Prayer Fair 2019

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Saturday March 2 – Sunday March 3, After all Masses

Where does prayer come from?
Scripture speaks sometimes of the soul or spirit,
but most often of the heart…
It is the heart that prays.
The heart is our hidden center,
beyond the grasp of our reason and others;
only the Spirit of God can fathom
the human heart and know it fully…
It is the place of truth…
It is the place of encounter,
because as image of God we live in relation:
it is the place of covenant.”
— CCC 2562-2563

Do you have a relationship with Jesus? Do you pray daily? Are you teaching your kids how to pray? Make plans now to join us for our annual Prayer Fair, an opportunity for you to hear from ordinary parishioners like yourself as they share about their own faith lives in a series of 20-minute workshops. You will gain insights into what others have found helpful in growing in their own holiness, hopefully giving you encouragement to say: I too can pray. I too can take time to be with Jesus and know his love! We have another great lineup of workshop leaders – something for everyone. This is a such a great gift – a time for all of us to grow in our faith and as a community, as well as learn how to respond with a heart filled with gratitude for all God has given us!

Workshops By Mass Time

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Join us for a weekend of FAITH SHARING and FELLOWSHIP!

11 DIFFERENT WORKSHOPS

39 WORKSHOP OPPORTUNITIES

Each workshop is ONLY 20 MINUTES

Enjoy COFFEE and SNACKS as you listen to our workshop leaders

EXTENDED NURSERY CARE available after the 9:30 AM and 11:30 AM Masses

New this year: TWO WORKSHOP SESSIONS after the 7:30 AM and 9:30 AM Masses.

In addition to the workshops, ST. GEORGE’S TRAVELING BOOKSTORE and the SISTERS OF MARY MORNING STAR will be on hand, selling items to help you start preparing for Lent and grow in relationship with Jesus.


Prayer Fair Hospitality Helpers Needed

Do you have an hour to help make our Prayer Fair a great success?  Hospitality helpers are needed for set-up, clean-up and serving throughout the weekend.  See all opportunities and sign-up here!   Thank you in advance for your help.


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WERE YOU EXPECTING THUDERBOLTS AND LIGHTNING?

by Marie LaForce
After 5:00 PM, 11:30 AM Masses, MS Room 402

Learn to speak and hear Jesus as some of your fellow parishioners next to you in the pew have experienced. We will practice hearing the Holy Spirit to give a "word of encouragement" to build up the kingdom of God in your neighbor.

Mary LaForce is an early riser! Her favorite ways to pray are at 6:15 AM daily Mass, Adoration and the Rosary. She and her husband, Tom, live close enough to walk to OLG in the warmer weather. This is Marie's third year participating as a Prayer Fair leader!


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HEAR GOD’S VOICE USING THE WISDOM OF ST. IGNATIUS

by Dan Moran
After 7:30 AM (Session 1), 9:30 AM (Session 2), 11:30 AM Masses, MS Room 501
After 6:00 PM Mass, MS Room 401

Hear God's voice by learning a method of praying with Sacred Scripture from St. Igatius. The four parts: A-R-R-R (Acknowledge, Relate, Receive, Respond) will be explained. Participants then will spend a few minutes putting what they learned into practice. Handout provided.

Dan if a lifelong member of OLG. You may recognize him from lectoring on Sunday mornings. He is an active contributor to the OLG's Men's Club, husband to Sheryl, father to two great kids, and works as a senior financial advisor.


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PRAYING THE PSALMS

by Tom Shaughnessy
7:30 AM (Session 2), 9:30 AM (Session 1), 11:30 AM Masses, MS Room 401

Thomas Merton, one of the most influential Catholic writers of the 20th century, wrote: "If we really come to know and love the Psalms, we will enter into the Church's own experience of divine things. We will begin to know God as we ought." In this workshop, you will be given a brief background on the origin of the Psalms, the types and uses, and how the psalms can teach us to pray.

Tom has been an OLG parishioner for some 20 years. He lectors at weekday Masses and is an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion at Fairview Southdale Hospital.


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HOW TO HAVE A STICKY FAITH

by Elizabeth and Alanna Halloran
After 5:00 PM, 9:30 AM (Session 1), 11:30 AM Masses, MS Room 406

In this presentation, attendees will learn the importance of having a faith life that grows with you, and ways to grow in it. They will share the reasons why it is important to stay faithful and how, as kids, you can have a great relationship with Jesus.

Elizabeth and Alanna Halloran joyfully live out their faith and have been intentional about growing in it. Elizabeth and Alanna are Prayer Fair veterans, with this being the fourth year in a row participating as workshop leaders. They’ve been teaching faith formation at Our Lady of Grace Catholic School with their mom, Danette, for three years. They are members of the OLG Middle School Service Club are active in The Upper Room and OLG’s School Peer Ministry.


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WHAT DOES A PEER MINISTER DO?

by Peer Ministers
After 9:30 AM (Session 1), 11:30 AM, 6:00 PM Masses, Frassati Room

Ever wonder about Peer Ministry? What Peer Ministers do? Who they are? Come and hear from our teens as they share their stories about living out the Gospel message together, and get to know more about what they do for OLG!

Our Peer Ministers are high school students who want to deepen his or her faith in the fellowship of other Catholic teens, and have a willingness and desire to share their faith and serve the community. They come from all areas of our community and from a variety of high schools.


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IMMANUEL JOURNELING

by Veronica Whelan
After 9:30 AM (Session 1), 11:30 AM Masses, MS Room 503
After 6:00 PM Mass, MS Room 406

Experiencing God’s presence brings healing, peace and connection. Immanuel Journaling is a method of prayer for conversing with God and receiving his empathy and help. Discover how you can enjoy daily guidance and friendship with God, using methods grounded in Scripture, spiritual disciplines and cutting-edge neuroscience.  

Veronica joined our community in 2012 and is responsible for High School Youth Ministry and Young Adult Programs. She feels so blessed in serving here, and loves working with all our familes.


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A PRAYING MAN IN THE MODERN WORLD

by Ben Tlougan
After 5:00 PM, 7:30 AM (Session 2), 9:30 AM (Session 1), 11:30 AM Masses, MS 500
After 6:00 PM Mass, MS Room 402

Many of us know that prayer is important but in the business of daily living we don't get it done as often as we should! Come hear how we as men in a modern world can make prayer a part of our daily lives and why it is so important!

Ben Tlougan and his wife, Katie, are parishoners at OLG. They have a one year old son and another baby on the way. Ben works in manufacturing, is an Army Veteran, and convert to the faith. As a professional, he understands the pressures of supporting a family and living a life of faith in the business world.


MEDITATIVE PRAYER IN THE CARMELITE TRADITION

by Annie Lex and Nancy Slothower
After 5:00 PM, 7:30 AM (Session 1) 9:30 AM (Session 2), 11:30 AM Masses, MS Room 407

Learn a method for deepening your friendship with Christ in prayer using the writings of St. Teresa of Avila as a guide. Saint Teresa, a Doctor of the Church, was a prominent Spanish mystic, Carmelite nun, author and theologian of contemplative life through mental prayer. Handout provided.

Nancy and Annie have been members of the Carmelite secular order for 20 years and have been active in teaching courses on Carmelite spirituality.

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PRAYING WITH THE SAINTS

by Ron Snyder
After 7:30 AM (Session 1) and 9:30 AM (Session 1) Masses, MS Room 402

We are all called to holiness (sainthood). The biggest lie in the history of Christianity is that we can’t be holy, that we can’t be saints. Remember Paul’s letter to the Hebrews: “Holiness necessary for future blessedness”. The starting place for holiness is prayer. This session will look at how we can practically apply the prayer life of the saints as examples for our own journey to holiness.  

Ron Snyder attempts to take this mission seriously through daily prayer, Bible studies, Catholic book clubs, a mid-life Masters in Catholic Studies at the University of St. Thomas and active work in evangelization at OLG. He and his wife, Mary Beth, were married at OLG and have been active parishioners for several years.


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LOOK INTO THIS HEART THAT HAS SO LOVED MEN

by Sisters of P.E.S.
After all Masses; 7:30 AM (Session 2), 9:30 AM (Session 1) Masses, MS Room 502
After 6:00 PM Mass, MS Room 407

In our present day and age, with all the temptations and sins of this world, including growing apathy and secularism, let us learn how to turn in loving devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and ask Him to pour forth His grace. Come and learn more about the devotion of the Sacred Heart and how to incorporate it into your spiritual life.

The Sisters of Pro Ecclesia Sancta have been part of the community of Our Lady of Grace for six years. As religious sisters, their spirituality is the Sacred Heart of Jesus. They live an Ignatian style that was passed on to them by their founder, Fr. Pablo Menor, a Jesuit priest. Their charism is to live and promote holiness, especially among families and youth.


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PRAYING WITH KIDS AND MAKING IT MEANINGFUL

by Lynn Tursich
After all Masses; 7:30 AM (Session 1), 9:30 AM (Session 1), MS Room 403

This workshop will present ideas for making prayer a natural part of family life, encouraging children of all ages - preschool through teens - to make Christ the center of their lives. This presentation will be useful for parents and grandparents, as well as aunts, uncles, caretakers and anyone who has the opportunity to share their love of the Catholic faith with young people. Handouts provided.

Lynn has been involved in various ministry roles at Most Holy Trinity/Our Lady of Grace for over 35 years, including organizing ECFL, teaching faith formation, leading children's liturgies and facilitating a prayer group. She has also created a website, incorporating a variety of personal prayers and reflections at www.faithshareandprayer.wordpress.com.