• sharing their faith with our middle schoolers
  • The Church of St. Rita
  • You are always welcome at the Church of St. Rita!
  • St. Rita surrounded by stunning hibiscus flowers
  • Sunday Mass
  • Our beautiful chapel
  • Fr. Jim Grogan Memorial Cross
  • St. Rita's at dawn: Photo by Todd Salmonson

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. 

July Blood Drive

Hope for the Journey Homeless Shelter Volunteer Week

St. Rita's next two weeks at the Homeless Shelter are August 18-24 and October 27 - November 2.  Hope you can prayerfully consider volunteering sometime during our weeks. As a reminder, 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 8:15 pm. no Dinner Shift on Thursday
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.
Below are the links for you to sign up.  

We need everyone to step forward and help out!

Mass Times

Daily Masses:
Tuesday: 5:00 pm
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.

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.

Links and Resources


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