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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. Heidi Foley 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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July 4 - Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati

Listen: Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati / Beato Pier Giorgio Frassati*
Read: Pier Giorgio Frassati

July 4 - Independence Day

Watch: Isaac Hecker and the Journey of Catholic America
Listen: Put Not Your Trust in Princes
Listen: In God We Trust
Read: Catholics in America

July 6 - Saint Maria Goretti

Watch: Saint Maria Goretti: Fourteen Flowers of Pardon
Watch: Maria Goretti
Listen: St. Maria Goretti

July 12 - Saints Louis and Zelie Martin (St. Therese’s Parents)

Read: A Family of Saints
Read: Married Saints and Blesseds Through the Centuries

July 14 - Saint Kateri Tekakwitha

Listen: St. Kateri Tekakwitha: Lily of the Mohawks

July 16 - Our Lady of Mount Carmel

Watch: The Woman
Listen: The Brown Scapular and St. Simon Stock
Read: The World’s First Love

July 26 - Saints Joachim and Anne

Study: Beloved: Living Marriage / Amado: Viviendo el Matrimonio*
Listen: How to Apply Our Faith to Our Families
Read: How to Raise Good Catholic Children
Escuchar: La Familia: Dios nos la ha confiado
Escuchar:
Seminario Nuestra Familia

July 31 - Saint Ignatius of Loyola

Study: True Reformers, Session 2: Saint Ignatius of Loyola
Watch: Ignatius of Loyola / Ignacio de Loyola*
Listen: Discerning Hearts: Discernment of Spirits
Listen: Heroes of the Catholic Reformation
Read: The Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola

*Available in Spanish

VBS 2019: Roar - Help Wanted

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July 22 - July 26, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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!

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. If you are an adult and are interested, please fill out the 2019 Adult Volunteer Form and return to the Parish Office.

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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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June 2019

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June 9 - Solemnity of Pentecost

Study: Lectio Evangelization, Session 2: Clothed with Power
Watch: The Messengers
Listen: The Holy Spirit: Third Person of the Trinity

June 13 - Saint Anthony of Padua

Watch: Saint Anthony: The Miracle Worker of Padua
Listen: St. Anthony

June 16 - Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity

Study: Symbolon: Knowing the Faith, Session 1: The Journey of Faith /
Symbolon: Conocidendo la Fe, Sesión 1: El Camino de Fe*
Watch: Ready Reasons: Is the Holy Spirit God?

June 22 - Saint Thomas More

Study: True Reformers, Session 1: Saint Thomas More
Read: Characters of the Reformation

June 23 - Solemnity of Corpus Christi

Study: Presence / Presencia*
Study: The Wild Goose, Segment 6: The Spirit and the Eucharist /
The Wild Goose, Segmento 6: El EspÍritu y la EucaristÍa*
Listen: The Lamb’s Supper
Read: A Communion of Heart / Una ComuniÓn Hecha con del CorazÓn*
Escuchar: Comprendiendo la EucaristÍa

June 24 - Nativity of Saint John the Baptist

Study: Lectio: Eucharist, Session 3: Lamb of God
Study: The Wild Goose, Segment 3: Baptism in the Holy Spirit and Fire /
The Wild Goose, Segmento 3: Baptism en Espíritu Santo y en el Fuego*

June 28 - Sacred Heart of Jesus

Study: Divine Mercy, Session 2: Behold, This Heart
Study: Consoling the Heart of Jesus

June 29 - Saints Peter and Paul

Study: Lectio: Peter
Study: Footprints of God, Paul: Contending for the Faith
Watch: St. Peter / San Pedro*
Watch: Paul of Tarsus / Pablo de Tarsus*

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Extreme Faith Camp 2019

Monday, June 24, 2019 - Friday, June 28, 2019
Extreme Faith Camp is a week-long camp for students currently in 6th, 7th and 8th grade. It is a life-changing experience. We spend the week with teens from 8 other catholic parishes throughout the Archdiocese and have a blast with a variety of fun activities and we encounter Christ through the power of the Sacraments, challenging talks, and small group sharing. For more information please contact the PES Sisters at: pes-sisters@olgparish.org

“This camp has truly moved me closer to God. I have learned more about myself and I learned to put God before everything.” - Charlie Shideman (6th grade)

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What is Extreme Faith Camp?

EFC is a week-long camp for students in 6th, 7th and 8th grade. It’s a real camp, for real teens, where together we will encounter Christ. Extreme Faith Camp is without a doubt a life-changing experience. We spend the week with teens from seven other churches throughout the Archdiocese and have a blast with a variety of activities and we encounter Jesus through the power of the Sacraments, challenging talks, and small group sharing. This Catholic Camp is the real deal!

"I have never felt so close to God before this week here at Extreme Faith Camp. I want to keep our relationship going as strong as it was for the rest of my life. This week I truly figured out how powerful God is and how much he can impact my life just through Adoration, Church, prayer, singing and lots of fun!" - Amelia Zdechlik (6th grade)

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"The happiest moment of my life!"

"I was doubting my faith before Extreme Faith Camp. During Adoration the monstrance came in front of me and I touched it. At that moment I knew God was real. I felt it in my bones. The rest of the time was for prayer. It was the happiest moment of my life." - Joey Murnan (8th grade)

"Before going to EFC I thought I already knew God. Then, in Adoration something happened that I wasn't expecting at all; when Jesus came in the Monstrance and stopped right in front of me, it is like my eyes opened, I just knew that it was truly Jesus right there with me, not just a representation, but He himself loving me!" - Eddie Hanson (8th grade)

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"No matter where I am, Jesus will always be with me!"

"During Adoration, as Jesus came around, I felt as I had never been happier in my life! When the monstrance left I felt sad but then one of my friends talked to me and I realized that Jesus was still with me, not just in the monstrance. What I have gained in this experience is the ability to know that no matter where I am, Jesus will always be with me!" - Jackie Commerford (7th Grade)

"This is my second year at Extreme Faith Camp! In Adoration I experienced Jesus much more than last year!" - Miguel Nunez-Mudoy (7th Grade)

"I am so grateful for these 5 holy days!"

"I thought the second year at EFC couldn’t get any better than the first. I was wrong, it was. These 5 days at EFC have been life changing. Through prayer, confession, the Eucharist, and fellowship, I have strengthened my faith and love for the Lord. Through tears and smiles I am more committed to the Church than ever before and I know I will never forget the changes EFC has done for me." - Alanna Halloran (7th grade)

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"I grew in my relationship with God!"

"I really liked my small group, I knew Nicole, my leader, from Encounter, the Program that the Sisters run at OLG, I loved the camp better than any sleep-away and camp I have ever been to, I grew a happier relationship with God. I really want to come back next summer!" - Maddie Clemency (8th Grade)


Extreme Team and Prayer Team

This is an amazing Catholic summer camp experience for youth currently in grades 9-12. They spend the week as camp counselors for youth in grades 6-8. They get to participate in all of the same activities as the MSers! Activities such as: kayaking, canoeing, paddle boating, swimming, fishing, ropes courses, indoor gym and outdoor courts for basketball, wacky Olympics, arts and grafts, daily Mass, Eucharistic Adoration, and reconciliation. For more information on how to get your Highschooler involved contact Veronica Whelan at veronicawhelan@olgparish.org

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"This experience as a leader changed my life."

"This week I was really unsure why God was doing certain things in my life. My uncle was recently diagnosed with cancer and I didn't understand why God would allow that to happen to someone. In the Camp I went to confession and felt so relieved. But I was still confused. Then in Adoration I stared God in the eyes, I just felt so much comfort, like God was giving me a big hug. I felt like God help me understand so much more through Adoration! I felt like God was trying to tell me it was going to be all right."- Nicole Chrysler (High School Leader)

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"Coming into camp, I had several doubts about God, felt that I was getting nothing from mass, and kept telling myself I was fine and didn’t need God. On the surface I looked like a happy person but deep down I didn’t have real joy or peace. Leaving camp, and reflecting on the past week, I saw how God transformed me. I had real joy and felt so at peace, nothing that I had ever experienced before. Sisters, thanks to your “yes” to God, His light has shown right through you and you have helped change many lives, more than you realize. Extreme Faith Camp was an experience I will never forget and I thank you so much for using your talents to make this camp such an amazing experience. Thank your for blessing us and God bless you!" - Grace Zdechlik (High School Leader)

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"Thank you for a great week that was full of fun and faith. I was able to grow in my own faith and help the kids grow in their own. EFC was the most profound experience I have ever had with God, and it opened my eyes to the many blessings he has given me. I also saw many transformations throughout the other leaders and kids, which was great to see. I will continue to come back and help at this amazing camp in the future! Thank you for making this a great experience with God for all!" - Charlie Zdechlik (High School Leader)

"Totally blessed by the experience..."

"This is my second year as a Chaperone at EFC. Although I am here first for the kids I find myself feeling totally blessed by the experience. With reflection and prayer I can see some of the ways God is working through me and how much He loves the kids. It is truly a blessing to be a part of it and it fills me with joy!" - Susan Michael (Adult Chaperone)

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"Seeing the kids grow helped me grow!"

"These days spent with the kids have been an awesome gift! Praying with them and sharing their experiences of faith through the week, really meant a lot. It is also a very humbling experience...seeing the kids grow in their faith helped me grow, too!" - John Braun (Young Adult Chaperone)

"The community at OLG is a gift!"

"I sent Maddie and Danny to this camp with much hope because they had a good experience with Encounter, the Program run by the Sisters. Well, Maddie, upon getting off the bus, told me she wanted to go next year, be part of the prayer team and eventually be a counselor. This is huge! So….THANK YOU, THANK YOU… This reaffirms the gift that is the wonderful community, family orientation and kid focus at OLG." - Katie Clemency (Participants' mom)

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2019 Baccalaureate Mass

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Sunday, June 16, 6:00 - 8:30 PM

Please join us in celebrating all of our graduating seniors! All area high school graduates, their families and anyone from any faith tradition is welcome. A cupcake and cider reception will follow, with a drawing for door prizes that are dorm room “must haves” for the graduates to take to college! Complete the form below to register.

Please contact Veronica Whelan at veronicawhelan@olgparish.org with any questions.

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2019 Baccalaureate Mass Registration

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.

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May 2019

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May 1 - Saint Joseph the Worker

Watch: Joseph of Nazareth
Read: The School of Nazareth: A Spiritual Journey with St. Joseph
Read: Be a Man! / ¡Sé Hombre!*

May 3 - Saints Philip and James

Study: Lectio Evangelization, Session 6: Sacraments and the Spirit

May 8 - Anniversary of Venerable Fulton Sheen’s Death

Watch: Love is Faith
Listen: The World’s First Love
Read: Life is Worth Living
Escuchar: Hiriendo al que Amas / Momento de la Verdad

May 13 - Our Lady of Fatima

Study: Fatima: Hope for the World
Watch: The 13th Day / El Día 13*
Watch: Fatima: A Message of Hope
Listen: Fatima: Living the Message / Fatima: Viviendo el Mensaje*
Escuchar: El Rezo del Rosario

May 22 - Saint Rita

Watch: Saint Rita
Watch: Saint Rita of Cascia

May 23 - Anniversary of Servant of God Fr. Emil Kapaun’s Death

Study: Kapaun’s Men, Part 1: Virtue Series
Watch: The Miracle of Father Kapaun
Watch: The Story of Father Kapaun

May 26 - Saint Philip Neri

Study: True Reformers, Session 3: Saint Philip Neri
Watch: Saint Philip Neri: I Prefer Heaven

May 31 - Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Study: The Bible and the VIrgin Mary, Session 5: The Ark of the Covenant /
La Biblia y la Virgen María, Lección 5: El Arca de la Nueva Alianza*
Watch: Brother Francis: The Rosary / El Hermano Zeferino: El Rosario*
Read: Mary: The Church at the Source
Estudiar: Estoy en Casa: María en las Escrituras
Escuchar:
El Ave María y la Oración

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