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!
***PLEASE NOTE; There will be NO community meal in September due to the homecoming parade route.
St Rita's wants to send out a huge thank you to all of this year's Fall Festival volunteers, sponsors and those of YOU who joined us. A great time was had by all and thanks be to God the day was gorgeous! You can check out photos from the weekend on our FB page here. Thanks everyone!
St Rita's has always been a generous community and we appreciate you. Here are a few of the ways that your generous giving has benefitted our parish family.
Parish Mission Talks
Join us for the 2018 Fall Mission Talks with Dr Italy!
Join us for dinner on Sunday before the event. All are welcome - we ask only that you reserve a spot so we know how much to prepare. Friends and family are welcome. There is no cost for dinner or the speaker, though the parish will accept a free will offering to cover and costs. If you'd like to help sponsor either dinner or our speaker costs, please contact Rory at the parish. Let us know you're coming for dinner here!
WHY BE CATHOLIC? [Sunday, October 28, 2018 7:00 pm]
The story of a young, Catholic rock ‘n roller who fell in love with Christ, and why he decided not to leave the Catholic Church. With his engaging personal witness, Dr. D’Ambrosio explains in a fresh, contemporary way that “Catholic” means fullness of life.
This talk will reenergize already devout Catholics, giving them new insights into the role of Mary, Tradition, and the sacraments. For Sunday, nominal, and inactive Catholics, this talk is a spark to a deeper conversion to Christ and deeper commitment to his church. For non-Catholic Christians, this talk explains a few of the Catholic distinctives and provides a friendly, non-offensive invitation to discover elements of our common Christian heritage that make for a deeper, richer life in Christ.
GETTING MORE OUT OF THE MASS [Monday, October 29, 2018 7:00 pm]
The central act of worship in the Catholic Church is the Mass. Yet only a minority of Catholics bother to attend Mass these days, and many of those who do come late and leave early, apparently getting very little out of it. This talk asks the simple question, “what can we do to get more out of Mass?” With humorous stories and practical examples, Dr. Italy discloses how to unlock the power of Christ’s presence despite the distractions that often get in the way. Many of the illustrations, drawn from Dr. D’Ambrosio’s life and that of his family, make it clear that everyone, no matter how busy, can have a much deeper and more satisfying experience of Christ in the Mass. Those who attend this talk will never experience the Mass in quite the same way again!
Love Your Parish!
St Rita's has invited Dr Italy for our all parish retreat October 28 & 29th. to help cover costs of this event, we're selling love your parish car decals. These are a great way for us to share our parish pride and invite others in the community to know St Rita's!
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.
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.
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
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- Father Ron Kreul, O.P., Parochial Administrator
- 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 and Youth MInistry
- 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.