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 I ABOVE: +St. Rita Catholic Church Sanctuary (The Easter Cycle) . Photo 3/5 Year 2017 Series - TLM & Vocation Editor's Collection. - "Come see the real  Him  face-to-face (if you're in the state-of-grace... you may receive him). Definitely much better than any photograph!" - God Bless + Pax, TLM & Vocation Editor

IMAGE I ABOVE: +St. Rita Catholic Church Sanctuary (The Easter Cycle) . Photo 3/5 Year 2017 Series - TLM & Vocation Editor's Collection. - "Come see the real Him face-to-face (if you're in the state-of-grace... you may receive him). Definitely much better than any photograph!" - God Bless + Pax, TLM & Vocation Editor


TLM SUNDAY & DAILY MASS SCHEDULE | 

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

  • HIGH MASS-MISSA CANTATA |

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

    • Every Sunday - 11:00 AM - Parish Choir (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!

    • 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!

      • Thank you for supporting the 2018 Race for Seminarians by praying, organizing, running, fundraising, etc.! on Priesthood Sunday, October 28, 2018/The Last Sunday of October - The Feast of the Kingship of Our Lord Jesus Christ (TLM) | For those who are continuing, please check all the races up to November 17, 2018 - Take Your Mark and Pick your Race & Team! | Please continue to pray for all of our Arlington Diocese Seminarians, all clergy and consecrated (religious, single, and married(man & woman)/widowed)!

      • Join Bishop Burbidge to Pray for Vocations | Feast of St. Andrew - Friday, November, 30, 2018 | St. John the Evangelist in Warrenton, VA | Holy Hour starts 7:30 PM followed by a light reception.

      • Laetare Benefit - St. Dominic’s Monestary, Linden VA | Sunday, March 31, 2019 | 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM, Country Club of Fairfax, Fairfax, VA

      • CONGRATS & THANK YOU TO NEW PRIESTS, DEACONS, CONSECRATED RELIGIOUS: FIRST TO PERPETUAL PROFESSION OF VOWS, ETC.; ALL GRADUATES (PRE-K - COLLEGE, ETC.), THE NEWLY BAPTIZED, FIRST COMMUNICANTS, CONFIRMED; THOSE WHO WILL/HAVE RENEWED THEIR CONSECRATIONS AND ALL THE NEW OBLATES THROUGHOUT THE WORLD! EXCITING!

      • If there are other Priestly Ordinations/Religious Vow ceremonies/anniversaries that you know of... please share with others unless your invitation specifically says,"private/by-invitation-only ceremony"! Spread the Word! Be supportive and excited for them, The Holy Spirit, Mother Mary and all the Saints! Bring an umbrella/poncho in case the day is blessed with extra tears/rays of joy!

      • If you know someone who needs prayers and is a parishioner/ have family members who are parishioners at St. Rita/other Parish in the Arlington Diocese and is currently in formation to the priesthood/religious life, please contact the St. Thérèse Society so his/her picture and name or name only can be included in the monthly listing. (Important note: Please be aware that not all religious families/communities allow the release of photos and names of their novices, postulants, etc. for their safety and the safety of their family/community. This includes parish weekly bulletins, parish/school newsletters, bulletin boards, websites, social media, etc. Be sure to ask permission from the novice himself/herself, their families and Vocations Directors of their order first!).

      • St. Thérèse Society | Morning of Reflection: Saturday, February 02, 2019, 9:00 A.M. to Noon at St. Rita - More details closer to the month

The Mass and Confession schedule may change at the Pastor's discretion. Priests/Deacons will make an announcement before/after Masses prior, followed up by emails sent out through various parish groups or vice versa. Last minute changes may not be reflected on the website or Parish Weekly Bulletin. Be sure to listen and spread the word!

If you are visiting, prior to your attendance, please contact the Parish Rectory Office at 703-836-1640 to confirm day(s) and time(s) especially for Solemnities, Feasts, Votive Masses, etc. We apologize in advance  for any last minute changes and thank you for your patience.

Parish Rectory Office Hours: Open M-F 9:00 AM - 9:00 PM  | Closed M-F 12:30 PM-1:30 PM & Weekends. 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)

HOLY DAY OF OBLIGATION  MASS & CONFESSION SCHEDULE:

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

THANK YOU! GRACIAS! DEO GRÁTIAS!


  NOVEMBER - Month of The (Holy) Souls in Purgatory  | During this time if you are able, take some time during your day/week to pray for all the Holy Souls in Purgatory and all the Saints. | Remember all the Feasts this month if you are able!   A Novena of Masses will be offered in the month of November at St. Rita . Please include your intentions in the envelopes provided  BEFORE  All Souls’ Day. Envelopes will be available a week prior to All Souls’ Day, if not sooner, at the Russell Road Vestibule and placed close to the altar, under the catafalque. Don’t forget to mail/email your Mass Intentions out to your family of monasteries, abbeys, oratories, etc.  In some places,   catafalques   are used for  All Souls’ Day  Masses (unfortunately, not all do anymore. Logistically… it can be very expensive). Most parishes now will opt to have Eucharistic Adoration everyday for the entire month of November (if not, most of the month), as priests and sitters are available. Praying the Rosary ( Ora Pro Nobis - Candy Box  - parents, kids, teachers & young at heart love this… you don’t have to use candy… any healthy/savory treat will do!), Divine Mercy Chaplet, Divine Office/Liturgy of the Hours and setting aside time for adoration for all Holy Souls in Purgatory is highly encouraged. Check with your local parish/monastery/abbey/basilica/chapel, etc.!  More here.  |   Constructing the Catafalque   (New Liturgical Movement) |   Sacristan’s Manual For the Extraordinary Form “In Sacristy and Sanctuary” M. All Souls’ Day   (Sancta Missa) |  What is a Black Mass?    IMAGE |    St. Gregory the Great Releasing a Soul from Purgatory  , Michele Rocca   BOOK/READINGS/FILM/ETC. |    Blessed Be God   - Prayers for the Dead & Souls in Purgatory pg.478-483;  Choose a book about a Mystic Saint - most have had visions of Heaven/Purgatory/Hell (ex. St. Faustina, St. Padre Pio, etc.);    What the Saints Said about Heaven: 101 Holy Insights about Everlasting Life   ;    Littlest Suffering Souls: Children Whose Short Lives Point Us to Christ   ;    Heroic Catholic Chaplains: Stories of the Brave and Holy Men Who Dodged Bullets While Saving Souls   ;    Stories About Purgatory and What They Reveal: 30 Days for the Holy Souls  ;   Charity for the Suffering Souls: An Explanation of the Catholic Doctrine of Purgatory  ;   Hungry Souls: Supernatural Visits, Messages, and Warnings from Purgatory    - (If you order from Amazon, please remember your - Parish, School, Religious Orders, etc.via“amazonSmile”); check-out books from your local parish/home/community/monastery/abbey, etc. library;    FORMED    - Please check with your parish about access ; For teachers/families who are choosing to show the Disney Film -    CoCo,    please simply explain to student(s)/child(ren) the Roman Catholic Church’s position regarding life after death or see if your student(s)/child(ren) can give a clear answer from what he/she has already learned - (   CCC Article12 “I Believe in Life Everlasting” 1020-1050: I. The Particular Judgment 1021-1022 II. Heaven 1023-1029 III. The Final Purification, or Purgatory IV. Hell - 1033-1037 V. The Last Judgment - 1038-1041 VI. The Hope of Heaven and Earth 1042-1050   )  | Beer of the Month:  Beer Weissbier Hell Monastery Andechs ;  Weltenburger Kloster - Barock Hell  or Heaven -  Nursie Beer (brown)(33 cl) - Saint Benedict Monastery of Nursia  (TLM & Vocations Editor found the  extra short  - happy day! If you want the  Tall , please check  Birra Nurcia !)   VISIT |  A parish/monastery/abbey/oratory, etc. for Mass/Divine Office/Liturgy of the Hours/Novena/Rosary - Chaplet prayer; a cemetery (especially Catholic Cemeteries) in the month of November. Help clean the area (remove leaves; refresh the flowers/wreathes, etc.) in the cemetery and pray the Holy Rosary/Divine Mercy Chaplet/A Psalms/the prayer of the day to help release the Souls in Purgatory. Try to continue praying for all souls beyond the month of November on a regular basis. The month doesn’t have to be dreary or somber… be at peace and full of joy that a soul has or will soon arrive to his/her final home… heaven!   SOURCES  |   Roman Catholic Daily Missal, 1962   pg. 263-816 |   Blessed Be God   pg. 617-712 |  Fast & Abstinence -  USCCB-USA   -   Holy Days, fasting fail' by Fr. Kenneth Doyle    | Feasts & Fasts Throughout the Year RCDM, 1962 pg. 1-5  | Family/Friends of  FSSP , please check your local  FSSP  for appropriate Mass scripture/proper readings). No Votive Masses during Lent and Octaves of Easter and Pentecost. |  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)   PARISH/DIOCESAN/TLM COMMUNITY DEVOTIONS/EVENTS/ETC. |   Parish Weekly Bulletin  |  Arlington Diocese  |  DC Latin Mass  /  Mass in EF Arlington Diocese  |  Holy Transfiguration Melkite Greek Catholic Church  (Nativity Fast (November 15-December 24) Meat and Dairy Products Avoided (Wine, Oil and Fish Allowed) |  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     THANK YOU! GRACIAS! DEO GRÁTIAS! HAVE A BLESSED AND PEACEFUL EASTER - CHRISTMAS CYCLE!

NOVEMBER - Month of The (Holy) Souls in Purgatory | During this time if you are able, take some time during your day/week to pray for all the Holy Souls in Purgatory and all the Saints. | Remember all the Feasts this month if you are able!

A Novena of Masses will be offered in the month of November at St. Rita. Please include your intentions in the envelopes provided BEFORE All Souls’ Day. Envelopes will be available a week prior to All Souls’ Day, if not sooner, at the Russell Road Vestibule and placed close to the altar, under the catafalque. Don’t forget to mail/email your Mass Intentions out to your family of monasteries, abbeys, oratories, etc.

In some places, catafalques are used for All Souls’ Day Masses (unfortunately, not all do anymore. Logistically… it can be very expensive). Most parishes now will opt to have Eucharistic Adoration everyday for the entire month of November (if not, most of the month), as priests and sitters are available. Praying the Rosary (Ora Pro Nobis - Candy Box - parents, kids, teachers & young at heart love this… you don’t have to use candy… any healthy/savory treat will do!), Divine Mercy Chaplet, Divine Office/Liturgy of the Hours and setting aside time for adoration for all Holy Souls in Purgatory is highly encouraged. Check with your local parish/monastery/abbey/basilica/chapel, etc.! More here. | Constructing the Catafalque (New Liturgical Movement) | Sacristan’s Manual For the Extraordinary Form “In Sacristy and Sanctuary” M. All Souls’ Day (Sancta Missa) | What is a Black Mass?

IMAGE | St. Gregory the Great Releasing a Soul from Purgatory, Michele Rocca

BOOK/READINGS/FILM/ETC. | Blessed Be God - Prayers for the Dead & Souls in Purgatory pg.478-483; Choose a book about a Mystic Saint - most have had visions of Heaven/Purgatory/Hell (ex. St. Faustina, St. Padre Pio, etc.); What the Saints Said about Heaven: 101 Holy Insights about Everlasting Life; Littlest Suffering Souls: Children Whose Short Lives Point Us to Christ; Heroic Catholic Chaplains: Stories of the Brave and Holy Men Who Dodged Bullets While Saving Souls; Stories About Purgatory and What They Reveal: 30 Days for the Holy Souls; Charity for the Suffering Souls: An Explanation of the Catholic Doctrine of Purgatory; Hungry Souls: Supernatural Visits, Messages, and Warnings from Purgatory - (If you order from Amazon, please remember your - Parish, School, Religious Orders, etc.via“amazonSmile”); check-out books from your local parish/home/community/monastery/abbey, etc. library; FORMED - Please check with your parish about access ; For teachers/families who are choosing to show the Disney Film - CoCo, please simply explain to student(s)/child(ren) the Roman Catholic Church’s position regarding life after death or see if your student(s)/child(ren) can give a clear answer from what he/she has already learned - (CCC Article12 “I Believe in Life Everlasting” 1020-1050: I. The Particular Judgment 1021-1022 II. Heaven 1023-1029 III. The Final Purification, or Purgatory IV. Hell - 1033-1037 V. The Last Judgment - 1038-1041 VI. The Hope of Heaven and Earth 1042-1050) | Beer of the Month: Beer Weissbier Hell Monastery Andechs; Weltenburger Kloster - Barock Hell or Heaven - Nursie Beer (brown)(33 cl) - Saint Benedict Monastery of Nursia (TLM & Vocations Editor found the extra short - happy day! If you want the Tall, please check Birra Nurcia!)

VISIT | A parish/monastery/abbey/oratory, etc. for Mass/Divine Office/Liturgy of the Hours/Novena/Rosary - Chaplet prayer; a cemetery (especially Catholic Cemeteries) in the month of November. Help clean the area (remove leaves; refresh the flowers/wreathes, etc.) in the cemetery and pray the Holy Rosary/Divine Mercy Chaplet/A Psalms/the prayer of the day to help release the Souls in Purgatory. Try to continue praying for all souls beyond the month of November on a regular basis. The month doesn’t have to be dreary or somber… be at peace and full of joy that a soul has or will soon arrive to his/her final home… heaven!

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

PARISH/DIOCESAN/TLM COMMUNITY DEVOTIONS/EVENTS/ETC. | Parish Weekly Bulletin | Arlington Diocese | DC Latin Mass / Mass in EF Arlington Diocese | Holy Transfiguration Melkite Greek Catholic Church (Nativity Fast (November 15-December 24) Meat and Dairy Products Avoided (Wine, Oil and Fish Allowed) | 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

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


THE EASTER CYCLE


MYSTERY OF THE REDEMPTION: I. Season of Lent II. Eastertide III. Season After Pentecost  

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

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

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

IMAGE MONTH & SUNDAY SCRIPTURE FOCUS | St. Gregory the Great Releasing a Soul from Purgatory, Michele Rocca | Parable of the Weeds | Can't get enough? Please sc(roll)/pedal/paddle/slide, etc. your way on down the TLM Mt. as needed... and be careful how quickly you go!


  THE EASTER CYCLE | Mystery of the Redemption: III. Season After Pentecost      NOVEMBER - Month of The (Holy) Souls in Purgatory  | During this time if you are able, take some time during your day/week to pray for all the Holy Souls in Purgatory and all the Saints. | Remember all the Feasts this month if you are able!   FIFTH RESUMED SUNDAY AFTER EPIPHANY  (Extra Mass #3-27 Sundays/25th Sunday After Pentecost/Epiphany) - Epistle Colossians 3:12-17 - The New Life in Christ +Gospel Matthew 13:24-30 - Parable of Weeds Among the Wheat  Antiphon at the Magnificat Matthew 13:30    SIXTH RESUMED SUNDAY AFTER EPIPHANY(Extra Mass #4-27 Sundays/26th After Pentecost/Epiphany)  - Epistle I Thessalonians 1:2-10 - The Thessalonians Faith and Example +Gospel Matthew 13:31-35 - The Parable of the Mustard Seed and Mustard Seed; The Use of Parables  Antiphon at the Magnificat Matthew 13:31  |  LAST SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST  | Epistle Colossians 1:9-14 - Paul Thanks God for the Colossians +Gospel Matthew 24:15-35 - The Desolating Sacrilege; The Coming of the Son of Man  Antiphon at the Magnificat Matthew 24:34-5    Note:  The Twenty-fourth to Twenty- seventh (24th-27th) Sunday  Mass readings  will be from the  Fourth (4th), Fifth (5th), Sixth (6th) after Epiphany (   Blessed Be God    pg. 705-712;  Resumed Sunday after Epiphany - FSSP/ some Traditional religious/seminary families/communities) and the  Last after Pentecost (Some FSSP families will opt for the 24th Sunday After Pentecost readings) . Note:  Determining Proper of the Seasons section - Fish Eaters ) /  Saints Shall Arise  (Traditional Benedictine Office):  Understanding the Calendar VIB - The Liturgical Seasons  (July-August 2018 sections)   TLM & VOCATION EDITOR’S PICKS & KUDOS  moved to the TLM Happenings Section. Just come further down this TLM Mt. webpage!   SOURCES  |   Roman Catholic Daily Missal, 1962   pg. 263-816 |   Blessed Be God   pg. 617-712 |  Fast & Abstinence -  USCCB-USA   -   Holy Days, fasting fail' by Fr. Kenneth Doyle    | Feasts & Fasts Throughout the Year RCDM, 1962 pg. 1-5  | Family/Friends of  FSSP , please check your local  FSSP  for appropriate Mass scripture/proper readings). No Votive Masses during Lent and Octaves of Easter and Pentecost. |  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)   PARISH/DIOCESAN/TLM COMMUNITY DEVOTIONS/EVENTS/ETC. |   Parish Weekly Bulletin  |  Arlington Diocese  |  DC Latin Mass  /  Mass in EF Arlington Diocese  |  Holy Transfiguration Melkite Greek Catholic Church  (Nativity Fast (November 15-December 24) Meat and Dairy Products Avoided (Wine, Oil and Fish Allowed) |  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       THANK YOU! GRACIAS! DEO GRÁTIAS! HAVE A BLESSED AND PEACEFUL EASTER CYCLE!

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

NOVEMBER - Month of The (Holy) Souls in Purgatory | During this time if you are able, take some time during your day/week to pray for all the Holy Souls in Purgatory and all the Saints. | Remember all the Feasts this month if you are able!

FIFTH RESUMED SUNDAY AFTER EPIPHANY (Extra Mass #3-27 Sundays/25th Sunday After Pentecost/Epiphany) - Epistle Colossians 3:12-17 - The New Life in Christ +Gospel Matthew 13:24-30 - Parable of Weeds Among the Wheat Antiphon at the Magnificat Matthew 13:30

SIXTH RESUMED SUNDAY AFTER EPIPHANY(Extra Mass #4-27 Sundays/26th After Pentecost/Epiphany) - Epistle I Thessalonians 1:2-10 - The Thessalonians Faith and Example +Gospel Matthew 13:31-35 - The Parable of the Mustard Seed and Mustard Seed; The Use of Parables Antiphon at the Magnificat Matthew 13:31 | LAST SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST | Epistle Colossians 1:9-14 - Paul Thanks God for the Colossians +Gospel Matthew 24:15-35 - The Desolating Sacrilege; The Coming of the Son of Man Antiphon at the Magnificat Matthew 24:34-5

Note: The Twenty-fourth to Twenty- seventh (24th-27th) Sunday Mass readings will be from the Fourth (4th), Fifth (5th), Sixth (6th) after Epiphany (Blessed Be God pg. 705-712; Resumed Sunday after Epiphany - FSSP/ some Traditional religious/seminary families/communities) and the Last after Pentecost (Some FSSP families will opt for the 24th Sunday After Pentecost readings). Note: Determining Proper of the Seasons section - Fish Eaters) / Saints Shall Arise (Traditional Benedictine Office): Understanding the Calendar VIB - The Liturgical Seasons (July-August 2018 sections)

TLM & VOCATION EDITOR’S PICKS & KUDOS moved to the TLM Happenings Section. Just come further down this TLM Mt. webpage!

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

PARISH/DIOCESAN/TLM COMMUNITY DEVOTIONS/EVENTS/ETC. | Parish Weekly Bulletin | Arlington Diocese | DC Latin Mass / Mass in EF Arlington Diocese | Holy Transfiguration Melkite Greek Catholic Church (Nativity Fast (November 15-December 24) Meat and Dairy Products Avoided (Wine, Oil and Fish Allowed) | 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

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


  HAPPY THANKSGIVING DAY & SAINT CECILIA - THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 22, 2018!  Safe travels to everyone! Remember if you are not cooking or hosting, please offer to help clean up… unless the cook/chef says, “Don’t worry about it! Just relax!” | If you/family & friends are willing and able, please assist on-call clergy/religious/first responders/families & individuals/elderly, etc. who are in need of meals, a friendly visit, an extra pair of hands to help serve their community, etc.   MASS, CONFESSION & ADORATION |  This is usually one (1) of two (2) days out of the year where TLM, Adoration and Confession is not offered at St. Rita. A nice little break for our clergy, staff and volunteers! Please check  Parish Weekly Bulletin  for adjusted Mass schedule! St. RIta Parish Rectory Office & School will be closed.   THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 22, 2018 - St. Cecilia |  Epistle - Ecclesiasticus (Sirach) 51:13-17 - Autobiographical Poem on Wisdom +Gospel Matthew 25:1-13 - The Parable of the Ten Bridesmaids (Virgins)   HISTORY OF THE FIRST CATHOLIC THANKSGIVING |    Historical Overview - Catholicism in Florida by Dr. Charles Gallagher, SJ   |   Prayers of Thanksgiving   |   The First Thanksgiving in America Was a Catholic Mass   |   The Cross in the Sand: The Early Catholic Church in Florida, 1513-1870  by Michael Gannon    IMAGE |   Painting in the cathedral depicting the first Mass celebrated  - Saint Augustine, Florida   SOURCES  |   Roman Catholic Daily Missal, 1962   pg. 263-816 |   Blessed Be God   pg. 617-712 |  Fast & Abstinence -  USCCB-USA   -   Holy Days, fasting fail' by Fr. Kenneth Doyle    | Feasts & Fasts Throughout the Year RCDM, 1962 pg. 1-5  | Family/Friends of  FSSP , please check your local  FSSP  for appropriate Mass scripture/proper readings). No Votive Masses during Lent and Octaves of Easter and Pentecost. |  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)   PARISH/DIOCESAN/TLM COMMUNITY DEVOTIONS/EVENTS/ETC. |   Parish Weekly Bulletin  |  Arlington Diocese  |  DC Latin Mass  /  Mass in EF Arlington Diocese  |  Holy Transfiguration Melkite Greek Catholic Church  (Nativity Fast (November 15-December 24) Meat and Dairy Products Avoided (Wine, Oil and Fish Allowed) |  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

HAPPY THANKSGIVING DAY & SAINT CECILIA - THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 22, 2018! Safe travels to everyone! Remember if you are not cooking or hosting, please offer to help clean up… unless the cook/chef says, “Don’t worry about it! Just relax!” | If you/family & friends are willing and able, please assist on-call clergy/religious/first responders/families & individuals/elderly, etc. who are in need of meals, a friendly visit, an extra pair of hands to help serve their community, etc.

MASS, CONFESSION & ADORATION | This is usually one (1) of two (2) days out of the year where TLM, Adoration and Confession is not offered at St. Rita. A nice little break for our clergy, staff and volunteers! Please check Parish Weekly Bulletin for adjusted Mass schedule! St. RIta Parish Rectory Office & School will be closed.

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 22, 2018 - St. Cecilia | Epistle - Ecclesiasticus (Sirach) 51:13-17 - Autobiographical Poem on Wisdom +Gospel Matthew 25:1-13 - The Parable of the Ten Bridesmaids (Virgins)

HISTORY OF THE FIRST CATHOLIC THANKSGIVING | Historical Overview - Catholicism in Florida by Dr. Charles Gallagher, SJ | Prayers of Thanksgiving | The First Thanksgiving in America Was a Catholic Mass | The Cross in the Sand: The Early Catholic Church in Florida, 1513-1870 by Michael Gannon

IMAGE | Painting in the cathedral depicting the first Mass celebrated - Saint Augustine, Florida

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

PARISH/DIOCESAN/TLM COMMUNITY DEVOTIONS/EVENTS/ETC. | Parish Weekly Bulletin | Arlington Diocese | DC Latin Mass / Mass in EF Arlington Diocese | Holy Transfiguration Melkite Greek Catholic Church (Nativity Fast (November 15-December 24) Meat and Dairy Products Avoided (Wine, Oil and Fish Allowed) | 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


  THE CHRISTMAS CYCLE | Mystery of the Incarnation: I. Season of Advent | II. Christmas(tide) | III. Season After Epiphany      DECEMBER - Month of The Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary/The Infant Savior  | Two (2) Holy Days of Obligation (HDO) - December 08, 2018 - The Immaculate of The Blessed Virgin Mary and December 25, 2018 - Christmas Day (Vigil of Christmas also fulfills HDO) | Remember all the Feasts this month if you are able!  The Season of Advent - Christmas(tide) is when both the new & old calendars become one. A New Liturgical Year begins (N.O. - 2019 Year C - Third (3rd) Cycle) -  USCCB LITURGICAL CALENDAR (YR. C N.O. - Dec. 02, 2018 - Nov. 24, 2019)  and the Christmas Cycle (TLM - First (1st) Cycle - Mystery of the Incarnation).  Happy New Liturgical Year  to both (Dec. 02, 2018)! Don’t waste this short period of time dwelling in the busyness of the world. Focus silently back to the Holy Family, especially the baby Jesus…  He  is and will always be the gift of all gifts. While you wait for  His  birth, consider going on a one day-week(s) long retreat; choose a good book/holy activity; study for winter exams; finish or begin writing/preparing those “thank you” cards or gift baskets; some individuals/families like to get their shopping done in secret ahead of Advent - slide further down to  THE CHALLENGE OF THE HOSTS: BE PREPARED! section of this site/ etc. Whatever you/your family and community end up doing this Season of Advent - Christmas(tide), pray about it first, keep the peace, keep it simple, and stay within the limits of your vocation!  If by age 30-35, you still don’t know what your  vocation  is yet (exceptions may be for anyone who comes into the church late in life)… then spend more time in prayer; help out with CCD (make sure you’re  VIRTUS  trained)/RCIA if needed; do a little more spiritual/corporal works of mercy… instead of partying, playing poker, etc. so much. Why not turn those parties, poker games, etc. for the good of others instead of the self? If you’re constantly serving others and need to pull back… do so! If you’re not spiritually whole/in the state of grace, you’re helpful to no one. Let someone else roll up their sleeves once in awhile and help clean up the Church. Those who are listening carefully to the promptings of the  Holy Spirit  and Mary as to what he/she is suppose to do with his/her life, will come forward. Be sure it is not the Devil himself/his demons that you are listening to. Find a good  Catholic Spiritual Director  and Confessor. Reach out to your  home  parish priests first and then branch out if you need to. Be patient with yourself and others… it takes time and effort to find a match for yourself/family. Remember St. Teresa of Avila’s experience. If needed, there are many good books from the party-bus Saints/Blesseds - St. Francis De Sales/St. John Bosco/St. Teresa of Avila/St. Faustina/St. Augustine/Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati/JPII/etc. Many Saints-to-be will experience life lessons that will never be found in a book, film, website, journal, blog, etc. until they’ve passed through this life. Don’t waste a day of your youth/calling… find your balance!  Don’t forget to order your 2019 Liturgical Calendar that includes BOTH the N.O. and TLM calendars! Recommend Tan Books -  Calendars . Some monasteries/abbeys do make their own as well.   JANUARY - Month of The Holy Name of Jesus |  Remember all the Feasts this month if you are able!  The secular  Happy New Year’s Day  happens to fall on the  Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God (N.O.)/ The Octave Day of the Nativity (TLM)  -  Holy Day of Obligation ).   TLM & VOCATION EDITOR’S PICKS & KUDOS  moved to the TLM Happenings Section. Just come further down this TLM Mt. webpage!   SOURCES  |   Roman Catholic Daily Missal, 1962   pg. 263-816 |   Blessed Be God   pg. 617-712 |  Fast & Abstinence -  USCCB-USA   -   Holy Days, fasting fail' by Fr. Kenneth Doyle    | Feasts & Fasts Throughout the Year RCDM, 1962 pg. 1-5  | Family/Friends of  FSSP , please check your local  FSSP  for appropriate Mass scripture/proper readings). No Votive Masses during Lent and Octaves of Easter and Pentecost. |  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)   PARISH/DIOCESAN/TLM COMMUNITY DEVOTIONS/EVENTS/ETC. |   Parish Weekly Bulletin  |  Arlington Diocese  |  DC Latin Mass  /  Mass in EF Arlington Diocese  |  Holy Transfiguration Melkite Greek Catholic Church  (Nativity Fast (November 15-December 24) Meat and Dairy Products Avoided (Wine, Oil and Fish Allowed) |  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       THANK YOU! GRACIAS! DEO GRÁTIAS! HAVE A BLESSED AND PEACEFUL CHRISTMAS CYCLE!

THE CHRISTMAS CYCLE | Mystery of the Incarnation: I. Season of Advent | II. Christmas(tide) | III. Season After Epiphany

DECEMBER - Month of The Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary/The Infant Savior | Two (2) Holy Days of Obligation (HDO) - December 08, 2018 - The Immaculate of The Blessed Virgin Mary and December 25, 2018 - Christmas Day (Vigil of Christmas also fulfills HDO) | Remember all the Feasts this month if you are able!

The Season of Advent - Christmas(tide) is when both the new & old calendars become one. A New Liturgical Year begins (N.O. - 2019 Year C - Third (3rd) Cycle) - USCCB LITURGICAL CALENDAR (YR. C N.O. - Dec. 02, 2018 - Nov. 24, 2019) and the Christmas Cycle (TLM - First (1st) Cycle - Mystery of the Incarnation). Happy New Liturgical Year to both (Dec. 02, 2018)! Don’t waste this short period of time dwelling in the busyness of the world. Focus silently back to the Holy Family, especially the baby Jesus… He is and will always be the gift of all gifts. While you wait for His birth, consider going on a one day-week(s) long retreat; choose a good book/holy activity; study for winter exams; finish or begin writing/preparing those “thank you” cards or gift baskets; some individuals/families like to get their shopping done in secret ahead of Advent - slide further down to THE CHALLENGE OF THE HOSTS: BE PREPARED! section of this site/etc. Whatever you/your family and community end up doing this Season of Advent - Christmas(tide), pray about it first, keep the peace, keep it simple, and stay within the limits of your vocation!

If by age 30-35, you still don’t know what your vocation is yet (exceptions may be for anyone who comes into the church late in life)… then spend more time in prayer; help out with CCD (make sure you’re VIRTUS trained)/RCIA if needed; do a little more spiritual/corporal works of mercy… instead of partying, playing poker, etc. so much. Why not turn those parties, poker games, etc. for the good of others instead of the self? If you’re constantly serving others and need to pull back… do so! If you’re not spiritually whole/in the state of grace, you’re helpful to no one. Let someone else roll up their sleeves once in awhile and help clean up the Church. Those who are listening carefully to the promptings of the Holy Spirit and Mary as to what he/she is suppose to do with his/her life, will come forward. Be sure it is not the Devil himself/his demons that you are listening to. Find a good Catholic Spiritual Director and Confessor. Reach out to your home parish priests first and then branch out if you need to. Be patient with yourself and others… it takes time and effort to find a match for yourself/family. Remember St. Teresa of Avila’s experience. If needed, there are many good books from the party-bus Saints/Blesseds - St. Francis De Sales/St. John Bosco/St. Teresa of Avila/St. Faustina/St. Augustine/Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati/JPII/etc. Many Saints-to-be will experience life lessons that will never be found in a book, film, website, journal, blog, etc. until they’ve passed through this life. Don’t waste a day of your youth/calling… find your balance!

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

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

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

TLM & VOCATION EDITOR’S PICKS & KUDOS moved to the TLM Happenings Section. Just come further down this TLM Mt. webpage!

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

PARISH/DIOCESAN/TLM COMMUNITY DEVOTIONS/EVENTS/ETC. | Parish Weekly Bulletin | Arlington Diocese | DC Latin Mass / Mass in EF Arlington Diocese | Holy Transfiguration Melkite Greek Catholic Church (Nativity Fast (November 15-December 24) Meat and Dairy Products Avoided (Wine, Oil and Fish Allowed) | 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

THANK YOU! GRACIAS! DEO GRÁTIAS! HAVE A BLESSED AND PEACEFUL CHRISTMAS 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) | 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


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


SOLEMNITIES | FEASTS | ETC.


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

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

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

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

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

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

  • The Way of the Cross - St. Josemaría Escrivá

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

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

    • JANUARY - Month of The Holy Name of Jesus

    • FEBRUARY - Month of The Holy Family

    • MARCH - Month of St. Joseph

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

    • MAY - Month of The Blessed Virgin Mary

    • JUNE - Month of The Sacred Heart

    • JULY - Month of The Precious Blood

    • AUGUST - Month of The Most Pure Heart of Mary

    • SEPTEMBER - Month of Our Lady of Sorrows

    • OCTOBER - Month of The Queen of the Holy Rosary

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

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

THE CHALLENGE OF THE HOSTS: BE PREPARED! |

AND THE CHEESE? (CISTERCIANS) | BIRRA NURSIA - (BENEDICTINE) | 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 MARYTEA & 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) | Women’s Advent Day of Retreat - Canons Regular of the New Jerusalem - Saturday, November 24, 2018, 9:30 AM - Free | Men’s Advent Day of Retreat - Canons Regular of the New Jerusalem - Saturday, December 08, 2018 - Free |  A Day With Mary - "Come to the Throne of Grace" - Franciscans of the Immaculate | Opus Sanctorum Angelorum: OA 2018-9 Silent Retreats | St. Thérèse Society - Morning of Reflection: Saturday, February 02, 2019, 9:00 A.M. to Noon at St. Rita - More details closer to the month  | 2019 Women's Conference (Saturday, March 02, 2019) | Notre Dame Priory (Benedictine - Australia) - Men & Women Spiritual Exercise Retreats 2019 Exciting! Australia January/August 2019 Retreats are now open! Stay tuned for 2019 USA retreats! | 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!


SUPPLEMENT 


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

THE CLERGY ROUTE/ROOT:

The Paulus Institute for the Propagation of Sacred Liturgy | Institute of Catholic Culture | 2Minutes2Virtue (N.O. Sunday Readings) (Arlington Diocese Priests) | From the Prior's Desk / Archive Homilies (Monks of Norcia - Benedictine); Vultus Christi - Blog / Current Newsletter / Archive Newsletters (Silverstream Priory - Benedictine); From the Prior / Archive Newsletters (Notre Dame Monastery - Benedictine);  Homilies of Father Abbot (Clear Creek - Benedictine); etc. | Sermons (Canons Regular of the New Jerusalem - Rule of St. Augustine) | The Thomistic Institute (Dominican - The Rule of St. Augustine) (Note: Dominican Brothers have "student-in-formation" and priest/preacher writers on board!) | Hillbilly Thomists: St. Thomas Aquinas meets bluegrass (Dominican) | The Hillbilly Thomists (CCWATERSHED) | Ascension Presents | For more thoughts/articles from your local pastors, please check parish bulletins, Celebrations of the Extraordinary Form (1962 Missal), Arlington DioceseMassTimes, DC Latin Mass, etc.

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THE RELIGIOUS/ORATORIAN ROUTE/ROOT: 

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

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

The Birdwatcher's Guide to Marriage (Catholic Gentleman); Should You Marry Someone With Different Beliefs? (+UCatholic) ; Mastering Manhood Through Mary (Catholic Gentleman) |  Restoring Courtship in a Hook-up Culture: 'The Dating Project' | Helena DailyFor Her (Aleteia Section) | Art & Travel (Aleteia) | Ascension Presents | Institute of Catholic Culture | 2Minutes2Virtue (N.O. Sunday Readings) (Arlington Diocese Priests)

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

FEATURED IMAGE(S) (ART) ABOVE: IMAGE I St. Rita Catholic Church Sanctuary on Easter(tide). Photo 3/5 Year 2017 Series - TLM & Vocation Editor's Collection (viewable only via St. Rita web :)) | MONTH IMAGE: St. Gregory the Great Releasing a Soul from Purgatory, Michele Rocca | SUNDAY IMAGE: Parable of the Weeds

ALTERNATE MONTH IMAGE/READING: Last Judgement, Fra Angelico; All Saints Day in New Orleans - Decorating the Tombs in One of the City Cemeteries

ALTERNATE SUNDAY IMAGES/READING: Satan Sowing Darnel (Tares), Fetti, Domenico | Parabolarum | St. Matthew Chap XIII The Parable of the Tares

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

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+BOOKS, MISC. |

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

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

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

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

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


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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Thank you for supporting the 2018 Race for Seminarians by praying, organizing, running, fundraising, etc.! on Priesthood Sunday, October 28, 2018/The Last Sunday of October - The Feast of the Kingship of Our Lord Jesus Christ (TLM) | For those who are continuing, please check all the races up to November 17, 2018 - Take Your Mark and Pick your Race & Team! | Please continue to pray for all of our Arlington Diocese Seminarians, all clergy and consecrated (religious, single, and married(man & woman)/widowed)!

Women’s Advent Day of Retreat - Canons Regular of the New Jerusalem - Saturday, November 24, 2018, 9:30 AM - Free | Men’s Advent Day of Retreat - Canons Regular of the New Jerusalem - Saturday, December 08, 2018 - Free

Building the Benedict Option - Leah Libresco | Catholic Information Center, Washington, DC | Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018, 6:00 PM | Reception and Book Signing to follow

Looks like the Annual Fall Clear Creek Abbey Weekend back in October 19-21, 2018 lead by Fr. (Br.) Bachmann was heavenly! Read the lovely review from Janet Gorbitz’s New Liturgical Movement article: Clear Creek Abbey Chant Weekend | Make room for them in your busy 2019 calendar and join the retreat as an individual/small group/couple/family - Laus in Ecclesia!

Beer of the Month (November): Beer Weissbier Hell Monastery Andechs; Weltenburger Kloster - Barock Hell or Heaven - Nursie Beer (brown)(33 cl) - Saint Benedict Monastery of Nursia (TLM & Vocations Editor found the extra short - happy day! If you want the Tall, please check Birra Nurcia!)

Did you miss the Middle Eastern Festival / Annual Arabic Sweets Sale this year hosted by the Holy Transfiguration Melkite Greek Catholic Church - McLean, VA? Add them to your calendar for next year! Do visit them for a Mass, Great Vespers, etc! | Eastern Traditions

Notre Dame Priory (Benedictine - Australia) - Men & Women Spiritual Exercise Retreats 2019 Exciting! Australia January/August 2019 Retreats are now open! Stay tuned for 2019 USA retreats! | Notre Dame Priory - (Benedictine - Australia) will have a 2019 Calendar this year! Their kitchen rosary abacus looks nice too! Again, please continue to pray for the entire Benedictine and their neighboring Monastic Families. If you’re able to keep up with all the updates, note how many of the houses have grown suddenly this year :)! Beautiful! Deo grátias!

Populus Summorum Pontificum - October 25-27, 2019

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Planning that retreat/pilgrimage/vacation for Fall-Winter-Spring-Summer? Highly recommend Catholic Faith Journeys (Year Round)! For more pilgrimages/retreats, please scroll down to the Spiritual Training Days section of this website | Support Institute of Catholic Culture (ICC) (Year Round)! | Benedictines of Mary, Queen of Apostles are almost at the homestretch! Don’t forget her Brothers who are also (re)building: From the Prior's Desk (Monks of Norcia - Benedictine); Vultus Christi (Silverstream Priory - Benedictine); From the Prior (Notre Dame Monastery - Benedictine); Homilies of Father Abbot (Clear Creek - Benedictine); etc. | Go where ever the Holy Spirit, Mary and all the Saints take you... and keep Christ centered!

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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! 


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