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

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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.

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April 2019

A Whole Month of Liturgical Content on formed.org!

April 7 - Saint John the Baptist de la Salle

Watch: Saint John Baptist de la Salle: Patron Saint of Teachers

April 14 - Palm Sunday

Study: Opening the Word: Palm Sunday
Watch: Rome Reports: Holy Week in Rome

April 16 - Saint Bernadette

Watch: Bernadette
Watch: Bernadette: Princess of Lourdes*
Listen: St. Bernadette of Lourdes
Read: I’m Bernadette

April 18 - Holy Thursday

Study: Lectio Eucharist, Session 8: The Last Supper and the Cross
Watch: Brother Francis: The Bread of Life*
Watch: Ready Reasons: Did Jesus Make the Apostles Priests?
Listen: The Fourth Cup
Listen: La Eucaristía*
Read: Sacraments in Scripture

April 19 - Good Friday

Study: Symbolon: Knowing the Faith, Episode 6: The Paschal Mystery*
Watch: Shroud
Listen: Stations of the Cross*
Listen: Glimpses Along the Way of the Cross
Listen: Love – Sacrifice – Trust*
Read: Saint Helena and the True Cross

April 21 - Easter

Watch: Did Jesus Really Rise from the Dead?
Listen: The Resurrection of Jesus: Fact or Fiction?
Read: Awakening
Read: Did Jesus Really Rise from the Dead?

April 28 - Divine Mercy Sunday

Study: Divine Mercy
Watch: Ocean of Mercy
Listen: The Second Greatest Story Ever Told*

*Available in Spanish

RCIA Update April

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Margaret Lively, RCIA Director

It is almost upon us! What exactly is it? It is the Easter Vigil Mass, when we as a parish community and as members of the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic faith, welcome those desiring to join the Church after successfully completing their formation and preparation begun last September. This is quite an accomplishment, and these lucky few certainly merit our support and appreciation! Please join us at 8:00 PM on Saturday, April 20, 2019 and be buoyed by the love and commitment you will witness in these new Catholics. And did I mention we serve cake afterward?

Moms of Grace: 101 Simple but Meaningful Ways to Pray with Children

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Wednesday, April 10, 10:00 - 11:30 AM, Dining Room
Do you want your child to pray and be close to God but do you find life pretty hectic right now? Hard to find time for your own prayer time let alone family prayer? We feel the same way! Join us to learn some easy ways to pray with children and leave with a list of 101+ ideas for your home. Bring your prayer ideas too. We will also have materials to create your own set of Resurrection Eggs to help your child connect with the story of Jesus. Hope you can join us for this fun-filled morning!

Moms of Grace Service Project

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Sunday, April 7, 10:30 AM, Cassidy Hall
Have you wanted to participate in a meaningful service project with your family?  Have you been searching for a way to connect in a significant way with other families?

We will be organizing care packages to be distributed to women and children at Haven House, as well as men at St. Stephens.  All family members are welcome - little ones can create cards to include in each package.  Light snacks will be provided.

Click the button below to sign up!

Lenten Day of Mercy

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Wednesday, April 3, 7:00 AM – 9:00 PM
Confessions offered from 7:00 AM – 9:00 PM. A soup supper available for all from 11:30 AM – 7:30 PM.

This year we are collecting items for the residents of Haven Housing, which provides shelter for victims of abuse. Please mirror God’s generosity by bringing an item for these families as they seek to rebuild their lives. They especially need winter gloves for children, flip flops, ear buds, lotions, bath/lotion sets, full-sized toiletries, and new twin-sized sheets.

Parishioners are also invited to assist the Middle School Service Club (MSSC) with a service project in the Dining Room from 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM.

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March 2019

A Whole Month of Liturgical Content on formed.org!

March 6 - Ash Wednesday

Study: Lectio: Prayer
Study: Forgiven*
Watch: What’s the Deal with Ashes on Ash Wednesday?
Listen: Stations of the Cross*
Listen: My Beloved Son: Meditations for Lent
Listen: Love – Sacrifice – Trust: He Showed Us the Way*
Read: Meditations for Lent
Read: How to Be Holy

March 7 - Saints Perpetua and Felicity

Watch: The Passion of Saint Perpetua*
Watch: The Story of Saint Perpetua*

March 17 - Saint Patrick

Watch: Patrick: Brave Shepherd of the Emerald Isle*
Listen: The Trials of Saint Patrick
Read: Saint Patrick’s Summer
Read: Twenty Tales of Irish Saints

March 19 - Solemnity of St. Joseph

Study: Symbolon: Living the Faith, Session 5: Matrimony and Holy Orders*
Study: YDisciple: Important Message for Dads
Watch: Joseph of Nazareth
Listen: St. Joseph: Patron of the Universal Church
Listen: Pure Fatherhood
Read: The School of Nazareth: A Spiritual Journey with St. Joseph
Read: The Father of the Family
Read: Be a Man!*
Leer: Matrimonio facil para tiempos dificiles

March 25 - Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord

Study: The Bible and the Virgin Mary, Lesson 2: Handmaid of the Lord*
Study: The Wild Goose, Segment 4: The Spirit and Our Lady*
Watch: Mary of Nazareth
Watch: Is Bowing before a Mary Statue Idolatry?
Listen: Mary: Handmaid of the Lord
Listen: The Joyful Mysteries Narrated by Vin Scully
Read: Mary: God’s Yes to Man
Read: Faith Basics: Understanding Catholic Teaching on the Blessed Virgin Mary
Escuchar: El Ave María y la Oración

*Available in Spanish

Arming Men of Integrity

Saturday, March 23, 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
The OLG Men’s Choir has been asked to sing at the Diocesan Men’s Conference for Mass. This annual event features Patrick Madrid, Catholic author and radio host, plus Mass with Bishop Cozzens and dynamic breakout sessions. This year’s focus is “Arming Men of Integrity”. For more information, the schedule of events and to register, visit www.archspm.org.

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?

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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.

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February 2019

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February 2 - Presentation of the Lord

Watch: Mary of Nazareth
Read: Cradle of Redeeming Love
Listen: Holiness is Always in Season

February 8 - Saint Josephine Bakhita

Watch: Bakhita: From Slave to Saint*

February 10 - Saint José Sánchez del Río

Listen: Attack on Religious Liberty*

February 11 - Our Lady of Lourdes

Study: 33 Days to Morning Glory
Watch: Bernadette: Princess of Lourdes*
Watch: Bernadette*
Listen: St. Bernadette of Lourdes

February 14 - Saint Valentine’s Day

Study: Beloved: Living Marriage, Session 1: Christ at the Center*
Study: YDisciple: Human Sexuality
Watch: Marriage: God’s Design for Life and Love
Watch: The Jeweller’s Shop
Listen: Three to Get Married
Read: Marriage 911
Estudiar: Matrimonio
Escuchar: Pruebas de Fuego: Que Engrentan los Matrimonios

February 20 - Saints Francisco and Jacinta Marto

Study: Divine Mercy, Episode 6: Fatima
Watch: The Day the Sun Danced: The True Story of Fatima*
Watch: The 13th Day*
Listen: Fatima: Living the Message*
Read: Fatima for Today*

February 22 - Feast of the Chair of Saint Peter

Study: Footprints of God: Peter
Study: Lectio: Peter
Watch: Saint Peter*
Watch: Keys of the Kingdom: Understanding the Papacy
Listen: The Pope*
Escuchar: Ustedes Son La Sal De La Tierra y La Luz Del Mundo

*Available in Spanish