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Sunday, August 12, 2012

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

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: 626/355-3886 FAX: 626/355-2290



Dear Parishioners, On this weekend, as we join in the Archdiocesan Missionary Co-operative Program, please join me in welcoming FR. PETER LINHXUAN, a monk of the Cistercian Abbey of Our Lady of Divine Grace in Vietnam. While the Missionary Co-operative Program gives us the opportunity to truly be part of the Catholic Church Universal, it also presents us with the wonderful occasion to actually meet and get to know a priest representing the religious community and abbey that we will support by our prayers and resources. I look forward with you to hearing about Fr. Peters personal journey and that of the other monks and brothers of Our Lady of Divine Grace. Many of us were around during the time of the Vietnam war and the fall of Saigon. It would be hard to come up with a story more fascinating than that of the emergence of a Roman Catholic Monastery in the wake of such a time of oppression and upheavalstill, no doubt, a time of great challenge! We are blessed to have Fr. Peter with us and his witness will be a blessing upon us as Christians and Catholics. THE GUADALUPE CELEBRATION This past Sunday I was blessed and very fortunate to attend the Guadalupe Celebration at the L.A. Coliseum. One of the keynoters, Msgr. Eduardo Chavez Sanchez, Postulator for the Canonization of St. Juan Diego, told the 60 thousand Catholics gathered, You are all Guadalupanos! And Archbishop Gomez added You are all Missionaries! Msgr. Eduardo spoke so eloquently of how Mary appeared with childwith Christ at her center, and therefore we too live with Christ at the center of our being. Mary was all about her Son, he said, and we should be all about her Son. Archbishop Gomez continued: The Virgin of Guadalupe sent Juan Diego out as missionary, first to the bishop to present the roses that fell from his tilma to reveal the sacred image of Our Lady, and then to the world to proclaim her Son as the Way, the Truth, and the Life. So with Jesus at our center we are all sent to be missionaries of His Gospel, His Good News. Our Archbishop took the occasion to invite
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all Angelenos to get caught up in the New Evangelization and to courageously proclaim our faith at courageously proclaim our faith at home, at work, and in our communities. These messages moved me deeply as a pastor because they spoke so convincingly of what important times we live in with both as Church and country, and of how important it is here in our own parish of St. Rita to live stewardship and to ask the hard questions that, unanswered, might be holding us back from being eager and effective disciples. What hard questions? The ones that go to revealing any personal inclination to complacency or to why we simply lack the fire in the belly to an involved member of our parish life and ministry. To simply describe oneself as churchgoer just doesnt cut it. Yes, I would agree that overall The Guadalupe Celebration leaned toward the Spanish speaking community. But at the same time I would challenge anyone from any background to have attended this gathering of 60+ thousand and not walk away with the WOW factor well in place. I was a tired Catholic by the time I got back from the Coliseum, but I was also a very proud Catholic. Msgr. Richard a Guadalupano
SATURDAY 8:00 AM 5:30 PM SUNDAY 7:30 AM 10:00 AM 12 NOON MONDAY 8:00 AM TUESDAY 8:00 AM 5:30 PM WEDNESDAY 8:00 AM 6:30 PM THURSDAY 8:00 AM FRIDAY 8:00 AM SATURDAY 8:00 AM SUNDAY 7:30 AM 10:00 AM 12 NOON 5:30 PM AUGUST 11 Kristoffer Mallari INT Janet Heins RIP AUGUST 12 For All Parishioners Tage O. Anderson RIP Abraham Go RIP AUGUST 13 Robert Eustace RIP AUGUST 14VIGIL OF THE ASSUMPTION Francisca A. Valencia RIP Patrick Brophy RIP AUGUST 15ASSUMPTION OF THE BVM Lillian C. Figueroa RIP Phil Talbot RIP AUGUST 16ST. STEPHEN OF HUNGARY Communion Service A UGUST 17 Rev. Msgr. Lawrence OLeary RIP AUGUST 18 Elizabeth & James Gavigan
50th Anniversary Blessings

Saul Civello RIP AUGUST 19 Lee Blust RIP For All Parishioners Charles Day RIP


Msgr. Richard Krekelberg, V. F.Pastor
626.355.1292 x. 228 Dcn. Manuel & Chela Valencia 626.355.1292 Dcn. John 626.355.1292 Weekend Presiders: 10 am MassFr. Chris Thiel, OFM Capuchin 12 Noon MassRev. Msgr. John Morales


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 Eucharistic Adoration: Marylyn Barnes Rosary Prayer Group: Marylyn Barnes 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

How to Contact Us
Parish Office/Mailing Address 50 East Alegria Ave., Sierra Madre, CA 91024 Hours: Mon.-Fri. 9am to 6pm Office Email: Director of Administration
Mary Lou Butler: 355.1292

Ministries & Organizations

Bereavement Ministry: Call Parish Office: 355.1292 Christian Family: Terri Cummings 355.8895 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 or Marilyn Delgatto 355.8717

Pastoral Council Vice Chair

George Landis: 355.1292

Finance Council Chair

Bill Sullivan: 355.3707

St. Rita SchoolOffice: 626.355.6114

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 Liturgy & Music Paul Puccinelli: 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 or Jill Muhs, 355.9810,

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. 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.

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!

Sacraments of Reconciliation and first Eucharist

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.


Missionary Cooperative/Propagation of the Faith This weekendAugust 11 & 12 Father Peter Linhxuan Dat Vu, a Cistercian priest, will be speaking at all Masses and asking for your support for the Cistercian Abbey of Our Lady of Divine Grace near Saigon, Vietnam. Thank you for your attention and generosity!
PARISHIONERS WHO REQUEST OUR PRAYERS FOR HEALING AND RETURN TO GOOD HEALTH Tonyja Blakeslee, Addie Marshall, Alice Feeney, Joanna Singleton, Jackie Bagnuolo, Ann Shier, Mary Ellen Isoard, Tim Stanley, Antoinette Wassef, Theresa Morcos, Aspet Herapetian, Tony Comaianni, Ian Blakeslee, David Molina, Rose Mary Taquino, Selma Tuffs, Sonia Kosker, David Duran, Paul Viger, Julie Meyer, Zdenka Czerny, Debra Ann Williamson, Cliff Hancuff, Wendy Wolf Fadel, Dorothy Van Gordon, Rosanne Kenny, Hal Finney, Mary Elizabeth Nealey, Kathleen Ramsey, Louise Bigley, Christa Owen, Ailey Gardner-Ybarra, Cathy Hundshamer, Eva Bernejo, Laurie Larkin Masella, Rudy Wunderlin, Edith Olah, Matteo Begnoche, Lancelot Loera, Fred Mycroft, Clare Marquardt, Brian Eck, Alex Arranaga, Anna Mary Hession, Mildred Vocelka, Ann Twedell, Joseph Moore, Effie DeGroot, Ned Vento.


WOW! ! T HANK YOU! ! You opened your hearts and your wallets, and made many happy memories for the inner-city children served by the St. Francis Center. You gave: 113 backpacks; 8 feet of notebook paper; 100 spiral notebooks; 52 binders; and 12 large boxeseach filled with markers, crayons, glue sticks, pencils, pens, scissors, etc., etc., etc. You deserve applause! Maintenance & Repairs Collection This Weekend
Thank you for your support of this special monthly collection. Please use your blue envelope, if you receive monthly Offering Envelopes, or simply write For Maintenance on your check or envelope. This collection helps us meet our monthly utility bill obligations. The Edison bill, in particular, continues to increase during these hot summer months. Together in Mission (TIM) Report Archdiocesan Assessment $59,712.68 Amount Pledged & Paid to Date $44,501.00 Pledges yet to be Paid $ 3,870.00 Amount Still Needed $11,341.68 Will you help? Can you help? Please join the 163 families who have already participated. Thank you!

Lucy Ferraro Rosemarie Gorman

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION VOLUNTEERS NEEDED As we approach the month of September, I am very excited to see our Religious Education program start up. This year we are in transition and in need of three individuals that can dedicate themselves each Monday to teaching the children of the parish. This is an extremely rewarding way to give back to the parish and start our children on a lifetime relationship with God and Jesus. Questions? Contact Cristina Cullen 626.355.3841

Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults

Interested in becoming a Catholic? Maybe you havent received the Sacraments of Communion and Confirmationor you want to learn more about your faith. Come to an RCIA orientation meeting, Tuesday, September 11, 7:30 pm, in the Parish office meeting room. No RSVP or registration necessary. Classes every Tuesday (except holidays), 7:30-9:00 pm until Holy Week 2013. No charge; only your commitment. For more information, please contact Dn. Manuel Valencia.

Catholic Community & Local Events

Avila Gardens Open HouseSunday, Aug. 19, 1-3 pm. Catholic senior living complex. Tea, talk and tour. RSVP 626/599-2214 Catholic Alumni Club DanceSaturday Aug. 25. Days Inn, 450 W. Pioneer Dr., Glendale, 8 pm-midnight. Live band. Tickets at the door$18. Info: 818-759-1545 Free ConcertSunday, Aug. 26. Holy Name of Mary, San Dimas. 7 pm, free will offering. Info: Jacki 760/713-9884 Stephany 909/260-2033 Conversations of the HeartBegins Aug. 28, 7-9 pm. Youre invited to four deepening evenings to discover Ignatian ways of praying that have practical applications for daily life. Holy Family Church, South Pasadena. RSVP/More info: 626/403-6113

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August 18Youth Mass and EDGE Registration August 19Free Youth Concert at the Cathedral Plaza, 7pm. Featuring Jacob and Matthew, a popular local band. Join us and many others in the region for a summer night of praise and worship. If interested, please email August 21Youth Nite. 7:00-8:30 pm in Gara Hall. CONFIRMATION REGISTRATION All teens entering their freshman year in high school are now eligible to enroll in the two-year Confirmation preparation program. Registration packets are available in the church vestibule or parish office. All registration paperwork need to be submitted to the parish office, Attention: Confirmation by August 31. There will be a mandatory orientation for candidates and parents on Saturday, September 15 at 3:30 pm in OMalley Hall. EDGE MIDDLE SCHOOL MINISTRY All entering 6th8th graders may register for EDGE Middle School Ministry. Registration packets will be available in front of the church after the Youth Mass on August 18.


Meetings, Ministry & Special Events

This Week at St. Rita

This Week-endMissionary Sunday

Father Peter Linhxuan Dat Vu will be speaking at all the Masses. See page 4 for information.

Tuesday, August 14Mens Club Meeting

7 pm, OMalley Hall All men of the parish are invited!

Wednesday, August 15Feast of the Assumption

Holy Day of Obligation 5:30 pm Vigil MassTuesday, August 14 8:00 am & 6:30 pmWednesday, August 15
Saturday, August 18Youth Mass
5:30 pm Vigil Mass

Save the Date

Are you a book lover and avid reader? Do you know about Titles to Gothe program available through our Sierra Madre Public Library? Volunteers bring the Library to You!

Sunday, August 26Religious Ed Registration

From 8am-Noon, for Grades 1-5 Please check next weeks Bulletin for complete information.

Monday, August 27Baptism Preparation Class

7 pm, Parish Office Meeting Room For September 2nd Baptisms

Senior Ministry

How do you qualify for this program?

Enrollment is free, but you must be a resident of Sierra Madre. You are unable to get to the library or have anyone who can deliver the books to you. You enjoy visiting with people and will welcome a volunteer into your home. You agree to handle the Library materials with care and return them to the volunteer. You are willing to obtain a Sierra Madre Library card through the Homebound Program for the Volunteer to use on your behalf. For a registration form, call the Library (626) 355-7186

Southern California Renewal Communities (SCRC)

Adult & Teen Programs Watch for information in future bulletins. More details in future Bulletins.

August 31September 2

Sunday, September 23Bundle Sunday

For more information: Marilyn McKernan 355-1292