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.


From devilish weaklings to saintly warriors.

Saint Rita Young Adults (SRYA) is a volunteer, self-organized, self-funded APOSTOLATE associated with St. Rita's Church, with Fr. Gee's blessing. It is for the young at heart, around the ages of 20-40ish, of all states in life, who seek mutual support in growing closer to Christ and living His Faith in the modern metropolis. 

What makes us different from any other YA group? A) we're all volunteers, and B) we put faith/prayer/spirituality in the center of all we do, second to fun as a family.  Yes, we do makes friendships and have hearty fun along the way, but it's a secondary effect of the apostolate.  Bonum, Verum, Pulcherum!

  • Works of Mercy on 1st Saturdays: 10am-1pm at Christ House (Homeless shelter, soup kitchen, charity thrift shop) at 131 S West St, Alexandria. Organizer: Ed C.

  • “F4” on 3rd Saturdays: Faith Formation & Friendly Fellowship

  • Ad Hoc Events:

    • 2018

      • Sat, Mar 24th: Mass for Life and Sidewalk Rosary . 8am Mass for Life at St. Rita's, followed by a full rosary and sign-holding at the Duke Street Abortion Clinic at 9:30am. Part of 40 Days for Life.

      • Sat, Apr 28th: Carpool to the Pontifical Solemn High Mass, Offered by Archbishop Sample, at the Basilica of the National Shrine. Departing St. Rita's parking lot at 11:30am sharp.

      • Sat, May 12th: Marian Pilgrimage to Emmitsburg, MD. Rosary walk and our own grotto Mass (Fr. Bork) at the National Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes, followed by an optional hike in Catoctin Park. Departing St. Rita's parking lot at 8:30am.

      • Sun, Jun 10th: Hiking Outing to Mason Neck State Park. Leaving the church parking lot at 12:30pm. 2-3 hours / 5-7 miles of hiking on easy flat terrain. Fr. Bork will be the trail leader.

      • Sat, Jun 16th: Carpool to St. Philomena Festival. Sligo Creek acoustic band, Mad Monks Coffee and baked goods, Christian Rock DJ, Santiago Mountain band, Mountaineer Popcorn, etc. To support families in medical need. Leaving St. Rita's at 5:30pm to head out to Charlestown, WV, returning around 10pm.

      • Sat, Aug 18th: St. Rita / St. James Kayaking. A joint expedition on Antietam Creek in Sharpsburg, WV. Joining St. James Catholic YA's from Charlestown, WV, who will provide the kayaks.

      • Sat, Sep 8th: "BENEDICTA: Mama Mary's Birthday Bash" A great big POTLUCK DINNER PARTY for the Nativity of the BVM. Thrown by YA's, open to everyone of all ages. 6pm in the Parish Center reception room.

      • Sat, Sep 22nd: Summer’s End Ridgeline HIke A nice out-and-back hike on the last Autumn Ember Day, and the last day of summer, to appreciate God’s providence.

      • Sat, Oct 13th: YA’s Victory for LIFE A joint event with the St. Thomas More YA’s. 9am Mass at Cathedral, rosary outside the Falls Church abortion mill, and then brunch outing.

      • Sat, Oct 27th: Pilgrimage For Our Lady Prayers, Private Mass, and Hiking on and around the Mountain dedicated to Our Lady of Lourdes in Emmitsburg, MD. Departing St Rita’s at 8:30am.

    • 2019

      • Sat, Jan 12th: Christmas Fiesta A great big POTLUCK BIRTHDAY PARTY for the Nativity, giving the Christ Child gifts of dinner, prayer, group caroling, dancing music, and a birthday cake.

      • Sat, Feb 23rd: Candlemas Carnivale A Contra Dance to celebrate the light of Christ. Live music. Parish Hall, 6-10pm.

      • Fri, Mar 22nd: Lenten Friday Night Joining the parish’s Vespers/Stations/Mass, and then going out to eat a meatless dinner together.

      • Tues, Apr 30th: Easter Mixer Going to the 7:30pm TLM Mass, then meeting up around 8pm in the Parish Center for potluck appetizers and mingling.

      • Tues, May 28th: Mass and Mingle Going to the 7:30pm TLM Mass, then meeting up around 8pm in the Parish Center for potluck snacks and mingling.

      • Sun, Jun 2nd: Spring Hike Manassas Meeting at 1220pm behind rectory, and then hiking the Manassas Battlefield Park with Fr. Bork.

      • Sat, Jun 15th: Pro-Life Rosary Chain : Starts 9:30am outside the Landmark abortion mill on Stevenson Ave at S Whiting St. Will go get brunch together afterward.

      • Sun, Sep 8th: Picnic for Our Lady’s Birthday : potluck picnic in the covered picnic pavilion at Beverley Park, 10:45am-1pm or so.

      • Thurs, Nov 7th: Mass and Mingle for All Souls : Going to the 7:30pm TLM Mass, then meeting up in the Parish Center for All Souls prayer, potluck snacks, and mingling.


SMALL  groups

  • SRYA Young Men's Small Group: Meets every 2nd and 4th Wednesday evenings at 7:30pm for manly prayer, sharing of spiritual struggles, and brotherhood. Focus is on forming supportive bonds of friendship with quality, like-minded young men ages 20-40. Motto: "What is said in Men's Group, stays in Men's Group." And they eat well, too.

    • contact Ed C.,

  • SRYA Young Women's Small Group: Meets every 1st and 3rd Wednesday evenings at 7:30pm for Catholic prayer, spiritual reflections, and supporting each other through the ups and downs of being God's humble handmaids. For women ages 20-40 of all states in life. Focus is on improved spirituality, deeper prayer life, and sisterhood.

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