Advent & Christmas Schedule 2018

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What are you bringing to the Manger?

Let us join together this Season of Advent and Christmas as we prepare for and celebrate the birth of our Lord.
*Holy Day of Obligation

Advent

OLGMC Christmas Tree Lot

November 23 – December 16
Weekdays from 4:00 - 8:00 PM
Saturday from 9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Sunday from 10:00 AM - 8:00 PM

First Sunday of Advent

Saturday, December 1, 5:00 PM (Vigil)

Sunday, December 2, 7:30, 9:30 and 11:30 AM; 6:00 PM

Christmas Concert
Amahl and the Night Visitors: A Christmas Opera

Sunday, December 2, 2:30 PM
Performances by: OLG School Choir, Schola Cantorum and Twin Cities Youth Chorale

Immaculate Conception
of the Blessed Virgin Mary*

Saturday, December 8, 8:30 and 10:30 AM

Advent Day of Mercy (Confessions)

Wednesday, December 12, 7:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Nursery care provided on a space available basis:
9:00 AM – 1:00 PM
4:00 PM – 7:30 PM

Fourth Sunday of Advent

Saturday, December 22, 5:00 PM (Vigil)

Sunday, December 23, 7:30, 9:30 and 11:30 AM; 6:00 PM

Christmas

Christmas*

Monday, December 24 (Vigil)
4:00 PM - Children’s Pageant (Church)
4:00 PM - Vigil Mass (Gym)
6:30 PM - Candlelight Mass
10:00 PM - High Solemn Mass
(Choral Music Starting at 30 minutes before the 6:30 and 10:00 PM Masses)

Tuesday, December 25
7:30 AM
9:30 AM
11:30 AM

Wednesday, December 26

9:00 AM (no 6:15 AM Mass)

The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph

Saturday, December 29, 5:00 PM (Vigil)

Sunday, December 30, 7:30, 9:30 and 11:30 AM; 6:00 PM

Monday, December 31

9:00 AM (no 6:15 AM Mass)
NOTE: This Mass does not fulfill the obligation for Mary, The Holy Mother of God

Mary, The Holy Mother of God*

Monday, December 31, 6:30 PM (Vigil)

Tuesday, January 1, 2019, 10:00 AM (no 6:15 or 9:00 AM Mass)


Closures

The Parish Office and MHT Adoration Chapel will be closed on the following dates for Christmas and New Year’s:

  • Monday, December 24

  • Tuesday, December 25

  • Monday, December 31

  • Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Support the 2019 OLGMC Gala

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This year’s Gala will be held on February 9, 2019 at the newly renovated Interlachen Country Club. Tickets go on sale in early January. Beyond attending, there are many ways to support the cause:

Event Sponsorship

Event sponsorship opportunities can be secured by contacting Adam Groebner before December 3.

Auction Item Donations

Auction item donations can be made by contacting Cathleen Cachat before January 15.

Split the Pot Raffle Tickets

$20 Split the Pot raffle tickets will be available after Thanksgiving in the Parish Office and at this year’s OLG Christmas Tree Lot.

  Thank you in advance for your support and hope to see you there! 

OLGMC 2018 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! 

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.

The tree lot is 100% volunteer staffed.  All proceeds go to supporting OLG school, youth programs and greater community.

When:

November 23 – December 16
Weekdays from 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Saturday from 9:00 am - 8:00 pm
Sunday from 10:00 am - 8:00 pm

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, Cradle of Hope, 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.

Winter Boots and Coats Drive

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Friday, November 23 - Saturday, December 15

Once again this year, the Men’s Club and Social Justice Ministry are asking you to donate new or gently used, clean winter coats and boots, as well as new winter hats, gloves and socks (especially men’s socks).  While all sizes are needed, there is a great need for men’s coats. In addition, we are collecting newborn infant diapers and big boxes of dry cereal.

You can leave your donation in the bins at the Tree Lot or outside Cassidy Hall.

The donated items will be delivered to:

  • Sharing and Caring Hands

  • MRD 363 Days Food Program

  • Catholic Charities

  • Sabathani Community Center

  • The Crisis Nursery

  • Shoe Away

Thanks for helping keep our neighbors warm!

Sponsored by

OLG Men’s Club and OLG Social Justice Ministry

Early Catholic Family Life (ECFL) Expo

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Sundays, December 2 and 9, after 9:30 AM Mass
Parents with young children, do you hear what I hear? Our Lady of Grace will offer Early Catholic Family Life (ECFL) in 2019! ECFL is modeled after MN's unique ECFE program. It includes time for: parent/child interaction, guided play for children and parent-only discussion. Bring the whole family and come see what ECFL is all about at our ECFL Expo.

Beauty Elevates

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Saturday, December 8, 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Church of St. Raphael, Crystal
Mothers of Young Children are invited to a special morning just for you!  Slow down, smell the coffee, and reflect this Advent! Receive real tips from real women who recognize the immense role you play in your home, workplace and community.  Grow in beauty of your mind, body and soul. OLG staff member, Sr. Julieta, one of three featured speakers, will give us practical ideas on how to more appreciate and grow the beauty of our souls and the souls of our children. Elevate your Advent!  The day ends at with Mass for the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception.  Nursing moms always welcome!

Register

Cost is $20. Scholarships available. Register here.

For More Information

Amy Holewa 763.391.0205 arholewa@gmail.com

Brought to you by

The Archdiocese of St. Paul-Minneapolis Marriage, Family and Life Office and Cana Family Institute.

Support OLG School at the Barnes & Nobles Book Sale

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Sunday, December 2, 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Barnes & Noble, Galleria Edina, Edina
Please come hear our school choirs, do some Christmas shopping and enjoy a few activities for the kids. A portion of all purchases (including those made at the restaurant) will benefit the OLG School Library. The more the merrier, so invite friends and family too!

Christmas Concert - Amahl and the Night Visitors

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Sunday, December 2, 2:30 PM, Church

Amahl and the Night Visitors

by Gian Carlo Menotti

Discover what happens when a shepherd boy meets the 3 Kings on their way to Bethlehem!

Featuring:

Luca La Hoz Calasarras (Amahl), Korissa Olson (Amahl’s Mother), Eric Nelson, Christopher Fast, John McNeill (The 3 Kings), The Twin Cities Youth Chorale, Our Lady of Grace Schola Cantorum Choir, orchestra and duo pianos with Drs. Megan and Chris Wallace

Tickets*

Adults $12.00 Seniors: $10.00 Children $6.00

*All Tickets sold at the door will be $12.00

Tree Lot Coupon

Bring an item of clothing (new or gently used) for donation to a local shelter (Socks - Gloves - Mittens - Stocking Hats) to the performance on December 2nd and receive a $10.00 OFF Coupon for use at the OLG Men's Club Christmas Tree Lot the same day!

A Message from Father Kevin

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Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

Gratitude – it lays the foundation for our faith life at Our Lady of Grace. As we reflect on all that God has given us, and move ever closer to Jesus, we move forward on mission – because love impels us! (cf. 2 Corinthians 5:14).
 
Today, over 7,700 members call our parish home. Together, we are called to live lives of magnanimity, sharing with others from the substance of our lives and hearts. Wherever you are at in your faith journey, I welcome you and your family to ponder how you might serve within our parish community and share your gifts. 
 
If you have already completed and returned your Stewardship Commitment Card – thank you!  We are grateful for your response.
 
If you have not responded, I invite you to participate in our renewal by completing this online Stewardship Commitment Form. Your efforts in responding more fully enables us to continue the valuable ministry God calls us to do as a parish.

May God bless you,
Father Kevin Finnegan, Pastor


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