RISE & SHINE Breakfast 2019

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THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 2019

7:30 - 9:00 AM
Interlachen Country Club
6200 Interlachen Blvd, Edina, MN 55436

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SPEAKERS

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Marketing and Philanthropic Development Consultant

Alison knows the Ghana, Our Lady of Grace (OLAG) High School mission well. As co-founder and producer of the Rise & Shine Breakfasts, 2017 and 2018, she created the vehicle for raising a half million dollars for scholarships supporting the OLAG high school students to date. As a member of the March 2018 insight trip to Ghana, she was able to see firsthand the difference this mission is making in the lives of the children of Ghana.

Alison serves as a mother, wife and advocate for all children and the blessing that comes with offering them a quality and faith infused education.

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Barry Morrow is an Academy Award and Emmy-winning writer and producer whose films are part of motion picture history. Best known for his original story and screenplay, Rain Man, starring Dustin Hoffman and Tom Cruise, this 1988 Best Picture of the Year will be remembered not only for its artistic achievements and as the highest-grossing Oscar-winning film of its time, but also for its global impact on autism and savant syndrome. Morrow’s 1981 autobiographical story, Bill, starring Mickey Rooney and Dennis Quaid, was hailed by the New York Times as the late Rooney’s most distinguished role in his 90 year career. Morrow’s advocacy on behalf of marginalized persons, both in real life as well as in film, led to a Lifetime Achievement award from the National Association of Social Workers.

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Honorary Chairs

Mary Lynn & Warren Staley

Fr. Bob Schwartz

 
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Sister Parish to St. Joseph Parish and
Sister School to OLG Senior High School in Ghana, Africa

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R.S.V.P.

Please register by Saturday, August 31.

Cost is $75 per guest or $500 to host a table.

Payment may be sent to:
Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church
5071 Eden Ave, Edina, MN 55436
ATTN: RISE & SHINE

Make checks payable to OLG, memoline: RISE & SHINE Scholarships.

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SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

Contact Jon Cassady at joncassady@olgparish.org with questions or if interested in securing a table.

THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS

San Max Mission Trip Cancelled

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On August 6th, we received an email from Fr. Matute, pastor at our sister parish San Maximiliano Kolbe in Honduras, advising us that the political situation in Honduras had given rise to a series of protests around Tegulgalpa. While he left the decision as to whether to continue with our plan to visit San Max right now up to us, he recommended that we not visit at this time. After prayers, discussions and fact finding, our mission trip group reluctantly decided to cancel our trip. While sad about it, we are comfortable that we made the right decision under the circumstances.

Here in the United States we are blessed to have a stable government along with a history and tradition of peaceful protests. Unfortunately for our sisters and brothers in Honduras, they may not have the same tradition. There have been protests against President Hernandez and his government that were triggered by concerns of corruption and that the President is a member of a drug cartel. The BBC covered the protests as did Reuters news service.

As we prepared for our trip, all the missionaries were delighted by the response to our request for sports equipment and rosaries. We received more than we could have hoped for—soccer balls, frisbees, volleyballs, complete soccer uniforms along with many beautiful rosaries. And almost as important, we received suitcases to transport these gifts. We can’t thank you enough!! 

As important as the tangible gifts for San Max, was the knowledge that you are thinking about and praying for the members of San Max. Be assured that they are thinking of and praying for us. Just this morning we received the following message from Fr. Matute: 

Brothers and sisters,

Today the San Maximiliano parish, in the context of our patron saint festivities, with all parishioners are invited to join in 12 continuous hours of prayer, for the Honduran family, for justice and peace, for life and the construction of a truly Christian family. Let us raise this supplication with confidence, let us join in prayer, and with our commitment, also, let the Lord fill us with his peace and his good.  May Saint Maximilian Kolbe, Saint Francis and Saint Clare take care of us and intercede, and may the Holy Virgin protect us.

Much Blessing brothers on this day.

Peace and good.
Friars Minor Conventual”

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Please join San Max in prayer

Wednesday, August 14, 6:30 PM, Commons
We will be having a rosary in solidarity with and to pray for our sister parish San Max and Honduras on the feast of their patron saint, St. Maximilian Kolbe. There will be a time of fellowship following the rosary.

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.

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.

San Max Mission Trip

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There is still room for other travelers to join our trip to San Max in Honduras this August. We’ll be staying with the Franciscan Friars and experiencing life in community, worshipping with our sisters and brothers in faith, and seeing some of the sights in this beautiful country. Contact Melissa Miller at melissamiller@olgparish.org or in the Parish Office (x9040) for more information.

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.

Pastoral Care & Dignity of Life Ministry Fair

Saturday, May 18 – Sunday May 19, After all Masses, Commons

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PASTORAL CARE

My mom taught me a lot about hospitality. I’m guessing your mom, favorite aunt, or cool neighbor taught you a lot about hospitality too. Hospitality for my mom almost always involved food. A baked ham dinner for a new widow, cookies for church events, and an open door on Christmas Eve that fed homemade lasagna to anyone who arrived at our door. My firstborn arrived in the early morning; Mom flew cross country and arrived before lunch. When I got pneumonia with three kids under 5, Mom arrived. Mom was always in my corner.

My mom’s hospitality and pastoral care have plenty in common. They both are grounded in compassion—empathy to step in someone else’s shoes and a willingness to serve. And, of course, there is the food. Our Homebound Communion ministers and ministers for Long-Term Care facilities bring food—bread broken at our altar—to share with those in our community that are unable to be with us at Sunday Mass. Stephen Ministers reach out to people week in and week out, walking with those who need a listening ear. Our Funeral Hospitality team is literally all about food—cooking, serving and cleaning up over 5000 funeral meals a year.

Next weekend volunteers from the Pastoral Care Team will be on hand after every Mass to share ministry opportunities with you. We’d like to share something else with you as well - in honor of our mothers and other fabulous women who have modeled hospitality for us, we are baking our mothers’ favorite desserts to share with you. Stop by next weekend after Mass and check out my mom’s rum cake. Happy Mother’s Day!

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STEPHEN MINISTRY

Stephen Ministry is a quiet ministry. We work confidentially one-on-one with people who need a little listening support.

Each week our Stephen Minsters meet one-on one with their care receivers for about an hour. They listen. They encourage. They pray with and for their care receiver. We ask the Holy Spirit to guide us.

Sometimes Stephen Ministry can stretch us, take us places we might not choose. We might worry that we have nothing to offer. We do. We have ourselves. Nothing more. Nothing less.

Our presence is our ministry. We simply show up. If we’re really good at Stephen Ministry, we show up and shut up. We let our care receiver talk. We let them tell their story. Without judgment. Without commentary. Ours is a listening presence. We honor another by listening to their stories, hearing their pain and their struggles and being with them in “it”, whatever “it” is.

Our job is not to fix. Most of life’s painful struggles are not fixable. We listen, pray and offer a compassionate, non-judgmental ear. We help. Jesus heals.

Time Commitment

A Stephen Minister usually provides care to one person at a time, meeting with that person once a week for about an hour. Once a month, Stephen Ministers gather with their Stephen Leaders for supervision and continuing education. Oh… and don’t forget the training. It’s fun. It will stretch you.

Training Dates

Thursday Nights, 6:00 - 9:00 PM November 7, 2019 - March 5, 2020

How Do I Find Out More?

Our Stephen Ministers are on deck after every Mass next weekend to answer your questions. To apply to become a Stephen Minister, talk to any of our Stephen Ministers or email Beryl Schewe, Director of Pastoral Care at berylschewe@olgparish.org.

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COMMUNION MINISTRIES

Homebound

Do you love Jesus and have a desire to bring Jesus to others? Our Homebound Communion Ministry team would love to meet you. Please consider joining us if you have a few hours once a month to bring Eucharist to our homebound. Typically you will visit 3-4 homebound once a month and bring Communion. You are the face of OLG to our homebound. You are the face of Jesus. Pretty awesome, isn’t it?

Long-Term Care

Thursday and Friday mornings, 10:00 AM
Did you know that OLG offers weekly Communion service to our area Long-Term Care/Assisted Living facilities? Members of the Long-Term Care Communion team offer a Communion service once a month. This is your chance to take your prayer to the next level.

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FUNERAL MINISTRIES

Hospitality

Did you know that OLG serves more than 5,000 funeral lunches each year? We serve a home-cooked hot meal of medallion-style pork roast and turkey roast with fresh green salad, fresh cut fruit, au gratin potatoes, dinner rolls, homemade sauces for the meats and an assortment of homemade desserts. The meal is gluten-free (except the rolls and desserts) and dairy-free (except the au gratin potatoes) – and we serve on real plates with real silverware. How do we do it? Well, with your help. We need desserts (cookies, brownies, bars or bundt cakes), a team to help with set up, as well as a team to serve and clean up. Basically, we need you!

Most funerals are weekdays at 10:30 AM. If you have an occasional free morning, we’d love to have you on the team.

Need one more reason to join the funeral hospitality team? In the Jewish tradition, assisting with funerals is considered a mitzvah, a good deed. Why a mitzvah? Because the person you serve is deceased and can never thank you. You serve as an act of love. Early Church Fathers believed that you would be welcomed to heaven by those you had served in your life, people you may have never met, but those you offered service and care to out of faith and love.

Contact Tom Butler at 952-540-7984.

Sacristan

Got time an occasional morning and love Mass? We need funeral sacristans to help with funerals. You would help set up Mass, work with our servers and help make sure the funeral liturgy runs smoothly.

Never been a sacristan? No problem. We’ll train you and you can shadow our current funeral sacristans until you are ready to fly solo!

Contact Beryl Schewe in the Parish Office (x9035) for more information or to sign up.

Burial and Committal Volunteer

We are looking for a few good people to lead prayer at the cemetery. Have you felt the nudge of the Holy Spirit to step forward in a leadership role? Are you willing to be present to families in one of their most difficult days?

When you serve in this role, the ground you stand on will forever be holy ground for the family. You will serve someone who has walked in faith and followed the cross all the way to their grave. And we will train you and provide every single word spoken! Catholic prayers at the cemetery are short—we’re convinced they were written with Minnesota winters in mind!

Gathering family at the cemetery for prayer is not for everybody, but if you think it may be for you, contact Beryl Schewe in the Parish Office (x9035).

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DIGNITY OF LIFE

Something to Think About

This weekend we are highlighting ministries that support and enhance the dignity of all human life from conception to natural death. Our Lady of Grace is truly a profoundly pro-life parish in many ways. We support several crisis pregnancy centers, make financial and in-kind donations to agencies that help victims of abuse start over, bring the Eucharist and God’s love to our homebound and hospitalized, cook and serve meals to our neighbors in need through Sharing and Caring Hands and Loaves and Fishes, bring homebound Meals on Wheels, and of course; we pray for all of you at Sunday and daily Masses. As you read through the descriptions of the ministries below, please think about whether you are being called to serve in one of them. I guarantee the time spent serving our sisters and brothers will enrich your life. Something to think about.

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Meals on Wheels

Meals on Wheels delivers healthy meals to seniors and those with challenges to mobility and allows the recipients to remain in their homes with dignity. In addition to the meal, the visit by a Meals on Wheels volunteer provides a warm smile and some conversation… Our Lady of Grace has teams that drive for Meals on Wheels once a month and the time commitment is low, between one and two hours each time. Volunteers receive all the instructions needed before delivering the meals on their route. We can always use more drivers, and this is a great ministry to participate with your children.

Sharing and Caring Hands

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Sharing and Caring Hands was founded by Mary Jo Copeland to provide a place where the poor and homeless could be fed, get clean and maintain their dignity. has always been a part of the mission.

The scope of Sharing and Caring Hands has expanded over the years to include Mary’s Place, a minute clinic, and dental clinic—all without any government funding. Mary Jo is involved in the operations of Sharing and Caring Hands, praying with both cooks and meal guests.

On the first Wednesday of each month, a group of OLG volunteers prepares and serves lunch to Mary Jo’s guests while on Tuesdays during the school year, moms take OLG middle school students to Sharing and Caring Hands to help serve lunch.

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Loaves and Fishes

Loaves and Fishes serves free, nutritious meals to those in need. It is public free meal program is guided by the belief that all people, deserve food, dignity and respect. A dedicated group of OLG volunteers cooks and serves dinner to the guests at St. Stephen’s (22nd and Clinton) on the second Wednesday of each month. There are two shifts—cooks who work beginning at about 3:30 and servers/clean-up who begin at 5:15. We typically serve about 175 guests per evening. In addition to volunteers, the St. Stephen’s location gratefully accepts donations of containers for leftovers, men’s clothing and hygiene items.

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CHOOSE LIFE

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Abria

Operating out of two locations, one in North Minneapolis and the other in St. Paul, Abria is strategically located to offer a safe, non-judgmental and supportive environment for Twin Cities women, teens and couples experiencing an unexpected pregnancy. Our clients experience friendship, hope and encouragement through positive and life-affirming medical and personal support services, education and resources. We empower women in their time of need. Our resources and support services are grounded in respect and awe for the miracle of every unique, unrepeatable human person, starting with each woman we serve. We help women form a plan that fits best with their current needs and life situation. Our role is to walk with them in friendship, providing the support and resources they need to make a life-affirming decision. We believe in:

  • the inherent dignity of each person, from conception to natural death

  • the right of our clients to receive comprehensive, truthful information in a respectful and compassionate way

  • the importance of addressing the needs of the whole person – intellectual, emotional, spiritual and physical

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Cradle of Hope

Cradle of Hope helps over 3,000 families in crisis yearly with a transition from desperation to hope! Women and babies in crisis are supported with financial and material assistance while receiving emotional support before, during and after birth. When an expecting mother applies for assistance through Cradle of Hope, she may receive financial support (rent/mortgage, medical bills, or utilities), safe sleep training and a portable crib or a baby shower basket filled with essential baby items so we can celebrate this new life with her. Cradle of Hope has expanded throughout the state and now partners with 188 agencies, including 7 of the 11 American Indian Tribes.

Pregnancy Choices

Pregnancy Choices believes each client has a story, and their story matters. We walk alongside our clients with compassion and hope and listen to their story. At Pregnancy Choices, we believe that the best way for our clients to make sustainable change in their lives is through life coaching. The life coaching conversation during a pregnancy test allows clients to see possibilities-possibilities that include the life they are carrying.

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Our certified life coaches engage clients in one-on-one conversations by asking open-ended questions. Clients begin to identify their values and evaluate their lives. These values then guide clients as they set attainable goals and make positive changes for their future. Our clients, both mothers and fathers, are empowered to make transformative life changes through coaching, education, and practical support in a safe and trusting environment. This allows them to parent with confidence and grow family resiliency.

Thank you for partnering with us through your prayers, donations of baby clothes and diapers, and your financial support. With you, our partners in the mission, we served 557 individual clients last year. Because of you, life can be chosen and families are positively impacted each day.

SouthWest Options for Women

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SouthWest Option for Women is located on Main Street in Hopkins and offers pregnancy and parenting education as well as resources to women for over 25 years, SouthWest Options for Women is funded by donations, grants and Minnesota Department of Health and provides a supportive, non-judgmental environment for facing an unexpected pregnancy or sexual health concerns.

Services include free pregnancy testing, resources for general assistance, education and earn while you learn courses that allow clients to earn car seats, cribs, clothing and more. Our services assist newmoms from pregnancy to parents (mom’s, dad’s, grandparents) with children up to 2 years of age.

Life is Wonderful 10K, 5K, Walk & Kids Fun Run

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Saturday, May 11, 7:00 AM
Lake Harriet, Minneapolis

For the first time the run is around Lake Harriet! With the run so convenient, we should be able to have a great turnout from OLG, so mark your calendars and show you support for Abria a great crisis pregnancy center run by OLG parishioner Cindy Koeppl.

Visit Abria’s website to register or for more information about their ministry.

OLAG Ghana Sister School Update

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Prempeh, Frobel, Family First schools win in maiden OLAG Robo competition

Three Junior High Schools in Ashanti Region emerged tops in the maiden edition of Our Lady of Grace Robotic Completion regional contest.

They are Prempeh Experimental ‘B’ and ‘C’, Frobel Educational Centre and Family First International. Each took the first prizes in the various categories to beat ten other competitors.

Prempeh Experimental ‘B’ proved exceptional in the line follower challenge. It involves an autonomous robot that could move in a complex maze within three minutes.

Frobel Educational Centre conquered robots from other schools with its Sumo. This is a wrestling robot with sensor management, defence mechanisms and electronics.

Prempeh Experimental ‘C’, showed they could develop innovation robots to solve problems for which they won the freestyle category.

Family First International, on its part, proved perfect in the robotics Quiz.

The competition is under the theme, ”Inspiring young minds and developing creative thinkers for the 21st century.”

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Training partners, Asustem Robotics took pupils through a 3-week pre-contest introductory course.

Director of projects of Asustem Robotics Academy, David Asumadu-Boateng says the 21st century demands a practical approach to solving critical problems, adding robotics knowledge is crucial in realizing such vision.

“As the world grows increasing with a myriad of global challenges on the horizon, there is an even greater need for younger students equipped with knowledge and skills to tackle tough challenges,” he said.

The headmaster of Our Lady of Grace Senior High school, Stephen Anokye, believes Ghana’s education system will benefit greatly with focus on practical learning.

“We think is time to make students more ingenious, more practical so that we can solve the problems in our communities and the country as a whole,” he stressed.

Participants were excited the programme has helped in shaping their reasoning prowess.

“It has helped me used my brains, so it has made me fast and smart,” said Emmanuel Owusu of Family First International School.

“Science and ICT are making the world a better place, and I’m highly encouraged to participate,” said Forbel’s Michaella Ama Konadu.

Winners received medals, certificates and trophies.

Image: Winners from Frobel Educational Centre

Image: Winners from Frobel Educational Centre

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