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.


VOCATIONS


PRAYER FOR VOCATIONS  - ARLINGTON DIOCESE | www.arlingtondiocese.org

Heavenly Father, Lord of the Harvest, call forth vocations to the priesthood and consecrated life from our diocese and our families. Inspire men to imitate Christ the Eternal High Priest in sacrificial service to Your Church. Move the hearts of men and women to offer themselves wholly to You in poverty, chastity, and obedience. Send them as laborers for Your harvest. Inspire the faithful to support them with prayer and sacrifice. Raise up holy families who foster openness to Your call. We ask this through Christ, Our Lord. Amen. Mary Immaculate, pray for us. St. Thomas More, pray for us. St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, pray for us. 

PLEASE PRAY FOR OUR POPE FRANCIS, NEWLY APPOINTED BISHOP, BISHOP MICHAEL F. BURBIDGE, FORMER BISHOP, BISHOP EMERITUS LOVERDEOUR SEMINARIANS, PRIESTS, AND RELIGIOUS

ARLINGTON DIOCESES ORDINATIONS 2017 - June 03 & 10, 2017

National Vocations Awareness Week! November 05-11, 2017

THANK YOU to everyone who helped organize, participated and supported the 2017 Run For Seminarians - Marine Corps Marathon on October 22, 2017! Please continue to pray for all of our seminarians and all in formation to the priesthood and consecrated religious life. All are encouraged to continue offering support through your gift of prayer by:

  • joining the St. Thérèse Society;
  • hosting the Saint Rita Vocations Crucifix (see below);
  • or offering a gift of prayer through the Saint Rita Vocations Prayer Box (see below)!

2017 Arlington Diocese Seminarians at St. Rita Catholic Church:

  • Andrew Clark 
  • Tim Courtney 
  • Edouard Guilloux 

Please also continue to keep in your prayers the priests, seminarians and consecrated religious who came through St. Rita and throughout our Arlington Diocese in the past, present and future!


OUR SPIRITUAL FATHERS | 

INTERVIEWS WITH SAINT RITA'S VERY OWN... FR GEE, FR BORK AND DEACON DIXON |

Called To Serve: An Interview With Fr. Gee and Fr. Bork About the Vocation to the Priesthood | November 2013, Volume II, Issue 10. 

Meet St. Rita's Permanent Deacon | August-September 2015, Volume IV, Issue 5. 

INTERVIEWS WITH SAINT RITA'S IN RESIDENCE PRIESTS

Father Karol Nedza | Fr. Karol Nedza received Holy Orders in 2015 in the Diocese of Sosmowiec, Poland. He will be with St. Rita for the next three years and plans to study at the Pontifical John Paul II Institute in Washington, D.C.

Meet Fr. Marcin Krycki | 2013, Volume II, Issue 2. Meet Fr. Marcin Krycki

SAINT RITA'S HISTORY OF VOCATIONS Courtesy of the Arlington Diocese 

  • Fr. Robert Rippy – ord. 1984
  • Fr. Mark Moretti – ord. 1995
  • Fr. Andrew Fisher – ord. 1998
  • Fr. Scott Sina – ord. 2014

(NOTE: History dates back only to 1974 when Arlington became its own diocese.) 


THE SAINT RITA VOCATIONS CRUCIFIX | 

The St Rita Vocations Crucifix has been touched to a first class relic of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton and St. John Neumann, and housed in a beautiful wooden case handcrafted by St. Rita Parishioner, John McLaughlin at the request of Fr. Donahue.  Hosting the Crucifix in your home for a week involves just a few daily prayers. THANK YOU (GRACIAS) FOR PRAYING!

Contact | Robert Manaker StRitaVocations@gmail.com 

THE SAINT RITA VOCATIONS PRAYER BOX |

Please fill out a gifts of prayer form at the Russell Road Vestibule and place in the prayer box! Prayers will be posted on this website. If you would like to submit a Mass Intention at St. Rita, please submit your intentions w/donation to the Parish Rectory Office by calling (703) 836-1640. Those intentions will appear in the Parish Weekly Bulletin.  Prayer Requests may also go directly to a specific Religious Family of your choice. See religious families below. 

November 2017 GIFTS - PRAYER FOR VOCATIONS BOX | 1 Decade - The Holy Rosary - 30 days | 1 Decade - Divine Mercy Chaplet - 30 Days | 3 Candles | 3 Holy Hours | 3 Divine Office - Lauds/Vespers; Morning Prayer/Evening Prayer

  • Pray for God's Will - all men and women in formation and all vocations (Seminarians, Priests, Deacons, Consecrated Religious, Single Consecrated/Dedicated Single Life, and Married(Man & Woman)! THANK YOU (GRACIAS) FOR PRAYING!
  • Pray for all the Holy Souls in Purgatory.

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"Providence is always at work, and Our Lord is constantly speaking to us through all sorts of ordinary things..." - WM. 

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SISTER LISA RUTH OF ST. THÉRÈSE (MAUREEN T. DALLEY) | Carmelite - Carmelite Sisters of the Most Sacred Heart - LA    

Maureen's Vocation Story | Entrance into Novitiate 2017 | "All is gift!" - MD & St. Thérèse. 


SPIRITUAL DIRECTION | 

Please contact the Parish Rectory Office to speak to Pastor, Rev. Daniel N. Gee, Parochial Vicar, Rev. Vincent P. Bork - (703) 836-1640 or contact Fr. J.D. Jaffe, Director of Office of Vocations - Spiritual Direction 



AS A FAMILY & COMMUNITY... PRAY TOGETHER | 

NOTE: The Holy Rosary & Divine Mercy Chaplet (ST. FAUSTINA & DIARY ) are said only as clergy/volunteers are available. Mass schedule may also be changed at anytime by our Pastor. We apologize in advance for any inconvenience. Thank you for your participation and patience! 

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)



Saint Rita Homeschool Group May Crowning 2017! Thank you to everyone for a great year!

Saint Rita Homeschool Group May Crowning 2017! Thank you to everyone for a great year!


Local News 2017-18 - CH - Español - Noticias Locales | Una parroquia en Alexandria Caminan en Su Pasión!


Eagle Scouts Project 2017 | Thanks to the hard working 7th and 8th grade boys, their fathers and family members for leading the clean-up and rebuilding of the parish garden! 



St. Rita's Legion of Mary - Immaculate Conception (Juniors), Our Lady of Guadalupe (Español), and Our Lady of the Holy Rosary (English) at the 2017 Arlington Regia of the Legion of Mary Acies lead by Bishop Burbidge!


St. Rita School Pligrimage to the St. John Paul II National Shrine 2016 | Pilgrimage - the new field trip


Corpus Christi Mass and Procession 2016 | https://vimeo.com/169097233 / THANK YOU to everyone who participated and assisted in planning out this Sacred Tradition!  


(The Mass , Procession, and selection of photographs and video from Corpus Christi 2015 were made possible by our devoted Saint Rita clergy, altar servers, Sacred Music staff & volunteers, ushers, parishioners, and guests.) 


(The private collection of photographs and video from the mid 40's, late 50's and early 60's are owned by Saint Rita Parish and School. Please contact Saint Rita School to view the entire collection. For more history, please check Illustrated History of Saint Rita Parish.