Archbishop hails half-century mark at St. Rita Catholic Church in Cottage Grove
The pews were packed Sunday as St. Rita Catholic Church in Cottage Grove launched its 50th year jubilee.
Archbishop Bernard Hebda of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis joined the Rev. Rick Banker in a special anniversary mass. Several former pastors returned to St. Rita for the half-century bash, including the Rev. John Brandes, who led St. Rita when it was founded in August 1966.
Former pastor Rev. Thomas Fitzgerald also returned for the occasion, as did many former parishioners who had moved out of state.
Hebda greeted attendees on a receiving line at a catered post-mass reception.
The anniversary coincided with the church’s opening of their $2.2 million Faith Formation Center, which includes more than a dozen classrooms and a nursery.