Welcome to the Catholic Church of Saint Rita in Cottage Grove, MN 

All are welcome to come and worship with us! Take a moment to explore St Rita's community and ministries, find ways to continue growing in your faith and serving.  There are many ways for you to share your gifts in our parish family and throughout the greater Church.  St Rita's strives to connect our Catholic Faith with our daily lives, come join us in making our Lord known and loved in Cottage Grove and beyond.  

Throughout the month of May, please pray for our young people receiving the Sacraments of First Holy Communion. 

St Rita's newly Confirmed! 
Please keep them in your prayers! A special thank you goes out to William McEvoy, Mike Gutterman, Cathy Leonard, Jenny Knutson, Brian Olson and Lisa Kothe for walking thru the past few years with these young people as their small group leaders.  We are grateful for the love, energy and faith our young people bring to our parish family.

Summer Faith Formation and VBS

Summertime  Faith Formation Registration is now open for grades 1-5

Session 1 - June 10-14 

Session 2 - July 22-26 *Dependent on registration numbers and volunteer availability .


Monday - Thursday: 9 am - 3 pm; Fri: 9 - Noon

VOLUNTEER LEADERS NEEDED; Teen and Adults please contact Kathy or register.



Opportunities for our Teens

SUMMER STRETCH 2019:  6th-9th graders: Looking for an exciting way to spend your summer? In the morning you could be making meals, serving in the community, or working with the elderly. The afternoon will bring waterslides, laser tag, bowling and more fun. All this capped off with a trip to Valley Fair to wrap up our summer!  9AM – 4 PM each Tuesdays through out the Summer.  You can register online or print off a registration form.   

In November 2019, a group of Catholic high school youth form around the Archdiocese of St Paul/Mpls will travel to the National Catholic Youth Conference in Indianapolis.  St Rita's is looking for young leaders from our parish to participate.  This is a bi-annual event that gathers over 25,000 Catholic High School youth from around the nation to celebrate our Catholic faith together in Indianapolis.    Registration info here.  **there will be opportunities for at least $250 in scholarships along with fundraising.  Contact Amy for more information, or check out www.ncyc.info.


Let It Go

Please contribute to ‘Let It Go: Invest in the Poor’

Let It Go: Invest in the Poor is a new opportunity at St. Rita’s to change our thinking when it comes to supporting those living in poverty. With this event we will be investing in the poor and helping St. Rita’s financially, all at the same time.

What we’re asking of you is to look around your home for items that may hold value for you, but no real purpose, and donate them to this effort as an investment in someone else’s life. Think of items that fit into these categories: practical, beautiful, and luxury.

At our Let It Go: Invest in the Poor event on June 1, you’ll have an opportunity to purchase items for yourself, or ‘buy’ them for parishioners at Holy Rosary parish in Minneapolis. A portion of the money raised will be given to Holy Rosary, and the rest will be used to meet various needs here at St. Rita’s.  Here’s how you can participate:  

·         Look around for items you want to “let go.” No clothing, please.

·         The current market value of the item must be at least $50.

·         Fill out the online form through the link below and submit it, along with a photo of the item.

·         Forms are also available in the parish office.

·         DO NOT drop off any items until you have been notified that your donation is approved.  

·         We will arrange transport for large items such as furniture, exercise and lawn equipment, etc. 

·         The deadline for submissions is Tuesday, May 28, at 5 p.m.

·         Questions? Email them to letitgo@saintritas.org

Click here to submit an item

Mission Outreach Fundraiser


  The MISSION OUTREACH COMMITTEE will be selling $25.00 Gertens Plant Cards again this year. No need to pre-order. They can be purchased in the office starting Monday, April 22nd, and after masses on the weekends of April 27/28, May 4/5 and May 18/19. Great for Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, birthday’s, and shower gifts!




He is Risen....Now what?!

Mass Times

Daily Masses:
Tuesday: 12:00 noon
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-4 pm


Office Hours

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

Note: The parish office is closed on weekends.

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Links and Resources


Online New American Bible

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.