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A Catholic Faith Community Since 1908 October 20, 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

St. Rita of Cascia

(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 •

How to Contact Us
Msgr. Richard Krekelberg, V. F.—Pastor
626.355.1292 x. 228 • Dcn. Manuel & Chela Valencia— • 355.1292 Dcn. John Hull— • 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: Director of Administration Pastoral Council
Parish Office: 355.1292 Mary Lou Butler: • 355.1292


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

Ministries & Organizations
Bereavement Ministry: 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

Finance Council Chair
Bill Sullivan: 355.3707

St. Rita School—Office: 626.355.6114 Director of Liturgy & Music
Paul Puccinelli:

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 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 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,
This Sunday, Jesus teaches his disciples about the importance of “praying without becoming weary.” The selected scriptures provide two images: that of Moses praying atop the mountain with staff in hand, while war ensues below (Exodus), and that of a widow seeking justice (Gospel). In both cases, prayers are heard based on the persistence of prayer. In another place (1 Thessalonians), St. Paul instructs true disciples “to pray unceasingly.” At first glance, this constant prayer seems daunting, perhaps unreasonable, given the limited attention span of human beings—unless perhaps we look at prayer as a habit. At the same time, we must distinguish between habit and routine. It is common to have as part of one’s life a routine of morning and evening prayers, mealtime prayers, rosaries, the liturgy of the hours, and even daily mass attendance. To the extent that these may make up the routine of life, they are only providing the foundation and environment for the more important prayer of the heart. While we might describe prayer as “raising the mind and heart to God,” we are closer to what I would call the habit of prayer or daily prayer that is conscious, purposeful and deliberate. Note that Moses and the widow seeking justice are praying with all three of those elements in place; one is praying in time of war and one is praying for a particular decision by a judge—two intentions that have not yet disappeared from the earth. But how do you make personal prayer, mind-and-heart prayer, a daily habit? Well, first off, it does need to be conscious and deliberate. We can get up and go to mass and, to our astonishment, by the end of it, still not have actually personally prayed. A priest (I know of what I speak) can be so distracted while celebrating the mass, arrive at the end of it and have little recollection of having done so—especially if it is one’s third mass. The key is to tune in to the moment, the hour, the day by asking: “Who are the people, the activities, the concerns, even the places that are making up this moment, these hours, or this day in my life?” Having become conscious, then, one becomes deliberate by thanking God, petitioning God, or praising God as the people, places, events, and locations so inspire. I even do this during mass by simply looking out at all of you; there I find a whole congregation of reasons to pray—consciously and deliberately. I tune in. Now, you know God has to be more present to such prayer, compared to “going through the motions.” Even realizing that we have been very distracted and then telling God how we feel about that—about why something or someone had the power to distract us—is a form of personalizing prayer and breaking out of routine. The habit of praying consciously and deliberately takes care of the weariness part. It is only when prayer is routine that it can become tedious and wearisome. The moment the people, places, challenges, and events of a day come into consciousness, so does the motivation to pray, and motivation energizes us. As a matter of fact, this is how I encourage people who are afraid to make a retreat—afraid that they will be bored or unable to be silent. Once a person discovers the power of personal, conscious, deliberate prayer, both active prayer and silence become treasured and the end of the retreat comes entirely too soon. I am most confident today, then, in saying: “Try it. You’ll like it!”

—Msgr. Richard



8:00 AM 5:30 PM

Walfrido Berendia INT For All Parishioners

8:05 AM

7:30 AM Urial Quintana INT 10:00 AM Joanna Singleton RIP 12 NOON George Figueroa RIP Fernando Figueroa RIP

Isabel L. Lopez, Arthur Contreras, Jr., Robert Quinonez, Richard Krier, Lorraine Pikul, 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.


8:05 AM 8:00 AM 5:30 PM

8:05 AM Kenneth Crawford RIP Communion Service


8:05 AM Communion Service Brian Butler INT

Opportunities for Spiritual Growth
Tuesday, October 22— Rite of Christian Initiation (RCIA) 7:30 pm • Parish Office Meeting Room Thursday, October 24— 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 24— Bible Study 7 pm • Parish Office Meeting Room Become more familiar with Jesus’ Word. SB131 VETOED! As was reported this past Sunday, Governor Jerry Brown, citing reasons of “the importance of statutes of limitations” and “the unfairness of excluding public institutions,” vetoed Senate Bill 131. Thank you to all of you who became part of the more than 70,000, who wrote, called, and/or emailed a complaint to the legislature about the injustice of this bill! Institutions and individuals within those institutions will continue to be held accountable for abuse and our archdiocese will continue to maintain a hotline and a path for advocacy for victims of abuse. It was not about that; it was about sanity and justice. It was about forgiveness and placing emphasis on reconciliation and restoration of integrity of church, society, and culture. That cause, for certain, may never be allowed to stop. —Msgr. Richard


Rev. Richard W. Carey RIP Conrad M. Gonzalez RIP

7:30 AM For All Parishioners 10:00 AM Joanna Singleton RIP 12 NOON Carmen Marcado INT

► Please Note: For the next three months, Weekday Masses and Communion Services will begin at 8:05 AM.

Wednesday, October 23
St. Anthony Mary Claret St. John of Capistrano

Thursday, October 24

First Reading—As long as Moses kept his hands raised up, Israel had the better of the fight
(Exodus 17:8-13).

Psalm—Our help is from the Lord, who made heaven and earth (Psalm 121). Second Reading—Remain faithful to what you have learned and believed (2 Timothy 3:14 — 4:2). Gospel—Will not God secure the rights of his chosen ones who call out to him day and night? (Luke 18:1-8).

St. Rita Catholic School


High School Youth Ministry

91 Years of Faith, Excellence, and Stewardship

For All High School Teens

Support St. Rita School Scrip and Rebate Program
Register online and designate St. Rita School as the recipient for the awards programs at: Ralphs Market • Vons Market • Target • Also, did you know you can buy scrip and/or gift cards for markets, stores, restaurants, and much more?

►Youth Nite—Wed., Oct. 23, 7 - 8:30 pm, O’Malley. Youth Nite is every 2nd and 4th Wednesday night. Come and have lots of fun and fellowship. ►Youth Mass—Sat., Nov. 2, 5:30 pm Youth Mass is every 1st & 2nd Saturday at 5:30 p.m. If you love to sing or play an instrument, please join the Youth Mass music group. Rehearsals are Saturdays before the Vigil Mass: If interested, contact: ►Year 2 Confirmation, Sat., Nov. 2, 4 - 6:30 pm, Gara. (Teens who attend Magic Mountain “Inspiration” are excused.) ● Magic Mountain on November 2nd ● Hey high school teens—join us and hundreds of Catholic youths at Life Teen's "Inspiration" event. You'll not only enjoy the usual thrilling rides with your friends, but also an amazing Mass and rally! If interested, please download a permission slip and participation agreement from the Confirmation webpage: Cost: $40/non-refundable. Those with a Season Pass pay $15. Meals are not included. Transportation will be provided by St. Rita's Youth Ministry. Departure from St. Rita at 9:00 am; estimated return 10:30 pm. Permission slip and payment need to be submitted to Theresa Costanzo at the Parish Office (50 East Alegria Ave.) by Wednesday, October 23.

Contact the School Office for more information.

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 us from getting tricked at the Parish Office! 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!

►Edge Fellowship—November 4, 4 - 5:15 pm, Gara. All middle school youth are invited. Bring a friend! Theresa Costanzo •

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 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 • ►Deadline for Bulletin articles is Thursday, 10 days before desired publication date. or bring to the Parish Office. ►Do you know someone who has moved from our Parish or is unable to attend Mass here anymore? Let them know they can read our Bulletin online at



This Week at St. Rita
This Sunday, October 20—Harvest Festival Plant Sale
After all the Sunday Masses outside of Church.

Special Appeal
We are called to “do good on earth,” to be missionaries by putting our faith into action in support of the work of missionaries—like Sister Clara who rescues girls from human trafficking in India, giving them a loving home. Your prayers and generous gifts to the Society for the Propagation of the Faith support the tireless work of so many priests, religious and lay leaders around the world. You may use the special envelope in the pews or in your monthly envelope packet—or just write on your check “For World Mission Sunday.” Please make your check payable to St. Rita and we will forward all funds received in one check. You may donate anytime this month to this Special Appeal. Thank you for your generous spiritual and financial support.

This Sunday, October 20— Men’s Club Golf Tournament  Tuesday, October 22—RCIA
7:30 pm • Parish Office Meeting Room

Thursday, October 24—Liturgy of the Hours Evening Prayer 5 pm Music & Meditation • 5:30 Group Prayer
In the Parish Office Oratory

Thursday, October 24—Bible Study
7 pm • Parish Office Meeting Room

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

Catholic Community & Local Events
► Fingerprinting—November Opportunities Friday, Nov. 1—Holy Family Church, 1527 S. Fremont, South Pasadena. From noon-3:40 pm and 5:20-7:20 pm. Must call for appointment 626/403-6106 Tuesday, Nov. 5—San Gabriel Mission, 428 S. Mission Drive, San Gabriel. From noon-3:40 pm and 5:20-7:20 pm. Must call for appointment 626/457-3035 ►Early Childhood Fall Faith Formation Specialization, Saturdays, November 2, 9, & 16 from 8:30 am - 4:00 pm. This certification series is a must for those who work with pre-school aged children as Catechists or teachers. Also recommended for primary grade religious formation Catechists. This series will not be offered again locally for at least 18 months. Attendance at this series counts toward the Basic Catechist Faith Formation Certificate. Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Pasadena. Info: Jan Pedroza • 562/637-7352 ►Gift of Life Gala, Thursday, November 21, 6-10 pm. Hosted by the Pregnancy Help Center of San Gabriel Valley. Cocktails and silent auction at 6, dinner at 7. Proceeds benefit the Pregnancy Help Center, which served over 1,500 clients last year with free services, baby items, and classes for parents. Tickets are $75 each. Auction items and donations for advertising and underwriting are also needed. Info: Jean Bowler • 793-8953 Or visit:

Monday, October 28—Baptism Preparation Class
7 pm • Parish Office Meeting Room For November 3 Baptisms NOTE: No Baptisms in December; next Baptisms on January 5, 2014

Friday, November 1 - Sunday, November 3— St. Rita Guild Women’s Retreat
Mater Dolorosa Retreat Center

Sunday, November 3—Baptisms
1:30 pm • In the Church

Maintenance & Repairs —September
Total Expenses (includes utilities, repairs, replacement Total Income Total Shortfall
parts, etc.) $ 14, 742 $ 9, 175 < $ 5, 567 > 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


The air conditioner bills again were very high due to the sustained hot weather during the month. Our Southern California Edison charges for September usage were $5,158 for the Church and the Parish Office. We also incurred higher than normal expenses with plumbing and telephone repairs, in addition to routine maintenance costs.

St. Rita Website—Take a Look!
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?

contributed to this fund last month. We ask you to consider donating each month by using the special blue envelope in your packet—or just indicate “Maintenance Only” on your check or any envelope.

We appreciate the support of the 207 families (about 16% of registered parishioners) who

If you think you left something in the Church, please check first with any Usher. Then please contact the Parish Office, 355-1292, to see if we have your missing item. Any unclaimed items are donated, after six months, to the St. Vincent de Paul Society.

Thank you for supporting this monthly special collection.