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)


TLM SUNDAY & DAILY MASS SCHEDULE | 

(PRAY FOR VOCATIONS! | Please continue prayers for those who renew their consecrations daily/monthly/yearly or for the first time during Marian days throughout the Liturgical Year! | Sat., Feb. 03, 2018 St. Therese Vocation Society Morning of Recollection - Please RSVP by Monday, January 29, 2018!)

  • SOLEMN HIGH MASS-MISSA SOLEMNIS | Not yet, but maybe one day! 
  • HIGH MASS-MISSA CANTATA First & Fourth Sunday 9:30 AM - Latin Mass Schola
  • 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
  • SUNG VESPERS (English & Latin) | Friday 7:00 PM / 6:30 PM During Lent
  • 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 schedule may change at the Pastor's discretion. Announcements may or may not be announced before/after a Mass of any changes. Prior to attending, 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. 

 


THE CHRISTMAS CYCLE: Mystery of the Incarnation: III. +Season After Epiphany SCRIPTURE READINGS, ETC. | THIRD SUNDAY AFTER THE EPIPHANY: His Royal Divinity & Two Miracles | Epistle: Romans 12:16-21 - Marks of the True Christian +Gospel Matthew 8:1-13 - Jesus Cleanses a Leper/Jesus Heals a Centurion's Servant  (+)NOTE: This period, which begins the day after the Octave of Epiphany, is an extension of Christmastide... RCDM, 1962 pg. 247. For fourth (4th) - sixth (6th) Sunday After Epiphany readings please check... RCDM, 1962  pg. 255-61 / Blessed Be God pg. 613-616 / Sources below.   THE EASTER CYCLE: Mystery of the Redemption: ++Season of Septuagesima (Intro to I. Season of Lent) SEPTUAGESIMA SUNDAY: Fight For Eternal Life | Epistles I Corinthians 9:24-10; 10:1-5 The Rights of an Apostle/Warnings from Israel’s History  | Gospel Matthew 20:1-16 The Laborers in the Vineyard  | SEXAGESIMA SUNDAY: Fortitude & Patience | Epistles II Corinthians 11:19-33; 12:1-9 Paul’s Sufferings as an Apostle & Paul’s Visions and Revelations | Gospel Luke 8:4-15 The Parable of the Sower & The Purpose of the Parables | QUINQUAGESIMA SUNDAY: Faith, Hope & Charity | Epistles 1 Corinthians 13:1-13 The Gift of Love pg. 198 | Gospel Luke 18:31-43 A Third Time Jesus Foretells His Death and Resurrection & Jesus Heals a Blind Beggar Near Jericho  (++)NOTE: Introduced by three (3) Sundays (Septuagesima, Sexagesima, and Quiquagesima) (some places fourtieth (40th) - Quadragesima), the season of Lent begins on Ash Wednesday... RCDM, 1962 pg. 263-78. /  Blessed Be God pg. 617-624 / Vestments and sacred linens turn from green to violet/purple unless there's a feast day of white/red (ex. V/MM). No Votive Masses during Lent and Octaves of Easter and Pentecost.    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) | January - Month of (The Holy Name) of Jesus / February - Month of the Passion of Our Lord/The Holy Family | Note: (*) View Below: Supplemental Readings... and Alternate Sacred/Liturgical...  IMAGE ABOVE & SCRIPTURE FOCUS | *Adoration of the Magi, Domenico Ghirlandaio, Search under: www.wga.hu | Note: (*) View Below: Supplemental Readings... and Alternate Sacred/Liturgical...  NOTE | Don't cry on Septuagesima Sunday! The truth is... the Gloria in excelsis  and the Alleluia will return on Maundy Thursday and on feast days... just remember when it rolls around - RCDM, 1962 pg. 265. There's still so much to look forward to besides the Pyeong Chang 2018 Winter Olympics... like the Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of the Unborn Children - Monday, January 22, 2018; Feast of the Purification (Candlemas) (bring candles to be blessed), St. Blaise (Throat Blessing) - The Real Story... (both can be done anytime after; just ask the priest(s)) and Shrovetide, etc. . For the farmers/gardeners remember your seeds if you're growing inside and forgot them in October. Remember to also gather all your palms from the previous Palm Sunday and put them in the basket/container that the sacristan/parish staff/volunteer has prepared for the Blessing and Disposition of the Ashes on Ash Wednesday.  THANK YOU! GRACIAS! DEO GRÁTIAS! HAVE A BLESSED, JOYFUL AND PEACEFUL LITURGICAL YEAR AND A MERRY RESTFUL CHRISTMAS CYCLE!

THE CHRISTMAS CYCLE: Mystery of the Incarnation: III. +Season After Epiphany

SCRIPTURE READINGS, ETC. THIRD SUNDAY AFTER THE EPIPHANY: His Royal Divinity & Two Miracles | Epistle: Romans 12:16-21 - Marks of the True Christian +Gospel Matthew 8:1-13 - Jesus Cleanses a Leper/Jesus Heals a Centurion's Servant 

(+)NOTE: This period, which begins the day after the Octave of Epiphany, is an extension of Christmastide... RCDM, 1962 pg. 247. For fourth (4th) - sixth (6th) Sunday After Epiphany readings please check... RCDM, 1962  pg. 255-61 / Blessed Be God pg. 613-616 / Sources below.

 

THE EASTER CYCLE: Mystery of the Redemption: ++Season of Septuagesima (Intro to I. Season of Lent)

SEPTUAGESIMA SUNDAY: Fight For Eternal Life | Epistles I Corinthians 9:24-10; 10:1-5 The Rights of an Apostle/Warnings from Israel’s History  | Gospel Matthew 20:1-16 The Laborers in the Vineyard  | SEXAGESIMA SUNDAY: Fortitude & Patience | Epistles II Corinthians 11:19-33; 12:1-9 Paul’s Sufferings as an Apostle & Paul’s Visions and Revelations | Gospel Luke 8:4-15 The Parable of the Sower & The Purpose of the Parables | QUINQUAGESIMA SUNDAY: Faith, Hope & Charity | Epistles 1 Corinthians 13:1-13 The Gift of Love pg. 198 | Gospel Luke 18:31-43 A Third Time Jesus Foretells His Death and Resurrection & Jesus Heals a Blind Beggar Near Jericho 

(++)NOTE: Introduced by three (3) Sundays (Septuagesima, Sexagesima, and Quiquagesima) (some places fourtieth (40th) - Quadragesima), the season of Lent begins on Ash Wednesday... RCDM, 1962 pg. 263-78. /  Blessed Be God pg. 617-624 / Vestments and sacred linens turn from green to violet/purple unless there's a feast day of white/red (ex. V/MM). No Votive Masses during Lent and Octaves of Easter and Pentecost. 

 

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) | January - Month of (The Holy Name) of Jesus / February - Month of the Passion of Our Lord/The Holy Family | Note: (*) View Below: Supplemental Readings... and Alternate Sacred/Liturgical... 

IMAGE ABOVE & SCRIPTURE FOCUS | *Adoration of the Magi, Domenico Ghirlandaio, Search under: www.wga.hu | Note: (*) View Below: Supplemental Readings... and Alternate Sacred/Liturgical... 

NOTE | Don't cry on Septuagesima Sunday! The truth is... the Gloria in excelsis  and the Alleluia will return on Maundy Thursday and on feast days... just remember when it rolls around - RCDM, 1962 pg. 265. There's still so much to look forward to besides the Pyeong Chang 2018 Winter Olympics... like the Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of the Unborn Children - Monday, January 22, 2018; Feast of the Purification (Candlemas) (bring candles to be blessed), St. Blaise (Throat Blessing) - The Real Story... (both can be done anytime after; just ask the priest(s)) and Shrovetide, etc. . For the farmers/gardeners remember your seeds if you're growing inside and forgot them in October. Remember to also gather all your palms from the previous Palm Sunday and put them in the basket/container that the sacristan/parish staff/volunteer has prepared for the Blessing and Disposition of the Ashes on Ash Wednesday

THANK YOU! GRACIAS! DEO GRÁTIAS! HAVE A BLESSED, JOYFUL AND PEACEFUL LITURGICAL YEAR AND A MERRY RESTFUL CHRISTMAS CYCLE!


THE CHRISTMAS CYCLE: Mystery of the Incarnation - I. Season of Advent II. Christmastide III. Season After Epiphany  | Roman Catholic Daily Missal, 1962 pg. 134-262 | Blessed Be God pg. 588-624| (FSSP 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 

+SUPPLEMENTAL READINGS, PRAYERS, TRADITIONS, etc. | 

The Power of Silence - Against the Dictorship of Noise, Nicolas Diat | Abandonment to Divine Providence, Jean-Pierre De Caussade Our Way and Our Life-Christ in His Mysteries, Blessed Columba Marmion: Christ's Hidden Life; The Baptism and Temptation of Jesus; Some Aspects of the Public Life of Jesus pg. 31-55 | Pope Francis: Think 'being good' is enough? It's not. Go to Mass. | All of Mass is important - don't be late! | Saint's Name GeneratorThe Roman Miracle of the Holy Face: Epiphany 1849 | Epiphany Blessing; Chalking the Door... ; Blessing the Home on Epiphany | Plough Monday | Parents must be involved... |  Reversing Course... | Bishop Barron: Don't Water Down Christianity... | Pope Francis makes surprise visit to sick children | How to Popularize 'Ad Orientem' Without Disorienting People | Three Bishops... | Altar Rails... | Feast of the Purification (Candlemas)Shrovetide | US Bishops: End of Protected Status for Salvadorans is 'Heartbreaking' | Mastering Manhood Through Mary | How my brother's ordination made me fall in love again with the faith I inherited | Need ideas for date nights? Here are 6! | 

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Catholic.Bible (N.O.) | Catholic News Agency | Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC) | Dominican Liturgy (Traditional Dominican Rite) | Fish Eaters | iBreviary(N.O.) | ipieta(N.O/TLM) | Monks of Norcia - Blog | National Catholic Register2minutes2virtue | JPIIShrine - EventsVulgate - Douay-Rheims - Knox Bible | Vultus Christi - Blog | Word on Fire 

*ALTERNATE SACRED/LITURGICAL (WORKS) OF ART FOR INDEPENDENT STUDY/PRIVATE OR PUBLIC PRAYER

Adoration of the Magi, Domenico Ghirlandaio, Search under: www.wga.hu | The Adoration of the Magi, Barocci, Federico Fiori, Search under  www.wga.hu 

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CHRISTMAS(TIDE) to EPIPHANY AND BEYOND! w/James Tissot |

 The Birth of Our Lord Jesus ChristThe Adoration of the ShepherdsThe Magi JourneyingThe Adoration of the Magi | The Sojourn in Egypt | The Flight into Egypt | Presentation in the Temple | The Youth of Jesus | Jesus Among the Doctors | The Baptism of Jesus | The Betrothed of Cana | The Marriage at Cana | Healing of the Lepers in Capernaum | He Did No Miracles But He Healed Them | Jesus Stilling the Tempest | Jesus Sleeping During the Tempest | The SowerThe Enemy Who Sows
| More down the road! Thank you for trying to keep up as best as you can!

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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... | How Gregorian Chant Enhances the Mass / Young People Increasingly attracted to Gregorian Chant


LAUDS & VESPERS


Join St. Rita Catholic Church every Friday at 7:00 PM 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. Thank you for your support!

Consider (Re)Learning the Divine Office / Liturgy of the Hours | Saints Shall Arise (Traditional Benedictine Office) | Ibreviary | Divine Office | 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 SeminaryHow Gregorian Chant Enhances the Mass


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) |'Holy Days, fasting fail' by Fr. Kenneth Doyle | 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
  • 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)
    • Roman Catholic Daily Missal 1962 (RCDM 1962) - The Proper of the Saints pg. 1041-1518; Fasts Throughout the Year. Holy days of Obligation pg. 1-5 All Sundays; The Octave Day of the Nativity, Jan. 1; Ascension Day; The Assumption of the BVM, Aug. 15; The Feast of All Saints, Nov. 1; The Immaculate Conception, Dec. 8; Christmas Day, Dec. 25
  • Sacrament of Penance | 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/check vestibules.

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

THE CHALLENGE OF THE HOSTS: BE PREPARED! |

CATHOLIC CUISINE | DRINKING WITH THE SAINTSFISH EATERS | GRACE BEFORE MEALS | HOMEBREWED EVANGELISM | MONDAYS WITH MARYTEA & CAKE | THE VATICAN COOKBOOK | TIN CUPS & TINDER 

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 calendarflyers in the vestibules/bulletin boards or listen for announcements after Mass. All are welcome!

SUPPLEMENTAL SOURCES & HAPPENINGS IN THE TLM COMMUNITY | 

Office of Catechetics and Sacred Liturgy - Arlington Diocese | EF Masses in the Arlington DiocesesDC Latin Mass | Vocations  | FSSP | Oratorian Vocations / Oratorian Community of St. Philip Neri - DC

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Adoremus | Breviary | Catholic Art Guild | Corpus Christi Watershed | Divinum Officium | Dominican Rite - Latin-English Missal - First Edition / Dominican Rite Calendar 2018Dominican Liturgy (Traditional Dominican Rite) | Fish EatersFraternity PublicationsFraternitas Sacerdotalis Sancti Petri | Institute of Catholic Culture | Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest | ipieta | MagnificatMusica Sacra | New Advent Bible (Knox Translation)New Liturgical Movement  | Orthodox Arts JournalParish Book of ChantLatin-English Booklet Missal: For Praying the Traditional Mass (Misalito Latin-Español Para Rezar La Misa Tradicional) | Saint Rita's Silver Jubilee Mass - 1944 and 2015 Corpus Christi Procession | Short Video (Illustrated History of Saint Rita Parish) | Saints Will Arise | Sancta Missa | Square Note (Gregorian Chant) | The Holy See | The Latin Mass Magazine | The Chapel Veil | Traditional Catholic Books (Free) | Traditional Catholic Books (Catalog) | Usus Antiquior | Vultus Christi 


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 the Extraordinary Form.

SACRED MUSIC

Mr. Lawrence Bowie, Director of Music and Organist, 703-836-1640, ext. 29 (Solemn High Mass) | Mr. David Sullivan, Latin Mass Schola (High Mass - Sung Mass/Missa Cantata) and Lauds/Vespers, navillusdf@aol.com | Elizabeth Vail, Sacristan, stritasacristy@gmail.com

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


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 the Mass, staff, parish altar servers, ushers, oblates, and all other members of the laity who assist so that you may have a peaceful and fruitful participation. 

THANK YOU! GRACIAS! DEO GRÁTIAS! HAVE A BLESSED, JOYFUL AND PEACEFUL LITURGICAL YEAR AND A MERRY CHRISTMAS CYCLE!