• Fr. John Brandes, Fr. Rick Banker and Fr. Bill Deziel with ...
  • Fr. Brandes is greeted by parishioner Jackie Vander Hayden before Mass. ...
  • Fr. Bill Deziel greets Archbishop Hebda before Mass. (Photo: Jeff Thompson)
  • 50th anniversary Mass. (Photo: Jeff Thompson)
  • 50th anniversary Mass. (Photo: Jeff Thompson)
  • 50th anniversary Mass. (Photo: Jeff Thompson)
  • 50th anniversary Mass. (Photo: Jeff Thompson)
  • 50th anniversary Mass. (Photo: Jeff Thompson)
  • 50th anniversary Mass. (Photo: Jeff Thompson)
  • 50th anniversary Mass. (Photo: Jeff Thompson)
  • 50th anniversary Mass. (Photo: Jeff Thompson)
  • 50th anniversary Mass. (Photo: Jeff Thompson)
  • 50th anniversary Mass. (Photo: Jeff Thompson)
  • 50th anniversary Mass. (Photo: Jeff Thompson)
  • 50th anniversary Mass. (Photo: Jeff Thompson)
  • 50th anniversary Mass. (Photo: Jeff Thompson)
  • 50th anniversary Mass. (Photo: Jeff Thompson)
  • 50th anniversary Mass. (Photo: Jeff Thompson)
  • 50th anniversary Mass. (Photo: Jeff Thompson)
  • 50th anniversary Mass. (Photo: Jeff Thompson)
  • 50th anniversary Mass. (Photo: Jeff Thompson)
  • 50th anniversary Mass. (Photo: Jeff Thompson)
  • 50th anniversary Mass. (Photo: Jeff Thompson)
  • 50th anniversary Mass. (Photo: Jeff Thompson)
  • 50th anniversary Mass. (Photo: Jeff Thompson)
  • 50th anniversary Mass. (Photo: Jeff Thompson)
  • 50th anniversary Mass. (Photo: Jeff Thompson)
  • 50th Anniversary. (Photo: Phyllis Bries)
  • 50th Anniversary. (Photo: Phyllis Bries)
  • Dedication ceremony. (Photo: Phyllis Bries)
  • Dedication ceremony. (Photo: Jeff Thompson)
  • Dedication ceremony. (Photo: Jeff Thompson)
  • Dedication ceremony. (Photo: Jeff Thompson)
  • Dedication ceremony. (Photo: Jeff Thompson)
  • Dedication ceremony. (Photo: Jeff Thompson)
  • Dedication ceremony. (Photo: Jeff Thompson)
  • Dedication ceremony. (Photo: Jeff Thompson)
  • Dedication ceremony. (Photo: Jeff Thompson)
  • 50th Anniversary. (Photo: Jeff Thompson)
  • 50th anniversary. (Photo: Jeff Thompson)
  • 50th Anniversary. (Photo: Jeff Thompson)
  • 50th Anniversary. (Photo: Phyllis Bries)
  • 50th Anniversary. (Photo: Phyllis Bries)
  • 50th Anniversary. (Photo: Phyllis Bries)
  • 50th Anniversary. (Photo: Jeff Thompson)
  • 50th Anniversary. (Photo: Jeff Thompson)
  • 50th Anniversary. (Photo: Jeff Thompson)
  • 50th Anniversary. (Photo: Jeff Thompson)
  • Former Pastor Fr. Tom Fitzgerald. (Photo: Jeff Thompson)
  • 50th Anniversary. (Photo: Jeff Thompson)
  • The new Youth Room. (Photo: Jeff Thompson)
  • The new Youth Room features a countertop designed by St. Rita's ...
  • The new Youth Room. (Photo: Jeff Thompson)
  • The new nursery. (Photo: Jeff Thompson)
  • The new addition -- our Center for Faith Formation. (Photo: Jeff Thompson)
  • The new addition -- our Center for Faith Formation. (Photo: Phyllis Bries)
  • 50th Anniversary. (Photo: Phyllis Bries)
  • 50th Anniversary. (Photo: Jeff Thompson)

 

WELCOME TO THE CHURCH OF ST. RITA - 1966-2016
CELEBRATING 50 YEARS OF CONNECTING FAITH AND LIFE! 

 

PARISH INFORMATIONAL MEETINGS

St. Rita's Parish Council invites all parishioners to attend one of two upcoming informational meetings. 

  • Tuesday, May 17, 7 p.m. -or-
  • Wednesday, May 25, 9:30 a.m. 

The meetings will take place in the large conference room in the lower level of the Faith Formation Center. The gatherings are an opportunity for you to learn more about how the parish operates, and how you can take part. Specific topics will include:

  • Building updates
  • Finances
  • Church Activities
  • Changes to the Mass

There will also be time for questions and comments. Refreshments will be served, and all are welcome! 

Summer faith formation

Registration is now open for summer faith formation. 

There are several programs scheduled for preschool, elementary and middle school children. 

  • Summer Faith Formation: June 13-17 - Grades 1-5
  • Vacation Bible School: July 11-15 - Age 4-Grade 3
  • Kids Make a Difference Camp: July July 26-28 - Grades 2-5
  • Summer Stretch: Tuesdays June 14-July 19 - Grades 6-9

Get more details and download registration forms here.

50th Anniversary Celebration

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.

 

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.

See a photo gallery of the day's events here.

Read a brief history of our parish here.

Click here to watch a video timeline of our parish's history.

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!)

Mass Times

Daily Masses:
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

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-6:30 pm

Staff

Office Hours

Monday-Thursday 8:00 am-4:30 pm
Friday 8:00 am-Noon

Note: The parish office is closed on weekends.

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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 mutecht@saintritas.org

Feel free to call the parish office at 651-459-4596 if you have questions.