Abria Life is Wonderful Family Fun Run/Walk/5K 5/13

About the Abria Life is Wonderful Family Fun Run/Walk/5K

Honor Moms with a fun spring outing on Saturday, May 13th 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM at the Life is Wonderful Family Fun Run/Walk/5K to benefit Abria Pregnancy Resources! Help make it possible for more women to make a choice for life.

Join with the OLG parishioners who are participating and have a fun day by scenic Mississippi River at Upper Landing Park in St Paul.

There will be activities for all ages:

  • food trucks,
  • kids activities- 3 kid’s races, inflatable slide and Mother’s Day card-making tent,
  • live music,
  • swing dancing
  • free parking and shuttles
  • dogs and strollers welcome


Set up a team of your family, friends, coworkers; any age is welcome!  Add OLG to your creative team name, or register individually. No admission charge (there is a $45 fee for the chip-timed 5K if you want to compete) but we encourage you to ask for pledges of support to benefit the services of Abria Pregnancy Resources which works to support moms and dads with an unexpected pregnancy.  There are easy tools for requesting pledges and team members via email links.

From life coaches to parenting education, Abria offers friendship, hope and encouragement though positive and life-affirming medical and personal support services for pregnancy, and into the first years of the baby’s life.

Find out more at www.supporters.abria.org. To register click here for the Abria Life is Wonderful Family Fun Run/Walk/5K.


Contact OLG parishioner, Mary Hodgdon, mLhodgdon@comcast.net

Are You Called to be a Member of the Parish Pastoral Council?

Dear members of Our Lady of Grace Parish,

We would like you to prayerfully consider participating in our upcoming discernment process to join the Our Lady of Grace Parish Pastoral Council. Volunteering your time to serve on the Parish Pastoral Council is a generous way to serve our church community and wonderful opportunity to grow in depth of faith as you use your gifts of leadership and prayer for His work at OLG.

Over the past couple of years, the Parish Pastoral Council has adapted both the process for joining the council as well as the framework of the council to improve how we use the gifts and talents of the members of our parish. Please see the reverse side of this paper for an overview of the discernment process for joining Parish Pastoral Council, as well as a description of the role of Parish Pastoral Council member. 

Please feel free to reach out to the Parish Pastoral Council Chair, Ginny Ogle, with any questions at 612-940-1273 or ginny.w.ogle@gmail.com. 

In His name, 

Fr. Kevin Finnegan                         Ginny Ogle
Pastor                                             Chair, Parish Pastoral Council


Each spring the OLG community replaces several of its Parish Pastoral Council members who have completed their terms of service. In years past this has occurred through parish elections. Beginning in 2016, OLG started using a prayerfuldiscernment process like many other archdiocesan parishes. Discernment involves prayer and discussion among present council members and interested candidates, during which both groups learn more about one another, the role of the Parish Pastoral Council and the needs of the parish. Prayerful discernment helps candidates, the Parish Pastoral Council and the Pastor make informed and spirit-filled decisions in the best interest of the candidates and the parish.

  • Members of OLG interested participating in the discernment process are asked to reach out to Ginny Ogle
  • Those will be asked to fill out a short, thoughtful application to help pray and reflect on the commitment to serving.
  • Finally, the OLG Parish Pastoral Council invites all who may be interested in serving on the council to attend a prayerful discernment  session on May 1, 2017, at 6:30 PM in the OLG Dining Room. At the session, all interested candidates meet with current council members to learn more about their specific roles and responsibilities. They also will have an opportunity to share how they believe their talents can best serve OLG. Additionally, the spiritual process of discernment will help candidates develop a better sense of whether or not they are called to serve in this ministry.

To help determine if you’re being called to serve on the Parish Pastoral Council, consider the following questions as you pray and reflect about this opportunity:

  • What is a distinctive gift in our community that can serve the greater good of the broader church?
  • What in our parish community fosters your growth in faith?
  • What are you most grateful for at Our Lady of Grace?


The OLG Parish Pastoral Council, along with two parish trustees and the Associate Pastor, serves as aconsultative body to the pastor to further the parish pastoral mission. OLG’s pastoral mission is to create a Catholic community centered on Jesus Christ present in the celebration of the Eucharist; a community that is guided by the Holy Spirit and apostolic teaching authority and traditions of the universal Catholic Church. The Parish Pastoral Council and the pastor work together to identify and evaluate the pastoral initiatives and policies best suited to grow OLG’s four pillars of hospitality,formation, prayer and service.

The ideal Parish Pastoral Council includes a range in age, experience, parish tenure and talent. Candidates should be registered parishioners, faithful Catholics, willing to honor diverse opinions and able to compromise as well as think critically about a variety of issues. 

Required Commitment:

  • Each member serves a 3-year term during which they act  as a representative of the parish community as a whole.
  • Parish Pastoral Council meets, as a whole, 5 times per year from September through June. 
  • Each council member serves one of two sub-committees to focus specially on important mission and ministry, as well    as strategy of the parish. These committees may meet as needed between the larger Parish Pastoral Council meetings. 

Parish Spirituality Commission

Mission Statement: To make Jesus Christ known and loved among Our Lady of Grace parishioners through an increased awareness of the value of prayer and conversation with God.      
Objective: This sub-committee is responsible for helping the Pastor and Parish Pastoral Council provide the Parish and Parishioners with individual and communal opportunities for spiritual growth, through the development of a 1-3 year strategic plan and engagement of other OLG committees (i.e. evangelization, stewardship, staff, and liturgical). 

Pastoral Planning Commission

Mission Statement: To facilitate the continued growth and sustainability of the parish through supporting the strategic planning and visioning of the Pastor and his leadership team.
Objective: This sub-committee is responsible for supporting the Pastor and Parish Pastoral Council in developing a 5-year strategic plan focused on celebrating the legacy of Our Lady of Grace parish as well as supporting growth and change which will allow OLG to flourish in the years to come.

OLG School Carnival

The 29th Annual OLG Carnival is on Friday, April 28th from 5:30 - 8:30 PM.  We have a lot of fun games in store, food, wonderful baskets and raffle prizes, a DJ and more!  We’d love for parishioners to join in on the fun!  They too can enter to win prizes.

Why Carnival?

This annual tradition brings the Our Lady of Grace School and Parish community together on campus for a night of games, food, fun, prizes, raffle winners & more. At OLG, we proudly & faithfully raise money for important causes throughout the year.  Carnival is important for our school because this event raises funds that directly impact the students and staff at OLG. This year, funds raised at Carnival will go to the Design for Learning Initiative to help improve classroom design, layouts and the overall learning environment at Our Lady of Grace.

Location of Events

DJ: Front Lawn
FOOD: Cassidy Hall
Games: Throughout OLG School
Hair Salon : Front Lawn
Baskets: Church Dining Room
NUD (No Uniform Day): Church Commons
Redemption: Church Commons                                           
Zoo Dip: Middle School Commons
Photo Booth: Middle School Commons 

Schedule of Events

5:30pm    Carnival doors open!
6:30pm    Redemption and NUD passes open
8:00pm    Games and food close
8:15pm    Carnival baskets close
8:30pm    Raffle and basket winners drawn and announced.*

*need not be present to win




Games are in classrooms throughout the school, the courtyard and front lawn.  Be sure to check out the new “ER Room for the Uninjured,” The Soda Pop Ring Toss for the chance to win a can of non-caffeine soda pop, or a box of delicious General Mills Cereal at the Cake Walk!

Be sure to check out the Edina Football Throw, the fun DJ by Kids Dance and the Great Clips Hair Salon filled with chalk hair color and other fun things to style your hair.

Most games award 1-2 points to the winner.  Points can be used at Redemption to buy prizes.  Note:  games that offer a prize at the game location do not award points in addition to the prize.  

**Free resusable bags are available at the Carnival Informaton Desk to help carry your winnings!**

Ticket Cards & Purchasing Details

Each ticket card is worth 10 tickets and costs $10.  Ticket cards can be used to play games, purchase food & beverages, and enter to win basket prizes. The ticket card comes with a lanyard worn that can be worn around the neck.  
You can purchase ticket cards three ways:

  1. Pre-order to avoid long lines at Carnival using the attached order form and envelope. We will fill the order & return to your student the next day.
  2. Ticket cards can be purchased Wedenesday, Thursday & Friday the week of Carnival during school lunch.
  3. Ticket cards will be on sale at Carnival when the doors open at 5:30pm.

When planning how many ticket cards to purchase, note games are generally 1-2 tickets each to play.  Food and beverages range from 2-6 tickets.


Raffle Tickets are different from Basket Tickets.  In the separate envelope included in this Carnival packet, you will find your RAFFLE TICKET(S) & information.  The Raffle raises the most money for Carnival and therefore our school, students and staff.

GRAND PRIZE: OLG School Tuiton for the 2017-2018 School Year!!

  • Apple iPad
  • 2 Signed Minnesota Wild Jerseys (1 winner/jersey)
  • Party for you & 7 friends at Obstacle Academy/Ninja Warriors
  • Pizza lunch for you &  your class
  • Ride to school on an Edina Firetruck for you & two friends

Winners are drawn at 8:30 PM on Carnival night. You do not need to be present to win.  


A GoPro, AppleWatch, a drone, an electric scooter, Vera Bradly products, Nerf toys, Lush products, and Star Wars gear are just some of the items you could win by entering the basket drawings at Carnival! Located in the Church Dining Room, attendees can use tickets to enter for a chance to win these incredible baskets!

1 basket ticket costs 1 Carnival Ticket or $1.

Redemption/NUD (No Uniform Day) Passes

Points can be earned at games throughout Carnival.  Points are marked on your Ticket Card and can be redeemed at “Redemption” located in the Church Commons.

  • Prizes range from 20-80 points 
  • There is an area designated for K-2 only 
  • Redemption is open from 6:30-8:30pm
  • Not all games award points.  Some of the games have instant prizes such as General Mills Cake Walk, Soda Pop Ring Toss and Go Fish game are some examples where you are not awarded points.
  • Don’t miss this very busy, but fun part of Carnival!


Culvers will be on site grilling their amazing food!  Please visit Cassdy Hall to dine with your friends & family.  Smoothies by Berry Blendz are also available by Berry Blendz outside the gym doors.

FOOD BASKETS (includes main course, chips & frozen custard)

  • Burger Basket: $6.00 (6 Tickets)
  • Corn Dog Basket: $6.00 (6 Tickets)
  • Chicken Basket: $6.00 (6 Tickets)


  • Burger/Cheeseburger: $4.00 (4 Tickets)
  • Corn Dog: $4.00 ( 4 Tickets)
  • Chicken Sandwich: $4.00 (4 Tickets)
  • Wrap Sandwich: $4.00 (4 Tickets)
  • Chips: $1.00 (1 Ticket)
  • Frozen Custard: $3.00 (3 Tickets)
  • Nachos: $3.00 (3 Tickets)
  • Cookies (2): $1.00 (1 Ticket)
  • Soda/Water: $1.00 (1 Ticket)
  • Milk/Juice Bar:  $1.00 (1 Ticket)


A special thank you goes out to our incredible sponsors: Great Clips, Educational Outfitters, DS Erickson Partners, LLP , Edina Ortho, Hornig Companies, IAN Advertising, Velocity Training Center, General Mills and Lakes Sotheby’s International Realty.

Funeral Notice: Mary A. Montgomery

Montgomery, Mary A. age 85, of Minnetonka, MN, passed away on April 18, 2017. Preceded in death by husband, Herbert. Mary was a writer and co-owner of Montgomery Press. Survived by her children, John (Jennifer), Mark (Lizabeth) Montgomery and Ann (Brian) Riley; grandchildren, Otto, Lila, Andrea, April and Alexandra; brothers, Bob (Vi) and Gene (Carine) Schroeder, and their children; and lifelong friend, Lois Baker. Mary was a kind and loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend. Mass of Christian Burial 11:00 AM Friday, April 28 at the Washburn-McReavy Eden Prairie Chapel, 7625 Mitchell Road, Eden Prairie, MN 55344. Visitation one hour prior to service. Interment St. Catherine's Cemetery, Oyens, IA. In lieu of flowers, Mary requested donations to HOPE Community, Inc., 611 E. Franklin Ave., Mpls., MN 55404. Special thanks to Linda Morshare and the team at Pathfinder Care Management; the staff at The Glenn Mtka; the hospice staffs at Park Nicollet and N.C. Little; and the HHAs of Living Life Home Care. Washburn-McReavy.com Eden Prairie Chapel 952-975-0400

Read more at http://www.startribune.com/obituaries/detail/194161/?fullname=mary-a-montgomery#L4v02RWWU1oPEbi8.99

Funeral Notice: Margaret (Sweetser) Hagerty

Hagerty, Margaret Sweetser age 88 of Bloomington, passed from this life on April 21, 2017, surrounded by love. Margaret lovingly devoted her life to others. Her love of God and family was her true being. Her enormous gifts of love, compassion, and curiosity made everyone who crossed her path feel special. She lived a life of gratitude. Margaret's gracious disposition endeared her to all and her modesty belied her vast intellect. She had a lifelong love of learning. A linguist, historian, philosopher, and scholar, she was never without a book, frequently in French. Margaret grew up in Minneapolis, the only child of Dr. Horatio Sweetser and May Morrissey Sweetser. She attended the Convent of the Sacred Heart in Lake Forest, Illinois, which had a profound impact on her Christian faith. She graduated from the University of Minnesota with degrees in French and Spanish. After graduation, she worked in New York City and Boston, notably at the Harvard Business School. She returned to Minneapolis where she met and married her best friend and soulmate Edward Hagerty. They were blessed with 55 years of love and laughter that they shared with their six children: Bridget Hagerty (Phil Parkinson) of Deerbrook, WI; John Hagerty (Juanita) of Richmond, VA; Ann Hagerty Hicks of Eden Prairie, MN; Catherine Kirchner (Kevin) of Edina, MN; Nora Hagerty (Kevin Lytle) of Park City, UT; and Michael Hagerty (Nancy) of Plymouth, MN; grandchildren, Gabriel and Nathaniel Hicks, Katie and Maggie Kirchner, Coco Berwald, Patrick and Nora Hagerty, Melanie Parkinson, Kim Vickberg (Dave), Jacquelyn Parkinson and Samantha Haggard (Sean), and 3 great-grandchildren. Visitation 5-7 PM Tuesday, April 25 at Washburn-McReavy Edina Chapel. Mass of Christian Burial 11 AM Wednesday, April 26 with visitation beginning at 10:30 AM at the Church of Our Lady of Grace, 5071 Eden Ave., Edina, MN. Interment St. Mary's Cemetery. Memorials to Little Sisters of the Poor, St. Stephen's Human Services, or the Langlade County Historical Society. Special thanks to the caring professionals at Friendship Village and Fairview Hospice who cared for her with love. washburn-mcreavy.com Edina Chapel 952-920-3996

Read more at http://www.startribune.com/obituaries/detail/194713/?fullname=margaret-(sweetser)-hagerty#W2ET0QPAO2Ck2v92.99

Divine Mercy Sunday Holy Hour Celebration

Sunday, April 23, 3:00-4:00 PM

Declared as a universal feast day by St. John Paul II on April 30, 2000 at the canonization of St. Maria Faustina Kowalska, the young nun, chosen by Jesus as His apostle of His Mercy. "My daughter, tell the whole world about My inconceivable mercy. On this day, the very depths of  My Tender Mercy are open. I pour out a whole ocean of graces upon souls who approach the fount of My Mercy" (Diary #699).

In preparation for the Feast of Divine Mercy, the Lord asked for a Novena (9 days) of prayer from Good Friday (April 14) to the following Saturday. "I will deny nothing to any soul whom you will bring to the fount of My mercy" (Diary #1209)

Join us for a Divine Mercy celebration, the 2nd Sunday of Easter April 23, 3:00-4:00 PM.  Refreshments to follow.

Funeral Notice: Mary Gertrude (Malone) McGovern

McGovern, Mary Gertrude (Malone) age 90, of Edina, Minnesota died March 12, 2017. Born in Minneapolis, Mary Malone and her family moved across the country given her father's career in the U.S. Air Force. She graduated from St. Margaret's in Minneapolis. She earned a degree in English from St. Catherine's College in St. Paul. She teased her children about the excitement of belonging to the first class from St. Catherine's that could leave their white gloves behind when going out for the evening. She married Jim McGovern in January, 1951 and they raised five children moving from south Minneapolis to St. Louis Park and Bloomington as their family grew. They had many life-long friends, in particular, several couples they met, when they were all young and newly married parishioners of the Church of Christ King. These friends remained dear to them throughout their lives. Mary loved being a mother and grandmother and particularly enjoyed young children. She was a remarkable caregiver especially attentive to those who were sick or injured. She was a terrific cook and a gracious hostess; she enjoyed entertaining. She loved the visual arts and displayed a keen sense of design and color that was evident in her ability to create a beautiful home, a lovely flower garden or an elegant piece of ceramic art. Her ability to see beauty in all things was passed onto her children. Throughout her life Mary's faith was her foundation. Catholicism inspired her values and her commitment to her family, friends and those she met along life's journey. She will be remembered with love and appreciation by those privileged to share her life. She was preceded in death by her husband, James Joseph McGovern, sister, Kay Malone (John Lillie), son-in law, Rick Hagen, daughter-in-law, Shirley Berney, brother in-law, Tom McGovern Jr., and parents, Gertrude and John Malone. She is survived by children, Jim Jr. (Billie Bechold), Kathleen, Pat (David Cossi), John and Nancy, and grandchildren: Kayla, Grace and Jack, Colin, and Megan and Aaron, Dom (Addi Jadin) and Criste (Rob Jones) Cossi, Dan Berney, and nephews and nieces. Mass of Christian Burial Thursday, April 27, 11:00 am with visitation one hour beforehand at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church, 5701 Eden Ave, Edina (952-929-3317). Private interment at Fort Snelling National Cemetery. Memorials preferred to Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church.

Read more at http://www.startribune.com/obituaries/detail/188899/?fullname=mary-gertrude-(malone)-mcgovern#JOys3zdVqUcI6LOi.99

Funeral Notice: Brian James "Jim" Mahoney


Mahoney, Brian James "Jim" died Monday, April 10, 2017 after a short illness. He was preceded in death by his parents, Cornelius Daniel Mahoney and Frances (King) Mahoney; sisters: Mary Flannery, Patty Knutson and Betty Ann Mills and brothers, John Mahoney and Joseph Mahoney. He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Marion (Jassoy) Mahoney; son, John Mahoney (Judge Cynthia McCollum); daughters, Catherine (Stuart) Thomas of Sandwich, MA and Sarah (Michael) Holt of Upper Montclair, NJ; his beloved grandchildren, Cornelius "Neil" Mahoney, Sarah Mahoney, Kevin Mahoney, Claire Thomas, Charles Thomas, Addie Holt and Isabelle Holt; brother, Cornelius "Jerry" Mahoney of Minneapolis and many nieces and nephews. The family wishes to thank Phil Smith for getting Jim to the hospital and nieces, Laurie Denn and Sheila Rossebo for staying with Jim at the hospital. Jim graduated from Saint Thomas Military Academy and the University of St. Thomas, Saint Paul. He began his business career as a partner in the C.D. Mahoney and Company. He retired as a Vice President of Piper Jaffray, Minneapolis. Mass of Christian burial will be held on Wednesday, April 19, 2017, 11:00 a.m. at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church, 5071 Eden Avenue, Edina, 55436. Visitation will be at 10 a.m. Private family interment. cremationsocietyofmn.com

Read more at http://www.startribune.com/obituaries/detail/192283/?fullname=brian-james-jim-mahoney#RKx5T7ihxZiu6ESX.99

Lent & Easter Schedule 2017

Masses at 6:15 AM, 9:00 AM, 5:30 PM, 7:00 PM

PRAYER FAIR - March 11-12 after all Masses

March 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, April 7 at 6:00 PM

MEN’S CLUB FISH FRY – March 17, 4:30 PM - 7:30 PM

DAY OF MERCY – March 22 , 10:00 AM - 9:00 PM

5:00 PM (Vigil, April 8); 7:30 AM, 9:30 AM, 11:30 AM, 6:00 PM

9:00 AM – Morning Prayer
7:00 PM – Mass of the Lord’s Supper

GOOD FRIDAY – April 14
9:00 AM – Morning Prayer
9:30-10:30 AM – Confessions
3:00 PM – Stations of the Cross  (with choir)
7:00 PM – The Passion of the Lord

9:00 AM – Morning Prayer
9:30-10:30 AM – Confessions
8:00 PM – The Great Vigil of Easter
* No 5:00 PM Mass

Masses at 7:00 AM, 8:30 AM, 10:15 AM and 12:00 PM
* No 6:00 PM Mass

Traffic Flow on Easter

Due to the high volume of traffic on Easter Morning there will be modified traffic pattern. See the map below for more information.