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.

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

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!

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; 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) and New Liturgical Year! 

 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  Regina Co(a)eli  instead of the  Angelus  between Easter to Ember Saturday After Pentecost! (ex. Ecce Panis Angelorum -  #23. Regina Caeli  | Compline - Final Antiphon changes from   Alma Redemptóris Mater ...  to Ave Regina Caelorum (ex. BENEDICTA: MARIAN CHANT FROM NORCIA -  18.  Antiphon Ave Regina Caelorum    | 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 Regina Co(a)eli instead of the Angelus between Easter to Ember Saturday After Pentecost! (ex. Ecce Panis Angelorum - #23. Regina Caeli | Compline - Final Antiphon changes from Alma Redemptóris Mater... to Ave Regina Caelorum (ex. BENEDICTA: MARIAN CHANT FROM NORCIA - 18. Antiphon Ave Regina Caelorum  | Lectio Divina  English / En Español - (N.O.) 

  • DRESS CODE: It is now hot outside on the East Coast of the U.S.A. Please COVER UP from your shoulders to your knees; head to toe is optional. Some parishes/religious houses/schools are much stricter, specific and will have signs up year-round. If anyone tells you, "you don't have to... it doesn't matter," shame on him/her - pray for him/her! It does matter! All adults, please be an example for all children & young adults... it should not be the other way around! | 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 
  • HAPPY ORDINARY TIME/EASTER(CYCLE)! | The Daily Menu is ready via Parish Weekly Bulletin. Sides for the main course can be found further down this site on section PRAYERS, FEASTS/SOLEMNITIES, SCRIPTURE READING, ETC. | Thank you for waiting! 
  • The Most Holy Trinity | Sunday, May 27, 2018
  • Happy Memorial Day | Monday, May 28, 2018 
    • St. Rita Parish Rectory Office & School will be closed. Mass & Confession schedule remain as scheduled.
  • First Fridays /  First Saturdays  - Sacred Heart of Jesus & Immaculate Heart of Mary | Fri. 6:30 PM - 7:20 PM; 8:15 PM - Sat. 8:00 AM
  • The Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary/The Queenship of Mary (N.O.) | Thursday, May 31, 2018 - May Crowning! 
    • St. Rita School processed on Wednesday, May 09, 2018! If you missed their wave, catch the St. Rita Homeschool May Crowning with Fr. Bork! | Wednesday, May 30, 2018, 3:30 PM - Meet at Our Lady of Guadalupe (Mama!) with your flowers & School playground afterwards. Bring snacks to share! Remember to thank Kim Barry for all her hard work in coordinating & leading the group and for Elise Matich for carrying on the torch! See everyone next year! Have a fun summer break/school!
 The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ (Corpus Christi) | Sunday, June 03, 2018 (N.O.) | Thursday, May 31, 2018  TLM  - Procession will commence on the following Sunday, June 03, 2018 after the 11:00 AM Mass. If there are any changes, our Priests will make an announcement during 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!

The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ (Corpus Christi) | Sunday, June 03, 2018 (N.O.) | Thursday, May 31, 2018 TLM - Procession will commence on the following Sunday, June 03, 2018 after the 11:00 AM Mass. If there are any changes, our Priests will make an announcement during 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!


NOTE: For All Solemnities/Feast Days/Federal Holidays not listed, please check  | USCCB LITURGICAL CALENDAR (YR.B N.O.) | CATHOLIC.BIBLE (N.O.) / IBREVIARY (N.O.) IPIETA (N.O./TLM) | THE LITURGICAL YEAR - FISH EATERS  (TLM) | Religious Orders/Communities do include additional Feast Days/Name Days specific to their family :). Pray For Vocations!


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

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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 Family and Community in the  2018-19 Year and would like to be more involved in the parish/school, 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.