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On Sunday, March 25th our session will be from 11:45 to 12:30. In the adult part of our gathering, Fr. Park will speak to us about the graces of the Sacrament of Matrimony.
On Sunday, April 15th, ECFL will follow the pancake breakfast, meeting from 11:15 to 1:00. The final program of the year will focus on the Gifts of the Holy Spirit and will be a thanksgiving celebration for the year.
Each ECFL session is a mixture of family fun activities, and a time for parents to have facilitated faith conversation with other parents while also enjoying a bit of a break for themselves. If you’re a family with any children under the age of 5, we’d love to have you join us. We welcome newcomers who want to check it out to see if they would like to take part in ECFL starting next fall.
03/17/2018 Shopper Needed for Loaves & Fishes
Amy and Jedd Hanson coordinate the Loaves and Fishes ministry for Annunciation church on the first Monday of each month. Annunciation has worked with this ministry of providing and nutritious dinner at St. Stephen’s in Minneapolis. Amy and Jedd have an immediate need to find someone to who can do the shopping for this meal.
This volunteer shopper would to go to Sam's or Costco (membership card provided if needed) with a provided shopping list and have the food delivered to St. Stephen's school by 2-2:30. Other Loaves and Fishes volunteers from Annunciation then cook and serve these monthly meal to about 200 people. Though this job doesn’t require a lot of heavy lifting, there is a lot of food that needs to be purchased each month.
For more information about this needed service opportunity or to volunteer, Please call Amy at 612.827.1131. Shine your light!
03/17/2018 40 Days for Life Campaign
Thank you for praying during the 40 Days for Life Campaign. As of Monday, March 5th, 196 babies (and mothers) have been saved from an abortion. Our local 40 Days for Life Campaign is at Planned Parenthood at 671 Vandalia St. in St. Paul. Pray and fast regularly during the 40 days for the closing of Planned Parenthood and for an end to abortion. The Respect Life Ministry prays every Wednesday at 1:00 pm at the Planned Parenthood clinic in Richfield at 66th Street and Lyndale Ave. So.
The 35th Annual Good Friday Prayer Vigil at Planned Parenthood in St. Paul will be on Friday, March 30th from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.
03/16/2018 Scholastic Book Fair has Closed
It was a bit of a whirlwind for 4 days down in the library! The annual Scholastic Book Fair was another testament to Annunciation's love of reading. Thank you to everyone for supporting the book fair. It was fun to meet those of you who stopped by during the Cookies & Milk storytime or when picking up your kids from school. I hope everyone is enjoying their new books (& pencils, journals and erasers!) on our day off from school. Also, thank you to the volunteers who helped set-up or took a shift at the register - I couldn't have done it without you!
03/16/2018 Community at the Core
What an amazing week we have had as a community – the Stuff the Bus service project, All School prayer service, Scholastic Book Fair, parent-teacher conferences, and even 'PI day' for our mathematicians. Our middle school students were great faith leaders as they created our prayer service for PEACE. As always, it was wonderful to see so many parents for conferences. We love being able to share the many moments of learning and growth with you.
03/16/2018 Respect Life Ministry Plant Sale
It is time for the Annual Spring Flower/Plant Sale at Annunciation Church. This year the sale is timed as a help for Mother’s Day. So many of us buy plants and hanging flower baskets for our mothers and grandmothers. Order here and avoid standing in line at crowded garden centers on Mother’s Day weekend!
03/12/2018 VBS Registration Open!
Annunciation Vacation Bible School, June 18 – 22 from 9 am to 12 noon
Because space is limited, registrations will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis....
03/10/2018 March is Minnesota FoodShare Month
March is Minnesota FoodShare Month. Minnesota FoodShare is fighting hunger by mobilizing communities to raise food and funds for 300 partnering food shelves. In 2017, over $8 million and 4.7 million pounds of food were raised by Minnesota food shelves and Minnesota FoodShare. One in ten Minnesotans experience food insecurity. 13.8% of children in Minnesota are food insecure. About 10% of Minnesotans were in poverty in 2016.
03/10/2018 Entering Into the Graces of Holy Week
In addition to your full participation in the Palm Sunday and Triduum liturgies, here are some additional resources to help deepen our love for Jesus and our gratitude for the life He has given to us in his Passion, Death and Resurrection.
03/09/2018 Prayer Service
In recognition of the national movement to keep all students safe in school, while being respectful to the nature of our preschool through 8th grade school community, we are planning a prayer service on Wednesday, March 14th in the school auditorium. Our middle school students will be helping plan and lead the prayer service to bring the student voice to this message.
Parents are welcome to join us as we come together as a community to pray for those impacted by school violence and for all students to be safe and secure in their schools.
03/09/2018 2018 Middle School Youth Ultimate League
What is Ultimate Frisbee?
Ultimate Frisbee (Ultimate) is a non-contact team sport, in which a seven-person team attempts to move a frisbee/flying disc into their opponents' end-zone, similar to football. However, when in possession of the disc, a player can pivot and pass, but may not take any steps. Ultimate is played in more than 42 countries by hundreds of thousands of men, women, girls and boys.
Spirit of the Game!
One aspect of Ultimate that sets it apart from other sports is its emphasis on “Spirit of the Game.” Spirit of the Game is a spirit of sportsmanship and respect that places the responsibility for fair play on the player. Since Ultimate is self-officiated, players are responsible for calling fouls and resolving disagreements on the field in a respectful and spirited manner.
Why Play Ultimate?
Ultimate is a fun team sport, and a great way to get outdoor exercise. It improves hand-eye coordination and athleticism, and above all, it encourages honesty, fair play and conflict resolution through the Spirit of the Game!
Who Can Join The Club/Team?
The Annunciation’s Ultimate Club is open to all girls and boys in 6th, 7th a
03/09/2018 Win a Garden Plant Stand
You could be the winner of this Garden Plant Stand, just place your Plant Sale order by Tuesday, April 3, to be entered into the drawing.
Information/order forms at church and school offices or download the form.
Respect Life Plant Sale is an annual fundraiser to benefit Tapestry Center & Sagrada Familia Life Care Center.
Direct questions to Helen Trepanier 612/822-8360, Lorna Taketa 612/823-0279 or Terri Bettin firstname.lastname@example.org.
03/03/2018 Respect Life: Conscience Protection
Respect Life: Through their work, may lawmakers protect the conscience rights of those who stand up for life. We pray to the Lord.
USCCB: "O God our Creator...give us courage in making our voices heard on behalf of the rights of your Church and the freedom of conscience of all people of faith." USCCB, "Prayer for the Protection of Religious Liberty"
Conscience Protection: Health care providers, churches, and others are being forced to participate in abortion or provide coverage for it in their health care plans, in violation of federal conscience laws. Within a couple of weeks, Congress will likely decide whether to improve enforcement of these laws by enacting the Conscience Protection Act. Voice your support TODAY at humanlifeaction.org!
03/02/2018 Celebrating Mother Languages
On February 21st, Annunciation recognized International Mother Tongue/Home Language Day by honoring the home languages of our students.
Definition of mother tongue. 1 : one's native language. 2 :the language that a person has grown up speaking from early childhood.
International Mother Language Day has been observed every year since February 2000 to promote linguistic and cultural diversity and multilingualism.
At least 43% of the estimated 6000 languages spoken in the world are endangered. Only a few hundred languages have been given a place in education systems and the public domain, and less than a hundred are used in the digital world.
03/01/2018 Help the 5th Grade Stuff the Bus!
The 5th grade service project is “Stuff the Bus”. We plan to stuff “Jimmy’s bus” with food and other items to help those in need. We have suggested specific items for each of the next 4 weeks, and hope that each student can provide an item or two each week. However, any donation can be brought in at any time.
Containers will be placed in each classroom, the foyer, and near the office for collection. Donations of money can be turned in to the office.
The “stuffed bus” will deliver the food and other items to Incarnation Food Shelf on Friday, March 23rd.
Thank you for helping us STUFF THE BUS!
03/01/2018 Our Lenten Journey: Stations of the Cross
8th grade students led our Stations of the Cross as part of our Lenten journey. In Lent, we pray the Stations of the Cross as a way to remember the passion and death of Christ. The Stations of the Cross remind us how much God loves us.
As a school, we gather to remember Jesus’ journey with our students sharing their prayers and reflections.
“God proves his love for us, in that, while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” – Romans 5:8