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  • Liturgy Committee

    Liturgy Committee at St. CamillusThe Liturgy Committee is devoted to nourishing and providing direction for the liturgical aspects of parish life. The committee seeks to insure that parishioners are provided with opportunities to deepen their faith through a variety of prayer experiences and liturgical celebrations that are both inclusive and intelligible.

    Members of the committee include representatives of the various liturgical ministries and cultural groups, as well as others with a passion for liturgy well celebrated.  In our discussions we seek to listen to the needs and concerns of the community in discerning choices that will promote "full and active participation" of the community in our liturgy - no small task given our diversity!  

    If you feel God is calling you to use your gifts and talents on this committee, please contact Deacon Peter Barbernitz at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    Comité de Liturgia 

    El Comité de Liturgia está dedicado a fortalecer y proporcionar orientación en los aspectos de la vida litúrgica de la parroquia. El comité procura asegurar que los feligreses adquieran oportunidades para profundizar su fe a través de una variedad de experiencias de oración y celebraciones litúrgicas que sean completas y comprensibles.

    El Comité está compuesto por un representante de varios ministerios litúrgicos y grupos culturales, así como otros representantes que tienen pasión por la liturgia bien celebrada. En nuestras conversaciones buscamos escuchar las necesidades y problemas de la comunidad, discerniendo las opciones que promuevan “la plena y activa participación” de la comunidad en la liturgia – no es tarea pequeña dada nuestra diversidad.

    Si usted siente el llamado de Dios para usar tus talentos y dones en este comité, por favor llamar la oficina parroquial.

     

  • Art and Environment Committee

    Art and Environment at St. CamillusThe committee comes together several times throughout the year to enhance the seasonal beauty of our worship space.  Special attention is given to seasons of Christmas and Easter.  The coordinator of this ministry designs the scheme for decorating and assists the team in accomplishing its goal, a beautifully decorated church.  There is a task for everyone, so don’t exclude yourself.  This ministry is a great family and community opportunity.

    If interested in sharing your gifts, email Sandra Perez at   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

     

  • Ministry of Dance

    Sacred Dance at St. CamillusThe St. Camillus Sacred Dance Ministry invites you to join us to learn and experience the ministry of liturgical dance.  We participate in major parish liturgical celebrations, conduct a summer workshop and participate in ecumenical celebrations in the Washington Metropolitan Area.

    To join us:
    Age: 6 years and older
    Skills: The desire to learn
    For more information contact:  Tiffany Green: (301) 852-0865

  • Hospitality

    One of the keys to beautiful liturgy here at St. Camillus are the men and women who serve as our Ministers of Hospitality.  Perhaps you would be willing to help create a welcoming atmosphere and assist in practical matters of worship before, during, and after Mass? 

     

    Arrive 15 minutes before Mass to seat parishioners; recruit and help families to carry gifts at the offertory procession; pass the collection baskets; guide orderly flow at communion time; maintain security; help distribute the Sunday bulletin and other approved handouts after Mass; and tidy up the church when done. 

    For more information contact the office at 301-434-8400

     

     

     

     

     

  • Altar Society

     

    For us at St. Camillus, the church is our home, our spiritual home, and as will all homes, it needs someone to take care of it.  That is the main function of the Altar Society: to keep "Our home, the Lord's Home" beautiful.

     The society assists in the physical care of the altar and its furnishings. The society distributes the tasks among the members, including changing and laundering altar linens, cleaning Holy water fonts, and caring for plants.

    If you are interested in helping with any of these tasks, please contact Sandra Perez in our office at 301 434-8400.


    Sociedad del Altar
    Para nosotros, en San Camilo, la iglesia es nuestro hogar, nuestro hogar espiritual y como sucede con todos los hogares, también necesita alguien que se ocupe de él. Esta es la función principal de la Sociedad del Altar: mantener: “Nuestro hogar, la casa del Señor, hermoso”.
    Los miembros de este ministerio ayudan en el cuidado físico del altar y sus enseres. Ellos distribuyen las tareas entre los miembros, incluyendo el cambio y lavado de los manteles del altar, limpieza de las pilas de agua bendita y el cuidado de las plantas.
    Si usted está interesado en ayudar con alguno de estos quehaceres, por favor comunicarse con Sandra Pérez en nuestra oficina al 301-434-8400.

     

  • Altar Servers

    Altar Servers at St. CamillusYoung people have the opportunity to be involved in an important way in our parish liturgies.  As Altar Servers, they assist the presider at the altar at all weekend liturgies, weddings and special liturgical events throughout the year.

    This ministry is open to all interested young people - who have made their first communion.  While growing closer to God in one’s own life, it also offers an opportunity to understand the rewards of service toward others and their community. 

    To become an Altar Server or to offer your assistance in training or chaperoning Altar Servers or for further information, please contact Ottoniel Perez at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

     

     

     

    Servidores del Altar

    Los jóvenes de la parroquia tienen la oportunidad de estar involucrados de una manera especial en nuestras liturgias parroquiales. Los Servidores del Altar ayudan al celebrante en el altar durante las liturgias de los fines de semana, en bodas y eventos litúrgicos especiales a través del año.

    Este ministerio está abierto para todos los jóvenes interesados que ya han recibido la primera comunión. A la vez que crecemos cerca a Dios en nuestra propia vida, este ministerio también ofrece una oportunidad para comprender los beneficios del servicio a otros y a la comunidad.

    Para ser un Servidor del Altar o para ofrecer tu ayuda para entrenar o acompañar a los Servidores del Altar, o para mayor información, por favor comunicarse con Julie Sarwatt This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

     

     

     

  • Eucharistic Ministers

    Eucharistic Minister at St. CamillusYours is the work
    of ministering Christ’s body and blood
    to the body of Christ, the church.
    You minister holy food to holy people
    in the holiest of all communions.

    Eucharistic ministers are men and women who assist the priests and deacons at the Sunday and weekday liturgies. We have a visitation team which is dedicated to ministering to homebound parishioners.  Called by the Church to serve, we range in age from eighteen to eighty-something and are single, married, and married couples.

    We in this ministry reflect and actualize the words of the parish mission statement: "...believes in Jesus Christ, is nourished by the Eucharist, seeks a deeper understanding of Jesus' Gospel and strives to be an effective sign of Jesus’ presence within our society."

    If you are interested in ministering as a Eucharistic minister, please call or email the parish office.

    A Prayer For Eucharistic Ministers

    Jesus, bless these hands you have chosen as your tools.
    Jesus, always keep us aware and in awe of our sacred mission.
    Jesus, make us worthy of this great ministry we have humbly accepted.
    Jesus, send us out into the world to distribute your love.

     

     

    Ministros de la Eucaristía

    Este ministerio tiene la misión de administrar el cuerpo y la sangre de Cristo al cuerpo de Cristo, la iglesia. Los ministros de la eucaristía administran alimento santo al pueblo santo en la más sagradas de todas las comuniones. Los ministros eucarísticos son hombres y mujeres que ayudan a los sacerdotes y diáconos durante las liturgias del domingo y días de semana. Contamos con un equipo de visita que se dedica al ministerio de los feligreses enfermos, ancianos o aquellos que no tienen familia y no pueden salir de sus hogares. Llamados por la iglesia para servir, variamos en edades que van de 18 a 80  y algo más de años, personas solteras, casadas y matrimonios.

    En este ministerio reflexionamos y actualizamos las palabras de la proclamación de la misión parroquial: “… cree en Jesucristo, es alimentada con la Eucaristía, busca un profundo entendimiento del evangelio de Jesús y se esfuerza por ser un signo eficaz de la presencia de Jesús en nuestra sociedad”.

    Si usted está interesado en este ministerio, por favor llamar o escribir a la oficina parroquial.

    Oración para los Ministros de la Eucaristía

    Jesús, bendice las manos que tú has elegido para ser tus herramientas.

    Jesús, siempre mantennos conscientes en el temor de nuestra sagrada misión.

    Jesús, haznos dignos de este gran ministerio que humildemente hemos aceptado.

    Jesús, envíanos al mundo para distribuir tu amor.

     

     

  • Lectors

    Lector at St. CamillusShortly after the community gathers for worship, it is called to listen to God speak through the Scriptures. In practical terms, lectors are the storytellers of the faith community. Along with the priest-presider, they proclaim the story of salvation at our Lord's Day and weekday masses. The lector's ministry is no less than the task of making God present in the liturgy of the Word.

    When the Word of God is proclaimed in the assembly, it challenges and comforts, encourages and admonishes. The lector's ministry is to proclaim a living Word, not simply words on a page. When the assembly hears the scriptures, it becomes part of the story that is told. The gathered community becomes part of the chosen people of God, struggling to understand God and ourselves, striving to be faithful, repenting when failings happen. The assembly members are disciples of Jesus, following him and learning from his teachings. The Word shapes human lives, teaches, changes peoples' lives, and brings the assembled Church into an encounter with God.

    In the liturgy, the parish community depends on the lectors and Gospel readers to mediate an encounter with God. The job of making God present is an awesome responsibility, one that requires commitment and time.

    If you are interested in ministering as a lector, please call or email the parish office.

     

     

  • Music

    Tracy McDonnell, DirectorMusic Ministry at St. Camillus
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    Weekend Music Ministries

    4:30 PM Saturday: Cantor & Keyboard. Liturgy & Music in English. Rehearsal: One hour before Mass in Music Room. Organist/Pianist: Mary Shipley / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    6:30 PM Saturday: Coro San Camilo I Liturgy & Music in Spanish. Rehearsal: Tuesday nights at 7:00 PM in Music Room. Contact: Tracy McDonnell

    7:30 AM Sunday: Cantor & Organ Liturgy & Music in English. Contact: Tracy McDonnell

    9:00 AM Sunday: Traditional Choir Liturgy & Music in English. Rehearsals: 2nd & 4th Saturdays, 10:30 AM to Noon in Music Room. Contact: Jean Cook / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Organist/Pianist: Mary Shipley / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    10:30 AM Sunday: St. Camillus Multicultural Choir Liturgy primarily in English; multilingual for special occasions. Music is multicultural. Rehearsals: Thursday nights at 7 PM in Church. Core choir for Holy Days, including Midnight Mass & Sacred Triduum, and other special multicultural events, both within and outside the parish. Contact: Tracy McDonnell

    12:30 PM Sunday: Coro San Camilo II Liturgy & Music in Spanish. Rehearsals: Tuesday nights at 7:00 PM in Music Room. Contact: Tracy McDonnell

    2:30 PM Sunday: Choeur de Marie Reine du Monde Liturgy & Music in French with West African influence. Rehearsals: As announced. Contact: Jean-Pierre Sangwa / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    5:00 PM Sunday: St. Camillus Gospel Choir Liturgy & Music in English. Rehearsals: Tuesday nights at 7:00 PM in Church. Contact: Henry Herrera / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    Special Music MinistriesMusic Ministry at St. Camillus

    St. Camillus Handbell Choir Plays for special occasions, e.g., Christmas Day, Holy Thursday.
    Rehearsals: As announced. Contact: Ann Rakotomalala / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    St. Camillus Youth Chorale Sings for special liturgies throughout the year, such as Children’s Christmas Eve Mass and the 10:30 AM Mass on Easter Sunday. Rehearsals: As announced. Contact: Tracy McDonnell

    Please note that rehearsal schedules are posted for September through June.
    For summer schedules, please check with the appropriate contact person.
    For further information, please contact Tracy McDonnell, Music Director.

  • Parking Ministry

    At first you might wonder why parking is a liturgical ministry.  Well, if you think about a ministry as something that allows you to enter into the liturgical experience-parking is definitely a ministry here at St Camillus.  

    Parking Ministry at St. Camillus

    With nonstop masses from 7:30 AM to 6:30 PM, thousands of people, hundreds of cars and over 800 children in religious education, most of us would find ourselves stuck in a very long line on New Hampshire Avenue if it were not for the generosity of these men and woman who volunteer once every six weeks to help direct traffic. Their stewardship assures that the peace and tranquility in which we hopefully leave our church isn't left in a traffic jam in the parking lot.  If you are interested in helping out, especially between 9:00 and 10:30 AM just stop by or call the religious education office.  And when you pass one of them, don't forget to say thank you for this special gift.

    Ministerio para estacionamiento y dirigir tráfico

    Primeramente, usted se debe preguntar por qué el estacionamiento es un ministerio litúrgico. Pues bien, si usted piensa que un ministerio es algo que le permite entrar dentro de la experiencia litúrgica, el estacionamiento es definitivamente un ministerio aquí en San Camilo.

    Con horarios de misas desde las 7:30am hasta las 6:30pm, miles de personas, cientos de autos, y cerca de 800 niños en Educación Religiosa, muchos de nosotros estaríamos atrapados en un gran tráfico en New Hampshire Avenue, si no fuera por la generosidad de estos hombres y mujeres que voluntariamente una vez cada seis semanas ayudan a dirigir el tráfico. Su corresponsabilidad asegura que la paz y tranquilidad al salir de la iglesia no se vea interrumpida en el estacionamiento. Si usted está interesado en ayudar, especialmente durante los horarios de 9:00am a 10:30am, por favor, acérquese o llame a la oficina de Educación Religiosa. Y cuando vea a uno de ellos, por favor, no se olvide de detenerse y darle las gracias.