LENTEN REFLECTIONS WITH REV. MATTHEW O’DONNELL
SECOND WEEK OF LENT – FEBRUARY 28 – MARCH 6, 2021
2ND SUNDAY OF LENT MASS FROM ST. CLARE CHAPEL
LIVE-STREAMED ON FEBRUARY 28 AT 10 AM
LENTEN LETTER FROM OUR PASTOR
“My soul is like a house, small for you to enter, but I pray you to enlarge it. It is in ruins, but I ask you to remake it. It contains much that you will not be pleased to see: this I know and do not hide. But who is to rid it of these things? There is no one but you.” – Saint Augustine
During Lent, our Mother Church gives us a wonderful opportunity to change our minds, to repent and to grow in our relationship with God, to aspire to serve and love Him.
This year, Pope Francis dedicated the Year to St. Joseph. May we learn from St. Joseph to love Mary, the Mother of God and may we be good stewards of God’s Church and her parish of St. Rita of Cascia throughout the year.
I want to thank you for your dedication and support during these difficult times. At the same time, I want to ask for your continued generosity, especially during this Lent Season.
I pray that you may consider saving a dollar a day for the forty days of Lent in addition to your regular Sunday offering. I encourage you to offer this donation on Easter day as an offering of thanksgiving for the many blessings we receive from Our Lord.
Your generous gifts help our parish to continue our ministries such as the weekly food pantry, they help to pay for our construction repairs, and they sustain our daily operations.
May God grant you the blessings you need the most.
Rev. Homero Sánchez, OSA – Pastor
COVID-19 VACCINE IS A MORAL OBLIGATION
We want to remind the St. Rita community that receiving the COVID-19 vaccine is “a moral obligation” as a member of the community of Jesus Christ. The Congregation for Divine Faith and the USCCB Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities have examined the moral issue of developing vaccinations and have stated that Catholics may licitly receive the vaccine. The moral imperative to defend life is one of the foundations of our faith, knowing that we have been created in the image and likeness of God. At the same time, our actions to prevent the spread of COVID-19 also carry moral weight. Therefore, the Catholic Church continues to encourage the faithful to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.
READ – CONGREGATION FOR DIVINE FAITH
READ – STATEMENT FROM USCCB
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!
Please save this link to register for all of our celebrations. Registrations for each Sunday will open the Tuesday before at 10 am and registrations will end 24 hours before the Mass starts.
CLICK HERE TO RESERVE!
WHAT TO KNOW BEFORE ATTENDING A CELEBRATION IN ST. RITA
PARISH OFFERTORY SUPPORT DURING PANDEMIC – The Archdiocese of Chicago has set up a universal online giving page where you can also support St. Rita of Cascia Parish by a donation via credit card or bank account. Parishioners are able to make a donation by clicking on the button below. Please be sure to select our parish – ST. RITA OF CASCIA when you are making your donation.
CONTRIBUTION ONLINE – ARCHDIOCESE
OR USE OUR GIVECENTRAL ACCOUNT
CONTRIBUTION ONLINE – GIVECENTRAL
CLICK HERE TO WATCH LIVESTREAMED SUNDAY MASSES IN FACEBOOK
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. We will contact you for training.
Thank you for your time and dedication.
WE DEPEND ON YOUR SUPPORT
We want to thank those of you who have signed up and given electronically during these past weeks or have been mailing in or bringing your envelopes. CLICK HERE to donate electronically through Give Central. It is safe and secure to use it. You can create a profile, or donate as a “guest.” Further, you can donate one time or sign up to donate automatically every week. Or, if you prefer, you can mail your collection envelope with a check or with this PDF Form to the rectory. Do not mail cash.
Thank you for your continued generosity.
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 email@example.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.
Rev. Homero Sanchez, OSA
Pastor – St. Rita of Cascia