Get Involved

Share your time and talent with your fellow parishioners. Be an usher or greeter. Make music or be a lector at Mass. There are many chances to get involved here at the parish, whether you can give several hours a week, one hour a month, or one day a year.  Please see the list of opportunities on the right for more information.

If you are looking for social ministry opportunities, please see our Service page.  That is where you’ll find information on how St. Peter’s partners with Christ House, So Others Might Eat (SOME), Missionaries of Charity, our St. Elizabeth Project, and many others. There are also many vibrant groups at St. Peter's and these can be found under the Connections page.

 

Hospitality

Parish Picnic

Held in June on the Saturday closest to our Patronal Feast of St. Peter!

We celebrate Holy Mass at 5pm and then gather in the back yard of the Rectory for delicious salads, grilled foods, desserts, and cold drinks.  
This is a great chance to meet new parishioners, do a little “networking,” get acquainted with your neighbors.
The parish provides burgers and hot dogs, PLUS fixings and cold drinks for kids and adults.  You bring your favorite salad or dessert to share.  Volunteers are needed to help with picnic preparation activities (both prior to and on the day of the picnic).  Contact John Ludecke, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , 202.669.5374.

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Sunday Coffee Hour after 9 & 11am Mass

Sunday after the 9 & 11am Masses. Brew the coffee, set out the doughnuts and juice, and welcome our visitors!

Contact Jessica Sypniewski
202.494.4081
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Liturgy and Prayer

Altar Servers

Open to boys and girls in grades 4 and up

This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it Yolanda Rodriguez
202.544.6085
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Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion

if you are interested in serving as an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion, or would like to nominate someone to serve in this ministry, please call or e-mail Father Riffle. The scheduler is This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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Father Riffle
202.547.1430
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Lectors

Proclaim the Word of God at Mass. Prepares Wed 7:30pm, in Church, for the following Sunday.

Contact

Mary Lynn Stevens
703.405.6493
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Greeters

Greeters at St. Peter's welcome parishioners and visitors as they enter church for Mass, and distribute hymnbooks and bulletins.

Contact Ellen Coughlin
202.547.5589
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Ushers

The usher program at St. Peter's is in charge of taking up the offertory collection and assisting our priests when and where needed.

Contact Chris Kirby
202.425.4666
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Bible study

To find out more about the bible study groups at our parish click here.

The Young Adults group meets for bible studies on most Mondays at 7pm in the parish hall.  For more information and the schedule please visit the Young Adults' Page.

Our Tuesday evening Bible Study group will be discussing the Scripture passages that are the basis for the Mass. Join us as we explore the themes and phrases that connect the Bible and the Mass. This is a tremendous opportunity to get to know some fellow parishioners and grow in faith in a small-group setting. We begin October 18, and newcomers are welcome. Contact Tom Faletti at 202.543.6801, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for details.

Contact Young Adult Group
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Tuesday Bible Study
Tom Faletti
202.543-6801
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Liturgy Planning

Work with the Pastor and the Liturgy Committee of the Parish Pastoral Council to plan major liturgies and services.

Contact Mary Ann Wyrsch
202.546.6271
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Centering Prayer

Centering Prayer is a method of silent prayer that prepares us to receive the gift of contemplative prayer, prayer in which we experience God's presence within us, closer than breathing, closer than thinking, closer than consciousness itself. This method of prayer is both a relationship with God and a discipline to foster that relationship.

St. Peter's group, which follows Trappist Father Thomas Keating’s guide to silent mediation as written in his book, Open Mind, Open Heart,  meets Monday nights from 7-8pm in the rectory conference room. Following a period of meditation, the groups between two activities for a series of weeks. One is Lectio Divina, an ancient form of prayer that focuses us in a guided and prayerful reading of a passage from the Bible. The other involves a series of  teaching videos by Father Keating that enrich our understanding of Centering Prayer.

Contact Ida Prosky
202.544.5303


Music

Choir

Music in the classical tradition at the 9am Mass. Rehearses Thursdays 7:30-9:30pm, in the Rectory, from September through June.

To Learn more about this program, click here.

Contact Dr. Kevin O'Brien, DMA
202-547-1430, ext 106
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Folk Group

Contemporary music at the 11am Mass. Rehearses Wednesdays from 8-9pm, in the Rectory, from September through June.

Contact Sonia Faletti
202.543.6801
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Play instrument

If you play a musical instrument (piano, flute, violin, guitar or other), and would like to assist with the music ministry at 9am, 11am, or 5pm, please contact our Music Director.

Contact

Kevin O'Brien, DMA
202.547.1430
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Parish Upkeep

Altar Guild

Women and men who donate an hour or two every 4-6 weeks to prepare the Church for worship. Responsibilities include light cleaning of the church and sacristy; maintaining the altar linens, sacred vessels, and vestments.  No special skill is needed.  Cleaning materials are provided by the parish, and detailed instructions provided for all other assignments. 
Members clean on Saturday mornings from 8-9:30am, or Friday afternoons.

Contact Jane O'Brien
202.546.6462
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Cut grass

The parish has a lawn mower or you can bring your own.  If you'd like to cut grass once or twice a season, contact Tim Fain

Contact

Tim Fain
202.543.6523
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Facilities and Grounds

St. Peter’s has three beautiful gardens in need of tender loving care.  Work alone or with a partner, once a week or once a month.  We particularly need people to water and weed.

Contact Lynn Marsh Freeman
202.547.1430
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Rake leaves/Shovel snow

Our Knights of Columbus coordinate leaf rakers in the fall, plus strong backs in the winter to clear the church and rectory steps, plus the sidewalks from the Mary Garden on Second Street to the Anniversary Garden on C Street.  We have snow shovels and a snow blower!

Contact

Scott Shiller
Knights of Columbus
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