Advancing Our Mission

Advancing-Our-Mission-Graphic2.gif

Introduction

Our Lady of Grace (OLG) Church and School is considering ‘Advancing Our Mission’ in 2019 to give us the physical space we need to advance our mission of making Jesus Christ known and loved. As part of this effort, we are consistently seeking feedback from the OLG community.

Background

Starting in November of 2018, we reached out to the OLG community to take soundings around our proposed capital campaign through a committee studying the feasibility of capital campaign led by OLG parishioners. We did this through a series of individual meetings with key parishioners, town hall meetings and surveys.

Building the infrastructure to more effectively advance our mission requires a shared vision and deep input from the community. This outreach was the first chapter of that dialogue.

The committee studying the feasibility of a capital campaign made the case that to advance our mission over the next generation at OLG we need to pursue the following objectives:

  • expand ministries and enhance fellowship and community; 

  • serve the whole child-mind, body and soul;

  • engage new and young families;

  • ensure our priests’ well-being and connectedness to the parish; and

  • ensure the long-term viability of our facilities.

These recommendations came out of an analysis of our strengths, weaknesses and opportunities as a parish. Delivering against these objectives meant considering capital investments in things like a parish life center (including a new kitchen), new gym, early childhood development center, priests’ residence and investing in deferred maintenance.

Resources

Town Hall Meetings

Discernment Prayer

Feasibility Study

2018 - 2019

Advancement Team

Submit Your Questions

VBS 2019: Roar - REGISTRATION OPEN

Background_1.jpg

When: July 22 - July 26, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Who: Age 3 - Grade 6 (must be age 3 by September 1, or entering grade K-6 in fall 2019, pending volunteer support)

TotallyCatholic_Roar_Logo.jpg

Every day at Roar Totally Catholic VBS, kids will learn simple Bible points and be immersed in new adventures as they travel through field-tested rotations. Together we will explore God’s goodness and celebrate a ferocious faith that powers us all through this “wild” life. Just as our church and school buildings will be transformed into an African savanna full of vibrant colors and untamed grasslands, so too will the lives of all who join us be transformed as we learn to follow Jesus more closely!

For Grades 4‐6 information contact:
Sister Eileen Leon
pes‐sisters@olgparish.org

For Age 3‐Grade 3 information contact:
Stephanie Lloyd
stephanielloyd@olgparish.org

Sign Up Now!

Register for Our Lady of Grace's Vacation Bible School by filling out the 2019 VBS Registration form.
Registration deadline is June 30, 2019.

Volunteer Opportunities

Day4_Zion.jpg

Volunteers are vital to the success of Vacation Bible School! We have opportunities of all shapes and sizes ranging from Roar Crew Leader to Crew Manager. For more information, and to sign up as an adult volunteer, click here!

Adult Volunteers

Note: All Adult Volunteers should be: compliant with Archdiocese of St. Paul & Minneapolis Safe Environment requirements, able to attend training on July 20, 9:00 – 11:30 AM, enthusiastic about working with kids, excited to serve, patient and kind, good communicators, comfortable speaking in front of groups of around 30 kids, and gifted in their station or responsibility area.

Day2_Hooper.png

Teen Volunteers

High school youth (entering grade 9 or above in Fall 2019) are invited to be Roar Crew Leaders for kids in Kindergarten - 6th grade! If you are in High School and are interested, please fill out the 2019 Teen Volunteer Form or contact Veronica Whelan at veronicawhelan@olgparish.org

Middle School youth (entering grade 7 or 8 in Fall 2019) are invited to help as crew leaders in our Little Paws Preschool VBS for kids age 3 to 5. Middle School Youth Helpers will have an opportunity to let their leadership skills shine while deepening their own relationship with Jesus and the Our Lady of Grace Church community. Fill out the 7-8 Grade Youth Helper Form to sign your incoming 7th or 8th grader today!

Safe Environments Materials for Teen Volunteers
All youth grades 7 - 12 (under the age of 18 on July 29) should complete the Youth Volunteer Safe Environments Application. Teens that are 18 or older on July 29 should contact Jamie Pohl at jamiepohl@olgparish.org to complete the necessary safe environments materials.

Extreme Faith Camp 2019

Monday, June 24, 2019 - Friday, June 28, 2019
Extreme Faith Camp is a week-long camp for students currently in 6th, 7th and 8th grade. It is a life-changing experience. We spend the week with teens from 8 other catholic parishes throughout the Archdiocese and have a blast with a variety of fun activities and we encounter Christ through the power of the Sacraments, challenging talks, and small group sharing. For more information please contact the PES Sisters at: pes-sisters@olgparish.org

“This camp has truly moved me closer to God. I have learned more about myself and I learned to put God before everything.” - Charlie Shideman (6th grade)

1.jpg

What is Extreme Faith Camp?

EFC is a week-long camp for students in 6th, 7th and 8th grade. It’s a real camp, for real teens, where together we will encounter Christ. Extreme Faith Camp is without a doubt a life-changing experience. We spend the week with teens from seven other churches throughout the Archdiocese and have a blast with a variety of activities and we encounter Jesus through the power of the Sacraments, challenging talks, and small group sharing. This Catholic Camp is the real deal!

"I have never felt so close to God before this week here at Extreme Faith Camp. I want to keep our relationship going as strong as it was for the rest of my life. This week I truly figured out how powerful God is and how much he can impact my life just through Adoration, Church, prayer, singing and lots of fun!" - Amelia Zdechlik (6th grade)

3.jpg
4.jpg
5.jpg

"The happiest moment of my life!"

"I was doubting my faith before Extreme Faith Camp. During Adoration the monstrance came in front of me and I touched it. At that moment I knew God was real. I felt it in my bones. The rest of the time was for prayer. It was the happiest moment of my life." - Joey Murnan (8th grade)

"Before going to EFC I thought I already knew God. Then, in Adoration something happened that I wasn't expecting at all; when Jesus came in the Monstrance and stopped right in front of me, it is like my eyes opened, I just knew that it was truly Jesus right there with me, not just a representation, but He himself loving me!" - Eddie Hanson (8th grade)

6.jpg

"No matter where I am, Jesus will always be with me!"

"During Adoration, as Jesus came around, I felt as I had never been happier in my life! When the monstrance left I felt sad but then one of my friends talked to me and I realized that Jesus was still with me, not just in the monstrance. What I have gained in this experience is the ability to know that no matter where I am, Jesus will always be with me!" - Jackie Commerford (7th Grade)

"This is my second year at Extreme Faith Camp! In Adoration I experienced Jesus much more than last year!" - Miguel Nunez-Mudoy (7th Grade)

"I am so grateful for these 5 holy days!"

"I thought the second year at EFC couldn’t get any better than the first. I was wrong, it was. These 5 days at EFC have been life changing. Through prayer, confession, the Eucharist, and fellowship, I have strengthened my faith and love for the Lord. Through tears and smiles I am more committed to the Church than ever before and I know I will never forget the changes EFC has done for me." - Alanna Halloran (7th grade)

7.jpg

"I grew in my relationship with God!"

"I really liked my small group, I knew Nicole, my leader, from Encounter, the Program that the Sisters run at OLG, I loved the camp better than any sleep-away and camp I have ever been to, I grew a happier relationship with God. I really want to come back next summer!" - Maddie Clemency (8th Grade)


Extreme Team and Prayer Team

This is an amazing Catholic summer camp experience for youth currently in grades 9-12. They spend the week as camp counselors for youth in grades 6-8. They get to participate in all of the same activities as the MSers! Activities such as: kayaking, canoeing, paddle boating, swimming, fishing, ropes courses, indoor gym and outdoor courts for basketball, wacky Olympics, arts and grafts, daily Mass, Eucharistic Adoration, and reconciliation. For more information on how to get your Highschooler involved contact Veronica Whelan at veronicawhelan@olgparish.org

8.jpg

"This experience as a leader changed my life."

"This week I was really unsure why God was doing certain things in my life. My uncle was recently diagnosed with cancer and I didn't understand why God would allow that to happen to someone. In the Camp I went to confession and felt so relieved. But I was still confused. Then in Adoration I stared God in the eyes, I just felt so much comfort, like God was giving me a big hug. I felt like God help me understand so much more through Adoration! I felt like God was trying to tell me it was going to be all right."- Nicole Chrysler (High School Leader)

9.jpg

"Coming into camp, I had several doubts about God, felt that I was getting nothing from mass, and kept telling myself I was fine and didn’t need God. On the surface I looked like a happy person but deep down I didn’t have real joy or peace. Leaving camp, and reflecting on the past week, I saw how God transformed me. I had real joy and felt so at peace, nothing that I had ever experienced before. Sisters, thanks to your “yes” to God, His light has shown right through you and you have helped change many lives, more than you realize. Extreme Faith Camp was an experience I will never forget and I thank you so much for using your talents to make this camp such an amazing experience. Thank your for blessing us and God bless you!" - Grace Zdechlik (High School Leader)

10.jpg

"Thank you for a great week that was full of fun and faith. I was able to grow in my own faith and help the kids grow in their own. EFC was the most profound experience I have ever had with God, and it opened my eyes to the many blessings he has given me. I also saw many transformations throughout the other leaders and kids, which was great to see. I will continue to come back and help at this amazing camp in the future! Thank you for making this a great experience with God for all!" - Charlie Zdechlik (High School Leader)

"Totally blessed by the experience..."

"This is my second year as a Chaperone at EFC. Although I am here first for the kids I find myself feeling totally blessed by the experience. With reflection and prayer I can see some of the ways God is working through me and how much He loves the kids. It is truly a blessing to be a part of it and it fills me with joy!" - Susan Michael (Adult Chaperone)

11.jpg

"Seeing the kids grow helped me grow!"

"These days spent with the kids have been an awesome gift! Praying with them and sharing their experiences of faith through the week, really meant a lot. It is also a very humbling experience...seeing the kids grow in their faith helped me grow, too!" - John Braun (Young Adult Chaperone)

"The community at OLG is a gift!"

"I sent Maddie and Danny to this camp with much hope because they had a good experience with Encounter, the Program run by the Sisters. Well, Maddie, upon getting off the bus, told me she wanted to go next year, be part of the prayer team and eventually be a counselor. This is huge! So….THANK YOU, THANK YOU… This reaffirms the gift that is the wonderful community, family orientation and kid focus at OLG." - Katie Clemency (Participants' mom)

12.jpg
13.jpg

Life is Wonderful 10K, 5K, Walk & Kids Fun Run

2019 Fun Run.PNG

Saturday, May 11, 7:00 AM
Lake Harriet, Minneapolis

For the first time the run is around Lake Harriet! With the run so convenient, we should be able to have a great turnout from OLG, so mark your calendars and show you support for Abria a great crisis pregnancy center run by OLG parishioner Cindy Koeppl.

Visit Abria’s website to register or for more information about their ministry.

Lent & Easter Schedule 2019

Holy Saturday.jpg

LENT

Ash Wednesday

Wednesday, March 6
6:15 AM
9:00 AM
5:30 PM
7:00 PM

Stations of the Cross and Soup Supper

Fridays, March 8 - April 12, 6:00 PM
*No soup supper on April 5

Lenten Day of Mercy

Wednesday, April 3, 7:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Confessions followed by a soup supper

Men’s Club Fish Fry & Pasta Bar

Friday, April 5, 4:30 - 7:30 PM

Palm Sunday

Sunday, April 14
7:30 AM
9:30 AM
11:30 AM
6:00 PM

HOLY WEEK

Holy Thursday

Thursday, April 18
9:00 AM - Morning Prayer
7:00 PM - Mass of the Lord’s Supper

Good Friday

Friday, April 19
9:00 AM - Morning Prayer
3:00 PM - Stations of the Cross
7:00 PM - The Passion of the Lord

Holy Saturday

Saturday, April 20
8:30 AM - Morning Prayer
8:00 PM - Easter Vigil

Easter Sunday

Sunday, April 21 (Modified Mass Times)
7:00 AM
8:30 AM
10:15 AM
12:00 PM
6:00 PM

DIVINE MERCY SUNDAY

Sunday, April 28, 3:00 PM
Divine Mercy Chaplet and Adoration followed by Benediction.

Adoration in Lent

DSC_6423.jpg

"Our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament has His hands full of graces, and He is ready to bestow them on anyone who asks for them" - St. Peter of Alcantara

Lent is the perfect time to resolve to visit Jesus each week in the Blessed Sacrament. We invite you to the 4-week challenge. Sign up for the hour of your choice, come for four weeks and experience the blessings of Adoration. After four weeks you can cancel or commit to this regular weekly time, or just revert to dropping in for a visit whenever your schedule allows. Jesus is always waiting for you.

Tell God your troubles. Thank Him for your good fortune. Ask Him for mercy and forgiveness. Tell Him about your children. Pray for the sick. Pray for healing of mind, body and soul.

Go to adorationpro.org/grace on any device or use the chapel iPad and choose your hour.

Email olgadorationchapel@gmail.com with questions.

Hours Most Needed

Mondays, 8:00 AM; 5:00, 8:00 PM
Tuesdays, 2:00 PM
Wednesdays, 1:00, 3:00, 4:00, 9:00 PM
Thursdays, 2:00, 5:00 PM,
Fridays, 1:00, 3:00, 8:00, 9:00 PM

Lenten Stations of the Cross and Soup Supper

dsc_3790_33125581683_o.jpg

Fridays, March 8 - April 12*, 6:00 PM
Join us each Friday during Lent for the Stations of the Cross service. These services will be followed by a soup supper hosted by various groups from the school and parish ministries. Come for the prayer and stay for the fellowship!

*NOTE: All those participating in the stations of the cross service on April 5 are welcome to join the Fish Fry for dinner. There will not be a soup supper offered on that day.

10th Annual OLGMC Fish Fry & Pasta Bar

OLG TV - Fish Fry 2019.jpg

Friday, April 5, 4:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Includes fish, pasta, baked potato, sole slaw, rolls and cake. Father Kevin Finnegan’s Pub will be offering beer and wine for an additional charge. Live music. Drive-through available.

Cost

Tickets are $15 for adults, $5 for children (ages 10 and under).

Volunteer

Here is your opportunity to play a role in the Twin Cities best fish fry!  Click here to sign-up for a spot at what is one of the best volunteer opportunities out there.  Tons of fun and a great event that brings the entire Parish community together.

Lenten Day of Mercy

DSC_8891.jpg

Wednesday, April 3, 7:00 AM – 9:00 PM
Confessions offered from 7:00 AM – 9:00 PM. A soup supper available for all from 11:30 AM – 7:30 PM.

Toiletry items will be collected to be donate to Haven House, a sanctuary for abused women and children. Please mirror God’s generosity by bringing an item for these families as they seek to rebuild their lives. They especially need winter gloves for children, flip flops, ear buds, lotions, bath/lotion sets, full sized toiletries, and new twin sized sheets.

FORMED Content Featured in March

FORMED+Monthly+Flyer-March2019-1.gif
formed-logo-horizontal.jpg

Register

Sign up for FORMED today using the access code RBXK8F and by clicking the button below!

Inspirational Resources for Faith Formation in March

Discover all the best Catholic content in one place. Entertaining movies, enlightening programs, inspiring.

March 2019

A Whole Month of Liturgical Content on formed.org!

March 6 - Ash Wednesday

Study: Lectio: Prayer
Study: Forgiven*
Watch: What’s the Deal with Ashes on Ash Wednesday?
Listen: Stations of the Cross*
Listen: My Beloved Son: Meditations for Lent
Listen: Love – Sacrifice – Trust: He Showed Us the Way*
Read: Meditations for Lent
Read: How to Be Holy

March 7 - Saints Perpetua and Felicity

Watch: The Passion of Saint Perpetua*
Watch: The Story of Saint Perpetua*

March 17 - Saint Patrick

Watch: Patrick: Brave Shepherd of the Emerald Isle*
Listen: The Trials of Saint Patrick
Read: Saint Patrick’s Summer
Read: Twenty Tales of Irish Saints

March 19 - Solemnity of St. Joseph

Study: Symbolon: Living the Faith, Session 5: Matrimony and Holy Orders*
Study: YDisciple: Important Message for Dads
Watch: Joseph of Nazareth
Listen: St. Joseph: Patron of the Universal Church
Listen: Pure Fatherhood
Read: The School of Nazareth: A Spiritual Journey with St. Joseph
Read: The Father of the Family
Read: Be a Man!*
Leer: Matrimonio facil para tiempos dificiles

March 25 - Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord

Study: The Bible and the Virgin Mary, Lesson 2: Handmaid of the Lord*
Study: The Wild Goose, Segment 4: The Spirit and Our Lady*
Watch: Mary of Nazareth
Watch: Is Bowing before a Mary Statue Idolatry?
Listen: Mary: Handmaid of the Lord
Listen: The Joyful Mysteries Narrated by Vin Scully
Read: Mary: God’s Yes to Man
Read: Faith Basics: Understanding Catholic Teaching on the Blessed Virgin Mary
Escuchar: El Ave María y la Oración

*Available in Spanish