2907 Dunleer Road
Baltimore, MD 21222
(410) 284-0388‎

St. Rita - Welcome Message


Fr. George Gannon, Pastor

St. Rita Parish, located in Historic Dundalk, was established in 1922 and is the mother church of the Catholic faith in this area.  Our patron, St. Rita of Cascia, is the patron saint of the impossible. For us she makes all that we are possible. Through her intercession, we have many wonderful traditions that define who we are as a people of God. We invite you to experience the sharing of your time, gifts, and resources with us as, together, we seek to always give glory and praise to God by making His kingdom more of a reality in our families, in our faith community, and in the broader community.

We look forward to praying and ministering with you in the future. May God graciously bless you and your family, now and always.

It is hopeful that the information about St. Rita Parish contained in this web site will be helpful to you.  We encourage you to visit our Church and experience the welcoming spirit that has been the tradition of this long-standing faith community in the heart of the Dundalk area.  Come and join us for a rewarding experience with the Lord through worship and share in the joy of fellowship with the members of St. Rita Parish.


Parish Ministries

The ministries, clubs and organizations at St. Rita Church are always in need of volunteers. Anyone interested in participating in any of the ministries, organizations, or committees below may call the parish office, 410-284-0388, for more information.

Altar Servers assist the priest in the celebration of the mass.  Servers must have received First Holy Communion and be at least in the fourth grade.

Baptismal and Marriage Preparation sessions are offered for families of the newly born and for couples preparing for marriage in the Catholic Church.

Bereavement Ministry is a faith based support group that invites participants to view mourning through the lens of scripture. Through it, participants are helped so they might arrive at consolation and healing.

Bible Study group meets weekly and follows a curriculum of study of the Holy Scripture.

Children’s Liturgy of the Word is provided at the 11 am mass on Sunday. Young children are asked to come forward before the readings to receive instruction on the Word at their level.

Evangelization committee helps to extend the mission of Christ and the message of the Good News to others through teaching, prayer and good works.

Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion assist the priest and deacon in distributing the Eucharist to the faithful.

Faith Formation for Adults (RCI), sharing and teaching the Catholic faith, is offered to those who wish to become Catholic.

Faith Formation for Children and Youth is provided to prepare them for Reconciliation, First Holy Communion, and Confirmation.

Lectors proclaim the first and second readings from Sacred Scripture to the congregation at mass.

Ministry of Care is composed of a group of volunteers who take Holy Communion to the sick and homebound.

Money Counters are volunteers assigned on a rotating basis to tabulate the weekend collections.

Music Ministry

- Adult choir sings sacred music in four-part harmony at the 9 am mass and practices on Wednesday evenings at 6:30 in the church.
- Cantors lead the congregation in sacred song and teach new music to the congregation.
- Lighthouse Contemporary Group leads the congregation in music accompanied by guitar and other instruments. They sing at the 11:15 am mass and practice on Fridays at 7 pm.

Prayer Shawl Ministry reaches out to those who need comfort and solace in the community; they are supported by donations of prayer shawls made by individual parishioners.

Scripture Sharing makes available to participants an experience of deeper prayer through the use of scripture, faith sharing, and the fruitful practice of Lectio Divina.

Social Justice at St. Rita Church involves these groups:

- St. Vincent de Paul Society, which is composed of a group of volunteers who help serve the needy in the neighborhood and beyond.
- St. Rita Supper Table, which provides direct and indirect service to the poor and homeless in the area. The volunteers, who donate their time from 7am to closing, serve 200 to 300 people every Monday from 4:30 pm to 6 pm.

Ushers volunteer to serve the parish during the masses. They welcome the people, help them to find seats, pass the collection basket, ensure orderly process to communion, and look after the good order of the church after mass.

Welcome Ministry

- Greeter Ministry greets the parishioners at the doors of the church before mass.
- Social Ministry plans and executes social functions such as monthly coffee hours, potluck suppers, Christmas socials, and the like.
- Visiting Ministry visits the families of those who are newly baptized, the newly married, and those who have just joined St. Rita Church.
- Welcome Office is operated by volunteers who offer hospitality to those visiting the parish; they also perform clerical duties according to the needs of the parish.

Clubs and Organizations

Scouting at St. Rita Church offers an Explorer group.

Sodality is an organization of women dedicated to the Blessed Mother. Their main function is to help where charity is needed.