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.



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 check Arlington Dioceses for announcements. Occasionally announcements will be posted here at the convenience of the builder/editor :). 

Current News: Six Deacon Candidates Become Lectors - 01/27/18 | Fr. Trinkle becomes the Diocese of Arlington's first hermit


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!



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. 


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.) 

YES - IT IS THAT TIME AGAIN! | Sign-up for the Marine Corps Marathon on October 28, 2018 - Race for Seminarians - Take Your Mark and Pick your Race & Team! 

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:

  • 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)!

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!


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 or


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!

MARCH 2018 GIFTS | 1 Decade - The Holy Rosary - 31 days | 1 Decade - Divine Mercy Chaplet - 31 Days | 3 Candles | 3 Holy Hours | 3 Divine Office/Liturgy of the Hours - Lauds/Morning Prayer + Vespers/Evening Prayer | 7 Sundays Devotion to St. Joseph

  • 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!
  • The Easter Cycle - Silent Cycling for all vocations! | 
    • 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 of Lent): Need a book? Consider one of these or check out Catholic Presses/Bookstores (Season of Lent recommendations), 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 BooksIgnatious Press / Loreto PublicationsTan BooksMagnificat / Twelve Months of Monastery Soups, International Favorites - Br. Victor-Antoine d'Avila-Latourette   
        • The Rule of St. Augustine/Benedict, etc. | The Holy Bible | Manual for Spiritual Warfare - Paul Thigpen | Abandonment to Divine Providence -Jean-Pierre De Caussade | True Devotion to to Mary With Preparation For Total Consecration - Saint Louis De Montfort | The Spiritual Exercises of Saint Ignatius or Manresa - St. Ignatius of Loyola | Walking the Road to God - Fr. Lawrence Carney | Diary of Saint Maria Faustina Kowalska | The Way of Perfection - St. Teresa of Avila | Where Lovers Meet: Inside the Interior Castle | Introduction to the Devout Life - Francis de Sales | The Spiritual Combat - Dom Lorenzo Scupoli | Joan of Arc - Twain | Humility Rules: Saint Benedict's 12-Step Guide to Genuine Self-Esteem - J. Augustine Wetta, OSB | The Power of Silence - Against the Dictorship of Noise - Nicolas Diat | Thirty Days with a Great Spiritual Teacher series (various Saints), etc. (Be careful what you choose and choose only one - unless you're an expert speed reader/drawn to short reads/articles!)
        • Note 1a(Season of Lent): You may opt to just chant/recite/sing (unselfishly) the Divine Office/The Liturgy of the Hours, The Holy Rosary/Divine Mercy Chaplet, or read the daily scriptures and listen carefully at Sunday/Daily Mass. Keep your hearts open to the Holy Spirit!
      • Note 2 (Season of Lent): Just because you know the rules of the road (God's rule of life), doesn't mean the other person on the road with you does or was taught the same rules. Be an example; teach by example; hold your temper or you'll find yourself in confession more than you want to be and dropped from the cycle. Remain in His peace... remember His falls, His mercy, the tears and mercy of of the Holy Mother, and the men and women who were and are still on the road to calvary... 
      • Note 3 (Season of Lent): Sometimes it's just a ride/run/walk, etc.; nothing more. There may be days when you will never be able to explain what happened! Trust in God and Mary's intercession always! Where Mary is, 'the devil does not enter'
      • Note 4 (Season of Lent): Be cautious about using online tracking for mileage/distance... you may have uninvited followers. Drop them immediately if that occurs/stop tracking all together. Avoid the near occasion of sin! 
      • Note 1 (Christmas Cycle - Stages 1-3): 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 October 28, 2018: Take Your Mark and Pick your Race & Team! 
      • Note 2 (Christmas Cycle - Stages 1-3): If you absolutely cannot have pure silence during the entire ride, these are examples of permissible music for your playlists in between breaks (ex. 1-3hr+ rides): The Monks of Norcia - Benedicta | The Benedictines of Mary, Queen of Apostles - Lent at Ephesus Dominican Brothers - The Hillbilly Thomists , etc. | Choose music that's not anti-Catholic/Christian...
      • Note 3 (Christmas Cycle - Stages 1-3): 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? Check Saint's Name Generator
      • Note 4 (Christmas Cycle - Stages 1-3): 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(Christmas Cycle - Stages 1-3): Keep a written/photo/video/etc. journal of your journey. It's your choice to share it/not. Consider Journaling...How to Start a Prayer Journal
      • Note 6(Christmas Cycle - Stages 1-3): 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. 

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!


Catholic Faith Journeys (Year Round) | Oratorian Community of St. Philip Neri at St. Thomas Apostle Catholic Church, Washington, DC. - Morning Recollection, Saturday, March 24, 2018, 8:30 AM - 11:45 AM | ACIES - Saturday, March 24, 2018 | Priest and Server Training for the EF in England This April | Institute of Christ the King - Sacred Music Workshop 2018 | Announcing the 2018 Norcia Summer Theology Program - Deadline May 1 - Albetus Magnus Center For Scholastic Studies | Music For the New Spanish Missal - Conferences in DC Area | Summer 2018 at St. Anselm's Abbey, Washington, DC: Intentional Community for Four (4) Men - St. Anselm's Abbey | Please check with the Arlington Diocese - Vocations or SUPPLEMENTAL SOURCES section to continue your search further down this site - Thank you! Gracias!

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


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. 


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 


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 


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 | | 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 (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! 


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 | / 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.