Our goal is to provide music for liturgical celebrations so that the worship experience is enhanced.  We do this in many ways, one of which is to constantly strive to improve the quality of music. 

There are many skilled musicians that help to bring richness to our liturgy.  Cantors, pianists, other singers and instrumentalists contribute to our music program.  Below you will find a listing of our various groups.

To satisfy the diversity of our congregation, traditional and contemporary music is selected and a balance of familiar music and new music is chosen. Music is selected and presented with great care, to enhance the message of the scriptures and engage the assembly in full and active participation.

We cooperate with, and receive guidance from the Pastor, other celebrants, and members of our congregation.  Respect and regard are given to our bishop and to official Church documents approved by the Vatican.




The St. Rita Parish Choir sings at Mass periodically for Christmas, Easter and special feast days. Rehearsals are scheduled as needed. The Parish Choir is directed and organized by Jacki Giacone, (815) 399-6424 or email:

st. rita youth choir

The Youth Choir is open to all youth grades 3-8. Rehearsals are once or twice a month on a designated Sat. morning at 10 a.m. in the church. The Youth Choir sings at a Mass once a month. The schedule and music list can be found below on this page. The Youth Choir is directed and organized by Cheryl Hochstetler, (815) 721-3130 or email:

Join the Youth Choir for their last rehearsal before summer break on Sat. May 4 at 10 a.m. in the church.  All youth grades 3-8 are welcome!  Snack to follow rehearsal.  For more information, contact Cheryl Hochstetler.


The St. Rita Contemporary Choir sings at the 11:30 a.m. Mass on the 4th Sunday of the month. Rehearsals are at 10 a.m. in the lower level meeting room on the 4th Sunday of the month before Mass. This group consists of singers and instrumentalists. The Contemporary Choir is directed and organized by Olivia Martinez-Sturges, (815) 222-4469 or email:

Cheryl Hochstetler    Coordinator of Liturgical Music

Cheryl Hochstetler

Coordinator of Liturgical Music

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