Saint Rita Catholic Church

Saint Rita, come to my aid! Beautiful rose born from the Savior’s thorns, Lead me far from anger and hate; Guide my heart on peaceful paths with charity to all.

Since 1914, our parish has served the spiritual needs of this Alexandria, Virginia, community. Please join us, as together we worship God and grow in love for one another under the protection of our patroness, Saint Rita of Cascia.


TRADITIONAL + LATIN MASS

(Extra+Ordinary Forms of the Roman Rite)


IMAGE  |  Tu vocaberis… : You will be called…  , TLM & Vocation Editor’s Collection.  Dear Family and Friends of St. Rita,  Please be assured and trust that  He  will always and forever be the calmness of the storm(s) that arise throughout lent and offer refuge to all who cry out to him through acts of penance, sacrament of recollection (confession) and eucharistic adoration. As always, please include  Him  in your busy schedule. Come see  Him  face-to-face this Lent/Season of Lent.  He  will be happy to see you either in your Ordinary/Extraordinary way.  God Bless + Pax,  St. Rita TLM & Vocations Editor  P.S. | Please remember to pick-up, read and share the  Parish Weekly Bulletin  with someone new, returning or visiting. Be sure to check with your local  Legion of Mary  if you’re interested in Door-to-Door ministry. All Active & Auxiliary Members, please check in with your Spiritual Directors and Presidents.   Lent/Season of Lent begins with Ash Wednesday March 06, 2019 and First (1) Sunday of Lent on March 10, 2019. Holy Week will begin Palm Sunday, Sunday, April 14, 2019 (Includes Vigil Saturday) (No Mass on Good Friday & Holy Saturday, join us for    Lauds    at 8:30 AM and the blessing of your beautiful Easter Baskets/Meals-to-be) ending with the Vigil of Easter, Saturday April 20, 2019 and Easter Sunday of the Resurrection of the Lord on Sunday, April 21, 2019. More details in the   Parish Weekly Bulletin / TLM /vestibules closer to the end!  Please remember to start turning in your old palms to your sacristans/baskets if provided in the vestibules.

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

Dear Family and Friends of St. Rita,

Please be assured and trust that He will always and forever be the calmness of the storm(s) that arise throughout lent and offer refuge to all who cry out to him through acts of penance, sacrament of recollection (confession) and eucharistic adoration. As always, please include Him in your busy schedule. Come see Him face-to-face this Lent/Season of Lent. He will be happy to see you either in your Ordinary/Extraordinary way.

God Bless + Pax,

St. Rita TLM & Vocations Editor

P.S. | Please remember to pick-up, read and share the Parish Weekly Bulletin with someone new, returning or visiting. Be sure to check with your local Legion of Mary if you’re interested in Door-to-Door ministry. All Active & Auxiliary Members, please check in with your Spiritual Directors and Presidents.

Lent/Season of Lent begins with Ash Wednesday March 06, 2019 and First (1) Sunday of Lent on March 10, 2019. Holy Week will begin Palm Sunday, Sunday, April 14, 2019 (Includes Vigil Saturday) (No Mass on Good Friday & Holy Saturday, join us for Lauds at 8:30 AM and the blessing of your beautiful Easter Baskets/Meals-to-be) ending with the Vigil of Easter, Saturday April 20, 2019 and Easter Sunday of the Resurrection of the Lord on Sunday, April 21, 2019. More details in the Parish Weekly Bulletin/TLM/vestibules closer to the end! Please remember to start turning in your old palms to your sacristans/baskets if provided in the vestibules.


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 (Latin 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! 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  MASS & CONFESSION SCHEDULE:

  • Please check Parish Weekly Bulletin for any changes on the Mass & Confession schedule below.

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

  • 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

  • FAST & ABSTINENCE: Fast & Abstinence USCCB | (Fast & Abstinence - USCCB-USA - Holy Days, fasting fail' by Fr. Kenneth Doyle | Feasts & Fasts Throughout the Year RCDM, 1962 pg. 1-5)

  • 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.

  • 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. 


POPE+BISHOP+VOCATION (C)NEWS



THE EASTER CYCLE


THE EASTER CYCLE: MYSTERY OF THE REDEMPTION - I. Season of Lent | 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      Note: During the Season of Lent, please go to Mass; recite the Holy Rosary/D.Chaplet; read, chant or simply listen to the Divine Office or Liturgy of the Hours. Try your best to listen attentively to the readings and homily. Contemplate on the readings before, after and during the week. Pick up a hard copy book of    Roman Catholic Daily Missal, 1962    ;    Blessed Be God   ;    The Holy Bible, St. Benedict Press    /    The Holy Bible, Ignatius    /    Vulgate - Douay-Rheims - Knox Bible    or go online if you’re not fasting from online reading/writing. If you are fasting from online reading/writing during the Season of Lent for at least part of your week… good for you! See sources below for further assistance if needed.    During Season of Lent: Passiontide (unless this has already taken place on Ash Wednesday, as it is in some churches, monasteries, abbeys, oratories, etc.), statues and sacred images (except for the Stations of the Cross) are veiled with purple cloth beginning at the Vespers of Passion Sunday, and they remain covered until the Gloria of Holy Saturday, at which point Lent ends and Eastertide begins. Catholics cover statues and icons, etc., in their homes for the same time period (the cloth shouldn't be translucent or decorated in any way)... | Read the rest here:    Vespers of Passion Sunday        It’s time… May all have a Holy Lent! Sip that cup of    Mystic Monk (Coffee/Tea)  or  Mad Monks Coffee (Coffee/tea)  and   Rise early - Day Light Savings Time Begins right on time for First Sunday of Lent! Set those Clocks Forward One (1) Hour! |    Canons Regular of the New Jerusalem  Women’s (March 23, 2019 - Sold Out) & Men’s (March 30, 2019 - Sold Out)  Lenten Day of Retreat  | If seats open up… go! If none, just visit any other time during the week or make retreat during the quietest time in your parish/monastery/oratory/abbey/etc. of your choice.   EPISTLES, +GOSPELS & ANTIPHONS |    SECOND SUNDAY IN LENT  | EPISTLE | 1 Thessalonians 4:1-7 - A Life Pleasing to God +GOSPEL | Matthew 17:1-9 - The Transfiguration | ANTIPHON AT THE MAGNIFICAT - Matthew 17:9 |  ST. JOSEPH  (Solemnity) | EPISTLE | Ecclesiasticus (Sirach) 45:1-6 - Moses +GOSPEL | Matthew 1:18-21 - The Birth of Jesus the Messiah | ANTIPHON AT THE MAGNIFICAT - Luke 12:42   THIRD SUNDAY IN LENT  | EPISTLE | Ephesians 5:1-9 +GOSPEL - Rules of the New Life; Renounce Pagan Ways | Luke 11:14-28 - Jesus and Beelzebul | ANTIPHON AT THE MAGNIFICAT - Luke 11:27 - True Blessedness |  THE ANNUNCIATION OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY (LORD) (Solemnity) |  EPISTLE | Isaiah 7:10-15 - Isaiah Gives Ahaz the Sign of Immanuel +GOSPEL | Luke 1:26-38 - The Birth of Jesus Foretold | ANTIPHON AT THE MAGNIFICAT - Luke 1:35 |  FOURTH SUNDAY IN LENT/LAETARE SUNDAY  (Violet/Rose vestments may be worn)   | EPISTLE | Galatians 4:22-31 - The Allegory of Hagar and Sarah +GOSPEL | John 6:1-15 - Testimony Concerning the Son of God | ANTIPHON AT THE MAGNIFICAT John 6:3 |  PASSION SUNDAY/FIFTH SUNDAY OF LENT  | EPISTLE | Hebrews 9:11-15 - The Earthly and the Heavenly Sanctuaries +GOSPEL | John 8:46-59 - Jesus and Abraham |  SPY WEDNESDAY - TENEBRAE  - RCDM ’62 pg. 403-409 | PALM SUNDAY (SECOND SUNDAY OF PASSIONTIDE)  (Red/Violet) |  PALM SUNDAY OF THE PASSION OF THE LORD  EPISTLE | Philippians 2:5-11 +GOSPEL | Matthew 26:36-75; 27:1-60 - The apprehension of Our Lord; The night trial and buffeting; The three denials of Peter; The fatal end of the traitor Judas; Our Lord before Pilate; The scourging and crowning with thorns; The way to Golgotha and the crucifixion; The death of Our Lord; The burial of Jesus. | Blessing of Palms RCDM ’62 pg. 456-464   TRIDUUM:   The Offices of Tenebrae in Holy Week (Maundy Thursday/Good Friday/Holy Saturday - RCDM ’62 pg. 1695-1778 \   MAUNDY (HOLY) THURSDAY (White)|  Mass of the Chrism: Epistle James 5:13-16 - The Prayer of Faith +Gospel Mark 6:7-13 - The Mission of the Twelve | Mass of the Last Supper: Epistle 1 Corinthians 11:20-32 - Abuses at the Lord’s Supper; The Institution of the Lord’s Supper; Partaking of the Supper Unworthily |  The Maundy/Washing of the Feet; Stripping of the Altar - RCDM ’62 pg. 523-34 \   GOOD FRIDAY (Black)|  PASSION: First Lesson Osee (Hosea) 6:1-6 - A Call to Repentance; Impenitence of Israel and Judah | Second Lesson Exodus 12:1-11 - The First Passover Instituted | +Gospel 18:1-40; 19:1-42 - The Betrayal and Arrest of Jesus |  HOLY SATURDAY |  Holy Saturday is liturgically a day of deep mourning, a day which the Church spends at our Lord’s sepulcher, meditating on His sacred passion and death. There is no Mass; the sacred altar is bare. Further reading - RCDM ‘62 pg. 562-594     MARCH - Month of St. Joseph  | Remember all the Solemnities/Feasts this month if you are able! | For the green thumbs in the family… don’t forget March is pruning time!   St. Patrick, Sunday, March 17 (Check with your local parish, monastery, abbey, oratory, etc. In most places the feast will not be celebrated at the altar since it falls on a Sunday. Sunday is also a day for family and friends and day of rest, so be sure to enjoy and share a wholesome meal & beverage/activity AFTER attending Mass with you family and friends.) | ST. JOSEPH (Solemnity), Tuesday, March 19 | Our Holy Father Benedict, Thursday, March 21 (July 11 - N.O. & TLM(Solemnity/Translation/etc :) ) | St. Isidore the Farmer, Friday, March 22 (Pre-Vatican II) (May 15 - N.O. + October 24 - TLM) | St. Gabriel Archangel (Pre-Vatican II) | THE ANNUNCIATION OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY (Lord)(Solemnity), Monday, March 25 |  Please check  Parish Weekly Bulletin  for adjusted Mass schedule!   PRAYERS FOR  | For everyone, especially the St. Joseph(s) in your life - our consecrated clergy, religious (brothers & sisters / monks & nuns) and laity, all who at times may have to wear the hats of both Mary and Joseph; and all catechumens ( Arlington Diocese Fall & Spring 2019 /Homeschool Families, please check with your  St. Rita Homeschool Group  coordinator) |  St. Gabriel the Archangel  (Beginning March 15)  Our Lady’s Annunciation  (Beginning March 16)(Clutching My Rosary) |  Seven Sundays Devotion to St. Joseph ,  Handbook of Prayers  pg. 480-500 (Start last Sunday of January or the first Sunday of February) | Please remember to submit the names of your family, friends, clergy and religious (living & deceased) in a St. Joseph Novena of Masses at a parish, monastery, abbey, oratory, etc. of your choice.  If you are willing and able or know someone who is, this a perfect MONTH to give or get started in preparing a basket/care package of  THANKS  to the paternal/spiritual St. Joseph(s) in your life (ex. Prayers paired with any of the following examples: favorite meals (home-cooked/take-out) in peace & quiet (be sure to check if your St. Joseph(s) are fasting on days other than Fri.), beverages, tickets to sports games/concert/vacation; give to favorite retreat/charity; help finish unfinished projects/chores; whatever your St. Joseph(s) likes, etc. ). Remember, many might be too shy/humble/prideful to ask… perhaps a surprise would be best! Since it’s Lent, they don’t have to open it until Solemnity of St. Joseph/Easter(tide)/Solemnity/Feast/Sunday/Name Day/Birthday/Anniversary/etc.. If your St. Joseph(s) is/are content with receiving nothing or gives away your gifts to others who may benefit more from it, then please be content with that! If needed, take a peek at the  Challenge of the Hosts: Be Prepared, TLM & Vocation Editor’s Picks/Kudos  sections, etc.   BOOKS/READINGS/FILM OF INTEREST/etc. |    Psalms and New Testament, Douay-Rheims  ;   New Testament and Psalms for Men  ;   St. Augustine’s Use of the Psalms  ;  Masterpost: The Seven Penitential Psalms  ( Psallam Domino );  Lectio Divina: Tools of the Workshop ;   “The Way is the Goal”: Against Reducing the Mass to a Sacramental Delivery System  ;     Little Oratory A Beginner's Guide to Praying in the Home   ;    Dawn’s Early Light Prayers and Meditations for Catholic Military Wives   ;    The Secret of the Rosary   ;    Rosary Meditations   ;    Praying as a Family   ;      Divine Intimacy, Meditations on the Interior Life for Every Day of the Liturgical Year, Fr. Gabriel  ;   Dark Night of the Soul, St. John of the Cross   ;    Interior Castle, by St. Teresa of Jesus (Avila)  ;   The Dialogue of St. Catherine of Siena   ;    The Mystical City of God  ;   Time For God  ;   When God Is Silent Finding Spiritual Peace Amid the Storms of Life  ;     Why God Hides And Where to Find Him  ;     Mentor’s Handbook - How to Form Boys Into Inspiring and Capable Men   ;    Manly Art of Raising a Daughter  ;   Overcoming Sinful Anger How to Master Your Emotions and Bring Peace to Your Life   ;    The Power of Silence: Silence Versus The World's Noise   ;    Our Way and Our Life: Christ in His Mysteries - VII. Some Aspects of the Public Life of Jesus - X. In the Footsteps of Jesus form the Pretorium to Calvary  ;   The Four Men: A Farrago  ;   The Monks’ Daily Bread   &  The Monks’ Stormy Night  , ;   The Bronze Bow  ;   Spiritual Direction from Dante: Avoiding the Inferno  ;   Still Amidst the Storm  ;   The Confessions: Saint Augustine of Hippo  ;   When the Love of a Father Doesn’t Make Sense   ;    When Saints Were Young   ;    Life of Pie    (Book & Film);    The Tolkien Society    (Books, etc.);    The Satin Slipper    (Book & Film);    When the Veil is Rent   ;    God Died at Three O’Clock   (Book & Audio);    ’The Stray’ inspired by director’s real-life turnaround   (Film);    The Indian in the Cupboard    (Book & Film);    The Beer Option: Brewing A Catholic Culture, Yesterday & Today    /    Book Review: The Beer Option   ;    Medieval Bodies: Life, death and art in the Middle Ages  ;   Michael Pollan’s Documentary Series: Cooked   (Book & Film) /   Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation  ;   Remember Your Death A Lenten Devotional - Memento Mori   +   Journal   ;    Castaway    (Film);    127 Hours    (Book & Film)(   Aron Ralston’s Story    /    Between a Rock and A Hard Place   );    Walk of Faith   (KOfC -  Columbia Magazine January 2019  /  Archives )   VISIT  |  Institute of Catholic Culture  (  C.S Winter 2019 (PDF)   ): ( Fly away to one of their Lenten Retreats/Talks! ) |  The Thomistic Institute  (  Calendar of Events 2019    )  |  Dominicana: Faith and Film Friday  (  February & March  ) |  Canons Regular of the New Jerusalem  Women’s (March 23, 2019 - Sold Out) & Men’s (March 30, 2019 - Sold Out)  Lenten Day of Retreat  - If seats open up… go! |  Lenten Soup and Station:   The American Heritage Girls  will host a simple Lenten meal of soup and bread (and pasta for the kids) before the Stations of the Cross during select Fridays during Lent. Join us THIS FRIDAY, MARCH 15; soup will begin at 5:30pm in the Parish Center, followed by Stations at 7pm. Soup & Stations will also be held on March 22 and 29. If you can, please bring a pot of vegetarian soup to share (if you can't, please just bring yourself!) Please email  ahgtroopva1381@gmail.com  with any questions. We hope to see you there! | St. Rita Women Lenten Mini-Retreat:  "Trustful Surrender"  Saturday, March 30th, 9:00 am - 1:00 pm . More Details:  Daughters of St. Rita  (Registration and Donation  Deadline Wednesday, March 27, 2019 ) |  2019 Dominican Spring Gala  - Saturday, April 13, 2019, 6:00 PM |  “Fairway to Heaven” Golf Tournament  Monday, June 03, 2019 - Last call for Tickets Thursday, May 30, 2019 ( Ascension of the Lord  - Holy Day of Obligation)   |  Canons Regular of the New Jerusalem - Third Order: Study of the Psalms (January/February/March)   Visit Stations of the Cross (some places Soup & Bread before or after Stations of the Cross/Divine Office/Liturgy of the Office/Adoration/Soup at a parish(es), monastery, abbey), etc. in/outdoors | Book your pilgrimage: Open Pilgrimages -  A Napa Institute Experience: In the Footsteps of St. Dominic  - Spain and France, October 05-14, 2019;  Catholic Faith Journey ;  JMJ Tours ; etc. | 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 the St. Rita  Vocations  site around this mt. or sc(roll) further down this mt. to the  Spiritual Training Days  section for upcoming retreats, talks, events, etc…   SOURCES  |   Roman Catholic Daily Missal, 1962   pg. 263-817 |   Blessed Be God   | ( 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. |  The Holy Bible, St. Benedict Press  /  The Holy Bible, Ignatius  /  Vulgate - Douay-Rheims - Knox Bible  /  CCC  /  IPIETA (N.O./TLM)  / LECTIO DIVINA  English  /  En Español  - (N.O.) / LECTIO DIVINA NOTES -  Saints Shall/Will Arise  (Traditional Benedictine Office)/  Masterpost: The Seven Penitential Psalms  ( Psallam Domino ) /  Lectio Divina: Tools of the Workshop  /  2minutes2virtue (N.O.)  (Arlington Diocese Priests)   IMAGE MONTH & SUNDAY SCRIPTURE FOCUS  | (Easter Cycle)   Konfeso…   | Solemnity Images - St. Joseph:   St Bernard church, the pulpit and St. Joseph Chapel.  ; The Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Lord):   The Annunciation and Nativity , Liége Psalter-Hours -  Illuminating Words : Art Journal of Margaret Manion  |  No Sunday sacred images at this time and throughout the Season of Lent. Please check back during Eastertide! (Most parishes will cover all sacred images during the last two weeks. Some monasteries, abbeys, etc. will cover the entire Season of Lent.)  | Please sc(roll)/pedal/paddle/slide, etc. your way on down the TLM Mt. as needed... and be careful how quickly you go!    THANK YOU! GRACIAS! DEO GRÁTIAS! HAVE A BLESSED AND PEACEFUL EASTER CYCLE!

THE EASTER CYCLE: MYSTERY OF THE REDEMPTION - I. Season of Lent | 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

Note: During the Season of Lent, please go to Mass; recite the Holy Rosary/D.Chaplet; read, chant or simply listen to the Divine Office or Liturgy of the Hours. Try your best to listen attentively to the readings and homily. Contemplate on the readings before, after and during the week. Pick up a hard copy book of Roman Catholic Daily Missal, 1962 ; Blessed Be God; The Holy Bible, St. Benedict Press / The Holy Bible, Ignatius / Vulgate - Douay-Rheims - Knox Bible or go online if you’re not fasting from online reading/writing. If you are fasting from online reading/writing during the Season of Lent for at least part of your week… good for you! See sources below for further assistance if needed.

During Season of Lent: Passiontide (unless this has already taken place on Ash Wednesday, as it is in some churches, monasteries, abbeys, oratories, etc.), statues and sacred images (except for the Stations of the Cross) are veiled with purple cloth beginning at the Vespers of Passion Sunday, and they remain covered until the Gloria of Holy Saturday, at which point Lent ends and Eastertide begins. Catholics cover statues and icons, etc., in their homes for the same time period (the cloth shouldn't be translucent or decorated in any way)... | Read the rest here: Vespers of Passion Sunday

It’s time… May all have a Holy Lent! Sip that cup of Mystic Monk (Coffee/Tea) or Mad Monks Coffee (Coffee/tea) and Rise early - Day Light Savings Time Begins right on time for First Sunday of Lent! Set those Clocks Forward One (1) Hour! | Canons Regular of the New Jerusalem Women’s (March 23, 2019 - Sold Out) & Men’s (March 30, 2019 - Sold Out) Lenten Day of Retreat | If seats open up… go! If none, just visit any other time during the week or make retreat during the quietest time in your parish/monastery/oratory/abbey/etc. of your choice.

EPISTLES, +GOSPELS & ANTIPHONS |

SECOND SUNDAY IN LENT | EPISTLE | 1 Thessalonians 4:1-7 - A Life Pleasing to God +GOSPEL | Matthew 17:1-9 - The Transfiguration | ANTIPHON AT THE MAGNIFICAT - Matthew 17:9 | ST. JOSEPH (Solemnity) | EPISTLE | Ecclesiasticus (Sirach) 45:1-6 - Moses +GOSPEL | Matthew 1:18-21 - The Birth of Jesus the Messiah | ANTIPHON AT THE MAGNIFICAT - Luke 12:42

THIRD SUNDAY IN LENT | EPISTLE | Ephesians 5:1-9 +GOSPEL - Rules of the New Life; Renounce Pagan Ways | Luke 11:14-28 - Jesus and Beelzebul | ANTIPHON AT THE MAGNIFICAT - Luke 11:27 - True Blessedness | THE ANNUNCIATION OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY (LORD) (Solemnity) | EPISTLE | Isaiah 7:10-15 - Isaiah Gives Ahaz the Sign of Immanuel +GOSPEL | Luke 1:26-38 - The Birth of Jesus Foretold | ANTIPHON AT THE MAGNIFICAT - Luke 1:35 | FOURTH SUNDAY IN LENT/LAETARE SUNDAY (Violet/Rose vestments may be worn) | EPISTLE | Galatians 4:22-31 - The Allegory of Hagar and Sarah +GOSPEL | John 6:1-15 - Testimony Concerning the Son of God | ANTIPHON AT THE MAGNIFICAT John 6:3 | PASSION SUNDAY/FIFTH SUNDAY OF LENT | EPISTLE | Hebrews 9:11-15 - The Earthly and the Heavenly Sanctuaries +GOSPEL | John 8:46-59 - Jesus and Abraham | SPY WEDNESDAY - TENEBRAE - RCDM ’62 pg. 403-409 |PALM SUNDAY (SECOND SUNDAY OF PASSIONTIDE) (Red/Violet) | PALM SUNDAY OF THE PASSION OF THE LORD EPISTLE | Philippians 2:5-11 +GOSPEL | Matthew 26:36-75; 27:1-60 - The apprehension of Our Lord; The night trial and buffeting; The three denials of Peter; The fatal end of the traitor Judas; Our Lord before Pilate; The scourging and crowning with thorns; The way to Golgotha and the crucifixion; The death of Our Lord; The burial of Jesus. | Blessing of Palms RCDM ’62 pg. 456-464

TRIDUUM: The Offices of Tenebrae in Holy Week (Maundy Thursday/Good Friday/Holy Saturday - RCDM ’62 pg. 1695-1778 \ MAUNDY (HOLY) THURSDAY (White)| Mass of the Chrism: Epistle James 5:13-16 - The Prayer of Faith +Gospel Mark 6:7-13 - The Mission of the Twelve | Mass of the Last Supper: Epistle 1 Corinthians 11:20-32 - Abuses at the Lord’s Supper; The Institution of the Lord’s Supper; Partaking of the Supper Unworthily | The Maundy/Washing of the Feet; Stripping of the Altar - RCDM ’62 pg. 523-34 \ GOOD FRIDAY (Black)| PASSION: First Lesson Osee (Hosea) 6:1-6 - A Call to Repentance; Impenitence of Israel and Judah | Second Lesson Exodus 12:1-11 - The First Passover Instituted | +Gospel 18:1-40; 19:1-42 - The Betrayal and Arrest of Jesus | HOLY SATURDAY | Holy Saturday is liturgically a day of deep mourning, a day which the Church spends at our Lord’s sepulcher, meditating on His sacred passion and death. There is no Mass; the sacred altar is bare. Further reading - RCDM ‘62 pg. 562-594

MARCH - Month of St. Joseph | Remember all the Solemnities/Feasts this month if you are able! | For the green thumbs in the family… don’t forget March is pruning time!

St. Patrick, Sunday, March 17 (Check with your local parish, monastery, abbey, oratory, etc. In most places the feast will not be celebrated at the altar since it falls on a Sunday. Sunday is also a day for family and friends and day of rest, so be sure to enjoy and share a wholesome meal & beverage/activity AFTER attending Mass with you family and friends.) | ST. JOSEPH (Solemnity), Tuesday, March 19 | Our Holy Father Benedict, Thursday, March 21 (July 11 - N.O. & TLM(Solemnity/Translation/etc :) ) | St. Isidore the Farmer, Friday, March 22 (Pre-Vatican II) (May 15 - N.O. + October 24 - TLM) | St. Gabriel Archangel (Pre-Vatican II) | THE ANNUNCIATION OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY (Lord)(Solemnity), Monday, March 25 | Please check Parish Weekly Bulletin for adjusted Mass schedule!

PRAYERS FOR | For everyone, especially the St. Joseph(s) in your life - our consecrated clergy, religious (brothers & sisters / monks & nuns) and laity, all who at times may have to wear the hats of both Mary and Joseph; and all catechumens (Arlington Diocese Fall & Spring 2019/Homeschool Families, please check with your St. Rita Homeschool Group coordinator) | St. Gabriel the Archangel (Beginning March 15) Our Lady’s Annunciation (Beginning March 16)(Clutching My Rosary) | Seven Sundays Devotion to St. Joseph, Handbook of Prayers pg. 480-500 (Start last Sunday of January or the first Sunday of February) | Please remember to submit the names of your family, friends, clergy and religious (living & deceased) in a St. Joseph Novena of Masses at a parish, monastery, abbey, oratory, etc. of your choice.

If you are willing and able or know someone who is, this a perfect MONTH to give or get started in preparing a basket/care package of THANKS to the paternal/spiritual St. Joseph(s) in your life (ex. Prayers paired with any of the following examples: favorite meals (home-cooked/take-out) in peace & quiet (be sure to check if your St. Joseph(s) are fasting on days other than Fri.), beverages, tickets to sports games/concert/vacation; give to favorite retreat/charity; help finish unfinished projects/chores; whatever your St. Joseph(s) likes, etc. ). Remember, many might be too shy/humble/prideful to ask… perhaps a surprise would be best! Since it’s Lent, they don’t have to open it until Solemnity of St. Joseph/Easter(tide)/Solemnity/Feast/Sunday/Name Day/Birthday/Anniversary/etc.. If your St. Joseph(s) is/are content with receiving nothing or gives away your gifts to others who may benefit more from it, then please be content with that! If needed, take a peek at the Challenge of the Hosts: Be Prepared, TLM & Vocation Editor’s Picks/Kudos sections, etc.

BOOKS/READINGS/FILM OF INTEREST/etc. | Psalms and New Testament, Douay-Rheims; New Testament and Psalms for Men; St. Augustine’s Use of the Psalms; Masterpost: The Seven Penitential Psalms (Psallam Domino); Lectio Divina: Tools of the Workshop; “The Way is the Goal”: Against Reducing the Mass to a Sacramental Delivery System; Little Oratory A Beginner's Guide to Praying in the Home; Dawn’s Early Light Prayers and Meditations for Catholic Military Wives; The Secret of the Rosary; Rosary Meditations; Praying as a Family; Divine Intimacy, Meditations on the Interior Life for Every Day of the Liturgical Year, Fr. Gabriel; Dark Night of the Soul, St. John of the Cross; Interior Castle, by St. Teresa of Jesus (Avila); The Dialogue of St. Catherine of Siena; The Mystical City of God; Time For God; When God Is Silent Finding Spiritual Peace Amid the Storms of Life; Why God Hides And Where to Find Him; Mentor’s Handbook - How to Form Boys Into Inspiring and Capable Men; Manly Art of Raising a Daughter; Overcoming Sinful Anger How to Master Your Emotions and Bring Peace to Your Life; The Power of Silence: Silence Versus The World's Noise; Our Way and Our Life: Christ in His Mysteries - VII. Some Aspects of the Public Life of Jesus - X. In the Footsteps of Jesus form the Pretorium to Calvary; The Four Men: A Farrago; The Monks’ Daily Bread &The Monks’ Stormy Night, ; The Bronze Bow; Spiritual Direction from Dante: Avoiding the Inferno; Still Amidst the Storm; The Confessions: Saint Augustine of Hippo; When the Love of a Father Doesn’t Make Sense; When Saints Were Young; Life of Pie (Book & Film); The Tolkien Society (Books, etc.); The Satin Slipper (Book & Film); When the Veil is Rent; God Died at Three O’Clock(Book & Audio); ’The Stray’ inspired by director’s real-life turnaround(Film); The Indian in the Cupboard (Book & Film); The Beer Option: Brewing A Catholic Culture, Yesterday & Today / Book Review: The Beer Option; Medieval Bodies: Life, death and art in the Middle Ages; Michael Pollan’s Documentary Series: Cooked (Book & Film) / Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation; Remember Your Death A Lenten Devotional - Memento Mori + Journal; Castaway (Film); 127 Hours (Book & Film)(Aron Ralston’s Story / Between a Rock and A Hard Place); Walk of Faith (KOfC - Columbia Magazine January 2019 / Archives)

VISIT | Institute of Catholic Culture (C.S Winter 2019 (PDF) ): (Fly away to one of their Lenten Retreats/Talks!) | The Thomistic Institute (Calendar of Events 2019 ) | Dominicana: Faith and Film Friday (February & March) | Canons Regular of the New Jerusalem Women’s (March 23, 2019 - Sold Out) & Men’s (March 30, 2019 - Sold Out) Lenten Day of Retreat - If seats open up… go! | Lenten Soup and Station: The American Heritage Girls will host a simple Lenten meal of soup and bread (and pasta for the kids) before the Stations of the Cross during select Fridays during Lent. Join us THIS FRIDAY, MARCH 15; soup will begin at 5:30pm in the Parish Center, followed by Stations at 7pm. Soup & Stations will also be held on March 22 and 29. If you can, please bring a pot of vegetarian soup to share (if you can't, please just bring yourself!) Please email ahgtroopva1381@gmail.com with any
questions. We hope to see you there! | St. Rita Women Lenten Mini-Retreat:"Trustful Surrender" Saturday, March 30th, 9:00 am - 1:00 pm. More Details: Daughters of St. Rita (Registration and Donation Deadline Wednesday, March 27, 2019) | 2019 Dominican Spring Gala - Saturday, April 13, 2019, 6:00 PM | “Fairway to Heaven” Golf Tournament Monday, June 03, 2019 - Last call for Tickets Thursday, May 30, 2019 (Ascension of the Lord - Holy Day of Obligation) | Canons Regular of the New Jerusalem - Third Order: Study of the Psalms (January/February/March)

Visit Stations of the Cross (some places Soup & Bread before or after Stations of the Cross/Divine Office/Liturgy of the Office/Adoration/Soup at a parish(es), monastery, abbey), etc. in/outdoors | Book your pilgrimage: Open Pilgrimages - A Napa Institute Experience: In the Footsteps of St. Dominic - Spain and France, October 05-14, 2019; Catholic Faith Journey; JMJ Tours; etc. | 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 the St. Rita Vocations site around this mt. or sc(roll) further down this mt. to the Spiritual Training Days section for upcoming retreats, talks, events, etc…

SOURCES | Roman Catholic Daily Missal, 1962 pg. 263-817 | Blessed Be God | (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. | The Holy Bible, St. Benedict Press / The Holy Bible, Ignatius / Vulgate - Douay-Rheims - Knox Bible / CCC / IPIETA (N.O./TLM) / LECTIO DIVINA English / En Español - (N.O.) / LECTIO DIVINA NOTES - Saints Shall/Will Arise (Traditional Benedictine Office)/ Masterpost: The Seven Penitential Psalms (Psallam Domino) / Lectio Divina: Tools of the Workshop / 2minutes2virtue (N.O.) (Arlington Diocese Priests)

IMAGE MONTH & SUNDAY SCRIPTURE FOCUS | (Easter Cycle) Konfeso… | Solemnity Images - St. Joseph: St Bernard church, the pulpit and St. Joseph Chapel.; The Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Lord): The Annunciation and Nativity, Liége Psalter-Hours - Illuminating Words: Art Journal of Margaret Manion | No Sunday sacred images at this time and throughout the Season of Lent. Please check back during Eastertide! (Most parishes will cover all sacred images during the last two weeks. Some monasteries, abbeys, etc. will cover the entire Season of Lent.) | Please sc(roll)/pedal/paddle/slide, etc. your way on down the TLM Mt. as needed... and be careful how quickly you go!

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


(D)OFFICE | (L)HOURS


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) | 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

Upcoming Talks/Workshops:


LISTEN | SILENCE | WATCH



SOLEMNITIES | FEASTS | ETC.


SOLEMNITIES/FEASTS/MEMORIALS, SCRIPTURES, PRAYERS, ETC. |

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 - 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


CHALLENGE OF THE HOSTS: BE PREPARED!


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 | MAD MONKS COFFEE SHOP (CANONS REGULAR OF THE NEW JERUSALEM) | MYSTIC MONK COFFEE & TEA (CARMELITE) | MONDAYS WITH MARY | 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 | FROM A MONASTERY KITCHEN: THE CLASSIC NATURAL FOODS COOKBOOK | SAINT HILDEGARD’S KITCHEN: FOODS OF HEALTH, FOODS OF JOY (BENEDICTINE) | 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) | 2019 BC Sacred Music Symposium, August 02-04, 2019 + Early Registration until March 03, 2019, Sts. Joachim and Anne Catholic Church, BC Canada | Canons Regular of the New Jerusalem Women’s (March 23, 2019 - Sold Out) & Men’s (March 30, 2019 - Sold Out) Lenten Day of Retreat - If seats open up… go! | St. Rita Women Lenten Mini-Retreat:"Trustful Surrender" Saturday, March 30th, 9:00 am - 1:00 pm | More Details: Daughters of St. Rita (Registration and Donation Deadline Wednesday, March 27, 2019) | Don’t miss it, last one was Advent 2013! It’s about time. SURRENDER close to home! | Gregorian Chant Retreat: Unveiling the Mysteries of Chant: Palm Sunday to Easter - March 27-30 | Retreats: St. Joseph’s Abbey (Trappists - USA) | AMCSS Summer Program 2019: Italy and USA - Deadline May 1, 2019 | Gregorian Chant Workshop: Institute of Christ the King May 3-5, 2019 | Institute of Christ the King Italy Sovereign Priest ORDINATIONS WEEK 2019 Florence, Italy - June 30 - July 08, 2019; Province Pilgrimage Announcement - Application Here | A Napa Institute Experience: In the Footsteps of St. Dominic - Spain and France, October 05-14, 2019 | Notre Dame Priory (Benedictine - Australia) - Men & Women Spiritual Exercise Retreats 2019 Exciting! Australia - January/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! | 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 in the SUPPLEMENT & TLM HAPPENINGS section further down this site to continue your search - Thank you! Gracias!


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 | 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 |  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): From the Prior’s Desk (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.) (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...


TLM & VOCATION EDITOR'S PICKS/KUDOS/ETC.


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Beverage/Appetizer of the Month (January-May 2019) 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.:

More under THE CHALLENGE OF THE HOSTS: BE PREPARED! section… just s(c)roll back up this TLM Mt. webpage!

PARISH/DIOCESAN/TLM COMMUNITY DEVOTIONS/EVENTS/ETC. | Parish Weekly Bulletin | Arlington Diocese | DC Latin Mass / Mass in EF Arlington Diocese | FSSP | Canons Regular of the New Jerusalem - WV | Oratorian Vocations / Oratorian Community of St. Philip Neri - DC - DC Oratorians | New Liturgical Movement | CUSTOMS & TRADITIONS - FISH EATERS / CATHOLIC CUISINE


SAINT RITA CLERGY & STAFF


CLERGY & STAFF |

Pastor, Rev. Daniel N. Gee | Parochial Vicar, Rev. Vincent P. Bork | PARISH DIRECTORY | TLM & Vocations Editor is a volunteer (not part of the Staff)! | 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!