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.
We have many volunteer opportunities for you to get involved and answer your own baptismal call to be an active member of our parish:
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.
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!
The Mission and Discipleship Team
Pastoral Associate for Mission and Discipleship
Director of Faith Formation
Director of Youth Ministry (High School and Young Adult)
Mission and Discipleship Admin Assistant
As baptized Catholics we’re called to be disciples of Jesus. A disciple is someone who makes the choice to follow Jesus not just in word but in deed – rooted in a close intimacy with the Lord. Jesus becomes the core reference point for all our choices in our life – we surrender following our self and turn to following the Lord.
This September, as a parish, we will discern our call to discipleship and how each of us can respond. For three consecutive weeks, we will focus on gratefully living a stewardship way of life:
September 8 - 9: Gratitude and Prayer
September 15 - 16: Gratitude and Service
September 22 - 23: Gratitude and Tithing
During the week of September 24th, renewal packets will be mailed to each household. Please review these materials and return the commitment form either in the offertory basket or by mail to the Parish Office in the self-addressed envelope provided. Additional forms may be downloaded from the website. We encourage each adult and teen to complete a form. Contact Janna Davies at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
“This camp has truly moved me closer to God. I have learned more about myself and I learned to put God before everything.” - Charlie Shideman (6th grade)
What is Extreme Faith Camp?
EFC is a week-long camp for students in 6th, 7th and 8th grade. It’s a real camp, for real teens, where together we will encounter Christ. Extreme Faith Camp is without a doubt a life-changing experience. We spend the week with teens from seven other churches throughout the Archdiocese and have a blast with a variety of activities and we encounter Jesus through the power of the Sacraments, challenging talks, and small group sharing. This Catholic Camp is the real deal!
"I have never felt so close to God before this week here at Extreme Faith Camp. I want to keep our relationship going as strong as it was for the rest of my life. This week I truly figured out how powerful God is and how much he can impact my life just through Adoration, Church, prayer, singing and lots of fun!" - Amelia Zdechlik (6th grade)
"The happiest moment of my life!"
"I was doubting my faith before Extreme Faith Camp. During Adoration the monstrance came in front of me and I touched it. At that moment I knew God was real. I felt it in my bones. The rest of the time was for prayer. It was the happiest moment of my life." - Joey Murnan (8th grade)
"Before going to EFC I thought I already knew God. Then, in Adoration something happened that I wasn't expecting at all; when Jesus came in the Monstrance and stopped right in front of me, it is like my eyes opened, I just knew that it was truly Jesus right there with me, not just a representation, but He himself loving me!" - Eddie Hanson (8th grade)
"No matter where I am, Jesus will always be with me!"
"During Adoration, as Jesus came around, I felt as I had never been happier in my life! When the monstrance left I felt sad but then one of my friends talked to me and I realized that Jesus was still with me, not just in the monstrance. What I have gained in this experience is the ability to know that no matter where I am, Jesus will always be with me!" - Jackie Commerford (7th Grade)
"This is my second year at Extreme Faith Camp! In Adoration I experienced Jesus much more than last year!" - Miguel Nunez-Mudoy (7th Grade)
"I am so grateful for these 5 holy days!"
"I thought the second year at EFC couldn’t get any better than the first. I was wrong, it was. These 5 days at EFC have been life changing. Through prayer, confession, the Eucharist, and fellowship, I have strengthened my faith and love for the Lord. Through tears and smiles I am more committed to the Church than ever before and I know I will never forget the changes EFC has done for me." - Alanna Halloran (7th grade)
"I grew in my relationship with God!"
"I really liked my small group, I knew Nicole, my leader, from Encounter, the Program that the Sisters run at OLG, I loved the camp better than any sleep-away and camp I have ever been to, I grew a happier relationship with God. I really want to come back next summer!" - Maddie Clemency (8th Grade)
Extreme Team and Prayer Team
"This experience as a leader changed my life."
"This week I was really unsure why God was doing certain things in my life. My uncle was recently diagnosed with cancer and I didn't understand why God would allow that to happen to someone. In the Camp I went to confession and felt so relieved. But I was still confused. Then in Adoration I stared God in the eyes, I just felt so much comfort, like God was giving me a big hug. I felt like God help me understand so much more through Adoration! I felt like God was trying to tell me it was going to be all right." - Nicole Chrysler (High School Leader)
"Coming into camp, I had several doubts about God, felt that I was getting nothing from mass, and kept telling myself I was fine and didn’t need God. On the surface I looked like a happy person but deep down I didn’t have real joy or peace. Leaving camp, and reflecting on the past week, I saw how God transformed me. I had real joy and felt so at peace, nothing that I had ever experienced before. Sisters, thanks to your “yes” to God, His light has shown right through you and you have helped change many lives, more than you realize. Extreme Faith Camp was an experience I will never forget and I thank you so much for using your talents to make this camp such an amazing experience. Thank your for blessing us and God bless you!" - Grace Zdechlik (High School Leader)
"Thank you for a great week that was full of fun and faith. I was able to grow in my own faith and help the kids grow in their own. EFC was the most profound experience I have ever had with God, and it opened my eyes to the many blessings he has given me. I also saw many transformations throughout the other leaders and kids, which was great to see. I will continue to come back and help at this amazing camp in the future! Thank you for making this a great experience with God for all!" - Charlie Zdechlik (High School Leader)
"Totally blessed by the experience..."
"This is my second year as a Chaperone at EFC. Although I am here first for the kids I find myself feeling totally blessed by the experience. With reflection and prayer I can see some of the ways God is working through me and how much He loves the kids. It is truly a blessing to be a part of it and it fills me with joy!" - Susan Michael (Adult Chaperone)
"Seeing the kids grow helped me grow!"
"These days spent with the kids have been an awesome gift! Praying with them and sharing their experiences of faith through the week, really meant a lot. It is also a very humbling experience...seeing the kids grow in their faith helped me grow, too!" - John Braun (Young Adult Chaperone)
"The community at OLG is a gift!"
"I sent Maddie and Danny to this camp with much hope because they had a good experience with Encounter, the Program run by the Sisters. Well, Maddie, upon getting off the bus, told me she wanted to go next year, be part of the prayer team and eventually be a counselor. This is huge! So….THANK YOU, THANK YOU… This reaffirms the gift that is the wonderful community, family orientation and kid focus at OLG." - Katie Clemency (Participants' mom)
Thank you so much for your prayers and support,
may the Lord bless you abundantly!
Thank you to all that joined us for a Baccalaureate Mass celebrating our graduating Seniors on June 10th at the 6PM Mass!
All area high school graduates and their families were invited to a special Graduation Mass at Our Lady of Grace and it was such a blessing to have everyone there! There was a dessert reception, Sparkling Apple Cider Toast, and Door "Dorm Room" prizes for the graduates.
It was a memorable evening for all and sent our youth off to their next adventure covered in the prayers of our parish family.
Special thank you to Cindy and Andrea who were the heart and hands behind the event!
On Wednesday May 9th we had our last High School LifeNight for the school year!
What are LifeNights you ask?
LifeNight's are a mixture of faith and fun, and are open to everyone who is in high school! Each LifeNight has a fun game, a testimony or teaching about a different topic of our faith, discussion, and closing prayer.
At LifeNights you will be able to talk about a variety of issues and experiences with friends and young adult leaders so that together you can grow in faith and discover how a relationship with God will help you have the best life possible!
Before they all left for the evening we asked our youth WHY they come to LifeNight's and they gave us some AMAZING answers!
- I first started coming to LifeNights as a kind of continuation of confirmation, but my reason soon transformed into being a part of a community of people that have my faith in common. I look forward to Lifenights as a time where I won't worry about school, stress, etc...
- I come to LifeNights to meet, have fun, and laugh with other catholic people.
- Community, friends, it's people who care about the activities, working together for a better world, and learning about the faith.
- The community and support here. I can be myself and forget about my troubles.
- Why do I come? To learn and grow in catholic faith and get to know those who come to LifeNights.
- Food, friends, to learn, to have fun, and FOOD.
- I come to grow in relationship with others, connect with my faith, and learn to look at my faith differently.
- I come to LifeNights to be around positive people and get my mind off of stressful things that might be going on in my life. I LOVE THE COMMUNITY!
We had an amazing year, and can't wait to start up again in the fall! Keep your eyes on your inbox for when registration opens!
Throughout the year we did so many things that it is hard to list them all.........
we still tried though!
SOOOOO if you are still wondering why you should register yourself for LifeNights in 2018/19......
we have some amazing reasons for you!
- You should come because LifeNights are a place where you always feel welcome. It is a home where people care about you for who you are. You can be quirky and still belong. Lifelong friends.
- To meet new people!
- To grow in faith, meet friends, and have fun!
- You should come to LifeNights so they can meet and or get to know people they go to church with. This is a great place to become better connected to God.
- You should come to LifeNights to grow in an uplifting community, learn about themselves, and make friends.
- To grow in their faith, to be a part of something special, and have fun!
- Meet new people, be challenged in their faith - go deeper and see other viewpoints.
- Meet people and a good way to have fun, learn and pray!
- You get to meet other teenagers who their faith and build friendships with them!
- It will give you LIFE and build community!
- It's a good way to relax and enjoy yourself even if other things in your life are crazy.
- Great community of people who want to be friends. Join a group that cares about each other, supports each other, and has fun together!
On Monday April 23rd was the annual Mayor’s Commendation Awards, given to those who have volunteered their time and effort to make significant contributions to the community and were recognized at the 39th-annual Community Volunteer Recognition Reception at the Braemar Golf Course. This was a particularly exciting event, because one of our very own Our Lady of Grace parishioners was a recipient of one of these prestigious awards! Hailey was presented the Mayor’s Youth Commendation: Awarded to a young person who has demonstrated a commitment to improving the quality of life in the community.
Hailey Chrysler is a senior at Edina High school, and an active Peer Minister in the OLG Youth Ministry Program. Throughout her years here in Edina she has worked tirelessly to improve her community though prayer and service. At the Edina Highschool she can be found a doing a club called 350 (where she helps tutor once a week), Back Pack Tutors (where she tutors at Fallwell Elementary), and Linked Crew (Leadership club to help Freshmen transition to Highschool). Here at OLG she has been a leader at several Confirmation Retreats, MS Youth Ministry Events, Vacation Bible School, Mission Home, and much more. She is one busy young woman.
Hailey has been an inspiration here at OLG about what it means to have a servants heart. Her Confirmation Saint, St. Joan of Arc was quoted as saying "Act, and God will act." Hailey has truly demonstrated the truth of this quote with all that she does for her fellow human beings that we can see the love that God has for all people. It is an amazing reminder to us that through our ministry and service to others that we are truly the hands and feet of Christ here on earth.
We invite you to join us these Seasons of Lent and Easter as we prepare for and celebrate the Resurrection of our Lord.
Fridays, February 16, 23; March 2, 9, 23
Friday, March 16
4:30 - 7:30 PM
Lenten Day of Mercy (Penance Service)
Wednesday, March 21
7:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Confessions followed by a soup supper
Sunday, March 25
7:30 AM, 9:30 AM, 11:30 AM, 6:00 PM
Thursday, March 29
9:00 AM - Morning Prayer
7:00 PM - Mass of the Lord's Supper
Friday, March 30
9:00 AM - Morning Prayer
3:00 PM - Stations of the Cross
7:00 PM - The Passion of the Lord
Saturday, March 31
8:30 AM - Morning Prayer
8:00 PM - Easter Vigil
Sunday, April 1
7:00 AM, 8:30 AM, 10:15 AM, 12:00 PM, 6:00 PM
Divine Mercy Sunday
Sunday, April 8, 3:00 PM
Divine Mercy Chaplet and holy hour with benediction