• The Church of St. Rita
  • You are always welcome at the Church of St. Rita!
  • The Center for Faith Formation
  • Our patroness, St. Rita
  • St. Rita in the midst of our beautiful flower garden
  • Our gardens
  • St. Rita surrounded by stunning hibiscus flowers
  • The Church of St. Rita
  • Sunday Mass
  • Our Lord and Savior
  • The tabernacle and the beautiful wooden stand, lovingly made by Deacon Jack.
  • Our new statue of St. Rita in the worship space.
  • Our new statue of St. Rita in the worship space.
  • Hail Mary, full of grace...
  • Our new statue of St. Joseph
  • Our new statue of St. Joseph
  • Our beautiful chapel
  • The chapel
  • Our award-winning gardens
  • Fr. Jim Grogan Memorial Cross
  • St. Rita's at dawn: Photo by Todd Salmonson
  • Our pastor, Fr. Rick Banker

 

WELCOME TO THE CHURCH OF ST. RITA! 

 

ST. RITA'S NEEDS YOU....

To serve on the Parish Council. Each year, three new members join the council as three current members complete their terms. We are currently accepting nominations for this year's openings. You may nominate yourself or another person who is interested in serving.

Nominations will be accepted until September 1, and new members will be selected at the Masses on September 9 and 10. Contact the Parish Office or email parishcouncil@saintritas.org to make a nomination. Please prayerfully consider sharing your talents through service of this ministry. 

Learn more about the Parish Council here.

 

Fall Festival Update

 This year's Fall Festival is coming up soon, on September 16-17! 

The Fall Festival is just a few weeks away and it's time to start gathering your goods to donate to the Country Store, such as books, CDs, household items, toys, kitchen ware, jewelry, glassware, holiday items and antiques. We cannot accept VCR and cassette tapes, electronics, clothing, furniture, appliances, lawn equipment, exercise equipment and car seats. 

Other needs include items for the silent auction, bottles of wine for the wine raffle, stuffed animals for the children's games,and bottles for the bottle blast.You can drop off your donations in Seton Hall beginning August 19. We'll also gladly accept fresh produce and baked goods for the farmer's market and the cake walk; please drop those off just a few days before the festival. 

HERE'S THE FULL SCHEDULE OF FESTIVAL EVENTS. 

VOLUNTEER: 

Use our online registration form to sign up for a volunteer shift or two during the festival. It takes many people to make the festival a success, and we're counting on you. We'll also have paper signup sheets after the weekend Masses, but you only need to sign up in one place. The lists will be merged.  

SPONSORSHIPS:

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. 

TALENT COMPETITION:

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 on Sunday, September 17, Noon - 4 p.m. 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 at 9 a.m. and is open to anyone. Here is the registration form, an individual form must be filled out for each person participating. 

We have many great activities planned for the festival this year and we hope you'll come and enjoy the fun and fellowship! HERE'S THE FULL SCHEDULE OF EVENTS. 

Questions? Contact Pat Kotnour at 651-438-3695 or patkotn@aol.com.

Parish staff news

After six years of faithful service to the community of St. Rita's, Margaret Utecht will be leaving her position as the Parish Office Manager at the end of this month. She will be greatly missed. 

Margaret has brought her Christian spirit and compassionate demeanor to everyone who walks into the parish office, and she is, in so many ways, the face of St. Rita's for those whose first encounter with our parish is at the front desk.

Fr. Rick and the staff of St. Rita's extend a heartfelt thank you to Margaret for the positive impact she has made on this faith community. God bless you, Margaret, in all that lies ahead for you in your ministry to our Lord and His people. 

Faith Formation registration

It's registration time for fall faith formation and sacramental preparation programs. We are so excited for our young people to come grow in their faith here with our parish family.

Families with school-age children should have received a registration packet in the mail. You can also download and print off the materials here, or pick up a copy in the parish office. 

If you register before Friday, August 18, you'll get an Early Bird discount of $10 per child. 

All registration forms are due by Wednesday, Sept 6.  We cannot guarantee space in our classes after that date, and a $25 per child late fee will apply.  

We hope you'll consider teaching a class this year. We love to have new volunteers, and those who teach will receive a discount on their registration fee. Training is provided. Call the office to inquire. 

More information about all our faith formation programs is available here

 

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.  

  1. Live and let live.
  2. Be giving of yourself to others.
  3. “Proceed calmly” in life.
  4. Have a healthy sense of leisure.
  5. Sundays should be holidays.
  6. Find innovative ways to create dignified jobs for young people.
  7. Respect and take care of nature.
  8. Stop being negative.
  9. Respect others’ beliefs.
  10. Work for peace.

To read more of Pope Francis' meditations, prayers, and homilies, visit The Holy See's website.

Mass Times

Daily Masses:
Tuesday: 8:30 am
Wednesday: 8:30 am
Thursday: 8 am Communion Service, 5:30 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

Staff

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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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.