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

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

NEW ONLINE SIGN-UP SHEET. Wednesday Adoration is from 3:30pm–7:30pm. 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 consider joining us for Adoration.

To sign-up, visit www.signupgenius.com/go/60b0e49ada923a6f85-strita.

  • Click on the “sign-up” button next to the block of time you prefer.
  • Click on the “Submit & Signup” button at the bottom of the page. This will open an information box/window. Type your contact info in the fields provided. Be sure the date & time you selected is correct. Then, click on “Sign Up Now” button. You should see your name on the sheet.

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)

HOLY DAY OF OBLIGATION  MASS & CONFESSION SCHEDULE:

Thank you! Gracias! Deo Grátias! All are welcome!


January-December 2018: Happy/Bittersweet celebration/commemoration of all anniversaries (First-Final/Solemn Vows-Perpetual Profession of Vows: engagements-weddings-ordinations-name-days, etc.); birthdays; baptisms; beatifications/canonizations; first communions, confirmations, graduations, retirements, etc

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 consecrated religious life; altar servers; parents; teachers; staff members; volunteers; hospitalized; homebound; deceased; 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 Easter(Cycle)(TLM) and Liturgical Year(N.O.)! 

 IMAGE ABOVE: +St. Rita Catholic Church Sanctuary during Easter( Cycle ). Photo 3/5 Year 2017 Series - TLM & Vocation Editor's Collection - "Come see the real  Him  face-to-face (if you're in the state-of-grace... you may receive  Him ). Definitely much better than any photograph!" - God Bless + Pax, TLM & Vocation Editor | Remember to pray the  Angelus  until Easter   | (Divine Office) Compline - Final Antiphon changes from  Ave Regina Caelorum  (ex. BENEDICTA: MARIAN CHANT FROM NORCIA -  18.  Antiphon Ave Regina Caelorum   ) to Salve Regína (ex. BENEDICTA: MARIAN CHANT FROM NORCIA -  32.  Antiphon Salve Regina   ) | Lectio Divina  English  /  En Español  - (N.O.)

IMAGE ABOVE: +St. Rita Catholic Church Sanctuary during Easter(Cycle). Photo 3/5 Year 2017 Series - TLM & Vocation Editor's Collection - "Come see the real Him face-to-face (if you're in the state-of-grace... you may receive Him). Definitely much better than any photograph!" - God Bless + Pax, TLM & Vocation Editor | Remember to pray the Angelus until Easter | (Divine Office) Compline - Final Antiphon changes from Ave Regina Caelorum (ex. BENEDICTA: MARIAN CHANT FROM NORCIA - 18. Antiphon Ave Regina Caelorum ) to Salve Regína (ex. BENEDICTA: MARIAN CHANT FROM NORCIA - 32. Antiphon Salve Regina ) | Lectio Divina English / En Español - (N.O.)


  • ORDINARY TIME (N.O.)/EASTER(CYCLE)(TLM)! | The Daily Menu is ready via Parish Weekly Bulletin. Sides for the main course can be found further down this site on section PRAYERS, SOLEMNITIES/FEASTS/MEMORIALS, ETC. | Thank you for waiting!

    • Pray For Vocations!

      • Thank you for supporting the 2018 Race for Seminarians by praying, organizing, running, fundraising, etc.! on Priesthood Sunday, October 28, 2018/The Last Sunday of October - The Feast of the Kingship of Our Lord Jesus Christ (TLM) | For those who are continuing, please check all the races up to November 17, 2018 - Take Your Mark and Pick your Race & Team! | Please continue to pray for all of our Arlington Diocese Seminarians, all clergy and consecrated (religious, single, and married(man & woman)/widowed)!

      • Join Bishop Burbidge to Pray for Vocations | Feast of St. Andrew - Friday, November, 30, 2018 | St. John the Evangelist in Warrenton, VA | Holy Hour starts 7:30 PM followed by a light reception.

      • Laetare Benefit - St. Dominic’s Monestary, Linden VA | Sunday, March 31, 2019 | 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM, Country Club of Fairfax, Fairfax, VA

      • 2018 Arlington Diocese Ordination Coverage

      • CONGRATS & THANK YOU TO NEW PRIESTS, DEACONS, CONSECRATED RELIGIOUS: FIRST TO PERPETUAL PROFESSION OF VOWS, ETC.; ALL GRADUATES (PRE-K - COLLEGE, ETC.), THE NEWLY BAPTIZED, FIRST COMMUNICANTS, CONFIRMED; THOSE WHO WILL/HAVE RENEWED THEIR CONSECRATIONS AND ALL THE NEW OBLATES THROUGHOUT THE WORLD! EXCITING!

      • If there are other Priestly Ordinations/Religious Vow ceremonies/anniversaries that you know of... please share with others unless your invitation specifically says,"private/by-invitation-only ceremony"! Spread the Word! Be supportive and excited for them, The Holy Trinity (Spirit), Mother Mary and all the Saints! Bring an umbrella/poncho in case the day is blessed with extra tears/rays of joy!

      • If you know someone who needs prayers and is a parishioner/ have family members who are parishioners at St. Rita/other Parish in the Arlington Diocese and is currently in formation to the priesthood/religious life, please contact the St. Thérèse Society so his/her picture and name or name only can be included in the monthly listing. (Important note: Please be aware that not all religious families/communities allow the release of photos and names of their novices, postulants, etc. for their safety and the safety of their family/community. This includes parish weekly bulletins, parish/school newsletters, bulletin boards, websites, social media, etc. Be sure to ask permission from the novice himself/herself, their families and Vocations Directors of their order first!).

      • St. Thérèse Society | Morning of Reflection: Saturday, February 02, 2019, 9:00 A.M. to Noon at St. Rita - More details closer to the month

    • Vespers (Sung - English & Latin) - Friday evenings at 7:00 PM with Confession - 6:30 PM During Lent. 7:00 AM/7:30 PM Novus Ordo Mass - Ad Orientem. Contact David Sullivan, navillusdf@aol.com

    • Happy Veterans’ and Remembrance Day (Canada) | Sunday, November 11, 2018 | Observed on Monday, November 12, 2018

      • The Parish Rectory Office will be closed on Monday

      • St. Rita Preschool closed | Early dismissal for K-8 11:30 AM

      • The Mass and Confession will resume as scheduled on Monday

    • The Story of Fatima - 13th of each Month (19th of August 4:00 PM) | The prayer requested of Our Lady of Fatima to be said after each decade of the Rosary - Latin-English Booklet Missal: For Praying the Traditional Mass(Misalito Latin-Español Para Rezar La Misa Tradicional) pg. 67

    • St. Rita School Open House | Preschool - 8th Grade | Friday, November 16, 2018

    • Happy Thanksgiving Day & St. Cecilia | Thursday, November 22, 2018

    • Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe | Sunday, November 25, 2018

    • ADVENT | Sundays, December 02, 09, 16, 23, 2018

    • The Solemnity of The Immaculate Conception, Saturday, December 08, 2018 | Holy Day of Obligation

      • Our Lady of Guadalupe | Wednesday, December 12, 2018 | New Orleans Diocese (USA) (TLM Communities) have the option to celebrate on Friday, November 16, 2018

    • The Solemnity of the Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ (Christmas Day), Tuesday, December 25, 2018 | Holy Day of Obligation (Vigil of Christmas, Monday, December 24, 2018 also fulfills HDO)

      • Free 2019 Liturgical Calendars will be provided at all the vestibules

    • Happy New Year’s Day/The Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God (The Octave Day of the Nativity), Tuesday, January 01, 2019 | Holy Day of Obligation

      • The Epiphany of the Lord - | Solemnity | Sunday, January 06, 2019


  HAPPY THANKSGIVING DAY & SAINT CECILIA - THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 22, 2018!  Safe travels to everyone! Remember if you are not cooking or hosting, please offer to help clean up… unless the cook/chef says, “Don’t worry about it! Just relax!” | If you/family & friends are willing and able, please assist on-call clergy/religious/first responders/families & individuals/elderly, etc. who are in need of meals, a friendly visit, an extra pair of hands to help serve their community, etc.   MASS, CONFESSION & ADORATION |  This is usually one (1) of two (2) days out of the year where TLM, Adoration and Confession is not offered at St. Rita. A nice little break for our clergy, staff and volunteers! Please check  Parish Weekly Bulletin  for adjusted Mass schedule! St. RIta Parish Rectory Office & School will be closed. TRAVELING FOR THE HOLIDAY(S)/FEAST(S)?  |    masstimes.org (N.O./TLM)    |   DC Latin Mass  /  Mass in EF Arlington Diocese  |  Holy Transfiguration Melkite Greek Catholic Church  (Nativity Fast - November 15- December 24: Meat and Dairy Products Avoided (Wine, Oil and Fish Allowed) |  FSSP  |  Canons Regular of the New Jerusalem - WV  |  Oratorian Vocations  /  Oratorian Community of St. Philip Neri - DC  -  DC Oratorians  |  New Liturgical Movement    SCRIPTURE READING SOURCES |   The Holy Bible, St. Benedict Press  /  The Holy Bible, Ignatius  /  Vulgate - Douay-Rheims - Knox Bible  /  CCC  /    IBREVIARY (N.O.)    /  IPIETA (N.O./TLM)  /  TLM    HISTORY OF THE FIRST CATHOLIC THANKSGIVING, ETC. |   TLM    IMAGE |   Painting in the cathedral depicting the first Mass celebrated  - Saint Augustine, Florida

HAPPY THANKSGIVING DAY & SAINT CECILIA - THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 22, 2018! Safe travels to everyone! Remember if you are not cooking or hosting, please offer to help clean up… unless the cook/chef says, “Don’t worry about it! Just relax!” | If you/family & friends are willing and able, please assist on-call clergy/religious/first responders/families & individuals/elderly, etc. who are in need of meals, a friendly visit, an extra pair of hands to help serve their community, etc.

MASS, CONFESSION & ADORATION | This is usually one (1) of two (2) days out of the year where TLM, Adoration and Confession is not offered at St. Rita. A nice little break for our clergy, staff and volunteers! Please check Parish Weekly Bulletin for adjusted Mass schedule! St. RIta Parish Rectory Office & School will be closed. TRAVELING FOR THE HOLIDAY(S)/FEAST(S)? | masstimes.org (N.O./TLM) | DC Latin Mass / Mass in EF Arlington Diocese | Holy Transfiguration Melkite Greek Catholic Church (Nativity Fast - November 15- December 24: Meat and Dairy Products Avoided (Wine, Oil and Fish Allowed) | FSSP | Canons Regular of the New Jerusalem - WV | Oratorian Vocations / Oratorian Community of St. Philip Neri - DC - DC Oratorians | New Liturgical Movement

SCRIPTURE READING SOURCES | The Holy Bible, St. Benedict Press / The Holy Bible, Ignatius / Vulgate - Douay-Rheims - Knox Bible / CCC / IBREVIARY (N.O.) / IPIETA (N.O./TLM) / TLM

HISTORY OF THE FIRST CATHOLIC THANKSGIVING, ETC. | TLM

IMAGE | Painting in the cathedral depicting the first Mass celebrated - Saint Augustine, Florida


PRAYERS, SOLEMNITIES/FEASTS/MEMORIALS, ETC. |

ALL SOLEMNITIES/FEASTS/MEMORIALS, ETC. | USCCB LITURGICAL CALENDAR (YR.B N.O. - Dec. 03, 2017 - Nov. 25, 2018)(YR. C N.O. - Dec. 02, 2018 - Nov. 24, 2019) / USCCB DAILY SCRIPTURE READINGS - LECTIO DIVINA English / En Español - (N.O.) | CATHOLIC.BIBLE (N.O.) / IBREVIARY (N.O.) IPIETA (N.O./TLM) | THE LITURGICAL YEAR - FISH EATERS  / PROPER OF THE SAINTS (SANCTORAL CYCLE)- FISH EATERS / PROPER OF SEASONS - (TEMPORAL CYCLE) FISH EATERS / LECTIO DIVINA NOTES - Saints Shall/Will Arise (Traditional Benedictine Office) | CUSTOMS & TRADITIONS - FISH EATERS (TLM) | CATHOLIC CUISINE (N.O. & TLM) | Religious Orders/Communities do include additional Feast Days/Name Days specific to their family :). Pray For Vocations!

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The monthly Coffee & Donuts/Brunch after the Sunday Masses resume in the 2018-19 Year based on the support and availability of +Parish Groups / individual volunteers and are announced after Masses / Parish Weekly Bulletin / vestibules. All are welcome!

If you are considering joining the St. Rita Parish, School and Community in the  2019-20 Year and would like to be more involved, please see St. Rita Religious Education / St. Rita School / +Parish Groups. Volunteer opportunities are also announced as needed in the Parish Weekly Bulletin / vestibules / word-of-mouth.

  • Approx. between Late-December to Mid-January, Spring/Easter Breaks (PreK-12-College), and Early May(College)/June (PreK-12) to Late-August, +Parish Groups/individual volunteers/staff DO take breaks (Homeschool Family schedules vary) to refocus. Make use of your family time/ personal breaks wisely while they last! The work will still be there when you return :).

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Thank you! Gracias! Deo Grátias! All are welcome!


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, on-hour Pre-Baptism Preparation Class, held the 1st Thursday 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 stritasecretary@gmail.com.

LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION
Please contact the Rectory Office at (703) 823-1640. 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.