Men's Club

OLGMC Summer Social

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Thursday, July 18, 6:30 – 8:00 PM, Athletic Fields
Join us for our annual summer social event! All men of the parish community are invited. We will set up a tent on the Athletic Fields and, for the first time in our history, put on a pig roast. To that we'll add coleslaw, potato salad, corn, greens and a plethora of beverages. We will use this event to celebrate our extremely successful past year and welcome new parish members to the Men's Club.

Cost is $75 before July or $100 after. Cost is $25 for new parish members (2017 - 2019) and youngsters (ages 21-35). Ticket includes dinner and beverages. Pre-registration required. Must be 21 or older to attend.

Summer Classic Annual Social (with option to pay dues)

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.

Alleluia! He is Risen! - Easter 2019

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A Letter
From Fr. Kevin

Alleluia! Easter is not just about Jesus rising from the dead. His rising from the dead is certainly what we celebrate, is the singularly most important event in the history of all history. But what makes Jesus rising from the dead so earth-shattering is what it means for us – both for our present lives and our eternity.

We no longer need be held captive by our death. “The power of his death once confronted our death. … “[Therefore,] Jesus did away with the everlasting character of death so as to make death a thing of time, not of eternity” (The Power of the Cross, St Leo the Great). This is why we cry out Alleluia! The Lord has destroyed and put a limit on our death, thus preparing a place for us with Him for all eternity.

This reality, however, calls for a response from me and you. We need to decide if we want to dwell with God for all eternity. Of course we do! The best way to prepare for all eternity is to grow in our love and service of God, one another and especially the needy and poor.

If you are joining us at Mass today for the first time, or the first time in a long time, I invite you to get to know our parish community, share your gifts and talents here among us, and grow in holiness alongside us. Please contact Janna Davies, Stewardship Coordinator, at 952-929-3317 x9006 or jannadavies@olgparish.org, or visit our website at www.olgparish.org to learn more about Our Lady of Lady of Grace, where we are making Jesus Christ known and loved.

Alleluia! This is the day the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it! Alleluia!
Father Kevin Finnegan


Easter Symbols

“What does that mean?”

One of the tangible and beautiful things about our Holy Week liturgies are the symbols that are used to highlight certain aspects of the liturgy and to draw responses from us on a deeper lever. Symbols can be found in architecture, artwork, manners of dress and objects. They touch us both by their grandeur and, in many cases, their sheer simplicity. The symbols of Easter call us to joy and resurrection!

The Easter Fire. Fires were lit before the time of Christ to celebrate the spring equinox, the darkness giving way to the light. Jesus is the Light of the World. He has overcome the darkness once and for all. The new fire of the Easter Vigil symbolizes light of Christ coming to dispel the darkness.

The Paschal Candle is lit at the Easter Vigil from the “new fire” created each year. It burns throughout the season of Easter in the sanctuary and is also lit at baptisms and funerals, both a sign of the light of Christ and the promise of resurrection. Our Paschal candle is ornamented with beautiful symbols of a fleur-de-lis cross, the ancient symbol of the Holy Trinity. Ornamental bands with bronze medallions of the Agnus Dei and Chi Rho monogram of our Lord are beautifully adorned with bees, a noble symbol of sacrifice celebrated in the Easter Exsultet (a sung hymn of praise.) Take a moment to look closely at the candle. It is not only a strong symbol, but a beautiful piece of artwork.

Holy Water. A symbol of baptism, holy water is used throughout the Easter season to remind us of our baptism, and to call to mind our baptismal promises.

Colors. The dark, penitential color of purple has given way to the colors of white and gold, fitting for the King of Kings.

Palm Branches are used on Palm Sunday signify majesty and victory.


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Please Pray

for those in the RCIA process this year.

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OLGMC
Fish Fry Recap

Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church Men’s Club (OLGMC) 10th Annual Lenten Fish Fry held on Friday, April 5, 2019, was a tremendous success. The plan was to make it ‘the best fish fry in the Minneapolis/St. Paul metro area’.

We were fortunate to host local WCCO-TV Morning News Anchor and food critic Jason DeRusha. He commented: ‘This is crazy huge!’, and then Tweetted at @DeRushaJ: ‘Never seen anything quite like the Lollapalooza of Friday fish fries: freshly battered and fried cod using the @TinFishMpls recipe; 2200 people at the delicious and delightful @OLGSaints in Edina!’ We served a record 2,467 meals which is almost 20% larger than last year’s record, with a shout out to our all-volunteer team led by the OLGMC, OLG Service Club and OLG youth groups.

Proceeds from the event support our local OLG youth groups. In addition, the proceeds provided a financial donation of $1,000 in total last year to two charities designated by our OLGMC Fish Fry supplier (Tin Fish); Focus Minnesota and IOCC Disaster Response.


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Divine Mercy Sunday

Sunday, April 28, 3:00 PM, Church
"In the evening when I was in my cell," St. Faustina wrote, "I saw the Lord Jesus, clothed in a white garment... Jesus said, paint an image according to the pattern you see with the signature, Jesus I trust in You." (Diary #47) "I desire that this Image be solemnly blessed on the first Sunday after Easter - The Feast of Mercy." (Diary #49) The two rays are a distinctive feature of this Image of Christ. Jesus explained: "The pale ray stands for the Water which makes souls righteous. The red ray stands for the Blood which is the life of soul...Happy is the one who will dwell in their shelter". (Diary #299) By means of this Image I shall be granting many graces to souls; so let every soul have access to it. (Find the Image in the Commons and in the Adoration Chapel) Please join us next Sunday for our Divine Mercy Celebration April 28 at 3:00 PM in the main Church. Refreshments after the Holy Hour.


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Holy Week in HOnduras

Fr. Marcio Matute, OFM Conv
San Maximiliano Kolbe Parrion, Honduras

Without a doubt Holy Week is one of the most important moments of celebration in the parish. We live the festivities daily, beginning with early preparations, step by step.

You cannot miss the blessing and cheerful procession on Palm Sunday. The live Stations of the Cross are very popular, everyone rising very early to accompany the Lord on Good Friday. The great Easter Vigil is the solemn day of the week, where the church welcomes the Light of Christ and congregates to listen the Word of God and the feast of the new Water.

Nobody is left out this week even though some people work more and others less. The essential thing is that Jesus’ Passion and Resurrection do not go unnoticed by anyone. I really like to see the commitment of the people in this time, enjoy faith with the people. It is a cheerful,beautiful time of renewal, penance and change. We are all tired but satisfied at the end of the week, contemplating God in our lives and experiencing that indeed Jesus Christ has risen and lives among us!

Have a happy and blessed Holy Week!


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Easter in Ghana

Fr. Victor Atta-Boamah
St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Ghana

The Catholic Communities in Ghana celebrate Easter in grand style, from Palm Sunday through Easter Monday.  We start on Palm Sunday, when the entire congregation gathers far from the church to begin the procession through the principal streets of the town, with the faithful holding the blessed palms amidst singing , drumming and dancing as Jesus triumphantly enters "Jerusalem."

On Good Friday there are Stations of the Cross in the morning until midafternoon. The town is divided into the fourteen Stations. The faithful mourn wearing black and red, with many people stopping whatever they are doing to participate or listen once we get to their suburb. 

People bring firewood to prepare for the fire in front of the church for Easter Vigil Mass. Most people believe that the ashes drawn from the fire on the night of the vigil of the Risen Lord is a blessing for good farming, so some people collect them and spread them on the farms.

On Easter Sunday there is so much joy as we sing and chant our Gloria and Allelluia, dancing to the tunes of resurrection songs of in praise of God for the wonderful thing He has done!  Mostly on this day is a mini-harvest held to thank God and raise funds for projects of the Church.  In our parish we have the ritual of asking every member to bring some food items or toiletries that could be gathered together to distribute among some extremely needy people.

Easter Monday is a day for picnics and fun games, so many churches, groups and societies meet to socialize and have fun. Most times we organize games and most adults get the chance to participate. This is also a day many people do a lot of donations to the less privileged in the society, like orphans. 

10th Annual OLGMC Fish Fry & Pasta Bar

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Friday, April 5, 4:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Includes fish, pasta, baked potato, cole slaw, rolls and cake. Father Kevin Finnegan’s Pub will be offering beer and wine for an additional charge. Live music. Drive-through available.

Cost

Tickets are $15 for adults, $5 for children (ages 10 and under).

Volunteer

Here is your opportunity to play a role in the Twin Cities best fish fry!  Click here to sign-up for a spot at what is one of the best volunteer opportunities out there.  Tons of fun and a great event that brings the entire Parish community together.

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?

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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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.

Catholic Watchmen Rally with Matt Frad

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Tuesday, February 12, 6:30 - 9:00 PM
Church of St. Henry, Monticello

Men from all over the Archdiocese are invited to the Catholic Watchmen Rally at St. Henry in Monticello, with internationally known speaker Matt Fradd who will give "The Man Talk". There will be time for Adoration and Confession. Dinner will be provided (A $20 free-will offering is suggested). Register here.

OLGMC Gala 2019 - SILENT AUCTION UPDATE

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SILENT AUCTION

This year’s Gala silent auction opens on February 2 at 8:00 AM and the entire OLG community can participate whether attending the Gala or not.  Funds raised will help update our school SmartBoard and network infrastructure.  Item information and details on how to participate can be found here or by clicking the button below.  The auction will close the night of the Gala on February 9.  Thank you in advance for your support!

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SCHEDULE

6:00 PM • Silent Auction - Appetizers
7:30 • Dinner - Fund the Need

ENTERTAINMENT

Jeff Jensen and the Vanguards
DJ and Dancing

TICKETS

$150 per person
Table Host (10 guests): $1,500

We expect tickets to sell out quickly given space constraints so please do not delay.

DETAILS

Semi-Formal attire is encouraged but not required.

If you are unable to attend
and but would still like to support the Gala click here to donate to Fund-the-Need.

QUESTIONS

Contact Gala Chair Jeff and Cathleen Cachat at jeffreycachat@gmail.com or 952-905-9035.


SPONSORS

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Celebrate Marriage

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Friday, January 25, 2019 , 5:45 - 9:00 PM 

Jim and Maureen Otremba

Jim and Maureen Otremba

Mark your calendars, book your babysitter and join us for an enriching date night with your spouse!

The evening includes Mass with a marriage blessing, a cozy catered dinner with wine by the fire in the Commons and an inspiring talk by Jim and Maureen Otremba, married 23 years.

Cost

$50 per couple, before December 25. Save by registering early. After December 25, cost is $55 per couple)

Questions?

Contact Meghan Hodgdon at meghan.m.hodgdon@gmail.com or 651-769-3280.

OLGMC Mini Retreat for Men

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“GK Chesterton on Lay Spirituality, and (while we’re at it) Lay Mysticism”

A look at why the role of the Catholic layman is more important today than ever before—through the eyes of that profound and prophetic writer G.K. Chesterton—who happened to be a Catholic layman.

Saturday, January 19, 2019 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM

8:30 AM – Mass
9:00 AM – Breakfast (Donuts, Coffee, & Juice)
9:15 AM – Mini-Retreat (Cassidy Hall)
12:00 PM – Lunch (Pizza & Pop)

Guest speaker Dr. Dale Ahlquist will be speaking. No admission charge. Reserve your spot by signing up at the table in the back of the Commons after any Mass during the weekends of January 5 and 12, or by emailing Jim Clancy at jrpclancy@gmail.com.

Dr. Dale Ahlquist

Dr. Dale Ahlquist is President of The Society of Gilbert Keith Chesterton and The Chesterton Schools Network. He is the author of five books, editor of Gilbert magazine, and creator and host of the EWTN series “The Apostle of Common Sense.” He is a Senior Fellow of the Chesterton Library at Oxford. “Ahlquist on Chesterton is like Plato on Socrates, or Boswell on Johnson.” New Oxford Review.