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10/1 Saint Therese of the Child Jesus

Movie: The Secret of Saint Therese
Movie: Miracle of St. Therese
Book: A Family of Saints

10/4 Saint Francis of Assisi

Movie: Clare and Francis / Clara y Francisco*
Movie: Francis: The Knight of Assisi / Francisco: El caballero de Asís*
Audio: Brother Francis: The Barefoot Saint of Assisi

10/5 Saint Faustina

Program: Divine Mercy in the Second Greatest Story Ever Told
Audio: Divine Mercy 101 / Divina Misericordia 101*

10/7 Our Lady of the Rosary

Movie: The Traditional Catholic Rosary
Audio: Miracle of Life Rosary for Children

10/9 Venerable Pope Pius XII

Movie: Pius XII: Under the Roman Sky / Pío XII: Bajo el cielo Romano*
Audio: God’s Mighty Servant / La poderosa servidora de Dios*

10/11 Saint Maria Soledad

Movie: Saint Maria Soledad / Santa Maria Soledad*

10/13 Fatima’s Miracle of Sun

Movie: The 13th Day / El Día 13*

10/15 Saint Teresa of Avila

Audio: St. Teresa of Avila
Read: Fire Within: Teresa of Avila, John of the Cross, & the Gospel on Prayer

10/18 Saint Luke

Read: Mission of the Messiah: On the Gospel of Luke

10/22 Saint Pope John Paul II

Movie: Pope John Paul II / Papa Juan Pablo II*
Audio: Saint John Paul the Great / El Grande: Conoce a San Juan Pablo II*

*Available in Spanish

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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

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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.”

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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

A Whole Month of Liturgical Content on formed.org!

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*

*Available in Spanish