St. Rita Catholic Church
1400 E Owens St., Show Low AZ 85901
Phone: (928) 537-2543 Fax: (928) 532-8441
The Feast of the Holy Rosary
October 7, 2020
My Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
I am writing to offer you encouragement in Our Dear Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ is the Hope of the World! It is in Him that we find life and salvation, the salvation of our souls. Praise and glory to the Father, Son and Holy Spirit!
Living through the scourge of the Wuhan Virus these past months has been a trial for all of us. Initially it severely restricted the reception of the sacraments and the ability to celebrate the Holy Eucharist as a community. Thanks be to God that we now are able to have mass at the church (even though there are some restrictions). I would encourage everyone to try to return to mass. The Eucharist is the center of our lives as followers of Jesus Christ. I don’t recall a time in history other than during persecution and suppression of the Church that God’s People were cut off from the Eucharist. (Yet even in such times clandestine masses were celebrated at great risk to both clergy and the faithful.)
Ours are strange times indeed. Religious freedom is threatened by cultural and political forces. We may very well have to sacrifice much to continue to follow Jesus Christ. As Jesus told us we must “pick up our cross and follow him.” It is only through the cross that we come to the glory of the resurrection. But as Springtime follows Winter so too does Resurrection follow the sacrifice of the Cross!
Today as I write this missive we are celebrating the Feast of the Holy Rosary. Originally this Feast was named “The Feast of Our Lady of Victory” commemorating the Catholic Holy League’s naval defeat of the Muslim Turkish fleet at the Battle of Lepanto in 1571. Most don’t realize that had the Catholic fleet lost the great sea battle there would probably be no western civilization based on the values espoused by Christ and his followers. Islam through fire and the sword had sought to conquer the entire world and submit it to Allah. The Muslim society (the “Umma”) is governed by the religious leaders and outlook of Islam as dictated by the Koran. Non Muslims at best are second class citizens with few human rights. The world would be a very different place.
Pope St Pius V had called on the whole Catholic church to pray the rosary for protection and victory. Even though the Catholic fleet was substantially outnumbered, victory was granted to those sailing under the banner of the cross and the image of Our Lady of Guadalupe.
We are once again in a great battle for our civilization based on the values of Christ: the dignity of the individual human person, the value of all lives from the moment of conception until natural death, religious liberty, etc. These are now being threatened by a secularized culture of death and the ideologies of Marxism/socialism. Once again Catholics need to pray the rosary and trust in the protection of Christ and the Blessed Mother. And we must act by voting for Christ and against those who oppose life, the nuclear family and religious freedom. Judeo/Christian civilization is again in the balance.
To cooperate with evil is to participate in the sin. To support those who advocate for abortion, euthanasia, the elimination or restricting of religious freedom is to put one’s own soul at risk. No one can be a follower of Jesus Christ and support these intrinsically evil things.
Fr Dan Kassis, Pastor
La Festividad del Santo Rosario
7 de octubre de 2020
Mis queridos hermanos y hermanas en Cristo,
Les escribo para ofrecerles aliento en Nuestro Querido Señor y Salvador Jesucristo. ¡Jesucristo es la Esperanza del Mundo! Es en El que encontramos la vida y la salvación, la salvación de nuestras almas. ¡Alabanza y gloria al Padre, al Hijo y al Espíritu Santo!
Vivir a través del flagelo del virus Wuhan en estos últimos meses ha sido un juicio para todos nosotros. Inicialmente restringió severamente la recepción de los sacramentos y la capacidad de celebrar la Santa Eucaristía como comunidad. Gracias a Dios que ahora podemos tener misa en la iglesia (aunque con algunas restricciones). Animo a todos a tratar de volver a misa. La Eucaristía es el centro de nuestra vida como seguidores de Jesucristo. No recuerdo otro momento en la historia que no fuera durante la persecución y la supresión de la Iglesia que el pueblo de Dios fue separado de la Eucaristía. (Sin embargo, incluso en esos tiempos se celebraban misas clandestinas con gran riesgo tanto para el clero como para los fieles.)
Los nuestros son tiempos extraños. La libertad religiosa está amenazada por las fuerzas culturales y políticas. Es muy posible que tengamos que sacrificar mucho para seguir a Jesucristo. Como Jesús nos dijo, debemos "recoger nuestra cruz y seguirlo." Sólo a través de la cruz llegamos a la gloria de la resurrección. ¡Pero a medida que la Primavera sigue al Invierno también lo hace la Resurrección, también sigue el sacrificio de la Cruz!
Hoy, mientras escribo esta misiva, celebramos la fiesta del Santo Rosario. Originalmente esta fiesta fue nombrada "La Festividad de Nuestra Señora de la Victoria" conmemorando la derrota naval de la Liga Santa Católica de la flota musulmana turca en la Batalla de Lepanto en 1571. La mayoría no se da cuenta de que si la flota Católica hubiera perdido la gran batalla marítima probablemente no habría una civilización occidental basada en los valores defendidos por Cristo y sus seguidores. El Islam a través del fuego y la espada habían tratado de conquistar el mundo entero y someterlo a Allah. La sociedad musulmana (la "Umma") está gobernada por los líderes religiosos y la perspectiva del Islam según lo dictado por el Corán. Los no musulmanes en el mejor de los casos son ciudadanos de segunda clase con pocos derechos humanos. El mundo sería un lugar muy diferente.
El Papa San Pío V había pedido a toda la Iglesia Católica que rezara el rosario por la protección y la victoria. A pesar de que la flota Católica fue sustancialmente superada en número, se concedió la victoria a aquellos que navegaban bajo la bandera de la cruz y la imagen de la Virgen de Guadalupe.
Estamos una vez más en una gran batalla por nuestra civilización basada en los valores de Cristo: la dignidad de la persona humana individual, el valor de todas las vidas desde el momento de la concepción hasta la muerte natural, la libertad religiosa, etc. Estos están siendo amenazados por una cultura secularizada de la muerte y las ideologías del marxismo/socialismo. Una vez más, los católicos deben rezar el rosario y confiar en la protección de Cristo y de la Santísima Madre. Y debemos actuar votando por Cristo y en contra de los que se oponen a la vida, al nucleo familiar y a la libertad religiosa. La civilización Judeo-Cristiana está de nuevo en juego.
Cooperar con el mal es participar en el pecado. Apoyar a quienes abogan por el aborto, la eutanasia, la eliminación o restricción de la libertad religiosa es poner en riesgo el alma. Nadie puede ser un seguidor de Jesucristo y apoyar estas cosas intrínsecamente malas.
P. Dan Kassis, Pastor
Everything is sanitized in the Church after every Mass, even though the CDC says it is rare to contract Covid-19 by touching surfaces.
Effective Date of Implementation: Friday, May 29, 2020
We will resume our normal Mass times of Saturday 5:00 PM, Sunday 8:00 AM, 10:00 AM, and 12:00 noon (Spanish)
Normal daily Mass time of 9:00 AM will be resumed on Monday, June 1.
A limited number of people are allowed to be present for the Mass.
-The obligation to attend Mass on Sundays and Holy Days of Obligation continues to be suspended.
-If you are sick, please stay home or If you are at a higher risk you are strongly encouraged to stay home and participate in the Mass through our live stream mass on YouTube at 10:00 AM on Sundays.
-We recommend that those who are over the age of 65 or have other health concerns attend the 8:00 AM Mass and families with children 5:00 pm Saturday, 10:00 am Sunday or the 12:00 PM Spanish Mass.
-Please bring a mask to wear when you are in the church. Although not mandatory, it is highly suggested. If you forget one or don’t have one, there will be masks available in the church. Children under the age of 2 should not wear a mask, and those who have health difficulties should consider staying home.
-We recommend that you bring your own hand sanitizer. There is hand sanitizer inside the vestibule doors and you are encouraged to use it when you enter the church.
-Enter only through the main doors of the church. We will fill the church from front to back. Please listen to the ushers for instructions. We will leave from back to front. Maintain physical distancing in the pews. Maintain safe physical distancing - you may sit with your immediate family but there should be a minimum of 6 feet between individuals or family and other individuals or family. Please move as a family unit when entering the church and exiting.
-Do not congregate in the vestibule or areas of the church or grounds.
-When the church is filled to the safe capacity, you will either have to return for a later Mass or watch the livestreamed mass. The body of Christ will be distributed outside the back of the church after the 10:00 Mass for those who have been watching the livestream Mass or any other Mass online and would like to receive communion.
· Please receive communion on your hand only. Follow the instructions of the ushers. There will be one communion line only. Once you have received the bread, proceed a minimum of 6 feet from the minister, lower your mask and communicate yourself.
· There will be baskets in the vestibule for the offertory collection. If there will be a second collection there will be two baskets with each basket clearly marked. Please place your offertory in the basket at the end of Mass. Checks are preferable to cash and donating on our online giving site is encouraged link on our website www.stritashowlow.com
RCIA will begin on October 26th at 5:30 pm.
Please click the following link for a registration form.
Adoration has resumed on Thursdays. It will begin after daily Mass and end with a holy hour and benediction from 4:00 - 5:00 PM. We still need people to commit to an hour, so please contact the parish office if you can give an hour each week.
Guidelines Preparing to Return to Public Masses
Effective Date: Friday, may 29, 2020
Diocese of Gallup
A Return to Parish Life
The faithful remain dispensed from the obligation to attend Sunday Mass.
Our Common Space: The parish is committed to maintain as safe an environment as feasible. The staff
and volunteers on parish campuses will frequently clean and sanitize the facilities. These are
precautionary measures but the risk of contracting the virus in public remains. It is important for
individuals and families to take personal responsibility to protect themselves.
Our Actions: Physical distancing and spacing must be practiced by all individuals on parish properties. All
are strongly encouraged to follow CDC guidelines for handwashing and hand sanitizer use, as well as
recommendations regarding the use of masks or cloth face coverings while in public.
Our Charity: Remember to be patient and kind. Pastors and parishes will do their best to offer Holy Mass,
Communion and Confession, but may face some challenges. Health and age of priests, deacons, and
volunteers may necessitate limitations in what can be offered. This means that every parish may do things
a little differently. Changes may be necessary if the activity of the disease changes in the local area.
Should I come to Mass?
Stay home if:
+You are feeling sick or have a fever.
+ You have a sick family member at home or have been recently exposed to someone who may be sick.
+ You are a primary caretaker of a vulnerable person.
+ You have been traveling or in large crowds.
+ You are at risk because of preexisting conditions or age.
The faithful are requested not to “parish hop” for convenience. That complicates parish management and is contrary to limiting spread of disease.
What is going to be different for now?
+ The number of people in each church is going to be limited based on physical distancing and seating capacity.
+ Seating may be assigned or designated to help keep people safely spaced.
+ Some parishes may offer additional times for celebration of the Mass to meet the needs of the faithful.
+ The Sign of Peace will be omitted.
+ Singing by the assembly will be very limited.
+ Greeting the priest after Mass will be reduced.
+ Livestreaming of the Mass will continue from the Cathedral and many parishes.
+ Please continue to stay connected to your parish community through social media and the parish website.
+ Masks or face covers are strongly advised (noting that some may have conditions that prohibit this practice)
Thank you for your patience during this time and for supporting your parish!
+ Physical distancing must be exercised, a spacing of at least 6 feet between family units or persons.
+ Please observe instructions, signs and floor markings.
+ There will be no distribution of the Precious Blood.
+ Some parishes may offer opportunities for Holy Communion for those unable to attend the public celebration of the Mass.
+ The Sacrament will continue to be offered but the setting may be altered to accommodate physical distancing and good ventilation but maintain privacy.
ANNUAL FIESTA NOTICE
The winners of the Fiesta Raffle are:
$1,000 Alexis Thompson
$200 John and Betty Boyle
$100 Don and Pam Wozniak
$100 Candy McManamon
$100 Ed & Vina McCarty
Quilt Joann Enrico
Fr. Daniel F. Kassis
Fr. Augustine Opara
1400 E Owens, Show Low, Arizona 85901, United States
Monday - Friday: Mass at 9:00 AM
First Saturday of the month: Mass at 9:00 AM
Weekend Mass Times: Saturday Vigil 5:00 PM
Sunday: 8:00 AM & 10:00 AM Spanish at 12:00 Noon
Confessions: Saturday 4:00 - 4:45 PM and anytime by appointment
OFFICE HOURS: Monday - Thursday 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Friday 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
PLEASE CLICK "MORE" AT TOP OF PAGE FOR SEASONAL MASS TIMES (EASTER, CHRISTMAS ETC.)
Monday - 9:00 am Communion Service
Daily - 9:00 am Monday thru Friday
First Saturday: 9:00 am
Weekend: Saturday 5:00 pm
Sunday 8:00 am, 10:00 am and 12:00 noon (Spanish)
Confessions: Saturday 4:00 - 4:45 pm and anytime by appointment
Besides our weekday and weekend Masses, we offer regular faith formation through education and parish groups.
We have other activities throughout the year for our parishioners to volunteer. From liturgical ministers to our annual fiesta, we love our volunteers and what they contribute to our parish.