Liturgical Ministries

Opportunities to prepare for Mass or serve at Mass.
 To volunteer for a liturgical ministry, contact the leader.

ADORATION: Visit the Blessed Sacrament on Wednesdays from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. in the Rectory Chapel, September through May. Call the Rectory for schedule – 301-490-5116.

ALTAR SERVERS: Servers assist the priest and deacon on the altar at Mass. Eligible boys and girls are 10 years of age or older who have received First Communion. Contact: the rectory – 301-490-5116.

ALTAR SOCIETY: Members are responsible for all aspects of the preparation and decoration of the church for our liturgies and celebrations, especially at Christmas and Easter. Each Society member has two monthly altar duty assignments throughout the year. Two members are on duty each month and they can work separately or as a team. The Altar Society meets in October, February and May on the first Thursday. The only requirement to join us is a desire to keep the altar beautiful for God and his people. Contact: Pat Farmer – 301-776-4645; buttonspaf@aol.com

EXTRAORDINARY MINISTERS OF HOLY COMMUNION (Communion Ministers): EMHCs are laypeople, approved by the pastor, who are trained to assist in the distribution of the Body and Blood of Christ at Mass, to our homebound and to those in the hospital. The coordinator is Donna Cellini – 301-922-1866; donnac803@aol.com. If interested in becoming an EEM, please contact the pastor, Father Mel Ayala – 301-490-5116.

GREETERS: Greeters welcome regular parish members and visitors with a smile, hug or handshake as they arrive in the doors – offering a friendly greeting and making them feel welcome. They distribute a hymnal and provide assistance, information and direction to church facilities and services. Contact: Praxi V. Belandres – 301-937-2412; praxievb@gmail.com

LECTORS: Lectors are trained to proclaim the first and second readings from scripture at Mass. Contact: Jim Donohue – 301-490-5621; jtd1117@gmail.com

LITURGY COMMITTEE: This is a group of representatives from several ministries who plan for special liturgical times of the year, such as Christmas and Holy Week. Contact: Father Mel Ayala – 301-490-5116,

MARY’S CHAPEL SOCIETY: Members care for Our Lady of Grace Chapel, decorating, arranging flowers when needed, and cleaning. They help with the crowning of the Blessed Virgin Mary on her feast days and holy days. Members and parishioners pray the Holy Rosary at the chapel every First Saturday of the month after the 5:00 p.m. Mass. Contact: Luz Cunanan – 240-264-1504; lpcunanan128@verizon.net

MUSICIANS and CHOIR MEMBERS: Parish musicians help lead the congregation in song to enhance our liturgical celebrations. Singers and instrumentalists are needed and welcomed!

  • 5:00 p.m. Saturday Masses: Contemporary Choir
  • 8:00 a.m. Sunday Masses

            1st, 2nd & 3rd Sundays of the month: volunteer choir

            4th & 5th Sundays of the month: Gospel Choir

  • 9:30 a.m. Sunday Masses

            1st, 3rd & 5th Sundays of the month: Folk Choir

            2nd Sunday of the month: Gospel Choir

            4th Sunday of the month: Children's Choir

  • 11:30 a.m. Sunday Masses

            1st, 3rd, 4th & 5th Sundays: Traditional Choir

            2nd Sunday of the month: Children's Choir

Contact: Stu Knazik – 301-213-3031; stuknaziksr@yahoo.com

USHERS: Ushers are men and women who help seat parishioners, direct parents to the cry room, assist those bringing up the Offertory gifts, ensure the orderly flow of communicants, and distribute bulletins at the doors after Mass. Contact: Kenneth King – 301-317-6596; kbking8336@yahoo.com

WEEKEND CHURCH OFFICE HELPERS: Church office helpers staff the office and assist parishioners with registration forms, Mass intentions, and answering questions after all weekend Masses. The Church office is located to the left of the stained glass window in the Church. Volunteers staff the Church office once a month on either Saturday night or on Sunday. Contact: Margaret Bechtold – 301-776-6257; userw775@aol.com