WELCOME TO THE CHURCH OF ST. RITA!
Thanks to all who participated in this past weekend's Fall Festival!
The weekend was a great celebration for our parish family. We greatly appreciate the many volunteers who put in a tremendous amount of time and effort to bring a great event for everyone, especially our Fall Festival Team! We're also thankful for the many sponsors who made the weekend possible.
Here are a few photos from Sunday's activities, thank you again to all who participated!
On Friday, October 13, the whole world will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the apparitions of Our Lady at Fatima, Portugal.
In honor of this important anniversary, the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis, along with the World Apostolate of Fatima, USA, is hosting a Centennial Celebration. On that day, Cardinal Donald Wuerl, Archbishop of Washington, DC, will consecrate the United States to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
In union with these events, Archbishop Bernard Hebda will consecrate our Archdiocese to Our Lady’s Immaculate Heart. He invites the faithful to join in this special evening.
5:15 p.m – Mass and Consecration at the Cathedral of Saint Paul
6:30 p.m. – Gather at the Minnesota State Capitol for a Candlelight Rosary Procession back to the Cathedral
Archbishop Hebda encourages everyone to take part in a 33-day preparation for personal consecration to Mary. In preparation for the consecration, Fr. Michael Gaitley’s book, 33 Days to Morning Glory, is recommended, beginning on September 10 and culminating on October 13. The book can be purchased at the following local Catholic bookstores:
For more background on the centennial celebration of Fatima, visit the World Apostolate of Fatima – Saint Paul & Minneapolis Archdiocesan Division.
Faith Formation registration
The deadline for faith formation registration has passed, but we are still accepting forms for faith formation and sacramental preparation programs. A $25 per child late fee will apply, and we cannot guarantee a space for your child in class. Please contact the parish office to inquire.
You can download and print off the materials here, or pick up a copy in the parish office.
We hope you'll consider teaching a class this year. We love to have new volunteers, and those who teach will receive a discount on their registration fee. Training is provided.
More information about all our faith formation programs is available here.
Pope Francis: Ten tips for living a joyful life
Fr. Rick shared this list from Pope Francis in a recent homily, encouraging us all to bring more happiness and joy to our lives.
- Live and let live.
- Be giving of yourself to others.
- “Proceed calmly” in life.
- Have a healthy sense of leisure.
- Sundays should be holidays.
- Find innovative ways to create dignified jobs for young people.
- Respect and take care of nature.
- Stop being negative.
- Respect others’ beliefs.
- Work for peace.
To read more of Pope Francis' meditations, prayers, and homilies, visit The Holy See's website.
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
- 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.