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


Does your child attend a public or private school in Kindergarten through 12th grade?  We assist in preparing your child for the vital sacraments of First Reconciliation, First Communion and Confirmation. CCD classes for Kindergarten through 7th grade will begin on September 10th and will go thru May.  Classes are on Sunday mornings in the school after 9:30 am Mass.  Please contact Erin Maffe at the church office at 737-2915 (ext. 1206) if you have any questions and for more information on CCD for grades 8th through 12th. Parents of CCD children - The CCD Registration Form for 2017-18  can be downloaded from below.  Fill it out, and mail or bring to the church office. Important Registration information for Religious Ed 2017    REGISTRATION FORM


Do you know someone who has expressed an interest in becoming  a Catholic?  The RCIA process at St. Rita is open to any adult who has an interest in joining the Catholic Church and Catholics who would like to learn more about their faith or receive the sacrament of 1st Eucharist or Confirmation.  RCIA registration form can be downloaded from below.  Fill it out, and mail or bring to the church office.  Please call the church office for more information @ 737-2915 or call Ray Augustin at (504) 251-3107. RCIA registration form


“In the Blessed Sacrament God loves us so tenderly, 

He empties Himself completely.  O, who could believe it?  

Withholding nothing, He gives his all. 

He gives his flesh for us to eat He gives his blood for us to drink. 

He gives his soul, his infinite being To transform us into Himself.  

Praised be the Blessed Sacrament!” 

(St. Louis de Montfort, Hymn No. 30, 3rd Stanza).


*St. Rita’s Adoration Chapel has many open hours!  

Please prayerfully consider taking an hour!  

Please call 756-1891 if interested


Coffee Social

The Legion of Mary hosts a Coffee Social on the first Sunday of each month.  All are invited to come to the Community Room following  the 9:30am mass.  This is a time for new parishioners to learn about the variety  of ministries available in the parish, and a time for community and socialization.

Crawfish Cookoff

Save the date!!!

The St. Rita Dad’s Club will be holding their 4th Annual Crawfish Cook-Off on May 20, 2017.  Mark your calendars and join us for this fun filled event!  For more info about team sign up and pre-sale ticket purchases please click the link below

Crawfish Cook-Off Info




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.



Pecan Festival

The 2016 Pecan Festival is November 11, 12 & 13

Please make plans to come.

Good Food, Good Rides, Good Bands, Good Fun.  You don’t want to miss it.

Band Schedule:

Chee Weez – Friday. 7:30 -10:30pm

Top Cats – Saturday 7:30 – 10:30pm

Cowboy Mouth – Sunday. 6:30 – 8:00pm

Raffle tickets available in church, school and Church Office.

Spaghetti Dinner in Cafeteria Sunday starting at 10:30am

Check us out online at www.stritapecanfestival.com & Friend us on Facebook!!!

Father Kenneth S. Smith

Deacon Ken Smith Archbishop Aymond has assigned Fr. Ken to St. Rita Parish as Parochial Vicar beginning July 1st. 
“Fr. Ken” was born in St. Louis and grew up in Natchitoches. After thirty years in the restaurant industry, where he achieved the position of executive chef at the Upperline Restaurant, he finally took a step he had dreamt of since childhood and entered Notre Dame Seminary to begin priestly formation. He has been assigned to various parishes during Seminary and was ordained a Priest to serve the Archdiocese of New Orleans on June 4, 2016. We look forward to his time here!

St. Rita Dad’s Club Annual Crawfish Cook-Off

The St. Rita Dad’s Club will be hosting their Annual Crawfish Cook-Off on May 14th,2016 from 4-9 p.m.  Crawfish will be provided by Bobby’s Seafood.  Pre-sale tickets may be purchased in the School and Church offices.

Ages 13 & over – $20.00

Ages 6 -12 – $10.00

Under 6 – FREE

For more information Call (504) 442-5751


Seminarian to stay in parish for months of May and June

Andrew GuiterrezSt. Rita parish will welcome seminarian ANDREW GUTIERREZ for his 8-week summer assignment. He will be with us from May 7 – June 30. His is completing 1st Theology at Notre Dame Seminary. He graduated from Archbishop Rummel High School and St. Joseph Seminary College. His home parish is St. Clement of Rome in Metairie. He is looking forward to learning all you can teach him during his summer assignment.

Green & White Linen Night Registration

Please click below for a flyer and registration details for Greene and White Night

Reg & info flyer 2016

Jambalaya Dinner

Our CYO teens are raising money for their annual trip to the Steubenville Youth Conference in July!  They will be hosting a Jambalaya Dinner on Sunday April 17th from 10:30 am – 2 pm.  Help our teens raise the money they need for their trip.

$10 a Plate including green beans and cole slaw

Thank You for your Support!Jambalaya

St. Joseph Altar

st josephSaturday March 19th is St. Joseph’s Day.  St. Rita Parish will host a St. Joseph Altar in the Community Room on Saturday March 19th.  The altar will be open on Saturday from 11:30am – 2:00pm for viewing and feeding and reopen from 5:00pm – 7:00pm.  All are invited to come.

Liturgical Ministry Workshops

Interested in becoming an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion or becoming a Lector?  The Office of Worship has several workshops scheduled in the spring.  All participants must be pre-approved by their pastors.  Contact the Church Office  737-2915   All workshops are  9:00am – 1:00pm

Workshops for Ministers of Communion:

Sat. Feb 13, 2016 – Our Lady of The Rosary – 3368 Esplanade Ave., NOLA

Sat. Feb 27, 2016 – St. Mary Magdalen – 6425 W. Metairie Ave., Metairie

Sat.  Mar. 12, 2016 – The Visitation of Our Lady – 3500 Ames Blvd., Marrero

Sat. Apr. 16, 2016 – St. Luke the Evangelist – 910 Cross Gates Blvd, Slidell

Sat.  Apr. 16, 2016 - Our Lady of the Rosary – 3368 Esplanade Ave., NOLA

Sat.  May 7, 2016 – Sacred Heart of Jesus – 401 Spruce St., Norco

Sat.  Jun. 11, 2016 -  Our Lady of the Rosary – 3368 Esplanade Ave, NOLA

Lector Workshops:

Sat. Mar 12, 2016  – St Andrew the Apostle – 3101 Elton St., NOLA

Sat.  Apr. 2, 2016 – St, Clement of Rome – 4317 Richland Ave., Metairie

Sat. Apr. 23, 2016 – Our Lady of Lourdes – 400 Westchester Blvd., Slidell


CYO cooks with Deacon Ken

cyo cooks with Deacon KenThe St. Rita CYO recently went to the rectory to have a cooking class with Deacon Ken.  The Clarion Herald has a nice write up in their October 30th edition. Click on the link below to read the article.


Recipes: Beef Stroganoff  Roasted Tomato Caprese Salad  CHOCOLATE LOVER PIE  Philadelphia Style Ice Cream




Extraordinary Minister for Healthcare

There are more than 3,000 Catholics in either a hospital or nursing home bed every day within the Archdiocese of New Orleans.

Our Ministry to the Sick calls us to be present and to provide Holy Communion to those patients.  In our efforts to meet this growing demand, the Archdiocese has implemented a special training for those who are being called to this ministry.  We need your help.

Please see the attached schedule of training sessions for this very special ministry.

Please contact Deacon Jeff Tully, Hospital Chaplain Coordinator, at 504-227-3606 with any questions.

Training Session Schedule


Perpetual Adoration

The St. Joseph Adoration Chapel of St. Rita opened in September 1986.  It is located on the first floor of the Msgr. Champagne Complex.  The chapel is open 24hours a day, 7 days a week to registered adorers.  Below are the hours in need of adorers.  Prayerfully consider spending an hour a week with our Divine Lord.

Sunday:           Midnight, 2 am, 3 am, 4 am

Monday:          2 am, 3 am

Tuesday:          2 am, 3 am; Noon

Wednesday:     11 am

Thursday:        1 am, 2 am, 3 am, 8 am, 10 am

Friday:            1 am, 2 am, 3 am; 2pm, 4pm

Saturday:        2 am, 3 am; 1pm, 5pm


Open to the public from 7:00am – 8:00pm without a pass code.

Call Church Office if interested 737-2915!


Updated 8/10/15


Our High School Confirmation program is open to all 11th & 12th graders attending Catholic High Schools or CCD programs.  Parents and Teens are asked to attend  Registration and an Information Meeting on Monday August 17th, 2015 at 7:00pm in the Community Room (in the Monsignor Champagne Complex).  Please bring a copy of your Baptismal and First Communion certificates.  If you have any questions, feel free to call Erin Maffe at 737-2915 (ex 1206)

Classes will take place in the Community Room at 7:00pm  approximately twice a month on specified Monday nights starting September 14th.  A calendar with Confirmation Preparation dates will be given out at registration.

The Sacrament of Confirmation will be celebrated on Tuesday,  April 12, 2016 at 7:00pm.

Confirmation Registration 2015-16

Ministers of Holy Communion and Lectors Needed

If you are you are in good standings with the Catholic Church and would like to become a Minister of Holy Communion or Lector here at St. Rita, please contact Fr. John in the parish office or by e-mail (Jarnone@arch-no.org).

If you have already received your Commissioning through the Archdiocese and serve at St. Rita, we invite you to consider ALSO serving at a local hospital or nursing home. The need is great and ministers are few. The Archdiocese will be holding special training classes designed to address issues specific to those ministering in hospitals and nursing homes. If you would like to begin assisting at a healthcare facility, please contact Deacon Jeff Tully at (504)227-3606