Social Justice

At St. John the Baptist we strive to continue this mission of our Lord through our Social Concerns Ministries. We see Social Concerns as integral to the life of our parish and strive to reflect on the social mission of the Church in all that we do. Recognizing that Baptism calls us all to mission, Social Concerns Ministries strive to involve the entire parish with

  • Education of the Catholic Social Teaching
  • Serve the poor and vulnerable
  • Advocate for a just and peaceful world
  • Seek solidarity

For more information or to volunteer, contact Director of Social Concerns, Cynthia Norris, 301-622-1122, ext 108.

Social Justice Ministries at St. John’s

Whether it is joining our Eco-Ministry, supporting our Prison Ministry or getting involved with our Sister Parish, St. Pierre in Baradères, Haiti, there is sure to be a way you will want to be involved with a Social Justice Ministry at St. John’s.


Through prayer, education and action, we engage in various practical and spiritual efforts to make connections between our Catholic faith tradition and environmental issues.  Activities include:

  • Quarterly New Hampshire Avenue clean-up
  • Annual St. Francis Day pet blessing
  • Earth Day & other educational activities
EcoMinistry - Tree Planting
EcoMinistry - Tree Planting

Prison Ministry

We promote opportunities for education, service and advocacy in support of bringing God’s peace to prisoners. Activities include:

  • Welcome Home Re-entry kits

Respect Life

We respect and protect human life from the moment of conception until natural death.

Activities include:

  • March for Life and Mass for Life
  • Support for the Mentally Handicapped

Education Ministry

We lead parish efforts to teach Catholic Social Teaching principles. Activities include:

  • Lenten Supper Talks
  • Alternative Christmas Bazaar
  • Educational Seminars & Activities- Programs to promote Catholic Social Teaching and ways to incorporate them in our day to day family life.

Sister Parish – St. Baraderes, Haiti

We provide vision for solidarity with our sister parish of St. Pierre in Baradères, Haiti.

Activities include:

  • Annual Fall school supply collection
  • Visit from the Pastor of St. Pierre
  • Parish delegation trip to Baradères
  • Project Development & Fundraising

Community Service

We seek simply to serve those in need in our community. Activities include:

Select a local agency or organization to support via gift donation cards.

Bring new or used blankets in very good condition to Mass in Advent for distribution to the homeless.

Prepare casseroles for the needy; recipes are provided.

Our local interfaith coalition that include the Clothes Closet, baby closet, toy distribution at Christmas, and school supply distribution in late summer.

Select crosses that provide ways for parishioners to observe Lent through prayer, fasting, service and almsgiving.

Shepherd’s Table Soup Kitchen – Prepare and serve the evening meal located in downtown Silver Spring.

St. Camillus Park Food Pantry -Bag and deliver food donated by parishioners.

Assist formerly homeless veterans move into their new home.

Community Fund Board