• The Church of St. Rita
  • You are always welcome at the Church of St. Rita!
  • The Center for Faith Formation
  • St. Rita in the midst of our beautiful flower garden
  • St. Rita surrounded by stunning hibiscus flowers
  • The Church of St. Rita
  • Sunday Mass
  • Our Lord and Savior
  • Our new statue of St. Rita in the worship space.
  • Hail Mary, full of grace...
  • Our new statue of St. Joseph
  • Our beautiful chapel
  • Fr. Jim Grogan Memorial Cross
  • St. Rita's at dawn: Photo by Todd Salmonson
  • Our pastor, Fr. Rick Banker

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!

 

0wqels4sgdzqhu0sp1dnar8nu6l.jpg 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.

Getting Involved

 

Registration for Elementary Faith Formation is open!

Click here for registration info.

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

Middle School Summer Stretch Registration due before May 22nd.


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.  

Memorial Garden

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.

Mass Times

Daily Masses:
Tuesday: 8:30 am
Wednesday: 8:30 am
Thursday: 8 am Communion Service, 5:30 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-5:30 pm

Staff

Office Hours

Monday-Thursday 8 am-4:30 pm
Friday 8 am-Noon

Note: The parish office is closed on weekends.

Bible Search

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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.