Men’s Spirituality

The Men’s Spirituality Group of St. Rita is open to all men regardless of what parish the reside in.  The group will meet monthly on the first Thursday in the Community Room of the Msgr. Champagne Complex beginning September 10th at 7:00pm, and the gatherings will consist of socialization and dinner, video presentation, discussion and a closing prayer.  Hope to see you there.

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 (

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

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. Fundraiser

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.

Car Show

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St. Rita Knights of Columbus Council 3854 will sponsor the 7th Annual Open Car Show on Saturday, August 29th 2015. (Rain Date September 12, 2015) Gates open to cars at 5:30pm and admission is free to the public.  To register or for more information, contact Gene Majeau @ 504-915-4586 or by email to:

Registration Form available in church office or download form below.

Registration 2015

Dine Out for the Food Pantry

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.  This month we will go the “Koz’s” at the corner of Wilson and Hickory.  The dates are August 18th and 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 to make reservations.

Anniversary of Priesthood Ordination

Fr. Kyle 3rd AnniversaryWe would like to congratulate both of our parish priests on the anniversary of their ordination.  Fr. John celebrated the 16th anniversary of his ordination on Friday May 29th and Fr. Kyle is pictured celebrating his 3rd anniversary on June 2, 2015 at the 7:00am mass.

Steubenville 2015

Steub-2015The CYO will attend the Steubenville Youth Conference in Atlanta this year July 10 – 12th.  This trip is costly and any help with expenses is appreciated .  If you would like to sponsor a teen for this wonderful conference, or just make a donation, you can just write a check payable to St. Rita CYO and drop it in the collection or turn it  in to the church office.  Thank you for your support.  For more information, please contact Erin Maffe at 737-2915 ex 1206

Deacon Kenneth S. Smith

Deacon Ken Smith Archbishop Aymond has assigned Deacon Ken Smith to St. Rita Parish for his Diaconate Internship. He will be with us for five months, beginning June 1st. 
“Deacon 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 and was ordained a Transitional Deacon on May 23rd, and with God’s help, will be ordained a Priest to serve the Archdiocese of New Orleans on June 4, 2016.

Altar Server of the Year

AllisonEach year, the Serra Clubs of Metropolitan New Orleans sponsors an Award Mass and Dinner to recognize outstanding Altar Servers.  This year’s representative from St. Rita Parish in Harahan is Alison Dupre’.  Alison received her certificate at a mass celebrated by Archbishop Aymond on April 15th at St. Rita Church in New Orleans.  Congratulations Alison.