St. Rita in the Desert Catholic Church

Shrine          JohnXXIII Center

Established March 31, 1935

Sacramental Information
Religious Education
Time, Treasure, Talent
Youth Group
Safe Environment
Contact Us
Directions to our Community


Parish Registration Form

Religous Education Handbook

Child Pick Up Authorization

Emergency Cotact Form

Pre-K / Kindergarten   Calendar

Wednesday Elementary Calendar

Youth Group Calendar

Confirmation Calendar

Religious Education / Faith Formation

The parish religious education program is designed to assist parents in their duty to nurture their children in the Catholic Faith. Ongoing Faith Development for Adults can be found in the RCIA process and Catholics for the 21st Century presentations, scriptures studies for men and women.

Pre-K and Kindergarten: (18 mos - 4 yrs) is introduced to age-appropriate lessons, stories, games, crafts, and music to help children explore God's gifts of creation, family, church, and tradition.

Sunday; August - April
9:00 am - 10:00 am (We Begin in Mass)
11:00 am - 12 noon (We Begin in Mass)


Sunday; August - April
8:45 am - 10:00 am

Elementary Education: (Elementary, grades 1 - 5) consist of age-appropriate lessons in exploring God's gifts, traditions, sacraments, and teachings.

Wednesday; August - April
3:30 pm - 5:00 p.m.

Junior High Youth Group
Sunday; August - May
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

High School Youth Group
Sunday; August - May
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

St. Rita’s youth group is committed to bringing God into your everyday life. God provides us with strength and guidance. We are the loving children of God. We are propelled by God to community service and helping people in need as ministers to our faith.

Everyone is welcome and invited to serve and live their faith through lifework. We respect each other and the talents God has given. Participation is encouraged and leadership is developed and faith based.

Adult Education: 

Level I Certification Classes are weekly certification classes to assist in the professional development of our catechists. However, information presented including Sacraments, Morality, and Church Teachings are beneficial to any adult interested in life-long learning.

Scripture Classes: St. Rita's Fellowship of Catholic Men meets on Saturday mornings. The Women's Scripture class meets Wednesday mornings at 9:00 am and 7:00pm. Child care is provided at the 7:00 pm meeting.

Adult Discussions take place periodically, also. We focus on a wide variety of topics concerning the 21st Century Catholic.

Make an appointment with Sister Noell by calling the Parish Office.



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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
Directions: St Rita in the Desert is located on Colossal Cave Rd., 1 mile north of I-10, Exit #2