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The Holy Family of Jesus,

Mary and Joseph

A Catholic Faith Community Since 1908 December 29, 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 am5 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 355.1292 Weekend Presider: 10 am MassFr. 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: Ana Ptasinski 355.3146 Greeters & Ushers: Erny Henry 626.289.3504 626.446.6715 Mens 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 SchoolOffice: 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 Lords 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,
You are called into one body. Bear with one another; forgive one another; let Christs peace control you.
On this solemnity of The Holy family, although it is a most precious and heartwarming feast day, we are really focusing on a family in troublea family fleeing for their lives! What is heartwarming and so moving about this early episode in the life of the Savior is the powerful love that binds this family and is so eager to carry out Gods plan of Redemption. What is so sobering about this episode, as we head into 2014, is that like the Holy Family, so many families in the world are also in harms way and in danger of their being separated from each other physically or even by death. And, today, children find themselves growing up in descriptions of family under the same roof that depart (sometimes dramatically) from the traditional nuclear familymom, dad, and children. Can it be any wonder to us that our Holy Father, Francis, has turned the attention of the Church and its mission on earth to the pastoral care of families? We are all amazed at Pope Francis ability to be so personal and close to people on a global scale. Especially as one given the care of souls as a priest, I am so grateful for these latest efforts by the Holy Father to address the day-to-day experience of Christians in the modern world. The wording of the questions in the survey (see News Notes below) is impressively candid and personal. Pope Francis is relying on the Holy Spirit to guideso should each of us. Lots to pray for! Here at St. Rita I believe that we have a wonderful openness, compassion, and embrace of our families. I believe that increasing numbers of families, no matter their journey, feel welcome and at home at St. Rita. This is called Evangelization: attracting to Jesus Christ and his Church by the way we live our lives and by creating a safe place for familiesa holy communion of faith, hope, and love. The Holy Family we celebrate today had to place all of its trust in a loving God and to the care of those on earth they encountered on the long, circuitous route back to Nazareth. It is an account filled with images and episodes of Gods amazing grace. May that same amazing grace find its way into the households and homes of St. Ritas Families this day and into the life and experience of all families around the world that seek His Way, His Truth, and His life, now and in the New Year! Msgr. Richard PASTOR NEWSNOTES Survey on Marriage and the FamilyPope Francis has called a Synod, a special meeting of the worlds Bishops, to discuss the Pastoral challenges facing families today. To help prepare for this, the Vatican sent a survey to every archdiocese and diocese in the world. Archbishop Gomez is asking that we assist by responding to the survey. All information is both anonymous and confidential. The results of the survey will not be published, but will be used to help the Synod of Bishops. Access the survey at http://surveys/ When the link opens, go to the end of the Introduction and click on the word herethis will link you to the original survey from the Vatican.

Msgr. Richard




8:00 AM Rev. Peter Filice, SJ RIP 5:30 PM Debbie Hoppy RIP


8:05 AM 8:05 AM 8:05 AM

7:30 AM Alfonso Varela RIP 10:00 AM For All Parishioners 12 NOON Philomena Nolan RIP Dolores Martin RIP Rev. John B. Fitzgerald RIP

Susan Skousen, Brooke Manning, Jacques Daust, Patti Eddy, Isabel L. Lopez, Arthur Contreras, Jr., Robert Quinonez, Richard Krier, Leah Greteman, Patsy Starkey, Margaret Duran, 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 Gene Bollman RIP 8:05 AM Communion Service Marguerite Cagigas INT

Charles Havard Cousin of parishioner Robert Navarro


Opportunities for Spiritual Growth

Rite of Christian Initiation (RCIA) 7:30 pm Parish Office Meeting Room Liturgy of the Hours Evening Prayer 5 pm Music & Meditation 5:30 pm Prayer Oratory in the Parish Office

8:00 AM Rev. Miguel A. Villegas , MCCJ RIP 5:30 PM Maurice Duffy RIP

7:30 AM For All Parishioners 10:00 AM Ron Krekelberg RIP 12 NOON William & Frances Cosso RIP

Resumes on Tuesday, January 17

Evening Prayer resumes January 9

Thursday, January 2
St. Basil the Great St. Gregory Nazianzen

7 pm Parish Office Meeting Room Friday, January 3Adoration

After the 8 am Mass until 5 pm Parish Office Oratory

Resumes Thursday, January 9

Bible Study

Saturday, January 4
St. Elizabeth Ann Seton

First ReadingThose who honor and comfort their parents shall never be forgotten
(Sirach 3:2-6, 12-14).

2014A New Year, A New Resolution

Have you been seeking some way to become more involved? If so, contact one of the following Ministries here at St. Rita to see how you might use your Talents and Time. Training provided, if necessary; flexible hours and days.

PsalmBlessed are those who fear the Lord and walking his ways (Psalm 128). Second ReadingYou are called into one body. Bear with one another; forgive one another; let Christs peace control you
(Colossians 3:12-21 [12-17]).

Bereavement Ministry Senior Ministry

Deacon John Hull 355-1292 Marilyn McKernan 355-1292 x233

GospelJoseph rose, took the child and his mother, and fled to Egypt (Matthew 2:13-15, 19-23).

Greeters & Ushers

Erny Henry 626/289-3504

Lectors and Eucharistic Ministers

Dave & Jill Muhs 355-9810


Edge SessionMonday, January 13, pm, Gara Youth NiteWed., Jan. 15, 7 pm, OMalley. Youth DayHave you ever experienced being among 15,000 teenagers excited about their Catholic faith? Come to Youth Day with us on Thursday, March 13, 2014 at the Anaheim Convention Center. For more information: To register, please contact: Theresa Costanzo
91 Years of Faith, Excellence, and Stewardship

St. Rita Catholic School

No Edge Sessions on December 23 & 30

St. Rita School is accepting applications for the 20142015 school year. Packets are available in the School Office. For more information, please contact: Mrs. Landis at 355-6114 x102. Open House for new school families: January 26 after the 10 am Mass.

School Office 355-6114

St. Rita Guild

Save-a-Life Sunday January 12th 8:30 until 2:30 OMalley Hall You have the opportunity to share the miracle of life by giving blood. All donors will receive a gift certificate from Mimis Caf and 2 complimentary VIP tickets to the Laugh Factory. Walk-ins are welcome. Or to schedule an appointment, contact Marilyn McKernan: 355-1292 Youth Ministry Fundraiser Saturday, January 25
Church Lower Parking Lot

Plan to join us on Friday, January 3 at 9 am in the Parish Office Meeting Room for our first meeting of 2014! We welcome all women of the parish to become an active part of this support and social organization.

A perfect time to donate some of your used items that were replaced this past Christmas by new stuff! The Goodwill truck will be here to accept your donations of clothing, toys, books, beddinganything except large furniture or large appliances.

Christmas LuncheonAthenum at Caltech

Questions? Theresa Costanzo

Altar Service Ministry

There will be a special talk by Fr. Kevin Collins Tuesday, Jan. 7, at 3:30 pm in the Church. Veteran altar servers, and those wishing to become altar servers, will have the Mass explained and learn the importance of being a server. Parents welcome. Applications to become an altar server will be available for the coming year for those in 5th grade or older. Info: Kathy Ganino Patty Sullivan 355-3707 Thank you to all who donated poinsettia plants to decorate the Church for the Christmas season. And thank you to members of our Environment Committee who worked so hard to transform the Church from Advent to Christmas in such record time!


This Week at St. Rita

Wednesday, January 1 Feast of Mary, the Holy Mother of God

Year End Appeal

We are so grateful to all who have answered the Appeal by Msgr. Richard to help us close this calendar year at St. Rita with monetary donations to help maintain and grow our ministries. There are additional forms in the Vestibule if you did not receive a special letter in the mail from Msgr. Richard and would like to join your fellow parishioners in this effort. This Annual Appeal allows you to designate where you would like your donation to be applied: Where Most Needed St. Rita Religious Education Parish Fund for St. Rita School Outreach to Those in Need Liturgy & Music Ministry Youth Ministry Senior Ministry Building Maintenance & Repair For questions or more information, please contact: Mary Lou Butler 355-1292 x 222

Happy New Year 2014!

Parish Office Holiday Schedule Closed
Until 9:15 am on Thursday, January 2

Friday, January 3Adoration

After the 8 am Mass until 5 pm Parish Office Oratory

Friday, January 3Guild Meeting

9 am Parish Office Meeting Room See page 5 for more information.

Save the Date

Sunday, January 5Baptisms
1:30 pm In the Church

Sunday, January 12Blood Drive 8:30-2:30 OMalley Hall

See page 5 for more information.

Saturday, January 25Youth Ministry Fundraiser

See page 5 for more information.

Catholic Community & Local Events

Thursday, January 9Bereavement Support Group.

Sunday, January 26St. Rita School Open House

Following the 10 am Mass For New Families See page 5 for more information.

An eight-week support program open to all faiths, nonthreatening, loving and caring. The 2-hour sessions begin January 9 at 7 pm in the Parish Resource Center and continue on Thursdays for the remainder of the course. St. Luke Parish, 5605 Cloverly Ave., Temple City. For further info: Sherrie 626/287-8504

Friday, January 10, noon-3:40 pm & 5:20-7:20 pm. All Souls, 1500 W. Main St., Alhambra Wednesday, Jan. 29, noon-3:40 pm & 5:20-7:20 pm. Sacred Heart, 2889 Lincoln Ave., Altadena

Must call for appointment: 626/281-0466 Must call for appointment: 626/794-2046

Sunday, January 12Open House at Pomona

The object of a new year is not that we should have a new year, but rather that we should have a new soul. G. K. Chesterton

Catholic High School. Mass at 10 am, pancake breakfast 11 until noon, Open House from 12-3. 533 W. Holt, Pomona 91768 Information: Patricia Vandenberg 909/623-5297 x22


Are you a registered Member at St. Rita?
Welcome to our new parishioners who joined our parish family in November and December Matthieu, Gelys (Trancho) & Louis Bec Ravinder, Laura (Ruaro), Giulia & Lorenz Bhatia Natalie Bosnoian & Tigran Parseghian Mary Bowser Clara Howling Brannigan, Misty, David & James Scott Ernie, Lydia, Savannah & Hannah Suarez Daniel, Sharon (Evangelista) & Alexa Tran We are blessed to have you and hope you will find a loving home here at St. Rita of Cascia! LOST AND FOUNDMISSING SOMETHING?
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.

Registration forms available

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. in the Vestibule on our website: or please contact the Parish Office 355-1292

God Bless You!

During this cold and flu season, germs abound and multiply. Please feel free to offer a simple greeting during the Sign of Peaceand do not be offended if someone does not wish to shake your hand. A smile, a simple nod, and a verbal Peace Be With You is sufficient.