Emmaus House: Lay Intentional Community at St. Rita

Starting this summer, St. Rita’s will host an intentional community of lay Catholic young adults. So far there are three people committed to living in this community, which we are calling Emmaus House. Community members will be St. Rita’s parishioners, and can be married couples or single persons in their 20s and 30s.

This idea was inspired by previous experiences with the Alliance for Catholic Education service program, which involves teachers living in faith-based communities around the country, including here in New Orleans.

Emmaus House will serve St. Rita’s by maintaining a vibrant and hospitable space for parish activities, just as Magnificat House did.

Emmaus House members will offer hospitality, serve in other St. Rita’s ministries, and participate in weekly communal meals and prayer.

The community will be centered on the values of generous hospitality, loving service, simple and sustainable living, and just relationships.

If you are a young adult interested in discerning living at Emmaus House, please email emmaushouse@stritanola.com. Complete an application form online.

Please pray for this exciting new endeavor!

Prepare for St. Rita's Feast Day!


Join us in celebration of our patroness, St. Rita. Known as the Saint of Impossible Causes, our powerful intercessor has much to teach us in our own journeys of faith.

On Wednesday, May 22nd at 6:00pm, Fr. Harry Bugler (St. Rita Pastor from 1996-2002) will celebrate a special feast day Mass.

Following Mass, we will gather for a reception on the church steps.

There are many ways to pray through the intercession of our powerful patroness St. Rita. Beginning Tuesday, May 14th, we encourage you to join us in a Novena to St. Rita. The text follows. Also, consider concluding your Novena with our feast day Mass on Wednesday, May 22nd at 6:00pm.


O holy protectress of those who are in greatest need, you who shine as a star of hope in the midst of darkness, blessed Saint Rita, bright mirror of God’s grace, in patience and fortitude you are a model of all the states in life. I unite my will with the will of God through the merits of my Savior Jesus Christ, and in particular through his patient wearing of the crown of thorns, which with tender devotion you did daily contemplate. Through the merits of the holy Virgin Mary and your own graces and virtues, I ask you to obtain my earnest petition, provided it be for the greater glory of God and my own sanctification. Guide and purify my intention, O holy protectress and advocate, so that I may obtain the pardon of all my sins and the grace to persevere daily, as you did in walking with courage, generosity, and fidelity down the path of life. [Mention your request.]

Saint Rita, advocate of the impossible, pray for us. 

Saint Rita, advocate of the helpless, pray for us. 

Recite the Our Father, Hail Mary, and Glory Be three times each