Saint Rita
Catholic Church
Parish News
A very recent article and statement on EWTN quoted the Holy Father, Pope Francis, who warned against the sin of gossip. He
explained that the Apostles, like all men, were sinners. But one sin they did not commit was the sin of gossip. See our parish
Facebook page for the entire article.
Join the Archdiocese in Ireland for the 2018 World Meeting of Families! A priest of the Archdiocese of St. Louis,
Fr. Brian Fallon, will lead us in a 10-day pilgrimage around this historically Catholic country. We will celebrate the
beauty and joy of the family, in addition to exploring the Irish roots of our faith. Pilgrimage stops will include Our
Lady of Knock, the Rock of Cashel, the Ring of Kerry and much more!

Visit to view the full itinerary (click on Pilgrimages from the menu, and then choose
Archdiocese of St. Louis).

The total cost is $4200, plus approximately $100 for the World Meeting of Families once registration opens.
Payment plans are available. For more information, please contact Melissa Keating at 314.792.7173 or Registration:
Pilgrimage to Ireland - Join Us!
Click HERE for the Pilgrimage Brochure
St. Rita Ladies Club.
The rebirth of the Ladies Club has begun. It was reported that 13 ladies came to the 1st meeting on Sunday, March 18. Ladies, please join the
men of the Holy Name Society at Mass on the 3rd Sunday of the month at the 10am Mass. Following Mass the Ladies will be meeting in the
church hall. The second Ladies Club meeting on April 15 was well attended. Roxanne Meyer is president, Susan Harleman is secretary and
Dominique Murray-Dahnir is treasurer. Next meeting on the 3rd Sunday in May. The May meeting was held and it was decided that all Ladies Club
activity will take the summer off. Next meeting will be the 3rd Sunday in September.
New Air Condition.
Our church is getting a new cooling tower for our a/c system. The tower costs $35,000. We have secured a loan for the new tower and the
payment will be $900 per month. Please consider bumping up your offertory donation by a MINIMUM of $5 per week. Then come often and enjoy
the fruits of you labor.
Father Wichlan plans to retire.
Father has announced that he plans to retire from being the pastor of St. Rita Parish. After 28 faithful years here, he now plans to
relax just a little bit. Let's all pray for him and give thanks that we have had such a good shepherd for all these years. May God
bless him as he moves on.
The archdiocese has no plans to close our parish. There are plans in work to get a priest and deacon to take care of our
pastoral needs.  Keep alert to new information. Read the bulletin. Dispell the rumors about closing St. Ritas. We are here to
Reception for Father.
After Father's last Mass at St. Ritas, there will be a reception in the hall. This will be your chance to wish
him well, give him a hug or tell him you love him and will pray for him daily. Please join the family for the
going away/retirement party for Father David Wichlan, our shepherd for 28 plus years here at St. Ritas.