Sister Parish

RISE & SHINE Breakfast 2019

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THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 2019

7:30 - 9:00 AM
Interlachen Country Club
6200 Interlachen Blvd, Edina, MN 55436

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SPEAKERS

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Marketing and Philanthropic Development Consultant

Alison knows the Ghana, Our Lady of Grace (OLAG) High School mission well. As co-founder and producer of the Rise & Shine Breakfasts, 2017 and 2018, she created the vehicle for raising a half million dollars for scholarships supporting the OLAG high school students to date. As a member of the March 2018 insight trip to Ghana, she was able to see firsthand the difference this mission is making in the lives of the children of Ghana.

Alison serves as a mother, wife and advocate for all children and the blessing that comes with offering them a quality and faith infused education.

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Barry Morrow is an Academy Award and Emmy-winning writer and producer whose films are part of motion picture history. Best known for his original story and screenplay, Rain Man, starring Dustin Hoffman and Tom Cruise, this 1988 Best Picture of the Year will be remembered not only for its artistic achievements and as the highest-grossing Oscar-winning film of its time, but also for its global impact on autism and savant syndrome. Morrow’s 1981 autobiographical story, Bill, starring Mickey Rooney and Dennis Quaid, was hailed by the New York Times as the late Rooney’s most distinguished role in his 90 year career. Morrow’s advocacy on behalf of marginalized persons, both in real life as well as in film, led to a Lifetime Achievement award from the National Association of Social Workers.

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Honorary Chairs

Mary Lynn & Warren Staley

Fr. Bob Schwartz

 
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Sister Parish to St. Joseph Parish and
Sister School to OLG Senior High School in Ghana, Africa

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R.S.V.P.

Please register by Saturday, August 31.

Cost is $75 per guest or $500 to host a table.

Payment may be sent to:
Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church
5071 Eden Ave, Edina, MN 55436
ATTN: RISE & SHINE

Make checks payable to OLG, memoline: RISE & SHINE Scholarships.

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SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

Contact Jon Cassady at joncassady@olgparish.org with questions or if interested in securing a table.

THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS

San Max Mission Trip Cancelled

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On August 6th, we received an email from Fr. Matute, pastor at our sister parish San Maximiliano Kolbe in Honduras, advising us that the political situation in Honduras had given rise to a series of protests around Tegulgalpa. While he left the decision as to whether to continue with our plan to visit San Max right now up to us, he recommended that we not visit at this time. After prayers, discussions and fact finding, our mission trip group reluctantly decided to cancel our trip. While sad about it, we are comfortable that we made the right decision under the circumstances.

Here in the United States we are blessed to have a stable government along with a history and tradition of peaceful protests. Unfortunately for our sisters and brothers in Honduras, they may not have the same tradition. There have been protests against President Hernandez and his government that were triggered by concerns of corruption and that the President is a member of a drug cartel. The BBC covered the protests as did Reuters news service.

As we prepared for our trip, all the missionaries were delighted by the response to our request for sports equipment and rosaries. We received more than we could have hoped for—soccer balls, frisbees, volleyballs, complete soccer uniforms along with many beautiful rosaries. And almost as important, we received suitcases to transport these gifts. We can’t thank you enough!! 

As important as the tangible gifts for San Max, was the knowledge that you are thinking about and praying for the members of San Max. Be assured that they are thinking of and praying for us. Just this morning we received the following message from Fr. Matute: 

Brothers and sisters,

Today the San Maximiliano parish, in the context of our patron saint festivities, with all parishioners are invited to join in 12 continuous hours of prayer, for the Honduran family, for justice and peace, for life and the construction of a truly Christian family. Let us raise this supplication with confidence, let us join in prayer, and with our commitment, also, let the Lord fill us with his peace and his good.  May Saint Maximilian Kolbe, Saint Francis and Saint Clare take care of us and intercede, and may the Holy Virgin protect us.

Much Blessing brothers on this day.

Peace and good.
Friars Minor Conventual”

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Please join San Max in prayer

Wednesday, August 14, 6:30 PM, Commons
We will be having a rosary in solidarity with and to pray for our sister parish San Max and Honduras on the feast of their patron saint, St. Maximilian Kolbe. There will be a time of fellowship following the rosary.

Ghana Mission Trip Informational Meeting

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Tuesday, July 16, 6:00 PM, Dining Room
Come and learn more about our next mission trip to Ghana. You’ll have an opportunity to hear from past travelers, learn about our proposed itinerary and ask questions. Light refreshments will be served. We invite you to hear more about our sister parish relationship and our sisters and brothers in faith at St. Joseph’s in Mamponteng. Contact Melissa Miller at melissamiller@olgparish.org for more information.

Donations for Honduras

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We are very excited that a group of parishioners led by Fr. Kevin will head to Honduras to visit our sister parish, San Maximiliano Kolbe, in less than a month! We hope that you join in the excitement by donating a ball pump, soccer balls, volleyballs, frisbees, rosaries (for adults and children) or craft supplies that we can bring with us. Please bring any items for donation to Melissa Miller in the Parish Office, ATTN: San Max.

A huge thank you to all who already donated their used soccer gear to be used by the youth of San Max. As you can see from the pictures, the kids are putting the gear to good use.  They love having these uniforms when they play in their soccer leagues.

San Max Mission Trip

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There is still room for other travelers to join our trip to San Max in Honduras this August. We’ll be staying with the Franciscan Friars and experiencing life in community, worshipping with our sisters and brothers in faith, and seeing some of the sights in this beautiful country. Contact Melissa Miller at melissamiller@olgparish.org or in the Parish Office (x9040) for more information.

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.

OLAG Ghana Sister School Update

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Prempeh, Frobel, Family First schools win in maiden OLAG Robo competition

Three Junior High Schools in Ashanti Region emerged tops in the maiden edition of Our Lady of Grace Robotic Completion regional contest.

They are Prempeh Experimental ‘B’ and ‘C’, Frobel Educational Centre and Family First International. Each took the first prizes in the various categories to beat ten other competitors.

Prempeh Experimental ‘B’ proved exceptional in the line follower challenge. It involves an autonomous robot that could move in a complex maze within three minutes.

Frobel Educational Centre conquered robots from other schools with its Sumo. This is a wrestling robot with sensor management, defence mechanisms and electronics.

Prempeh Experimental ‘C’, showed they could develop innovation robots to solve problems for which they won the freestyle category.

Family First International, on its part, proved perfect in the robotics Quiz.

The competition is under the theme, ”Inspiring young minds and developing creative thinkers for the 21st century.”

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Training partners, Asustem Robotics took pupils through a 3-week pre-contest introductory course.

Director of projects of Asustem Robotics Academy, David Asumadu-Boateng says the 21st century demands a practical approach to solving critical problems, adding robotics knowledge is crucial in realizing such vision.

“As the world grows increasing with a myriad of global challenges on the horizon, there is an even greater need for younger students equipped with knowledge and skills to tackle tough challenges,” he said.

The headmaster of Our Lady of Grace Senior High school, Stephen Anokye, believes Ghana’s education system will benefit greatly with focus on practical learning.

“We think is time to make students more ingenious, more practical so that we can solve the problems in our communities and the country as a whole,” he stressed.

Participants were excited the programme has helped in shaping their reasoning prowess.

“It has helped me used my brains, so it has made me fast and smart,” said Emmanuel Owusu of Family First International School.

“Science and ICT are making the world a better place, and I’m highly encouraged to participate,” said Forbel’s Michaella Ama Konadu.

Winners received medals, certificates and trophies.

Image: Winners from Frobel Educational Centre

Image: Winners from Frobel Educational Centre

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Sister Parishes for 20 Years

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A LETTER FROM GHANA

Dear All,

I write on behalf of my own self, my assistant priest, parishioners of St. Joseph the Worker, faculty and students of the Our Lady of Grace Senior High School, as well as parents to express our profoundest gratitude to you all for the immeasurable love you have shown and continue to show to us over the years. We are very much appreciative of all the sacrifices you have been making to ensure the development and growth of our parish and school. We thank you for your friendship, which is constantly cemented by the visits of OLG Ambassadors who visit us year after year.

We must say that the team of 16 Ambassadors who visited us this year were of a special kind. We were overwhelmed by the amount of love that made the weaknesses in our hospitality almost invisible. We appreciate the fact that year after year, and out of ardent love for the mission of our Savior Jesus Christ, you sacrifice your precious time and the comfort of your homes to visit us and share in our lives. We must say that your visit to us always reignite within us the fires of divine love and make us so proud to belong to this universal family of faith.

The smiles, handshakes, unfamiliar dances you perform, readiness to visit the villages, joy of undertaken service projects like carrying heavy blocks and mortar, and painting our dirty rectory all added up to the joys of this year’s visit. We certainly cannot forget about your sporting prowess in soccer, volleyball and your notorious victory in the USA versus Ghana Tennis Contest. I look forward to retaliating.

We must say that we love to see you come to us, and we look very much forward to your next visit. We want to assure you that we are always ready to welcome you as groups and individuals back home in Ghana. We also thank you for the sporting equipment and other materials. I should personally thank OLG for the gift of this brand new Lenovo laptop, which is going to enhance my life and ministry over here at Mamponteng.

It is our fervent hope that this friendship will endure for the years and decades to come, and prepare us for the common destiny we share in our eternal home in heaven. Once again, thank you all for you do for us and may God bless you abundantly.

Fr. Sylvester Frimpong
St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church, Mamponteng, Ghana

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ABOUT OUR SISTER PARISH

St. Joseph the Worker Parish in Ghana and Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church in Edina have enjoyed nearly two decades of a spiritually fruitful sister parish relationship. St. Joseph’s is in Mamponteng and is a large, vibrant parish of almost 1700 people. In addition to the people of St. Joseph’s, the pastor is responsible for the spiritual care of 4 “station” churches:

St. Joseph Catholic Church, Mpobi, Kumasi (165 parishioners)

St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, Ankaase, Kumasi (123 members)

St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, Ejuratia, Kumasi (110 people)

Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church, Abrade, Kumasi (38)

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TIMELINE

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JPII Informational Breakfast

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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.