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,  “Fear not, little flock, for it is your Father’s (God, the Father) good pleasure to give you the kingdom. Go your way... I (Jesus, God the Son) am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light. Nothing shall be impossible with God (God, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit). His (Jesus, God the Son) parents (Mary and Joseph) knew it not. And everyone that hath left house, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for My name’s sake, shall receive an hundredfold and shall possess life everlasting. Jesus said to them, 'The charity of many shall grow cold. But he that shall persevere to the end, he shall be saved... I thank thee, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that thou has hidden these things from the wise and understanding and revealed them to babes; yea, Father, for such was thy gracious will.’ Unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Behold your reward is great in heaven. Be not afraid of them. Fear Him. Blessed are you… Rejoice in that day, and leap for joy, for behold, your reward is great in heaven. He who endures to the end will be saved. Fear not, Mary… He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Most High. He shall rise again. Let not your hearts be troubled; believe in God (The Father), believe also in me (God the Son, Jesus). The Paraclete (Counselor), the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name (God the Son, Jesus), He (God the Holy Ghost) will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I (God the Son, Jesus) have said to you. Well done. Watch ye therefore, because you know not the day nor the hour. Pray attentively and you will soon straighten out your thoughts… God alone knows what is good… whatever you see your soul to desire according to God, do that thing, and you shall keep your heart safe. The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want… Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life; and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever. Endeavor so to act as you would wish to have acted when you stand before your Judge. This is the rule of the Saints, and the only safe rule for all. You also must be ready. He who saw it has borne witness—his testimony is true, and he knows that he tells the truth—that you also may believe. His mercy is on those who fear Him from generation to generation: Who is called Christ. He strictly charged the disciples to tell no one that He was the Christ. He turned and said to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan!” For whoever would save his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. The harvest is plentiful and the laborers are few. Go your way. Say, ‘Peace be to this house!' Yes. What therefore God hath joined together, let no man put asunder. God works where He will for the glory of His name and not for that earthly man… I stretch out my hands to God, so that like a feather, which lacks all solidity of strength and flies on the wind, I may be sustained by Him. God is enough for us. 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. Sine fine erit laus, quia sine fine amor (praise will be without end because love will be without end).”   LUKE 10, 12; MATTHEW 11; LUKE 1, 2; MATTHEW 19, 24, 11, 18; LUKE 6, 12; MATTHEW 24; LUKE 1; MATHEW 20; JOHN 14; MATTHEW 25; The Wisdom of the Desert: Classical Collection from the Verba Seniorum, Thomas Merton; PSALM 23; Lives of the Saints For Every Day In the Year, Fr. Alban Butler; LUKE 12; JOHN 19; LUKE 1; MATTHEW 1 & 16; LUKE 10; MATTHEW 13:44-52 + 19:3-12; Secrets of God: Writings of Hildegard of Bingen, Sabina Flanagan; Robert Cardinal Sarah With Nicolas Diat: The Power of Silence: Against the Dictatorship of Noise, Nicolas Diat + Robert Cardinal Sarah; MATTHEW 5; Make Life a Prayer, John Cassian; MARK 10; MATTHEW 8; PSALM 37 & 111; Teresa of Ávila: God Alone Suffices - Q. St. Teresa of Ávila; The Benedict Option, Rod Dreher + Q. Fr. Benedict + Br. Ignatius + Fr. Martin + Br. Augustine; The Eucharistic Miracles of the World.The Song That I Am: On the Mystery of Music, Élizabeth-Paule Labat, OSB + St. Augustine   Per Dóminum nostrum et Maríæ + Pax,  TLM & Vocations Editor of St. Rita  P.S.  If you still can not hear the bells, listen to the Monks & Nuns at  MONASTERO DI SAN BENEDETTO IN MONTE + BENEDICTINE NUNS OF NORCIA (ST. ANTHONY)  before you pray. | Clergy, Religious, Laity:  Pray For Vocations!   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)   In case CCC changes are being made Online, please keep watch and reference your PRINT BOOKS if you have questions! Ex.  CCC 1577:  “Only a baptized man (vir) validly receives sacred ordination."66 The Lord Jesus chose men (viri) to form the college of the twelve apostles, and the apostles did the same when they chose collaborators to succeed them in their ministry.67 The college of bishops, with whom the priests are united in the priesthood, makes the college of the twelve an ever-present and ever-active reality until Christ's return. The Church recognizes herself to be bound by this choice made by the Lord himself. For this reason the ordination of women is not possible.68” (be sure to read the Diaconate (Gentlemen/Men) sections as well)… this should never change because HE (The Father, The Son and The Holy Spirit) does not change. | How to prevent it? Do not support girls/ladies/women altar servers, lectors or receive from women eucharistic ministers (Attend Traditional Latin Masses… it is done there. So it is very possible). Priests (Gentleman/Men) should never have to serve alone, unless they have to. Be content and suffer longer Masses and communion lines. Ask the boys (includes their parents/guardians), gentlemen and men in your Parish/Chapel/etc. to step forward and assist (help). If you are in an Abbey/Monastery of women, ask your local “Brother” Abbey/Monastery (Abbot/Dom/Prior (Priests)) or local Diocesan Priests/FSSP/Canons/Preachers/etc. for sacramental assistance. Not enough boys, gentlemen, men to go around and assist? Still having a tough time trusting your local clergy/religious/laity? Be patient and humble like Mary and Joseph. Those who are faithful to HIM (The Father, The Son and The Holy Spirit) would never ask you to sin. Not everyone will agree. HE (The Father, The Son and The Holy Spirit) will send help. Continue to  Pray For Vocations!

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

Dear Family and Friends of St. Rita,

“Fear not, little flock, for it is your Father’s (God, the Father) good pleasure to give you the kingdom. Go your way... I (Jesus, God the Son) am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light. Nothing shall be impossible with God (God, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit). His (Jesus, God the Son) parents (Mary and Joseph) knew it not. And everyone that hath left house, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for My name’s sake, shall receive an hundredfold and shall possess life everlasting. Jesus said to them, 'The charity of many shall grow cold. But he that shall persevere to the end, he shall be saved... I thank thee, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that thou has hidden these things from the wise and understanding and revealed them to babes; yea, Father, for such was thy gracious will.’ Unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Behold your reward is great in heaven. Be not afraid of them. Fear Him. Blessed are you… Rejoice in that day, and leap for joy, for behold, your reward is great in heaven. He who endures to the end will be saved. Fear not, Mary… He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Most High. He shall rise again. Let not your hearts be troubled; believe in God (The Father), believe also in me (God the Son, Jesus). The Paraclete (Counselor), the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name (God the Son, Jesus), He (God the Holy Ghost) will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I (God the Son, Jesus) have said to you. Well done. Watch ye therefore, because you know not the day nor the hour. Pray attentively and you will soon straighten out your thoughts… God alone knows what is good… whatever you see your soul to desire according to God, do that thing, and you shall keep your heart safe. The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want… Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life; and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever. Endeavor so to act as you would wish to have acted when you stand before your Judge. This is the rule of the Saints, and the only safe rule for all. You also must be ready. He who saw it has borne witness—his testimony is true, and he knows that he tells the truth—that you also may believe. His mercy is on those who fear Him from generation to generation: Who is called Christ. He strictly charged the disciples to tell no one that He was the Christ. He turned and said to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan!” For whoever would save his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. The harvest is plentiful and the laborers are few. Go your way. Say, ‘Peace be to this house!' Yes. What therefore God hath joined together, let no man put asunder. God works where He will for the glory of His name and not for that earthly man… I stretch out my hands to God, so that like a feather, which lacks all solidity of strength and flies on the wind, I may be sustained by Him. God is enough for us. 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. Sine fine erit laus, quia sine fine amor (praise will be without end because love will be without end).”

LUKE 10, 12; MATTHEW 11; LUKE 1, 2; MATTHEW 19, 24, 11, 18; LUKE 6, 12; MATTHEW 24; LUKE 1; MATHEW 20; JOHN 14; MATTHEW 25; The Wisdom of the Desert: Classical Collection from the Verba Seniorum, Thomas Merton; PSALM 23; Lives of the Saints For Every Day In the Year, Fr. Alban Butler; LUKE 12; JOHN 19; LUKE 1; MATTHEW 1 & 16; LUKE 10; MATTHEW 13:44-52 + 19:3-12; Secrets of God: Writings of Hildegard of Bingen, Sabina Flanagan; Robert Cardinal Sarah With Nicolas Diat: The Power of Silence: Against the Dictatorship of Noise, Nicolas Diat + Robert Cardinal Sarah; MATTHEW 5; Make Life a Prayer, John Cassian; MARK 10; MATTHEW 8; PSALM 37 & 111; Teresa of Ávila: God Alone Suffices - Q. St. Teresa of Ávila; The Benedict Option, Rod Dreher + Q. Fr. Benedict + Br. Ignatius + Fr. Martin + Br. Augustine; The Eucharistic Miracles of the World.The Song That I Am: On the Mystery of Music, Élizabeth-Paule Labat, OSB + St. Augustine

Per Dóminum nostrum et Maríæ + Pax,

TLM & Vocations Editor of St. Rita

P.S.

If you still can not hear the bells, listen to the Monks & Nuns at MONASTERO DI SAN BENEDETTO IN MONTE + BENEDICTINE NUNS OF NORCIA (ST. ANTHONY) before you pray. | Clergy, Religious, Laity: Pray For Vocations!

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)

In case CCC changes are being made Online, please keep watch and reference your PRINT BOOKS if you have questions! Ex. CCC 1577: “Only a baptized man (vir) validly receives sacred ordination."66 The Lord Jesus chose men (viri) to form the college of the twelve apostles, and the apostles did the same when they chose collaborators to succeed them in their ministry.67 The college of bishops, with whom the priests are united in the priesthood, makes the college of the twelve an ever-present and ever-active reality until Christ's return. The Church recognizes herself to be bound by this choice made by the Lord himself. For this reason the ordination of women is not possible.68” (be sure to read the Diaconate (Gentlemen/Men) sections as well)… this should never change because HE (The Father, The Son and The Holy Spirit) does not change. | How to prevent it? Do not support girls/ladies/women altar servers, lectors or receive from women eucharistic ministers (Attend Traditional Latin Masses… it is done there. So it is very possible). Priests (Gentleman/Men) should never have to serve alone, unless they have to. Be content and suffer longer Masses and communion lines. Ask the boys (includes their parents/guardians), gentlemen and men in your Parish/Chapel/etc. to step forward and assist (help). If you are in an Abbey/Monastery of women, ask your local “Brother” Abbey/Monastery (Abbot/Dom/Prior (Priests)) or local Diocesan Priests/FSSP/Canons/Preachers/etc. for sacramental assistance. Not enough boys, gentlemen, men to go around and assist? Still having a tough time trusting your local clergy/religious/laity? Be patient and humble like Mary and Joseph. Those who are faithful to HIM (The Father, The Son and The Holy Spirit) would never ask you to sin. Not everyone will agree. HE (The Father, The Son and The Holy Spirit) will send help. Continue to 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


All victims of sexual / physical abuse - children & adults

Call and report to your local Police Department (911) and Arlington Diocese: The Office of Child Protection and Victim Assistance / local diocese in which the incident occurs(ed).


PARISH PHOTOGRAPHY & VIDEOGRAPHY


All submissions must be approved by the Pastor (fathergee@gmail.com) & TLM & Vocations Editor of St. Rita (stritatlmvocations@gmail.com) | Photographer(s) & Videographers 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

CLERGY + RELIGIOUS + LAITY


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

Note: Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC): In case CCC changes are being made Online, please keep watch and reference your PRINT BOOKS if you have questions! Ex. CCC 1577: “Only a baptized man (vir) validly receives sacred ordination."66 The Lord Jesus chose men (viri) to form the college of the twelve apostles, and the apostles did the same when they chose collaborators to succeed them in their ministry.67 The college of bishops, with whom the priests are united in the priesthood, makes the college of the twelve an ever-present and ever-active reality until Christ's return. The Church recognizes herself to be bound by this choice made by the Lord himself. For this reason the ordination of women is not possible.68” … this should never change because HE (The Father, The Son and The Holy Spirit) does not change. | How to prevent it? Do not support girls/ladies/women altar servers or receive from women eucharistic ministers. Priests (Gentleman/Men) should never have to serve alone, unless they have to. Be content and suffer longer Masses and communion lines. Ask the boys (includes their parents/guardians), gentlemen and men in your Parish/Chapel/etc. to step forward and assist (help). If you are in an Abbey/Monastery of women, ask your local “Brother” Abbey/Monastery (Abbot/Dom/Prior (Priests)) or local Diocesan Priests for sacramental assistance. Not enough boys, gentlemen, men to go around and assist? Still having a tough time trusting your local clergy/religious/laity? Be patient. Not everyone will agree. HE (The Father, The Son and The Holy Spirit) will send help. Continue to Pray For Vocations!

What Is the Difference Between a Friar, a Monk and a Priest? |What are the differences between Religious Orders? - Et Vita Consecrata

Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest vs. FSSP vs. SSPX vs. Diocesan Priests vs. All other Religious / Missionary communities that form in the future. Note:

  • The clergy/shepherd (men) will be open to offer the MASS in one form or a combination of: the E.F. - TLM (Ad Orientem/Conversi ad Dominum)(all Latin + Greek); O.F. - N.O.(Ad Orientem/Conversi ad Dominum or Versus populum) (some Latin + Greek + Other Dialect); or at least the Divine Office/Liturgy of the Hours in all/some Latin + Greek + Other Dialect.

  • The clergy/shepherd (men) will acknowledge & pray for the current Pope whether they agree with his intentions or not or he will not at all acknowledge & pray for the current Pope and his intentions.

    • How do you know? Simply ask your priest(s) or listen to their Mass homilies; announcements; check websites/blogs; listen to their talks; etc. It will be pretty clear as to where your Cathedral/Basilica/Parish/Monastery/Abbey/Chapel/etc. family/community of shepherd(s) stand in supporting the Pope or not. This includes your religious.

    • Pray for God’s (Father+Son+Holy Spirit) Will and may the Pope’s and all our spiritual and paternal Clergy+Religious+Laity’s intentions be God’s (Father+Son+Holy Spirit) Will!

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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: 

  • First, second, third, etc. Masses of Newly Ordained/Professed: Please check with your Pastors/Priors for announcements. Parents, siblings and friends may freely make their own announcements to family, friends and communities per the humble permission of the newly ordained/professed and their superiors!

  • Congratulations to all newly Married Couples (Man & Wife), those renewing their vows, baptized and confirmed at St. Rita, Arlington Diocese and beyond this 2019-20 year! | Note: Code of Canon Law (Can.) 1055-1165 Marriage; USCCB: Cohabitation & Marriage / (Can.) 1649; (Can.) 856 (Baptisms during Lent); (Can.) 882-888 Confirmation.

  • Congratulations to all the new 2018-2019 Catholic/Christian Oblates throughout the world! | Note: Not all oblates are Catholic

More vocation announcements/retreats/events/news/Federal Holidays/Closings/Local announcements/etc.: Consecrated Life II: Clergy+Religious+Laity and Spiritual Training Days section | Arlington Diocese Office of Clergy & Vocations | St. Rita TLM | St. Rita Mass & Confession | St. Rita Parish Weekly Bulletin | +Parish Groups | vestibules

  • 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 Consecrated Life II: Clergy + Religious + Laity further down this mt.!


CONSECRATED LIFE II

CLERGY + RELIGIOUS + LAITY


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) + DOM(PRIEST) + PRIOR(PRIEST): MONKS(BROTHERS) / ABBESS + PRIORESS: NUNS(SISTERS) |

Note: Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC): In case CCC changes are being made Online, please keep watch and reference your PRINT BOOKS if you have questions! Ex. CCC 1577: “Only a baptized man (vir) validly receives sacred ordination."66 The Lord Jesus chose men (viri) to form the college of the twelve apostles, and the apostles did the same when they chose collaborators to succeed them in their ministry.67 The college of bishops, with whom the priests are united in the priesthood, makes the college of the twelve an ever-present and ever-active reality until Christ's return. The Church recognizes herself to be bound by this choice made by the Lord himself. For this reason the ordination of women is not possible.68” (be sure to read the Diaconate (Gentlemen/Men) sections as well)… this should never change because HE (The Father, The Son and The Holy Spirit) does not change. | How to prevent it? Do not support girls/ladies/women altar servers, lectors or receive from women eucharistic ministers (Attend Traditional Latin Masses… it is done there. So it is very possible). Priests (Gentleman/Men) should never have to serve alone, unless they have to. Be content and suffer longer Masses and communion lines. Ask the boys (includes their parents/guardians), gentlemen and men in your Parish/Chapel/etc. to step forward and assist (help). If you are in an Abbey/Monastery of women, ask your local “Brother” Abbey/Monastery (Abbot/Dom/Prior (Priests)) or local Diocesan Priests/FSSP/Canons/Preachers/etc. for sacramental assistance. Not enough boys, gentlemen, men to go around and assist? Still having a tough time trusting your local clergy/religious/laity? Be patient and humble like Mary and Joseph. Those who are faithful to HIM (The Father, The Son and The Holy Spirit) would never ask you to sin. Not everyone will agree. HE (The Father, The Son and The Holy Spirit) will send help. Continue to Pray For Vocations!

What Is the Difference Between a Friar, a Monk and a Priest? | What are the differences between Religious Orders? - Et Vita Consecrata

Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest vs. FSSP vs. SSPX vs. Diocesan Priests vs. All other Religious / Missionary communities that form in the future. Note:

  • The clergy/shepherd (men) will be open to offer the MASS in one form or a combination of: the E.F. - TLM (Ad Orientem/Conversi ad Dominum)(all Latin + Greek); O.F. - N.O.(Ad Orientem/Conversi ad Dominum or Versus populum) (some Latin + Greek + Other Dialect); or at least the Divine Office/Liturgy of the Hours in all/some Latin + Greek + Other Dialect.

  • The clergy/shepherd (men) will acknowledge & pray for the current Pope whether they agree with his intentions or not or he will not at all acknowledge & pray for the current Pope and his intentions.

    • How do you know? Simply ask your priest(s) or listen to their Mass homilies; announcements; check websites/blogs; listen to their talks; etc. It will be pretty clear as to where your Cathedral/Basilica/Parish/Monastery/Abbey/Chapel/etc. family/community of shepherd(s) stand in supporting the Pope or not. This includes your religious.

    • Pray for God’s (Father+Son+Holy Spirit) Will and may the Pope’s and all our spiritual and paternal Clergy+Religious+Laity’s intentions be God’s (Father+Son+Holy Spirit) Will!

MEN: Canons Regular Of Saint John Cantius | Canons Regular Of The New Jerusalem (Priory of the Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary) | Carmelite MonksCarthusians | Capuchin Friars  | Discalced Carmelite Friars | Dominican Friars of the Province of The Most Holy Name of Jesus: OPWest + Dominican Friars of the Province of St. Joseph: OPEast | Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate - USA | Hermits of Our Lady of Mount Carmel | Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest | Jesuit | Knights of the Holy Eucharist | Monastére Saint-Benoît | Monastero di San Benedetto in Monte (The Monks of Norcia)Mount Angel Abbey | Notre Dame Priory | Our Lady of Clear Creek Abbey | Oratorian Vocations - DC Oratorians (Updates on FB) | Ordo Canonicorum Regularium Sanctae Crucis (Order of the Holy Cross) | Saint Joseph’s Abbey | Saint Mary’s Monastery | Silverstream PriorySolesmes Abbey | The Abbey of Our Lady of New Clairvaux | etc.  

WOMEN: Abbey of Our Lady of Ephesus (Benedictines of Mary Queen of Apostles) | Carmel of JMJ: Elysburg + Fairfield (USA) | Carmelite Monastery of JMJ (AUS) | Dominican Sisters (Nashville, TN) | Dominican Sisters of Wanganui (TLM (AUS+NEW ZEALAND+USA) + SSPX (SINGAPORE)) | Franciscan Sisters of the ImmaculateLittle Sisters of the Poor | Marian Sisters of Santa Rosa | Missions of Charity Convent DC  | Poor Clares/Poor Clares | The Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy | Societas Sororum a Sancta Cruce (Sisters of the Holy Cross) | 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  | St. Scholastica Center for Spirituality (PH) | Community of Missionary Benedictine Sisters of St. Scholastica’s College & St. Scholastica Priory (Tagatay City, Philippines) | 2019-20 Retreats, Programs, etc. | Annual Fall Our Lady of Clear Creek Abbey (Benedictine - USA) Gregorian Chant Weekend October 4-6, 2020 (Date subject to change, please check closer to the month. Men, Women & Children are welcome. Read the lovely review from Janet Gorbitz’s New Liturgical Movement article: Clear Creek Abbey Chant Weekend (2018)/CCA (2018) - Laus in Ecclesia | The Abbey of Our Lady of New Clairvaux (Trappist - Cistercian - USA). Retreats: Weekend/Week-Self-Direct; Day of Reflection; Long-Term Guest Program

Please check the Religious families listed above, with the Arlington Diocese (Vocations), St. Rita TLM or St. Rita Parish Weekly Bulletin section 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!

OCTOBER 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) | 6 (D) Office (Latin) + 1 (L) Hours (Latin + English/French/Italian/etc.) = 7

  • GIFTS OF PRAYER GUADALUPE TIN |

    • PERPETUAL REQUEST(S): 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)! | Families, friends and communities who are (re)building: All faithful (Clergy+Religious+Laity) to the Holy Trinity, Mary, Joseph, Arch-Guardian Angels, Saints and to the Traditional Rules of St. Albert, St. Augustine and St. Benedict; and all who faithfully support the Traditional Latin Mass and the Latin Novus Ordo.

    • GOD’S HOLY WILL for: Father (+) of Ryan Ferrell and family

  • 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.): Monastero di San Benedetto in Monte, Norcia (The Monks of Norcia - Benedicta) | The Benedictines of Mary, Queen of Apostles (Abbey of Our Lady of Ephesus) - Music | Dominican House of Studies (OPEast) music | Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest: 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, St. Rita 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 (N.O./O.F.) / etc.

      • 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! / Lives of the Saints, Fr. Alban Butler / Saints’ Calendars (Religious Houses will be specific to their orders) / etc.

      • 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… your parents read/view your journals and 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. For those supporting SAINT RITA SCHOOL Track, there are volunteer opportunities that don’t require VIRTUS training.

      • 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): Rain/floods/puddles… remember to wipe away those chains completely of dirt, mud, etc. at the end of each rainy ride/etc. immediately/regularly or else risk rust: mortal sin. | Regularly go to confession one to two weeks preferred! Monthly is too long… unless you are deprived of a humble confessor where you are/where monthly/yearly spiritual direction is needed (includes a confession) instead.

      • Note 8 (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.


THANKS BE TO GOD! GRACIAS A DIOS! DEO GRÁTIAS! HAVE A BLESSED AND PEACEFUL EASTER CYCLE!

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