RISE and SHINE Breakfast

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Wednesday, September 6, 7:15 AM - 9:00 AM
Interlachen Country Club, Edina

Please join us and be a part of something incredible! The 1st Annual Rise & Shine Breakfast is a fundraiser to benefit the scholarship fund of OLG Senior High School, Ghana, Africa.

Visit www.riseandshinebreakfast.org by August 25th to register. Cost is $30 per seat and covers the expense of breakfast. Please note that seating is limited.

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Confirmation Program 2017-2018

Bring Our Youth Closer to  Christ!

Go and make disciples of all nations.
— Mt 28:19

Our Lady of Grace is really excited to share our new Confirmation program with you. We are transitioning to an 18-month program starting in 7th grade. Our Candidates will receive the Sacrament in the middle of their 8th grade year. We are looking forward to walking with your youth in their journey to Jesus. The goal of our program is to bring our youth closer to Jesus through a personal encounter with Him. Our sessions include small group sessions, large group events, family and sponsor events, and a weekend retreat. We want to prepare our youth for the new challenges they will face in their journey to God. We live in a challenging world, so please help us with your prayers to keep fostering more disciples of Jesus.

Grow Closer to God

“I very much enjoyed my Confirmation process. It has been a great blessing in my life and I have grown closer to God. I have also developed a deeper relationship with my sponsor. I especially liked the Confirmation Retreat because it allowed me to disconnect from everything going on, and focus on Jesus.” (Testimony of Charlie, Confirmation Program 2016-17)

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Our New Confirmation Program Overview

7th Grade Year
Confirmation Year 1

  • Parent and Candidate Kick-off Retreat (Parent orientaton meeting)
  • Sponsor and Candidate Meeting Wednesday sessions 6:00-7:15 PM (Small group and large group sessions)
  • Day of Mercy at Our Lady of Grace(Sacrament of Reconciliation)
  • Sunday Mass and Holy Days of Obligation
  • Ministry service in the community (Altar server, greeter, usher, Sunday School, and other volunteer opportunities)

8th Grade Year
Confirmation Year 2

  • Parent and Candidate Kick-off Event (Parent orientation meeting)
  • Two Sponsor and Candidate Meetings
  • Wednesday sessions 6:00-7:15 PM(Small group and large group sessions)
  • Day of Mercy at Our Lady of Grace (Sacrament of Reconciliation)
  • Sunday Mass and Holy Days of Obligation
  • Two service projects with our Youth Ministry opportunities (Mini-missions, Loaves & Fishes, etc.)
  • Confirmation Rehearsal and Family Prayer Vigil
  • Net Confirmation Weekend Retreat (October 13-15th or November 10-12th)
  • "Lock-in of the Holy Spirit" at Our Lady of Grace

Join us in praying for our youth and confirmation candidates.

We offer to you, Loving God, the gifts and needs of our youth. Please bless them with your guiding grace as they encounter opportunities and trials in their lives. Touch their hearts with your gentle love so that they may always know they are valued. Protect them from the lies of the enemy and the temptations to meet the standards of the secular world. Guide us all in
our shared mission to be disciples of Jesus in the world. Amen.

For more information

please contact Sr. Eileen at (952)-929-3317 x 262 or pes-sisters@olgparish.org

RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults)

Pray for our "new" Catholics

Please continue to pray for our “new” Catholics, initiated fully into the Church this past Easter Vigil through the Rite of Christian Initation for Adults (RCIA). Please continue (or start) to support these folks in their special “neophyte year” as part of our own calling as faith-filled Catholics, as part of our loving parish community and as the world-wide One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church.

Sign Up for RCIA

We want to invite any and all who are visiting Our Lady of Grace and have interest in learning more about Jesus and his Church to contact either Sean Lavell at seanlavell@olgparish.org, or Margaret Lively at 612-840-8240 for more information about RCIA here at OLG.  While the RCIA process is always open and on-going, the formal part of the process does start each fall and runs through Easter Vigil, continuing on until Pentecost.  For those considering the Catholic faith for the first time, or those not fully-initiated sacramentally into the Church through Confirmation, we are here to answer questions and help you explore the beauty of the Catholic faith.

Do your part to help build God’s kingdom—get involved with RCIA! 

There are so many beautiful ministries and ways to live your Catholic faith at OLG—what a true gift this parish is.  One way you can make a personal difference in the life of another is to become a Parish Mentor for a candidate in our RCIA process.  While the commitment to you may not seem that significant, your impact on another soul can be truly life-changing.  Contact either Sean Lavell at seanlavell@olgparish.org or Margaret Lively at 612-840-8240 for more information.

Global Leadership Summit Thank You!

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Our Lady of Grace extends a huge and heartfelt “Thank You” to all the many volunteers who made the Global Leadership Summit such a success.  Whether you helped with registration, hospitality, ushering, or attended the sessions, the summit would not have been the same without you.  Your presence and willingness to help allowed Our Lady of Grace to greet our guests with loving care.  Thank you!!!

Encounter Middle School Youth Formation 2017-2018

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Wednesdays, 6:00 PM - 7:15 PM
Our Middle School Youth Formation program isstarting soon. Please don’t forget to register your child in our Encounter program for this upcoming year. The goal of Encounter is to bring our youth closer to Christ and to help them have a personal relationship with Him. We are so excited to walk with the youth of Our Lady of Grace in their journey to become disciples of Jesus.

We will have small group sessions, large group events, service projects and family events. Please remember that Confirmation preparation starts in 7th grade and is part of the Encounter YouthFormation program. 

Youth and parents, join us at our Kick-off Retreat on Saturday, September 23, 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM.

Please contact Sr. Julieta or Sr. Eileen atpes-sisters@olgparish.org or in the Parish Office (x262) if you have any questions.

Ghanaian Visitors 9/10

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Sunday, September 10, Commons
After the 9:30 AM, 11:30 AM and 6:00 PM Masses

 

Come and meet Dr. Agnes Aidoo and other visitors from Our Lady of Grace High School. Who knows, maybe after you meet these wonderful visitors, you’ll want to go on the next trip to Mamponteng or be part of our Sister Parish Committee.

Funeral Notice: Charlotte (Peterson) Papin

Papin, Charlotte (nee Peterson) age 94, lifelong Minnesotan, passed away 7/19/17. The last of a generation. Survived by daughters, Calla Sullivan and Charlene (Dennis) Hansen; grandchildren, Gregory, Bennett, Ellen, Shea and Tara; 6 nephews and their loving families. In lieu of memorials or flowers, please perform a random act of kindness. Memorial Mass of Christian Burial 10:00 AM Monday 8/21, with gathering one hour prior at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church, 5071 Eden Ave., Edina. Washburn-McReavy.com Edina Chapel 952-920-3996

2017 Vacation Bible School

Stephanie Lloyd
Director of Faith Formation

It is 8:45 on a Monday morning in the heart of the summer. On this particular Monday morning Our Lady of Grace campus has been transformed into the “Maker Fun Factory” by a team of youth and adult disciples. You hear squeals and peals of laughter, see 180 children, over 25 teen leaders, and over 20 adult leaders engaged in learning about God’s great love for us.

Perhaps not what you would ordinarily expect to see on a summer Monday morning, but July 24., 2017 was no ordinary day. It was the beginning of our parish’s week-long journey, deep into a world where kids would have several hands-on opportunities to discover that God made them - and for a purpose! 

Each day started with a rousing celebration where we sang catchy songs, learned a key Bible verse, and met our zany friend, Ivana, who helped us demonstrate the Bible point for each day. After our opening we went to small-group learning centers where we: became actors in the daily Bible skit, played teamwork-building games, devoured yummy treats, tested fun gizmos, learned about the saints (our Catholic heroes), saw videos about kids living as disciples of Jesus, and met Bible Memory Buddies. We even had special visitors throughout the week, as Fr. Kevin, Fr. Neil and Fr. Nick joined the fun! At our daily Fun-Shop Finale, we were sent out with the mission to look for evidence of God all around us and report back the next day during God Sightings, which helped us to build the habit of gratitude. There were many highpoints during the week, but the highest was when we celebrated Mass together on Friday, giving thanks for the gift of Jesus in the Eucharist! 

At Our Lady of Grace we were blessed to have a great team of leaders who answered their baptismal call and brought these activities to life for our preschool through 8th grade learners! We had moms, dads, grandmas, grandpas, siblings, youth leaders and clergy all working together to bring the “Maker Fun Factory” to life! This was a beautiful example ofministry that demonstrated a true collaboration of many in our parish, both through the prayers you offered and through the many acts of the self-giving love of our leaders.

It was truly a grace-filled experience to see people of all ages interacting in ways that brought our faith alive. We cannot wait for next year! Be sure to join us for “Shipwrecked: Rescued by Jesus”. Watch for information in March 2018!