Acolytes serve at Masses, Solemn Evensong and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament, and seasonal liturgies. Girls, boys, women, and men are trained in a variety of liturgical roles to complement the worship of God. Immediate openings exist for Low Masses on Sundays at 7:45 a.m., Monday evenings, and Tuesday mornings. Acolytes and/or lectors are also needed to officiate on Saturday evenings at Shrine Prayers and Evening Prayer.  If these ministries are calling you, please contact John Rafetto.

The Altar Guild

The Altar Guild is the ministry of preparing the sanctuary for worship and is done largely “behind the scenes” by members who are faithfully on duty at the altar year round. The duties of the Guild involve the preparation of the sanctuary and chapels for Mass on weekdays and Sundays, holy days, festival days, and special occasions, including weddings, funerals, and baptisms. Altar Guild members provide setup and cleanup for services throughout the week and are assigned to a mutually agreeable duty schedule. The Altar Guild also cares for the linens and vessels used in the Eucharist, as well as brass furnishings, altar frontals, vestments, and other liturgical garments. For more information, contact Kathy Dirks.

The Flower Guild

The Flower Guild uses floral and decorative material as an integral part of liturgy to enhance the worship experience for our Parish. This ministry offers a wonderful opportunity to channel creative artistry into a spiritual service. We welcome volunteers with any level of arranging-skill or availability. For more information, contact Billy Glass.

The Grounds Committee

The Grounds Committee is responsible for maintaining the church grounds, replanting shrubbery, overseeing general cleanup, watering plants, painting wrought iron, and weeding. If you would like to volunteer your time or donate to the landscaping funds, please contact Linda Wilkinson.

Lay Eucharistic Visitors

Lay Eucharistic Visitors are commissioned to carry the Blessed Sacrament to the homebound of our parish following the 9:00 a.m. and/or 11:15 a.m. Masses. This means that our homebound parishioners receive not only the monthly visit from the clergy to bring them communion, but also a visit from a lay Eucharistic visitor as well as one other visit of a more pastoral or social nature from our visitation team.

The Lectors’ Guild

The Lectors’s Guild is composed of persons who have been selected and trained to read the lessons at services. Lectors are assigned to read the lessons on a rotating basis. Recruitment and qualification sessions for persons seeking to become lectors are held annually, and refresher training sessions for those already serving as lectors are held as needed. For more information, contact Marcy Stanford.


Grate Patrol

Grate Patrol has provided uninterrupted weekend breakfast distribution to the homeless in downtown DC since 1981. Every Saturday and Sunday morning, volunteers deliver hundreds of healthy breakfasts to people living on the streets. In cold weather, many of the people we serve sleep outside on heating grates, hence the name of the program. Grate Patrol needs volunteers to boil eggs and to set up bags anytime Sunday-Thursday, prepare food on Fridays at 2:30 p.m. in the Dining Hall, and deliver bags starting at 5:45 a.m. each Saturday and Sunday. Participation provides a terrific opportunity to meet fellow parishioners and our friends on the street. For more information, contact

Food Drive

St. Paul’s runs a continuing food drive that provides non-perishable, non-breakable food items donated by parishioners to the Foggy Bottom Food Pantry. The photo above shows clients moving through one of the Pantry’s twice monthly food distributions. Food donations can be placed in the container at the rear of the nave. Canned fruit and vegetables (green beans, peas, and collard greens), and peanut butter are especially appreciated. If every parishioner bought an extra can of tuna or box of cereal on weekly shopping trips, imagine how many we would feed! Contact

Georgetown Ministry Center

St. Paul’s is one of a number of religious congregations and neighborhood partners that support the Georgetown Ministry Center (GMC) which provides services, including counseling and outreach, to people living on the streets of Georgetown and the West End. GMC provides assistance to the homeless that complements the parish’s direct feeding programs. St. Paul’s is represented on the Board of Directors. Contact for more information or check GMC’s website,