The Service Commission’s goals are to create an awareness of and commitment to Christ’s social message as reflected in our actions and response to the needs of others. Committees in the Service Commission reach out from the parish community to those in need beyond our boundaries. The programs of the Commission provide opportunities for parishioners to act upon their faith by caring for others directly, by working with organizations and agencies who serve the poor and the vulnerable, and through advocacy at the local, state and national level.

“One thing I know: the only ones among you who will be really happy are those who will have sought and found how to serve”…Albert Schweitzer

How can I help those in need, right now?

Donate Goods to local charities through our Matthew 25 program. All food items can be brought to the church and left in the Matthew 25 section of the Narthex. St. Mark is open every day of the week. Matthew 25 Family PASS.


As people of faith, we need to know that it’s not enough to just love and do good works ourselves. It is our responsibility and part of our calling as disciples to urge those around us to lives of charity and unconditional love. By our words and, more importantly, by our actions, we must challenge others to lives of service as an essential way of drawing nearer to God.

Bill Grossman, Pastoral Associate | 703-938-1936

Denise Argote, Secretary | 703-938-1936

Theresa Croson, Service Chairperson | 703-352-1514

How else can I help those in need?

* The St. Lucy Project of Catholic Charities Diocese of Arlington is working hard to distribute much needed food to partner pantries in the 21 counties of the Diocese. We need volunteers to assist in unloading food donations at our Manassas warehouse. Most deliveries are on Sundays between 1:30 and 3:30 p.m. Individuals, families and children are all welcome to lend a hand. Contact Debra Beard, Volunteer Coordinator, for more information at (703) 479-2975, ext. 100.

* Help Special Needs children in a fun environment with Kids Enjoy Exercise Now (KEEN)

*Catholic Charities Welcome Home Re-Entry Program seeks Volunteer mentors to serve as  role models and guides to formerly incarcerated/recently released individuals.  Help to welcome them home, connect them to available resources, and provide positive, caring support so that they can successfully return to the community.  Background check and training, and ongoing education required. Become acquainted with the challenges facing those leaving jail/prison; receive training working in a one-to-one setting; opportunity to help an individual in transition.

Other Catholic Charities Volunteer Opportunities

* Donate furniture/household items OR come shop at Capital Caring store called Twice as Nice

* Comfort Zone Camp Volunteer to help Children who have lost a loved one

Help with our monthly Donut Sundays at ST. MARK. Contact Ann Brinkmann 703-281-2322

* The Lamb Center Homeless shelter Day drop in

* Help a Child in need through CASA – Lift up a child

Help with our ESL program

* Volunteer Opportunities for Youth 2021

Volunteers Needed at FACETS (Fairfax based organization helping low income families)

*Volunteers Also Needed through the Fairfax County Government

*Foster Care for children in need

* Maybe you would like to start a new Service Project/Program

* Make Sandwiches, Cook for the homeless, help children at Fairfax Hospital, and more!!….see the ministries in need of help, below!!!!

Blood Drive Children in Need of Smiles Christ House
Christmas Giving Tree Christmas Giving Tree – Adoptions Clothing Drive
Computer Donation Program ESL FACETS Hot Meals
Food for Others Gift of Peace – Embry Rucker Shelter Hypothermia Shelter
Lamb Center Monthly Sunday Sustenance Social Action Linking Together (SALT)
Transportation for Those in Need



These are held two times per year to help Inova Blood Donor Services provide a safe and adequate blood supply for our area. Please consider giving the gift of life! Volunteers are needed to help after Mass to sign up donors, staff the drive as well as donate blood. Future Blood drives are currently on hold until the COVID restrictions are lifted. We are currently looking for a volunteer to head this ministry. Please contact Bill Grossman, if interested, at 703-938-1936.

Bill Grossman |703-938-1936|
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CHINS (Children in Need of Smiles) is an organization created to replenish new items needed for sick children and their families at Inova Fairfax Children’s Hospital.  Our mission is to provide comfort, support, and smiles to these children with the help of your donations and your time.  Volunteers are needed to help sort donations, assemble care packages, and deliver the packages.  Another volunteer opportunity is to knit and crochet hats for the children.
Click here to visit the CHINS website

Click here to visit the most recent CHINS Newsletter

Jennifer Allison | 703-938-2176

Ann Paniszczyn | 703-281-4144

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The Christ House is a shelter for homeless men in need of health care. Every third Sunday of the month, ST. MARK is committed to providing a hot and nutritious lunch. There are two ways to participate: 1) purchase food and bring it to the kitchen at ST. MARK or 2) drive w/ the food, prepare & serve lunch to guests at Christ House. Additional food providers are needed. This wonderful Service project is currently on hold until the COVID restrictions are lifted.

Arnold Crespo | 703-349-3623

Alyce Coppage | 703-385-8742

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Through the Giving Tree, volunteers provide the ST. MARK community an opportunity to spread the joy of Christmas to the disadvantaged in an organized gift gathering and delivery project.  Most work on the Giving Tree takes place between November 1 and mid-December and includes contacting charities about their needs, making tags for the tree, putting up and decorating the tree in the Narthex, organizing incoming gifts for delivery to charities and families, and delivering gifts.

Carolyn Peterson | 703-281-3941

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You can get a wish list from a child, an individual or a family through this process.

Nancy Dunaway | 703-758-8142 | 

Mary Lou McIntire | 703-938-4276

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CLOTHING DRIVE-Annual Thanksgiving Collection

The Clothing Drive is a great family ministry that supports many local charities in the Washington, D.C. area. Help to sort and pack donated clothing on Friday and Saturday after Thanksgiving Day.  Help with organizational tasks prior to the Drive. Help with small deliveries in your pick up truck or minivan after the drive. We invite all parishioners to contribute with the clothing they no longer find useful.  Mens casual clothing is our biggest need.

Paul Renard | 703-819-4666

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*ST.MARK Catholic Church is seeking volunteer teachers and assistant teachers for its adult English classes during the 2021 year.   All classes will be conducted online via Zoom.  Classes will be on Tuesday and Thursday evenings for one hour.    In addition to English language classes, we will also offer informal English Conversation, Writing, and Citizenship Preparation.   For more information please contact Monica O’Keefe or Bob Gambarelli at:

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On an annual basis, this ministry offers English language/citizenship preparation instruction to hundreds of adult learners at various proficiency levels. No foreign language skills are necessary for most positions.  ESL teachers and aides generally volunteer one evening a week, either Tuesday or Thursday, and classes meet in the ST. MARK Christian Formation Center. Time commitment for weekly volunteers averages 2-3 hours per week (September – June).  Volunteers are also asked to help with program administration by participating in student registration, publicity, hospitality, student recognitions, and other program-wide functions.  Others serve as occasional substitutes or assist with the summer program.  Volunteers attend training, plan lessons, and report on attendance and classroom activity via email.

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Our next gathering to cook and deliver dinner to the homeless will be: Monday, July 26 from 3-5pm in the ST. MARK kitchen

The ST. MARK Hot Meals team prepares 130 meals for the homeless and delivers them to sites in Fairfax six times a year:  the fourth Monday of alternate months starting in January.  We prepare the food here at ST. MARK Catholic Church.  The cooks prepare and package food from 3:15 to 5:45 pm, then the drivers deliver the food from 5:30pm to 7:15pm.  The drivers should have vehicles. We are currently looking for a new leader to head this amazing ministry. Please contact Bill Grossman, if interested, at 703-938-1936

Dave Kent| 703-255-0846

Mary Purdy | 703-385-9572 | 

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Deliver food from the Merrifield Warehouse to site on Draper Drive in Fairfax on Monday or Thursday evenings. Volunteers are also needed to assist at the front desk at the Merrifield Warehouse to greet clients, to pick up food donations from local grocery stores, and to help stack shelves. New volunteers are welcome! Please visit the website at

Food for Others Direct Number | 703-207-9173

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GIFT OF PEACE Embry Rucker Shelter

ST. MARK delivers lunch on the first Thursday of every month to help feed the homeless in Fairfax County at the Embry Rucker Homeless Shelter in Reston, Va. Some volunteers prepare a portion of the meal, others provide the menu items that do not need cooking; and still others deliver the meal and serve at the Shelter. Contact Diane Smith or go onto Sign Up Genius to volunteer: Sign Up Genius

2021 Schedule is: Every first Thursday of the month.

Diane Smith | 703-620-0629

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Each winter, FACETS and area faith communities offer safe places to sleep and nutritious meals to men and women who are homeless. During the coldest months, area churches take turns opening their doors at night for one week. While ST. MARK does not shelter in our own buildings, for many years we have helped with the FACETS Hypothermia Shelter Program in nearby churches. ST. MARK volunteers provide a hot dinner or two, a warm welcome and a safe place to sleep indoors for homeless single adults.

Volunteer time commitment varies by location, but typical tasks would be to prepare and deliver part of a dinner, transport guests in a FACETS van, visit or play cards with guests, or several hours to keep watch in the shelter for a quiet nighttime shift. The shelters are run by professional staff, and volunteer training is free. All in-shelter volunteers must be 18 or older.

Pilar Oishi | 703-281-7815| or Faith Roberts

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Has God been calling you to serve the poor in our community? An ecumenical ministry to the poor and homeless, the Lamb Center is a place where Christians pursue whole, loving relationships with men, women and children who know too little of real hope. The Lamb Center is open Monday-Friday, 9am-4pm and from 9am- Noon on Saturday. The storefront location is at the Fairfax Circle. Volunteers assist staff in serving breakfast and lunch, doing laundry, answering the phone and welcoming guests.

TEENAGE HOMELESSNESS IN FAIRFAX COUNTY? REALLY? See this amazing video/project completed by ST. MARK teenage Parishioner, Erin Spalding:

Carol Dieterle | 703-865-4049 | 

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MONTHLY SUNDAY SUSTENANCE – Amount of food prepared/delivered, year-to-date

One piece of lunch meat, two slices of bread, and one slice of cheese is all that it takes to make the world of difference in the life of the working poor who struggle to make ends meet with soaring housing prices, utilities, and other daily expenses in Fairfax County.  On specific Sundays of each month, volunteers help to bridge that gap by making sandwiches for these families.  Our donations go to Embry Rucker Shelter and the Lamb Shelter which then distributes the sandwiches.  This year round ministry is run on the contributions from sandwich makers of two loaves of bread, one pound of cheese, and one pound of lunch meat.  We also welcome donations of food from those who cannot help that day.  This is a wonderful ministry for all people, but especially for those with children who can be involved in making the sandwiches and know that their efforts go a long way. Join us on these Sunday’s anytime between 9-10am in the Activities Center Kitchen.

Our schedule for 2021 is every 3rd Sunday of the month, once COVID restrictions are lifted, and folks are comfortable coming back in to work closely together preparing the sandwiches.

Sandwich making in action!

Vimin Honigford|703-372-2522

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How can I help Advocate?

Social Action Linking Together (SALT) is a parish-based network of persons seeking legislation to aid Virginia’s low-income families, the incarcerated, the homeless, the working poor and their children.  SALT, a non-partisan legislative network for social justice, can inform you about critical human needs legislation. SALT’s alerts, workshops, and special events provide new and experienced advocates the tools to promote compassionate human needs programs. 

John Horejsi | 703-255-7074

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Drivers provide rides to people for necessary appointments. The riders are homebound people who cannot drive due to illness or age. The Shepherd Center of Oakton is an ecumenical group of volunteers working together to serve those in need in the Vienna, Oakton and Dunn Loring areas. Please contact the Shepherd Center of Oakton if you are in need of a ride OR if you are able to volunteer to be a driver!!

Shepherd Center of Oakton | 703-281-0538 |

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THANK YOU for your generosity!!

Look what you’ve done, lately, to help those in need!!…thank you, St. Mark Parishioners!!


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