Dine Out for 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 “Perrin’s” In Harahan.  The dates are Tuesday November 28th and Thursday November 30th.  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


Saturday, Oct. 7

2:30pm                      Rosary Procession with Blessings/Spiritual Reflections

                                   St. Rita Church, 7100 Jefferson Highway, Harahan

4:00pm                      Opening Liturgy with Banner Procession –

                                   Fr. Steven Bruno, St. Rita Parish Pastor

                                      Music: St. Rita Adult Choir

Brigid Higgins, Director

5:00pm                      Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament begins


Sunday, Oct. 8

 7:30, 9:30, 11:30am  Parish Masses

 7:30pm                       Youth Mass – Fr. Matthew Johnston

St. Joan of Arc, LaPlace

                                     Music: St. Rita Youth Choir

Brigid Higgins, Director


Monday, Oct. 9

 12:00 Noon                Mass – Fr. Joseph Krafft

Notre Dame Seminary, New Orleans

                                        Music: St. Pius Children’s Choir

Stephanie Dureau, Director

 7:30pm                       Mass – Fr. John Restrepo, O.P.

                                                St. Dominic Parish

                                       Music: Lorraine Hess and Jamie Diliberto


Tuesday, Oct. 10

 12:00 Noon                Mass – Fr. Sidney Speaks

                                  St. Matthew the Apostle, River Ridge

                          Music: Our Lady of Perpetual Help Children’s Choir

Sr. Christella, Director

*After Mass, the children will pray the rosary and sing the meditations

 7:30pm                       Mass to Honor the Family- Most Rev. Shelton Fabre

Bishop of Houma-Thibodaux

                                   Music: St. Dominic Contemporary Choir

Beverly McSweeney, Director


Wednesday, Oct. 11

 12:00 Noon                Mass – Fr. Ken Smith

St. Rita Church, Harahan

                              Music: St. Louis King of France School Choir

Melissa Brocato, Director

1:00pm                     St. Michael’s Special School Bell Choir

Jill Hitchins, Director                                     

7:30pm                    Bilingual Mass – Fr. José Lavastida

                                  Blessed Francis Seelos, New Orleans

                                 Music: Blessed Francis Seelos Parish Choir

Alex Castillo, Director


Thursday, Oct. 12

12:00 Noon               Mass-Fr. Joseph Palermo

Notre Dame Seminary, New Orleans

                                      Music: St. Rita School Choir

Brian Fleischer, Director

  7:30pm                      Mass – Fr. Steven Bruno

St. Rita Church, Harahan

                                     Music: St. Philip Neri Choir

Patricia Neal, Director

                                    Candlelight Outdoor Eucharistic Procession

Charlie Monnot, Trumpeter


Friday, Oct. 13

12:00 Noon               Mass-Fr. Minh Phan

Notre Dame Seminary, New Orleans

                                 Music: St. Dominic Children’s Choir

Peter Elliot, Director

7:30pm                     Mass – Fr. Anthony Odiong

                                      St. Anthony Parish, Luling

                               Music: Mater Dolorosa Parish Choir

Linden Uter, Director


St. Rita Parish Weekly Masses: Monday-Friday: 7:00am and 8:30am

Sacrament of Reconciliation: One hour before each Rosary Congress Special Mass

Holy Rosary/Divine Mercy Chaplet: Hourly (except Mass times and special events)

Eucharistic Adoration: 24 hours daily with exceptions

Flower Arrangements and Donations welcome: Call (504) 508-7100

This Rosary Congress is sponsored by: NEW ORLEANS ROSARY CONGRESS

 For more information, call (504) 508-7100


Does your child attend a public or private school in Kindergarten through 12th grade?  We assist in preparing your child for the vital sacraments of First Reconciliation, First Communion and Confirmation. CCD classes for Kindergarten through 7th grade will begin on September 10th and will go thru May.  Classes are on Sunday mornings in the school after 9:30 am Mass.  Please contact Erin Maffe at the church office at 737-2915 (ext. 1206) if you have any questions and for more information on CCD for grades 8th through 12th. Parents of CCD children - The CCD Registration Form for 2017-18  can be downloaded from below.  Fill it out, and mail or bring to the church office. Important Registration information for Religious Ed 2017    REGISTRATION FORM

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)



Do you know someone who has expressed an interest in becoming  a Catholic?  The RCIA process at St. Rita is open to any adult who has an interest in joining the Catholic Church and Catholics who would like to learn more about their faith or receive the sacrament of 1st Eucharist or Confirmation.  RCIA registration form can be downloaded from below.  Fill it out, and mail or bring to the church office.  Please call the church office for more information @ 737-2915 or call Ray Augustin at (504) 251-3107. RCIA registration form


“In the Blessed Sacrament God loves us so tenderly, 

He empties Himself completely.  O, who could believe it?  

Withholding nothing, He gives his all. 

He gives his flesh for us to eat He gives his blood for us to drink. 

He gives his soul, his infinite being To transform us into Himself.  

Praised be the Blessed Sacrament!” 

(St. Louis de Montfort, Hymn No. 30, 3rd Stanza).


*St. Rita’s Adoration Chapel has many open hours!  

Please prayerfully consider taking an hour!  

Please call 756-1891 if interested


Lord, Teach Me To Pray

“Lord, Teach Me To Pray” (LTMTP) is a three-part prayer series, rooted in Ignatian spirituality and designed to help women and men learn how to pray.  The three parts are taken in succession. Each part is a prerequisite for the next part.
Women’s/Part 2 will begin in September!  The start date is Tuesday, September 19th @ 9:30 in the St. Mary Room/Rectory…Corner of Imperial/Brighton Dr….across the street from the school playground.
Part 2, My 19th Annotation (30 weeks), consists of the entirety of the well-known “Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius”.  The title of this part of the series refers to the 19th note that St. Ignatius wrote in his notebook.  In this note he wrote that a person taken up with “public affairs or suitable business” and unable to withdraw from the world for prayer may experience the prayer of the Spiritual Exercises in his daily life.  Pt. 2 is conducted in a small group experience with two trained facilitators.  Each group will meet for two hours once a week for prayer, faith sharing and will receive material on the Spiritual Exercises and Scriptures to use for their private prayer of 30-45 minutes daily.  Pt. 2 is 30 weeks which are divided into two 15 week semesters with a month break in the middle.



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.

Family Day 2017


St. Rita Parish

Family Day 2017

“Meeting God in Our Home”

 Sunday September 24th

Food! Games! Music! And More!

Family Day will begin with 11:30 am Mass followed with fellowship in the gym & schoolyard! See You There!

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Men’s Spirituality

The Mens’ Spirituality Group of St. Rita is open to all men regardless of what parish they reside in.  The group will meet monthly on the 1st  Thursdays of the month starting September 7th in the Community Room of the Msgr. Champagne Complex through May 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.  There is no cost to register, all that we ask for is a $5.00 donation to cover the cost of the food served.