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.

Dine Out for 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.  The restaurant for month of May is  “The Ridge Bistro”, on Hickory Ave., on Tuesday May 19th & Thursday May 21st.  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.

2nd Annual St. Rita Dads’ Club Crawfish Cook-off

We would like to thank everyone that came out to the crawfish cook off this year.

The weather was great and the crawfish were delicious.

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Men’s Spirituality

Living discerning lifeThe 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


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.

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

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

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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.

CCD Registration 2014-2015

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 will begin on September 6th will go thru May.  Classes are on Saturday mornings in the school from 10:00am – 11:30am.  Please contact Erin Maffe at the church office at 737-2915 (ext. 1206) for more information.

Parents of CCD children - The CCD Registration Form for 2014-15 can be downloaded from below.  Fill it out, and mail or bring to the church office.

CCD Registration Form