Advocacy & Education

St. Matthew’s supports Catholic social justice teachings on, and participates in advocacy efforts related to, issues that include poverty, access to healthcare, and affordable housing, and environmental justice, among others.

Washington Interfaith Network (WIN)




ADW Legislative Network


DMV Sanctuary Congregations Network

Advocacy actions on proposed changes to the Public Charge rule. A public charge is an individual who is primarily dependent on the government for subsistence.  Examples include recipients of Section 8 housing vouchers and SNAP. DHS has proposed that immigrants who are labeled as public charges be denied green cards.
This rule is subject to public comments until Dec. 10, 2018. See and for actions, sample scripts, and more information.

Good Faith Communities Coalition

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St. Matthew's Care for Creation Group

The Care for Creation group, inspired by the thought of Pope Francis in Laudato Si,' is devoted to encouraging deeper awareness of our duties to care for God's creation. Our mission is to promote change with individual parishioners, our parish community as a whole, the District of Columbia, and our nation. If interested, please email or Norma Canedo.

Check out the Catholic Climate Coalition for links to learn more and pledge your support.

Just Faith

Just Faith is an extended educational and spiritual formation program. Just Faith provides an opportunity for parishioners to study and be formed by the justice tradition articulated within the Scriptures, the Church’s historical witness and Catholic social teaching. The next session is not yet scheduled.

If interested, contact Tyler Martin (