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Saint Rita eBulletin - September 11, 2020
A Letter from the Desk of Rev. Thomas Behrend
As we welcome Bishop Edward Malesic to the Diocese of Cleveland as our twelfth bishop, I thought it might be helpful to remember what is a bishop, and what specific items does a bishop wear or use?

A Bishop is one who has received the fullness of the Sacrament of Holy Orders, which makes him a member of the episcopal college and successor of the Apostles. He is the shepherd of a particular church entrusted to him. 

Celebrate the Twenty-Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Please join us this weekend as we celebrate the Twenty-Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time. Our 5:00pm Vigil and our 9:30am Masses will be live-streamed on our website and on Facebook.

Welcome Bishop Edward Malesic, the 12th Bishop of
the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland
Bishop Edward C. Malesic will be installed as the 12th bishop of Cleveland on Monday, September 14, the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, in a Mass beginning at 2:00pm.

This week, Bishop Malesic greeted the diocese in a letter published in Northeast Ohio Catholic, and thanked everyone for the warm welcome. "I look forward to learning about the diocese from you, and I promise to be responsive to your needs as best as I can," the Bishop remarked. "I can't wait to see what blessings are waiting for me in my new diocesan family...Jesus has shown me great love...I want to share His Gospel with everyone. I want to share the Lord with you."

A video stream of the event will be available via the diocesan website, EWTN, and heard live and online at AM 1260 - The Rock - Cleveland Catholic Radio and on AM 1060 Living Bread Radio.
Saint Rita Parish Ministry Updates
The Cascia Case Prepares Families for a Faith-filled Adventure!
Inspired by our patron saint, Saint Rita of Cascia, this monthly suitcase subscription is designed for young families to creatively explore parts of the Catholic Church together.

What is the Cascia Case?
An interactive 9-month suitcase subscription that invites families to explore a particular part of the Catholic faith.

What's included in the Cascia Case?
Each monthly themed suitcase contains crafts, interactive activities, snack, lesson and enrichment materials, and saint of the month for every child in the family.

How much is the Cascia Case?
A 9-month subscription (September through May) costs $75, and this ONLY covers the cost of materials.

What parts of the Catholic Church will families explore?
September will focus on the Bible. Other themes include, Jesus, Baptism, Advent, the Blessed Mother, and more!

We realize that during this time of COVID-19, it is difficult to keep up with formation and family worship. The Cascia Case will:

  • Ignite your child(ren)'s faith and curiosity
  • Serve as a replacement for weekly Children's Liturgy of the Word
  • Answer questions and provide quality family time through faith and fun!

To reserve your Cascia Case, please click the button below! We hope your family will join us on an adventure to explore the Catholic Church!

Pssssst! Feel free to spread the word! Families needn't be parishioners of Saint Rita to reserve a Cascia Case subscription.

Pastoral contacts: Kelly Foraker, Director of Religious Education, or Chrissie Cola, Junior High Faith Formation Coordinator,
Adult Bible Study Kicks Off in September with FORMED

Please join us for our Fall Bible Study beginning on Tuesday, September 29 at 10:00am or 7:00pm and continuing for six weeks. This study will be offered through FORMED.

To access Prayer: Finding Intimacy with God, visit and sign up.

Each of the six-week sessions will be held via Zoom at a designated meeting time. A Zoom invitation will be sent to each participant’s email. You may register for Adult Bible Study on our website.

Pastoral contact: Kelly Foraker, Director of Religious Education, at
RCIA and RCIC Process

RCIA, the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, is the formal process that allows individuals to become members of the Catholic Church. Classes begin this month.

Pastoral contact: Kelly Foraker, Director of Religious Education,
Saint Rita Parish Teen Corner
Join the Saint Rita Youth Group for Teen Hangout Night

Teens are welcome to join the Saint Rita Youth Group on Saturday, September 12 from 6:30pm to 8:00pm in Mazanec Hall. We will hang out and discuss all the back to school newness. We encourage teens to come and share their thoughts and feelings about life during the pandemic. Bring your mask and join us for some safe, social distancing fun!

Save the Date for future hangouts! Sunday, October 25 and Sunday, December 6.
Weekly Bible Study Begins!

High School Bible Study is back! All high school teens are invited to join our weekly Bible Study beginning Sunday, September 13 from 10:40am-11:40am. This time allows teens to attend 9:30am or 12:00pm Mass. The Bible Study will meet outside on the picnic tables behind the Family Room. If inclement weather, we will meet in the Family Room. This is not a weekly commitment; anyone is welcome when his/her schedule allows!

Pastoral contact: Corey Lesko, Youth Minister,
Eighth and Ninth Grade PSR Booklets are Now Available!
Eighth and Ninth Grade PSR students are asked to pick up their booklet this Sunday, September 13 between 7:30am and 12:00pm in the Family Room. The booklet contains eight monthly activities for September, and teens are asked to complete five of the eight activities. October and November booklets will be available in the coming month. All booklets must be completed and returned to Chrissie Cola by December 13, 2020.

The Faith Formation team will review and reassess this PSR plan for the second half of the school year.

Pastoral contact: Chrissie Cola, Junior High Faith Formation Coordinator,
Parish and Diocesan Meetings and Events
National Day of Remembrance for Aborted Children

On Saturday, September 12, Interfaith Memorial Services and solemn prayer vigils will be offered at Holy Cross Cemetery in Akron, Resurrection Cemetery in Valley City, and across the country for the innocent victims of abortion. To read more about this national event, visit  
Virtual Baptism Class

Saint Rita is offering a virtual Baptism class on Wednesday, September 23 at 6:30pm. Anyone looking to have their child baptized may attend. This is also opened to non-parishioners.

Please contact the Parish Office at 440-248-1350 to register.
Pre-Planning Seminar at All Saints Cemetery
The Catholic Cemeteries Association invites you to attend a 1-hour Pre-Planning Seminar on Saturday, September 26, at 1:00pm. Learn about your Catholic burial options, including options for cremated remains. Attendees will receive a personal reference guide and special discount coupon. The cemetery kindly asks that you RSVP to this event so they can make arrangements for proper social distancing. Attendees are required to wear a facial covering throughout the duration of the seminar.

All Saints Cemetery - 480 W. Highland Road, Northfield. To RSVP, please call 216-641-7575, ext. 5.
Saint Rita Parish Service Opportunities
Saint Rita Youth Group
School Supplies Drive

The Saint Rita Youth Group is collecting new school supplies for the children of Thea Bowman. If you are able to help, the students will be available in the Family Room to accept donations on the following days only:

Saturday, September 12
4:00pm - 6:00pm
Sunday, September 13
7:30am - 12:00pm
Monday, September 14
7:45am - 9:00am

Pastoral contacts: Corey Lesko, Youth Minister, at or Chrissie Cola, Junior High Faith Formation Coordinator, at
Saint Rita Day School Updates
The Little Falcon Learning Center Engages Students in a Safe, Educational Environment

The Saint Rita Little Falcon Learning Center has had an amazing few weeks, and the school is so excited to have the littlest Falcons back on campus! Each student has done an amazing job acclimating to new safety procedures:

  • Divided classrooms to ensure a max class of nine students
  • Assigned spaces at tables
  • Assigned manipulatives and supplies
  • New drop-off and pick-up procedures
  • Staff wearing masks
  • Temperature screenings
  • Portable sinks for hand-washing
  • Daily classroom sanitization

COVID-19 concerns can be stressful for students and parents. Here are some tips on how to help students during this time.
Flight of the Falcon

This month's Flight of the Falcon feature is Patrick Heraghty! Patrick graduated from Saint Rita School in 2010 and is currently studying to become an electrician. In his free time, he likes to strum on his ukulele (naturally so, as this young man won the Music Award his 8th grade year.) While a student at Saint Rita, he looked forward to Track and Field Day each year - an oldie but goodie. But his FAVORITE memory?! Winning the CYO football championship the fall of his eighth grade year! GO FALCONS! Best of luck to you, Patrick!

If you or someone you know attended Saint Rita School and would like to be featured as a Falcon Flier, we would like to celebrate you! Please contact Michelle Petitti at for more information.
Last Call for Falcon Masks!
Today is the LAST day to order official Saint Rita Falcon masks! Masks are available in red and black, and come in youth and adult sizes. Click here to order your mask today!
Substitutes Needed for Saint Rita Preschool and After Care Program

Saint Rita is looking for substitutes to cover or assist in a preschool classroom. Days and hours will vary depending on the position the substitute is covering. Our preschool day begins at 7:45am. Substitutes are needed for the aftercare program from 2:30pm to 6:00pm. Substitutes will be trained so they feel comfortable in the classrooms. This position is ideal for a college student, retired person, or parent looking for a flexible schedule. A high school diploma is required, and a background check will be required. Email Faith Kirtley to apply. 
Catechesis, Prayers, Sacraments, and Stewardship
Thank You for Your Support of Catholic Education!
Saint Rita graciously thanks everyone who contributed to the Rev. Richard K. Burchell Educational Fund. Nearly $50,000 was collected to fund its mission of Catholic education. The fund will continue to remain open for those wishing to make future donations. You may do so via Faith Direct, or contact the Parish Office for more information. Saint Rita is committed to teaching the doctrine of Christ, building the Catholic Church of tomorrow, and guiding all students to a level of faith that is constantly active and open to growth. The money you donated will help fund all educational and faith formative initiatives. On behalf of the entire parish, thank you for your support! 
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.
Saint Rita Prayer Requests
If you have a special prayer request, we encourage you to email the Saint Rita Parish Prayer Network at

Please remember in your prayers the following … Nicole May, Mary Preisler, Mary Jane Aveni, Delores Krasnodembski, Art Madsen, Gregory Broad, Cheryl Joyce, Ian Wright, Russell Masetta, Sherry Woolery, John Caetta, Jane Gladish, Joe & Madeline Giordano, Richard George, Katie Ayres, Sandra Wisner, John Lechner, Ron Simpson, Richard Lesky, Jonathan Sedor, Lisa Moulding, and Maddie Tripodi.
Civilize It: Dignity Beyond the Debate
Civilize It is a non-partisan call to focus on the dignity of all people, even when we disagree, and to put faith in action bearing witness to a better way forward. Make room in your heart for those with whom you disagree and pledge beyond the debate today at
Make Me an Instrument of Your Peace: A Prayer for Civility
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.
Where uncivil words prevail, show me how to model love.
Help me remember the God-given dignity of all and invite others to do the same.
Show me how to build bridges and not walls and see first what unites us rather than how we diverge.
Let me seek to understand before asking to be understood.
Give me a listening heart filled with empathy and compassion.
May I be clear in sharing my own position and respectful and civil in describing those of others.
Let me never tolerate hateful ideas.
May I invite all to charity and love.
Lord, help me to imitate your compassion and mercy.
Make me an instrument of your peace. Amen
Inspired by Nine Rules for Civility from the Catholic Tradition, Bishop Zubik
FORMED is Free!

FORMED is free to all parishioners and contains content the entire family can enjoy. If you haven't already, sign up for your free FORMED account!
Daily Mass and Readings

For the list of our Daily Mass intentions, please click here.
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