St. Rita of Cascia Church
The parish of St. Rita of Cascia was established in 1922 to serve Italian immigrants in Tacoma, Wash. Today, the congregation still has many Italian-American parishioners, and it has also welcomed a number of Vietnamese families, many of whom arrived to the Tacoma area after the Fall of Saigon in 1975.
As a smaller parish, St. Rita has a genuine sense of a family, affording a real chance for members of the community to get to know one another.
St. Rita of Cascia is a charming building with a mural above the entrance of the church depicting the hilltop Italian town of Cascia. It's an appropriate choice, as the church is located in Tacoma's own Hilltop neighborhood.
The parish tries to live out the call of the Eucharist by reaching out to others. The parish helps with the local food bank; provides a monthly meal at a drop-in center for the homeless; and assists with a variety of charitable efforts locally, regionally and abroad, including two missions in central Africa.
Parish ministries include the Parents Club and the School of Religion — in which parents work with ministry teachers in the formation of faith for their children. (Photo by Gexydaf, via Flickr