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.
Daily Mass and Yesterday's Confirmation Mass
We've installed our new camera system and though we're still learning we're really pleased with it. So be patient with the zooms and scene changes while we practice, learn and train. If you'd like to serve as a video operator helping at daily Mass or on the Saturday night Masses, please contact the office.
The Confirmation Mass for half of our young people, please keep them in your prayers!
Pre-Registering for Mass
As we open up public Mass our capacity is limited. Pre-registration to attend will be required for the weekend liturgies, no registration required for daily Mass. 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 now using Book a Pew to reserve space for Mass. Simply click on the date you wish, read the policy, then click reserve on the time you want to attend near the bottom. **The reason we need you to register for weekend Mass is so we are able to do contact tracing if someone tests positive for COVID-19 - thank you for your cooperation on this.
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.
St Rita's Mission Outreach team works with Listening House to offer weekend meal kits for homeless in St Paul. Because of social distancing, Listening House can't offer their normal weekly meal services, so they are relying on our meal kits everyday. You can help us keep this great service going. Food donations can be placed in baskets in the hallway by the front office.
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.
- Mask wearing is mandated by the State.
- 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
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.