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University of Mary Visit

All High School Junior and Senior Students are invited on a college tour of the University of Mary on October 13th and 14th.  If you are interested in making this trip please contact Andrew Schindler at 763-452-7962 or you may also contact Mary Jo Feltl at mjfeltl@feltl.com

This will be an all expense paid trip and student are encouraged  (but not required) to bring one parent along.  This is our 5th year of doing these trips and would love to have as many people as we can come along for the visit!

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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! 
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Child and Youth Faith Formation

Wednesdays, 6:00 - 7:15 PM*
Children and youth are invited to participate in:

Nursery Care

Sundays, during 9:30 AM and 11:30 AM Masses
Free childcare is available for 1 and 2 year-old children in the Nursery.

Children's Liturgy of the Word

Sundays, during 9:30 AM Mass
All Kindergarten and 1st grade students welcome. No advance registration required.

Hey High Schoolers!

  • Do you love little kids?
  • Would you like to give teaching a try?

We’re seeking youth who have already been confirmed to teach in Sunday School (kids age 3-5, during 9:30 Mass), and/or faith formation (kids in grades 1-5 from 5:45-7:15 on Wednesday evenings). If you’re interested, please email stephanielloyd@oldparish.org and we’ll work together to find the best fit for you! This is a great ministry opportunity where you can even teach with your friends, so bring them along too!

Come this Wednesday from 7:30- 9PM to the Frassati Room! 

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.

At LifeNights you will be able to talk about a variety of issues and experiences with friends and young adult leaders so that together you can grow in faith and discover how a relationship with God will help you have the best life possible! This is an incredible time to connect with friends and God in the midst of our busy lives. Check out our calendar for the 2019/2020 School Year! 

Who: Anyone in 9th- 12th Grade 
Where: Cassidy Hall
When: September 28, 7:30 - 9:00 PM

The Quest Game Show is a unique BUNCH of games! Everyone is split into smaller teams and each team is competing to score the most points through three different rounds of play. One round is the “Bring Me” round. The second round is a video round. The third round consists of several unique games that get everyone on their feet and involved for a chance to win bonus points. Great for a new twist on a classic gameshow night! No registration required! Just show up! 

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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...

FROM THE ARCHDIOCESE

Archdiocesan Synod – Upcoming Prayer and Listening Events

What’s working and what’s not in the Archdiocese? Archbishop Bernard Hebda wants to hear from you! Please prayerfully consider attending an upcoming Prayer and Listening Event, as part of the Pre-Synod Process and make your voice heard. Your input will help guide the Archdiocese over the next 5-10 years.

First three events:
  • Tuesday, September 24, 6 – 9 p.m. at St. Victoria (St. Victoria)
  • Saturday, September 28, 9 a.m. – noon at St. Michael (St. Michael)
  • Friday, October 11, 6 – 9 p.m. at Guardian Angels (Oakdale)

Learn more about the Synod and see a full listing of Prayer and Listening Events at archspm.org/synod.

WORSHIP

2020 Liturgical Calendar

The 2020 Liturgical Calendar has been posted on the archdiocesan website, under Sacraments & Worship. You can view the calendar here.

VOCATIONS

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


Discernment Opportunity for Young Women

September 20 – 22, 2019
Christ the King Retreat Center, Buffalo

Single women age 18-28 who are seeking to do God's will are invited to attend the Fiat Ministries Discernment Retreat. Religious sisters from various religious orders assist at the retreat by giving talks, leading small groups, giving their testimonies, and providing a joyful witness of what it means to be a consecrated Religious Sister. The Fiat Discernment Retreat seeks to foster prayer, self-knowledge, and authentic discernment in young women to re-center their focus back on God and the universal call to holiness. The cost of the retreat is $25 which includes meals, lodging and materials. Registration and more information can be found at fiatministries.org. Please share the flyer and brochure.


Save the Dates: Archbishop’s Men’s Discernment Retreat

Saturday, December 28 – Monday, December 30, 2019
Christ the King Retreat Center, Buffalo
Registration Fee: $75 to offset the cost of room and board. No one will be turned away because of financial reasons.
For Seniors in High School up to age 50

Men interested in priesthood are invited to this retreat, which takes place from Saturday afternoon to Monday afternoon at the beautiful Christ the King Retreat Center in Buffalo. Communal and private prayer, Adoration, Mass and presentations by Archbishop Hebda are designed to help participants discern their future vocation. See 10000vocations.org for more information and to register!


Miriam Dinner

Monday, October 1
6 – 8:30 p.m. 
Holy Cross Catholic Church, NE Minneapolis
The Miriam Dinner, hosted by Archbishop Bernard Hebda, Bishop Andrew Cozzens and Father David Blume, Director of Vocations, is an event for women, ages 16 – 35, who are discerning consecrated life. It is typical for women discerners to be accompanied by their pastor, consecrated religious, or youth minister. The evening begins with prayer, followed by dinner with consecrated women sharing their vocations testimonies. Priests, deacons and consecrated women in the Archdiocese are encouraged to invite women, ages 16 – 35, who present a sincere interest in consecrated life. The evening will begin at 6 p.m. with Evening Prayer at Holy Cross Catholic Church, followed by dinner in Kolbe Hall, and conclude with a tour of Bethany House (Women’s Discernment House) with dessert and coffee.

Register online before September 26. Email stpaulvocations@10000vocations.org or call the Office of Vocations at 651-962-6890. Please share the flyer. For discerners under age 18, please provide the parental consent and indemnity form.


Operation Andrew Dinner

Monday, October 21
6 – 8 p.m.
Archdiocesan Catholic Center, St. Paul
Archbishop Bernard Hebda and Father David Blume, Director of Vocations, invite men discerning the priesthood, ages 16 – 50, to dinner and conversation with vocations testimonials on priesthood and religious life. It is typical for a pastor, religious or youth minister to accompany each discerning guest. 

Register online before October 17. Email stpaulvocations@10000vocations.org or call the Office of Vocations at 651-962-6890. Please share the flyer. For discerners under age 18, please provide the parental consent and indemnity form.

EVANGELIZATION

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
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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! 
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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! 

Equip Yourself for High School - Student Session

5:00 - 8:00 PM
The speakers will provide practical tools to keep up your faith, to seek excellence in academics and build strong friendships in High School. There will be a great Q & A panel. The student session will include talks from: John Delozier, theology teacher at BSM; Claire Mealey, Religion Teacher at OLG; and Kory La Croix, Catholic Speaker in the Archdiocese and Associate for Mission at OLG, as well as opportunities for dynamic hands-on activities and a pizza party!

Challenges in High School - Parent Session

6:30 - 8:00 PM, Dining Room
Dr Flanders will provide input regarding the common challenges of today’s high school students such as living their faith, social media and academics. Fr Kevin and Mrs. Heidi Foley will join us for the Q&A panel.

Questions? Please contact the Sisters of Pro Ecclesia Sancta at pes-sisters@olgparish.org for more information and to register. Event is free of charge.

Mass Schedule - Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Thursday, August 15
6:15 AM, 9:00 AM, 6:00 PM

Holy Day of Obligation

 
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Hello!

My name is Jack Sexton. Over the past year, with the help of Shelly Aebi and Fr. Kevin, we have redesigned the Altar Server program. Hopefully these changes will encourage our older Servers to continue to serve as they journey into High School and college, and will set new goals for our younger servers. If you are in 6th grade or older, we invite you to join the altar serving team! We will be hosting two dates for Altar Server Training for New Servers:

Tuesday, August 13, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Pizza lunch after training.

Tuesday, August 20, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Pizza lunch after training.

Please contact Shelly Aebi at shellyaebi@olgparish.org if you will be attending one of these trainings. We need you!

Thank you and God Bless,
Jack Sexton, Altar Server Assistant
Shelly Aebi, Director of Liturgy

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"

Saturday, September 21
The entire parish community is invited to join us as we celebrate the 70th Anniversary of OLG School! All are welcome. Celebrations will include: 5K Family Fun Run and OLG School Marathon Celebration; Carnival and Midway Activities; 5:00 PM Mass; Reunion Gatherings by Decade; School tours; Evening Festivities; Rock The Fields.

Visit the 70th Anniversary page on the School website for more information and to register.

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....

FROM THE BISHOP

Teams of Prayer, Service

The two-year preparation for an archdiocesan synod is going to be a large effort, and it is already a team effort. In fact, it is a team of teams. Let me give you a picture of how many people are already involved.

The first group to be involved in the synod is a group of dedicated prayers. The 25-member prayer team began meeting in the fall of 2018 and will continue meeting monthly throughout the process until spring 2021.

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

 

MINISTERIAL STANDARDS AND SAFE ENVIRONMENT

Settlement Agreement Update

On Tuesday, August 6, the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis and the Ramsey County Attorney’s Office appeared at its scheduled, periodic hearing in Ramsey County Court before Judge Teresa R. Warner. At that time, the Archdiocese filed its seventh semi-annual Report with the Court setting forth its substantial compliance with the Settlement Agreement. That Report is available here. As with the six prior Reports, the seventh Report describes the progress that has been made in the preceding six months. The Catholic Spirit article regarding the hearing is available here.

VOCATIONS

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

Cor Jesu

Friday, September 6
8 p.m.
The Saint Paul Seminary (St. Mary’s Chapel), St. Paul
Eucharistic adoration, confession, praise and worship music and fellowship with young adults, college-age and older. Archbishop Bernard Hebda will preside. Parking is waived on South Campus surface lots at the University of St. Thomas. For more information, call the Office of Vocations at 651-962-6890 or visit the Cor Jesu Facebook page.


Holy Hour for Vocations

Tuesday, September 10
7 – 8 p.m.
Good Shepherd, Golden Valley

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.


Discernment Opportunity for Young Women

September 20 – 22, 2019
Christ the King Retreat Center, Buffalo

Single women age 18-28 who are seeking to do God's will are invited to attend the Fiat Ministries Discernment Retreat. Religious sisters from various religious orders assist at the retreat by giving talks, leading small groups, giving their testimonies, and providing a joyful witness of what it means to be a consecrated Religious Sister. The Fiat Discernment Retreat seeks to foster prayer, self-knowledge, and authentic discernment in young women to re-center their focus back on God and the universal call to holiness. The cost of the retreat is $25 which includes meals, lodging and materials. Registration and more information can be found at fiatministries.org. Please share the flyer and brochure.


Bethany House Opening for September 2019 – May 2020 Season of Discernment! 

Applications are currently being accepted for women interested in Bethany House. 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. It is sponsored by the Office of Vocations and is located in Northeast Minneapolis. 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. For those interested, please complete the interest form at 10000vocations.org/bethany-house. Please share the flyerand brochure.


Save the Dates: Archbishop’s Men’s Discernment Retreat

Saturday, December 28 – Monday, December 30, 2019
Christ the King Retreat Center, Buffalo
Registration Fee: $75 to offset the cost of room and board. No one will be turned away because of financial reasons.
For Seniors in High School up to age 50

Men interested in priesthood are invited to this retreat, which takes place from Saturday afternoon to Monday afternoon at the beautiful Christ the King Retreat Center in Buffalo. Communal and private prayer, Adoration, Mass and presentations by Archbishop Hebda are designed to help participants discern their future vocation. See 10000vocations.org for more information and to register!

EVANGELIZATION

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
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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! 
Twitter
Website
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Email
Facebook
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! 
Click here to download! 
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....

FROM THE MODERATOR

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.
 

FROM THE ARCHDIOCESE

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.

MARRIAGE, FAMILY AND LIFE

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.

EVANGELIZATION

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

VOCATIONS

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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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! 
Click HERE to download the PDF! 
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...
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...
Join us for our annual summer social event! All men of the parish community are invited. We will set up a tent on the Athletic Fields and, for the first time in our history, put on a pig roast. To that we'll add coleslaw, potato salad, corn, greens and a plethora of beverages. We will use this event to celebrate our extremely successful past year and welcome new parish members to the Men's Club. 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....

Our Lady of Grace Vacation Bible School
Monday, July 22 - Friday, July 26

Every day at Roar Totally Catholic VBS, kids will learn simple Bible points and be immersed in new adventures! Together we will explore God’s goodness and celebrate a ferocious faith that powers us all through this “wild” life. ANNNND each year we need Highschoolers to help pass on their faith during VBS! To register to be a Crew Leader and for more information go here!

FROM THE ARCHDIOCESE
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.


MARRIAGE, FAMILY AND LIFE
St. John Paul II Champions for Life Awards – Nominations Now Open

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.


EVANGELIZATION
Grandparents Apostolate Celebrates the Feast of Saints Joachim and Anne 

Friday, July 26
8:45 a.m.
 (Optional: Mass at 8:15 a.m.)
Nativity of Our Lord, St. Paul
All grandparents are invited to an event of celebration with prayer, enrichment, encouragement and fellowship highlighted by a presentation by Father Nick Hagen, who will present on “Listening to the Holy Spirit with Saints Joachim and Anne.” Steiner Hall is wheel chair accessible and refreshments will be served. No registration is required. For more information contact Lilee at lilee_perera@hotmail.com or 651-414-9367.


Ad Limina Pilgrimage to Rome – Young Adults Invited to Apply 

Application deadline is August 15. Pilgrimage dates: January 9-18, 2020

Young adults ages 21-35 are invited to apply to join Archbishop Hebda, Bishop Cozzens and world renowned art historian Elizabeth Lev on a pilgrimage to Rome to deliver the report on the state of the Archdiocese to the Holy Father. For application instructions, costs, flyer, and details visit archspm.org/ad-limina. Questions and applications should be directed to Enzo Randazzo, randazzov@archspm.org, or 651-291-4483.


MINISTERIO LATINO
Completamente Comprometidos (Fully Engaged)

20 de julio de 2019
9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Centro Católico Arquidiocesano, 777 Forest Street, St. Paul

Formación gratuita en español para parejas asesoras que prepararan a las parejas en su camino al matrimonio.

Contacto: Verónica Arias, Tel: 651-251-7773

ARCHBISHOP FLYNN CATECHETICAL INSTITUTE
Application Deadline Extended to July 31

This fall, the Archbishop Flynn Catechetical Institute will offer the two-year foundational course “Pillars: A Journey through the Catechism” at Mary, Mother of the Church in Burnsville. 

Applications are now being accepted through July 31, 2019, for the class beginning in September. For more information and an application to become part of the Class of St. Catherine of Siena call 651-962-5072 or visit semssp.org/ci.


MINISTERIAL STANDARDS AND SAFE ENVIRONMENT
Twin Cities Survivors Peace Circle

The Twin Cities Survivors Peace Circle is open to all who have experienced the trauma of clergy sexual abuse. The purpose of this group is to gather victims/survivors/thrivers in a safe, supportive environment to share their experiences, listen to others, and explore healing. All are welcome and privacy is respected. Contact Jim with questions, concerns or comments: 773-412-0909.

Saturday, May 11 (NOTE! Previously scheduled for May 18), 12-1:45 p.m. Theme: “Tending Gardens: Looking around and ahead”

Hennepin County Library: Webber Park Branch (Webber Room), 4440 Humboldt Ave. N., Minneapolis

VOCATIONS 

Quo Vadis Youth Vocation Camp

July 21 – 24, 2019
Dunrovin Retreat Center, Marine on St. Croix
“Quo Vadis” is a camp experience for youth ages 14-17 to learn that nothing is more important than discovering God’s will for your life – and living it! Quo Vadis begins on Sunday, July 21 with 4 p.m. registration, followed by 5 p.m. Sunday Mass and concludes on Wednesday at 1 p.m. The camp includes Mass, prayer, campfires, talks, field trips to visit religious communities, confession, rosary along with lots of outdoor camp fun and recreation! Space is limited. For more information and to register, visit 10000vocations.org. Please share the flyer.

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EFC Final Forms and Information

Greetings all! 

Summer is almost HERE- which means EFC is almost here! 

At OLG we will have a preparation-information meeting with the participants, Middle School and High School, and their parents on Wednesday, May 22nd from 6:00pm to 7:00pm in the Frassati Room (OLG Youth Room). This would be a GREAT time to turn in the final forms for EFC. 

There will be also a training day with both High School and adult leaders on Saturday 15th from 8am (Mass) until noon.

God bless! Veronica Whelan

LifeNight Wrap-up! May 8th

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Greetings everyone! 

Last night we discussed what it means to become a Saint!

We started off with doing Lectio Divino on the Parable of the Sower,and then went right to business with a video from Father Mike Schmidt. Father Mike said" God wants you to be holy, so he is going to set you on a path of purification if you choose to do his will. He is the one who is going to make you holy. This process is going to strip away many things you hold dear. It’s going to require active participation in his will, doing what is right and good. But it’s also going to require passive acceptance of things that are out of your control. See everything you do and experience as a chance to grow in holiness, and God will make you into a saint." See his whole video below, AND check out our discussion questions from last night too! 

God bless and see you for our FINAL LifeNight of the year NEXT Wednesday! 
Veronica 
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