Happy Easter and Welcome to the Church of Saint Rita
in Cottage Grove, MN
We invite you to join us for Mass and to become an active part of our community of faith. Please look through our website to find ways that St Rita's can help you to grow in your Catholic faith. If you have questions, any of the parish staff would be happy to serve you. God's generous blessings upon you!
Town Hall Meetings
There will be two opportunities to meet with the Parish Council this April and hear about the status of happenings in the parish, share ideas and discuss needs and ideas for our communities future. St Rita's will host Town Hall style gatherings on Tuesday, April 17th at 9:30 a.m. and Thursday, April 26th at 7:00 p.m. Please join us and help us meet the needs of our faith community.
A letter from our Pastor
April 3, 2018
Dear Parishioners, It is with bittersweet feelings that I share some news with you. On July 1, I will be assigned to another parish, St. Edward in Bloomington. St. Edward was my first parish and I served there as the Associate Pastor/Parochial Vicar for five years. St. Ed’s has always had a special place in my heart – a parish and people I still have many ties to. In the last few years, the parish has gone through some challenging transitions and recently, I was asked to serve there as pastor.
This has been a very difficult decision for me. I love the Community of St. Rita very much and these last seven years have been some of the best and most fulfilling years of my priesthood. I have been in no hurry to leave St. Rita’s! In fact, as many of you know, last year I happily signed on for another six-year term. In theory, I could have been at St. Rita’s for another five years. It is going to be so hard for me to leave all the wonderful people, the friends I have made, our great staff and our beautiful liturgies and music. I’m already feeling that “knot” in my stomach and a tear or two when I look around and see all of you. This has been a tough and emotional decision for me.
Still, I trust the Holy Spirit that I am being called for a reason. I also believe that the Spirit is calling the next pastor of St. Rita to have the privilege of taking this parish to the next chapter.
I will be with you for the next three months – thankful for every moment of being pastor of this incredible community. I have kept in touch and stayed friends with so many in my previous parishes, and I hope and plan to do the same with you.
God bless you and God bless the Community of St. Rita in all that lies ahead.
With sincere affection,
Registration for Elementary Faith Formation begins soon,
Here's what you can look forward to!
Summer Faith Faith Formation for those entering Kindergarten through 5th grade
June 11-15th Program runs 9:00am - 3:00pm Mon - Thurs, and 9:00am - Noon on Friday
Vacation Bible School for 4 years old to those entering 3rd grade
July 23-27th Program run 9:00am - 11:30am
We'll be looking for volunteers in all our summer programs, talk to Kathy Kovarik or Amy Schroeder in the Faith Formation department at the parish if you're interested in helping out and growing in your own faith! 651-459-4596
Fall Bible Study: Registration now open
In Evangelization and the Acts of the Apostles, Dr. Mary Healy combines Bible study with Church teaching and practical wisdom to show you how modern Catholics can effectively lead people to Jesus Christ.
1. Why Study Acts? 6. Sacraments and the Spirit
2. Clothed with Power 7. Leadership in the Church
3. Proclaiming the Kerygma 8. Charisms of the Spirit
4. Signs and Wonders 9. Joy in Persecution
5. How Jesus Makes an Evangelist 10. The Belly of the Beast
*The 2019 Lenten Study will focus on Paul's Letter to the Philippians.
St Rita's Parish Council will be installing a memorial garden on the parish grounds, which will feature bricks that can be purchased and engraved to honor loved ones or commemorate important dates or events.
The garden will be installed on the 80th Street side of the church building, which will beautify this open space and will provide easy access from our chapel and for those with mobility issues. Landscaping and plantings will provide privacy screening from the street while people are in prayer or peaceful contemplation in the garden.
You can read more about the memorial garden project, and find the order form here.
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
- Cindy Mitchell, Office Manager
- 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
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.