Kermess 2016

Our annual kermess or Outdoor Festival took place on Sunday, August 14th.

We were blessed with great weather and the fundraising effort was a success. People enjoyed a variety of food, mostly traditional Mexican dishes, live entertainment and two Mexican folk dance troupes. Children from the greater Aurora area also participated in the Soccer Tournament held in the parish grounds.

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Nuestra tradicional kermess se llevó a cabo el domingo 14 de agosto.

Fuimos bendecidos con muy buen clima y el evento de recaudación de fondos fue todo un éxito. Las personas difrutaron una gran variedad de comida, en su mayoría platillos mexicanos tradicionales, música en vivo y dos grupos de danza folklórica mexicana. Niños de toda el área de Aurora participaron el en torneo de fútbol llevado a cabo en las áreas verdes de la parroquia.

A quick journey through the bible

The Bible Study “A Quick Journey Through the Bible” will be held on twelve Thursday evenings from 7 – 9 pm in the Parish Center.

This English program will begin in July and end in November.

The cost will be $10.00 for materials or $25.00 for those who wish to use a workbook along with the other materials. 

Sign up by calling the Parish office right away 630-892-5918.

Dates for the English Bible Study are:

July 21 and 28, August 11, 18 and 25, September 15, and 22, October 6, 20 and 27, November 10 and 17.

Woman of Inspiration

All women of St. Rita’s ARE Women of Inspiration.  Whether you decorate the worship space; sing in the choir; pull weeds; feed the homeless; cried with a parishioner who lost a loved one or just prayed with and for your neighbor. You ARE a Woman of Inspiration.

We had many, many nominations for St. Rita’s Woman of Inspiration.  And now we Congratulate Ana Herrera, St. Rita’s Woman of Inspiration for 2016.   Ana came to Aurora in 1990 from Durango, Mexico.  Ana and her husband Teodoro and their two sons, David and Robert have been members of St. Rita’s since 1992.  Ana attended the first Spanish Light of the World retreat and has been an active force for almost 17 years.  Besides being a Eucharistic Minister and a Greeter, Ana also served as the main evangelizer for the Spanish Light of the World Retreat.  Since 2013, Ana has been an active member of the Pastoral Council, the Liturgy Ministry and a Catechist for the RCIA program.

An Awards Dinner honoring the Catholic Woman of Inspiration for the Aurora Deanery will be held on August 28th at Pipers Banquets, 1295 Butterfield Road, in Aurora.  If you would like to attend the dinner to honor and show support for Ana Herrera, you may purchase tickets at the Parish Center.  Tickets are $30 per person; $15 for children ages 4-11, and children 3 and under are free.  Please note, no tickets will be sold at the door, so please mark your calendar for August 28th and get your tickets early at the Parish Center.


Ana Herrera

Mujer de inspiración

Todas las mujeres de Santa Rita SON mujeres de inspiración. Ya sea que decoren el espacio de culto a nuestro Señor Jesucristo, canten en el coro, quiten las hierbas, alimenten a las personas sin hogar, lloren con un feligrés que perdió a un ser querido o simplemente oren con un vecino u oren por él. Ustedes SON una mujer de inspiración.

Tuvimos muchas nominaciones para la Mujer de Inspiración de Santa Rita. Y ahora felicitamos a Ana Herrera, la Mujer de Inspiración 2016 de Santa Rita. Ana vino de Durango, México a Aurora en 1990. Ana, su esposo Lolo y sus dos hijos, David y Robert, han sido miembros de Santa Rita desde 1992. Anna asistió al primer retiro Luz del Mundo en español y se ha mantenido activa durante casi 17 años. Además de ser Ministro de Eucaristía y una de las personas que dan la bienvenida a los demás feligreses, Ana también ha sido evangelizadora principal del Retiro Luz del Mundo en español. Desde el año 2013 Ana también ha sido miembro activo del Consejo Pastoral, del Ministerio de la Liturgia y catequista en el programa RICA.

Se llevará a cabo un banquete de reconocimiento en honor de la Mujer de Inspiración del Decanato de Aurora el domingo 28 de agosto en el salón Piper Banquets, 1295 Butterfield Road, en Aurora.  Si desea asistir al banquete para honrar y mostrar su apoyo a Ana Herrera, puede comprar sus boletos en el Centro Parroquial. Los boletos tienen un costo de $30 por persona, $15 por niños de 4 a 11 años y no se cobra por niños menores de 3 años. Por favor tenga en cuenta que no se venderán boletos en la puerta el día del evento así que separe en su calendario el 28 de agosto y compre sus boletos cuanto antes en el Centro Parroquial.


Bishop David J. Malloy Ordained

Three New Priests for the Diocese of Rockford

On Saturday, June 4th, Bishop David J. Malloy ordained three men to the priesthood for the Diocese of Rockford.  The Sacred Rite of Ordination took place in the Cathedral of St. Peter, Rockford. Bishop Malloy was joined by all priests and permanent deacons as he conferred the Sacrament of Holy Orders.  The men ordained to the priesthood were:

The Rev. Father Charles Fitzpatrick, whose home parish is Holy Redeemer in Evergreen Park;

The Rev. Father Sean Grismer, whose home parish is Holy Cross in Batavia; and

The Rev. Father Kyle Manno, whose home parish is Christ the Teacher in DeKalb.

If you were unable to attend the ordination, which was open the public, you can watch the ordination ceremony at:

Father Kyle Manno will celebrate Mass at the 4:30 p.m service on Saturday, June 11th and Father Sean Grismer will preside over the 8:30 and 10:15 Masses on Sunday, June 12th.  After the Eucharistic celebrations there will be a reception in the Parish Hall.  Father Sean is an alumnus of St. Rita’s School – he started kindergarten in August of 1995 and graduated from the eighth grade in May 2004 and continued his studies at ACC.

On Sunday, June 19 Father Kyle will celebrate his first Mass in Spanish at the 12:00 service.

Courage and EnCourage Being Launched in Diocese

courageCourage is an international apostolate begun in New York in 1980 that ministers to persons with same-sex attractions. Members support one another in growing in their faith and living in accord with the Catholic Church’s teaching. Father Phillip Kaim has been appointed as chaplain for the brand new group in the Diocese of Rockford. If you think Courage is for you, email him at:  The EnCourage apostolate is a support group for parents, family and friends of those with same-sex attraction. If you think EnCourage might be for you or someone you know, contact its chaplain, Father Ryan Browning, at

Jubilee of Mercy website year-of-mercy-logo_med

The Diocese of Rockford launched its Jubilee of Mercy website. This website features the corporal and spiritual works of mercy, resources, events, and a variety of useful information for this Year of Mercy.

Click here to visit the

Diocese of Rockford Jubilee of Mercy website

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Stay connected with St. Rita’s! We will start using to communicate events and news to our parishioners this month. If you are not already registered, here’s how you can sign up:

1. Visit our network at


2. Text SRITA to 84576

Then follow the instructions from there!

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 ¡Manténgase conectado con Santa Rita! Vamos a comenzar a usar para comunicar eventos y noticias a nuestros feligreses a partir de este mes.
Si usted no se ha registrado, aquí está cómo puede hacerlo:

 1.  Visite nuestra red en  or

2.  Envíe el mensaje SRITA al número 84576

 Siga las instrucciones

We Are Going Digital!

We are pleased to introduce our new online donation/payment system offered through CompuWerx. This is a secure, easy and convenient site for handling all financial transactions via credit or debit card or e-check donation payments. You can do a one-time or a monthly recurring donation using either your PC, tablet or phone – it is easy – it is convenient! With this user friendly process, you will find it easy to manage your giving by setting up automatic donation and viewing donation history, as well as printing yearly giving statements. Please sign up at now to support St. Rita’s!!

 Reminders …

Eucharistic Adoration is every Wednesday in Our Chapel from 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.  The Blessed Sacrament is exposed for your worship and adoration.  Consider giving one hour a week to Jesus.

Baptisms will take place the first and third Saturday of the month.  Please stop by or call the Parish Office at 630-892-5918 for more information.

Anointing of the Sick will take place the first week-end of the month on Saturday 4:30 and 6 p.m. and Sunday 8:30 am and 7:00 pm.

The Knights of Columbus hold their meetings on the First Thursday of the month at 7:00 pm in the Parish Hall.