Funeral Notice: Helen Hay Connell

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Connell, Helen Hay Passed away peacefully on 3/28/19. She was predeceased by husband Ric, daughter Kate Kurimay (Jim), infant son Peter, brother Wayne Hay, grandsons TJ and Spencer, and son-in-law Dick Bowman. She is survived by children Terri Bowman, Tom (Peggy), Anita Whims (Mark), Jenn Houle (Leon), Lisa Flood (Mike), and Tim (Gina), son in law Jim Kurimay, together with 5 nieces and nephews, 39 grandchildren, 42 great grandchildren, and 3 great great grandchildren. Happily married to Ric for 69 years, Helen was a gracious, generous, loving, devoted, clever and funny wife, mother, grandmother, aunt and friend. She will always be remembered for her spunk and sass. Her family greatly appreciates the loving care taken of her by the excellent staff at Rue de France, Jones Harrison in Minneapolis. A Mass of Christian Burial will take place on Monday, April 8, 2019 at the Church Our Lady of Grace, 5071 Eden Ave in Edina, at 10:30 a.m. with visitation one hour prior. Being Lent, in lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to The Poor Clares, 421 4th Street, Sauk Rapids, MN 56379, or Little Sisters of the Poor, 330 Exchange Street, Saint Paul, Minnesota 55102 Gearty-Delmore 952-926-1615

Lenten Day of Mercy


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.

Funeral Notice: Thomas R. Hoy


Hoy, Thomas R. Age 93, Minneapolis, MN. Passed away on March 24, 2019. Preceded in death by parents, Eugene and Elizabeth Hoy; siblings, Patricia Orth, Gene Hoy and Hugh Hoy. Survived by siblings, Marie Merrigan, Kathleen Benson and Margaret (Gary) McCurdy; many loving nieces, nephews, relatives and good friends. Mass of Christian Burial 10:30 am on Tuesday, April 2nd at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church, 5071 Eden Ave., Edina, MN 55436. Visitation 1 hour prior to Mass. Interment at St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery, Minneapolis, MN.

Funeral Notice: Eleanor Della (Langford) Raidt

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Raidt, Eleanor Della (Langford) Eleanor ("Lennye") Raidt, SFO & WWII WAVE (naval nurse), passed away peacefully at the age of 93 on March 19, 2019. She is preceded in death by her husband of 45 years, Jerome G. Raidt, parents John and Marie Langford, brother Bernard, sister Elizabeth Costello, and eldest daughter Mary Taylor. She is survived by her children: Ellie (Gary) Singer, Bernie (Kathy), Frances, Clare (Charles) Cahill, Margaret (JD) Walker, Katie, Lucy O'Brion, Patty Franco, and John (Jodi) Raidt. She is also survived by 14 grandchildren: Matt Taylor, Eric & Kyle Singer, AJ & JR Walker, Casey, Kelleen & Kevin O'Brion, John, Daniel & Colin Cahill, Angela Franco, John Henry & LiLi Raidt; and 13 great-grandchildren. Mass of Christian Burial 10:30AM Monday, April 1, 2019, Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church, 5051 Eden Ave, Edina. Visitation one hour prior, luncheon to follow. Thanks to staff at Summerwood of Plymouth for wonderful care provided to Eleanor. In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to donor's choice. Minneapolis 612-861-6088

Twin Cities Survivors Peace Circle


The Twin Cities Survivors Peace Circle is open to all who have experienced the trauma of clergy sexual abuse. The purpose of this group is to gather victims/survivors/thrivers in a safe, supportive environment to share their experiences, listen to others, and explore healing. All are welcome and privacy is respected. Contact Jim with questions, concerns or comments: 773-412-0909.

Saturday, March 2, 12:00 PM Theme: “Falling”
Saturday, March 30, 12:00 PM Theme: “Making a Path”

Hennepin County Library
Webber Park Branch (Webber Room)
4440 Humboldt Ave. N., Minneapolis.

Funeral Notice: Raymond E. O'Connell

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O'Connell, Raymond E. Age 96, of Edina. Passed away peacefully on Mar. 21, 2019. Preceded in death by his wife, Elizabeth and son, Timothy; and sister, Audrey Butler. Survived by daughters, Maribeth (Bruce) Sanborn, Eileen O'Connell, Kathleen (Kenneth) Myhre; brother, Fabian O'Connell; sister, Mary Joan (Tom) Meagher; many nieces and nephews. Raymond was a veteran of the United States Navy. He retired after many years with Minnegasco (Centerpoint Energy). He was an active volunteer with the City of Edina and active with the Braemar Golf Club including being past president of the Braemar Men's Club. Mass of Christian Burial 10:30am Friday March 29th with visitation beginning at 9:30am at The Church of Our Lady of Grace, 5071 Eden Ave. S., Edina. Private Interment Ft. Snelling National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorials preferred to St. Agnes Grade School, St. Paul. Edina Chapel 952-920-3996

Solidarity Prayer Service with Abuse Victims and Survivors


Wednesday, March 20, 7:00 – 9:00 PM, Church
Some days our hearts cannot take a breaking news report of another abuse scandal. We are sad and angry, heartbroken and wary, not knowing who to trust or where to turn. Those who have broken trust with us can shatter our faith in others and our faith in God. How, in the midst of deep pain and hurt, do we begin to mend our broken hearts? For too long, we as the Church and community of believers have failed victims and survivors with our silence. Let us begin again as a faith community with a night of prayer in solidarity with victims and survivors of abuse. Our service is open to all. Let us demonstrate our care as a faith community by standing with victims and survivors of abuse. May our parish be a stepping stone in the path to healing. A light reception follows. All are welcome.

Funeral Notice: Joanne Louise Gill McGraw


McGraw, Joanne Louise Gill Age 89 formerly of Edina, died peacefully on Mar. 5, 2019. Joanne was the daughter of John and May Casey Gill. A graduate of Christ the King Grade School and a 1947 graduate of the Academy of the Holy Angels. Preceded in death by son, Patrick Casey McGraw. Survived by husband of 68 years, Neil; children, Kathleen, Michael, Brian, Daniel (his children, Margaret "Maggie", 1LT Joseph, Colleen & Mary Clare) and Bridget (Christine Brandes) (and son, Pablo); sisters, Patricia Jeub and Kathleen "Sis" Grogan Bush. Mass of Christian Burial Friday 10:30 a.m. at the Church of Our Lady of Grace, 5071 Eden Avenue. Interment, Lakewood Cemetery. Visitation Thursday 5-8 p.m. at Gill Brothers Funeral Chapel, 5801 Lyndale Ave. So. and 1 hour prior to Mass at church. The McGraw family would like to thank the entire staff at The Wealshire of Bloomington for their loving compassionate care of Joanne throughout the last 4 years. Memorials preferred to the Joanne Gill McGraw Scholarship Fund at the Academy of Holy Angels or Donor's choice. MINNEAPOLIS, MN 612-861-6088

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


Join us for a weekend of FAITH SHARING and FELLOWSHIP!



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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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!



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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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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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.



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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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.



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.


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.




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.



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.



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

Funeral Notice: Barbara J. (Mullin) Herbers

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Herbers, Barbara J. (Mullin) Age 80, of Edina, passed away peacefully at home on Feb. 17. Barb was known for her kindness, generosity, and friendly personality. Preceded in death by her parents, husband Martin, brother Richard Mullin and twin grandsons, Jonathan & Isaiah Herbers. Survived by children Jennifer (Todd) Spychala, Thomas, Robert and Julie Herbers; grandchildren Nick and Alex Spychala, Kate (John) Hoogen-doorn, Maclain and Loretta Herbers; great-granddaughter Norah Hoogen-doorn, siblings, Jane Petrie, Pat (Bill) Ashley, Gloria Haefner, and Grover Mullin, and many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. Mass of Christian Burial Monday, Feb. 25th 10:30 am, at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church, 5071 Eden Ave, Edina. Visitation Sunday, Feb. 24th 4-7pm Washburn-McCreavy, Edina Chapel, Highway 100 & Vernon Ave. and 1 hour before service at OLG church. Private burial at St. Mary's Cemetery, Beardsley MN. A special thanks to her many wonderful neighbors for their love and support. Edina Chapel 952-920-3996