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.
ORDINATIONS / FIRST - SOLEMN - PERPETUAL PROFESSION OF VOWS |
Please check Arlington Dioceses for announcements. Announcements will be posted here at the earliest convenience of the Vocations Editor :). Thank you for your patience!
Prayers for our Bishop Burbidge, those entrusted with his medical care and for a full recovery! - Public Schedule | Prayers for all who are preparing/professed their first professions/vows/renewing their consecrations - Clergy/Religious/Laity this 2018 Liturgical Year - (ex. A New Beginning - From the Prior’s Desk, Monestero di San Benedetto In Monte (Monks of Norcia) | Incoenaculo Silverstream Priory, Benedictine Monks of Perpetual Adoration - Silverstream Priory Advent 2018 Newsletter/Simple Profession Dom(Br.) John Baptist | Notre Dame Priory - First Professions: From the Prior/Traditional Benedictine Office | At Ephesus - Fall 2018 | Novice Vestition Mass, May 31, 2018 - Canons Regular of the New Jerusalem | Arlington Diocese 2018 Mass of Ordination to the Transitional Diaconate and Ordination to the Priesthood | Provence of St. Joseph Priesthood Ordinations 2018; Diaconate Ordinations 2018 and Solemn Vows Liturgy and Reception 2018 - Photos Here | Institute of Christ the King Ordinations 2018 | Silverstream Simple Professions 2018 - Dom Hildebrand Maria (Vultus Christi Announcement - HM 2018); Dom Cassian Maria (Vultus Christi Announcement - CM 2018); etc.)! - Pray for all vocations!| Prayers that our Mother, Church, will bear fruit and heal one day at a time!
St. Thérèse Society | All are welcome - RSVP Today! Morning of Reflection: Saturday, February 02, 2019 - World Day of Consecrated Life/Presentation of the Lord(N.O.)/The Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary - Candlemas Day(TLM) - 8:30 A.M. to Noon at St. Rita, 3815 Russell Road, Alexandria, VA (meet in the school cafeteria - main doors to the right of the school playground) | Morning of Reflection includes:
Mass at St. Rita,
Holy Hour, and
Conference on prayer with continental breakfast reception at the St. Rita School Hall | Fr. Dort Bigg will preach on: Sowing the Seeds of Vocation: Can it be done in Times of Crisis? Mary Model Disciple; Mary Model of Prayer.
FREE - please RSVP with the Office of Vocations by Friday, January 25, 2019 - (703) 841-2514, email@example.com
Laetare Benefit - St. Dominic’s Monastery, Linden VA | Sunday, March 31, 2019 | 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM, Country Club of Fairfax, Fairfax, VA
Thank you for supporting the 2018 Race for Seminarians by praying, organizing, running, fundraising, etc.! We hope to see you in 2019! | Please continue to pray for all of our Arlington Diocese seminarians, clergy, religious and single, married(man & woman), widowed - all consecrated! | Please continue offering support through your gift of prayer by:
joining the St. Thérèse Society;
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)!
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 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!).
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!
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!
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!
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 CHRISTMAS CYCLE - Silent Cycling for all vocations! Be ready to make a fresh start! Welcome back to all who are returning and to all who are beginning|
First Stage: Season of Advent | Second Stage: Christmas(tide) | 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 (especially God's Rules) | If new… learn your ride (equipment/materials) backwards & forwards before saddling up and joining during Advent/Lent! | 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 previous Christmas and Easter Cycles should be applied to current stages as needed; Additional notes may be added or dropped through the cycle/stages.
Note 1 - As always, follow His lead (The Holy Spirit), Joseph, Mary, Guardian Angels and your Saint(s) will be right behind you to help you focus on the newborn, savior - Jesus! 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 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 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!
Books: Check out Catholic Presses/Bookstores, St. Rita Parish/School Library, 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 / Twelve Months of Monastery Soups, International Favorites - Br. Victor-Antoine d'Avila-Latourette
Note 2 - During Advent, timely breathing, focus, healthy meals and sleep (spiritual and physical) are keys to earning the joy of rest during Christmas(tide). The bigger your family/community/team… the harder it becomes. For every stumble during Advent… think of it as added weight (venial sin) - a small pebble added to your journey. Drop it as soon as you recognize this tiny sin… a good teacher/family/ friend/good samaritan will point it out if you don’t recognize it at first. Your enemies (anyone against Christ) will continue to cheer you on! If you accumulate too many pebbles… your journey can stop at an instant (mortal sin). Before each Advent Sunday or even before receiving communion at any Daily Mass… you must drop the pebble(s) through reconciliation (actual confession and/or examination of conscience at the middle/end of your day). Put the sin/near occasion of it behind you… let it go! Refrain from receiving communion… practice spiritual communion instead until you are able to go to confession.
Note 3 - Do not waste your prayer time (morning/midday/evening). Musicians and singers understand this when attending rehearsals/lessons. Never warm up at either occasion… come prepared… warm up before. For athletes a warm up is at least 3-5 miles. Add additional time 10-20minutes whatever is needed before and after you pray - attend Mass, (D) Office - (L) Hours in private devotion/community, Eucharistic Adoration, praying the Holy Rosary/Divine Mercy Chaplet, etc. Do not waste your time or your teacher’s - Our Lord, Jesus’ - valuable time! Apply this through your journey cycling, rowing, running, hiking, walking, etc. whether its 10min-6hrs+.
Note 4 - During Christmastide… rest! Rest doesn’t mean stop. Slow down or switch gears for a little while… caboose if needed. Pick it up quickly again during Season After Epiphany. You’ll need to conserve all that energy to survive Lent!
Note 5 - THANK YOU (GRACIAS) FOR ANOTHER YEAR OF 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 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 - firstname.lastname@example.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.)
SPIRITUAL TRAINING |
ORDINARY FORM (O.F.)(NOVUS ORDO) / EXTRAORDINARY FORM (E.F.)/TLM CONFERENCES/PILGRIMAGES/RETREATS/RECOLLECTIONS/TALKS/WORKSHOPS
Catholic Faith Journeys (Year Round) | St. Thérèse Society - All are welcome - RSVP Today! Morning of Reflection: Saturday, February 02, 2019 - World Day of Consecrated Life/Presentation of the Lord(N.O.)/The Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary - Candlemas Day(TLM) - 8:30 A.M. to Noon at St. Rita, 3815 Russell Road, Alexandria, VA (meet in the school cafeteria - main doors to the right of the school playground) - Morning of Reflection includes: Mass at St. Rita, Holy Hour, and Conference on prayer with continental breakfast reception at the St. Rita School Hall - Fr. Dort Bigg will preach on: Sowing the Seeds of Vocation: Can it be done in Times of Crisis? Mary Model Disciple; Mary Model of Prayer. FREE - please RSVP with the Office of Vocations by Friday, January 25, 2019 - (703) 841-2514, email@example.com | 2019 Women's Conference (Saturday, March 02, 2019) | 2019 Men’s Conference (Saturday, March 09, 2019) | Institute of Christ the King Italy Sovereign Priest ORDINATIONS WEEK 2019 Florence, Italy | June 30 - July 08, 2019; Province Pilgrimage Announcement - Application Here | Notre Dame Priory (Benedictine - Australia) - Men & Women Spiritual Exercise Retreats 2019 Exciting! Australia - January/August 2019 Retreats are now open! 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! | Opus Sanctorum Angelorum: OA 2019 Silent Retreats | A Day With Mary - "Come to the Throne of Grace" - Franciscans of the Immaculate | Populus Summorum Pontificum - October 25-27, 2019 | Please check with the Arlington Diocese (Vocations), Parish Weekly Bulletin, TLM, or sections further down this site to continue your search - Thank you! Gracias!
FEATURED PRIEST/RELIGIOUS VOCATIONS |
MEN: Canons Regular Of Saint John Cantius - Canons Regular Of The New Jerusalem | Carmelite Monks | Carthusians | 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 | Silverstream Priory | Solesmes Abbey | Monastero di San Benedetto in Monte (The Monks of Norcia) | Trappists | etc.
WOMEN: Benedictines of Mary Queen of Apostles (Abbey of Our Lady of Ephesus) | Carmelite Sisters of the Most Sacred Heart - LA | Cistercian Nuns | Dominican Sisters | Fairfield Carmelites | Franciscan Sisters /TOR / Franciscan Sisters of the Immaculate | Little 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 Mercy | Servants 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 Scholarship | Italian Catholic Federation | Knights of Columbus - Scholarships - RSVP | Knights of Columbus Support for Vocations - Arlington Dioceses - Seminarian Education Endowment Fund | The Labouré Society | Mater Ecclesiae Fund For Vocations | Misericordia Scholarship Fund
SUPPLEMENTAL SOURCES |
AscensionPresents | Apostolate 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 Generator | Sacra 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 Consecration| 2Minutes2Virtue
Note: Remember to stop by the Russell Road Vestibules to check-out our St. Rita Parish Library!
AS A FAMILY & COMMUNITY... PRAY TOGETHER |
NEW ONLINE SIGN-UP SHEET. Wednesday Adoration is from 3:30pm–7:30pm. We do have regularly scheduled Adorers for these hours, but we are always in need of more Adorers. Time slots are scheduled in half-hour increments so you can sign up for any time that fits your schedule. Please consider joining us for Adoration.
To sign-up, visit www.signupgenius.com/go/60b0e49ada923a6f85-strita.
The Holy Rosary & Divine Mercy Chaplet (ST. FAUSTINA & DIARY ) - Offered daily Mon. - Fri. 7:30 AM; Sat. 8:30 AM and Mon. 7:00 PM | Wed. 8:10 AM at the church before 8:30 AM School Mass - All children of the St. Rita School and parish are welcome. | Wed. 2:30-3:30 PM Holy Hour with Holy Rosary, Divine Mercy Chaplet and Liturgy of the Hours - Daytime Prayers (English) with the St. Homeschool Group at the church. Parents (Teachers) and children are welcome. | (Español ) The Holy Rosary - Sun. , 12:30 PM & The Divine Mercy Chaplet after 1:00 PM Mass.
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)
DISCOVER YOUR ROUTE AT SAINT RITA CATHOLIC CHURCH |
PARISH GROUPS/DIOCESAN CHAPTERS & SERVICES |
Daughters of St Rita - Mother’s & Women’s Group | Father's & Men’s Group | Hospitality Committee | Hispanic Charismatic Prayer Group | Hispanic Young Adults | Play Group | Respect Life Group | Social Outreach Programs | St. Rita Knights of Columbus | St. Rita Legion of Mary | St. Rita Young Adults | Youth Group | All Other Parish Groups/Diocesan Chapters & Services
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.)