Dine Out for Food Pantry

All are invited to dine out at selected restaurants monthly to benefit the food pantry.  Just mention to your waiter that you are there to support St. Rita and the food pantry gets a percentage of your order.  This month we will go the “Perrin’s” In Harahan.  The dates are Tuesday November 28th and Thursday November 30th.  We are doing two days, not to make you go out on two days, but to make it easier for those that find one of the days a bad day.  Dine-in or takeout lunch or dinner.  Thanks to everyone that has participated in the past for their support of this program.  Many of you may not really understand how much you are helping.  Please be assured that you are and please keep asking friends and family to join you.  We will publish  locations as they are  determined.   Call Gene Hickey at 430-8778 or email ghickey@scottcompanies.com to make reservations


Saturday, Oct. 7

2:30pm                      Rosary Procession with Blessings/Spiritual Reflections

                                   St. Rita Church, 7100 Jefferson Highway, Harahan

4:00pm                      Opening Liturgy with Banner Procession –

                                   Fr. Steven Bruno, St. Rita Parish Pastor

                                      Music: St. Rita Adult Choir

Brigid Higgins, Director

5:00pm                      Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament begins


Sunday, Oct. 8

 7:30, 9:30, 11:30am  Parish Masses

 7:30pm                       Youth Mass – Fr. Matthew Johnston

St. Joan of Arc, LaPlace

                                     Music: St. Rita Youth Choir

Brigid Higgins, Director


Monday, Oct. 9

 12:00 Noon                Mass – Fr. Joseph Krafft

Notre Dame Seminary, New Orleans

                                        Music: St. Pius Children’s Choir

Stephanie Dureau, Director

 7:30pm                       Mass – Fr. John Restrepo, O.P.

                                                St. Dominic Parish

                                       Music: Lorraine Hess and Jamie Diliberto


Tuesday, Oct. 10

 12:00 Noon                Mass – Fr. Sidney Speaks

                                  St. Matthew the Apostle, River Ridge

                          Music: Our Lady of Perpetual Help Children’s Choir

Sr. Christella, Director

*After Mass, the children will pray the rosary and sing the meditations

 7:30pm                       Mass to Honor the Family- Most Rev. Shelton Fabre

Bishop of Houma-Thibodaux

                                   Music: St. Dominic Contemporary Choir

Beverly McSweeney, Director


Wednesday, Oct. 11

 12:00 Noon                Mass – Fr. Ken Smith

St. Rita Church, Harahan

                              Music: St. Louis King of France School Choir

Melissa Brocato, Director

1:00pm                     St. Michael’s Special School Bell Choir

Jill Hitchins, Director                                     

7:30pm                    Bilingual Mass – Fr. José Lavastida

                                  Blessed Francis Seelos, New Orleans

                                 Music: Blessed Francis Seelos Parish Choir

Alex Castillo, Director


Thursday, Oct. 12

12:00 Noon               Mass-Fr. Joseph Palermo

Notre Dame Seminary, New Orleans

                                      Music: St. Rita School Choir

Brian Fleischer, Director

  7:30pm                      Mass – Fr. Steven Bruno

St. Rita Church, Harahan

                                     Music: St. Philip Neri Choir

Patricia Neal, Director

                                    Candlelight Outdoor Eucharistic Procession

Charlie Monnot, Trumpeter


Friday, Oct. 13

12:00 Noon               Mass-Fr. Minh Phan

Notre Dame Seminary, New Orleans

                                 Music: St. Dominic Children’s Choir

Peter Elliot, Director

7:30pm                     Mass – Fr. Anthony Odiong

                                      St. Anthony Parish, Luling

                               Music: Mater Dolorosa Parish Choir

Linden Uter, Director


St. Rita Parish Weekly Masses: Monday-Friday: 7:00am and 8:30am

Sacrament of Reconciliation: One hour before each Rosary Congress Special Mass

Holy Rosary/Divine Mercy Chaplet: Hourly (except Mass times and special events)

Eucharistic Adoration: 24 hours daily with exceptions

Flower Arrangements and Donations welcome: Call (504) 508-7100

This Rosary Congress is sponsored by: NEW ORLEANS ROSARY CONGRESS

 For more information, call (504) 508-7100

Confirmation 2017-2018

Attention all High School Juniors and Parents! There will be an informational meeting regarding the Sacrament of Confirmation on Monday, August 28th at 7 PM in the Community Room.  Registration Forms can be found on the website www.stritaharahan.com, in the back of church, and in the church office. Please bring the registration form, fees, and a copy of the student’s baptismal certificate to the meeting. All details of Confirmation will be discussed at this time.

The Sacrament of Confirmation will be celebrated on Thursday,  May 3, 2017 at 7:00pm.
God Bless!
Erin Maffe
Youth Coordinator/CRE
St Rita Of Cascia Parish

Registration form (Confirmation)


Lord, Teach Me To Pray

“Lord, Teach Me To Pray” (LTMTP) is a three-part prayer series, rooted in Ignatian spirituality and designed to help women and men learn how to pray.  The three parts are taken in succession. Each part is a prerequisite for the next part.
Women’s/Part 2 will begin in September!  The start date is Tuesday, September 19th @ 9:30 in the St. Mary Room/Rectory…Corner of Imperial/Brighton Dr….across the street from the school playground.
Part 2, My 19th Annotation (30 weeks), consists of the entirety of the well-known “Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius”.  The title of this part of the series refers to the 19th note that St. Ignatius wrote in his notebook.  In this note he wrote that a person taken up with “public affairs or suitable business” and unable to withdraw from the world for prayer may experience the prayer of the Spiritual Exercises in his daily life.  Pt. 2 is conducted in a small group experience with two trained facilitators.  Each group will meet for two hours once a week for prayer, faith sharing and will receive material on the Spiritual Exercises and Scriptures to use for their private prayer of 30-45 minutes daily.  Pt. 2 is 30 weeks which are divided into two 15 week semesters with a month break in the middle.



Family Day 2017


St. Rita Parish

Family Day 2017

“Meeting God in Our Home”

 Sunday September 24th

Food! Games! Music! And More!

Family Day will begin with 11:30 am Mass followed with fellowship in the gym & schoolyard! See You There!

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Men’s Spirituality

The Mens’ Spirituality Group of St. Rita is open to all men regardless of what parish they reside in.  The group will meet monthly on the 1st  Thursdays of the month starting September 7th in the Community Room of the Msgr. Champagne Complex through May 10th at 7:00pm, and the gatherings will consist of socialization and dinner, video presentation, discussion and a closing prayer.   Hope to see you there.  There is no cost to register, all that we ask for is a $5.00 donation to cover the cost of the food served.

Peace Mass

The Peace Mass is celebrated at St. Rita on the 2nd Thursday of the month.  Each month begins with Confessions at 6:30pm, Rosary at 7:00pm and the mass at 7:30pm.  All are invited to attend.  Rev. Peter Damian Harris, Parochial Vicar @ St. Dominic, will be our Celebrant on September 14th.

Bible Study

This fall, please join us for our newly formed Bible Study,  “Unlocking the Mystery of the Bible”.  We will be offering 2 sessions:

Tuesday Mornings @ 9:30am

Sept 12th in Church

Sept 26th in Community Room

Oct 3rd, 24th in Community Room

Nov 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th in Community Room


Tuesday Evenings @ 7:30 pm

Sept 5th, 12th, 26th in Community Room

Oct 3rd, 24th in Community Room

Nov 7th, 14th, 21st in Community Room

It is $30 to Register and forms can be found in the weekly bulletin or in the Church Office.

We Hope To See You There!!!



Mother/Son Kickball Tournament

Do you know a Mother and a Son that want to reign at KICKBALL? Do you want to show them some support? Then become a sponsor for our 1st Annual Mother/Son Kickball Tournament on Sept 10th – hosted by the Ladies Aux Knights of Columbus!Kickball Flyer 2017Kickball Sponsor

Boy Scout Round Up

Help Us Kickoff Off Fall and Welcome Our Joining Scouts!

Scouting Families:

Join us for our upcoming Fall Pack Meeting August 19th at 5pm, in the St. Rita Gym.  The theme to our Fall Kickoff and Scout Roundup is “How the West was Fun!”

Scouts will have the opportunity to participate in several Western themed activities with their den such as:

Decorating a Sherriff’s Badge Beanbag Toss
Barrel Racing Cow Patty Toss
Branding the Cow Lasso a Steer (Ring Toss)

There will even be selfie (photo) opportunities for interested scouts!

Additional Information:

• Scouts should be dressed in their Official Scout Uniform (Class A).
• Pack 115 T-shirts (Class B) will be available for purchase.
• Pack calendar dates, Fall Campout Information, and more will be shared.
• Snacks and drinks will be provided for Scouts after the activities.

Be sure to like us on Facebook @SRSCubScoutPack115 to keep up to date with Pack information and activities.

For more information/questions contact:
Marcus Achord (Cubmaster – machord@cox.net – 504.273.3821), Pat Gleeson (Committee Chairman), or your Den Leader.

Dad’s Club Fish Fry

Our 2nd Fish Fry of the season will be this Friday April 7th @ 5pm in the school cafeteria.  There will be a movie shown starting @ 6:30pm in the gym.  Come out and join the fun and some good food!

$10  Fish, Shrimp, Combo Plate or Grilled Fish (Corn on the Cob, French Fries & Dessert Included)

$5   2 Slices of Cheese Pizza

Dine In – Take Out – Drive Thru


School Drama Production – Wizard of Oz


St Rita Presents…..

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March 23, 24 & 25 @ 6:30 p.m. in the School Gym

Purchase Your Tickets NOW!!

$5.00 Kids 3 – 17 yrs

$7.00 Adults



Lenten Season Guidelines


A distinction is to be made between Lent and

the Easter Triduum. Strictly speaking, Lent ends

with the beginning of the Triduum on Holy

Thursday. The Ordo notes: “Lent runs from Ash

Wednesday until the Mass of the Lord’s Supper

exclusive on Holy Thursday.”


Fasting is to be observed on Ash Wednesday and Good

Friday by all Catholics who are 18 years of age

but not yet 59. Those who are bound to fast may

take only one full meal. Two smaller meals are

permitted if necessary to maintain strength

according to each one’s needs, but eating solid

foods between meals is not permitted.

Abstinence from meat is to be observed by all

Catholics 14 years or older on Ash Wednesday,

Good Friday and on all Fridays of Lent. The

determination of certain days as obligatory days

of penance should not be understood as limiting

the occasions for Christian penance.



The Spirit of the season of Lent should be

maintained throughout the weeks of Lent. The

obligation to observe penitential days of the

Church is a very important part of our spiritual

life. Individual circumstances must be taken

into account, but in general, people should seek

to do more rather than less, since fast and

abstinence on the days prescribed should be

considered a minimal response to the Lord’s

call to penance and conversion of life.



Upcoming Liturgies, Evening Prayer & Penance

March 1st – Ash Wednesday

  • Mass – 7am, 9:30am, Noon, & 7:30pm

Stations of the Cross

  • Fridays during Lent – 2:15pm with School (Mar 10 thru Apr 7 ONLY)  &  7pm (Every Friday during Lent)

The Sacrament of Reconciliation(Confession):

(In addition to the regular times)

  • Fridays during Lent – 6pm – 6:45pm
  • Wed. Mar 22nd, Mar. 29th & Apr 5th @ 5pm – 6:30pm

Evening Prayer & Benediction

  • Thurs Mar 2nd, Tues Mar 14th, Tues Mar 21st, Tues Mar 28th, Tues Apr 4th

Holy Week Schedule

  • Sat, Apr 8th – 4pm Vigil w/Blessing of Palms
  • Sun, Apr 9th – Palm Sunday – Masses @ 7:30am, 9:30 am, 11:30am & 7:30pm
  • Mon, Apr 10th – Mass at 7am & 8:30am; Holy Hour w/Evening Prayer & Benediction @ 6pm
  • Tues, Apr 11th – Mass at 7am & 8:30am; Holy Hour w/Evening Prayer & Benediction @ 6pm
  • Wed, Apr 12th – Mass at 7am & 8:30am; Holy Hour w/Evening Prayer & Benediction @ 6pm
  • Thurs, Apr 13th - Holy Thursday – NO MORNING MASS; Morning Prayer @ 7am & 8:30am; Mass of the Lord’s Supper @ 7pm
  • Fri, Apr 14th – Good Friday – NO MORNING MASS; Morning Prayer at 7am & 8:30am; Celebration of the Lord’s Passion @ 3pm; Confessions 6pm – 6:45pm; Stations of the Cross @ 7pm
  • Sat, Apr 15th – Holy Saturday – NO MORNING MASS; Morning Prayer at 8:30am; Confessions 3pm – 4pm; Easter Vigil Mass @ 8pm
  • Sun, Apr 16th – Easter Sunday –  Masses @ 7:30am, 9:30 am, 11:30am & 7:30pm

What can I give up for Lent?

Rather than give up some trivial pleasure like candy or beer…. What about giving up 15 minutes each day to do something very meaningful toward making true repentance in our hearts and minds; something we’ve always SAID we have wanted to do but never actually do, like reading Scripture or familiarizing ourselves with the Catechism of the Catholic Church; something concrete that will help us understand the path of life that leads to ETERNAL HAPPINESS WITH GOD???

Can we give up just 15 minutes per day of social media, video games, or watching the political posturing on news channels?

Now, I understand that we probably wouldn’t be able to read the Bible or the entire Catechism during this Lenten season, but there are certain sections of the Catechism and Books of the Bible that we are certainly capable of reading in bite-sized quantities in just 15 minutes per day.

Option 1 – Suggestion for Lent

  • Read both Gospels of Luke and John. (They are both Gospels but written very differently).  The Gospel of Luke contains 24 chapters while John contains 21 chapters for a total of 45 chapters.  Guess what??? From Ash Wednesday to Good Friday there are 45 days.  That equates to only 1 chapter per day, which certainly can be read in less than 15 minutes.

Option 2 – Suggestion for Lent

  •  Read Part 3 of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, which addresses our Life in Christ.

Section 1 in that Part explains Man’s Vocation.  This is a great start to understanding the very purpose of our lives.  Its is 75 pages short.  That equates to 1 1/2 pages per day or 9 paragraphs per day.

Section 2 in that Part delves into the Ten Commandments.  There’s a lot more to these commandments of God than just the surface.  This section is a little longer at 113 pages, but that’s still less than 2 pages per day!!

Option 3- Suggestion for Lent

  • Read Part 4 of the Catechism, which addresses the power of Prayer.  It is also 75 pages, but fewer paragraphs, only 8 paragraphs per day will get you through the entire Part 4 on Prayer.

Option 4 – Suggestion for Lent

  •  Read just the Passion Narratives from each Gospel accounts. Below is a breakdown of the verses.  The breakdown amounts to less than 45 verses per day, which certainly can be read in less than 15 minutes.

The Passion Narratives

1st Week

  • Mon.  MT 26:1 – 46
  • Tues.  MT 26: 47 – 75
  • Wed.  MT 27: 1 – 31
  • Thurs. MT 27: 31 – 66
  • Fri.  MT 28: 1 – 20

2nd Week

  • Mon.  MK 14: 1 – 42
  • Tues.  MK 14: 43 – 72
  • Wed.  MK 15: 1 – 32
  • Thurs. MK 15: 33 – 47
  • Fri.  MK 16: 1 – 20

3rd Week

  • Mon.  LK 22: 1 – 38
  • Tues.  LK 22: 39 – 71
  • Wed.  LK 23: 1 – 43
  • Thurs. LK 23: 44 – LK 24: 12
  • Fri.  LK 24: 13 – 53

4th Week

  • Mon.  JN 12: 1 – 50
  • Tues.  JN 13: 1 – 38
  • Wed.  JN 14: 1 – JN 15: 17
  • Thurs. JN 15: 18 – JN 16: 33
  • Fri.  JN 17: 1 – 26

5th Week

  • Mon.  JN 18: 1 – 32
  • Tues.  JN 18: 33 – JN 19: 16
  • Wed.  JN 19: 17 – 42
  • Thurs. JN 20: 1 – 31
  • Fri.  JN 21: 1 – 25


Fr. Steve Bruno

Dads’ Club Fish Fry

March Fish Fry 2017

Schedule for Upcoming Holy Days & Special Feasts

Holy Days of Obligation and Special Feasts coming up (changes from past in bold):

All Saints Day

Oct 31 – 6:00 Vigil

Nov 1 – 7:00 a.m.

9:30 a.m.

12 Noon

7:30 p.m.



Nov 24 – NO 7:00 a.m. Mass

9:00 a.m. Mass ONLY


Immaculate Conception

Dec 7 – 7:00 Vigil, in conjunction with the Advent Mission

Dec 8 – 7:00 a.m.

9:30 a.m.

12 Noon

7:30 p.m.



Dec 24 – 4:00 Vigil

6:00 Vigil

Dec 25 – 12:00 Midnight Mass

7:30 a.m.

9:30 a.m.

11:30 a.m.

NO 7:30 p.m. Mass


Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God

Dec 31 – 4:00 Vigil

Jan 1 -  12:00 Midnight Mass

7:30 a.m.

9:30 a.m.

11:30 a.m.

7:30 p.m.

Altar Server Summer Activity

Spend an evening getting to know Fr. Steve and Fr. Ken while enjoying food and bowling at Colonial Bowling Lanes on Tuesday July 12th from 5 till 7.  Don’t forget to RSVP by July 8th and turn in your permission slips!