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!
Join us for the many Lenten prayers and activities that will be happening. There will be a table in the gathering space with Lenten prayer books and other devotions to help you grow in your faith, please check it out and share with others in our community!
Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament every Thursday from 8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. in the chapel.
Stations of the Cross will be Friday nights at 7:00 p.m. beginning February 23rd. *Friday, March 9th, youth from St Rita's will be leading the Living Stations of the Cross prayer for the parish at 7:00 p.m. There will be a soup supper at 6 p.m. this evening as well. Please sign up on the bulletin board by March 5th.
Our Parish Reconciliation Service will be held on Tuesday night, March 6, at 7:00 p.m. The Sacrament of Reconciliation is always available Saturday before the 5:00 p.m. Mass in the chapel.
Catholic Services Appeal Foundation
Our parish is now conducting the 2018 Catholic Services Appeal for the 18 Collective Ministries of the Archdiocese that no one parish can support on its own.
The CSAF recognizes each parish itself as a ministry integral to the daily life of the Archdiocese. Our parish really is our second home; we see our brothers and sisters in Christ every week as together we celebrate the Mass. It is also where we are prepared and supported as disciples to go forth to preach the Gospel. Thus, our parish is a benefited ministry of the CSA; we receive 25% of the dollars we collect in our parish if we reach our parish goal. Please prayerfully consider making a pledge to help us reach our goal!
The 18 Collective Ministries supported by the Catholic Services Appeal are:
- American Indian Ministry
- Archdiocesan Council of Catholic Women (ACCW)
- Campus Ministry – Newman Center
- Campus Ministry – Saint Paul’s Outreach
- Catholic Charities
- Deaf Ministry
- Elementary School Subsidies and Scholarships
- Evangelization and Catechesis
- High School Scholarships
- Hospital Chaplains
- Latino Ministry
- Marriage, Family and Life
- Prison Chaplains
- Saint John Vianney College Seminary
- The Saint Paul Seminary
- Venezuelan Mission
- Rachel’s Vineyard Twin Cities
Please go to www.csafspm.org to learn more about the ministries supported by the 2018 Catholic Services Appeal.
Kids Make a Difference Day:
Monday, February 26th.
Come and help us make a difference; we'll be visiting a local animal shelter and doing projects that help our neighbors in need. There is a limit of 30 participants, both children and adults.
Family Bowling Event: Sunday, February 25th, Noon to 5pm
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.