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A listing of all events
at the church

September 23 through October 1


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Park Free, for Mass ONLY
When you come for Mass, park free: (1) in the TCF Tower Ramp, across 2nd Avenue. You need a voucher to exit. OR (2) in the surface lot 1 block south, but ONLY in the 10th Street & 2nd Avenue section. You MUST display a White “St. Olaf” Card on your dash at all times. Please be mindful or towing becomes a possibility. Vouchers and White Cards are at the Forliti Foyer desk and with the ushers, or call the office at 612-332-7471. Thank you.


A Well-Kept Secret
Is St. Olaf a well-kept secret to you or someone you know? It shouldn’t be. The St. Olaf Catholic Community connects faith and work in the center of Downtown Minneapolis and has for over 75 years. We serve people who are homeless and have for over 40 years. There are 17 Masses and 8 Confession times every week. Sunday’s 10:00 a.m. Mass airs on MCN Cable Channel 6 at 8:00 p.m. Sundays and 10:00 a.m. Mondays. Please consider giving to St. Olaf:
Personally — Drop your gift in the collection basket at Mass.
Mobile phone — Text 612-979-1698 and follow the prompts.
iPad Kiosks — Visit the iPad Kiosks in the vestibule at the back of church or upstairs in the Skyway hallway.
Mail — Send your check to St. Olaf Catholic Church, 215 South 8th Street, Minneapolis, MN 55402.
For the following: A phone gift by credit/debit card, a Gift of Stock or if you have named St. Olaf in your estate plan, please call Fran Rusciano Murnane, Director of External Relations, at 612-767-7635 or email To volunteer your time and talent, please email Vicki Klima, our Parish Director, at Thank you for thinking of St. Olaf.


St. Olaf Nursery
The St. Olaf Nursery is open for the 10:00 am & 12:00 noon Masses each Sunday in our Education Room, in the lower level. We have child-care workers with many years of experience supervising during this time. You are welcome to attend Mass or stay with your child.


12-Step Meetings at St. Olaf
St. Olaf hosts four 12-Step meetings each week to help those affected by alcohol and drug dependency: Mondays at 12:00 noon and Wednesdays at 7 a.m. and 12:00 noon, and a 7:30 p.m. Al-Anon meeting.


Beautiful Space for Rent at St. Olaf!
We have stunning spaces at St. Olaf for you to stage weddings, celebrations, anniversaries, seminars — all manner of gatherings and meetings. Newly remodeled, beautifully appointed Fleming Hall seats 250 at tables or 300 theater style. Forliti Gathering Room, with gas fireplace and small kitchen, seats 150 either at tables or theater style. Both rooms have AV and Wi-Fi and are accessible to all. You will love working with us! For information, please contact Julie Bauchle, Director of Hospitality, at or 612-767-7627.


St. Olaf Senior Bus Service
St. Olaf offers bus pickup from various downtown facilities to our Saturday 4:00 pm Mass. These locations include Andrew Residence, Augustana, Towers Condominiums, Elliot Twins, Maryland Apartments, Kenwood, Nicollet Towers, and 215 Oak Grove. If you live in these facilities and are in need of a ride to Mass, please call the office at 612-332-7471.

After-Mass Hospitality on Weekends
You are invited to a time of hospitality with others over coffee and donuts in the Forliti Gathering Room after all weekend Masses except 4:00 p.m. Saturdays and 6:00 a.m. Sundays. We need more volunteers to sustain this ministry. Please consider joining in — no experience required, just a willing spirit and a smile. Please contact Julie Bauchle, Director of Household Services/Hospitality at or 612-332-7471 ext. 7627. A great opportunity for couples or families to answer the call to service together!

To sign up for this program, CLICK HERE.

St. Olaf Sacred Music Series Concerts
Check out the variety of wonderful concerts coming to St. Olaf starting in November. CLICK HERE for the schedule.

The St. Olaf Book Club 
The meets monthly at the parish, in the Fleming Foyer. The books cover a variety of topics, and all are invited! If you would like assistance/suggestions as to where to obtain the books, contact Book Club Coordinator Jeanne Krumpelmann at 612-722-4084 or The next meeting will be held on Sunday, September 24 from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. For more information, CLICK HERE.

Discussions that Encounter Forum 
The next Discussions that Encounter Forum is Thursday, September 28, from 6:30 – 8:30pm in the Forliti Gathering Room. 6:30, supper and social time; 7:00-8:30, program. Ms. Liz Moore will provide a book review of Killers of the Flower Moon, a documentary of the Osage Nation murders and the birth of the FBI. The book has been described by author John Grisham as “A fascinating account of a tragic and forgotten chapter in the history of the American West.” Ms. Moore will lead us in discussion of the implications for our Native population and for all of us, and does not require that we have read the book. Please join us! There is no charge.

Señor de los Milagros
The origin of the Icon of the Lord of Miracles, patron saint of Lima, Peru, dates from 1655, when the government was run by Spanish invaders, who persecuted the Incas who were poor and black people who were slaves. An earthquake hit Lima, creating panic and causing much damage to the city. Yet, according to legend, the wall with a mural of the image of Christ, painted by the slaves, remained intact. The faith of the Peruvians spread, and the first Masses and processions celebrating the icon of the Lord of Miracles began in October, 1671. Every year since, this celebration takes place in October in Lima, Peru and other parts of the world. Sunday, October 1 at the 12:00 noon Mass, we will celebrate the annual Senor de los Milagros/Lord of Miracles, a Mass in English and Spanish, with special music and ritual. Peruvian food and hospitality will follow in Fleming Hall.

Mass with Anointing
We will be offering the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick on Saturday, October 28, at the 12:00 noon Mass in the church. Multiple priests will be present to administer the sacrament. Celebrate the healing love of God made manifest in Jesus Christ. “Come to me, all you who are burdened, and I will give you rest,” says the Lord.

Being Sober and Becoming Happy
Being Sober and Becoming Happy is a monthly series for people recovering, people in relationships with people recovering and for those who work professionally with people recovering. It deals with behaviors necessary to maintain long-term sobriety in the 12-Step program. Dr. John MacDougall, Spiritual Guidance Coordinator at The Retreat, Wayzata, will lead 9 presentations that look at each chapter of his book Being Sober and Becoming Happy. Sessions take place on the 1st Thursday of each month, beginning October 5 – no February meeting and meets twice in June, the 7th and the 28th.
October 5 — Staying Sober
November 2 — Spirituality and Recovery
December 7 — Surrender and Trust 

January 4 — Practice What Principles? 
No February Meeting
March 1 — Spiritual Recovery from Trauma and Abuse
April 5 — Love and Romance
May 3 — Hope 

June 7 — Finding Joy in Life
June 28 — Becoming Happy

Cooler Weather, Warmer Clothes…
As you get ready for the change of seasons, please remember the guests served by St. Olaf Samaritan Ministry. Those sweaters, jackets, coats and shoes taking up space in your closet or dresser will make a huge difference to folks coming to our parish clothing closet. Drop off donations during the week or on weekends when you come for Mass. For more information please contact coordinator Michael Griffin at 612-767-7632 or

Be a Volunteer in Catholic Schools
The Catholic Tutor Corps has been providing volunteer tutors to Minneapolis and St. Paul Catholic schools for 14 years. The tutors (some are St. Olaf members), work one-on-one in grades 1-8, and have become an increasingly important resource for these schools. The demand for more tutors continues to grow. Recruiting tutors for the current school year is underway. Seven Catholic schools in both Minneapolis and St. Paul need tutors. Please consider volunteering a couple of hours a week to share your knowledge with some young students. If you are interested contact: Richard McGuire, Steering Committee member, at 612-360-0677 or CTC website:

Generous Cleaning of Vestments
We are very grateful to the owner of Falconer’s Cleaners, one of our Skyway neighbors. They have donated the periodic dry cleaning of our priests’ vestments. They also extend to St. Olaf parishioners a 10% discount, good at any Falconer’s or Grand Cleaners in the metropolitan area. St. Olaf will also receive a 10% donation on every order processed. Please mention St. Olaf when you bring in your cleaning. Thank you!