Bishop Andrew Cozzens and Michele Denise Michaels will be the guest speakers. Bishop Cozzens is the auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis. Michele Michaels is a professional singer and inspirational speaker. Brochures are available in the Commons kiosk. Pre-registration is required.
Saturday, June 17, 8:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church
5071 Eden Ave
Edina, MN 55436
Each year we offer widows a Day of Reflection for spiritual enrichment and fellowship. We do this through prayer, reflection and the intercession of Mary, Mother of Jesus and Widow of Joseph.
Click the button to the right to download the registration form
Saturday, June 17, 8:00 AM – 1:00 PM
8:00-8:30 am: Registration
8:30-9:30 am: Mass
9:30-10:00 am: Continental Breakfast
10:00-10:45 am: Talk 1: Growing in Faith Through Prayer
10:45-11:00 am: Break
11:00-11:45 pm: Talk 2: Saying Yes Through Mary
11:45-12:15 pm: Lunch
12:15-1:00 pm: Michele Denise Michaels
Bishop Andrew Cozzens
The Most Reverend Andrew Cozzens serves as auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis.
A native of Denver, he graduated from Benedictine College in Atchison, Kansas, where he experienced a deepening of the faith through the Catholic Charismatic Renewal. After college, Bishop Cozzens served as a travelling missionary to young people with Twin Cities-based NET Ministries. He later joined the Companions of Christ in Saint Paul, and worked for Saint Paul’s Outreach leading college Bible study groups.
In 1997, he was ordained to the priesthood for the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis. He served as parochial vicar at the Cathedral of Saint Paul and then Faribault Catholic Community (now Divine Mercy) before being sent to Rome for doctoral studies. Upon his return to Minnesota, Bishop Cozzens began service as an instructor at the Saint Paul Seminary.
On October 11, 2013, Pope Francis appointed him as auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis. Bishop Cozzens' ordination to the Episcopacy took place December 9, 2013.
Michele Denise Michaels
A graduate of the Archbishop Harry J. Flynn Catechetical Institute and a professional singer, Michele is a poised and inspirational speaker, who has addressed audiences across the nation and sung around the world. She speaks about the gift of blindness and sings about the loveof God. Michele released her debut solo CD, “Altar Call“ in 2012 and is currently writing a book entitled “Are You Really Blind?” She is always honored to support Epiphany Studio Productions. www.micheledenisemichaels.com
Questions or concerns?
Contact Cheryl Broich: 952-831-2656
The 7th Annual Widows’ Day of Reflectionis endorsed by the Archdiocesan Office ofMarriage and Family Life and is sponsored by Knights of Columbus Marian and Nicollet Councils, Relevant Radio and Our Lady of Grace Church, Edina.
Calling all young adults to a ten-week study that unpacks the character of St. Peter, how he is both inspiring and confounding to many of us. How could a stubborn and impulsive fisherman become the "rock" upon which Jesus would build his Church? Bringing together biblical accounts, historical evidence, Church teaching, classical art, and personal insights, Dr. Tim Gray gives a fresh perspective on Simon Peter that is immediately informative and relevant to our lives. After all, if Jesus could bring out the very best in someone like Peter, then there is hope for the rest of us.
So join us on Mondays from 7:00-8:30 PM in the Youth Room!
Put Out Into the Deep
June 5th from 7:00– 8:30PM
June 12th from 7:00– 8:30PM
Faith Not Fear
June 19th from 7:00– 8:30PM
Peter the Rock
July 10th from 7:00– 8:30PM
Peter and the Keys
July 17th from 7:00– 8:30PM
In the Shadow of the Galilean
July 31st from 7:00– 8:30PM
Discipleship at a Distance
August 7th from 7:00– 8:30PM
Peter and Pentecost
August 14th from 7:00– 8:30PM
Peter bar Jonah
August 21st from 7:00- 8:30PM
August 28th from 7:00- 8:30PM
Wake up, go to Mass, and get some breakfast!
Join Father Kevin and other young adults for some great breakfast, fellowship and an opportunity to get to know your neighbors!
We will see you on May 28th after the 9:30 AM Mass in the Dining Room!
Friday Films are for young adults in their 20s and 30s, whether married or single. Food and drink contributions are always welcome, but we will also have a selection of beer, wine, and movie snacks to share.
Join us as we view and discuss the film "A Man for all Seasons" in the Youth Room on Friday, May 26th!! The Youth Room opens at 6:30PM and the movie will start at 7:00PM. Feel free to come as early early as 6:30PM or right up until 7:00PM.
A Man for All Seasons Review
Directed by Fred Sinnemann: A superb account of the trial of St. Thomas More, brilliantly acted by Paul Scofield and better than Bolt's play of the same name. Zinnemann's The Nun's Story marks the beginning of the Hollywood's negative portrayal of the Church, and Bolt's screenplay for The Mission looks at the Church from the point of view of Dostoevsky's "Grand Inquisitor," which makes this film a happier combination of their talents.
On August 27, 2016, the Catholic GrandparentMinistry was launched by the Archdiocese to engage all grandparents in the gift of being grand!Grandparents are so important for passing on the faith to the family and others. The Office of Evangelization & Catechesis invites you to the following upcoming events:
- May 10: Regional Grandparent Meeting
- May 24: Grandparent Study Group Training Workshop
- June 14: Grandparent Technology Workshop
- June 27: Grandparent & Grandchild Pilgrimage, Cathedral
- August 26: Catholic Grandparent Conference
Regional Grandparents Meeting: May 10
On Wednesday, May 10, Mary Pedersen will present Passing on the Faith: Naming Grace in the Domestic Church. This Regional Grandparents Meeting will be held from 7:30 - 9:00 p.m. at St. Pius X in White Bear Lake. The Rosary will be prayed for grandchildren at 7:15 p.m. All are welcome to the regular parish Mass (6:30 p.m.) and Rosary (7:15 p.m.) in the church. Click here to register. A free-will offering of $10.00 is suggested and light refreshments will be served.
Grandparent Study Group Training Workshop: May 24
At this workshop on Wednesday, May 24 from 5:30-7:00 PM you will learn more about our new study guide, "Grandparents: Living the Faith on Our Journey to Eternity" intended to accompany the EWTN Grandparent video series and learn more about The Grand Adventure: A New Call to Grandparenting. Both Grandparenting programs were created in response to an observed need in today's society to make better use of the grandparenting connection in family life. This workshop will take place in Saint Joseph Hall of the Archdiocese of Saint Paul & Minneapolis Chancery. Click here to register. A free-will offering of $10.00 is suggested and light refreshments will be served.
Click here to view the video testimony from a grandmother who recently participated in the Grand Adventure study group.
Grandparent Technology Workshop: June 14
Your grandchildren use technology to communicate. Now you can keep in touch with them using the same tools! Learn how to use texting, FaceTime, Skype and more. This will be a hands-on workshop with volunteers to help you learn how to use technology to communicate with your family.
Grandparents are invited to this technology workshop on Wednesday, June 14 from 5:30-7:00 p.m. The guest speaker will be Don Eldred, an Information Technology Services Technician with the Archdiocese.This workshop will take place in Saint Joseph Hall of the Archdiocese of Saint Paul & Minneapolis Chancery. A free-will offering of $10.00 is suggested and light refreshments will be served. Please register online today!
Click here to view the video testimony from a grandmother who stays in touch with her many grandchildren and great grand children using the Internet and Facebook!
Save the Dates!
Registration will open soon for: Faith and Freedom: Grandparents and Grandchildren pray at the Cathedral!
Grandparents are invited to bring your grandchildren to a fun and prayerful hour-long pilgrimage to the majestic Saint Paul Cathedral on Tuesday, June 27 at 1:00 p.m. This event will include a brief education of the Mass by Father John Paul Erickson, Director of Worship for the Archdiocese of St. Paul & Minneapolis, as well as time for prayer in the Shrine of the Nations, singing and learning about Adoration and Benediction. It will end with hospitality and a chance for browsing items from a local Catholic bookstore in Hayden Hall in the Cathedral basement.
Don't forget to mark your calendar for the 2017 Catholic Grandparenting Conference on August 26. More information to come!
Theology on Tap is a Catholic speaker series that takes place in a local pub or eating establishment. The event primarily focuses on topics of our faith and those issues in our world which affect the lives of Young Adults.
May 16 - The Greatest Question Ever: Ask it!
Speaker: John Crudele
May 23 - The Churches Recepie for True Love
Speaker: Fr. Joseph Johnson
For more information visit the WMYA Facebook page
THE CHRIST IN US MINISTERING TO THE CHRIST IN THEM
Mission Commission Member
Through Scripture God calls us to serve others.
How can we show our love of Christ through service? One of the ways Our Lady of Grace (OLG) answers this call is through coordinated efforts in Ghana, Honduras and Northeast Minneapolis.
In this special edition bulletin you will read how our parish responds to our call to serve others with an open heart. With a servant’s heart. By serving others we validate our faith to others. When we have a mission greater than ourselves the Christ in us can minister to the Christ in them.
When you are selfless, you glorify God because you are acting out your faith. The importance of having a purpose beyond ourselves is significant.
OLG Pastor Fr. Kevin Finnegan explains, “As weencounter God, who is love, we begin to learn the subtle truth of when Saint Paul states, ‘The Love of Christ impels me’ to go forth. Living beyond one’s self is a basic, even fundamental, step in our human development. God made us with an orientation to another. This truth lived outexpresses the health of a person. Living beyond one’s self corporally expresses that an organization, society, school, parish is vibrant. That Our Lady of Grace engages inknowing, serving and loving people beyond Eden Avenue tells me that this parish is healthy.”
Our Sister Parish covenant offers us the opportunity to practice our Gospel calling to serve.
“It is very important for our parish to have relationships with other communities,” said Fr. Finnegan. “Because of OLG’s relationships with our worldwide sister parishes, we are able to expand are hearts and our capacity to love, and to give of ourselves.”
SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT
Director of Community Life & Social Justice
Our Lady of Grace does a great job of being part of the Universal Church. It's one of the things I love most about our parish. We understand that God's Kingdom and our involvement need to be beyond the borders of our parish.
Next weekend we will be celebrating our sister parish relationships with Ghana, Honduras, and Northeast Minneapolis. These relationships enrich us as much as we enrich them, and each relationship has a special character that is based on building the Kingdom of God and honoring our sisters and brothers in faith. We meet in prayer with San Max via Skype every other month, which helps put faces and names to these friends. We've hosted visitors from St. Joseph's in Ghana, and we're looking forward to more visitors this September. John Paul II is closer geographically and we have teachers, tutors, fundraisers and prayers with the students and staff of this school.
As we learn more about each of these sister parishes, we grow in faith and understanding of one another and the challenges we face living our faith, raising our children and worshipping our God. We grow in love for people we haven't met as we share our love of God, and we build communities that transcend borders of Edina, Minneapolis, Ghana and Honduras. We remind one another that all of us are the beloved children of God, no matter where we live and work. We remember that God's love knows no boundaries or bounds.
Please stop in and learn more about our sister parish and school relationships next weekend. There will be treats and information about how you can get involved, and door prizes. Mostly, you'll learn about the love of God that we all share. Something to think about.
SAN MAXIMILIANO KOLBE, HONDURAS
Visitor to San Maximiliano Kolbe, Honduras
San Maximiliano Kolbe Catholic Parish – San Max – is in the city of Comayagüela across the Choluteca River from the capital city of Tegucigalpa in central Honduras. Honduras is a beautiful country with warm, generous, faithful citizens. However, Honduras is becoming an increasingly difficult country in which to live, struggling with poverty, gangs, violence, drug trafficking and corruption. Even in the midst of such difficulties, San Max is an active and dynamic Catholic parish living the Gospel message by joyfully serving the needy in their local impoverished neighborhoods. Since 1997, we have been journeying together with San Max in faith, friendship and service.
Our Sister Parish Covenant reads, “We are sister parishes united in love, brothers and sisters in the One Body of Christ. We desire to grow in solidarity and mutual knowledge through the communion of faith and personal and intercultural encounters. We desire to deepen our faith by sharing our experiences of God in order to increase our hope and joy in the mission that God entrusts to us.” The essence of this covenant echoes our relationship with Jesus Christ: relationship, communion, mission. Or, as Fr. Kevin put it, to “come, see, go, tell”.
As a sister parish, we are in relationship with San Max. When you participate in Skype calls, mission trips, personal visits and/or other events, you will experience a loving encounter with a real person. You will experience an intimacy in friendship that goes far beyond seeing someone as a project, instead getting to know each other as family. You will experience the beauty of different cultures. Primarily you will experience the Light of Christ in one another’s heart, and come to know each other as brothers and sisters in Jesus Christ.
Our relationship with San Max brings us into communion with each other, where we worship together and pray for each other. You will experience a deeper appreciation of prayer and the Sacraments, especially the celebration of the Mass. Fr. Marc Paveglio commented about our last visit to San Max: “To be together and celebrating the Eucharist in the Mass was the best part of the trip for me. To be worshiping the Lord and deepening in love for each other, I just saw it happen. I saw it in the Mass. I saw it in the fellowship afterward.”
Through sharing our gifts with each other, our communion with San Max sends both parishes on mission to serve the needs of others. Many families in the San Max community are faced with the choice of putting food on the table or sending their children to school. Through their leadership in faith, San Max provides education scholarships to grade school, high school and university students. We partner with San Max in this important ministry. When you participate in the San Max Education Ministry through the OLG Advent Giving Tree and other means, you help give the gift of hope to a child and family. The San Max children respond with sincere gratitude and affection for the OLG community. Nine-year-old Linda Rodriguez, who is in the 4th grade, writes: “I want to tell you that this is a great help for me and especially for my daddy and mommy because what they do not spend on these things they spend on food or medicines. May God multiply the blessings you have given me and to other kids that go to school without uniforms or shoes. Some would go to school barefoot, but with your help now they don’t have to.”
During our last Skype call we prayed a Chaplet of Divine Mercy together. Gloria, a San Max parishioner, said it beautifully: “You don’t know me and I don’t know you. But the beauty of our faith in Jesus Christ is that we can encounter our love for each other through our prayer and service with each other.” Our relationship with San Max not only gives glory to God, but also serves as a witness to God’s love, through His Son Jesus Christ and with the Holy Spirit.
For more information about our relationship with San Max and our last visit to Honduras, please view our video above.
If you would like to learn more about our relationship with San Max, find a way to be involved, or help support the San Max Education Ministry, please contact Melissa Miller (952-929-3317 x109, firstname.lastname@example.org) or Phil Grisez (651-783-2618, email@example.com). We invite you to join us for our next Skype call or our next trip to San Max in Honduras.
Dios de Bendiga! (God Bless You!).
JPII PREPATORY SCHOOL, MINNEAPOLIS
Liaison, John Paul II Preparatory School
OLG leadership recognizes that charity in our own backyard is just as necessary as charity overseas.
Located in Northeast Minneapolis, Saint John Paul II Catholic Preparatory School (JPII) is our “local” sister school. JPII has a history of serving our local immigrant population. At one time predominantly Polish in attendance, now one will see the halls of JPII filled with Ecuadorian scholars. The families of JPII are devoted Catholics who wish for their children to receive a faith-filled education - one that cannot be found in local public schools. JPII families also are largely comprised of families operating off of an annual household income of $32,000 or less - making it a challenge to cover the full cost of a child’s tuition.
As a sister school and parish, OLG finds many ways to support JPII:
- Tutoring: the robust tutoring program is a true gift to JPII, giving young scholars the extra attention they need to overcome obstacles as English language learning students (the majority of which do not have English-speaking parents to help them with their homework).
- General volunteering: helping to bridge the gap between special initiatives and lack of available hands, OLG volunteers have been known to clean and resurrect the art room, stock the “Saint Store”, paint and restore rooms, as well as make tetherballs for the playground.
- Prayer: the prayer warriors at OLG move mountains for this school and the families it serves.
- Treasure: various groups at OLG School and Church have found ways to share resources so that JPII has new lunch tables, gently used bibles, healthful snacks and fully-funded field trips. Many parishioners have become regular donors to JPII, recognizing that we are all one Catholic family and that JPII is just as much our school as OLG.
Actions from our OLG community are breaking the cycles of poverty for families at JPII. OLG JPII donors are making sure that tuition remains affordable and that operating costs are covered so the doors can remain open. OLG School is partnering with JPII staff to make sure that they have similar resources to work with. OLG parish is making sure that opportunities are provided for us to extend a hand through social ministries. Together, we all bring one scholar through JPII at a time – to succeed, proceed to high school and then onward to college. We give them hope. We give them the ability to be the first in their family to graduate from college and break the cycle of poverty for their family.
Pope John Paul II said, “Be not afraid to be saints.” Says one JPII scholar when asked what he loves about JPII school: “I love learning about the saints. I love going to Mass every Wednesday - and getting to serve at Mass.”
Thank you OLG for being a part in making more saints for this world!
ST. JOSEPH'S PARISH, GHANA
Visitor to St. Joseph’s Parish, Ghana
A century ago there were few Catholics in Africa; today, the Catholic population is growing faster than the Catholic population of any other continent. In western Africa, Ghana has been an independent country for only about fifty years. Our Lady of Grace has supported a wonderful mission there for more than a dozen years. It consists of our sister parish relationship with St. Joseph Parish in Mamponteng-Ashanti. St. Joseph is a large vibrant Catholic parish with satellite primary schools in the surrounding area. Some OLG parishioners may remember the visiting priests from this region who lived at OLG while pursuing advanced degrees at St. Thomas University or the St. Paul Seminary. I personally got to know Fr. Sylvester and Fr. Dominic while they were here ministering to our parish.
In June 2015, I had the privilege of visiting our mission at St. Joseph’s with a group of OLG parishioners. We were warmly greeted and welcomed, and given a wonderful tour of the community and schools under the umbrella of St. Joseph Parish. Included in this tour was a visit to Our Lady of Grace High School, built primarily through the generosity of OLG parishioners in Edina. Education is one of the most pressing needs in Ghana, and our support of St. Joseph’s Parish and OLG High School is a great work in our mission to make Jesus Christ known and loved.
Seeing Ghana first-hand was a unique and eye opening experience. To see the joy of the people, their belief and trust in God, coupled with the natural desire to make their lives and community better was truly moving. They are so appreciative of the support that OLG provides, and the fact that we care about them and the continuance of our longstanding sister parish relationship. I have traveled all over the world, but my mission trip to Ghana stands out as an experience that enhanced my religion and opened my heart.
Visitor to St. Joseph’s Parish, Ghana
Once in a person’s life, or maybe twice if you are blessed, you are given the opportunity to be involved in something greater than yourself. Something that could only be guided by the hand of God. Many times over for my wife Christine and I, that has been the Ghana Mission, which has changed our lives.
From its very humble beginning at Most Holy Trinity in 2000 to its rebirth here at Our Lady of Grace in 2003, we have accomplished nothing short of a miracle. This Sister Parish Ministry has touched many lives, both here and in Ghana.
- Ginny Ogle was so inspired by her trip to Ghana that she started the “Students United for Africa” at her school and they raised money to travel to Ghana and build a school building.
- Jack Clancy was so touched by the people that he spent a year in South Africa using soccer to minister to people.
- Steven Jaffee went to Ghana with his dad and after high school spent 6 months on his own ministering and living with the people of Ghana.
These are the person-to-person encounters that changed hearts and minds. I can’t even begin to talk about things like Our Lady of Grace High School, our trips to the satellite parishes, the priests who stayed here. Lives are changing. Maybe yours will too.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
In His name,
Fr. Kevin Finnegan Ginny Ogle
Pastor Chair, Parish Pastoral Council
CALL TO DISCERNMENT FOR OLG PARISH MEMBERS INTERESTED IN SERVING
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 16, 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 ROLE OF THEOLG PARISH PASTORAL COUNCIL
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.
- 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.