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

Celebrating 70 Years of Grace

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Saturday, September 21
Events and highlights will include: morning 5K event and OLG School Marathon Celebration activities; carnival and midway activities; 5:00 PM Mass; group gatherings by decades; school tours; outdoor Rock The Fields evening event; indoor wine and appetizers evening event. Visit www.olgschool.net/alumni for more information, to update your contact information and join our OLG Alumni facebook event.

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Dave Ramsey's Financial Peace University

Tuesdays, August 27 - October 22, 6:30 - 8:30 PM, Dining Room

Did you know that 89% of the people in a typical American parish don’t have a financial safety net?

Shocked? We were too. But there’s hope! And that hope is Financial Peace University. Financial Peace University is a nine-lesson course taught by Dave Ramsey and his team of financial experts. With Financial Peace University, our members will learn step-by-step how to handle money using biblical wisdom and common sense.

Through life-changing videos, online resources and group accountability, our parish members will learn how to create and stick to a budget, save for emergencies, pay off debt and plan for the future.

Just imagine the impact we could have on the community if we were all debt-free! Marriages and families would be strengthened. People would be freed up to be outrageously generous. This kind of hope will ignite change in our entire community!

Register

Click the button below to join our Financial Peace University group. Registration includes your member workbook and a year of free online resources through Financial Peace Membership.

Questions

Contact Janna Davies at jannadavies@olgparish.org or in the Parish Office (x9006) with any questions.

Donations for Honduras

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We are very excited that a group of parishioners led by Fr. Kevin will head to Honduras to visit our sister parish, San Maximiliano Kolbe, in less than a month! We hope that you join in the excitement by donating a ball pump, soccer balls, volleyballs, frisbees, rosaries (for adults and children) or craft supplies that we can bring with us. Please bring any items for donation to Melissa Miller in the Parish Office, ATTN: San Max.

A huge thank you to all who already donated their used soccer gear to be used by the youth of San Max. As you can see from the pictures, the kids are putting the gear to good use.  They love having these uniforms when they play in their soccer leagues.

Red Cross Blood Drive

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Tuesday, July 31, 2:00 - 7:00 PM, Cassidy Hall
Our Lady of Grace is hosting another Red Cross Blood Drive.  There is an urgent need for blood, and you can sign up online by going to www.redcrossblood.org and entering OURLADYOFGRACE (one word) or contact Melissa Miller to schedule your appointment. Each pint of blood can save up to three lives and donating takes under an hour.  This might be the most generous thing you do all year.

FORMED Content Featured in July

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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 July

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

July 4 - Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati

Listen: Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati / Beato Pier Giorgio Frassati*
Read: Pier Giorgio Frassati

July 4 - Independence Day

Watch: Isaac Hecker and the Journey of Catholic America
Listen: Put Not Your Trust in Princes
Listen: In God We Trust
Read: Catholics in America

July 6 - Saint Maria Goretti

Watch: Saint Maria Goretti: Fourteen Flowers of Pardon
Watch: Maria Goretti
Listen: St. Maria Goretti

July 12 - Saints Louis and Zelie Martin (St. Therese’s Parents)

Read: A Family of Saints
Read: Married Saints and Blesseds Through the Centuries

July 14 - Saint Kateri Tekakwitha

Listen: St. Kateri Tekakwitha: Lily of the Mohawks

July 16 - Our Lady of Mount Carmel

Watch: The Woman
Listen: The Brown Scapular and St. Simon Stock
Read: The World’s First Love

July 26 - Saints Joachim and Anne

Study: Beloved: Living Marriage / Amado: Viviendo el Matrimonio*
Listen: How to Apply Our Faith to Our Families
Read: How to Raise Good Catholic Children
Escuchar: La Familia: Dios nos la ha confiado
Escuchar:
Seminario Nuestra Familia

July 31 - Saint Ignatius of Loyola

Study: True Reformers, Session 2: Saint Ignatius of Loyola
Watch: Ignatius of Loyola / Ignacio de Loyola*
Listen: Discerning Hearts: Discernment of Spirits
Listen: Heroes of the Catholic Reformation
Read: The Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola

*Available in Spanish

VBS 2019: Roar - Help Wanted

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

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. If you are an adult and are interested, please fill out the 2019 Adult Volunteer Form and return to the Parish Office.

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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.

High School Sendoff

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Wednesday, August 21

All recent 8th grade graduates (from any school) and their parents are invited to join us for an evening presentation and fellowship, where they will learn the spiritual, academic and social tools they will need to help them or their child succeed in their freshman year of high school.

Student Session, 5:00 - 8:00 PM
The student session will include talks from: John Delozier, theology teacher at BSM; and Kory La Croix, Catholic Speaker in the Archdiocese and Associate for Mission at OLG; as well as opportunities for dynamic hands-on activities. Dinner included.

Parent Session, 6:30 - 8:00 PM
The parent session will include keynote speaker Dr. Todd Flanders, Headmaster at Providence Academy, and time to get to know other parents.

Please contact the Sisters of Pro Ecclesia Sancta at pes-sisters@olgparish.org for more information and to register. Event is free of charge. Clich the button below to download a copy of the student permission slip.

OLGMC Summer Social

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Thursday, July 18, 6:30 – 8:00 PM, Athletic Fields
Join us for our annual summer social event! All men of the parish community are invited. We will set up a tent on the Athletic Fields and, for the first time in our history, put on a pig roast. To that we'll add coleslaw, potato salad, corn, greens and a plethora of beverages. We will use this event to celebrate our extremely successful past year and welcome new parish members to the Men's Club.

Cost is $75 before July or $100 after. Cost is $25 for new parish members (2017 - 2019) and youngsters (ages 21-35). Ticket includes dinner and beverages. Pre-registration required. Must be 21 or older to attend.

Register

Please use the drop down menu below to purchase your tickets for the OLGMC Summer Social as well as to pay your OLG Men’s Club dues for 2019-2020.

Summer Classic Annual Social (with option to pay dues)