Groups & Ministries
FOOD PANTRY: collects non-perishable food items to meet the needs of the less fortunate of the community. Collection for the pantry is every Sunday and weekdays after the daily Mass. The food pantry is open to the public every Tuesday, 10:00 am – 12:00 noon. For more information, contact Kathy Wootten at 301-779-2763.
HEALTH MINISTRY: Seeks to promote the health and well-being of parishioners and members of the community through awareness drives, classes, and the organization of other health-related events. Beginning on January 25, 2013, we are offering an 8-session yoga class on Friday mornings from 9 to 10:30 am. For more, contact Sharon Klees at 301-422-7026.
LADIES OF CHARITY: The Ladies of Charity are an organization that works on behalf of the poor in hospitals, homes and aid centers. For more information, contact Pat Browning at 301-927-1209.
LEGION OF MARY: Evangelization of sick people and the homebound. Pray the rosary, visit the ill at hospitals and visit seniors at nursing homes. Meetings in Spanish. For more information, contact Maria Gomez at 301-830-3199.
S.O.M.E. volunteers prepare, collect and serve food for the mid-day meal at the S.O.M.E. facility in the city on the third Sunday of every month. For more information, contact Judy Albrecht at 301-935-5510.
ST. VINCENT DE PAUL SOCIETY: a parish organization whose members seek to grow closer to Christ through helping the poor and those in temporary need in our parish community. In addition, SVDP helps support St. Mark’s S.O.M.E. and the Food Pantry.
ADULT FAITH FORMATION: Adult Faith Formation fosters a learning environment in which adults can consciously seek to grow spiritually through opportunities or programs offered for continued theological, spiritual and pastoral education for reflection, prayer, study and for service and action taken for others. Some of the programs included are: study of Scripture, RCIA, homebound ministries, small Christian communities, parish retreats and Advent / Lenten series of spiritual presentations. For more information regarding programs in English, contact Sr. Shawn Scanlan at 301-585-6668. For more information regarding programs in Spanish, contact Martha Galindo at 301-422-7822.
RELIGIOUS EDUCATION: Instruction for Religious Education takes place on Sundays, September through May. Classes meet in St. Mark’s school. Catechists and volunteers are welcome. For more information, contact Martha Galindo at 301-422-7822.
ADORATION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT: The Blessed Sacrament Chapel is located at the side entrance to the rectory and is open every day except certain holidays from 7:00 am until 10:00 pm.
ARIMATHEANS: The Arimatheans are adult men and women who on the occasion of a parish funeral or memorial mass, assist the presider. Arimatheans minister as altar servers, extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion, lectors and sacristans. For more information, contact the rectory at 301-422-8300.
MUSIC MINISTRY: The Music Ministry encourages the full conscious and active musical participation within our liturgies by supporting singing at Mass. For more information about participating as a member of a Music Ministry Team or joining either the English or Spanish Adult Choir, contact Patti Sullins at 240-353-5399 (for English Masses) or Santos Cerón at 301-518-2979 (for Spanish Masses). We are currently forming a new Teen Music Ministry (grades 8 through 12) AND a new Children's Choir (grades 3 through 7). Parents of musically-inclined teens or children should contact Patti Sullins at 240-353-5399 or Wendy Bonilla (bilingual) at 240-551-7124.
EXTRAORDINARY MINISTERS OF HOLY COMMUNION: Extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion serve at parish liturgies and assist the pastor in bringing communion to the sick and homebound of the parish. A workshop is required by the Archdiocese of Washington prior to becoming an Extraordinary Minister. For more information, contact Kathy Wootten at 301-779-2763 (for English Masses) or Rosa Álvarez at 301-651-9674 (for Spanish Masses).
LECTORS: The lectors offer parishioners the opportunity to participate in proclaiming the Word of the Lord. Lectors assist in devotion during the Mass with the proclamation of the readings and are present for daily, Sunday and Holy Day Masses. For more information, contact Dan Louck at 301-422-8473 (for English Masses) or Javier & Laura Garcete at 301-847-5339 (for Spanish Masses).
LITURGY COMMITTEE: Following the guidelines of the Archdiocesan Office of Liturgy and Worship, the Liturgy Committee works to enhance our parish liturgies. They focus on providing rich and prayerful experiences through careful planning overseeing, educating and evaluating the liturgical celebrations as to the rites, pastoral aspects, environment and music. For more information, contact the rectory at 301-422-8300.
USHERS: Ushers set a welcoming tone by greeting congregants and distributing the weekly bulletin. They also take up the collections and perform a headcount of massgoers. For more information, contact Juan Cruz at 240-988-1897 (for English Masses) or Louis Velis at 240-688-2676 (for Spanish Masses).