St. Rita in the Desert Catholic Church


Established March 31, 1935



Sacramental Information

Religious Education


Time, Treasure, Talent

Youth Group

Safe Environment

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Directions to our Community

If you have reasonable suspicion that a child has been abused, or if you have been abused in the past, whether in the Church or anywhere else, do the right thing: Make the report. Call 911 or for instructions.

Mass Schedule
Parish Calendar
Parish Registration

Parish Office Hours
Monday - Thursday
8 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Special Announcement

Colossal Cave Roadway Improvements


Daily (Monday - Friday): 8:00 a.m. in the Chapel 
Saturday: 5:00 p.m. in John XXIII Center
Sunday: 7:00 a.m., 9:00 a.m. 11:00 a.m. in John XXIII Center
Holy Days: 8:00 a.m., 7:00 p.m. (may vary/check bulletin)

Confessions: 4:30pm on Saturday or call the Parish Office for an appointment
Baptisms: Please call the Parish Office to register for the next Baptism class.
Confirmation: Contact Youth Minister or RCIA coordinator
Marriage: Marriage arrangements must be made at least 4 months in advance. Please contact the Parish Office.
Ministry to the Sick/Bereavement: If you or someone you know is dealing with illness or death, please call the Parish Office.

Mission Statement

We are a family oriented, community of Christians involved in all parts of our catholic ministry striving to live according to the word of God through prayer and by loving and respecting our neighbors in an atmosphere of joyful living.

We do this by celebrating liturgy, caring for the poor, offering religious education, providing opportunities for parishioners to participate in all church activities, responding with God's love to all those in need and welcoming all who seek to worship God and live our faith with us.

Vision Statement

We envision meeting the needs of families, the Christian community, the poor, our geographical neighbors, children, those with spiritual needs, and all who seek to worship God at St. Rita's. St. Rita's will be a nonjudgmental, comfortable and welcoming place. We will be open, responsive and accessible. Though we embrace the process of change to accommodate the future needs of the Community, we acknowledge that we are a parish in the Diocese of Tucson of the Roman Catholic Church with our foundation in scriptures and in the sacraments, especially the Eucharist.

St. Rita our Patron Saint (click here)



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St. Rita In The Desert Parish
13260 E Colossal Cave Road, Vail, AZ 85641-0400
Office: 762-9688 - Fax: 762-5967
St Rita in the Desert is located on Colossal Cave Rd., 1 mile north of I-10, Exit #2