Pastor/Parish Life Coordinator
Sister Gail Trippett, CSJ is St. Rita's Parish Life Coordinator. She was appointed by Archbishop Charles Thompson responsible for the pastoral and administrative needs of the parish . The primary function of the parish life coordinator is to empower and sustain ongoing parish life; partnering with the sacramental ministers to provide the sacramental ministries of the parish; providing pastoral care and parish administration; annulment work, marriage preparation and serving as the liaison between the parish, the diocesan church, the local church and the local community.
Father Nick Dant, and Father Jim Farrell are assigned as the sacramental ministers by Archbishop Charles C. Thompson. They minister to the parishioners by celebrating the sacraments, nourish the parishioners through the preaching ministry, and help parish members become a living community of faith through worship, community life, service and instruction in the faith.
Deacon Oliver Jackson is St. Rita's permanent deacon. Permanent deacons have both a liturgical role and a service role. These may be exercised in or beyond the parish. Permanent deacons are clerics who can perform all of the functions associated with their
order. These include proclaiming the Gospel, preaching the homily, assisting the priest at Mass, celebrating Baptism, distributing Communion, presiding at funeral and burial services (but not celebrating the funeral Mass), acting as the official witness at weddings and exercising certain ecclesiastical offices. Men 32 years of age or older who wish to consider this service should consult the Parish Life Coordinator or one of the Sacramental Ministers.