OLG Discipleship Leader: November News and Announcements

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Greetings all! Just a friendly reminder that ZOMBIE SARDINES IS THIS SUNDAY! 

I need as many of you as can come- It's gonna be an awesome event! We are setting up at 5:30PM. AND make-up starts at 6PM. I'll have Pizza for dinner. Remember- if you know anyone that you think would be great for Core Team PLEAAASE invite them to attend the event on Sunday! This is a great opportunity to share with others what we do :)
Which is TERRIFY HIGH SCHOOLERS. BWAHAHAHAHAAHAAAA! 

See you Sunday, and please let me know if you can come! God bless! 

Don't forget about the challenges! 


1. Frequent the Sacrament of Thanksgiving.

The Greek word Eucharistia means thanksgiving. We call it “Eucharist, because it is an action of thanksgiving to God…[it] recalls the Jewish blessings that proclaim (especially during a meal) God’s works” (CCC 1328). When we participate in the celebration of the Eucharist, in the Divine Liturgy of the Mass, we attend the most profound Thanksgiving meal, the heavenly banquet. So look at that! You can have the best Thanksgiving dinner every day at mass!

2. Share a meal.

All of our Lord’s greatest teachings were done over a meal or right after a meal. Food is such an important part of our Catholic theology. Jesus’ first miracle was the wedding at Cana, then there was the feeding of the 5,000, dining at Martha and Mary’s house, instructing Jarius’ daughter to be fed after she was healed, etc… all culminating in the Last Supper, the first Eucharistic meal and pointing through Jesus’ sacrifice of His body on the cross, to the heavenly banquet we all look forward to. So sit down with loved ones and just eat together. Laugh, enjoy company, have no agenda, just be – oh and eat!

3. A raisin in your stuffin’ praisin’.

Did you know there are 9 different words in Sacred Scripture for “thanks”? There are 4 Hebrew words in the Old Testament and 5 Greek words in the New. Two of these, yadah and towdah, also mean “to give praise.” Psalm 100:4 says, “enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise! Give thanks to him, bless his name!” To Praise the Lord, is to pray recognizing the Lord as God, simply because He is God. It means to extol Him for His own sake and to give Him what is due to Him. Thanks and praise go hand in hand like turkey and gravy.

4. Have a Job Thanksgiving.

Have you ever read the book of Job? Job was the most righteous man of his day, and blessed by the Lord. Satan was not happy about this, and bet that Job would curse God if the Lord allowed Job to be afflicted. So he did. In one day almost all of Job’s livestock and livelihood was killed and all of Job’s sons and daughters were killed. But Job did not curse the Lord. So Satan afflicted Job’s health, but Job was faithful. Instead of saying, “WHY SWEET LORD ARE YOU ALLOWING THIS TO HAPPEN TO ME!?” which, lets be honest, that is probably what I would do, Job thanked the Lord. He praised the Lord. He blessed the Lord. One of my favorite verses in scripture is, “the Lord gave and the Lord has taken away. Blessed be the name of the Lord” (Job 1:21). When the Lord gives do you praise and thank Him? When He takes away do you do the same? Give thanks for afflictions, hardships and difficult things in your life. You can do it!! I know from personal experience that, even in the worst situations, giving thanks and praise softens our hearts to get through it.

5. Give until it hurts.

Mother Teresa once said, “I must be willing to give whatever it takes to do good to others. This requires that I be willing to give until it hurts.” This woman knew the true meaning of giving. We must make a sacrifice of ourselves for the good of another. It is not until our gift really costs us, (not limited to money) a part of us – our comfort, security, etc…, that we have given fully. I challenge you to give until it hurts this Thanksgiving. In giving that gift, you will find the greatest joy and fulfillment. Even more filling than cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes and stuffing.

6. Drop some names.

Actually, only drop one name. Jesus Christ! Psalm 105:1 says, “O give thanks to the LORD, call on his name, make known his deeds among the peoples!” One of the greatest ways to give thanks to the Lord is by letting others know about the “wondrous things” (Psalm 98:1) He has done in your life. Think about it. When you get the greatest gift ever, after thanking the giver, what do you do? You run and tell someone! God proclaim Jesus’ name!

7. Get out. (and serve that is).

Especially when we are in a spiritual rut, the quickest way to recognize the Lord is active and at work in our lives is to make a gift of ourselves, to go outside of ourselves. When we serve others, when we make a gift of our time and talents, when we recognize the need in our brothers and sisters around us, we often recall all the blessings in our lives. When we are reminded of these blessings, we are presented with an opportunity to give thanks. So, rake that elderly neighbor’s yard! Volunteer the heck out of that soup kitchen! Go party with the elderly in a nursing home! Or just sit and play with your sibling – and make sure to tickle them.

8. Pull a 1 Thessalonians 5:18.


Giving thanks is so necessary, because it gives meaning to ALL things in our life. It places ALL things in context, in the context of a person – Jesus Christ.

Here is my challenge to you – give thanks, some kind of thanks – every. single. day. Your life will be transformed!

(The original article written by Maddy Bernero can be found HERE

Check out this video on Gratitude! 
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. Join us on October 24th from 7:30- 9:00PM! You won't want to miss out! See more...
 
Check out our LifeNight Wrap-up Blog below,
annnnnd some of the photos from our last LifeNight! 
This last LifeNight that we had was especially awesome because we got to hear from Gabri, an OLG School and Youth Ministry Alum. She came to share her story about vocation, and encouraged us all to search for what God is calling each of us to do! See her story below, AND to read more about Gabri and how to help her- click here! 

Extravaganzas are HUGE game nights that all are invited to! From shooting zombies, solving an escape room, and joining in REAL LIFE CLUE- there is something for everyone! So grab some friends and come on down!  See more...
 

Check out what we are doing on the 28th after the Sunday the 6PM Mass! 

All Saints day: Thursday, November 1, Mass times

  • 6:15 AM

  • 9:00 AM

  • 6:00 PM

Holy Day of Obligation

Monday, November 5, 7:00 PM
Candlelight Mass of Remembrance
Our Lady of Grace will remember those who have gone before us. The names of those who have passed this year will be read as part of our prayer. Light reception to follow in the Commons.

UNLEASHED is a small group for all high school youth that is designed to help us all GROW as disciples and missionaries for Christ.

Each series lasts a few weeks and will focus on a different topic in a unique way. UNLEASHED is a great opportunity to grow in your faith, meet new friends, and learn how to share your faith with others! See more...

Every month, our Youth Ministry offers to our parish’s teens many Christian Service opportunities. We are called to help make a difference in our parish, community and world. Jesus Himself was our model of how we should serve! See more...
 
Register for our upcoming Mission Home event below! 
Mission Home:  Second Harvest Heartland  
11/3/2018 from 9-11:30AM here!

VOCATIONS

Vianney Visit 

Begins with Registration Thursday, November 15, 4 – 6 p.m.
Concludes Saturday, November 17, 11 a.m. 
Saint John Vianney College Seminary, St. Paul
Vianney Visit provides high school sophomores through college age men (ages 16-24) the opportunity to take a closer look and experience college seminary. Attend Mass, prayer, and spiritual conferences with SJV priests and hear testimonies from SJV seminarians. There is no charge for the event. All meals are provided.  

Register online or call 651-962-6825. Please contact Director of Vocations Father David Blume to let him know of your interest in the Vianney Visit. Father Blume can be reached at 651-962-6890 or by emailing stpaulpriest@10000vocations.org

Operation Andrew Dinner

Tuesday, November 20
6 – 8 p.m. 
Archdiocesan Catholic Center, St. Paul

Archbishop Bernard Hebda and Father David Blume, Director of Vocations, invite men discerning the priesthood, ages 16 – 50, to dinner and conversation with vocations testimonials on priesthood and religious life. It is typical for a pastor, religious or youth minister to accompany each discerning guest. 

Register online before November 16. Email stpaulvocations@10000vocations.org or call the Office of Vocations at 651-962-6890. Please print and post the flyer. For discerners under age 18, please provide the Consent and Indemnity Form.

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OLG Peer Ministry: October 14th Meeting

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October 2018
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Hey all! 
 It was great to get to see you all last night and for those who missed- we missed you! Below is our meeting minutes AND most importantly your "challenges" for you each to work on until we meet on our next Peer Ministry Meeting on November 18th. We are going to be talking about the ways we succeed in your 8 challenges below, and we will do it eating PIE! 
DON'T FORGET! With Alexandra's great idea about having a Freindsgiving we are going to have a feast on the 18th! Keep your eyes on your email as we get closer to hear what you are going to be bringing! God bless and have a safe, fun, and holy MEA weekend! 

1. Frequent the Sacrament of Thanksgiving.

The Greek word Eucharistia means thanksgiving. We call it “Eucharist, because it is an action of thanksgiving to God…[it] recalls the Jewish blessings that proclaim (especially during a meal) God’s works” (CCC 1328). When we participate in the celebration of the Eucharist, in the Divine Liturgy of the Mass, we attend the most profound Thanksgiving meal, the heavenly banquet. So look at that! You can have the best Thanksgiving dinner every day at mass!

2. Share a meal.

All of our Lord’s greatest teachings were done over a meal or right after a meal. Food is such an important part of our Catholic theology. Jesus’ first miracle was the wedding at Cana, then there was the feeding of the 5,000, dining at Martha and Mary’s house, instructing Jarius’ daughter to be fed after she was healed, etc… all culminating in the Last Supper, the first Eucharistic meal and pointing through Jesus’ sacrifice of His body on the cross, to the heavenly banquet we all look forward to. So sit down with loved ones and just eat together. Laugh, enjoy company, have no agenda, just be – oh and eat!

3. A raisin in your stuffin’ praisin’.

Did you know there are 9 different words in Sacred Scripture for “thanks”? There are 4 Hebrew words in the Old Testament and 5 Greek words in the New. Two of these, yadah and towdah, also mean “to give praise.” Psalm 100:4 says, “enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise! Give thanks to him, bless his name!” To Praise the Lord, is to pray recognizing the Lord as God, simply because He is God. It means to extol Him for His own sake and to give Him what is due to Him. Thanks and praise go hand in hand like turkey and gravy.

4. Have a Job Thanksgiving.

Have you ever read the book of Job? Job was the most righteous man of his day, and blessed by the Lord. Satan was not happy about this, and bet that Job would curse God if the Lord allowed Job to be afflicted. So he did. In one day almost all of Job’s livestock and livelihood was killed and all of Job’s sons and daughters were killed. But Job did not curse the Lord. So Satan afflicted Job’s health, but Job was faithful. Instead of saying, “WHY SWEET LORD ARE YOU ALLOWING THIS TO HAPPEN TO ME!?” which, lets be honest, that is probably what I would do, Job thanked the Lord. He praised the Lord. He blessed the Lord. One of my favorite verses in scripture is, “the Lord gave and the Lord has taken away. Blessed be the name of the Lord” (Job 1:21). When the Lord gives do you praise and thank Him? When He takes away do you do the same? Give thanks for afflictions, hardships and difficult things in your life. You can do it!! I know from personal experience that, even in the worst situations, giving thanks and praise softens our hearts to get through it.

5. Give until it hurts.

Mother Teresa once said, “I must be willing to give whatever it takes to do good to others. This requires that I be willing to give until it hurts.” This woman knew the true meaning of giving. We must make a sacrifice of ourselves for the good of another. It is not until our gift really costs us, (not limited to money) a part of us – our comfort, security, etc…, that we have given fully. I challenge you to give until it hurts this Thanksgiving. In giving that gift, you will find the greatest joy and fulfillment. Even more filling than cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes and stuffing.

6. Drop some names.

Actually, only drop one name. Jesus Christ! Psalm 105:1 says, “O give thanks to the LORD, call on his name, make known his deeds among the peoples!” One of the greatest ways to give thanks to the Lord is by letting others know about the “wondrous things” (Psalm 98:1) He has done in your life. Think about it. When you get the greatest gift ever, after thanking the giver, what do you do? You run and tell someone! God proclaim Jesus’ name!

7. Get out. (and serve that is).

Especially when we are in a spiritual rut, the quickest way to recognize the Lord is active and at work in our lives is to make a gift of ourselves, to go outside of ourselves. When we serve others, when we make a gift of our time and talents, when we recognize the need in our brothers and sisters around us, we often recall all the blessings in our lives. When we are reminded of these blessings, we are presented with an opportunity to give thanks. So, rake that elderly neighbor’s yard! Volunteer the heck out of that soup kitchen! Go party with the elderly in a nursing home! Or just sit and play with your sibling – and make sure to tickle them.

8. Pull a 1 Thessalonians 5:18.


Giving thanks is so necessary, because it gives meaning to ALL things in our life. It places ALL things in context, in the context of a person – Jesus Christ.

Here is my challenge to you – give thanks, some kind of thanks – every. single. day. Your life will be transformed!

(The original article written by Maddy Bernero can be found HERE

Check out this video on Gratitude! 
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. Join us on October 24th from 7:30- 9:00PM! You won't want to miss out! See more...
 
Check out our LifeNight Wrap-up Blog below,
annnnnd some of the photos from our last LifeNight! 
This last LifeNight that we had was especially awesome because we got to hear from Gabri, an OLG School and Youth Ministry Alum. She came to share her story about vocation, and encouraged us all to search for what God is calling each of us to do! See her story below, AND to read more about Gabri and how to help her- click here! 

Extravaganzas are HUGE game nights that all are invited to! From shooting zombies, solving an escape room, and joining in REAL LIFE CLUE- there is something for everyone! So grab some friends and come on down!  See more...
 

 

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Leadership Training: Peer Ministers and Discipleship Leaders

Greetings in the Lord! We are so excited to be back and to have you all to serve together the kids We are sure the Lord will bless our programs and there will be much fruit. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR "YES". We wouldn't be able to do this without you.

We need to prepare ourselves for this year so we are having two main sessions before our two kick-off retreats.

Wednesday, September 5th (5:30pm in the Dining Room at OLG)

Annie Grandell will be giving a talk on how to lead a small group of youth. After the talk each group of catechists will meet with the staff-member in charge of their Faith Formation Program in order to go through the specifics of their own Program or level (elementary, middle school, school confirmation and high school youth ministry).

AND Saturday, September 15th. We will begin with Mass at OLG 8:30am- then head to the PES Sisters convent at 8650 Russell Ave S Minneapolis, MN 55431.

It will a very special time for preparing us spiritually for this year of ministry and go deeper in our mission as leaders! Thank you for your time, generosity and love to the Lord.

God bless!

Veronica Whelan 

OLG Discipleship Group Leader: MORE September News And Announcements

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Greetings Peer Ministers!

Just some freindly remiders as we head into September! 

We are having our Leadership Retreat THIS  Saturday, Sept 15th (8:30 Mass at OLG- Sister's convent (9:30-3:00pm) DON'T FORGET! We start with Mass at OLG, and THEN we go to the Convent. Please let me know if you can come ASAP!

ALSO- there have been some big changes happening in the Youth Room! We have been remodeling! We can't wait to show you all the changes, sooooo keep your eyes peeled! 

Greetings in the Lord! We are so excited to be back and to have you all to serve together the kids We are sure the Lord will bless our programs and there will be much fruit. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR "YES". We wouldn't be able to do this without you.

We need to prepare ourselves for this year so we are having two main sessions before our two kick-off retreats. See more...

Want to go deeper in your relationship with Jesus and his Church, but need help? Want to take that next step, or steps, in your spiritual life? If so, then Acts 29 may be perfect for you! Acts 29 is a formation process designed to help you go deeper and take that next spiritual step.  Acts 29 had three modules: Sow, Grow, and Go.  Each module lasts seven weeks, concluding with a retreat. See more...

Saturday, September 15, Memorial of Our Lady of Sorrows, 11:00 AM
Cathedral of St Paul, St. Paul

Mindful of Pope Francis’ recent call for prayer and fasting, Archbishop Bernard Hebda invites everyone to join him for a Eucharistic Holy Hour of reparation and prayers for healing.

"Because we ourselves are unable to atone for so much wrong, we unite ourselves to the infinite merits of our Savior Jesus. Receive His Divine Blood as it mystically flows from His Holy Wounds, and offer it to the Father in perfect atonement for the sins of the world." - St. Peter Julian Eymard

Inspirational Resources for Faith Formation in September

Discover all the best Catholic content in one place. Entertaining movies, enlightening programs, inspiring talks and audio dramas, and a great selection of popular e-books - all just a click away! See more...

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Discipleship Group Leader: September Events and Information

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Greetings Core Team!

Just some freindly remiders as we head into September! 

We are having our Training kick-off on  Wednesday, Sept 5 (6:00-7:30pm- Cassidy Hall) annnnnnnnnnd on  Saturday, Sept 15th (8:30 Mass at OLG- Sister's convent (9:30-3:00pm)

I will be giving out the Youth Ministry Calendars for the year there! 

ALSO- there have been some big changes happening in the Youth Room! We have been remodeling! We can't wait to show you all the changes, sooooo keep your eyes peeled! 

Greetings in the Lord! We are so excited to be back and to have you all to serve together the kids We are sure the Lord will bless our programs and there will be much fruit. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR "YES". We wouldn't be able to do this without you.

We need to prepare ourselves for this year so we are having two main sessions before our two kick-off retreats. See more...

Want to go deeper in your relationship with Jesus and his Church, but need help? Want to take that next step, or steps, in your spiritual life? If so, then Acts 29 may be perfect for you! Acts 29 is a formation process designed to help you go deeper and take that next spiritual step.  Acts 29 had three modules: Sow, Grow, and Go.  Each module lasts seven weeks, concluding with a retreat. See more...

Inspirational Resources for Faith Formation in September

Discover all the best Catholic content in one place. Entertaining movies, enlightening programs, inspiring talks and audio dramas, and a great selection of popular e-books - all just a click away! See more...

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April Core Team: News and information

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Hey all!

This Sunday we have our Easter Extravaganza after the 6PM Mass! If you could come at 5PM to help me hide some eggs that would be great!

There is also minimal make-up SOOOOOO you can attend the 6PM Mass with ZERO problems! 

God bless and see you Sunday! 
See more here....

Inspirational Resources for Faith Formation in April

Discover all the best Catholic content in one place. Entertaining movies, enlightening programs, inspiring talks and audio dramas, and a great selection of popular e-books - all just a click away! See more...

Unleashed 
This series we are going to learn what it means to be truly Living the Creed. This is a ten-session study that leads us through the big picture of how the Catholic Faith is integrated into our daily lives.
Living the Creed digs deep into the Sacraments and and the moral life. Contained withing each session are activities to build community, discussion questions to engage our critical thinking, and resolutions that put the Faith into practice. See more...
Join us Wednesday's for a mixture of faith and fun!
Every LifeNight has a fun game, a testimony or teaching about a different topic of our faith, discussion, and closing prayer.
 There's something for everyone!

ANNND don't forget to see what we do each week on our blog
Registration for Mission Home 2018 is open!
Learn more here...
Breakfast Club!
Join OLG Youth Ministry as we gather together a few times during the year to start our day out right! We all go to the 9AM Mass at Our Lady of Grace and then we gather together for fun and friends over some good breakfast at Perkins after Mass. See more...
Volunteer Opportunity!
 
Anyone entering grade 9 or above in Fall 2018 are invited to be Shipwrecked Crew Leaders for kids between age 3 - 6th grade! This is a great opportunity to serve others while having fun!

ANNND this stuff looks great on college applications! See more...

Totus Tuus – Team Members Needed for Teaching!

Does your parish have college-aged members? Do you personally know college-aged young adults looking for a summer job? Encourage them to apply to be a team member for the Totus Tuus Summer Catechetical Program! We are in need of college age men and women who feel called to share their Catholic faith with the youth from local parishes around the Archdiocese. Positions are a two-month commitment (June 1 – July 28), which includes one week of training and a one week break for the 4th of July. Each team member will receive $2,520 for their work. Find more details at archspm.org/totustuus. To apply, contact: Father David Blume, 651-962-6892, frblume@stthomas.edu or Nancy Schulte Palacheck, 651-291-4489, totustuus@archspm.org.
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