The Church of
St. Rita
"People Helping People"
St. Rita eBulletin May 22, 2020
Dear Parishioners,

Please join us for Mass this weekend as we celebrate Ascension Sunday! The Mass link will be shared at 4:30pm on Saturday, May 23rd.

Today is the feast day of our patron saint, St. Rita! To learn more about St. Rita's life and legacy, please click here .

Weekday Mass will resume at the Church on Monday, May 25th, and weekend worship will begin in time to celebrate Pentecost, May 30th and 31st. Please see below for more information on new Church times as well as protocols to ensure the health and safety of our churchgoers.

God Bless,
The St. Rita Pastoral Team
St. Rita Church and Ministry Updates
New Mass Times and Safety Measures Prepared
The clergy and pastoral staff have worked hard to develop new health and safety standards for all Masses and Sacraments. Fr. Burchell speaks to specific information on attendance, seating, Communion, and Reconciliation as we prepare for a "soft opening." Weekday mass will resume Monday, May 25th, and weekend worship will resume on Saturday, May 30th for Pentecost.
A Special Blessing from our Priests and Deacons!
Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, the Sacraments of Initiation, First Communion, and Confirmation have been postponed. Additionally, our 8th grade graduates and parish high school seniors have been unable to enjoy end of year celebrations. To celebrate all these individuals, our clergy has a special blessing for them!
Virtual Day of Service

Over 150 parishioners participated in the Virtual Day of Service on May 16th. Families spent time serving their Domestic Church in fun, creative ways including: gardening, creating cards, cleaning neighborhoods, collecting food donations, and more! Thank you to all those who shared their time and talent in service to others!
During the Month of May We Honor our Blessed Mother

Please join our Junior High students and staff for the Living Rosary , then join our Second Grade students as they lead us in a very special virtual May Crowning ! For those with small children, here is a Catechist Kids calendar with suggestions for celebrations!
Virtual VBS & SLAM Camps!

St. Rita has not forgotten about our pre-K to 6th grade children! During this time of isolation St. Rita will still offer Vacation Bible School and SLAM Camp to our families! Camp leaders and campers will connect through song, a "Saint of the Day" lessons, crafts, games, and snacks!
Annual Rummage Sale

Please keep an eye out for more information on the rummage sale. We are very hopeful this wonderful fundraiser will still occur! Please use this time of quarantine to clean out and gather donations. Thank you for holding your items slightly longer than expected. If the rummage sale does not happen, we will provide you with a list of places that are accepting donations.
Celebrate our Graduates!

St. Rita would like to celebrate all graduating seniors. Please send a photo of your senior and a one sentence tribute.

Please email the information to clesko@stritaparish.com
Calling All Young Adults!

The Coalition with Young Adults (CYA) has an entire list of free virtual events scheduled for the entire summer, and sign up is easy!

The Cleveland Diocese is also hosting virtual Theology on Tap sessions. You can sign up here for the next session.
St. Rita Day School Updates
Congratulations to the
St. Rita Class of 2020!
Congratulations to our 2020 8th grade graduates! We are very proud of these 27 young men and women. We pray for them and wish them well as they continue along their academic journey.

At St. Rita, the first grade "Littles" and 8th grade "BIGS" are partnered together. This year, the first graders have a very special video they created for their "BIGS." We welcome you to view it below!
St. Rita Students Receive Superior Ratings
in the State Science Fair
Four 7th grade students participated in the Ohio Academy of Science District 5 Science Fair this year. Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, the Academy had to adjust the method of participation. In addition to the usual paperwork, the participants were asked to submit a video presentation of their projects. The results were released Wednesday, May 13th. Liam Flynn, James Fornadel, Andrew Hutter, and Aiden McNamara received Superior ratings for projects. Their extra effort was acknowledged by the judges. In addition, James Fornadel received recognition by the Ohio Nurses Association for the Best Health Care Project submitted by a middle school student. Congratulations to these young men and best of luck as they proceed to the State competition!
Registration for the Little Falcon Learning Center is Open!

The Little Falcon Learning Center has small class sizes with licensed and experienced teachers. With our flexible scheduling for part-day and full-day options, we guarantee we can accommodate any schedule! Our preschool is now registering for the fall. Only a few openings remain! Email Faith Kirtley  for more information. 
Kindergarten Registration is Open for the Incoming Class of 2035!

St. Rita School is now registering for Kindergarten. Become part of our outstanding community and join other like-minded families and enjoy our strong academic and faith-based curriculum. Our registration is online for your convenience. For more information email Faith Kirtley or call at 440-248-1350 ext 256.  

Click here for frequently asked questions.
Catechesis Resources and Tools
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 .
Response to COVID-19

For updates on the Coronavirus Crisis in our area, please visit the Ohio Department of Health website.
Join Us Each Day for Virtual Fellowship!

Please join us on social media for virtual fellowship!  Like Us on Facebook or Follow Us on Instagram to join us in daily prayer, reflection, faith formation, and fellowship! Directions to connect are at the bottom of the eBulletin.
Like Us on Facebook!
We will be sharing lots of news and events on Facebook. To sign up for an account:
  1. Go to facebook.com/reg.
  2. Enter your full name.
  3. Enter your email or mobile phone number.
  4. Select your gender, date of birth, and choose a password.
  5. Click Sign Up.
  6. To finish creating your account, you need to confirm your email or mobile phone number.
  7. Like us on Facebook!
Follow Us on Instagram!
We will be sharing lots of events and photos on Instagram. To sign up for an account:
  1. Go to instagram.com.
  2. Click Sign up, enter your email address, create a username and password or click Log in with Facebook to sign up with your Facebook account.
  3. If you register with an email, click Sign up.
  4. Follow us on Instagram!
Calendar at a Glance
St. Rita hopes to resume daily mass on May 25, and we hope to open the church in time to celebrate Pentecost on May 30/31. More information is forthcoming. Please save the date for this virtual event:

Mon, May 25: 8:45am Weekday Mass resumes
Sat, May 30: 5:00pm Mass & live-streamed
Sun, May 31: 7:00am, 9:30am, and noon Mass
Let Us Pray
Act of Spiritual Communion Prayer

My Jesus, 
I believe that You
are present in the
Most Holy Sacrament. 
I love You above all things, 
and I desire to receive
You into my soul. 
Since I cannot at this moment
receive You sacramentally, 
come at least spiritually
into my heart.
I embrace You as if
You were already there and
unite myself wholly to You.
Never permit me to be
separated from You.
Amen.
St. Rita Stewardship Prayer

Jesus our Savior, we thank you
for your gift of salvation.
At Baptism we accepted
the call to follow you.
Fill us with your
love and peace
as we move along
our faith journey
and send the Holy Spirit
to guide us.
As good stewards,
help us to develop our gifts
as your disciples
and give us the strength and
courage to share them with others.
We ask this in your name.
Amen.
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