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!


Enjoy these pictures from our 2018 Christmas Pageant: The Three King's Journey.



Reconciliation:  Advent Services

Saturday, Dec 15th [10am] 

And regularly on Saturdays [4pm] in the chapel

Christmas Mass schedule

Monday, December 24th Masses 4pm, 6:30 pm and 10pm

Tuesday, December 25th Mass 9am

New Year’s Day Mass Feast of Mary, the Mother of God

Monday, December 31st 5:30 pm (anticipatory)

Tuesday, January 1st 9:00 am

Faith Building Trips for our Youth

July 13-21, 2019 youth and adult leaders from St Rita's will travel to Nashville to serve with Catholic Heart Workcamp.  Registration is open - forms due by Sunday, January 13, 2019.  Fundraising opportunities will be available.  Youth Registrations   Adult Leader Information

In November 2019, a group of Catholic high school youth form around the Archdiocese of St Paul/Mpls will travel to the National Catholic Youth Conference in Indianapolis.  St Rita's is looking for young leaders from our parish to participate.  This is a bi-annual event that gathers over 25,000 Catholic High School youth from around the nation to celebrate our Catholic faith together in Indianapolis.    Registration info here.  **there will be opportunities for at least $250 in scholarships along with fundraising.  Contact Amy for more information, or check out www.ncyc.info.

Getting Involved



Friday, December 28th, 2018 from 9 - 3 pm

Cost is $25 for food and bus

Children in grades 1 & up are invited to join in for a fun and service day.  We will do projects in the AM and go to Feed My Starving Children in the afternoon.  Register on-line or stop at the parish office for a registration form. Registration is due return by Dec. 21st. Click here to register 

Love Your Parish!

We're selling love your parish car decals in the office.  These are a great way for us to share our parish pride and invite others in the community to know St Rita's!  

Memorial Garden

The foundation has been laid for our new MEMORIAL GARDEN, which features bricks that can be purchased and engraved to honor loved ones or commemorate important dates or events.  This  is going to be a beautiful place to spend time in prayer and reflection.  We hope a lot of you make use of it!

The garden sits 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.

Mass Times

Daily Masses:
Tuesday: 8:30 am
Wednesday: 8:30 am
Thursday: 8 am Communion Service, 4:00 pm Mass
Friday: 8:30 am

Weekend Masses:
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

Online Giving

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Office Hours

Monday-Thursday 8 am-4:30 pm
Friday 8 am-Noon

Note: The parish office is closed on weekends.

Links and Resources

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Bible Search

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.