29 June 2016
to Cascia & Roccaporena
On Monday 20th June at 7.30am 31 pilgrims left Stansted Airport to fly to Perugia and on to Cascia and Roccaporena in Umbria to follow in the footsteps of St. Rita of Cascia. We had hoped to leave the rain in England, but no, it was raining in Perugia. No one seemed to mind as we are used to the rain, the heat wave that followed for the next 5 days did overwhelm us. Determined pilgrims, no one complained and we walked for miles under the guidance of Daniela, our guide.
Our first visit was to Perugia and then on to Assisi for lunch, a tour of the town made famous by St. Francis. Mass was scheduled to be said in the Basilica but to our surprise we were shown into the Monastery and had Mass in the Chapel - a very special and rare opportunity for visitors to Assisi.
The theme for our week was ‘A Journey of Faith’ taking St. Rita as our example and following
the story of her life from early childhood, through marriage, widowhood, death of her two sons, her life as a Religious, her stigmata and finally her death in Cascia.
Day 2 we had Mass in St. Rita’s Basilica in Cascia followed by a tour of St. Rita’s Convent, the Basilica and the town. After lunch we had a guided tour of Roccaporena and then eighteen of our 31 pilgrims walked up to the top of Prayer Mountain in Roccaporena. For those who climbed the mountain the views of Umbria are magnificent and a reward for their effort. Once at the top we sat outside the Chapel said a decade of the rosary, sang a hymn and sat to enjoy the peace of this unique place.
On day 3 we travelled to Montelfalco – known as the ‘Balcony of Umbria’. We visited the convent of the Augustinan sisters and the home of St. Clare of the Cross. The sisters gave us a guided tour of their convent and we were very privileged to be allowed into the gardens of the convent. We also visited San Francesco church and Sant’Agostino church; then on to Bevagna at the foot of the Montefalco Hills. Then back to Roccaporena for Mass at Santuario de Santa Rita (right) where St. Rita was married and where her parents, husband and 2 sons are buried.
On day 4 we took life at a slower pace. We went just a few miles to Norcia, the birthplace of St. Benedict. Mass was celebrated in the Basilica di San Benedetto in Norcia. The afternoon was free for everyone to do what they wanted. In the evening our hotel laid on a celebration meal for us which was a wonderful surprise and a treat for everyone.
Our ‘Journey of Faith’ took us to some sites of religious importance in the Italian Region of Umbria; all of them gave us inspiration to continue on our journey. No one fell or got injured, we laughed, we ate together, we travelled by coach together, we flew together, but most important of all we prayed together. St. Rita is a remarkable saint; the pilgrims on our journey are witness to that. In the year of Mercy Pope Francis has urged everyone to re-read her extraordinary human and spiritual experience as a sign of the Power of God’s Mercy.
St. Rita is the patron saint of: sterility abuse victims, marriage difficulties, parenthood, widows, the sick, bodily ills and wounds.
St. Rita's Day, Honiton, Devon 2016
22 May 2016
We had a wonderful celebration for our patron saint on her feast day 22nd May - the feast of St. Rita of Cascia. Mass was celebrated in the marquee especially put up in the grounds of St. Rita's Centre; the principal celebrant was Rev. Gerardo Cortes Gonzalez O.A.R. a Mexican who works with the Hispanic Chaplaincy in London.
Over 350 people came from all over the country to share in the feast day; each person was given a blessed rose at the end of Mass to take home for a sick friend or loved one.
Some photos which capture the solemnity of the Mass.
St Rita's Day 2016
17 May 2016
Mass at 12 noon followed by the Blessing of the roses for the sick at St Rita's Centre, Honiton, Devon.
Benediction at 3.30pm.
2 shops open all day.
Free tea and coffee, please bring a packed lunch.
A saint for our time
21 April 2016
Novena the magazine of Catholic devotion has printed an article on St. Rita of Cascia in their Spring/Summer issue which is on sale now for £3.50
St. Rita's life was outstanding and an example to everyone of us in the 21st century. As a wife, mother, widow and religious she gives insiration to all who come and know and love her.
St. Rita's Day 2016
21 April 2016
Sunday 22nd May.
Tea/coffee available from 10am
Mass at 12noon.
We look forward to seeing you.
29 March 2016
'Thank you for your warm hospitality and fantastic array of freshly made food, I can assure you when we next have a course running it will be a pleasure to use your conference centre again'. Comment in a letter from Tilhill Forestry, March 2016
St. Rita's Day 2016
11 March 2016
Sunday 22nd May 2016 the feast of St. Rita of Cascia. Mass at 12 noon.
Benediction at 3.30pm.
St. Rita shop open all day.
Plenty of car parking space.
04 February 2016
Our Lent Retreat will take place on Saturday 12th March 11am - 4.30pm
Led by Fr. Anthony Cockram - 'Journeying into the Marcy of the Lord'
£25 for the day which includes lunch.
More information from St. Rita's Promotions via our web site
Two NEW books
04 February 2016
St. Rita of Cascia - God's Gift To Us - 1381-1447
A new look at the life of St Rita: a wife, mother and widow by Patricia Gough a wife, mother and widow. £3.50 from St. Rita's Promotions.
The Grateful Disciple Daring to be Loved by David Wells. A follow on book from The Reluctant Disciple offering more insights into scripture, based on his own experience.
£9.95 from St Rita's Promotions.
Cascia Pilgrimage update
04 December 2015
34 pilgrims will be travelling to Cascia & Rocapoerenna on Monday 20th June until Friday 24th June for our pilgrimage to the home of St. Rita.
Itinerary: Day 1 - Depart London, Stansted at 7.30am to Perugia arriving at 11.05am transfer to coach. Guided tour of Perugia, visit to Assisi with Mass, dinner and overnight at Hotel Roccaporena.
Day 2 Cascia - full day. Mass in St Rita's Bascilica, Convent, visits to local sites and churches of Cascia. Dinner and overnight Hotel Roccaporena.
Day 3 - Montefalco, the "Balcony of Umbria" and Roccaporenca. Visits to include San Francesco church, St Agostino church. Mass in Roccaporena.
Day 4 Norcia, birth place of St Benedict. Visit to St Benedetto church and tour of the city. Dinner and overnight at Hotel Roccaporena. Mass in Roccaporena.
Day5 - Depart Perugia Airport at 11.30am to London Stansted arriving at 13.00
Feast of St Augustine
28 August 2015
Happy Feast day to all Augustinian Recollects and members of the Augustinian community.
Fr. Denis Caddle RIP
07 July 2015
Fr. Denis Caddle O.A.R.
Fr. Denis Caddle O.A.R. It is with great sadness we announce that Fr. Denis died on Tuesday 7th July. He had been unwell for some time and is now at peace in the arms of our Blessed Lord. Reception of his body into Holy Family Church at 7pm on Monday 13th July. His funeral Mass will be on Tuesday 14th July at 11.00am in Holy Family Church, Honiton.
Fr. Denis served Kensall New Town, Ivybridge, Holy Family, Honiton and St. Anthony’s, Ottery St Mary as Parish Priest for several years and was a much loved man, he will be sadly missed by his family, friends, parishioners and the Community of Augustinian Recollects whom he served for over 50 years. May he rest in peace. Ireland Fr. Gerald will say Mass for Fr. Denis on Tuesday 21st July in Mount Argus Parish Church in Dublin for Fr. Denis; family who cannot travel to Honiton and for ‘old boy’s’ of the Order who live in Ireland.
28 June 2015
We have added some of our stock to our web site. St Rita statues, mugs, medals etc. Some of the books, bibles and prayer books we have in stock and all our Mass and greetings cards. Have a look and see if there is anything you might like to purchase on-line using your credit or debit card.
Coming soon: Baptism, Holy Communion and Confirmation gifts and cards.
12 June 2015
We are planning to take a pilgrimage to St. Rita of Cascia in June 2016. If you are interested in joining us please send your details in to the office.
Dates: Monday 20th to Friday 24th June, flying from Stanstead to Perugia then by coach to Rocaporrena.
Cost £670 based on 30 people travelling.
Message of St Rita
12 June 2015
St. Rita’s Retreat & Conference Centre
Ottery Moor Lane, Honiton, Devon EX14 1AP
Tel: 01404 42635. Email: email@example.com
St. Rita’s Day 2015
St. Rita continues to spread the message of happiness and joy; from heaven she intercedes for all who need her help and that power of intercession has led to her being called the “The saint of the impossible”. She was happy because she fulfilled her divine mission in the Church and she continues to be vigilant and attentive to those in need. To this day St Rita remains a rôle model for life. Devotion to St Rita is, in reality, an encounter with God in Jesus Christ; St Rita is God’s gift to us.
St. Rita was a humble person and the way in which she led her life is an example to us. She teaches us to accept suffering with love, to forgive from the bottom of our hearts, to promote peace with enthusiasm and diligence. What makes her special is her ‘normality’ from her childhood in Roccaporena to her old age in the convent in Cascia; she lived in humility and is now known throughout the world for her heroic Christian life as a wife, mother, widow and religious. Rita would have found her faith an enormous source of strength to her, especially as a woman of peace in a period of unrest.
Each year in our shop we try to introduce new items to celebrate and commemorate St. Rita. This year we have notelets at £2.50 for 10, postcards 45p each and tea towels £4.50 each, all featuring a picture of St. Rita, the St. Rita Rose and St. Rita’s Centre. The St. Rita mug is still on sale at £7.50 and the St. Rita candle for £2.50. They are all available on request from St Rita’s Promotions by post, email or phone (details at the top of this letter). A new book on the Life of St. Rita is in the ‘pipe-line’ and we hope it will be available later in the year; we will let you know when it has been published and the cost.
Every year in the office we receive many letters telling us about favours received through St. Rita’s intercession with our blessed Lord. If you have a story to tell us we would be delighted to hear from you; we may even put them all together for another book.
Those of us who work to promote St. Rita have had another busy year; over 24,000 items of post have been sent out from our office and the build up to the feast day this year was an extremely busy period for us. We all enjoy our work and it is lovely to meet some of you when you are on holiday in the area and call in to see us and to visit the Centre to pray at the Shrine in the Chapel; and to talk to you on the phone is always a pleasure.
The feast of St. Rita of Cascia
22 May 2015
Mass and the blessing of roses for the sick will be celebrated at St. Rita's Centre, Honiton, Devon EX14 1AP at 12 noon on Friday 22nd May. Principle celebrant this year will be Rev John Watkins.
There will be Benediction at 3.30pm.
St. Rita's Chapel and shrine will be available for prayer and meditation.
Two shops will be open for the sale of St. Rita items and other eeligious items and books.
Hot drink will be available all day but please bring a packed lunch with you.
For more information on St. Rita click on either: St. Rita of Cascia or St. Rita of Cascia and St. Rita's Day.
Novena leafets are available from St. Rita's Promotions, Ottery Moor Lane, Honiton, EX14 1AP or click on Novena Prayers and scroll down to St. Rita. The novena begins on 14th May and finishes at the Mass on 22nd May.
St Rita's Day
22 May 2015
Fr. John Watkins celebrates Mass on the feast of St Rita of Cascia 2015.
Our Hire charges and catering costs
20 March 2015
St. Rita’s Retreat & Conference Centre
Ottery Moor Lane
Honiton, Devon EX14 1AP
Details of Hire charges and Catering from April 2015.
Day bookings: ½ day £88.00 – morning, afternoon or evening.
Full day £160.00 9am – 5pm.
Catering: Finger buffet - sausage rolls, vol-u-vents etc. £8.00 per head
Sandwich lunch (sandwiches only) with fruit. £5.00 per head
Jacket potato lunch – choice of fillings with salad garnish £6.50 per head
Homemade Soup, roll & fruit £5.00 per head
Other meals: 2 course knife & fork £10.50
3 course knife and fork £14.50
Residential Groups: Minimum number 12.
£55per person per day for full board and use of facilities at St. Rita’s Centre
Celebration meals served in the Dining room - minimum 20 people.
Wedding anniversaries, birthdays etc.
2 course £17.50
3 course £22.50
Hire of Parlour: £20 per hour.
Christian Resources Exhibition
16 February 2015
St. Rita's Centre had a stand at the CRE on the 10th and 11th February. We spent 16 hours talking about the Centre to many interested people. The two days went by very quickly and the 3 of us that attended enjoyed the experience of meeting and talking to so many lovely people. The photo shows 2 of the ladies talking to two people.
The Journey so far...
25 September 2014
This booklet: St. Rita's Promotions from January 1956 traces the humble beginnings of St. Rita's Promotions in the 1950's; a history of the developement of St. Rita's Promotions up until 2014.
Available on request from St. Rita's Promotions; the booklet is free but a donation to cover postage would be appreciated.
NEW VIDEO is on our Home Page NOW!!
31 July 2014
A Tour of St. Rita's Retreat & Conference Centre, the grounds, the rooms, our shop and all the facilities. I hope you enjoy viewing our Centre.
Also on YouTube.
St Ezekiel Moreno
10 July 2014
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.
Do you need help with your Retreat?
09 July 2014
Are you looking for a place for your Retreat or Conference at reasonable rates? Maybe St Rita's Retreat & Conference Centre in Devon is just the place for you.
For your residential stay we will provide:
For more information ring: 01404 42635 or email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
We look forward to hearing from you.
St. Rita's Retreat & Conference Centre.
Book of Prayer
09 July 2014
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 email@example.com.
The St Rita Rose
08 July 2014
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’.
"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