Saint Rita Catholic Church

Saint Rita, come to my aid! Beautiful rose born from the Savior’s thorns, Lead me far from anger and hate; Guide my heart on peaceful paths with charity to all.

Since 1914, our parish has served the spiritual needs of this Alexandria, Virginia, community. Please join us, as together we worship God and grow in love for one another under the protection of our patroness, Saint Rita of Cascia.


Our Mission under the guidance of St. Rita of Cascia is to inspire spiritual and faith formation of all women, regardless of what stage of life she is in, and encourage action and unification through:

  • communal prayer;

  • fellowship & hospitality;

  • service; and

  • spiritual development.

We hope to share both common and differing experiences of being spiritual-seeking women.  In doing so, we pray that women will be able to grow in holiness together, become closer to God and understand the spiritual journey that He has intended for each of us to take with Him!

Book: The Precious Pearl / Life of St. Rita | Please check our St. Rita Book Store in the vestibules for other versions.

Movie: FORMED - Please check with the St. Rita Parish Rectory Office for code. 


Women/Young Adult/T(w)een Girls' Groups at St. Rita include:

  • American Heritage Girls |

    • Thank you for attending the 2019 Lenten Soup and Stations!

  • St. Rita Women's Group (All ages (21 and up) are welcome) | Third Friday of the month | 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM Parish Center | Please check Parish Weekly Bulletin for announcements of all 2019-20 meeting details. | Contact:

    • Join us for our Women's Group gathering... Friday, Sept. 20, 2019 | Fr Gee will speak on: "How to Pray Always" | We will meet in the Parish Center Reception Room | 7:00 Refreshments and social time | 7:30 Talk begins Come and bring a friend!

    • New ENDOW (study group) = Educating on the Nature and Dignity of Women.  Thursday evenings from 7:00-8:30pm in the Conference Room of the Parish Center Starts February 21st and goes through April 11th. We will study JPII's Mulieris Dignitatem - On the Dignity & Vocation of Women. Together we will explore the anthropology of man and woman, God's intention for their relationship and understand how the "feminine genius" is essential to building a civilization of life and love.  Sign up online by going to  Cost for materials is $35. No outside reading or "homework" required. All reading/discussion is done within the group time! Contact Caroline Duffy with any questions at;

      • St. Rita’s ENDOW group will be starting up again on September 19, 2019 | Thursday evenings from 7-9pm in Room 4 of the Parish Center We will pray, read and discuss JPII’s Apostolic Letter “On the Christian Meaning of Human Suffering” (Salvifici Doloris). Interested? Please register at | The discussion will be led by St Rita parishioner and Bishop Ireton High School religion teacher Caroline Duffy.

    • Thank you to everyone who came to the St. Rita Women’s Silent Mini-retreat:"Trustful Surrender" on Saturday, March 30th, 2019 | If you have questions/comments, please direct them to the Retreat Planning Team: Dori R., Erin C., Melanie W., Cindy H. 

  • St. Rita Young Adults (SRYA) Women's Group (Ages 20-40) (Ages 18 & 19… ask Coordinator) | contact Veronica L.,

Mothers'groups (Grandmas and caregivers are welcome too!) include:

Not quite the women/young adult/girl t(w)een groups that you are looking for? No worries! Pray about it and then check our vestibules, links below or simply ask Pastor, Fr. Daniel N. Gee - and members of the St. Rita family:

 +Parish Groups | Parish Weekly Bulletin St. Rita Parish Vocations