St. Rita in the Desert Catholic Church

          JohnXXIII Center

Established March 31, 1935

Adult Formation Knights of Columbus St. Vincent de Paul St. Rita’s Guild St. Rita’s Choirs
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RCIA: (Catholic Formation Classes) Classes meet on Sunday morning during the 9 a.m. Mass. Contact the parish office for more information.

Catechist Certification Classes: Classes are offered at various times throughout the year. Please contact Sister Noelle for more information.

Lenten Spiritual Activities: We offer various spiritual growth opportunities during the Lenten Season. See the Bulletin as the season approaches.

Scripture Classes: The 6 week classes take place throughout the year focusing on different books of the Bible. See the Bulletin for more information.

Women’s Prayer Group: A group for women to learn to pray with scripture and fellowship. The group meets on Wednesdays at 9 a.m. or 7 p.m.

Men’s Prayer Group: A men’s group that focuses on discussion and reflection on how to pray on the scripture and how to live is as a modern man. The group meets on Saturdays at 6:30 a.m.

Twenty First Century Catholic Presentations: These educational opportunities are presentations and discussions chosen to answer the questions that are most prevalent in the minds of the 21st Century Catholic. See the Bulletin for more information.

Knight of Columbus: Knights are Catholic men, 18 years of age and older, who are committed to making their community a better place, while supporting their Church. Being a Knight is more than camaraderie; it is being involved with your community; it is supporting your local Catholic Church, while enhancing your own faith; it is about protecting and enhancing your family life. The Knights provide:  Pancake Breakfast - Blood Drive - Dinner/Dance throughout the year - Children’s Free-Throw Contest, and provide invaluable support to other parish activities.
St. Vincent de Paul: St. Vincent de Paul St. Rita’s Conference strives to help people in our community that are in a time of need. They provide many services that allow their clients to get back on their feet during difficult times. St. Vincent de Paul offers: Food - Some degree of Financial Support - Transportation for Medical Appointments - and we try to steer our clients to other resources that may be of assistance.
St. Rita’s Guild:  This organization consists of men & women who are dedicated to serving the parish community.  Their main function is to focus on internal parish ministries. The Guild provides:  Gift Shop - Coffee Sunday - Lenten Soup Suppers - Senior Potlucks - Baking Eucharistic Bread - Prayer Line - Bereavement Meals - Italian Dinner - Halloween Festival- Receptions for The Sacrament Celebration.
Outreach Ministry:  The outreach committee oversees activities that address needs both within and beyond our parish boundaries.  This outreach includes facilitating the distribution of Holiday Food Baskets, and supplying Socks & Underwear to local schools.The Sewing Circleprovides hand-made children’s clothing to those in and out of our country, as well as sewing for the Liturgical needs of the parish.
St. Rita’s Choirs:  Music is in integral part of worship at St. Rita’s. The 5 pm Saturday Mass feature traditional Church Hymns. The 9 am Sunday Mass also features traditional Church music with singers of all ages including our Children’s Choir. The 11 am Mass is a Youth Band. The singers must be at least High School aged. The Band plays a more contemporary type of music that keeps Mass Rock’n.

St. Rita In The Desert Parish
13260 E Colossal Cave Road, Vail, AZ 85641-0400
Office: 762-9688 - Fax: 762-5967
Directions: St Rita in the Desert is located on Colossal Cave Rd., 1 mile north of I-10, Exit #2