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.

OLG School 70th Anniversary Celebration Sponsorship Opportunities

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The excitement is growing as we prepare to celebrate 70 Years of Grace at Our Lady of Grace Catholic School! The celebration will be held on Saturday, September 21 on our beautiful campus and will include all those whose lives have been touched by OLG School and who have made us who we are!

We expect to have several hundred alumni and alumni parents in attendance along with school families - past and present - and members of our community. To make this celebration a memorable event for all, we would love to partner with you through sponsorships.

We are seeking various levels of sponsorship:

Grace Event Sponsors: would receive logo/name recognition in all print/media and banner recognition leading up to and day of event. Potential opportunities include:

  • 5K Sponsor ($4,000)

  • Food Truck Sponsor ($2,000 x2)

  • Adult Beverage Sponsor ($2,000 x2)

  • Print and Media Sponsor ($2,000)

  • Decade Gathering Sponsor ($2,000)

  • Thank you to Dan and Kelly Ballard for serving as an Adult Beverage Sponsor at $2,000!

  • Thank you to Dermatology Specialists: Mimi Cho-Rohlfsen, M.D., PhD. for serving as a Food Truck Sponsor at $2,000!

  • Thank you to Patti, Timmy and Conor Marrinan honoring Tim, husband and father for serving as the Rock the Field Sponsor as $4,000

  • Thank you to Gill Brothers Funeral & Cremation for serving as the Mass Sponsor at $4,000!

Saints Sponsor ($1,000+): would receive name recognition in all print/media and banner recognition leading up to and day of event.

Alumni Sponsor ($500+): would receive name recognition in all print/media.

Interested individuals and businesses can contact Dan McGraw at 612-720-3949 or daniel.mcgraw@gillbrothers.com

 

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. 

2019 OLG School Carnival

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Friday, April 26, 5:30 - 8:30 PM
Please join us for the 31st annual OLG Carnival. There will be games, food, candy, prizes, a DJ, and even a special room for parents and alumni to get away and recharge with a chair massage.

All profits go directly back to the parish community to support growing technology infrastructure needs. We hope to see you there!

Carnival wouldn't be possible without the support of our incredible sponsors:


 
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Doing Good Together Family Service Fair

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

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

 
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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:

 

PSO Prayer, Service and Tithe

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All members of the OLG parish community are welcome and encouraged to participate in Parent School Organization (PSO) activities, including members who do not have children enrolled in OLG School.

PSO outreach goes beyond the School, including:

  • Sunday School Donuts and Fun

  • Feed My Starving Children

  • making valentines and placemats for Meals on Wheels

  • Veterans Day thank you

  • Loaves and Fishes

  • Salvation Army bell ringing

  • Thanksgiving Baskets

  • Sponsor-a-Family

The annual Santa Secret Shop has donated $95,000 to St. John Paul II from 2014-2018. PSO has also earned over $10,000 from fundraising events since 2017.

PSO has over 40 committees and hundreds of volunteers who put in over 10,000 hours every year. All parents of OLG students are members of the PSO, and are welcomed and encouraged to share their time and talent. Please contact Amy Dennison at ahrenner@hotmail.com for more information.

Thank you for Supporting the 2019 OLGMC Gala

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The 2019 OLG Men’s Club Gala was a huge success thanks to your support and generosity.  The $75,000 Fund the Need goal was exceeded by $15,000 and an additional $110,000 was raised from the community-wide Silent Auction.  These funds will allow the Men’s Club to move forward in partnership with the School and Parish on an upgrade of the OLG network infrastructure and to provide new Smart Boards for middle school classrooms and Parish ministry/Faith Formation rooms.  If you missed the chance to donate, there is still time.  Checks can be made out to OLG Gala and sent to the OLG Men’s Club, 5071 Eden Ave, Edina MN 55436.  Thank you again for your support and we look forward to welcoming you to next year's 20th anniversary Gala!

Parenting Talk: Better Choices in Parenting

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Thursday, February  21, 6:30 - 7:30 PM
Our most important job as a parent is to keep our relationships with our children strong and close. Without this kind of a relationship, we lose influence as our children grow up. Parenting choices that we make in stressful moments might deal with the current problem, but what do these same choices mean for the future of our relationships with our kids? This session focuses on everyday parenting decisions that we make and how they may impact our relationships as well as alternative strategies that promote closeness throughout our children’s development. The talk will take place in the new Mercy Music Loft. The talk will be given by Dr. Jules Nolan. RSVP here.

Get to Know the Sisters of Pro Ecclesia Sancta

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PROVIDENCE BROUGHT US TO OLG

We were blessed to become a part of the wonderful community of Our Lady of Grace in 2014, when we received the invitation to serve in Middle School Youth Ministry, to lead the 6th - 8th graders and their families closer to Christ. Since our arrival, we have had so many reasons to be grateful to be here, working and praying with all of you in order to make Jesus Christ more known and loved!


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FOUNDER

Fr. Pablo Menor, SJ, an apostle of holiness from the Heart of Christ, founded Pro Ecclesia Sancta in Peru in 1992 following an invitation from God to found an Order dedicated to remind every person that they are called to be great saints.


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CHARISM

To live and promote holiness in the Church, with people at all stages and states of life. We seek to show that holiness is not far off, but that we can glorify God by doing everything the best we can with love.


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SPIRITUALITY

We live and share the devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, which we see as the “shortcut” to holiness. By loving Jesus who has loved us so much, by making up with our prayers and good works for the offenses committed against His Heart, and with leading others to the Sacred Heart, we become united to Jesus, the Holy One of God and here find our joy!


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APOSTOLATES

Since our charism to live and promote holiness is one that reaches every person of every walk of life, the possibilities of pastoral ministries are very broad for us. We walk with youth, adults and families on their journey to holiness through retreats, small and large group formation, and spiritual direction, helping them to grow in the desire and giving them practical tools to be saints for the Heart of Jesus!


What do we do at OLG?

We want to be ambassadors of God’s love by helping you encounter Christ in your daily life and to grow in your commitment to your vocation to holiness.

Encounter Program: Faith Formation for middle schoolers

Confirmation preparation for 7th - 8th grade students

United in Christ: Monthly gatherings for parents, which support them to form their families in the faith

The Upper Room: Weekly after school club for 6th - 8th grade students at OLG School to help them bring their faith into their everyday lives.

Presence and support in the School: outreach with students and presence at school events


Places we currently serve:

Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church and School (Edina)
Middle School Youth Ministry & Confirmation Coordination

Chesterton Academy (Edina)
Chaplaincy

St. John the Baptist (Savage)
Evangelization and ministry support

Church of St. Mark (St Paul)
Youth Ministry and School Chaplaincy

University of St. Thomas (St Paul)
Catholic Women’s Leadership

The Catholic Advance Movement (St Paul)


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SACRED HEART OF JESUS CONVENT

Last June, in the month of the Sacred Heart, we were blessed to receive a convent in Bloomington that brought us closer to OLG. This convent is a gift that can receive so many more sisters who can love and give of themselves to God and His people in religious life. Our mission in the Sacred Heart of Jesus convent is to irradiate God’s love to the whole Church. We have been so happy to be able to welcome people to the Convent and join us for prayer, retreats and fellowship. The Lord has also shown us His love through you. It has been a blessing to receive your kindness, care and love. Your donations of time, talent and treasure has helped us continue to fix up the convent, so that this can be the home of the Sacred Heart.


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EXPERIENCES OF GOD’S LOVE

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“The Sisters of P.E.S. bring to their ministry a depth of experience and formation in working with families, youth and forming community with those they serve. I am grateful for their expansive joy and genuine kindness towards all. The presence of the Sisters of PES truly blesses our parish and school community.”

- Father Kevin Finnegan, Pastor -

“We have had three kids go through Faith Formation at OLG. The light of the Lord shines through the Sisters right into the hearts of our children.  We feel so blessed to have them help our kids grow in their faith.  They are always so supportive of families and full of joy. OLG is lucky to have them!”

- Paul and Mary Zdechlik, Faith Formation Family -

"The PES Sisters have been a wonderful addition to Our Lady of Grace! Their warm smiles and kind greetings bring light to everyone who comes through OLG's doors and their deep faith and love for Christ and His Church radiates to everyone they work with. It's such a blessing to have the PES Sisters at OLG!"

- Greg Aitchison, Religion Teacher at OLG School -

"Our journey started with a mutual friend recruiting me to help with "The Upper Room”. One of the many programs run by these fabulous women. And two years later I feel like I have seven lifelong friends. They are a Blessing to the students at OLG by their clear example of love for our Lord to just being present. How awesome that the students can talk with these women on a daily basis! Their stories are amazing. They are also a huge Blessing to the families of the OLG parish. From the programs they are involved in with the youth to the prayers they offer up on a daily basis for us. If you have never met them, I urge you to seek them out, have a chat, have dinner... it is a life changer. What a tremendous gift they are to us. And I feel confident in saying that anyone… young or old… that has met them would say the same. We love them!"

- Susan, Matt and Olivia Michael, OLG School Family -

"Since moving to Minnesota three and a half years ago, my little family has been abundantly blessed by the PES Sisters. Through personal relationship, individual spiritual direction and small group retreats, the Sisters always exude the love of God. I am grateful to know and love the PES Sisters."

- Mandy Seymour, OLG Counselor & P.E.S. Retreat Participant -


"I like learning with the sisters because they bring new perspectives in my relationship with Jesus and I think that it is awesome that we get to hear their knowledge of the Lord!"

- Noah Hecker, 6th Grade Encounter Faith Formation Program -


"The PES sisters not only recruited us to teach faith formation, but they have guided us, inspired us, and taught us so much by their example of holiness. They are incredibly generous with their time and have shared so much wisdom and insight. We are so thankful for their witness and ministry!"

- Kyle and Mandy Pederson, Encounter D-Group Leaders -

“The Pro Ecclesia Santca Sisters have been such a blessing to Our Lady of Grace’s Middle School Youth Formation programs. The joy and love they bring to the youth (and their families) is beautiful and transformative."

- Sean Lavell, Pastoral Associate for Mission & Discipleship -

"Having the Pro Ecclesia Sisters in our school community allows us the opportunity to live our faith with our classmates beyond school hours. The added focus on our faith has benefited our entire family. This experience has taught us with new ways to pray as a family, and learn new ways to be a disciple of Christ. Our lives have been enriched."

- Elizabeth Halloran, OLG Middle School Student -

"Our Lady of Grace has been abundantly blessed with the Sisters of Pro Ecclesia Sancta, who are women of deep faith and who lead with yes! They are a gift of joy to our entire community. We love our Sisters of P.E.S."

- Maureen Trenary, OLG School Principal -


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BECOME A MISSION PARTNER

Spread the Love of the Sacred Heart of Jesus:

- Pray for the spiritual fruits of our ministries, the needs of our convent and for more vocations

- Support us financially with a monthly, annual or occasional gift, or with gift cards

- Connect us with other people you know who may be willing to help us with their prayers, talents and treasure.

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VOLUNTEER

Help with small projects around the convent (fixing, organizing, cleaning) or sponsor a specific area of the convent that is in need of attention.

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If you would like to help, contact us at sacredheartconvent@proecclesiasancta.org

COMING UP…

Sunday, February 17, 10:30 AM - 1:30 PM
Sacred Heart of Jesus Convent Open House
8650 Russell Ave S, Bloomington, MN 55431