• 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!


Please send out a few prayers for our Senior High youth who will be serving at the Red Lake Reservation the week of  July 15 - 21st, thank you for your faithful support of our young people!

Getting Involved



 Mark Sept 14-16, on your calendar for St Rita's 2018


St. Rita's next week at the Homeless Shelter is August 19-25.  Hope you can prayerfully consider volunteering sometime during our week. There are now 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 and it is just before school starts.  The shift ends at about 8:15 pm.
The Overnight Shift starts at 8:00 pm each evening.  It is a great shift for married couples or two same gender friends.  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.
The Archdiocese requires all volunteers to be Essential 3 qualified.  This includes a background check, Virtus training and a signed code of conduct.  We can help you meet these requirements, call the parish.
Below is the link for you to sign up.  Once you have signed up, we will check to make sure your requirements are up to date.

Welcoming Fr. Ron Kreul!

Fr. Ron is a Dominican Priest who has been working since 1977 in Parish Ministry, College Ministry, Itinerant Preaching and as a Licensed Marital and Family Therapist. He has served in (Arch)Dioceses in Missouri, Wisconsin, Michigan, California, New Mexico, Illinois, Colorado, New York, and many others as an Itinerant Preacher.Most recently he was the Minister to Priests in the Diocese of Jefferson City, MO.  

Fr. Ron will officially be here with us at St Rita's beginning the weekend of July 21 & 22.  He was with us for Mass last weekend, here are a few photos!  

Love Your Parish!

St Rita's has invited Dr Italy for our all parish retreat October 28 & 29th.  to help cover costs of this event, we're selling love your parish car decals.  These are a great way for us to share our parish pride and invite others in the community to know St Rita's!  

Memorial Garden

The foundation has been laid for our new MEMORIAL GARDEN, which features bricks that can be purchased and engraved to honor loved ones or commemorate important dates or events.  This  is going to be a beautiful place to spend time in prayer and reflection.  We hope a lot of you make use of it!

The garden sits 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

Online Giving

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Office Hours

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

Note: The parish office is closed on weekends.

Links and Resources

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Bible Search

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.