All Ministries

For more information or to volunteer for service in one of these ministries, please contact the Parish Office at (916) 481-5115 or parish@olaparish.net.

Schedule for Altar Servers, Lectors and Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion

All Saints Social Club

OLA’s All Saints Social Club is a group of Catholics from OLA and surrounding parishes who provide good companionship while engaging in wholesome activities. This ministry has three objectives: to improve the spiritual, educational, and social welfare of its members. Please contact them via their email at AllSaints@olaparish.net.

Altar Servers

When the Church comes together to celebrate the liturgy, there is a need for dedicated ministers to take charge of certain responsibilities so that the celebrant can focus his attention on leading the assembly in prayer. Servers light candles, hold the books, handle the vessels, and arrange the cloths. They help the entire community celebrate by their humble service. The best altar servers look for ways to be helpful every day.

Girls and boys, 5th grade and older, are invited to participate as servers at the altar.

For more information or to volunteer for service, please contact the parish office at 481-5115 or parish@olaparish.net.

Bereavement Committee

bereavement@olaparish.net
Members provide caring support to those who have lost loved ones and assist with funeral planning.

Members provide caring support to those who have lost loved ones and assist with funeral planning. It is truly a blessing to care for our Faith Family at this difficult time in their lives.

Building and Grounds Committee

The Buildings and Grounds Committee is an appointed board that coordinates the regular maintenance and improvement of the parish buildings and grounds.

Our Lady of the Assumption Building and Grounds Committee:
Chair, Paul Read
Members: Terry Albers, Tom Anderson, John Blaschke, Joe Breault, Colene Crowley, Mike Davis, Ken de la Chapelle, Ken Dyer, Anton Escay, Duane Johnson, Cindy Keene, Adam Sequest

Catholic Daughters of America

Under the patronage of the Blessed Mother, the Catholic Daughters of the Americas are united by their faith in Jesus Christ, in their devotion to the church and the Holy See. The Catholic Daughters of the Americas is one of the oldest and largest organizations of Catholic women in the Americas.

They donate to charities, administer scholarship programs and strive “to be helping hands where there is pain, poverty, sorrow or sickness.” The CDA focuses on concerns of today's Church and society, as well as issues that affect the well-being of women and children.

Eucharistic Homebound Ministries

Homebound@olaparish.net
Eucharistic Homebound Ministers visit parishioners who are unable to attend Mass, bringing Eucharist to them in their homes or care facilities. Many of our members work in teams or with partners.

Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion

Your love for Christ draws you to the Eucharist. Your love for the Church draws you to liturgical service. As an extraordinary minister, you are integral to the sacramental sharing that is the highlight of the Mass. You assist the priest and deacon (the Ordinary Ministers) in the distribution of Holy Communion. Good extraordinary ministers take their spiritual growth seriously. They have a rich prayer life and a deep reverence for the Blessed Sacrament.

Men and women (at least 16 years of age) who are fully initiated Catholics (Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist) are invited to participate as lectors for the community.

For more information or to volunteer for service, please contact the parish office at 481-5115 or parish@olaparish.net.

Family Promise

Familypromise@olaparish.net
This ministry provides fellowship and healthy meals to homeless families with children.

This ministry provides fellowship and healthy meals to homeless families with children. Family Promise of Sacramento helps displaced families renew their dreams and re-start their journey towards independence. Permanent housing is the ultimate goal, along with developing the self-sufficiency needed so that homelessness is less likely to reoccur.

Finance Council

The Parish Finance Council is a consultative body of lay persons appointed to advise the Pastor in matters pertaining to the financial affairs of the parish.

The Code of Canon Law in Canon 537 provides that… “Each parish is required to have a Finance Council which is regulated by universal law as well as by norms issued by the Diocesan Bishop; in this council the Christian faithful, selected according to the same norms, aid the Pastor in the administration of the parish goods.”

The Finance Council meets at least quarterly. It assists with budgeting and financial reports to the diocese and makes an annual financial report to the parish community.

We invite you to review our bylaws which may be found by clicking here.

Our Lady of the Assumption Parish Finance Council:
Chair, Julie Naumann
Members: Carmy Baca, John Barrett, Bill Hallerman

You may view the meeting minutes by clicking here.

Habitat for Humanity

habitat@olaparish.net
Volunteers provide time and talent to build homes for families in need.

Volunteers provide time and talent to build homes for families in need. Habitat for Humanity helps families to break the cycle of poverty and build long-term financial security. Habitat's affordable, no-profit house payments free up money for food, child care, medicine and other necessities. And research has shown that decent housing improves health, increases children's educational achievement and strengthens community ties.

Holy Orders

Vocation discernment can simply begin with a discussion with our Pastor, Fr. Eduino or Deacon Michael. It will be a gentle discussion with zero pressure. In addition, here are five steps to finding your vocation (5 Steps to Finding Your Vocation, by Brother David Steinol-Rast, O.S.B.)

  • Ask what makes you come alive.
  • Trust the opportunities life and God are offering you.
  • Stop
  • Listen
  • Respond

Knights of Columbus

The Knights are a Catholic Family Fraternal Service Organization, that helps families grow together in love while assisting the Church and the communities in the Arden Carmichael areas of Sacramento, California. You can find the Knight cooking up hearty meals at parish pancake breakfast fundraisers, outside your local supermarket collecting donations that permit those with developmental disabilities to attend Camp Recreation, operating a fireworks booth to provide scholarships to parish school children, or conducting needed maintenance at our parishes and many more activities. Interested parties can reach them by email at www.kofc4970.org.

Lectors

A lector is a lay minister who reads from the Lectionary at Mass or other liturgical celebrations. When the scriptures are read, it is as if the book disappears. The lector becomes the mouthpiece of God. God uses the voice of the lector to say something modern, something new, something that applies to the world today. Yes, the words are old, but their proclamation is always new. Good lectors have a rich prayer life based on the Word of God.

Men and women who are fully initiated Catholics (Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist) are invited to participate as lectors for the community.

For more information or to volunteer for service, please contact the parish office at 481-5115 or parish@olaparish.net.

Legion of Mary

LegionofMary@olaparish.net
The Legion of Mary is an international evangelical organization dedicated to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

The Legion of Mary is an international evangelical organization dedicated to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. The members meet in St. Anne’s Room every Wednesday morning following 8:00a.m. Mass. In addition, the Legion of Mary members bring Eucharist each week to care facilities in the area, individual homebound persons as well as facilitating a Mass once a month at each of those facilities.

Liturgy Committee

“The liturgy is the summit toward which the activity of the church is directed; it is also the source from which all its power flows.” – Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy, 10

“It is very much the wish of the church that all the faithful should be led to take that full, conscious, and active part in liturgical celebrations…to which the Christian people have a right and to which they are bound by reason of their Baptism.” – Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy, 14

The Liturgy Committee assists the Pastor to prepare the parish community to carry out the Church’s plan of worship, to facilitate the participation of the people in the wondrous act of Eucharist. Under the direction of the Pastor, it sets goals, direction and principles for the liturgical life of the parish, assesses the needs of the worshipping assembly, trains competent liturgical ministers, and implements directives from the universal Church and the diocesan church.

Our Lady of the Assumption Parish Liturgy Committee:
Joan Cotton, Marylee Johnson, Bob Kay, Vivian Lopez, Kathy Nichols, George Peres, Kathy Pfeifer, Florence Tupa, Peggy Vellanoweth and Shirley Whitfield.

Environment Committee

Ministers of Hospitality

Some people have a natural gift for hospitality. They love the company of others. They brighten up when you enter the room. They want you to visit their home, and they give you their full attention when you do. They want you to feel at home.

People come to church hungry for the bread of life and the cup of salvation. Nothing will feed them like the Eucharist. But something else happens before they begin to worship: You receive them. You sense their physical and spiritual needs. People are looking for a way to live a better life, not just to worship. Sometimes all they need is a welcome, some human contact, some attention that they are worth something.

Greeters

When you greet people at church, you are greeting each one as a child of God. Jesus emphasized the importance of giving welcome. He knew that those who were not welcomed might feel excluded. So he taught his followers to include others, especially those who don’t often receive welcome. Greeters help people to feel at home, helping them to meet others so they can develop a connection in the community.

Ushers

Ushers help people participate at Mass. They help worshipers find seats, they help take up the collection, they coordinate the presentation of the gifts and they give visitors necessary information. They contribute to the flow of all weekend and holyday Masses and various liturgical and sacramental services.

Men, Women and Families are invited to serve as Ushers and Greeters.

Ministry of Small Things

SmallThings@olaparish.net
Volunteers help the community with various tasks according to their abilities.

Volunteers help the parish community with various one-time tasks according to their abilities.

Music Ministry

Music ministers offer their gift to the glory of God. They are filled with life, filled with song, and filled with discipleship. Whether they sing or play an instrument, music ministry is essential to the worship of the parish.

Our Lady of the Assumption parish is blessed with a dedicated team of music ministers (high school-age and above) who serve the entire community. While there are 5 weekend Masses, the music ministry team rehearses together each week to maintain a common vision and spirit. In addition, a children’s choir sings for special occasions. We hope to form a youth choir in the future.

New members are always welcome in music ministry.

For more information or to volunteer for service, please contact the parish office at 481-5115 or parish@olaparish.net.

Offertory Counters

Volunteer teams count the offertory collections. Substitutes and new team members are always welcome.

Pastoral Council

Canon Law provides for the formation of Parish Pastoral Councils in Canon 536 #1:

"In every parish of the diocese, a Pastoral Council shall be established… The pastor presides over the Pastoral Council… The Pastoral Council is composed of members of the congregation… The Pastoral Council assists the Pastor in promoting pastoral action in the parish.”

The Pastoral Council is a consultative body, pastoral in nature, because it strives to discern the movement of the Holy Spirit among God’s people in the parish. It gives its help to the Pastor in fostering pastoral activity.

“Specifically, the purpose of the Pastoral Council is to enhance the process of pastoral planning, developing pastoral programs, improving pastoral services, and evaluating the pastoral effectiveness of various programs and services.” – Parish Pastoral Council Guidelines, Diocese of Sacramento

Our Lady of the Assumption Parish Pastoral Council:
Chair, Nancy Turner
Members: Nancy Arndorfer, Denise Dube, Brian Jones, Michael Kyalwazi, Jim McArdle, Michelle Munn, Tony Riehl, and Leo Winternitz.

The Pastoral Council meets monthly. Every parishioner should feel free to express thoughts and concerns to any member of the Pastoral Council at any time.

P.E.R.T. (People Enjoying Retirement Together)

P.E.R.T. (People Enjoying Retirement Together) promotes the spirit of friendship among members and provides opportunities for mutual enjoyment through programs, activities and assistance to enhance the temporal and spiritual life of our later years. This ministry meets in St. John’s Hall on the third Tuesday of each month for a short meeting followed by BINGO and a potluck lunch. Their email address is PERT@olaparish.net should you wish to learn more.

Social Committee

This group engages our parish community in a welcoming manner through the planning and execution of social events like our community dinners. Volunteers are always welcome to help with the planning, setting up, cooking, serving, and cleaning up.

St. Vincent de Paul Society - OLA Conference

481-6352 or SVDP@olaparish.net
The Society of St. Vincent de Paul (SVdP) is an international organization of Catholic lay persons who respond to the needs of the poor living within the OLA parish boundaries. These needs are met through the operation of a twice-weekly food locker and home visitation teams who provide temporary assistance with rent, utilities, clothing, furniture, etc. Food Locker hours of operation: Tuesday/Thursday, 9:00 a.m.-10:50 a.m.

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul (SVdP) is an international organization of Catholic lay persons who respond to the needs of the poor living within the OLA parish boundaries. These needs are met through the operation of a twice-weekly food locker and home visitation teams who provide temporary assistance with rent, utilities, clothing, furniture, etc. Volunteers are always welcome.

As we serve God’s people in our parish of Our Lady of the Assumption, I am glad to share with you some words by the Holy Father to the great organization of charity, the St. Vincent de Paul Society, which does so much in our parish.

Dear Friends in Christ,

On the occasion of the 165th Anniversary of the Foundation of the Society of the St. Vincent de Paul, the Holy Father wishes to spiritually join the action of thanksgiving of this happy commemoration and at the same time to set forward an invitation to passionately renew the commitment of service to the Church in unselfish love to the most needed brothers and sisters.

Since its birth in Paris in 1833, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul with its local Conferences has wonderfully spread throughout the world, always answering the specific needs of poverty and instability, not “with words of tongue, but with actions in truth:, (1 John 3, 18). The pressing impetus of Christian charity, that is already present in the birth of this Society as maintained as its authentic reason of being, should continue to be a true reflection of the love that God has for each one of His children and is a sure means of continuingly experimenting His merciful presence, as “everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God” (1 John 4, 7).

With the awareness of being living instruments of the Lord, bearers of the Gospel of charit y, the members of the Conferences have to always look for the possibility to renew these deep meanings of faith, those that move Christians to perfect acts of charity, and continue to take Jesus Christ as a model of the Good Samaritan, therefore never allowing the acts of charity set forth so eloquently by the first members of this society to flag; an experience that has always been present within your distinguished tradition.

In today’s world, people that suffer any kind of poverty, whether it is through new or traditional forms of destitution, continue to require the consolation of charity. Unselfish love towards our neighbor, with sensitivity developed from a deep spiritual life, will increase the necessary creativity and enough bravery in order to cure the wounds of those who most suffer. Charity, therefore, can not only be limited to material aid, but also goes beyond this and offers support and peace for the spiritual difficulties of human kind. Following the trail of founder, the Blessed Frederic Ozanam, this anniversary will give new enthusiasm so that faith will neither be separated from action nor from the charity work of the brave and clear apostolate, as “They realize that a pure and generous love is the best witness to the God in whom we believe and by whom we are driven to love. A Christian knows when it is time to speak of God and when it is better to say nothing and to let love alone speak.” (Deus caritas est. 31 c). With these sentiments, the Holy Father invoking the intercession of St. Vincent de Paul and the Blessed Frederic Ozanam, conveyed a special Apostolic Blessing to all members of different local conferences of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul throughout the world.

- Pope Benedict XVI

For more information or to volunteer for service, please contact the parish office at 481-5115 or parish@olaparish.net.

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