The mission of the parish family of St. Rita is to inspire and engage our diverse faith community through Catholic formation in prayer, study, and service in order to build God's kingdom, present and future.

The office gate will be unlocked from 9:00 AM until 4:00 PM each day for mail slot drops only. For your safety, and ours, we will not be able to open the front door.

Have something you need to get to St. Rita's? (Weekly contribution, letters to Fr. Silverio and/or the staff) Please mail them to:

5124 Churchward Street
San Diego, CA 92114

Welcome Fr. Silverio!

Let us give a welcome our new Pastor, Father Silverio Espenilla, Jr.  He comes to us from Most Precious Blood in  Chula Vista. Let us pray together as a community for Father Silverio as he starts his new ministry with us at St. Rita’s.

Lord God, most holy,

we approach you in gratitude for your holy ordained priesthood.
You have called these men to be set apart
and to shepherd your people,
as you shepherd your entire church.
We pray for them in their daily work.
Grant to them an increase in spiritual gifts and grace,
so they may be prepared for the tasks at hand.
Lead them not into temptation
and protect them from the grasp of the evil one.
It is through the sacraments they confer
that we encounter the divine in a real and profound way.
May your church never lose sight of these,
your special sons, and may we, the body of Christ,
never fail to cherish the gift of their lives,
which they have freely given to you and your holy church.
We ask this in the name of Jesus, your Son. Amen.


RCIA: Rite of Christian Initiation

Those adults 18 and older wishing to be baptized, Make your First Communion, or Confirmation. Please call (619) 264 4399.

Leave a message with your Phone Number and Name, we will get back to you.

Religious Education

We are now registering for Religious Education (CCD) classes!

Please call for an appointment to register: (619) 264-4399

Leave a message with phone number and name.

Ā”Bienvenidos, Fr. Silverio!

Demos la bienvenida a nuestro nuevo pastor, el Padre Silverio Espenilla. Él viene a nosotros de la iglesia, La precioso Sangre, en Chula Vista. Oremos juntos como comunidad por el Padre Silverio mientras comienza su nuevo ministerio con nosotros en Santa Rita.

Señor Dios, santísimo
Nos acercamos a ti en agradecimiento por tu santo sacerdocio ordenado.
Has llamado a estos hombres para que sean apartados y para guiar a tu
pueblo, mientras pastoreas toda tu iglesia.
Oramos por ellos en su trabajo diario.
Concédeles un aumento en los dones espirituales y la gracia,
para que puedan estar preparados para las tareas en cuestión.
No los dejes caer en la tentación.
y protégelos del alcance del maligno.
Es a través de los sacramentos que confieren
que nos encontramos con lo divino de una manera real y profunda.
Que tu iglesia nunca pierda de vista estos,
sus hijos especiales, y que nosotros, el cuerpo de Cristo,
nunca dejen de apreciar el regalo de sus vidas,
que te han dado libremente a ti y a tu santa iglesia.
Te lo pedimos en el nombre de Jesús, tu Hijo. Amén.


RCIA: Rito de Iniciación Christiana para Adultos

Aquelios adultos mayores de 18 años que quieran ser bautizados, hacer su primera comunión o ser confirmados por favor comunicarse al (619) 264 4399.

Por favor deje un mensaje con su nombre y número de teléfono y nostros le regresaremos la llamada.

Clases de Catecismo

Ya estamos registrando para las clases de Catecismo

Por favor llame para hacer una cita: (619) 264-4399.

Deje un mensaje con su número de teléfono y su nombre.

13th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Join us on Sunday at 10:00 AM for our live broadcast of the 14th Sunday in Ordinary Time HERE.

XIII Domingo Ordinario

Únase a nosotros el domingo a las 1:00 PM para nuestra transmisión en vivo del 14º domingo del tiempo ordinario AQUI.

What to Expect when you return to Mass

You are invited to see Bishop Robert McElroy's video on reopening the church:

Que espera cuando vuelva a misa

Se le invita a ver el video del Señor Obispo Robert McElroy sobre la reapertura de la iglesia:

Prayer Request

Submit your prayer request here!


Christ In Our Neighborhood

During this pandemic, many are sheltering in place to protect our loved ones and have elected not to attend Mass. We do hope you're watching our livestream on Facebook and the recorded Mass on YouTube. We encourage you to grow in faith and seek Jesus in community as we reflect on the Sunday readings with Christ In Our Neighborhood. 

Register now:


Parish Leadership Formation Series

All are welcomed to join our Parish Leadership Formation Series, most especially staff, catechists and all ministries leaders. Videos from AMAZING PARISH will help us look at Vision, Meetings and Transitions to a culture of disciple making. Join us Mondays, 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM for the Zoom Conference Call.
To register, Click on Parish Leadership Formation Series under Religious Education & Faith Formation on the menu above.

Surviving or Thriving: Rethinking parish leadership in a time of crisis 4.16.2020 from The Amazing Parish on Vimeo.

Census 2020

It's that time again! Time for us to do our part to ensure that our communities receive their share from the Federal Government. They base a lot of community support on the numbers reported in the census forms you should have received or will be receiving. Please do your part. Fill out these forms and return them as soon as possible.

Additional information about the 2020 Census: Census FAQ and Census for Communities


(619) 264-3165

(619) 264-0109

(619) 264-8831

Religious Education &
Adult Faith Formation
(619) 264-4399

Youth Ministry & Faith Formation
(619) 952-8612 Mobile
(619) 263-2708 Landline


5124 Churchward Street
San Diego, California 92114
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Fr. Silverio Espenilla, Jr.

Connie Magat
Parish Secretary
[email protected]

(619) 264-3165

Aurelia Bardales
Office Manager/Bookkeeper
[email protected]

Sr. Margaret Castro
Director of 
Religious Education
Adult Faith Formation
Rite of
Christian Initiation of Adults
Rito de
Iniciación Cristiana para Adultos
(619) 264-4399

Patty Ocadiz
Director of Youth Ministry
Youth Faith Formation
[email protected]
[email protected]
(619) 952-8612

Sr. Dina Marie Garcia
Pastoral Assistant
Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults

(619) 264-4399

Gina Olsen
School Principal
[email protected]

Maria Owens
School Bookkeeper
[email protected]




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