity to learn more about our wonderful St. Rita ministries and organizations. There will again be a prize for the Ministry with the best exhibit so there should be some very creative displays to view. The Fair will begin after the 5:30 Mass on Saturday, and will run from 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. on Sunday. Don’t miss this great event and the chance to socialize with your fellow parishioners while learning more about our Ministries. We hope you’ll find something to inspire you! Mary Lou Butler • 355-1292 • firstname.lastname@example.org
The Ministry Fair is Coming!
Tuesday, September 17—Catholic Prayer Breakfast
Bus leaves St. Rita Church at 5:30 am promptly (tickets required)
Tuesday, September 17—RCIA Meeting
7:30 pm • Parish Office Meeting Room
Thursday, September 19—Evening Prayer resumes 5 pm Music & Meditation • 5:30 Group Prayer
In the Parish Office Oratory
Save the Date
Thursday, September 26—Bible Study resumes
7 pm • Parish Office Meeting Room
Weekend of September 28-29—Ministry Fair See adjacent column for information. Saturday & Sunday, October 5-6—Belize Mission Report 4 pm Saturday & after the 10 am Sunday Mass
Youth Ministry Team members will present a slideshow and talk about their experiences. Watch for a flyer insert in next weekend’s bulletin for complete information.
Catholic Community & Local Events
►Avila Gardens Open House, Sat., Sept. 21, 1-3 pm.
Sunday, October 5—Bundle Sunday
Start cleaning your closets! The St. Vincent de Paul truck will be here to take your donations.
Weekend of October 18-20—School Harvest Festival
Friday, October 18—Beer, Brats & Bingo, 6-10 pm Saturday, October 19—Rides, games, food, 12:30-9:30 pm Sunday, October 20—Plant sale, after all Masses, in front of the church See page 5 for more information.
Weekend of November 1-3—St. Rita Women’s Retreat
Mater Dolorosa Retreat Center For more information call: Joan Crow 355-3621
Featuring Peggy Franklin speaking on “The Affordable Health Care Act: Its Impact on Seniors.” Avila Gardens, 1171 Encanto Parkway, Duarte 91010. Avilagardens.com • 626/599-2214 ►Holy Spirit Retreat Center, begins Thurs., Sept. 26, 10am-1pm. A new Women’s Series will meet monthly. Facilitator: Josie Broeh, MFT. Bring your own lunch. 4316 Lanai Road, Encino 91346. Info: 828/784-4515 x370 • email@example.com ►St. Francis Center Fundraiser —Tuesday, October 1, 6-9 pm. To benefit Homeless Well-being program. Taco and tostada bar, silent auction, and opportunity drawing. Mijares restaurant, 145 Palmetto Drive, Pasadena, 91105. Tickets are $25/advance; $30/door. Info: Jill Remelski • firstname.lastname@example.org ► Late Night Catechism, Sunday, October 27, 3 pm. The off-Broadway show comes to Ss. Felicitas & Perpetua, 1190 Palomar Rd., San Marino, 91108. Tickets: $35/person. Benefits the Pregnancy Help Center of SGV and Carmelite Sisters of the Most Sacred Heart. Info: Cheryl Alberg • 287-2831• email@example.com
ST. RITA OF CASCIA CHURCH
Are you a registered Member at St. Rita?
Registering in a parish is a declaration of your desire to be part of a Catholic community. Being a registered parishioner is a requirement for infant baptism, school registration, weddings, when asked to be a baptismal or confirmation sponsor, and even funerals. Additionally, if you are not registered, a yearly tax receipt cannot be issued since you have no unique ID number in our database.
The following families joined our faith community in July and August—
Nicole Argandona Norma Perez Banzuela Colleen & Liam Foley William, Anette, Emil & Raya Frayeh Rick, Sheila & Frederick Harper William (III), Denise, Trevor & Claire Houck Joe, Loussine (Sarafian), Lia & Kyle Kouchakian Paul, Susan, Marilyn & McKenna Lindheimer Felipe, Adrienne, Marcus & Isaac Martinez Anton, M. Cristal, Tristan, Sol & Moises Morse Laurie Morton Paul, Carmen, Natalie, Audrey & Alyssa Sirois Timothy, Lauren, Evan & Dylan Skinner Jason, Lourdes, Makena & Kiele Wilson George, Lily, Maximilian & Dexter Winn
Registration forms available—
in the Vestibule on our website: st-rita.org or please contact the Parish Office • 355-1292
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—you can read the Bulletin online? Did you know—there’s a link to make your Sunday Offering donation using your credit card?
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