St. Rita in the Desert Catholic Church

Shrine          JohnXXIII Center

Established March 31, 1935

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Religious Education

The parish religious education program is designed to assist parents in their duty to nurture their children in the Catholic Faith.

18 mos - 4 yrs
Sunday, 8:45 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. - 12 noon (August - April)
Sunday, 8:45 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. (August - April)
Elementary, grades 1 - 5:
Wednesday, 3:30 - 5:00 p.m. (August - April)
Junior High Youth Group: 
Sunday, 12:00 - 2:00 p.m. (August - April)
High School Youth Group: 
Sunday, 12:00 - 2:00 p.m. (August - May)
Adult Education: 
Check bulletin or Parish Office for Adult Education opportunities



Future Picture of the 2015 - 2016 Teachers



Your Religious Eduction Team

18 Months - 4 years-old

Pre-K and Kindergartenis intruduced to age-appropriate lessons, stories, games, crafts, and music to help children explore God's gifts of creation, family, church, and tradition.

Elementary Education, Grades 1-5

Elementary Education consits of age-appropriate lessons in exploring God's gifts, traditions, sacraments, and teachings.

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 9am and 7pm. Child care is provided at the 7pm meeting.

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

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