• sharing their faith with our middle schoolers
  • The Church of St. Rita
  • You are always welcome at the Church of St. Rita!
  • St. Rita surrounded by stunning hibiscus flowers
  • Sunday Mass
  • Our beautiful chapel
  • Fr. Jim Grogan Memorial Cross
  • St. Rita's at dawn: Photo by Todd Salmonson

Welcome to the Church of Saint Rita    

in Cottage Grove, MN

We invite you to join us for Mass and to become an active part of our community of faith.  Please look through our website to find ways that St Rita's can help you to grow in your Catholic faith.  If you have questions, any of the parish staff would be happy to serve you.  God's generous blessings upon you!

During the month of November we pray for the souls of the faithful departed in a special way at each Liturgy.  Please write the names of your departed loved ones in our Book of Remembrance and we will pray for them at each Mass.    The Book of Remembrance is located in front of the Blessed Mother statue.

Advent & Christmas


Thanksgiving Day Mass, Thursday, November 22nd 9am

Advent and Christmas Schedule 2019

Saturday, December 1st [10am – Noon] Advent wreath making for families.

December 2nd [5pm] Christmas Pageant

December 8th [9am] Feast of Immaculate Conception Mass


Reconciliation for Advent Services

 Wednesday, Dec 5th [7pm]  with teen Faith formation

Saturday, Dec 15th [10am] with elementary faith formation

And regularly on Saturdays [4pm] in the chapel


Christmas Mass schedule

Monday, December 24th Masses 4pm, 6:30 pm and 10pm

Tuesday, December 25th Mass 9am


New Year’s Day Mass Feast of Mary, the Mother of God

Monday, December 31st 5:30 pm (anticipatory)

Tuesday, January 1st 9:00 am

Pictures from Italy!

Our pilgrims have returned home safely and blessed!  
 A group of 28 pilgrims from St. Rita’s along with Fr. Rick Banker and Fr Evan Koop were on pilgrimage to Italy. They visited many holy relics of saints, Assisi, St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome, and of course, the home of our patron saint, St. Rita of Cascia. They carried our intentions in prayer every day of their journey and especially asked St. Rita, the saint of the impossible, to intercede for us. 

Here are a few photos of their journey, more to come!


Love Your Parish!

We're selling love your parish car decals in the office.  These are a great way for us to share our parish pride and invite others in the community to know St Rita's!  

Memorial Garden

The foundation has been laid for our new MEMORIAL GARDEN, which features bricks that can be purchased and engraved to honor loved ones or commemorate important dates or events.  This  is going to be a beautiful place to spend time in prayer and reflection.  We hope a lot of you make use of it!

The garden sits on the 80th Street  side of the church building, which will beautify this open space and will provide easy access from our chapel and for those with mobility issues.  Landscaping and plantings will provide privacy screening from the street while people are in prayer or peaceful contemplation in the garden.

You can read more about the memorial garden project, and find the order form here.

Mass Times

Daily Masses:
Tuesday: 8:30 am
Wednesday: 8:30 am
Thursday: 8 am Communion Service, 4:00 pm Mass
Friday: 8:30 am

Weekend Masses:
Saturday: 5 pm
Sunday: 8:30 am and 10:30 am

Reconciliation: 4 pm Saturday or by appointment - call the Parish Office

Eucharistic Adoration: Thursdays 8:30 am-5:30 pm

Online Giving

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Office Hours

Monday-Thursday 8 am-4:30 pm
Friday 8 am-Noon

Note: The parish office is closed on weekends.

Links and Resources

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Bible Search

From the Archdiocese

Anyone wishing to serve as a volunteer in any parish event or function, who may come in contact with youth or vulnerable adults, must first complete the "Essential Three" components required by the archdiocese: Virtus training, a background check, and a signed code of conduct. Call the parish office for more information. 

Victim Assistance Hotline: 651-291-4497
If you or anyone you know has been the victim of abuse by clergy or any employee of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, your first call should be to local law enforcement authorities. Then please call the number above to report the abuse.