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.


Mass and ConfessioN Schedule


IMAGE | Tu vocaberis… You will be called, TLM & Vocation Editor’s Collection.  Dear Family and Friends of St. Rita,  “Peace be to this house. Love your enemies, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them that persecute and calumniate you: that you may be the children of your Father, Who is in heaven, Who maketh His sun to rise upon the good and bad, and raineth upon the just and the unjust. Receive the kingdom of God as a little child. Why are you afraid? Be still… and praise the LORD! Give thanks to the LORD with your whole heart, in the company of the upright, in the congregation. Great are the works of the LORD, studied by all who have pleasure in them. Happy the enamored heart… thought centered on God alone. Suffering is part of the pursuit of Jesus Christ, who suffered first before His Glory. To encounter God… be willing to experience suffering. It’s the life of Mary, not Martha: to stay put at the foot of Christ no matter what they say you’re not doing. It’s not easy… It’s really doable only by grace, and this is the beauty of Christianity. If we let visitors upset the rhythm of our life too much, then we can’t really welcome anyone.” - Luke 10; Matthew 5; MARK 10; MATTHEW 8; PSALM 37 & 111;  Teresa of Ávila: God Alone Suffices - Q. St. Teresa of Ávila ;  The Benedict Option - Q. Fr. Benedict + Br. Ignatius + Fr. Martin + Br. Augustine ;  The Eucharistic Miracles of the World .  +Pax (Peace),  TLM & Vocations Editor of St. Rita  P.S. If you still can not hear the parish bells, listen to  1. Bells from the Basilica (Instrumental)    from  MONASTERO DI SAN BENEDETTO IN MONTE ;  Angelus and Abbey Bells  from  OUR LADY OF CLEAR CREEK ABBEY ;  Our Chant - Abbey Bells  from  Saint Joseph’s Abbey  before you pray.  Clergy, Religious and Laity need to pray both as your vocation allows: The Divine Office/Liturgy of the Hours  CCC 1174-1178  |  The Secret of the Rosary, St. Louis De Montfort  +  JPII National Shrine (Luminous Mysteries)  |  Pray For Vocations!

IMAGE | Tu vocaberis… You will be called, TLM & Vocation Editor’s Collection.

Dear Family and Friends of St. Rita,

“Peace be to this house. Love your enemies, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them that persecute and calumniate you: that you may be the children of your Father, Who is in heaven, Who maketh His sun to rise upon the good and bad, and raineth upon the just and the unjust. Receive the kingdom of God as a little child. Why are you afraid? Be still… and praise the LORD! Give thanks to the LORD with your whole heart, in the company of the upright, in the congregation. Great are the works of the LORD, studied by all who have pleasure in them. Happy the enamored heart… thought centered on God alone. Suffering is part of the pursuit of Jesus Christ, who suffered first before His Glory. To encounter God… be willing to experience suffering. It’s the life of Mary, not Martha: to stay put at the foot of Christ no matter what they say you’re not doing. It’s not easy… It’s really doable only by grace, and this is the beauty of Christianity. If we let visitors upset the rhythm of our life too much, then we can’t really welcome anyone.” - Luke 10; Matthew 5; MARK 10; MATTHEW 8; PSALM 37 & 111; Teresa of Ávila: God Alone Suffices - Q. St. Teresa of Ávila; The Benedict Option - Q. Fr. Benedict + Br. Ignatius + Fr. Martin + Br. Augustine; The Eucharistic Miracles of the World.

+Pax (Peace),

TLM & Vocations Editor of St. Rita

P.S. If you still can not hear the parish bells, listen to 1. Bells from the Basilica (Instrumental) from MONASTERO DI SAN BENEDETTO IN MONTE; Angelus and Abbey Bells from OUR LADY OF CLEAR CREEK ABBEY; Our Chant - Abbey Bells from Saint Joseph’s Abbey before you pray.

Clergy, Religious and Laity need to pray both as your vocation allows: The Divine Office/Liturgy of the Hours CCC 1174-1178 | The Secret of the Rosary, St. Louis De Montfort + JPII National Shrine (Luminous Mysteries) | Pray For Vocations!

HOLY SACRIFICE OF THE MASS
Sunday 7:15, 8:15, 9:30 (TLM/EF), 11:00 AM & 1:00 PM (Español)
Monday 7 AM & 7:30 PM (Novena followed by Mass)
Tuesday 7 AM & 7:30 PM (Traditional Latin Mass (TLM)/(EF))
Wednesday 7 AM, 8:30 (during the school year) & 7:30 PM
Thursday 7 AM & 7:30 PM (Traditional Latin Mass (TLM)/(EF))
Friday 7 AM & 7:30 PM
Saturday 8 AM & 5:00 PM (Vigil Mass)
SACRAMENT OF PENANCE
Sunday 10:30–11:00 AM & 12:30–1:00 PM (Español)
Monday–Friday 7:00 PM
Saturday 8:30 AM, 4:00–5:00 PM & 7:00–7:30 PM
EUCHARISTIC ADORATION
Tuesday–Thursday
First Friday & Saturday
6:30 PM–7:30 PM,
Wed. 3:30 PM-7:30 PM &
1st Fri. & Sat. 8:15  PM–8:00 AM

Wednesday Adoration is from 3:30-7:30 pm. We do have regularly scheduled adorers for these hours, but we are always in need of more adorers. Time slots are scheduled in half-hour increments so you can sign up for any time that fits your schedule. Please email Klarissa Blank at kblank.strita@gmail.com if you would like to add your name to the list of regular adorers.

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If the following incidents below occur during Eucharistic Adoration, please immediately DO let the Parish Office know so the Priest/Deacon on call and Sacristan will be notified. Never leave our Lord alone! Thank you for your patience! | Tue. - Thurs. 6:30 PM - 7:20 PM + 7:00 PM Confession + 7:30 PM TLM Mass/Wednesday 3:30 PM - 7:20 PM + 7:00 PM Confession + 7:30 PM N.O. Mass/First Friday 6:30 PM - 7:20 PM + (Break for 7:30 PM N.O. Mass) + 8:15 PM - First Saturday 7:55 AM + 8:00 AM N.O. Mass (No overnight adoration when First Fri. & Sat. are on separate weekends. Adjusted schedule: First Friday - 6:30 PM - 7:20 PM & First Saturday 7:00 AM - 7:55 AM) | Note: St. Rita Catholic School + St. Rita Homeschool are on summer break. The Wednesday Holy Hour 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM: Eucharistic Adoration, Holy Rosary/Divine Mercy Chaplet and Divine Office (Liturgy of the Hours - English) will resume in the Fall (mid-September):

  • You walk into the church and find our Lord is alone;

  • You need to leave and no other adorer is available to stay;

  • Someone who is not one of our own Roman Catholic Priests/Deacons attempts to remove our Lord from the altar/tabernacle (outside of Eucharistic Adoration regular hours). In this situation, you may have to stop the individual immediately and then contact the Parish Office Staff, Priests and Sacristan!


The Mass and Confession schedule may change at the Pastor's discretion. Priests/Deacons will make an announcement before/after Masses prior, followed up by emails sent out through various parish groups or vice versa. Last minute changes may not be reflected on the website or Parish Weekly Bulletin. Be sure to listen and spread the word!

If you are visiting, prior to your attendance, please contact the Parish Rectory Office at 703-836-1640 to confirm day(s) and time(s) especially for Solemnities, Feasts, Votive Masses, etc. We apologize in advance  for any last minute changes and thank you for your patience.  

Parish Rectory Office Hours: Open M-F 9:00 AM - 9:00 PM  | Closed M-F 12:30 PM-1:30 PM & Weekends. | St. Rita School Closings/Misc. events/meetings posted on website/outdoor message boards. | Emergency Closings check both St. Rita Catholic School / ACPS Emergency / St. Rita Homeschool or email coordinator (Cancellation of events) / St. Rita Playgroup or email coordinator (Cancellation of events)

Inclement Weather on Sundays and Holy Day of Obligation | CCC The Sunday Obligation 2180-88 | Sunday Mass and Holy Day of Obligation (EWTN)

HOLY DAY OF OBLIGATION (HDO) & DAILY MASS, CONFESSION & ADORATION SCHEDULE:

  • HOLY DAYS OF OBLIGATION IN THE U.S.A (Please check books for all other Countries) | Please check with the Pastor and Sacristan regarding Masses under USCCB ( USCCB LITURGICAL CALENDAR (YR. C N.O. - Dec. 02, 2018 - Nov. 24, 2019)  - N.O.) | FAST & ABSTINENCE: Fast & Abstinence USCCB | Holy Days, fasting fail' by Fr. Kenneth Doyle | Feasts & Fasts Throughout the Year RCDM, 1962 pg. 1-5) | No Votive Masses during Lent and Octaves of Easter and Pentecost -  RCDM, 1962 pg. 1544-1596

    • Ordinary Form of the Roman Rite (OF) (Novus Ordo/NO) Feasts/Solemnities | IPIETA / IBREVIARY / The Holy See / Parish Weekly Bulletin / Lives of the Saints, Fr. Alban Butler (Available in the Parish Library) |

      • Daily Roman Missal - Third Edition - Holy days of Obligation pg. xxxiii | All Sundays; The Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God, Jan. 1; Thursday of the sixth Week of Easter - The Solemnity of the Ascension; The Solemnity of the Assumption of the BVM, Aug. 15; The Solemnity of All Saints, Nov. 1; The Solemnity of The Immaculate Conception, Dec. 8; The Solemnity of the Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, Dec. 25. For Sat., Mon. and Transfer explanations, please check pg. xxxiii

      • Mass of Vatican II

    • Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite (EF) (Traditional Latin Mass/TLM) Feasts/Solemnities | IPIETA / The Holy See / Roman Catholic Daily Missal 1962 (RCDM 1962) - The Proper of the Saints pg. 1041-1518 / Lives of the Saints, Fr. Alban Butler (Available in the Parish Library)

    • Sacrament of Penance (Confession) | Forgive Us Our Trespasses | Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession) USCCB | Blessed Be God - Devotions for Confession; Spiritual & Corporal Works of Mercy pg. 21-25; pg. 623-645 | Roman Catholic Daily Missal 1962 (RCDM 1962) - Devotions for Confession and Communion pg. 65-97 | Handbook of Prayers-Spiritual Game Plan pg. 8-10; (Student Edition) pg. 4; Guide for a Good Confession pg. 323-336; (Student Edition) pg. 84-87/ IBREVIARY (N.O.) / IPIETA (N.O./TLM) | Check St. Rita Parish Library and vestibules.

    • Traditional Daily Mass Devotions Mon. - Sat. (Votive Masses (TLM): private devotion/special circumstances), Roman Catholic Daily Missal 1962 (RCDM 1962) pg. 1544-1596 )) on Feria days: outside of Solemnities/Feasts/Memorials/etc. No Votive Masses during Lent and Octaves of Easter and Pentecost | Blessed Be God; Abridged for (N.O.): Handbook of Prayers (Adult & Student versions)

      • Mon.: Mass of the Most Holy Trinity (Sun. Blessed Be God)/ The Souls in Purgatory (Blessed Be God) | Tue.: Mass of the Holy Angels | Wed.: Mass of St. Joseph/Mass of the Holy Apostles Peter and Paul | Thurs.: Mass of the Holy Ghost/Mass of the Holy Sacrament/Mass of Our Lord Jesus Christ, Supreme and Eternal Priest | Fri.: Mass of the Holy Cross/Mass of the Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ | Sat.: Mass of Our Lady

      • Religious Communities will have special day(s) in their daily devotion for their patron(ness) saint each week (ex. Tue. - St. Benedict/St. Scholastica Day for Benedictine families, friends and communities in some places). Please check with your Augustinians, Benedictines, Carmelites, Carthusians, Dominicans, Franciscans, Jesuits, Poor Clares, Trappist(tines)(Cistercians), etc. for their patron(ness) devotional day(s)!

    • HDO DAILY MASS, CONFESSION & ADORATION SCHEDULE (Please check Parish Weekly Bulletin for any changes):

      • Mon. & Wed. 7:00 AM, 8:30 AM (School Mass), 6:00 PM (Español), 7:30 PM (Tue. & Thur. TLM - Low/High; Sat. 8:00 AM) | Note: 9:30 AM TLM Low/High Masses or 11:00 AM Masses (Latin Novus Ordo - Ad Orientem). Mon, Wed., Fri., Sat. will depend on availability of Priests, Deacons, Music Director, Choir, Latin Mass Schola & LMS Director, Sacristan, Altar Servers, Ushers, Lectors, etc.

        • All Holy Days of Obligations/Solemnities that fall on a Sunday, follow the regular Sunday Mass & Confession Schedule

        • Daily Roman Missal - Third Edition -(N.O./O.F.) For Sat., Mon. and Transfer explanations, please check pg. xxxiii

      • Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession): 7:00 PM (Weekdays), 8:30 AM Saturdays, 10:30 AM and 12:30 PM (Español) Sundays

      • No Exposition & Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament unless otherwise noted

    • For St. Rita School Mass attendees: if a Holy Day of Obligation/Solemnity falls during a weekday outside of the regular Wednesday, 8:30 AM School Mass, the Mass will be moved accordingly (includes holiday/emergency closings and inclement weather). Changes will be noted in the Parish Weekly Bulletin/School website/E-newsletter/outdoor message board.

  • VIRTUS | The Office of Child Protection and Victim Assistance

  • DRESS CODE: CCC 1387 -To prepare for worthy reception of this sacrament, the faithful should observe the fast required in their Church. Bodily demeanor (gestures, clothing) ought to convey the respect, solemnity, and joy of this moment when Christ becomes our guest. More detailed guidance: Adore the Lord in Holy Attire – On Proper Dress for Mass - Msgr. Charles Pope | The Chapel Veil | #AskFrMike: Chapel Veils and the Significance of Dreams - Fr. Mike Schmidt | Mater Dei

  • PHOTOGRAPHY ON PARISH WEBSITE: Please check St. Rita Vocations for regulations.

  • Note on use of Altar Rails during communion at St. Rita: If you attend a Mass at St. Rita and the Altar rails are not used, the Priest celebrating may be visiting and may not be aware of the recent changes. Please receive on your knees if you are comfortable as a quiet reminder.

Thank you! Gracias! Deo Grátias! 


2019+2020

Please continue to keep in your prayers Our Pope Francis; Our Bishop Burbidge and all Bishops; Our Priests: Rev. Daniel N. Gee, Rev. Vincent P. Bork, (In Residence ) Rev. Karol Nedza, (Permanent Deacon) Deacon Steven J. Dixon; St. Rita visiting Priests/Deacons and all members of our clergy in our Arlington Diocese and beyond including all in formation into the priesthood and religious life; oblates; altar servers; parents; teachers; staff members; volunteers; hospitalized; homebound; persecuted; deceased; all affected and effected by natural disasters; those returning to the Church/coming in for the first time; visitors and all members of the laity in our parish; diocesan community and throughout the world this Liturgical (N.O. - O.F.) / Cycle (TLM - E.F.) year! 



PARISH MEMBERSHIP & REGISTRATION
To join our parish family, please submit a Parish Registration form (formulario de inscripción).

SACRAMENT OF BAPTISM
Saturdays 10 AM to 12 PM. Please submit a Baptism Application form. Parents must attend a one-time, one-hour Pre-Baptism Preparation Class, held the 1st Tuesday of each month.

SACRAMENT OF MATRIMONY
Please submit a Marriage Application form. Diocesan regulations require 6 months of marriage preparation. Couples living together will be asked to live separately during marriage preparation.

SACRAMENT OF THE SICK/FUNERALS/HOSPITALIZED & HOMEBOUND
Please contact the Parish Rectory Office at (703) 836-1640 if a loved one has passed, hospitalized, homebound or if a sick/dying family member would like a priest to visit them and/or administer the Sacrament of the Sick. 

OBTAINING & SUBMITTING PARISH FORMS
To receive Sacraments at St. Rita Church, you must be a Registered Parishioner. All Parish forms are located in all three vestibules of the church and at PARISH FORMS webpage. Please drop-off the completed form(s) at the rectory office (Monday–Friday) or drop off in the collection basket or email to kblank.strita@gmail.com

LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION
Please contact the Rectory Office at (703) 836-1640. Sponsor eligibility certificates to serve as baptismal godparents or confirmation sponsors will be issued only to parishioners registered for at least six months and who are attending Sunday Mass weekly.