John Finch Concert

John FinchThis December, join John Finch and Rita West as they present the “Rejoice Tour,” a special night of acoustic songs of worship and messages for the whole family in preparation for the birth of our Savior at Christmas!  Friday Dec. 5th, 7:00pm in the church.  Cost: Free  Doors open @ 6:30pm

Advent Mission

Fr. Gallagher“A Theology and Spirituality for Relationships” 

St. Rita parish welcomes Fr. Simeon Gallagher, OFM Cap December 13th – 18th 2014 to present the Advent Mission.   Fr. Gallagher will do a morning presentation following the 8:30am Mass Monday thru Thursday as well as a 7:00pm presentation in the church.

Monday “Sustaining Good Relationships: Faith as Foundation”

Tuesday “Communication in Relationships: Prayer as Model”

Wednesday “Breaking Relationships: Sin as Interpersonal”

Thursday “Building Better Relationships: Graces for Growth”




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Holiday Bazaar 2014

The Annual Holiday Bazaar hosted by the St. Rita Knights of Columbus Women’s Auxiliary will take place on Saturday December 13th from 9am-4pm in the school courtyard and gym.   For information please call Adrianne Jouet at 504-251-1750.  Applications are available below.

Craft Fair application 2014

Perpetual Adoration Chapel

Our St. Joseph Perpetual Adoration Chapel is located on the first floor of the Msgr. Champagne Complex on the corner of Jefferson Hwy and Ravan Ave. The Chapel is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  (For everyone’s safety, only assigned adorers are allowed entry with a key code between the hours of 8pm and 7am) We ask that you prayerfully consider spending an hour a week with Our Divine Lord.  If you can not commit to a specific hour, why not consider being a substitute.  If you are interested, please contact the church office at 737-2915.

Please consider taking an hour during Advent.

Jesus is Alone these Hours:

Sunday:   Midnight, 2 am, 3 am, 4 am

Monday:    1 am, 2 am, 3 am, 5 am

Tuesday:    1 am, 2 am, 3 am

Wednesday:    1 am, 2 am; 4 am

Thursday:    1 am, 2 am, 3 am, 10 am

Friday:   1 am, 2 am, 3 am; 4 pm

Saturday:    2 am, 3 am; 1pm, 5pm & 8 pm

Dine Out

All are invited to dine out at selected restaurants monthly to benefit the food pantry.  With the holidays approaching, the Food Pantry will be getting busier than ever.   Just mention that you are there to support St. Rita and the food pantry gets a percentage of your order.  The restaurant for December is “CHARLIE’S SEAFOOD” on Jefferson Hwy. on Tuesday December 16th & Thursday December 18th.  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 to make reservations.


Pecan Fest 2014The 22nd Annual St. Rita Pecan Festival will take place the weekend of November 7, 8 & 9th.  Come out and enjoy the rides, food, music, laughter, fun and fellowship.

Friday hours – 6pm – 11pm with “The Topcats” playing from 7:30pm – 10:30pm.

Saturday hours – noon – midnight with “Bag of Donuts” playing from 7:30 – 10:30pm

Come on out and watch the LSU game and the Saints game playing on the Jumbo Tron.

Weekend POP arm bands available through the school office until noon on November 7th. Unlimited rides for $60.00

Daily POP arm bands are available on the fair grounds for $25.00 per day.  Ride sessions are Friday from 6:00pm – 11:00ppm, Saturday and Sunday from noon – 5:00pm.

Sunday hours — noon – 9:00pm with “Groovy 7″ playing from 6:00 – 9:00pm

Spaghetti Dinner in Cafeteria - Sunday 11:00am – 2:00pm  $10.00

Looking forward to seeing you there:

Fest Crowd

More information is available be scrolling down to “Recommended Links” and clicking on the Pecan Festival link




Fr. Kyle does the ALS Icebucket Challenge


The two charities he mentioned are:

Team Gleason which is run by former Saints football player, Steve Gleason

John Paul II Medical Research Institute, which is a great research facility based on Catholic moral teaching


Living discerning life

The Men’s Spirituality Group of St. Rita will begin a 10 part video series titled: LIVING THE DISCERNING LIFE 

St. Ignatius Loyola designed the Spiritual Exercises over 450 years ago, to help retreatants discern those influences arousing discouragement and deception in their spiritual lives.  Generations of those who love Christ have found clarity and encouragement through St. Ignatius’s rules as they live their daily lives. Fr. Gallagher presents them in an accessible manner, with an abundance of practical examples and concrete applications to our daily life.

The group will meet monthly on the first Thursday in the Community Room of the Msgr. Champagne Complex beginning September 4th at 7:00pm, and the gatherings will consist of socialization and dinner, video presentation, discussion and a closing prayer.  All men are welcome to attend.


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.