Events & News
A listing of all events
at the church
May 28 through June 4
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Shout Out to Caribou Coffee!
Caribou Coffee in the Campbell-Mithun Tower (next door to St. Olaf) is a new partner of Samaritan Ministry. They donate delicious unsold baked goods weekly for Samaritan Ministry guests. Stop in during the week to say “Thanks for supporting St. Olaf Samaritan Ministry”.
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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!
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 two child-care workers with many years of experience supervising during this time. You are welcome to attend Mass or stay with your child.
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 August, meetings are hosted by First Christian Church, 610 W. 28th St. Email email@example.com, 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.
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.
FR. KENNEDY’S LETTER TO THE PARISH
The Plan to Eliminate the St. Olaf Deficit: CLICK HERE
Memorial Day Schedule
This Monday is Memorial Day. We will have a special Mass at 10:00 a.m. There will not be Mass at 7:00 a.m., 12:00 noon or 5:15 p.m. and the parish offices will be closed. May the souls of all our departed loved ones through the mercy of God rest in peace. Amen.
St. Olaf Goes to the Twins!
Join parishioners (and bring your friends!) to our annual ST. OLAF NIGHT AT THE TWINS. Wednesday, June 21 vs. the Chicago White Sox at 7:10 p.m. Tickets $25; include hot dog and a pop. Wednesdays are “Dollar Dog” nights, so get your fill! No choir this year. Reserve tickets by using the form in the parish bulletin by May 31. Watch for details about picking up your tickets in Forliti Foyer.
Remembering Our Fathers in Prayer
This Father’s Day remember fathers, living or deceased, with a gift toward church flowers and environment. Suggested offering is $5.00 or more per remembrance. Names of honorees and donors will be posted at the church entrances. Make checks to St. Olaf Church with the memo: Father’s Day Flower Donation. Place forms (found in the bulletin and in the vestibule) and your donations in the collection or bring to the parish reception desk in Forliti Foyer by June 4.
St. Olaf Young Adult Group
The next meeting of our Young Adult Group is Tuesday, June 6 at 6:30 p.m. at Mona Restaurant & Bar, 333 S. 7th St. (in the Accenture Tower).
Centering Prayer Introductory Workshop at June 2017
Contemplative prayer is God’s personal and unique gift to us and has been a part of our Christian heritage for centuries. If we are open to the gift of contemplation, it may profoundly affect our daily life. The Centering Prayer Introductory Program explains the gift of contemplative prayer and the deepening of our relationship with God. The method of Centering Prayer will be presented along with opportunities to practice the prayer. Presented at St. Olaf’s in Fleming Hall from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m., it will take place on three consecutive Saturdays: June 10, 17 and 24. For all the details, CLICK HERE.
Save the Date — Saturday June 17
Be a Feed My Starving Children Volunteer
Join volunteers at the Coon Rapids location of Feed My Starving Children (FMSC). Prepare meal packets for severely malnourished children around the world. Open to all age 5 and up. Bus leaves St. Olaf at 8:15 AM – no charge. Our service is from 9 – 11 AM. For more information, visit http://www.fmsc.org/CoonRapids. CLICK HERE for the Feed My Starving Children Flyer, and mail the registration form to St. Olaf or drop it at the desk in the Forliti Foyer by MONDAY, JUNE 12. You can also contact Pat Schneider at 612-250-8085 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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, June 25 from 2:30 – 3:30 pm. For more information, CLICK HERE.
Spring Cleaning and Men’s Winter Coats
Warmer temps mean light jackets. If you’ve been thinking of a new coat for NEXT winter, drop off your current coat for our guests of Samaritan Ministry. We are now accepting clean, gently used winter coats for MEN. Drop it off next time you’re at St. Olaf. If you see a new one on a clearance rack and are moved, please know it will be put to great use. Thank you for your help supporting St. Olaf Samaritan Ministry.
Invitation to Counseling and Therapy
Easter and spring remind us that we are people of new life and new growth, even after very difficult days. The Counseling Program at Catholic Charities has openings ready in St. Paul, Blaine or Burnsville for anyone who is interested in working on some areas that need renewal, whether individually, or as a couple or family. They also have Men’s Therapy Groups. We will work with whatever financial situation you have, through insurance or sliding fee. Call 651 647-3186.
Questions and Responses From Our Liturgist…
By Virginia Stillwell, Director of Worship
Why are we still being sprinkled with Holy Water and making the Profession of Faith in the form of our Baptismal Promises? Easter is not just one day, but fifty days which culminate in the feast of Pentecost – the “fiftieth” day of the Easter Season. At Pentecost we hear of the Spirit enabling the disciples to proclaim the good news of God’s forgiveness to every nation on the face of the earth. That same Holy Spirit was given to us in baptism, a mystery we are celebrating throughout the Easter Season.
How will we celebrate Pentecost at St. Olaf? On Pentecost Weekend, June 3 and 4, we celebrate the Holy Spirit’s ongoing presence in the church throughout the world. EVERYONE is invited to WEAR RED OR ETHNIC CLOTHING to Mass. Do you have a traditional garment, a scarf from Italy, a religious pendant that belonged to your grandmother, or a hat that your father wore to church every Sunday? Wear it! Archbishop Hebda will preside at the 10:00 a.m. Mass on Pentecost Sunday and offer a blessing for our 75th Anniversary renovations.
When will we be able to see the renovations? On Pentecost weekend, we’ll have an Open House after every Mass, and you will see the spaces that have been renovated. Join us!