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A Catholic Faith Community Since 1908 March 30, 2014

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

If you are a parishioner interested in baptizing your child, please contact the Parish Office for further information on the Baptism process and requirements.

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,
We find today that Saint Johns account of The Man Born Blind is practically immersed in reluctance, queries, doubts, misunderstanding, and accusation. The mans own parents were hesitant and afraid to admit any association with Jesus, let alone recognize his authority and power; Jesus own disciples figured somebody had to have sinned to cause the blindness; and some of the Pharisees declared Jesus to be a sinner and a fraud. In the midst of all of this the man anointed and healed by Jesus simply and beautifully announces, All I know is that I was blind and now I see. Saint John brilliantly contrasts the simple faith of the man born blind and who now sees the light, with the depth of darkness that so many around him had cast themselves into by their doubts, their need to be in control, and ultimately by their blinding fears. Ah yesits the FEAR FACTOR! Fear cripples. Current events around the world are demonstrating how powerful fear can be. Whole nations of people can be held captive by fear! Indeed, people can be rendered blind to reality for decades or even a generation. Getting beyond fear is the way to liberation and salvationbut sometimes, as we see, some may die for the sake of freedom. That, of course, is what Jesus did for all of us. He died that we might be free of the slavery of sin and live. When Jesus or anyone gives his or her life that others might be free, we are left stunned and humbled by the enormity of the gift. Lent is meant to be a time for allowing the powerful and healing love of God to help us identify our own fears, whatever they may be, and to conquer them for the sake of removing any spiritual blindnesspotentially the most injurious and damaging kind of blindness. From such blindness come greed, disregard, prejudice, abuse of power, and the like. As we journey through Lent, therefore, do we find that anything is eating at us or gnawing at our consciences? If so, I recommend that we check our fearsthe perpetrator of our dysfunctional lives is likely to be lurking there. This is a fine Lenten challenge for sure. Why else would Paul write: Live as children of the

from crippling fears, are thereby enabled to live discipleship in ministry and on mission with Jesus. Then, inspired by Pauls words, on Holy Saturday Night we will sing and proclaim in the lighting of the Paschal Candle: JESUS IS THE LIGHT THAT COMES TO DISPEL OUR DARKNESS!

light, for light produces every kind of goodness and righteousness and truthTake no part in the fruitless works of darkness; rather expose them for everything that becomes visible is light ? Only children of The Light, freed


Thank you for your prayers and support during my Uncle Toms illness and subsequent death. Your expressions of sympathy are appreciated and comforting.

Msgr. Richard




8:00 AM David Bone RIP 5:30 PM Thomas Courtney, Sr. RIP


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

7:30 AM Beatrice Pondo RIP 10:00 AM Debra Williamson RIP 12 NOON For All Parishioners Bill Davila RIP Alfredo Sandoval INT Communion Service

Charlotte Bollman Fuchs, Gerry Krekelberg, Leah Greteman, Raymond Payne, Peter Delgatto, Jr., Montserrat Marti, Jordan Alabart, Linda Milligan, Susan Skousen, Brooke Manning, Jacque Daust, Arthur Contreras, Jr., Robert Quinonez, Richard Krier, Patsy Starkey, Margaret & David Duran, Jean Mansour, Jacob Bigley, Dorothy Van Gorden, Maria Carmen Marti, Dennis & Clare Marquardt, Kathleen Ramsey, Tonyja Blakeslee, Addie Marshall, Jackie Bagnuolo, Mary Ellen Isoard, Rose Mary Taquino, Paul Viger, Zdenka Czerny, Hal Finney, Ailey Gardner-Ybarra, Cathy Hundshamer, Eva Bernejo, Edith Olah, Lancelot Loera, Fred Mycroft, Brian Eck, Alex Arranaga, Anna Mary Hession, Joseph Moore.

(Grandson of George [Marilyn] Swanson)

Dustin Swanson


8:05 AM

8:05 AM Communion Service Charles Elliott RIP

Opportunities for Spiritual Growth

Lenten Weekly Bible Study at Mater Dolorosa Retreat Center 10 am & again at 7 pm Rite of Christian Initiation (RCIA) 7:30 pm Parish Office Meeting Room Catholicism Series


8:00 AM Peter Delgatto, Jr. INT 5:30 PM For All Parishioners

Monday, March 31

7:30 AM Gary Sigler INT 10:00 AM Deacon Ernie Nosari RIP 12 NOON Florence Smith RIP

Tuesday, April 1

Wednesday, April 2St. Francis of Paolo Friday, April 4St. Isadore Saturday, April 5St. Vincent Ferrer

Parish Office Meeting Room 2-3:15 pm Liturgy of the Hours Evening Prayer 5 pm Music & Meditation 5:30 pm Prayer Oratory in the Parish Office

Thursday, April 3

Thursday, April 3

First ReadingAs the prophet Samuel anointed David with oil, the spirit of the LORD rushed upon David (1 Samuel 16:1b, 6-7, 10-13a). PsalmThe Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want (Psalm 23). Second ReadingYou who were once darkness are now light in the Lord
Ephesians 5:8-14).

After the 8 am Mass until 5 pm Parish Office Oratory

Friday, April 4


Stations of the Cross & Soup Kitchen

The devotion of the Stations of the Cross is held at St. Rita during Lent. Next Stations are at 6:15 pm on Friday, April 4. After Stations, join us in Gara Hall for the Soup Kitchena time to eat a simple meal & visit with fellow parishioners. By having a simple meal in place of our regular mealand donating the proceeds to charitywe fast and we give to those in need. Please plan to join us!

GospelThe man who had been blind from birth proclaimed: The one called Jesus made clay with his saliva, anointed my eyes with it, and told me to wash (John 9:1-41 [1, 6-9, 13-17, 34-38]).


Edge Monday, March 31, 4 pm, Gara Confirmation Y2 Retreat WeekendApril 4-6 Youth NiteWednesday, April 9, 7 pm, Gara Confirmation Y1 SessionSat., April 12, 4 pm, Gara Youth MassSaturday, April 12, 5:30 pm Theresa Costanzo
91 Years of Faith, Excellence, and Stewardship

St. Rita Catholic School

A Catholic Education is an Advantage for Life

5-Week Adventure Camp at St. Rita School Held from June 23 through August 1 Each weekly session has a theme and varied activities. Please contact the School Office for more information.

School Office 355-6114 Informational Meeting for Ushers/Greeters

Monday, March 31 7:00 pm OMalley Hall If you can smile and give a warm hello, you possess the main requirement for joining our Ushers/Greeters ministry. Men and women, trained ushers, new-bies and anyone who wants information about this important ministry are all invited to this informational evening. Did you know that lasting impressions are made in the first four minutes of an encounter? When we think of someone entering St. Rita for the first time, we want to be sure that the first people they see greet them warmly and make them feel welcome. Become a part of our Ushers/Greeters Ministry!

St. Rita Mens Club

Our next meeting will be on Tuesday, April 8 at 7 pm in OMalley Hall. We welcome those who want to come by just to see what were all about. We will be sponsoring the Soup Kitchen on Friday, April 11, after Stations of the Cross, in Gara Hall. Spaghetti Dinner ReportWe sold out in the first half-hour! The main sponsor was the Old Spaghetti Factory in Duartemany thanks for their generosity! The Mens Club presented checks for $500 to Youth Ministry and for $1000 to the School. They will put the money to good use in their Ministry and School appropriations. Thanks to all who helped make this event a success.
Nick Sotis 358-2495

St. Rita Guild Meeting

Friday, April 4 9 am Parish Office Meeting Room At this Guild Meeting we will present information about our Feast Day celebration on May 22and what a celebration it will be! Once you have attended a St Rita Feast Day, you will not miss another. The faith shown by many may perhaps be the strongest that we may ever see. Come see for yourself! But come first to our meeting to find out how you can be a part of the Feast Day celebration of our Patron Saint. Patty Sullivan 355-3707

Thank you St. Rita Guild for sponsoring the Soup Kitchen, Fri., March 21. The food was tasty and the fellowship was excellent.

Senior Ministry Request

Our Mah Jong group has grown and we now need two game sets. Do you (or anyone you know) have an American Mah Jong set that is not being used? We promise to use it and enjoy the fellowshipin fact, maybe youre not using it because you need someone to play with. Come join us. For more information or to offer your game for all to enjoy, please call

Articles for the Bulletin should be submitted to bulletin@st-rita or to the Parish Office. Ask for or leave a message for Rosemary, 355-1292 x226. Deadline for publication is 10 days before the
desired weekend. Space is limited so the earlier submissions take priority. Thanks for helping.

Mary Taillac 355-3179


This Week at St. Rita

Monday, March 31Informational Meeting for Ushers/Greeters (Men and Women)
7 pm OMalley Hall See page 5 and flyer insert for more information.

Creating a Vision for a Timeless Parish in the New Millennium

Change is in the airand its good news!
Many parishioners, through word-of-mouth, are aware that change is happening at Saint Rita. Like any vibrant parish, change is always taking place. At Saint Rita, specific changes have been happening since adoption of the 2007 Pastoral Plan, which called for the advancement of new ministries and updated parish organization and operations. Since 2007 and today, 14 ministries have been launched: Youth Ministry; Liturgical Ministry Formation; Eucharistic Adoration and Prayer groups; the Ministry of Porter; the Ministry of Welcome; Senior Ministry; Shawl Ministry; and Bereavement Ministry. St. Rita School has added Drama, Speech and Debate, a Transitional Kindergarten and new After-School Programs. In the same time period, another 100 families joined the Parish. While these changes have been exciting and have made a significant contribution to the vitality of the Parish, they have also created stress on facilities which were never designed to support so many Parish life activities. Over the years, the needs of our aging parish buildings have only become more acutethe growth of ministries requires more and/or improved space. The need to develop a Parish Master Plan became clear when a Vision Committee of parish leadership and school parents reported that the focus of the 2007 Pastoral Plan was still on target: fix, repair, replace; create additional meeting and office space; renovate the school.

Monday, March 31Baptism Preparation Class

Parish Office Meeting Room 7 pm No Baptisms in April; Class is for May Baptisms.

Monday, March 31Bible Study at Mater Dolorosa

See page 4 for more information. See page 4 for more information. Parish Office Meeting Room 2 pm See page 4 for more information.

Tuesday, April 1RCIA

Thursday, April 3Catholicism Series Thursday, April 3Evening Prayer See page 4 for more information. Friday, April 4Adoration
See page 4 for more information.

Friday, April 4Stations of the Cross and Soup Kitchen

See page 4 for more information.

Professional Studiesincluding structural, seismic, environmental, maintenance and replacementhave put St. Rita on notice for the need to repair and/or replace aging facilities that were designed for a different era of Parish life. Parish Pastoral and Finance Councils agreed a Feasibility Study should be conducted to assess the parishioners appetite for a Capital Campaign. Personal Sunday, April 6The Sacrament of Anointing Interviews of over 50 parishioners were held in addition to At the end of the 10 am Mass Receive the healing gifts of this Sacramentfor those who are injured, an in-pew survey at all Masses on one Sunday. The seriously ill, suffering a decline because of advanced age, chronic illness, Feasibility Study determined that a 15 million dollar permanent disability, mental illness, or in danger of death. campaign was not doable at St. Rita. Interview and survey results supported a Church project (renovation and Sunday, April 6Bundle Sunday upgrades); improvements to Gara Hall (1922 Building); Start cleaning your closets for the St. Vincent de Paul truck. creation of additional office and meeting space; and See page 7 for more information. requested a clearer vision for the needs of St. Rita School.

Save the Date

Weekend of April 5 & 6Canned Food Drive

After all the Masses See page 7 for more information.

Tuesday, April 8Mens Club Meeting

See page 5 for more information.

Some short-term issues have been addressed by the acquisition of a priests residence, freeing up space in the former rectory for use by Ministries. Still, there isnt enough room to accommodate all the activities taking place at St. Rita.
Check this space at the end of April to learn more about how the Parish is meeting the challenges posed by these exciting changes.

Saturday, April 12St. Rita School PTO Wine Social

Contact the School for more information and/or tickets.


Catholic Community & Local Events
Sierra Madre Library Used Book SaleApril 4 & 5. Bargains abound at very reasonable prices. Fri., 3 to 7 pm; Sat., 10 am until 2 pm. Sierra Madre Public Library, 440 Sierra Madre Blvd. Enter sales area from the rear parking lot. Avila Gardens Open HouseSat., April 5, 1 - 3 pm. Peggy Franklin speaks on What You Need to Do to Prevent Dementia. 1171 Encanto Parkway, Duarte 91010. RSVP/Info: 626/599-2214 Maryknoll Sisters Day & LuncheonTues., April 8. Hear about their Missions from our newest Sisters. After the Program, attend a luncheon. $15/person. In the Annex, 300 Norumbega Drive, Monrovia 91016. Please RSVP by April 4: 626/358-1825 Cloistered Carmelite Nuns Auxiliary Shower of RosesWednesday, April 9, Noon. Social Hour begins at 10:30. $65/each. San Gabriel Country Club, 350 E. Hermosa Dr., San Gabriel. RSVP by April 4. Charlene Seley 626799-0379 Charismatic Mass & Healing ServiceFri., April 11. Praise & Worship at 7 pm; Mass at 7:45 pm. Rev. Pat Crowley, SS.CC., MAS, brings a holistic approach to the healing ministry. St. Elizabeth Catholic Church, 1879 N. Lake Avenue, Altadena 91001. Info: 797-1167

This WeekendCollection for Catholic Relief Services.

This annual collection assists those around the world who need emergency help.

April 6St. Vincent de Paul Bundle Sunday.

All contributions help in serving the needy. Please bring useable clothing, shoes, small appliances, household items, etc.

Weekend of April 5 & 6Canned Food Drive.

Take advantage of special sales in the markets now to help feed the needy at St. Anthonys Parish. Also check your cupboards for extra foodbut, please, no expired dates, no glass containers.

Request for Donations for Tax Year 2013

Please fill out the form below & drop it in the Offering basket or mail to the Parish Office, 50 E. Alegria, SM 91024. Oremail to NOTE: No telephone requests will be accepted.
Name Address Phone Parish ID

Please print neatlythank you!