Welcome to the Church of St Rita in Cottage Grove, MN
All are welcome to come and worship with us! Take a moment to explore St Rita's community and ministries, find ways to continue growing in your faith and 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. Contact the parish if you or anyone you know is in need.
Pre-Registering for Mass
As we slowly open up public Mass our capacity will be extremely limited. Pre-registration to attend will be required. We will continue to stream weekend and daily Mass online for those of you who choose to stay at home. Thanks for your patience as we continue to adjust during this time. We're praying for you!
We will have public Masses Saturday 5pm and daily Masses Tuesday thru Friday at 9am; the Church will still be open for individual prayer 1-3 pm on the weekends.
Pre-registration links for Weekend and Daily Masses (limited capacity at this time)
**NO PRINTED TICKETS NEEDED
To get in contact with us outside of office hours call and leave a message at 651-459-4596 or send an email to [email protected]
For Anointing or The Sacrament of Reconciliation, please contact the parish.
Temporary Parish Hours
St Rita Parish open during these times;
Monday – Thursday 10am to Noon & 2 to 4pm
Friday 10:00am to Noon
Saturday/Sunday Church Open 1:00 to 3:00pm
To pray the Rosary or Chaplet with other parishioners/staff, click here.
Join our community in prayer - follow us on social media.
Weekend Mass - the Feast of Pentecost - COME HOLY SPIRIT COME
As May is Mary's month, Pope Francis is asking all Catholics to pray the Rosary everyday this month for the pandemic. On our Holy Rosary and Prayers tab there are some familiar faces leading the different mysteries and they want to pray with you!
Helping our Neighbors
St Rita’s Family – we know you, we know your generous hearts, and we know you want to find ways to help. This year our young people shared two Catholic learning trips with youth from St Peter Claver Catholic Church in St Paul, we’ve connected with our brothers and sisters there, they have seen destruction and loss this week and we want to show them our love and solidarity.
This week(June 1 – 7), during open office hours, we’ll be collecting grocery and hygiene items to help them thru the next few weeks. If you are able, please share generously. St Rita’s will collect and deliver your donations, the parish volunteers there will make sure they are shared with those in need. Thank you St Rita's family!
Non Perishable foods like beans, rice, tuna, soup, pasta, vegetables, granola bars, cereal ect…
Bags of apples/oranges/potatoes
Bread, tortillas or buns
Laundry Soap, shampoo, soap, toilet paper, diapers, feminine products, deodorants ect…
What to know when you pre-register for Mass at St Rita's;
- We are concerned for the well-being of each member of our community. If you are in a 'vulnerable category' for the COVID-19 virus (e.g. adults 65 and older, people with compromised immune systems, ect.) we strongly encourage you to stay home and continue to participate in Mass online at this time.
- Catholics in the Archdiocese of St Paul/Mpls are dispensed from the obligation to attend Mass on Sunday & Holy days.
- The parish will continue to provide online Mass through our website and facebook page.
- Everyone must provide their own face mask and wear it while in our building.
- It is always wise to bring your own hand sanitizer. If you have extra sanitizer, the parish would be happy to receive donations!
- At all times, social distancing norms must be followed. Tape and signs will help you maintain a distance of 6 feet from people not in your household.
- You/anyone in your household has had a fever in the last 2 weeks.
- You/anyone in your household have a new cough or new shortness of breath.
- You/anyone in your family has come into contact with anyone who is positive for COVID-19 in the past two weeks.
Become a prayer warrior for the covid priest corps
Sharing Favorite Verses
A parishioner/health care worker has reached out to us asking for our St Rita's family members who sew to start making masks. Here is the link to the Blue Cross MN and Allina page with information and instructions on the acceptable mask patterns.
You can drop off donations of masks at the parish during our new temporary hours and we'll ensure they're delivered. Thank you for your aid.
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: 8 am Communion Service, 4:00 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-4 pm
- 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
- Adam Baus, Music Director
- Todd Salmonson, Buildings and Grounds
- Carol Goecke, Faith Formation Assistant
- Mary Fran Koch, Parish Nurse
- Ann Marie Valento, Nursery Coordinator
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.
** 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.