Dine Out for the 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 “Charles’ Seafood” In Harahan.  The dates are Tuesday July 18th and Thursday July 20th.  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

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)


KC Blood Drive

The Knights of Columbus will be holding a blood drive for Steve Scalise this Sunday June 24, 2017 from 7:30 am – 1 pm on the school side of campus.  Please consider donating if able.  For more information click the link below

KC Blood Drive for Steve Scalise

KC Women’s Aux Parents Night Out



The Knights of Columbus Ladies Auxiliary is hosting a “Parents’ Night Out” at the Harahan KC Hall on Saturday April 22nd @ 7pm.  Admission is $15.  Come out to support our Food Pantry and have a night out kid free!  For more info please click the link below

Parents Night Out

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…..

wizard of oz






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

Health Scan Jan. 17th & 18th

Do you have: High blood pressure, high cholesterol, a family history of stroke, heart attack, or aortic aneurysm?

Are you: A smoker, diabetic, overweight, or physically inactive?

Stroke Scan Plus will be in the parish on January 17th & 18th to provide health scans.  Please call 1-866-935-7226 to schedule your appointment.  Don’t miss this opportunity for early detection and prevention!

For more details please click the link below:

Stoke Scan Plus Details


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!

Congratulations St. Rita Students

Under the direction of Miss Brigid Kern, the students of St. Rita School presented the play “Aladdin” on March 3rd, 4th and 5th.  We would like to congratulate them on a job well done.

Aladdin 2016

Steubenville 2014

steubenville 2014


Our CYO just returned from a trip to the Steubenville Youth Conference at Franciscan University in Steubenville, Ohio. They would like to thank everyone for their prayers and support which make this amazing weekend possible.

Link to 2014 Lenten Mission Talks

Mario SacasaWe were very grateful a few weeks ago to have Mr. Mario Sacasa come to our parish to proclaim the word of God at our Lenten mission. As is often the case, many couldn’t attend for one reason or another. Fear not. Mario recorded them and has been gracious enough to share them.

You can download them HERE