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.
College Student and Military Care Packages
St. Rita Youth Group is putting together Care Packages for you to send to your college students or military family. Packages will have yummy goodies and fun surprises that your student will enjoy. Each package will have a card from the teens. If you would like to be included in this event, please sign up in the Gathering Space, call the office, or email Sheryl Colwell at email@example.com
The Care Packages will be available for pick up on February 8th and 9th after all masses.
Spare change collection
Every little penny helps is a true statement. St. Rita Youth Mission Team will be collecting your pennies and other spare change the weekend of January 18 and 19 at all masses. So please help us out and donate your spare change to help us get to Louisville, KY.
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!