Christmas Tree Lot & Cradle of Hope

This year, Our Lady of Grace Men's Club Christmas Tree Lot will be supporting a terrific pro-mother/pro-child/pro-life organization.  Cradle of Hope helps women, children, and families in need when they face unexpected pregnancy, by providing both financial and material support.

On Saturday, December 2, come to the Christmas Tree Lot to purchase your tree, Wreath, or porch pot., and bring along items for the wellness baskets they distribute to those in need.  They will be collecting infant diapers, wipes, new baby bottles and pacifiers, baby blankets and new baby pjs.

Advent Day of Mercy 12/13

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Wednesday, December 13, 7:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Soup Supper in Dining Room

Last year, a woman left our Day of Mercy beaming. She said she “felt light as a feather.” Reconciliation can do that. We all want to be in right relationship with each other and with God—and sometimes we need to stop and mindfully consider what we have done or left undone that needs forgiveness.

Sin is a tricky thing. Sometimes we are fully aware that we crossed the line, we did something thoughtlessly or perhaps even intentionally hurtful. We let our lesser selves exact some petty revenge on another, we gossiped because the news was too scandalously delicious not to share, we put ourselves and our own needs and desires above everyone else, even God.

But other times, we dance with the “sin of omission”, perhaps we knew our action could make a difference for good and we simply didn’t bother to help. We ignore the nudging of the Holy Spirit in our life; we don’t mindfully offer our life each day to our God. We act as if we are in charge and only touch base with God when things go astray.

Asking for God’s mercy through reconciliation has a way of lightening our load. It sets us on a straight path again and helps us realign our life and our heart with God.

Maybe reconciliation is a part of your weekly worship experience. Maybe you haven’t considered reconciliation since fourth grade. Either way, join us. We will have plenty of resources handy to guide you through the process. Come encounter the healing mercy of God!

Our Advent Day of Reconciliation is Wednesday, December 13. Come by anytime between 7:00 AM - 9:00 PM. Our Stephen Ministry Team will welcome you and help you navigate the process if this is a homecoming for you. We’ll even feed you! We are offering a simple soup supper after reconciliation in Cassidy Hall.

Advent is our time of waiting for the coming of the Lord. Prepare your hearts. Make straight your paths. Join us for the Day of Mercy.

Operation Christmas Child 11/26

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Sunday, November 26, after 9:30 AM Mass, Cassidy Hall
Moms of Grace welcomes your family to participate in Operation Christmas Child!  It is an extra special event for all ages - even your toddlers!  We will stuff shoe boxes with various items and our kids can make cards, letters and picture to add to the boxes.  We will wrap and send the boxes to children in developing countries. Please bring 1-2 shoe boxes per family to the event. We will be collecting items for the boxes before November 25 in a bin located by the fireplace in the Commons. See the SignUp Genius link for donating items or contact Amanda Johnson at pete2834@umn.edu.

OLG Men's Club Christmas Tree Lot

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Join us at the Tree Lot for a warm cup of cider while you kick off your Christmas season and get your home ready to celebrate!  As in years past, we have beautiful Frasier, Canaan, Balsam and White Pine trees to select from.  Also available:  wreaths, garland, porch pots and decorative birch logs to help with exterior decorating needs. 

From the Friday after Thanksgiving to a few days before Christmas, the Our Lady of Grace parking lot is host to the best tree lot in the Twin Cities. The tree lot features award winning, locally grown Christmas trees, sold by the best salesmen around! The tree lot is 100% volunteer staffed and is a great service opportunity for men to meet some of your fellow parishioners. All proceeds go to supporting OLG school, youth programs and greater community.

When:

November 24th - December 14th
Weekdays from 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Saturday from 9:00 am - 8:00 pm
Sunday from 10:00 am - 8:00 pm

What:

The Men's Club will be selling fraiser, balsam, canaan, and white fir trees, as well as wreaths, garlands & decorator pots.

Cost:

Prices will vary based on the size and type of tree

Giving:

We will also be collecting the following items at the Tree Lot in support of other community organizations: 

  • New or gently used clean winter boots and coats
  • New hats, gloves and socks (especially men’s socks)
  • Newborn infant diapers
  • Big boxes of dry breakfast cereal

These goods will be delivered to Sharing & Caring Hands, MRD 363 Days Food Program, Catholic Charities, Sabathani Community Center, Crisis Nursery Center and Shoe Away. 

Want to volunteer for the Tree Lot?

Visit the Men'c Club Tree Lot volunteer page for more information about volunteering.

OLG School Student Council Thanksgiving Food Drive

This year...as in the MANY years past...Our Lady of Grace Catholic School Student Council collected food items in each classroom to put together 30 Thanksgiving FEASTS for those in need at the Basilica of Saint Mary in Minneapolis.  The kids include all the things needed for a great meal, and all the left-overs.  These meals go to help those actively seeking employment, and those who are underemployed and need some help to make their Thanksgiving meal with the family.  This is a tremendous way to witness to the Love and Care of our Lord, and shows the magnanmious hearts of our student.  WAY TO GO KIDS!!

THANK YOU! OLG School Give to the Max Day a Huge Success

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THANK YOU!

We continue to be blessed by your generosity! We met our match and far exceeded our goal for Give to the Max Day 2017!

All money raised will contribute to Phase II of Design for Learning as we redesign the library space, art room, and music/child care areas!  

A special THANK YOU to those igniting generosity in others by contributing to our Matching Gift!

We are grateful for each member of this OLG Family! We could not be an extraordinary parish school without you! 

Total Amount Raised for OLG School

$134,919  

Total Number of Donations

257 (183 Online/74 Mailed In)  (183 Online/70 Mailed In) *This is 45 more givers than Give to the Max 2016 and donations continue to come in!

OLG Senior High School Ghana - Student's Representative Council

Our Sister School, OLG Senior High School in Ghana, has formed a "Students' Representative Council" and are throwing a celebration during "Student's Week", beginning November 20th.

Check out the amazing work they have already done by designing their own Logo, and artwork for the week!

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NEEDED: Solar Power Expert

Our sister school in Ghana Africa is in need of a renewable, sustainable solution for their power.  We think that Solar might just the right solution, and we need your help in assessing our needs and designing a system.  Please reach out to Father Neil Bakker (email: frbakker@olgparish.org, phone: 952-929-3317 x104) if you have any expertise in this field and can help us.  We have a mission trip planned for January 2018, would like to meet before then.

Syrian Benefit Concert PHOTOS

Our Lady of Grace hosted a benefit concert for the displaced and persecuted people inside Syria last Sunday, November 12th. Musicians of the Minnesota Orchestra led by Osmo Vanska donated their time to play beautiful music to an appreciative audience. Over $55,000 has been raised so far. If you’d like to add to the total, donate at Questscope