Overview of Activities


The Social Justice and Community Services Committee mobilizes the parish community by promoting opportunities to serve those in need and to give witness of our faith in Jesus Christ through concrete acts of love and service that overcome our selfishness and indifference.

Homeless Ministry

Every Monday morning, teams of volunteers gather to serve 45-60 homeless adults to provide for their material and spiritual needs in a welcoming environment. The program begins with a light breakfast, followed by a discussion of the Gospel for the following Sunday. Before they leave, guests are offered toiletries, new socks and underwear and brown bag lunches made by volunteers.

Respect Life

The Respect Life Ministry is concerned with promoting and cultivating a culture of life and witnessing to the dignity of all human life, from conception to natural death.

Sick & Homebound Ministry

The Social Justice & Community Services Committee and the Cathedral’s Extraordinary Ministers of Communion work together to provide home and nursing home visits – both with Communion and social companionship visits – to the sick and homebound in our parish.

After a training session, volunteers will visit with parishioners at least twice monthly. Currently about 10 volunteers are involved in weekly visits to parishioners. We also provide transportation for those unable to make it to Mass on their own.

Single Servings of Service

Single Servings of Service allows parishioners to volunteer in a meaningful way without making a long-term commitment. Single Servings of Service events typically are scheduled throughout the year. This service program allows St. Matthew’s to outreach and serve a wider community since recipients of single servings of service are a variety of nonprofit service agencies that serve different populations within the Washington, D.C. area.