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,  Please be assured and trust that  He  will always and forever be the calmness of the storm(s) that arise throughout lent and offer refuge to all who cry out to him through acts of penance, sacrament of recollection (confession) and eucharistic adoration. As always, please include  Him  in your busy schedule. Come see  Him  face-to-face this Lent/Season of Lent.  He  will be happy to see you either in your Ordinary/Extraordinary way.  God Bless + Pax,  St. Rita TLM & Vocations Editor  P.S. | Please remember to pick-up, read and share the  Parish Weekly Bulletin  with someone new, returning or visiting. Be sure to check with your local  Legion of Mary  if you’re interested in Door-to-Door ministry. All Active & Auxiliary Members, please check in with your Spiritual Directors and Presidents.   Lent/Season of Lent begins with Ash Wednesday March 06, 2019 and First (1) Sunday of Lent on March 10, 2019. Holy Week will begin Palm Sunday, Sunday, April 14, 2019 (Includes Vigil Saturday)(No Mass on Good Friday & Holy Saturday, join us for    Lauds    at 8:30 AM and the blessing of your beautiful Easter Baskets/Meals-to-be) ending with the Vigil of Easter, Saturday April 20, 2019 and Easter Sunday of the Resurrection of the Lord on Sunday, April 21, 2019. More details in the   Parish Weekly Bulletin / TLM /vestibules closer to the end!  Please remember to start turning in your old palms to your sacristans/baskets if provided in the vestibules.    PARISH/DIOCESAN/TLM COMMUNITY DEVOTIONS/EVENTS/ETC. |   St. Rita Parish Weekly Bulletin  +  St. Rita Parish TLM  + St. Rita Parish Vestibules |  Arlington Diocese  |  DC Latin Mass  /  Mass in EF Arlington Diocese  |  MassTimes  |  Holy Transfiguration Melkite Greek Catholic Church  |  FSSP  |  Canons Regular of the New Jerusalem - WV  |  Oratorian Vocations  /  Oratorian Community of St. Philip Neri - DC  -  DC Oratorians  |  New Liturgical Movement  |  CUSTOMS & TRADITIONS - FISH EATERS  /  CATHOLIC CUISINE   SCRIPTURE READINGS & IMAGE SOURCE |  USCCB DAILY SCRIPTURE READINGS  - LECTIO DIVINA  English  /  En Español  - (N.O.)  |   CATHOLIC.BIBLE (N.O.)  /  IBREVIARY (N.O.)    /  IPIETA (N.O./TLM)  / LECTIO DIVINA NOTES -  Saints Shall/Will Arise  (Traditional Benedictine Office) |  St. Rita Parish TLM  |  2minutes2virtue (N.O.)  (Arlington Diocese Priests)

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

Dear Family and Friends of St. Rita,

Please be assured and trust that He will always and forever be the calmness of the storm(s) that arise throughout lent and offer refuge to all who cry out to him through acts of penance, sacrament of recollection (confession) and eucharistic adoration. As always, please include Him in your busy schedule. Come see Him face-to-face this Lent/Season of Lent. He will be happy to see you either in your Ordinary/Extraordinary way.

God Bless + Pax,

St. Rita TLM & Vocations Editor

P.S. | Please remember to pick-up, read and share the Parish Weekly Bulletin with someone new, returning or visiting. Be sure to check with your local Legion of Mary if you’re interested in Door-to-Door ministry. All Active & Auxiliary Members, please check in with your Spiritual Directors and Presidents.

Lent/Season of Lent begins with Ash Wednesday March 06, 2019 and First (1) Sunday of Lent on March 10, 2019. Holy Week will begin Palm Sunday, Sunday, April 14, 2019 (Includes Vigil Saturday)(No Mass on Good Friday & Holy Saturday, join us for Lauds at 8:30 AM and the blessing of your beautiful Easter Baskets/Meals-to-be) ending with the Vigil of Easter, Saturday April 20, 2019 and Easter Sunday of the Resurrection of the Lord on Sunday, April 21, 2019. More details in the Parish Weekly Bulletin/TLM/vestibules closer to the end! Please remember to start turning in your old palms to your sacristans/baskets if provided in the vestibules.

PARISH/DIOCESAN/TLM COMMUNITY DEVOTIONS/EVENTS/ETC. | St. Rita Parish Weekly Bulletin + St. Rita Parish TLM + St. Rita Parish Vestibules | Arlington Diocese | DC Latin Mass / Mass in EF Arlington Diocese | MassTimes | Holy Transfiguration Melkite Greek Catholic Church | FSSP | Canons Regular of the New Jerusalem - WV | Oratorian Vocations / Oratorian Community of St. Philip Neri - DC - DC Oratorians | New Liturgical Movement | CUSTOMS & TRADITIONS - FISH EATERS / CATHOLIC CUISINE

SCRIPTURE READINGS & IMAGE SOURCE | USCCB DAILY SCRIPTURE READINGS - LECTIO DIVINA English / En Español - (N.O.) | CATHOLIC.BIBLE (N.O.) / IBREVIARY (N.O.) / IPIETA (N.O./TLM) / LECTIO DIVINA NOTES - Saints Shall/Will Arise (Traditional Benedictine Office) | St. Rita Parish TLM | 2minutes2virtue (N.O.) (Arlington Diocese Priests)

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.


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  MASS & CONFESSION SCHEDULE:

  • Please check Parish Weekly Bulletin for any changes on the Mass & Confession schedule below.

    • 7:00 AM, 8:30 AM (School Mass), 6:00 PM (Español), 7:30 PM (Tue. & Thur. TLM - Low/High) | Note: 9:30 AM TLM Low/High Masses or 11:00 AM Masses (Latin Novus Ordo - Ad Orientem) on 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 & 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.

  • 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

  • FAST & ABSTINENCE: Fast & Abstinence USCCB | (Fast & Abstinence - USCCB-USA - Holy Days, fasting fail' by Fr. Kenneth Doyle | Feasts & Fasts Throughout the Year RCDM, 1962 pg. 1-5)

  • 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.

  • 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! All are welcome!


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; 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.) / Cycle (TLM) year! 


SOLEMNITY OF ST. JOSEPH | Tuesday, March 19, 2019     MASS, CONFESSION, ADORATION SCHEDULE |     St. Rita Parish Weekly Bulletin  + St. Rita Parish Vestibules   PARISH/DIOCESAN/TLM COMMUNITY DEVOTIONS/EVENTS/ETC. |   St. Rita Parish Weekly Bulletin  +  St. Rita Parish TLM  + St. Rita Parish Vestibules |  Arlington Diocese  |  DC Latin Mass  /  Mass in EF Arlington Diocese  |  MassTimes  |  Holy Transfiguration Melkite Greek Catholic Church  |  FSSP  |  Canons Regular of the New Jerusalem - WV  |  Oratorian Vocations  /  Oratorian Community of St. Philip Neri - DC  -  DC Oratorians  |  New Liturgical Movement  |  CUSTOMS & TRADITIONS - FISH EATERS  /  CATHOLIC CUISINE   SCRIPTURE READINGS & IMAGE SOURCE |  USCCB DAILY SCRIPTURE READINGS  - LECTIO DIVINA  English  /  En Español  - (N.O.)  |   CATHOLIC.BIBLE (N.O.)  /  IBREVIARY (N.O.)    /  IPIETA (N.O./TLM)  / LECTIO DIVINA NOTES -  Saints Shall/Will Arise  (Traditional Benedictine Office) |  St. Rita Parish TLM  |  2minutes2virtue (N.O.)  (Arlington Diocese Priests)   PAX, TLM & Vocations Editor

SOLEMNITY OF ST. JOSEPH | Tuesday, March 19, 2019

MASS, CONFESSION, ADORATION SCHEDULE | St. Rita Parish Weekly Bulletin + St. Rita Parish Vestibules

PARISH/DIOCESAN/TLM COMMUNITY DEVOTIONS/EVENTS/ETC. | St. Rita Parish Weekly Bulletin + St. Rita Parish TLM + St. Rita Parish Vestibules | Arlington Diocese | DC Latin Mass / Mass in EF Arlington Diocese | MassTimes | Holy Transfiguration Melkite Greek Catholic Church | FSSP | Canons Regular of the New Jerusalem - WV | Oratorian Vocations / Oratorian Community of St. Philip Neri - DC - DC Oratorians | New Liturgical Movement | CUSTOMS & TRADITIONS - FISH EATERS / CATHOLIC CUISINE

SCRIPTURE READINGS & IMAGE SOURCE | USCCB DAILY SCRIPTURE READINGS - LECTIO DIVINA English / En Español - (N.O.) | CATHOLIC.BIBLE (N.O.) / IBREVIARY (N.O.) / IPIETA (N.O./TLM) / LECTIO DIVINA NOTES - Saints Shall/Will Arise (Traditional Benedictine Office) | St. Rita Parish TLM | 2minutes2virtue (N.O.) (Arlington Diocese Priests)

PAX, TLM & Vocations Editor


SOLEMNITY OF THE ANNUNCIATION OF THE LORD (BLESSED VIRGIN MARY) | Monday, March 25, 2019     MASS, CONFESSION, ADORATION SCHEDULE |     St. Rita Parish Weekly Bulletin  + St. Rita Parish Vestibules   PARISH/DIOCESAN/TLM COMMUNITY DEVOTIONS/EVENTS/ETC. |   St. Rita Parish Weekly Bulletin  +  St. Rita Parish TLM  + St. Rita Parish Vestibules |  Arlington Diocese  |  DC Latin Mass  /  Mass in EF Arlington Diocese  |  MassTimes  |  Holy Transfiguration Melkite Greek Catholic Church  |  FSSP  |  Canons Regular of the New Jerusalem - WV  |  Oratorian Vocations  /  Oratorian Community of St. Philip Neri - DC  -  DC Oratorians  |  New Liturgical Movement  |  CUSTOMS & TRADITIONS - FISH EATERS  /  CATHOLIC CUISINE   SCRIPTURE READINGS & IMAGE SOURCE |  USCCB DAILY SCRIPTURE READINGS  - LECTIO DIVINA  English  /  En Español  - (N.O.)  |   CATHOLIC.BIBLE (N.O.)  /  IBREVIARY (N.O.)    /  IPIETA (N.O./TLM)  / LECTIO DIVINA NOTES -  Saints Shall/Will Arise  (Traditional Benedictine Office) |  St. Rita Parish TLM  |  2minutes2virtue (N.O.)  (Arlington Diocese Priests)   PAX, TLM & Vocations Editor

SOLEMNITY OF THE ANNUNCIATION OF THE LORD (BLESSED VIRGIN MARY) | Monday, March 25, 2019

MASS, CONFESSION, ADORATION SCHEDULE | St. Rita Parish Weekly Bulletin + St. Rita Parish Vestibules

PARISH/DIOCESAN/TLM COMMUNITY DEVOTIONS/EVENTS/ETC. | St. Rita Parish Weekly Bulletin + St. Rita Parish TLM + St. Rita Parish Vestibules | Arlington Diocese | DC Latin Mass / Mass in EF Arlington Diocese | MassTimes | Holy Transfiguration Melkite Greek Catholic Church | FSSP | Canons Regular of the New Jerusalem - WV | Oratorian Vocations / Oratorian Community of St. Philip Neri - DC - DC Oratorians | New Liturgical Movement | CUSTOMS & TRADITIONS - FISH EATERS / CATHOLIC CUISINE

SCRIPTURE READINGS & IMAGE SOURCE | USCCB DAILY SCRIPTURE READINGS - LECTIO DIVINA English / En Español - (N.O.) | CATHOLIC.BIBLE (N.O.) / IBREVIARY (N.O.) / IPIETA (N.O./TLM) / LECTIO DIVINA NOTES - Saints Shall/Will Arise (Traditional Benedictine Office) | St. Rita Parish TLM | 2minutes2virtue (N.O.) (Arlington Diocese Priests)

PAX, TLM & Vocations Editor


SOLEMNITIES/FEASTS/MEMORIALS/DEVOTIONS, ETC. |

ALL SOLEMNITIES/FEASTS/MEMORIALS, ETC. | USCCB LITURGICAL CALENDAR (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!

+

The monthly Coffee & Donuts/Brunch after the Sunday Masses resume this 2019-20 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 / St. Rita Homeschool+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 :).

+ 

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, 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.