Brothers and sisters in Christ. May God’s blessing protect us and be with us during this pandemic.
We are forced to stay home during this quarantine. Surely some of you are with your family, but there are people who live alone.
If you know someone who is living alone, please call that person to find out how they are doing and to cheer them up. Nowadays we have a vast array of social media and we can pray together, pray the rosary, the Stations of the Cross, etc. Please teach others how to use our App to receive news about our parish.
Please let us know if there is anybody who is alone and needs spiritual help so I can get in contact with that person.
Take heart brothers and sisters, the Lord is with us always.
Fr. Oscar Cortés
Hermanos en Cristo. La bendición de Dios nos acompañe y proteja de esta pandemia. Observando esta cuarentena ahora estamos encerrados en casa. Seguramente algunos están con su familia, pero puede haber personas que vivan solas.
Si sabes de alguien que está en estas condiciones, por favor dale una llamada para saber cómo se encuentre y para darle ánimos. Hoy a través de los medios que tenemos se puede hacer oración juntos, rezar el rosario, el viacrucis, etc. Enseñen a otros cómo usar nuestra App para recibir noticias de la parroquia.
Por favor déjenos sabes si hay alguna persona que está sola y necesita ayuda espiritual para comunicarme con esa persona.
Ánimo hermanos. El Señor está con nosotros.
Fr. Oscar Cortés
Pope Francis Special Urbi et Orbi Blessing
Join Pope Francis today March 27 at 12:000 noon (local time) as he prays before the Blessed Sacrament. At the conclusion of that gathering he will give his blessing urbi et orbi (“to the city and the world”) in supplication for an end to the current health crisis. You can follow this blessing live via the Vatican News website. www.vaticannews.va/en.html
All participants will receive a plenary indulgence, provided they pray for the intentions of the pope and receive Holy Communion and the sacrament of penance when they can.
Bendición especial Urbi et Orbi del Papa Francisco
Oremos con el Santo Padre hoy viernes 27 de marcho a las 12 del mediodía (hora local). El Papa Francisco estará orando frente al Santísimo y al concluir su oración dará la bendición urbi et orbi (“to the city and the world”) por el fin de actual crisis de salud. Esta transmisión se podrá ver en directo a través de Vatican News www.vaticannews.va/es.html
Dear Saint Rita of Cascia Parishioners,
The peace of Christ be with you.
Thank you for your prayers, particularly during these difficult times.
Along with the FINANCE COUNCIL, I come to you asking for help to be able to face these difficult times when without Sunday Masses there is no monetary INCOME to run the parish. The church is sustained by the regular collections each Sunday. We want to share some information with you so you can understand our concern. Our parish needs $11,000 per week to meet our expenses. During the past weekends in March, we anticipated receiving $22,000. We have only collected $8,000 during that time.
The routine of our lives has changed in a way that we have never experienced. We all suffer the effects of fear, anguish, isolation, unable to leave our homes, go to work and carry out daily activities as we are used to. In addition to the fear of the sickness, an effect of this pandemic is the financial burden that impacts everyone including our families. Many people have been anxious and distressed with the reports from the stock market, businesses closing, and unemployment. Some relief is on the way with the financial aid that the government is going to give to each family, businesses and the public schools to face this situation.
Unfortunately, this type of assistance does not help our churches or our Catholic schools. This will affect the salaries of the parish employees and the teachers and staff of our parish school. At citizens, we pay taxes to support our government agencies and the public schools. Catholic churches and schools are self- supported through church donations, tuition and fundraisers.
We need everyone to help. If we want to keep our parish open, your financial support is URGENT. Please continue to donate as much as you possibly can. If you can make an extra donation it will be a relief for the parish.
On behalf of our parish I invite you to SEND your Sunday envelopes by mail, or to donate electronically
(E-giving). To donate by E-Giving, go to the Parish Website, scroll down to “On-Line Giving” tab and follow the directions. For those who use only CASH and would like to make your weekly donation, a member of the Finance Council will be in the parking lot to collect your cash on SUNDAYS from 11:00 am – 2:00 pm.
Drive in, drop off your donation and say a prayer to ask the Lord to bless our parish.
Brothers and sisters in Christ, trusting in your unconditional support, I thank you in advance and send you the Lord’s blessing.
Fr. Oscar Cortés
Queridos parroquianos. La paz de Cristo esté con ustedes.
Con el consejo de Finanzas acudimos a usted(es) para solicitar la ayuda y poder enfrentar estos tiempos difíciles donde no hay misas con feligreses y por tanto no hay NINGUNA ENTRADA monetaria que pueda sostener la parroquia. La iglesia se sostiene con la colecta regular de cada domingo. Nuestro parroquia necesita $11,000 a la semana para cubrir gastos. En las semanas anteriores de marzo esperábamos recibir $22,000. Hasta ahora solo colectamos $ 8,000.
Todos sufrimos los efectos de esta pandemia que azota al mundo. Nosotros conservamos la esperanza de un tiempo mejor y que pronto todo va a cambiar para bien.
Uno de los efectos de esta pandemia se nota inmediatamente en las finanzas de las naciones y de manera concreta en la familia.
Este es un efecto de dominó que afecta a todos. Tenemos un alivio en la ayuda económica que el gobierno va a dar a cada familia, los negocios, empresas, escuelas públicas, etc., para enfrentar esta situación. Eso es un gran alivio.
Desafortunadamente este tipo de ayuda económica no cobija a nuestras iglesias, a nuestros empleados y profesores de la escuela.
Todos nosotros pagamos impuestos, pero nuestras escuelas católicas no recibimos ayuda directa del gobierno y sí tenemos que pagar los servicios públicos, empleados y diferentes servicios necesarios para el funcionamiento de Santa Rita.
Necesitamos la ayuda de todos. Yo sé que esta pandemia afecta los bolsillos de la familia, pero si queremos mantener la iglesia abierta es URGENTE su apoyo económico, no hay otra opción. Si puedes hacer una donación extra será un alivio para la parroquia.
Así que en nombre de nuestra parroquia los invito a ENVIAR sus sobres dominicales por correo, o a donar electrónicamente (E-giving.)
Para donar electrónicamente busca la página (website) de la parroquia, www.saintiritaofcascia.org busca abajo en la página ‘online giving’ y sigue las indicaciones paso a paso.) Si prefieres donar en efectivo (cash) el Comité de Finanzas estará recibiendo sus donaciones los domingos de 11:00 am a 2:00 pm en el estacionamiento al frente de la iglesia. Desde tu carro haz tu donación y luego aprovecha para ofrecer una oración.
Hermanos en Cristo confiando en su apoyo incondicional, les doy las gracias de antemano y les envío la bendición del Señor.
Fr. Oscar Cortés
One of our parishioners has tested positive for COVID-19. He is an older person with underlying medical conditions, (Pneumonia, diabetes). He is stable in the hospital at this time. Please take precautions and heed the advice to stay home.
You are in my prayers.
Uno de nuestros feligreses ha sido diagnosticado con COVID-19. Es una persona mayor con complicaciones médicas las cuales incluyen neumonía y diabetes, en este momento se encuentra estable en el hospital. Por favor tomen sus precauciones y hagan caso a las instrucciones de las autoridades de quedarse en casa.
Se encuentran todos en mis oraciones.
Call to Prayer from Bishop Malloy and Pope Francis
Bishop Malloy’s Wednesday Devotions
FOR WEDNESDAY, MARCH 25: Bishop David Malloy invites you to join him on the Diocese of Rockford Facebook page, and the Diocese of Rockford website (www.rockforddiocese.org) to pray the Glorious Mysteries of the Rosary this Wednesday at 12 Noon. The rosary will be prayed in both English and Spanish.
Pope Francis Calls on Christians to Join Lord’s Prayer Wednesday over Coronavirus Pandemic
Will also pray Friday before the Blessed Sacrament, giving blessing urbi et orbi and the plenary indulgence to participants
Pope Francis is calling on Christians everywhere to respond to the novel coronavirus pandemic by joining him in praying the Lord’s Prayer at 6:00 a.m. CT (noon in Rome) on Wednesday, March 25. That day marks the Feast of the Annunciation, when the faithful celebrate the angel Gabriel’s visitation to the Virgin Mary, announcing the Incarnation of the Word. The Holy Father offered the invitation on Sunday at the traditional recitation of the Angelus on St. Peter’s Square.
His Holiness also invited Catholics to unite themselves with him as he prays before the Blessed Sacrament on Friday, March 27, at 12 Noon. CT (6:00 p.m. in Rome). At the conclusion of that gathering he will give his blessing urbi et orbi (“to the city and the world”) in supplication for an end to the current health crisis.
4th Sunday of Lent
Jesus brings us light to get out of the darkness
There are many images with which we could describe the pandemic situation we are currently living in throughout the world; times of darkness, times of confusion, times of uncertainty and times of anguish.
Without a doubt this is a time for darkness for all of us. It isn’t easy to leave behind the feelings of anguish due to the uncertainty of everything… what’s going to happen tomorrow? When will these times of darkness and anxiety come to an end?
In today’s Gospel, Jesus found a man that had lived in darkness all his life, he was blind from birth. Besides his physical disability, this man had to live a life of misery; he suffered being rejected by many and being ignored by others. His only job during the day was to be a beggar by the side of the road. For sure in those times there weren’t that many people walking by every day, so his world was a world of silence, loneliness, abandonment and darkness. But one day everything changed, for the good, the Light came to his life. “I am the Light of the World”, Jesus told the man that he had healed. That day everything changed for the better.
With this miracle Jesus gave him not only his sight, but his dignity as a person and, above all, as a son of God. Back in those days, diseases such as leprosy, being poor, having a severe physical disability were considered a punishment from God. This is the reason why the disciples asked Jesus “Rabbi, who sinned to cause this man to be born blind, him or his parents?” Jesus responded “… Neither he nor his parents sinned; it is so that the works of God might be made visible through him.”
Dear brothers and sisters, in these times of darkness that we are all experiencing, Jesus comes to meet us as the Light of the World. It is in Jesus where we find solace and hope; it is in Jesus where we find the strength to face this uncertain situation.
Some people ask if this virus, this pandemic, is a punishment from God. This situation is not a punishment from God, but it is a moment to think and acknowledge God’s work. Jesus answered to his disciples: “…Neither he nor his parents sinned; it is so that the works of God might be made visible through him.”
Dear brothers and sisters, this is a time that has made us think about what is going on in the world, about our lifestyle, our material lives, where humankind is more worried about fleeting things than for things that are really worth it. Just a few weeks ago the most powerful countries in the world were boasting their economic power with the stock market; others were excited about oil prices while some more were concerned about its effect on gas prices, etc. This is today’s world. But a simple and small organism has given a big blow to the most powerful countries. A microscopic virus has humiliated the world and has made it bow its head. Power, money, oil, stocks and bonds, etc. are worthless if God is not part of every day’s plan. This pandemic plunged us into darkness and this is a time to reflect, to give direction to our lives and, above all, to admire God’s work.
We need to be silent to listen to God’s footsteps; we need to be silent to listen to Jesus’ words and to receive his light. Life without God is nothing. It has been proven that money is not everything in life. It has been proven that power, money and material things do not represent safety and security in our lives.
Jesus is the only one who can give true meaning to our lives. Jesus comes to us today the same way he did it with the man who was blind from birth, to restore our dignity as children of God, to give us light and hope. We only have to be in silence and listen to his words and what He orders us to do. Jesus made mud out of dirt and saliva and applied it to the blind man’s eyes and said “Go wash in the pool of Siloam.” Without exchanging any other words, the man believed, and because he believed he could see the light… he could see. If we want to see the light at the end of the tunnel we have to listen to and obey the Lord.
Dear brothers and sisters, may the Lord bless and protect us all. We pray for those who have been infected by this virus, for the physicians and staff that takes care of them. What a noble mission! May the Lord send His spirit over men and women of science so they may find the medications needed to fight against this virus as well as other diseases.
Today I have offered the Mass for each one of you, I pray for each family, our school, staff and each one of the ministries in the parish so they may keep firm in their faith and keep their hope alive.
I miss all of you. I don’t like to celebrate Mass by myself. The place is empty. I am used to having morning Mass with the faithful parishioners, to listen to the school children when they arrive in the morning, seeing the long line of cars dropping children off, the teachers, the staff, my volunteers that with their talents bring life to the parish. I miss all of you!
Fr. Oscar Cortés
Rockford Diocese issues directives for Masses and Holy Week services
In light of the “shelter in place” order given by state officials, Rockford Diocese Bishop David Malloy issued the following guidelines:
- No public Masses weekdays or Sundays are to be celebrated until further notice
- All Quinceañeras are postponed until further notice
- Weddings, baptisms and funerals may only be celebrated with a strict limit of ten persons maximum
- Distribution of Holy Communion and the administration of the Sacrament of the Sick should be only for emergency situations.
- Priest are to celebrate private mass daily, but must be done without the presence of the faithful
- No informal group gatherings for private masses
Holy Week celebration
All events will take place without the presence of the faithful.
- For Holy Thursday, Bishop will celebrate the Mass of the Lord’s Supper, which will be live-streamed from the Cathedral at 7 p.m.
- The Good Friday liturgy will be celebrated by Bishop and will be live-streamed from St. Peter Cathedral at 2 p.m. No Stations of the Cross or any other gathering will be celebrated.
- The Easter Vigil Mass will be celebrated by Bishop Malloy and will be live-streamed from St. Peter Cathedral at 7:30 p.m.
For the complete letter from Bishop Malloy visit: www.rockforddiocese.org
COVID-19 and St. Rita of Cascia
Life has changed all of us in the blink of an eye. Usually we try to plan everything we do with our lives: we plan our future, where we go to school and university, a good job, Social Security, etc. The negative and distressing experience of this pandemic has shaken our lives to the core. I never thought that I was going to live through something like what we are experiencing with this Covid-19 virus situation. This was not in my plans but as we usually say, “anything can happen.”
Let us all continue praying, first for the healing of all patients affected by this virus, and in a special way we ask God to guide the men and women in the field of science in their titanic task of finding the vaccine to stop the virus; likewise, a special prayer for the doctors, nurses and first responders for their service in caring for the sick due to this pandemic. A prayer for them is a way of expressing our gratitude.
With great sadness we have had to suspend all masses, confessions and different activities of the parish as a precautionary measure until further notice. It is not easy for us to deprive ourselves of attending Sunday mass. The Eucharist is the food of the soul. The Eucharist is the sacrament per excellence. Faced with this situation, people are invited to see Mass through the different media outlets and to continue with daily prayer in their homes. Pray the Stations of the Cross at home during the remaining Fridays of Lent, pray the Holy Rosary with your family, read the Word of God. In our app and in the Diocese of Rockford website you have access to the readings of the day in English and in Spanish.
I will be celebrating private masses for the intentions of the day. Of course, my first intention will be the well-being of all of you.
We will keep you informed of any changes through our website (www.saintritaofcascia.org), our app (to download this application send the word APP to 88202, download the application and select our parish after opening it) and Facebook.
Watch Mass daily on EWTN at 11am (check your cable provider for channel information)
Watch Mass on Sunday morning at 9:30am via WGN-TV.
Watch Mass daily on https://www.wordonfire.org/daily-mass/
Listen to Mass on The Catholic Channel on Sirius XM 129 or Relevant Radio station 930AM. You can also live stream Mass at noon from the Relevant Radio website.
May the Lord protect and accompany us every day of our lives. We as believers place our faith and trust in the Lord: “My help comes from the Lord, the maker of heaven and earth.” (Psalm 120)
Fr. Oscar Cortés
La vida nos ha cambiado a todos en un abrir y cerrar de ojos. Normalmente, en nuestra vida procuramos planear todo lo que hacemos: planeamos nuestro futuro, la escuela, la universidad, un buen trabajo, el Seguro Social, etc. La experiencia negativa y angustiante de esta pandemia ha movido los cimientos de nuestra vida. Yo nunca pensé que fuera a vivir algo como lo que estamos viviendo con esta situación del virus Covid-19. Eso no estaba en mis planes, pero como solemos decir, ‘cualquier cosa puede pasar’.
Seguimos todos en oración, en primer lugar pidiendo por la sanación de todos los enfermos afectados por este virus, y de manera especial rogamos a Dios para que guie a los hombres y mujeres de ciencia en su tarea titánica de encontrar la vacuna para detener este virus; así mismo una oración especial por los doctores, enfermeras y personal de los primeros auxilios por su servicio en el cuidado de los enfermos por esta pandemia. Una oración por ellos es una manera de decirles gracias.
Con tristeza hemos tenido que suspender todas las misas, confesiones y diferentes actividades de la parroquia como medida de precaución hasta nueva orden. No es fácil para nosotros privarnos de asistir a nuestra misa dominical. La Eucaristía es el alimento del alma. La Eucaristía en el sacramento por excelencia. Ante esta situación se invita al pueblo a ver la misa por los diferentes medios de comunicación y a continuar con la oración diaria en los hogares. Reza en tu casa el Santo viacrucis en estos viernes de Cuaresma, reza el rosario con tu familia, lee la Palabra de Dios. En nuestra aplicación y en la página de la Diócesis de Rockford tienen acceso a las lecturas de cada día, en inglés y en español.
Yo celebraré la misa en privado por las respectivas intenciones para cada día. Por supuesto, mi primera intención será el bienestar de todos ustedes.
Los mantendremos informados de cualquier cambio a través de nuestro sitio web (www.saintritaofcascia.org), nuestra App (para obtener esta aplicación solo tienes que enviar la palabra APP al número 88202, bajar la aplicación y seleccionar nuestra parroquia después de abrirla) y Facebook.
Vean la Santa Misa diariamente en EWTN en español (revise con su proveedor de cable para saber el canal).
Vean la Santa Misa por Internet los domingos por la mañana en Misa para los confinados en sus hogares de la Arquidiócesis de Denver.
Que el Señor nos proteja y acompañe todos los días de nuestra vida. Nosotros como creyentes ponemos nuestra fe y confianza en el Señor: “Nuestro auxilio está en el nombre del Señor, que hizo el cielo y la tierra” (Salmo 120).
Fr. Oscar Cortés
Please visit our e-giving link to ensure your weekly offertory supports the continuing upkeep of our facilities, and the payment of our staff. Thank you for your generosity to Saint Rita of Cascia.
Por favor consideren realizar su diezmo a través de e-giving para asegurarse de que su diezmo semanal ayuda a mantener nuestras instalaciones, pagar los gastos y pagar a nuestro personal. Gracias por su generosidad.
To keep up to date about the current developments regarding the COVID-19, download myParish app.
Text APP to 88202
Download myParish App
Select St. Rita of Cascia after opening
Para mantenerse al día sobre los hechos que están sucediendo con el virus COVID-19 baje la aplicación myParish app.
Envía la palabra APP al número 88202
Baje la applicación myParish App
Seleccione St. Rita of Cascia después de abrir la aplicación
The truck is coming!
The St. Vincent the Paul truck will be parked in our parking lot March 28 and 29, 2020 to accept any clean, lightly used items you may have to donate to the less fortunate. So, clean out those kitchen cabinets, closets and garages this spring and help yourself and your fellow man at the same time. If you have any furniture – in good shape – we will gladly come and pick it up. Just call 630-231-4658 and leave a message. Thank you for your generosity in the past and blessings upon you for helping the poor!!!
40 Days for Life
The 49 Days for Life is the largest coordinated pro-life mobilization to help communities end the injustice of abortion. During these 40 days churches are working together to create a peaceful vigil outside of Planned Parenthood, 3051 E. new York St., Aurora. St. Rita’s day of prayer is the 4th Tuesday of the month (March 24, 2020).
Save the Date
June 14 – 19, 2020
Stay tuned for more information
Our Light of the World Retreat came to a successful end today. Thank you to all the participants and volunteers who opened their hearts to the outpouring of the Holy Spirit 🙏🏼
Nuestro Retiro Luz del Mundo de de este año terminó esta noche. Gracias a todos los participantes y voluntarios quienes escucharon el llamado del Espíritu Santo 🙏🏼
Youth Group News
St. Rita Mission Team is headed out this summer…
Where: Louisville, Kentucky
What: A weeklong mission work camp
Who: 9th grade on up, (entering 9th grade in the fall)
When: June 7-13, 2020
Why: To serve others in love of Jesus Christ. Meet new people and learn new skills. And why not!
This is a great opportunity to have a week away from your parents and siblings to help others less fortunate than us.
For more information, contact Sheryl Colwell 630-892-5918 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information about Catholic Heart Work Camp go to heartworkcamp.com and select Louisville.
Our Lord called Fr. Lou Busemeyer home on Sunday, January 26, 2020.
Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him. 🙏
Funeral Arrangements for Fr. Lou Busemeyer, SJ
Monday, February 3
6:00 pm to 7:30 pm. Wake at St. Camillus
10201 W. Wisconsin Ave.
Wauwatosa, WI 53226
7:30 pm. Mass of the Resurrection
Tuesday, February 4
11:00 am. Burial at Mt. Olivet Cemetery
3801 W Morgan Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53221
Luncheon to follow.
Fr. Lou’s funeral will be live streamed from the St. Camillus Jesuit Community. Here is how you can watch it:
In your internet provider (e.g.Chrome) go to www.youtube.com
In the search bar, enter: St. Camillus Jesuit Chapel
Look for Lou Busemeyer.
Live Streaming should begin 5-15 minutes before the funeral Mass starts (7:30pm)
The video will be available for about two weeks after the funeral.
Funeral arrangements for Reverend Manuel “Manny” Gerardo Gómez Reza
Reverend Manuel “Manny” Gerardo Gómez Reza died at Edward Hospital in Naperville, Illinois, Thursday December 26.
Father Gomez was born on December 2, 1983 in Súchil, Durango, México to Manuel Gómez Fernández and Julia Reza Serrato. He attended Minor Seminary in Durango, México from 1998-2001 and Major Seminary in Durango, México from 2001-2008 where he received a BA in Philosophy in 2008. Father Gomez came to the United States in 2010. He then attended the St. Paul Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota from 2010-2013.
He was ordained to the priesthood by Bishop David J. Malloy on June 22, 2013 at the Cathedral of St. Peter in Rockford. He served as a Parochial Vicar at St. Mary in Huntley, St. Rita of Cascia in Aurora, and most recently at St. Monica in Carpentersville. Father Gomez was also Associate Vocation Director and Assistant Diocesan Master of Ceremonies for the Rockford Diocese. In addition, he served as Spiritual Director for the Hispanic Catholic Cursillo movement for the diocese.
Father Gomez is survived by his parents Manuel Gómez Fernandez and Julia Reza Serrato and siblings, Rosa Guadalupe Gómez Reza, Socorro Gómez Reza, Ana María Gómez Reza, Angélica María Gómez Reza and brother Jesús Javier Gómez Reza and many relatives in México and in Chicago.
Father Manny was well loved by his family, his brother priests, and the people he served in his parish assignments. He will be missed by all.
Visitation will take place at St. Monica Parish in Carpentersville on Thursday, January 2nd from 3:00-9:00 p.m. in the church. The visitation will continue on Friday, January 3rd in church from 9:00 a.m. until 10:45 a.m. The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. There will be a private burial at a later date in Súchil, Durango, México. Arrangements are being made by Wait Ross Allanson Funeral & Cremation Services Chapel, 51 Center St., Elgin. 847-742-2100 or www.lairdfamilyfuneralservices.com.
Anointing of the Sick
We have the anointing of the sick the first weekend of the month. Saturday at 4:30 and 6:00p.m. and Sunday 8:30a.m. and 7:00p.m.
Congratulations Julieta Jacobo
Woman of Inspiration 2019
2018 Diocesan Appeal
It is through your generous gift to the 2018 Diocesan Appeal that we can continue to bring the love of Jesus to those in need and teach the faith to young and old alike. That works takes form in many different Diocesan Ministries. We can make a difference in our parishes, our diocese and society at large. Your gift to the 2018 Diocesan Appeal supports ministries like these:
Lay Ministry Formation
College Campus Ministry
Life and Family Evangelization
St. Elizabeth Center
Deaf Apostolate Ministry
and many more!
Paul J. Kim in St. Rita
Congratulations Oanh Mai
Woman of Inspiration 2018
Totus Tuus a success at St Rita
Totus Tuus was a huge success at St. Rita, thanks to the combined efforts of volunteers and supporters who believed in this program.
From June 10 to June 15 children and teens from 1st to 12th grade learned more about their faith in a fun way, with young women and men leading them through different activities. Daily mass was part of the camp and children were lectors during the week. The camp ended with a pizza night and shaving cream fight for the teens and a hot dog lunch for the younger ones. As a reward for the good behavior during the week, seminarian Connor was selected to be turned into a human sundae by the best-behaved class.
This is the first time this camp has taken place in Aurora and the support from the St. Rita Community was key to its success: parents who enrolled their children and brought snacks, volunteers who helped receive children and hand them over to the parents at the end of the day, lunch time volunteers, teens who helped in the morning with the young ones and came back in the evening to participate, young prayer warriors who were an example to the children, parishioners who couldn’t be here to help but donated to the cause. Thank you St. Rita of Cascia for your support!
Totus Tuus un éxito en Santa Rita
Totus Tuus fue un gran éxito en Santa Rita gracias a los esfuerzos combinados de voluntarios y personas que nos apoyaron y creyeron en este programa.
Del 10 al 15 de junio niños y adolescentes del 1ro al 12avo año aprendieron más sobre su fe de una manera divertida con chicos y chicas jóvenes guiándoles a través de diferentes actividades. La misa diaria fue parte del campamento y los niños participaron como lectores durante toda la semana. El campamento terminó con una fiesta de pizza y una pelea de crema de afeitar para los adolescentes y un picnic con perros calientes para los más pequeños. Como recompensa por su buen comportamiento durante la semana, el seminarista Connor fue seleccionado para ser convertido en un helado humano por la clase con el mejor comportamiento.
Esta es la primera vez que este campamento se lleva a cabo en Aurora y el apoyo de la comunidad de Santa Rita fue clave para su éxito: padres que inscribieron a sus hijos y trajeron refrigerios, voluntarios que ayudaron a recibir a los niños al inicio del día, voluntarios a la hora del almuerzo, adolescentes que ayudaron en la mañana con los más pequeños y regresaron por la noche para participar, jóvenes guerreros de oración que fueron un ejemplo para los niños y los feligreses que no pudieron estar aquí para ayudar pero que hicieron donativos para la causa. ¡Gracia Santa Rita por su apoyo a este campamento de verano!