Advancing Our Mission

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Introduction

Our Lady of Grace (OLG) Church and School is considering ‘Advancing Our Mission’ in 2019 to give us the physical space we need to advance our mission of making Jesus Christ known and loved. As part of this effort, we are consistently seeking feedback from the OLG community.

Background

Starting in November of 2018, we reached out to the OLG community to take soundings around our proposed capital campaign through a committee studying the feasibility of capital campaign led by OLG parishioners. We did this through a series of individual meetings with key parishioners, town hall meetings and surveys.

Building the infrastructure to more effectively advance our mission requires a shared vision and deep input from the community. This outreach was the first chapter of that dialogue.

The committee studying the feasibility of a capital campaign made the case that to advance our mission over the next generation at OLG we need to pursue the following objectives:

  • expand ministries and enhance fellowship and community; 

  • serve the whole child-mind, body and soul;

  • engage new and young families;

  • ensure our priests’ well-being and connectedness to the parish; and

  • ensure the long-term viability of our facilities.

These recommendations came out of an analysis of our strengths, weaknesses and opportunities as a parish. Delivering against these objectives meant considering capital investments in things like a parish life center (including a new kitchen), new gym, early childhood development center, priests’ residence and investing in deferred maintenance.

Resources

Q&As

Master Plan

History & Updates

Town Hall Meetings

Discernment Prayer

Feasibility Study

2018 - 2019

Submit Your Questions

Advancement Team

Archdiocesan Synod

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This Pentecost (June 8 – 9, 2019), the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis began a Synod process. The goal of the Archdiocesan Synod is to help Archbishop Hebda discern, through a consultative process, the pastoral priorities of our local Church today – and into the near future.

Your participation, as the Catholic faithful, is key to a successful Synod. You are invited to participate by offering your prayers, pastoral concerns, and ideas for moving this Archdiocese forward.


The Listening Church

Archbishop Bernard Hebda wants to hear from you! You know what’s working and what needs work in your parish and this Archdiocese. This is your opportunity to help shape the future of our local Church. There are 20 Prayer and Listening Events located throughout the Archdiocese. Archbishop Hebda plans to attend all 20 events. Choose one that works for your schedule. All are welcome!

FALL 2019

Tuesday, September 24, 6:00 - 9:00 PM
St. Victoria, Victoria

Saturday, September 28, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
St. Michael, St. Michael

Friday, October 11, 6:00 - 9:00 PM
Guardian Angels, Oakdale

Saturday, October 12, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Our Lady of Guadalupe, St. Paul
Bilingual (English and Spanish)

Saturday, October 26, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
St. Peter, Forest Lake

Tuesday, October 29, 6:00 - 9:00 PM
Divine Mercy, Faribault

Thursday, November 7, 6:00 - 9:00 PM
St. Wenceslaus, New Prague

Friday, November 15, 6:00 - 9:00 PM
All Saints, Lakeville

Sunday, November 17, 1:00 - 4:00 PM
St. Anne-St. Joseph Hien, Minneapolis
Bilingual (English and Vietnamese)

WINTER 2020

Sunday, January 5, 1:00 - 4:00 PM
Holy Cross, Minneapolis
ASL Interpreted

Saturday, January 25, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
St. Peter Claver, St. Paul

Tuesday, January 28, 6:00 - 9:00 PM
Pax Christi, Eden Prairie

Saturday, February 1, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
St. Stephen, Minneapolis
Bilingual (English and Spanish)

Tuesday, February 11, 6:00 - 9:00 PM
Providence Academy, Plymouth

Saturday, February 15, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Lumen Christi, St. Paul

Tuesday, February 18, 6:00 - 9:00 PM
St. Stephen, Anoka

Thursday, February 27, 6:00 - 9:00 PM
Our Lady of Grace, Edina

Saturday, February 29, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
St. Pius V, Cannon Falls

Saturday, March 7, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Transfiguration, Oakdale

Saturday, March 14, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
St. Alphonsus, Brooklyn Center
Bilingual (English and Spanish)

The Synod Process

Year 1 (2019-2020): Prayer and Listening Events

20 events throughout the Archdiocese that are open to all. Choose one that works for your schedule; invite others!

11 additional events for focus groups such as youth, elderly, priests, religious, and Catholic school principals.

Purpose: To identify an initial set of focus areas to discuss during Year 2.

Year 2 (2020-2021):

Parish Consultation Process: Fall 2020 Small groups meet in parishes across the Archdiocese to pray, study, and discuss the focus areas arising during Year 1. Parishes provide feedback which will inform the Synod topics to be discussed in the Deanery Consultation Process.

Deanery Consultation Process: January and February, 2021 Pastors and an estimated 10 parish representatives gather at the Deanery (regional) level to pray, study and discuss the proposed Synod topics. Deaneries provide feedback for the Archdiocesan Synod Assembly.

Archdiocesan Synod Assembly: Pentecost

Weekend, May 2021
Approximately 500 invited delegates (including two from each parish) from across the Archdiocese gather together to pray, study, and discuss the Synod topics and vote on pastoral priorities to recommend to Archbishop Hebda.

Pastoral Letter: November 2021, Feast of Christ the King Considering the Synod results, Archbishop Hebda writes a pastoral letter intended to lead to an Archdiocesan pastoral plan to move our Archdiocese into the future.

FAQs

1. What is a Synod? What is the purpose?

“A Synod is a formal representative assembly designed to help a bishop in his shepherding of the

local Church.” (*). The purpose is “to discern and establish clear pastoral priorities in a way that will both promote greater unity and lead us to a more vigorous proclamation of Jesus’ good news.”

2. What is a Listening Church?

The pre-Synod process has been designed to engage in a ”sincere and respectful ‘mutual listening’ in

which everyone has something to learn.” “Moreover, it is not just listening to one another but to the Holy Spirit, the ‘Spirit of Truth’ (Jn 14:17), to know what the Spirit is ‘saying to the Churches’ (Rev. 2:7).”

3. How will the Synod work? What is the process?

The Archdiocesan Synod Assembly will be held Pentecost weekend, May 2021. The pre-Synod process will occur over the next two years, and will engage the People of God - laity, clergy, consecrated men and women, and bishops - all walking together.

4. What is a Prayer and Listening Event?

Participants will gather together to pray, discuss, and give feedback on what is working well now in their parish and this Archdiocese, and what are the challenges and opportunities as we move forward together. Everyone is invited to attend an event. All participants are encouraged to give written feedback that will be read and considered. Archbishop Bernard Hebda is scheduled to attend all events to pray and to participate in the listening process.

5. How can I participate in the Synod?

Please pray for the Synod and our Archdiocese!

  • Pray the pre-Synod year prayer and the monthly prayer intention.

  • Offer a monthly holy hour or a Rosary.

  • Pray with the Synod prayer journal.

Year 1 (2019-2020): Attend one of the 20 Prayer and Listening Events and give your feedback.

Year 2 (Fall 2020): Join a parish small group.

Holy Land Pilgrimage 2020

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Monday, November 16 - Friday, November 27, 2020
Join Father Kevin Finnegan on an exciting pilgrimage to walk, pray and ponder the Life of Jesus. Mater Dei Tours will be managing the pilgrimage. Approximate cost is $4,100, including airfare. Please contact Steve Bonello at stevebonello@olgparish.org if interested.

A detailed brochure with pricing and registration will be available by February of 2020. Call 1-800-515-2632 to join the list of brochure recipients.

OLG Men's Club Dues Drive & Gear Shop

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Dues Drive

The OLG Men's Club is a major part of our OLG community and all men of OLG are automatically members. We ask members to consider paying dues to help cover the cost of communications and support our fantastic line up of annual events. You should have recently received dues information in the mail and you can always pay online at the Men’s Club Dues page. Please consider paying them today - all who have paid by October 1 are eligible for a Yeti cooler drawing. Thank you for your support and please mark your calendar for the Men's Club 2019/2020 kickoff on September 29.

Men's Club Gear Shop is Live!

Our first ever OLG Men’s Club gear shop is now open for business! The shop will be open for orders through September 30.

FORMED Content Featured in September

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Register

Sign up for FORMED today using the access code RBXK8F and by clicking the button below!

Inspirational Resources for Faith Formation in September

Discover all the best Catholic content in one place. Entertaining movies, enlightening programs, inspiring. A Whole Month of Liturgical Content on formed.org!

September 5 - Saint Teresa of Kolkata

Watch: Mother Teresa
Watch: Mother Teresa: Seeing the Face of Jesus
Listen: Mary: Handmaid of the Lord
Read: The Kiss of Jesus: How Mother Teresa and the Saints Helped Me to Discover the Beauty of the Cross
Read: Love: A Fruit Always in Season

September 15 - Our Lady of Sorrows

Listen: Drawing Strength from Our Lady of Sorrows
Listen: The Sorrowful Mysteries with Vin Scully
Escuchar: El Rezo del Rosario, Parte 1: Misterios Gozosos y Dolorosos

September 17 - Saint Hildegard of Bingen

Watch: Hildegard’s Gift

September 18 - Saint Joseph of Cupertino

Watch: The Reluctant Saint / El Santo Renuente*

September 19 - Blessed John Henry Newman

Watch: Lead Kindly Light
Watch: One Step Is Enough

September 21 - Saint Matthew

Listen: The Gospel of Matthew / San Mateo*

September 23 - Saint Padre Pio

Watch: Padre Pio: Miracle Man
Watch: Padre Pio: Between Heaven and Earth / Padre Pío Entre el Cielo y la Tierra*

September 29 - Saints Michael, Gabriel & Raphael, Archangels

Watch: Bishop Fulton Sheen: Angels
Watch: Powers and Dominions
Esuchar: Nuestro Enemigo y sus Aliados
Read: Angels (and Demons): What Do we Know About Them?

September 30 - Saint Jerome

Study: Symbolon: Knowing the Faith, Session 3: The Bible
Symbolon: Conciendo la Fe, Sesión 3: La Biblia*
Listen: Lessons from the Early Church Fathers

*Available in Spanish

Eucharistic Adoration

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Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament is a powerful opportunity for spiritual growth. The MHT Adoration Chapel is open 5:00 AM to 10:00 PM, Monday through Friday. Jesus invites us to come and pray, meditate, journal, read. Thank him, ask him or just gaze upon him truly present in the Eucharist. Come for a few minutes or register for a regular hour.

We need at least two committed adorers for each hour to insure that there will always be at least one adorer present. We cannot leave the Blessed Sacrament alone. We encourage you to prayerfully consider a weekly commitment - taking the first step is often the hardest.

Register at adorationpro.org/grace by picking any hour that fits your schedule.

If you are able and willing to commit to a regular hour go to to signup. Pick any hour but we especially need:

Hours Most Needed

Mondays, 10:00 AM; 12:00 PM
Tuesdays, 10:00 AM; 4:00, 8:00 PM
Wednesdays, 7:00 AM; 1:00, 3:00 PM
Thursdays, 8:00, 11:00 AM; 2:00, 8:00 PM
Fridays, 10:00 AM; 1:00, 3:00, 5:00, 8:00 PM

Life is a wonderful journey. Feeling lost or confused? Turn to Jesus and ask him to guide and comfort you.

Child and Youth Faith Formation Opportunities

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Child and Youth Faith Formation

Wednesdays, 6:00 - 7:15 PM*
Children and youth are invited to participate in:

Nursery Care

Sundays, during 9:30 AM and 11:30 AM Masses
Free childcare is available for 1 and 2 year-old children in the Nursery.

Children's Liturgy of the Word

Sundays, during 9:30 AM Mass
All Kindergarten and 1st grade students welcome. No advance registration required.

OLGMC Fall Kick-Off

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Sunday, September 29 , 7:00 - 10:00 PM, Cassidy Hall
All men of OLG are invited to the Men's Club's Fall Kickoff! This year a food truck from New Bohemia will cater brats, sides and desserts. Food and beverage for the Fall Kickoff are courtesy of the Men's Club. Attendees will learn about the many opportunities available to get involved in our social, spiritual, and service work. Free admission. Please contact Men’s Club Social Chair, Bryan Huntington, at bhuntington001@ gmail.com with questions.

New Altar Server Training

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Hello!

My name is Jack Sexton. Over the past year, with the help of Shelly Aebi and Fr. Kevin, we have redesigned the Altar Server program. Hopefully these changes will encourage our older Servers to continue to serve as they journey into High School and college, and will set new goals for our younger servers. If you are in 6th grade or older, we invite you to join the altar serving team! We will be hosting Altar Server Training for New Servers:

Monday, September 23, 3:30 – 5:00 PM

Please contact Shelly Aebi at shellyaebi@olgparish.org if you will be attending one of these trainings. We need you!

Thank you and God Bless,
Jack Sexton, Altar Server Assistant
Shelly Aebi, Director of Liturgy