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.

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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


ORDINATIONS / FIRST - SOLEMN - PERPETUAL PROFESSION OF VOWS  |

Please check Arlington Dioceses for announcements. Occasionally announcements will be posted here at the convenience of the Vocations Editor :). 

Current News: 

  • 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.

  • 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.

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

  • 2018 Arlington Diocese Ordination Coverage

  • 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 Trinity (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!).

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 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!


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.) 


Thank you to everyone who is/have supported the 2018 Race for Seminarians by praying, organizing, running, fundraising, etc. ! | 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 and all consecrated (religious, single, and married (man & woman)/widowed). All are encouraged to continue offering support through your gift of prayer by:

  • joining the 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;

  • hosting the Saint Rita Vocations Crucifix (see below);

  • offering a gift of prayer through the Our Lady of Guadalupe (O.L.O.G) Prayer Tin (see below)!

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!


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 in 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 may not be posted and prayed for! Thank you!/Gracias!

NOVEMBER 2018 GIFTS | 1 Decade - The Holy Rosary - 30 days | 1 Decade - Divine Mercy Chaplet - 30 Days | 2 Candles | 2 Holy Hours | 2 (D) Office + 2 (L) Hours = 4 | 2 Novenas

  • PRAY FOR 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)! THANK YOU (GRACIAS) FOR PRAYING!

  • THE EASTER CYCLE - Silent Cycling for all vocations! THE CHRISTMAS CYCLE is just around the corner. Be ready to make a fresh start! |

    • First Stage: Season of Lent | Second Stage: Eastertide | Third Stage: Season After Pentecost (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 (especially God's Rules) | Learn your route backwards & forwards; know it by heart | Cell phones off unless you're using it for a map, emergency phone calls, or tracking milage/distance. Carry a paper map, compass and light if you need to. You may also note where the sun rises and sets to guide you home if you lose any of the above. | Complete your ride(s) in/outdoors before dark! | Notes from the Christmas Cycle may be applied to the Easter Cycle as needed; Additional notes may be added or dropped through the cycle/stages.

      • Note 1 (Season After Pentecost) - Follow His lead and Mary will be right behind you, supporting you! Keep your prayer life light and simple! Fast praying is useless if you're distracted and stumbling in between. You may not notice, but others will! It is possible, but takes practice and focus. If you need motivation before, during or after check out: The Monks of Norcia - Benedicta | The Benedictines of Mary, Queen of Apostles - Music | Dominican House of Studies - Music; The Hillbilly Thomists, etc. | Choose music that's 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... change before!

      • Note 2 (Season After Pentecost) - For married couples who are expecting... moms can cycle up to 6-7 months as long as she has clearance from her husband and Doctor/OB. :). Avoid crowded roads; change your saddle as needed; don't ride alone; rise early and stay hydrated! Ride on rollers/stationary if your balance is off; sit upright more; run/walk/swim/watch your garden grow in between (no heavy lifting), drink water, and get plenty of rest! Yes, it is a bummer... you have to postpone that Century (100 Miles) until next year. You may want to opt for low key friendly rides/other recreation! You can still participate in St. Rita School sports events (VIRTUS Trained or soon-to-be if assisting staff) or the Marine Corps Marathon on October 28, 2018 Priesthood Sunday/Christ The King (TLM) - Race for Seminarians - Take Your Mark and Pick your Race & Team! ; etc.

      • Note 3 (Season After Pentecost) - If you are just beginning and didn't start with us during the Christmas Cycle... please wait until Advent! If you're returning or are already a seasoned rider/prayer... you should know what to do! Remember the lessons from Lent, Advent, Christmas(tide)... they carry over. Don't drop them! If you do, you may find yourself in confession more than you should.

      • Note 4: 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!


SPIRITUAL TRAINING |

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

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 | Notre Dame Priory (Benedictine - Australia) - Spiritual Exercise Retreats 2019: Australia January/August 2019 Men & Women Retreats are open! | 2019 Women's Conference (Saturday, March 02, 2019) | Populus Summorum Pontificum - October 25-27, 2019 | Please check with the Arlington Diocese (Vocations), Parish Weekly BulletinTLM,  or sections further down this site to continue your search - Thank you! Gracias!



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

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


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


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 

SUPPLEMENTAL SOURCES |

AscensionPresentsApostolate for Family Consecration | Ave Maria Press | Being altar server... | Breviary | Catholic Exchange | Catholic Cuisine | Catholic Review | Consecrated Virgins | Council of Major Superiors for Women Religious (CMSWR) | Crisis Magazine | FOCUS |  For Love Alone | FORMED | How Gregorian Chant Enhances the Mass | Ignatius Press | ipieta/iverbum | Grace Before Meals | Grassroots Films | Laboure Society | Lectio Divina | Magdala Apostolate | Magnificat | Opus Sanctorum Angelorum | Quaerere Deum | Religious-vocations.com | Saint's Name GeneratorSacra Virginitas | Saints Shall Arise | Spiritual Direction  | Sophia Institute Press | Square Note (Gregorian Chant) | Tan Books The Chapel Veil | The Divine Office | Traditional Catholic Books (Catalog) | Traditional Latin Mass | The Monastic Diurnal -  Saints Shall Arise  (Traditional Benedictine Office) | The Holy See | Two (2) Types of Marian Consecration2Minutes2Virtue 

Note: Remember to stop by the Russell Road Vestibules to check-out our St. Rita Parish Library! 


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.