Events & News
A listing of all events
at the church
March 24 through April 1
Looking for Adult Shelter Connect?
Free Parking on Weekends
In addition to the lot next to the Church, there are other locations to park free for weekend Masses. CLICK HERE for details.
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 five 12-Step meetings each week to help those affected by alcohol and drug dependency: Mondays and Tuesdays at 12:00 noon, 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!
Extended Time for Confessions
Extra priests will be available on Tuesday, March 29, from 12:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. to celebrate the individual Sacrament of Reconciliation.
The Catholic Campaign for Human Development is sponsored by the U.S. Bishops. Your Lenten almsgiving to this fund will support individuals and communities in the U.S. to develop skills and resources that foster economic stability. Envelopes are in the pamphlet racks around church.
Lightworks for the Easter Season
Saturdays, April 14, 21, 28 and May 5 at 9:00 a.m.
The Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius are used for directed private prayer, reflection, and discussion aimed at developing a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ. Register at the parish office, 612-332-7471.
Stations of the Cross
11:15-11:45 a.m. every Friday of Lent
“Not My Will But Yours Be Done,” a scriptural setting of the Stations of the Cross, has become a St. Olaf tradition. Each station includes a hymn verse, Old Testament scriptures and words of Jesus.
Dinners for Exodus Residents
Sundays April 15 and May 20, from 3:00 – 6:30 p.m.
Call the parish office to volunteer, serve, or host a dinner for Exodus residents.
Venite Choir welcomes everyone who enjoys group singing. They will next sing on Saturday, May 19 for Pentecost. Rehearsals are April 28, 12:30 p.m., May 5, 12:30 p.m., and May 19 at 2:30 p.m. Contact Joel Anderson at janderson@SaintOlaf.org or 612-767-7628.
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.
April 5 — Love and Romance
May 3 — Hope
June 7 — Finding Joy in Life
June 28 — Becoming Happy
St. Olaf / Risen Christ Partnership
Since 1998, St. Olaf has supported Risen Christ Catholic School, a K-8 school in the Powderhorn Park neighborhood of south Minneapolis — the only Catholic dual language immersion school in Minnesota. Please continue supporting worthy students living in poverty by buying a raffle ticket for $20 each after Mass April 14-15 and 21-22. Cash prizes are $2,500, $1,000 and $500. For info on the raffle or the Risen Christ Gala, call 612-822-5329, ext. 108.
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 or email@example.com. The next meeting will be held on Sunday, April 22 from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. For more information, CLICK HERE.
Discussions That Encounter (DTE)
The next DTE at St. Olaf will be Thursday, April 12 at 6:30 p.m. featuring a panel of students from Cristo Rey Jesuit High School to share about Racism and Youth. There is no charge and all are welcome.
Catholic Services Appeal
Donations to the Catholic Services Appeal go directly to Archdiocesan ministries, not the Archdiocese. Making our goal means 25% comes back to St. Olaf – over $20,000 the last two years. Envelopes are in the pews. Please join in.
Call for Clothing
The St. Olaf Samaritan Ministry clothing closet accepts clean, new and gently used clothing for adult men and women. We are in particular need of men’s work pants and jeans. Please check your own closets at home or shop for those in need and bring items with you the next time you come to St. Olaf. Your support is appreciated!
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 April 21, the group is meeting at Plymouth Congregational Church, 1900 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis. The meetings start at 9:30 a.m. with refreshments. Then an excellent speaker presents at 10:00 a.m., with small group discussion following from 10:30 – 11:30. For more information, call 612-317-3454, or visit mplsgriefsupport.com.
“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.
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.