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An opportunity for a tour of St.Rita's Centre and have a glimpse of our annual celebration on the feast of St Rita on 22nd May.

 


Westpoint, Exeter Feb 2015

It has just been announced that St Rita's Retreat & Conference Centre will have a stand at the 2015 Christian Resources Exhibition at Westpoint, Exeter.  More news nearer the time.

 


St Ezekiel Moreno

Born in Alfaro (La Rioja, Spain) on 9th April 1848, he professed his vows in the Order of Augustinian Recollects in Monteagudo (Navarra) in 1865.  He was ordained priest in Manila in 1871 and worked for 15 years as a missionary in the Philippines.  Friar Ezekiel was elected prior of the monastery of Montagudo in 1885, he left for Columbia in 1888 where he restored the Augustinian Recollect Order and reactivated the old missions.  Named Apostolic Vicar of Casanare (1893) and Bishop of Pasto (1896), he was a model pastor for his fidelity to the Church and his apostolic zeal.  He fell ill and in 1906 returned to Spain were he died of cancer on 19th August of the same year in the monastery of Monteagudo.  Innumerable cures, especially of cancer, are attributed to his intercession.  Beatified on 1st November 1975, he was canonised on 11th October 1992 in Santo Domingo on the occasion of the V Century of the Evangeisation of America.

Prayer  O God, in St. Ezekiel Moreno, You have given us a model of fidelity to the Gospel and of a pastor according to the Sacred Heart of Your Son.  Grant us, through his intercession, that we might give ourselves fully to Him by joyfully living our Christian witness and consecrating ourselves to the service of Your Church.  Through Xhrist our Lord.  Amen.

 


Our New Mug

On sale in our shop is a Bone China mug made by Chown China in Cornwall featuring a picture of St Rta on one side and the St Rita Rose on the other side.  £7.50 each.

 


Do you need help with your Retreat?

Are you looking for a place for your Retreat or  Conference at reasonaable rates?  Maybe St Rita's Retreat & Conference Centrein Devon is just the place for you. 

For your residential stay we will provide:

  • full board 
  • all drinks (tea, coffee)
  • towels and bed linen in all rooms
  • ensuite rooms
  • rooms with views of either the gardens or the rolling East Devon hills at no extra charge
  • free  car parking space
  • room combinations are 6 single, 6 twin and 3 family rooms (33 beds)
  • all charges are per person per night and there are no hidden extra charges
  • A £50 deposit will secure all bookings.

For more information ring: 01404 42635 or email us at: stritas@btinternet.com 

We look forward to hearing from you.

 


Book of Prayer

If you would like us to add the anme of someone you would like us to pray for please let us have their name and we will enter their name in our Book of Prayer.  They will be prayed for each day at Mass in St Rita's Chapel.

 

If you would like to send a petition to be placed at the Shrine of St Rita you can email us at stritas@btinternet.com.

 


The St Rita Rose

The St Rita Rose

“A rose by any other name would smell as sweet” is a quote by William Shakespeare from his play Romeo and Juliet.  At Rita’s Centre we have our own rose; a new rose called ‘The St Rita Rose’.   

 

Testimonial

"Earlier this year I purchased a St Rita Rose  bush for my wife (her  name is Rita) as a gift for her feast day.  It is flourishing and has been blooming continuously - it is a delightful addition to our small garden.  Thank you for bringing it to our attention"

(name withheld but kept on file in the office)

 

 

The rose has been cultivated and named in honour of this incredible ‘Saint of the Helpless’.  The story of St Rita’s life tells us that in January 1457 as Rita lay dying, she asked a relative to bring her a rose from the garden at her old home, a strange request in January.  The relative went to the garden and there she found a lone rose in bloom.  The rose was soon in Rita’s room, which we are told soon became full of the scent of roses.  

 

                On St Rita’s feast day, Sunday 22nd May, there will be Mass followed by the blessing and distribution of roses for the sick at 12noon at St Rita’s Centre, Honiton.   Following Mass the new rose will be blessed and planted at the Centre by Fr Gerald Wilson, Vicar Provincial of the Order of Augustinian Recollects.     The rose is a beautiful lemon/yellow floribunda chosen because yellow is the symbol of joy, happiness, optimism, idealism, imagination, hope, sunshine, summer, gold and philosophy and is available to anyone from World of Roses £12.95 and for each rose bush sold St Rita’s Centre will receive a £2 donation. 

To Order a St Rita Rose bush telephone: 08452 606888.  Web Site: www.worldofroses.com

 


Spanish students arrive

Today, 8th July, 33 Spanish students and 2 teachers arrived at St. Rita's Centre for a 2 week stay.  During their visit they will be learning English and visiting places of interest in Devon. 

 


The feast of St Rita of Cacia

On Thursday 22nd May at St Rita's Centre we will be celebrating the feast of our patron saint: St Rita of Cascia.  Known for her devotion to the memory of Chrit's suffering and death for us, she bore on her forehead for the last 15 years of her life  the mark of a thorn from our Lord's passion.  She died on 22nd May 1457 and was canonised in 1900.  She is the Saint of the Helpless.

 

Mass wil be at 12 noon at St Rita's Centre, Honiton, Devon.

Benediction will be at  at 3.30pm.

If you plan to come please bring a packed lunch, we will provide free drinks all day and there is plenty of free car parking space.

 


Lenten Retreat

Sharing the Joy of the Gospel - an exploration of Pope Francis' first document Evangelli Gaudium.  Led by Fr. Gerald Wilson.O.A.R.

Starts with coffee/tea at 10.30, first Talk at 11.00am.  Cost for the Day £25 which includes lunch.  Mass at 4pm.

 


Catholic Women's League

Catholic Women's League members from Devon have held their annual reisdential retreat at St Rita's Centre.  

 


Bristol Exhibition

The Christian Resources Ehibition in Bristol was a wonderful experience for St Rita's Retreat & Conference Centre.  We spent 2 days at the Frenchay Campus Conference Centre and spoke to close on 1,000 people and gave out information sheets about our Centre.  The organisation was wonderful and there was a very happy, positive atmosphere; we made lots of friends among the other Exhibitors and hope to get many enquiries and bookings during the coming year.

Our Stand at the Bristol Exhibition Jan 2013

 


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