• Liturgy Workshops

    Fostering Participation in Sacred Liturgy

Liturgy Workshops

Presented by the Office of Divine Worship, the Liturgy Workshops provide formation opportunities for Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion, Readers, and all the faithful. The workshop for Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion is mandatory for new EMHCs but recommended for all in this ministry; it addresses the practical, theological, and spiritual dimensions of the ministry. The workshop for Readers is optional but recommended for all Readers; it similarly addresses the practical, theological, and spiritual dimensions of the ministry. A presentation open to all addresses a specified topic in the area of liturgy in order to encourage and promote the participation of all the faithful in the liturgy.


The Liturgy Workshops are offered on Saturdays throughout the year across all seven deaneries of the diocese (schedule below). No RSVPs are required. Individuals who desire to become new ministers (EMHCs or Readers) should first discuss the opportunities available at their local parish with the Pastor or designated parish contact for liturgical ministries. All liturgical ministers must be approved by their local Pastor.


For more information on Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion, including the necessary paperwork, please see the EMHC page.


"Mother Church earnestly desires that all the faithful should be led to that fully conscious and active participation in liturgical celebrations which is demanded by the very nature of the liturgy." (Second Vatican Council, Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy, no. 14)



In accordance with the Diocese of Arlington Response to COVID-19, the Liturgy Workshops for Spring 2020 have been cancelled.



  1. Saturday, February 29, 2020, Our Lady of Hope (Potomac Falls)


  1. Saturday, April 6, 2019, Saint Theresa (Ashburn)
  2. Saturday, April 27, 2019, Queen of Apostles (Alexandria)
  3. Saturday, May 11, 2019, Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton (Lake Ridge)
  4. Saturday, May 18, 2019, Sacred Heart of Jesus (Winchester)
  5. Tuesday-Thursday, June 11-13, 2019, Our Lady of Lourdes (Arlington)
  6. Tuesday, September 10, 2019, Christ the Redeemer (Sterling) [EMHC workshop only]
  7. Saturday, September 14, 2019, Saint Mary of the Immaculate Conception (Fredericksburg)
  8. Saturday, September 21, 2019, Saint John the Evangelist (Warrenton)
  9. Wednesday, October 2, 2019, Cathedral of Saint Thomas More (Arlington) [EMHC & Reader workshops]
  10. Saturday, October 5, 2019, Saint James (Falls Church)
  11. Wednesday, October 16, 2019, Cathedral of Saint Thomas More (Arlington) [EMHC & Usher workshops]
  12. Saturday, October 19, 2019, Saint Veronica (Chantilly)
  13. Wednesday, November 5, 2019, Bishop Ireton High School (Alexandria) [EMHC workshop only]