Saint Rita Parish is thrilled to announce its Lenten Series! We welcome all to join us on a journey of repentance, fasting, and reflection as we prepare our hearts for our Risen Lord. Lent is a season of repentance and of recalling and preparing for Baptism. The goal of the season is to deepen our communal and individual awareness that God deeply loves us, and as our awareness deepens, so too do our relationships with God and one another.
Throughout Lent, we GIVE.
CRS Rice Bowls is the Lenten program for Catholic Relief Services, and Saint Rita Parish is pleased to join over 12,000 Catholic communities across the United States in a transformative Lenten journey with CRS Rice Bowl.
You can pick up your family's Lenten Rice Bowl beginning Ash Wednesday, February 22. During the 40 days of Lent, we will reflect on global hunger and how to take action to help our sisters and brothers impacted by this injustice. Click here to learn more...
Throughout Lent, we PRAY.
Beginning Friday, February 24, Saint Rita Parish will offer additional opportunities for Mass during Lent:
Monday - Friday, 8:45am
Fridays, 6:30pm with Stations to follow
Stations of the Cross
Fridays (with the school), 2:00pm (no Stations March 24)
Fridays, 7:00pm following 6:30pm Mass
Good Friday, April 7 at 12:00pm parish teens will preform Living Stations of the Cross. This will be live-streamed on our website.
Teens are invited to participate in this annual performance! Practices will be held on the following Sundays: March 12, March 26, and April 2 after 12:15pm Masses. Click here to register.
Evening of Confession
On Wednesday, March 8, from 5:00 - 8:00pm we will host our Diocesan Evening of Confessions, where we will welcome back, in the Lord's mercy, those who have been away from the church. As we do so, amid the worldwide Eucharistic Revival, we will expose the Blessed Sacrament for adoration from 5:00 - 8:00pm that we might pray for those returning to the Church, our parish family, ourselves and the world in need of God's mercy and love. Come and pray for any amount of time, be in the presence of Jesus and experience the power of His mercy.
Additionally, Saint Rita Parish will host a Communal Penance Service on Tuesday, March 21 at 6:30pm.
Throughout Lent, we LEARN and LISTEN.
Youth Group Lenten Discussion
On Sunday, February 26, youth in grades 8-12 will enjoy dinner while discussing about ways they can grow through prayer, fasting, and almsgiving this Lent. There will also be a blanket making service activity! Click here to learn more.
St. Joseph & Sacred Art Youth Group Night
Teens are invited to Saint Mark Center on Sunday, March 19 from 6:00pm - 8:00pm to celebrate the Feast of St. Joseph with a discussion on Sacred Art led by Fr. Matt, followed by a painting activity. This event is open to students in grades 8-12 and inviting a friend is encouraged.
Lenten Scavenger Hunt for Families
We encourage all families – young and old – to venture throughout the campus exploring their faith and reflecting on their Lenten journey!
Saint Rita Parish is pleased to welcome Dr. Petroc Willey, BD, Ph.D., S.T.L., a Professor of Theology at Franciscan University. He will be on campus to speak on Sunday, March 26 at 7:00pm, Monday, March 27 at 7:00pm, and Tuesday, March 28 at 7:00pm. Dr. Willey has authored numerous study texts in philosophy and theology. He is the co-author of The Catechism of the Catholic Church and the Craft of Catechesis.
Growing in Faith
Saint Rita Parish shares a monthly publication designed to help parishioners live their faith more fully. The latest installment is called, Lent Leads Us Back to God. Take steps to further your faith during this season. Click below to download your Lenten calendar.