At St. Rita Parish, we not only have ministries that serve our parishioners, but the community as well. Jesus calls us to be a light in the darkness and to show His love. Below are several social and outreach ministries that you can get involved in.
- Lay Augustinians: The Lay Order of St. Augustine has been in existence at St. Rita's for 56 years. They aim to learn more about St. Augustine, as well as support our priests and novices. They reach out to the community through various activities, such as ice cream socials at nursing homes, short retreats, and/or days of reflection. They meet from August through May of each year, and gather together for the 10:30a.m. Mass, on the third Sunday of the month. After Mass, there is a light lunch, a very short business meeting, prayers, and a short reflection from Fr. Jerry Knies OSA, their spiritual advisor. At each meeting, the lunch is provided from three volunteers. If you are interested in becoming a part of the Lay Augustinians, you can contact Chuck & Betty Majeski
- Men's Group: The Wednesday program (6-7:30PM) meets in the church narthex and covers a variety of topics. Each program lasts several weeks and focuses on men's faith enrichment and spirituality. The format of this group uses multimedia and is interactive. After viewing a chapter of the program topic on DVD, a discussion follows. Men are free to contribute or just listen and reflect on the conversation. There is a light supper with refreshments (water & soda) served at 6pm. The program begins at 6:15 and ends at 7:30PM. Although there is no charge for the program, a free-will offering is asked to help defray the cost of the food and beverages.
- Boy/Cub Scouts - Boy Scouts of America are an independent youth development organization. Our boy scout troop led by Tim Falendysz and cub scout troop led by Dustin Townsend are both sponsored by St Rita Parish. Boy Scouts provides programs for young people that build character, trains them in the responsibilities of participating citizenship and develops personal fitness. If you need to contact either Troop Leader, please call the parish office at 262-639-3223
- Girl Scouts: Girl Scouts are an independent leadership development organization for girls. Our girl scout troop led by Cara Rybarik is sponsored by St. Rita parish. This organization helps girls discover their strengths, passions, and talents. The Girl Scout mission is to build girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. If you need to contact the troop leader, please call the parish office at 262-639-3223
- St. Patrick’s Community Meals: This program provides a hot meal for the needy at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church every Thursday night at 5pm. Our parish provides the food for the meal and volunteers to serve the meal on the fourth Thursday of every month except June, July, and November. Recipes and pans can be picked up after our masses the weekend before.
- Jail Ministry: There is not an active jail ministry through St. Rita at this time. If you are interested, please contact Deacon Greg Petro through email: firstname.lastname@example.org; or phone: 262-681-0714
- Prison Ministry - Volunteers work in groups to visit male inmates at the Racine Correctional Institution every other Sunday night. A bilingual Communion Service is held along with English and Spanish speaking faith sharing groups. It can make a world of a difference to those in prison to know others care enough about them to visit and help them grow in the Catholic Faith. This ministry gives volunteers the opportunity to visit Jesus in His distressing disguise as a prisoner (Mt. 25:35-40). If you are interested, please contact Deacon Greg Petro through email: email@example.com; or phone: 262-681-0714
- Health Ministry: The mission of the Health Ministry is to promote healthy lifestyles and physical & spiritual healing for parish members and the surrounding community. Visible signs of this mission is our sponsorship of regular blood drives and a fall flu shot clinic. The Health Ministry also maintains the automatic external defibrillators (AEDs) and coordinates the semi-annual Sacrament of Healing during Masses. We are in need of more members to be able to offer regular blood pressure screenings and seminars on health-related topics. If you'd like to be a part of this ministry, please contact Diana Lerro at 262-639-6465.
- Racine Interfaith Coalition - The Racine Interfaith Coalition (RIC) is a group of diverse faith communities working together to address the root causes of social injustice and poverty in the Racine community. RIC does this through community organizing, education and the application of our common faith values to the structures, systems and laws of our society. If you are interested in getting involved in RIC or other social justice work, please contact Deacon Greg Petro through email: firstname.lastname@example.org; or phone: 262-681-0714
- Ministers to Homebound - Volunteers bring Holy Communion to those who are in nursing homes, hospitals and those who are homebound. This is a wonderful and much needed ministry to care for those who are ill or elderly and cannot come to St. Rita for Mass. Personal connections are made through having a Communion Service, faith sharing and getting to know one another. If you are interested, please contact Deacon Greg Petro through email: email@example.com; or phone: 262-681-0714
- Knights of Columbus - The Knights was formed to render financial aid to members and their families. Mutual aid and assistance are offered to sick, disabled and needy members and their families. Social and intellectual fellowship is promoted among members and their families through educational, charitable, religious, social welfare, war relief and public relief works. Thanks to the efforts of Father J. McGivney, assistant pastor of St. Mary’s Church in New Haven and some of his parishioners, the Connecticut state legislature on March 29, 1882, officially chartered the Knights of Columbus as a fraternal benefit society. The order is still true to its founding principles of Charity, Unity, and Fraternity.
To learn more, go to https://www.kofcknights.org/CouncilSite/?CNO=697. If you wish to join this ministry, please contact Warner Williams at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Prayer Network - If you are interested in joining the prayer network, or have a request, you can contact Joan Kraus at email@example.com. Prayer requests can also be called into the parish office at: 262-639-3223. Requests are passed on through email to multiply the number of people praying. To insure confidentiality, members’ names are not listed on emails sent out. We thank those who have given time, energy, and full commitment to this ministry.
- St. Vincent de Paul Society & Food Pantry: The goal of the St. Vincent de Paul Society and Food Pantry is to offer service to those who are needy and suffering in the tradition of its founder, Blessed Frederic Ozanam, and patron, St. Vincent de Paul. The society not only assists with emergency needs, but aims to empower people to find ways to help themselves regarding mentoring, education, collaboration, and advocacy. The Food Pantry's goal is to provide whole , nutritious food to those in need.
If you’re interested in learning more about the SVDP Society, please contact: David & Sharon Devine at firstname.lastname@example.org
If you’re interested in helping out at the food pantry, please contact: Wayne Hejny at email@example.com