St. Rita's Mission Statement
We the parish of St. Rita, a Catholic Community
of Faith are called by the risen Lord to love God
We believe that Ministry is the power of the
Holy Spirit, therefore, we encourage, support, and
provide opportunities, so that everyone may
participate in and be recipients of the Church’s
We aspire to deepen our understanding of Christ’s
Good News and to Serve our neighbor of the Gospel.
We realize the necessity and accept the responsibility
of supporting ourselves as a parish.
We invite everyone to join in celebrating and witnessing
the presence of the risen Lord among us.
Parish Life Coordinator - Sister Gail Trippett
Sacramental Ministers - Fr. Andy Syberg, Fr. Joe Moriarty, and Fr. Justin DuVall
Deaconate - Oliver Jackson
Parish Council Chair - Kerry Conwell
Finance Council Chair - Sharon Edwards
DRE/ Youth Director - Anita Bardo
Management & Operations - Marty Ray
Administrative Assistant - Denise Gavia-Currin
Bookkeeper - Angela Guynn
Music Director - Phyllis Walker
Activity Coordinator - Vivian Hill
Website Administrator - Ira Hogan
St. Rita Catholic Church
1733 Dr. Andrew J. Brown Avenue
Indianapolis, IN 46202
When the time for Pentecost was fulfilled,
they were all in one place together.
And suddenly there came from the sky
a noise like a strong driving wind,
and it filled the entire house in which they were.
Then there appeared to them tongues as of fire,
which parted and came to rest on each one of them.
And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit
and began to speak in different tongues,
as the Spirit enabled them to proclaim.
Now there were devout Jews from every nation under heaven staying in Jerusalem.
At this sound, they gathered in a large crowd,
but they were confused
because each one heard them speaking in his own language.
They were astounded, and in amazement they asked,
“Are not all these people who are speaking Galileans?
Then how does each of us hear them in his native language?
We are Parthians, Medes, and Elamites,
inhabitants of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia,
Pontus and Asia, Phrygia and Pamphylia,
Egypt and the districts of Libya near Cyrene,
as well as travelers from Rome,
both Jews and converts to Judaism, Cretans and Arabs,
yet we hear them speaking in our own tongues
of the mighty acts of God.”
Brothers and sisters:
No one can say, “Jesus is Lord,” except by the Holy Spirit.
There are different kinds of spiritual gifts but the same Spirit;
there are different forms of service but the same Lord;
there are different workings but the same God
who produces all of them in everyone.
To each individual the manifestation of the Spirit
is given for some benefit.
As a body is one though it has many parts,
and all the parts of the body, though many, are one body,
so also Christ.
For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body,
whether Jews or Greeks, slaves or free persons,
and we were all given to drink of one Spirit.
Come, Holy Spirit, come!
And from your celestial home
Shed a ray of light divine!
Come, Father of the poor!
Come, source of all our store!
Come, within our bosoms shine.
You, of comforters the best;
You, the soul’s most welcome guest;
Sweet refreshment here below;
In our labor, rest most sweet;
Grateful coolness in the heat;
Solace in the midst of woe.
O most blessed Light divine,
Shine within these hearts of yours,
And our inmost being fill!
Where you are not, we have naught,
Nothing good in deed or thought,
Nothing free from taint of ill.
Heal our wounds, our strength renew;
On our dryness pour your dew;
Wash the stains of guilt away:
Bend the stubborn heart and will;
Melt the frozen, warm the chill;
Guide the steps that go astray.
On the faithful, who adore
And confess you, evermore
In your sevenfold gift descend;
Give them virtue’s sure reward;
Give them your salvation, Lord;
Give them joys that never end. Amen.
On the evening of that first day of the week,
when the doors were locked, where the disciples were,
for fear of the Jews,
Jesus came and stood in their midst
and said to them, “Peace be with you.”
When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side.
The disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord.
Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you.
As the Father has sent me, so I send you.”
And when he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them,
“Receive the Holy Spirit.
Whose sins you forgive are forgiven them,
and whose sins you retain are retained.”
Black Catholic Ministry Update May 3, 2021
I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you know me, then you will also know my Father. From now on you do know him and have seen him.”
- Gospel of John, Chapter 14
Communication is the key component to the solutions of all problems. We communicate with God through prayer. We listen to God, or rather God communicates with us when we are silent, still.
We communicate with other persons through our voice by speaking, writing, body language, actions, and inactions.
Everything we do is some form of communicating.
So my question is this… If we are doing all this communicating, why do we fail to understand each other?
Because in the most basic ways, we do not speak the same language.
I’m not talking American English versus the Queens’ English. Or French versus Spanish. The basic styles we use to communicate. We have a tendency to put everyone in the same boat. Therefore if our style is an indirect way of speaking, then we assume everyone speaks in an indirect style.
That is why the relationship is so important. It is through a relationship that we learn and know how to communicate and understand each other.
“If you know me, then you will also know my Father.”
Archbishop Thompson’s Leadership Briefing
Flyer – Spirits & Spirituality – May 21st
Sr. Thea Bowman Black Catholic Women still meet every 3rd Monday of the month. The next gathering is Monday, May 17th at 7 pm. Our reflection speaker is Anita Bardo, a parishioner of St. Rita. She will reflect on the Book of Judith 9:1-5. You can join us by clicking the following link https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81035670684 Meeting ID: 810 3567 0684 or Dial-in @ 301-715-8592.
Fr. Boniface et al. Intercultural Competency monthly discussions on Race and Culture and other current topics is held on the last Saturday of the month [except May and December] at 10 am. The upcoming sessions of Fr. Boniface Hardin et al. Intercultural Competency and Practical Theology:
May 22 – Fessahaye Mebrahtu – The Immigrant Church in the U.S. https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZArfu-grzsoEtzXGupiPim1gzmAotE_mwFq
June 26 – Deacon Royce Winters – Do Black Lives Matter to the Catholic Church https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZArfu-grzsoEtzXGupiPim1gzmAotE_mwFq
August 28th – Donna Grimes – Racism and Intercultural Competency https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZArfu-grzsoEtzXGupiPim1gzmAotE_mwFq
September 25th – Dr. Kathleen Dorsey Bellow – The Importance of Africentric Catechesis, Part 2 https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZArfu-grzsoEtzXGupiPim1gzmAotE_mwFq
Pearlette Springer, Coordinator
Archdiocese of Indianapolis – Black Catholic Ministry
Vaya Con Dios – Go With God
- Attachment 1 Archbishop Thompson’s Leadership Briefing