Pastor’s News Notes 10/15/2017

ON THE THIRD SUNDAY OF ADVENT—DECEMBER 17, 2017, we welcome our Archbishop, Jose Gomez, who will celebrate the 12 Noon Mass with us and offer special blessing and rededication of our renovated St. Rita Church and our restored Original St. Rita School Building (and Msgr. Robert Gara Hall).  This represents prayers answered that somehow we might mark this special moment in St. Rita’s journey and commitment to be the Roman Catholic Faith Community in Sierra Madre for another 100 years.  So lovely that the beginning of the new Liturgical Year, 2018, the 110th Anniversary Year of St. Rita will include this celebration of the Holy Eucharist with our Chief Shepherd, our Archbishop.

Pastor’s News Notes 10/8/2017


Someone after Mass last Sunday was concerned about “the color they chose to paint the sculpture that surrounds the Risen Christ” on the back sanctuary wall. Please know that it WAS NOT PAINTED—it is exactly as it was. It only looks so different (it “pops”), because the wall behind it was painted white—a restoration to the original, from the yellow gold that had the effect of blending. Now we see it as originally intended. The Risen Christ is emerging from the grave that was “hewn from rock,” which explains why the textured background appears as stone, and, I would add, in a color typical of the Holy Land. Continue Reading

Pastor’s News Notes 5/14/2017

I thought I would follow up my letter sent out to you last week regarding the Church’s actions being taken in the realm of shepherding immigrants and refugees.

Generally, response has been supportive and understanding, but a few observations that have come to me from you deserve sharing: (paraphrasing) Continue Reading