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St. Rita Parish Bulletin



Fifth Sunday of Easter
A Catholic Faith Community Since 1908

St. Rita of Cascia
April 28, 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

(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 •

Msgr. Richard Krekelberg, V. F.—Pastor
626.355.1292 x. 228 • [email protected] Dcn. Manuel & Chela Valencia— [email protected] • 626.355.1292 Dcn. John Hull—[email protected] • 626.355.1292 Weekend Presiders: 10 am Mass—Fr. Chris Thiel, OFM Capuchin 12 Noon Mass—Rev. Msgr. John Morales


Parish Ministries and Organizations
Liturgy & Worship
Lectors and Eucharistic Ministers: David & Jill Muhs 355.9810 • [email protected] 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 [email protected] • 355.1292

How to Contact Us
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: [email protected] Director of Administration
Mary Lou Butler: [email protected] • 355.1292

Ministries & Organizations
Bereavement Ministry: Call Parish Office • 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 • [email protected] New Members/Welcome: Contact the Parish Office St. Rita Guild: Patty Sullivan: 355.3707 • [email protected] Senior Ministry: Marilyn McKernan • [email protected] Shawl Ministry: Mary Taillac 355.3179 • Marilyn Delgatto 355.8717

Pastoral Council Vice Chair
George Landis: 626.792.0445

Finance Council Chair
Bill Sullivan: 355.3707

St. Rita School—Office: 626.355.6114
Principal: Joanne Harabedian • [email protected]

Other Contacts
Archivist: Marilyn McKernan • [email protected] Bulletin Submissions: [email protected] or drop off at Office Public Relations: [email protected] Registration Information: [email protected] • 355.1292 Webmaster: Ralph Seymour: [email protected]

Director of Liturgy & Music Paul Puccinelli: [email protected] Director of Religious Education Cristina Cullen: 355.3841 • [email protected] Director of Youth Ministry/Confirmation Theresa Bui Costanzo: 626.590.8828 • [email protected] RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults) Team: Deacon Manuel and Chela Valencia; Susan Blakeslee: [email protected]

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 • [email protected]

For Information about the—
Sacrament of Baptism
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!

Sacraments of 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.

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

Sacrament of Confirmation

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.

Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick
See adjoining column.





Dear Parishioners,
Just as Jesus is preparing for the completion of his mission, he announces to his disciples:

A new commandment I give you: LOVE ONE ANOTHER AS I HAVE LOVED YOU!
It was here, more than anywhere else in the gospels, that Jesus provided his own life as the blueprint for the life of any and all would-be disciples. In another place Jesus tells his friend, Martha, that he is “The way, the truth, and the life.” But that was a proclamation to her and obviously for our benefit. What we have in today’s gospel passage is nothing short of a commandment. Commandments are not to be taken lightly. Certainly those in our country who have fought for the right to display “The Ten Commandments” would agree. Then there are “The Two Great Commandments: Love of God and Love of Neighbor.” Remember that those who tried to “trip Jesus up” by asking for the greatest commandment were subsequently sent away scratching their heads because Jesus gave them two, the one being “like” the other or “equal” to it. The Benedictines beautifully capture Jesus’ twocommandment teaching when they live that part of their rule which says, “Treat the guest as Christ.” At any rate, Jesus’ new commandment trumps both the ten and the two. If we love one another as he loved us, “keeping” the ten commandments is “a piece of cake,” as they say, and loving God and neighbor is just…well…automatic. As Jesus lived, laid down, and took up his life for us again, did he not count his heavenly Father above all things? Did he not honor his Father’s name? Keep holy all the Sabbaths, honor his father and mother, bear true witness, and mind his own business when it came to other peoples wives and property? All God’s commandments meet in Jesus Christ; no commandment is eliminated and all are fulfilled. Would you even be tempted to argue the fact? Frankly I worry about Christians who want to put a monument of the Ten Commandments in their front yard without the rest of the “Good News”; without Jesus those commandments are so incomplete and unfulfilled. It’s almost as if the New Testament didn’t happen. No, if someone were to approach me about putting up a commandment monument—in order “to make a statement”—it would definitely be Jesus’ commandment: The New Commandment “Love One Another As I Have Loved You!” Jesus Christ, ca 30 AD (or CE) Practically speaking, you would get “a lot more bang for your buck,” if people read it and followed it, and it would probably take up a lot less space on the front lawn. —Msgr. Richard



8:00 AM 5:30 PM


John Sweeney RIP For All Parishioners

7:30 AM Angela Di Marco RIP 10:00 AM Carlo Philip Carretta RIP 12 NOON Angela Di Marco RIP

PARISHIONERS WHO REQUEST OUR PRAYERS FOR HEALING AND RETURN TO GOOD HEALTH— Dorothy Van Gorden, John J. McCoy, Diane Ridley, Richard Forcione, Maria Carmen Marti, Dennis & Clare Marquardt, Rosemary Fryzm, Andy Pulley, Katherine Haderlein, Andy Heller, JoAnn E. Douglass, Kathleen Ramsey, Tonyja Blakeslee, Addie Marshall, Joanna Singleton, 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, Christa Owen, 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, Mildred Vocelka, Joseph Moore, Effie DeGroot, Ned Vento.

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

Sue Louise Viola
Mother of parishioner Tom (Carole) Viola


Rosanne Kenney RIP

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Rev. Msgr. Patrick Thompson RIP

Communion Service Communion Service Leonard Malloy RIP

Opportunities for Spiritual Growth † Wednesday, May 1, Evening Prayer
5:30 pm Meditation • 6 pm Prayer • Rectory Oratory Contact Deacon John for more information.


Alice Feeney RIP Grace Teeple RIP

† Thursday, May 2, Bible Study † Friday, May 3, Adoration

7:30 AM For All Parishioners 10:00 AM Pat Hardy RIP 12 NOON Nellie T. Thompson RIP

7 pm • Parish Office Meeting Room

After the 8 am Mass until 5 pm • Rectory Oratory

St. Catherine of Siena

Monday, April 29
St. Pius V

Tuesday, April 30

† Archdiocesan Council of Catholic Women 9th Annual Spring Mass at the Cathedral Tuesday, May 14—10 am

St. Joseph the Worker Ss. Philip and James

Wednesday, May 1 Friday, May 3

The Ways of Love
One can feel the energy of a young, growing church in today’s first reading. For Paul and Barnabas, it’s smooth sailing. For the sponsoring church at Antioch, good news. The second reading—a vision—offers a picture of triumph, pure and simple. We might paraphrase God’s direct words to read: “Don’t you see? I make all things new!” The young church remains new and young to this day if and when it follows the command Jesus lays down in the Gospel: “Love one another.” The attitude and actions of love define the disciples and identify them with their master. Every person on this earth can be a disciple. For discipleship does not depend on learning or sophistication or age or arcane knowledge of secret cults. We are asked to study and practice the ways of love, right here and right now in the company of ordinary people.

First Reading—Paul and Barnabas reported how God had opened the door of faith to the Gentiles (Acts 14:21-27). Psalm—I will praise your name for ever, my king and my God (Psalm 145). Second Reading—God’s dwelling is with the human race (Revelation 21:1-5a). Gospel—This is how all will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another (John 13:31-33a, 34-35).

St. Rita School
►Edge —Monday, April 29, 4 pm, Gara ►Youth Nite—Wednesday, May 8, 7 pm, Gara ►Year 1 Confirmation—Sat., May 4, 4 pm, O’Malley ►Youth Mass—Saturday, May 4, 5:30 pm ►Service: Union Station, Sunday, May 5, 7:30-10am ►Youth Ministry Trip to Belize Members of our St. Rita Youth Ministry, along with parent chaperones, will travel to Belize in mid-June to assist in child ministry, sports ministry, and repair of homes/ churches. We need your prayers and your financial support. You may send your check (payable to St. Rita Church, with “Belize Trip” on the memo line) to the Parish Office or drop it in the Sunday Offering basket . Catholic Education gives a child an advantage for life!


►Monday, May 6—Catholic Charities Annual Volunteer Recognition Dinner at the Quiet Cannon in Montebello. Join us at this special event recognizing and honoring our St. Rita School Campus Ministry. Archbishop Jose H. Gomez will be the guest speaker. All parishioners are welcome. Contact the School Office for ticket information. ►Thursday, May 16, 9 am until noon—May Crowning and Grandparents/Special Person Day. The Crowning of the Blessed Virgin Mary will be in the Church at 9 am. A continental breakfast will be served in O’Malley Hall at 9:45. From 10:20 until noon, guests will be invited to classrooms for special activities. Two photographers will be available for family photos. For more information about this annual and special event, please contact the School Office. ►Congratulations! St. Rita School Students raised $2,631 for Catholic Charities by selling burritos for lunch each Friday during Lent. ►Washington D.C. Trip. Seventeen 8th graders traveled to our capital over the Easter Break—one teacher, two moms, and one uncle accompanied them to maintain law and order! Each day was jam-packed with educational and fun experiences: visiting Memorials, museums, the Capitol, Arlington Cemetery, Colonial Williamsburg, Ft. McHenry, Jamestown and Yorktown. There was even time for a Washington Nationals baseball game. Our children/group received compliments for their respectful and attentive manner from docents and guides throughout our tour. It was a special trip, providing memories for all who were able to take advantage of this annual St. Rita School opportunity!

Thank you to those who have already donated!
Theresa Costanzo • [email protected]

St. Rita’s Men’s Club
Clay Schubert 1 Mile & 5K Fun Run
Next Sunday—May 5, 2013 5K at 8 am • 1 Mile immediately after

It’s not too late to enter this annual event! Need more information? Want to sign up? The form is available on our website: or contact Tim O’Connor 355-5053 • Bill Sullivan 355-3707

St. Rita Guild
Our next meeting is this Friday, May 3, at 9 am in O’Malley Hall. We will be discussing our final plans for the Feast of St. Rita on May 22—please join us!
Patty Sullivan • 355-3707 • [email protected]

~The Imago Dei Project~
You can help our students by donating items for them to create “Blessing Bags” for the homeless men, women, and children of Los Angeles, to be distributed on Mother’s Day. Items needed: lotion, soaps, nail polish, perfume, toothbrushes, toothpaste, deodorant, Kleenex, hand sanitizers, razors, sunscreen, granola bars, protein snacks, hard candies, etc. Please bring your donations to the collection Blackwell for chairing this Outreach. Questions? Please contact the School Office. St. Rita School Office • 355-6114

►Deadline for Bulletin articles is Thursday, 10 days before desired publication date. [email protected] or bring to the Parish Office. ►Do you want to share our Bulletin with family, friends, and former parishioners? It’s online—just tell them our website:

box in the Vestibule or leave them at the School Office on/before Wednesday, May 8. Thanks to Margaret

Meetings, Ministry & Special Events


This Week at St. Rita
This Sunday, April 28—“Catholicism”

~Mark your calendars~
For the very busy month of May!
Saturday, May 4—First Communion (St. Rita School) Sunday, May 5—Men’s Club Fun Run Monday, May 6—Catholic Charities Dinner (honoring St. Rita School) Saturday, May 11—First Communion (Religious Ed) Thursday, May 16—May Crowning of the Blessed Mother Sunday, May 19—Pacific Islanders celebrate St. Rita Wednesday, May 22—Feast of St. Rita Sunday, May 26—40th Anniversary Monsignor Richard’s Ordination

4 pm • O’Malley Hall • Refreshments Last program of the 10-series presentation—Don’t miss it!

Monday, April 29—Baptism Preparation Class
For May 5 Baptisms 7 pm • Parish Office Meeting Room

Friday, May 3—St. Rita Guild Meeting
See page 5 for information.

Friday, May 3—Adoration
After the 8 am Mass until 5 pm • Rectory Oratory

—Watch your mailbox for your invitation!—

First Communion
Saturday, May 4—St. Rita School Children • 10 am

Opportunities for Spiritual Growth
† Pray the Rosary—After weekday 8 am Mass † Wednesday, May 1, Evening Prayer
5:30 pm Meditation • 6 pm Prayer • Rectory Oratory

Catholic Community & Local Events
►Grief Support Group—Thursdays (ongoing) 3-4:30 pm. Pasadena Senior Center, 85 E. Holly, Pasadena 91103 RSVP: Jody Casserly, LCSW • 626/918-2273 ►Fingerprinting— St. Anthony—Wed., May 1. 1901 S. San Gabriel Blvd., San Gabriel. Afternoon and early evening. Call for appointment: 626/288-5511 St. Luke The Evangelist-Sat., May 4. 5605 Cloverly Avenue, Temple City. Morning and afternoon. Call for appointment: 626/291-5900 x227 ►Gala 2013—Saturday, May 4. Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy annual dinner and fundraiser. Info: Charlotte Saydah • [email protected] • 626/685-8397 ► “Groucho” at La Salle High School—Sat., May 11, 7 pm. Alum Frank Ferrante is presenting his one-man show to benefit his alma mater and its Art Programs. Tickets: $35 for adults; $50 VIP stage-side; $12 for students. [email protected] ►Annual Golf Classic—Monday, May 13. Benefits Mater Dolorosa Retreat Center. Held at Glendora Country Club. Tournament and dinner. Online registration: classic Or contact parishioner Pat Wickhem, Tournament Chair 626/416-8824 • [email protected]

† Thursday, May 2, Bible Study
7 pm • Parish Office Meeting Room

Save the Date
Next Weekend—May 4 & 5 Cardinal McIntyre Fund for Charity
This annual collection is for those in Crisis Situations (food, utilities, transportation, medical, housing, funeral expenses) in our Archdiocese. Special envelopes are in your monthly packet and also available in the Vestibule. Thank you for your support.

Sunday, May 5—Men’s Club Annual 5K/1Mile Fun Run
See page 5 for more information. 1:30 pm • In the Church • Deacon John Hull officiating Saturday, May 11—St. Rita Religious Education Children • 10 am

Sunday, May 5—Baptisms First Communion

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