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Bulletin Message – December 22, 2019

Dear Parishioners:

“The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.”  – John 1:5

When the world was in the darkness and anguish, God sent His Son who is the light in our world to illuminate men and women, and the light of Christ remained among us. Although, in our days, many times it seems that the darkness wants to prevail among us.

Sometimes this darkness overwhelms us when, in the country where we live does not respect life in all its forms, including the life of those who have been in search of a better opportunity in life. But the light of Christ impels us to climb out of the darkness and live as free human beings.

Other times, this same darkness wants to overshadow our being and feelings, especially when the sin of the vices, resentment, envy and hatred leads us to destroy the lives of other people or even our own.

Christmas is the time in which the light of Christ enlightens us. He is the same light that destroys the darkness of the vices and wrongdoings. May this Christmas for which we have prepared during the time of Advent, help us to recover the good feelings of affection, self-esteem and compassion for ourselves and for others.

May the light of Christ who has been born, enlighten each one of you, our dear parishioners of St. Rita, so that you not allow the darkness to dominate you.

May the light of Christ this Christmas shine constantly in your hearts and in those of your family and friends.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 2020!

Fr. Homero Sánchez, OSAPastor of St. Rita of Cascia Parish


Dear Friends,

I want to take the opportunity to acknowledge the participation of so many of you in the celebrations of Our Lady of Guadalupe here at our beautiful Church of St. Rita. After nine days of the novena, we gathered together as a community to honor Our Lady with “las mañanitas” and the Solemn Mass on December 12. This year, we noticed there were many more parishioners in attendance during the novena compared to the previous years. The members of our parish groups deserve praise and thanks for their dedication, commitment and generosity. I would like to especially thank…

  • The team of people who decorated the image of Our Lady and the Cerrito.
  • Everyone who helped with the flowers and the decoration and cleaning of the church, as well as those who helped arrange the flowers, among them those that donated the rose arrangements during the novena – Saul Corona and his wife, Aracely Corona.
  • Felipa y Blas Hernandez for bringing donuts from Huck Finn each night and Huck Finn for donating them.
  • Clara Sandoval and all the people of the “Danza de Santa Rita” for their talent and energy.
  • Elisa & Baltazar Melecio for coordinating and directing the Apparitions every night and all of the actors.
  • The Garcia Family, Gaby, Betty, Lucio Barrera and Silvia Martinez for decorating all of the pews.
  • Mario Trujillo and the faithful choir members for their commitment and musical talents.
  • Imelda Padilla, Elisa Melecio and Maria Luz Hernandez for helping with the liturgical arrangements and all the liturgical ministers, among them our Deacons, David and Oscar (who along with their wives always accompany us) lectors, ministers of communion, ministers of hospitality, and altar servers.
  • Salvador Ortiz for coordinating the coffee and bread after the mañanitas.
  • All the parish group representatives for serving at each night of the novena.
  • The Fiesta Committee for decorating the Hall and organizing the social after the Solemn Mass.
  • The rest of the Guadalupana Committee represented by various people from the parish.
  • And to so many of you who have been so generous to our community with your time, culinary skills, hard labor, and financial gifts (there will be a complete report of the finances in the bulletin in the coming weeks).
  • All of you who attended our celebrations, for your commitment and fidelity…

THANK YOU VERY MUCH! – May Our Lady of Guadalupe and our Lord Jesus Christ bless you all!

Fr. Homero Sánchez, OSAPastor of St. Rita of Cascia Parish