Welcome to the official app for St Rita Catholic Church in Dade City, Florida We hope you find this app helpful. We are a faithful community that welcomes all and pray that we will see you in our beautiful church soon.
St. Rita Parish was founded in 19W12 in Dade City (Pasco County), in the center of a large citrus growing area. Up until 1981, the Catholic community was shepherded by priests from St. Leo Benedictine Abbey, only five miles away. The original and very attractive Church was a gift from Mrs. Lauiger's family, and was erected in 1913 at 1000 South 5th St. The first Mass was celebrated on May 4, 1913,. Additions to the church were made in 1915 and 1917 to accommodate the growing Catholic population.
Since coming under the pastoral care of the Diocese of St. Petersburg in 1988, St. Rita Catholic Church has continued to grow, and in November of 1997 dedicated the new Administration Religious Education building. Activities of the parish include an active parish council, active youth group, and the migrant ministry - an important ministry taking into account the agricultural, rural nature of eastern Pasco County. St. Rita Parish is also one of four churches in the area to support the St. Anthony Interparochial Catholic School in San Antonio.