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

Town Hall Meetings

History & Updates

Feasibility Study

2018 - 2019

Discernment Prayer

Advancement Team

Submit Your Questions

VBS 2019: Roar - REGISTRATION OPEN

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When: July 22 - July 26, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Who: Age 3 - Grade 6 (must be age 3 by September 1, or entering grade K-6 in fall 2019, pending volunteer support)

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Every day at Roar Totally Catholic VBS, kids will learn simple Bible points and be immersed in new adventures as they travel through field-tested rotations. Together we will explore God’s goodness and celebrate a ferocious faith that powers us all through this “wild” life. Just as our church and school buildings will be transformed into an African savanna full of vibrant colors and untamed grasslands, so too will the lives of all who join us be transformed as we learn to follow Jesus more closely!

For Grades 4‐6 information contact:
Sister Eileen Leon
pes‐sisters@olgparish.org

For Age 3‐Grade 3 information contact:
Stephanie Lloyd
stephanielloyd@olgparish.org

Sign Up Now!

Register for Our Lady of Grace's Vacation Bible School by filling out the 2019 VBS Registration form.
Registration deadline is June 30, 2019.

Volunteer Opportunities

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Volunteers are vital to the success of Vacation Bible School! We have opportunities of all shapes and sizes ranging from Roar Crew Leader to Crew Manager. For more information, and to sign up as an adult volunteer, click here!

Adult Volunteers

Note: All Adult Volunteers should be: compliant with Archdiocese of St. Paul & Minneapolis Safe Environment requirements, able to attend training on July 20, 9:00 – 11:30 AM, enthusiastic about working with kids, excited to serve, patient and kind, good communicators, comfortable speaking in front of groups of around 30 kids, and gifted in their station or responsibility area.

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Teen Volunteers

High school youth (entering grade 9 or above in Fall 2019) are invited to be Roar Crew Leaders for kids in Kindergarten - 6th grade! If you are in High School and are interested, please fill out the 2019 Teen Volunteer Form or contact Veronica Whelan at veronicawhelan@olgparish.org

Middle School youth (entering grade 7 or 8 in Fall 2019) are invited to help as crew leaders in our Little Paws Preschool VBS for kids age 3 to 5. Middle School Youth Helpers will have an opportunity to let their leadership skills shine while deepening their own relationship with Jesus and the Our Lady of Grace Church community. Fill out the 7-8 Grade Youth Helper Form to sign your incoming 7th or 8th grader today!

Safe Environments Materials for Teen Volunteers
All youth grades 7 - 12 (under the age of 18 on July 29) should complete the Youth Volunteer Safe Environments Application. Teens that are 18 or older on July 29 should contact Jamie Pohl at jamiepohl@olgparish.org to complete the necessary safe environments materials.

National Catholic Youth Choir (NCYC) Mass and Concert

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Saturday, July 13, 5:00 and 7:30 PM
Come listen to the National Catholic Youth Choir sing at the 5:00 PM Mass and return for a full choir concert at 7:30 PM. Choristers are selected high school students from across the United States. Led by world-renowned choral conductor, André Heywood and program director, Fr. Anthony Ruff, OSB, the choir is sponsored by Saint John’s University School of Theology and Seminary in Collegeville, MN. There is no charge to attend, but a free-will offering will be collected. Find out more about the choir at www.CatholicYouthChoir.org.

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Extreme Faith Camp 2019

Monday, June 24, 2019 - Friday, June 28, 2019
Extreme Faith Camp is a week-long camp for students currently in 6th, 7th and 8th grade. It is a life-changing experience. We spend the week with teens from 8 other catholic parishes throughout the Archdiocese and have a blast with a variety of fun activities and we encounter Christ through the power of the Sacraments, challenging talks, and small group sharing. For more information please contact the PES Sisters at: pes-sisters@olgparish.org

“This camp has truly moved me closer to God. I have learned more about myself and I learned to put God before everything.” - Charlie Shideman (6th grade)

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What is Extreme Faith Camp?

EFC is a week-long camp for students in 6th, 7th and 8th grade. It’s a real camp, for real teens, where together we will encounter Christ. Extreme Faith Camp is without a doubt a life-changing experience. We spend the week with teens from seven other churches throughout the Archdiocese and have a blast with a variety of activities and we encounter Jesus through the power of the Sacraments, challenging talks, and small group sharing. This Catholic Camp is the real deal!

"I have never felt so close to God before this week here at Extreme Faith Camp. I want to keep our relationship going as strong as it was for the rest of my life. This week I truly figured out how powerful God is and how much he can impact my life just through Adoration, Church, prayer, singing and lots of fun!" - Amelia Zdechlik (6th grade)

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"The happiest moment of my life!"

"I was doubting my faith before Extreme Faith Camp. During Adoration the monstrance came in front of me and I touched it. At that moment I knew God was real. I felt it in my bones. The rest of the time was for prayer. It was the happiest moment of my life." - Joey Murnan (8th grade)

"Before going to EFC I thought I already knew God. Then, in Adoration something happened that I wasn't expecting at all; when Jesus came in the Monstrance and stopped right in front of me, it is like my eyes opened, I just knew that it was truly Jesus right there with me, not just a representation, but He himself loving me!" - Eddie Hanson (8th grade)

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"No matter where I am, Jesus will always be with me!"

"During Adoration, as Jesus came around, I felt as I had never been happier in my life! When the monstrance left I felt sad but then one of my friends talked to me and I realized that Jesus was still with me, not just in the monstrance. What I have gained in this experience is the ability to know that no matter where I am, Jesus will always be with me!" - Jackie Commerford (7th Grade)

"This is my second year at Extreme Faith Camp! In Adoration I experienced Jesus much more than last year!" - Miguel Nunez-Mudoy (7th Grade)

"I am so grateful for these 5 holy days!"

"I thought the second year at EFC couldn’t get any better than the first. I was wrong, it was. These 5 days at EFC have been life changing. Through prayer, confession, the Eucharist, and fellowship, I have strengthened my faith and love for the Lord. Through tears and smiles I am more committed to the Church than ever before and I know I will never forget the changes EFC has done for me." - Alanna Halloran (7th grade)

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"I grew in my relationship with God!"

"I really liked my small group, I knew Nicole, my leader, from Encounter, the Program that the Sisters run at OLG, I loved the camp better than any sleep-away and camp I have ever been to, I grew a happier relationship with God. I really want to come back next summer!" - Maddie Clemency (8th Grade)


Extreme Team and Prayer Team

This is an amazing Catholic summer camp experience for youth currently in grades 9-12. They spend the week as camp counselors for youth in grades 6-8. They get to participate in all of the same activities as the MSers! Activities such as: kayaking, canoeing, paddle boating, swimming, fishing, ropes courses, indoor gym and outdoor courts for basketball, wacky Olympics, arts and grafts, daily Mass, Eucharistic Adoration, and reconciliation. For more information on how to get your Highschooler involved contact Veronica Whelan at veronicawhelan@olgparish.org

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"This experience as a leader changed my life."

"This week I was really unsure why God was doing certain things in my life. My uncle was recently diagnosed with cancer and I didn't understand why God would allow that to happen to someone. In the Camp I went to confession and felt so relieved. But I was still confused. Then in Adoration I stared God in the eyes, I just felt so much comfort, like God was giving me a big hug. I felt like God help me understand so much more through Adoration! I felt like God was trying to tell me it was going to be all right."- Nicole Chrysler (High School Leader)

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"Coming into camp, I had several doubts about God, felt that I was getting nothing from mass, and kept telling myself I was fine and didn’t need God. On the surface I looked like a happy person but deep down I didn’t have real joy or peace. Leaving camp, and reflecting on the past week, I saw how God transformed me. I had real joy and felt so at peace, nothing that I had ever experienced before. Sisters, thanks to your “yes” to God, His light has shown right through you and you have helped change many lives, more than you realize. Extreme Faith Camp was an experience I will never forget and I thank you so much for using your talents to make this camp such an amazing experience. Thank your for blessing us and God bless you!" - Grace Zdechlik (High School Leader)

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"Thank you for a great week that was full of fun and faith. I was able to grow in my own faith and help the kids grow in their own. EFC was the most profound experience I have ever had with God, and it opened my eyes to the many blessings he has given me. I also saw many transformations throughout the other leaders and kids, which was great to see. I will continue to come back and help at this amazing camp in the future! Thank you for making this a great experience with God for all!" - Charlie Zdechlik (High School Leader)

"Totally blessed by the experience..."

"This is my second year as a Chaperone at EFC. Although I am here first for the kids I find myself feeling totally blessed by the experience. With reflection and prayer I can see some of the ways God is working through me and how much He loves the kids. It is truly a blessing to be a part of it and it fills me with joy!" - Susan Michael (Adult Chaperone)

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"Seeing the kids grow helped me grow!"

"These days spent with the kids have been an awesome gift! Praying with them and sharing their experiences of faith through the week, really meant a lot. It is also a very humbling experience...seeing the kids grow in their faith helped me grow, too!" - John Braun (Young Adult Chaperone)

"The community at OLG is a gift!"

"I sent Maddie and Danny to this camp with much hope because they had a good experience with Encounter, the Program run by the Sisters. Well, Maddie, upon getting off the bus, told me she wanted to go next year, be part of the prayer team and eventually be a counselor. This is huge! So….THANK YOU, THANK YOU… This reaffirms the gift that is the wonderful community, family orientation and kid focus at OLG." - Katie Clemency (Participants' mom)

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2019 Baccalaureate Mass

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Sunday, June 16, 6:00 - 8:30 PM

Please join us in celebrating all of our graduating seniors! All area high school graduates, their families and anyone from any faith tradition is welcome. A cupcake and cider reception will follow, with a drawing for door prizes that are dorm room “must haves” for the graduates to take to college! Complete the form below to register.

Please contact Veronica Whelan at veronicawhelan@olgparish.org with any questions.

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2019 Baccalaureate Mass Registration

9th Annual Widows Day of Reflection with Jeff Cavins

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About

Jeff Cavins will present a reflections on the “Widows of the Bible” during this day of spiritual enrichment and fellowship. Breakfast and lunch included. Brochures are available in the Commons kiosk. Pre-registration is required.

 

Saturday, June 15, 8:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church
5071 Eden Ave
Edina, MN 55436

Mission Statement

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.


Register

Click the button to the right to download the registration form


Schedule

8:00 AM     Registration and Rosary
8:30 AM     Mass
9:30 AM     Continental Breakfast
10:00 AM     Talk 1 - Jeff Cavins
10:45 AM     Break
11:00 AM     Talk 2 - Jeff Cavins
11:45 AM      Q&A with Jeff Cavins
12:00 PM      Lunch with Prize Drawing to follow

 


Speaker Bios

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Jeff Cavins

Jeff Cavins is an exciting public speaker and Bible teacher. He communicates the Catholic faith at a level that everyone can understand, taking
theological truths and expressing them in a practical way. He is the creator of The Great Adventure Bible Timeline study system. Jeff is the founding host of EWTN’s weekly program “Life on the Rock” as well as Relevant Radio’s daily show, “Morning Air.” He is author of several books including, When You Suffer: Biblical Keys for Hope and Understanding and his latest book, The Activated Disciple. Jeff received an M.A. in theology from Franciscan University of Steubenville. He and his wife Emily lead pilgrimages to the Holy Land annually.

 


Questions or concerns?

Contact Cheryl Broich: 952-831-2656


Endorsements

The 9th Annual Widows’ Day of Reflection is endorsed by the Archdiocesan Office of Marriage and Family Life and is sponsored by Knights of Columbus Marian and Nicollet Councils, Relevant Radio and Our Lady of Grace Church, Edina.

 
 

Your Life, Your Legacy

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How is the world better because I’ve lived?
How can I pass on my values to future generations?
How do my values influence
my charitable giving decisions?

Wednesday, June 12, 7:00 - 8:30 PM, Dining Room
You can ensure that your values will live on after you pass away. Take steps today to fund and document how you wish to be remembered. Join us for “Your Life, Your Legacy” and learn more about how the Catholic Community Foundation can help you exercise your charitable giving to support our parish community and other causes close to your heart. For more information contact Jon Cassady, Director of Advancement, at joncassady@olgparish.org or 952-999-9054.

Topics

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History of OLG Endowment Funds

Smart Philanthropy

Presented by Catholic Community Foundation

  • New Tax Code, New Giving Strategies, Donor Advised Funds and Bunching

  • Using RMDs to Build an Endowment

  • Family Philanthropy

  • OLG Parishioner Testimonial

Ways to Support OLG Endowment Funds

Resources

Click the links below to download a printable copy of the “Your Life, Your Legacy” brochure and flyer.

Register

To register, please fill out the form below.

2019 Discipleship Guide Book

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Look in your mailbox for our new Discipleship Guide Book! Advertisers helped provide this service at no cost to our parish. We encourage you to think of them in the future as your needs arise. Contact amandavogt@guidebookpublishing.com for more information or if you are interested in advertising next year.

Please familiarize yourself with the OLG ministries and organizations located in the front of the book. An electronic PDF version of the Guide Book, which you can download to your computer, smartphone or tablet is available for your convenience.

Stewardship of Service Renewal

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Say yes to serving in Ministry! This weekend we are kicking off our Stewardship of Service Renewal!  Ministry Commitment forms will be available at each mass. We ask that each parishioner, adult and youth, do the following:

  • Complete the Personal Information so our database remains updated!

  • Review this form and the Discipleship Guide book for ministry descriptions to determine where you can best share your talents and gifts.

  • If you are currently involved in ministry and wish to continue serving, or interested in serving in a new ministry, please mark the form in the appropriate box. 

  • Be careful not to over commit. Too many commitments can be difficult to achieve

  • Honor your commitments! Commitments are valid for one year beginning on July 1, 2019.  We are requesting that all parishioners, adult and youth, complete a form. 

  • Return this form in the Offertory basket during Mass or return to the Parish office.  This form may also be completed online at the button below.

Questions?

Contact Janna Davies at jannadavies@olgparish.org or 932-929-3317 x9006.

 Thank you for helping us make Jesus Christ known and loved through your service work!

FORMED Content Featured in May

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Inspirational Resources for Faith Formation in May

Discover all the best Catholic content in one place. Entertaining movies, enlightening programs, inspiring.

May 2019

A Whole Month of Liturgical Content on formed.org!

May 1 - Saint Joseph the Worker

Watch: Joseph of Nazareth
Read: The School of Nazareth: A Spiritual Journey with St. Joseph
Read: Be a Man! / ¡Sé Hombre!*

May 3 - Saints Philip and James

Study: Lectio Evangelization, Session 6: Sacraments and the Spirit

May 8 - Anniversary of Venerable Fulton Sheen’s Death

Watch: Love is Faith
Listen: The World’s First Love
Read: Life is Worth Living
Escuchar: Hiriendo al que Amas / Momento de la Verdad

May 13 - Our Lady of Fatima

Study: Fatima: Hope for the World
Watch: The 13th Day / El Día 13*
Watch: Fatima: A Message of Hope
Listen: Fatima: Living the Message / Fatima: Viviendo el Mensaje*
Escuchar: El Rezo del Rosario

May 22 - Saint Rita

Watch: Saint Rita
Watch: Saint Rita of Cascia

May 23 - Anniversary of Servant of God Fr. Emil Kapaun’s Death

Study: Kapaun’s Men, Part 1: Virtue Series
Watch: The Miracle of Father Kapaun
Watch: The Story of Father Kapaun

May 26 - Saint Philip Neri

Study: True Reformers, Session 3: Saint Philip Neri
Watch: Saint Philip Neri: I Prefer Heaven

May 31 - Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Study: The Bible and the VIrgin Mary, Session 5: The Ark of the Covenant /
La Biblia y la Virgen María, Lección 5: El Arca de la Nueva Alianza*
Watch: Brother Francis: The Rosary / El Hermano Zeferino: El Rosario*
Read: Mary: The Church at the Source
Estudiar: Estoy en Casa: María en las Escrituras
Escuchar:
El Ave María y la Oración

*Available in Spanish