St. Rita School invites you to buy a new book for the library. Books can be purchased for $20 and dedicated “In memory of,” “In honor of,” “Happy Birthday to,” or a custom design of your choice. Anyone wishing to purchase a book please send a note or call the school librarian, Sheila Schreck (248-3114) and she will select one for you. A letter of acknowledgement will be sent to the person or family to who the book is being dedicated. Opportunities to purchase a book for the school are available all year. Checks should be made out to St. Rita School.

Tuesday, December 24 at 5:30PM at St. Stephen Church

Rehearsal: Sunday, December 22 at 10am following 9am Mass at St. Stephen Church.

School age children (ages 5 and above) are invited to participate in the Christmas Eve 5:30PM Family Mass at St. Stephen Church. Please note the time and place. As we prepare to celebrate the birth of Jesus, the children will dress up like the people from the very first Christmas. They will help us remember the events of that miraculous night as we tell the story of our Savior’s birth.

We are also looking for school age children (ages 10 and up) to participate as readers. Again, this year we will have a Children’s Choir and a Teen Choir at this Mass. More information on Children’s Choir practice dates will follow. Please sign up for the Choir by November 28.

Nativity and Reader Rehearsal: One adult needs to stay with your child(ren) during the rehearsal on December 22 at 10am at St. Stephen Church following the 9am Mass.

If your family and/or child would like to participate in the Christmas Eve Family Mass, please sign-up here. Please sign up by Sunday, December 8 (for the Choir) and all others by Tuesday, December 17 and remember to provide your child’s name, age and best way to contact you. If you have any questions, please contact Suzanne Hamling.

For the past several decades, each year on Gaudete Sunday, the Third Sunday of Advent, children (and adults) bring their Christ-child figures from the crèche at their homes to St. Peter’s Square where the Pope will bless both the people and the figurines during the Angelus. 

This year we will celebrate “Bambinelli Sunday” at our 4:00 PM Vigil Mass on Saturday, December 14 and all Masses on Sunday, December 15. All are invited to bring the Christ-child figure from their homes to Mass that morning to be blessed. Families can even make their own “bambinelli” if they want.

A suggestion is, following the blessing, take your “bambinelli” home and place it in a gift box, wrap it, and save it for Christmas. Let this be the first gift your family opens on Christmas, when together you place the Christchild figure in your crèche, and have a home blessing of your crèche!

Every parish family should have received a letter from Msgr. Joe this weekend asking for a contribution to our Annual Family Gift Program to help fund building and ground improvements, including repairs to our parish complex and offsetting our operating deficit. The participation of ALL parishioners is essential for the success of this effort. Please return your gift card today. Thank you.

St. Rita School Early Learning Center is a home away from home for nearly 50 children from infants through five years of age. We would love to offer our older children some exciting learning options by incorporating a science area and a quiet reading and writing area for them. We are asking parishioners to please consider making a donation to enable us to purchase furniture for these areas. Your help is greatly appreciated, for more information please call 203 288 6828.

We are in the process of moving from electric funds transfer (EFT) to an online giving program. Some donors already have been sent an invitation to use the new program. We thank all who have called the office with updated email information. Over the next few weeks current email information will be sent to Our Sunday Visitor so more donors can receive information to sign up for the new program. Thank you for your patience as we adjust to the new program.