Events & News
A listing of all events
at the church
November 18 through 26
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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.
FAITH FORMATION & ENRICHMENT
To sign up for this program, CLICK HERE.
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 jbauchle@SaintOlaf.org 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.
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!
“Sign Up” for Ministries!
Participating in ministry can put joy in being Catholic. It nurtures our faith and benefits the many people whose lives we touch. And it’s a great way to get to know people. Ministry Opportunity booklets and Sign Up forms are available in the pamphlet racks around the building. Contact information for each ministry is included. Sign Up forms can be placed in the collection basket, mailed, or given to the person at the Forliti Foyer desk. This is your chance to learn about all the ministry opportunities at St. Olaf, to sign up, or to propose something new. Get happy — sign up today! To sign up online, CLICK HERE.
Giving Trees Are Ready!
Samaritan Ministry Giving Trees are in place under the skylight near the 8th St. entrance and near the Skyway entrance. The ornaments provide suggestions to support St. Olaf Samaritan Ministry — winter weather gear for men and women (coats, especially XL and larger, gloves, hats, boots, socks etc.), bus cards, Target cards ($10), Walgreens/CVS ($10), Cub cards ($10-20), hygiene products for men and women (body wash, lotion, toothbrush/paste, lip balm). Take one ornament or many. Families and work groups have participated by supporting the Giving Tree as their seasonal gift exchange. And if you do not have time to shop, financial donations to Samaritan Ministry will let others shop for you so you can support those in need. For more information contact Michael Griffin at 612-767-7632 or mgriffin@SaintOlaf.org.
November Remembrance of the Dead
As the liturgical year draws to a close, the scriptures and prayers of the liturgy call our attention to the heavenly banquet where Christ reigns as our eternal King. We believe that the entire Church — living and deceased — gathers in a community of prayer with and for one another each time we celebrate the Eucharist. Throughout November all may enter names of loved ones who have died in the Book of Remembrance near the baptismal font.
Parking on Vikings Game Days
Please be extra cautious on Viking Game Days when you park in the surface lot on the corner of 2nd Avenue and 10th Street — the southwest corner. First, park ONLY in that southwest corner. Second, be sure you have a white “St. Olaf” card on your dashboard or you may be towed. Cards are available with the ushers and at the desk in Forliti Foyer. Also note that thousands of people will be looking for parking, so give yourself extra time. Remaining Vikings game days are: November 19, December 17, and December 31.
THANKSGIVING MASS AT ST. OLAF
On Thanksgiving Day November 23, there will be one Mass at 10:00 a.m. in the church with music. There will be no 7:00 a.m. Mass or 12:00 Noon Mass and no confessions. The office will be closed. On Friday, November 24 we will have our regular 7:00 a.m. and 12:00 Noon Masses, but no exposition of the Blessed Sacrament. The parish office will be closed.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. The next meeting will be held on Sunday, November 26 from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. For more information, CLICK HERE.
Sacred Music Series Upcoming Concerts
Saturday, December 2 at 7:30 p.m.
What Sweeter Music combines carols from around the world with music from the Renaissance to today. Tickets sold at the door. $15 discount tickets for members of St. Olaf bearing this advertisement from the bulletin. Advance sales: 651-917-1948 or www.singersmca.org.
Sunday, December 3 at 6:30 p.m.
HANDEL’S MESSIAH SING Is BACK! Together, we will fill St. Olaf Church with the sounds of Handel’s Messiah. Come to sing or to listen and enjoy. Bring your own score or borrow one here. Free will offering. Reception follows.
FROM AGE TO AGE
Saturday, December 9 at 7:30 p.m.
From Age to Age, St. Olaf Catholic Church’s choir in residence, is pleased to present “Dancing in the Morning.” Favorite carols and Christmas music centered on the themes of dancing and Christmas morning. Tickets $10.00 at the door. More information at www.fromagetoage.org.
Join the St. Olaf Christmas Season Choir
We welcome singers who wish to sing for the Christmas Season: THIS YEAR Seasonal Choir sings at 4:00 p.m. Christmas Eve (December 24, 2017) and 4:00 p.m. Epiphany (January 7, 2018). Rehearsals: 6:30-8:30 p.m., on Tuesdays Nov. 28, Dec. 5, 12, 19 (for Christmas Eve) AND Tuesday, January 2, 2018 (for Epiphany). Please contact Joel Anderson, janderson@SaintOlaf.org or 612-767-7628 for more info and to sign up.
Pilgrimage to Italy
September 20-28, 2018
Join Archbishop Bernard A. Hebda and Fr. Sean O. Sheridan, TOR (President of Franciscan University), on a 9-day pilgrimage to Italy. Visit Rome, Assisi, Siena, and La Verna. Estimated cost: $3,995. (Optional 2-Day Extension to Manoppello and Loreto). Enrollment Deadline (Deposit due): December 15, 2017. Final payment deadline (balance due): June 15, 2018. Questions? Contact Franciscan University Pilgrimages Office at 800-437-8368 or 740-284-5812, or email@example.com.
If someone you love has died, the Downtown Coalition for Grief Support offers educational and emotional support in a group setting to help adults understand and express grief. The Saturday morning meetings rotate from church to church in Downtown Minneapolis. Through December, the group is meeting at St. Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral, 519 Oak Grove Street, 55403. The meetings start at 9:30 a.m. with refreshments. Then an excellent speaker presents at 10:00, with small group discussion following from 10:30 – 11:30. For more information, call St. Mark’s at 612-870-7800. All are welcome.
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 first Thursday of each month, 5:30 to 7:00 p.m., in Forliti Gathering Room (no February meeting, and twice in June, the 7th and 28th). No registration is required. Generous snacks and beverages will be provided. Brochures are in the Plexiglas stands in the vestibule, at the side door of the Sanctuary, and near the Skyway elevator.
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
Only Six for The Sixty-Five
We have sixty-five people in our care who are homebound and are being served through our pastoral care ministry. They want to remain connected to the St. Olaf community and value being related to and remembered by those who worship and/or volunteer at St. Olaf. We have only 6 volunteers serving as pastoral ministers for the sixty-five. Ideally, volunteers would visit with 2-3 people on a weekly or monthly basis. The characteristics of a pastoral care minister include a loving attitude toward others, especially those in need, a spirit of quiet presence when listening or talking, and a willingness to bring the Eucharist to people if requested. Training and a routine background check will ensure the safety of both those visited and of our volunteers. Please consider being part of this ministry. Contact Fr. Mike Krenik at frmkrenik@SaintOlaf.org or 612-767-6209 — if you feel God is calling you to help the sixty-five remain connected to our St. Olaf family.