Wedding Ministry Volunteer
Contributed by Mary Jo Graf
Our community is blessed to have volunteers dedicated to extending Old St. Pat’s commitment of hospitality to brides, grooms, their families and guests at each sacred sacrament of marriage.
Now in its 28th year, the Wedding Volunteer Ministry coordinates with OSP’s wedding coordinator JoAnn O’Brien, the Priest, musicians, sacristan and maintenance staff to ensure that the church is arranged appropriately for each wedding, attend to the bridal couple, greet guests, handle any emergencies and start each wedding on time.
Volunteers’ experiences are reflected by the following comments:
“As a wedding volunteer, I get to experience joyful, spiritual moments, wonderful people, and beautiful liturgy and music. Having the opportunity to share what Old St. Pat’s has to offer in terms of community and connection with others enriches my life! Our volunteers are a wonderful example of what makes OSP so special.”
“It is magical to share in a couple’s marriage. When families come together to celebrate a wedding, there is a merger of hopes and dreams. Joy and excitement abound at weddings. It is an honor and privilege to help couples and their families have a positive, memorable experience at OSP as they write the next chapter of their lives.”
“I love being part of one of the most memorable days in people’s lives. I’ve calmed brides—and grooms—pinned dresses, affixed boutonnières, held a (baby) ring bearer while his bridal party parents processed up the aisle, and cried at vows. Every. Single. Time. Every wedding is an adventure, and I love being a part.”
“My favorite things about being a Wedding Volunteer: a way to be involved at Old St. Pat’s; making the event a little less stressful for the priests, the wedding party, the guests; being a small part of a joyous occasion at a special place, with a wonderful group of people.”
“I enjoy being a wedding volunteer at Old St. Pats. Each wedding brings much joy to my life. It is fun helping the wedding party get ready for the ceremony, reassuring the bride she looks fabulous and listening to the beautiful church music picked out. I look forward to helping with each wedding when I am assigned to them!”
For more information on our Wedding Ministry or volunteer opportunities, please visit www.oldstpats.org/ sacraments/marriage/.