A Catholic Faith Community Since 1908

October 6, 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)

St. Rita of Cascia

(Confession) Saturdays 4-5 pm or by appointment DEVOTIONS Our Lady of Perpetual Help: Saturday 7:50 am ADORATION

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

How to Contact Us
Msgr. Richard Krekelberg, V. F.—Pastor
626.355.1292 x. 228 • revkrek@st-rita.org Dcn. Manuel & Chela Valencia— deaconmanuelvalencia@gmail.com • 355.1292 Dcn. John Hull—johnhull65@gmail.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: mlbutler@st-rita.org • 355.1292


Parish Ministries and Organizations
Liturgy & Worship
Lectors and Eucharistic Ministers: David & Jill Muhs 355.9810 • em@st-rita.org Altar Servers, Youth: Kathy Ganino • 626.398.9302 katganino@charter.net Altar Servers, Adult: Bill Cosso • 355.5656 Eucharistic Adoration: Kathy Ganino • 626.398.9302 katganino@charter.net 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 gil@st-rita.org • 355.1292

Ministries & Organizations
Bereavement Ministry: 355.1292 • bereave@st-rita.org Christian Family: Sheila Pierce • 355.8332 Greeters & Ushers: Erny Henry 626.289.3504 • 626.446.6715 Men’s Club: Nick Sotis: 358-2495 • nick.sotis@pro-sites.net New Members/Welcome: Contact the Parish Office St. Rita Guild: Patty Sullivan 355.3707 • psullivan514@gmail.com Senior Ministry: Marilyn McKernan, marilyn@st-rita.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: mm@st-rita.org

Principal: Joanne Harabedian • jharabedian@st-rita.org

Other Contacts
Archivist: Marilyn McKernan • marilyn@st-rita.org Bulletin Submissions: bulletin@st-rita.org or drop off at Office Public Relations: ParishAdmin@st-rita.org Registration Information: rc@st-rita.org • 355.1292 Webmaster: Ralph Seymour: seymour@seymourmedia.com

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

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 • em@st-rita.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.





Dear Parishioners,
We join the Apostles today in their plea—

Lord, increase our faith!
Why? Mainly because we could also make the prophet Habakkuk’s words our own today as well: I cry for help but you do not listen! I cry out to you, ‘Violence!’ but you do not intervene. Why do you let me see ruin; why must I look at misery? Destruction and violence are before me; there is strife, and clamorous discord. These words of the prophet Habakkuk could be describing atrocities being committed around the world and even in pockets of our United States. We live these days a most delicate peace and a very vulnerable sense of wellbeing. So many reports in the media begin: “they just went to school that day,” “ they just went to church that day,” “ they just went to the mall that day.” And how many times a day do we need to hear the words, “this represents a threat to our national security”? God’s answer to Habakkuk was “Write down the vision clearly…so that one can read it readily.” What vision? And why would this vision answer all of the hard questions? Well, our holy ancestors did not realize it at the time, but the vision was that of a “Promised One”—of a Messiah. Redemption by Jesus, sometimes from our own selves, is the saving remedy. For us, “New Testament People,” faith in Jesus— faith in his way and in his truth—is the answer to “violence on every side.” No wonder our Holy Father Francis is advocating worldwide encounter with Christ. That very encounter changes hearts and eliminates the need for guns or exploding vests. Yes indeed, Lord, increase our faith! Increase MY faith! After all, it begins with us; our own transformation in Christ will touch and invite others to faith. Look how even a text message or a tweet can go viral. Even that word “viral” implies power to infect and spread. Just imagine: Contagious Faith! Saint Paul. Now, there’s a man whose faith went viral and has endured more than two millennia. In the second reading he gives us the formula for success in overcoming “misery” and “clamorous discord”: “Take as your norm the sound words that you heard from me in the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus. Guard this rich trust with the help of the Holy Spirit that dwells within us.” Let’s underscore that Holy Spirit part, because that’s the part that has the power to make faith and love viral. But first—we have to believe—we have to have THE VISION ever before us.

—Msgr. Richard




8:00 AM 5:30 PM



Rev. Richard Carey RIP Mildred Vocelka RIP

7:30 AM Rev. William Brelsford RIP 10:00 AM For All Parishioners 12 NOON Amada Hernandez INT

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


Tage Anderson RIP

Mark Anthony Keehn, Richard Krier, Lorraine Pikel, Leah Greteman, 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, 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, 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, Joseph Moore.

8:00 AM 5:30 PM

Joanne Singleton RIP

Mark Anthony Keehn Michael Salseda
husband of Beatrice

Communion Service Communion Service Joanne & Roy Douglass INT

Margaret (Marge) Smith


Opportunities for Spiritual Growth
Tuesday, October 8— Rite of Christian Initiation (RCIA) 7:30 pm • Parish Office Meeting Room Thursday, October 10— Liturgy of the Hours • Evening Prayer 5 pm Music & Meditation • 5:30 pm Prayer Oratory in the Parish Office Spend some mid-week time with Our Lord. Thursday, October 10— Bible Study 7 pm • Parish Office Meeting Room Become more familiar with Jesus’ Word.

Leah Greteman INT Gerald Krekelberg INT

7:30 AM Urial Quintana INT 10:00 AM Debra Ann Williamson INT 12 NOON For All Parishioners

Monday, October 7

Our Lady of the Rosary St. Denis and Companions St. John Leonardi

Wednesday, October 9

Year of Faith—October 2013
October opens with “Respect Life Sunday,” and, in this Year of Faith, Jesus’ disciples pray in our name: “Increase our faith.” How comforting is Jesus’ response. Faith cannot be measured by quantity but by quality—faith’s willingness to trust, risk, dare— and when we see a need, to act on it. Jesus saw ten lepers and healed them; the Samaritan saw that he was healed and gave thanks, faith transforming his healing into salvation. October’s final Sunday prepares us for the Year of Faith’s final month with Jesus’ parable of the Pharisee and tax-collector. Though everyone presumed the Pharisee to be faith personified, he was not praying to God at all, just talking to himself. He replaced the praise of God with a litany of self-congratulation, and intercession with judging his neighbor. As the Year of Faith draws to a close, Jesus asks each of us, which of these two are you?

First Reading—The just ones, because of their faith, shall live (Habakkuk 1:2-3; 2:2-4). Psalm—If today you hear his voice, harden not your hearts (Psalm 95). Second Reading—Bear hardship with the strength that comes from God
(2 Timothy 1:6-8, 13-14).

Gospel—The apostles said to Jesus, “Increase our faith” (Luke 17:5-10).

St. Rita Catholic School


►Edge Gathering—Monday, October 7, 4 pm, Gara ►Youth Nite—Wed., Oct. 9, 7 pm, O’Malley Hall ►Year 1 Confirmation—Sat., October 19, 4 pm, Gara ►Youth Mass—Sat., October 19, 5:30 pm

91 Years of Faith, Excellence, and Stewardship (See page 7 for Non-Discrimination Policy )

► Harvest Fest Weekend, October 18-20, 2013 ◄

—Friday, 6-10 pm, Beer, Brats & Bingo —Saturday, 12:30-9:30 pm, Rides, Games, Food & More

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 • ym@st-rita.org

—Sunday, After all the Masses, Plant Sale
► NOTE: St. Rita Students will be selling Festival tickets and wristbands for rides and food, dinner tickets for Bingo and the Harvest Festival after all the Masses on Oct. 12 & 13.
► 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 • edieg@att.net ►The Harvest Festival Auction Committee is accepting

St. Rita Guild Communion Breakfast Sunday, October 27
Plan to attend the 10 am Mass as a group and then go downstairs to O’Malley Hall for breakfast and to listen to our guest speaker, Dr. Kathleen Fitzgerald, a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist. Her topic: When Someone You Love is Suffering. For information: Patty Sullivan 355-3707 • psullivan514@gmail.com

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 • sherylsanchez19@yahoo.com

See Flyer insert in next week’s Bulletin.
Liturgical Environment Committee We decorate the Church to reflect the liturgical seasons and special celebrations throughout the year. This involves the interior of the Church and sometimes the exterior, depending upon the season and occasion. Please consider lending your time and talents. We are in special need of people who Denise Villalovos • 626/222-0936

Purchase a magazine and the school receives 50% of the sale! Visit our school website to order online www.st-ritaschool.org School Office • 355-6114

Support St. Rita School Catholic Education

Give us something good to eat!
Once again, we ask your help in providing goodies for the hordes of goblins and ghouls who invade Alegria on Halloween. While you’re shopping in the next few weeks, please pick up a bag or two of candy to help! Donations may be dropped off at the Parish Office or in the box provided in the Vestibule. Wrapped candies or treats only please. Thank you!

can help with sewing.

St. Rita Men’s Club
“Sunday on the Greens” Annual Golf Tournament Sunday, October 20

Tim O’Connor • 355-5053 Bill Sullivan • 355-3707 (or at The Bottle Shop) Bruce Berra • 213/446-1987

►Deadline for Bulletin articles is Thursday, 10 days before desired publication date. bulletin@st-rita.org or bring to the Parish Office. ►Have a friend or relative who has moved or is not able to attend Mass at St. Rita? Read our Bulletin online at st-rita.org



This Week at St. Rita
St. Vincent de Paul

Today, Sunday, October 6—
● Bundle Sunday
8 am - 1:30 pm • Church Lower Parking Lot

Ministry Fair — Another successful St. Rita Event!
Many thanks to our wonderful Ministry and Organization Leaders and to all who helped make this year’s Ministry Fair a great event! The creativity and imagination that was put into the displays certainly highlighted the welcoming spirit of the day. The food was delicious, the prizes outstanding, the camaraderie marvelous and it all added up to another memorable ST. RITA MINISTRY FAIR. Good job one and all. Watch next week’s bulletin for pictures and the announcement of display winners! Thanks again to everyone!

● Belize Mission Report
After the 10 am Sunday Mass • O’Malley Hall

● Baptisms
In the Church • 1:30 pm

Thursday, October 10—Liturgy of the Hours Evening Prayer 5 pm Music & Meditation • 5:30 Group Prayer
In the Parish Office Oratory

Thursday, October 10—Bible Study
7 pm • Parish Office Meeting Room

Mary Lou Butler

Msgr. Richard Catholic Community & Local Events

Save the Date
Weekend of October 18-20— School Harvest Festival
See page 5 for more information.

►L.I.F.E. Breakfast and Lecture Series, Thursday,

Sunday, October 20— Men’s Club Golf Tournament
See page 5 for more information.

Sunday, October 27—St. Rita Guild Communion Breakfast
See page 5 for more information.

October 10. “Common Foot Problems” presented by Shelley Gath, DPM. Registration/breakfast 8:30. Seniors (55 & older) $4.50; others $5.50. Santa Teresita, Madonna Hall, 819 Buena Vista, Duarte 91010. Reservations • 626/256-3059 • santa-teresita.org ►Harvest on the Hill Auction & Dinner, Saturday, October 19. Please join us as we celebrate the 90th anniversary of the Passionist Community in Sierra Madre. Mass at 4, social and silent auction at 5, dinner and voval auction at 7, with dancing to follow. $90 per person, reservations required. Reservations • 355-7188 • www.passionist.org/materdolorosa ► 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• caja2@aol.com Reservations/information: 626/289-1353 x 200

St. Rita School—Non-discrimination Policy
Saint Rita 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. Did you know that Catholic Schools are the model by which all private schools in the United States follow? And they remain the most successful, affordable and inclusive of all schools.


St. Rita of Cascia Parish School—91 Years of Faith, Excellence and Stewardship

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