Welcome to the Church of Saint Rita
in Cottage Grove, MN
We invite you to join us for Mass and to become an active part of our community of faith. Please look through our website to find ways that St Rita's can help you to grow in your Catholic faith. If you have questions, any of the parish staff would be happy to serve you. God's generous blessings upon you!
Fr Rick's last weekend with us will be June 16 & 17. Please join us after any of the Masses that weekend to wish him well and thank him for his service here the past seven years. This May, Fr Rick is celebrating his 30th Anniversary as a priest of God, we congratulate him and offer our prayers of blessing and gratitude.
The Feast of St Rita
May 22, is the Feast of our Patron Saint Rita of Cascia
She was born in Roccaporena, near Spoleto, Italy, in 1381, and expressed from an early age the desire to become a nun. Her elderly parents insisted that she be married at the age of twelve to a man described in accounts of her life as cruel and harsh. She spent eighteen extremely unhappy years, had two sons, and was finally widowed when her husband was killed in a brawl. Both sons also died, and Rita, still anxious to become a nun, tried unsuccessfully to enter the Augustinians in their convent at Cascia. She was refused because she was a widow and because of the requirement that all sisters should be virgins. Finally, in 1413, the order gave her entry, and she earned fame for her austerity, devotion to prayer, and charity.
In the midst of chronic illnesses, she received visions and wounds on her forehead which resembled the crown of thorns. She died on May 22 at Cascia, and many miracles were reported instantly. Canonized in 1900, she is honored in Spain as La Santa de los Impossibles and elsewhere as a patron saint of hopeless causes.
Registration for Elementary Faith Formation is open!
Summer Faith Faith Formation for those entering Kindergarten through 5th grade
June 11-15th Program runs 9:00am - 3:00pm Mon - Thurs, and 9:00am - Noon on Friday
Vacation Bible School for 4 years old to those entering 3rd grade
July 23-27th Program run 9:00am - 11:30am
We'll be looking for volunteers in all our summer programs, talk to Kathy Kovarik or Amy Schroeder in the Faith Formation department at the parish if you're interested in helping out and growing in your own faith! 651-459-4596
The annual Blood Drive at St Rita's will be held Thursday, July 5th.
More details and registration information coming soon.
Fall Bible Study: Registration now open
In Evangelization and the Acts of the Apostles, Dr. Mary Healy combines Bible study with Church teaching and practical wisdom to show you how modern Catholics can effectively lead people to Jesus Christ.
1. Why Study Acts? 6. Sacraments and the Spirit
2. Clothed with Power 7. Leadership in the Church
3. Proclaiming the Kerygma 8. Charisms of the Spirit
4. Signs and Wonders 9. Joy in Persecution
5. How Jesus Makes an Evangelist 10. The Belly of the Beast
*The 2019 Lenten Study will focus on Paul's Letter to the Philippians.
St Rita's Parish Council will be installing a memorial garden on the parish grounds, which will feature bricks that can be purchased and engraved to honor loved ones or commemorate important dates or events.
The garden will be installed on the 80th Street side of the church building, which will beautify this open space and will provide easy access from our chapel and for those with mobility issues. Landscaping and plantings will provide privacy screening from the street while people are in prayer or peaceful contemplation in the garden.
You can read more about the memorial garden project, and find the order form here.
Tuesday: 8:30 am
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-5:30 pm
- Fr. Rick Banker, Pastor
- Deacon Jack Nicklay, Pastoral Care
- Deacon Steve Koop, Pastoral Care
- Rory Gilbert, Business Administrator
- Cindy Mitchell, Office Manager
- Kathy Kovarik, Elementary Faith Formation
- Amy Schroeder, Middle/High School Faith Formation
- Andrew Walker, Music Director
- Todd Salmonson, Buildings and Grounds
- Carol Goecke, Faith Formation Assistant
- Mary Fran Koch, Parish Nurse
- Bob Branchaud, Data Entry
- Ann Marie Valento, Nursery Coordinator
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.