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.

FORMED Content Featured in November

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Register

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

Inspirational Resources for Faith Formation in November

Discover all the best Catholic content in one place. Entertaining movies, enlightening programs, inspiring talks and audio dramas, and a great selection of popular e-books - all just a click away!

November 2018

A Whole Month of Liturgical Content on formed.org!

November 1 - All Saints

Study: Symbolon: Knowing the Faith, Session 9: Mary and the Saints*
Watch: Brother Francis: The Saints
Read: A Family of Saints
Listen: Answering Common Objections: The Saints

November 2 - All Souls

Study: Symbolon: Knowing the Faith, Session 10: The Last Things*
Read: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Heaven
Listen: Strangers and Sojourners

November 4 - St. Charles Borromeo

Study: True Reformers: Session 4, St. Charles Borromeo

November 13 - St. Francis Xavier Cabrini

Listen: St. Frances Cabrini

November 15 - St. Albert the Great

Study: From Nothing to Cosmos: God and Science
Read: Who Designed the Designer?

November 21 - The Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Watch: Mary of Nazareth
Read: The World’s First Love
Ver: Estoy en Casa: María Santísima

November 22 - St. Cecilia

Listen: Audio Drama: Ode to Saint Cecilia

November 23 - Bl. Miguel Pro

Listen: Attack on Religious Liberty*

November 25 - Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe

Study: Footprints of God, David/Solomon: Expanding the Kingdom
Study: YDisciple: Who is God?, Session 3: Is Jesus Really Divine
Listen: Set All Afire*

November 28 - St. Catherine Labouré

Listen: Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal

Archdiocesan Catholic Watchmen Rally

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Thursday, November 29, 6:30 - 9:00 PM
St. Nicholas, Elko New Market

Bring a friend to the Catholic Watchmen Rally! Men from all over the archdiocese are invited. We will all participate in a conversation with Archbishop Hebda and the “Rediscover Hour” host, Patrick Conley. There will be time for Adoration and Confession. Dinner will be provided.

Register

Register at thecatholicwatchmen.com. A free will offering will be collected at the rally ($10 suggested). Contact Enzo Randazzo at randazzov@archspm.org or 651-291-4483 with questions.

Christmas Pageant

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Children in grades K-2 are invited to experience the stories of Christ’s birth through books, videos, crafts, songs, and performance. We will meet on Wednesdays from 5:00 to 5:45 PM beginning November 28. The children will act out the Scripture stories before the 4:00 PM Mass on Christmas Eve as the culmination of our program. We hope your child can join the fun!

Register

Click here to register.

Contact Us

Amy Selby at amy.selby@gmail.com
Liz Seaman at estroik21@yahoo.com
Sarah Burgess at sjstriffler@gmail.com

Parenting Talk: It's All About Emotions

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Monday, November 26, 6:30 - 7:30 PM, Mercy Music Loft

What are developmentally appropriate emotional behaviors for your child, and what is outside of typical development? How do our actions at home and at school impact our child's emotional life and long-term adjustment? This session will explore emotional life, how emotions can impede or enhance learning, and how to protect our children by helping them develop emotional resilience. Research from Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence will be discussed. The talk will be given by Dr. Jules Nolan. RSVP.

Annual Report 2017 - 2018

Please find below a downloadable version of the 2016-2017 Our Lady of Grace Parish Annual Report. In the words of Fr. Kevin, “Let the reading of our Annual Report inspire you to deeper gratitude for how our parish carries out the mission of making Jesus Christ known and loved. Let our Annual Report be a way to ponder how you and your family might serve within our parish community.”

Download

To download a copy of the 2016-2017 Annual Report click the image on the right or click here.

RCIA Update - October

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Margaret Lively, RCIA Director

"To fall in love with God is the greatest romance; to seek Him the greatest adventure; to find Him, the greatest human achievement." - St. Augustine of Hippo

The esteemed Saint Augustine inspires all of us in Our Lady of Grace’s RCIA process this year, which is well underway with approximately 15-20 people formally inquiring about our Catholic faith.

We appreciate those of you who have volunteered to assist in this amazing ministry and, for those of you otherwise occupied, we know we can count on your prayers and support throughout the process, as our seeking brothers and sisters continue to develop their relationships with Jesus Christ and the Church.

We will continue to update the parish as we all work together to share God’s love with these folks and welcome them to our parish. Many who have come to “kick the tires” on our Catholic faith were drawn in by how welcomed and cared for they felt by the people of Our Lady of Grace. Keep up the Lord’s work—continue to be Christ to all you encounter, be His hands and feet on this earth.

Contraception - Why Not? Rethinking Humanae Vitae in 2018

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Monday, October 22, 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM or 7:00 – 9:00 PM
University of St. Thomas Campus, St. Paul
Please join Bishop Andrew Cozzens for a one day conference as we explore the scientific, social, and moral context for one of the central questions of our day. Discover what Blessed Pope Paul VI actually spoke of in his encyclical Humanae Vitae, which reaffirmed the teaching of the Catholic Church on married love, conscious parenthood and the use of artificial contraception.

Lined up to present for the day are some of the best international experts and local dignitaries. They will review the predictions, questions and themes at the very center of this teaching.

Register

Register online for either session. Both sessions take place at the Anderson Student Center (James B. Woulfe Alumni Hall) on the University of St. Thomas Campus, St. Paul.

Daytime Session, 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM
$20 per person; $10 per clergy or religious
Continental breakfast & lunch included. Free for students - no lunch included

Evening Session, 7:00 – 9:00 PM
Free to attend
Condensed version of the daytime session - registration encouraged


Speakers

Dr. Maureen Condic
Associate Professor of Neurobiology and Anatomy at the University of Utah School of Medicine.

Dr. Robert Fastiggi
Professor of Systematic Theology at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Michigan.

Dr. Janet Smith
Leading expert on Humanae Vitae and a professor of moral theology at the Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit.

Mary Eberstadt - American essayist, novelist, and author of several non-fiction books on religious freedom, the sexual revolution and culture.

Matt Birk
Former MN Viking, graduate from Cretin Derham Hall in St. Paul, Harvard University and Pro-Life advocate!

Professor Teresa Collett
Professor at the University of St. Thomas School of Law and Director of the Pro-Life Center.

Dr. Deborah Savage
Philosophy and Theology Professor at the The Saint Paul Seminary School of Divinity

Event Partners

Siena Symposium for Woman, Family & Culture
University of St. Thomas - Center for Catholic Studies
The Saint Paul Seminary School of Divinity
Harry J Flynn Catechetical Institute
Cana Family Institute
Media support provided by: Relevant Radio

Questions:

Call the Office of Marriage, Family & Life at 651.291.4488
or email mfl@archspm.org

Discerning Our Call to Discipleship Continues!

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During the week of September 24, Renewal packets and Commitment forms were mailed to each household.  Please prayerfully review this material, take time to discern how the Lord is calling you, and return your Commitment Form during the special offering on Commitment Weekend, Saturday, October 27 and Sunday, October 28.  Forms may also be returned by mail or in the offertory basket anytime during October. Each member of the household (elementary age and older) is encouraged to fill out a Commitment form.  Additional forms are available by clicking the links below.

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