Saint Olaf Ministries

Saint 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 Saint 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.



Saint Olaf requires all volunteers who interact with minors or vulnerable adults to complete and maintain safe environment credentials through the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis. The requirements include a criminal background check, signing a Code of Conduct, and completing Safe Environment training. To ensure completion of the requirements before volunteering, contact our Safe Environment Coordinator: Mary Kennedy, , 612-767-6204

Additional resources
For more information on the Archdiocesan Safe Environment requirements,

Reporting Abuse

Click here for details on reporting suspected child abuse.

Victim Assistance
Victims of abuse may contact the Archdiocese’s Victim Assistance Program at 651-291-4475. Additionally, the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis partners with Canvas Health, an independent and professional local care provider, to offer confidential, compassionate assistance 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 651-291-4497.


Heart of the City Committee

Saint Olaf’s response of offering welcoming hospitality to the new and existing residents in the heart of the city. 
We will find ways to share information and invite people to attend Saint Olaf for our plentiful worship opportunities, tell the story of our vibrant parish, and share our commitment to serving the poor, at-risk, and homeless with dignity and respect.

We are looking to build a team of Parishioners and Associate Parishioners who will help us creatively roll out the welcome mat to residents and visitors to downtown Minneapolis. 

Requirements are:  A love of Saint Olaf and willingness to share your story and invite others to participate in the life of our parish.  The commitment would be to attend monthly meetings as we develop the plan and set the goals for this committee, followed with opportunities to lead and/or assist with welcoming projects. 
If this sounds like a good ministry for you, sign up via the Serving Hub by clicking on VOLUNTEER SERVING OPPORTUNITIES above.

Be a Tutor

Back to school for kids, so back to school for tutors! The Catholic Tutor Corps is recruiting for the coming school year. Join other Saint Olaf members helping local students at Catholic schools and get back even more than you give. Call the parish office or contact Dick McGuire for more information at

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 Saint Olaf. New ministers are ALWAYS NEEDED AND WELCOME. 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

Saint Olaf has been connected to people in Africa since 1995
In 1995, Father John Forliti, Pastor of Saint Olaf from 1992 – 2004, established the Saint Olaf African Missions when he traveled with five young adults from Saint 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 Saint 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

Saint 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
Quarterly goods drives for Samaritan Ministry

12-Step Meetings at Saint Olaf
Saint Olaf hosts two 12-Step meetings each week for people looking for relief from addiction. Call the parish office at 612-332-7471 for more information.
Meeting times:  AA-Mondays at Noon and Wednesdays at 7:00am. 

Thanksgiving Meals on Wheels
Saint Olaf collects names of households interested in a meal on Thanksgiving.

Thanks to community partners for Samaritan Ministry support!
at 1st and Hennepin has joined the location at 5th and Marquette in donating baked goods three times per week for our Samaritan Ministry hospitality efforts.
The League of Catholic Women hosted the first of their quarterly drives recently and provided hundreds of items in support of Samaritan Ministry.



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