Shrine of the Sacred Heart
Welcome to the Shrine of the Sacred Heart! Serving the Mount Pleasant community of Washington, DC for over 100 years, we strive to live out our mission to be the Heart of Christ at 16th and Park through ministries of Worship, Faith Formation, Service, and Community Building. We hope that you will let these ministries serve you, and we hope that you will be inspired to become involved in some of these ministries and help us in our mission to serve others.
Eucharistic Ministers - Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist assist the priest with the distribution of the Body and Blood of Christ at Mass and to the homebound. This ministry is open to fully initiated Catholics at least 16 years of age. Training and certification is provided by the Archdiocese.
Contact: Michael Mora

Altar Servers - The altar servers assist the priest before, during, and after Mass. This ministry is open to those who have made their first communion.
Contact: Michael Healy

Lectors - The Lectors proclaim the Word of God for the Sunday Liturgy.
Contact: Mary Anne Gibbons

Music Ministry - The music ministry is charged with enlivening the mass with soulful and uplifting music. This ministry is open to all musicians and singers interested in participating.
Contact: Charlene Lockwood .

Ministers of Hospitality (Ushers and Greeters) - Ministers of Hospitality greet and welcome parishioners as they enter the church; distribute hymnals, song sheets, and bulletins; take up the collection; facilitate the Communion Procession; direct parishioners to social events, meetings, and other special events; and straighten up the church after Mass.
Contact: Brian Tefft

Faith Formation
CCD, RCIC, and RCIA - The Confraternity of Christian Doctrine (CCD) is a religious education program for school-aged children who do not attend Catholic schools. The Rite of Christian Initiation for Children (RCIC) provides additional education and formation for children of ages 7 and older who have not yet been baptized. The Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA) is for adults preparing for any of the sacraments.Teachers are needed for Sundays before church and other times.
Contact: Liz Mora

Dinner Program - The Dinner Program provides meals for homeless and low-income members of our community every weekday evening in the Gavan Center. Volunteers help transport the food, set up, serve the meal, and clean up, 4:30–6:30 PM. Volunteers are welcome during any portion of this period.
Contact: Br. Manuel Aviles at 202-234-8000

Home Ministry - This ministry trains Eucharistic Ministers to bring communion to our homebound parishioners who cannot attend Mass.
Contact: Fr. Kevin Thompson at 202-234-8000

E.S.L Classes - These classes are offered in the Academy for those who want to learn English as a Second Language. Volunteers are needed to teach or tutor one night a wee (Tues., Wed., or Thurs.). Donations of office supplies or registration fees for new students are always appreciated!
Contact: Br. Matthew at 202-234-8000

Parish Food Pantry - The pantry provides food assistance to members of our community. Donations of non-perishable foods are needed, including: rice, beans, cereal, peanut butter, canned tuna or chicken, pasta, and pasta sauce/
Contact: Hever Leonzo or Jaime Hernández at 202-234-8000.

Missionaries of St. Francis of Assisi - This group does works of charity to help the needy in Central America and the Caribbean.
Contact: Fr. Moisés Villalta at 202-234-8000.
Community Building
Babies and TotsGroup - A group of parents with infants and young children who meet periodically for fellowship and fun activities. Community service projects include Diaper Drives for DC Diaper Bank.
Contact: Elizabeth Mora at 202-518-8914

Young Adults - Young Adults in their 20s, 30s, and 40s come together for social, service, and spiritual activities to deepen our connections to our parish and community.

Youth Group - The Youth Group is for high school students who love Jesus Christ and have received Confirmation. Fun social activities, social service projects, retreats, and prayer services are part of this ministry.

Unity Group - The Unity Group builds community between the parish's diverse cultural groups by addressing issues of concern including (but not limited to): housing, homelessness, parking, gentrification, environment, immigration, and advocacy.

Bethany Group - This group supports parishioners dealing with grief and loss through prayer and by assisting at funerals.
Contact: Blossom Johnson at 202-635-2113

Girl Scouts - The Girl Scouts offer a variety of activities to build girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place. For girls in grades K to 7th (Daisies, Brownies, Juniors, and Cadettes).
Contact: Liz Mora at 202-518-8914

Sodality of Mary - This group of women joins together in prayer and community in loving devotion to our Lady. They meet the first Sunday of each month and host a bake sale the second Sunday of each month.
Contact: Regina Ingram
Parish Council
The Parish Council is a group of 14 members elected and appointed to advise and work with the Pastor to support and coordinate activities of the parish. These activities focus on worship, faith formation, service, and community building. Their work supports our parish to live its mission to be the heart of Christ at 16th and Park. Please work with us, and feel free to contact us for information or to provide suggestions about the activities and ministries of the Parish.
Contact: Micheal Friere

Want to Get Involved?
As you can see, there is much work for the Heart of Christ to do here at 16th and Park. If you would like to become involved in any of these ministries, or for more information, please contact the appropriate person for any ministries that interest you.