WELCOME TO THE CHURCH OF ST. RITA!
Catholic Services Appeal
The 2017 Catholic Services Appeal is underway in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, and most parishioners have received an information packet in the mail. Funds raised through this annual campaign support the 17 collective ministries of the archdiocese; they are the shared ministries that no one parish can support on its own.
We ask that you prayerfully consider making a pledge to support those in need. Visit this website for more information. You can send your pledge in the mail or drop it off in the Sunday collection here at church. Thank you for your generosity!
Love Thy Neighbor
St. Rita's is a generous parish, always willing to provide support in our community to those in need. Here are some opportunities for you to help.
Hope for the Journey Home Shelter
Parishioners from St. Rita's volunteer to staff this shelter for homeless families, located at Guardian Angels Catholic Church in Oakdale, on a regular rotation. Our next volunteer week is April 23-29. Please prayerfully consider whether you and your family can help our neighbors in need. You can sign up for a volunteer shift here. Find out more information about the shelter here.
Lenten Baby Shower
Our annual Lenten baby shower collection is underway to benefit clients of the Woodbury Life Resource Center. We are accepting donations of new clothing and shoes (infant-age 2); diapers (size 4 and 5); wipes; formula; baby food; shampoo, lotion and wash; laundry soap; maternity clothes; and equipment such as high chairs; pack'n plays; swings; strollers; new cribs and car seats. We would also appreciate gift cards to local merchants. The collection basket is near the baptismal font.
Thank you for generously supporting the winter needs of the poor and homeless who are served by Listening House in St. Paul. Their current list of needs includes: prescription pill bottles with the labels removed (which will be filled with skin conditioner); individual packets of facial tissue; and new or used belts. Please drop off these items in the collection basket near the baptismal font.
Contact the parish office if you have questions.
Catholic leaders respond to executive order on refugees
'We stand in defense of all faiths'
In response to President Trump's executive order banning the entry of refugees from some predominantly Muslim countries to the United States, church leaders in the U.S. are calling on all the Catholic faithful to speak in defense of human dignity.
The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops issued a statement saying "the bond between Christians and Muslims is founded on the unbreakable strength of charity and justice."
"Welcoming the stranger and those in flight is not one option among many in the Christian life. It is the very form of Christianity itself. Our actions must remind people of Jesus. The actions of our government must remind people of basic humanity. Where our brothers and sisters suffer rejection and abandonment, we will lift our voice on their behalf. We will welcome them and receive them. They are Jesus and the Church will not turn away from Him."
Archbishop Bernard Hebda joined nearly a dozen other Christian, Jewish and Muslim faith leaders from Minnesota to call for lifting the ban. In his remarks, Hebda noted that "there’s something in the DNA of our community that has historically favored a generous response to the call to welcome the stranger. How inspiring it is to see those who had been welcomed here a generation ago, after fleeing their homelands, now in turn welcoming the latest wave of refugees who have sought refuge in our land."
"At a time when anxieties are running high, let us respond to fear with love and prejudice with principle," Hebda added. "It’s in that way that we can be faithful to our calling and continue the long history that distinguishes Minnesota as a place of great welcome."
We ask the faithful of St. Rita's to pray for the well-being of refugees around the world, and ask God to deliver them to safety.
Activities for children and families
We always have opportunities for children and families here at St. Rita's. We hope you'll join in the fun and fellowship!
Family Bowling Outing: Sunday, February 26, 3 p.m.-7:30 p.m. All families are welcome for a fun outing and a delicious meal together! We'll eat an early dinner at St. Rita's, take a bus to the bowling alley at St. Francis Church, and return to St. Rita's for dessert. Cost is $30 per family. Please bring a side dish to share. To sign up, please call the parish office at 651-459-4596.
Children's Liturgy of the Word: Each Sunday at the 10:30 a.m. Mass. After the opening prayer, children in grades K-3 will be led out of the worship space to participate in their own reading of the Gospel and a discussion of its meaning. They will return to their families during the Offertory procession. Registration is not necessary and there is no cost.
Tuesday: 8:30 am
Wednesday: 8:30 am, 6:15 pm
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: Wednesdays 5:45-6:15 pm; 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
- Bob Branchaud, Data Entry
- Melanie Foy, Website Manager
- Ann Marie Valento, Nursery Coordinator
Friday 8 am-Noon
Note: The parish office is closed on weekends.
WE NEED YOUR CURRENT EMAIL ADDRESS!
We hope to save time and money by sending occasional email updates to parishioners rather than sending bulk mailings to the entire parish. But we need your current email address to update our records.
Please send your current email address (and phone number, too, if that has changed) to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Feel free to call the parish office at 651-459-4596 if you have questions.