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St. Rita of Cascia

“Why is Rita a saint? … the amazing ‘normality’ of her daily existence, which she lived first as a spouse and mother, then as a widow, and lastly as an Augustinian nun.”  –St. John Paul II

Peace, forgiveness, reconciliation, healing, perseverance and abiding faith are the hallmarks of Saint Rita of Cascia, a woman whose life experience speaks to people of every state of life, and every age. She teaches us how to endure adversity gracefully. The life and spirit of St. Rita, born in Italy in 1381, is reflected in the art throughout the lower Shrine. The majestic St. Rita Church was the first built in heavily Italian South Philadelphia after her canonization in 1900. A prayerful atmosphere encourages private, meditative prayer. Eucharistic Adoration, Mass, Confession, Perpetual Novena, and the Ministries of the Shrine promote the healing of the spirit and peace.


Daily: 7:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Sunday: 8:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Daily: 8:00 AM, 12:00 PM, Wed: 7:00 PM
Saturday: 5:00 PM Vigil
Sundays: 9:00 AM, 11:00 AM (Only 10 AM in Summer)

Morning Prayer: 7:40 AM Monday-Friday
Evening Prayer: 5:05 PM Monday-Friday

Monday-Saturday 11:00 AM-12 PM & 4:00 PM-5:00 PM
Wednesday 6:30 PM-7:00 PM

Eucharistic Adoration:
Monday-Saturday 8:30 AM-5:00 PM
Sunday 8:00 AM (9 in summer)-2:00 PM

Novena Prayers & Reverencing of St. Rita Relic:
Every Wednesday after all Masses

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Address: 1166 S. Broad Street / Philadelphia, PA / 19146
Phone: 215-546-8333
Website: http://www.SaintRitaShrine.org

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