RECENT UPDATES DURING PANDEMIC
- Beginning on November 21-22, the office will be open from 1 pm to 5 pm Tuesday through Friday while keeping the same hours on Saturday and Sunday. People can still call the office or make an appointment, however the physical office will only be open during the afternoon. This is in accord with the Archdiocese’s mandates regarding churches during the pandemic and in accordance with the stay-at-home advisory that was made on November 17. These hours will continue through December.
- Similarly, there will be no baptisms or preparation classes for the month of December. Baptisms will resume in the new year (provided that we can do so safely.)
- All non-liturgical groups are limited to 10 people only. We encourage the groups to meet virtually.
- We continue to watch the developments and follow the rules of the Archdiocese. We will advise you of further precautions if they are needed.
REGISTER FOR MASS THIS SUNDAY!
WHAT TO KNOW BEFORE ATTENDING A CELEBRATION IN ST. RITA
YOU MUST READ ALL THIS INFORMATION BEFORE REGISTERING, PLEASE!
Registrations to attend Mass ARE REQUIRED – without exception. Please sign up through Eventbrite. Reservations will be accepted ONLY on this registration page, as well as by phone (773-434-9600) with the secretaries in the office, although online is MOST PREFERRED. Reservations for the following Sunday’s Masses will open on Tuesday at 10 am.
- Sign up for the Mass you want to attend. Under “Quantity,” you must choose the total number of people of your HOUSEHOLD that will attend (include each person – no matter the age) and we need the name of each person who is attending.
- Reservations will be required in order to limit the number of people and for the purpose of identifying contacts in case someone tests positive with the virus.
- If you need to cancel your reservation, please call the rectory by Saturday at 1 pm to do so.
- VERY IMPORTANT: Arrive at least 20 minutes before Mass because there is a long process to enter (doors open 30 minutes before each Mass).
- Stay home if you or someone in your home is sick or has a fever.
- If you or someone in your home has had contact with someone who has tested positive for the virus in the last 14 days, please do not come to Mass.
- Masks or face coverings are required to enter and remain in the church.
- When you arrive, you will have to form a line outside the Fairfield entrance.
- You will enter ONLY through the middle doors of Fairfield Ave.
DURING THE MASS
- There will be no collection during Mass. Please bring your donation or envelope and put it in one of the boxes that will be in the entrances.
- You will be told how to receive communion. Holy Communion will be distributed only in the form of the host, and only in the hand. If a person does not want to receive it in the hand, the minister will offer him or her a blessing.
AFTER THE MASS
- You must leave ONLY through the doors of Washtenaw Ave. and leave immediately after Mass so that the disinfection team has time to clean up everything before the next Mass (we have to ask that you do not stay to pray, talk to others, or light any candles).
Remember: All these norms and directives exist to protect each other. We are God’s people and the Mass is a celebration of our unity in Jesus Christ. If we protect each other, we are doing a work of mercy.
Thank you for your cooperation and patience and we can’t wait to welcome you back to St. Rita!
- Note: The number of COVID-19 cases in our neighborhood is high and there is a risk of contamination. Although our parish staff will attempt to take appropriate precautions consistent with the advice of public health authorities, parishioners and guests should understand that they take the risk of getting COVID-19 at any time they enter a public space as such precautions do not eliminate the risk of infection.
- With affection, we recommend that the following people stay at home: people over 65, people with underlying health problems , (e.g. diabetes) and people caring for the sick.
We will continue to livestream the Masses of 10 am and 12 pm, so that those who cannot attend in person can still participate in the Masses of St. Rita. The dispensation to attend Sunday Mass and Days of Obligation continues.
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TIPS FOR ALL WORSHIPERS – WHAT TO EXPECT (PDF)
URGENT – MORE VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR RE-OPENING
We need lots of volunteers to serve in the re-opening teams of St. Rita that consist of people to greet and seat parishioners, function as ushers, and disinfect after the Masses and other celebrations.
It is imperative that we find more volunteers who can serve at the Sunday masses, daily masses and other celebrations such as baptisms, weddings, funerals, confessions and memorial masses.
The ability to have Sunday Masses and other celebrations depends on having sufficient volunteers to fulfill the Requirements of the Archdiocese to guarantee the safety of everyone. If you are between the ages of 18-64, are healthy, and do not have any underlying condition, you may be a volunteer. Please go to our Parish Reopening Volunteer Form, call the office and leave a message for Fr. Ray Flores, or email him at email@example.com. We will contact you for training.
Thank you for your time and dedication.
We are a spirit-led people nourished through God’s Word and at the table of the Eucharist that unites us as one family.
Sunday Masses at St. Rita Church
8 am – Spanish
12 pm – Spanish
Sunday Masses at St. Clare Chapel
8 am – Spanish
10 am – English
12 pm – Spanish
Weekday Masses at St. Rita Church
Monday – Friday at 8 am – (Spanish)
Weekday Masses at St. Clare Chapel
Monday – Friday at 12 pm – (Spanish)
Monthly Spanish Mass in Honor of St. Rita – Third Thursday
Intercessor of Impossible Cases and Pacifier
The Third Thursday of each Month at 7 pm in the St. Rita Church with Confessions at 6 pm.
Everyone is invited to come and worship in community with our prayers as we honor our patroness, Saint Rita.
Confessions / Sacrament of Reconciliation
Saturdays from 11 am to 12 pm in St. Rita Church.
Thursdays after the 12 pm Mass in St. Clare Chapel.
First Friday of the Month from 7 to 9 pm in St. Rita Church.
Or call one of the priests at the parish for an appointment.