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

THANK YOU to everyone who helped organize, participated and supported the 2017 Run For Seminarians - Marine Corps Marathon on October 22, 2017 and the 42nd Alexandria Turkey Trot 5 Miler Del Ray 2017 on November 23, 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:

If you would like to continue running, please Take Your Mark and Pick your Race! | Support a runner/team! 

2017 Arlington Diocese Seminarians at St. Rita Catholic Church:

  • Andrew Clark 
  • Tim Courtney 
  • Edouard Guilloux 

Please 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 TIN |

Please submit your gift of prayer in the St. Rita Vocations Prayer Tin at the Russell Road Vestibule by the end of each month! Prayers will be posted on this webpage and prayed in the following month. Please write clearly! Prayers that are not legible may not be posted and prayed for! Thank you!/Gracias!

January 2018 GIFTS | 1 Decade - The Holy Rosary - 31 days | 1 Decade - Divine Mercy Chaplet - 31 Days | 3 Candles | 3 Holy Hours | 3 Divine Office - Lauds/Vespers or Morning Prayer/Evening Prayer

  • Pray for God's Will - all men and women in formation and all vocations (Seminarians(Men), Priests(Men), Deacons(Men), Consecrated Religious (Men & Women), Single Consecrated/Dedicated Single Life (Men & Women), and Married(Man & Woman)! THANK YOU (GRACIAS) FOR PRAYING!
  • Pray for Good health, spirit and charity!
  • The Christmas Cycle - Silent Cycling for all vocations! | 
    • First Stage: Advent | Second Stage: Christmastide | Third Stage: Season After Epiphany (note: stages may be adjusted to either O.F./E.F. schedule)
    • Simple Rules: Rise early and focus on prayers suited to your vocation (ex. 30min. - 1hr. of focused prayer = 30min. - 1hr. of pedaling) (if in doubt, consult a trusted spiritual director of your spiritual game plan!) | Rest well (ex. at least 7-9 hrs. of sleep (18+ adults)/8-15hrs. (PreK-12th Grade level kids) | Choose healthier meals/portions | Follow the rules of the road | Learn your route backwards & forwards; know it by heart | Complete your ride(s) in/outdoors before dark! 
      • Note 1: For the folks who are cross-training out there, if you prefer to walk, hike, run, swim, row, ski, spar, etc. or rest and wait until The Easter Cycle tour rolls around, you may do so! The first tour will just be a warm-up for the second tour! If you are running, please consider supporting the Arlington Diocese's Support Our Seminarians Race / Nun Runs : Take Your Mark and Pick your Race! | Support a runner/team! 
      • Note 2: If you absolutely cannot have pure silence until the second and third stages, these are examples of permissible music for your playlists (ex. 1-3hr+ rides): The Monks of Norcia - Benedicta | The Benedictines of Mary, Queen of Apostles - Christmas at Ephesus | Dominican Brothers - The Hillbilly Thomists | All are still encouraged to try and practice riding in silence at least for part of your rides if not all! It's safe and will help you get through the Easter Cycle! 
      • Note 3: Try not to worry too much! | Don't rush (unless you're a falling expert and can get back on the saddle without a scratch!) - take your time - this is your journey with team Jesus, Mary, Joseph, saints and guardian angels! Need to a add a Saint to your team this year? Check Saint's Name Generator
      • Note 4: Pick at least one trustworthy person (ex. spiritual director, husband/wife, (grand)father/(grand)mother, (grand)son/(grand)daughter, sibling, best friend, etc.) who knows you well and will hold you accountable to complete your specialized cycle! You don't have to ride together... just check-in and have a plan on how you will do that! Remember the Holy Family, Saints and Guardian Angels know when you break a rule! Don't go throughThe Easter Cycle alone!
      • Note 5: Keep a written/photo/mental journal of your journey. It's your choice to share it/not.
      • Note 6: If you choose to ride solo and are at peace on your own, then continue in that direction. Every time you pass someone/someone passes you on the road... slow down/stop and say a little prayer of thanksgiving that you're not really alone! Try gardening / fly fishing / rock climbing, etc. 
      • Note 7: THANK YOU (GRACIAS) FOR PRAYING & PEDALING! 

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. Ask about Parish Giving to submit donations online.  Mass intentions will appear in the Parish Weekly Bulletin. Donations may also go directly to a specific Seminarian or through other Vocation Programs in the Arlington Diocese. If you would like to make a Prayer Request and offer a donation to a Religious Family of your choice, please see religious families below. Note, these are just a few of many Religious Families in the U.S.A and throughout the world!


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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)



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.