Welcome to the Church of St Rita
All are welcome to come and worship with us! Take a moment to explore St Rita's community & ministries, find ways to continue growing in your faith & serving. We're slowly returning to public ministry - look below on ways to stream Mass, pre-register to attend Mass or find links for ways to connect with us in prayer and service.
*you no longer need to book a pew for Mass.
Participate in Mass via video
The live stream Weekend Mass will generally be from the Sunday 10:30 am Mass - we have a small team of people who can run the video equipment - if you'd like to be a part of that team, contact us and we'll train and work with your schedule. We need help for both daily and weekend Masses.
Archdiocesan Hope and Healing Retreat
This virtual five-part retreat grounds each person’s fundamental identity as a beloved child of God. Yet each has experienced wounds that bind. This retreat explores how to unbind these knots through the intercession of Our Lady, Undoer of Knots, and open these wounds to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Encountering Jesus’ love and mercy brings healing and hope.
Note: This retreat follows the Praying with Scripture series. Sign up to participate for both series via one of the options below!
Two Ways to Participate
- Download the Archdiocesan Synod App: Access videos, discussion questions, and daily Prayer Companion reflections. Plus, receive alerts when new content Is posted. Download myParish App and within the app, search for “Archdiocesan Synod.”
- Sign Up for Weekly Emails: Receive an email each week during the Praying with Scripture Series and Healing and Hope Retreat, containing links to that week’s video, plus downloadable discussion questions and Prayer Companion. Sign up here.
Session Titles, Talks and Speakers
- Session 1: “Our Fundamental Identity as a Child of God and the Body of Christ” Presented by Fr. Jon Vander Ploeg and Nataleigh Waters-Lang
- Session 2: ” Identifying our Personal Wounds: Places of Darkness; Openings for Resilience & Grace” Presented by Sarah McCauley and Paul Ruff
- Session 3: “The Wounds of the Body of Christ and Our Bindings/Tourniquets: The Knots We Allow to be Tied” Presented by Paula Kaempffer and Fr. Joseph Bambenek
- Session 4: “Turning Over Our Bindings to Mary, Undoer of Knots, and Opening Our Wounds to Jesus” Presented by Viviana Sotro and Fr. Steven Hoffman
- Session 5: “A New Narrative in Jesus” Presented by Dan Stokman and Fr. Joseph Bambenek
Every year, three new members are chosen to replace the three members that have completed their term. The members are chosen through a discernment process with one member being selected at each Mass the last weekend in October.
Whether you are young (must be 18) or old and are searching for an opportunity to enhance being the Body of Christ in your faith, please consider becoming a member of the Parish Council. The Parish Council is an advisory body to the Pastor acting as the eyes and ears of our parish and working to maintain our parish mission. The council meets the fourth Tuesday of each month starting in September through June at 7pm. Each member serves a three-year term.
If you would like to nominate yourself, or if you know someone that you feel would be a great fit, please call the parish office at 651-459-4596 or email the parish council at [email protected] Nomination deadline is Monday, October 19th.
We would love to have you on the council!!
Serving our Parish Community
Readers of the Word, Eucharistic Ministers and Ushers needed as we return to a regular Mass schedule. We're also looking for a team of people to share the responsibilities of the sacristan role for Saturday 5pm Masses, please consider being part of this team.
Later in the Summer we'll be looking for people to serve as part of the 'LIVE Mass Stream Team' when our new video equipment arrives. Schedules are flexible, serve as you're able. Contact the parish if you want to learn more or get started.
Seems a little earlier for our annual request for helpers, but hey... Minnesota! Thanks, contact Todd if you can help
What’s working and what’s not in the Archdiocese? Archbishop Bernard Hebda wants to hear from you! Please prayerfully consider attending an upcoming Prayer and Listening Event, as part of the Pre-Synod Process and make your voice heard. Your input will help guide the Archdiocese over the next 5-10 years. No registration is required. A full listing of dates, times and locations may be found at this link
Some of our young people had the opportunity to participate a synod specifically for young Catholics at Archdiocesan Youth Day. Their ideas, understanding and concerns for our Church were inspiring. Please take the opportunity, like they did, to engage in this dialogue about what's working and not working in our local Church.
Tuesday: 5:00 pm
Wednesday: 8:30 am
Thursday: 5:00 pm
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 pm **currently on hold during COVID
- Father Mark Joppa, 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 and Youth MInistry
- Adam Baus, Music Director
- Todd Salmonson, Buildings and Grounds
- Carol Goecke, Faith Formation Assistant
- Mary Fran Koch, Parish Nurse
- 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.
** The new Catholic Bishop Abuse Reporting (CBAR) service became operational Monday, March 16. The Bishops of the United States approved the national reporting system following Pope Francis’ May 2019 apostolic letter, Vos estis lux mundi (“You are the light of the world”), to address the issue of sexual abuse and bishop accountability in the global Catholic Church.
CBAR is one way to report allegations, operated by Convercent, Inc., an independent, third party entity that provides intake services to private institutions for reports of sensitive topics such as sexual harassment, through a secure, confidential, and professional platform. Individuals may make a report by accessing ReportBishopAbuse.org or calling (800) 276-1562. Reports are taken 24 hours a day in English and Spanish. More information may be found at archspm.org/ReportBishopAbuse.
Our Masses are Live-Streamed
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