August 2019
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Here at OLG our  High School Youth Ministry (anyone who has been confirmed in 8th-12th grade) is meant to engage young people where they are at in their journey to respond to the ultimate call of all of our lives: the call to be an intentional disciple of God. 

In all of our ministires we bring the Gospel to young people by the art of living well - and it begins and ends with Christ. There are so many places here at OLG for everyone to get involved in order to share their gifts.  Contact us today to see where God is calling you! 
All recent 8th grade graduates (from any school) and their parents are invited to join us for an evening presentation and fellowship, where they will learn the spiritual, academic and social tools they will need to help them or their child succeed in their freshman year of high school. See more! 
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Join us at Unleashed on Wednesday nights at 7:30PM!
Views about the Church can be as varied as its members or critics. What exactly is the Church? How can it be a trustworthy representation of Christ while filled with flawed human beings? How is it both ancient and timeless, seemingly outdated yet more necessary and relevant than ever? Why should the voice of the Church be heard above all the other voices claiming to speak the truth?  See more here
Breakfast Club 
Join OLG Youth Ministry as we gather together a few times during the year to start our day out right! We all go to the 9:00 AM Mass at Our Lady of Grace and then we gather together for fun and friends over some good breakfast at Perkins or Jerry’s after Mass. See more...
November 22-24th, 2019
Join the OLG HS Youth Group for a weekend of fun and faith with a High school Retreat! We are going to play games, eat good food, Mass, Adoration, and basically have a great weekend! More importantly it's going to be a great chance to get together with other HighSchoolers to pray, have fun, and grow in your relationship with Jesus. See more...

Have you heard about Ruth? Check out her story below! 

"Hello friends! 

As many of you may already know, I am moving to Uganda for 8 months starting in early September before starting my college career in the fall of 2020.  I will be volunteering with an organization called Watoto, working primarily at their Babies home with children ages 0-3.  To find out more about the efforts of Watoto you can visit their website: watoto.com.  

I created this site as a request for financial support.  Because I am a volunteer, I am responsible for all of my own travel and living expenses during my months in Uganda.  By supporting me, you will be supporting the children that the Lord has called me to serve in the coming months.  

More than money, I will need your prayers, as I am sure that life in Uganda will bring much trial (and of course much joy) that I cannot prepare for.  

I will be sending my love and prayers across the Atlantic Ocean while I am gone.  

Thank you in advance for your generosity and your prayers,  much love always, Ruth Maines"
Celebrating 70 Years of Grace! 
Saturday, September 21

Events and highlights will include: morning 5K event and OLG School Marathon Celebration activities; carnival and midway activities; 5:00 PM Mass; group gatherings by decades; school tours; outdoor Rock The Fields evening event; indoor wine and appetizers evening event. Visit www.olgschool.net/alumni for more information, to update your contact information and join our OLG Alumni facebook event. 
Donations for Honduras
We are very excited that a group of parishioners led by Fr. Kevin will head to Honduras to visit our sister parish, San Maximiliano Kolbe, in less than a month! We hope that you join in the excitement by donating a ball pump, soccer balls, volleyballs, frisbees, rosaries (for adults and children) or craft supplies that we can bring with us. See more...

Inspirational Resources for Faith Formation in May

Discover all the best Catholic content in one place. Entertaining movies, enlightening programs, inspiring. See more....


Graciousness in Division Rooted in Gratitude to God

Editor’s note: The following is adapted from a Mass homily Father Charles Lachowitzer preached in Rochester June 18 at the presbyteral assembly, a biennial gathering of the priests of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis for reflection, prayer and fellowship. Although originally presented to priests, the counsel offered is applicable to all Christian faithful.

In our first reading from the second letter of St. Paul to the Corinthians (2 Cor 8:1-9), Paul extolled the quality of being gracious. For him, being gracious is not just being kind, generous and community minded. It is the gratitude of the heart in response to the abundant grace of God in Jesus Christ. It is giving our entire lives to God. It is imitating Christ, who emptied himself that we may be filled with the treasures of heaven.

However, sometimes the simple truth that we are to be gracious to one another gets complicated when we try to live it out.

Read the full column in English and Spanish in The Catholic Spirit.


Archdiocesan Synod: New Web Page, Prayer and Listening Events

At Pentecost, the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis began a Synod process. Learn more about the Synod and see a listing of Prayer and Listening events scheduled for fall 2019 – winter 2020 at archspm.org/synod.

National Night Out Celebration

Tuesday, August 8
5 – 8 p.m.
Archdiocesan Catholic Center, St. Paul
The Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis invites our neighbors to join us for National Night Out. The event will include free food and refreshments, games and activities for kids, music and more! Free parking is available on site. For more details, visit the event page.


NFP Awareness Week Begins July 21

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has designated the last week of July as NFP Awareness Week. NFP stands for Natural Family Planning, and offers a scientific and marriage building opportunity by learning about one’s fertility. NFP Awareness Week supports couples by bringing awareness of spousal love. This year NFP Week runs from July 21 – 27. These dates include the anniversary of the papal encyclical Humanae Vitae (July 25) and the feast of St. Joachim and St. Anne (July 26). Human life is a beautiful gift and is to be cherished. For additional information please visit archspm.org/NFPAwarenessWeek.

St. John Paul II Champions for Life Awards – Nomination Deadline Approaching

Do you know of someone who devotes his or her time helping the poor, elderly, disabled, pregnant, or is committed to praying for Respect Life issues? He or she may be our next Champion for Life! The Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis is looking to honor those who respect life at our annual St. John Paul II Champions for Life Awards.
Find more information online, including online and print nomination forms, as well as a flyer. Nomination deadline is August 1, 2019. The awards luncheon will be Thursday, October 31 at St. Peter, Mendota. Questions? Please contact Nancy Schulte Palacheck at 651-291-4489 or schulten@archspm.org.

Sacrament of Confirmation Classes for those with Special Needs

Saturday, August 10 and Saturday, August 24
9:30 – 11:30 a.m.
St. Richard, Richfield
Confirmation classes are available for persons with special needs, or mental or physical disabilities, age 16 or older. Registration forms will be available at 8:30 a.m. prior to the first class. Candidates who complete the classes will receive the Sacrament of Confirmation at the Mass for Persons with Disabilities on Sunday, September 8, 2019. Thank you in advance for your help in reaching out to all God’s people. For more information, please contact Deacon Eric Gunderson or Sonya Flomo at 651-291-4488 or email us at flomos@archspm.org.


Catholic Grandparent Conference 

Saturday, August 24
8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Epiphany, Coon RapidsLearn about God’s plan for Grandparents and be equipped to pass on a Heritage of Faith. The conference will include keynote speaker, Mary Ann Kuharski, founding member and Director of PROLIFE Across America as well as Father Joseph Bambenek who will be speaking on the topic of bringing healing to your family. We will also have an hour of Adoration led by Archbishop Bernard Hebda and more. Find details, including a flyer, and register on the event page. Questions? Contact Susanna Parent at parents@archspm.org or 651-291-4411.

Grandparents’ Pilgrimage to the Holy Land

January 7-16, 2020
Join the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis Office of Evangelization on a Grandparents' Pilgrimage to the Holy Land with Grandparents Ministry Chaplain, Fr. Joseph Bambenek. Pilgrimage sites include the Sea of Galilee, Mount Tabor, the Garden of Gethsemane and so much more! Registration deadline is August 10. For more information, visit the event page


See 10000vocations.org for more information and to register for upcoming events!

Bethany House Opening for Fall 2019 Entry

Bethany House applications are now being accepted for September 2019 to May 2020. Bethany House is a home for women who live in community, pray together, take meals together and discern whether they are called to consecrated life. Bethany House is sponsored by the Office of Vocations and is located in Northeast Minneapolis. We are currently taking applications for women interested in Bethany House. Qualities of a good candidate for Bethany House include single women, ages 20 – 27, who are interested in dedicating a year to intentionally discerning a vocation to religious life. Parishes, please share the brochure and flyer. If this describes you, we invite you to contact us by completing the interest form here.

Holy Hour for Vocations

Tuesday, August 13
7 – 8 p.m.
St. Henry, Monticello
All people of the Archdiocese are invited to participate in the Holy Hours for Vocations, a program sponsored by the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis. This year’s seminarian posters show the calendar of the Holy Hours for Vocations that will be taking place at 7 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month. Each month, the Holy Hour for Vocations will take place at another parish in the Archdiocese. Come spend an hour with Jesus each month to pray for an increase in vocations to the priesthood, consecrated life and diaconate. For more information, please contact the Office of Vocations at 651-962-6890 or visit 10000vocations.org. Parishes, please share the postcard.

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