Saint Rita Catholic Church

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

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


TRADITIONAL + LATIN MASS

(Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite)



TLM SUNDAY & DAILY MASS SCHEDULE


  • SOLEMN HIGH MASS-MISSA SOLEMNIS | Not yet, but maybe one day! 
  • HIGH MASS-MISSA CANTATA First & Fourth Sunday 9:30 AM - Latin Mass Schola
    • Save-the-Date: Christmas Day, Monday, December 25, 2017, 9:30 AM Sharp! | Missa Cantata.  Please wait to see the WEEKLY BULLETIN  for confirmation of all Mass times. 
  • LOW MASS-MISSA PRIVATA | Second & Third Sunday 9:30 AM; Tuesday & Thursday 7:30 PM
    • First Friday 8:00 AM Low Mass is no longer offered at St. Rita
  • SUNG VESPERS (English & Latin) | Friday 7:00 PM / 6:30 PM During Lent
  • Novus Ordo/Ordinary Form (OF) Masses, all Sacrament of Penance and Exposition & Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament check WEEKLY BULLETIN / MASS & CONFESSION SCHEDULE  

The schedule may change at the Pastor's discretion. Announcements may or may not be announced before/after a Mass of any changes. Prior to attending, please contact the Parish Rectory Office at 703-836-1640 to confirm day(s) and time(s) especially for Solemnities, Feasts, Votive Masses, etc. We apologize in advance  for any last minute changes and thank you for your patience.  

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

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  • Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary! | Tues., November 21, 2017
    • Mass 7:00 AM, 5:00 PM (en Español - Our Lady Queen of Peace - "Patrona de El Salvador") Procesion, 5:30 PM Rezo del Santo Rosario, 6:00 PM Santa Misa por el Rev. Alexander Diaz (Nota: Vestir a los niños con trajes típicos, No Adoration 6:30 PM, 7:30 PM (TLM)
  • Happy Thanksgiving Day! | Thur., Nov. 23, 2017!
    • Mass on Thanksgiving Day will be 7:00 AM and 8:30 AM; | No School Mass on Wed., Nov. 22, 2017 
    • No Adoration at 6:30 PM or 7:30 PM TLM Mass;
    • The St. Rita Parish Office and School | Closed Thur., Nov. 23-Fri. 24, 2017.
  • Christ, King of the Universe/Our Lord Jesus Christ King of the Universe!(N.O.)/Twenty-fourth (24th) Sunday After Pentecost & Last Sunday of Pentecost (TLM) | Sunday, November 26, 2017
  • Happy New Liturgical Year! | Go Year B! (Novus Ordo) | "B" at St. Rita for First (1st) Sunday of Advent! Slow down and wait for Jesus! Mary and Joseph too! | Saturday, December 02, 2017 | Vigil Mass 5:00 PM
    | Sunday, December 03, 2017 | Same Sunday Cycle - 7:15 AM, 8:15 AM, 9:30 AM (Go TLM!), 11:00 AM, and 1:00 PM (en Español)
    • First to Fourth Sunday of Advent | Saturday, December 02, 09, 16 and 23, 2017 - Vigil Mass 5:00 PM | Sunday, December 03,10,17 and 24, 2017 | Same Sunday Schedule | 7:15 AM, 8:15 AM, 9:30 AM (TLM), 11:00 AM and 1:00 PM (en Español)
  • Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Holy Day of Obligation/Solemnity in the U.S.A., Canada, Ireland, and Scotland! | Friday, December 08, 2017) | Mass 7:00 AM, 6:00 PM (en Español), 7:30 PM (Ad Orientem) 
    • Please keep in your prayers those who will continue to renew (daily/monthly/yearly) their consecrations or make them for the first time this day and future Marian Feast Days!
  • The Celebration of Our Lady of Guadalupe! | Tuesday, December 12, 2017 | 5:30 AM (Mariachi), Mass 6:00 AM (En Español), 7:00 AM and 7:30 PM TLM in some places/Feria of Advent. (In the Diocese of New Orleans this is celebrated on November 16 -  TLM)
    • Please keep in your prayers those who will continue to renew (daily/monthly/yearly) their consecrations or make them for the first time this day and future Marian Feast Days!
  • Merry Christmas and A Happy New Year! 
    • The St. Rita School will be closed Thursday, December 21, 2017-Tuesday, January 02, 2018 | The St. Rita Parish Office closing days will be posted soon!
    • Vigil of Christmas/The Nativity of Our Lord/Christmas Eve! | Sunday, December 24, 2017 | (TBA(D) 5:00 PM and 12Midnight | Please wait for confirmation! Yes, this counts as your Holy Day of Obligation!)
    • The Nativity of Our Lord/Christmas Day (Holy Day of Obligation/Solemnity)! | Monday, December 25, 2017 | (TBA(D) 7:00 AM, 9:30 AM Missa Cantata! , 11:00 AM, 1:00 PM (en Español) | Please wait for confirmation!
    • The Holy Family of Jesus Mary and Joseph/Seventh Day in the Octave of Christmas (TLM)! | Sunday, December 31, 2017 |  7:15 AM, 8:15 AM, 9:30 AM (TLM), 11:00 AM and 1:00 PM (en Español)
    • The Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God/The Octave Day of The Nativity (Holy Day of Obligation/Solemnity)! | (TBA(D) Sunday, December 31, 2017 | Vigil Mass 5:00 PM | Monday, January 01, 2018 | Mass 7:00 AM, 6:00 PM (en Español), and 7:30 PM (Ad Orientem) | Please wait for confirmation!

For those who are able to wait, please note that a set schedule of all Mass times, Sacrament of Penance, Exposition & Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament, Parish Office and School closings, and all other spiritual/corporal works of mercy/devotional activities around Advent, Christmas and New Years will be posted here, in the Parish Weekly Bulletin, St. Rita School, announced after the Masses, or printed on flyers soon!  Just as the seasons change, so will the schedule above. Thank you for waiting!  

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For a schedule of the monthly Coffee & Donuts/Brunch after the Sunday Masses, detailed info. of St. Rita Parish Groups (+Parish Groups) and St. Rita School/Parish or Diocesan (All Spiritual/Corporal Works of Mercy /Happenings), please check Parish Weekly Bulletin, St. Rita School calendarflyers in the vestibules/bulletin boards or listen for announcements after Mass. All are welcome!


SCRIPTURE READINGS, ETC. | Sixth Resumed Sunday After Epiphany - Epistle I Thessalonians 1:2-10 - The Thessalonians‘ Faith and Example  +Gospel Matthew 13:31-35 - The Parable of the Mustard Seed; The Parable of the Yeast; The Use of Parables  SOURCES | The Holy Benedictine Bible / Roman Catholic Daily Missal, 1962 / Vulgate - Douay-Rheims - Knox Bible / CCC / IPIETA (N.O./TLM) - Not all Saints are commemorated (No Comm.) for Daily Mass under this app. Please check your local parish/monastery before attending Daily Mass if a particular Saint will be commemorated at the altar. No Saints are commemorated on Sunday Mass at the altar.  | November - Month of the Holy Souls / Hallowtide  | December - Month of the Divine Infancy / Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Holy Day of Obligation in the U.S.A - Friday, December 8, 2017) / Advent - The Christmas Cycle: Mystery of The Incarnation - I. Season of Advent / II. Christmastide / III. Season After Epiphany  | Note: (*) View Below: Supplemental Readings... and Alternate Sacred/Liturgical...  IMAGE ABOVE | * Parable of the Mustard Seed; Parable of the Leaven Bread - Jan Luy Ken | Note: (*) View Below: Supplemental Readings... and Alternate Sacred/Liturgical...  NOTE | The Easter Cycle is coming to a close soon! Can you believe it?! Around the corner is everyone's favorite roundabout: The Christmas Cycle: Mystery of the Incarnation - I. Season of Advent (Adventide) | II. Christmastide | III. Season After Epiphany! Roman Catholic Daily Missal (RCDM) 1962 pg. 135-262. Don't stop preparing! Just keep it slow and steady up or down those mountain roads! If by water you arrive, don't tip over! Grab hold of those sails as best you can and trust in the Holy Spirit, Jesus, Mary and Joseph to guide you onward to calmer waters!

SCRIPTURE READINGS, ETC. Sixth Resumed Sunday After Epiphany - Epistle I Thessalonians 1:2-10 - The Thessalonians‘ Faith and Example  +Gospel Matthew 13:31-35 - The Parable of the Mustard Seed; The Parable of the Yeast; The Use of Parables 

SOURCES | The Holy Benedictine Bible / Roman Catholic Daily Missal, 1962 Vulgate - Douay-Rheims - Knox Bible / CCC / IPIETA (N.O./TLM) - Not all Saints are commemorated (No Comm.) for Daily Mass under this app. Please check your local parish/monastery before attending Daily Mass if a particular Saint will be commemorated at the altar. No Saints are commemorated on Sunday Mass at the altar.  | November - Month of the Holy Souls / Hallowtide  | December - Month of the Divine Infancy / Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Holy Day of Obligation in the U.S.A - Friday, December 8, 2017) / Advent - The Christmas Cycle: Mystery of The Incarnation - I. Season of Advent / II. Christmastide / III. Season After Epiphany  Note: (*) View Below: Supplemental Readings... and Alternate Sacred/Liturgical... 

IMAGE ABOVE | * Parable of the Mustard SeedParable of the Leaven Bread - Jan Luy Ken | Note: (*) View Below: Supplemental Readings... and Alternate Sacred/Liturgical... 

NOTE | The Easter Cycle is coming to a close soon! Can you believe it?! Around the corner is everyone's favorite roundabout: The Christmas Cycle: Mystery of the Incarnation - I. Season of Advent (Adventide) | II. Christmastide | III. Season After Epiphany! Roman Catholic Daily Missal (RCDM) 1962 pg. 135-262. Don't stop preparing! Just keep it slow and steady up or down those mountain roads! If by water you arrive, don't tip over! Grab hold of those sails as best you can and trust in the Holy Spirit, Jesus, Mary and Joseph to guide you onward to calmer waters!


THE EASTER CYCLE: The Mystery of the Redemption | Blessed Be God pg. 617-657 | Roman Catholic Daily Missal, 1962 pg. 263-817; pg. ix-xvi | Last Sunday of Pentecost instructions pg. 814; (FSSP Family/Friends of FSSP, please check your local FSSP for appropriate Mass scripture/proper readings)

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 | Maternal Heart  | Usus Antiquior | Corpus Christi Watershed 

+SUPPLEMENTAL READINGS, PRAYERS, TRADITIONS, etc. | 

The Power of Silence - Against the Dictorship of Noise, Nicolas Diat | Abandonment to Divine Providence, Jean-Pierre De Caussade |The Way of Perfection - St. Teresa of Avila: All Are Invited  pg. 119 |  Lives of the Saints - Lives of the Saints, Alban Butler Saints | Our Way and Our Life-Christ in His Mysteries, Blessed Columba Marmion: Advent - Divine Preparations; Christmastide "O Admirabile Commercium!"; The Epiphany pg. 10-30The Church Divided: The Dominicans, Franciscans, and Jesuits and the Immaculate Conception Controversy in Seventeenth-Century Spain - Bowman, Hayley | Formed Movie: Blessed Duns Scotus: Defender of the Immaculate Conception | Our Lady of Guadalupe, Carl Anderson & Msgr. Eduardo Chávez | Not Safe, but GoodWhy We Don't Read Poetry (And Why We Should) |The Life of Pi (Reviews: Life of Pi - CNS  | Life of Pi: Unam Sanctam Catholicam Silence, Shusaku Endo / Bishop Barron on "Silence" / Apostasy and Ambiguity... / SDG Reviews 'Silence' | Humility Rules | Confessions of a Traditional Catholic

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The Apocalypse of Angers | CatafalqueReader Question: Constructing the Catafalque | Sacristan’s Manual For the Extraordinary Form “In Sacristy and Sanctuary” M. All Souls’ Day | On the Use of Black VestmentsAll Souls Day, Aladár Körösfói-Kriesch | All Souls' Day in Malaysia  | Ad Orientem Posture Given New Life in Nebraska | Candor, 2017 | Forma (Features) | Liber Antiphonarius pro Diurnis horis  Traditional Franciscans? - Dec. 2010 |  A Rosary on Poland’s Borders: An example of All Countries | Poland Prays: Hundreds of Thousands Participate in Rosary 

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Veterans Day - Archdiocese For the Military Services, USA | Forgotten Heroes...“Sometimes when I pray I fall asleep,” says Pope | Pope: Mass is for the Eucharist... | Detroit Catholics... Fr. Solanus Casey... | 3 Nuns... | Is There Marriage in Heaven?World Day of the Poor - Nov. 19  

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Catholic News Agency | Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC) | Fish Eaters | iBreviary(N.O.) | ipieta(N.O/TLM) | Monks of Norcia - Blog | National Catholic Register2minutes2virtue  | TV PicksVulgate - Douay-Rheims - Knox Bible |  Catholic.Bible (Novus Ordo readings only) (TLMIPIETA) | Vultus Christi - Blog | Word on Fire 

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

Parable of the Mustard SeedParable of the Leaven Bread - Jan Luy Ken | Forest Landscape with Two of Christ’s Miracles, David, Vinckboons | Search under: www.wga.hu | The Daughter of Jairus (La fille de Zäire) / The Woman with an Issue of Blood (L’hémoroïsse); James Tissot | Codex Aureus of Echternach, German Miniaturist; The Healing of the Woman of her Bloody Issue, German Romanesque Painter - Search under: www.wga.hu | The Raising of Jairus’ Daughter, Multiple Artists

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The Virgin Receiving Martyrs into Heaven, Jacques Callot |The Virgin and Child With Ten Saints, Andrea Da Firenze: Search under: www.wga.hu | Last Judgement C. 1431 or C. 1450, Fra Angelico - Search under: www.wga.hu | The Ghent Altarpiece Open, Jan van Eyck | All Saints Day, ToussaintAll Saints Day in New Orleans -- Decorating the Tombs in One of the City Cemeteries, John Durkin  | All Souls' Day, Jakub Schikaneder | An All Souls' Day, Waldmüller | Halloween Frolics, James Elder Christie 


LAUDS & VESPERS


Join St. Rita Catholic Church every Friday at 7:00 PM for Sung Vespers . 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. Sung Lauds at St. Rita has been offered on Good Friday and Holy Saturday. Thank you for your support!

Consider (Re)Learning the Divine Office / Liturgy of the Hours | Saints Shall Arise (Traditional Benedictine Office) | Ibreviary | Divine Office | Officium Divinum - Angelus Press (Lauds, Vespers, Compline, etc.) | Square Note (Gregorian Chant) | The Little Office of the Blessed Virgin Mary - Baronius Press 


FEASTS/SOLEMNITIES, SCRIPTURES, PRAYERS, ETC. |

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

HOLY DAYS OF OBLIGATION IN THE U.S.A (Please check books for all other Countries) 

  • Ordinary Form of the Roman Rite (OF) (Novus Ordo/NO) Feasts/Solemnities | IPIETA / IBREVIARY / The Holy See / Parish Weekly Bulletin / Lives of the Saints, Fr. Alban Butler  (Available in the Parish Library) 
    • Daily Roman Missal - Third Edition - Holy days of Obligation pg. xxxiii  | All Sundays; The Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God, Jan. 1; Thursday of the sixth Week of Easter - The Solemnity of the Ascension; The Solemnity of the Assumption of the BVM, Aug. 15; The Solemnity of All Saints, Nov. 1; The Solemnity of The Immaculate Conception, Dec. 8; The Solemnity of the Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, Dec. 25. For Sat., Mon. and Transfer explanations, please check pg. xxxiii
  • Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite (EF) (Traditional Latin Mass/TLM) Feasts/Solemnities | IPIETA / The Holy See / Roman Catholic Daily Missal 1962 (RCDM 1962) - The Proper of the Saints pg. 1041-1518 / Lives of the Saints, Fr. Alban Butler  (Available in the Parish Library)
    • Roman Catholic Daily Missal 1962 (RCDM 1962) - The Proper of the Saints pg. 1041-1518; Fasts Throughout the Year. Holy days of Obligation pg. 1-5 All Sundays; The Octave Day of the Nativity, Jan. 1; Ascension Day; The Assumption of the BVM, Aug. 15; The Feast of All Saints, Nov. 1; The Immaculate Conception, Dec. 8; Christmas Day, Dec. 25
  • Sacrament of Penance | Blessed Be God - Devotions for Confession; Spiritual & Corporal Works of Mercy pg. 21-25; pg. 623-645 | Roman Catholic Daily Missal 1962 (RCDM 1962) - Devotions for Confession and Communion pg. 65-97 | Handbook of Prayers-Spiritual Game Plan pg. 8-10; (Student Edition) pg. 4; Guide for a Good Confession pg. 323-336; (Student Edition) pg. 84-87/check vestibules.

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

THE CHALLENGE OF THE HOSTS: BE PREPARED! |

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

SUPPLEMENTAL SOURCES & HAPPENINGS | 

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

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


CLERGY & STAFF |

Pastor, Rev. Daniel N. Gee | Parochial Vicar, Rev. Vincent P. Bork | PARISH DIRECTORY | Please contact the Clergy & Staff directly if interested in Altar Serving, Weddings, Funerals/Memorials, Baptisms, First Communions and Confirmations (Must have Bishop clearance) in the Extraordinary Form.

SACRED MUSIC

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

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


NOTE | If you are using any resources on this site, please do kindly include in your prayers Our Pope Francis, all clergy who (con)celebrate the Mass, staff, parish altar servers, ushers, oblates, and all other members of the laity who assist so that you may have a peaceful and fruitful participation. 

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