Events & News
A listing of all events
at the church
March 25 through April 2
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FREE PARKING FOR YOUR CONVENIENCE!
If the St. Olaf lot is full, as it often is, the TCF Tower Ramp, across 2nd Avenue, is a great option. Also available for free parking is the southwest corner of the surface lot at the corner of 10th St. and 2nd Avenue. You need a voucher for the ramp in order to exit. You need a St. Olaf card when you enter the surface lot. Pick up a voucher or a “St. Olaf” card from an usher or contact the parish office: 612-332-7471.
Onsite Electronic Giving Kiosks
No, your Downtown Catholic Church has no Friday fish fry or block party — yet. Yes, we have 23 Masses and 9 Confession times every week, and we serve people who are homeless 7 days a week. AND, 2 Online Giving Kiosks — 1 in the vestibule; 1 in the 2nd floor Skyway hall outside the St. Olaf elevator — means being a part of the work we do was never so easy!
Downtown Coalition for Grief Support
Excellent speakers, trained facilitators and a group of others who have experienced loss make these sessions a place of healing. It’s possible to walk the path of grief alone. However, the companionship of others who are also wounded by loss is tremendously consoling and powerfully healing. Meetings every Saturday from 9:30-11:30 am. Through April, meetings are hosted by the Basilica of St. Mary. Email firstname.lastname@example.org, call 612-317-3454, or visit www.mplsgriefsupport.com. A small weekly donation is gratefully accepted.
A Call to Hospitality Ministry
There is a need for volunteers to serve at Sunday hospitality in the Gathering Room, in particular after the 4:00 p.m. Mass as your schedule permits. No experience required, just a willing spirit and a smile. Please contact Julie Bauchle, Director of Household Services/Hospitality at jbauchle@SaintOlaf.org or 612-332-7471 ext. 7627. A great opportunity for couples or families to answer the call to service together.
Volunteer at St. Olaf!
Help St. Olaf as an usher/greeter during Mass times on weekends, doing a variety of tasks. Or help distribute TCF Tower parking vouchers at the Forliti Foyer desk before and after all weekend liturgies. Your help is needed. Contact Don Grant at 612-767-6209 or dgrant@SaintOlaf.org.
12-Step Meetings at St. Olaf
St. Olaf hosts five 12-Step meetings each week for people looking for relief from addiction. Call the office at 612-332-7471 for meeting times.
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 (available starting in the fall). 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 612-332-7471, ext. 227.
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 Mary Brady at 612-767-6202 or mbrady@SaintOlaf.org.
The “Order of Penitents”:
A Lenten Series to Prepare for the Sacrament of Reconciliation
A precursor to our contemporary Rite of Reconciliation, The Order of Penitents originated in the 4th century and involved public confession, sackcloth. and ashes. Saint Olaf’s “Order of Penitents” will involve a weekly half-hour reflection and prayer over a silent lunch (free-will offering) following the Wednesday noon Mass during the first five weeks of Lent. Call the parish office (612-332-7471) to register and join the “Order of Penitents.” FOR MORE INFORMATION, CLICK HERE.
Seasonal Flower Care
Do you know how to quench thirsty flowers without drowning them? Would you like to help keep our flowers fresh as a daisy during the Easter season? Please contact Virginia Stillwell to join a seasonal flower care team: vstillwell@SaintOlaf.org or 612-332-7471 ext. 7630.
Remember a Loved One This Easter
This Easter remember a loved one, living or deceased, with a gift toward church flowers and environment. Suggested offering is $20.00 per memorial. Names of honorees and donors will be posted at the church entrances. Make checks to St. Olaf Church; memo: Easter Flower Donation. Fill out the form in the church vestibule or in the bulletin, then place the forms and donations in the collection or bring to the parish reception desk in Forliti Foyer by April 3.
The St. Olaf Book Club
The club 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 email@example.com. The next meeting will be held on Sunday, April 9 from 2:30 – 3:30 pm. For more information, CLICK HERE.
Being Sober and Becoming Happy
Interested in applying the 12 steps of Alcoholics Anonymous to daily life? Dr. John MacDougall, Princeton Theological Seminary graduate and Director of Spiritual Guidance at The Retreat, presents a series on the 3rd Tuesday each month through May 2017 (except in March, when it will be the 2nd Tuesday). 5:30 – 7:00 pm in Fleming Hall. Light supper served — free will offering. For more information or to register, please contact Julie Bauchle at jbauchle@SaintOlaf.org or 612-332-7471. Ask for her or use her voice mail.
Catholic Charities Counseling Program
Catholic Charities, at 1276 University Ave W. in St. Paul, has counseling openings for anyone interested: individual, marriage, family therapy and men’s groups, and bilingual counseling in Spanish. Insurance and sliding fee. Call 651-647-3186; please leave a message if necessary, and you WILL get a return call!