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

The Mass and Confession schedule may change at the Pastor's discretion. Announcements may or may not be announced before/after a Mass of any changes. Prior to attending, 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.

  • Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary! | Tues., November 21, 2017
    • Mass 7:00 AM, 5:00 PM Procesion (en Español - Our Lady Queen of Peace - "Patrona de El Salvador"), 5:30 PM Rezo del Santo Rosario, 6:00 PM Santa Misa por el Rev. Alexander Diaz (Nota: Vestir a los niños con trajes típicos, No Adoration 6:30 PM, 7:30 PM (TLM)
  • Happy Thanksgiving Day! | Thur., Nov. 23, 2017
    • Mass on Thanksgiving Day will be 7:00 AM and 8:30 AM | No School Mass on Wed., Nov. 22, 2017 
    • No Adoration at 6:30 PM or 7:30 PM TLM Mass
    • The St. Rita Parish Office and School - Closed Thur., Nov. 23-Fri. 24, 2017
  • Christ, King of the Universe/Our Lord Jesus Christ King of the Universe!(N.O.)/Twenty-fourth (24th) Sunday After Pentecost & Last Sunday of Pentecost (TLM) | Sunday, November 26, 2017
  • Happy New Liturgical Year! | Go Year B! (Novus Ordo) | "B" at St. Rita for First (1st) Sunday of Advent! Slow down and wait for Jesus! Mary and Joseph too! | Saturday, December 02, 2017 | Vigil Mass 5:00 PM | Sunday, December 03, 2017 | Same Sunday Cycle - 7:15 AM, 8:15 AM, 9:30 AM (Go TLM!), 11:00 AM, and 1:00 PM (en Español)
    • First to Fourth Sunday of Advent | Saturday, December 02, 09, 16 and 23, 2017 - Vigil Mass 5:00 PM | Sunday, December 03,10,17 and 24, 2017 | Same Sunday Schedule | 7:15 AM, 8:15 AM, 9:30 AM (TLM), 11:00 AM and 1:00 PM (en Español)
  • Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Holy Day of Obligation/Solemnity in the U.S.A., Canada, Ireland, and Scotland)! | Friday, December 08, 2017) | Mass 7:00 AM, 6:00 PM (en Español), 7:30 PM (Ad Orientem
    • Please keep in your prayers those who will continue to renew (daily/monthly/yearly) their consecrations or make them for the first time this day and future Marian Feast Days!
  • The Celebration of Our Lady of Guadalupe! | Tuesday, December 12, 2017 | 5:30 AM (Mariachi), Mass 6:00 AM (En Español), 7:00 AM and 7:30 PM (TLM) in some places/Feria of Advent. (In the Diocese of New Orleans this is celebrated on November 16 - TLM)
    • Please keep in your prayers those who will continue to renew (daily/monthly/yearly) their consecrations or make them for the first time this day and future Marian Feast Days!
  • Merry Christmas and A Happy New Year! 
    • The St. Rita School will be closed Thursday, December 21, 2017-Tuesday, January 02, 2018 | The St. Rita Parish Office closing days will be posted soon!
    • Vigil of Christmas/The Nativity of Our Lord/Christmas Eve! | Sunday, December 24, 2017 | (TBA(D) 5:00 PM and 12Midnight | Please wait for confirmation! Yes, this counts as your Holy Day of Obligation!)
    • The Nativity of Our Lord/Christmas Day (Holy Day of Obligation/Solemnity)! | Monday, December 25, 2017 | (TBA(D) 7:00 AM, 9:30 AM Missa Cantata! , 11:00 AM, 1:00 PM (en Español) | Please wait for confirmation!
    • The Holy Family of Jesus Mary and Joseph/Seventh Day in the Octave of Christmas (TLM)! | Sunday, December 31, 2017 |  7:15 AM, 8:15 AM, 9:30 AM (TLM), 11:00 AM and 1:00 PM (en Español)
    • The Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God/The Octave Day of The Nativity (Holy Day of Obligation/Solemnity)! | (TBA(D) Sunday, December 31, 2017 | Vigil Mass 5:00 PM | Monday, January 01, 2018 | Mass 7:00 AM, 6:00 PM (en Español), and 7:30 PM (Ad Orientem) | Please wait for confirmation!

For those who are able to wait, please note that a set schedule of all Mass times, Sacrament of Penance, Exposition & Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament, Parish Office and School closings, and all other spiritual/corporal works of mercy/devotional activities around Advent, Christmas and New Years will be posted here, in the Parish Weekly Bulletin, St. Rita School, announced after the Masses, or printed on flyers soon!  Just as the seasons change, so will the schedule above. Thank you for waiting!   



PRAYERS, FEASTS/SOLEMNITIES, SCRIPTURE READING, ETC. |

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For a schedule of the monthly Coffee & Donuts/Brunch after the Sunday Masses, detailed info. of St. Rita Parish Groups (+Parish Groups) and St. Rita School/Parish or Diocesan (All Spiritual/Corporal Works of Mercy/Happenings), please see links below, check, St. Rita School calendarflyers in the vestibules/bulletin boards or listen for announcements after Mass. All are welcome!

ARLINGTON DIOCESE | CATECHISM OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH (CCC) | CATHOLIC.BIBLE (N.O.) |  CATHOLIC CUISINE | FISH EATERSFORMED | GRACE BEFORE MEALS | IBREVIARY (N.O.) IPIETA (N.O./TLM) | MAGNIFICATPARISH WEEKLY BULLETIN | RELIGIOUS EDUCATION PROGRAM |  ST. RITA SCHOOL | ST. RITA PARISH GROUPS | THE HOLY SEE TRADITIONAL LATIN MASS |  2MINUTES2VIRTUE | VIRTUSVOCATIONS |  VULGATE - DOUAY-RHEIMS - KNOX BIBLE 

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Thank you! Gracias! Deo Grátias! 


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.