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Rita of Cascia
January 25, 2015

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


Parish Ministries and Organizations
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
Mary Lou Butler: 355.1292

Pastoral Council
Parish Office: 355.1292

Finance Council Chair

Bill Sullivan: 355.3707

St. Rita SchoolOffice: 626.355.6114

Principal: Joanne Harabedian

Director of Liturgy & Music

Liturgy & Worship

Lectors and Eucharistic Ministers: David & Jill Muhs
Altar Servers, Youth: Kathy Ganino 626.398.9302
Altar Servers, Adult: Bill Cosso 355.5656
Eucharistic Adoration: Kathy Ganino 626.398.9302
Immaculate Heart of Mary 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: Dave Loera
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

Paul Puccinelli:

Other Contacts

Director of Religious Education

Cristina Cullen: 355.1292

Director of Youth Ministry/Confirmation

Theresa Bui Costanzo: 626.590.8828

RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults)

Team: Deacon Manuel and Chela Valencia; and
Susan Blakeslee:

Archivist: Marilyn McKernan

Bulletin Submissions: or drop off at Office
Public Relations:
Registration Information: 355.1292
Webmaster: Ralph Seymour:

Let Saint Rita Be There For You . . .

Communion for Sick and Homebound Parishioners

St. Rita Eucharistic Ministers provide Communion home visits. Contact the Parish Office 355.1292 or Jill Muhs 355.9810

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 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.

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

BaptismPlease contact the Parish Office for further information on the Baptism process and requirements.
Reconciliation and First EucharistPreparation 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.

MatrimonyContact the Parish Office upon engagement; at least six months is needed for preparation of this joyous sacrament!
ConfirmationA two-year program for freshman/sophomore age teens. Apply through the Office of Youth Ministry.





Dear Parishioners,

Formation in Our Faith

Picking up from the Gospel of John
last Sunday, which recounted John
the Baptists handing on of the baton
to his cousin, Jesus, and his
consequent instruction to his
disciples to follow HIM, we turn to
Marks account today which depicts
Simon and Andrew, James and John
dropping and abandoning everything
to do just thatfollow. Last week I
wished to underscore the obvious
theme of Call and Response. And,
of course, the most important call
and response of ones life, has to be
ones vocation from God. But the
readings of this Sunday actually bring
about a shift in theme as they draw
our attention to what has to be the
first request on the lips of one who
Teach me your ways O Lord!
How could it be otherwise? Except
that when we figure out that life is
indeed a vocation, then we must also
realize that we need to be schooled
by the Master in the ways of that
vocationHis ways. The people of
Nineveh demonstrated that it is
possible even to have learned Gods
ways, but then to willfully stray from
them for whatever motive. And St.
Paul, like Noah long before him,
reminds those who stray that time
could be running out on repentance:
For the world in its present form is

passing away. So if vocation was the

word for last week, FORMATION is
the word for this week.
Last week I asked, Do people see
their lives as vocations? This week I
must follow up with, Do we
recognize our constant need for
formation? If we are not so aware
of our daily lives as vocations from
God, it is not a wonder that
formation in Gods ways can too
easily, even too tragically escape us.
For that reason, personally, I
welcome and celebrate all the new
opportunities in our Church for
continuing education and formation.
Please God we will make many of
those opportunities more available
and accessible here in our own parish
of St. Rita. From pre-K to senior
citizen, from hospitality to
bereavement there is not a program
or ministry that does not have an
accompanying syllabus of formation
these days. Actually, formation and
education in spirituality and ministry
have been afforded to more of the
Churchs lay people than any time in
This is a good thing. After all, we
entrust our lives to all types of
professionals and civil servants upon
whom we depend to be formed and
educated in the best and the latest.
What harm is possibleand how

horribly wrong things might go

when someone presumes to practice
or minister without true know-how
and expertise. What havoc has been
foisted upon our own Church by
ministers and leaders (from
volunteers to the ordained), who
have been found lacking in even the
basics and fundamentals of their
service, like keeping boundaries!
We are right to expect training,
education, certification, license, and
degrees for those entrusted with our
education and spiritual formation in
the Faith.
Then as you and I consider today,
Simon-Peter and Andrew, James and
John, let it not escape our notice that
before they were licensed and sent
out at Pentecost, they literally walked
and journeyed with the Lord for
three years being mentored and
schooled by Jesus himself. What
education and formation could be
more important for any one of us
than formation in the ways of the
Lordour formation in Christ? For
all of us at St. Rita and for all in our
church who would be teacher and/or
student, let our prayer be
Speak, O Lord,
your servant is listening!

Msgr. Richard



8:00 AM Linda Milligan RIP

5:30 PM Ed Hagerott RIP


7:30 AM Luisa Claro RIP

10:00 AM Gerald Gallagher RIP
12 NOON For All Parishioners


8:00 AM Sue S. Benzoni RIP


8:00 AM Genevieve Leverone RIP

8:00 AM

Communion Service

8:00 AM

Communion Service


Gullermina Canizales INT



8:00 AM Kopka Family INT

5:30 PM For All Parishioners


7:30 AM Bruce Crow RIP

10:00 AM Patrick Byrne RIP
12 NOON Katie Limongelli RIP


MondaySs. Timothy & Titus
TuesdaySt. Angela Merici
WednesdaySt. Thomas Aquinas
SaturdaySt. John Bosco

First ReadingThe Ninevites turn
from their evil way in response to
Jonahs message (Jonah 3:1-5, 10).
PsalmTeach me your ways, O Lord


Theresa Morcos, Ernest Kopka, Vera
Delgatto, JF Mahoney, Kelly Solomon,
Linda Theriault, Heather Hagan, Mike
Wolf, Jean Wood, Jos Colayco, Mario de
la Torre, Barbara Vanni, Freya Sheasby
Bailey, Anna Schube, Aubrey Randolph,
Joseph Malvin, Madeleine Loera, Randy
Graff, Toni Navarro, Susan Watson, Molly
Lynch, Juanito & Marilou Pe, Willard
Bochte, Joann Ruggles, Margaret Duran,
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,
Raymond Payne, Peter Delgatto, Jr.,
Montserrat Marti, Jordan Alabart, Susan
Skousen, Brooke Manning, Arthur
Contreras, Jr., Robert Quinonez, Richard
Krier, Patsy Starkey, Jean Mansour, Jacob
Bigley, Maria Carmen Marti, Clare
Marquardt, Kathleen Ramsey, Tonyja
Blakeslee, Addie Marshall, Jackie
Bagnuolo, Mary Ellen Isoard, Rose Mary
Taquino, Paul Viger, Hal Finney, Ailey
Gardner-Ybarra, Eva Bernejo, Edith Olah,
Lancelot Loera, Fred Mycroft, Alex
Arranaga, Joseph Moore.
Rev. Alfred Pooler, C.P.
(of Mater Dolorosa)

(Psalm 25).

Second ReadingThe world in its

present form is passing away
(1 Corinthians 7:29-31).

GospelJesus proclaims, Repent, and

believe in the gospel. The new
disciples abandon their nets and follow
him (Mark 1:14-20).

New Years Resolutions*

Take care of your spiritual life, your
relationship with God, because this is
the backbone of everything we do
and everything we are.
*Pope Francis,
speaking to Vatican employees,
Christmas 2014

Saint of the

St. John
John Bosco was
born in Italy on
August 16, 1815.
Encouraged during his youth to
become a priest so he could work
with young boys, John was
ordained in 1841. His service to
young people started when he met
an orphan and instructed him in
preparation for receiving Holy
Communion. He then gathered
young apprentices and taught them
After serving as chaplain in a
hospice for working girls, John
opened the Oratory of St. Francis
de Sales for boys. Several wealthy
patrons contributed money,
enabling him to provide two
workshops for the boys,
shoemaking and tailoring.
By 1856, the institution had grown
to 150 boys and had added a
printing press for publication of
religious and catechetical
pamphlets. His interest in
vocational education and
publishing justify him as patron of
young apprentices and Catholic
In 1854 he and his followers
informally banded together,
inspired by St. Francis de Sales.
With Pope Pius IXs
encouragement, John gathered 17
men and founded the Salesians in
1859. Their activity concentrated
on education and mission work.
John died on January 31, 1588 and
is buried in Turin, Italy.


Youth Ministry
EDGE Middle School Ministry
Monday, January 26, 4-5:15 pm, Gara
Youth Nite
Wed., January 28, 7-8:30 pm, OMalley
Theresa Costanzo

Religious Education
Classes for 1st-5th Graders

Monday, January 26, 4-5:15 pm

NO Preschool Sunday School

This Sunday, January 25
Childrens Liturgy of the Word
This Sunday, January 25

During the 10 am Mass. Ideal for 1st3rd graders.

Cristina Cullen

Mens Retreat
Set aside the time of
March 27-29 for our
Annual St. Rita Mens Retreat at Mater
Dolorosa Passionist Retreat. Make sure
you dont miss this spiritually rewarding
time of peace and renewal.
For more information
Bill Cosso 355-5656

St. Rita Guild Happenings

Our next meeting will be on Friday, February 13 at 9 am in the Parish Office
meeting Room. Plan to join us!
Something new has been added! The Guilds February famous card party is
now the Card and Game Party! Come and join the bridge brigade, or bring
your favorite gamealong with your favorite players. You will enjoy a
memorable day on
Saturday, February 28 from 10 to 3.
A delicious lunch is included in the $20 admission fee.
Men are cordially invited and encouraged to attend.
For more information or reservations:
Patty Sullivan 355-3707

Hospitality after
Sunday Masses
Thank you to St. Rita Guild and the
Holy Housekeepers who hosted last
Sunday. The many homemade goodies
were much appreciated. Thank you to
all who supplied food or labor.
We encourage you to stay after Sunday
Mass for a cup of coffee or juice, a
light snack, and a visit with an oldor
maybe make a newfriend.
All food, including juices and milk, is
provided by the hosting group. Coffee and all
paper products are supplied by St. Rita
Parish. Your offering helps defray costs.

St. Rita School

Catholic Schools Week
January 2530
St. Rita School Drama Club presents
Disneys Peter Pan Jr.
A great play for the entire family. Free
admittance for children. OMalley Hall.

Friday, January 30 7 pm
Saturday, January 31 7 pm
Sunday, February 1 2 pm

St. Rita School 355-6114

Knit for Kids

Reminder: Tax Donation
Acknowledgments are being mailed
this coming week to all those who
donated to St. Rita in 2014.

Bulletin Submissions
Deadline is Thursday 10 days before
the desired publication date.

Please email:

Or bring the written information to the
Parish Office, ATTN: Rosemary
Questions? Rosemary 355-1292 x226

On January 4, the
Feast of the
Epiphany, Msgr.
Richard blessed
sweaters made by
parishioners and
others throughout
the year. Some of
the knitters were
able to be at the 7:30 Mass to make the presentation at the Altar. On January 6,
I sent 78 sweaters, some scarves and hats to World Vision for them to
I want to thank all the ladies who knitted sweaters as well as those who donated
yarn or other materials. Your gifts were made with love from your heart.

My deep appreciation to all.

Ana Ptasinski 355-3146


St. Rita Capital Campaign

This Week at St. Rita

This Saturday & Sunday
St. Rita School Science Fair
Come see what our students are up to!
In Gara Hall After all the Masses

Hospitality This Sunday after all the Masses

Hosted this week by St. Rita School.

This Sunday, January 25School 10 AM Mass &

Open House for New School Families
Catholic Schools WeekJanuary 25-30

Monday, January 26Baptism Preparation Class

7 pm Parish Office Meeting Room
For February 8 Baptisms

Tuesday, January 27RCIA

7:30 pm Parish Office Meeting Room

Thursday, January 29Liturgy of the Hours

Evening Prayer
5 pm Meditation 5:30 Prayers In the Parish Office Oratory

Save the Date

Weekend of January 30-February 1
School Drama Club presents Peter Pan Jr.
See page 5 for more information.

Sunday, February 1Girl Scout Cookies Sales Begin!

Watch for more information in future Bulletins.

Friday, February 13St. Rita Guild Meeting

See page 5 for more information.

Saturday, February 28St. Rita Guild

Card & Game Party
See page 5 for more information.

Weekend of March 27-29Mens Retreat

See page 5 for more information.

Q: What is the current status of our Capital Campaign?

A: Finances for our Capital Campaign
Total Amount Pledged:
Number of Donors
Total Cash Received

$ 986,562

Q: Will the Capital Campaign affect regular giving, our

regular Sunday collections and Year End Giving?
A: St. Rita Parish can be proud of the fact that we are
becoming a true Stewardship Parish. Our financial report
below shows that we are taking care of our parish needs,
while answering the Gospel call to help others.
Thank you to all who donate regularly, to those who have
given at a sacrificial level, and to all who embrace our parish


Christmas 2014
A Litany of Gratitude
Thank you to all those who helped prepare and decorate the Church for
the Christmas season. Our Liturgy and Environment Committee worked
very hard and long hours to get everything set up in just three days. Thank
you to Denise Villalovos for her overall coordination of the Christmas
settings. And thank you Susan Blakeslee and Terri Eliassen for setting up
the crche display. Did you notice the different colored fabrics behind the
manger? These represented the tribes of Israel, culminating in the royal
purple fabric displayed before the Infant King.
Also assisting in preparing the Church were Joe Feeney, Jonathan Blakeslee, Jim LeVeque, Tony LeVeque, Running Bear
Bunch, Tyler Hernandez, and Joan Juenemann. Thank you to those who bravely climbed very tall ladders to place
banners and garlands!

Thank you to those who donated poinsettias for the Church, including a very generous number of plants from Cabot &
Sons Mortuary and Charles Norman of Normans Nursery.
Thank you to the Eucharistic Ministers, Lectors, Altar Servers and Ushers who served through the Christmas Season.
Thank you to our incredible musicians and choir members, directed by Paul Puccinelli, who provided such beautiful
prayer expressed as music.

Thank you to Msgr. Richard, our Deacons Manuel and John, and to our other celebrants who throughout the Christmas
Week provided us with joyful expressions of worship.