Our Christmas Gift to You - FORMED!

Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church has purchased a gift for you!

That gift is a subscription to FORMED, a wonderful website that has been called a “Catholic Netflix.” FORMED has inspiring movies and video-based programs, audio presentations and e-books from the Church's most compelling speakers and authors. 

Why Is FORMED Important?

How many of you would like to grow in your relationship with Jesus Christ?

How many of you know someone who has fallen away from the Church, perhaps a friend, a family member, a co-worker, and you want reach them but you just don’t know how to?

This is why our parish has invested in FORMED so that each of us might grow in our relationship with Jesus Christ and in our desire to share our Faith with others, especially those closest to us. 

What Can I Do With FORMED?

With your free access to FORMED, 24/7 on your television, phone, laptop, iPad, or Kindle, you can:

  • Prepare for Mass each week by watching an insightful five-minute video on the Sunday Readings
  • Enjoy movies as a family that are both nourishing and entertaining
  • Enrich your marriage with the award winning video program BELOVED
  • Help your children grow in faith and character with engaging children’s materials

Register

Please register today using the button below and then go to PROGRAMS and watch the first episode of FORGIVEN. You’ll be amazed by the quality of the program and how moving the video is.

Light the Way Bible Study

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Light the Way is a nine-week practical Bible Study that will journey through the Acts of the Apostles.  The Study will open the Scriptures to the participants, with the goal of helping them encounter Jesus.  There is both a small group and large group component.  The Study will meet on Mondays nights from 7:00-8:30 PM in Cassidy Hall (February 5, 12, 19, 26; March 5, 12, 19; April 2, 9).  No previous Bible Study experience is required.  Join us for Light the Way!

Celebrate Marriage Evening 2/2

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Friday, February 2,  5:45 - 9:00 PM

Mark your calendars, book your baby sitters and join us for a beautiful date night with your spouse!

The evening includes a cozy catered dinner by the fire in the Commons, Mass with a Marriage Blessing, and an inspiring talk on enriching your marriage by Bill and Adella Wacker, co-founders of Marriage in Christ. The event will be held from 5:45 to 9:00 pm.  Check-in and Mass at 5:45, Dinner at 7:00, Talk at 8:00.

Cost: $50 per couple

Register

Click the button below to register.  Deadline to RSVP is Friday, January 26. Space is limited.

Questions?

Contact Mary Hodgdon at hodg3064@stthomas.edu or 952-237-8423.

2018 OLG Men's Club Spirituality Mini-Retreat

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”I Will Arise: Catholic Man in a Secular World”

Saturday, January 20, 2018 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM

8:30 AM – Mass
9:00 AM – Breakfast (Donuts, Coffee, & Juice)
9:15 AM – Mini-Retreat (Cassidy Hall)
12:00 PM – Lunch (Pizza & Pop)

Join the Men’s Club for ”I Will Arise: Catholic Man in a Secular World” a retreat with guest speaker John Crudele. Breakfast and lunch provided. Reserve your spot by signing up at the table in the back of the Commons after any Mass during the weekends of January 7 and 14, emailing Jim Clancy at jrpclancy@gmail.com or 952-929-3317. There is no admission charge.

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John Crudele

John Crudele is a Catholic leader, author and speaker. Over the past 30 years, John has inspired and challenged more than two million listeners with his stories, authenticity and candor. He is the founder of Partnership for Youth, which hosts the popular Steubenville North Catholic Teen Conferences. He’s a founding partner and coach with the John Maxwell Team. He is the co-author of Making Sense of Adolescence, a contributing author to the Teen Power series and has a story in Chicken Soup for the Soul: Living Catholic Faith

Cub Scouts Pancake Breakfast 1/21

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Sunday, January 21, 8:15 AM – 1:00 PM
Cassidy Hall

Tickets  can be purchased the day of the event for $8.  Donations welcome if you can’t attend.  There will be plenty of delicious pancakes, great coffee, orange juice and butcher cut bacon. This is our one fundraiser of the year for Cub Scouts and critical for the program. Thank you for your support.

Funeral Notice: Donna (Collins) Lundstrom

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Lundstrom, Donna Collins of Edina. A loving wife, mother, grandmother and great- grandmother, Donna Collins Lundstrom age 95 passed away peacefully on January 13, 2018. Donna was born October 3, 1922 in Scobey, Montana to Rebecca Ann (Adler) Collins and Robert S. Collins, moving to Minneapolis with her family at a young age. Graduate of Washburn High School. Donna was married to Les Lundstrom for over 70 years, raising their family in Edina, Minnesota. She traveled extensively with her husband seeing many cities and countries, her favorite being St. Peter's Basilica Vatican City. Donna enjoyed bridge, was an avid golfer, and long-time member at Edina Country Club. Painting was Donna's lifetime passion. She studied art for many years and traveled to Carmel, Ireland, New England and New Orleans to pursue her talent of landscape art. Donna wintered at her home in Naples, Florida for over thirty years, where her children and grandchildren enjoyed visiting. Donna will be remembered as gracious, warm-hearted and good- natured by all who knew her. Donna is preceded in death by her parents Rebecca Ann and Robert Collins; Brother Quentin Collins, two sisters Verone Sanders and Eulalia Bauman. Donna is survived by her husband, Les Lundstrom; sister, Lorna Stelter of Denver, Colorado and her three children, Candy & (Bob) Gravier, Barbara & (Bill) Winchell and David & (Debbie) Lundstrom; eight grandchildren, Kelly & (Sean) Sheridan, Allison & (Jamie) Lockhart, John Gravier, Leslie & (Harris) Masterson, Amy & (Drew) Tharp, Lauren Lundstrom, Erik Lundstrom and Michael Lundstrom; and seven great-grandchildren. Mass of Christian Burial 11:00am Monday, January 22nd with visitation beginning at 10:00am at The Church of Our Lady Grace, 5051 Eden Ave. S., Edina. Private interment Lakewood Cemetery. Memorials preferred to "Friends" of the Minneapolis Institute of Arts or the Alzheimer's Association. washburn-mcreavy.comEdina Chapel 952-920-3996

Family Formation Night with Joe Roueche 1/17

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Wednesday, January 17,  6:00 PM, Church

Join us to hear guest speaker, Joe Roueche from Net Ministries, who will talk with parents and children about becoming Catholic Superheroes! Joe speaks with an engaging style that will be fun for everyone. Come; be enlightened on your family's journey to ever more deeply follow Jesus as his disciples.

There is free childcare in the nursery for children who haven’t started 1st grade yet. Please email stephanielloyd@olgparish.org to reserve your children’s spots today!

Young Adult January Events and Information

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has purchased a gift for you!

That gift is a subscription to FORMED, a wonderful website that has been called a “Catholic Netflix.” FORMED has inspiring movies and video-based programs, audio presentations and e-books from the Church's most compelling speakers and authors. 

Join an OLG Young adults Small Group! 
Light the Way is a nine-week practical Bible Study that will journey through the Acts of the Apostles.  The Study will open the Scriptures to participants, with the goal of helping them encounter Jesus.  
Join us for the weekly
Young Adults Sport’s Night!


LOCATION: St. Gabriel's St. John's campus in Hopkins

All young adults ages 18-39 are invited to join us from 7-9PM at the gym attached to the Church.

Basketball, Volleyball, and tons of  fun - come and play!

For more information check out this LINK to get to WMYA Facebook page
Join WMYA with Loaves & Fishes to help serve a meal to those in need in our community. The dinner is held at St. Gabriel's in Hopkins. Hope to see you there!
There will be an opportunity to go out afterward for fellowship.
NOTE: This event will take place at the St. Joseph campus of St. Gabriel's located in downtown Hopkins.

Have you heard about Sposi Novelli?

It's Mission is to engage and support engaged and married couples through the first five years of marriage by creating a community that fosters a sense of support and belonging.
Through formation, reflection, and awareness, a couple’s marital relationship with God at the center is strengthened and made more fruitful. Join us on FaceBook to stay up to date! 

Come join us in Cassidy Hall on Sunday, January 23rd at 10:30 for our third social brunch! Enjoy coffee, food, fellowship, and fun with fellow Sposi Novelli members. 
Meet other young couples in the parish and parents, feel free to bring the little ones! Crayons, coloring books, and kid snacks will also be provided.
All are welcome!
Miriam Dinner 
February 6, 2018

are discerning consecrated life to the Miriam Dinner!  Archbishop Bernard A. Hebda, Bishop Cozzens and Father David Blume, Director of Vocations, invite women, ages 16 - 35, who
 
Come for an evening of prayer and dinner with consecrated women sharing their vocation testimonies.
Women In the New Evangelization invites women of all ages and stages to refresh their hearts at the WINE: Catholic Women’s Conference.
The theme of this year’s conference, inspired by Hebrews 6:19, is 
Hope: An Anchor for the Soul.
Tickets go on sale in early January 2018 for this year’s Gala. Proceeds will support renovations to create a multi-purpose music and fine arts space that will benefit both our OLG students and the parish generally. Your support is needed to help accomplish this worthy cause.


Women's Discernment Retreat 

 
Date:  Saturday, February 17
Time:  8 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. 


For women, ages 16 – 35, who are discerning consecrated life
There is a $20 Registration Fee for the retreat

Many consecrated women from a variety of Religious Orders will be present and participating in the retreat. Retreat will include Bishop Cozzens presiding at Mass and giving a talk on consecrated life.
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Precinct Caucuses 2018

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The Minnesota precinct caucuses are February 6th beginning at 7 pm.  The locations can be found by calling the town in which you reside.  Both parties caucus the same night, but at different locations.

I would encourage everybody who is interested in the future of our city, state and country to attend this year’s precinct caucuses.  On a local level, the candidates often attend in order to begin campaigning and to hear what the voters have to say.  This year, we have most of the major state offices, all the Minnesota House seats, both United States Senate seats and Congressional races to watch. 

The caucuses are grass roots democracy. Local candidates often appear. Those attending the caucuses can bring resolutions to be voted upon.  This is a great time to bring up resolutions suggested or endorsed by the Minnesota Catholic Conference that are pro-life, protect religious liberty, promote school choice, fight hunger, provide funding for safe and affordable housing, ban physician assisted suicide, etc. This is a great place to make it clear that you vote your conscience and your religious values. 

Pray?

If I am going to be completely honest with you, I am terrible at praying. I really, really am. Somehow I can’t find the mental space to sit down with God and pray. It’s not that I don’t want to, but rather that I find myself up against a mental roadblock that I can’t seem to break through. When I can’t find a way to communicate with God I do the next best thing: I talk to my grandma for advice. Years ago she told me that if you find that you cannot pray with your heart and soul to pray with your hands. Be active. So when I am really struggling to pray mentally, I pray actively. 

What does it mean to pray actively? It means you need to go out into the world and do good work. Which can happen all kinds of ways. Active participation can help facilitate spiritual development. For those of us who have a difficult time growing in prayer, even talking about spiritual growth can seem somehow distant and possibly overwhelming. That’s okay. Even the saints struggled sometimes. Mental roadblocks can be overcome by doing physical activities. This is true even outside of spiritual growth: Can’t focus on a project? Go for a walk; Tired from a long night? Eat some (good) food. Or drink coffee/tea; Distracted from the never ending list of obligations we all have? Sleep. I mean it, go sleep. Often our mental struggles can be overcome by actively doing something and it is true of our spiritual lives as well.

Some solutions I would offer to those of you who struggle like me: 

  • Feed the hungry
  • Visit the sick and elderly

  • Knit a prayer shawl for someone in need

  • Volunteer with like-minded people for a cause you care about (Prolife, Sister Parishes abroad, and other social justice ministries.) 

  • Join a club and surround yourself with people who you can identify with (Men’s club, MOMs of Grace, Sposi Novelli) 

  • Serve in the mass as a lector or eucharistic minister

  • Or simply go to Adoration for an hour and be still in the presence of the Eucharist.  

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Whatever you need go do it. Prayer with your hands and you will find that the mind will follow. We have so many beautiful ministries at our church. If I haven’t listed one that interests you talk to Fr. Kevin--he’ll find something for you.  

My challenge to all of you is this: 

  • If you are already the kind of person who is active in ministries of the church, invite people to join you and share your ministry with others.
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  • If you are not involved in a ministry, be open to the invitation of others. 

Being faithful is not a static state; it is an active process. We must actively live out our faith life. Which is why when we are struggling with the mental and spiritual part of prayer we can grow by doing good things that benefit others. Often I find that doing good deeds can help put my mind in a place that can pray more intentionally. The new year is a perfect time to reevaluate your priorities and be mindful of the kind of changes you want to see in your life. Who knows, with some faith-filled acts and mindful praying you could be the next modern saint.

Pax Tecum, 

Nicole Tursich

Daughter of God, friend, wife, mother, and OLG Parishioner

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