WELCOME TO THE CHURCH OF ST. RITA - 1966-2016
CELEBRATING 50 YEARS OF CONNECTING FAITH AND LIFE!
Summer faith formation
Several dozen children participated in summer faith formation in mid-June; the first group to use the classrooms in our new addition! It was a wonderful week of learning in a much more conducive environment. A special thanks to all of you who made the building project possible through your donations!
There is still time to register for other faith formation activities this summer.
- 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
Community Blood Drive
The Church of St. Rita is hosting its annual Red Cross Blood Drive on Thursday, July 7 from 1 p.m.-7 p.m. in Seton Hall. The last two years have been very successful, and we hope to reach our goal again this year.
You can sign up for a donation appointment time online by going to www.redcrossblood.org and entering the sponsor code: Church of St. Rita.
You can also sign up on the sheets outside the Parish Office, or call us at 651-459-4596 for more information.
Time to think about the Fall Festival
We've just started summer, but it's time to start thinking about this year's Fall Festival, which is scheduled for Sept. 17-18. The Fall Festival committee is planning another great weekend, but we need your help.
We're looking for volunteers to take over organizing the 4K/1K Fun Run/Walk on Saturday morning. Last year's inaugural fun run was a great success, but we can't keep it going this year unless we get new leaders.
We're also trying to gauge the level of interest in having a variety show that weekend. It would be open to performers of any age from the parish - not for competition, just for fun. Please consider whether you'd like to perform, and whether you can help organize it.
We'll need to make a decision on these activities within the next few weeks, so please respond soon, and thanks.
You'll find more information here. You can also contact us at email@example.com, or 651-458-4135.
--Melanie and Rick Foy, Fall Festival co-chairs
An important announcement from Fr. Rick
It is with great sadness I must report a second claim of misconduct has been made against a former priest of St. Rita's. As with the first claim, which was filed May 18, the priest involved is Fr. Gerard Rowan, who is now deceased. The alleged misconduct in both cases occurred many years ago.
Our first response is to extend heartfelt prayers for those who have been affected, and for their families, as we work to help them heal.
Parish leadership and I have been in contact with the Archdiocese and the proper attorneys, and they advised us it was acceptable to identify Fr. Rowan as the priest involved.
It is our expectation that these claims will be resolved between the Archdiocesan bankruptcy proceedings and our insurance companies, along with the claims that have been made against other parishes. Because we are covered by insurance, we expect at this point that any financial ramifications for the parish would be minimal or nonexistent.
If you have been a victim of clergy abuse, please call us at the parish office at 651-459-4596, or the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis at 651-291-4400. During these very difficult times, please pray for all the victims of abuse across the Archdiocese. -- Fr. Rick
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
- Kathy Kovarik, Elementary Faith Formation
- Amy Schroeder, Middle/High School Faith Formation
- Andrew Walker, Music Director
- Margaret Utecht, Office Manager
- Todd Salmonson, Buildings and Grounds
- Carol Goecke, Faith Formation Assistant
- Bob Branchaud, Data Entry
- Melanie Foy, Website Manager
- Ann Marie Valento, Nursery Coordinator
Friday 8:00 am-Noon
Note: The parish office is closed on weekends.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Feel free to call the parish office at 651-459-4596 if you have questions.