St. Joseph Altar

st josephThe St. Joseph Altar will be set up in the Community Room of the Monsignor Champagne Center.  Viewing will take place on Thursday, March 19th from 10:00am – 6:00pm.  Food will be served from 11:30am until 2:00pm and again from 4:00pm – 6:00pm.  Any perishable and monetary donations can be made at the parish office or non-perishable donations can be left in the box located in the rear of the church.

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 March is “Italian Pie” on Jefferson Hwy. on Tuesday March 17th & Thursday March 19th.  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.


Holy Thursday (April 2nd)

Mass of the Lord’s Supper

7:00 p.m.

Good Friday (April 3rd)


Veneration of the Cross

Holy Communion

3:00 p.m.

Stations of the Cross

7:00 p.m.

Holy Saturday (April 4th)

Easter Vigil Mass

8:00 p.m.

Easter Sunday (April 5th)

7:30 a.m.

9:30 a.m.

11:30 a.m.

Sacrament of Reconciliation

Saturdays: 3:00 – 3:45 p.m.

Sundays: 8:30 – 9:15 a.m. &  6:45 – 7:15 p.m.



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

downloadRegistration is now open for teams that want to compete in the Crawfish Cook-off on Saturday, May 16, 2015 in St. Rita School yard.  5 person team / $350.00 per team.  (Maximum 5 team members per team. There will be no additional fee for Corporate Sponsored teams… your signage, your expense!!!) St. Rita Dads’ Club will supply the crawfish, serving containers, and water…you bring the rest!!! Click on application to apply.  Team Registration Deadline is May 2, 2015. Crawfish Cookoff 2015

Pre-Sale tickets may be purchased through the School or Church Office.

Age 13 & Over…………..$20.00

Ages 6 – 12………………..$10.00

Under 6…………………….Free

Gate Prices

Age 13 & Over…………$25.00

Ages 6 – 12………………$15.00

Under 6…………………..Free

Deadline for pre-sale tickets Wed. My 13, 2015 No Exceptions

Kids’ Zone will be available with age appropriate inflatables for $5.00 per child with all proceeds going towards the St. Rita CYO summer trip to Steubenville.


St. Rita Green & White Linen Night


Green & WhiteThe event will take place on April 18th, 2015 in the school gym which will be transformed into a reception hall.  Auction – 7:30pm – 9:00pm

Music by “Super Charger” – 9:00pm – 12:00am

Green Admission / General Seating will be $50.00/ person

Green and White Admission / Assigned Seats and Preview Party will be $100.00 / person

Trotter Table – 8 Premium Reserved Seats at your chosen table with personal table service and Preview Party – $1,000/table.


Gala Ticket Application

(Cash, Check or Charge)     (For more information check the St. Rita Parish Weekly Bulletin or call the church office 504-737-2915)


Fish Fry

fish fry

The St. Rita Dads’ Club will sponsor  a Fish Fry on Friday March 20th from 5:00pm – 8:00pm.  The location will be in the school cafeteria with the option to dine-in or drive-through.  Choice of a Fish Plate, a Shrimp Plate or a Combo Plate for $10.00.  Cheese Pizza can also be purchased at $5.00 for 2 slices


Lenten Mission

Lenten MissionMark your calendar for the Lenten Mission to be presented by Dominican Friar Fr. Martin Iott.  The mission will take place in St. Rita parish on March 9th, 10th and 11th.  There will be a scripture reflection in the Community Room Monday 9:00am, Tuesday 9:30am & Wednesday 9:00am and the nightly presentation in the church at 7:00pm Monday thru Wednesday.

The topics addressed are:

1 – Living by the Light of Faith

2 – The Sacrament of Penance Is the Renewal of Our Baptism

3 – Immersion in the Truth: a Celebration of Baptism

Way of the Cross

Way of the crossSchedule

We will have the Way of the Cross at 7:00pm on all Fridays during lent. (Feb. 20th – April 3rd.)

The Way of the Cross for children will take place at 2:15 on Friday Feb. 27th, March 6th, 13th, 20th and 27th.

Archdiocese Golden Anniversary Celebration

If you will be celebrating your 50th Anniversary in 2015, you can participate in The Archdiocesan Golden Anniversary Celebration. The ceremony will take place on Sunday, June 14, 2015 at 3:00 p.m. in St. Philip Neri Church in Metairie.  Couples will be presented with a scroll and have their picture taken with the presiding bishop.

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

To register, please contact the parish office at 504-737-2915 before February 25, 2015

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