Parenting Talk: Better Choices in Parenting

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Thursday, February  21, 6:30 - 7:30 PM
Our most important job as a parent is to keep our relationships with our children strong and close. Without this kind of a relationship, we lose influence as our children grow up. Parenting choices that we make in stressful moments might deal with the current problem, but what do these same choices mean for the future of our relationships with our kids? This session focuses on everyday parenting decisions that we make and how they may impact our relationships as well as alternative strategies that promote closeness throughout our children’s development. The talk will take place in the new Mercy Music Loft. The talk will be given by Dr. Jules Nolan. RSVP here.

Get to Know the Sisters of Pro Ecclesia Sancta

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PROVIDENCE BROUGHT US TO OLG

We were blessed to become a part of the wonderful community of Our Lady of Grace in 2014, when we received the invitation to serve in Middle School Youth Ministry, to lead the 6th - 8th graders and their families closer to Christ. Since our arrival, we have had so many reasons to be grateful to be here, working and praying with all of you in order to make Jesus Christ more known and loved!


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FOUNDER

Fr. Pablo Menor, SJ, an apostle of holiness from the Heart of Christ, founded Pro Ecclesia Sancta in Peru in 1992 following an invitation from God to found an Order dedicated to remind every person that they are called to be great saints.


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CHARISM

To live and promote holiness in the Church, with people at all stages and states of life. We seek to show that holiness is not far off, but that we can glorify God by doing everything the best we can with love.


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SPIRITUALITY

We live and share the devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, which we see as the “shortcut” to holiness. By loving Jesus who has loved us so much, by making up with our prayers and good works for the offenses committed against His Heart, and with leading others to the Sacred Heart, we become united to Jesus, the Holy One of God and here find our joy!


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APOSTOLATES

Since our charism to live and promote holiness is one that reaches every person of every walk of life, the possibilities of pastoral ministries are very broad for us. We walk with youth, adults and families on their journey to holiness through retreats, small and large group formation, and spiritual direction, helping them to grow in the desire and giving them practical tools to be saints for the Heart of Jesus!


What do we do at OLG?

We want to be ambassadors of God’s love by helping you encounter Christ in your daily life and to grow in your commitment to your vocation to holiness.

Encounter Program: Faith Formation for middle schoolers

Confirmation preparation for 7th - 8th grade students

United in Christ: Monthly gatherings for parents, which support them to form their families in the faith

The Upper Room: Weekly after school club for 6th - 8th grade students at OLG School to help them bring their faith into their everyday lives.

Presence and support in the School: outreach with students and presence at school events


Places we currently serve:

Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church and School (Edina)
Middle School Youth Ministry & Confirmation Coordination

Chesterton Academy (Edina)
Chaplaincy

St. John the Baptist (Savage)
Evangelization and ministry support

Church of St. Mark (St Paul)
Youth Ministry and School Chaplaincy

University of St. Thomas (St Paul)
Catholic Women’s Leadership

The Catholic Advance Movement (St Paul)


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SACRED HEART OF JESUS CONVENT

Last June, in the month of the Sacred Heart, we were blessed to receive a convent in Bloomington that brought us closer to OLG. This convent is a gift that can receive so many more sisters who can love and give of themselves to God and His people in religious life. Our mission in the Sacred Heart of Jesus convent is to irradiate God’s love to the whole Church. We have been so happy to be able to welcome people to the Convent and join us for prayer, retreats and fellowship. The Lord has also shown us His love through you. It has been a blessing to receive your kindness, care and love. Your donations of time, talent and treasure has helped us continue to fix up the convent, so that this can be the home of the Sacred Heart.


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EXPERIENCES OF GOD’S LOVE

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“The Sisters of P.E.S. bring to their ministry a depth of experience and formation in working with families, youth and forming community with those they serve. I am grateful for their expansive joy and genuine kindness towards all. The presence of the Sisters of PES truly blesses our parish and school community.”

- Father Kevin Finnegan, Pastor -

“We have had three kids go through Faith Formation at OLG. The light of the Lord shines through the Sisters right into the hearts of our children.  We feel so blessed to have them help our kids grow in their faith.  They are always so supportive of families and full of joy. OLG is lucky to have them!”

- Paul and Mary Zdechlik, Faith Formation Family -

"The PES Sisters have been a wonderful addition to Our Lady of Grace! Their warm smiles and kind greetings bring light to everyone who comes through OLG's doors and their deep faith and love for Christ and His Church radiates to everyone they work with. It's such a blessing to have the PES Sisters at OLG!"

- Greg Aitchison, Religion Teacher at OLG School -

"Our journey started with a mutual friend recruiting me to help with "The Upper Room”. One of the many programs run by these fabulous women. And two years later I feel like I have seven lifelong friends. They are a Blessing to the students at OLG by their clear example of love for our Lord to just being present. How awesome that the students can talk with these women on a daily basis! Their stories are amazing. They are also a huge Blessing to the families of the OLG parish. From the programs they are involved in with the youth to the prayers they offer up on a daily basis for us. If you have never met them, I urge you to seek them out, have a chat, have dinner... it is a life changer. What a tremendous gift they are to us. And I feel confident in saying that anyone… young or old… that has met them would say the same. We love them!"

- Susan, Matt and Olivia Michael, OLG School Family -

"Since moving to Minnesota three and a half years ago, my little family has been abundantly blessed by the PES Sisters. Through personal relationship, individual spiritual direction and small group retreats, the Sisters always exude the love of God. I am grateful to know and love the PES Sisters."

- Mandy Seymour, OLG Counselor & P.E.S. Retreat Participant -


"I like learning with the sisters because they bring new perspectives in my relationship with Jesus and I think that it is awesome that we get to hear their knowledge of the Lord!"

- Noah Hecker, 6th Grade Encounter Faith Formation Program -


"The PES sisters not only recruited us to teach faith formation, but they have guided us, inspired us, and taught us so much by their example of holiness. They are incredibly generous with their time and have shared so much wisdom and insight. We are so thankful for their witness and ministry!"

- Kyle and Mandy Pederson, Encounter D-Group Leaders -

“The Pro Ecclesia Santca Sisters have been such a blessing to Our Lady of Grace’s Middle School Youth Formation programs. The joy and love they bring to the youth (and their families) is beautiful and transformative."

- Sean Lavell, Pastoral Associate for Mission & Discipleship -

"Having the Pro Ecclesia Sisters in our school community allows us the opportunity to live our faith with our classmates beyond school hours. The added focus on our faith has benefited our entire family. This experience has taught us with new ways to pray as a family, and learn new ways to be a disciple of Christ. Our lives have been enriched."

- Elizabeth Halloran, OLG Middle School Student -

"Our Lady of Grace has been abundantly blessed with the Sisters of Pro Ecclesia Sancta, who are women of deep faith and who lead with yes! They are a gift of joy to our entire community. We love our Sisters of P.E.S."

- Maureen Trenary, OLG School Principal -


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BECOME A MISSION PARTNER

Spread the Love of the Sacred Heart of Jesus:

- Pray for the spiritual fruits of our ministries, the needs of our convent and for more vocations

- Support us financially with a monthly, annual or occasional gift, or with gift cards

- Connect us with other people you know who may be willing to help us with their prayers, talents and treasure.

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VOLUNTEER

Help with small projects around the convent (fixing, organizing, cleaning) or sponsor a specific area of the convent that is in need of attention.

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If you would like to help, contact us at sacredheartconvent@proecclesiasancta.org

COMING UP…

Sunday, February 17, 10:30 AM - 1:30 PM
Sacred Heart of Jesus Convent Open House
8650 Russell Ave S, Bloomington, MN 55431

Middle School Open House

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Thursday, January 17, 7:00 - 9:00 PM, Dining Room
Come learn about the excellent spiritual and academic program of Our Lady of Grace Middle School! Meet our faculty and find out how our unique Catholic program prepares students for success in high school and beyond. Learn about our service and leadership opportunities, one-to-one laptop program, outstanding academic results, STEM program, and the Sacrament of Confirmation in 8th Grade.

By working to maximize the gifts of all, we recognize and respond to the call to work for the common good. As an inclusive community, we welcome and discern the gifts and needs of each parent, student and faculty member. With Jesus as our role model, we promote growth, both spiritual and academic, with attention to the individual.

Support the 2019 OLGMC Gala

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This year’s Gala is February 9th at the newly renovated Interlachen Country Club.  Ticket sales are online and begin the morning of January 11th - watch for the email.  Tickets are expected to sell out quickly given space constraints at Interlachen so please don’t delay.  Thank you in advance for your support and hope to see you there! 

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 are available in the OLG Parish Office and at Masses this weekend.  Half the pot will go to the winner and half to the Men’s Club Gala proceeds.

  Thank you in advance for your support and hope to see you there! 

Santa's Secret Shop

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Friday, December 7, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM, Dining Room
Santa's Secret Shop is a tradition that occurs every Christmas Season at Our Lady of Grace School. Throughout the year volunteers buy toys and gifts at discounts and then set up a "Santa Shop".  During this time, students are able to buy gifts for their families and friends.  100% of the proceeds are gifted to our sister school, Saint John Paul II in Minneapolis.  Once again we invite parishioners and families to shop. There will be baked items and a variety of other items to buy for friends and family.

Support OLG School at the Barnes & Nobles Book Sale

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Sunday, December 2, 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Barnes & Noble, Galleria Edina, Edina
Please come hear our school choirs, do some Christmas shopping and enjoy a few activities for the kids. A portion of all purchases (including those made at the restaurant) will benefit the OLG School Library. The more the merrier, so invite friends and family too! Click here to download a copy of the voucher.

If you are unable to attend, you can still support OLG School by shopping at Barnes and Nobles online if you use the promo code 12383709 at check out.

OLG Pre School Timing Update

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As mentioned in our last update, there is a lot of momentum around an OLG preschool, and that is exciting!  That said, finding space on our campus to meet all our needs, including the preschool is challenging.  Updating our campus master plan and securing appropriate zoning status for OLG's long-term needs are about to get underway, and those activities squeeze our preschool timing more than we would like.  Therefore, OLG leadership has decided to delay the opening of an OLG preschool beyond fall 2019.  All of the work done to date remains useful and necessary to make the OLG preschool a reality for our young families, as soon as possible. 

We are grateful for your positive energy regarding an OLG preschool, and will continue to share updates, as we have them.

Give to the Max Update

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Thank You! We continue to be blessed by your generosity!

We met our match and exceeded our goal for Give to the Max Day 2018!

  • Total Amount Raised so far for OLG School: $100,637

  • Total Donations: 265 (Both online & offline)

*The most OLG participants ever on Give to the Max!

All money raised will go directly into the OLG School educational technology program! A special Thank You to those igniting generosity in others by contributing to our Matching Gift! We are grateful for each member of this OLG Family! We could not be an extraordinary parish school without you!

The winner of Mrs. Trenary's Gratitude for Giving challenge will be selected on the Monday following Thanksgiving break (11/26).

If you have not yet had the opportunity to give, you can still do so here!

We lead with Yes.

Give to the Max for OLG School!

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Thursday, November 15
Help support the School and their technology and innovation programs! This is their first year with 1-to-1 devices for students in every grade. Join in this all-day, statewide fundraiser and help raise funds for Our Lady of Grace Catholic School!

Learn more and donate at www.givemn.org/organization/olgschool/welcome.

OLG School Kindergarten Open House

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Tuesday, November 13, Dining Room
8:45 AM – 10:00 AM (Parents and Children)
7:00 PM – 8:00 PM (Parents only)

Prospective Kindergarten families are invited to visit Our Lady of Grace School and experience, first-hand, students and teachers joyfully engaged in the learning process. Each Open House session will include a teacher presentation highlighting the Kindergarten curriculum. During the morning session children will have the opportunity to participate in supervised activities with current Kindergartener students in the classroom.

Visit www.olgschool.net or contact the School Office at 952-929-5463 for more information.