Fellowship


OLGC has community members that represent a variety of backgrounds and experiences. Our activities are diverse and many have long traditions. We foster an environment of collaboration and sharing of resources between various groups and ministries.

Click below to discover what OLGC has to offer, discover where you fit in and see our listing of events.

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Parish Groups

Adult Sports

Adults can keep active with fellow parishioners with pickup basketball or summer softball league.

Visit Adult Athletics webpage for info.

CYO Athletics

OLGC Youth participates in the Northern Virginia Junior Catholic Youth Organization (NVJCYO) for Basketball, Tennis, Track and Volleyball, as well as a Basketball House League.

Visit Athletics webpages for info.

Fil/Am Community Ministry

Fil/Am Community Ministry is based at OLGC parish in Vienna, Virginia and we work hand in hand with the Filipino Ministry of Northern Virginia in the Arlington Diocese (FilMinNoVA) and the Diocesan Offices of Multicultural Ministries. As a ministry established almost 10 years ago, we continue to be humbled by the support of our Pastor and the OLGC Parish Staff. The Fil/Am Community Ministry is a not-for-profit corporation incorporated under the laws of the State of Virginia.

Sponsored Events:

  • Memorial Mass in honor of San Pedro Calungsod in April.
  • The Serenata - Fil/Am Community Music Ministry participates in multi-cultural concerts, collaborates with parish choirs during Lent, Easter and Pentecost, sings at the monthly Filipino Mass at St. Bernadette’s Parish in Springfield, VA and provides liturgical music for mass in honor of the Birhen Ng Antipolo (Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage) at the Crypt Church of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, DC.
  • Simbang Gabi (traditional Filipino Advent Mass) culminates our annual celebrations, which is celebrated for nine days before Christmas in different parishes in the Diocese of Arlington. Our celebration at OLGC is highlighted by a pageant called “Panunuluyan,” the Search for an Inn.
  • Support the Parol Making Workshop where Fil/Am children make their own lanterns to decorate their homes.
  • Outreach work is also done visit panel on Outreach website.

Contact: Chiqui Pacis-Sanchez 571.499.8277

Knights of Columbus

The Knights of Columbus is the world's largest Catholic fraternal service organization dedicated to providing charitable services, promoting Catholic education and Catholic public policy positions, and actively defending Catholicism in various nations. Members from OLGC and St. Mark parishes are part of the Santa Maria Council #4654 located in the heart of Vienna, VA.

Meetings are held on the second Thursday of every month at 8:30 pm.

Contact: Grand Knight or visit Santa Maria Council website for info.

Men's Club

Members are involved with a number of spiritual, service, and social activities designed to support the community of OLGC.

The objectives:

  • Promotion of fellowship among men within the parish.
  • Increased sense of Christian stewardship exemplified through projects within the parish, other parishes, and community.
  • Assist pastor with parish and community responsibilities.
  • Provide opportunities for amiable social relations among the members of the club, their families, and friends.

Sponsored Events:

  • Monthly Donut Socials
  • Poker Nights
  • Annual Spaghetti Supper, co-sponsored with Women of OLGC
  • Fall Fest
  • Halloween Party
  • Father-Son and Father-Daughter Sunday events

Contact: Mike Kennedy

Our Lady's Quilters

Our Lady’s Quilters meets every Monday from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm in the basement of the rectory. Their main project for the year is a beautiful quilt which is raffled off. New hands are always welcome.

Contact: Elvira Jakub


Scouting

OLGC Church is proud to sponsor Girl Scout Troops, a Cub Scout Pack, and a Boy Scout Troop.

Girl Scouts - All girls of the parish and school are invited to join one of the many Girl Scout troops at OLGC. There are troops for grades K through 8, as well as a high school troop. Girls can make lasting friendships and enjoy a variety of service, outdoor, adventure, and educational activities. OLGC troops are formed under the Girl Scout Council of the Nation’s Capital. Contact: Lisa Assaly

Cub Scout Pack 976 - Dens are open to all boys in the parish and school from grades 1-5. They meet 2-3 times a month with their dens, and once a month with the entire Pack on a Friday evening or weekend activity with their families. Visit Pack 976 website for info.

Boy Scout Troop 976 - Troop is open to all young men from grade 5 or when they complete Webelos II to age 18. The troop is formed under The National Capital Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America and is committed to the mission of the Boy Scouts, community service, with many exciting camp trips, field trips, and high adventure programs. Troop 976 meets every Wednesday night from 7:30-9pm in the Counsel Room, sponsors one outing per month, and sends scout crews to at least one or more week-long adventure camps per year. Visit Troop 976 website for info

Contact: Scoutmaster, Chairman or Admin

Single Seniors

This group provides an opportunity for new and long-term single senior parishioners to meet and form friendships with fellow Catholics who share similar values, interests, and concerns. Monthly social activities are planned locally and within members’ homes.

Contact: Marian Reeves

Women of OLGC

The Women of OLGC organization was founded in 1956. It provides a means for the women of the parish to be active in their faith, to support the pastor, engage with our diverse women, and to raise funds for the parish and various charities.

It also promotes service, social and spiritual gatherings such as a spaghetti supper, senior luncheons, and an annual Communion Breakfast. The members are involved in numerous parish and community outreach programs.

They host five meetings a year that include a speaker or presentation and refreshments. All parishioners are welcome to join these meetings. The board also meets about six times per year.

Every female parishioner is considered a member. Dues are $5 and collected annually in September.

  • Tita Brett, President
  • Georgene Wall, Vice President
  • Anne Moran, Treasurer
  • Suzanne Keating, Recording Secretary
  • Patty Kenneke Donahue, Corresponding Secretary

Contact: Women of OLGC

Young Professionals

A ministry to support Catholics in their 20s and 30s through fellowship and formation in the Catholic faith.

Always looking for new ideas and new members!

Events: Visit OLGC Young Professionals Facebook page

Resources:
Diocesan Young Adult Ministry

Contact: Amy Winkler

Youth Ministry

High school students can continue in their faith through activities and service opportunities offered by OLGC’s Youth Ministry.

Visit Youth Ministry webpage for info.

Welcoming Committee

The Welcoming Committee four times a year personally calls all new parishioners to invite them to attend one of the monthly donut socials and to stop by their table on the upcoming Welcome Sunday. The new parishioners are greeted after the 9:30 Sunday Mass and given a “welcoming” gift. The committee is the welcoming face of the parish and is there to answer any questions they might have. New members are always welcome and if you would like to share in this ministry.

Contact: Florence Neider 703.255.2139 or Joan O'Rourke 702.280.4663

Parish Events

Auction Gala

The Annual Auction Gala is the main fundraiser event of the year, which has enabled the parish to raise over $3.5 million since 1994 for various parish needs. It's always a great party!

Visit Auction webpage for info.

Coffee Social

Come enjoy coffee and treats with fellow parishioners every Monday morning after the 8:30am Mass in DeSales Hall.

Communion Breakfast

Communion Breakfast is held annually in the fall and is organized by the Women of OLGC. It is usually held at Westwood Country club and includes breakfast and a speaker.

Date: October 28, 2018

Donut Socials

Donut Social receptions take place on the first Sunday of each month in DeSales Hall after Sunday morning Masses. It is a great opportunity to gather together with family and friends.

The Men's Club organizes these events with additional parish groups sponsoring and serving at the social.

Contact: Bob Kelley

2018 Donut Social Hosting Schedule
January - Men's Club
February - Faith Formation
March - Auction Committee
April - Knight of Columbus
May - Scouts
June - St. Vincent dePaul
July - Women of OLGC
August - Knight of Columbus
September - Liturgy
October - Youth Ministry
November - OLGC School
December - CYO Athletics

Fall Fest

Fall Fest is held on the third Sunday in September. This parish picnic is the opportunity to gather as a total community with one goal: Having Fun with food, games and other activities.

Visit Fall Fest webpage for info.

Fish Fry on Fridays in Lent

Enjoy an incredible homemade meal while visiting with friends and neighbors every Friday during Lent. And if time is tight, you can also order your food to go. Menu items include hand-dipped fried cod, fried shrimp, baked cod, hand-cut French fries, creamy coleslaw, mac & cheese, rice & beans and more. The event is intended for all ages and is supported by many groups and volunteers from across the OLGC community. Dinner is followed by Stations of the Cross at 7:30pm in the church.

2018 Fish Fry Recap

Contact: Fish Fry Committee

Golf Classic

The Annual Golf Classic (usually in the Fall) raises funds for families with special needs, especially those who need assistance sending their children to OLGC School.

Visit Golf Classic webpage for info.

Halloween Party

Annual Halloween Party is organized by the Men's Club. Attendees can come in costume or everyday wear. There will be prizes for best costumes. DJ for listening and dancing, food, snacks, wine, beer, sodas & water. This is an adults only event.

Contact: Bob Kelley

Harvest Marketplace

Our Harvest Marketplace will be held in DeSales Hall on Saturday, November 10, and is sure to be a fantastic event! Come browse for unique items and keepsakes that will make great gifts and home decor as we transition into the Christmas Season. To keep shoppers fueled for the day, the Women’s Club Bake Sale will welcome all to their “St. Vincent Cafe.” Grab a homemade sweet treat, a cup of coffee and take a seat in their café to enjoy the scenery.

Join the Fil/Am Community at 10:00 am and again at 2:00 for a Parol Workshop on the stage in DeSales Hall. You will learn how to make these beautiful lanterns,

Vendors this year include:

Anne Rutherford Christmas Crafts

Usborne Books

Finest Jewelry Creations

Gypsys Garden

Palette and Frame

ChutiLove

Lily's Soaps

AML Designs

Nancy Bell Felted Items

Sew Judi Sew

Blue Hyacinth Mosaics

Thirty-One with Claudia Millradt

Stella and Dot with Liz Norman

Especially for You

Unique Jewelry and Things

Hazel Grace Bows

Fair Dinkum Opals

ilume Decor

ZanaMX

Heartfelt Craft Shop


Doors will be open from 9:00am to 5:00pm.

Contact: Amy Schlanger 703.896.7424

Open Mic Night

Every month (usually on the first Saturday), we host a family-friendly open mic where anyone who would like to perform (music, poetry, storytelling, etc.) will find a friendly audience. Occasionally, there will be a featured performer who will have an extended set (up to 60 minutes). We serve light refreshments, but folks are welcome to bring their dinners, etc.

Join us for a relaxed, informal evening of live performance and good fellowship.

Contact: Jim Milosavich or Nick Lombardo

Spaghetti Supper

For over 30 years, the Women of OLGC and Men’s Club have co-sponsored an Annual Spaghetti Supper. It is a beloved community building and unifying event that brings together our parishioners of all ages. It is traditionally held in DeSales Hall on a Sunday evening

Attendees enjoy a delicious homemade spaghetti dinner, with meatballs, garlic bread, salad, dessert and beverages, including wine. Tickets are sold for two separate seatings at 4:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. accommodating 200 persons each. Take-out meals are also available. Due to the popularity of this event, tickets should be purchased in advance, since this event routinely sells out! Tickets will be available at the February and March Donut Socials, in the Administration Office, and online.

Contact: Co-Chairs Georgene Wall and Anna Somers

Seasoned Citizen's Luncheons

Seasoned Citizen’s Luncheons are held almost every month from Oct - May for the seniors of our parish to come together for afternoons of good food, friendship, and entertainment.

Contact: Heidi Snyder

Summer Kickoff

New in 2018, Summer Kick-Off was led by the Fish Fry team. It is an opportunity for family and friends to enjoy a delicious meal, family-friendly activities such as the Annual Battle of the Boards Cornhole competition and an outdoor movie.

Contact: Russ Weaver

Welcome Reception

Welcome Reception is usually the 1st Sunday of the month and is coordinated with the Monthly Donut Social. It is the day that new parishioners are invited to attend the 9:30am Sunday Mass, are greeted by the Welcoming Committee in the Narthex outside of DeSales hall and are given a “welcoming” gift. If you have recently join the parish and have not received a phone call please contact the ladies below.

Contact: Florence Neider 703.255.2139 or Joan O'Rourke 702.280.4663

Fellowship Events