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.



The Knights of Columbus is a family, fraternal, and service organization. With over 1.8 million members worldwide, the Knights of Columbus is the largest fraternal Catholic organization in the world. In 2009 alone, the Knights of Columbus donated over $151 million to charitable causes and performed over 69 million hours of volunteer service. Activities of the Knights of Columbus include support for pro-life causes, community service, fundraisers, and serving the needs of the local parish.

Male parishioners who are over the age of 18, and in good standing with the Catholic Church, are encouraged to contact Grand Knight, Jeff Cuiper, or Deputy Grand Knight, Keith Green (, for membership details.

News and Notes

There will be a First Responders' Mass on Monday, August 14, 2017, at 5:00 PM, followed by reception sponsored by the Knights in the school hall. All are invited. Pray for those who face danger for the sake of others.

The Pancake Breakfast on November 24th raised over $1,000 for disaster relief efforts in the Philippines. The Knights wish to thank all those who supported this worthy cause.

Christmas trees or wreath? St. Rita Knights of Columbus will sell Christmas trees through December 21 (or until the trees are sold out). Tree lot location: Our Lady of Lourdes Church, 830 23rd Street South, Arlington, Virginia 22202. Hours are Mon-Fri from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm and Sat-Sun from 9:00 am to 9:00 pm.

Religious Christmas Cards. These cards are all about keeping Christ in Christmas. We will sell Keep Christ in Christmas (KCIC) cards throughout Advent in the vestibule after weekend Masses. Sales of these cards serve to combat the rising secularization of Christmas. The selection is wide, and the quality is high.