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.  

 Click here to look at our Lenten schedule of services and activities. 

Hope for the Journey Home Shelter Volunteers Needed

St. Rita's next week at the Homeless Shelter is April 28 to May 4.  Please prayerfully consider volunteering sometime during our week.  There are two shifts each day.
The Dinner Shift  starts between 4:00 and 5:15 pm each day, depending on your schedule.  The shift is great for bringing your young children or grandchildren to help serve 4-7 young families that are struggling with housing and/ or trying to find a job.  Serving here can be an eye opener for both the young and old.  The shift ends at about 8:15 pm. There is no Dinner Shift on Thursday as the residents go to St. Andrew's for dinner.
The Overnight Shift starts at 8:00 pm each evening.  It is a great shift for married couples or two same gender adults.  Your responsibilities include bagging some lunches for the families for the next day, making sure the families are in their rooms at 9:00 pm, serving a light breakfast in the morning, and closing up the shelter when you leave in the morning at no later than 9:15 am.  If you need to leave earlier than 9:15 in the morning, arrangements can be made for another volunteer to come in the morning.
Here is link to sign up.   http://ttsu.me/hjhapr28  
All volunteers age 18+ need to be Essential 3 qualified thru the Archdiocese.  If you go to virtusonline.org, and log on, you can see if you are up to date on training and the background check. If you need help, or are new to Virtus and have ?'s, please let contact the parish.

Children's & Youth Events


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.

Join the Choir!

Ever thought about joining the choir?  Well now you can come for just a night to check it out.  We're looking for singers, instrumentalists and people who just love music to help us lead worship during Mass.  And, you'll make some great friends in the process.  Feel free to join us any Thursday, or contact our new Music Director Adam Baus if you have any questions.


Parish Events


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Catholic Services Appeal Foundation

February 23 & 24th will be the Catholic Services Appeal.  Find out more about this archdiocesan ministry by clicking the image. 

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-4 pm


Office Hours

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

Note: The parish office is closed on weekends.

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.