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Inspirational Resources for Faith Formation in September

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September 5 - Saint Teresa of Kolkata

Watch: Mother Teresa
Watch: Mother Teresa: Seeing the Face of Jesus
Listen: Mary: Handmaid of the Lord
Read: The Kiss of Jesus: How Mother Teresa and the Saints Helped Me to Discover the Beauty of the Cross
Read: Love: A Fruit Always in Season

September 15 - Our Lady of Sorrows

Listen: Drawing Strength from Our Lady of Sorrows
Listen: The Sorrowful Mysteries with Vin Scully
Escuchar: El Rezo del Rosario, Parte 1: Misterios Gozosos y Dolorosos

September 17 - Saint Hildegard of Bingen

Watch: Hildegard’s Gift

September 18 - Saint Joseph of Cupertino

Watch: The Reluctant Saint / El Santo Renuente*

September 19 - Blessed John Henry Newman

Watch: Lead Kindly Light
Watch: One Step Is Enough

September 21 - Saint Matthew

Listen: The Gospel of Matthew / San Mateo*

September 23 - Saint Padre Pio

Watch: Padre Pio: Miracle Man
Watch: Padre Pio: Between Heaven and Earth / Padre Pío Entre el Cielo y la Tierra*

September 29 - Saints Michael, Gabriel & Raphael, Archangels

Watch: Bishop Fulton Sheen: Angels
Watch: Powers and Dominions
Esuchar: Nuestro Enemigo y sus Aliados
Read: Angels (and Demons): What Do we Know About Them?

September 30 - Saint Jerome

Study: Symbolon: Knowing the Faith, Session 3: The Bible
Symbolon: Conciendo la Fe, Sesión 3: La Biblia*
Listen: Lessons from the Early Church Fathers

*Available in Spanish

Child and Youth Faith Formation Opportunities

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Child and Youth Faith Formation

Wednesdays, 6:00 - 7:15 PM*
Children and youth are invited to participate in:

Nursery Care

Sundays, during 9:30 AM and 11:30 AM Masses
Free childcare is available for 1 and 2 year-old children in the Nursery.

Children's Liturgy of the Word

Sundays, during 9:30 AM Mass
All Kindergarten and 1st grade students welcome. No advance registration required.

New Altar Server Training

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Hello!

My name is Jack Sexton. Over the past year, with the help of Shelly Aebi and Fr. Kevin, we have redesigned the Altar Server program. Hopefully these changes will encourage our older Servers to continue to serve as they journey into High School and college, and will set new goals for our younger servers. If you are in 6th grade or older, we invite you to join the altar serving team! We will be hosting Altar Server Training for New Servers:

Monday, September 23, 3:30 – 5:00 PM

Please contact Shelly Aebi at shellyaebi@olgparish.org if you will be attending one of these trainings. We need you!

Thank you and God Bless,
Jack Sexton, Altar Server Assistant
Shelly Aebi, Director of Liturgy

Cana Mothers of Young Children

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Tuesdays, beginning September 17, 7:00 - 8:30 PM
Fridays, beginning September 20, 9:30 – 11:00 AM

Join Cana Mothers of Young Children where you will find: solid friendships with other moms like you; an opportunity to delve more into your role as a woman and mother in light of your faith; practical tools you can apply right now in your marriage and family. There will be two teams in the fall meeting approximately every other week September - May. Childcare available, reservations required. Cost is $60.

Contact Mary Hodgdon at maryhodgdon@olgparish.org or in the Parish Office (x9032) for more information. Visit www.canafamilyinstitute.org to register.

RCIA News

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This ministry is so blessed to have the full support of the Catholic community here at Our Lady of Grace. So often those directed to RCIA here, are here because of you - whether it is by way of a friendly invitation proffered, by your fully engaged presence at weekly Mass, or by the joyful accolades about your faith that you share with others. These are all forms of discipleship, and are a big help in our mission of making Jesus Christ known and loved. Thank you!

We are excited to see the transformation of this year’s “RCIAers” as we share with them God’s love for them. Thank you in advance for your prayers and willingness to share Mass time with some of the requisite Rites and celebrations throughout this next year, as well as for your continued outreach while we integrate our latest group of neophytes into their Catholic faith. We will be jumping right into RCIA so these updates will be less frequent and, don’t worry, less lengthy. Please check back for future updates. Pax tecum.

Contact Sean Lavell at seanlavell@olgparish.org or in the Parish Office (x9042) for more information.

RCIA Update August (Part 2) - What is RCIA?

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Margaret Lively, RCIA Director

Well, simply stated, RCIA is the formal Rite and process consisting of instruction, reflection, prayer, formation and discernment by which adults choose for themselves to follow Jesus Christ by entering into full communion with the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church.

It is a Rite in the sense that it ultimately involves several religious Rites and Sacraments conventionally celebrated within our Catholic community: Baptism, Communion, Confession and Confirmation.

It is a process in which we follow a custom developed, approved curriculum that includes requisite topics for building one’s knowledge and love of the Catholic faith. Becoming Catholic typically takes 10 months or so, but nobody is ever rushed – real relationships take time to develop, right?

Through RCIA, a seriously seeking individual will not only discover and solidify a real relationship with Jesus Christ, they will also: learn the precepts of the Catholic Church; study the Word of God; understand the application of the Ten Commandments and the institution of the Seven Sacraments; learn the basic history of Christianity and the Church; attend Mass; take time for personal prayer and contemplation. Plus anything else we can squeeze in to help them in this momentous journey as they become fully equipped to continue their life-long relationship with Jesus and His Church.

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August 4 - Saint John Vianney

Study: Symbolon: Living the Faith, Session 4: Penance and Anointing of the Sick /
Symbolon: Vivendo la Fe, Sesión 4: Reconciliación y Unción de los Enfermos*
Read: The Curé d’Ars Today

August 6 - Feast of the Transfiguration

Study: Lectio: Peter, Session 6: In the Shadow of the Galilean
Listen: Theology for Beginners

August 9 - Saint Teresa Benedicta of the Cross (Edith Stein)

Watch: Edith Stein / Edith Stein*
Read: Edith Stein and Companions

August 11 - Saint Philomena

Listen: Saint Philomena: Saint for Our Times / Santa Filomena: Poderosa intercesora ante Dios*
Listen: Saint Philomena (audio drama)

August 11 - Saint Clare

Watch: Clare and Francis / Clara y Francisco*

August 14 - Saint Maximilian Kolbe

Study: Divine Mercy, Episode 9: Mary’s Knight
Watch: Ocean of Mercy
Watch: Life for Life / Una Vida por Otra*

August 15 - Solemnity of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Study: Footprints of God: Mary
Listen: Answering Common Objections: Mary
Read: Faith Basics: Understanding Catholic Teaching on the Blessed Virgin Mary

August 18 - Saint Helen

Read: Saint Helena and the True Cross

August 28 - Saint Augustine

Watch: Restless Heart
Watch: Augustine: A Voice for All Generations / Agustín: Una Voz para Todas las Generaciones*
Watch: Catholic Heroes: The Story of Saint Augustine / Héroes Católicos: La Historia de San Agustín* Listen: Saints for Sinners
Listen: The Restless Flame
Read: Confessions

*Available in Spanish

VBS Roar 2019 Reflection

With nearly 210 children enrolled in Our Lady of Grace’s Vacation Bible School (VBS), we proclaim the week a great success! We truly appreciate the love and dedication of all our VBS teen and adult volunteers, without whom VBS just wouldn’t happen. We will remember that: God is Good, God is always with us, and we’re “Living the Good Life with God!” Look back on all the fun we had in our photo gallery and plan to join us next summer to see where our next great VBS adventure will lead us!

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.

Equip Yourself for High School - Student Session

5:00 - 8:00 PM
The speakers will provide practical tools to keep up your faith, to seek excellence in academics and build strong friendships in High School. There will be a great Q & A panel. The student session will include talks from: John Delozier, theology teacher at BSM; Claire Mealey, Religion Teacher at OLG; and Kory La Croix, Catholic Speaker in the Archdiocese and Associate for Mission at OLG, as well as opportunities for dynamic hands-on activities and a pizza party!

Challenges in High School - Parent Session

6:30 - 8:00 PM, Dining Room
Dr Flanders will provide input regarding the common challenges of today’s high school students such as living their faith, social media and academics. Fr Kevin and Mrs. Kathie Brown will join us for the Q&A panel.

Questions

Please contact the Sisters of Pro Ecclesia Sancta at pes-sisters@olgparish.org for more information and to register. Event is free of charge.


Student Session Speakers

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John Delozier

John Delozier was raised in St. Michael, Minnesota. He majored in education at University of St. Thomas and, through a graduate program at Notre Dame, he taught for two years in Santa Clara, California. During this same time he took classes at Notre Dame in the summer and at the end of those two years he received his master’s degree in education.

John Delozier always felt a calling to be a religion teacher, and BSM gives him the opportunity teach and share his faith. At BSM he can express his passion for his faith and show others how it has guided his life in a positive way.

His primary goal as a Catholic educator is to help people understand their faith as something they can actually live out. It can be something that impacts their lives.

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Claire Mealey

Claire holds a B.A. in Elementary Education and a Minor in Theology from Benedictine College. She served this past year in the Seton Teaching Fellow program in the Bronx, NY, teaching 5th grade catechism and 5th-6th reading intervention at Brilla College Prep Middle School. Ms. Mealey attended Our Lady of Grace as a student. She is most excited to share in the Catholic Faith with her 6th graders and build up a strong community of leaders who grow together.

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Kory La Croix

Kory has committed his life to inspiring and equipping people to live for Jesus. One of his greatest joys is seeing hearts transformed by the abiding love and mercy of God. Kory has served as the youth and families of Holy Name of Jesus in Wayzata for nine years. He began his theological studies at St. John’s University, finishing his undergrad in 2010 and is currently working on his Masters in Theology through the Augustine Institute. Now at Our Lady of Grace, Kory will be serving and collaborating with our staff and parishioners to make Jesus Christ known and loved, especially engaging in our young adult, youth and men’s ministries. Kory is also a well known speaker in the archdiocese of St Paul and Minneapolis. His dynamic and youthful spirit makes him a great speaker among youth and young adults. Kory and his wife, Alicia, grew up a mile apart in Buffalo, MN and are proud parents of four children. You may hear Kory’s laughter before you see him.


Parent Session Speakers

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Dr Todd Flanders

Dr. Flanders has served as headmaster of Providence Academy since its inception in 2000. He holds a BA with a concentration in political philosophy from the University of Chicago, an MA in history from Truman State University, and a Ph.D. in theology from Boston College. He has taught history and theology in both college and high school, co-founded a residential college program and served as director of career services at Truman State, and was director of educational programming at the Acton Institute for the Study of Religion and Liberty before coming to Providence. Dr. Flanders speaks on topics of education, religion, and the free society, currently serving as lecturer with the Acton University program and the Harry J Flynn Catechetical Institute.

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Father Kevin Finnegan

Since graduating from the University of St. Thomas, Father Kevin has engaged in evangelizing ministries for many years, and brings that passion to his priestly ministry. Ordained for nearly 20 years, Father Kevin served at the Church of St. Edward in Bloomington, and Divine Mercy in Faribault before beginning here at Our Lady of Grace in July 2014. Loving Catholic education, he also has the privilege to serve as Canonical Administrator of St. John Paul II Prep in North East Minneapolis.

Having grown up in the suburbs of Chicago, Father Kevin still roots for the Cubs. Although both parents have passed away, he enjoys visiting with his brother and sister, although not nearly as often as he’d like. Father Kevin belongs to a fraternity of Archdiocesan priests called the Companions of Christ. These priests aspire to live and serve the local church and live in community.

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Kathie Brown

After high school in Milwaukee , Wisconsin, Mrs Brown earned a BA in English and Speech/Theater from Dominican College in Racine. Immediately following, she enjoyed being an English teacher at Catholic Memorial High School in Waukesha, Wisconsin. Nineteen years later, with an MA in Educational Administration, Kathie moved into an administrative position at the same school. Six years later, an unusual opportunity appeared.

A new Catholic high school was in the design stage in the southwest metro area of Saint Paul and Minneapolis. Mrs Brown was asked to be part of a community team to create the vision and turn farm land into a college preparatory Catholic high school. That was nineteen years ago. Today, this school family continues to grow and learn together. Though Kathie has acquired another degree (Ed.S), the deepest learning has come from what each generation has needed from those who have chosen to work with teens. Walking alongside her students through their high school years is her definition of “lifelong learning.”

RCIA Update August (Part 1)

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Margaret Lively, RCIA Director

It has been a blessedly busy past year in our RCIA ministry here at Our Lady of Grace. We have welcomed 12 into the fullness of the Catholic faith, with more still on their journey, and we are looking forward to this coming year! Perhaps you have even forgotten what this somewhat clumsy acronym stands for - Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults.

As you all know through your years as faithful, practicing Catholics, we are all called to make Jesus Christ known and loved. We do this through living our lives in Christ and always seeing Christ in others; attending Mass regularly; connecting with Jesus in prayer daily, practicing the corporal and spiritual works of mercy; knowing, understanding and incorporating Jesus’ teachings into our everyday lives. Here is a huge opportunity for you to make a tremendous difference in someone’s life, just by reaching and inviting someone you know who might be seriously interested in experiencing what the Catholic faith offers through RCIA. As my dear Mom used to say, “Noodle on it awhile.” But really noodle on it in the next few weeks - RCIA starts Wednesday, September 11! We have an updated handout card in the Commons for you to give to your special inquirer - then, with a quick phone call from them, we’ll joyfully take it from there.