MORE September Events and Announcements for Peer Ministry!

September 2018
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Greetings Peer Ministers!

Just some freindly remiders as we head into September! 

We are having our Leadership Retreat THIS  Saturday, Sept 15th (8:30 Mass at OLG- Sister's convent (9:30-3:00pm) DON'T FORGET! We start with Mass at OLG, and THEN we go to the Convent. Please let me know if you can come ASAP!

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Greetings in the Lord! We are so excited to be back and to have you all to serve together the kids We are sure the Lord will bless our programs and there will be much fruit. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR "YES". We wouldn't be able to do this without you.

We need to prepare ourselves for this year so we are having two main sessions before our two kick-off retreats. See more...

LifeNight's are a mixture of faith and fun, and are open to everyone who is in high school! Each LifeNight has a fun game, a testimony or teaching about a different topic of our faith, discussion, and closing prayer. Our first LifeNight of the year is on September 26th from 7:30- 9:00PM! You won't want to miss out! See more...

Extravaganzas are HUGE game nights that all are invited to! From shooting zombies, solving an escape room, and joining in REAL LIFE CLUE- there is something for everyone! So grab some friends and come on down! Our next Extravaganza is September 30th! We are going to be playing Minute-to-Win-It! See more...

Who Can be a Peer Minister?
Any fully initiated Catholic high school students who wants to deepen his or her faith in the fellowship of other Catholic Teens
What does it take to be a Peer Minister?
A willingness and desire to share their faith and serve in their community.

SOOOOOO what are you waiting for! Join today! Our first meeting is on September 16th- See more...

UNLEASHED is a small group for all high school youth that is designed to help us all GROW as disciples and missionaries for Christ.

Each series lasts a few weeks and will focus on a different topic in a unique way. UNLEASHED is a great opportunity to grow in your faith, meet new friends, and learn how to share your faith with others! See more...

Every month, our Youth Ministry offers to our parish’s teens many Christian Service opportunities. We are called to help make a difference in our parish, community and world. Jesus Himself was our model of how we should serve! See more...

Inspirational Resources for Faith Formation in September

Discover all the best Catholic content in one place. Entertaining movies, enlightening programs, inspiring talks and audio dramas, and a great selection of popular e-books - all just a click away! See more...


OPCY Reorganization Update


First, we thank all who helped spread the word about the changes underway in the Office for Protection of Children and Youth (OPCY) and the opportunities to join the OPCY team. Candidate applications for our new Safe Environment Coordinator positions are being reviewed now to determine which applicants will move on to the interview stage of the hiring process. We are aiming for an October start date.
Second, we wanted to let you know that Mary Kane will be leaving her position as Director of OPCY. She was offered, but declined to serve in one of the new Coordinator positions, but has generously agreed to stay on through the end of the calendar year to help with the reorganization of OPCY. Mary will also be assisting with both upcoming audits: the September external audit and the October USCCB audit. We are most grateful for her decades of service to our local Church and for her steadfast commitment to child protection. 
Tim O’Malley, Director 
Janell Rasmussen, Deputy Director
Ministerial Standards and Safe Environment  


Blue Mass for First Responders

Saturday, September 29
5:15 p.m.
Cathedral of Saint Paul, St. Paul
Members of law enforcement and first responders – along with their families and the public – are invited to this special Blue Mass honoring their courageous service and asking for God's protection and blessings as we all work together to build up the common good. Mass will be celebrated by Archbishop Bernard Hebda. September 29 is the Feast Day of Saint Michael the Archangel, patron saint of first responders. People of all faiths are welcome! Special seating will be available for those coming in uniform, as well as their families. Find a flyer and poster to download and print on the event page.


Archdiocesan Celebration for the 50th Anniversary of Humanae Vitae
Monday, October 22 at the University of St. Thomas
Contraception – Why Not? Rethinking Humanae Vitae in 2018
Please join us as we explore the scientific, social, and moral context for one of the central questions of our day. Discover what Blessed Pope Paul VI actually spoke of in his encyclical Humanae Vitae, which reaffirmed the teaching of the Catholic Church on married love, conscientious parenthood and the use of artificial contraception. Daytime and evening sessions are offered. Register and find many details, including a flyer to post, on the event page.
Find many more details, event dates, video testimonials, news articles, and resources on the special Humanae Vitae web page.


Annual Mass for Persons with Disabilities
Sunday, September 16
3 p.m. (Sing-along at 2:30 p.m.)

The Saint Paul Seminary (St. Mary’s Chapel), St. Paul
Archbishop Bernard Hebda will celebrate the mass and confer the sacrament of confirmation for persons with disabilities who have completed Confirmation classes. All are invited and welcome. For more information, including a flyer to post, visit the event page.


March for Life 2019 – Registration is Now Open

Tuesday, January 15 – Sunday, January 20
Washington D.C.
Join the annual pilgrimage to the national March for Life. The fee of $460 covers: Bus transportation to D.C. and tip; hotel; 6 meals; visiting D.C. landmarks; Students for Life of America Conference; National March for Life. Pilgrims are responsible for up to nine meals, mostly during the bus trip. Families of high school pilgrims are welcome to attend. Registration for groups will be taken on a first come-first served basis. Registration deadline is October 31 (unless it fills earlier). Group leaders can register and find many more resources (including a promotional flyer) on the event page.
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