The 33 day Consecration to Jesus through Mary will start June 15th

Join Fr Alex and our visiting seminarian Ryan

This Tuesday 7 pm watch from the comfort of your home, just click on the ZOOM link below from your laptop, phone or IPad or join us in the Parish Center. 

Great news! We have 80 books at no charge for those going through the devotion! Available in the Narthex after Mass.

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Through consecration to Mary, we entrust our entire beings and lives to the protection, intercession, and guidance of our heavenly mother. This act of consecration to Mary has been a faith tradition since the beginning of the Church. God right of the gate of Eden put Satan on notice that the enmity, the battle, will be headed by Mary and her offspring. Jesus himself entrusted his disciple John to Mary from the cross — “Woman, behold, your son!” (John 19:26).

33 Days to Morning Glory, the popular Marian consecration published in 2011 and written by Fr. Michael E. Gaitley, MIC, is based on St. Louis de Montfort’s original consecration. It incorporates the spirituality and prayers of St. Louis de Montfort, St. Maximilian Kolbe, St. Teresa of Calcutta, and St. John Paul II — all who had strong devotions to Mary.

To Jesus Through Mary

Why should we consecrate ourselves to Jesus through Mary? As St. Louis de Montfort said, “Total consecration to Jesus through Mary is the surest, easiest, shortest, and most perfect means to becoming a saint.” If we are striving for sainthood, as we should, asking for the intercession of Mary is the ideal way to approach this eternal goal!  

It deepens our relationship with her, which in turn brings us closer to her son Jesus. We know that Jesus can’t resist the requests of his mother, we see her pure influence in the Bible on many occasions such as the wedding at Cana. We know that our spiritual mother Mary loves us, as she loves her son, and will advocate for our intentions.

Starting From Day One Wednesday June 16

Fr. Michael E. Gaitley shares his inspiration for 33 Days to Morning Glory in the introduction. He had struggled to get through Preparation for Total Consecration which he describes as a “prayer marathon.”He wrote, “I personally find more spiritual fruit not in reciting long prayers but in pondering in my heart inspiring teachings on Marian consecration.”

In doing so, he hoped to provide a “less daunting experience of spiritual reading and prayerful pondering” for those who “sometimes struggle with saying so many long prayers.” Fr. Gaitley also aimed to modernize the 33-day Marian consecration with the insights of St. Maximilian Kolbe, St. Teresa of Calcutta, and St. Pope John Paul II.

The Marian Saints

Fr. Gaitley chose the four saints featured in the Marian consecration because they “dramatically added to the beauty and richness of consecration spirituality.” He shared that the goal of the 33 Days to Morning Glory consecration is to reflect on and internalize how each of these four saints “lived out his or her consecration to Jesus through Mary.”

The focus on heart-pondering is specifically Marian, he explained, and is conducive to busy lifestyles. Fr. Gaitley presents the consecration as a retreat, not just preparation for the final consecration. If we are forgetful or distracted, he encouraged, “Let’s tell the Lord we’re sorry, trust in his mercy, make up the missed readings, and keep going.”

Glory in the Morning

The “33 Days” part of the consecration’s title is clear, but what is the significance of “Morning Glory”? Fr. Gaitley chose this part of the title because it depicts the goal of Marian consecration: “a new way of life in Christ.” It is a fresh start; it “marks the beginning of a gloriously new day, a new dawn, a brand new morning in one’s spiritual journey.”

Fr. Gaitley described his first consecration to Mary as “life changing”. So consider renewing your devotion to Mary by participating in this 33-day consecration.

By Christine Warner


Breaking News

Dear Saint Rita of Cascia community,

By the grace of God, little by little we are leaving the pandemic behind and this is a great relief for us all.

We are having the following changes in protocols to attend Mass in our parish:

First,  from now on you don’t have to register to attend Mass.

Second, those who are fully vaccinated have the OPTION to not use a facemask during Mass, of course it is much better if they prefer to wear their mask all the time. Those who are not vaccinated MUST wear a face mask all the time.

To make things easier, we will divide our church in two sections, one for people who wear facemasks and one for those who are fully vaccinated and don’t want to wear their masks. The ushers will indicate you where the sections are.

I trust in everyone’s responsibility and commitment to follow these instructions. By the grace of God we will get out of this pandemic!

In Christ,

Fr. Oscar Cortés

Aviso Importante

Querida comunidad de Santa Rita de Casia:

 Con la Gracia de Dios vamos saliendo de esta pandemia poco a poco. Esto es un gran alivio para todos.

Vamos a tener los siguientes cambios en cuanto a los protocolos para la asistencia a la misa en nuestra parroquia:

Primero, de ahora en adelante no es necesario registrarse para las misas.

Segundo, aquellas personas que ya están vacunadas completamente tienen la OPCION de no usar la mascarilla durante la misa; por supuesto, si esta persona prefiere llevar su cubrebocas todo el tiempo es mucho mejor. Los que no estén vacunados DEBEN portar su máscara todo el tiempo.

Para facilitar las cosas vamos a dividir la iglesia en dos secciones, una para personas que portan su máscara y la otra para quienen ya están vacunados y no desean llevar el cubrebocas. Los ujieres o acomodadores le indicarán estas secciones.

Confió en la responsabilidad y compromiso de todos. ¡¡¡Con la Gracia de Dios vamos salir de esta!!!

En Cristo,

Fr. Oscar Cortés 

Back in His Presence Update

Bishop David Malloy tells priests in a new letter that “Registration is no longer required for Mass attendance.”

Read the entire letter in English and Spanish


Illinois Bishops Urge Action on Invest In Kids Act

The six Catholic Bishops of Illinois have issued a letter urging Catholics to contact their legislators to help preserve the value of the Invest In Kids Act.
Read the full letter here in English and Spanish

Obispos de Illinois piden apoyar las becas Invest in Kids Acts

Los seis Obispos Católicos de Illinois han escrito una carta pidiendo a los católicos ponerse en contacto con sus legisladores y senadores estatales para pedirles que ayuden a apoyar las iniciativas de los créditos fiscales para becas Invest in Kids Act.

Lea la carta complete de los obispos en inglés y en español 

Your contributions to the annual Diocesan Appeal not only serve the diocese but also directly impact our parish families!! Please bring your pledge envelopes to Mass this weekend or make your gift online at

Su contribución a la Colecta Anual Diocesana no solamente apoya a la diócesis sino que también impacta directamente a las familias de nuestra parroquia. Por favor traiga sus sobres a misa este fin de semana o haga su donativo en línea en el enlace





Your help is needed to keep Parental notification!

Bishop David Malloy and all Illinois bishops today issued a letter to Catholics across the state, urging them to contact their state lawmakers and tell them to reject a current effort to repeal Illinois’ parental notice of abortion law.
Click here to read more about HB 1797 and SB 2190

Su ayuda es necesaria para mantener la Ley de Notificación Parental del Aborto

El Obispo David Malloy y todos los obispos de Illinois publicaron el día de hoy una carta a todos los católicos del estado pidiéndoles ponerse en contacto con sus legisladores estatales y pedirles que rechazen los esfuerzos derogar la Ley de de Notificación Parental del Aborto en Illinois

Presione aquí para leer más acerca de las propuestas HB 1797 y SB 2190



Happy New Year my dear St. Rita of Cascia family.
All of us are anxiously waiting for this upcoming year to be totally different to the one we are ending, and with the grace of God we have been able to endure this time of trials and tribulations for all of us.
Our words of solidarity and our prayers are with those families who suffered the loss of a family member during this pandemic. Our prayers for those who are recovering from this or other illness.

Brothers and sisters, let us say goodbye to this year like we always do, giving thanks to God and to the people who directly or indirectly are part of our lives.
No situation, no matter how difficult it may be, can erase the word “thank you” from our hearts, because there are many people, known and unknown, who are part of our daily lives. Father Alex and I thank all of you for being part of this great community. It is you who make Saint Rita a great church. Thanks to the parish and school staff, the families, teachers, volunteers, ministers, and workers who with their grain of sand help build this parish. Thank you to those who silently do so many things for this community. Thank you!!!

Best wishes to all of you. May the Lord fill you with many blessings. I wish you a happy and prosperous 2021.

Fr. Oscar Cortés

A Christmas message from Bishop David Malloy for you and your family.
Un mensaje de Navidad del Obispo Malloy para usted y su familia.





St. Vincent de Paul Walk for the Poor 2020

Thank you!

Thank you to all the wonderful people of St. Rita’s Parish from St. Vincent De Paul Society. This picture was taken before the 10:15 Mass and the truck was already more than 2/3 full. By the time the truck was picked up in the afternoon it was full!  You will make many people happy because of your generosity. Blessings on you for all you do to help the poor! Thank You!


A nombre de San Vicente de Paul queremos dar las gracias a todas las maravillosas personas de Santa Rita. Esta fotografía fue tomada antes de la misa de 10:15 y ya el camión estaba casi lleno. Para cuando vinieron a recoger el camión al mediodía ya estaba lleno a toda su capacidad. Gracias a su generosidad van a dar alegría a muchas personas. Bendiciones para todos ustedes por todo lo que hacen para ayudar a los más necesitados. ¡Gracias!

Permanent Diaconate Formation Program 

“Have you felt called to serve the Church as a Deacon? The Rockford Diocese will be accepting applications to the Permanent Diaconate Formation Program beginning in 2021. Men who are interested in becoming a Deacon will need to attend one of our informational meetings (held online this year due to COVID restrictions). Meeting dates are October 24, November 21 and December 12 from 10:00AM-12:00PM. Married men should attend with their wives. To register for one of the meetings, or for more information, please contact Fr. Ken Wasilewski or Dorothea Barger at the Permanent Diaconate Office via email ( ) or by phone (815-399-4300).”

Diocesan Appeal – Hear His Voice

We all have faced so many challenges these past few months. And now, more than ever we need the support of each other physically, spiritually and financially. Thank you for whatever gifts you are able to make to this year’s Annual appeal. Together we continue the work of Christ in our ministries as we strive to recover.

Saint Rita is a welcoming and caring parish. Every pledge helps and brings us closer to our goal. Please turn in your envelope today or make a gift online at: 


Colecta Diocesana – Escuche su Voz

Todos hemos enfrentado muchos retos en los últimos meses. Y ahora, más que nunca, necesitamos apoyo mutuo: física, espiritual y financieramente. Gracias por las donaciones que pueda hacer este año a la Colecta anual. Juntos continuamos la obra de Cristo en nuestros ministerios mientras luchamos por recuperarnos.

Santa Rita es una parroquia acogedora y caritativa. Cada
promesa nos ayuda y nos acerca a nuestra meta. Favor de regresar su sobre o también puede hacer su donación en línea en:


Caregiver Needed – Weekends

Hi everyone, you might remember me, Margaret Weiland (here at St. Rita’s) who recently moved to North Aurora. I have a neighbor who needs your help. Betsy lives two doors from me and has MS. Betsy needs a caregiver, i.e., to help her move from a chair to her wheelchair – make simple meals– sit on the back deck with Betsy and be her friend.

If this is something that might be of interest to you …Please call: Cindy Roy at 630-244-2035 and she will answer all your questions.

Thank you.






A Special Message from Bishop Malloy

Statement updated May 13, 2020

Bishop Malloy announces plan to reopen churches

Bishop David Malloy announced yesterday, May 13, 2020, a multi-phase plan to reopen churches for the public celebration of Masses. Please read below for full details of this plan developed by bishops of the Chicago Province.

Click here  to read the statement of Bishop Malloy 

Click  here here to read the Executive Summary 

Anuncio actualizado el 13 de mayo de 2020

Obispo Malloy anuncia plan para reabrir las iglesias

El obispo David Malloy anunció el 13 de mayo un plan de múltiples fases para reabrir las iglesias a la celebración pública de misas. Estos son los detalles completos de este plan que fue desarrollado por los obispos de la provincia de Chicago.

Haga clic aquí  para leer la carta del Obispo Malloy

Haga clic aquí para leer el Resumen Ejecutivo



Dear brothers and sisters, 

Please read Bishop Malloy’s latest letter concerning the coronavirus shutdown and dispensation.

Fr. Oscar Cortés

Letter in English

Queridos hermanos en Cristo,

Por favor lean la carta más reciente de nuestro Obispo Malloy acerca de la dispensa de asistir a la Misa Dominical.

Fr. Oscar Cortés

Carta en español


Please visit our e-giving link to ensure your weekly offertory supports the continuing upkeep of our facilities, and the payment of our staff. Thank you for your generosity to Saint Rita of Cascia.

Por favor consideren realizar su diezmo a través de e-giving para asegurarse de que su diezmo semanal ayuda a mantener nuestras instalaciones, pagar los gastos y pagar a nuestro personal. Gracias por su generosidad.

To keep up to date about the current developments regarding the COVID-19, download myParish app.

Text APP to 88202

Download myParish App

Select St. Rita of Cascia after opening

Para mantenerse al día sobre los hechos que están sucediendo con el virus COVID-19 baje la aplicación myParish app.

Envía la palabra APP al número 88202

Baje la applicación myParish App

Seleccione St. Rita of Cascia después de abrir la aplicación


Our Light of the World Retreat came to a successful end today. Thank you to all the participants and volunteers who opened their hearts to the outpouring of the Holy Spirit 🙏🏼

Nuestro Retiro Luz del Mundo de de este año terminó esta noche. Gracias a todos los participantes y voluntarios quienes escucharon el llamado del Espíritu Santo 🙏🏼

Our Lord called Fr. Lou Busemeyer home on Sunday, January 26, 2020.

Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him. 🙏

Funeral Arrangements for Fr. Lou Busemeyer, SJ
Monday, February 3
6:00 pm to 7:30 pm. Wake at St. Camillus
10201 W. Wisconsin Ave.
Wauwatosa, WI 53226

7:30 pm. Mass of the Resurrection

Tuesday, February 4
11:00 am. Burial at Mt. Olivet Cemetery
3801 W Morgan Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53221
Luncheon to follow.

Fr. Lou’s funeral will be live streamed from the St. Camillus Jesuit Community. Here is how you can watch it:
In your internet provider (e.g.Chrome) go to
In the search bar, enter: St. Camillus Jesuit Chapel
Look for Lou Busemeyer.
Live Streaming should begin 5-15 minutes before the funeral Mass starts (‪7:30pm‬)
The video will be available for about two weeks after the funeral.



Funeral arrangements for Reverend Manuel “Manny” Gerardo Gómez Reza

Reverend Manuel “Manny” Gerardo Gómez Reza died at Edward Hospital in Naperville, Illinois, Thursday December 26.

Father Gomez was born on December 2, 1983 in Súchil, Durango, México to Manuel Gómez Fernández and Julia Reza Serrato. He attended Minor Seminary in Durango, México from 1998-2001 and Major Seminary in Durango, México from 2001-2008 where he received a BA in Philosophy in 2008. Father Gomez came to the United States in 2010. He then attended the St. Paul Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota from 2010-2013.

He was ordained to the priesthood by Bishop David J. Malloy on June 22, 2013 at the Cathedral of St. Peter in Rockford. He served as a Parochial Vicar at St. Mary in Huntley, St. Rita of Cascia in Aurora, and most recently at St. Monica in Carpentersville. Father Gomez was also Associate Vocation Director and Assistant Diocesan Master of Ceremonies for the Rockford Diocese. In addition, he served as Spiritual Director for the Hispanic Catholic Cursillo movement for the diocese.

Father Gomez is survived by his parents Manuel Gómez Fernandez and Julia Reza Serrato and siblings, Rosa Guadalupe Gómez Reza, Socorro Gómez Reza, Ana María Gómez Reza, Angélica María Gómez Reza and brother Jesús Javier Gómez Reza and many relatives in México and in Chicago.
Father Manny was well loved by his family, his brother priests, and the people he served in his parish assignments. He will be missed by all.

Visitation will take place at St. Monica Parish in Carpentersville on Thursday, January 2nd from 3:00-9:00 p.m. in the church. The visitation will continue on Friday, January 3rd in church from 9:00 a.m. until 10:45 a.m. The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. There will be a private burial at a later date in Súchil, Durango, México. Arrangements are being made by Wait Ross Allanson Funeral & Cremation Services Chapel, 51 Center St., Elgin. 847-742-2100 or


Anointing of the Sick

 We have the anointing of the sick the first weekend of the month. Saturday at 4:30 and 6:00p.m. and Sunday 8:30a.m. and 7:00p.m.

This week we kicked off 40 Days for Life with the powerful movie Unplanned.


Our Youth Group beautifying the grounds at St. Rita, good job guys!
Nuestro grupo de jóvenes limpiando las áreas verdes de la parroquia.



Congratulations Julieta Jacobo

Woman of Inspiration 2019





2018 Diocesan Appeal 

Thank You

It is through your generous gift to the 2018 Diocesan Appeal that we can continue to bring the love of Jesus to those in need and teach the faith to young and old alike. That works takes form in many different Diocesan Ministries. We can make a difference in our parishes, our diocese and society at large. Your gift to the 2018 Diocesan Appeal supports ministries like these:

Seminarian Education

Lay Ministry Formation

College Campus Ministry

Retired Priests

Life and Family Evangelization

Youth Ministry

Religious Education

Catholic Charities

St. Elizabeth Center

Deaf Apostolate Ministry

and many more!


Paul J. Kim in St. Rita





Congratulations Oanh Mai

Woman of Inspiration 2018


Totus Tuus a success at St Rita

Totus Tuus was a huge success at St. Rita, thanks to the combined efforts of volunteers and supporters who believed in this program.

From June 10 to June 15 children and teens from 1st to 12th grade learned more about their faith in a fun way, with young women and men leading them through different activities. Daily mass was part of the camp and children were lectors during the week. The camp ended with a pizza night and shaving cream fight for the teens and a hot dog lunch for the younger ones. As a reward for the good behavior during the week, seminarian Connor was selected to be turned into a human sundae by the best-behaved class.

This is the first time this camp has taken place in Aurora and the support from the St. Rita Community was key to its success: parents who enrolled their children and brought snacks, volunteers who helped receive children and hand them over to the parents at the end of the day, lunch time volunteers, teens who helped in the morning with the young ones and came back in the evening to participate, young prayer warriors who were an example to the children, parishioners who couldn’t be here to help but donated to the cause. Thank you St. Rita of Cascia for your support!


Totus Tuus un éxito en Santa Rita

 Totus Tuus fue un gran éxito en Santa Rita gracias a los esfuerzos combinados de voluntarios y personas que nos apoyaron y creyeron en este programa.

Del 10 al 15 de junio niños y adolescentes del 1ro al 12avo año aprendieron más sobre su fe de una manera divertida con chicos y chicas jóvenes guiándoles a través de diferentes actividades. La misa diaria fue parte del campamento y los niños participaron como lectores durante toda la semana. El campamento terminó con una fiesta de pizza y una pelea de crema de afeitar para los adolescentes y un picnic con perros calientes para los más pequeños. Como recompensa por su buen comportamiento durante la semana, el seminarista Connor fue seleccionado para ser convertido en un helado humano por la clase con el mejor comportamiento.

 Esta es la primera vez que este campamento se lleva a cabo en Aurora y el apoyo de la comunidad de Santa Rita fue clave para su éxito: padres que inscribieron a sus hijos y trajeron refrigerios, voluntarios que ayudaron a recibir a los niños al inicio del día, voluntarios a la hora del almuerzo, adolescentes que ayudaron en la mañana con los más pequeños y regresaron por la noche para participar, jóvenes guerreros de oración que fueron un ejemplo para los niños y los feligreses que no pudieron estar aquí para ayudar pero que hicieron donativos para la causa. ¡Gracia Santa Rita por su apoyo a este campamento de verano!