9th Annual Widows Day of Reflection with Jeff Cavins

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Jeff Cavins will present a reflections on the “Widows of the Bible” during this day of spiritual enrichment and fellowship. Breakfast and lunch included. Brochures are available in the Commons kiosk. Pre-registration is required.


Saturday, June 15, 8:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church
5071 Eden Ave
Edina, MN 55436

Mission Statement

Each year we offer widows a Day of Reflection for spiritual enrichment and fellowship. We do this through prayer, reflection and the intercession of Mary, Mother of Jesus and Widow of Joseph.


Click the button to the right to download the registration form


8:00 AM     Registration and Rosary
8:30 AM     Mass
9:30 AM     Continental Breakfast
10:00 AM     Talk 1 - Jeff Cavins
10:45 AM     Break
11:00 AM     Talk 2 - Jeff Cavins
11:45 AM      Q&A with Jeff Cavins
12:00 PM      Lunch with Prize Drawing to follow


Speaker Bios

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Jeff Cavins

Jeff Cavins is an exciting public speaker and Bible teacher. He communicates the Catholic faith at a level that everyone can understand, taking
theological truths and expressing them in a practical way. He is the creator of The Great Adventure Bible Timeline study system. Jeff is the founding host of EWTN’s weekly program “Life on the Rock” as well as Relevant Radio’s daily show, “Morning Air.” He is author of several books including, When You Suffer: Biblical Keys for Hope and Understanding and his latest book, The Activated Disciple. Jeff received an M.A. in theology from Franciscan University of Steubenville. He and his wife Emily lead pilgrimages to the Holy Land annually.


Questions or concerns?

Contact Cheryl Broich: 952-831-2656


The 9th Annual Widows’ Day of Reflection is endorsed by the Archdiocesan Office of Marriage and Family Life and is sponsored by Knights of Columbus Marian and Nicollet Councils, Relevant Radio and Our Lady of Grace Church, Edina.


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.

Funeral Notice: Ruthann Holetz


Holetz, Ruthann Age 76, of Edina, beloved wife, mother and grandmother, passed away May 4, 2019 surrounded by her family. Ruthann had a forty-seven year career as a realtor with Edina Realty. She was hired in 1972 by the company's founder, Emma Rovick.

Preceded in death by parents, Ernest and Mary Chalupnik; siblings, John Chalupnik and Joann Skalicky. Survived by husband, Richard; children, Kristine (Kevin) Martinson, Catherine (Ron) Erdmann, Richard (Karen) Holetz, Michael (Diane) Holetz; grandchildren, Matthew, Nathan, Andrew, Anna, Maria, Anthony, Laura, Richard, Sarah; siblings, Diane Odendahl and Timothy (Nina) Chalupnik.

Visitation will be 4-8 PM on Monday, May 20th at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church, 5071 Eden Ave., Edina. Mass of Christian Burial 11 AM Tuesday at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Beroun, MN. Interment Calvary Cemetery, Beroun, MN. Memorials to St. Joseph Catholic Church, (Ruthann Memorial Fund)

Klecatsky & Sons Eagan Chapel klecatskys.com 651-454-9488

Pastoral Care & Dignity of Life Ministry Fair

Saturday, May 18 – Sunday May 19, After all Masses, Commons



My mom taught me a lot about hospitality. I’m guessing your mom, favorite aunt, or cool neighbor taught you a lot about hospitality too. Hospitality for my mom almost always involved food. A baked ham dinner for a new widow, cookies for church events, and an open door on Christmas Eve that fed homemade lasagna to anyone who arrived at our door. My firstborn arrived in the early morning; Mom flew cross country and arrived before lunch. When I got pneumonia with three kids under 5, Mom arrived. Mom was always in my corner.

My mom’s hospitality and pastoral care have plenty in common. They both are grounded in compassion—empathy to step in someone else’s shoes and a willingness to serve. And, of course, there is the food. Our Homebound Communion ministers and ministers for Long-Term Care facilities bring food—bread broken at our altar—to share with those in our community that are unable to be with us at Sunday Mass. Stephen Ministers reach out to people week in and week out, walking with those who need a listening ear. Our Funeral Hospitality team is literally all about food—cooking, serving and cleaning up over 5000 funeral meals a year.

Next weekend volunteers from the Pastoral Care Team will be on hand after every Mass to share ministry opportunities with you. We’d like to share something else with you as well - in honor of our mothers and other fabulous women who have modeled hospitality for us, we are baking our mothers’ favorite desserts to share with you. Stop by next weekend after Mass and check out my mom’s rum cake. Happy Mother’s Day!



Stephen Ministry is a quiet ministry. We work confidentially one-on-one with people who need a little listening support.

Each week our Stephen Minsters meet one-on one with their care receivers for about an hour. They listen. They encourage. They pray with and for their care receiver. We ask the Holy Spirit to guide us.

Sometimes Stephen Ministry can stretch us, take us places we might not choose. We might worry that we have nothing to offer. We do. We have ourselves. Nothing more. Nothing less.

Our presence is our ministry. We simply show up. If we’re really good at Stephen Ministry, we show up and shut up. We let our care receiver talk. We let them tell their story. Without judgment. Without commentary. Ours is a listening presence. We honor another by listening to their stories, hearing their pain and their struggles and being with them in “it”, whatever “it” is.

Our job is not to fix. Most of life’s painful struggles are not fixable. We listen, pray and offer a compassionate, non-judgmental ear. We help. Jesus heals.

Time Commitment

A Stephen Minister usually provides care to one person at a time, meeting with that person once a week for about an hour. Once a month, Stephen Ministers gather with their Stephen Leaders for supervision and continuing education. Oh… and don’t forget the training. It’s fun. It will stretch you.

Training Dates

Thursday Nights, 6:00 - 9:00 PM November 7, 2019 - March 5, 2020

How Do I Find Out More?

Our Stephen Ministers are on deck after every Mass next weekend to answer your questions. To apply to become a Stephen Minister, talk to any of our Stephen Ministers or email Beryl Schewe, Director of Pastoral Care at berylschewe@olgparish.org.




Do you love Jesus and have a desire to bring Jesus to others? Our Homebound Communion Ministry team would love to meet you. Please consider joining us if you have a few hours once a month to bring Eucharist to our homebound. Typically you will visit 3-4 homebound once a month and bring Communion. You are the face of OLG to our homebound. You are the face of Jesus. Pretty awesome, isn’t it?

Long-Term Care

Thursday and Friday mornings, 10:00 AM
Did you know that OLG offers weekly Communion service to our area Long-Term Care/Assisted Living facilities? Members of the Long-Term Care Communion team offer a Communion service once a month. This is your chance to take your prayer to the next level.




Did you know that OLG serves more than 5,000 funeral lunches each year? We serve a home-cooked hot meal of medallion-style pork roast and turkey roast with fresh green salad, fresh cut fruit, au gratin potatoes, dinner rolls, homemade sauces for the meats and an assortment of homemade desserts. The meal is gluten-free (except the rolls and desserts) and dairy-free (except the au gratin potatoes) – and we serve on real plates with real silverware. How do we do it? Well, with your help. We need desserts (cookies, brownies, bars or bundt cakes), a team to help with set up, as well as a team to serve and clean up. Basically, we need you!

Most funerals are weekdays at 10:30 AM. If you have an occasional free morning, we’d love to have you on the team.

Need one more reason to join the funeral hospitality team? In the Jewish tradition, assisting with funerals is considered a mitzvah, a good deed. Why a mitzvah? Because the person you serve is deceased and can never thank you. You serve as an act of love. Early Church Fathers believed that you would be welcomed to heaven by those you had served in your life, people you may have never met, but those you offered service and care to out of faith and love.

Contact Tom Butler at 952-540-7984.


Got time an occasional morning and love Mass? We need funeral sacristans to help with funerals. You would help set up Mass, work with our servers and help make sure the funeral liturgy runs smoothly.

Never been a sacristan? No problem. We’ll train you and you can shadow our current funeral sacristans until you are ready to fly solo!

Contact Beryl Schewe in the Parish Office (x9035) for more information or to sign up.

Burial and Committal Volunteer

We are looking for a few good people to lead prayer at the cemetery. Have you felt the nudge of the Holy Spirit to step forward in a leadership role? Are you willing to be present to families in one of their most difficult days?

When you serve in this role, the ground you stand on will forever be holy ground for the family. You will serve someone who has walked in faith and followed the cross all the way to their grave. And we will train you and provide every single word spoken! Catholic prayers at the cemetery are short—we’re convinced they were written with Minnesota winters in mind!

Gathering family at the cemetery for prayer is not for everybody, but if you think it may be for you, contact Beryl Schewe in the Parish Office (x9035).



Something to Think About

This weekend we are highlighting ministries that support and enhance the dignity of all human life from conception to natural death. Our Lady of Grace is truly a profoundly pro-life parish in many ways. We support several crisis pregnancy centers, make financial and in-kind donations to agencies that help victims of abuse start over, bring the Eucharist and God’s love to our homebound and hospitalized, cook and serve meals to our neighbors in need through Sharing and Caring Hands and Loaves and Fishes, bring homebound Meals on Wheels, and of course; we pray for all of you at Sunday and daily Masses. As you read through the descriptions of the ministries below, please think about whether you are being called to serve in one of them. I guarantee the time spent serving our sisters and brothers will enrich your life. Something to think about.

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Meals on Wheels

Meals on Wheels delivers healthy meals to seniors and those with challenges to mobility and allows the recipients to remain in their homes with dignity. In addition to the meal, the visit by a Meals on Wheels volunteer provides a warm smile and some conversation… Our Lady of Grace has teams that drive for Meals on Wheels once a month and the time commitment is low, between one and two hours each time. Volunteers receive all the instructions needed before delivering the meals on their route. We can always use more drivers, and this is a great ministry to participate with your children.

Sharing and Caring Hands


Sharing and Caring Hands was founded by Mary Jo Copeland to provide a place where the poor and homeless could be fed, get clean and maintain their dignity. has always been a part of the mission.

The scope of Sharing and Caring Hands has expanded over the years to include Mary’s Place, a minute clinic, and dental clinic—all without any government funding. Mary Jo is involved in the operations of Sharing and Caring Hands, praying with both cooks and meal guests.

On the first Wednesday of each month, a group of OLG volunteers prepares and serves lunch to Mary Jo’s guests while on Tuesdays during the school year, moms take OLG middle school students to Sharing and Caring Hands to help serve lunch.


Loaves and Fishes

Loaves and Fishes serves free, nutritious meals to those in need. It is public free meal program is guided by the belief that all people, deserve food, dignity and respect. A dedicated group of OLG volunteers cooks and serves dinner to the guests at St. Stephen’s (22nd and Clinton) on the second Wednesday of each month. There are two shifts—cooks who work beginning at about 3:30 and servers/clean-up who begin at 5:15. We typically serve about 175 guests per evening. In addition to volunteers, the St. Stephen’s location gratefully accepts donations of containers for leftovers, men’s clothing and hygiene items.





Operating out of two locations, one in North Minneapolis and the other in St. Paul, Abria is strategically located to offer a safe, non-judgmental and supportive environment for Twin Cities women, teens and couples experiencing an unexpected pregnancy. Our clients experience friendship, hope and encouragement through positive and life-affirming medical and personal support services, education and resources. We empower women in their time of need. Our resources and support services are grounded in respect and awe for the miracle of every unique, unrepeatable human person, starting with each woman we serve. We help women form a plan that fits best with their current needs and life situation. Our role is to walk with them in friendship, providing the support and resources they need to make a life-affirming decision. We believe in:

  • the inherent dignity of each person, from conception to natural death

  • the right of our clients to receive comprehensive, truthful information in a respectful and compassionate way

  • the importance of addressing the needs of the whole person – intellectual, emotional, spiritual and physical


Cradle of Hope

Cradle of Hope helps over 3,000 families in crisis yearly with a transition from desperation to hope! Women and babies in crisis are supported with financial and material assistance while receiving emotional support before, during and after birth. When an expecting mother applies for assistance through Cradle of Hope, she may receive financial support (rent/mortgage, medical bills, or utilities), safe sleep training and a portable crib or a baby shower basket filled with essential baby items so we can celebrate this new life with her. Cradle of Hope has expanded throughout the state and now partners with 188 agencies, including 7 of the 11 American Indian Tribes.

Pregnancy Choices

Pregnancy Choices believes each client has a story, and their story matters. We walk alongside our clients with compassion and hope and listen to their story. At Pregnancy Choices, we believe that the best way for our clients to make sustainable change in their lives is through life coaching. The life coaching conversation during a pregnancy test allows clients to see possibilities-possibilities that include the life they are carrying.


Our certified life coaches engage clients in one-on-one conversations by asking open-ended questions. Clients begin to identify their values and evaluate their lives. These values then guide clients as they set attainable goals and make positive changes for their future. Our clients, both mothers and fathers, are empowered to make transformative life changes through coaching, education, and practical support in a safe and trusting environment. This allows them to parent with confidence and grow family resiliency.

Thank you for partnering with us through your prayers, donations of baby clothes and diapers, and your financial support. With you, our partners in the mission, we served 557 individual clients last year. Because of you, life can be chosen and families are positively impacted each day.

SouthWest Options for Women


SouthWest Option for Women is located on Main Street in Hopkins and offers pregnancy and parenting education as well as resources to women for over 25 years, SouthWest Options for Women is funded by donations, grants and Minnesota Department of Health and provides a supportive, non-judgmental environment for facing an unexpected pregnancy or sexual health concerns.

Services include free pregnancy testing, resources for general assistance, education and earn while you learn courses that allow clients to earn car seats, cribs, clothing and more. Our services assist newmoms from pregnancy to parents (mom’s, dad’s, grandparents) with children up to 2 years of age.

Funeral Notice: David M. Warner

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Warner, David M. age 71, passed away April 30, 2019. Preceded in death by infant daughter; parents; one sister and one brother. Survived by beloved wife of 50 years, Barb; children: Leslie, Liz and Maggie (Jeremy) Nuessle; grandchildren: Christopher, Charlotte, Richard, Amelia, Camden and Eric; four brothers; two sisters and many other relatives and friends. David graduated from the U of M with an MBA, which afforded him a lifelong career as a Civil Engineer. Mass of Christian Burial 11:00 a.m. Friday, May 17, 2019 at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church, 5071 Eden Ave., Edina, MN. Visitation beginning at 9:30 a.m. Memorials preferred to the Alzheimer's Association.

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Funeral Notice: Joan P. (Armstrong) Jaspersen

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Jaspersen, Joan P. (Armstrong) Age 72 of Edina passed away April 29, 2019. Preceded in death by loving husband of 45 years, Thomas; mother, Kay Armstrong; survived by sons, Dan (Amy), Joe; grandsons, Michael and Jack; father, Warren Armstrong; brother, Jim (Peggy) Armstrong; sisters, Pat (Hank) Solms, Sue (Vince) Loeffler. Also survived by many loving nieces, nephews, and other family and friends. Joan was born and raised in Northbrook, IL. She attended Regina Dominican High School in Wilmette, IL and Marquette University in Milwaukee, WI, where she met the love of her life, Tom. Shortly after marriage, Tom and Joan moved to Edina to start a family. Joan was very devoted to her sons' sports and school activities. She was always the life of the party and the first on the dance floor. A loving wife, mother, and grandmother, she will be deeply missed. Mass of Christian Burial 10:30 AM on Thursday, May 16 at The Church of Our Lady of Grace, 5051 Eden Ave. S., Edina. Visitation 1 hour prior to services at church. In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to the Jimmy V. Foundation for Cancer Research. jimmyv.org Washburn-McReavy.com Edina Chapel 952-920-3996

Funeral Notice: Judith A. Rodekuhr

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Rodekuhr, Judith A. Judy was born December 15, 1942, in Thief River Falls, MN. She succumbed to her four-year battle with cancer on April 20, 2019. Preceded in death by her parents, Charles and Cyrilla Rodekuhr (nee Reller); brother, Michael. Survived by many cousins. She graduated from Normdale College with a degree in Nursing. For forty-plus years her devotion to faith and desire to serve humankind guided her work as a rehabilitation nurse. The majority of those years were spent in the Minneapolis area. Judy loved animals, especially dogs. Her interests included travel, gardening, and staying in touch with her extended family and friends. She was an active member of Our Lady of Grace Church. Services for Judy will be on Wednesday, May 1, 10:30 a.m. visitation, followed by an 11:00 mass at the Our Lady of Grace chapel, 5071 Eden Ave., Edina, MN. In lieu of flowers, benevolences may be made to the J. A. Wedum Residential Hospice, 9350 Noble Pkwy. N., Brooklyn Park, MN, or Our Lady of Grace Church, 5071 Eden Ave., Edina, MN. Washburn-McReavy.com Edina Chapel 952-920-3996

Funeral Notice: Ray Krygowski

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Krygowski, Raymond V. 96, formerly of Posen, IL., died Thursday, April 18, 2019, at Friendship Manor, Shakopee, MN. Born to Anton and Victoria Krygowski in East Chicago, IN. Ray is survived by his beloved wife, Sylvia (nee Hadhazy); children. Bruce, Gail (Don) Derrow, Marcia Evans (Bill Dubbs) and grandchildren, Alexis, Adrian, Nick, Lindsey, Brad, John, and James. A World War II Marine veteran of the Guam Campaign, Ray served in his later years as Commander of the American Legion Post in Posen, IL. Ray was a well-known figure in Posen as owner of Ray's Barber Shop where he could be counted on to dispense his wit and wisdom liberally, all while practicing his skills as a "tonsorial artist." One of eleven, Ray is also survived by brothers, Arthur and Victor and sister, Virginia. The Gill Brothers Funeral Chapels, Inc., in Minneapolis, MN., are assisting the Krygowski family with arrangements. Guest book: GILLBROTHERS.com. A funeral Mass will be held at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church, 5071 Eden Ave., Edina, MN., on April 27 at 10:30 a.m. Visitation one hour prior to Mass. A memorial service will be held in Posen, IL., at a later date. GILLBROTHERS.com MINNEAPOLIS, MN 612 861 8088

Lent & Easter Schedule 2019

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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 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


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:


Funeral Notice: Helen Hay Connell

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Connell, Helen Hay Passed away peacefully on 3/28/19. She was predeceased by husband Ric, daughter Kate Kurimay (Jim), infant son Peter, brother Wayne Hay, grandsons TJ and Spencer, and son-in-law Dick Bowman. She is survived by children Terri Bowman, Tom (Peggy), Anita Whims (Mark), Jenn Houle (Leon), Lisa Flood (Mike), and Tim (Gina), son in law Jim Kurimay, together with 5 nieces and nephews, 39 grandchildren, 42 great grandchildren, and 3 great great grandchildren. Happily married to Ric for 69 years, Helen was a gracious, generous, loving, devoted, clever and funny wife, mother, grandmother, aunt and friend. She will always be remembered for her spunk and sass. Her family greatly appreciates the loving care taken of her by the excellent staff at Rue de France, Jones Harrison in Minneapolis. A Mass of Christian Burial will take place on Monday, April 8, 2019 at the Church Our Lady of Grace, 5071 Eden Ave in Edina, at 10:30 a.m. with visitation one hour prior. Being Lent, in lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to The Poor Clares, 421 4th Street, Sauk Rapids, MN 56379, or Little Sisters of the Poor, 330 Exchange Street, Saint Paul, Minnesota 55102 Gearty-Delmore 952-926-1615 gearty-delmore.com