Volunteer with Child and Youth Programs

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We have many volunteer opportunities for you to get involved and answer your own baptismal call to be an active member of our parish:

Parish Nursery
Open for all 1-2 year old children during 9:30 and 11:30 AM Sunday morning Masses.

Sunday School Classes
Available for children aged 3-Kindergarten during 9:30 AM Sunday morning Mass.

Children's Liturgy of the Word
Available for Kindergarten and 1st grade students during 9:30 AM Sunday morning Mass.

Faith Formation / Encounter
For children in grades 1-8, which meets Wednesday evenings during the school year from 6:00 – 7:15 PM. Free childcare available for all volunteers' children who haven't yet started 1st grade.

Download our 2018-2019 Ministry Opportunities Form to learn more and sign-up.

Child and Youth Program Registration

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The end of summer is sneaking up faster than we'd hoped! As it winds down, we want to remind you to register your children in our Sunday School, Faith Formation, Encounter, and Youth Ministry programs for the 2018-2019 school year. Here's a link to the Registration Form; note: you may use this form to register children or youth of any age!

Please give our team a call in the parish office if we can be of service to you or answer any questions!

Sincerely,
The Mission and Discipleship Team

Sean Lavell
Pastoral Associate for Mission and Discipleship

Stephanie Lloyd
Director of Faith Formation

Sr. Eileen Leon, P.E.S. and Sr. Julieta Del Carpio, P.E.S.
Middle School and Confirmation Youth Ministers

Veronica Whelan
Director of Youth Ministry (High School and Young Adult)

Annelise Curran
Mission and Discipleship Admin Assistant

Join Us for RCIA

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Wednesday, September 12, 7:00 PM, School Library

Are you engaged or married to a Catholic and want to know more about the Catholic faith?

Are you a baptized Catholic, but missed the Sacraments of Eucharist and Confirmation?

Then RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults) might be perfect for you…

Contact Sean Lavell at seanlavell@olgparish.org or in the Parish Office (x9042) for more information.

Stewardship: Responding as Disciples in Gratitude

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As baptized Catholics we’re called to be disciples of Jesus. A disciple is someone who makes the choice to follow Jesus not just in word but in deed – rooted in a close intimacy with the Lord. Jesus becomes the core reference point for all our choices in our life – we surrender following our self and turn to following the Lord.

This September, as a parish, we will discern our call to discipleship and how each of us can respond. For three consecutive weeks, we will focus on gratefully living a stewardship way of life:

September 8 - 9: Gratitude and Prayer
September 15 - 16: Gratitude and Service
September 22 - 23: Gratitude and Tithing

During the week of September 24th, renewal packets will be mailed to each household. Please review these materials and return the commitment form either in the offertory basket or by mail to the Parish Office in the self-addressed envelope provided. Additional forms may be downloaded from the website. We encourage each adult and teen to complete a form. Contact Janna Davies at jannadavies@olgparish.org with any questions.

Mission and Discipleship Ministry Fair

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Mission and Discipleship Ministry Fair

Saturday, August 18 - Sunday August 19
After all Masses, Commons

Enjoy some coffee and donuts after Mass as you learn how to become more involved, about our faith,  and how to serve others by making Jesus Christ known and loved through our Mission and Discipleship ministries.  Plan now to visit the booths and talk with representatives from various ministries about becoming Team Catechists and Discipleship Group leaders for Faith Formation, RCIA, Encounter, Confirmation and Life Nights; becoming a Peer Minister or Marriage Mentor couple; as well as joining a Stewardship subcommittee!


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Stewardship

There are different gifts but the same Spirit:
there are different ministries but the same Lord;
there are different works but the same God
who accomplishes all of them in everyone.
To each person the manifestation of the Spirit
is given for the common good.
— 1 Corinthians 12:4-7

Responding as Disciples in Gratitude

The Sacrament of Baptism calls Catholics to a lifelong vocation of discipleship - to imitate the love of Jesus and share that love with others. By opening our hearts to receive God’s gift of love, we begin to love in a way that transcends our human nature.  This conversion call to love is not just a feeling of love but a decision to love, to receive God’s love and return love to Him and His Church.

Our Lady of Grace is blessed to have many dedicated and faithful men, women and children who generously share the gifts entrusted to them by the Holy Spirit to serve the people of God. When people with particular qualities and gifts are matched in ministry roles that call for those gifts, they grow in holiness, give new life to the Church and help build the Kingdom of God.

This weekend we’re featuring opportunities to serve from our Mission and Discipleship Ministries. As a disciple, how are you being called to steward your gifts and make Jesus Christ known and loved and, in the process, bring others into discipleship?


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Catechists
Q & A

FAITH FORMATION MINISTRY

Q: What is Faith Formation? When does it meet?

Faith Formation is sharing Catholic Teaching in a small-group format. Each small-group is led by a team of catechists and comprised of children who are a similar age or skill level. Faith Formation meets during the school year on Sundays during 9:30 AM Mass for children ages 3 - Kindergarten and Wednesdays from 6:00 – 7:15 PM for children in Grades 1-5.

Q: Who is a catechist?

A catechist is anyone who seeks to answer the call of his or her Baptism by using the catechism to teach others how to live our Catholic faith more fully.

Q: What is the Catechism?

It is the organized presentation of the essential teachings of the Catholic Church regarding both faith and morals. 

Q: What does participating as a catechist at Our Lady of Grace look like? 

Training to learn how use our pre-selected and scripted curriculum, which is faithful to the Catechism of the Catholic Church; being willing to grow in your own personal relationship with Jesus and his Church; committing to teach 20-24 sessions.

Q: How can I become a catechist?

Contact Stephanie Lloyd at stephanielloyd@olgparish.org or in the Parish Office (x9038)


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Discipleship Group Leaders 

Q & A

MIDDLE SCHOOL AND
HIGH SCHOOL
YOUTH MINISTRY

Q: Who is a Discipleship Group Leader?

A Discipleship Group Leader is a parent, young adult, college or high school student who guides a small group in discussions, family sharing, fun events, retreats, and more, to help our youth discover the wonderful fruits of living a life founded on Christ.  Materials and training provided.

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Q: What is Encounter?

Encounter is designed to bring middle schoolers into a closer relationship with Jesus, the one who can fill their hearts with joy, hope and love. Using Discipleship Group Leaders and small groups, our goal is to help participants engage in their faith and build the foundation for a strong Christian life. Each year our youth share and learn about different topics that will become important tools for growing in their faith. Prayer, the Sacraments, Theology of the Body and other topics will all be important parts in this process. During 8th Grade our youth will receive the Sacrament of Confirmation.

Q: When is Encounter?

Wednesdays during the school year from 6:00 - 7:15 PM

Q: When are Discipleship Group sessions for Our Lady of Grace School 8th Grade students?

Wednesday during the school year after the 9:00 AM Mass

Q: What is LifeNight?

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LifeNights are a mixture of faith and fun for high schoolers - an incredible opportunity to connect with friends and God in the midst of their busy lives. Teens talk about a variety of issues and experiences with friends and a young adult Discipleship Group Leader so that together they grow in faith and discover how a relationship with God will help them have the best life possible. Each LifeNight has a fun game, a testimony or teaching about a different topic of our faith, discussion and closing prayer.

Q: When are LifeNights?

Wednesdays during the school year from 7:30 - 8:30 PM

Q: How can I become a Discipleship Group Leader or learn more about these programs?

Encounter: Contact the Sisters of Pro Ecclesia Sancta at pes-sisters@olgparish.org or in the Parish Office (x9049)
LifeNight: Contact Veronica Whelan at veronicawhelan@olgparish.org or in the Parish Office (x9050)


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Our Lady of Grace
Catholic School

Our Lady of Grace Catholic School is an OLG ministry to families with children in Kindergarten through 8th Grade. Our shared Catholic faith is integrated throughout the school day and each time we gather.  The faith lives of our students and their families are supported through:

Faith Formation and Sacraments

including daily religion class, weekly celebration of the Eucharist, First Reconciliation, First Holy Communion and Confirmation.

Prayer

when learning the communal prayers of our faith, praying for each other and sharing with ‘prayer buddies’.

Service

during monthly service projects, all school family service events, Middle School Service club, altar serving, Peer Ministry, Sharing and Caring Hands and multitude of parent volunteer roles in the classroom and beyond.

Virtues and the Saints

when we practice living and learning a specific virtue each year.

Contact

School Office
952-929-5463


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RCIA

RITE OF CHRISTIAN INITIATION FOR ADULTS

RCIA is the process by which people become Catholic. Our RCIA process is a great blend of fellowship, formation, prayer and laughter.  We have a dedicated team who loves walking with others on their journey with Jesus and his Church. 

Clear expectations and training provided for:

Wednesday Night Team

Meets 2-3 times per month during the school year

Parish Mentors

Meet one-on-one 3-4 times during the calendar year

Contact

Sean Lavell
seanlavell@olgparish.org
Parish Office (x9042)


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Stewardship Committee Assistance

Stewardship committees help build a culture of lived discipleship through prayer, hospitality, service and formation. 

Renewal Weekends and Prayer Fair Helpers

Help restock and organize prayer cards and pencils in the pews after each Mass.  Time commitment:  20 minutes after Mass. Occurs on 3 consecutive weekends in September and one weekend in March.

After-Mass Hospitality

Help oversee and serve donuts and coffee after Mass on pre-selected weekends and/or during Prayer Fair Weekend and Ministry Fair Weekends.

Prayer Fair Workshop Leader

Lead a 20-minute workshop after Mass on a prayer-related topic of your choice. Prayer Fair usually occurs on the second weekend of Lent (March 16-17, 2019).

Welcoming Team

Help welcome new parishioners through participation in our registration weekends and phone call outreach.

NEW! Welcome Dinner Team – we are looking for individuals interested in starting and managing a bi-annual Welcome Dinner with our priests.

A/V Production and Editing

We are in need of individuals who have an audio/visual production and editing background and are willing to give their time and expertise in creating and producing a New Parishioner Welcome Video.

Contact for more information:

Janna Davies
jannadavies@olgparish.org
Parish Office (x9006)


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Marriage Ministries

Wedding Ministry Team

Our Lady of Grace has been blessed to provide support to couples on their wedding day for more than 20 years through the Wedding Ministry Team. Members of the Wedding Ministry Team assist the lead coordinator at rehearsal, help prepare the Church, coordinate the procession and communicate with florists, musicians, guest celebrants, photographers, videographers and outside wedding planners on the day of the wedding.

Time commitment: Approximately three hours on a Friday or Saturday, once every four or five weeks.

Contact
Mary Carlson
marytcarlson@gmail.com

Marriage Mentor Couples

On behalf of the Pastor, Mentor Couples help prepare engaged couples for a long and fruitful marriage.  OLG’s highly developed Prepare Ministry plays a crucial role in helping couples have successful and happy marriages.

Time commitment: Seven hours of expert training upfront.  Meet with two or three couples each year for a total of 18-27 hours annually.  Occasional meetings with Prepare Ministry Leadership.

Contact
Mary Hodgdon
marriage@olgparish.org
Parish Office (x9032)

Celebrate Marriage Dinner

An evening dedicated to spending a celebratory and enriching time with your spouse. Planning needs include catering and dessert coordination, decoration planning, program development, budget management and day-of setup/cleanup.

Contact
Meghan Hodgdon
meghan.m.hodgdon@gmail.com

Volunteers Needed for VBS

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Jesus seeks disciples and we need YOU!

We are seeking youth and adult disciples to help bring Shipwrecked: Rescued by Jesus (OLG’s 2018 Vacation Bible School) to life! Join us during the week of July 23-27 to lend a hand and catch the vibrant spirit that fills the Our Lady of Grace campus during the last week of July each year.


Volunteers are vital to the success of Vacation Bible School! We have opportunities of all shapes and sizes ranging from Shipwrecked 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 21, 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.

Teen Volunteers

High school youth (entering grade 9 or above in Fall 2018) are invited to be Shipwrecked Crew Leaders for kids between age 3 - 6th grade! If you are in High School and are interested, please fill out the 2018 Teen Volunteer Form or contact Veronica Whelan at veronicawhelan@olgparish.org.

Middle School youth (entering grade 7 or 8 in Fall 2018) are invited to help crew leaders for kids age 3 to 3rd grade. MS 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 jamiepohl@olgparish.org to complete the necessary safe environments materials.

Extreme Faith Camp 2018

“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)

What is Extreme Faith Camp?

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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)

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"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)

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"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)

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"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

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"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)

"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)

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"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)

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"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)


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Thank you so much for your prayers and support,
may the Lord bless you abundantly!

Moms of Grace May Social

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Thursday, May 31, 7:00 - 9:30 PM, Commons
Please join us in taking time to step away from the whirlwind of end-of-school activities and recharge with Moms of Grace!  Pamper yourself with a chair massage, compliments of Dr. Megan from Marty Chiropractic Clinic. Take a moment to place a flower and an intention with our Mother Mary on the final day of May. Relax while having some refreshments and conversation on the patio with other women from our parish. Feel free to bring along a bottle of wine, prosecco or some beer or, more importantly, just bring yourself!

Closing High School LifeNight for 2017/2018

On Wednesday May 9th we had our last High School LifeNight for the school year!

What are LifeNights you ask? 

LifeNight's are a mixture of faith and fun, and are open to everyone who is in high school! Each LifeNight has a fun game, a testimony or teaching about a different topic of our faith, discussion, and closing prayer.

At LifeNights you will be able to talk about a variety of issues and experiences with friends and young adult leaders so that together you can grow in faith and discover how a relationship with God will help you have the best life possible! 

Before they all left for the evening we asked our youth WHY they come to LifeNight's and they gave us some AMAZING answers!

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  • I first started coming to LifeNights as a kind of continuation of confirmation, but my reason soon transformed into being a part of a community of people that have my faith in common. I look forward to Lifenights as a time where I won't worry about school, stress, etc... 
  • I come to LifeNights to meet, have fun, and laugh with other catholic people.
  • Community, friends, it's people who care about the activities, working together for a better world, and learning about the faith.  
  • The community and support here. I can be myself and forget about my troubles.  
  • Why do I come? To learn and grow in catholic faith and get to know those who come to LifeNights.  
  • Food, friends, to learn, to have fun, and FOOD.  
  • I come to grow in relationship with others, connect with my faith,  and learn to look at my faith differently.  
  • I come to LifeNights to be around positive people and get my mind off of stressful things that might be going on in my life. I LOVE THE COMMUNITY!   

We had an amazing year, and can't wait to start up again in the fall! Keep your eyes on your inbox for when registration opens!

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Throughout the year we did so many things that it is hard to list them all.........

we still tried though! 

SOOOOO if you are still wondering why you should register yourself for LifeNights in 2018/19......

we have some amazing reasons for you! 

  • You should come because LifeNights are a place where you always feel welcome. It is a home where people care about you for who you are. You can be quirky and still belong. Lifelong friends.  
  • To meet new people! 
  • To grow in faith, meet friends, and have fun! 
  • You should come to LifeNights so they can meet and or get to know people they go to church with. This is a great place to become better connected to God. 
  • You should come to LifeNights to grow in an uplifting community, learn about themselves, and make friends. 
  • To grow in their faith, to be a part of something special, and have fun!  
  • Meet new people, be challenged in their faith - go deeper and see other viewpoints.  
  • Meet people and a good way to have fun, learn and pray!  
  • You get to meet other teenagers who their faith and build friendships with them! 
  • It will give you LIFE and build community!  
  • It's a good way to relax and enjoy yourself even if other things in your life are crazy. 
  • Great community of people who want to be friends. Join a group that cares about each other, supports each other, and has fun together!
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Marriage Booster Retreat

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Saturday, May 12, 9:30 AM – 4:45 PM, Dining Room
The best gift we can give our children and each other is a strong marriage. The Marriage Booster Retreat, sponsored by the OLG Men’s Club and presented by Family Fest Ministries, is an interactive and unique experience designed to give couples a chance to focus on each other and the issues that touch their marriage. Imagine a day where the two of you can laugh, reconnect, and talk deeply about your marriage relationship. This day is a fast-paced, faith-filled, romantic, relevant and fun experience that is focused on the sacrament of marriage. Cost is a free-will offering at the end of the retreat.

3 Easy Ways to Register

  1. Visit Family Fest Ministries website
  2. Stop by the table in the Commons after any Mass the weekends of April 21 or April 28
  3. Contact the Parish Office at frontdesk@olgparish.org or 952-929-3317