As Patron Saint of the Impossible,
Saint Rita provides intercession to many who are sick, distraught, or struggling with infertility.
Throughout her life, Saint Rita handled hardships with patience and grace - from the murder of her husband to the death of her sons. As a nun, she lived with the stigmata on her forehead for over a decade. As a peacemaker, she sought to bring healing among people by fostering discourse and offering a patient, listening ear.
To mark these attributes, the National Shrine of Saint Rita of Cascia holds a Healing Mass every third Sunday of the month, September through May, at 12 noon.
Healing Masses include anointing with St. Rita holy oil, a recitation of the Novena to Saint Rita, and veneration of her relics.
We welcome all who seek healing and health - physical, spiritual, mental, and relational - to join us as we implore the powerful intercession of our patroness, the saint of the impossible.
Healing Masses: 2018-2019
All Healing Masses are at 12 noon in the Upper Shrine.
Sunday, September 16, 2018 at noon - Fr. Bill Waters, O.S.A.
Sunday, October 21, 2018 at noon - Fr. Art Purcaro, O.S.A.
Sunday, November 18, 2018 at noon - Fr. Jack Deegan, O.S.A.
Sunday, December 16, 2018 at noon - Fr. Gary McCloskey, O.S.A.
Sunday, January 20, 2019 at noon - Fr. Michael Hughes, O.S.A.
Sunday, February 17, 2019 at noon - Fr. Joe Genito, O.S.A.
Sunday, March 17, 2019 at noon - Fr. Michael Di Gregorio, O.S.A.
Sunday, April 21, 2019 at noon (Easter Sunday) - Fr. Michael Sullivan, O.S.A.
Sunday, May 19, 2019 at noon (Solemn Novena) - Fr. Rob Hagan, O.S.A.
Homilies that Help to Heal the Spirit
The following quotes were taken from past Healing Mass homilies.
"Jesus shows us the boundless nature of Christian forgiveness."
- Fr. Jim Keating, O.S.A., September 17, 2017
“St. Augustine said, “When the Jesus in me loves the Jesus in you, we experience Christ loving himself.” And you know who knew that well? St. Rita.”
- Fr. Michael Sullivan, O.S.A., November 19, 2017
“You come for healing. You come for comfort and God says: go out and give that healing and comfort to someone else!
Today, the church urges you to rejoice in God’s love for you! And then when this Mass, this celebration, is over, we go out and share that joy in the world."
- Fr. Art Purcaro, O.S.A., December 17, 2017
“The adversaries of life never win. Whether the sickness and suffering of our world are physical or spiritual, it is our Christ who spoke to Satan to his face and says for us, “hit the road.” Today, it is only for us to admit that there are some areas in our hearts or spirits or bodies that are suffering. If you try to escape it, you will do a lot of running. Rather, experience what God has in his plan for you. God is with us from he beginning in the middle and until the end.”
- Fr. Keith Hollis, O.S.A., February 18, 2018
“Do we ask ourselves, “Where is God?” What healing needs to be done within me, that I can see how I can bring God into this world? What Healing needs to be done in me, through the intercession of Saint Rita, that I can better see what my mission is in the world?
Do we hear the voice of God in our own lives about our mission and who we are? Do you recognize God’s voice, his message? Saint Rita certainly did. As Jesus said, “I am troubled,” Saint Rita certainly was troubled. But it didn’t defer her from her mission. She still knew who she was and she still heard God’s voice."
- Fr. Bill Waters, O.S.A., March 18, 2018