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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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May News and Announcements

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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! 
The 2019 Baccalaureate Mass Registration is open! 
Find out how you can join in on this great event HERE!
The “Life is Wonderful” event will feature a chipped-time 10K/5K race and family fun walk/kids run along scenic Lake Harriet. This year, we anticipate more than 600 racers and 1000 total participants! The 10K and 5K includes a team component for finish time and fundraising. As a fitting tribute to the beauty and dignity of life and motherhood, this Abria event is held every year on the Saturday of Mother's Day weekend. 

Pick your event: Fun Run/Walk or 10k/5k race and support the great work of Abria, helping put a choice for life within reach for thousands of women and their families. It will be a great day of celebrating all beautiful, strong moms.


LifeNight's are a mixture of faith and fun, and are open to everyone who is in high school! 

Our next LifeNight is May 1st

At this weeks LifeNight,we learn more about how in everything we do in life, it is essential to understand the goal or purpose, if we want to participate in a fruitful manner. In the Catholic Mass, the goal of our worship is quite clearly directed at the praise of God and the sanctification of the world. In fact, the Church puts these very words on the lips of her ministers and faithful at every celebration of the Eucharist.

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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 ARCHBISHOP

Christ is Alive!

Not long after the conclusion of the Second Vatican Council, the local Lutheran pastor was invited to speak at my home parish as part of a Lenten series. My father, a lifelong Catholic, came home that evening with a new understanding of the centrality of the Resurrection to our faith. He spent the next 50 years quoting Pastor Ed (“… if Jesus did not rise, my faith in him is in vain”).

I have vivid memories of my mom and dad annually herding the family into the car on Easter afternoon to head to the cathedral for the bishops’ Easter blessing. My siblings and I always had a thousand things that we would rather have been doing, but we had no choice in the matter. The long lines to greet the bishop and his auxiliaries only made matters worse. By that point in the day, my Easter finery was always permanently stained by the horseradish and red beet concoction that my mother had bribed us to eat with our Easter ham and kielbasa (I never let on that I loved it).

When it would finally be our turn to exchange greetings with the bishop, my father would invariably tell him about the Easter insight he had gained from the Lutheran pastor, much to the chagrin of my mother, who thought it unseemly to talk to our Catholic bishop about a Lutheran pastor in the sanctuary of the cathedral.

I will always be grateful to Pastor Ed for what he stirred in the heart of my dad, prompting him to integrate into his daily examination of conscience a new point for reflection: How has my life today reflected that the Lord is indeed risen and alive? While that’s a great point for personal reflection, I suspect it could be equally relevant for us as an archdiocese as well.

The text above is an excerpt from Archbishop's full column, which is available in English and Spanish in The Catholic Spirit.

EVANGELIZATION

Catholic Watchmen Rally & Dinner

Thursday, May 2
6:30 – 9 p.m.
Sacred Heart, Robbinsdale
Men are invited to the Catholic Watchmen Rally. The evening includes Eucharistic Adoration, Reconciliation and dinner. Bishop Andrew Cozzens will present on the soon to be canonized Blessed John Henry Newman, “Christ calls men to be perfect. Is it possible?” Cost is free ($10 suggested donation). Questions? Contact Enzo Randazzo at randazzov@archspm.org or 651-291-4483.

Men’s Eucharistic Procession

Saturday, June 22
4:30 – 9 p.m.
Maternity of Mary Church, St. Paul
Men are invited to attend the Eucharistic Procession. The evening includes Corpus Christi Mass, Men’s Procession and barbecue at Como Park. Cost is free ($20 suggested donation). Questions? Contact Enzo Randazzo at randazzov@archspm.org or 651-291-4483.

Acts of the Apostles Bible Study DVDs for Sale

If you are interested in purchasing the DVD set Acts of the Apostles: The Church from Jerusalem to Rome by Fr. John Echert, please email Hazel Jordan at jordanh@archspm.org. This 4-DVD set was created and sponsored by the St. Michael Broadcasting and the Office of Evangelization. The cost is $30 (including shipping and handling). The study guide can be found on our website, archspm.org/evangelization and downloaded for free on the Bible Study page.

St. Paul Street Basic Evangelization Training 

Saturday, July 13
9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Archdiocesan Catholic Center (Saint Joseph Hall), Saint Paul
Join the staff of St. Paul Street Evangelization to learn how to evangelize in your everyday life in easy and fun ways. Cost is $25 per person and includes the full-day workshop, all materials and a light lunch. Find details and register via the event page. You can also contact info@stpaulse.com or call 657-777-2963 with questions.

WORSHIP

Annual Family Rosary Procession

Sunday, May 5
2 p.m. (Procession line-up at 1:30 p.m.)
Procession from State Capital to Cathedral of Saint Paul, St. Paul
As a public witness to our Catholic faith during this month of May dedicated to our Blessed Mother Mary, come with family and friends to the annual Archdiocesan Family Rosary Procession. Archbishop Hebda will lead the procession.
 
Gather at the State Capitol at 1:30 p.m. The procession to the Cathedral of Saint Paul begins at 2 p.m. Those who cannot walk the procession route may go directly to the Cathedral to pray the Rosary with those who are in procession.
 
Find more details, including a flyer and video invitation from Archbishop Hebda, on the event page

VOCATIONS

Home for the Summer

June 15 – August 10, 2019
"Home for the Summer" is a Catholic summer household experience for women who are interested in discerning their vocation while living in community for 8 weeks. This summer program is for women who are college age up to 27. Applications are now being taken. Please see 10000vocations.org for more information and to fill out an inquiry form. Parishes, please share the poster.

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

VOCATIONS
Cor Jesu

Friday, May 3 at 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. Father Joseph Taphorn, Rector of The Saint Paul Seminary 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. Parishes, please share the flyer.

Holy Hour for Vocations

Tuesday, May 15 from 7 – 8 p.m.
Our Lady of Grace, Edina
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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Congrats to Max Fulton on earning the rank of Eagle Scout!

After 10 years, 40 + camping trips, 100 service hours, 30 merit badges and lots of campfire stories and s’mores, Max has earned his Eagle Scout Rank!

Eagle Scout is the highest achievement or rank attainable in the Scouts BSA program of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA). Since its inception in 1911, only four percent of Scouts have earned this rank after a lengthy review process. The Eagle Scout rank has been earned by over 2.5 million youth.

Requirements include earning at least 21 merit badges. The Eagle Scout must demonstrate Scout Spirit, an ideal attitude based upon the Scout Oath and Law, service, and leadership. This includes an extensive service project that the Scout plans, organizes, leads, and manages. Eagle Scouts are presented with a medal and a badge that visibly recognizes the accomplishments of the Scout. Additional recognition can be earned through Eagle Palms, awarded for completing additional tenure, leadership, and merit badge requirements.

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LifeNight Wrap up! May 1st

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Greetings everyone! 

Last night it was great getting to pray with you, play games with you, and have a great discussion about the Mass. 

We discussed how in everything we do in life, it is essential to understand the goal or purpose, if we want to participate in a fruitful manner. In the Catholic Mass, the goal of our worship is quite clearly directed at the praise of God and the sanctification of the world. In fact, the Church puts these very words on the lips of her ministers and faithful at every celebration of the Eucharist. Check out our discussion questions below AND the great picture Lauren drew of Sofia. 

God bless and see you all next Wednesday! 
Veronica 
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MORE April 2019 News And Information

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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! 
Lent and Easter schedule 2019- see here
Mission Home: Service Opportunity
The RCIA team is looking for volunteers for the Easter Vigil night to cut and plate cake. Your are needed to start cutting and putting cake on plates at 9:00pm.  It would also be much appreciated if they would If they want to stay after to help clean up. What a great way to start of the celebration of Easter by helping your Parish Community! 
If you are able to help please contact Andrea Oden

Sisters of Pro Ecclesia Sancta invite you to our Breakfast Fundraiser: He is Alive!
Thursday, April 25, 7:30 AM
With great joy the Sisters of Pro Ecclesia Sancta invite you to our Breakfast Fundraiser: He is Alive! We will celebrate together the Resurrection of our Lord and the abundant joy in His presence! Your participation and generosity will enable us to repair the Convent of the Sacred Heart of Jesus as well as receive more vocations who will promote the vocation to holiness in our beloved OLG Community and the whole Church. See more! 

The 2019 Baccalaureate Mass Registration is open! 
Find out how you can join in on this great event HERE!
Prayer Vigil for Life
Friday, April 19, 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Join Bishop Cozzens and many other faith leaders at a Prayer Vigil in front of the St. Paul Planned Parenthood on Good Friday. There will be Scripture and prayer every half-hour. Parking is available at the University of St. Thomas facility on the corner of Grand and Cretin, with shuttle buses running back and forth to the vigil all day. This is a great opportunity to make a stand to protect the most vulnerable lives!
The “Life is Wonderful” event will feature a chipped-time 10K/5K race and family fun walk/kids run along scenic Lake Harriet. This year, we anticipate more than 600 racers and 1000 total participants! The 10K and 5K includes a team component for finish time and fundraising. As a fitting tribute to the beauty and dignity of life and motherhood, this Abria event is held every year on the Saturday of Mother's Day weekend. 

Pick your event: Fun Run/Walk or 10k/5k race and support the great work of Abria, helping put a choice for life within reach for thousands of women and their families. It will be a great day of celebrating all beautiful, strong moms.


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! See more...
San Max in Honduras Mission Trip
Sunday, April 28, 10:45 - 11:15 AM, Dining Room

Please join us to learn more about our upcoming mission trip to our sister parish, San Max in Honduras, with Fr. Kevin Finnegan. The mission trip will take place Thursday, August 8 - Friday, August 16, 2019.

LifeNight's are a mixture of faith and fun, and are open to everyone who is in high school! 

Our next LifeNight is April 10th!

At this weeks LifeNight,we learn more about signs and symbols. Where do these signs come from? Where do they get their meaning? The Church teaches that the meaning comes from four categories: creation, human culture, the Old Testament and they are fully revealed in the mission of Christ narrated for us in the New Testament. The sacramental system depends on signs that are perceptible. Every created thing has the impression of God, the Divine Artisan.

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 ARCHBISHOP

Morning Prayer with Archbishop Hebda

April 18 – 20
Cathedral of Saint Paul, St. Paul
The Church wisely calls upon the Bishop to gather with the Faithful for Morning Prayer during the Triduum, especially on Good Friday and Holy Saturday. With that in mind, Archbishop Hebda invites you to join him for sung Morning Prayer and the Office of Readings at the Cathedral of Saint Paul at the following dates/times:
  • Holy Thursday, April 18, 7:30 a.m.
  • Good Friday, April 19, 7:30 a.m.
  • Holy Saturday, April 20, 8 a.m.
It’s a wonderful way to join together to meditate upon the passion, death, burial and resurrection of Our Lord.

FROM THE MODERATOR OF THE CURIA

The Touch of the Master’s Hand

From Father Charles Lachowitzer

I recently was rummaging through some old books, re-examining the value of a personal library since the internet has the library of the world. Shelves of books are now but a pebble on the mountain of information available on my phone.

One book was marked with a laminated card, one of many bookmarks I’ve received over the years. On it was a poem written by Myra Brooks Welch in 1921. The wording is tinged with a previous era, yet for me, its message called to mind the experience of going to confession.

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

FROM THE ARCHDIOCESE

Chrism Mass Postponed, Now Taking Place Holy Thursday

NEW DATE AND TIME: Holy Thursday, April 18
10 a.m.
Cathedral of Saint Paul, St. Paul
The faithful of the Archdiocese are invited to join for the annual Chrism Mass, where Archbishop Bernard Hebda will bless the Holy Oils that will be used throughout the Archdiocese. Also, during this Mass all priests renew their priestly promises. 

CENTER FOR MISSION

Good Friday Holy Land Collection – April 19

The annual Holy Land collection which is taken up in parishes on Good Friday is especially important this year. This appeal supports the Franciscan community of the Custody of the Holy Land and their activities of nourishing poor parishes, providing formation and education, food and housing for the poor, providing humanitarian aid to refugees and more. In addition, there is a special focus on Syria within the Holy Land which has experienced the devastation and dislocation of the Catholic population due to war and violence. A portion of the collection will then be specifically identified for our partnership with the Archeparchy (Archdiocese) of Damascus, Syria. If you have questions, contact friesenm@archspm.org.

WORSHIP

Annual Family Rosary Procession

Sunday, May 5
2 p.m. (Procession line-up at 1:30 p.m.)
Procession from State Capital to Cathedral of Saint Paul, St. Paul
As a public witness to our Catholic faith during this month of May dedicated to our Blessed Mother Mary, come with family and friends to the annual Archdiocesan Family Rosary Procession. Archbishop Hebda will lead the procession.
 
Gather at the State Capitol at 1:30 p.m. The procession to the Cathedral of Saint Paul begins at 2 p.m. Those who cannot walk the procession route may go directly to the Cathedral to pray the Rosary with those who are in procession.
 
Find more details, including a flyer and video invitation from Archbishop Hebda, on the event page

VOCATIONS

Home for the Summer

June 15 – August 10, 2019
"Home for the Summer" is a Catholic summer household experience for women who are interested in discerning their vocation while living in community for 8 weeks. This summer program is for women who are college age up to 27. Applications are now being taken. Please see 10000vocations.org for more information and to fill out an inquiry form. Parishes, please share the poster.

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

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LifeNight Wrap-up! April 17th

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Greetings everyone! 

Last night I was so happy to get and spend time in games and prayer with you! It was a GREAT way to start off the Triduum. 

Know that you all will be in my prayers for the rest of Holy Week!

Just one quick reminder that the RCIA team is looking for volunteers for the Easter Vigil night to cut and plate cake. Your are needed to start cutting and putting cake on plates at 9:00pm.  It would also be much appreciated if they would If they want to stay after to help clean up. What a great way to start of the celebration of Easter by helping your Parish Community! If you are able to help please contact Andrea Oden

ANNNND check out the AMAZING GRAPHIC below that explains what Triduum even means! 

God bless and see you all next Wednesday! 
Veronica 
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LifeNight Wrap up! April 10th

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Greetings everyone! 

Last night was a BLAST! Getting to play a ton of games, great conversation, and AMAZING prayer time! 

Our topic last night was all about how the Catholic Mass is full of signs and symbols. Where do these signs come from? Where do they get their meaning? The Church teaches that the meaning comes from four categories: creation, human culture, the Old Testament and they are fully revealed in the mission of Christ narrated for us in the New Testament. The sacramental system depends on signs that are perceptible. Every created thing has the impression of God, the Divine Artisan.

Part of our night included meditating and disscusing the below questions

1. In what ways are created things used in the Mass?
2. What events or images from the Sacred Scriptures can you recognize in the celebration of the Mass?
3. What are some of the signs in the liturgy that you would like to better understand? How do the words the Church uses manifest the meaning of these signs?

God bless and see you all soon! Veronica 

“In his preaching the Lord Jesus often makes use of the signs of creation to make known the mysteries of the Kingdom of God. He performs healings and illustrates his preaching with physical signs or symbolic gestures. He gives new meaning to the deeds and signs of the Old Covenant, above all to the Exodus and the Passover, for he himself is the meaning of all these signs.” CCC, n°. 1151“In his preaching the Lord Jesus often makes use of the signs of creation to make known the mysteries of the Kingdom of God. He performs healings and illustrates his preaching with physical signs or symbolic gestures. He gives new meaning to the deeds and signs of the Old Covenant, above all to the Exodus and the Passover, for he himself is the meaning of all these signs.” CCC, n°. 1151

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