WELCOME TO THE CHURCH OF ST. RITA!
REPORT FROM TOWN HALL MEETINGS
The Parish Council held two town hall meetings in March to gather information and feedback from parishioners. The meetings were well attended and featured thoughtful discussion around three main subjects: education, communication, and engagement.
Feel free to share your thoughts with the Council at this email address: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Give the Gift of Life
We hope you'll consider helping out your friends and neighbors by donating blood during our annual Red Cross Blood Drive.
Thursday, July 6 from 1-7 p.m. at St. Rita’s.
Summer faith formation - teachers needed!
Our summer faith formation programs are underway, and we are still need of some teachers to lead classes. If you love children and want to share your faith with them, please consider volunteering. Training is provided. Contact Kathy Kovarik at email@example.com with questions.
Here are the remaining dates for Summer Faith Formation for elementary-age children:
Mon-Fri, July 17-21: Vacation Bible School, for children age 4 through grade 3.
Tue-Thu, July 25-27: Kids Make a Difference Camp, for children entering grades 2-5.
Registration forms are here.
Summer Stretch for middle/high school students. Youth entering grades 6-9 can spend seven Tuesdays with us, serving as the hands and feet of Christ in our community during the mornings.Then in the afternoons we head out for some fun and community building! Registrations are still being accepted. Forms are here.
CORE TEAM 2017-2018: High School Leaders Needed: Now accepting new high school aged youth for our CORE Peer Ministry Team, we meet once a month to plan, pray and grow in our faith. There is also an August camping trip and a Fall & Spring retreat. More information here -- Talk to Amy if you want to know more.
NCYC 2017: The National Catholic Youth Conference will be in Indianapolis in November. St Rita's will be joining several other parishes from the area for this amazing weekend, where more than 25,000 Catholic high school students will gather to celebrate our faith. Here's the Info - register before June 1!
Fall Festival update
This year's Fall Festival is September 16-17. Mark your calendars!
Planning is well underway for the festival, and our next planning meeting is Tuesday, June 27 at 7 p.m. If you're interested in helping out, please join us. All are welcome.
We're adding some new and exciting events to this year's festival, including our first ever Talent Competition, which will be open to anyone. There will be cash prizes and ribbons to the top finishers in two age groups: 18 and under, and 19 and over. More information to come.
If you're interested in participating in the talent competition, or helping out in other ways, contact Pat Kotnour at 651-438-3695 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
- Mary Fran Koch, Parish Nurse
- Bob Branchaud, Data Entry
- Ann Marie Valento, Nursery Coordinator
- Melanie Foy, Website Manager
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.