School Drama Production – Wizard of Oz


St Rita Presents…..

wizard of oz






March 23, 24 & 25 @ 6:30 p.m. in the School Gym

Purchase Your Tickets NOW!!

$5.00 Kids 3 – 17 yrs

$7.00 Adults



Lenten Season Guidelines


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.



The Spirit of the season of Lent should be

maintained throughout the weeks of Lent. The

obligation to observe penitential days of the

Church is a very important part of our spiritual

life. Individual circumstances must be taken

into account, but in general, people should seek

to do more rather than less, since fast and

abstinence on the days prescribed should be

considered a minimal response to the Lord’s

call to penance and conversion of life.



Upcoming Liturgies, Evening Prayer & Penance

March 1st – Ash Wednesday

  • Mass – 7am, 9:30am, Noon, & 7:30pm

Stations of the Cross

  • Fridays during Lent – 2:15pm with School (Mar 10 thru Apr 7 ONLY)  &  7pm (Every Friday during Lent)

The Sacrament of Reconciliation(Confession):

(In addition to the regular times)

  • Fridays during Lent – 6pm – 6:45pm
  • Wed. Mar 22nd, Mar. 29th & Apr 5th @ 5pm – 6:30pm

Evening Prayer & Benediction

  • Thurs Mar 2nd, Tues Mar 14th, Tues Mar 21st, Tues Mar 28th, Tues Apr 4th

Holy Week Schedule

  • Sat, Apr 8th – 4pm Vigil w/Blessing of Palms
  • Sun, Apr 9th – Palm Sunday – Masses @ 7:30am, 9:30 am, 11:30am & 7:30pm
  • Mon, Apr 10th – Mass at 7am & 8:30am; Holy Hour w/Evening Prayer & Benediction @ 6pm
  • Tues, Apr 11th – Mass at 7am & 8:30am; Holy Hour w/Evening Prayer & Benediction @ 6pm
  • Wed, Apr 12th – Mass at 7am & 8:30am; Holy Hour w/Evening Prayer & Benediction @ 6pm
  • Thurs, Apr 13th - Holy Thursday – NO MORNING MASS; Morning Prayer @ 7am & 8:30am; Mass of the Lord’s Supper @ 7pm
  • Fri, Apr 14th – Good Friday – NO MORNING MASS; Morning Prayer at 7am & 8:30am; Celebration of the Lord’s Passion @ 3pm; Confessions 6pm – 6:45pm; Stations of the Cross @ 7pm
  • Sat, Apr 15th – Holy Saturday – NO MORNING MASS; Morning Prayer at 8:30am; Confessions 3pm – 4pm; Easter Vigil Mass @ 8pm
  • Sun, Apr 16th – Easter Sunday –  Masses @ 7:30am, 9:30 am, 11:30am & 7:30pm

What can I give up for Lent?

Rather than give up some trivial pleasure like candy or beer…. What about giving up 15 minutes each day to do something very meaningful toward making true repentance in our hearts and minds; something we’ve always SAID we have wanted to do but never actually do, like reading Scripture or familiarizing ourselves with the Catechism of the Catholic Church; something concrete that will help us understand the path of life that leads to ETERNAL HAPPINESS WITH GOD???

Can we give up just 15 minutes per day of social media, video games, or watching the political posturing on news channels?

Now, I understand that we probably wouldn’t be able to read the Bible or the entire Catechism during this Lenten season, but there are certain sections of the Catechism and Books of the Bible that we are certainly capable of reading in bite-sized quantities in just 15 minutes per day.

Option 1 – Suggestion for Lent

  • Read both Gospels of Luke and John. (They are both Gospels but written very differently).  The Gospel of Luke contains 24 chapters while John contains 21 chapters for a total of 45 chapters.  Guess what??? From Ash Wednesday to Good Friday there are 45 days.  That equates to only 1 chapter per day, which certainly can be read in less than 15 minutes.

Option 2 – Suggestion for Lent

  •  Read Part 3 of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, which addresses our Life in Christ.

Section 1 in that Part explains Man’s Vocation.  This is a great start to understanding the very purpose of our lives.  Its is 75 pages short.  That equates to 1 1/2 pages per day or 9 paragraphs per day.

Section 2 in that Part delves into the Ten Commandments.  There’s a lot more to these commandments of God than just the surface.  This section is a little longer at 113 pages, but that’s still less than 2 pages per day!!

Option 3- Suggestion for Lent

  • Read Part 4 of the Catechism, which addresses the power of Prayer.  It is also 75 pages, but fewer paragraphs, only 8 paragraphs per day will get you through the entire Part 4 on Prayer.

Option 4 – Suggestion for Lent

  •  Read just the Passion Narratives from each Gospel accounts. Below is a breakdown of the verses.  The breakdown amounts to less than 45 verses per day, which certainly can be read in less than 15 minutes.

The Passion Narratives

1st Week

  • Mon.  MT 26:1 – 46
  • Tues.  MT 26: 47 – 75
  • Wed.  MT 27: 1 – 31
  • Thurs. MT 27: 31 – 66
  • Fri.  MT 28: 1 – 20

2nd Week

  • Mon.  MK 14: 1 – 42
  • Tues.  MK 14: 43 – 72
  • Wed.  MK 15: 1 – 32
  • Thurs. MK 15: 33 – 47
  • Fri.  MK 16: 1 – 20

3rd Week

  • Mon.  LK 22: 1 – 38
  • Tues.  LK 22: 39 – 71
  • Wed.  LK 23: 1 – 43
  • Thurs. LK 23: 44 – LK 24: 12
  • Fri.  LK 24: 13 – 53

4th Week

  • Mon.  JN 12: 1 – 50
  • Tues.  JN 13: 1 – 38
  • Wed.  JN 14: 1 – JN 15: 17
  • Thurs. JN 15: 18 – JN 16: 33
  • Fri.  JN 17: 1 – 26

5th Week

  • Mon.  JN 18: 1 – 32
  • Tues.  JN 18: 33 – JN 19: 16
  • Wed.  JN 19: 17 – 42
  • Thurs. JN 20: 1 – 31
  • Fri.  JN 21: 1 – 25


Fr. Steve Bruno

Dads’ Club Fish Fry

March Fish Fry 2017

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. The Celebrant for March 9th is Rev. Sidney Speaks, Parochial Vicar at St. Matthew the Apostle.  All are invited to attend.

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.

Crawfish Cookoff

Save the date!!!

The St. Rita Dad’s Club will be holding their annual Crawfish Cookoff on May 20, 2017.  Mark your calendars so that you can remember to save the date.  More info will be available as the date gets closer.


Mens SpirituallityThe 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 in the Community Room of the Msgr. Champagne Complex through May 4th 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.


“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