Social Outreach

Life is Wonderful 10K, 5K, Walk & Kids Fun Run

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Saturday, May 11, 7:00 AM
Lake Harriet, Minneapolis

For the first time the run is around Lake Harriet! With the run so convenient, we should be able to have a great turnout from OLG, so mark your calendars and show you support for Abria a great crisis pregnancy center run by OLG parishioner Cindy Koeppl.

Visit Abria’s website to register or for more information about their ministry.

Doing Good Together Family Service Fair

April 22, 9:00 - 11:00 AM, Gym
Doing Good Together's work helps address real, immediate community needs and it creates hope by instilling the spirit of giving in a new generation. Stop by to participate in fun, simple hands-on projects that inspire compassion and generosity! Assemble snack bags for children experiencing illness and their families. Create toys for cats awaiting a new home. Pack hygiene kits for youth experiencing homelessness. Decorate journals for children receiving counseling.

Contact Sharon Hierlmaier at sharonhierlmaier@olgschool.net with any questions.

 
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Pro-Life Prayer Vigil

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Friday, April 19, 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Planned Parenthood, St. Paul
Join Bishop Cozzens and many other faith leaders at a Prayer Vigil in front of the St. Paul Planned Parenthood on Good Friday. There will be Scripture and prayer every half-hour. Parking is available at the University of St. Thomas facility on the corner of Grand and Cretin, with shuttle buses running back and forth to the vigil all day. This is a great opportunity to make a stand to protect the most vulnerable lives!

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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Catholics at the Capitol

Tuesday, February 19, 7:00 AM - 4:00 PM
RiverCentre/State Capitol, St. Paul

Now is the time to begin to transform politics in Minnesota. Join your local bishop and 2,000+ Catholics to learn how you can build relationships with your newly elected officials and advocate for life and human dignity. Get your tickets, register for transportation, and find more details about this inspiring day of prayer, education, and advocacy by visiting www.CatholicsAtTheCapitol.org.

Speakers and Music

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Jim Caviezel

Actor

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Archbishop Charles Chaput

Archdiocese of Philadelphia

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Danielle Rose

Music Missionary

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Gloria Purvis

EWTN Radio & Black Catholics for Life

 

Red Cross Blood Drive

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Thursday, February 7, 3:00 - 8:00 PM, Cassidy Hall
Our Lady of Grace is hosting a Blood Drive. You can sign up online by going to redcrossblood.org and entering OURLADYOFGRACE as the sponsor code or by contacting Melissa Miller in the Parish Office (x9040). Remember, your blood donation can save up to 3 lives.

Our Thanks to the OLG Quilters

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May 9, 2000 was the beginning of Our Lady of Grace Quilters with Jane Squires as chairperson. St. Francis Guild started a 5-week beginning quilting class. Lila Hansen from St. Patrick’s Patchworkers joined the group and, by June, weekly Tuesday mornings in the Forrey Room were established. Requests were put in the bulletin for funds and fabric. By September the first 20 quilts were donated to St. Therese Care Center in New Hope. The Women’s Club Raffled some quilts, as did the St. Francis Guild, to provide funds. Quilts have been donated to multiple organizations. All have been crafted with love, prayer and hope. Without the many hands, donations of funds and fabric, and not just a few pricked fingers this work could not have been done. As with many organizations, aging and fewer numbers will caused this ministry to stop work in December 2018. A total of 1771 quilts have been made and donated; 45 quilts have been completed since July 2018.

Quilts over the years have been donated to:

St. Therese Care Center of New Hope
Birthright; Minneapolis Crisis Nursery
Monastery of St. Clair
St. Anne’s Place
Southside Life Care Center
Ghana Mission
Catholic Charities

Families Moving Forward
Little Sisters of the Poor
St. Joseph’s Home of Children
Sharing and Caring Hands
Project Linus
Dialysis Center

Thank you to all our dedicated quilters:

Jane Squires
Agness Burgee
Lonnie Leyh
Louise Battaglia
Swarna Abeyesundere
Marie Mattison
Linda Krumsieg

Fran Peterson
Melva Mayclin
Mary Crowley
Jane Twyman
Sue Sundlin
Sandy Rikus
Nan Dvorak

Lila Hansen
Bernice Schrenk
Catherine Miller
Pat Westlund
Ronnie Yearneau
Bev Rooney
Mary Jane Sushak

Sister School - JPII Preparatory School Annual Report

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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

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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!

Winter Boots and Coats Drive

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Friday, November 23 - Saturday, December 15

Once again this year, the Men’s Club and Social Justice Ministry are asking you to donate new or gently used, clean winter coats and boots, as well as new winter hats, gloves and socks (especially men’s socks).  While all sizes are needed, there is a great need for men’s coats. In addition, we are collecting newborn infant diapers and big boxes of dry cereal.

You can leave your donation in the bins at the Tree Lot or outside Cassidy Hall.

The donated items will be delivered to:

  • Sharing and Caring Hands

  • MRD 363 Days Food Program

  • Catholic Charities

  • Sabathani Community Center

  • The Crisis Nursery

  • Shoe Away

Thanks for helping keep our neighbors warm!

Sponsored by

OLG Men’s Club and OLG Social Justice Ministry