Worship Ministries

for Adults

Liturgical Support Ministries
These ministries are for those parishioners who prefer to support our communal prayer outside of 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.

Joy Baljet, joybaljet@gmail.com

Environment & Art

This group plans and implements the creative décor that enhance our ongoing and seasonal liturgies. Stewards are needed to assist in decorating the church throughout the year - especially during the Advent and Christmas seasons.

 

Jocelyn Ralston, jocelynralston@comcast.net

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

Mass Livestreaming

If you love technology and understand the importance of getting the Mass to those who cannot join us in person, this ministry is for you! We are seeking responsible teens and adults to livestream our Weekend Masses, Daily Morning Masses, and other special liturgies.

Adrian Stevens, astevens@olachurch.org

Nursery

The Nursery is available during the 9am Sunday Mass for children 1- 4 years of age throughout the school year. The Nursery is located in the OLA Preschool classrooms - follow directional signs on Sunday or stop by the Welcome Desk for more information.

This ministry is in need of a Coordinator which is a paid position. The nursery will not open until a new Coordinator is in place. If you are interested in leading this ministry, contact Benny Strozier at bstrozier@olachurch.org

www.olanursery.shutterfly.com

Welcome Ministry

This instrumental Ministry is often the frontline to OLA visitors.

This dynamic group of people gather before the liturgy in the

Narthex to greet parishioners and newcomers as they enter the church. Members are scheduled at their preferred Mass.

Lisa Broniec, lbroniec@yahoo.com

Mass Welcoming Persons with Disabilities (And their Loved Ones) Ministry

This ministry serves those persons with special abilities that God has in our homes, our schools, our workplaces, our churches, and our families. These disabilities result from physical, emotional, mental, or cognitive conditions in children, women, and men. It can be difficult for these beloved children of God to participate in the Mass due to physical or social barriers - and even family anxiety. On the 4th Saturday of the month the 5pm Mass will foster a welcoming, accepting, and safe environment for these persons with special abilities so that we may all welcome them and their loved ones with joy.

Deacon Antonius Anugerah, butterflystories@olachurch.org

Deacon Ed Patterson

Director of Worship

epatterson@olachurch.org

Joceyln Ralston

Commission Ministry Head

jocelynralston@comcast.net

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

Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament

Wednesdays from 9:30am - 6pm in the church/daily chapel. Start time may very depending on OLA School liturgies. 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. You can drop in at any time or sign up each week as a Guardian for an hour (www.olachurch.org/adoration).

Betsie Greiff, adoration@olachurch.org

Evening Prayer and Benediction

Wednesdays from 6-6:30pm (except the Second Wednesday of the month when the Healing Rosary is prayed). At the end of weekly Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament Evening Prayer is prayed, led by a deacon. Evening Prayer is followed by Benediction, a final solemn blessing with special prayers before the Blessed Sacrament is once again reposed to the tabernacle.

Healing Rosary and Benediction

The Second Wednesday of the month from 6-6:30pm. At the end of weekly Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament the rosary healing rosary is led by a deacon. The evening begins with a Healing Rosary. The Rosary is followed by Benediction, a final solemn blessing with special prayers before the Blessed Sacrament is once again reposed to the tabernacle.

If you would like to add someone to be prayed for,

please contact Deacon Ed.

Deacon Ed Patterson, epatterson@olachurch.org

 

Centering Prayer

The Centering Prayer (CP) Groups meet weekly to pray together in the contemplative tradition and to study and discuss the contemplative dimension of the Gospel and the Christian life. There are 2 weekly CP groups in the parish: Mondays, 12-1:00pm and Wednesdays, 7-8pm. Both sessions are online only.

Chris Thompson, deaconchristhompson@gmail.com

 

Elijah Cup Vocations Ministry

Every other weekend at one of the 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 (Marists), the religious society that serves our parish.

Sign up at www.olachurch.org/elijah-cup

Katie Schermerhorn, ktscchermerhorn@gmail.com

 

Parish Reconciliation Services

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

 

Stations of the Cross

At 7:30pm on Fridays during Lent the Stations of the Cross are prayed in the church. Twelve women from the parish present the Stations Through the Eyes of Mary, and twelve 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

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.

 

Choir and Musicians: Gregg Codelli, Director of Music,

grcodelli@mindspring.com

 

Women’s Schola and Hand Chimes: Natalie Codelli,

Director of Children's Choir, ncodelli@olachurch.org

 

Life Teen Band: Jake Mappes, Life Teen Mass Worship Leader jmapees@olachurch.org

 

Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion

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

Deacon Terry Biglow, terry.biglow@cdhpartners.com

Sharon Adams (Trainer), sharonfadams@bellsouth.net

RaeAnn Brothers (Coordinator), rae.ann.hennan@gmail.com

 

Sunday 5:30pm Teen Ministered Mass: Joseph Hoffman, Assistant Youth Minister 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

 

Greeters & Ushers

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

Adrian Stevens, astevens@olachurch.org

 

Lectors/Readers

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

Deacon Ed Patterson, epatterson@olachurch.org

 

Sunday 5:30pm Mass, 6th-12th grades: Joseph Hoffman, Assistant Youth Minister, jhoffman@olachurch.org

 

Sacristans

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

Dc. Ed Patterson, epatterson@olachurch.org

Stations of the Cross

At 7:30pm on Fridays during Lent the Stations of the Cross are prayed in the church. Twelve women from the parish present the Stations Through the Eyes of Mary, and twelve 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

 

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, cherifelton3@gmail.com