Adoration Chapel Easter Schedule

The Adoration Chapel will close at 7:00pm on Holy Thursday night and will reopen following the vigil mass on Holy Saturday approximately 10:00pm.

Dads’ Club Crawfish Cook-Off

downloadThe 1st Annual St. Rita Dads’ ClubCRAWFISH COOK-OFF” will be held on Saturday May 17, 2014.  The event will take place in the school yard located at 7100 Jefferson Hwy.   Team registration deadline is May 2, 2014.  For more information please contact George Neumiller at (504)258-9055,  Rick Helwig @ (504) 442-5751, or .  Applications are available in the St. Rita April 13th bulletin or in the parish office.  LIKE the St. Rita Dads’ Club and the SRDC Crawfish Cook-Off on FACEBOOK to keep up to date on the event.

Gates will open to the public 3:00 – 9:00pm   Pre-sale tickets: $20.00 for ages 13 & up,  $10.00 for ages 6-12  (5 and under get in free).  Tickets at the gate: $25.00 for ages 13 & up,  $15.00 for ages 6-12 (5 and under get in free).





Divine Mercy Novena

April 27th is Divine Mercy Sunday.  Jesus asked that the Feast of the Divine Mercy be preceded by a Novena to the Divine Mercy which would begin on Good Friday.  If you would like to take part in the Novena, the Divine Mercy Chaplet will be offered on Good Friday following the 7:00am morning prayer and on Holy Saturday following the 8:30am morning prayer.  Monday through Friday of Easter week, the chaplet will be offered following both the 7:00am and 8:30am mass.  (On Easter Sunday and on Saturday April 26th,  you are encouraged to recite the chaplet on your own.)

On the Feast of the Divine Mercy, St. Rita will not celebrate a 3:00pm mass.  You are encouraged to attend Joseph Church on Tulane Ave in New Orleans for the Divine Mercy Mass celebrated by Archbishop Aymond.


All are invited to dine out at selected restaurants monthly to benefit the food pantry.  Just mention that you are there to support St. Rita and the food pantry gets a percentage of your order.  The restaurant for April is Applebee’s in Elmwood on Tuesday April 22nd and Thursday April 24th. We are doing two days this month, not to make you go out on two days, but to make it easier for those that find Tuesday or Thursday 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 to make reservations.

Lenten & Easter Schedule

The Stations of the Cross for Children will be celebrated at 2:15pm on Friday March 14th, 21st, 28th and April 4th & 11th.  We will not have afternoon stations on the days that the school is closed.

The Stations of the Cross for adults will be celebrated at 7:00pm on all Fridays of Lent.

Holy Thursday – Morning Prayer 7:00am – Mass of the Lord’s Supper - 7:00pm

Good Friday – Morning Prayer 7:00am – Passion of the Lord – 3:00pm

Holy Saturday – Morning Prayer 8:30am – Easter Vigil – 8:00pm

Easter Sunday – 7:30am, 9:30am & 11:30am


Congratulations to the Confirmation Class of 2014

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On Tuesday February 11th, Archbishop Aymond conferred the Sacrament of Confirmation on 54 students of St. Rita Parish.  Congratulations students and thank you to Mrs. Erin.

The sacrament of Confirmation is necessary for the completion of baptismal grace.  If you have not been confirmed and are interested in receiving the sacrament, please contact the church office ( 737-2915 or Confirmation registration for students in the 11th grade is typically in the fall.

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.


St. Rita school has an opportunity to earn 6% of all of your purchases on  Use our custom St. Rita School link before you shop.   Go to   Enter your first item in the search box and press “GO”.  It’s that simple.  Please share the link with friends and family to help increase St. Rita school earnings.

Keep Christ in Christmas

The Knights of Columbus is selling Keep Christ in Christmas car magnets.  They are available for purchase in the church office for $5.00 each.

Where Y’at? Come by MY House!

imageThis new evangelization urges Catholics to be joyful in spreading their faith and inviting people back to church. That’s the genesis of a campaign by the Archdiocese of New Orleans to invite inactive Catholics and others back to the fold.

“Where Y’at? Come by My House!” brochures are available on the bookshelf in the rear of church. Parishioners are encouraged to take the cards and hand them out to neighbors and friends who may need a nudge to return to Mass.

The card lists the archdiocesan website and a QR code that links to Mass times. The message is simple: “Just like stopping by ya Mama ‘n dems, you’re always welcome in the house of the Lord! God is calling us to his eucharistic table at Mass this weekend.