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.
- Adult Sports
- CYO Athletics
- Fil/Am Community Ministry
- Knights of Columbus
- Men's Club
- Our Lady's Quilters
- Prayer Shawl Ministry (Knitting group)
- Single Seniors
- Women of OLGC
- Young Professionals
- Youth Ministry
- Welcoming Committee
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 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.
- 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.
- Collaborate with St. Vincent de Paul Society in our outreach efforts.
- Support the annual memorial celebration in honor of San Lorenzo Ruiz, the first Filipino Saint and share the endeavors of Feed the Hungry, Inc., to aid calamity survivors in the Philippines
- Contribute funds for the candles used throughout the year and have shared the cost for a new set of green vestments used by priests at OLGC parish.
- Give donations and assistance to OLGC for the annual fundraising auction, the Lenten Fish Frys, the Parish Christmas Giving Tree, St. Vincent de Paul Society, Parish Fall Fest, as well as other events.
- Give full-term scholarships for two college students in the Philippines through Caritas Manila under its Youth Servant Leadership Education Program (YSLEP). His Eminence Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle, D.D., Archbishop of Manila chairs Caritas Manila.
- Members of the Ministry are actively involved in the parish as Lector, Sacristans, Usher, and Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion, serve on the Pastoral Council, while others are involved with various outreach programs in neighboring parishes and small communities.
- Sponsor a couple of fundraising events annually to support the above-mentioned events at OLGC.
Contact: Chiqui Pacis-Sanchez 571.499.8277
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.
Members are involved with a number of spiritual, service, and social activities designed to support the community of OLGC.
- 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.
- Monthly Donut Socials
- Poker Nights
- Annual Spaghetti Supper, co-sponsored with Women of OLGC
- Fall Fest
- Halloween Party
- Pancake Breakfasts
Contact: Mike Kennedy
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
Since 2012, OLGC’s Prayer Shawl Ministry has welcomed everyone interested in knitting or crocheting for those who are ill, elderly, or in need. We meet on most Thursday’s from 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. in the St. Joseph Center. We do not generally meet on holidays or during the summer.
Please join us if you would like to be a part of our ministry. Those who are interested in learning to knit or crochet are also welcome. And, we are happy to accept donations of yarn and supplies.
Items have been given to the sick, home-bound, St. Vincent dePaul & Catholic Charities clients, victims of CA fires, families with newborns, and anyone in need of comfort. We attach not only a prayer based on St Francis de Sales' teachings but also a rosary made by the OLGC rosary makers to our handiwork.
Contact: Elizabeth Wonder
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
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
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
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.
- Auction Gala
- Coffee Social
- Communion Breakfast
- Fish Fry Fridays in Lent
- Donut Socials
- Fall Fest
- Golf Classic
- Halloween Party
- Harvest Marketplace
- Open Mic Night
- Spaghetti Supper
- Seasoned Citizens' Luncheons
- Summer Kickoff
- Welcome Reception
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.
Contact: Fish Fry Committee
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
2019 Donut Social Hosting Schedule
January - CYO Athletics
February - Faith Formation
March - Auction Committee
April - Fil/Am Community Ministry
May - Scouts
June - St. Vincent dePaul
July - Women of OLGC
August - Knight of Columbus
September - Liturgy
October - Youth Ministry
November - OLGC School
December - Men's Club
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.
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
Our Harvest Marketplace will be held the third Saturday in November from 9am - 5pm, 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 of OLGC will welcome all to their “St. Vincent Cafe.” Grab a homemade sweet treat, a cup of coffee, take a seat in their café to enjoy the scenery or take a homemade baked good home.
2018 vendors included:
Anne Rutherford Christmas Crafts
Finest Jewelry Creations
Palette and Frame
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
Heartfelt Craft Shop
Contact: Amy Schlanger 703.896.7424
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.
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 are sold online, at Donut Socials, and in the Administration Office.
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 is done quarterly 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.