St. Olaf Ministries

St. Olaf parish has a long history of service in the heart of the city.  We are blessed to have a strong commitment from numerous volunteers who dedicate their time, treasure, and talents to our parish and its mission.

Thank you in advance for your willingness to become active in our work of the Gospel at St. Olaf and for bringing your gifts to our mission of serving as a living sign of Christ’s saving presence in the heart of the city.


Liturgical Ministries

Liturgical ministries at St. Olaf offer YOU an opportunity to witness your faith, meet people in the community, pray and serve with other ministers, and deepen your experience of the Eucharist.

Choose a liturgical ministry that is right for YOU — weekends or weekdays, behind the scenes or public, occasional or regular — there is a liturgical ministry for everyone.

Training and mentoring are provided for all liturgical ministries at St. Olaf. New ministers are ALWAYS NEEDED AND WELCOME. Contact Virginia Stillwell, Director of Worship, at, or search for opportunities in the "Serving Hub" at the VOLUNTEER SERVING OPPORTUNITIES link above.


Spiritual & Faith Formation

Formation as Catholics includes understanding and participation in the social mission of the Church and the local parish.

Spiritual and faith formation is essential to our journey as baptized members of the Body of Christ. Formation is a path to deepening our relationship with God and others. It includes instruction, but is more than instruction. It encompasses prayer and worship, being enriched by the word of God and the sacraments, knowledge of the faith, living an authentic Christian life, practicing the works of mercy, charity and justice. READ MORE


African Partnership

St. Olaf has been connected to people in Africa since 1995
In 1995, Father John Forliti, Pastor of St. Olaf from 1992 – 2004, established the St. Olaf African Missions when he traveled with five young adults from St. Olaf to Nairobi, Kenya. They returned home and partnered with a Maryknoll Community to raise funds for a variety of Catholic Missions in Kenya. READ MORE


Pastoral Care

Pastoral Care at St. Olaf focuses on visiting parishioners who have become sick or have had an accident in the short term or due to age or illness in the long term are no longer able to come, worship, and pray with their Church community on a regular basis.  Pastoral Care Ministers bring...  READ MORE


Centering Prayer

This is an open and ongoing group offering support to persons committed to Centering Prayer or some form of meditation. It provides introduction and continuing spiritual formation...  READ MORE



The Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA) is a process that offers formation into the Catholic faith and way of life for non-baptized adults, Christians of other denominations, and adult Catholics who have not been confirmed. RCIA members have the opportunity to...READ MORE


Grief Support

St. Olaf and the Downtown Coalition for Grief Support provide education and support for those grieving the death of a loved one. Seven sponsoring churches make up the coalition and host the grief meetings. The aim of the coalition is to provide...  READ MORE


Other Partnerships

League of Catholic Women
– “First Impressions” work clothing assistance
– Women Spirit theological and cultural educational events

12-Step Meetings at St. Olaf
St. Olaf hosts four 12-Step meetings each week for people looking for relief from addiction. Call the parish office at 612-332-7471 for meeting times.

Thanksgiving Meals on Wheels
Volunteers assist with phone requests in St. Paul office.

– From St. Austin’s Catholic Church in Minneapolis: monthly donations of food for the St. Olaf Social Outreach food pantry
– From Fridley Campaign for Cheer and Maple Lake’s St. Timothy’s Social Action sewing ministry: regular donations of quilts, pillows, and baby blankets which are distributed to the elderly, Social Outreach guests, and Exodus residents
– From TLC Toys: hundreds of handmade wooden toys, dolls, and cradles at Christmas which are distributed to Social Outreach guests, St. Anne’s Shelter, Native American community services, and Incarnation House



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