Last Mass at St. Rita

Mille grazie, Cass Street St. Rita!

Since 1936, the building at 1613 N Cass Street has served as well. It has been the site of Masses, Baptisms, First Communions, Confirmations, weddings, funerals and a few confessions! It has been home. We inherited it as a family facing the uncertainty of these present times, knowing that our God is a God who promised us, through his son Jesus, that he would be with us always.

Now it is time to say farewell to a building that, although we know our community is more than bricks and mortar, still needs to be acknowledged and thanked for what it has provided us – a place to continue the story of our ancestors and dream of stories yet to be lived by our children! So simply put – we need to say thanks to this building. As you are pastor who is been with you for close to 19 years, I propose the following schedule of farewells:

March 18, 2018
10:30 am Mass
Final Mass in conjunction with the Tavolata, the St. Joseph Table, with which we honor and help the poor

March 25, 2018
Palm Sunday Mass at 10:30 am in our new interim home, Holy Rosary Church (Oakland & Lafayette), until our new home for the 10:30 am Mass is finished

April 1, 2018
Easter Sunday Mass at 10:30 am at Holy Rosary Church

Tuesday-Thursday, April 3-5, 2018
6:00-7:00 pm
Special Rosary prayer times for you to stop and express the greatest element of respect, a grateful heart

April 8, 2018
De-Consecration of old St. Rita Church at 12:00 Noon
Not goodbye, but until we meet again, when we consecrate a new St. Rita in a couple of years!

We are so blessed, and look forward to a future full of hope for us and for the generations yet to come!


Show your support for the redevelopment of St. Rita Church and St. Rita Square Senior Living Community. We encourage you to attend the following:

March 20 at 9:00 am
Zoning, Neighborhoods and Development
City Hall: 200 E Wells St, Room 301-B

March 27 at 9:00 am
Common Council
City Hall: 200 E Wells St, 3rd Floor Council Chambers


To learn more about the project, click the links below:

Plan Commission Approval:

Last year’s announcements: