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The Baptism of The Lord

A Catholic Faith Community Since 1908 January 12, 2014

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

St. Rita of Cascia

(Confession) Saturdays 4-5 pm or by appointment DEVOTIONS Our Lady of Perpetual Help: Saturday 7:50 am ADORATION First Friday 8:30 am5 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


How to Contact Us
Msgr. Richard Krekelberg, V. F.Pastor
626.355.1292 x. 228 revkrek@st-rita.org Dcn. Manuel & Chela Valencia deaconmanuelvalencia@gmail.com 355.1292 Dcn. John Hulljohnhull65@gmail.com 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: ParishAdmin@st-rita.org Director of Administration Pastoral Council
Parish Office: 355.1292 Mary Lou Butler: mlbutler@st-rita.org 355.1292

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 katganino@charter.net Altar Servers, Adult: Bill Cosso 355.5656 Eucharistic Adoration: Kathy Ganino 626.398.9302 katganino@charter.net 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 gil@st-rita.org 355.1292

Ministries & Organizations

Bereavement Ministry: 355.1292 bereave@st-rita.org Christian Family: Ana Ptasinski 355.3146 Greeters & Ushers: Erny Henry 626.289.3504 626.446.6715 Mens 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

Finance Council Chair

Bill Sullivan: 355.3707

St. Rita SchoolOffice: 626.355.6114 Director of Liturgy & Music

Paul Puccinelli: mm@st-rita.org

Principal: Joanne Harabedian jharabedian@st-rita.org

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

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

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.

For Information about the Sacraments

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 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!

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.

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

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.

Anointing of the Sick See adjoining column.





Dear Parishioners,
If we live the Baptism we have received in Jesus Holy Spirit, our happiness, our joy, and even our redemption is assured. Even though 2014 is already forecasted to repeat some of the challenges of 2013, all of us at St. Rita should feel all the more determined to make the pastoral life and ministry of our parish as vibrant as everprecisely because challenging times beg the motivation and strength that we stand to gain and to share by our being Church, by our being faith-filled and hope-filled. From the water of our Baptism comes the Spiritthe Spirit of understanding and knowledge, of counsel and fortitude, of wisdom and piety, and of a holy fear of the Lord. More than looking for those gifts of the Holy Spirit to somehow fall on us, the true Christian looks and prays for those gifts to come through us for the sake of building up Gods kingdom on Earth. What Isaiah declares about Gods Servant, Jesus, is true for each and every one of the baptized: I, the Lord, have called you for the victory of justice, I have grasped you by the hand. On this solemnity of Jesus baptism by John in the Jordan River, I feel a certain excitement as pastor of St. Rita. It is a feeling of our parish growing and emerging as an effective and living Roman Catholic faith community, ready to be strong in witness and desire to serve. It is the assurance that a parish that proclaimed a pastoral plan in 2006 and that has already made great strides in its implementation, is now poised to further that plan by establishing a firm foundation for our expanding ministries. All of this, of course, so that we may experience the same Holy Spirit that hovered over Our Lord to say likewise, This is my beloved St. Rita Parish in whom I am well pleased!

Msgr. Richard


Through the centuries, artists and craftspeople have depicted Jesus baptism in the Jordan River by John. At first in mosaics and frescoes, and later in tapestries, stained glass, and paintings, the scene is familiar. Jesus is standing waist-high in flowing water. Above him, standing on dry land, John the Baptist pours water over Jesus. The first artists to depict this were sketching from memory. This is exactly how most people were baptized in the early days: as adults, standing or kneeling in the water, with water poured over their heads. Rev. James Field, J.S. Paluch Co.




8:00 AM Denis Kidney RIP 5:30 PM For All Parishioners

8:05 AM 8:05 AM

7:30 AM Charles Havard RIP 10:00 AM Lorena Wynne RIP 12 NOON Rita Lotti RIP Kay McCarthy RIP Federico Palomera RIP


Mary Lou Kopka, Susan Skousen, Brooke Manning, Jacques Daust, Patti Eddy, Isabel L. Lopez, Arthur Contreras, Jr., Robert Quinonez, Richard Krier, Leah Greteman, Patsy Starkey, Margaret Duran, Jody Williams, Gabriella Reyes, Ashley Biely, Jean Mansour, Celia Merritt, Denis Keegan, Jacob Bigley, Gerald Krekelberg, Cathy Fiore, Madelyn Shaull, Dorothy Van Gorden, John J. McCoy, Diane Ridley, Richard Forcione, Maria Carmen Marti, Dennis & Clare Marquardt, Rosemary Fryzm, JoAnn E. Douglass, Kathleen Ramsey, Tonyja Blakeslee, Addie Marshall, 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, 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, Joseph Moore.


8:05 AM

8:05 AM Communion Service 8:05 AM Communion Service Andy Fuller INT



Opportunities for Spiritual Growth

Rite of Christian Initiation (RCIA) 7:30 pm Parish Office Meeting Room Liturgy of the Hours Evening Prayer Thursday, January 16 5 pm Music & Meditation 5:30 pm Prayer Oratory in the Parish Office Bible Study Thursday, January 16 7 pm Parish Office Meeting Room PRAYER FOR CHRISTIAN UNITY

8:00 AM Vincent Tarpey RIP 5:30 PM Rosie Bradley INT

7:30 AM For All Parishioners 10:00 AM Rev. Miguel Plascenia RIP 12 NOON Josefa Torrez RIP

Tuesday, January 14

Monday, January 13 St. Hilary Friday, January 17 St. Anthony

First ReadingIsaiah speaks of the Servant whom the LORD upholds; he shall bring forth justice to the nations (Isaiah 42:1-4, 6-7). PsalmThe Lord will bless his people with peace (Psalm 29). Second ReadingJesus was anointed by God with the Holy Spirit; he went out healing and doing good (Acts 10:34-38). GospelA voice comes from heaven proclaiming Jesus as the beloved Son, with whom God is well pleased (Matthew 3:13-17).

Every year, close to the feast of the Conversion of St. Paul (January 25), and before the feast of the Chair of St. Peter (February 22), the cause of Church unity is commended to Christians everywhere. When baptized people become Catholic, we speak of them as being received into full communion. That means we already share a communion in faith in many ways, including the Word of God. Many Protestant denominations have received and revised the three-year cycle of readings first arranged by Catholics in the early 1970s. Therefore, many of our neighbors who are not Catholic are celebrating and reflecting on the same readings we are savoring on most Sundays of the year. This makes for a new spirit of cooperation among preachers of the gospel, and gives hope that the cause of reunion, desired by Christ, has great vitality at the table of Gods Word, and will one day lead to unity at the table of the Lords Body and Blood.


Edge SessionMonday, January 13, 4pm, Gara No Edge Session on January 20 (MLK Holiday) Youth NiteWed., Jan. 15, 7 pm, OMalley. Year 1 ConfirmationYouth Rally for Life, Saturday, January 18, 1:30 pm at the Cathedral. Youth MassSaturday, January 18, 5:30 pm YM FundraiserSaturday, January 25, 9-3 pm, Lower Parking Lot (see article in adjacent column) For information: Theresa Costanzo ym@st-rita.org
91 Years of Faith, Excellence, and Stewardship

St. Rita Catholic School

St. Rita School is accepting applications for the 20142015 school year. Packets are available in the School Office. For more information, please contact: Mrs. Landis at 355-6114 x102. Open House for new school families: January 26 after the 10 am Mass.

Special Offertory Collection This Month

January 25/26School Support. This annual collection is
to help our Parish School continue to offer the best education to our children.

2014A New Year, A New Resolution

Have you been seeking some way to become more involved? If so, contact one of the following Ministries here at St. Rita to see how you might use your Talents and Time. Training provided, if necessary; flexible hours and days.

with our school children on many wonderful and innovative art projects, has asked for donations of empty 6 oz yogurt containers and clear disposal square plastic containers, 12-16 oz. These items will be used to create a hot air balloon project. Please leave your donations at the School Office.

We need your used containersMoira Love, who works

Greeters & Ushers

School Office 355-6114

Youth Ministry Fundraiser Saturday, January 25
Church Lower Parking Lot

Erny Henry 626/289-3504

Lectors and Eucharistic Ministers Bereavement Ministry Senior Ministry

Dave & Jill Muhs 355-9810 em@st-rita.org Deacon John Hull 355-1292 bereave@st-rita.org Marilyn McKernan 355-1292 x233 marilyn@st-rita.org

St. Rita Guild

Clear your calendar for Saturday, February 8the date for the Guilds famous card party! In addition to uninterrupted time to play bridge-or bunko-or mah jongor a game you might bring, there will be a delicious lunch and the satisfaction of contributing to one of the oldest organizations in the Parish. The card party is our major fundraiser for the Guild, which uses proceeds to finance many gifts to the Parishhave you noticed the new albs?and to various needy organizations in the Archdiocese. Save the date, and bring a friend!
Patty Sullivan 355-3707 psullivan514@gmail.com

A perfect time to donate some of your used items that were replaced this past Christmas by new stuff! The Goodwill truck will be here to accept your donations of clothing, toys, books, bedding anything except large furniture or large appliances. Last year we filled the truckand Goodwill presented Youth Ministry with a check for almost $1200, which enabled Team Leaders to attend workshops and other leadership programs.

Questions? Theresa Costanzo ym@st-rita.org

Respect Life Rosary

Wednesday, January 22, 2014 marks the 41st Anniversary of the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decisions. The Knights of Columbus SGV Chapter will hold their annual Respect Life Rosary in front of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Building, 125 S. Grand Avenue, Pasadena 91101. This peaceful one-hour event begins at Noon. All are invited to attend to pray the Rosary.
David Flores 626/422-3211 Tim ODonnell 818/731-4983

Does your organization have something you would like to see in the Bulletin? Submit your input to bulletin@st-rita or call Rosemary Hagerott at the Parish Office: 355-1292 x 226.

Deadline for publication is 10 days before the desired weekend. Submit info to bulletin@st-rita or leave at the Parish Office.

THE BAPTISM OF THE LORDJANUARY 12, 2014 This Week at St. Rita

A New Year Resolution for a Good Steward

Without cost you have received; without cost you are to give. Matthew 10:8 The gospel challenges us to be good stewards. As the ministries of St. Rita Parish Community grow and the good work cultivated by these ministries increases, so do the expenses. The mission and ministries are continued through your generous support. Listed below are some suggestions for ways that you can resolve to be a good steward in 2014. Be a planned giver. Instead of just donating what is in my pocket or purse this year, Ill make giving to my Church part of my planned budget. Be a priority giver. This year, Ill make giving to my Church a top priority in my planning. Be a percentage giver. This year, Ill designate a percentage of my income for Gods work. Start the year by answering the 2013 Year End Giving request. If you havent made your Year End Giving donation, there is still time. All donations are welcome and deeply appreciated!

This Sunday, January 12Blood Drive

8:30-2:30 OMalley Hall

Walk-ins Welcome!

Tuesday, January 14Bible Study

See page 4 for more information.

Thursday, January 16Evening Prayer

See page 4 for more information.

Thursday, January 16Liturgy of the Hours

See page 4 for more information.

Saturday, January 18 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

See page 4 for more information.

Save the Date

Thursday, January 23Learn how to ride the Metro
Parish Office Meeting Room 11 am See article in next weeks Bulletin.

Saturday, January 25Youth Ministry Fundraiser

See page 5 for more information.

Catholic Community & Local Events

Bishop Alemany High School Placement Test

Sunday, January 26St. Rita School Open House

Following the 10 am Mass For New Families See page 5 for more information.

Saturday, January 25 and February 1. For information, please contact the Community Outreach Office 818/837-5222 admissions@alemany.org

Monday, January 27Baptism Preparation

7 pm Parish Office Meeting Room For February 9 Baptisms

Saturday, February 8St. Rita Guild Card Party

See page 5 for more information.

Wednesday, Jan. 29, Noon-3:40 pm & 5:20-7:20 pm. Sacred Heart, 2889 Lincoln Ave., Altadena Must call for appointment: 626/794-2046 The Flowering TreeThis religious store in the heart of downtown Montrose has been a source of books, art, and gifts for religious events for over 23 years. The current owner is forced to sell because of health issues and hopes that someone will continue operating this resource center. For questions, please contact: Christine Stafford 818/249-4004



Are you a registered Member at St. Rita?

Registering in a parish is a declaration of your desire to be part of a Catholic community. Being a registered parishioner is a requirement for infant baptism, school registration, weddings, when asked to be a baptismal or confirmation sponsor, and even funerals. Additionally, if you are not registered, a yearly tax receipt cannot be issued since you have no unique ID number in our database. in the Vestibule on our website: st-rita.org or please contact the Parish Office 355-1292

November Income (blue envelopes)

$ 7,466 # of donors = 191 of 1250 registered families November Expenses $10,238 Shortfall <$ 2,772> December Income (blue envelopes) $ 7,551 # of donors = 175 of 1257 registered families December Expenses $12,270 Shortfall <$ 4,719> (Expenses include utilities, routine maintenance, electrical & plumbing repairs, painting supplies, etc.) The second Sunday of each month is the regular day for this Special Collection; however you may contribute anytime during the month. Please use the special blue Maintenance & Repairs envelopeor indicate Maintenance Only on any envelope or on your check. You may also donate to this collection using your credit card, at our website: st-rita.org.

Registration forms available

Request for Donations for Tax Year 2013

Please fill out the form below & drop it in the Offering basket or mail to the Parish Office, 50 E. Alegria, SM 91024. Oremail to rc@st-rita.org NOTE: No telephone requests will be accepted.
Name Address Phone Parish ID

All funds collected remain here at St. Rita and go

directly to pay ongoing monthly operating expenses.

Thank you for helping your Parish!

Please print neatlythank you!