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Second Sunday of Lent St. Rita of Cascia A Catholic Faith Community Since 1908 February

Second

Sunday

of

Lent

St. Rita of Cascia

A Catholic Faith Community Since 1908

February 24, 2013

MASS TIMES

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

SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION

(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 • www.st-rita.org

SECOND SUNDAY OF LENT—FEBRUARY 24, 2013 P-2
SECOND SUNDAY OF LENT—FEBRUARY 24, 2013
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Msgr. Richard Krekelberg, V. F.Pastor

626.355.1292 x. 228 • revkrek@st-rita.org Dcn. Manuel & Chela Valenciadeaconmanuelvalencia@gmail.com • 626.355.1292 Dcn. John Hull—johnhull65@gmail.com • 626.355.1292 Weekend Presiders:

10 am Mass—Fr. Chris Thiel, OFM Capuchin 12 Noon Mass—Rev. Msgr. John Morales

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: ParishAdmin@st-rita.org

Director of Administration

Mary Lou Butler: mlbutler@st-rita.org • 355.1292

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 • jharabedian@st-rita.org

Director of Liturgy & Music Paul Puccinelli: mm@st-rita.org Director of Religious Education Cristina Cullen: 355.3841 • 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

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.

Sacraments of Reconciliation and first Eucharist

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

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.

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 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: Barbara LeVeque /Gil Lazo 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 • nick.sotis@pro-sites.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) 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!

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.

SAINT RITA OF CASCIA CHURCH P-3 REV. MSGR. RICHARD KREKELBERG P ASTOR ’S C ORNER
SAINT RITA OF CASCIA CHURCH
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REV. MSGR. RICHARD KREKELBERG
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Dear Parishioners, “Master, it is good that we are here…” These are Peter’s words to
Dear Parishioners,
“Master, it is good that we are here…”
These are Peter’s words to Jesus in reaction and response to his experience of his Master
“transfigured.” It would be appropriate to make Peter’s words our own this 2 nd Sunday in
Lent, because if Lent is anything, it should be a time of Christ being transfigured for us as
well. The first transfiguration was transforming for Peter, James and John; they were
forever changed by the experience and would never be able to look at things the same
from then on. Lent is meant to change us as well and, if our Lenten journey is successful,
we too should never see things exactly the same for the rest of our lives. The fruit of our
Lenten observance can be (IF we surrender enough), a deeper faith, more trust in the
Lord, and confidence of his loving care and companionship through all of life’s
experiences. No doubt, this Lent 2013 will be an easier one to recall, simply because it
will have lead to the election of a new Successor to St. Peter!
The effort that we make individually and personally during Lent is
not a selfish business. Whatever we commit ourselves to in terms of
fasting, almsgiving, and prayer is meant to convert us, help us to
become better people, and encourage us to become instruments of
God’s kingdom now, at this time, and on this Earth. This could only
benefit and bless the people we live with, work with, and journey to
the Father with. When your child is obviously enjoying you more or
you are experiencing better communication and understanding with
your teenager, or when loneliness becomes blessed solitude the
Lenten brand of selfishness will only be cause for gratitude and celebration.
Peter also beseeches the Lord, “Let us build three tents…” in hopes of holding on to the
moment; something of the Transfiguration was so prized and precious to him that he did
not want to let go of it or to lose it. For us that should also be the outcome of a Lent well
spent—we should be so lifted up that we would want to “bottle it and sell it.” But in fact,
Peter, James, and John were not allowed to order a Blu-ray online of the Transfiguration
for a keepsake. They were left with the experience only and with the challenge to live the
remainder of life banking on the faith they had gained. Just so we will be expected to rely
on the deepening of our faith after Lent 2013, so we should make the absolute best of it.
Don’t you think? God thinks so: ‘THIS IS MY CHOSEN SON; LISTEN TO HIM!”
—Msgr. Richard
the absolute best of it. Don’t you think? God thinks so: ‘THIS IS MY CHOSEN SON;
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SECOND SUNDAY OF LENT—FEBRUARY 24, 2013
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SECOND SUNDAY OF LENT—FEBRUARY 24, 2013 P-4 S ATURDAY , F EBRUARY 23 8:00 AM Orlando

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 23

8:00 AM

Orlando & Victoria Clarizio RIP

5:30 PM

Francisco Alabart RIP

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 24

7:30 AM

Rosina Padilla RIP

10:00 AM

Carmine Iovine RIP

12 NOON For All Parishioners

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 25

8:00 AM

Rev. William J. Bonner RIP

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 26

8:00 AM

Rudy Wunderlin RIP

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 27

8:00 AM

Communion Service

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 28

8:00 AM

Communion Service

FRIDAY, MARCH 1

8:00 AM

Ruben Balagtas, Sr. RIP

SATURDAY, MARCH 2

8:00 AM

James Hegarty RIP

5:30 PM

For All Parishioners

SUNDAY, MARCH 3

7:30 AM

Sister Christine of Mary O.C. D. RIP

10:00 AM

Most Reverend Joseph Sartoris INT

12 NOON Madeline Moloney RIP

SPECIAL O BSERVANCES

INT 12 N OON Madeline Moloney RIP S PECIAL O BSERVANCES Friday, March 1 TODAY’S READINGS

Friday, March 1

TODAY’S READINGS

First Reading—The LORD made a covenant

with Abram (Genesis 15:5-12, 17-18)

Psalm—The Lord is my light and my salvation

(Psalm 27).

Second Reading—Our citizenship is in heaven

(Philippians 3:17 -- 4:1 [3:20 -- 4:1]).

Gospel—Atop a mountain, Jesus was transfigured before Peter, James, and John

(Luke 9:28b-36).

PARISHIONERS WHO REQUEST OUR PRAYERS FOR HEALING AND RETURN TO GOOD HEALTH— Rosemary Fryzm, Andy
PARISHIONERS WHO REQUEST OUR PRAYERS FOR
HEALING AND RETURN TO GOOD HEALTH—
Rosemary Fryzm, Andy Pulley, Katherine Haderlein, John J. McCoy, 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, Dorothy Van Gordon, Hal Finney, Louise Bigley, Christa Owen,
Ailey Gardner-Ybarra, Cathy Hundshamer, Eva Bernejo, Laurie Larkin Masella,
Edith Olah, Matteo Begnoche, Lancelot Loera, Fred Mycroft, Clare Marquardt,
Brian Eck, Alex Arranaga, Anna Mary Hession, Mildred Vocelka, Joseph Moore,
Effie DeGroot, Ned Vento.
Alice Feeney
(daughter of parishioner Maria Feeney)
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Feeney (daughter of parishioner Maria Feeney)  —Spiritual Growth— † Tuesday, February 26, RCIA
Feeney (daughter of parishioner Maria Feeney)  —Spiritual Growth— † Tuesday, February 26, RCIA

—Spiritual Growth—

† Tuesday, February 26, RCIA 7:30 pm • Parish Office Meeting Room Contact Deacon Manuel
† Tuesday, February 26, RCIA 7:30 pm • Parish Office Meeting Room Contact Deacon Manuel
† Tuesday, February 26, RCIA 7:30 pm • Parish Office Meeting Room Contact Deacon Manuel
† Tuesday, February 26, RCIA 7:30 pm • Parish Office Meeting Room Contact Deacon Manuel

Tuesday, February 26, RCIA

7:30 pm • Parish Office Meeting Room Contact Deacon Manuel for information.

Wednesday, February 27, Evening Prayer

5:30 pm Meditation • 6 pm Prayer • Rectory Oratory Contact Deacon John for more information.

Rectory Oratory Contact Deacon John for more information. † Thursday, February 28, Bible Study 7 -

Thursday, February 28, Bible Study

7 - 8:30 pm • Parish Office Meeting Room

Friday, March 1—Adoration

After the 8 am Mass until 5 pm • Rectory Oratory

After the 8 am Mass until 5 pm • Rectory Oratory ~ Outreach~ We get letters…
After the 8 am Mass until 5 pm • Rectory Oratory ~ Outreach~ We get letters…

~ Outreach~

We get letters… From Knit for Kids—Thank you for the beautiful sweaters you made for children in our country and around the world. Our most recent shipments have gone to Appalachia and Northwest U.S. programs, as well as many other countries such as Armenia, Burundi, Chile, and Zambia. Blessings to you—Knit for Kids, World Vision, Sewickley, PA.

We send letters… To St. Rose of Lima Parish, Newtown, CT—I pray this letter from our faith community of St. Rita of Cascia is only part of a profound outpouring of prayers, care and support from across the country and around the world…I shared your Christmas Message (on your website), with my parishioners on The Solemnity of the Holy Family…Please find enclosed a small gift to your parish in support of any outreach to alleviate suffering. I am also enclosing an original composition “The Light of Your Holy Face” by our Liturgy and Worship Director Paul Puccinelli… With prayers, Rev. Msgr. Richard Krekelberg.

SAINT RITA OF CASCIA CHURCH P-5 St. Rita School ►Edge —Monday, Feb. 25, Penance Service
SAINT RITA OF CASCIA CHURCH
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St. Rita School
►Edge —Monday, Feb. 25, Penance Service 4 pm,
in the Church.
►Youth Nite—Wednesday, Feb. 27, 7 pm, O’Malley
►Year 1 Confirmation—Sat., March 2, 4 pm, Gara
►Youth Mass—Saturday, March 2, 5:30 pm
►Year 2 Confirmation—Sat., March 16, 4 pm, O’Malley
Monthly Service Opportunity—The Youth Ministry
takes teens and chaperones every third Saturday of the
month to help distribute food and serve lunch to
families in need at the St. Francis Center in downtown
Los Angeles. All teens are welcome to join us!
National Catholic Schools Week (January 27- February 2)
gave us an opportunity to reflect on the positive impact
Catholic schools have for students and families in our
communities. Our “Penny Crusades” pitted the West
Campus boys versus the girls—with the girls winning with a
margin of about 2000 + pennies. A check in the amount of
$1000 was presented to Father Ken Deasy for the LeMont
Orphanage in Haiti. Our student Art Fair filled Gara Hall
with the output of many talented students.
► Mark your calendar
For information on any of the above—
Theresa Costanza • ym@st-rita.org • 590-8828
St. Rita Guild
Fri., March 8—Hooping It Up! St. Rita students will be
shooting hoops to raise money to install an electronic
security system on both campuses. Do you know a St. Rita
Student? Would you like to sponsor them—or call the
school and we’ll give you a name—for 25 cents/more per
shot? Every hoop made earns your pledged amount!
Thanks for your support!
►Please join us this Friday, March 1, at 9 am in
Gara Hall for our regular monthly meeting. All women
of the parish are invited!
►Guild Card Party. Dice were rolled and cards were
shuffled and dealt at our well-attended annual fundraiser.
Amidst the fun and games, a delicious luncheon was
served. Homemade bundt cakes were part of the table
centerpieces—and also served as dessert! Many thanks
to our donors, workers, and participants who made this a
very successful event.
Sat., March 16—Father/Daughter Dance
St. Rita School Office • 355-6114
St. Rita Men’s Retreat
Weekend of March 22-24
Those who attend the Men’s Retreat—and the Women’s
Retreat in November—know the good it brings them
and their families. Space for the Retreat is filling up, so
why not make your reservation now?
For more information, please call:
Bill Cosso 355-5656 • Dave Muhs 355-9810
Rich McCoppin 355-2871 • Gary Miller 355-6440
Duncan MacGillivray 355-0762
Pat Wickhem 416-8824 • Rudy Van Cleef 355-8169
Stations of the Cross & Soup Kitchen
Friday, March 1
Pictures from top left to bottom—
Greeters Betty Mackie, Patty
Sullivan & Juana O’Connor;
Bridge players; Sylvia Sotis
selling tickets for the money
hat; the winner of the hat—
Andrea Bertollini; bundt cake
centerpieces.
Enter into a deeper Lenten observance by
participating in the Stations of the Cross in
the Church at 6 pm. The Soup Kitchen
follows (@6:45 pm) in Gara Hall. Share a
simple meal and enjoy the fellowship of your
fellow parishioners. This Friday’s meatless meal will be
hosted and prepared by the St. Rita Scouts.
A guest speaker or video presentation on a Lenten theme
will be at @7:30 pm. All donations for the simple meal
served are given to feed the hungry and to help the poor.
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Meetings, Ministry & Special Events

This Week at St. Rita

This Sunday, February 24—Mass of Anointing

10 am Mass

Monday, February 25—Baptism Preparation Class

For April 7 Baptisms

Parish Office Meeting Room • 7 pm

Friday, March 1—St. Rita Guild Meeting

9 am • Gara Hall

Friday, March 1—Stations of the Cross & Lenten Soup Kitchen

See page 5 for information.

Opportunities for Spiritual Growth

(See page 4 for times/locations.)

Pray the Rosary—After weekday 8 am Mass

Tuesday, February 26, RCIA Class

Wednesday, February 27, Evening Prayer

Thursday, February 28, Bible Study

Friday, March 1—Adoration

Save the Date

Sunday, March 3—St. Vincent De Paul Bundle Sunday

Lower Church Parking Lot • 8 am-1:30 pm The truck will be in our parking lot to receive your donations.

For large items please call 323/224-6280 for a free pickup at your home.

Friday, March 8—Hoop it Up! See page 5 (St. Rita School News) for information.

Saturday, March 9—St. Rita Girl Scouts Sabbath Mass

5:30 pm

Sunday, March 10—Annual Spaghetti Dinner

Prepared by the Men’s Club • 4:30-7:30 pm

Tickets/info:

Alan Leahy 355-9783 • Nick Sotis 358-2495

Weekend of March 22-24—Men’s Retreat

See page 5 for information.

Sunday, March 24—Journey to the Cross

Scripture, readings and choral presentation. 6:30 pm • In the Church

Tuesday, March 26—Lenten Reconciliation Service

With Assumption of the BVM parish •

At St. Rita • 7 pm

With Assumption of the BVM parish • At St. Rita • 7 pm February Baptisms at

February Baptisms at St. Rita

Welcome newest members of our faith community!

Chase Wilson Cole Son of Britt & Deanne Cole Michael Joseph Gruppie Guy Robert Gruppie, Jr. Sons of Guy & Lisa Gruppie Oliva Marie Hagen Daughter of Ryan & Dyana Hagen Jacob James Mottola Son of Matt & Julie Mottola Miles Christopher Rivard Son of Mark & Christiane Rivard Isabella Maria Selby Daughter of Rick & Donna Selby

Isabella Maria Selby Daughter of Rick & Donna Selby Did you receive a recent email from

Did you receive a recent email from Father Richard about the Pope’s announcement? If you did, it’s because we have your current email on file.

If you did not receive an email and you would like to be included on future distributions— please note, these will be sent sparingly and only for matters of pressing importance— send an email to rc@st-rita.org and we’ll add you to our list.

email to rc@st-rita.org and we’ll add you to our list. Catholic Community & Local Events ►

Catholic Community & Local Events

Right to Life League Training—Friday, March 1,

10 am - 4 pm. We invite you to become a volunteer by

attending this training session. St. Bede the Venerable,

215 Foothill Blvd., LaCañada 91011. $60 fee.

626/398-6100

or register online:

rtllsc.org

Marriage Encounter—Weekend of March 1-3. The love of your spouse is a gift from God. Give each other

the gift that will keep your loving growing and closer.

Sarah & Jacob Flores 562/923-7335 •

ilovemyspouse.net

3rd Annual Teen Career Fair—Saturday, March

16 from 1:30-4pm. Motivational speakers; meet and

obtain free advice from professionals of a variety of career fields; meet new friends and enjoy live music. Learn how to prepare a resume, interview and more! Admission is free! Madonna Hall, Santa Teresita, 819 Buena Vista, Duarte 91010. RSVP: 626/408-7826 outreach@santa-teresita.org Bereavement Support Group—Begins Wed., April 10, 7 pm. Meets for an additional five evenings April 24, May 1-22. Facilitated by Gloria Leff, LMFT. St. Bede the Venerable Church, 215 Foothill Blvd., LaCañada 91011. Registration/information: 818/679-1841 or 949-4300.

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Year End Appeal Thank You ! ! !

Although we are well into the 2013 calendar year , we wanted to take a moment to express our gratitude and appreciation to all who contributed to our 2012 Year End Appeal. Thank you to each and every one of the over 200 households whose donations totaled over $100,000! Those funds designated by donors to benefit specific ministries will be a help to grow and support the designated ministries. Those donations marked “where most needed” will help us in meeting our budget and ending our fiscal year in the black. St. Rita Parish is blessed to have such generous donors! —Mary Lou Butler

St. Rita Website—Take a Look!

You’ll find the Lenten schedule; information for organizations and ministries; monthly calendars for events, Youth Ministry and altar servers; the current Bulletin—and much more.

www.st-rita.org

2012 Tax Donation Acknowledgments If you are a registered parishioner you may request a letter
2012 Tax Donation Acknowledgments
If you are a registered parishioner you may request a letter to
acknowledge your total 2012 donations to St. Rita for tax
purposes. PLEASE NOTE: Registered parishioners are
those who have filled out a Registration Form and have been
assigned an ID/envelope number.
You may request a letter by sending your full name, address,
and parish ID/envelope number (if known) to
rc@st-rita.org
or fill out the form below and drop it in the Sunday Offering
or mail to the Parish Office, Attn: RC.
NO requests will be taken over the telephone.
Request for 2012 Donations for Tax Purposes
Envelope ID#
Full Name
Address