Events & News
A listing of all events
at the church
January 20 through 28
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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 Hospitality desk and with the ushers, or call the office at 612-332-7471. Thank you.
New AA Group at St. Olaf
Starting February 6, there will be a new AA group meeting here on Tuesdays at Noon, in the Education Room.
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!
BOLD HOPE IN THE NORTH
Minnesota’s National Leadership to End Homelessness
Super Bowl Host Committee official event: Emergency Rental Assistance Program of Downtown Congregations to End Homelessness (DCEH), with downtown clergy, NFL star punter and Vikings player Greg Coleman, J.D. and Fred Steele, Amwaaj Middle Eastern Ensemble, the Alliance and Street Song Choirs (homeless or formerly homeless persons and their allies). Sunday, January 28, Westminster Presbyterian Church, 12th & Marquette. 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. Food from Holy Land — free will offering. Help assemble dignity bags. To see some of the “players” in this effort, CLICK HERE.
“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.
Singing is good for heart, mind and soul. Consider joining one of our choirs. We welcome new members, and there are a variety of schedules and musical complexities to choose from. There is a place for everyone. Private vocal instruction is also available. Joel Anderson: janderson@SaintOlaf.org, 612-767-7628.
Parking Super Bowl Weekend. NO FREE PARKING is available to St. Olaf on Super Bowl weekend in either the TCF Tower Ramp or in any part of the surface lot between 9th and 10th Streets. Also, the surface lot is not available on Monday after Super Bowl. Note: The Super Bowl Host Committee has leased the surface lot and will tow any vehicles not authorized to park there.
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, January 28 from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. For more information, CLICK HERE.
VIRTUS Training: All volunteers working with vulnerable adults and/or children are required by the Archdiocese to engage in a 3-hour program. St. Olaf will host a training Jan. 23 from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m., with a lunch before it at 12:30 p.m., in Fleming Hall. You may register online or at the door.
Blessing of Candles Friday, February 2. On “Candlemas Day”, candles will be blessed at our 7:00 a.m. and 12:00 noon Masses. You may bring your own candles to be blessed or take home one we provide.
Blessing of Throats Saturday, February 3. The blessing of throats against illness and infection will be offered at 12:00 noon Mass on the feast of St. Blaise, healer and martyr.
Deepening Our Capacity for Love and Compassion, a Lenten reflection at St. Olaf, will be presented by Mary Noble Garcia and Carolyn Kolovitz from Loyola Spirituality Center — a community of spiritual directors grounded in the Ignatian tradition, inviting spiritual seekers to listen and respond to the everyday presence of the Sacred. Come for prayer, reflection and a guided creative process. Saturday, February 24, 9:00 to Noon (registration at 8:30). Beverages and treats will be available. Cost: $25. Contact: email@example.com or 651-641-0008.
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.
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.