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.

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:

 

Preacher's Daughters Concert - Sweet Hymns of Joy

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Sunday, January 6, 2:30 PM, Church
Your hearts will be touched & souls uplifted in this heartwarming Christmas concert event with The Preacher's Daughters, Amanda Ellison and Korissa Olson! This powerhouse vocal duo will sing your favorite timeless Christmas carols & great hymns of the faith! Laugh along as stories are shared of the season and the similar paths they shared as preacher's daughters! For all ages- Invite your family & friends! Love offering will be received.

www.thepreachersdaughtersmusic.com

Amahl and the Night Visitors - Congratulations Performers

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Congratulations to all who participated in our Christmas concert and production of “Amahl and the Night Visitors”! Korissa Olson, Luca La Hoz Calasarra, Christopher Fast, John McNeill and Eric Nelson played the lead roles. The Our Lady of Grace School Choir, Twin Cities Youth Chorale and the Our Lady of Grace Schola combined forces for a lovely afternoon of music.  

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Christmas Concert - Amahl and the Night Visitors

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Sunday, December 2, 2:30 PM, Church

Amahl and the Night Visitors

by Gian Carlo Menotti

Discover what happens when a shepherd boy meets the 3 Kings on their way to Bethlehem!

Featuring:

Luca La Hoz Calasarras (Amahl), Korissa Olson (Amahl’s Mother), Eric Nelson, Christopher Fast, John McNeill (The 3 Kings), The Twin Cities Youth Chorale, Our Lady of Grace Schola Cantorum Choir, orchestra and duo pianos with Drs. Megan and Chris Wallace

Tickets*

Adults $12.00 Seniors: $10.00 Children $6.00

*All Tickets sold at the door will be $12.00

Tree Lot Coupon

Bring an item of clothing (new or gently used) for donation to a local shelter (Socks - Gloves - Mittens - Stocking Hats) to the performance on December 2nd and receive a $10.00 OFF Coupon for use at the OLG Men's Club Christmas Tree Lot the same day!

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.”

Download

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

Liturgical Ministries Fair 2018

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LITURGICAL MINISTRIES

There are different gifts but the same Spirit; there are different ministries but the same Lord; there are different works but the same God who accomplishes all of them in everyone. To each person the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good.
— 1 Corinthians 12:4-7

Liturgical ministries play an important part in the orderly preparation and celebration of the Mass. When the faithful of our community gather, we become a visible sign of the Body of Christ. During this "sacrament of unity" the whole Body of the Church is involved in many different ways. Many of the important liturgical functions of our celebrations are entrusted to the laity, who are drawn from the community, trained by the parish and entrusted with the sincere devotion and decorum expected of them.

By virtue of our baptism each of us is called to minister to the needs of one another and collaborate to create a meaningful environment of worship for all!

Our Lady of Grace is blessed to have many dedicated and faithful men, women and children who generously share the gifts entrusted to them by the Holy Spirit to serve the People of God. When people with particular qualities are matched with the liturgical roles that call for those qualities, the liturgy can speak powerfully to us, moving us to prayer.

Shelly Aebi, Director of Liturgy


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MINISTERS OF HOSPITALITY

Greeters

“To greet, smile, and welcome all is our random act of kindness.” Christine Eastburg

Greeters are the first official representatives of the community that members of the Assembly meet and, as such, should convey the sense that each person is welcome and essential to the community’s prayer. This ministry is one of genuine joy and care for others; thus, one important quality for a Minister of Hospitality is to be a people‐oriented person. As a greeter, you have the opportunity to offer a gift to each person you meet at church. By offering a word of welcome, especially to visitors and those who may feel uncomfortable for whatever reason, Hospitality Ministers help form the worshiping community. It’s a way for the whole family to serve together!

Time commitment is about 30 minutes before the Mass of your choice.

CONTACT:
Christine Eastburg
ceastburg@comcast.net

Ushers

Ushers help establish a peaceful and welcoming environment by offering greetings or helping members fnd seating.

Ushers are encouraged to arrive early to survey the worship space ensuring that there is no clutter left from the previous service. Ushers also invite people to bring forward the gifts of bread and wine, with an awareness of the diversity of the entire community. Being an Usher is a wonderful way to meet people in our community and is something in which the whole family can participate.

CONTACT:
Ed Violante
beviola@aol.com


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MINISTERS OF THE ALTAR

Sacristans

“Being a Sacristan I feel that I directly serve Jesus in the Eucharist preparing the altar and church for Mass. It is a privilege to serve the Lord in this way.” Cheryl Broich

The Sacristan, always under the general direction of the clergy, undertakes the overall preparation of liturgical celebrations. The Sacristan’s role is altogether supportive, setting an example of quiet recollection, leading others involved in the liturgy to embrace with calm and dignity their roles in the rites that will follow.

The Sacristan arranges the books needed for the celebration and anything else needed for the celebration such as cruets, chalices, ciboria, linens, oils, processional crosses, candles and torches. Once the liturgy has commenced, the Sacristan monitors the proceedings and is prepared to act in case something additional might be required. The schedule for Sacristans is online and rotated based on Mass preferences.  Individual training provided.

CONTACT:
Shelly Aebi
shellyaebi@olgparish.org

Altar Servers

Altar Servers, by their very nature, support or assist the priest and other ministries. Altar Servers play an important part in supporting the orderly celebration of Mass, knowing the flow and movement of the liturgy well enough to anticipate the needs of the priest or other ministers.

Attentive Servers are alert to unanticipated events during Mass (e.g., a forgot-ten Sacramentary, a blown‐out candle, a dropped cruet). To participate more fully in the Mass and to model appropriate prayer for others in the Assembly, it is desirable that Servers know Mass prayers such as the:

  • Confiteor (“I confess to almighty God, …”)
  • Gloria
  • Profession of Faith
  • Orate Fratres (“Pray brethren that my sacrifice and yours be acceptable to God…)
  • Lord’s Prayer.

Servers should also be able gracefully to make the various gestures used at Mass (e.g. the Sign of the Cross, the triple signing before the Gospel, and a profound bow.) Altar serving is open to anyone in sixth grade or older. The schedule for serving is online and rotated based on Mass preferences.

CONTACT:
Shelly Aebi
shellyaebi@olgparish.org

Lectors

“Our goal is to help people to hear God speaking to their head and their hearts so they can leave Mass inspired to live out their faith in the world!”  Dan Moran

Lectors proclaim the Word of God at Mass. The love of Sacred Scriptures is “a force reinvigorating and renewing the entire People of God” (Introduction to the Lectionary, #47). Prayer and meditation on the readings and Gospel at Mass allow the voice of God to speak to you and through you.

Lectors are encouraged to read through the entire chapter in which a reading is found in the Bible and to practice the selected reading aloud several times during the week in preparation for their proclamation. Lectors should prepare for all the readings for a Mass, in the event additional Lectors are not available.

Youth who are at least 16 years of age are needed, especially at the 6:00 PM Mass.

CONTACT:
Shelly Aebi
shellyaebi@olgparish.org

Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion

“What a blessing it is for those of us able to regularly attend Mass and receive Holy Communion. Homebound Communion Ministry provides me an opportunity to offer this special gift to those unable to attend Mass. Getting to know the individuals and appreciating their faith in challenging situations is my reward.”   Jim Mosakowski

Bishops, priests and deacons, by virtue of their ordination are the Ordinary Ministers of Holy Communion. Laity who are trained and commissioned to distribute the Body and Blood of Christ at Mass are called Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion (EMHC). Extraordinary Ministers are examples of Christian living in faith and conduct, striving to grow in holiness through their love of the Eucharist.

It is especially helpful for Extraordinary Ministers to arrive at least 10 minutes prior to Mass to help with orderly preparation for Mass. EMHCs are the only ministers not scheduled in advance due to the need to assign specific positions. Current sign‐in procedure prior to Mass provides the needed flexibility. Training is offered every six to eight weeks. Confirmed youth who are 16 years or older are also welcome!

CONTACT:
Shelly Aebi
shellyaebi@olgparish.org


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MINISTERS OF  MUSIC

“The function of music is ministerial; it must serve and never dominate. Music should assist the assembled believers to
express and share the gift of faith that is within them and to nourish and strengthen their interior commitment of faith. It heightens the texts so that they speak more fully and more effectively. The quality of joy and enthusiasm which music adds to community worship cannot be gained in any other way. It imparts a sense of unity to the Assembly and sets the appropriate tone for a particular celebration."
Father A. Kavanaugh

“When you’re singing for God, He takes your gift of song and elevates is to something greater.  I’ve become more engaged in our parish, meeting people and feeling like I’m part of something greater than just me on the weekend.”  Katie Burke

Cantors

Lead the assembly at Masses throughout the year, including Lord’s Day Masses, special services, weddings and funerals.  Auditions required.

CONTACT:
Chris Wallace
chriswallace@olgparish.org

Schola Cantorum

Traditional choir, classical repertoire.  Sings at 9:30 AM Sunday Mass, Labor Day to Pentecost.  Rehearsals Tuesdays 7:00 PM and Sundays 8:45 AM – 9:15 AM.

CONTACT:
Shelly Aebi
shellyaebi@olgparish.org

Resounding Grace

Contemporary repertoire.  Sings at 11:30 AM Mass.  Sunday rehearsals, 10:30 AM – 11:15 AM.

CONTACT:
Chuck Benincasa
chuck.benincasa@gmail.com

Grace Notes

Contemporary repertoire with piano, drums and guitar.  Sings at 6PM Mass.  Sunday rehearsals 4:30 PM – 5:45 PM.

CONTACT:
Korissa Olson
korissaolson@comcast.net

Men’s Choir

Sings 5-6 times per year. Thursday morning rehearsals from 7:30 AM – 8:30 AM.

CONTACT:
John McNeill
jmcne0630@aol.com


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ADDITIONAL MINISTRIES

Altar Linen Care

“The Altar Linen Care ministry provides the option to share our gifts, away from church. Everyone has something to give, and every gift, big or small is truly a blessing and a thanksgiving to God.” Annette Adelmann

This ministry ensures on a scheduled basis that there are clean and pressed linens for Mass each week.

CONTACT:
Shelly Aebi
shellyaebi@olgparish.org

Weddings

Our Lady of Grace bas been blessed to provide support to couples on their wedding day for more than 20 years through the Wedding Ministry team of volunteer coordinators. Members of the Wedding Ministry team assist the lead coordinator at the rehearsal and help prepare the Church, coordinate the procession and communicate with florists, musicians, guest celebrants, photographers, videographers and outside wedding planners on the day of the wedding. Time commitment is approximately three hours on a Friday or Saturday once every four or five weeks.

CONTACT:
Mary Carlson
marytcarlson@gmail.com

Baptisms

We share our gifts with families throughout their preparation, including assisting with the Baptismal garment, setting up for the Baptism service, and providing support during the Baptism Liturgy. Time commitment is approximately 1-2 hours per month.

CONTACT:
Shelly Aebi
shellyaebi@olgparish.org


Thank you for responding to your baptismal call to share your gifts and serve!

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Lent & Easter Schedule 2018

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We invite you to join us these Seasons of Lent and Easter as we prepare for and celebrate the Resurrection of our Lord.


LENT

Stations of the Cross and Soup Supper

Fridays, February 16, 23; March 2, 9, 23
6:00 PM

 

Men's Club Fish Fry and Pasta Bar

Friday, March 16
4:30 - 7:30 PM

 

Lenten Day of Mercy (Penance Service)

Wednesday, March 21
7:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Confessions followed by a soup supper

 

Palm Sunday

Sunday, March 25
7:30 AM, 9:30 AM, 11:30 AM, 6:00 PM

HOLY WEEK

Holy Thursday

Thursday, March 29
9:00 AM - Morning Prayer
7:00 PM - Mass of the Lord's Supper

 

Good Friday

Friday, March 30
9:00 AM - Morning Prayer
3:00 PM - Stations of the Cross
7:00 PM - The Passion of the Lord

 

Holy Saturday

Saturday, March 31
8:30 AM - Morning Prayer
8:00 PM - Easter Vigil

 

Easter Sunday

Sunday, April 1
7:00 AM, 8:30 AM, 10:15 AM, 12:00 PM, 6:00 PM

 

Divine Mercy Sunday

Sunday, April 8, 3:00 PM
Divine Mercy Chaplet and holy hour with benediction