Director of Evangelization

The mission of the Catholic Archdiocese of Washington is to spread the light of the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the world. In the faithful pursuit of this mission, St. Joseph’s Catholic Church on Capitol Hill is seeking a Director of Evangelization (DoE). Through initiative, creativity, and a keen sense of ownership, the DoE oversees all Communications and Religious Education equities for the Parish. St. Joseph’s Catholic Church on Capitol Hill is seeking a creative, energetic, self-starting, and skilled Communications and Religious Education professional to join our pastoral staff. The DoE will oversee all Religious Education efforts as well as all digital and print communication platforms to inform the Capitol Hill community about all education, ministry, and outreach events/opportunities. The successful candidate will have a solid background in Catholic Church teachings and theology and bring years of education, experience, knowledge, and positive energy to foster parish-wide catechesis while managing a broad swath of regular communication venues. With daily contact with the pastor, the new hire will work collaboratively with existing pastoral staff, ministry leaders, Capitol Hill partners, and Diocesan experts to bring the Good News to our broad and diverse community using all
education and communication tools available.

Working with the Pastor, staff, Parish council, and parishioners, the DoE is responsible to develop and manage a strategic education and communications plan to ensure synergy across all parish ministries and fidelity to our parish’s goals.

The ideal candidate would be a practicing Catholic in good standing and active member of a Roman Catholic parish faith community in Washington, DC, with a combination of education and experience related to theology/communications as well as a demonstrable history of excellence and initiative. This is a full-time, salaried position, with a competitive salary and benefits. Flexible work hours are

How to apply: Qualified candidates should email a cover letter and resume to Father William Gurnee at: – Please include the position title in the subject line.

Guidelines for Coronavirus

Cardinal Gregory and the Bishops of the Province of Baltimore (Archdiocese of Baltimore, Catholic Diocese of Arlington, Catholic Diocese of Wilmington, Catholic Diocese of Richmond and the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston) have jointly announced that the dispensation of the Sunday and Holy Day Mass obligation will be lifted beginning on Saturday, June 26, 2021 and Sunday, June 27, 2021.

Celebration of Mass and Holy Communion

Churches in the District of Columbia and all five Maryland counties in the Archdiocese of Washington are no longer subject to governmental capacity or social distancing limits. Consistent with CDC, state, and local guidance, masks are no longer required of any person inside churches or religious facilities with the Archdiocese. Masks are recommended, but not required, for unvaccinated persons when indoors. Please note that individual parishes may choose to keep distancing, masking, or other precautions in place, as well as continue live-streaming their Masses.

The following revisions, effective May 28, 2021 modify the Public Celebration of Mass and Holy Communion Outside of Massguidelines issued May 14, 2020 and revised October 15, 2020. These modifications take into account the following:

  • The increasing percentage of residents who have received the vaccination, particularly those in the age demographic who are at highest risk of contracting Covid-19;
  • The low positivity rate and declining hospitalization rates locally;
  • The recent Executive Orders by Maryland Governor Larry Hogan on March 9, 2021, lifting capacity restrictions in houses of worship along with his May 14, 2021, Order revising the State mandate regarding wearing masks indoors; and the corresponding Executive Order by District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser, dated May 17, 2021;
  • The recent guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) regarding the cleaning and disinfection of public spaces, the recommended social distancing of 3 feet in K-12 schools, and the lifting of certain restrictions for fully vaccinated people;
  • The continuing guidance and orders from State and local health departments regarding masking, cleaning, and social distancing.

Based upon the above, below are the updated guidelines for the celebration of Mass and Holy Communion. Please note that these guidelines are also applicable to other parish liturgical events such as weddings, funerals and Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament.

Health and Hygiene Considerations:

  • Liturgical celebrations no longer need to abide by capacity restrictions.
  • The use of masks while gathered indoors is not required for fully vaccinated individuals, but is recommended for non-vaccinated individuals. There is no requirement to check vaccination status.
  • The use of masks by ordinary and extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion while distributing Holy Communion, vaccinated and non-vaccinated, is still required during the distribution.
  • Per archdiocesan policy, social distancing is still required between individuals from separate households for indoor gatherings as follows: Pastors are permitted to reduce distancing to 3 feet for indoor celebrations (which may allow the use of all rows) if they feel it would be beneficial. Pastors may also choose to set aside a section of the church that maintains 6-foot distancing for those who wish to maintain more social distancing.
  • Parishes are to continue to have hand sanitizer available at all of the entrances of churches.
  • Cleaning and disinfecting after every liturgical celebration is no longer required unless a person with a confirmed or suspected Covid-19 case is known to have been in an indoor space, per CDC guidelines, cleaning with ordinary soap and water once per day is sufficient to remove viruses that may be on surfaces and help maintain a healthy facility. However, such shared indoor spaces must be disinfected at least once a week in addition to being cleaned once a day. If a person with a positive Covid-19 case is known to have been in an indoor space, cleaning and disinfection must occur immediately.

Preparation of Ministers:

  • Musical accompaniment at Mass or other liturgical celebrations may employ a cantor and organist or pianist, or even a small musical ensemble of no more than 4 singers. However, the decision on whether to use a small ensemble must factor in the need for enhanced social distancing (greater than 3 feet) from each other and as separate as possible from the congregation. If the ensemble and/or cantor is located in front of the congregation, enhanced social distancing must be observed and/or the use of plastic barriers. Hymns and sung Mass parts are allowed.

Preparation of the Church:

  • Baptismal fonts and Holy Water stoups may be used. Hand sanitizer must be available in close proximity to permit the cleansing of hands. Fonts and stoups are to be cleaned regularly, following proper protocols for handling Holy Water.
  • Hard copy bulletins and other printed liturgical materials may be used.

Guidance for the Celebration of Mass:

  • Procession at the beginning of Mass and recession at the end of Mass may be restored.
  • The celebrant is welcome to greet the parishioners after Mass, but shaking hands should be avoided.
  • The offertory Procession of the Gifts may be restored.
  • The Sign of Peace should be restored with the use of a gesture, such as a bow or wave, but shaking of hands should be avoided.
  • The distribution of the Precious Blood remains suspended until further notice.
  • The use of masks while distributing Holy Communion is still required (as noted earlier), as is the requirement to sanitize one’s hands prior to the distribution of Holy Communion and if one’s hand touches the hand of the communicant. Holy Communion on the tongue continues to be discouraged, but pastors may make provisions for those who would like to receive on the tongue (the use of separate lines, receiving at the end of the communion line, etc.). If a minister distributes Holy Communion on the tongue, he or she should still sanitize his or her hands after the distribution to each individual on the tongue.

Visit the Media Portal to view the latest statements regarding the coronavirus released by the Archdiocese of Washington.

The Catholic Standard will also continue to provide information as updates are available.

2022 Annual Appeal

The 2022 Annual Appeal is here! This year’s theme is From God’s Abundance, Our Gifts of Charity to remind us that everything we have and share with others is from our loving Father. Through our collective support of the Annual Appeal, we strengthen the Body of Christ that is our local Church, and we sustain her many charitable works that serve the spiritual and other needs of all those within and beyond our parish boundaries. Please consider a commitment to the 2022 Annual Appeal this weekend at home or in-person. Your gift will be credited toward our parish goal. Learn more about the Annual Appeal at

If you have any questions or concerns, please email them to Kelly Hanlon.