Liturgical Ministries

The composition of the Eucharistic assembly ideally represents and reflects the nature of the Church herself, which is hierarchically ordered. The very arrangement of the celebration in its various ministries shows that all the baptized have a place in the Church – women and men, young and old, people of every race and tongue. Through the active participation of the faithful and the variety of liturgical ministers in the Church, the Body of Christ is built up. ~ # 6 General Instruction of the Roman Missal

Contact: Gerard Hall, Director of Liturgy, 703.896.7411
Thomas Conroy, Liturgy Assistant, 703.896.7418

Opportunities to Become Involved

Altar Guild

Altar Linen Care - This work involves caring for the small linens used by the priest and the Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion (EM) during Mass. It also includes towels used at Baptism and the smaller table covers. The laundering and ironing is done at home on a rotating weekly basis. Contact: Kathy Tardiff

Baptismal Garments - Baptismal garments are sewn by members of the parish. There are two types of garments made. A small white bib which includes a hand-embroidered cross and is presented to each infant at his/her Baptism. A larger garment worn by those members of the RCIA who are preparing to enter the church. They receive the Sacraments of Initiation at the Easter Vigil and, after they are baptized, dress in the white garment of one newly received into the Church. Contact: Julie Ramey

Art/Church Environment - The tasteful and appropriate arrangement and decoration of the church, sanctuary, narthex, and chapel according to the church’s liturgical guidelines is an important help to provide an uplifting and prayerful celebration of the liturgy. This work includes the placement and maintenance of flowers and plants in the church, narthex, and chapel. The care for the plants is on a rotating basis approximately every 3-4 weeks. The other decorations are done seasonally with the primary times of help needed prior to and at the conclusion of the Christmas and Easter seasons.

Altar Servers

The Ministry of Altar Server is to assist the priest and, in particular, to prepare the altar and the vessels for the most important act of worship, the Celebration of Holy Mass. The role of server is integral to the normal celebration of the Mass.

All young men and women, grade 4 through high school, are invited to join this ministry as an altar server. Servers should be mature enough to understand their responsibilities and to carry them out well and with appropriate reverence. They should have already received Holy Communion for the first time and normally receive the Eucharist whenever they participate in the liturgy.

Servers are prepared for this ministry through initial training and ongoing formation offered in the parish. Servers are ordinarily assigned two times a month. There are opportunities to serve at Weddings, Funerals, Midnight Mass, Christmas, the Triduum, Easter, and other special Feast Days and services.


The Ministry of Cantor is to lead the assembly’s song, especially when there is no choir present. The Cantor also proclaims the Psalm, as well as intoning the Gospel Acclamation and verse.

The cantors should have proficient musical skills and commitment to their craft. In addition to having a pleasant, attractive voice, the Cantor must be a person of deep faith, with a love and understanding of the liturgy and of the Word of God as expressed in the psalms and canticles of the Psalter

Following a successful audition, cantors are prepared through initial training and ongoing work on vocal quality and spiritual development.

Children's Liturgy of the Word

Children’s Liturgy of the Word (CLW) provides the opportunity for children ages 3-7 to experience the Sunday Scriptures at age-appropriate understanding at the 9:30am Mass. They actively participate in the proclamation and hearing of the Word through prayer, song, gestures, and sharing of Jesus’ message in their lives.

Adult leaders and teen aides serve on a rotating basis in this ministry. The commitment is minimal. We ask that to share your time, prayer, and faith with the children, and a commitment of two Sundays a year from September to May. You are part of a team; materials, training, and support are provided.

So THINK, PRAY and JOIN us in spreading the Word with the youngest of the OLGC Community.

Contact: Kara Callahan or Gerard Hall

Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist

The Ministry of the Extraordinary Minister of the Eucharist is to assist in the distribution of Holy Communion at Mass and to bring Holy Communion to the sick and homebound of the parish.

Men and women 18 years or older and having received the Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist) are eligible for this ministry. They are to be Catholics in good standing who sincerely try to live the Gospel message in accordance with the teachings of the Church. They are to participate regularly in the celebration of the Sunday Eucharist and the practice of their Catholic faith.

Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist are prepared for this ministry through participation in formation on the Diocesan level as well as ongoing formation in the parish. Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharistic are ordinarily assigned once every three weeks.

2019 Communion Stations

Funeral Ministry

The Funeral Ministry is of consolation, with words of faith and support, and acts of kindness. The focus of the Funeral Minister is the family and friends of the deceased who assemble on the day of the Funeral. They greet the family and guests, support and guide those proclaiming the Word, instruct the gift bearers, help with distribution of Holy Communion, and assist with movement outward at the conclusion of the Funeral.

If you are interested in becoming a part of this ministry, an experienced Funeral Minister will train and work with you on a regular basis until you are comfortable and able to minister alone. All Funeral Ministers are part of a rotation system.

Hospitality Ministry

We are challenged by the example of Jesus to reach out in loving service to others, offering hospitality and to welcome the community at large. St. Francis de Sales believed that we should have a spirit of welcome in all circumstances. It is incumbent on us to greet those who come to OLGC to worship.

Our Ministers of Hospitality are made up of our diverse community and will include young families, young adults, couples and singles, and seniors who will man the Welcome Desk for the weekend Masses and will be at the doors of the Narthex/Gathering Space. They will greet the people as they enter and leave, to answer any questions, and to assist in any way.


The Ministry of Lector is a ministry of proclamation. Through this proclamation, lectors exercise their responsibility in the liturgy. God speaks to the faithful through them. They provide a prayerful and well-prepared proclamation of the Word. Resources are provided to aid lectors in their weekly preparation.

Lectors ordinarily have received the Sacrament of Confirmation, have a strong voice to proclaim the Word, and are in good standing with the Church.

Lectors are prepared for this ministry through initial training and ongoing formation offered in the parish. Lectors are ordinarily assigned once every three weeks.

Master of Ceremonies

The Ministry of Master of Ceremonies is to support the ritual and provide for the correct and orderly flow of the liturgy by assisting the other ministers in the execution of their liturgical functions. The Masters of Ceremonies will serve as mentors for the younger servers. They will function as lead server at 9:30 and 11:15 Masses on Sunday and will direct and assist on the big celebrations at the parish, such as Christmas and the Triduum.

This ministry is open to high school aged youth of the parish who have experience as an Altar Server.

The Masters of Ceremonies are prepared for this ministry through initial training and ongoing formation offered in the parish.


The Ministry of Sacristan is one of the most ancient of responsibilities in the Church. It involves preparing the vessels with Bread and Wine and cleaning the vessels after Mass. The Sacristan arranges the Presider Book, Roman Missal, and Lectionary. Communicating with other ministers is important to ensure that all are aware of any special procedures during a service.

The sacristan should be well-trained in the complexities of the Liturgical Rituals. The Sacristans are prepared for this ministry through initial training and ongoing formation offered in the parish.

Sacristans are ordinarily assigned once every three weeks. One also has the opportunity to be a Sacristan at Funerals, Christmas, the Triduum, and other special Feast Day Masses.


The Ministry of Usher is to assist those who are in need, give direction, and lend a hand as needed. The ministry also includes inviting a family to be gift-bearers, taking up the collection, overseeing the Communion procession, distributing bulletins at the conclusion of Mass, and helping to tidy up the pews before the next Mass.

Consider this as an opportunity to reflect upon all the blessings you have received from God and how you might be able to fulfill your call to service.

Each Mass has an assigned team of Ushers. A captain heads each team. The Ushers are prepared for this ministry through initial training and ongoing formation offered in the parish.

Wedding Coordinators

The Ministry of Wedding Coordinators needs women and men with pleasant dispositions, dependability, welcoming personalities, and are comfortable speaking in front of people. Volunteers assist brides and their families during the rehearsal and on the wedding day. The work also includes the organizing needed items for the wedding. One is trained by shadowing other wedding coordinators.

2019 Holy Days of Obligation

Jan. 1 - Mary, Mother of God
March 6 – Ash Wednesday
April 21 - Easter
Aug. 15 – Assumption of Mary
Nov. 1 – All Saints Day
Dec. 8 – Immaculate Conception Celebrated on Dec. 9
Dec. 25 - Christmas

Principal Celebrations of the Liturgical Year:
Jan. 6 - Epiphany of the Lord
Jan. 10 - Saint Leone Aviat
Jan. 24 - St. Francis de Sales
April 14 - Palm Sunday
June 2 - Ascension of Jesus
June 9 - Pentecost
June 16 - Trinity Sunday
June 23 - The Most Holy Body & Blood of Christ (Corpus Christi)
June 28 - Sacred Heart of Jesus
Aug. 12 - St. Jane de Chantal
Oct. 12 - Blessed Louis Brisson
Nov. 2 - All Souls Day
Nov. 24 - Our Lord Jesus Christ King of the Universe
Dec. 1 - First Sunday of Advent
Dec. 9 - Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Dec. 12 - Our Lady of Guadalupe

Low-Gluten Hosts

Low-Gluten Hosts: We recognize that there are members of the OLGC Community who attend Mass and live with a gluten intolerance. There are hosts that have .000025% gluten and are both safe for those with a gluten intolerance and approved for Holy Communion. OLGC has these hosts and asks that you let us know that about your intolerance and we will insure that you can receive Holy Communion. A special pyx is used for these hosts and come up with the ciboria (bowls) during the Presentation of the Gifts. Either the Priest or the Eucharistic Minister stationed in the front of the church will have the pyx and you would proceed to either one of them to receive Holy Communion.

Please know that if you are not able to receive Holy Communion at all under the species of bread, even of low-gluten hosts, you may receive Holy Communion under the species of wine only. The Church teaches that Christ, body, soul and divinity, the true Sacrament, is present fully in either species (bread or wine). Those who receive under only one species are not deprived of any grace that is necessary for salvation.

For more information contact: Gerard Hall

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