The Church of Saint Rita
November 27, 2020 eBulletin
Celebrate the First Sunday of Advent
St. Rita Church Exterior
Please join us this weekend as we celebrate the First Sunday of Advent. Our 5:00pm Vigil and our 9:30am Masses will be live-streamed on our website and on Facebook.

Click here to read Fr. Behrend's weekly letter.
Mass for Families and Children

We are looking forward to celebrating a Mass for families with young children (and celebrating the Feast of Saint Nicholas!) on Sunday, December 6, 2020 at 5:00pm. We hope you will join us in the Church. Saint Nicholas will stop by to surprise the children, and a craft kit and treat will be made available “to-go” for all in attendance.
During Advent... we will also host Reconciliation on Monday afternoons, 3:30pm – 4:30pm. This will begin on Monday, November 30, 2020.

Please join us as we celebrate the Feast of the Immaculate Conception on Monday, December 7, 2020 at 5:00pm, or Tuesday, December 8, 2020 at 8:45am, 12:15pm or 7:00pm. The vigil on December 7, 2020 and the 8:45am Mass on December 8, 2020 will be live-streamed on our parish website.
Diocesan Advent Resources

The season of Advent is fast approaching. It is a wonderfully meaningful time in the Church. However, this year certainly will be different as together we cope with the effects of the coronavirus pandemic. All of us have been experiencing changes at Mass and other liturgical and spiritual activities due to our need to be physically distant and safe in parish gatherings. With the current pandemic guidelines in place, the question remains as to how do we best prepare ourselves to celebrate Advent and Christmas with complete intention?

The Diocese of Cleveland is preparing a special resource page on its website, dioceseofcleveland.org, to offer everyone a variety of user-friendly material aimed at helping to make this Advent and Christmas meaningful.
         
This new webpage will provide educational, formational and liturgical materials to be used by parishes, parish staffs, families and individuals to deepen their preparation and appreciation of the birth of Christ.
#weGIVECATHOLIC, December 1, 2020
Here we are...the final few days before #weGiveCatholic Giving Day on Tuesday, December 1. Thank you for your support and energy that you have shared with us during these last several weeks! We hope the day will be successful to initiate our renovation projects!

We will host a virtual LIVE event from 9:30am - 2:30pm on Tuesday, December 1. Please bookmark this URL (below) and join us for some fun! The school community will be featured throughout the day on the LIVE stream, and we hope this virtual event will connect our parish community on this important day!
Saint Rita Parish Ministry Updates
Exceptional Needs
Christmas Party

Next weekend, we will invite our friends with exceptional needs to our parish community for a drive-thru Christmas party. Thank you for helping us to spread Christmas cheer to our families with special needs! Saint Rita is truly a community of people helping people. If you or some you know would like to participate in this annual event, please visit our website for more details.

Pastoral contact: Kelly Foraker, Director of Religious Education, kforaker@stritaparish.com
Survey for Christmas Liturgy

As our pastoral staff prepares for Christmas worship, we need your help to plan for our Christmas liturgies. Please take a moment to respond to our 4-question survey that will help guide these efforts (see below) by November 30, 2020. Due to COVID-19, Saint Rita Parish must adhere to strict social distancing requirements to keep everyone safe and to limit the spread of this virus.
Deck the Halls for
Family Promise

THANK YOU to all that helped make the inaugural year of Saint Rita’s “Deck the Halls for Family Promise” Christmas decoration donation drive a huge success. “Deck the Halls” lovingly shared the Christmas spirit for the homeless families currently in shelter at Family Promise including hand-sewn tree skirts, pre-lit Christmas trees, sparkly ornaments, fun window clings, custom nativity ornaments, Advent calendars and more! The families were so excited and thankful! God bless us, every one!
Annual Christmas Care and Share with Family Promise

Each year, Family Promise sets up a Holiday Store at the center and invites over 200 families to shop unwrapped gift items (free of charge) for their children from new donated toys, clothing etc. Presents are wrapped, tagged and bagged for transport home to be hidden until Christmas morning. To make a donation, please visit our website to learn more.

We are collecting donations December 5 and 6, 2020 after Masses and Tuesday, December 8, 2020 from 5:00pm – 9:00pm
Adopt-a-Family with Saint Vincent DePaul Society

This has been a very trying year for a lot of families. We're hoping to help some of our local families have a merrier Christmas. If you would like to adopt one of our families, please call 440-248-1350, ext. 125 and leave your name and phone number and someone will contact you to make the necessary arrangements. Our prayers are for you and your families to have a very happy, safe and blessed holiday season.
Attention Students in 8th and 9th Grade PSR

Completed teen journals for September - December is due to Mrs. Cola by December 13, 2020. At this time, you may also pick up your spring booklet. These are available 9:00am- 12:00pm in the Family Room or 5:30pm-8:00pm in the Church Gathering Area.

Pastoral contact: Chrissie Cola, Jr High Faith Formation Coordinator, ccola@stritaparish.com
Saint Rita Parish Teen Corner
Teen Hangout

Please join us for a Teen Hangout on Sunday, December 6, 2020 from 5:30pm – 7:00pm in Mazanec Hall! You may sign up via our website here:

Pastoral contact: Corey Lesko, Youth Minister, clesko@stritaparish.com
Mass Times and Stewardship
Stewardship of Treasure
Thank you for your continued generosity! If you would like information about automatic giving through Faith Direct, please contact Kathy Diperna at 440-248-1350, ext. 104.
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