• The Church of St. Rita
  • You are always welcome at the Church of St. Rita!
  • The Center for Faith Formation
  • St. Rita in the midst of our beautiful flower garden
  • St. Rita surrounded by stunning hibiscus flowers
  • The Church of St. Rita
  • Sunday Mass
  • Our Lord and Savior
  • Our new statue of St. Rita in the worship space.
  • Hail Mary, full of grace...
  • Our new statue of St. Joseph
  • Our beautiful chapel
  • Fr. Jim Grogan Memorial Cross
  • St. Rita's at dawn: Photo by Todd Salmonson
  • Our pastor, Fr. Rick Banker

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!


This past weekend was Fr Rick Banker's last with our community, here are a few words from him as he ends his seven years here

Welcoming Fr. Ron Kreul!

Fr. Ron is a Dominican Priest who has been working since 1977 in Parish Ministry, College Ministry, Itinerant Preaching and as a Licensed Marital and Family Therapist. He has served in (Arch)Dioceses in Missouri, Wisconsin, Michigan, California, New Mexico, Illinois, Colorado, New York, and many others as an Itinerant Preacher. Currently he is the Minister to Priests in the Diocese of Jefferson City, MO.”  Here are a few words he shared about himself.

As Fr. Rick has been responsible for your well-being before the Lord, I am responsible for the well-being of Priests before the Lord, at least for the past six years.

I know it might not say as much as you might like, but I would rather tell you about the Word of God instead of my history. However, I will share with you a “little “. The Lord was calling me most of my life, but I did not know how to connect (you may have to explain the rotary phone to younger people).

I don’t think I was that different than any other person. See anything special about me at my 1st communion (2nd pic) that would give you any inclination that I would become a religious priest (as opposed to a diocesan priest or a married/single man)? Can you spot me?

Now the Lord through Archbishop Hebda and my Provincial Fr. Jimmy Marchiando, O.P. have determined that you and I are to be together “living in and building up the Kingdom of God.” I look forward to seeing you soon and beginning this journey. When I arrive, I will share much more about me (and am eager to learn about you). Who we together become is more important than who I have been.

I never expected most of what the Lord had in mind for me on the day that Bishop Wirz laid hands on me (Sept. 1, 1978). Yet, I believe the Good (the Lord has in mind for us) is far more than we can imagine.

“And the Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us, and we saw his glory, the glory as of the Father’s only Son, full of grace and truth (John1:14).


Getting Involved

Save the Date!

St. Rita's Annual Red Cross Blood Drive is scheduled for Thursday, July 5, from 1:00 - 7:00 p.m.  To sign up, visit redcrossblood.org and enter; Church of St Rita to schedule an appointment, or sign up using the sign up sheets located in the gathering space, or call the parish office at 651-459-4596.

 Registration for Elementary Faith Formation is open!

Click here for registration info.

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


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, 5:30 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.