“They may serve in my sanctuary…
and stand before the people and serve them.”
The ministry of Altar Server, sometimes called an acolyte, is among the earliest of all liturgical roles. Only the ministries of the presider (priest) and deacon have a longer history and a place closer to the altar during the celebration of the Eucharist.
Until the Second Vatican Council, assisting as a Server was confined to males. Since that time, however, the bishops in most countries have recognized the importance of including women in liturgical worship and the Church has welcomed girls to ministry as Altar Servers.
Any Catholic child in our parish, third grade and older, is welcome to participate in our Altar Servers’ program.
Contact: Fr. Thuan Hoang (415) 494-5517 ext. 4
We prepare children to receive the Sacraments of:
- Baptism (if over the age of 6)
- First Reconciliation
- First Holy Communion
The CCD Program for grades 1 to 6 are for students who will do the first year of the two-year First Communion program or students who are continuing religious education after receiving their First Communion. The minimum grade level a student must be in is the 1st grade of the incoming Fall school year, and the maximum school grade level a student must be in is the 6th grade.
Confirmation preparation is a two-year program that a child can begin once he/she has begun the 7th grade. After the child has completed the second year of Confirmation classes, he/she receives the sacrament of Confirmation.
The program runs from mid-September thru mid-May. Preparation is held on the following days:
- Visitacion (English): Saturday mornings from 9:30 AM – 11:00 AM
- Visitacion (Vietnamese): Sunday afternoons from 1:45 PM – 4:45 PM
- OLG Mission: Weekdays (date and time depends on grade level)
Visit the Catechism Class Forms page for more information.
The Legion of Mary is the largest lay people in the Catholic Church with over 3 million active members around the world established in Dublin, Ireland on September 7, 1921.
As extension of the works of the Parish Priest, the Legion of Mary may help the growth of a true community spirit by the following works:
- Visitacion of the homes
- Conducting para-liturgical services on Sundays and holy days of obligations in places where there is no priest available to celebrate mass
- Conducting religious instruction classes
- Visitation and care of the handicapped, the sick, and the old, including, when necessary, making arrangements for a visit of the priest
- Recitation of the rosary at wakes and funerals
- Promotion of Catholic Association and Parish Societies, including Church Confraternities or Sodalities, where they exist, by recruiting new members and encouraging existing members to persevere
- Collaboration in every apostolic and missionary undertaking sponsored by the parish and so help to bring every soul in some manner into the protective network of the Church, thus securing the safety alike of the individual and the community.
Meeting Place: St. Leo’s Hall every Saturday @ 8 am to 9:15 am
Contact: Emmie Ponce – P# (415) 216-8157, email@example.com
Dely Musngi – P# (415) 239-2144
Lectors publicly proclaim the Word of God at the daily and Sunday Celebration of the Eucharist and other liturgical services. After a training session, the service of Lector is scheduled according to the individual’s ability.
Those selected will receive careful preparation, as it is your responsibility to bring this power of the word of God and love of scripture to others. Through various resources and in-housetraining and as well as Archdiocese of San Francisco training, you are receiving the careful preparation that will allow you to lead others to the love of scripture.
Eucharistic Ministers assist with the distribution of Holy Communion during the weekday and Sunday Masses. After training, the service of Eucharistic Minister is scheduled according to the individual’s ability.
This service will require you to grow – in confidence, dexterity, agility, and reverence in the way you handle chalices, purificators, ciboria, and pyxes and you will be trained to handle species appropriately and respectfully. Whether you are a beginner or a long-serving extraordinary minister, there should always be great reverence for the Eucharistic species.
Ushers are great worshippers at the door of the church. They assist people finding a place to sit, they take up all the collections, and are parking lot attendants. The attitude of this ministry is as important as the work they do. They know the quality of their love for God in the way you greet people, tend to their needs, handle their money and answer their questions.
The Mothers’ Club was established on November 5, 1945 in the old Parish Hall at 301 Raymond Avenue, when eighteen women of the parish met with Rev. James Walsh to elect a president for their newly organized club. A year later, this young organization undertook a whist party, and their place in the parish, by staffing the Children’s Book Booth at the Parish Bazaar.
The Mothers’ Club has continued, over the years, to raise funds for the parish with the many activities it has undertaken, including the Annual Rummage Sale and various Boutiques/Sales.
Monthly Meeting – 3rd Wednesday at 12:30 pm
Communion Mass – 4th Saturday at 4:00 pm Vigil
Contact: Pat Andrieu
Our Lady of La Vang Community is the Vietnamese Community at Church of the Visitacion. Our feast day is October. The community consists of various organizations:
- Our Lady of La Vang Choir provides music at the 5:00 pm Vietnamese Mass as well as other parish celebrations. The choir feast day is the same as the Visitacion feast day, May 31st. The choir coordinator is Ms. Tracey Tran.
- Vietnamese Mothers Club supports all activities of the community, especially providing food at special cerebrations and daily prayer. Their feast day is St. Monica’s feast day, August 27th. Current head of the group is Ms. Jenny Kim Vy.
- CCD Program and Vietnamese Classes are led by Sister My Hanh Cao.
- Altar Server Group currently consists of about 18 children and is led by Father Thuan.
- Liturgical Group helps with readings and other preparations for the Masses. The head of liturgy for the readings is Mr. Liem Nguyen.
The Vocation Cross is to be used in the same fashion as the Pilgrim Virgin Statue of Fatima. A family is asked to host the Vocation Cross for one week. Each evening as the family gathers for their family prayer at the convenient time, the Cross would be placed at the center of the table to be used as a reminder of their commitment to pray for vocations. Each parish can have its own cross – and it would travel from host family to host family. In this way at least one family is praying for the intention of an increase in vocations to the priesthood and religious life. This special intention would be focused for a generous response to the call to priesthood and religious life from your parish.