Baptism Preparation Classes (next class: January 2022)
Baptism preparation classes are available four times a year, January, April, July, and October, for parents who wish to have their child baptized. The classes study the meaning and the rite of baptism for the child, the parents and the sponsors, setting the foundation for the child’s lifelong commitment to Christ.
Grade School Faith Formation Classes
(Classes start Sunday, September 19, 2021 and will end May 1, 2022)
During the school year, PreK-6th grade school aged children attend faith formation classes in the Formation Center between the 8:00 am and 10:30 am Masses. Teachers team teach the same class throughout the school year.
(Starts Wednesday, September 15, 2021 and will end May 11)
7th grade through High School faith formation classes meet in the social center on Wednesday evening
at 7:00 pm during the school year. The program is headed by OLV’s youth ministers. The youth groups also participate in a number of activities outside the regular class time. Confirmation classes are also taught through this ministry.
• Service hours at Helena Food Share
• Ski trips
• Pancake Breakfast fundraisers
• Legendary Lodge
• And much more!
Liturgical Environment Committee
Liturgical environment planners meet several times through the year to decorate for special liturgies, feast days and the seasons of Advent, Lent & Easter. The group sets up the environment, i.e. hang banners, cover the altar, prepare visuals, etc.
This ministry bakes the bread used at Eucharist. Each bread baker receives instructions and a schedule. “It’s wonderful having soft moist bread as our offering to Jesus to transform into His body.”GreetersGreeters are ministers of hospitality. They welcome people at the entrance and hand out liturgy sheets. Greeters also hand out bulletins after Mass. Greeter Schedule is combined with the Eucharistic Minister Schedule (see below).
Musicians help create an atmosphere which enables people to pray. Musicians enjoy praying through music and want to share that joy with the parish community. Musicians attend only the liturgies that fit their schedule.
Altar Servers carry the cross, hold the book for the celebrant when he is not at the altar, assist him when he receives the gifts from the people and help the priest and deacon as necessary. Training to serve at Mass is conducted for interested boys and girls starting in the third grade.
Children’s Liturgy of the Word (Starts October 3)
Adult liturgists proclaim and share the Word with children. The children are taken to the social center after the gathering prayer. They hear the same readings as the adults but from the Children’s Lectionary. The children return to their seats during the offertory
Lectors have the privilege and responsibility of proclaiming the Scripture to the community. They proclaim the first and second readings at Sunday and feast day liturgies.
Eucharistic Ministers serve the bread and wine to the community. Ministers arrive about 15 minutes before Mass to prepare and stay a few minutes after Mass to wash the vessels. Complete training and an instruction sheet is given to all Eucharistic Ministers.
Pastoral Council meets to develop and organize parish activities that promote our parish family life, our faith, and our fellowship. The Parish Council also helps organize and promote social justice programs and ministries such as Family Promise. Members serve two year terms with a maximum of four consecutive years.
Coffee ministers set up the coffee makers to perk away during Mass and then have cups, juice, creamer and sugar ready so we can meet and greet each other after Mass.
OLV has joined a network of area churches to give help to families with children who are without a stable home. Several times a year, OLV hosts up to 14 people by providing dinner, a place to sleep, breakfast and lunch to go.
Funeral Luncheon Committee
This committee provides a wonderful service to family and friends. A luncheon is prepared following the funeral Mass. People are needed to organize, shop, donate food, set up and clean up.
Prayer LineThis ministry prays for the special prayer needs of the parish. Prayer line members are notified of prayer requests by e-mail. Please call the parish office at 458-6114.
Members of this ministry brighten the days of folks at Fort Harrison and St. Peter’s Hospitals by visiting and bringing the Eucharist.
Caring Hearts Ministry
Members of this ministry provide companionship, run errands, and bring Eucharist to folks in a care facility, and the same for those living at home plus daily telephone check in, household tasks, light home maintenance, and other requests that may arise.