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

Special Annoucements

Holy Thursday, April 17th;
7:00pm in the John XXIII Center (Washing of the Feet, Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament Until 10pm)

Good Friday, April 18th;
Stations of the Cross
3pm in the John XXIII Center

Solemn Liturgy of the Passion of our Lord
7pm in the John XXXIII Center

Holy Saturday, April 19th;
Blessing our Easter Food
12pm noon in the Shrine

Solemn Liturgy of the Easter Vigil
7:00pm in the John XXIII Center
(Blessing of the Easter Candle, Rite of Baptism & Confirmation of the Elect, Frist Mass of Easter)

Easter Sunday; April 20th

Sunrise Mass: 6:00am outdoors
7:00am in the John XXIII Center
9:00am in the John XXIII Center & Shrine
11:00am in the John XXIII Center & Shrine

Easter Egg Hunt; April 20th
After the 9am & 11am masses (near the Shrine)
Bring your Easter Basket



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)

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