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

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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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.

Men's Club Grill the Priests

Fr. Finnegan and his fellow priests step up to answer some of the toughest questions in Catholic Faith.  We wrap it into a fun Jeopardy game of questions and answers, or should we say answers and questions! The audience gets to ask their own personal questions to the priests.  It's a wonderful event.  A fun barbecue dinner is served.  It's a free event!  Please join us.

When: Thursday, November 15, 6:00 - 8:00 PM
Where: Cassidy Hall
What: FOOD, FUN, FAITH, FELLOWSHIP !!!

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.

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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