Saint Rita of Cascia Solemn Novena


  • St. Rita of Cascia Shrine Chapel 7740 South Western Avenue Chicago, IL, 60620 United States

Not Many Traditions Last 109 Years...

...but the Augustinians' love of Saint Rita will bring us our 109th Annual Solemn Novena.

Why do the Augustinians remember the life of a simple woman who lived over 550 years ago?  She could hardly read or write.  She didn’t give any great sermons.  She didn’t write any great books.  But we remember this Saint of the Impossible because she teaches us how to love Jesus.  Jesus and the Eucharist sustained St. Rita of Cascia, and we hope that Jesus and the Eucharist sustain you.

From May 13 through May 21, we will celebrate the Eucharist daily at 7pm through a special Novena to St. Rita, and we will celebrate her feast day, the Solemnity of St. Rita, on May 22 at the St. Rita of Cascia Shrine Chapel in Chicago.  We would like to invite you to come and celebrate her amazing life as a peacemaker with us.

Novena Schedule of Celebrants

  • Friday, May 13: Very Rev. Bernard C. Scianna, O.S.A., Ph.D.
  • Saturday, May 14: Fr. Bernie Danber, O.S.A.
  • Sunday, May 15 (Healing Mass)Fr. Brian Walker, O.P.,
  • Monday, May 16: Fr. Richard Fragomeni
  • Tuesday, May 17: Fr. Bill McFarlane
  • Wednesday, May 18: Fr. John Merkelis, O.S.A.
  • Thursday, May 19: Fr. Tony Pizzo, O.S.A.
  • Friday, May 20: Fr. Bob Kelly, S.V.D.
  • Saturday, May 21: Fr. Jim Halstead, O.S.A.
  • Sunday, May 22 (10 am Feast Day Mass): Fr. Tom McCarthy, O.S.A.
  • Sunday, May 22 (7 pm Feast Day Mas): Fr. Tom McCarthy, O.S.A.

Please come!  Bring friends!