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Welcome to St. Rita

“They devoted themselves to the apostles’ instruction and the communal life, to the Breaking of Bread and the prayers.”

(Acts 2:42).

When St. Rita was founded, it was so easy to form community--it was a small parish with only one Mass and everyone knew each other.  Today the community gathered at St. Rita will still share the Eucharist together but now at three Liturgies each weekend that will include hundreds of visitors. This web site is meant to be a means of gathering us all together and keeping each other informed.

Are you new to St. Rita? We welcome you and hope that you will find not only a parish but also a home here. For 36 years St. Rita Parish has proclaimed the gospel of Jesus Christ to the Catholic community of Santa Rosa Beach and surrounding areas.  We look forward to your presence as we gather to pray and worship as a community.

Are you a long time parishioner? You can browse through the St. Rita website and catch up on the latest news about the parish in general or a special ministry you are involved with. Or maybe after reading about a particular organization you will hear your own call to witness and serve Christ with them. Our ministries and organizations have places for many different talents and gifts – yours are needed! Whatever great or small the time you can devote to our parish, you do in His name, and we are grateful for your participation.

Now just sit back, start clicking your mouse and enjoy your time exploring our website!  

Sincerely yours in the Lord,

Father Kevin Johnson

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        Father Kevin Johnson

Father Kevin was born and raised in Ft Walton Beach, Florida. He is the 5th of 7 children. He attended St Mary’s Catholic Grade School, Choctawhatchee High School and Okaloosa Walton Jr. College. From 1979-1982 he attended Cardinal Glennon College seminary in St Louis, Mo. His most recent assignment was as the pastor of St. Louis Catholic Church in Tallahassee for the last 13 years.



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