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WEEKLY PARISH BULLETIN – MAY 16, 2021 (PDF)


SIXTH SUNDAY OF EASTER MASS – MAY 9

BROADCAST BY FR. TOM McCARTHY OSA


Dear brothers and sisters of St. Rita Parish,

It is with both joy and sadness that the Capuchin Franciscans experience this Ascension Sunday.

It is a witness to joy because during the 20 years of our presence at St. Clare of Montefalco, your community has enriched the Capuchin Franciscan Community. You walked with us and our young friars in formation, cared for us with your prayers and wonderful food, and have inspired us to learn and grow in new ways to serve the people of God. At the same time, it is a time of sadness to leave the many connections the friars have made with so many of you. We trust that the love of God remains with all of us always. Know that your care and love for the Capuchin Friars will remain with our community wherever we go.

I was present some 20 years ago, getting your former convent ready for the first group of friars to move in. Though I lived in the neighboring friary of St. Clare of Assisi, I had the pleasure of worshipping with you and attending events when I lived in Chicago. As the friars came and went, the joyful welcomes I experienced was a constant reminder of your strong sense of community, nurtured long before our coming to live and minister with you. We are also grateful to the Augustinian Community for their support and their ministry these many years. I’d like to thank your pastor, Fr. Homero Sanchez for his collaboration during this time of transition. We know that he has the same care and dedication to the people as we do, and we know that the unified St. Rita/St. Clare community will bear much fruit. Similarly, I want to thank Fr. Tony Pizzo, Prior Provincial, for working with us in order to serve you as best we can. It is our hope that our friars-in-formation may find ways to support the community from our other “St. Clare” Chicago community. I would like to also thank the community of St. Clare of Montefalco for their patience and support. You received friars who were ex-missionaries, friars struggling to learn Spanish, and friars learning how to preach and do theology. Your influence is forever a part of our Province. Your gracious hospitality to host ordinations and other events in your church building is gratefully appreciated.

May the blessing of almighty God, through the intercession of Blessed Solanus Casey, forever be with all of you as members of the Mystical Body of Christ.

Fr. Mark Joseph Costello, OFM Capuchin
Provincial Minister
Province of St. Joseph
St. Bonaventure
1740 Mount Elliott Street
Detroit, MI 48207

READ THE LETTERS FROM THE CAPUCHINS (PDF)



MASS RESERVATIONS REQUIRED

Do you want to attend Mass at St. Rita or the St. Clare Chapel? – DUE TO LIMITED SPACE FOR SOCIAL DISTANCING, RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED!

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URGENT – MORE VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR RE-OPENING

We need lots of volunteers to serve in the re-opening teams of St. Rita that consist of people to greet and seat parishioners, function as ushers, and disinfect after the Masses and other celebrations.

It is imperative that we find more volunteers who can serve at the Sunday masses, daily masses and other celebrations such as baptisms, weddings, funerals, confessions and memorial masses.

The ability to have Sunday Masses and other celebrations depends on having sufficient volunteers to fulfill the Requirements of the Archdiocese to guarantee the safety of everyone. If you are between the ages of 18-64, are healthy, and do not have any underlying condition, you may be a volunteer. Please go to our Parish Reopening Volunteer Form, call the office and leave a message for Fr. Ray Flores, or email him at fr.raymond@gmail.com. We will contact you for training.

Thank you for your time and dedication.

St. Rita of Cascia is a parish of the Archdiocese of Chicago, founded in 1905 by the Augustinian Order, who still administer the parish.

We are located at 6243 S. Fairfield Avenue in Chicago, IL 60629. You can reach us at 773-434-9600 (Tel), 773-434-9668 (Fax) or sritaparish@gmail.com (Email).

As a Parish Community we rejoice that you are joining us in our journey of Faith. We invite you to become involved in the spiritual life of our Parish through your presence at Mass and your participation in the many ministries and activities we offer.

Please know that we are here to offer you our support and prayers in all the joys, sorrows and struggles that will touch your life. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate calling our parish office. We will be happy to serve you in any way possible.

May the peace of God bless you and the intercession of St. Augustine and St. Rita of Cascia continue to bless us all.

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Yours truly,
Rev. Homero Sanchez, OSA
Pastor – St. Rita of Cascia