• sharing their faith with our middle schoolers
  • The Church of St. Rita
  • You are always welcome at the Church of St. Rita!
  • St. Rita surrounded by stunning hibiscus flowers
  • Sunday Mass
  • Our beautiful chapel
  • Fr. Jim Grogan Memorial Cross
  • St. Rita's at dawn: Photo by Todd Salmonson

Welcome to the Church of St Rita in Cottage Grove, MN

From Fr Ron - 
Reaching out and connecting with our parish family;

We have a constant connection with many of our parishioners through their service and support of the parish.  However, there are many that we do not hear from and we want to be sure that we are connecting with all our registered members and attending to their needs.  There may be some of you who attend but have never registered, we would love to hear from you.

To improve our communication, we are entering a process of calling/emailing those we have not heard directly from over the last 17 months (we have tried contacting everyone by mail.)  A committee of people from the parish will be helping with this process.  After we have tried this we will undertake another attempt through home visitation.  I will be updating you on this over the next few months.  *If you know someone who is a member and is not able to come to church, please let us know so we can reach out to them. 

If you have any questions or want to help with the process, please contact me at the parish office.  

God bless, Fr Ron

Children's Christmas


Living Advent

Sr. High Mission Trip:  Join our Mission Team each summer as we take off to serve as the hands and feet of Jesus.  You could find yourself painting a house, giving piggyback rides to local children at the kids club, visiting an elderly home and meeting some amazing new friends. This Summer we're heading to serve in Benton Harbor, MI with YOUTHWORKS! - check out more information here.  Registration is due by Monday, Jan 20th.  Print off a registration packet here or talk to Amy. 






Synod 2021

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.

Mass Times

Daily Masses:
Tuesday: 5:00 pm
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-4 pm


Office Hours

Monday-Thursday 8 am-4:30 pm
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.

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