Advent & Christmas Schedule 2018

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What are you bringing to the manger?

In this season of gift giving, we know that nothing can equal the greatest gift of all – the gift of Jesus!

Just as the Magi brought gifts to the Manger of the Child, we invite you to bring your gifts of gratitude to the manger as well. Throughout Advent you have the opportunity to express your gratitude and bring your gift to the manger. You will find patterns to make a gift box in the Commons by the manger or click here to download one to print at home. Write your gratitude prayer, place it in the box and bring your gift box to the manger as an offering of thanks and love to the Christ Child. Let’s fill the manger with our presents of gratitude!

These gifts of prayers and thanksgiving will remain in our baptistery throughout Christmastide.


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

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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 starts 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 the Solemnity of 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

NOTE: Exposition of Blessed Sacrament will resume on December 26 after 9:00 AM Mass and on Wednesday January 2, 2019 at the regularly scheduled time (5:00 AM).

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December 2 - First Sunday of Advent

Study: Prepare the Way, Week 1*
Study: YDisciple: Advent, Session 1: Prepare the Way
Listen: Prepare the Way of the King

December 6 - St. Nicholas

Watch: Nicholas: The Boy Who Became Santa*

December 8 - The Immaculate Conception

Study: Footprints of God, Mary: The Mother of God
Watch: Mary of Nazareth
Read: Mary: the Church at the Source
Listen: Mary: Handmaid of the Lord

December 9 - Second Sunday of Advent

Study: Prepare the Way, Week 2*

December 12 - Our Lady of Guadalupe

Watch: 1531*
Listen: Our Lady of Guadalupe and St. Juan Diego
Escuchar: Guadalupe y el Misterio del Verbo Encarnado

December 16 - Third Sunday of Advent

Study: Prepare the Way, Week 3*

December 23 - Fourth Sunday of Advent

Study: Prepare the Way, Week 4*

December 25 - Christmas

Watch: The Story of the Nativity
Watch: Brother Francis: O Holy Night*
Watch: Kristoph and the First Christmas Tree
Listen: The True Meaning of Christmas

December 27 - St. John the Apostle

Study: Lectio: Eucharist, Session 7: Bread of Life Discourse

December 30 - Feast of the Holy Family

Study: Beloved: The Mystery and Meaning of Marriage*
Study: Symbolon: Living the Faith, Session 7: A Love That Lasts*
Watch: Marriage: God’s Design for Life and Love

*Available in Spanish

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.

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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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

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.

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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Volunteer with Child and Youth Programs

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We have many volunteer opportunities for you to get involved and answer your own baptismal call to be an active member of our parish:

Parish Nursery
Open for all 1-2 year old children during 9:30 and 11:30 AM Sunday morning Masses.

Sunday School Classes
Available for children aged 3-Kindergarten during 9:30 AM Sunday morning Mass.

Children's Liturgy of the Word
Available for Kindergarten and 1st grade students during 9:30 AM Sunday morning Mass.

Faith Formation / Encounter
For children in grades 1-8, which meets Wednesday evenings during the school year from 6:00 – 7:15 PM. Free childcare available for all volunteers' children who haven't yet started 1st grade.

Download our 2018-2019 Ministry Opportunities Form to learn more and sign-up.

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September 4 - St. Teresa of Kolkata

Study: 33 Days to Morning Glory, Week 3: St. Teresa of Calcutta
Watch: Mother Teresa
Read: Love: A Fruit Always in Season

September 8 - Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Study: The Bible and the Virgin Mary, Lesson 9: Full of Grace
Study: Symbolon: Knowing the Faith, Session 9: Mary and the Saints
Escuchar: El Ave María y la Oración*

September 14 - Exhalation of the Holy Cross

Listen: Stations of the Cross
Read: Saint Helena and the True Cross

September 15 - Our Lady of Sorrows

Listen: Drawing Strength from Our Lady of Sorrows

September 18 - St. Joseph of Cupertino

Watch: The Reluctant Saint

September 21 - St. Matthew, Apostle and Evangelist

Read: Mystery of the Kingdom
Listen: The Gospel of Matthew

September 23 - St. Padre Pio

Study: Symbolon: Living the Faith, Session 4: Penance and Anointing of the Sick
Watch: Padre Pio: Miracle Man
Ver: Padre Pío Entre el Cielo y la Tierra

September 26 - Bl. Pope Paul VI

Watch: Paul VI: The Misunderstood Pope
Read: Humanae Vitae

September 29 - Ss. Michael, Gabriel and Raphael, Archangels

Watch: Power and Dominions
Read: Angels (and Demons): What Do we Know About Them?
Listen: Lectio Divina
Escuchar: La Autoridad de la Biblia*

 

*Available in Spanish

Child and Youth Program Registration

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The end of summer is sneaking up faster than we'd hoped! As it winds down, we want to remind you to register your children in our Sunday School, Faith Formation, Encounter, and Youth Ministry programs for the 2018-2019 school year. Here's a link to the Registration Form; note: you may use this form to register children or youth of any age!

Please give our team a call in the parish office if we can be of service to you or answer any questions!

Sincerely,
The Mission and Discipleship Team

Sean Lavell
Pastoral Associate for Mission and Discipleship

Stephanie Lloyd
Director of Faith Formation

Sr. Eileen Leon, P.E.S. and Sr. Julieta Del Carpio, P.E.S.
Middle School and Confirmation Youth Ministers

Veronica Whelan
Director of Youth Ministry (High School and Young Adult)

Annelise Curran
Mission and Discipleship Admin Assistant