Parish Sacred Heart of Jesus

Prayers/Visit for Ill or the Homebound:  If you or someone you know is ill and would like to be placed on the Prayer List or have Communion brought to them, please contact the parish Office to make arrangements.  If you are currently on our list for Communion visit and will not be able to receive a visit, please contact the office at 703-971-4378 from Monday - Friday between 9:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.

Prayer Shawl Ministry:  Prayer Shawls are knitted or crocheted into a "Mantle of Prayer" by parishioners.  Designs may be very basic or as complex as the knitter would like.  If you know how to knit or crochet, or would like to learn, we would be happy to teach you and welcome you to join our group.  If you would like to be part of this ministry but choose not to knit or crochet, we still have other needs you may enjoy doing.  We also encourage those who would like to participate but are unable to attend meetings.  As the recipients of the Shawls turn over their needs to God, we ask that they might receive the consolation and peace that only God can give.  The recipients name is written in a special prayer book so they may be prayed for continually.  The Shawls are blessed by our Priests and a prayer is attached.  Prayer Shawls are free and are given to those who are seriously ill. For information on joining the ministry or if you know someone who would appreciate a Shawl during illness, please contact the Parish Office.  

Rosary Makers: Rosary makers meet in Hammond Hall the first Tuesday of the month after the 9:00 a.m. Mass.  All supplies are provided.  Rosaries are sent to missions, prisons, religious orders, and provided to our own parishioners.

Senior Gathering: Seniors meet each Thursday in Hammond Hall for socialization and to play B I N G O  . Bring your bag lunch or food to share.  We begin at 11:30 a.m. and stop at 2:00 p.m.  All cash prizes!

Volunteers for Christ House Substitute Drivers:  Christ House is one of the Council of Catholic Women's (CCW) sponsored ministries (see " Lay Ministries )."  Sandwiches are made once a month and delivered to the homeless shelter, Christ House, in Old Town Alexandria.  In the event that our current driver is not able to make this delivery, we need volunteers to pick up and make a delivery; if you are interested in volunteering, please contact the Parish Office.  It takes about and hour to make the delivery. Sandwiches are made and ready for delivery from St. Lawrence around 11:00 a.m. the first Saturday of the month.

Welcome Committee:  The Welcome Committee is a hospitality ministry whose members contact each newly-registered family to invite them to the monthly Knights of Columbus family breakfast.  The committee members warmly welcome the families during the breakfast, inform them of our parish, parish activities, and organizations.  Membership includes callers who make the invitational calls and greeters who welcome the families at the breakfast.  If you are interested in volunteering, please email Christine Sopko at


Altar Servers:  "Knights of the Altar" - Young men in grades 4 to 12 who have received the Sacraments of Penance and First Holy Communion are invited to serve our Lord at the Altar for Sunday masses, Holy Days, Funerals, Weddings, and other special occasions.  If you have a son who is interested, please contact Mark McKnight, Coordinator. 

In 1905, the Archbishop of Westminster, Bernard Cardinal Giffen said, "To serve at the altar ... is, next to the priesthood, the highest privilege which a human can enjoy."  Please see Knights of the Altar Information and Interest Form .

Altar Cleaning: The Sanctuary Committee assists our sacristans in the care of our Church Altar area.  The ladies work in teams of two, usually on Fridays after the morning Mass.  Training is provided.  For information to volunteer, please call the Rectory Office.

Adult Choir:  St. Lawrence has two adult choirs, the 9:00 a.m. traditional choir is directed by Bob Jones, our Music Director. Choir practice is at 10:30 a.m. Sunday mornings and the 11:00 a.m. contemporary choir is directed by Debbie Crouse with practice held on Thursday evenings at 7:30 p.m.

Bereavement and Welcome Committees:  See Council of Catholic Women  and the Parish Organization List above for more information.

Book Rack Ministry:  Books are available in the Vestibule for parishioners to purchase. Please use the envelopes provided. 

Children's Choir:  Children of our parish are invited to sing at the Christmas and Easter Masses and at other special times during the year.  Practice schedules are posted in the Bulletin.  For more info, please email

Extraordinary Ministers:  If you are interested in becoming an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion, please contact Fr. Gripshover or Tatyana Nguyen for more information.  Call the rectory office at 703-971-4378 or email

Mom's Group: - currently not meeting.

Lectors:  Volunteers are trained to be Lectors; their schedule is rotated respectively.  If you are interested in becoming a Lector, or would like to find our more information, please contact Peter Gaul, Coordinator.

Sacristans:  Please contact the Parish Office for information.

Ushers:  Before the Mass starts, the ushers help parishioners find a seat, particularly parents with small children and the elderly.  Ushers will ask parishioners who have limited mobility if they wish to receive the Holy Eucharist at their seat and then escort a priest or Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion to that person.  An Usher will select a couple or family to bring the gifts to the Altar at the Offertory.  Most importantly they guard the Host during the reception of Holy Communion to assure that all who receive the Host consume it at the Sanctuary.  Please contact the head usher at



Group Organizations and Ministries
St. Lawrence Parish Organization List
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