Parish Office: 717-642-8815
Mon.-Sat. Daily Mass: 9:00 AM
Saturday Vigil Mass: 4:30 PM
Sunday Mass: 8:30 AM & 11:00 AM
Tuesday: 10:00 AM
Saturday: 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM
St Rita begins to Reopen – Information as of May 27, check back for updates!
St Rita parishioners are invited to attend a Parking Lot Mass at St. Mary’s, Fairfield, this weekend, Saturday, May 30 at 4:30 pm and Sunday, May 31 at 9:00 am.
On the following weekend, St. Rita’s church will offer Parking Lot Mass on Saturday, June 6 at 4:30 pm and Sunday, June 7 at 10:00 am. There will only be 2 weekend Masses right now.
Dispensation is still in place if you cannot or should not attend Mass. Live streaming will continue.
Weekday Masses will be indoors at St. Rita's starting June 8 at 9:00 am. Masses will be open to the public but with restrictions to be announced later. No bulletins will be handed out. A few will be available at the church entrance or can be viewed online.
Confessions will be 3:30 pm to 4:00 pm on Saturday’s at the Church parking lot starting June 6.
March 23, 2020: Fr Peter announced that he will live stream Sunday Mass at 9:00 AM until the Churches can reopen.
March 18, 2020
“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” Isaiah 41:10
My dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
During the past several weeks, we have quickly seen the coronavirus/COVID-19 grow from an overseas threat to one that is now a present reality. I wish to reassure you that during the past week, our Parish and the Diocese have responded promptly to this ever changing situation by implementing the recommendations from our public health professionals to prevent spreading this virus. This week, Bishop Gainer announced that, out of great concern for the faithful, he is temporarily suspending all daily and weekend public Masses in the Diocese and is asking parishes to close their buildings.
Please understand these requests are for your safety, the safety of your fellow Parishioners, the safety of those at-risk family members living at home with our Parishioners, the safety of our Parish Staff, and yes, the safety of your Pastor. In no way are we removing God. On the contrary, we are greatly increasing our online presence and are providing a range of resources for your continued spiritual growth. As your Pastor, please be assured of my continued prayers for you, your families, my brother priests and deacons, our religious, and all those affected by this virus. These rapidly changing circumstance may lead some to experience feelings of panic, fear, worry, and doubt. As we read in Isaiah, our Lord tells us to not fear for He is always with us and will uphold us during times of trouble.
I pray that all of us will first face these times with prayer, asking for our Lord’s healing for the sick, protection for those caring for the ill, and for His comforting hands on those who are fearful. Next, although the doors to our Parish are closed, we should continue to find ways to live our faith and to also find strength through the Word of God. Several Parishes throughout the Diocese are live streaming Masses to Parish websites and social media. A listing of the Parishes streaming their Masses can be found at www.hbgdiocese.org/coronavirus.] Even if you are able to watch a live-streamed Mass, I highly encourage you as a family to use the Sunday Prayer at Home resource that has been sent out.
The mission of Immaculate Conception BVM, and St. Rita’s will continue during these times. But continue our work, we need your support. I ask you to pray for our Parish, our Diocese and our Country. I know these times are challenging, but I also ask for your continued financial support. Without your gifts, our Parish will struggle to continue our most basic functions. Gifts can be made by mailing your check to the Parish, or through using our online system. Thank you for your continued support of our two parishes. May God keep you safe, continue to bless you and your families, and keep us all in His loving care.
Sincerely yours in Christ,
Rev. Peter Di Tomasso, M. SS.CC.
Immaculate Conception BVM
We are excited to announce that Bishop Ronald Gainer has endorsed the new Catholic Podcast Network Breadbox Media. Please visit their website and discover all that the network has to offer.
FORMED is now available to all parishioners. Log into www.formed.org with our Parish Passcode and establish your own login using your email address and personal password. Parish Passcode is H9MQPH. Please note: you must use the capital letters. See the Bulletin Board for more info. Enjoy!