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


IMAGE | Tu vocaberis… You will be called, TLM & Vocation Editor’s Collection.  Dear Family and Friends of St. Rita,  “Peace be to this house. Love your enemies, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them that persecute and calumniate you: that you may be the children of your Father, Who is in heaven, Who maketh His sun to rise upon the good and bad, and raineth upon the just and the unjust. Receive the kingdom of God as a little child. Why are you afraid? Be still… and praise the LORD! Give thanks to the LORD with your whole heart, in the company of the upright, in the congregation. Great are the works of the LORD, studied by all who have pleasure in them. Happy the enamored heart… thought centered on God alone. Suffering is part of the pursuit of Jesus Christ, who suffered first before His Glory. To encounter God… be willing to experience suffering. It’s the life of Mary, not Martha: to stay put at the foot of Christ no matter what they say you’re not doing. It’s not easy… It’s really doable only by grace, and this is the beauty of Christianity. If we let visitors upset the rhythm of our life too much, then we can’t really welcome anyone.” - Luke 10; Matthew 5; MARK 10; MATTHEW 8; PSALM 37 & 111;  Teresa of Ávila: God Alone Suffices - Q. St. Teresa of Ávila ;  The Benedict Option - Q. Fr. Benedict + Br. Ignatius + Fr. Martin + Br. Augustine ;  The Eucharistic Miracles of the World .  +Pax (Peace),  TLM & Vocations Editor of St. Rita  P.S. If you still can not hear the parish bells, listen to  1. Bells from the Basilica (Instrumental)    from  MONASTERO DI SAN BENEDETTO IN MONTE ;  Angelus and Abbey Bells  from  OUR LADY OF CLEAR CREEK ABBEY ;  Our Chant - Abbey Bells  from  Saint Joseph’s Abbey  before you pray.  Clergy, Religious and Laity need to pray both as your vocation allows: The Divine Office/Liturgy of the Hours  CCC 1174-1178  |  The Secret of the Rosary, St. Louis De Montfort  +  JPII National Shrine (Luminous Mysteries)  |  Pray For Vocations!

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

Dear Family and Friends of St. Rita,

“Peace be to this house. Love your enemies, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them that persecute and calumniate you: that you may be the children of your Father, Who is in heaven, Who maketh His sun to rise upon the good and bad, and raineth upon the just and the unjust. Receive the kingdom of God as a little child. Why are you afraid? Be still… and praise the LORD! Give thanks to the LORD with your whole heart, in the company of the upright, in the congregation. Great are the works of the LORD, studied by all who have pleasure in them. Happy the enamored heart… thought centered on God alone. Suffering is part of the pursuit of Jesus Christ, who suffered first before His Glory. To encounter God… be willing to experience suffering. It’s the life of Mary, not Martha: to stay put at the foot of Christ no matter what they say you’re not doing. It’s not easy… It’s really doable only by grace, and this is the beauty of Christianity. If we let visitors upset the rhythm of our life too much, then we can’t really welcome anyone.” - Luke 10; Matthew 5; MARK 10; MATTHEW 8; PSALM 37 & 111; Teresa of Ávila: God Alone Suffices - Q. St. Teresa of Ávila; The Benedict Option - Q. Fr. Benedict + Br. Ignatius + Fr. Martin + Br. Augustine; The Eucharistic Miracles of the World.

+Pax (Peace),

TLM & Vocations Editor of St. Rita

P.S. If you still can not hear the parish bells, listen to
1. Bells from the Basilica (Instrumental) from MONASTERO DI SAN BENEDETTO IN MONTE; Angelus and Abbey Bells from OUR LADY OF CLEAR CREEK ABBEY; Our Chant - Abbey Bells from Saint Joseph’s Abbey before you pray.

Clergy, Religious and Laity need to pray both as your vocation allows: The Divine Office/Liturgy of the Hours CCC 1174-1178 | The Secret of the Rosary, St. Louis De Montfort + JPII National Shrine (Luminous Mysteries) | Pray For Vocations!


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

Pray to the Lord of the Harvest / Oraciones por las Vocaciones | 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, OUR BISHOP, BISHOP MICHAEL F. BURBIDGE, FORMER BISHOP, BISHOP EMERITUS LOVERDEOUR SEMINARIANS, PRIESTS, AND RELIGIOUS



PHOTOGRAPHY POSTED ON WEBSITE | All submissions must be approved by the Pastor (fathergee@gmail.com) & TLM & Vocations Editor of St. Rita (stritatlmvocations@gmail.com) | Photographer(s) must be a parishioner(s) and a practicing Catholic(s). Camera & mobile cams are permitted.

  • PARISH | (Note: All Masses, Adorations, Weddings and Baptisms are open to the public) | No flash photography permitted | ALL photographers must have approval from the Pastor prior to taking photos. Please include names and contacts of all clergy, religious and laity, especially parents and children. ALL photos will be edited/declined by the TLM Vocations Editor of St Rita as necessary. Parish Clergy/religious and visiting clergy/religious (ex. Diocesan - Parish Clergy/Religious hosted events) may decline photography as needed. | NEW RULES will be posted here as needed!

    • MASSES & ADORATION | All clergy/altar servers/laity (except babies/toddlers) must be facing East towards the Eucharist/Tabernacle/Crucifix. Side profile views permitted with clergy, religious & altar servers.

    • DIVINE OFFICE / LITURGY OF THE HOURS | All clergy/altar servers/laity (except babies/toddlers) must face East towards the Eucharist/Tabernacle/Crucifix. Side profile views permitted with clergy, religious & altar servers.

    • PROCESSIONS | All Solemnity/Feast procession photos are welcome.

    • WEDDINGS | (The Groom/Bride must be parishioners. Guests in the photographs need not be parishioners) All photos must have approval from the Pastor, Groom (Man) and Bride (Woman) prior to taking photos and submission to the TLM & Vocations Editor of St. Rita.

    • BAPTISMS | (Parents must be parishioners. Guests in the photographs need not be parishioners) All photos must be approved by clergy, parents and godparents before submission to the TLM & Vocations Editor of St. Rita.

    • SPECIAL PROJECTS/EVENTS | (Parish group coordinator must be a parishioner. Guests/Members in the photographs need not be parishioners. ) (ex. Field Trips with clergy/religious/laity: March For Life/Pilgrimages/Retreats/etc.; hosted events/projects by St. Rita +Parish Groups: building projects; meetings; solemnity/feast parties/gatherings; etc.

  • SCHOOLS | Please check  SAINT RITA SCHOOL | SAINT RITA HOMESCHOOL

    • All photos will be posted on their individual websites/social media/year books/etc.


CORPUS CHRISTI 2015 | For more photographs or video clips, please go all the way down the Mt.!

Beautiful roses, flowers and plants in the gardens continue to grow; walk ways, signs and playgrounds have been built & installed/repaired, etc.; all the schools, parish families and groups are all trying their best to maintain the peace and fighting those battles when needed, adapting to new roles and growing! The cycle of progress and set-backs continue!


CONSECRATED LIFE


PRIESTHOOD & DIACONATE ORDINATIONS + RELIGIOUS VOWS | MARRIAGE + SINGLE LIFE VOWS |

Note: CCC 1024: A baptized male alone receives sacred ordination validly |What Is the Difference Between a Friar, a Monk and a Priest? |What are the differences between Religious Orders? - Et Vita Consecrata | Society of St. Pius X (SSPX) and Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter (FSSP)

CATHOLIC INVITATIONS (Priest & Diaconate Ordinations/Religious(First-Solemn-Perpetual Profession of Vows)) open to the GENERAL PUBLIC, please send to TLM & Vocations Editor of St. Rita (stritatlmvocations@gmail.com) so announcements can be posted. Send minimum two (2) months to maximum one (1) year ahead. Not all announcements are guaranteed to be posted. Include the following: WHEN/WHERE/WHO/WEBSITE. | Please check Arlington Dioceses for Priest & Diaconate Ordination announcements. Announcements will be posted here at the earliest convenience of the TLM & Vocations Editor of St. Rita :). Thank you for your patience!

Current News: 

If your family and friends follow a Religious Order, please check with the Religious Family of your choice for announcements throughout the year! There are many to choose from! Start your search under Featured Religious Vocations further down this site!


ARLINGTON DIOCESE:

DIOCESAN PRIESTHOOD, DIACONATE: TRANSITIONAL & PERMANENT (SINGLE/MARRIED), SEMINARIAN/RELIGIOUS MEN & WOMEN | Arlington Diocese Vocations

U.S.A & INTERNATIONAL VOCATIONS:

PRIESTHOOD & DIACONATE (TRANSITIONAL) (HYBRID: ORDAINED PRIESTS & DEACONS WHO LIVE IN RELIGIOUS COMMUNITY WITH/WITHOUT RELIGIOUS VOWS: MISSIONARIES, ORATORIANS, ETC. ) | RELIGIOUS (ABBOT(PRIEST) + PRIOR(PRIEST): MONKS(BROTHERS) / ABBESS + PRIORESS: NUNS(SISTERS) |

Note: CCC 1024: A baptized male alone receives sacred ordination validly |What Is the Difference Between a Friar, a Monk and a Priest? |What are the differences between Religious Orders? - Et Vita Consecrata | Society of St. Pius X (SSPX) and Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter (FSSP)

MEN: Canons Regular Of Saint John Cantius - Canons Regular Of The New Jerusalem | Carmelite MonksCarthusians | Capuchin Friars | Clear Creek Monks | Discalced Carmelite Friars | Dominican Friars /Saint Dominic's Monastery | Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate - USA | Institute of Christ the King | Jesuit | Knights of the Holy Eucharist | Mount Angel Abbey | Oratorian Vocations - DC Oratorians (Updates on FB) | Ordo Canonicorum Regularium Sanctae Crucis (Order of the Holy Cross) | Order of St. Augustine/OSA | Saint Joseph’s Abbey | Saint Mary’s Monastery | Silverstream PriorySolesmes Abbey | Monastero di San Benedetto in Monte (The Monks of Norcia) | The Abbey of Our Lady of New Clairvaux (Trappist - Cistercian/Rule of St. Benedict - USA | Trappists | etc.  

WOMEN: Abbey of Regina Laudis | Benedictines of Mary Queen of Apostles (Abbey of Our Lady of Ephesus) | Benedictine Sisters of Tutzing | Carmelite Sisters of the Most Sacred Heart - LA | Carmelite Monastery of JMJ | Cistercian NunsDominican Sisters (Nashville, TN) | Dominican Sisters of Wanganui, AU | Fairfield CarmelitesFranciscan Sisters /TOR / Franciscan Sisters of the ImmaculateLittle Sisters of the Poor | Marian Sisters of Santa Rosa | Missions of Charity Convent DC | Oblate Sisters of Francis de Sales | Order of the Servants of Mary/OSM | Poor Clares/Poor Clares | The Sisters of Our Lady of MercyServants of the Lord/SSVMUSA | Sisters of Life/Vocation Story... | Societas Sororum a Sancta Cruce (Sisters of the Holy Cross) Trappistines | etc. 

SCHOLARSHIPS FOR PRIESTHOOD/RELIGIOUS LIFE VOCATIONS |

Catholic Financial Life - Orphan Income and ScholarshipItalian Catholic Federation | Knights of Columbus - Scholarships - RSVP | Knights of Columbus Support for Vocations - Arlington Dioceses - Seminarian Education Endowment Fund | The Labouré SocietyMater Ecclesiae Fund For VocationsMisericordia Scholarship Fund 

MARRIAGE (MAN & WOMAN)/WIDOW/SINGLE LIFE) |

Office of Marriage, Family and Respect Life / Dedicated Single Life


SPIRITUAL TRAINING DAYS


ORDINARY FORM (O.F.)(NOVUS ORDO) / EXTRAORDINARY FORM (E.F.)/TLM CONFERENCES/PILGRIMAGES/RETREATS/RECOLLECTIONS/TALKS/WORKSHOPS

CATHOLIC INVITATIONS (Priest/Diaconate Ordinations/First-Solemn-Perpetual Profession of Vows) open to the GENERAL PUBLIC, please send to TLM & Vocations Editor of St. Rita (stritatlmvocations@gmail.com) so announcements can be posted. Send minimum two (2) months to maximum one (1) year ahead. Not all announcements are guaranteed to be posted. Include the following: WHEN/WHERE/WHO/WEBSITE.

A Day With Mary - "Come to the Throne of Grace" - Franciscans of the Immaculate  | Notre Dame Priory (Benedictine - Australia) - Men & Women Spiritual Exercise Retreats 2019 Exciting! Australia 2020 retreats: January & August. USA 2019 retreats: Ohio, Spiritual Center of Maria Stein - Men’s Five (5) Day Retreat: Sunday, September 29 to Friday, October 04, 2019/Women’s Five (5) Day Retreat: Sunday, October 06 to Friday, October 11, 2019! | St. Joseph Abbey will be hosting a Monastic Experience weekend October 11-13, 2019 for single Roman Catholic men between the ages of 25 and 45 who believe they may be called to the monastic life. | Contact Father James vocation@spencerabbey.org. Retreats: St. Joseph’s Abbey (Trappists - USA) | Retreats at Tagatay Community and St. Scholastica’s Center of Spirituality | Populus Summorum Pontificum - October 25-27, 2019 | Please check with the Arlington Diocese (Vocations), St. Rita Vocations, Parish Weekly Bulletin or TLM HAPPENINGS section further down this site to continue your search - Thank you! Gracias!


SPIRITUAL DIRECTION | 

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! 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 priest(s) 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!

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. Michael Isenberg, Director of Office of Vocations - Spiritual Direction - m.isenberg@arlingtondiocese.org / 703-841-2514


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 or http://www.slottr.com/StRitaVocations

OUR LADY OF GUADALUPE PRAYER TIN |

Please submit your gift of prayer (Individual/Family name noted as: living/deceased(+)) for the O.L.O.G 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 and noted with no Individual/Family name will not be posted or prayed for! Thank you!/Gracias!

JULY 2019 GIFTS | 1 Decade - The Holy Rosary - 31 days | 1 Decade - Divine Mercy Chaplet - 31 Days | 3 Candles (Clergy/Religious/Laity) | 3 Holy Hours (Clergy/Religious/Laity) | 5 (D) Office (Latin) + 2 (L) Hours (Latin + English/French/Italian/etc.) = 7

  • GIFTS OF PRAYER GUADALUPE TIN | (PERPETUAL REQUEST): GOD's HOLY WILL for more holy men, women, boys & girls in formation and for those who continue to remain faithful! - Seminarians(Men), Priests(Men), Deacons(Men), All Consecrated Religious (Men & Women), Single (Men & Women), Married/Widowed (Man & Woman) and Children (Boys & Girls)! | (JULY): God’s will for Sr. Wilhelmina of the Most Holy Rosary, O.S.B(+)

  • THE EASTER CYCLE - Silent Cycling for all vocations! Remain humble if you want to get through the longest stage. | Here’s to 100+ more miles! Click those heals three (3) times to a peaceful slow/quick ride home to heaven! | If you’re new… as always, please wait off road until Advent. The climbs are glorious and tough. The descend… dangerous! Pray for everyone!

    • Third Stage: (Period) Season After Pentecost (note: stages may be adjusted to either O.F./E.F. schedule)

    • Simple Rules & Notes: By now you should know them by heart… what worked, what didn’t and where you constantly need to make adjustments! These are rides that will take you away from the world. A few essential notes, have been left below and new ones will be added as needed! If you don’t remember… please wait off road until Advent. Pay closer attention next time! You know what happens when the RULES are broken… have the Act of Contrition memorized or work on it as not all Parishes/Seminaries/Abbeys/Monasteries/Chapels, etc. have cheat sheets! Consult a trusted spiritual director of your spiritual game plan as needed.

      • Notes 1 (Period) Season After Pentecost): If you need motivation before or after check out (this includes reading and trying your best to abide by their Rules as well - ex. The Rule of St. Albert, St. Augustine, St. Benedict, etc.): The Monks of Norcia - Benedicta ( Monastero di San Benedetto in Monte, Norcia) | The Benedictines of Mary, Queen of Apostles (Abbey of Our Lady of Ephesus) - Music | All Dominican House of Studies (OPEast) music | Institute of Christ the King: The Communion of Saints; etc. | For quick rides… highly recommend Abbaye Du Barroux for motivation. | Choose music appropriate for the prayer season and not anti-Catholic/Christian... | Bring a book/journal/hammock with you on those long days! | Stay hydrated! | Also, please do not go inside a Church/Mass with your gear... cover up and change before!

      • Notes 2 (Period) Season After Pentecost): Books - Check out Catholic Presses/Bookstores, St. Rita Parish/School Library, TLM mt., book Lists from seminaries/abbeys/convents/monasteries or a local bookstore near you (try riding your bike there!): Angelus Press / Caritas Press / Biretta Books / Ignatious Press / Loreto Publications / Tan Books / Magnificat

      • Note 3 (Period) Season After Pentecost): You may opt to just read the daily scriptures and listen carefully at Sunday/Daily Mass. (ex. Lectio Devina (Magnificat meditations (N.O.); LECTIO DIVINA English / En Español - (N.O.); LECTIO DIVINA NOTES - Saints Shall/Will Arise (Traditional Benedictine Office); TLM further reading). If you are listening and reading well… the rides can be absolutely amazing! That said, there will also be days where it’s probably best to stay inside! Remember the experience of the saints - Check Saint's Name Generator!

      • Note 4 (Period) Season After Pentecost): Keep a written/photo/video/etc. journal of your journey. It's your choice to share it/not… (If you’re under 18… sorry but your parents will decide for you!)

      • Note 5 (Period) Season After Pentecost): For the folks who are cross-training and prefer to continue walking, hiking, running, swimming, rowing, skiing, sparring, etc. or resting… you may! If you are running, please consider supporting the Arlington Diocese's Support Our Seminarians Race / Catholic Sports/NVJCYO event(s). Volunteers must be VIRTUS trained.

      • Note 6 (Period) Season After Pentecost): Moms who are expecting… remember your drop date.  Get clearance from your husband and from your Drs.! It sucks, but yes… keep baby safe! Open those windows and ride stationary or just relax! 

      • Note 7 (Period) Season After Pentecost):  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!



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.


TLM & VOCATIONS EDITOR OF ST. RITA | stritatlmvocations@gmail.com