Grief Support

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 August, the group is meeting at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 1200 Marquette Avenue, 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

Bankruptcy Resolution

May 31, 2018
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

By now, I hope you have heard the good news that an agreement has been reached to resolve the bankruptcy of the Archdiocese. Thank you for your prayers.

The consensual agreement, reached after much hard work, establishes a trust fund totaling approximately $210 million that will be available for the resolution of the bankruptcy claims. It also includes a provision that will enable the parishes of the Archdiocese and related Catholic institutions to avoid further litigation stemming from these claims, thereby enabling us to carry on our mission of spreading and living the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

I am particularly grateful to the victims/survivors who have bravely come forward.  Without their courage and persistence, this resolution would not have been possible. The Church let them down, and we are humbled that they now allow us to begin to make amends. We will all need to do more to let them know that they are always truly welcome in our parishes.

I am also grateful to Judge Robert Kressel for the direction he provided, which led to this settlement, and to Magistrate Arthur Boylan and Paul Van Osselaer for their extraordinary efforts as our mediators. They were true, honest brokers in working with all parties.

Gratitude is owed as well to the many advocates who worked so passionately on behalf of survivors. They, along with the legal counsel representing the parishes, played a vital role in helping us all find a path to a just and fair resolution.

I am especially grateful to our legal team from Briggs and Morgan, who worked tirelessly to analyze, address and advance this matter for over three years, while respecting our Gospel values and objectives. Also, I would be remiss if I failed to thank Tom Abood, the chair of the Archdiocesan Finance Council, who, as chair of our Reorganization Task Force led the negotiations on behalf of the Archdiocese. The advice given by

St. Olaf Nursery

Children are always welcome at St. Olaf, but if they become disruptive during Mass, we request that you take advantage of our nursery facilities. Just ask one of our ushers to assist you.

The nursery is staffed during the Sunday 10:00 am and 12:00 noon Masses.

Child care is provided for children (infants through age 6) of worshipers by competent child care workers whose paramount concern is the health, safety, security and well-being of each child. The nursery strives to affect a supportive atmosphere in a protected environment so that children experience a sense of comfort and a minimum of distress regarding the parent’s absence.  Our nursery workers are urged to practice qualities of gentleness, compassion, empathy and understanding.

Personal contact, individual attention and prompt response are given to each child focusing on particular needs and interests. While physical needs, especially of infants, take priority, social interaction, emotional nurturing and mental stimulation become increasingly important for toddlers and pre-school children.

Guidelines for behavior are clear, concise, and consistent. Rules will be kept to a minimum. Discipline may be firm but not harsh, threatening, or in any way abusive.

The nursery provides the above-mentioned care as a service for children of worshipers at St. Olaf. It does not function as a licensed day care center or as a religious education program. Two qualified staff members are always present to supervise the nursery.

The St. Olaf Nursery provides:
Accommodations for parents wishing to stay with their children
A professional staff with many years of experience
Changing table
Baby supplies (including diapers and wipes)
Toddler-sized bathroom facilities
Books, games, toys, toys, toys!

The mission of

is to serve as a living sign of Christ's saving presence in the heart of the city.






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