Saint John Paul II School

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 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.

JPII Informational Breakfast


Tuesday, February 26, 9:00 AM, Dining Room
Please join us for Mass and a light breakfast. Help us celebrate all the good that your prayers, volunteer time and financial gifts are supporting at St. John Paul II Catholic School, an OLG Sister School. We will begin with Mass in the MHT Adoration Chapel followed by breakfast and a short presentation. There will be a video tour of JPII and an update from Patty Stromen, President of Ascension Catholic Academy, the consortium of urban Catholic schools encompassing JPII.

Sister School - JPII Preparatory School Annual Report


Pope John Paul II Catholic Preparatory School (An Ascension Catholic Academy School) thanks Our Lady of Grace for its gracious support! See our annual report and witness the miraculous things you are helping to make happen!

Giving Trees


Saturday, December 1 - Sunday, December 16
Don’t forget to take an ornament from the Giving Trees and bring back your unwrapped gifts. There are many different options on the trees, from baby items to items for the elderly and scholarship opportunities for San Max, JPII, and Ghana. Thank you for your generosity!

Advent Day of Mercy 2018


Wednesday, December 12, 7:00 AM - 9:00 PM

Join us for a day of reconciliation. A light soup supper will be provided in the Commons.

Nursery Care

Nursery care provided on a space available basis:
9:00 AM – 1:00 PM and 4:00 PM – 7:30 PM

Service Opportunity

After you have received the Sacrament of Reconciliation, you can have lunch and fill a snack bag to help feed a hungry child over the Christmas holiday. We are working with Matter, a local charity, to fill 900 snack bags with healthy foods and a note to the recipient. The bags will be delivered to JPII for distribution.

Santa's Secret Shop


Friday, December 7, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM, Dining Room
Santa's Secret Shop is a tradition that occurs every Christmas Season at Our Lady of Grace School. Throughout the year volunteers buy toys and gifts at discounts and then set up a "Santa Shop".  During this time, students are able to buy gifts for their families and friends.  100% of the proceeds are gifted to our sister school, Saint John Paul II in Minneapolis.  Once again we invite parishioners and families to shop. There will be baked items and a variety of other items to buy for friends and family.

Annual Report 2017 - 2018

Please find below a downloadable version of the 2016-2017 Our Lady of Grace Parish Annual Report. In the words of Fr. Kevin, “Let the reading of our Annual Report inspire you to deeper gratitude for how our parish carries out the mission of making Jesus Christ known and loved. Let our Annual Report be a way to ponder how you and your family might serve within our parish community.”


To download a copy of the 2016-2017 Annual Report click the image on the right or click here.

Support JPII School


Sunday, July 15 - Wednesday, August 1
JAX Cafe, Minneapolis

Classic Northeast Minneapolis eatery, Jax Cafe, is gifting JPII School 20% of your dining total.

How does it work?

  1. Make your reservation at Jax ( for sometime between July 15 and August
  2. Enjoy your award-winning meal with family, friends or clients!
  3. Snap a photo of your bill and email it to along with your name so we know who to thank!
  4. Jax will cut a check to JPII School in the amount that is 20% of you total.

JPII Prep Playground Build Update


Melissa Miller, Director of Community Life & Social Justice

This morning I went up to John Paul II Prep School to help build their new playground. I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I thought this would be a good thing to do.

I underestimated the day!

When I arrived there were many people already there, shoveling, transporting and spreading  mulch under the playground equipment. Fr. Kevin was everywhere encouraging, introducing and generally doing what he does so well—helping to build the Kingdom of God. Danette Halloran and Alison James were the organizers, and, along with Fr. Neil, were working, greeting and encouraging people. The workers were a diverse group—members of Holy Cross parish; parents of children in John Paul II Prep; members of OLG; workers from Ascension Academy and a young mother with her baby in a backpack. I heard people speaking English and Spanish, communicating with one another. Archbishop Hebda came and blessed us and the playground.

As I helped spread mulch, I was struck by what a great metaphor this was for building God’s Kingdom. The workers were united in making things better for the students at JPII. The collaboration was wonderful. Spirits were high and everybody seemed engaged in their tasks, but also the important work of getting to know one another. This was the community, the Church in a pure sense, joining together in a common goal. And as you can see from this picture, that goal was met. What a great example of serving God by serving others. Something to think about.

JPII Prep Playground Build Day


Tuesday, May 15, 7:00 AM

We are in need of 40 or more strong volunteers for a few hours of physical work to help complete the playground project for our sister school JPII. It will be fun and a blessed opportunity; in fact Fr, Kevin will have a blessing of the volunteers at 7:30 AM! We will have coffee, refreshments and the best taco truck in Northeast Minneapolis. 

The work includes:

  • Installation of Tuff Timber edging
  • Installation of geotextile fabric over pea gravel
  • Installation of Engineered Wood Fiber Approximately 101 CY of material.

For more information contact:

Danette Halloran

Alison James