Vacation Bible School

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Monday, July 22 - Friday, July 26
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 betransformed as we learn to follow Jesus more closely!

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January 2018

A Whole Month of Liturgical Content on formed.org!

January 1 - Solemnity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God

Study: The Bible and the Virgin Mary, Session 8: Mother Crowned in Glory*
Study: Footprints of God: Mary, the Mother of God
Watch: Mary of Nazareth

January 6 - Solemnity of the Epiphany of the Lord

Study: Advent, Session 4: The Gift
Listen: The Mystery of Christmas

January 13 - Solemnity of the Baptism of the Lord

Study: The Wild Goose, Segment 7: The Spirit of Adoption
Read: Sacraments in Scripture
Listen: Changed Forever
Estudiar: Bautismo

January 21 - Saint Agnes

Listen: Love or Lust?
Read: Freedom: Battle Strategies for Conquering Temptation

January 22 - Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of the Unborn

Study: Symbolon, Living the Faith: Session 10, Catholic Social Teaching*
Watch: Angel in the Waters
Listen: There is Life in the Womb

January 24 - Saint Francis de Sales

Study: True Reformers, Session 6: Saint Francis de Sales
Read: Introduction to the Devout Life

January 25 - Feast of the Conversion of Saint Paul

Study: Footprints of God: Paul
Watch: Paul of Tarsus

January 28 - Saint Thomas Aquinas

Study: Symbolon: Living the Faith, Session 6: A Catholic Moral Vision*
Read: Practical Theology: Spiritual Direction from Saint Thomas Aquinas
Read: Saint Thomas Aquinas (Children’s Book)

January 21 - Saint John Bosco

Watch: Saint John Bosco
Watch: Don Bosco*

*Available in Spanish

Lectionary Reflection Bible Study

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Wednesdays, beginning January 9, 7:00 - 8:00 AM, Parish Library
Join us for an early morning Bible Study on the previous Sunday’s reading. We will be studying with Fr. Hezakias from the Institute of Catholic Culture via his 30-minute weekly video presentations. Contact Jane Brown at janekbrown@me.com or 612-965-5951 for more information.

Advent & Christmas Schedule 2018

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What are you bringing to the manger?

In this season of gift giving, we know that nothing can equal the greatest gift of all – the gift of Jesus!

Just as the Magi brought gifts to the Manger of the Child, we invite you to bring your gifts of gratitude to the manger as well. Throughout Advent you have the opportunity to express your gratitude and bring your gift to the manger. You will find patterns to make a gift box in the Commons by the manger or click here to download one to print at home. Write your gratitude prayer, place it in the box and bring your gift box to the manger as an offering of thanks and love to the Christ Child. Let’s fill the manger with our presents of gratitude!

These gifts of prayers and thanksgiving will remain in our baptistery throughout Christmastide.


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

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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

Monday, December 24

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

NOTE: This Mass does not fulfill the obligation for Christmas

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 starts 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 the Solemnity of 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

NOTE: Exposition of Blessed Sacrament will resume on December 26 after 9:00 AM Mass and on Wednesday January 2, 2019 at the regularly scheduled time (5:00 AM).

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December 2018

A Whole Month of Liturgical Content on formed.org!

December 2 - First Sunday of Advent

Study: Prepare the Way, Week 1*
Study: YDisciple: Advent, Session 1: Prepare the Way
Listen: Prepare the Way of the King

December 6 - St. Nicholas

Watch: Nicholas: The Boy Who Became Santa*

December 8 - The Immaculate Conception

Study: Footprints of God, Mary: The Mother of God
Watch: Mary of Nazareth
Read: Mary: the Church at the Source
Listen: Mary: Handmaid of the Lord

December 9 - Second Sunday of Advent

Study: Prepare the Way, Week 2*

December 12 - Our Lady of Guadalupe

Watch: 1531*
Listen: Our Lady of Guadalupe and St. Juan Diego
Escuchar: Guadalupe y el Misterio del Verbo Encarnado

December 16 - Third Sunday of Advent

Study: Prepare the Way, Week 3*

December 23 - Fourth Sunday of Advent

Study: Prepare the Way, Week 4*

December 25 - Christmas

Watch: The Story of the Nativity
Watch: Brother Francis: O Holy Night*
Watch: Kristoph and the First Christmas Tree
Listen: The True Meaning of Christmas

December 27 - St. John the Apostle

Study: Lectio: Eucharist, Session 7: Bread of Life Discourse

December 30 - Feast of the Holy Family

Study: Beloved: The Mystery and Meaning of Marriage*
Study: Symbolon: Living the Faith, Session 7: A Love That Lasts*
Watch: Marriage: God’s Design for Life and Love

*Available in Spanish

United in Christ Parent Gathering

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Wednesday, December 19, 6:00 - 7:15 PM, Dining Room
Join us at the 3rd "United in Christ" Parent Gathering for a great Movie Night that will help you grow in faith as a family! Please RSVP to Sr. Julieta Del Carpio, PES, at pes-sisters@olgparish.org. Looking forward to seeing you all there!

Advent Day of Mercy 2018

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Wednesday, December 12, 7:00 AM - 9:00 PM

Join us for a day of reconciliation. A light soup supper will be provided in the Commons.

Nursery Care

Nursery care provided on a space available basis:
9:00 AM – 1:00 PM and 4:00 PM – 7:30 PM

Service Opportunity

After you have received the Sacrament of Reconciliation, you can have lunch and fill a snack bag to help feed a hungry child over the Christmas holiday. We are working with Matter, a local charity, to fill 900 snack bags with healthy foods and a note to the recipient. The bags will be delivered to JPII for distribution.

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!

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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.

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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