Parish Charities & SOCIAL JUSTICE

“Whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me.”  Mt 25:40

“The Church’s love for the poor... is a part of her constant tradition.  This love is inspired by the Gospel of the Beatitudes, of the poverty of Jesus, and of his concern for the poor.  Love for the poor is even one of the motives for the duty of working so as to be able to give to those in need."  Catechism of the Catholic Church, 2444

St. Charles Parish shows love for our needy neighbors through a variety of corporal works of mercy, and through advocacy for peace and social justice through a variety of activities. See below for opportunities to serve.

For more information and general inquiries, please contact Anne Marie Kaufmann in the parish office by phone at 703-527-5500 or by email at

Local Outreach

St. Charles Parish shows love for our needy neighbors through a variety of corporal works of mercy and through advocacy for peace and social justice through a variety of activities. 

Dinner for All

2nd Saturday, 12:30-2:00 pm
Benedict Hall, St. Charles Catholic Church
Monthly lunch where the dignity of all is honored through physical and spiritual nourishment

Volunteer Roles
- Food preparation (2nd Friday, 6:45-8:30 pm)
- Sitting with and talking with guests, greeting, serving, children’s activities, and cooking (2nd Saturday, 11:30 am-2:30 pm)



Coffee Hour

Saturdays, 11:00 am-12:00 pm, Room 103, St. Charles Catholic Church
An opportunity to build relationships with those we serve.

Volunteer Roles
- pick up pastries at Northside
- set-up
- spend time with guests



Financial Assistance

Tuesdays, 10:00 am-12:00 pm & other times
Parish Center, St. Charles Catholic Church
Assistance with rent and utilities for Arlington residents 

Volunteer Roles
- Interview individuals seeking assistance
- return phone calls to schedule interviews and follow up on pending assistance



Food Pantry

Tuesdays, 10:00 am-12:00
Parish Center, St. Charles Catholic Church
Non-perishable food is provided to those who are homeless or live on limited incomes

Volunteer Roles
- Interview individuals seeking assistance, stock shelves, shopping, handing out family bags, data entry

- spaghetti sauce
- pasta
- soup,
- canned vegetables
- cereal

- canned tuna or other meat
- canned entrees
- canned fruit
- vienna sausages or tuna/ chicken snack packs

Please drop off donations at designated bins at Church entrances before or after Mass during the week or on the weekend. Thank you for your helping to feed the hungry in Arlington.



English Second Language (ESL)

Sundays, 2:00 pm-3:00 pm
Classes for individuals learning English as a second language

Volunteer Roles
- Program Coordinator
- Teachers



Homebound Outreach

various times
Outreach to homebound parishioners

Volunteer Roles
- visiting
- bringing Holy Communion (training required)
- phone calls
- card writing
- other support as needed



Senior Ministry

various times
Growing ministry to serve the needs of seniors in our parish

Volunteer Roles
- leading Communion services and bringing Communions to the residents at The Jefferson & Brookdale (training required)
- assisting with quarterly senior luncheons
- exploring additional programs for seniors



Jail Ministry

various times
Outreach to the Arlington County Detention Center

Volunteer Roles
- assisting with Liturgical Services (training required)
- leading Bible studies
- visiting with inmates



Turkey Dinners

Various dates, October - November
Thanksgiving dinners for low income families

Volunteer Roles
- interviewing families
- soliciting donations
- preparing and delivering meals



Christmas Giving Tree

Various dates, October – December
Annual gift program for low income families

Volunteer Roles
- interviewing families (Spanish is helpful)
- set-up, sorting and distributing gifts



Overseas Charities


Our relationship with the St. Charles’ sister parishes located in greater Cavaillon, Haiti is going strong after some 30 years! Just as Jesus educated, fed, and healed those He encountered in and around Galilee, so do we at St. Charles—through the generosity of parishioners, family and friends—work to help educate, feed, and foster good health for the families in greater Cavaillon. Learn more by visiting the Haiti Committee page.

Please contact us at to learn more about joining the Haiti Committee or helping provide financial support.



Fair Trade Committee

Sundays, monthly
Monthly sales of fair trade coffee, tea, and chocolate

Volunteer Roles
- selling fair trade items
- ordering coffee & tea



Advocacy for Justice and Peace 

“The Church calls for a different kind of political engagement: one shaped by the moral convictions of well-formed consciences and focused on the dignity of every human being, the pursuit of the common good, and the protection of the weak and the vulnerable.”  Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship: A Call to Political Responsibility from the Catholic Bishops of the United States, November 2015  

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Respect Life Committee

Advocacy for the respect of all life from conception to natural death

Volunteer Roles
- attend committee meetings
- assisting with various activities throughout the year

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Care for Creation

New ministry to promote care of all creation. “The environment is God's gift to everyone,  and in our use of it we have a responsibility towards the poor, towards future generations and towards humanity as a whole.” (Pope Benedict XVI, Caritas in Veritate, 48)

Volunteer Roles
- attend quarterly Diocesan Care for Creation Network meeting
- consider ways St. Charles can be more involved



Ecumenical and Interreligious Committee

Committee to educate on ecumenical and interreligious dialogue

Volunteer Roles
- participate in meetings
- plan activities




Catholic Charities of Arlington is supporting those in need of counseling at St. Charles Parish. Jennifer Barry is a licensed clinical social worker who received her Master of Social Work (MSW) from the Catholic University of America. If you would like to schedule an appointment with her, please contact Family Services at 703-425-0109.