Life is Wonderful 10K, 5K, Walk & Kids Fun Run

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Saturday, May 11, 7:00 AM
Lake Harriet, Minneapolis

For the first time the run is around Lake Harriet! With the run so convenient, we should be able to have a great turnout from OLG, so mark your calendars and show you support for Abria a great crisis pregnancy center run by OLG parishioner Cindy Koeppl.

Visit Abria’s website to register or for more information about their ministry.

Lenten Day of Mercy

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Wednesday, April 3, 7:00 AM – 9:00 PM
Confessions offered from 7:00 AM – 9:00 PM. A soup supper available for all from 11:30 AM – 7:30 PM.

This year we are collecting items for the residents of Haven Housing, which provides shelter for victims of abuse. Please mirror God’s generosity by bringing an item for these families as they seek to rebuild their lives. They especially need winter gloves for children, flip flops, ear buds, lotions, bath/lotion sets, full-sized toiletries, and new twin-sized sheets.

Parishioners are also invited to assist the Middle School Service Club (MSSC) with a service project in the Dining Room from 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM.

Sister Parishes for 20 Years

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A LETTER FROM GHANA

Dear All,

I write on behalf of my own self, my assistant priest, parishioners of St. Joseph the Worker, faculty and students of the Our Lady of Grace Senior High School, as well as parents to express our profoundest gratitude to you all for the immeasurable love you have shown and continue to show to us over the years. We are very much appreciative of all the sacrifices you have been making to ensure the development and growth of our parish and school. We thank you for your friendship, which is constantly cemented by the visits of OLG Ambassadors who visit us year after year.

We must say that the team of 16 Ambassadors who visited us this year were of a special kind. We were overwhelmed by the amount of love that made the weaknesses in our hospitality almost invisible. We appreciate the fact that year after year, and out of ardent love for the mission of our Savior Jesus Christ, you sacrifice your precious time and the comfort of your homes to visit us and share in our lives. We must say that your visit to us always reignite within us the fires of divine love and make us so proud to belong to this universal family of faith.

The smiles, handshakes, unfamiliar dances you perform, readiness to visit the villages, joy of undertaken service projects like carrying heavy blocks and mortar, and painting our dirty rectory all added up to the joys of this year’s visit. We certainly cannot forget about your sporting prowess in soccer, volleyball and your notorious victory in the USA versus Ghana Tennis Contest. I look forward to retaliating.

We must say that we love to see you come to us, and we look very much forward to your next visit. We want to assure you that we are always ready to welcome you as groups and individuals back home in Ghana. We also thank you for the sporting equipment and other materials. I should personally thank OLG for the gift of this brand new Lenovo laptop, which is going to enhance my life and ministry over here at Mamponteng.

It is our fervent hope that this friendship will endure for the years and decades to come, and prepare us for the common destiny we share in our eternal home in heaven. Once again, thank you all for you do for us and may God bless you abundantly.

Fr. Sylvester Frimpong
St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church, Mamponteng, Ghana

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ABOUT OUR SISTER PARISH

St. Joseph the Worker Parish in Ghana and Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church in Edina have enjoyed nearly two decades of a spiritually fruitful sister parish relationship. St. Joseph’s is in Mamponteng and is a large, vibrant parish of almost 1700 people. In addition to the people of St. Joseph’s, the pastor is responsible for the spiritual care of 4 “station” churches:

St. Joseph Catholic Church, Mpobi, Kumasi (165 parishioners)

St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, Ankaase, Kumasi (123 members)

St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, Ejuratia, Kumasi (110 people)

Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church, Abrade, Kumasi (38)

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TIMELINE

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Catholics at the Capitol

Tuesday, February 19, 7:00 AM - 4:00 PM
RiverCentre/State Capitol, St. Paul

Now is the time to begin to transform politics in Minnesota. Join your local bishop and 2,000+ Catholics to learn how you can build relationships with your newly elected officials and advocate for life and human dignity. Get your tickets, register for transportation, and find more details about this inspiring day of prayer, education, and advocacy by visiting www.CatholicsAtTheCapitol.org.

Speakers and Music

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Jim Caviezel

Actor

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Archbishop Charles Chaput

Archdiocese of Philadelphia

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Danielle Rose

Music Missionary

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Gloria Purvis

EWTN Radio & Black Catholics for Life

 

Red Cross Blood Drive

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Thursday, February 7, 3:00 - 8:00 PM, Cassidy Hall
Our Lady of Grace is hosting a Blood Drive. You can sign up online by going to redcrossblood.org and entering OURLADYOFGRACE as the sponsor code or by contacting Melissa Miller in the Parish Office (x9040). Remember, your blood donation can save up to 3 lives.

Sister School - JPII Preparatory School Annual Report

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Pope John Paul II Catholic Preparatory School (An Ascension Catholic Academy School) thanks Our Lady of Grace for its gracious support! See our annual report and witness the miraculous things you are helping to make happen!

Giving Trees

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Saturday, December 1 - Sunday, December 16
Don’t forget to take an ornament from the Giving Trees and bring back your unwrapped gifts. There are many different options on the trees, from baby items to items for the elderly and scholarship opportunities for San Max, JPII, and Ghana. Thank you for your generosity!

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.

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.