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Do not become upset when difficulty comes your way. Laugh in its face and know that you are in the hands of God. - St. Francis deSales

We are here to help

Bereavement Ministry (Funeral Luncheons)

Bereavement Ministry -

Volunteers provide and serve a luncheon in DeSales Hall following a funeral. This is done gratis and gives the family of the deceased some peace of mind at a time of distress. This is coordinated during the Funeral preparations. 


Sometimes, even prayer and the sacraments don’t seem to be enough to help us through the challenges of life. To serve our parishioners in this regard, Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church provides the opportunity for them to seek emotional and psychological counseling on-site from an experienced professional.

Contact: To schedule an appointment, call Catholic Charities, Family Services Department, 703.425.0109 (specify if you would like to be seen at OLGC). Most major insurance plans are accepted; sliding scale is available.

For questions about counseling at OLGC or to request a consultation, contact Christine, at 703.859.3147.

Catholic Charities

Catholic Charities seeks to implement the Church’s mission of social justice in the Diocese of Arlington in ways that strengthen individuals, families, and communities.

Catholic Charities extends its services and resources to all in need; convenes the Catholic community to fulfill the Church’s mission of social justice; and advocates for social justice and seeks to empower others to do the same.

Contact: Email 703.841.3830 or visit website for list of services

Gabriel Project - Pregnant

Gabriel Project gives assistance to any pregnant woman in need: emotionally, mentally, financially, or just in need of a friend!

Contact: Email 703.841.2755 or visit website for info

Ministry of Care

The Ministry of Care includes taking the Holy Communion to the elderly, the sick and the infirm. It involves sharing in prayer and the word of God during these visits.

Visit the Ministry of Care webpage for info.

Fairfax County Programs for Family Caregivers

Ministry of Compassion

The Ministry of Compassion is a group to support you and others who have lost loved ones.

This Ministry offers participants caring support so that you know you are not alone; understanding of the grief process; a safe non-judgmental environment which promotes healing; and an understanding of the grieving process that encourages you not to put unrealistic expectations on yourself or others. We pray that participants will be open to letting others into their lives at this most vulnerable time and make new friends in our community of Christ.

Attendees will share experiences, concerns, and frustrations. However, you can participate at whatever level makes you feel comfortable. We want to encourage open dialogue with the assurance that everything said in our group is held in the utmost confidence. Some of the topics to be discussed are the stages of grief; love and grief, loneliness, stress, anger, depression; and, the spiritual elements of grief and healing.

If you have recently lost a loved one, consider joining the Ministry of Compassion to embrace your journey more serenely. If you would like to participate in an upcoming Session, or volunteer as one of our group facilitators, please contact one of the below.

Contact: Fr. Dolan

OLGC Divorced/Separated Catholic Ministry

Divorced & Catholic, Now What?

An eight week program that addresses concerns of divorced or separated Catholic men and women. It offers much needed support and helps to answer questions.

The 2019 Fall sessions are limited to 12 participants to maintain a small group sharing environment. Signup 

Texts: The Joy of You: Your Life After Divorce by W.E. Rabior and Divorced. Catholic. Now What? by L. Duffy & V. Frese

Dates: 9/17, 9/24, 10/1, 10/8, 10/15, 10/22, 10/29, and 11/5.

Time: 7 pm - 8:30pm

Location: St. Joseph Center Brisson Room

Contact: John Heard

Signup Form

Project Rachel - Help after Abortion

Project Rachel is a ministry to help post-abortive women and men to heal from the damage suffered through abortion.

Contact: Email 888.456.HOPE or visit website for info Men's Post-Abortion Helpline 703.841.3833

Society of St. Vincent de Paul

The OLGC Conference of The Society of St. Vincent de Paul helps people in need in Vienna and surrounding communities in Fairfax County.We offer assistance and support for people struggling financially due to circumstances like poverty, unemployment, or illness. We provide help with rent, utilities, food, and other basic needs. We also provide referral assistance to free and low-cost resources in our area. And, we are available to meet with you in person to offer friendly support and to see if there are other ways we can be of help.

If you need help, please leave a message on our helpline 703.938.3210, or contact us by email. One of our volunteers will get back to you as soon as possible.

HELPLINE NUMBER: 703.938.3210 or Visit the St. Vincent de Paul webpage for info.

“Please know how deeply grateful I am for your response to my request for help with my health insurance. Your kindness made a huge difference in our lives.” - from a receipient

Special Needs Ministry

Saturday Morning Respite Program

An opportunity for parents to rest and for their children with special needs and their typically developing siblings to play games, engage in fun and safe activities, and interact with others.

The Morning of Respite Ministry is on hold for the time being.

For anyone interested in assisting with leadership and organization of this ministry for families with children with special needs, please contact Amy Winkler 703.896.7414.

“I truly can’t find the words to thank you … for all that you have done to help me avoid this eviction…. Your words to me lifted the clouds I felt at the challenges I face and my gratitude is immeasurable. Thank you so much. You empowered me despite my circumstances.” - from a SVdP receipient

Outreach Events

St Joseph Center - Aviat Room