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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.

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.

Student Session, 5:00 - 8:00 PM
The student session will include talks from: John Delozier, theology teacher at BSM; and Kory La Croix, Catholic Speaker in the Archdiocese and Associate for Mission at OLG; as well as opportunities for dynamic hands-on activities. Dinner included.

Parent Session, 6:30 - 8:00 PM
The parent session will include keynote speaker Dr. Todd Flanders, Headmaster at Providence Academy, and time to get to know other parents.

Please contact the Sisters of Pro Ecclesia Sancta at pes-sisters@olgparish.org for more information and to register. Event is free of charge. Clich the button below to download a copy of the student permission slip.

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June 2019

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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

Corpus Christi Sunday

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Sunday, June 23, After the 9:30 AM, 11:30 AM and 6:00 PM Masses
This feast was established in 1246, extended to the universal Church by Pope Urban in 1264. On this feast day it is customary after Mass to process “into the world” with the Blessed Sacrament. Many processions wind their ways through city streets, such as Pope Francis did in processing from St Peter’s Square to the streets of Rome. Along the route, four altars are established representing the four corners of the world. Prayers are offered for the world at each stop. The congregation joins the procession and sings along the way.

Next week Our Lady of Grace will experience a Corpus Christi procession, though on a smaller scale! After Masses, we will be having a procession to an outside altar. There will be Exposition, a few minutes of Adoration, reading of Scripture and prayers. Afterwards there will be refreshments on the lawn. Should the weather not cooperate, we will move everything to Cassidy Hall.

We invite all those who recently made their First Communion to come that day dressed in their First Communion clothes and join in the procession! Join us for this special day in our Liturgical Year!

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.

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May 2019

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May 1 - Saint Joseph the Worker

Watch: Joseph of Nazareth
Read: The School of Nazareth: A Spiritual Journey with St. Joseph
Read: Be a Man! / ¡Sé Hombre!*

May 3 - Saints Philip and James

Study: Lectio Evangelization, Session 6: Sacraments and the Spirit

May 8 - Anniversary of Venerable Fulton Sheen’s Death

Watch: Love is Faith
Listen: The World’s First Love
Read: Life is Worth Living
Escuchar: Hiriendo al que Amas / Momento de la Verdad

May 13 - Our Lady of Fatima

Study: Fatima: Hope for the World
Watch: The 13th Day / El Día 13*
Watch: Fatima: A Message of Hope
Listen: Fatima: Living the Message / Fatima: Viviendo el Mensaje*
Escuchar: El Rezo del Rosario

May 22 - Saint Rita

Watch: Saint Rita
Watch: Saint Rita of Cascia

May 23 - Anniversary of Servant of God Fr. Emil Kapaun’s Death

Study: Kapaun’s Men, Part 1: Virtue Series
Watch: The Miracle of Father Kapaun
Watch: The Story of Father Kapaun

May 26 - Saint Philip Neri

Study: True Reformers, Session 3: Saint Philip Neri
Watch: Saint Philip Neri: I Prefer Heaven

May 31 - Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Study: The Bible and the VIrgin Mary, Session 5: The Ark of the Covenant /
La Biblia y la Virgen María, Lección 5: El Arca de la Nueva Alianza*
Watch: Brother Francis: The Rosary / El Hermano Zeferino: El Rosario*
Read: Mary: The Church at the Source
Estudiar: Estoy en Casa: María en las Escrituras
Escuchar:
El Ave María y la Oración

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Congratulations 2019 First Communicants

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Congratulations to all who will be receiving
their First Communions at the Masses this weekend.

Eleanore Charlotte Areaux
Isabelle Patricia Austin
Jacob Kaleio Bajema
Cameron James Banks
Kieran Thomas Barry
Joseph William Bauer
Maya Elizabeth Bitonti
Bryten Patrick Bojado
Aiden Leo Boll
Connor Michael Bowen
Bailey Trygg Bridgeman-Rivers
Mitchell Victor Brillowski
MacCoy Francis Brown
Ava Elaine Buller
Harrison Kelley Burgess
Scarlett Marguerite Campoli
Cole James Carpenter
Olivia Grace Casserly
Sara Marie Cavalcante
Michael Patrick Cavanaugh
Makenna Ann Chambliss
Anna Mary Cheng
William Parker Conlon
Layla Ruth Cook
Jasmyn Marie Dixon
Sophia Grace Dochod
William Christopher Doig
Nolan Philip Driskell
James Elliot Duval
Owen Lowell Eaton
Sadie Ann Ehrmantraut
Charlotte Marilyn English
Katherine Jean Evenrud
Colin Thomas Ewers
Charlotte Justine Farrell
Beckett Arthur Fix
Jacob Michael Fleetham
Liam Jack Peter Fries
Alessandra Gabbard
Santiago Wolfgang Gaertner
Miles Joseph Ganje
Vivian Emma Geisz
Lucy Sophia Gonyea
Georgina Francis Gordon

Charles Thomas Grandstrand
Benjamin Hannan
Henry Xavier Hernandez
Zara Louise Hernandez
Sophie Jane Hornig
Katherine Marie Horwich
Michael Dean Jahnke
Arlo Anthony Jain
Felicity Kathleen Jarmuz
Jane Lois Johnson
Michael Brian Johnson
Rose Marie Kalscheur
Taylor Grace Kapsen
Margaret McGrath Kelly
Grady Donald King
Ronan John Kirvida
Nicholas Andrew Koopmeiners
Maeve Marie Kopetka
Lauren Elizabeth Lang
Jillian Mary Lang
Joshua Edward LaTour
Witten Louis Leber
Audrey Ann Leyendecker
Connor Jacob Lloyd
Conor Gallagher Lynch
Anna Elizabeth Mampuzha
Catherine Elizabeth Martin
Daniel Ryan Martinus
Baker Bell McConnell
Anastacia Mary McGill
Kellan Joel McNiff
Liam Daniel McNiff
Tucker James McWhite
Kathryn Marie Miller
Ruth Minke
Alicia Jo Moore
Ava Marguerite Moore
Ryan Charles Mortl
Alex Jorge Mulgrew
Benjamin Thomas Neuner
William Asanka David Nixon
Mary Catherine Noonan
Elise Marie Norman
James Bennett O'Halloran

Grace Roslyn O'Neill
Sebastian Walter Orr
Isley Emma Pankratz
Eli Thomas Parkhurst
Elizabeth Ann Pepper
Ava Catherine Pitino
Owen Jacob Potter
Ava Maureen Quinn
Harper Swan Reeves
William Frederick Rhodes
Kayla Jean Runyon
Aaron Max Satin
Celia Catherine Schoen
Owen James Schothorst
Charles Allen Sennes
Elina Nisha Sequeira
Phoebe Alexandra Shaw
Nicholas Ronald Shimek
Charles William Simons
Samuel Richard Simons
Josephine Marie Skinner
Kylie Ann Smith
Thomas Douglas Sperling
Molly Katharine Stedman
Madeline Anne Stokes
Lauren Rose Strangis
Marcus Robert Swiggum
Magdalene Lucia Thelen
Olivia Thida Thielman
William Marvin Tucci
Owen William Tumpane
Luella Caroline Velander
Ciaran Coulter Lee Vellon
Quinn Andrew Wall
Kenneth Nicholas Waterman
Amelia May Weis
James Patrick Westin
Columban Joseph Willard
Emerson Nathan Windom
Jackson James Yacoub
Carter Meas Yem
Clara Jane Zavoral
Julia Ava Zucchi
Maxwell Theodore Zumwalde

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April 2019

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April 7 - Saint John the Baptist de la Salle

Watch: Saint John Baptist de la Salle: Patron Saint of Teachers

April 14 - Palm Sunday

Study: Opening the Word: Palm Sunday
Watch: Rome Reports: Holy Week in Rome

April 16 - Saint Bernadette

Watch: Bernadette
Watch: Bernadette: Princess of Lourdes*
Listen: St. Bernadette of Lourdes
Read: I’m Bernadette

April 18 - Holy Thursday

Study: Lectio Eucharist, Session 8: The Last Supper and the Cross
Watch: Brother Francis: The Bread of Life*
Watch: Ready Reasons: Did Jesus Make the Apostles Priests?
Listen: The Fourth Cup
Listen: La Eucaristía*
Read: Sacraments in Scripture

April 19 - Good Friday

Study: Symbolon: Knowing the Faith, Episode 6: The Paschal Mystery*
Watch: Shroud
Listen: Stations of the Cross*
Listen: Glimpses Along the Way of the Cross
Listen: Love – Sacrifice – Trust*
Read: Saint Helena and the True Cross

April 21 - Easter

Watch: Did Jesus Really Rise from the Dead?
Listen: The Resurrection of Jesus: Fact or Fiction?
Read: Awakening
Read: Did Jesus Really Rise from the Dead?

April 28 - Divine Mercy Sunday

Study: Divine Mercy
Watch: Ocean of Mercy
Listen: The Second Greatest Story Ever Told*

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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.