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.


TRADITIONAL + LATIN MASS

(Extra+Ordinary Forms of the Roman Rite)


IMAGE | Tu vocaberis… You will be called, TLM & Vocation Editor’s Collection.  Dear Family and Friends of St. Rita,  “Peace be to this house. Love your enemies, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them that persecute and calumniate you: that you may be the children of your Father, Who is in heaven, Who maketh His sun to rise upon the good and bad, and raineth upon the just and the unjust. Receive the kingdom of God as a little child. Why are you afraid? Be still… and praise the LORD! Give thanks to the LORD with your whole heart, in the company of the upright, in the congregation. Great are the works of the LORD, studied by all who have pleasure in them. Happy the enamored heart… thought centered on God alone. Suffering is part of the pursuit of Jesus Christ, who suffered first before His Glory. To encounter God… be willing to experience suffering. It’s the life of Mary, not Martha: to stay put at the foot of Christ no matter what they say you’re not doing. It’s not easy… It’s really doable only by grace, and this is the beauty of Christianity. If we let visitors upset the rhythm of our life too much, then we can’t really welcome anyone.” - Luke 10; Matthew 5; MARK 10; MATTHEW 8; PSALM 37 & 111;  Teresa of Ávila: God Alone Suffices - Q. St. Teresa of Ávila ;  The Benedict Option - Q. Fr. Benedict + Br. Ignatius + Fr. Martin + Br. Augustine ;  The Eucharistic Miracles of the World .  +Pax (Peace),  TLM & Vocations Editor of St. Rita  P.S. If you still can not hear the parish bells, listen to  1. Bells from the Basilica (Instrumental)    from  MONASTERO DI SAN BENEDETTO IN MONTE ;  Angelus and Abbey Bells  from  OUR LADY OF CLEAR CREEK ABBEY ;  Our Chant - Abbey Bells  from  Saint Joseph’s Abbey  before you pray.  Clergy, Religious and Laity need to pray both as your vocation allows. The Divine Office/Liturgy of the Hours  CCC 1174-1178  |  The Secret of the Rosary, St. Louis De Montfort  +  JPII National Shrine (Luminous Mysteries)  |  Pray For Vocations!

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

Dear Family and Friends of St. Rita,

“Peace be to this house. Love your enemies, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them that persecute and calumniate you: that you may be the children of your Father, Who is in heaven, Who maketh His sun to rise upon the good and bad, and raineth upon the just and the unjust. Receive the kingdom of God as a little child. Why are you afraid? Be still… and praise the LORD! Give thanks to the LORD with your whole heart, in the company of the upright, in the congregation. Great are the works of the LORD, studied by all who have pleasure in them. Happy the enamored heart… thought centered on God alone. Suffering is part of the pursuit of Jesus Christ, who suffered first before His Glory. To encounter God… be willing to experience suffering. It’s the life of Mary, not Martha: to stay put at the foot of Christ no matter what they say you’re not doing. It’s not easy… It’s really doable only by grace, and this is the beauty of Christianity. If we let visitors upset the rhythm of our life too much, then we can’t really welcome anyone.” - Luke 10; Matthew 5; MARK 10; MATTHEW 8; PSALM 37 & 111; Teresa of Ávila: God Alone Suffices - Q. St. Teresa of Ávila; The Benedict Option - Q. Fr. Benedict + Br. Ignatius + Fr. Martin + Br. Augustine; The Eucharistic Miracles of the World.

+Pax (Peace),

TLM & Vocations Editor of St. Rita

P.S. If you still can not hear the parish bells, listen to
1. Bells from the Basilica (Instrumental) from MONASTERO DI SAN BENEDETTO IN MONTE; Angelus and Abbey Bells from OUR LADY OF CLEAR CREEK ABBEY; Our Chant - Abbey Bells from Saint Joseph’s Abbey before you pray.

Clergy, Religious and Laity need to pray both as your vocation allows. The Divine Office/Liturgy of the Hours CCC 1174-1178 | The Secret of the Rosary, St. Louis De Montfort + JPII National Shrine (Luminous Mysteries) | Pray For Vocations!


SUNDAY & DAILY MASS SCHEDULE


  • HIGH MASS-MISSA SOLEMNIS | Someday could be today!

  • HIGH MASS-MISSA CANTATA |

    • First & Fourth Sunday 9:30 AM - Latin Mass Schola

    • Every Sunday - 11:00 AM - Parish Choir (Latin Novus Ordo/O.F. - Ad Orientem)

      • Latin + English + Greek

  • LOW MASS-MISSA PRIVATA | Second & Third Sunday 9:30 AM; Tuesday & Thursday 7:30 PM

  • VESPERS (SUNG - English & Latin) | Friday 7:00 PM | 6:30 PM during Lent

    • No Vespers on Good Friday & Holy Saturday, instead join us for Lauds

  • LAUDS (SUNG - English & Latin) | Good Friday & Holy Saturday 8:30 AM

Please check ST. RITA PARISH WEEKLY BULLETIN | MASS & CONFESSION SCHEDULE | vestibules for all Masses, Sacrament of Penance and Exposition & Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament, devotions and liturgical events/programs! 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 (HDO) & DAILY MASS, CONFESSION & ADORATION SCHEDULE:

  • HOLY DAYS OF OBLIGATION IN THE U.S.A (Please check books for all other Countries) | Please check with the Pastor and Sacristan regarding Masses under USCCB ( USCCB LITURGICAL CALENDAR (YR. C N.O. - Dec. 02, 2018 - Nov. 24, 2019)  - N.O.) | FAST & ABSTINENCE: Fast & Abstinence USCCB | Holy Days, fasting fail' by Fr. Kenneth Doyle | Feasts & Fasts Throughout the Year RCDM, 1962 pg. 1-5) | No Votive Masses during Lent and Octaves of Easter and Pentecost -  RCDM, 1962 pg. 1544-1596

    • Ordinary Form of the Roman Rite (OF) (Novus Ordo/NO) Feasts/Solemnities | IPIETA / IBREVIARY / The Holy See / Parish Weekly Bulletin / Lives of the Saints, Fr. Alban Butler (Available in the Parish Library) |

      • Daily Roman Missal - Third Edition - Holy days of Obligation pg. xxxiii | All Sundays; The Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God, Jan. 1; Thursday of the sixth Week of Easter - The Solemnity of the Ascension; The Solemnity of the Assumption of the BVM, Aug. 15; The Solemnity of All Saints, Nov. 1; The Solemnity of The Immaculate Conception, Dec. 8; The Solemnity of the Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, Dec. 25. For Sat., Mon. and Transfer explanations, please check pg. xxxiii

      • Mass of Vatican II

    • Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite (EF) (Traditional Latin Mass/TLM) Feasts/Solemnities | IPIETA / The Holy See / Roman Catholic Daily Missal 1962 (RCDM 1962) - The Proper of the Saints pg. 1041-1518 / Lives of the Saints, Fr. Alban Butler (Available in the Parish Library)

    • 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.

    • Traditional Daily Mass Devotions Mon. - Sat. (Votive Masses (TLM): private devotion/special circumstances), Roman Catholic Daily Missal 1962 (RCDM 1962) pg. 1544-1596 )) on Feria days: outside of Solemnities/Feasts/Memorials/etc. No Votive Masses during Lent and Octaves of Easter and Pentecost | Blessed Be God; Abridged for (N.O.): Handbook of Prayers (Adult & Student versions)

      • Mon.: Mass of the Most Holy Trinity (Sun. Blessed Be God)/ The Souls in Purgatory (Blessed Be God) | Tue.: Mass of the Holy Angels | Wed.: Mass of St. Joseph/Mass of the Holy Apostles Peter and Paul | Thurs.: Mass of the Holy Ghost/Mass of the Holy Sacrament/Mass of Our Lord Jesus Christ, Supreme and Eternal Priest | Fri.: Mass of the Holy Cross/Mass of the Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ | Sat.: Mass of Our Lady

      • Religious Communities will have special day(s) in their daily devotion for their patron(ness) saint each week (ex. Tue. - St. Benedict/St. Scholastica Day for Benedictine families, friends and communities in some places). Please check with your Augustinians, Benedictines, Carmelites, Carthusians, Dominicans, Franciscans, Jesuits, Poor Clares, Trappist(tines)(Cistercians), etc. for their patron(ness) devotional day(s)!

    • HDO DAILY MASS, CONFESSION & ADORATION SCHEDULE (Please check Parish Weekly Bulletin for any changes):

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

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  • 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

  • PHOTOGRAPHY ON PARISH WEBSITE: Please check St. Rita Vocations for regulations.

  • 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.

NOTE | If you are using any resources on this site, please do kindly include in your prayers Our Pope Francis, Bishop Burbidge, all clergy who (con)celebrate at Mass and our consecrated religious and oblates who pray the Divine Office / Liturgy of the Hours; sacristans, parish & school staff, parish altar servers, ushers, and all members of the laity who assist so that you may have a peaceful and fruitful participation. 


THE EASTER CYCLE


Sixth Sunday After Pentecost: Epistle Romans 6:3-11 - Dying and Rising with Christ +Gospel Mark 8:1-9 - Feeding the Four Thousand; Antiphon at the Magnificat Mark 8:2


THE EASTER CYCLE: MYSTERY OF THE REDEMPTION - III. Season After Pentecost    CHANTS | Epistles & Gospels  -  FSSPLOGS  |  Divinum Officium  |  Sancta Missa  |  Parish Book of Chant  |  Saints Shall Arise  (Traditional Benedictine Office) |  Divine Office    MASS PROPERS FOR THE SEASON |   Corpus Christi Watershed  |  Maternal Heart (FSSP AUS)  |  Usus Antiquior    EPISTLES, +GOSPELS & ANTIPHONS |    Sixth Sunday After Pentecos t: Epistle Romans 6:3-11 - Dying and Rising with Christ +Gospel Mark 8:1-9 - Feeding the Four Thousand;  Antiphon at the Magnificat Mark 8:2    Seventh Sunday After Pentecost : Epistle Romans 6:19-23 - Slaves of Righteousness +Gospel Matthew 7:15-21 - A Tree and Its Fruit; Concerning Self-Deception;  Antiphon at the Magnificat Matthew 7:18      PARISH/DIOCESAN/TLM COMMUNITY DEVOTIONS/EVENTS/ETC. |   St. Rita Parish Weekly Bulletin  + St. Rita Parish TLM + St. Rita Parish Vestibules & Bulletin Boards |  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  |  Institute of Catholic Culture  |  The Thomistic Institute  ( Calendar of Events 2019  );  Dominica Journal  (Student work unless otherwise noted) |  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) |  2minutes2virtue (N.O.)  (Arlington Diocese Priests)   SEASON/SUNDAY IMAGE SCRIPTURE FOCUS: (III. Season After Pentecost & DAILY MASS SOLEMNITY)   Broadside on Christian doctrine...  Enjoy reading, meditating, praying and contemplating all season long! Keep  Him  centered… follow  His  lead! Let Mary & the Saints kindly guide you back if you get lost on the road, in the air or out at sea! DAILY MASS SOLEMNITY ALTERNATE: (SEE IMAGE MONTH: JULY - MONTH OF THE PRECIOUS BLOOD + SUPPLEMENTAL READING & IMAGE:  Feast of the Most Precious Blood, July 1, 2017  (Vultus Christi Blog) +  Silverstream Priory  (Benedictine);  NLM ;  Dominica Journal  (Novices/Students unless otherwise noted); etc.  SEASON/SUNDAY ALTERNATES:  NLM ;  Dominica Journal  (Novices/Students unless otherwise noted); etc. | IMAGE MONTH: JULY - MONTH OF THE PRECIOUS BLOOD -  Blood of Christ , Gian Lorenzo Bernini ( Blessed Be God  - Months of the Year pg. 268-291) | PHOTO ABOVE: Tu vocaberis… You will be called…, TLM & Vocations Editor of St. Rita’s Collection. | More? Please sc(roll)/pedal/paddle/slide, etc. your way on down the TLM Mt. as needed... and be careful how quickly you go!   THANK YOU! GRACIAS! DEO GRÁTIAS! HAVE A BLESSED AND PEACEFUL EASTER CYCLE!

THE EASTER CYCLE: MYSTERY OF THE REDEMPTION - III. Season After Pentecost

CHANTS | Epistles & Gospels - FSSPLOGS | Divinum Officium | Sancta Missa | Parish Book of Chant | Saints Shall Arise (Traditional Benedictine Office) | Divine Office

MASS PROPERS FOR THE SEASON | Corpus Christi Watershed | Maternal Heart (FSSP AUS) | Usus Antiquior

EPISTLES, +GOSPELS & ANTIPHONS |

Sixth Sunday After Pentecost: Epistle Romans 6:3-11 - Dying and Rising with Christ +Gospel Mark 8:1-9 - Feeding the Four Thousand; Antiphon at the Magnificat Mark 8:2

Seventh Sunday After Pentecost: Epistle Romans 6:19-23 - Slaves of Righteousness +Gospel Matthew 7:15-21 - A Tree and Its Fruit; Concerning Self-Deception; Antiphon at the Magnificat Matthew 7:18

PARISH/DIOCESAN/TLM COMMUNITY DEVOTIONS/EVENTS/ETC. | St. Rita Parish Weekly Bulletin + St. Rita Parish TLM + St. Rita Parish Vestibules & Bulletin Boards | 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 | Institute of Catholic Culture | The Thomistic Institute (Calendar of Events 2019 ); Dominica Journal (Student work unless otherwise noted) | 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) | 2minutes2virtue (N.O.) (Arlington Diocese Priests)

SEASON/SUNDAY IMAGE SCRIPTURE FOCUS: (III. Season After Pentecost & DAILY MASS SOLEMNITY) Broadside on Christian doctrine... Enjoy reading, meditating, praying and contemplating all season long! Keep Him centered… follow His lead! Let Mary & the Saints kindly guide you back if you get lost on the road, in the air or out at sea! DAILY MASS SOLEMNITY ALTERNATE: (SEE IMAGE MONTH: JULY - MONTH OF THE PRECIOUS BLOOD + SUPPLEMENTAL READING & IMAGE: Feast of the Most Precious Blood, July 1, 2017 (Vultus Christi Blog) + Silverstream Priory (Benedictine); NLM; Dominica Journal (Novices/Students unless otherwise noted); etc.

SEASON/SUNDAY ALTERNATES: NLM; Dominica Journal (Novices/Students unless otherwise noted); etc. | IMAGE MONTH: JULY - MONTH OF THE PRECIOUS BLOOD - Blood of Christ, Gian Lorenzo Bernini (Blessed Be God - Months of the Year pg. 268-291) | PHOTO ABOVE: Tu vocaberis… You will be called…, TLM & Vocations Editor of St. Rita’s Collection. | More? Please sc(roll)/pedal/paddle/slide, etc. your way on down the TLM Mt. as needed... and be careful how quickly you go!

THANK YOU! GRACIAS! DEO GRÁTIAS! HAVE A BLESSED AND PEACEFUL EASTER CYCLE!


THE EASTER CYCLE: MYSTERY OF THE REDEMPTION - III. Season After Pentecost    JULY - MONTH OF THE PRECIOUS BLOOD |  Remember all the Solemnities/Feasts/Memorials/Weddings (Profession + Vows)/Monastic Name Days/Baptisms/Anniversaries/Festivals/Graduations/Birthdays, etc. through the remaining liturgical (cycle) year as you are able! | Novena to Our Lady of Mount Carmel Begins July 07/08 (OF + EF) | For the green thumbs in the family… prep for damage control ahead of time! Check regularly and cut back as needed!  NOTES:  Novena to St. Anne begins July 17, 2019.  St. Vincent De Paul/The Three Blessed Carmelite Martyrs of Guadalajara, SS. Jerome Aemilian + Joseph Calasanctius +John Baptist De La Salle/St. Margaret of Antioch, St. Magdalene, St. Bridget, St. Apollinaris, St. Kinga, Queen of Poland, St. Phocas, St. James, SS. Joachim and Anne, St. Anne, St. Martha/SS.Felix + Simplicius + Faustinus and Beatrice, SS. Abdon + Sennen, St. Ignatius of Loyola, Happy Votive Masses, etc., etc., etc… | Remember to look in your books including the back. Not all the lovely Solemnities/Feasts/Memorials will be noted here, but perhaps in some other places across the world!   PRAYERS FOR:   Happy prayers for everyone… especially all who are quietly discerning their vocation and all who continue to live out their calling! Stay safe! |  PRAY FOR VOCATIONS!  | Please continue practicing quiet redemptions.   CATHOLIC INVITATIONS:   (Priest & Diaconate Ordinations/First-Solemn-Perpetual Profession of Vows) open to the GENERAL PUBLIC, please send to  TLM & Vocations Editor of St. Rita  (stritatlmvocations@gmail.com) so announcements can be posted. Send minimum two (2) months to maximum one (1) year ahead. Not all announcements are guaranteed to be posted. Include the following: WHEN/WHERE/WHO/WEBSITE. | More Details: St. Rita  Vocations    WHOLESOME RETREATS/LEISURE/RECREATION:   Continue to retreat away/at home, be alert and inspired: meditate on God’s work of holy scripture & creation! | Visit mountains, gardens, parks, trails, forests, seashores, etc. when it’s calm (if you have to stay indoors… listen to sounds of God’s creations… open your window, listen and watch if you’re blessed with a scenic view). | Watch stars, shooting stars and the moon phases with/without at telescope… take a picture if you are able. | Visit museums/galleries | Listen to a talk | Watch LIVE: Plays/Musicals/Concerts/Sports/etc. | Attend festivals & receptions. | Upgrade your playground lists. | If you’re allowed to watch a wholesome film, watch a film. | Dine in/out. | Go on a safari/to your local zoo. | Fly like a bird and ride on a hot air balloon/hang glide over the mt./ocean. | Make time for family & friends (paternal & spiritual)(local & abroad) as needed. | Take advantage of those siesta days. | Turn off the engine, put up the sails, anchor down at rest and cast the net wide (don’t pierce like they did)! Let  Him  do the rest! | etc.    IMAGE MONTH: JULY - Month of the Precious Blood -  Blood of Christ , Gian Lorenzo Bernini ( Blessed Be God  - Months of the Year pg. 268-291) | SUPPLEMENTAL READING & IMAGE:  Feast of the Most Precious Blood, July 1, 2017  (Vultus Christi Blog) +  Silverstream Priory  (Benedictine) | ALTERNATES: If you are in Germany visit:  The Basilica of St. Martin and the procession of the Holy Blood in Weingarten +    Museum of Monastic Culture    (With joy & sadness… vestments, birettas, rosaries, sacred art, etc. are incased behind glass instead of being used for Mass/private prayer. Hopefully it is visited, preserved and used for study and evangelization by the local/visiting faithful and not just for profit.    Pray for Vocations   !);   Weingarten Abbey ;  Main altar of the Basilica of the Holy Blood ;  NLM ;  Dominica Journal  (Novices/Students unless otherwise noted); etc. | PHOTO ABOVE: Tu vocaberis… You will be called…, TLM & Vocations Editor of St. Rita’s Collection. | More? Please sc(roll)/pedal/paddle/slide, etc. your way on down the TLM Mt. as needed... and be careful how quickly you go!   THANK YOU! GRACIAS! DEO GRÁTIAS! HAVE A BLESSED AND PEACEFUL EASTER CYCLE!

THE EASTER CYCLE: MYSTERY OF THE REDEMPTION - III. Season After Pentecost

JULY - MONTH OF THE PRECIOUS BLOOD | Remember all the Solemnities/Feasts/Memorials/Weddings (Profession + Vows)/Monastic Name Days/Baptisms/Anniversaries/Festivals/Graduations/Birthdays, etc. through the remaining liturgical (cycle) year as you are able! | Novena to Our Lady of Mount Carmel Begins July 07/08 (OF + EF) | For the green thumbs in the family… prep for damage control ahead of time! Check regularly and cut back as needed!

NOTES:

Novena to St. Anne begins July 17, 2019.

St. Vincent De Paul/The Three Blessed Carmelite Martyrs of Guadalajara, SS. Jerome Aemilian + Joseph Calasanctius +John Baptist De La Salle/St. Margaret of Antioch, St. Magdalene, St. Bridget, St. Apollinaris, St. Kinga, Queen of Poland, St. Phocas, St. James, SS. Joachim and Anne, St. Anne, St. Martha/SS.Felix + Simplicius + Faustinus and Beatrice, SS. Abdon + Sennen, St. Ignatius of Loyola, Happy Votive Masses, etc., etc., etc… | Remember to look in your books including the back. Not all the lovely Solemnities/Feasts/Memorials will be noted here, but perhaps in some other places across the world!

PRAYERS FOR:

Happy prayers for everyone… especially all who are quietly discerning their vocation and all who continue to live out their calling! Stay safe! | PRAY FOR VOCATIONS! | Please continue practicing quiet redemptions.

CATHOLIC INVITATIONS:

(Priest & Diaconate Ordinations/First-Solemn-Perpetual Profession of Vows) open to the GENERAL PUBLIC, please send to TLM & Vocations Editor of St. Rita (stritatlmvocations@gmail.com) so announcements can be posted. Send minimum two (2) months to maximum one (1) year ahead. Not all announcements are guaranteed to be posted. Include the following: WHEN/WHERE/WHO/WEBSITE. | More Details: St. Rita Vocations

WHOLESOME RETREATS/LEISURE/RECREATION:

Continue to retreat away/at home, be alert and inspired: meditate on God’s work of holy scripture & creation! | Visit mountains, gardens, parks, trails, forests, seashores, etc. when it’s calm (if you have to stay indoors… listen to sounds of God’s creations… open your window, listen and watch if you’re blessed with a scenic view). | Watch stars, shooting stars and the moon phases with/without at telescope… take a picture if you are able. | Visit museums/galleries | Listen to a talk | Watch LIVE: Plays/Musicals/Concerts/Sports/etc. | Attend festivals & receptions. | Upgrade your playground lists. | If you’re allowed to watch a wholesome film, watch a film. | Dine in/out. | Go on a safari/to your local zoo. | Fly like a bird and ride on a hot air balloon/hang glide over the mt./ocean. | Make time for family & friends (paternal & spiritual)(local & abroad) as needed. | Take advantage of those siesta days. | Turn off the engine, put up the sails, anchor down at rest and cast the net wide (don’t pierce like they did)! Let Him do the rest! | etc.

IMAGE MONTH: JULY - Month of the Precious Blood - Blood of Christ, Gian Lorenzo Bernini (Blessed Be God - Months of the Year pg. 268-291) | SUPPLEMENTAL READING & IMAGE: Feast of the Most Precious Blood, July 1, 2017 (Vultus Christi Blog) + Silverstream Priory (Benedictine) | ALTERNATES: If you are in Germany visit: The Basilica of St. Martin and the procession of the Holy Blood in Weingarten + Museum of Monastic Culture (With joy & sadness… vestments, birettas, rosaries, sacred art, etc. are incased behind glass instead of being used for Mass/private prayer. Hopefully it is visited, preserved and used for study and evangelization by the local/visiting faithful and not just for profit. Pray for Vocations!); Weingarten Abbey; Main altar of the Basilica of the Holy Blood; NLM; Dominica Journal (Novices/Students unless otherwise noted); etc. | PHOTO ABOVE: Tu vocaberis… You will be called…, TLM & Vocations Editor of St. Rita’s Collection. | More? Please sc(roll)/pedal/paddle/slide, etc. your way on down the TLM Mt. as needed... and be careful how quickly you go!

THANK YOU! GRACIAS! DEO GRÁTIAS! HAVE A BLESSED AND PEACEFUL EASTER CYCLE!


LISTEN | SILENCE



(D)OFFICE | (L)HOURS


The (D) Office/(L) Hours (Latin & English, French, Italian, etc.): The Divine Office/Liturgy of the Hours CCC 1174-1178. Obligations of clergy, religious (brothers & sisters; monks & nuns) and laity as your vocation allows (ex. Catholic Oblates (Note: not all oblates are Catholic)).

Note: If the Latin was not REMOVED ENTIRELY from the Divine Office/(L) Hours books… (Latin to the (left/right) | English, French, Italian, etc. (right/left)) would there still be a division in the Church today? Would more of the faithful pray? | Mass of Vatican II | Summorum Pontificum - Letter of His Holiness Benedict XVI

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If you have organized, consistent and dedicated resident Oblates ((Clergy/Religious/Lay,(non)professed, who pray with Monks/Nuns in monastic communities; the first oblates were children!) within your Dioceses/neighboring who are properly trained to lead a schola in gregorian chant… consider working together with your Pastor, Music Director, Latin Mass/Schola Director(s)/Coordinator(s), School(s) (Private/Public/Homeschool), Vocations Director(s)/Coordinator(s), A Transparent Pastoral+Financial Council/Board of Directors), etc. in building a Liturgy/Divine Office Parish Program that is open to teaching all ages (especially the youth as they will remember and continue God’s work!). This takes time, effort, and God’s and Mary’s grace to build and sustain!

Please remember any guest Clergy/Religious outside of the Diocese must have written invitation (permission) from your Bishop/Pastor to lead a Mass (N.O-O.F./TLM -E.F.)/Divine Office/Sacraments/Retreats/Special Events/Etc. All guest lay, will need an invitation (permission) from your Pastor.

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Join St. Rita Catholic Church, our Pastor, Fr. Gee, and Coordinator of the Latin Mass Schola at St. Rita, Mr. David Sullivan, every Friday at 7:00 PM / 6:30 PM during Lent for Vespers (Sung - English & Latin). Sacrament of Penance (Confession) will also be offered starting at 7:00 PM followed by the 7:30 PM Novus Ordo/Ordinary Form (OF) Mass  - Ad Orientem. Lauds at St. Rita has been offered on Good Friday and Holy Saturday 8:30 AM. Thank you for your support!

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In the Fall 2017-18 school year, St. Rita Homeschool Group (SRHG) began to read Liturgy of the Hours: Daytime Prayers (English) during the Wednesday Holy Hour approximately between 3:15-3:30 PM after the recitation of the Holy Rosary and Divine Mercy Chaplet. St. Rita Parochial Vicar, Fr. Bork, continues to leads the group in prayer. Please bring your family and join us as you are able!

Note: SRHG is generally on break from group meet-ups during the summer approximately between June-Mid-September (A few families do begin homeschooling as early as the first week of August or educate year-round!).  

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Below are just a few religious houses and parishes in the area that are welcoming of your visit in the DC, MD, VA, WV and beyond. Matins/Lauds/Vespers/Compline or Morning Prayer/Evening Prayer (English, French, etc.) are either sung, chanted, or read in community and open to laity. Traditionally the Divine Office was all in Latin + Greek, however, some Religious Houses/Parishes use the terms “Lauds, Vespers, Compline”, etc. even though their Office/Hours are in English, French, etc. Confusion is expected when one begins to learn the Divine Office(Traditional)/Liturgy of the Hours(New).

If open sittings are not noted in a public Horarium (schedule of prayer in religious houses) / bulletin (parishes), be sure to call/email/write ahead to confirm and state your reason for visiting if asked. There are religious houses and parishes that are also welcoming during prime, terce-sext-none / Midday-Daytime prayer, compline, or matins. Please do not be upset if your visit is declined/shortened; if you are asked to keep your voice down or asked to simply listen during prayer. Again, please call/email/write ahead and confirm.  PRAY FOR VOCATIONS!

Consider (Re)Learning the Divine Office / Liturgy of the Hours | Roman Catholic Daily Missal, 1962 (RCDM '62) Vespers & Compline on Sundays pg. 89-113  | CCC 1175 - Vespers on Sundays - Priests & Laity | Saints Shall Arise (Traditional Benedictine Office) | Lectio Divina: Tools of the Workshop | Laus in Ecclesia (Gregorian Chant) | Canons Regular of the New Jerusalem | Ibreviary | Divine Office | Chant like a Dominican - Dominican Liturgy | Square Note (Gregorian Chant) + (NLM) Gregorian Chant and the Spiritual Life of Monks and the LaityThe Little Office of the Blessed Virgin Mary - Baronius Press | Learn Gregorian Chant - Our Lady of Guadalupe Seminary | "Fulfilled is All that David told": Recovering the Christian Psalter |  At Virginia Vespers...How Gregorian Chant Enhances the Mass / Young People Increasingly attracted to Gregorian Chant (CH-UK)| Sacred Music is Catechesis (CH-USA) | etc.



MARY + Martha + Magdalene

(Spiritual Selects)



MARY + Martha + Magdalene

(Challenge of the Hosts: Food & Beverage Selects)


Beverage/Appetizer to serve (in moderation and of age 21+ of course… please be responsible!) at your next Parish/School/Family & Friends Meeting/Holy Happy Hour/Solemnity/Feast Day/Birthday Party/Anniversary/Weddings/Professions-Vows; etc.:

AND THE CHEESE? (CISTERCIANS) | BIRRA NURSIA - (BENEDICTINE) | BOOKS, BEER & FOOD -(BENEDICTINE) | CATHOLIC CUISINE | CHIMAY (TRAPPISTS)| DRINKING WITH THE SAINTSFISH EATERS | GRACE BEFORE MEALS | HOMEBREWED EVANGELISM | KITCHEN ROSARY (BENEDICTINE)| MAD MONKS COFFEE SHOP (CANONS REGULAR OF THE NEW JERUSALEM) | MYSTIC MONK COFFEE & TEA (CARMELITE) | MONDAYS WITH MARY | NEW CLAIRVAUX (TRAPPISTS)| ST. CLARE HEIRLOOM SEEDS | SPENCER BREWERY (TRAPPISTS) | TEA & CAKE | THE VATICAN COOKBOOK | TIN CUPS & TINDER | TWELVE MONTHS OF MONASTERY SOUPS, INTERNATIONAL FAVORITES - BR. VICTOR-ANTOINE d'AVILA-LATOURETTE | COFFEE & COOK BOOKS (BENEDICTINE)| SAINT HILDEGARD’S KITCHEN: FOODS OF HEALTH, FOODS OF JOY (BENEDICTINE) | 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/St. Rita Homeschool Group/Parish or Diocesan (All Spiritual/Corporal Works of Mercy /Happenings), please check St. Rita Parish Weekly Bulletin, vestibules, bulletin boards or listen for announcements after Mass. All are welcome!


TLM HAPPENINGS


Office of Catechetics and Sacred Liturgy - Arlington Diocese  | EF Masses in the Arlington DiocesesDC Latin Mass | Holy Transfiguration Melkite Greek Catholic ChurchVocations  | Canons Regular of the New Jerusalem - WV | FSSP | New Liturgical Movement | Oratorian Vocations / Oratorian Community of St. Philip Neri - DC

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Adoremus | America Magazine (Jesuit) | Breviary | Catholic Faith Journeys (Year Round) | Canons Regular of the New Jerusalem | Catholic Art Guild | Catholic.Bible (N.O.) | Catholic News Agency | Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC) Code of Canon Law - (Canon Law Made Easy) | Community in Mission - Creating A Culture of Encounter (Msgr. Charles Pope Blog)| Corpus Christi Watershed | Dei presidio fultus - Blog (Philippines) | Divinum Officium | Dominican Liturgy (Traditional Dominican Rite) (Dominican) | Dominican Rite - Latin-English Missal - First Edition / Dominican Rite Calendar 2019 (Dominican) | Fish Eaters | For the Sanctification of the Clergy - The Way of the Cross For Priests (Benedictine) |  Fraternity Publications | Fraternitas Sacerdotalis Sancti Petri (FSSP) | iBreviary(N.O.) | Institute of Catholic Culture | Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest (Newsletter) |  ipieta(N.O/TLM) | JPIIShrine - Events  |  Latin-English Booklet Missal: For Praying the Traditional Mass (Misalito Latin-Español Para Rezar La Misa Tradicional)  | Magnificat (N.O.) | Monastero di San Benedetto in Monte (Monks of Norcia): Prior’s Blog (Benedictine) | Musica Sacra | National Catholic Register | New Advent Bible (Knox Translation)New Liturgical Movement  | Notre Dame Priory Newsletter + From the Cloister (Benedictine) | Orthodox Arts Journal | Parish Book of Chant  | Saint Rita's Silver Jubilee Mass - 1944 in pictures/video (Illustrated History of Saint Rita Parish) and 2015 Corpus Christi Procession (Short Video) | Saints Shall Arise (Traditional Benedictine Office) | St. Thomas Aquinas Summa TheologicaSancta Missa | Square Note (Gregorian Chant) | Studio Adeodatus (Canons Regulars of the New Jerusalem) |  The Arlington Catholic Herald | The Chapel VeilThe Holy See | The Latin Mass Magazine | The Paulus Institute for the Propagation of Sacred Liturgy | The Thomistic Institute (Dominican) | Traditional Catholic Books (Free) | Traditional Catholic Books (Catalog) | 2minutes2virtue (N.O.) (Arlington Diocese Priests) | Via Sacra (The Newsletter of the Canons Regular of Saint John Cantius) | Vulgate - Douay-Rheims - Knox Bible | Usus Antiquior | Vultus Christi - Blog (Benedictine) | Word on Fire | etc...


SAINT RITA CLERGY & STAFF


CLERGY & STAFF |

Pastor, Rev. Daniel N. Gee | Parochial Vicar, Rev. Vincent P. Bork | PARISH DIRECTORY | TLM & Vocations Editor of St. Rita: stritatlmvocations@gmail.com is a volunteer! | Please contact the Clergy & Staff directly if interested in Altar Serving, Weddings, Funerals/Memorials, Baptisms, First Communions and Confirmations (Must have Bishop clearance in writing if inviting another Bishop outside of the Dioceses - please confirm with your Pastor) in the Extraordinary Form. 

SACRED MUSIC

Mr. Lawrence Bowie, Director of Music and Organist, 703-836-1640, ext. 29 (Solemn High Mass) | Mr. David Klosterman, Latin Mass Schola Coordinator (High Mass/Missa Cantata/Sung Mass) and St. Rita School: 7th Core Teacher, Middle School Math, K-8 Music, House of Raphael, DKlosterman@saintrita-school.org | Mr. David Sullivan, Divine Office/Liturgy of the Hours Coordinator (Lauds & Vespers) and Founding Latin Mass Schola Coordinator  (High Mass - Sung Mass/Missa Cantata), navillusdf@aol.com

JOIN OUR PARISH VOLUNTEER | Check Vestibules and Parish Weekly Bulletin for all St. Rita Parish Groups (+Parish Groups) | VIRTUS


TLM & VOCATION EDITOR'S NOTE


"Breathe into me Holy Spirit, that all my thoughts may be holy. Move in me, Holy Spirit, that my work, too, may be holy. Attract my heart, Holy Spirit, that I may love only what is holy. Strengthen me, Holy Spirit, that I may defend all that is holy. Protect me, Holy spirit, that I always may be holy. Amen." - St. Augustine's poetic prayer to the Holy Spirit. 

Never lose faith in our Lord, Jesus, Mary, Joseph and all the Saints after them! Christ did not go through all that suffering for nothing! Please make an honest effort to keep your hearts child-like, clean and pure so He (Holy Spirit) and She (Mary) will stay, remain united and guide you (BELIEVE that it is still possible). That may mean parting from family and friends along the way who will not support Him; continue to pray for them that they too will one day follow. Join the rebuilding/repairing of our Church! Don't just sit and watch. You must open your hearts and be willing to hear HIS VOICE  and act on it with absolute JOY & LOVE... as your state of life allows... keep moving forward and up!  If you are listening well... His instructions will be clear. Never let your guard down and get lost in the empty promises of this world... It is not worth it! Be ready to LET GO of it when HE ASKS you directly/through Mary, Joseph and all the Saints!

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As always, if you've been playing caboose for awhile... you'll be pedaling/running/walking/crawling, etc. upfront soon enough whether you like or not! So keep it steady... stay focused on our Lord and drop in/out as needed! Thank you for trying to keep up as best as you can on this mysterious road to Redemption! 


NOTE | If you are using any resources on this site, please do kindly include in your prayers Our Pope Francis, Bishop Burbidge, all clergy who (con)celebrate at Mass and our consecrated religious and oblates who pray the Divine Office / Liturgy of the Hours; sacristans, parish & school staff, parish altar servers, ushers, and all members of the laity who assist so that you may have a peaceful and fruitful participation. THANK YOU! GRACIAS! DEO GRÁTIAS!

THANK YOU! GRACIAS! DEO GRÁTIAS! HAVE A BLESSED AND PEACEFUL EASTER CYCLE!