Symposium on JPII’s Theology of the Body

This April, St. Joseph’s on Capitol Hill will host a Theology of the Body book club over Zoom.  Join fellow parishioners as we read and discuss “Theology of the Body Explained:  A Commentary on John Paul II’s Man and Woman He Created Them“.  The parish has a limited number of books available.  If you are interested in participating in the book club, please contact parishioner Karen Granger at  

From 1979 to 1984, in the course of 129 general audience addresses, Pope John Paul II laid out his most significant theological contribution to the world — what is now known as “Theology of the Body”.  This theological contribution comes at a time of great pastoral need.  Set out into deeper water and enter into the dialogue as we discuss this timely, capacious, and joyful teaching on the dignity of each and every human person and God’s love for us.  We will meet Thursday evenings during April and May from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.  The schedule is below:

  • Thursday, 4/8          Prologue
  • Thursday, 4/15      Part I, Cycle 
  • Thursday, 4/22      Part I, Cycle 2
  • Thursday, 4/29      Part I, Cycle 3
  • Thursday, 5/6        Part II, Cycle 4
  • Thursday, 5/13       Part II, Cycle 5
  • Thursday, 5/20      Part II, Cycle 6
  • Thursday, 5/27      Epilogue

Healing Mass April 15th

Please join us at St. Joseph’s on Capitol Hill for a special Mass of Healing on Thursday April 15th at 7pm.We will be celebrating a Mass to remember God’s mercy for the many sufferings we have endured over this past year due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, racial and political tensions, and any other personal hardships. There will be a brief healing service in the church after the Mass for anyone who wishes to have a priest pray over them.

Annual Appeal

Thank you for your interest in supporting the 2021 Annual Appeal of the Archdiocese of Washington!

We invite you join in the mission of the Annual Appeal as we seek Christ together. By strengthening the charitable works of our Archdiocese, you enable all those Seeking Christ to find His healing, His word, and His friendship.

2021 Annual Appeal Goal: $11.4 million

Our mission to seek Christ manifests itself in countless ways in the Archdiocese of Washington. From faith formation and catechesis, to outreach and evangelization, your gift will have a wide-ranging impact benefiting thousands across the District of Columbia and five surrounding counties of Maryland.

We invite you join in the mission of the Annual Appeal as we seek Christ together. By strengthening the charitable works of our Archdiocese, you enable all those Seeking Christ to find His healing, His word, and His friendship.

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

The Year of St. Joseph

To celebrate the Holy Year of St. Joseph, we will say this prayer before or after Mass between now and Dec. 8, 2021. 

Hail, Guardian of the Redeemer,
Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
To you God entrusted his only Son;
in you Mary placed her trust;
with you Christ became man.

Blessed Joseph, to us too,
show yourself a father
and guide us in the path of life.
Obtain for us grace, mercy and courage,
and defend us from every evil. Amen.

There are prayer cards in the church, please feel free to take one.

Our Candlelight Vigil for Victims of Racism

We want to bring healing to our community and nation.  So, we held a candlelight vigil on Sept 1st for victims of racism.  Most Rev. Dorsonville, Rev. Glasgow and Rev. Gurnee along with 90 other parishioners and community members participated in this event.  A list of action items was created to help bring about change.  Please contact the rectory if you would like to support our efforts.

Lord, Jesus Christ

Who reached across ethnic boundaries
Between Samaritan, Roman and Jew;
Who offered fresh sight to the blind and freedom to captives,
Help us to break down the barriers in our community and
Enable us to see the reality of racism and bigotry,
And free us to challenge and uproot it from ourselves, our society and our world.

Candlelight vigil on 9.1.20
8 minutes and 46 seconds of silence
Opening prayer for the vigil

Vigil for those lost to Racism

Posted by St. Peter's DC on Tuesday, September 1, 2020

Confessions Schedule

Fr. Gurnee is available to hear confessions 7:40 – 8:00 am and 11:45 am – 12:05 pm Monday – Friday, and on Saturday from 4:45 – 5:15 pm. He will be in the church by the Christ the King statue (on the left as you walk in the back).

He will also be available if anyone wants to come by at another time, please call the rectory at 202-547-1223 or email Fr. Gurnee to set up an appointment and he will be happy to meet you.

2021 Gardening Calendar and Signup Sheet

Not into laying mulch but maybe interested in other gardening activities? Check out the dates for 2021 and see what works for you. As usual, we work from 9:30 am to 11:30 am on these days, weather/temperature permitting. 

Use the sign up sheet to find a regular gardening day that works for you.

Guidance for Gardening Safety These guidelines are for the safety of all volunteers, please read them all carefully before you participate on the gardening day you’ve signed up for (use the link above to sign up). Guidance has been pulled together from sources including and various other community gardening organization websites. Guidance will be updated as needed to address additional safety requirements that may come up.

  • If you are sick, please do not show up for gardening. 
  • No gardening will occur if temperatures are under 45 degrees Fahrenheit or over 85 degrees Fahrenheit before 9:30 am. If you show up, you are gardening at your own risk.
  • Masks are required. If you have difficulty breathing due to the outdoor temperature, please stay home. 


  • Wash your hands after gardening. Soap and water will be available onsite .
  • Hand sanitizer will also be provided onsite.

Equipment and Other Necessities

  • Bring your own water and hand towel to dry your hands after washing them.
  • For your own safety, bring your own gloves. 
  • Bring your own tools. Gardening clippers or pruning shears are small, easy to transport tools. Until we have a good process for cleaning the shed tools they will not be widely available.
  • Trash bags will be provided. However, if you wish to bring your own, please purchase black, heavy duty trash bags intended for garden waste. Do not bring kitchen trash bags.

Gardening Activities

Look forward to seeing you all again and working with you. If you can’t make it, that’s ok too. 

  • Gardening areas will be assigned the day of each session. Please remain in your area and or practice social distancing for your safety and the safety of others. 
  • Gardening will focus on weeding and pruning as we do every year. In addition, our big project this year is to fill in the sloped garden bed along 2nd and C Street.

*FYI – these dates are weather contingent.*