Social/Outreach Ministries

 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.

Social Ministries:

  • Lay Augustinians: Chuck Majeski
  • 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.
  • 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

Outreach Ministries:

  • 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: gpetro@wi.rr.com; 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: gpetro@wi.rr.com; or phone: 262-681-0714
  • 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: gpetro@wi.rr.com; 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: gpetro@wi.rr.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 elpacobs@sbcglobal.net

  • Prayer Network - If you are interested in joining the prayer network, or have a request, you can contact Joan Kraus at joanmkraus@aol.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 smdevine4@wi.rr.com

    If you’re interested in helping out at the food pantry, please contact: Wayne Hejny at wheyny@sbcglobal.net