St. Jerome's Parish Ministries
Child Care Center
This ministry provides day care service for children from 6 weeks to pre-kindergarten age. Sr. Geri runs the Center and provides care, fun and organized activities for each age group. The Center has a loving and caring staff who assist Sr. Geri. The Child Care Center is located in the convent.
For further information contact Sr. Geri at 301-699-1314.
Friends of Mercy
Friends of Mercy of St. Jerome's was founded in the fall of 2000. Its broad purpose was to assist those in need of our parish and community with a focus on the sick and homebound, the elderly, and the bereaved. This ministry functions more as a network rather than a meeting-based organization. Friends of Mercy has a wide range of missions which include:
- Reaching out and offering services to people, including bringing Communion to them in their homes, visiting, calling to check in, providing rides, etc.,
- Assisting at funerals upon requests,
- Arranging the annual parish Memorial Mass held on the first Saturday of November, and
- Providing a team of eucharistic ministers to visit Crescent Cities Nursing Home on Sundays after the 8:30 a.m. Mass (with 4 teams - a team goes once a month).
If you are interested in receiving any of the Friends of Mercy's Outreach missions, and/or- helping us out with any of the missions of this ministry please contact Laurie Fisher at 301-779-4262, or Chris Arthur at 301-927-6619.
Knights of Columbus
Grand Knight: Joseph Gigliotti, (202) 251-7336.
Men of the parish 18+ years of age may learn more by emailing our Membership Director, Tony Pauletti or calling him at 301-742-7296.
Ladies of Charity
Interested in helping others? Contact us to become a member of the Ladies and Juniors Ladies of Charity! The Ladies of Charity is an international Vincentian women's service organization following the motto, “To Serve rather than be served in Humility, Simplicity and Charity.” Within St Jerome's chapter and as part of the Archdiocese of Washington network of chapters, we support material donation drives and direct service support for pregnancy aid, local nursing homes, domestic violence victims, and numerous other projects to serve the poor, elderly, and needy. Please prayerfully consider joining this ministry to provide service to others in need- all ages are welcome! There are no participation requirements beyond doing what you can, when you can. Prospective members who are unable to regularly attend the monthly meetings should contact Kendra Jochum and initiate involvement in any of our projects or committees.
For more information contact Kendra Jochum, 301 982 9870 or StJeromesLOC@gmail.com Please visit us on www.Facebook.com/StJeromesLadiesofCharity and www.ladiesofcharityadw.org.
St Jerome's Boutique
Calling all knitters! The St Jerome's Boutique is welcoming new members of all ages to join this fun filled sewing group. The Boutique meets each Monday at 10am in the Rectory Meeting Room- members are welcome even if you're not available for this weekly group. The Boutique's projects and crafts go to benefit St Jerome Church directly through the sale/raffle of their knitted items and they also provide donations to others in need.
For more information please attend an upcoming group meeting or contact Therese Mukoko directly, (240) 582 0119 or Mmukoko1@yahoo.com.
St Jerome's Café
St. Jerome's Café is a ministry that serves the poor and needy of our community with a hot meal each Thursday. Established in 1991, the Café, which operates in the Gold Room, serves about 50 people each week. In addition, the students of St. Jerome's School prepare bag lunches for our patrons. The Café operates with six teams, rotating their service every six weeks. Each team is comprised of a leader and servers who serve the meal on Thursdays from 12:30 to 1:30, a food coordinator who prepares the team's menu and shops for the food, and cooks who prepare the food at home and deliver it to the Café. The Café also has a Pantry Coordinator who oversees our stock of food and supplies. The Café is completely parish-operated and accepts donations of food from those willing to help.
If you are interested in cooking, serving or donating to the Café, please contact Terry Enfield at 301-864-9260.
St Jerome's Choir
St. Jerome’s Choir is honored to provide music for St. Jerome’s 10:30 am Sunday mass. Drawing from the wealth of the Church’s artistic tradition, the choir sings a wide repertoire including Gregorian chant, renaissance polyphony and beautiful hymns. We strive to add to the reverence and beauty of the Holy Mass, and hope that we assist in creating an atmosphere of prayer and meditation that allows the congregation to participate in the wondrous act of God in the Gift of the Eucharist.
We invite anyone who is interested in joining the choir to contact Merrill or Elizabeth Roberts after the 10:30 mass, or by email at email@example.com.
St. Jerome's Folk Group
Featuring four-part vocal harmonies and guitar/piano/bass instrumentation augmented by violin and occasional penny whistle and flute, the Folk Group leads worship music at the 8:30 Sunday Mass and the first Sunday of the month Healing Mass. Emphasizing a contemporary repertoire, primarily from the Gather 3 hymnal, the Folk Group's focus is to help facilitate worship at Mass through the congregation's active participation by singing all of the music at the liturgy. The Folk group rehearses each Wednesday evening at 7:30 in the Sacristy. New members are always welcome, and reading music is not a requirement—only a good singing voice or instrumental ability and a heart for sharing your musical gift with God's family.
Please contact Frank Napoli at 301-779-7534 if you have any questions or would like more information about the Folk Group.
Fellowship is offered to our parishioners after the 8:30 and 10:30 Masses on Sunday. This gives our parishioners an opportunity to have coffee and pastries, and “fellowship” with other parishioners. We have 4 teams, one for each Sunday. The team provides the coffee, pastries and juice for their respective week. The 8:30 Fellowship takes care of the set-up and the 10:30 Fellowship takes care of the clean up.
If you are interested in helping, please contact Terry Enfield at firstname.lastname@example.org for the 8:30 Mass and Jolene Bowman at email@example.com for the 10:30 Mass.