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 | The Letter of St. Paul to the Ephesians (3/5 Easter Cycle), TLM & Vocation Editor’s Collection.  Dear Family and Friends of St. Rita,  HE is almost here! If you want HIM to stay, you know what to do…  Pax vobis (Peace be to you),  TLM & Vocations Editor of St. Rita  P.S. There is one (1) more week left before “the Paschal Candle, figure of the risen Christ, is extinguished; it is removed after all the Masses.” (RCDM ’62)

IMAGE | The Letter of St. Paul to the Ephesians (3/5 Easter Cycle), TLM & Vocation Editor’s Collection.

Dear Family and Friends of St. Rita,

HE is almost here! If you want HIM to stay, you know what to do…

Pax vobis (Peace be to you),

TLM & Vocations Editor of St. Rita

P.S. There is one (1) more week left before “the Paschal Candle, figure of the risen Christ, is extinguished; it is removed after all the Masses.” (RCDM ’62)


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.

  • VIRTUS | The Office of Child Protection and Victim Assistance

  • 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


THE EASTER CYCLE: MYSTERY OF THE REDEMPTION - II. Eastertide | III. 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 |  Happy Memorial Day Weekend!  FIFTH SUNDAY AFTER EASTER | Epistle: James 1:22-27 - Hearing and Doing the Word +Gospel: John 16:23-30 - Sorrow Will Turn into Joy; Peace for the Disciples | ANTIPHON AT THE MAGNIFICAT: John: 16, 24, 27 | St Philip Neri (May 26 - Solemnity for their families and communities) | *ROGATION DAYS (Mon.-Tue.) (Prayers for all seven (7) continents… everyone.) - Epistle: James 5:16-20 - The Prayer of Faith +Gospel Luke 11:5-13 - Perseverance in Prayer | May 27 - St. Bede the Venerable | May 28 - St. Augustine of Cantebury | May 29 - St. Mary Magdalen of Pazzi  *Note: Rogation Days can be transferred by the Bishop of the diocese to three (3) other continuous days which are more convenient according to the local custom or need. (RCDM ‘62)  VIGIL OF THE ASCENSION OF OUR LORD (Wednesday of the Rogation Days) HOLY DAY OF OBLIGATION - Epistle: Ephesians 4:7-13 (Unity in the Body of Christ +Gospel: John 17:1-11 - Jesus Prays for His Disciples | THE ASCENSION OF OUR LORD - Epistle: Acts 1:1-11 - The Promise of the Holy Spirit; Ascension of Jesus +Gospel: Mark 16:14-20 - Jesus Commissions the Disciples; The Ascension of Jesus | ANTIPHON AT THE MAGNIFICAT: Psalm 23:10; Ephesians 4:10; John 14:8; Luke 24: 49 | NOTE: After the Gospel of the High Mass, the Paschal Candle, figure of the risen Christ, is extinguished; it is removed after Mass. - RCDM ’62  *If transferred to Vigil Sat.-Sunday, the Solemnity on Wed.-Thur. is observed as an Easter Day/Optional Memorial. Please check the Weekly Bulletin for all Sunday & Weekday Masses, Sacrament of Penance, Eucharistic Adoration times, etc. ALL ARE WELCOME AT ALL MASSES! DEO GRÁTIAS!    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  (Novices/Students unless otherwise noted) |  CUSTOMS & TRADITIONS - FISH EATERS  /  CATHOLIC CUISINE   SCRIPTURE READINGS |  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)  IMAGE MONTH & SUNDAY SCRIPTURE FOCUS | SUNDAY SCRIPTURE FOCUS: (3RD SUNDAY AFTER EASTER TO PENTECOST) -  Altarpiece from Thuison-les-Abbeville: The Ascension  | ALTERNATES:  Laudario of the Compagnia di Sant'Agnese  /  Antiphonary (Cod. Cor 3, folio 59)  - Lorenzo Monaco;  The Ascension of Christ , KULMBACH, Hans Süss von;  NLM ;  Dominica Journal  (Novices/Students unless otherwise noted); etc. | PHOTO ABOVE: Easter Cycle at St. Rita, TLM & Vocations Editor of St. Rita’s Collection. | IMAGE MONTH:  The Virgin of the Rosary, The Ascension, Children Playing Before a Church, and Pentecost , Book of Hours, Use of Rome (Arranged by TLM & Vocations Editor of St. Rita for prayer (v.m.c), study and wholesome leisure); ( Blessed Be God  - Months of the Year pg. 268-291) | St. Rita of Cascia 2019 Photograph:  MONASTERO SANTA RITA DA CASCIA - Photo Gallery  | Please sc(roll)/pedal/paddle/slide, etc. 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 - II. Eastertide | III. 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 |

Happy Memorial Day Weekend!

FIFTH SUNDAY AFTER EASTER | Epistle: James 1:22-27 - Hearing and Doing the Word +Gospel: John 16:23-30 - Sorrow Will Turn into Joy; Peace for the Disciples | ANTIPHON AT THE MAGNIFICAT: John: 16, 24, 27 | St Philip Neri (May 26 - Solemnity for their families and communities) | *ROGATION DAYS (Mon.-Tue.) (Prayers for all seven (7) continents… everyone.) - Epistle: James 5:16-20 - The Prayer of Faith +Gospel Luke 11:5-13 - Perseverance in Prayer | May 27 - St. Bede the Venerable | May 28 - St. Augustine of Cantebury | May 29 - St. Mary Magdalen of Pazzi

*Note: Rogation Days can be transferred by the Bishop of the diocese to three (3) other continuous days which are more convenient according to the local custom or need. (RCDM ‘62)

VIGIL OF THE ASCENSION OF OUR LORD (Wednesday of the Rogation Days) HOLY DAY OF OBLIGATION - Epistle: Ephesians 4:7-13 (Unity in the Body of Christ +Gospel: John 17:1-11 - Jesus Prays for His Disciples | THE ASCENSION OF OUR LORD - Epistle: Acts 1:1-11 - The Promise of the Holy Spirit; Ascension of Jesus +Gospel: Mark 16:14-20 - Jesus Commissions the Disciples; The Ascension of Jesus | ANTIPHON AT THE MAGNIFICAT: Psalm 23:10; Ephesians 4:10; John 14:8; Luke 24: 49 | NOTE: After the Gospel of the High Mass, the Paschal Candle, figure of the risen Christ, is extinguished; it is removed after Mass. - RCDM ’62

*If transferred to Vigil Sat.-Sunday, the Solemnity on Wed.-Thur. is observed as an Easter Day/Optional Memorial. Please check the Weekly Bulletin for all Sunday & Weekday Masses, Sacrament of Penance, Eucharistic Adoration times, etc. ALL ARE WELCOME AT ALL MASSES! DEO GRÁTIAS!

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 (Novices/Students unless otherwise noted) | CUSTOMS & TRADITIONS - FISH EATERS / CATHOLIC CUISINE

SCRIPTURE READINGS | 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)

IMAGE MONTH & SUNDAY SCRIPTURE FOCUS | SUNDAY SCRIPTURE FOCUS: (3RD SUNDAY AFTER EASTER TO PENTECOST) - Altarpiece from Thuison-les-Abbeville: The Ascension | ALTERNATES: Laudario of the Compagnia di Sant'Agnese / Antiphonary (Cod. Cor 3, folio 59) - Lorenzo Monaco; The Ascension of Christ, KULMBACH, Hans Süss von; NLM; Dominica Journal (Novices/Students unless otherwise noted); etc. | PHOTO ABOVE: Easter Cycle at St. Rita, TLM & Vocations Editor of St. Rita’s Collection. | IMAGE MONTH: The Virgin of the Rosary, The Ascension, Children Playing Before a Church, and Pentecost, Book of Hours, Use of Rome (Arranged by TLM & Vocations Editor of St. Rita for prayer (v.m.c), study and wholesome leisure); (Blessed Be God - Months of the Year pg. 268-291) | St. Rita of Cascia 2019 Photograph: MONASTERO SANTA RITA DA CASCIA - Photo Gallery | Please sc(roll)/pedal/paddle/slide, etc. 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!


MAY - MONTH OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY | Remember all the Solemnities/Feasts/Name Days this month if you are able. | For the green thumbs in the family… don’t forget the rose(s)/flowers of preference, along with the novena, the Mass, the relic, the Italian and all other international meals & beverages of preference! Remember your paternal & spiritual family!  PRAYERS FOR | Happy prayers for everyone… especially for all our paternal & spiritual women, ladies, teens, girls, and babies! When you defend her and protect her… you defend HIM and protect HIM!  Please continue practicing quiet redemptions.  ALTERNATE & MONTHLY IMAGE |  The Virgin of the Rosary, The Ascension, Children Playing Before a Church, and Pentecost , Book of Hours, Use of Rome (Arranged by TLM & Vocations Editor of St. Rita for prayer (v.m.c), study and wholesome leisure)

MAY - MONTH OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY | Remember all the Solemnities/Feasts/Name Days this month if you are able. | For the green thumbs in the family… don’t forget the rose(s)/flowers of preference, along with the novena, the Mass, the relic, the Italian and all other international meals & beverages of preference! Remember your paternal & spiritual family!

PRAYERS FOR | Happy prayers for everyone… especially for all our paternal & spiritual women, ladies, teens, girls, and babies! When you defend her and protect her… you defend HIM and protect HIM!

Please continue practicing quiet redemptions.

ALTERNATE & MONTHLY IMAGE | The Virgin of the Rosary, The Ascension, Children Playing Before a Church, and Pentecost, Book of Hours, Use of Rome (Arranged by TLM & Vocations Editor of St. Rita for prayer (v.m.c), study and wholesome leisure)


JUNE - MONTH OF THE SACRED HEART OF JESUS | Remember all the Solemnities/Feasts/Name Days this month if you are able. | For the green thumbs in the family… guard those gardens/plants… in & outdoors. Check regularly and cut back as needed!  SAVE THE DATES(N.O.-O.F. & TLM+E.F.): VIGIL OF PENTECOST/WHITSUNDAY - June 8; PENTECOST SUNDAY/WHITSUNDAY - June 9 (Novena begins May 31, The Queenship (Visitation) of the Blessed Virgin Mary). | Happy Father’s Day (Paternal & Spiritual Fathers) ( Pray For Vocations! ), Sunday, June 16, 2019 | TRINITY SUNDAY - June 16 | FEAST OF CORPUS CHRISTI (TLM) (Thursday after Trinity Sunday) - June 20. Procession will take place the following Sunday after the 10:30 AM Mass (N.O): THE MOST HOLY BODY AND BLOOD OF CHRIST (Corpus Christi) | THE NATIVITY OF ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST - June 21 | THE MOST SACRED HEART OF JESUS - June 28 | SS. PETER & PAUL - June 29    PRAYERS FOR:  Happy prayers for everyone… especially all paternal & spiritual fathers (men, gentleman, teens, boys, and babies); all who are quietly discerning their vocation and all who continue to live out their calling under the guidance of Him (Father+Son+ Holy Spirit), her (Mama Mary) and the saint(s) who rotate and choose you year after year to continue His work! Yes… all hands on deck when your captain/superior/teachers/parents, etc. whistles/rings the bell! Remember to be on time and never let your guard down once whether your battles are in the air, on land, out at sea or in your hearts… always keep watch!  Remember to enroll your family and friends in a Sacred Heart Novena of Masses at St. Rita and another parish, abbey, monastery, oratory, chapel, etc. of your choice! |  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 LEISURE/RECREATION:  Continue to 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). | Visit museums/galleries | Watch LIVE: Plays/Musicals/Concerts/Sports/etc. | Attend festivals & receptions | For those who love reading… continue reading. | Make time for family & friends (paternal & spiritual)(local & abroad) as needed. | etc.    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)  IMAGE MONTH: JUNE - MONTH OF THE SACRED HEART -  The Sacred Heart in Art Religion, and Politics of New Spain - “The Eucharistic Heart - Holy Organ or Unholy Idol?”  ( Blessed Be God  - Months of the Year pg. 268-291) | SCRIPTURE FOCUS | SUNDAY SCRIPTURE FOCUS: (3RD SUNDAY AFTER EASTER TO PENTECOST) -  Altarpiece from Thuison-les-Abbeville: The Ascension  | ALTERNATES:  Laudario of the Compagnia di Sant'Agnese  /  Antiphonary (Cod. Cor 3, folio 59)  - Lorenzo Monaco;  The Ascension of Christ , KULMBACH, Hans Süss von;  NLM ;  Dominica Journal  (Novices/Students unless otherwise noted); etc. | Please sc(roll)/pedal/paddle/slide, etc. your way on down the TLM Mt. as needed... and be careful how quickly you go!

JUNE - MONTH OF THE SACRED HEART OF JESUS | Remember all the Solemnities/Feasts/Name Days this month if you are able. | For the green thumbs in the family… guard those gardens/plants… in & outdoors. Check regularly and cut back as needed!

SAVE THE DATES(N.O.-O.F. & TLM+E.F.): VIGIL OF PENTECOST/WHITSUNDAY - June 8; PENTECOST SUNDAY/WHITSUNDAY - June 9 (Novena begins May 31, The Queenship (Visitation) of the Blessed Virgin Mary). | Happy Father’s Day (Paternal & Spiritual Fathers) (Pray For Vocations!), Sunday, June 16, 2019 | TRINITY SUNDAY - June 16 | FEAST OF CORPUS CHRISTI (TLM) (Thursday after Trinity Sunday) - June 20. Procession will take place the following Sunday after the 10:30 AM Mass (N.O): THE MOST HOLY BODY AND BLOOD OF CHRIST (Corpus Christi) | THE NATIVITY OF ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST - June 21 | THE MOST SACRED HEART OF JESUS - June 28 | SS. PETER & PAUL - June 29

PRAYERS FOR:

Happy prayers for everyone… especially all paternal & spiritual fathers (men, gentleman, teens, boys, and babies); all who are quietly discerning their vocation and all who continue to live out their calling under the guidance of Him (Father+Son+ Holy Spirit), her (Mama Mary) and the saint(s) who rotate and choose you year after year to continue His work! Yes… all hands on deck when your captain/superior/teachers/parents, etc. whistles/rings the bell! Remember to be on time and never let your guard down once whether your battles are in the air, on land, out at sea or in your hearts… always keep watch!

Remember to enroll your family and friends in a Sacred Heart Novena of Masses at St. Rita and another parish, abbey, monastery, oratory, chapel, etc. of your choice! | 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 LEISURE/RECREATION:

Continue to 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). | Visit museums/galleries | Watch LIVE: Plays/Musicals/Concerts/Sports/etc. | Attend festivals & receptions | For those who love reading… continue reading. | Make time for family & friends (paternal & spiritual)(local & abroad) as needed. | etc.

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)

IMAGE MONTH: JUNE - MONTH OF THE SACRED HEART - The Sacred Heart in Art Religion, and Politics of New Spain - “The Eucharistic Heart - Holy Organ or Unholy Idol?” (Blessed Be God - Months of the Year pg. 268-291) | SCRIPTURE FOCUS | SUNDAY SCRIPTURE FOCUS: (3RD SUNDAY AFTER EASTER TO PENTECOST) - Altarpiece from Thuison-les-Abbeville: The Ascension | ALTERNATES: Laudario of the Compagnia di Sant'Agnese / Antiphonary (Cod. Cor 3, folio 59) - Lorenzo Monaco; The Ascension of Christ, KULMBACH, Hans Süss von; NLM; Dominica Journal (Novices/Students unless otherwise noted); etc. | Please sc(roll)/pedal/paddle/slide, etc. your way on down the TLM Mt. as needed... and be careful how quickly you go!


LISTEN | SILENCE



(D)OFFICE |(L)HOURS


The (D) Office/Hours (Latin & English, French, Italian, etc.): The Liturgy of the Hours CCC 1174-1178. Obligations of clergy and religious (brothers & sisters; monks & nuns) and encouragement to the laity.

Note: If the Latin was not REMOVED ENTIRELY from the (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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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, Peter Kwasniewski | 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 | etc.


SPIRITUAL TRAINING DAYS


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

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.

A Napa Institute Experience (Year Round) | Catholic Faith Journeys (Year Round) | JMJ Tours (Year Round) | Monastic Experience Weekend at Santa Rita Abbey (Trappistine - Cistercian - USA) May 24-27, 2019 & August 30-September 02, 2019. Women ages 21-40. | Monastic Experience Weekend at St Mary’s in Petersham, Mass., May 31 - June 2 (Benedictine - USA) (NLM) | “Of What Use Is a Changing Catechism?”: Dr Kwasniewski in Chicago, June 14. Details: RORATE CÆLI + To register, call Maureen at 708-352-5834 or use this link. | CMAA Chant Intensive with Jeffrey Morse, June 24-28 (NLM). Late Fee applies after May 15: Registration | Retreats: St. Joseph’s Abbey (Trappists - USA) | Institute of Christ the King Italy Sovereign Priest ORDINATIONS WEEK 2019 Florence, Italy - June 30 - July 08, 2019; Province Pilgrimage Announcement - Application Here | The Liturgical Institute - TRANSFIGURED: Young Adult Liturgy Conference, Mundelein, IL July 12-14. Coverage: Adoremus Bulletin, May 2019 | Notre Dame Priory (Benedictine - Australia) - Men & Women Spiritual Exercise Retreats 2019 Exciting! Australia - June/August 2019 Retreats are now open! USA 2019 retreats: Ohio, Spiritual Center of Maria Stein - Men’s Five (5) Day Retreat: Sunday, September 29 to Friday, October 04, 2019/Women’s Five (5) Day Retreat: Sunday, October 06 to Friday, October 11, 2019! | REMEMBER: The USA deadline is less than two (2) months away! AMCSS Summer Program 2019: USA (Deadline July 15, 2019) - All scholars 18+! | Missed the Italy deadline? Ask for an extension - Italy (Deadline May 1, 2019). Check out Monastero di San Benedetto in Monte, Norcia’s new space… beautiful work! Wonder if they used a drone copter?! | Retreats at Tagatay Community and St. Scholastica’s Center of Spirituality | Opus Sanctorum Angelorum: OA 2019 Silent RetreatsA Day With Mary - "Come to the Throne of Grace" - Franciscans of the Immaculate | Populus Summorum Pontificum - October 25-27, 2019 | Please check with the Arlington Diocese (Vocations), St. Rita Vocations, Parish Weekly Bulletin or TLM HAPPENINGS section further down this site to continue your search - Thank you! Gracias!


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 (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) | TBA - Latin Mass Schola Coordinator (High Mass - Sung Mass/Missa Cantata) | 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!