OLA’s Worship Ministries offer our parishioners opportunities to gather in prayer, to serve our liturgies behind-the-scenes, and to assist in the action of the liturgies. Through their gifts and talents ministry stewards ensure that our liturgical celebrations are truly life-giving expressions of our faith. 

Our Worship Ministries are always looking for volunteers. If you have questions about an individual ministry, please contact the ministry contact listed or the Commission Ministry Head.

Commission Ministry Head
Maria Solsrud, msolsrud@yahoo.com

 

SUPPORT MINISTRIES
These ministries are for those parishioners who prefer to support our communal prayer outside of the actual liturgies.

 Altar Linens
Members of the Altar Linen ministry launder and iron linens used in the celebration of the Eucharist each week. Each member is assigned one week 4 times per year.

Gretchen Heath, gheath@olachurch.org

Altar Server Vestment Care
Members of this ministry clean and mend the vestments used by the altar servers.

John Shiptenko, johns@gabar.org

Environment & Art
This group plans the creative décor to enhance our ongoing and seasonal liturgies. Stewards are needed to assist in decorating the church throughout the year – and especially during the Advent/Christmas seasons.

Jocelyn Ralston, jocelynralston@comcast.net

Greeters
This instrumental Ministry is often the frontline to OLA visitors. This dynamic group of people gather before the liturgy in the Narthex to greet all parishioners and Newcomers as they enter the church. The team is scheduled at their preferred Mass.

Lisa Broniec, lbroniec@yahoo.com

Marthas
Caretakers of the church, Narthex, chapel and confessional meet every week to dust, polish and clean glass. Teams of men and women meet around several rotating schedules in service, fellowship, prayer and community.

Bridgett Fenn, bridgetfenn@bellsouth.net  or 404-401-6302

Nursery
The Nursery is available during the 9:00am Sunday Mass except between Memorial Day and Labor Day. The Nursery is located in the OLA Preschool classrooms – follow directional signs on Sunday or stop by the Welcome Desk for more information.

www.olanursery.shutterfly.com
olanursery@olachurch.org

 

LITURGICAL MINISTRIES
These ministries are for those parishioners who wish to play a role in the celebration of our Masses and Prayer services.

Choir and Musicians (Adult)
OLA’s Music ministry provides many opportunities for parishioners of all ages to share their musical skills with the parish: Adult Choir and musicians, Women’s Schola, and Hand Chime Team.

Adult & Musicians: Gregg Codelli, grcodelli@mindspring.com
Women’s Schola and Hand Chimes: Natalie Codelli, codelli@bellsouth.net

Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion 
Extraordinary Ministers are commissioned to serve communion at weekend and daily Masses.  Added training will allow you to minister to the homebound, care centers and hospitals (See Ministry of Care).

Deacon Terry Biglow, terry.biglow@cdhpartners.com 
Sharon Adams, sharonfadams@bellsouth.net
Sunday 5:30pm Mass, 10th grade – college: Joseph Hoffman, jhoffman@olachurch.org

Funeral Coordinators
Funeral Coordinators assist families in the event of the death of a loved one by helping to plan the funeral liturgy and by being present to support the family at the funeral.

Margie Patterson, margiepatterson@bellsouth.net
Rita O’Brien, 404-231-9611

Lectors/Readers
Lectors proclaim the scripture readings and Prayers of the Faithful at liturgies.

Gretchen Heath, gheath@olachurch.org 
Sunday 5:30 pm Mass, 6th-12th graders: Joseph Hoffman, jhoffman@olachurch.org

Sacristans
Sacristans assist the clergy in set-up and clean-up at daily and weekend liturgies.

Deacon Ed Patterson, epatterson@olachurch.org

Stations of the Cross
On Fridays during Lent, 12 women from the parish present the Stations Through the Eyes of Mary, and 12 men from the parish present the stations Through the Eyes of John, the Apostle. Deacons lead on the other Fridays.

Deacon Ed Patterson, epatterson@olachurch.org

Ushers
Ushers greet those attending liturgies and provide assistance to those in need seating. They take up the offertory collection, hand out bulletins, and straighten up the church pews and Narthex after Mass.

Deacon Ed Patterson, epatterson@olachurch.org

Wedding Guild
Wedding Guild members assist couples in pre-wedding preparations, the rehearsal, and on the day of the wedding. No previous experience necessary. Time commitment is shared with other coordinators.

Cheri Felton, cherifelton@bellsouth.net

 

FOR CHILDREN/YOUTH

Altar Servers
These young ministers (boys & girls) are trained to assist the clergy in the celebration of the Eucharist for school Masses, weekend liturgies, funerals, and nuptial Masses.

John Sheesley, john.patrick.sheesley@gmail.com
Melissa Sheesley, sheesley74@yahoo.com

Choir and Musicians (Children/Youth)
OLA’s Music ministry provides manopportunities for our young people to share their musical skills with the parish: Children & Youth Choirs, Hand Chime Team, and Teen Choir. There are weekly rehearsals and special seasonal rehearsals. For detailed information see the parish website.

Children/Youth and Hand Chimes: Natalie Codelli, codelli@bellsouth.net

Choir (Teens)
This choir ministers at the 5:30 PM Liturgy twice a month. The OLA Teen Choir rehearses on the Sundays they sing before Mass at 4:00 PM in the Music Room in the upper level of the church.

Angela O’Donoghue, Youth Minister, aodonoghue@olachurch.org

Little Lambs
Each Sunday during the 9:00am Liturgy, children (2 – 5 years old) leave the assembly to celebrate the “Good News” in their own style with age appropriate stories and lessons, then they return to Mass. It’s a great opportunity for Grandmas and Grandpas to volunteer.

Lynn Corsiglia, lynncorsiglia@comcast.net

Liturgy of the Word for Children
Each Sunday during the 9:00 am Liturgy, children (5 years – 2nd grade), leave the congregation to celebrate the “Good News”  in their own style, then they return to Mass.  

Jen Murphy, jenmurphy44@hotmail.com

Youth Ministered Mass
“Teens” (6th-12th graders) serve weekly as lectors, Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion, ushers, and gift bearers at the Sunday 5:30 PM Mass. Choristers sing in the Teen Choir twice a month during the school year – see Choir (Teens) above.

Youth must receive training to serve as lectors or Extraordinary Ministers and will be scheduled in advanced. Ushers and gift bearers should check in at the gift table when they arrive at Mass to volunteer to serve.

Angela O’Donoghue, Youth Minister, aodonoghue@olachurch.org 
Joseph Hoffman, Assistant Youth Minister, jhoffman@olachurch.org

 

OPPORTUNITIES FOR PRAYER
Opportunities for prayer in addition to our weekly and daily Masses. Each of these ministries/services offers an opportunity to volunteer.

Addiction Mass
This Mass is celebrated on the 2nd Saturday of each month at 10am in the Daily Chapel. Please join us if you, a loved one or anyone you know may be dealing with the struggle of addiction.

Mark Dannenfelser, Director of Adult Faith Formation, mdannefelser@olachurch.org

Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament
Eucharistic Adoration is visiting and spending time in quiet prayer with Jesus present in the Eucharist. It is an expression of our love for Jesus, who loves us so much that He never wants to leave us and stays with us in the Blessed Sacrament. Adoration takes place each Wednesday in the Daily Chapel beginning at 8:00am, continuing until 6:30pm. Adoration is followed by Holy Hour from 6:30pm to 7:00pm. Sign up not required.

Tuyen Pham, giusephamvantuyen@yahoo.com

Elijah Cup Vocations Ministry
Join us in our prayers for vocations!  Each week at one of the Sunday Masses, a different family takes the Elijah Cup home to pray for vocations to the religious life and priesthood – especially to the Society of Mary (Marist).

Mike Cribbs, mcribbs1@bellsouth.net

Healing Rosary
A healing rosary is prayed on the 2nd Wednesday of each month at 6:30pm in the Daily Chapel. All are welcome to attend. If you have a prayer request, please send it to Nimi Wani at nwani@olachurch.org.

Parish Reconciliation Services
Communal Penance Services are held two times during the year – once during Advent and again during Lent.

Stations of the Cross
The Stations of the Cross are prayed in the Church each Friday during Lent at 7:30pm.