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



The Stations of the Cross will be celebrated on the following dates and times:

February 12 -  7:00pm

February 19 -   2:15pm (Children)  and 7:00pm

February 26  -  2:15pm (Children)  and  7:00pm

March 4  –  2:15pm (Children)  and  7:00pm

March 11 -   2:15pm(Children)  and  7:00pm

March 11  – 2:15pm(Children)   and  7:00pm

March 18 -  2:15pm (Children)  and  7:00pm

March 25 -  7:00pm



2016 The Lent and Easter regulations are provided here for use during Lent and the Easter Triduum.



The blessing and imposition of ashes takes place only on Ash Wednesday, ordinarily during the celebration of the Eucharist. The Roman Missal contains the Rite for the Blessing of Ashes within Mass. The Order for the Blessing and Distribution of Ashes outside of Mass is found in the Book of Blessings. If the Eucharist is not celebrated, the blessing and distribution is to take place within the celebration of the Liturgy of the Word. The minister for the blessing of ashes within the Mass is a bishop or priest. The minister for the blessing of ashes during a Liturgy of the Word is a bishop, priest or deacon. Other persons may be associated with the bishop or priest or deacon in the imposition of ashes: e.g. extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion, and other lay persons, when there is a true pastoral need. These persons do not, however, bless the ashes. Extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion may bring blessed ashes to the sick and those confined to their home. If a minister is not available, a member of the family or another person may bring blessed ashes to a shut-in, using one of the formulas in the Roman Missal to impose the ashes.



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.

Sacrament of Reconciliation

During the month of March, the Sacrament of Reconciliation will be available in all parishes from 5:00pm – 6:00pm on the following Wednesdays:

March 2, 2016

March 9, 2016

March 16, 2016

Golden Wedding Anniversary Celebration

The Archdiocesan Golden Anniversary celebration will take place on Sunday, June 5, 2016, at 3:00 p.m. in St Philip Neri Church in Metairie.

Please Note: This year’s celebration will not be a Mass, but a Prayer Service.  Attendance at Mass for the Sunday obligation will have to be met within one’s respective parish.

(To register, please contact the parish office before February 24, 2016)

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 “ZEA Rotisserie & Grill” in Harahan.  The dates are Tuesday February 23rd and Thursday February 25th.  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

Lenten Fish Fry

fish fryThe Lenten Fish Fries will be on Friday February 19th & 26th.  from 5:00pm – 8:00pm in the cafeteria.  There will be dine in and drive through available.

Weather permitting, we will be showing “INSIDE OUT” starting at 6:30pm on Friday Feb. 19th

and “MINIONS” at 6:30pm on Friday Feb. 26th.  Make plans to come out with the family.  Fun for all ages.


This Years Menu:

Fried Shrimp Plate  $10.00

Fried Fish Plate  $10.00

Combo Plate  $10.00

Grilled Fish Plate  $10.00

Grilled Shrimp salad  $8.00

Cheese Pizza  2 slice for $5.00

Retreat Talks

br-huckBrother Larry Huck will conduct a series of talks on Wednesday nights in February and March based on his Manresa Retreat Talks.  Each talk will last between 20 – 30 minutes and he will have handouts available with a series of scripture passages that can be used to pray with connection to the theme/grace of the talk.

February 10th – God & Us: Who is God?  Who are we?

February 24th – Sin

March 2nd – Incarnation

March 9th – Discipline

March 16th – A Day in the Life of Jesus

March 23rd – The Passion

March 30th – The Resurrection





Lenten Mission

Archbishop Hughes        ARCHBISHOP HUGHES    WILL LEAD A LENTEN MISSION “The Difference God Makes” February 15 – 17, 2016 7:00pm in church 7100 Jefferson Hwy., Harahan Plan on coming and bring a friend.

Monday evening:   Talk within Holy Hour – “The Difference God’s Word Makes”

Tuesday evening:   Talk within a Penance Service – “The Difference Our Repentance and God’s Forgiveness Make”

Wednesday evening:   Talk within celebration of  the daily Mass – “The Difference the Eucharist Makes”

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.  The celebrant for February 11th is Rev. Steve Bruno (Parochial Vicar of St. Philip Neri).