Liturgical Ministries

OLV Liturgical Ministries

For more information or to join, please contact the OLV Parish Office at 814-237-7832

  • Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion are lay members of Our Lady of Victory Parish who are fully initiated Catholics. These men and women regularly receive the Sacraments of the Church and possess a deep love for the Eucharist. They help with distribution of Holy Communion at Masses when needed, take Holy Communion to Catholics who are patients at Mt. Nittany Medical Center, to several Nursing Facilities, and to OLV parishioners who are shut-ins. These Ministers are prepared by Fr. Neil Dadey. For information about these ministries please contact Mike Stumbers at

  • Lectors proclaim the Scriptures during the celebration of the Mass. They must be Catholics who have received the Sacraments of Baptism and Eucharist and regularly receive the Sacraments. Lectors prepare the readings with prayerful reflection and are skilled in speaking clearly and confidently. Lectors are prepared for this ministry by a parishioner appointed by Fr. Dadey. For more information about this ministry please contact Mike Stumbers at

  • Commentators read the General Intercessions in the absence of a deacon. They may also make announcements before Mass or following the Prayer after Communion. Commentators are trained with the Lectors.

  • Altar Servers may be Catholic boys or girls (4th grade and up) who assist the priest (and deacon) at appropriate parts throughout the Liturgy. They are appropriately trained to be aware of the various parts of the Mass and to participate in the prayers and music at worship.

  • Greeters welcome worshippers to the Sunday Masses and are prepared to help visitors with information about our parish. Greeters also serve at funeral Masses to make visitors feel welcome. Please contact the Head of Greeter Ministry, Kathleen Taylor at for more information and any interest.

  • Sacristans are men and women who assist in preparing the vessels for Mass and help with other preparations necessary to celebrate the Sacred Liturgy. Please contact Roberta Kenney via email at for more information and any interest.

  • Ushers: Ushers for Sunday Masses and other liturgies are scheduled by Kerry Schwindenhammer. Please contact him at if you would be interested in joining our dedicated team of Ushers.

  • Floral Committee for the Church is responsible ordering, arranging, and maintaining flowers and/or similar decorations for the liturgical seasons as well as for special liturgical celebrations, such as, Easter, Christmas, First Communion, Confirmation and other liturgical events. The Committee also creates new and refreshes old arrangements as needed. Please contact Ann Rigo for more information about helping this committee at 814-238-8998.

  • Martha’s Helpers is a committee of volunteers who help maintain the cleanliness of the interior of the Church. Both men and women are welcome to join this ministry. To find out how you can help, please contact Nancy Jacobs at 814-237-5558.