VBS 2019: Roar - REGISTRATION OPEN

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When: July 22 - July 26, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Who: Age 3 - Grade 6 (must be age 3 by September 1, or entering grade K-6 in fall 2019, pending volunteer support)

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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!

For Grades 4‐6 information contact:
Sister Eileen Leon
pes‐sisters@olgparish.org

For Age 3‐Grade 3 information contact:
Stephanie Lloyd
stephanielloyd@olgparish.org

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Register for Our Lady of Grace's Vacation Bible School by filling out the 2019 VBS Registration form.
Registration deadline is June 30, 2019.

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.

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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.

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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Inspirational Resources for Faith Formation in May

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May 2019

A Whole Month of Liturgical Content on formed.org!

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

*Available in Spanish

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

A Whole Month of Liturgical Content on formed.org!

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*

*Available in Spanish

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. 

Lent & Easter Schedule 2019

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LENT

Ash Wednesday

Wednesday, March 6
6:15 AM
9:00 AM
5:30 PM
7:00 PM

Stations of the Cross and Soup Supper

Fridays, March 8 - April 12, 6:00 PM
*No soup supper on April 5

Lenten Day of Mercy

Wednesday, April 3, 7:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Confessions followed by a soup supper

Men’s Club Fish Fry & Pasta Bar

Friday, April 5, 4:30 - 7:30 PM

Palm Sunday

Sunday, April 14
7:30 AM
9:30 AM
11:30 AM
6:00 PM

HOLY WEEK

Holy Thursday

Thursday, April 18
9:00 AM - Morning Prayer
7:00 PM - Mass of the Lord’s Supper

Good Friday

Friday, April 19
9:00 AM - Morning Prayer
3:00 PM - Stations of the Cross
7:00 PM - The Passion of the Lord

Holy Saturday

Saturday, April 20
8:30 AM - Morning Prayer
8:00 PM - Easter Vigil

Easter Sunday

Sunday, April 21 (Modified Mass Times)
7:00 AM
8:30 AM
10:15 AM
12:00 PM
6:00 PM

DIVINE MERCY SUNDAY

Sunday, April 28, 3:00 PM
Divine Mercy Chaplet and Adoration followed by Benediction.

Traffic Flow on Easter

We will follow the below modified traffic pattern on Easter Sunday due to the high volume of traffic:

 

RCIA Update April

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Margaret Lively, RCIA Director

It is almost upon us! What exactly is it? It is the Easter Vigil Mass, when we as a parish community and as members of the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic faith, welcome those desiring to join the Church after successfully completing their formation and preparation begun last September. This is quite an accomplishment, and these lucky few certainly merit our support and appreciation! Please join us at 8:00 PM on Saturday, April 20, 2019 and be buoyed by the love and commitment you will witness in these new Catholics. And did I mention we serve cake afterward?

Moms of Grace: 101 Simple but Meaningful Ways to Pray with Children

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Wednesday, April 10, 10:00 - 11:30 AM, Dining Room
Do you want your child to pray and be close to God but do you find life pretty hectic right now? Hard to find time for your own prayer time let alone family prayer? We feel the same way! Join us to learn some easy ways to pray with children and leave with a list of 101+ ideas for your home. Bring your prayer ideas too. We will also have materials to create your own set of Resurrection Eggs to help your child connect with the story of Jesus. Hope you can join us for this fun-filled morning!

Moms of Grace Service Project

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Sunday, April 7, 10:30 AM, Cassidy Hall
Have you wanted to participate in a meaningful service project with your family?  Have you been searching for a way to connect in a significant way with other families?

We will be organizing care packages to be distributed to women and children at Haven House, as well as men at St. Stephens.  All family members are welcome - little ones can create cards to include in each package.  Light snacks will be provided.

Click the button below to sign up!