Veterans and Active Service Members Ministry
The newly formed Veterans and Military Ministry’s objective is to facilitate material and spiritual support both for veterans and active duty military and their families in our parish and the local community. With the support of a small grant from Catholic Charities DC, the ministry intends to raise awareness of the gifts and talents of veterans in our parish, to provide and promote resources for veterans, especially those who are transitioning from active duty service, and to support Catholic chaplains on deployment.
In the fall, the ministry team held a Moral Injury and Forgiveness workshop. Almost 30 clergy and clinicians learned more about this topic, including the spiritual and moral questions raised by military personnel and veterans after deployment, and resources to promote healing.
Around the Veterans Day holiday, the ministry sponsored many events including a November 3rd Holy Hour to pray for veterans, active duty military and the work of the ministry, a November 13th Mass honoring veterans followed by a coffee and doughnuts social hour when the ministry team shared information and collected donations for a local Veterans Administration hospital and a deployed Catholic chaplain.
During the Christmas holidays, the ministry partnered with the Youth Ministry who made paracord bracelets and Christmas cards and continued to collect and distribute the generous donations from the Blessed Sacrament community.
Ministry team includes Jocelyn Rowe as the Ministry Lead, along with members Steve Malphrus, Curt Nelson, Susan Mitchell, Mary and Jose Pulido, and Chris Ritter, with the support of Father Ron and Father Alec.
The ministry will provide bulletin and newsletter updates for future plans. To get involved in the work of the Veterans and Military Ministry, please contact Jocelyn Rowe at ; or at 202-641-4556.
Please join us and attend our meetings (all held in the Parish Center lower level, immediately after the 10:30am Mass):
- February 12
- March 19
- April 30