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.

Putting the Last First - Syrian Refugee Relief

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Thursday, November 8, 7:00 - 8:30 PM, Dining room
For 30 years, Questscope has walked alongside young people whose lives are ravaged by war and poverty. They provide emergency assistance, alternative education, and mentorship. And places to bloom again where hope is possible. In the current crisis inside Syria, Questcope supports over two million people who have been made homeless (internally displaced) by this conflict. Through local partnerships a network of 4,000 staff and volunteers supply food, medicine, water/sanitation, and shelter in 100 locations across Syria. They also provide psychosocial counseling, protection care for the most vulnerable, and education for out-of-school children.

Our Lady of Grace has also partnered with Questscope. OLG and The Minnesota Orchestra have had two benefit concerts raising over $150,000 for Syrian relief. What difference has that made? Come, join us Thursday night Nov 8th and find out. Light refreshments.

Voting Resources

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Melissa Miller, Director of Community Life & Social Justice

Questions for Reflection

The “mid-term” election is coming quickly and, if you’re like me, perhaps not quickly enough. I’m tired of the incessant campaign ads, emails clogging my inbox, as well as the negativity and mud-slinging from candidates. So I was particularly happy to see some thought-provoking questions and information from leaders of the Catholic Church. Not all of these questions have answers, and not all the answers that are provided are perfect, but all the questions are valuable and worth consideration. I thank the Minnesota Catholic Conference for them.

  • As people of faith who believe that every life is unique and sacred, we need to know where the candidates stand on abortion and assisted suicide. Does the candidate support contracts for gestational surrogacy? Does the candidate support access to affordable health care and housing? Does the candidate support social and economic policies that encourage economic participation and the payment of a living wage?

  • Here at OLG we understand that education changes lives, and that access to quality education is important for every child. Does the candidate support legislation that would provide a tax credit for donations to scholarship-granting organizations?

  • Pollution is threatening our clean water. Does the candidate support legislation to lean up and protect our state’s water resources?

  • Does the candidate support religious freedom—not just the right to practice one’s faith, but the ability of that faith to operate and serve the general public in a manner consistent with the tenets of that faith?

These are just a few of the many issues that affect people of faith. Please think about these questions as you prepare to vote. Please do vote and vote your values. Something to think about.

Election Novena

When I’m discouraged by the vitriol, irritated by the exaggerations, angered by the blatant lies and when those negative emotions threaten to overwhelm me, I turn to prayer.

I’m especially grateful that the USCCB has published an election novena filled with prayers and practical suggestions. I share the first six days of it here (the last three days coming soon) and encourage you to pray it prior the election:

Day 1: Pray for religious liberty for all, that we may practice our respective faiths and serve the poor and vulnerable fully.

Heavenly Father, you created us to love and serve you in everything we do. Please help us support candidates who will protect the rights of citizens to worship and fully practice their faith. Amen.

Day 2: Pray about life, bioethics and that the US support a culture of life that values life from conception through natural death, recognizing that each of us is a unique, beloved child of God.

Heavenly Father, may we elect candidates who have a profound reverence for the sanctity of human life. Amen.

Day 3: Pray for the poor and vulnerable. Jesus tells us that we must care for those on the margins of society and strive to build a more just world.

Heavenly Father, You are present in the “least of these.” Please help us elect officials who will support policies that complement our own individual efforts to care for the poor and vulnerable. Amen.

Day 4: Care for creation is a moral issue. Protecting the land, water and air we share is part of the religious duty of stewardship.

Heavenly Father, may we elect leaders who pursue policies that respect the gift of creation and ensure its bounty is available to all, now and in the future. Amen.

Day 5: Labor and economy assessed according to whether they protect or undermine the dignity of the human person.

Heavenly Father, Help us to elect officials who recognize the dignity of work, and are committed to just economic policies. Amen.

Day 6: Marriage and family life. Families are essential to healthy societies. We need policies that support families, such as parenting leave, and leave to care for an ill family member.

Lord God, help us to discern and support elected officials who will support the integrity of the family through public policy. Amen.

Day 7: Pray for immigration reform. Reform should provide a pathway to citizenship for immigrants and prioritize family reunification, while addressing the root causes of migration and maintaining the right and responsibility of nations to control their borders.

Christ Jesus, you call upon us to welcome the stranger in our midst. May we elect officials who pursue policies that recognize the dignity of all migrants. Amen.

Day 8: Pray for access to quality education for all young people, including those who are poor and those with disabilities. Government policy should help provide options for parents, especially those of modest means, to exercise this right. All persons have the right to receive a quality education and to be given the opportunity to develop intellectually, morally, spiritually, and physically, allowing them to become responsible citizens.

God the Father, you ask all parents to lead their children on the path of wisdom. Help us to discern and elect candidates who will support parents in this important vocation. Amen.

Day 9: Pray for affordable and accessible health care for all. The nation’s health care system needs to be rooted in values that respect human dignity, protect human life, respect the principle of subsidiarity, and meet the needs of the poor and the vulnerable. Employers should be able to provide health care without compromising their convictions, and individuals should be able to purchase health care that accords to their faith.

Heavenly Father, you desire that all your children are adequately cared for. Guide our election day decisions so that we might choose leaders who are committed to ethical care for all. Amen.

Complete Election Novena. This wonderful novena includes prayers and questions to ponder along with video snippets from Archbishop Hebda, Bishop Cozzens and other US bishops.

Additional Resources

As the midterm elections approach, here are some guidelines for voting:

Find a Place to Vote

Polling Place Finder
League of Women Voters

Vote Your Conscience

For information on voting your conscience, you can visit the Minnesota Catholic Conference website which has great resources to form consciences, inform votes, and transform our state, including a candidate questionnaire. They have thoughtful articles and links to upcoming ways to make your voice hear in state politics such as “Catholics at the Capitol” on February 19, 2019 where you will have the opportunity to hear inspiring speakers and meet your legislator.

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.