WELCOME TO THE CHURCH OF ST. RITA - 1966-2016
CELEBRATING 50 YEARS OF CONNECTING FAITH AND LIFE!
ADVENT: PREPARING ANEW FOR THE COMING OF CHRIST
Advent is a time of joyful expectation, a time when we look forward to celebrating the anniversary of Christ's first coming - His birth in Bethlehem. However, it is also a time to prepare for Christ's second coming - at the end of time or the end of our lives, whichever comes first.
As Christians, we believe that God has indeed come to Earth. But we also believe that He has come to show us the way, through this life to the next. Advent reminds us that we need to be vigilant and prepared for the coming of the Lord.
Christ has come, and Christ will come again. Be ready! ~ Fr. Rick
Join us for this year's Children's Christmas Pageant on Sunday, December 4 at 5 p.m. in the worship space. Our children have been working hard and are excited to share the nativity story with you.
You're also welcome to stay for a reception following the pageant.
You can see photos from previous Christmas pageants here.
Christmas ~ A season of giving
The Christmas season is an opportunity for us to put our Christian faith into action by helping those in our community who could use some assistance. We hope you'll participate in these efforts to spread some holiday love.
Christmas Giving Tree:
Look for the Giving Tree display in the gathering space at the end of November. The tree will have ornaments with suggestions for gift cards you can purchase, which will be distributed to teenagers in needy families in our area.
If you would like to participate, you can take an ornament, purchase the gift card written on it, and drop off the gift card in the parish office by December 14.
Some of the cards will be kept at St. Rita's to support parish families. We will give the rest to the Friends in Need Food Shelf, which will distribute them to the recipients.
Adopt a Family:
This is an opportunity for you, your family or a group to bring joy to children in needy families, by purchasing a few Christmas gifts for them.
Typically, a child provides a wish list with two or three items totaling about $30 in value. You will be matched with a family or families depending on how much you or your group wish to spend.
We are joining Friends in Need on this project as well. To get more information or to adopt a family, contact Deacon Jack Nicklay at 651-459-4596, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Activities for children and families
We always have opportunities for children and families here at St. Rita's. We hope you'll join in the fun and fellowship!
Christmas pageant: Sunday, December 4, 5 p.m.
WINTERBLAST Middle School Lock-In: Friday, December 9, 6 p.m. to 6 a.m.
'Hour of Power' on Wednesday evenings
Come and pray for the children, youth, and families of St. Rita's during our "Hour of Power" each Wednesday evening, from 5:45-6:45 p.m. in the chapel.
5:45-6:15 p.m.: Eucharistic Adoration, devotions, and quiet prayer
6:15-6:45 p.m.: Weekday Mass
We are seeking eight volunteers to attend Adoration one Wednesday per month. The registration form is here, and is also available in the parish office.
Families are welcome to come to Adoration or Mass, which was scheduled to allow children and youth attending Faith Formation to stay a little later or come a little earlier to participate.
Contact the parish office for more information.
Tuesday: 8:30 am
Wednesday: 8:30 am, 6:15 pm
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: Wednesdays 5:45-6:15 pm; 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 email@example.com.
Feel free to call the parish office at 651-459-4596 if you have questions.