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

(Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite)


 IMAGE I ABOVE: +St. Rita Catholic Church Sanctuary (The 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

IMAGE I ABOVE: +St. Rita Catholic Church Sanctuary (The 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


Prayers for everyone affected by Hurricane Florence. | Preparing for Hurricane Florence - The City of Alexandria, Virginia | For emergency school closings St. Rita School & Alexandria City Public Schools - St. Rita Catholic School / ACPS Emergency / Mass, Confession, Adoration, etc. - Resumes at the discretion of the Pastor.


TLM SUNDAY & DAILY MASS SCHEDULE | 

  • SOLEMN 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 (Novus Ordo - Ad Orientem)

      • Latin + English + Greek

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

    • First Friday 8:00 AM Low Mass is no longer offered at St. Rita

  • 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 WEEKLY BULLETIN | MASS & CONFESSION SCHEDULE | vestibules for all Masses, Sacrament of Penance and Exposition & Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament, devotions and liturgical events/programs!

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. 

HOLY DAY OF OBLIGATION  MASS & CONFESSION SCHEDULE:

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!



  THE EASTER CYCLE:  Mystery of the Redemption: Season of Lent - III. Season After Pentecost     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!     SEPTEMBER - Month of Our Lady of Sorrows /  Dedicated to the Seven Dolours of Mary |  Remember all the Feasts this month if you are able!   SEVENTEENTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST  - Epistle Ephesians Ephesians 4:1-6 - Unity in the Body of Christ +Gospel Matthew 22:34-46 - The Greatest Commandment  Antiphon at the Magnificat  Matthew 22:42-22   EMBER DAYS  |  Ember Wednesday in September  - Lesson Amos 9:13-15 - The Restoration of David’s Kingdom Epistle II Esdras (Nehemiah) 8:1-10 - Ezra Summons the People to Obey the Law +Gospel Mark 9:16-28 - The Healing of a Boy with a Spirit |  Ember Friday in September  - Epistle II Osee (Hosea) 14:2-10 - A Plea for Repentance; Assurance of Forgiveness +Gospel Luke 7:36-50 - A Sinful Woman Forgiven/St. Matthew   - Epistle Ezekiel 1:10-14 - The Vision of the Chariot +Gospel - Matthew 9:9-13 - The Call of Matthew |  Ember Saturday in September  - First Lesson Leviticus 23:26-32 - Rewards for Obedience Second Lesson Leviticus 23:39-43 - The Festival of Booths Third Lesson Micheas (Micah) 7:14, 16, 18-20 - The Future Role of the Remnant Fourth Lesson Zacharias(h) 8:14-19 - God’s Promises to Zion; Joyful Fasting Fifth Lesson Daniel 3:47-56 - The Song of the Three Jews Epistle Hebrews 9:2-12 - The Earthly and Heavenly Sanctuaries +Gospel Luke 13:6-17 - The Parable of the Barren Fig Tree; Jesus Heals a Crippled Woman  EIGH TEENTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST  - Epistle 1 Corinthians 1:4-8 - Salutation +Gospel Matthew 9:1-8 - Jesus Heals a Paralytic  Antiphon at the Magnificat  Matthew Luke 2:25 |  THE DEDICATION OF ST. MICHAEL THE ARCHANGEL (MICHAELMAS) - Epistle Apocalypse (Revelation) 1:1-5 - Introduction and Salutation +Gospel Matthew 18:1-10 - True Greatness; The Parable of the Lost Sheep   NINETEENTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST  - Epistle Ephesians 4:23-28 - The Old Life and the New; Rules for the New Life +Gospel Matthew 22:1-14 - The Parable of the Wedding Banquet  Antiphon at the Magnificat  Matthew 22:11  OCTOBER - Month of The Queen of the Holy Rosary | Remember all the Feasts this month if you are able!  Remember at this point start counting the Sundays back to Easter/count the remaining Sundays at the Twenty-fourth (24th) Sunday After Pentecost. This year there are twenty-seven (27) Sundays After Pentecost. Further reading RCDM '62 pg. 814 / Note:  Determining Proper of the Seasons section - Fish Eaters ) /  Saints Shall Arise  (Traditional Benedictine Office):  Understanding the Calendar VIB - The Liturgical Seasons  (July-August 2018 sections)   TWENTIETH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST -  Epistle Ephesians 5:15-21 - Renounce Pagan Ways +Gospel John 4:46-53 - Jesus Heals an Official’s Son  Antiphon at the Magnificat  John 4:53 | TWENTY-FIRST SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST - Epistle Ephesians 6:10-17 - The Whole Armor of God +Gospel Matthew 18:23-35 - The Parable of the Unforgiving Servant  Antiphon at the Magnificat  Matthew 18:32 | TWENTY-SECOND SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST - Epistle Philippians 1:6-11 - Paul’s Prayer for the Philippians +Gospel Matthew 22:15-21 - The Question about Paying Taxes  Antiphon at the Magnificat  Matthew 22:21 | TWENTY-THIRD SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST - Epistle Philippians 3:17-21; 4:1-3 - Pressing toward the Goal +Gospel Matthew 9:18-26 - A Girl Restored to Life and a Woman Healed  Antiphon at the Magnificat  Matthew 9:22   NOVEMBER - Month of The (Holy) Souls in Purgatory  | Remember all the Feasts this month if you are able!  During this time if you are able, take some time during your day/week to pray for all the Holy Souls in Purgatory and all the Saints.  The Twenty-fourth to Twenty- seventh (24th-27th) Sunday  Mass readings  will be from the Fourth (4th), Fifth (5th), Sixth (6th) after Epiphany (Resumed Sunday after Epiphany - FSSP/ some Traditional religious/seminary families/communities) and the Last after Pentecost. Further reading RCDM '62 pg. 814 / Note:  Determining Proper of the Seasons section - Fish Eaters ) /  Saints Shall Arise  (Traditional Benedictine Office):  Understanding the Calendar VIB - The Liturgical Seasons  (July-August 2018 sections)   DECEMBER - Month of The Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary/The Infant Savior |  Remember all the Feasts this month if you are able!  The Season of Advent - Christmas(tide) is when both the new & old calendars become one. A New Liturgical Year begins (N.O. - 2019 Year C - Third (3rd) Cycle) and the Christmas Cycle (TLM - First (1st) Cycle - Mystery of the Incarnation).  Happy New Liturgical Year  to both! Don’t waste this short period of time dwelling in the busyness of the world. Silently, focus back to the Holy Family, especially the coming of the baby Jesus - gift of all gifts. Consider going on a one day-week(s) long retreat/choose a good book/holy activity/study for winter exams/some families like to get their shopping done in secret ahead of time - slide further down to  THE CHALLENGE OF THE HOSTS: BE PREPARED! section of this site/ etc. Whatever you/family/community end up doing this Season of Advent - Christmas(tide), pray about it first, keep the peace, keep it simple and stay within the limits of your vocation! If by age 30-35, you still don’t know what your vocation is yet… then spend more time in prayer, help out with CCD, do a little more spiritual/corporal works of mercy… instead of partying, playing poker, etc. so much. There are good books about that from the party-bus Saints - St. Francis De Sales/St. John Bosco/St. Teresa of Avila/St. Faustina/St. Augustine/Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati/JPII/etc. Don’t waste your youth… find your balance!  Don’t forget to order your 2019 Liturgical Calendar that includes BOTH the N.O. and TLM calendars! Recommend Tan Books -  Calendars . Some monasteries/abbeys do make their own as well.   JANUARY - Month of The Holy Name of Jesus |  Remember all the Feasts this month if you are able!  The secular  Happy New Year’s Day  happens to fall on the  Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God (N.O.)/ The Octave Day of the Nativity (TLM)  -  Holy Day of Obligation ).     TLM & VOCATION EDITOR'S PICK:   Every Friday during the month of September at St. Rita | Prayer and reparation for the current turmoil in the Church: Exposition & Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament (Adoration), homily, vespers and confessions | 6:30—7:20 PM  Congratulations to Mother Abbess Cecilia and Our Lady of Ephesus  Abbey (first consecration of a Benedictine Abbess in the Old Rite in American History!).  A recording and printed worship aid of     The September 09, 2018 Consecration of The Abbey Church of Our Lady, Queen of Apostles and The September 10, 2018 Abbatial Blessing of Mother Cecilia Snell, OSB, Profession of vows and Investiture     is available through Conception Abbey .   St. Rita Parish Picnic | Sunday, September 23, 2018 2:00 PM - 5:30 PM | Details in the  Parish Weekly Bulletin  | For all Parish Fall Festivals/Celebrations in our Arlington Diocese go to  Parish Finder .   Opus Sanctorum Angelorum (OA)  Fall Retreat: Saturday, September 29, 2019 - SS. Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael (N.O. / The Dedication of St. Michael the Archangel (Michaelmas)  (TLM)  with OA members and Fr. Bork after the 8:00 AM Mass (N.O. -    Ad Orientem   ) in the Parish Center. Potluck meal to follow - please bring a meal to share! For more details, please contact Fr. Bork! |  OA 2018 Silent Retreats    Notre Dame Priory  (Benedictine - Australia) - USA Fall 2018 Retreats - Spiritual Exercises: Location:  Maria Stein Retreat Center, Ohio  - (Men) Sunday, September 29 - Friday, October 04, 2018 and (Women) Sunday, October 06 - Friday, October 11, 2018 - Exciting! Australia January/August 2019 Retreats are also open!    Planning that retreat/pilgrimage/vacation for Fall-Winter? Highly recommend  Catholic Faith Journeys  (Year Round)! For more pilgrimages/retreats, please scroll down to the  Spiritual Training Days  section of this website | Don't you love new tough topic books?! New Book 2018:   Catholic and Curious: Your Questions Answered ,  by Monsignor Charles Pope | Support  Institute of Catholic Culture  (ICC)! |  Benedictines of Mary, Queen of Apostles  are almost at the homestretch! Don’t forget her Brothers who are also building:  From the Prior's Desk  (Monks of Norcia - Benedictine);  Vultus Christi  (Silverstream Priory - Benedictine);  From the Prior  (Notre Dame Monastery - Benedictine);  Homilies of Father Abbot  (Clear Creek - Benedictine); etc. |  Populus Summorum Pontificum - October 26-28, 2018  - Weekend of Christ the King |  Catholic Art Guild: Formed in Beauty Conference & Gala  Sunday, November 04, 2018 - The annual Mozart Requiem Mass will be on All Souls' Day Friday, November 02, 2018! | Prayers for everyone who are defending/preparing their first Mass as Priests/Deacons; first-renewing vows (priestly/religious marriage to the Church or marriage (lay) ); making life changes; etc. |  Go where ever the Holy Spirit, Mary and all the Saints take you... and keep Christ centered! |   Read  (recommend also -   Lives of the Saints  , Fr. Alban Butler ),  THE LITURGICAL YEAR - FISH EATERS  /  PROPER OF THE SAINTS (SANCTORAL CYCLE)- FISH EATERS  /  PROPER OF SEASONS - (TEMPORAL CYCLE) FISH EATERS  /  CUSTOMS & TRADITIONS - FISH EATERS  (TLM)  CATHOLIC CUISINE  (N.O. & TLM), remember, celebrate & teach ALL Feasts/Memorials/Solemnities if you are able!  PARISH/DIOCESAN/TLM COMMUNITY DEVOTIONS/EVENTS/ETC. |  Parish Weekly Bulletin  |  Arlington Diocese  |  DC Latin Mass  /  Mass in EF Arlington Diocese  |  New Liturgical Movement      SOURCES  |  The Holy Bible, St. Benedict Press  /  The Holy Bible, Ignatius  /   Roman Catholic Daily Missal, 1962     /  Vulgate - Douay-Rheims - Knox Bible  /  CCC  /  IPIETA (N.O./TLM)  | SEPTEMBER - Month of Our Lady of Sorrows/ OCTOBER - Month of The Queen of the Holy Rosary... go to  Feasts/Solemnities ... section further down this mt. webpage for all months throughout the year!   IMAGE MONTH & SUNDAY SCRIPTURE FOCUS  |      The Hermit, or the Distributor of Rosaries ,  Jean-Baptiste Greuze  |  www.wga.hu  (explanation of image) | Can't get enough? Please sc(roll)/pedal/paddle/slide, etc. your way on down the TLM Mt. as needed... and be careful how quickly you go!   If you're all good to go,    then   please continue to pray and work as usual and earn your play/recreation days in between! Pick-up a  Weekly Bulletin ; book; etc. on your way out! Thank you for waiting patiently and continuing to simplify your life one day at a time! Remember to thank your clergy, religious, music directors and coordinators, singers, musicians, sacristans, admin. team, teachers, parents, parish & school volunteers, etc.    THANK YOU! GRACIAS! DEO GRÁTIAS! HAVE A BLESSED AND PEACEFUL EASTER CYCLE!

THE EASTER CYCLE: Mystery of the Redemption: Season of Lent - III. Season After Pentecost

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!

SEPTEMBER - Month of Our Lady of Sorrows / Dedicated to the Seven Dolours of Mary | Remember all the Feasts this month if you are able!

SEVENTEENTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST - Epistle Ephesians Ephesians 4:1-6 - Unity in the Body of Christ +Gospel Matthew 22:34-46 - The Greatest Commandment Antiphon at the Magnificat Matthew 22:42-22

EMBER DAYS | Ember Wednesday in September - Lesson Amos 9:13-15 - The Restoration of David’s Kingdom Epistle II Esdras (Nehemiah) 8:1-10 - Ezra Summons the People to Obey the Law +Gospel Mark 9:16-28 - The Healing of a Boy with a Spirit | Ember Friday in September - Epistle II Osee (Hosea) 14:2-10 - A Plea for Repentance; Assurance of Forgiveness +Gospel Luke 7:36-50 - A Sinful Woman Forgiven/St. Matthew - Epistle Ezekiel 1:10-14 - The Vision of the Chariot +Gospel - Matthew 9:9-13 - The Call of Matthew | Ember Saturday in September - First Lesson Leviticus 23:26-32 - Rewards for Obedience Second Lesson Leviticus 23:39-43 - The Festival of Booths Third Lesson Micheas (Micah) 7:14, 16, 18-20 - The Future Role of the Remnant Fourth Lesson Zacharias(h) 8:14-19 - God’s Promises to Zion; Joyful Fasting Fifth Lesson Daniel 3:47-56 - The Song of the Three Jews Epistle Hebrews 9:2-12 - The Earthly and Heavenly Sanctuaries +Gospel Luke 13:6-17 - The Parable of the Barren Fig Tree; Jesus Heals a Crippled Woman

EIGHTEENTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST - Epistle 1 Corinthians 1:4-8 - Salutation +Gospel Matthew 9:1-8 - Jesus Heals a Paralytic Antiphon at the Magnificat Matthew Luke 2:25 | THE DEDICATION OF ST. MICHAEL THE ARCHANGEL (MICHAELMAS)- Epistle Apocalypse (Revelation) 1:1-5 - Introduction and Salutation +Gospel Matthew 18:1-10 - True Greatness; The Parable of the Lost Sheep

NINETEENTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST - Epistle Ephesians 4:23-28 - The Old Life and the New; Rules for the New Life +Gospel Matthew 22:1-14 - The Parable of the Wedding Banquet Antiphon at the Magnificat Matthew 22:11

OCTOBER - Month of The Queen of the Holy Rosary | Remember all the Feasts this month if you are able!

Remember at this point start counting the Sundays back to Easter/count the remaining Sundays at the Twenty-fourth (24th) Sunday After Pentecost. This year there are twenty-seven (27) Sundays After Pentecost. Further reading RCDM '62 pg. 814 / Note: Determining Proper of the Seasons section - Fish Eaters) / Saints Shall Arise (Traditional Benedictine Office): Understanding the Calendar VIB - The Liturgical Seasons (July-August 2018 sections)

TWENTIETH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST - Epistle Ephesians 5:15-21 - Renounce Pagan Ways +Gospel John 4:46-53 - Jesus Heals an Official’s Son Antiphon at the Magnificat John 4:53 | TWENTY-FIRST SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST - Epistle Ephesians 6:10-17 - The Whole Armor of God +Gospel Matthew 18:23-35 - The Parable of the Unforgiving Servant Antiphon at the Magnificat Matthew 18:32 | TWENTY-SECOND SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST - Epistle Philippians 1:6-11 - Paul’s Prayer for the Philippians +Gospel Matthew 22:15-21 - The Question about Paying Taxes Antiphon at the Magnificat Matthew 22:21 | TWENTY-THIRD SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST - Epistle Philippians 3:17-21; 4:1-3 - Pressing toward the Goal +Gospel Matthew 9:18-26 - A Girl Restored to Life and a Woman Healed Antiphon at the Magnificat Matthew 9:22

NOVEMBER - Month of The (Holy) Souls in Purgatory | Remember all the Feasts this month if you are able!

During this time if you are able, take some time during your day/week to pray for all the Holy Souls in Purgatory and all the Saints.

The Twenty-fourth to Twenty- seventh (24th-27th) Sunday Mass readings will be from the Fourth (4th), Fifth (5th), Sixth (6th) after Epiphany (Resumed Sunday after Epiphany - FSSP/ some Traditional religious/seminary families/communities) and the Last after Pentecost. Further reading RCDM '62 pg. 814 / Note: Determining Proper of the Seasons section - Fish Eaters) / Saints Shall Arise (Traditional Benedictine Office): Understanding the Calendar VIB - The Liturgical Seasons (July-August 2018 sections)

DECEMBER - Month of The Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary/The Infant Savior | Remember all the Feasts this month if you are able!

The Season of Advent - Christmas(tide) is when both the new & old calendars become one. A New Liturgical Year begins (N.O. - 2019 Year C - Third (3rd) Cycle) and the Christmas Cycle (TLM - First (1st) Cycle - Mystery of the Incarnation). Happy New Liturgical Year to both! Don’t waste this short period of time dwelling in the busyness of the world. Silently, focus back to the Holy Family, especially the coming of the baby Jesus - gift of all gifts. Consider going on a one day-week(s) long retreat/choose a good book/holy activity/study for winter exams/some families like to get their shopping done in secret ahead of time - slide further down to THE CHALLENGE OF THE HOSTS: BE PREPARED! section of this site/etc. Whatever you/family/community end up doing this Season of Advent - Christmas(tide), pray about it first, keep the peace, keep it simple and stay within the limits of your vocation! If by age 30-35, you still don’t know what your vocation is yet… then spend more time in prayer, help out with CCD, do a little more spiritual/corporal works of mercy… instead of partying, playing poker, etc. so much. There are good books about that from the party-bus Saints - St. Francis De Sales/St. John Bosco/St. Teresa of Avila/St. Faustina/St. Augustine/Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati/JPII/etc. Don’t waste your youth… find your balance!

Don’t forget to order your 2019 Liturgical Calendar that includes BOTH the N.O. and TLM calendars! Recommend Tan Books - Calendars. Some monasteries/abbeys do make their own as well.

JANUARY - Month of The Holy Name of Jesus | Remember all the Feasts this month if you are able!

The secular Happy New Year’s Day happens to fall on the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God (N.O.)/ The Octave Day of the Nativity (TLM) - Holy Day of Obligation).

TLM & VOCATION EDITOR'S PICK:

Every Friday during the month of September at St. Rita | Prayer and reparation for the current turmoil in the Church: Exposition & Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament (Adoration), homily, vespers and confessions | 6:30—7:20 PM

Congratulations to Mother Abbess Cecilia and Our Lady of Ephesus Abbey (first consecration of a Benedictine Abbess in the Old Rite in American History!). A recording and printed worship aid of The September 09, 2018 Consecration of The Abbey Church of Our Lady, Queen of Apostles and The September 10, 2018 Abbatial Blessing of Mother Cecilia Snell, OSB, Profession of vows and Investiture is available through Conception Abbey.

St. Rita Parish Picnic | Sunday, September 23, 2018 2:00 PM - 5:30 PM | Details in the Parish Weekly Bulletin | For all Parish Fall Festivals/Celebrations in our Arlington Diocese go to Parish Finder.

Opus Sanctorum Angelorum (OA) Fall Retreat: Saturday, September 29, 2019 - SS. Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael (N.O. / The Dedication of St. Michael the Archangel (Michaelmas) (TLM) with OA members and Fr. Bork after the 8:00 AM Mass (N.O. - Ad Orientem) in the Parish Center. Potluck meal to follow - please bring a meal to share! For more details, please contact Fr. Bork! | OA 2018 Silent Retreats

Notre Dame Priory (Benedictine - Australia) - USA Fall 2018 Retreats - Spiritual Exercises: Location: Maria Stein Retreat Center, Ohio - (Men) Sunday, September 29 - Friday, October 04, 2018 and (Women) Sunday, October 06 - Friday, October 11, 2018 - Exciting! Australia January/August 2019 Retreats are also open!

Planning that retreat/pilgrimage/vacation for Fall-Winter? Highly recommend Catholic Faith Journeys (Year Round)! For more pilgrimages/retreats, please scroll down to the Spiritual Training Days section of this website | Don't you love new tough topic books?! New Book 2018: Catholic and Curious: Your Questions Answered, by Monsignor Charles Pope | Support Institute of Catholic Culture (ICC)! | Benedictines of Mary, Queen of Apostles are almost at the homestretch! Don’t forget her Brothers who are also building: From the Prior's Desk (Monks of Norcia - Benedictine); Vultus Christi (Silverstream Priory - Benedictine); From the Prior (Notre Dame Monastery - Benedictine); Homilies of Father Abbot (Clear Creek - Benedictine); etc. | Populus Summorum Pontificum - October 26-28, 2018 - Weekend of Christ the King | Catholic Art Guild: Formed in Beauty Conference & Gala Sunday, November 04, 2018 - The annual Mozart Requiem Mass will be on All Souls' Day Friday, November 02, 2018! | Prayers for everyone who are defending/preparing their first Mass as Priests/Deacons; first-renewing vows (priestly/religious marriage to the Church or marriage (lay) ); making life changes; etc. | Go where ever the Holy Spirit, Mary and all the Saints take you... and keep Christ centered! | Read (recommend also - Lives of the Saints, Fr. Alban Butler ), THE LITURGICAL YEAR - FISH EATERS / PROPER OF THE SAINTS (SANCTORAL CYCLE)- FISH EATERS / PROPER OF SEASONS - (TEMPORAL CYCLE) FISH EATERS / CUSTOMS & TRADITIONS - FISH EATERS (TLM) CATHOLIC CUISINE (N.O. & TLM), remember, celebrate & teach ALL Feasts/Memorials/Solemnities if you are able!

PARISH/DIOCESAN/TLM COMMUNITY DEVOTIONS/EVENTS/ETC. | Parish Weekly Bulletin | Arlington Diocese | DC Latin Mass / Mass in EF Arlington Diocese | New Liturgical Movement

SOURCES | The Holy Bible, St. Benedict Press / The Holy Bible, Ignatius / Roman Catholic Daily Missal, 1962 / Vulgate - Douay-Rheims - Knox Bible / CCC / IPIETA (N.O./TLM) | SEPTEMBER - Month of Our Lady of Sorrows/ OCTOBER - Month of The Queen of the Holy Rosary... go to Feasts/Solemnities... section further down this mt. webpage for all months throughout the year!

IMAGE MONTH & SUNDAY SCRIPTURE FOCUS | The Hermit, or the Distributor of Rosaries, Jean-Baptiste Greuze | www.wga.hu (explanation of image) | Can't get enough? Please sc(roll)/pedal/paddle/slide, etc. your way on down the TLM Mt. as needed... and be careful how quickly you go!

If you're all good to go, then please continue to pray and work as usual and earn your play/recreation days in between! Pick-up a Weekly Bulletin; book; etc. on your way out! Thank you for waiting patiently and continuing to simplify your life one day at a time! Remember to thank your clergy, religious, music directors and coordinators, singers, musicians, sacristans, admin. team, teachers, parents, parish & school volunteers, etc.

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


THE EASTER CYCLE: Mystery of the Redemption - I. Season of Lent II. Eastertide III. Season After Pentecost  | Roman Catholic Daily Missal, 1962 pg. 263-816 | Blessed Be God pg. 617-712 | (Fast & Abstinence - USCCB-USA - Holy Days, fasting fail' by Fr. Kenneth Doyle | Feasts & Fasts Throughout the Year RCDM, 1962 pg. 1-5) | (Family/Friends of FSSP, please check your local FSSP for appropriate Mass scripture/proper readings). No Votive Masses during Lent and Octaves of Easter and 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 


LAUDS + VESPERS + AnTIPHONS


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 Daytime Prayers  (English) during the Wednesday Holy Hour approx. between 3:15-3:30 PM. after the recitation of the Holy Rosary and Divine Mercy Chaplet whenever our Parochial Vicar, Fr. Bork, is available to lead. Please bring your family and join us as you are able! St. Rita School Atrium - Catechesis of the Good Shepherd Program is available on the same day (first come first serve) for homeschool families who are interested in adding it to their homeschool curriculum. There are two (2) sessions: ages 3 to 9, 1:00—2:30 PM and 3:00—4:30 PM. Please contact Miss Megan Rolla at mrolla@saintrita-school.org.

Note: SRHG is generally on break from group meetings during the summer approx. between June-Mid-September (Some families do begin homeschooling as early as the first week of August). SRHG will resume this Fall 2018-19 under new leadership and website! Thank you for waiting. 

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Lauds/Vespers (Morning Prayer/Evening Prayer) - (sung, chanted, or read) open to laity in the DC, MD, VA, WV Communities and beyond. Below are just a few religious houses and parishes in the area that are welcoming of your visit. 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) | Canons Regular of the New Jerusalem | Ibreviary | Divine Office | Dominican Chant Books - Downloadable (Left Column) Officium Divinum - Angelus Press (Lauds, Vespers, Compline, etc.) | Square Note (Gregorian Chant) | The 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


BENEDICTA: MARIAN CHANT FROM NORCIA - 32. Antiphon Salve Regina


FEASTS/SOLEMNITIES/ETC.


FEASTS/SOLEMNITIES, SCRIPTURES, PRAYERS, ETC. |

Summorum Pontificum - Letter of His Holiness Benedict XVI Latin-English Booklet Missal: For Praying the Traditional Mass(Misalito Latin-Español Para Rezar La Misa Tradicional) pg. 2 / IPIETA / IBREVIARY / The Holy See /  Votive Masses / Roman Catholic Daily Missal 1962 (RCDM 1962) - The Proper of the Saints pg. 1041-1518; The Proper of the Saints pg. 1041-1518 / Lives of the Saints, Fr. Alban Butler  (Available in the Parish Library).  

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 (Liturgical Calendar 2018 - N.O.) | (Fast & Abstinence - USCCB-USA - 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

IMAGE ABOVE | Feasts - Blessed Be God  - A Complete Catholic Prayer Book with Epistles and Gospels for every Sunday and Holy day of the Year | Very Rev. Charles J. Callan, OP. S.T.M. & Very Rev. John A. McHugh, O.P, S.T.M

  • Blessed Be God - Stations of the Cross pg. 372-392

  • RCDM '62 - The Way of the Cross pg. 34-51

  • The Way of the Cross - St. Josemaría Escrivá

  • For the Sanctification of the Clergy - They Way of the Cross For Priests | Silverstream Priory's Paschal Candle

  • Months of the Year - Blessed Be God pg. 268-291

    • JANUARY - Month of The Holy Name of Jesus

    • FEBRUARY - Month of The Holy Family

    • MARCH - Month of St. Joseph

    • APRIL - Month of the Holy Eucharist (Blessed Sacrament)/The Holy Ghost

    • MAY - Month of The Blessed Virgin Mary

    • JUNE - Month of The Sacred Heart

    • JULY - Month of The Precious Blood

    • AUGUST - Month of The Most Pure Heart of Mary

    • SEPTEMBER - Month of Our Lady of Sorrows

    • OCTOBER - Month of The Queen of the Holy Rosary

    • NOVEMBER - Month of The (Holy) Souls in Purgatory

    • DECEMBER - Month of The Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary/The Infant Savior

THE CHALLENGE OF THE HOSTS: BE PREPARED! |

AND THE CHEESE? (CISTERCIANS) | BIRRA NURSIA - (BENEDICTINE) | CATHOLIC CUISINE | CHIMAY (TRAPPISTS)| DRINKING WITH THE SAINTSFISH EATERS | GRACE BEFORE MEALS | HOMEBREWED EVANGELISM | MAD MONKS COFFEE SHOP (CANONS REGULAR OF THE NEW JERUSALEM) | MYSTIC MONK COFFEE & TEA (CARMELITE) | MONDAYS WITH MARYTEA & CAKE | THE VATICAN COOKBOOK | TIN CUPS & TINDER | TWELVE MONTHS OF MONASTERY SOUPS, INTERNATIONAL FAVORITES - BR. VICTOR-ANTOINE d'AVILA-LATOURETTE | etc.

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 check Parish Weekly Bulletin, St. Rita School calendar, flyers in the vestibules/bulletin boards or listen for announcements after Mass. All are welcome!


SPIRITUAL TRAINING DAYS


ORDINARY FORM (O.F.)(NOVUS ORDO) / EXTRAORDINARY FORM (E.F.)(TLM) : Conferences + Pilgrimages + Recollections/Talks + Retreats + Workshops | PRAY FOR VOCATIONS!

Catholic Faith Journeys (Year Round) | Opus Sanctorum Angelorum (OA) Fall Retreat: Saturday, September 29, 2019 - SS. Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael (N.O. / The Dedication of St. Michael the Archangel (Michaelmas) (TLM) with OA members and Fr. Bork after the 8:00 AM Mass (N.O. - Ad Orientem) in the Parish Center. Potluck meal to follow - please bring a meal to share! For more details, please contact Fr. Bork! - OA 2018 Silent Retreats | Notre Dame Priory (Benedictine - Australia) - USA Fall 2018 Retreats - Spiritual Exercises: Location: Maria Stein Retreat Center, Ohio - (Men) Sunday, September 29 - Friday, October 04, 2018 and (Women) Sunday, October 06 - Friday, October 11, 2018 - Exciting! Australia January/August 2019 Retreats are also open! | 2018 Men’s Silent Retreat - Arlington Diocese - Friday, October 19, 2018 | Populus Summorum Pontificum - October 26-28, 2018 | St. Thérèse Society (Recollection February 2019 - More details closer to the month) | 2019 Women's Conference (Saturday, March 02, 2019) |  A Day With Mary - "Come to the Throne of Grace" - Franciscans of the Immaculate | Please check with the Arlington Diocese (Vocations), St. Rita Vocations, Parish Weekly Bulletin or in the SUPPLEMENT & TLM HAPPENINGS section further down this site to continue your search - Thank you! Gracias!


SUPPLEMENT 


+GUIDANCE FROM CLERGY/RELIGIOUS/ORATORIAN, READINGS, PRAYERS, etc. | 

THE CLERGY ROUTE/ROOT:

Salute Spring 2018 (Archdiocese For the Military Services, USA) | 10th anniversary of the issue by Pope Benedict XVI of the Motu Proprio Summorum Pontificum (The Paulus Institute) - Solemn Pontifical Mass (EWTN) - (Transcript) • Archbishop Sample’s Sermon from the National Shrine Solemn Pontifical Mass (CCWATERSHED) - ‘Liturgy of Timelessness’ at the National Shrine in Washington (NCR) - Tradition is for the Young (Part 13) - Archbishop Sample’s Sermon in DC (NLM) | Community in Mission - Creating A Culture of Encounter (Msgr. Charles Pope Blog) | From the Prior's Desk (Monks of Norcia - Benedictine); Vultus Christi (Silverstream Priory - Benedictine); From the Prior (Notre Dame Monastery - Benedictine);  Homilies of Father Abbot (Clear Creek - Benedictine); etc. | Sermons (Canons Regular of the New Jerusalem - Rule of St. Augustine) | The Thomistic Institute (Dominican - The Rule of St. Augustine) (Note: Dominican Brothers have "student-in-formation" and priest/preacher writers on board!) | Hillbilly Thomists: St. Thomas Aquinas meets bluegrass (Dominican) | The Hillbilly Thomists (CCWATERSHED) | Ascension Presents | 2Minutes2Virtue (N.O.) | For more thoughts/articles from your local pastors, please check parish bulletins, Celebrations of the Extraordinary Form (1962 Missal), Arlington DioceseMassTimes, DC Latin Mass, etc.

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THE RELIGIOUS/ORATORIAN ROUTE/ROOT: 

Rule of St. Benedict - A Commentary, Delatte, Paul, McCann, Justin (Benedictine) | Saints Shall Arise (Traditional Benedictine Office) | The Fellowship of the Liturgy: Each For All and All For Christ (Benedictine) | The Rule of St. Augustine (EWTN e-Library) | Sermons (Canons Regular of the New Jerusalem - Rule of St. Augustine) | The Thomistic Institute (Dominican - The Rule of St. Augustine)(Note: Dominican Brothers have "student-in-formation" and priest/preacher writers on board!) | Hillbilly Thomists: St. Thomas Aquinas meets bluegrass (Dominican) | The Hillbilly Thomists (CCWATERSHED) | The Southern Star: Newsletter from Dominican Sisters of Wanganui (Dominican) | The Confessions of Saint Augustine  The Rural Life Prayerbook (S.J.) | Two (2) Types of Marian Consecration (Franciscan) |  Ascension Presents | 2Minutes2Virtue (N.O.) 

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THE FAMILY/SINGLE LIFE/MISC. ROUTE/ROOT: 

The Birdwatcher's Guide to Marriage (Catholic Gentleman); Mastering Manhood Through Mary (Catholic Gentleman) |  Restoring Courtship in a Hook-up Culture: 'The Dating Project' | Helena DailyFor Her (Aleteia Section) | Art & Travel (Aleteia) | Ascension Presents | 2Minutes2Virtue (N.O.) 

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Don't forget to check the TLM HAPPENINGS section further down this TLM Mt. webpage or back around to the other side of the Mt. to  MASS & CONFESSION | +PARISH GROUPS | VOCATIONS | PARISH WEEKLY BULLETIN!  

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+SACRED/LITURGICAL ART FOR PRIVATE OR PUBLIC PRAYER/STUDY

FEATURED IMAGE(S) (ART) ABOVE: IMAGE I St. Rita Catholic Church Sanctuary on Easter(tide). Photo 3/5 Year 2017 Series - TLM & Vocation Editor's Collection (viewable only via St. Rita web :)) | MONTH IMAGE: The Virgin of Sorrows, Shelte Adams Bolswert | SUNDAY IMAGE: The Hermit, or the Distributor of Rosaries, Jean-Baptiste Greuze - www.wga.hu (explanation of image) | ALTERNATE IMAGES/WORKS: The Exaltation of the Holy Cross - Abbot Gueranger; The Exaltation of the Holy Cross, Antioniazzo Romano, Basilica di Santa Croce in Gerusalemme - The Basilica of the Holy Cross | MONTH OF SEPTEMBER | The Virgin of Sorrows, Shelte Adams Bolswert 

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Pontifex University - Masters of Sacred Art & Doctorate of Theology | The Power of Silence: Silence Versus The  World's Noise  John Paul II Foundation for Sacred Arts - The Way of Beauty | Letter of His Holiness Pope John Paul II to Artists, April 4, 1999 | Treasure and Tradition: The Ultimate Guide to the Latin Mass |  Pope: Mass is for the Eucharist... A Note About Photography in the Church | So, Catholic coloring books... | "Fulfilled is All that David told": Recovering the Christian Psalter | How Gregorian Chant Enhances the Mass / Young People Increasingly attracted to Gregorian Chant 

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+BOOKS, MISC.

Angelus Press / Biretta Books / Caritas PressIgnatius Press / Loreto PublicationsTan BooksMagnificat / Formed / Abbey/Convent/Monastery/Oblate/Seminary Reading Lists/Blogs, etc.

  • Perhaps consider donating your used books to a library of your choice: Parish/Community/School/Abbey/Convent/Monastery/Seminary, etc.

  • Check St. Rita Parish Library, School Library, Community Library, Private/Home Library, vestibules, etc.

Misc.: Ascension Presents | Catholic.Bible (N.O.) | Catholic Cuisine | Catholic Rural Life - Calendar of Blessings | Catholic Sports Club | Decent Films | Formed  | Grace Before Meals | JPIIShrine-Events | Our One-Act Plays - Upper Room | 2Minutes2Virtue (N.O.) | Word on Fire | VULGATE - DOUAY-RHEIMS - KNOX BIBLE | Vatican Film List | etc.


TLM HAPPENINGS


Office of Catechetics and Sacred Liturgy - Arlington Diocese  | EF Masses in the Arlington DiocesesDC Latin Mass | Vocations  | Canons Regular of the New Jerusalem - WV | FSSP | 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 2018 (Dominican) | Fish Eaters |  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.) | Monks of Norcia - Blog (Benedictine) | Musica Sacra | National Catholic Register | New Advent Bible (Knox Translation)New Liturgical Movement  | Notre Dame Priory Newsletter (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) | Sancta 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.) | 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 | 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 Sullivan, Coordinator of St. Rita Latin Mass Schola  (High Mass - Sung Mass/Missa Cantata) and Lauds/Vespers, navillusdf@aol.com | Elizabeth Vail, Sacristan, stritasacristy@gmail.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!