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:


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


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!

Lenten Day of Mercy


Wednesday, April 3, 7:00 AM – 9:00 PM
Confessions offered from 7:00 AM – 9:00 PM. A soup supper available for all from 11:30 AM – 7:30 PM.

This year we are collecting items for the residents of Haven Housing, which provides shelter for victims of abuse. Please mirror God’s generosity by bringing an item for these families as they seek to rebuild their lives. They especially need winter gloves for children, flip flops, ear buds, lotions, bath/lotion sets, full-sized toiletries, and new twin-sized sheets.

Parishioners are also invited to assist the Middle School Service Club (MSSC) with a service project in the Dining Room from 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM.

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March 6 - Ash Wednesday

Study: Lectio: Prayer
Study: Forgiven*
Watch: What’s the Deal with Ashes on Ash Wednesday?
Listen: Stations of the Cross*
Listen: My Beloved Son: Meditations for Lent
Listen: Love – Sacrifice – Trust: He Showed Us the Way*
Read: Meditations for Lent
Read: How to Be Holy

March 7 - Saints Perpetua and Felicity

Watch: The Passion of Saint Perpetua*
Watch: The Story of Saint Perpetua*

March 17 - Saint Patrick

Watch: Patrick: Brave Shepherd of the Emerald Isle*
Listen: The Trials of Saint Patrick
Read: Saint Patrick’s Summer
Read: Twenty Tales of Irish Saints

March 19 - Solemnity of St. Joseph

Study: Symbolon: Living the Faith, Session 5: Matrimony and Holy Orders*
Study: YDisciple: Important Message for Dads
Watch: Joseph of Nazareth
Listen: St. Joseph: Patron of the Universal Church
Listen: Pure Fatherhood
Read: The School of Nazareth: A Spiritual Journey with St. Joseph
Read: The Father of the Family
Read: Be a Man!*
Leer: Matrimonio facil para tiempos dificiles

March 25 - Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord

Study: The Bible and the Virgin Mary, Lesson 2: Handmaid of the Lord*
Study: The Wild Goose, Segment 4: The Spirit and Our Lady*
Watch: Mary of Nazareth
Watch: Is Bowing before a Mary Statue Idolatry?
Listen: Mary: Handmaid of the Lord
Listen: The Joyful Mysteries Narrated by Vin Scully
Read: Mary: God’s Yes to Man
Read: Faith Basics: Understanding Catholic Teaching on the Blessed Virgin Mary
Escuchar: El Ave María y la Oración

*Available in Spanish

Arming Men of Integrity

Saturday, March 23, 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
The OLG Men’s Choir has been asked to sing at the Diocesan Men’s Conference for Mass. This annual event features Patrick Madrid, Catholic author and radio host, plus Mass with Bishop Cozzens and dynamic breakout sessions. This year’s focus is “Arming Men of Integrity”. For more information, the schedule of events and to register, visit www.archspm.org.

Prayer Fair 2019

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Saturday March 2 – Sunday March 3, After all Masses

Where does prayer come from?
Scripture speaks sometimes of the soul or spirit,
but most often of the heart…
It is the heart that prays.
The heart is our hidden center,
beyond the grasp of our reason and others;
only the Spirit of God can fathom
the human heart and know it fully…
It is the place of truth…
It is the place of encounter,
because as image of God we live in relation:
it is the place of covenant.”
— CCC 2562-2563

Do you have a relationship with Jesus? Do you pray daily? Are you teaching your kids how to pray? Make plans now to join us for our annual Prayer Fair, an opportunity for you to hear from ordinary parishioners like yourself as they share about their own faith lives in a series of 20-minute workshops. You will gain insights into what others have found helpful in growing in their own holiness, hopefully giving you encouragement to say: I too can pray. I too can take time to be with Jesus and know his love! We have another great lineup of workshop leaders – something for everyone. This is a such a great gift – a time for all of us to grow in our faith and as a community, as well as learn how to respond with a heart filled with gratitude for all God has given us!

Workshops By Mass Time


Join us for a weekend of FAITH SHARING and FELLOWSHIP!



Each workshop is ONLY 20 MINUTES

Enjoy COFFEE and SNACKS as you listen to our workshop leaders

EXTENDED NURSERY CARE available after the 9:30 AM and 11:30 AM Masses

New this year: TWO WORKSHOP SESSIONS after the 7:30 AM and 9:30 AM Masses.

In addition to the workshops, ST. GEORGE’S TRAVELING BOOKSTORE and the SISTERS OF MARY MORNING STAR will be on hand, selling items to help you start preparing for Lent and grow in relationship with Jesus.

Prayer Fair Hospitality Helpers Needed

Do you have an hour to help make our Prayer Fair a great success?  Hospitality helpers are needed for set-up, clean-up and serving throughout the weekend.  See all opportunities and sign-up here!   Thank you in advance for your help.

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by Marie LaForce
After 5:00 PM, 11:30 AM Masses, MS Room 402

Learn to speak and hear Jesus as some of your fellow parishioners next to you in the pew have experienced. We will practice hearing the Holy Spirit to give a "word of encouragement" to build up the kingdom of God in your neighbor.

Mary LaForce is an early riser! Her favorite ways to pray are at 6:15 AM daily Mass, Adoration and the Rosary. She and her husband, Tom, live close enough to walk to OLG in the warmer weather. This is Marie's third year participating as a Prayer Fair leader!



by Dan Moran
After 7:30 AM (Session 1), 9:30 AM (Session 2), 11:30 AM Masses, MS Room 501
After 6:00 PM Mass, MS Room 401

Hear God's voice by learning a method of praying with Sacred Scripture from St. Igatius. The four parts: A-R-R-R (Acknowledge, Relate, Receive, Respond) will be explained. Participants then will spend a few minutes putting what they learned into practice. Handout provided.

Dan if a lifelong member of OLG. You may recognize him from lectoring on Sunday mornings. He is an active contributor to the OLG's Men's Club, husband to Sheryl, father to two great kids, and works as a senior financial advisor.

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by Tom Shaughnessy
7:30 AM (Session 2), 9:30 AM (Session 1), 11:30 AM Masses, MS Room 401

Thomas Merton, one of the most influential Catholic writers of the 20th century, wrote: "If we really come to know and love the Psalms, we will enter into the Church's own experience of divine things. We will begin to know God as we ought." In this workshop, you will be given a brief background on the origin of the Psalms, the types and uses, and how the psalms can teach us to pray.

Tom has been an OLG parishioner for some 20 years. He lectors at weekday Masses and is an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion at Fairview Southdale Hospital.

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by Elizabeth and Alanna Halloran
After 5:00 PM, 9:30 AM (Session 1), 11:30 AM Masses, MS Room 406

In this presentation, attendees will learn the importance of having a faith life that grows with you, and ways to grow in it. They will share the reasons why it is important to stay faithful and how, as kids, you can have a great relationship with Jesus.

Elizabeth and Alanna Halloran joyfully live out their faith and have been intentional about growing in it. Elizabeth and Alanna are Prayer Fair veterans, with this being the fourth year in a row participating as workshop leaders. They’ve been teaching faith formation at Our Lady of Grace Catholic School with their mom, Danette, for three years. They are members of the OLG Middle School Service Club are active in The Upper Room and OLG’s School Peer Ministry.



by Peer Ministers
After 9:30 AM (Session 1), 11:30 AM, 6:00 PM Masses, Frassati Room

Ever wonder about Peer Ministry? What Peer Ministers do? Who they are? Come and hear from our teens as they share their stories about living out the Gospel message together, and get to know more about what they do for OLG!

Our Peer Ministers are high school students who want to deepen his or her faith in the fellowship of other Catholic teens, and have a willingness and desire to share their faith and serve the community. They come from all areas of our community and from a variety of high schools.

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by Veronica Whelan
After 9:30 AM (Session 1), 11:30 AM Masses, MS Room 503
After 6:00 PM Mass, MS Room 406

Experiencing God’s presence brings healing, peace and connection. Immanuel Journaling is a method of prayer for conversing with God and receiving his empathy and help. Discover how you can enjoy daily guidance and friendship with God, using methods grounded in Scripture, spiritual disciplines and cutting-edge neuroscience.  

Veronica joined our community in 2012 and is responsible for High School Youth Ministry and Young Adult Programs. She feels so blessed in serving here, and loves working with all our familes.



by Ben Tlougan
After 5:00 PM, 7:30 AM (Session 2), 9:30 AM (Session 1), 11:30 AM Masses, MS 500
After 6:00 PM Mass, MS Room 402

Many of us know that prayer is important but in the business of daily living we don't get it done as often as we should! Come hear how we as men in a modern world can make prayer a part of our daily lives and why it is so important!

Ben Tlougan and his wife, Katie, are parishoners at OLG. They have a one year old son and another baby on the way. Ben works in manufacturing, is an Army Veteran, and convert to the faith. As a professional, he understands the pressures of supporting a family and living a life of faith in the business world.


by Annie Lex and Nancy Slothower
After 5:00 PM, 7:30 AM (Session 1) 9:30 AM (Session 2), 11:30 AM Masses, MS Room 407

Learn a method for deepening your friendship with Christ in prayer using the writings of St. Teresa of Avila as a guide. Saint Teresa, a Doctor of the Church, was a prominent Spanish mystic, Carmelite nun, author and theologian of contemplative life through mental prayer. Handout provided.

Nancy and Annie have been members of the Carmelite secular order for 20 years and have been active in teaching courses on Carmelite spirituality.




by Ron Snyder
After 7:30 AM (Session 1) and 9:30 AM (Session 1) Masses, MS Room 402

We are all called to holiness (sainthood). The biggest lie in the history of Christianity is that we can’t be holy, that we can’t be saints. Remember Paul’s letter to the Hebrews: “Holiness necessary for future blessedness”. The starting place for holiness is prayer. This session will look at how we can practically apply the prayer life of the saints as examples for our own journey to holiness.  

Ron Snyder attempts to take this mission seriously through daily prayer, Bible studies, Catholic book clubs, a mid-life Masters in Catholic Studies at the University of St. Thomas and active work in evangelization at OLG. He and his wife, Mary Beth, were married at OLG and have been active parishioners for several years.



by Sisters of P.E.S.
After all Masses; 7:30 AM (Session 2), 9:30 AM (Session 1) Masses, MS Room 502
After 6:00 PM Mass, MS Room 407

In our present day and age, with all the temptations and sins of this world, including growing apathy and secularism, let us learn how to turn in loving devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and ask Him to pour forth His grace. Come and learn more about the devotion of the Sacred Heart and how to incorporate it into your spiritual life.

The Sisters of Pro Ecclesia Sancta have been part of the community of Our Lady of Grace for six years. As religious sisters, their spirituality is the Sacred Heart of Jesus. They live an Ignatian style that was passed on to them by their founder, Fr. Pablo Menor, a Jesuit priest. Their charism is to live and promote holiness, especially among families and youth.



by Lynn Tursich
After all Masses; 7:30 AM (Session 1), 9:30 AM (Session 1), MS Room 403

This workshop will present ideas for making prayer a natural part of family life, encouraging children of all ages - preschool through teens - to make Christ the center of their lives. This presentation will be useful for parents and grandparents, as well as aunts, uncles, caretakers and anyone who has the opportunity to share their love of the Catholic faith with young people. Handouts provided.

Lynn has been involved in various ministry roles at Most Holy Trinity/Our Lady of Grace for over 35 years, including organizing ECFL, teaching faith formation, leading children's liturgies and facilitating a prayer group. She has also created a website, incorporating a variety of personal prayers and reflections at www.faithshareandprayer.wordpress.com.

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February 2 - Presentation of the Lord

Watch: Mary of Nazareth
Read: Cradle of Redeeming Love
Listen: Holiness is Always in Season

February 8 - Saint Josephine Bakhita

Watch: Bakhita: From Slave to Saint*

February 10 - Saint José Sánchez del Río

Listen: Attack on Religious Liberty*

February 11 - Our Lady of Lourdes

Study: 33 Days to Morning Glory
Watch: Bernadette: Princess of Lourdes*
Watch: Bernadette*
Listen: St. Bernadette of Lourdes

February 14 - Saint Valentine’s Day

Study: Beloved: Living Marriage, Session 1: Christ at the Center*
Study: YDisciple: Human Sexuality
Watch: Marriage: God’s Design for Life and Love
Watch: The Jeweller’s Shop
Listen: Three to Get Married
Read: Marriage 911
Estudiar: Matrimonio
Escuchar: Pruebas de Fuego: Que Engrentan los Matrimonios

February 20 - Saints Francisco and Jacinta Marto

Study: Divine Mercy, Episode 6: Fatima
Watch: The Day the Sun Danced: The True Story of Fatima*
Watch: The 13th Day*
Listen: Fatima: Living the Message*
Read: Fatima for Today*

February 22 - Feast of the Chair of Saint Peter

Study: Footprints of God: Peter
Study: Lectio: Peter
Watch: Saint Peter*
Watch: Keys of the Kingdom: Understanding the Papacy
Listen: The Pope*
Escuchar: Ustedes Son La Sal De La Tierra y La Luz Del Mundo

*Available in Spanish

Get to Know the Sisters of Pro Ecclesia Sancta




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!



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.



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.



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!



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)

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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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.




“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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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.



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


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


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