WELCOME TO THE CHURCH OF ST. RITA!
REPORT FROM TOWN HALL MEETINGS
The Parish Council held two town hall meetings in March to gather information and feedback from parishioners. The meetings were well attended and featured thoughtful discussion around three main subjects: education, communication, and engagement.
Feel free to share your thoughts with the Council at this email address: email@example.com.
Fall Festival news
This year's Fall Festival is September 16-17. Mark your calendars!
An update from Fall Festival Chairperson Pat Kotnour:
With the Fall Festival just around the corner, I would like to say thank you to all those who go the extra mile every year to make it successful. there are so many opportunities for you to take part.
We invite businesses, families and individuals to help make a difference by becoming a festival sponsor. This form explains our Medallion Sponsor Program, and if you can help, we invite you to fill it out and drop it off in the parish office.
We all know that St. Rita's has talent, and lots of it! If you have a special talent or know someone who does, please sign up for our first-ever talent show. There will be cash prizes for first, second, and third-place, as well as trophies donated by Ed's Trophies. The entry form is here.
FAMILY-FRIENDLY 4K/1K FUN RUN AND WALK:
We're happy this event is back again. T Salmonson and Carol DeBlieck are organizing this family activity, which will be on Saturday morning of the festival and is open to anyone. More details and entry forms will be available soon. If you have questions or would like to help out, contact T at firstname.lastname@example.org.
OTHER WAYS TO HELP:
Watch for more information soon about donating goods to the country store, silent auction, farmers market, children's games and other activities. We also hope you'll donate some of your time to volunteer on festival weekend. Signups will begin in a few weeks.
Questions? Contact Pat Kotnour at 651-438-3695 or email@example.com.
Pope Francis: Ten tips for living a joyful life
Fr. Rick shared this list from Pope Francis in a recent homily, encouraging us all to bring more happiness and joy to our lives.
- Live and let live.
- Be giving of yourself to others.
- “Proceed calmly” in life.
- Have a healthy sense of leisure.
- Sundays should be holidays.
- Find innovative ways to create dignified jobs for young people.
- Respect and take care of nature.
- Stop being negative.
- Respect others’ beliefs.
- Work for peace.
To read more of Pope Francis' meditations, prayers, and homilies, visit The Holy See's website.
Tuesday: 8:30 am
Wednesday: 8:30 am
Thursday: 8 am Communion Service, 5:30 pm Mass
Friday: 8:30 am
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
- Fr. Rick Banker, Pastor
- Deacon Jack Nicklay, Pastoral Care
- Deacon Steve Koop, Pastoral Care
- Rory Gilbert, Business Administrator
- Kathy Kovarik, Elementary Faith Formation
- Amy Schroeder, Middle/High School Faith Formation
- Andrew Walker, Music Director
- Margaret Utecht, Office Manager
- Todd Salmonson, Buildings and Grounds
- Carol Goecke, Faith Formation Assistant
- Mary Fran Koch, Parish Nurse
- Bob Branchaud, Data Entry
- Ann Marie Valento, Nursery Coordinator
- Melanie Foy, Website Manager
Friday 8 am-Noon
Note: The parish office is closed on weekends.
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.