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of Cascia
A Catholic Faith

Since 1908

Easter Sunday
April 5, 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. 9:15 am 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

Paul Puccinelli:

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/Stephen Bollman
Sunday Masses: 7:30-Bill Cosso/David Banis;
10:00-David Muhs/Paula Garavaglia, Terri Eliassen;
12N-Bernie Grace
Weekdays: John Bigley
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 626.327.9480
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

Director of Religious Education

Other Contacts

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 and Visitors,

A Joyous and Blessed Easter To you!

He Has Risen As He Said! Alleluia!
My prayer for you in The Holy Eucharist this Easter Season is that the gifts of the
RISEN LIFE will be yours in abundance. Those gifts of course are an increase of
faith in the One who has risen triumphant over sin and death; greater hope in Him
whose promises to us are made true; and love enough to overcome daily challenges
and to greet each morning with the desire to be part of His kingdom. Especially in
this era of all types of recoverypersonal, ecclesial, and globalfaith in Jesus
promise that every cross will have its resurrection is of the essence. I pray religious
tolerance of those who differ from us by way of denomination, religion, or other
belief, for every personal journey to the truth of God is sacred. Jesus died and rose
that we might find our way to him and to one another. May all who encounter us in
the days, weeks, and months ahead see in our countenance and deportment the
evidence of our abiding confidence in the Lordthe result of our renewed faith!
And my prayer for our St. Rita Faith Community is, of course:
May the Risen Lord strengthen our Holy Communion
and help us to grow in Faith, Hope, and Love!
Msgr. Richard



7:30 PM Genieve Janke RIP


7:30 AM For All Parishioners

10:00 AM John Hernandez RIP
12 NOON Mary Ellen Isoard INT


8:00 AM Francis Pham RIP


8:00 AM Msgr. Thomas OMalley RIP

8:00 AM

Communion Service

8:00 AM

Communion Service

8:00 AM

Msgr. Robert Gara RIP



8:00 AM Rev. Fritz RIP

5:30 PM Fred Janke RIP


7:30 AM Jasmine Velling INT

10:00 AM For All Parishioners
12 NOON Eric Sanchez INT

First ReadingPeter is an eyewitness:
The Lord is risen (Acts 10:34a, 37-43).
PsalmThis is the day the Lord has
made; let us rejoice and be glad
(Psalm 118).

(1) Second ReadingAll who are

baptized, set your hearts in heaven
(Colossians 3:1-4) or
(2) Second ReadingChrist our
Passover is sacrificed; therefore let us
celebrate (1 Corinthians 5:6b-8).
GospelThree witnesses, Mary, Peter,
and John; each responds to the empty
tomb (John 20:1-9).


Gary Inocente, Ethan Sandoval, Adam
Throop, Janet Watson-Contreras, Barbara
Jean Wood, Arthur Little, Lisa Bowman,
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,
Randy Graff, Toni Navarro, Susan
Watson, Juanito & Marilou Pe, Willard
Bochte, Margaret Duran, Guia Canizales,
Anne Frealy, Eva Shammon, Margie
Schubert, Mary Zuckerburg, Emily Young,
JoAnn Douglass, Mary McColl, Evelyn
Tres, Barbara Hester, Gerald Drean,
Charlotte Bollman Fuchs, Raymond
Payne, Peter Delgatto, Jr., Montserrat
Marti, Jordan Alabart, Susan Skousen,
Brooke Manning, Arthur Contreras, Jr.,
Robert Quinonez, 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,
Fred Mycroft, Joseph Moore.

Easter Sunday is a day all about
seeking. The early Christian
communities gathered around the
Apostles, seeking more about the life
and ministry of the Lord Jesus. Saint
Paul told the baptized Colossians to
seek what is above. Mary of
Magdala went to the tomb, seeking to
find the Lords body so that she
could anoint it. We come to church
on Easter Sunday seeking many
things. For some of us, this is a oncea-year journey, when we seek
connection with the foundations of
the Christian faith. For others, this
day is the culmination of a long
journey of Lenten repentance. For
the newly baptized, this is the first
day of a new life filled with promise
and expectation. Whatever it is that
we seek, let us be inspired by the
disciple whom Jesus loved who,
when he saw the wrappings of cloth
inside the empty tomb, saw and
J.S.Paluch Co.

We are Easter people and

Alleluia is our song!
St. Augustine

Grief Support Groups

St. Luke Parish, Begins Thursday, April 9.

This 8-week bereavement support program is open to all faiths. The 2-hour
weekly sessions meet in the Parish Resource Center (located in the Rectory). Cost:
$12/for workbook; fee waived for those unable to pay.
St. Luke Parish, 5605 Cloverly Ave., Temple City.
Information: Parish Resource Center 626/291-5900 or Sherrie 626/287-8504

St. Bede the Venerable Parish, Begins Wednesday, April 15.

This 6-week support program meets weekly in the Parish Center, John XXIII
room, to share information on the grieving process with an opportunity to share
with others.
St. Bede the Venerable, 215 Foothill Blvd., La Canada.
Pre-register or information:
Gloria Lee, LMFT


Youth Ministry

St. Rita School

EDGE Middle School Ministry

Easter BreakNext Class is

Monday, April 20, 4-5:15 pm, Gara

Next Youth Nite
Wed., April 22, 7-8:30 pm, OMalley
Confirmation Year 1
Saturday, April 18, 4-5:30 pm, Gara
Theresa Costanzo

Religious Education
Classes for 1st-5th Graders
Easter BreakNext Class is

Monday, April 20, 4-5:15 pm, Gara

Preschool Sunday School

During the 10 am Mass for children

ages 3-5. Above Gara Hall in the
Pre-K Classroom. No registration is
Cristina Cullen

Young Adult Ministry

Introducing the WHY? series.
Sunday, April 12 at 2 pm
Mater Dolorosa Retreat Center

Questions about the Catholic Faith?

Join us as we discuss why attend

Meeting on Saturday, April 18

At 4 pm in OMalley Hall

Registration for School Year

Applications are now being accepted
for Transitional Kindergarten and
Kindergarten. Registration packets
are available in the School Office.

Congratulations to St. Rita

Class of 2015!
Every student received an offer of
admission, many with honors and
scholarships, to more than one top
Catholic High School!
School Office (626) 355-6114

Adult Confirmation Class

at Holy Angels Church
Begins Thursday, April 9 and
continues for five weeks in
preparation for Confirmation on
Sunday, May 17.
For information and registration:
Holy Angels Rectory 626/447-1671

St. Rita Guild Meeting

This Friday, April 10 9 am
Parish Office Meeting Room

Inviting all St. Rita young adults and

friends, both single and married, to join
On the horizon is St. Rita
us in our monthly faith sharing and
Parishs biggest functionthe
fellowship. Refreshments will be
observance of St. Ritas Feast
served. You are also invited to bring a
Day on Friday, May 22. We
favorite dish to share.
have some plans and some ideas but
welcome your input that will help make this
Priya Tharayil
a true celebration day!

Bulletin Submissions
Articles are due by Thursday, 10 days
in advance of publication weekend
desired. Be sure to send pictures (jpeg
format) from your events also!

We need volunteers to help on the Feast Day

also. If you cant attend this weeks Meeting,
but want more information or to volunteer,
please contact
Patty Sullivan 355-3707

Bundle Sunday
Next Sunday, April 12 8 am-1:30 pm
Church Lower Parking Lot

The St. Vincent de Paul

Society needs your help
and your house and
garage could probably use
some de-cluttering.
Why not spend some time
to find any useable items to help
needy individuals? How many shoes do
you really need? How many books are
going unread? How many toys are
waiting for a child to love them?
If you have larger items to donate,
such as furniture or appliances, just
call for a home pickup.

St. Vincent de Paul Society



We are taking time out from our

weekly Capital Campaign Q&A this
week to express gratitude to our
donors. Your generosity in
supporting our Campaign has
helped us to arrive at almost
$3,000,000 in pledges. On behalf of
our St. Rita Parish Community, we
thank youand we wish you the
joys of this Easter Season!
Would you like to add your name to
our list of donors? Call the Parish
Office for information or for
Campaign materials.
Parish Office 355-1292
Thank You
for your generosity
in helping St. Rita
build for the future!



To the following people who successfully completed their
Rita of Christian Initation (RCIA) and received their first
Sacraments at the Vigil Mass last evening. (Confirmation
will be conferred later this month.)


Brian Greene
Vicki Roth Jennelle

First Eucharist

Jan Francis Drenthe

Andrew M. Heller
Kristin Cynthia McNeal
Christopher Adam Miller
Michael Paul Ochniak
Our thanks to the RCIA Team for their dedication and
devotion to guiding those who are seeking faith decisions
Deacon Manuel and Chela Valencia
Jonathan Blakeslee
Susan Blakeslee
Running Bear Bunch
Gary Fidone

More Congratulations!
To the graduates of the Faith Enrichment Group of RCIA.
Since September 2014, the following people attended class
every Tuesday evening to learn more about their faith
Steven Antoine
Grace Corsini
Rita Cortez
Patricia Drenthe
Terri Eliassen
Hector Gallegos
Laura Garcia
Jo Hansen
Linda Heller
Belen Kirejian
Lara Kirejian
Marcia Turner
Roxanne Zito


This Week at St. Rita

To all those visiting our St. Rita Faith Community to
celebrate the great Feast of the Resurrection of our Lord.
Welcome!we hope you will come back soon to see what
were all about.
We have many programs serving a range of ages and
interestsYouth Ministry; Religious Education; our justforming Young Adult Ministry; the Mens Club; the St. Rita
Guild; the Senior Ministry; the Prayer Shawl Ministry (for
those who like to knit and crochet); Ushers and Greeters;
Eucharistic Ministers and Lectors; our Bereavement Team
to serve those who are suffering a loss; and other ministries.
Didnt find anything on the list to pique your interest? Give
us a call or send an email and well give you more
information and/or more ways to become an involved
member of our parish. Youll meet new people and maybe
find a new friend or two!
Parish Office


Thursday, April 9Liturgy of the Hours

Evening Prayer
5 pm Meditation 5:30 Prayers In the Parish Office Oratory
Friday, April 10St. Rita Guild Meeting
See Page 5 for information.

Save the Date

Next Sunday, April 12Bundle Sunday
Clothing and Household items especially needed!
See Page 5 for more information.

Next Sunday, April 12Baptisms

In the Church 1:30 pm Deacon John Hull

Saturday, April 18Young Adult Ministry Gathering

See Page 5 for more information.