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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!
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!
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.
Kids Make a Difference Day: Monday, February 20, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. For children in grades 2-5. Information and registration form here.
Waterpark Outing at Great River Waterpark in St Paul: Monday, February 20, for middle/high school students. Registration and information here.
We are grateful for all of our amazing volunteers here at St. Rita's. Parish life would not be as full or vibrant without the hands and hearts of those who help carry out the many tasks of parish life. If you aren't currently involved in any of our parish groups or ministries, we invite you to consider joining in. We offer training and flexible schedules!
We are in need of more volunteers to assist with weekend liturgies, including Eucharistic ministers; lectors and commentators; altar servers; and audiovisual operators. In addition, there are many other volunteer opportunities to suit your interests and skills, so please call or stop in to the parish office to find out more.
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 8:00 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.