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 Parish Library 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 | Maureen Schweers,

    • The American Heritage Girls will host a simple Lenten meal of soup and bread before the Stations of the Cross on Friday, March 15th, 2019. Soup will begin at 5:30pm in the Parish Center, followed by Stations at 7pm. We hope you will join us. Email: with any questions.;

  • St. Rita Women's Group (All ages (21 and up) are welcome) | Third Friday of the month | 7:30 PM Parish Center | Please check Parish Weekly Bulletin for announcements of all 2018-19 meeting details. | Contact:

    • 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;

    • Silent Mini-retreat for the Women of St Rita Parish

      Our theme:"Trustful Surrender" Saturday, March 30th, 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

      Come get a spiritual boost for the remainder of your Lenten journey!

      Retreat Schedule (all in SILENCE until lunch):

      • 9:00 am Mass in the church

      • 9:25 Go to Parish Center; snack; review retreat materials 

      • 9:45 First Talk

      • 10:15 Divine Mercy Chaplet

      • 10:25 Second Talk

      • 11:00 Holy Hour with Rosary and Confessions

      • 12:00 Lunch at the Parish Center

      To register, please email to give us your name. Reminders and retreat details will then be sent to your email address.

      Registration Deadline: Wednesday, March 27th.

      Suggested donation of $20 will be collected on retreat day (this will cover cost of materials, food, and a book to take home).

      -Your 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 Vocations