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



to the Lord


He is good,

His love is


—Psalm 118

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
Mary Lou Butler: mlbutler@st-rita.org • 355.1292
Pastoral Council
Parish Office: 355.1292
Finance Council Chair
Bill Sullivan: 355.3707

St. Rita School—Office: 626.355.6114
Principal: Joanne Harabedian • jharabedian@st-rita.org

Director of Liturgy & Music
Paul Puccinelli: mm@st-rita.org
Director of Religious Education
Cristina Cullen: 355.1292 • 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

How to Contact Us
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
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 gil@st-rita.org • 355.1292

Ministries & Organizations
Bereavement Ministry: 355.1292 • bereave@st-rita.org
Christian Family: Ana Ptasinski • 355.3146
Greeters & Ushers: Erny Henry 626.289.3504 • 626.446.6715
Men’s Club: Dave Loera • d.loera@verizon.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

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

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.

Anointing of the Sick
Please notify us (355.1292) for the Anointing of the Sick, the sacrament intended for the seriously ill or dying and 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.

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 director; refer you
to our Bereavement Ministry and Music Ministry; and offer you helpful guidelines that will aid in the selection of readings for a Mass or
Memorial Service. We know 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.

For Information about the Sacraments—
Baptism—Please contact the Parish Office for further information on the Baptism process and requirements.

Reconciliation and First Eucharist—Preparation for children who have attained the age of reason (usually during 2
grade) is
arranged either through the Office of Religious Education or St. Rita Elementary School.

Matrimony—Contact the Parish Office upon engagement; at least six months is needed for preparation of this joyous sacrament!

Confirmation—A two-year program for freshman/sophomore age teens. Apply through the Office of Youth Ministry.


Supernatural is the
operative word for
today’s readings.
God speaks to Elijah
in a breeze; Jesus
comes to his disciples walking on the
water. Last week, from the same
chapter of Matthew, it was the
multiplication of loaves and fishes.
Miracle following upon miracle and all
with the obvious conclusion—Jesus
can accomplish what would be
obviously impossible for us mere
humans (by the way, a truth not lost on
our patroness, St. Rita). He is
supernatural! Even the disciples
“Truly, you are the Son of God.”

Today’s Gospel passage follows upon
that of last Sunday which described the
miraculous “feeding of the vast
crowds”; there Jesus encouraged us to
realize that “the few loaves and fishes
that we have are all that Jesus needs”
to accomplish the miracle of seemingly
impossible and overwhelming needs of
ministry even here in our own parish
of Saint Rita. If that is the wonderful
application and understanding of that
miracle, what might be the application
of Jesus’ immortalized “walking on the

While in both cases we may consider
the meaning of Jesus’ miracles both
personally and communally, the
involvement of Peter in the “walking
on water” episode begs a personal
application, a significant message and
meaning for our own spiritual journey.
Recently a Benedictine scripture
scholar, commenting on this Gospel
episode observed about St. Peter, “He
was called ‘The Rock,’ and in this case,
he sank like a rock!”.

Peter’s challenge in faith was certainly
brought home to me once when my
own “faith rug” was pulled out from
under me. Ordained only a few years I
was seriously considering leaving active
ministry as a priest when providence
brought me to another priest who had
just faced a most serious challenge to
his own commitment. I explained to
him that I was desperate and felt dead
ended. So what did he do, I inquired,
when he was dealing with such an
assault on his own sense of wellbeing
and clarity of mission? His answer and
advice to me was: “Sometimes in life
we are like Peter when he was sinking
in the water. Everything around us is
out of control and the absolute and
only thing to do for the moment is to
pray loudly, ‘LORD SAVE ME!’ ”

Have you ever “been there” like Peter
or know someone else who has been in
the zone of desperation? Has our
Church or the world at various times in
history “been there”? As we who hale
from Minnesota are want to say, “You
betcha!” My priest friend, who truly
was Christ for me that day, was quick
to add for my own encouragement,
“Peter’s prayer is called ‘The LORD
SAVE ME! Prayer’—and prayed
sincerely and with surrender to
‘whatever its going to require of me’—
is a prayer Jesus always answers.” He
always stretches out his hand and
catches when we are sinking like a

Some people, I fear, do not have real
faith in the Lord’s always being there,
because they have experienced
disappointment in their praying to God
and in their crying out. However, we
must remember that “man does not
t hi nk as God t hi nks . ” The
consummate threat to our wellbeing is
death, is it not? And even in this, Jesus’
saving hand is outstretched to catch
and save us, for he has conquered both
sin and death! This fact diminishes all
of our other problems and puts things
in God’s own perspective. If we
understand thi s, then we can
understand why a true Christian can
make the claim,
“Jesus truly never fails.”
Lord Save Me!
Dear Parishioners,
—Msgr. Richard

Anna Mary Hession
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8:00 AM Rev. Jorge Peñaloza Serpa RIP
5:30 PM Peter Delgatto, Sr. RIP
7:30 AM Betty Keogh INT
10:00 AM Porfria Duanas RIP
12 NOON For All Parishioners
8:00 AM Molly Lynch INT
8:00 AM Rev. John Franck, O.P.P.S. RIP
8:00 AM Communion Service
8:00 AM Communion Service
5:30 PM Vigil of the Assumption—
Fran Donatto RIP
8:00 AM Florence Raemisch RIP
6:30 PM Rose Proudian RIP
8:00 AM Rev. Msgr. John M. Young RIP
5:30 PM For All Parishioners
7:30 AM John Porokski RIP
10:00 AM Sylvia Viani RIP
12 NOON Yip Family INT


Monday—St. Clare
Tuesday—St. Jane Frances de Chantal
Wednesday—SS. Pontian and
Thursday—St. Maximilian Kolbe
Friday—Assumption of the Blessed
Virgin Mary
Saturday—St. Stephen of Hungary


First Reading—The LORD said to
Elijah: “Stand on the mountain; the
LORD will be passing by”
(1 Kings 19:9a, 11-13a).
Psalm—Lord, let us see your kindness,
and grant us your salvation (Psalm 85).
Second Reading—To the Israelites
belong the covenants, the law, and the
patriarchs; and from them comes the
Christ (Romans 9:1-5).
Gospel—As Jesus walked on the sea,
the disciples were terrified
(Matthew 14:22-33).

Feast of the Assumption of the
Blessed Virgin Mary

On November 1, 1950, Pius XII
defined the Assumption of Mary to be a
dogma of faith: “We pronounce, declare
and define it to be a divinely revealed
dogma that the immaculate Mother of
God, the ever Virgin Mary, having
completed the course of her earthly life,
was assumed body and soul to heavenly
glory.” What the pope solemnly
declared was already a common belief in
the Catholic Church.

Feast Day—Friday, August 15
► A Holyday of Obligation

Masses at St. Rita
Vigil—Thursday, August 14 5:30 pm
Feast—Friday, August 15 8:00 am
6:30 pm


Susan Watson, Molly Lynch, Juanito &
Marilou Pe, Willard Bochte, Joann
Ruggles, Margaret Duran, Eric Gilmore,
Lori Ann Little, Guia Canizales, Anne
Frealy, Eva Shammon, Margie Schubert,
Mary Zuckerburg, Emily Young, JoAnn
Douglass, Mary McColl, Evelyn Tres,
Barbara Hester, Phil Huddleston, Gerald
Drean, Charlotte Bollman Fuchs, Gerry
Krekelberg, Leah Greteman, Raymond
Payne, Peter Delgatto, Jr., Montserrat
Marti, Jordan Alabart, Linda Milligan,
Susan Skousen, Brooke Manning, Arthur
Contreras, Jr., Robert Quinonez, Richard
Krier, Patsy Starkey, Jean Mansour, Jacob
Bigley, 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, Eva
Bernejo, Edith Olah, Lancelot Loera, Fred
Mycroft, Brian Eck, Alex Arranaga, Joseph

This Week’s
St. Clare

Having refused to
marry at 15, Clare was
moved by the
dynamic preaching of Francis of Assisi,
who became her lifelong friend and
spiritual guide.
At 18, she escaped one night from her
father’s home, was met on the road by
friars, and in the poor little chapel
called the Portiuncula received a rough
woolen habit, exchanged her jeweled
belt for a common rope with knots in
it, and sacrificed her long tresses to
Francis’ scissors. He placed her in a
Benedictine convent, which her father
and uncles immediately stormed in
rage. She clung to the altar of the
church, and remained adamant.
Sixteen days later her sister Agnes
joined her. Others came. They lived a
simple life of great poverty, austerity
and complete seclusion from the world,
according to a Rule which Francis gave
them as a Second Order (Poor Clares).
Francis obliged her under obedience at
age 21 to accept the office of Abbess,
one she exercised until her death.
The nuns greatest emphasis, of course,
was on gospel poverty. They possessed
no property, even in common,
subsisting on daily contributions. Clare
served the sick, waited on table, washed
the feet of the begging nuns. She came
from prayer, it was said, with her face
so shining it dazzled those about her.
She suffered serious illness for the last
27 years of her life. Her influence was
such that popes, cardinals and bishops
often came to consult her—she never
left the walls of San Damiano.
Francis always remained her great
friend and inspiration. She was always
obedient to his will and to the great
ideal of gospel life which he was
making real.


Youth Nites, 7- 8:30 pm, O’Malley
►Next Youth Nite—Wed., August 13
Meets year-round, on the second and
fourth Wednesdays of each month.
Youth Nites are for all teens and we
encourage our teens to invite their
friends to join in the fellowship.

Confirmation Registration packets are
available in the Parish Office and also
online at st-rita.org.

—Exciting News—
Young Adult Ministry (YAM) is
coming to St. Rita! This Fall we will
start a YAM serving single and couples,
ages 18-39. For more information,
please contact Theresa Costanzo.

Theresa Costanzo • ym@st-rita.org

Religious Education Registration
For incoming 1st –5th graders

Registration materials for the 2014-
2015 Religious Education year are now
available in the Parish Office (50 E.
Alegria Avenue). Registration fee is $50
for the year; classes begin on
September 15 and are held each
Monday from 4 - 5:15 pm.

Cristina Cullen • dre@st-rita.org

St. Rita Catholic School

For information about
School Office hours, registration for
the new school year, purchase of scrip
and/or gift cards, and more, please
contact the

SCHOOL OFFICE • 355-6114

Mark your calendars

August 29-31—Southern California
Renewal Communities (SCRC) at
the Anaheim Convention Center. For
information and registration: scrc.org

Tuesday, September 16—Los
Angeles Catholic Prayer Breakfast.
Rosary, Mass, Breakfast and Guest
Speaker, Carmelite Sister Regina Marie
Call Paula for more information—
355-1292 x223

St. Rita Men’s Club

The Men’s Club will meet this Tuesday,
August 12, at 7 pm in O’Malley Hall.
This will be our first
meeting for the coming
year and we will be
discussing the first event of
the year—our Annual Golf
We welcome all men of the parish, age
18 and older, who would like to be
involved in our many activities.
Dave Loera • d.loera@verizon.net
Safeguard the Children.
Did You Know?
All teachers, staff and
volunteers in the Archdiocese
must undergo fingerprinting and
criminal background checks.
Archdiocesan guidelines and abuse
prevention training programs currently
in use in the Archdiocese emphasize
the importance of parents knowing
who has access to their children at
school and other church-sponsored

Summertime is here, and parents
should remain vigilant regarding who is
granted access to their children. Make
sure camp counselors have undergone
criminal background checks. And,
make sure you know the camp’s “daily
routine.” In particular, make sure that
no camp activity results in a child being
left alone with one adult. All activities
should be supervised by more than one
adult, and the camp should be open to
unannounced drop-in visits by parents.

For more information:
Deacon Jaime Abrera,
Fingerprint Department


Articles for the Bulletin

Please submit to bulletin@st-rita.org
or to the Parish Office. Ask for or
leave a message for Rosemary,
355-1292 x226. Deadline is 10 days
before the desired weekend.

Hearing God’s Voice in a Noisy World
Retreat Day for 18-39 year olds
Saturday, August 23 • 11 am - 9 pm

Fellowship, Adoration, Mass and Concert.
Music by Jacob and Matthew Band.
Speakers: Fr. Jack Stoeger and Veronica Marchese.
American Martyrs Church, 624 15th St., Manhattan Beach.
$10 (for lunch and dinner).

► Registration/Information: Www.archla.org/restorela

Need to find a Church
and/or Mass
schedules while you’re
out and about—on
appointments? on a daytrip to the
beach or to a museum? or on vacation
anywhere in the U.S.?

► Check out the website


Or check the Apps store for a free
download for your cell phone!

This Week at St. Rita This Week at St. Rita This Week at St. Rita

Tuesday, August 12—Men’s Club Meeting
7 pm • O’Malley Hall • See Page 5 for information.

Thursday Evening Bible Study
Will resume again in late September.

Friday, August 15—Feast of the
Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
► A Holyday of Obligation
Mass Schedule:
Vigil, Thursday, August 14 at 5:30 pm
Feast Day, Friday August 15 at 8:00 am & 6:30 pm
See Page 4 for more information.

Save the Date Save the Date Save the Date

Sunday, August 24—Registration Sunday
For Religious Ed, EDGE, and Confirmation
After all the Masses • See next week’s Bulletin for more information.

Saturday, September 6—“Rock the Night Away”
Our second annual “Senior Prom”
Live music, light refreshments, no host bar
See flyer in this week’s Bulletin for complete information.

Monday, September 15—“Cool 2b Catholic”
Tuesday, September 16—
Los Angeles Catholic Prayer Breakfast
See adjacent column for information.

Reminders Reminders Reminders…… …
► Registration for Confirmation
► Registration for Religious Education
See Page 5 for information.


►Good Grief, Bereavement Support Group—Begins
Wednesday, September 17, 7 - 8:30 pm. A six-week
support group continuing until October 22. Facilitated by
Gloria Lee, LMFT. St. Bede the Venerable Church, 215
Foothill Blvd., La Cañada 91011.
Registration/Info: 818/679-1841 or 818/949-4300

Catholic Community
& Local Events

Catholic Youth Rally—“Cool 2b Catholic”
Monday, September 15
4 - 6 pm • On the Plaza
Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels

“The committee is hard at work planning the Youth Rally,
which is held the evening prior to the annual Los Angeles
Catholic Prayer Breakfast,” stated Margie Romano, Co-
chair of the events (and, of note, a St. Rita parishioner!).
“We would really like to see the Plaza packed with teens
from all over Southern California this year.”

Kicking off the Rally at 4 pm will be the Jacob and
Matthew Band, followed by a greeting from Archbishop
José Gomez and culminating with remarks from Sister
Regina Maria, the Keynote Speaker at the Breakfast the
following day.

The cost is $5 per ticket, which includes a light snack.

For more information
800/838-1356 • www.lacatholicpb.org

Catholic Prayer Breakfast
Tuesday, September 16
6:30 - 9:00 am
Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels
Rosary, Mass, Breakfast, and Guest Speaker

The St. Rita Choir, under the direction of Paul
Puccinelli, will again provide music for the Liturgy.
Sr. Regina Marie Gorman, O.C.D., the current Vicar
General of the Carmelite Sisters of the Most Sacred
Heart of Los Angeles, will be our Guest Speaker.

Once again, Father Richard will provide a chartered bus
for those who wish to attend the Prayer Breakfast.
Please contact Paula in the Parish Office for more
355-1292 x 223

12 Boxes of supplies
50 binders
Over 300 notebooks
About 3 feet of paper
140 backpacks!
Thank you to everyone who donated backpacks and supplies to help the St. Francis Center in downtown L.A.—
Thank you to those who helped bring the items from the Church to the Hall after every Mass for three weekends—
Thank you to those who showed up to help count, sort, and bag all the donations—
Thank you for making a difference in the lives of many children as they begin their new school year!