WELCOME TO THE CHURCH OF ST. RITA - 1966-2016
CELEBRATING 50 YEARS OF CONNECTING FAITH AND LIFE!
This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Church of St. Rita in Cottage Grove. From a small group of faithful who began meeting for Sunday Mass at Park High School, to our vibrant parish of more than 1,450 families, St. Rita's has been an integral part of the spiritual fabric of Cottage Grove and surrounding communities since 1966. Read a brief history of our parish here.
Hundreds of people gathered together April 17 to officially mark our 50th anniversary and dedicate our new addition. We were honored to welcome Archbishop Bernard Hebda as he celebrated Mass, along with Fr. Rick, several of our former pastors and Fr. Evan Koop of our parish. A dedication ceremony for the addition took place immediately after Mass, and all enjoyed the gala reception following the ceremony. Enjoy a photo gallery of the event at right, or click here for larger versions.
Read more here about the other anniversary celebrations we have planned for the rest of the year.
Click here to watch a 50th Anniversary greeting from Fr Jose and our brothers and sisters at Los Santos Martires in Chimbote, Peru. (sorry it's completely in Spanish - but the music is beautiful and you can meet some of our friends there!)
Departures and new arrivals
Staff and parishioners of St. Rita’s join in saying “Thank You” to our recently retired maintenance man, Dave Bursaw. Dave has generously served us for 15 years - he kept things running, cleaned, swept, shoveled, built, repaired, and made sure our building and grounds were in good order. Many times, Dave has gone above and beyond the call of duty to serve the parish and keep us running smoothly.
Dave's duties have been ably taken over by Todd Salmonson, whom many of you already know as an active member of St. Rita's music ministry.
Melanie Foy has left her position as faith formation assistant. Longtime faith formation teacher and volunteer Carol Goecke has taken over those duties. Melanie remains on staff as the manager of our website.
Please join Fr. Rick and the rest of the staff in welcoming Todd and Carol to their new roles in service of St. Rita's!
Our new archbishop!
Pope Francis has formally named Archbishop Bernard Hebda as the new leader of the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis.
Archbishop Hebda has been the apostolic administrator of the Archdiocese for the past nine months, since the resignation of his predecessor, Archbishop John Nienstedt. Read more about the announcement here.
In an interview with the Catholic Spirit, Hebda was asked what he wants church members to know about his appointment:
"I hope they’ll be patient with me as I continue to learn about the archdiocese. I want them to know that even though the assignment wasn’t anything that I anticipated, that I have great confidence in Pope Francis and his openness to the promptings of the Holy Spirit, and that I’m really looking forward to this new chapter in my relationship with this Church. And I think especially, I’d like the people of the archdiocese to know how excited I am to be part of the rebuilding as we transition, even physically from this position on Summit [Avenue] to something completely different, and as we eventually move out of bankruptcy and beyond the criminal charges [in Ramsey County]."
You can read the entire Q and A with the archbishop on the Catholic Spirit website.
An installation Mass is being planned for 2 p.m. May 13, the feast of Our Lady of Fatima, at the Cathedral of St. Paul.
We were blessed to welcome Archbishop Hebda to St. Rita's for our 50th anniversary Mass of Celebration on April 17!
Youth and family activities
Family Game Night: Friday, April 22, 6 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Families are welcome to enjoy dinner together, play all kinds of fun games, and win great prizes!
You can find details, as well as the registration form, here.
Tuesday: 8:30 am and 5:30 pm
Wednesday: 8:30 am
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: Thursdays 8:30 am-6:30 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.