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04/18/2019 Coffee House
Saturday, May 11th, 2019
Annunciation Church Community Room
All Annunciation Community members are invited to an entertainment filled evening in a coffee house style. Enjoy singing,and musical performances in an Italian Restaurant decor in this family friendly event. Performed by an inter-generational guest list from the parish and school.
Admission is $2.00 and reasonably priced desserts and coffee will be available for purchase.
Bring your AYM mug and receive free coffee all night!
04/18/2019 6th Grade Welcome Party
It is time to join youth group!
The junior high leadership team has planned a fun-filled evening of silly games, funny skits, wacky relays and bowling for fabulous prizes!
Current 6th graders, this is a night you do not want to miss!
04/15/2019 Solemn Good Friday Prayer Vigil
Solemn Good Friday Prayer Vigil: April, 19, 2019. 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
On Good Friday Christians gather at Planned Parenthood in St. Paul to pray for life while meditating on the Passion of our Lord Jesus Christ. Pastors of various denominations lead the prayer. Archbishop Hebda will begin the prayers at 9 am. For a complete listing and more details visit:https://plam.org/call-to-action/good-friday-prayer-vigil/
As with every Good Friday prayer vigil, there is no protesting or signs, just solemn prayer for seven and a half hours. Park at the University of St. Thomas Anderson Parking facility on the corner of Grand and Cretin. Shuttle buses will be running back and forth to the vigil site all day. If you would like to carpool to the prayer vigil, come to the Annunciation parking lot at 9:30 the morning of April 19.
Come experience the healing power of Jesus and the abounding mercy of God!
The 2018 - 2019 Mercy Nights will take place on the following dates at Annunciation Church from 7-8pm:
• September 27
• October 25
• November 15
• January 24
• February 21
• March 28
• April 17
• May 16
If you have any questions, please contact Nicole Bettini at firstname.lastname@example.org or 612-824-993 x251.
04/11/2019 Eli Project
Come join The MHI Eli Project to turn no-longer-needed T-Shirts into diapers for a wellness center in Port Au Prince, Haiti.
If you have one or both, please bring sewing shears and portable sewing machine. No experience necessary!
Questions? Email Jimmy at email@example.com
Monday, May 13, 2019 6:00-9:00pm
Annunciation Church Community Room, 509 54th St W., Mpls
04/10/2019 Parish Town Hall Meeting
Come see the REFINED ANNUNCIATION MASTER PLAN on Wednesday, April 24th, at 7pm in the Church community room. ALL Annunciation community members are invited and encouraged to attend the session.
The Master Plan engagement with Miller Dunwiddie is closing in on the finish line. Thank you all for your input as our community envisions the future of our Annunciation campus!
During the April 24th meeting, Miller Dunwiddie will present the refined Master Plan for review and comment. This plan incorporates all the wonderful recommendations, comments and suggestions you provided at the March 27th meeting.
Thank you in advance for you attendance on April 24th! Your participation is vital as we all work together on the future of our beloved Annunciation campus.
Grace and Peace,
Father Brian Park
04/04/2019 Let’s Play BINGO!
Please join us as AYM hosts a community BINGO night!
When: Saturday, April 13, 2019 6:00pm - 8:30pm
Where: Annunciation Community Room
Cost: 50 cents per Bingo card.
Food: Available for purchase-Pulled Pork Sandwiches, Chips, Soda, Popcorn and Cookies.
All proceeds go to AYM Mission Trip.
Questions: Call Jimmy Dunn 612-824-9993 ext 243
04/01/2019 Lenten and Holy Week Schedule 2019
Ash Wednesday - February 14
Masses at 8:15am & 6:00pm
Soup Supper follows the evening Mass
Soup Suppers (6:00pm)
Fridays: February 23; March 2, 9, & 16
Fish Fry (5:30pm to 7:30pm)
Friday, March 23
Stations of the Cross (7:00pm)
Fridays: February 23; March 2, 9, 16, 23, & 30
Lenten Morning of Reflection
Saturday, March 3, 8:30am to Noon, lunch follows.
Annunciation Awakening Retreat
Weekend of March 16—18
Sacrament of Reconciliation:
Lenten Penance Service,
Saturday, March 24, 10:00am to 11:30am
Tuesdays 4:45pm to 5:15pm (except on March 27)
Fridays 8:45am to 9:15am (except on March 30)
Saturdays 9:30am to 10:30am
Holy Week Schedule
Opportunities for Confession:
Tuesday, March 27, 4:15pm to 5:15pm
Thursday, March 29, 1:30pm to 2:30pm
Friday, March 30, 10:00am to 11:00am
Saturday, March 31, 9:30am to 10:30am
Holy Thursday Mass ~ March 29, 7:00pm
Good Friday Liturgy ~ March 30:
3:00pm Solemn Liturgy with Holy Communion
7:00pm Stations of the Cross
Easter Vigil Mass, Saturday, March 31, 8:00pm
Easter Sunday Masses ~ April 1, 8:30am & 10:30am
03/29/2019 Youth Minister Update
Dear Annunciation Families,
I want to share with you some exciting news regarding the search for our new youth minister. We posted the position in February and received a lot of applications from qualified individuals. The list was narrowed and the top candidates were interviewed by a committee made up of Fr. Park, staff, and parents. Now that this process has come to a close, we are happy to announce that we have found our new youth minister - Bernadette (Bernie) Gauthé (pronounced Go-tay).
A LENTEN FAMILY
Prayer, Fasting & Alms Giving Opportunity
During Lent each year, we are invited to pray with our families and faith communities; fast in solidarity with those who hunger; learn more about our global community and the challenges of poverty overseas; and give sacrificial contributions to those in need.
On Ash Wednesday, March 6, 2019 Annunciation parish and school will distribute Mission Haiti Piggy Banks to each family during Mass. Place the bank on your family dining room table so it can be a reminder for your family to pray for our Haitian brother and sisters in need. If your family does not have an Alms giving tradition established, then please consider filling the bank with money you have saved by fasting or giving things up for Lent.
On Tuesday, April 9, 2019 bring the filled bank back to church at either Mass (School Mass 8:15am or Evening Mass at 7:00PM) All money collected will be given to our Parish Mission school in Leogane, Haiti.
The Peace & Justice Committee invites you to attend the second part of our Lenten series on the Human Face of Immigration on April 7 from 12:15 to 1:30 in the Whalen room at Our Lady of Peace church.
Pizza will be served! We will show a film entitled Gospel without Borders with discussion to follow. The film brings more light and less heat to the issue of immigration while examining what the Bible says about the treatment of the "stranger." Please join us as we explore immigration in light of Catholic Social Teaching.
If you have any questions, please contact Chris Stromgren at 612-925-1840.
03/20/2019 Annunciation Parish Annual Fish Fry
Friday, April 12 from 5:30 - 7:30pm
Please join us for our annual Fish Fry dinner served by Annunciation Men’s Group.
There is a delicious menu consisting of deep fried fish, coleslaw, baked potatoes, bread and cookies. Grilled cheese for kids. Complimentary milk, coffee and lemonade will be served. Pop will be available for purchase.
03/11/2019 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!
02/14/2019 T-shirt Drive
Campus Ministry Team Students Zach Sennentz, Nate Maisel, Ryan Plunkett, and Brendan Burke, from the Academy of Holy Angels (Annunciation Alumni & AYM Peer Ministers) are collecting T-Shirts for the Eli Project and Mission Haiti Inc.The MHI Eli Project turns no-longer-needed T-Shirts into diapers for a wellness center in Port Au Prince, Haiti.
Any size cotton t-shirts used. There will be a large collection box outside of the youth room in the church basement from February 13-27th. Thank you for your generosity. All the shirts will go to a great cause!
02/14/2019 Mission Haiti Collection
This Saturday and Sunday (February 16th & 17th) there will be a second collection for Mission Haiti Inc. Annunciation International Mission and Sister School in Haiti. Before Mass a testimonial will be shared and a collection will be taken after communion. Please join us and Thank You in advance for your generosity! Checks should be made out to "Mission Haiti Inc."
If you will be out of town and wish to contribute to this collection please considering making an online donation.
02/07/2019 Annunciation Campus Master Plan Open Houses
We have officially launched the engagement with Miller Dunwiddie (Miller) to develop the Annunciation Campus Master Plan, a visioning document providing the Parish a long-range plan for the facilities.
The development of the plan will include input from YOU, our beloved Parish community.
A listening session is scheduled for Sunday, February 17th following the 9:30am Mass in the Visitation room, off the community room. It will be held during the pancake breakfast.
An additional session will be held Tuesday, February 26th from 4-7pm in the school library.
Please come share your desires for our campus as we continue our efforts to be good stewards of these beautiful properties we’ve been blessed with and plan for investments that will allow us to pass on the facilities to future generations.
01/24/2019 Mission Possible
You are cordially invited to attend the Annual Haitian Dinner and Craft Sale to benefit Mission Haiti, Inc.
Saturday, February 23, 2019
6:00 to 9:30pm
Annunciation School Auditorium
525 West 54th St., Minneapolis, MN
01/18/2019 Annunciation Rain Gardens
In 2016, Donovan Peterson from Boy Scout Troop 103 applied for and received a grant from Minnehaha Watershed District to install rain gardens in the front of the Church. He solicited contractors and vendors for reduced rates on excavation and supplies. In November with the help of family and friends he designed and installed the first rain garden by the bell tower. The following spring of 2018, his family and friends installed the four other gardens. He asked his family and friends for donations and collected $5,187.50. Their volunteer hours were worth $8,544.84. The grant paid $11,057.07. The total cost of the project was over $22,000, which was all covered by donations, volunteers and the grant.
The Peace and Justice Committee of Annunciation and Our Lady of Peace invite you to mark your calendars for January 13 from 10:45 to 12:15 (following 9:30 am Mass at Annunciation) for a showing of Bishop Barron’s DVD entitled “The Mystical Union of Christ and His Church” in the Visitation Room at Annunciation Church (lower level).
Our hope is to shine light on the strong connection between receiving Eucharist as a member of the Mystical Body of Christ and then going out into the world to do good works. In the DVD Bishop Barron explicitly speaks of the social outreach in the Church and how it is supported by prayer and a response to prayer. This is a beautiful film! Please join us.
12/29/2018 Immigration Sunday Event, January 6
The Annunciation/OLP Peace & Justice Committee and OLP's Global Solidarity Committee invite you to attend an event that will focus on the issue of immigrants and refugees.
It will be held on Immigration Sunday, January 6 at 12:15 pm in the Whalen Room at OLP.
The format will be a casual roundtable dialogue featuring immigrants (or those intimately familiar with current immigration issues) telling their stories and taking questions from those attending. There will also be potluck treats from the various cultures represented. Please join us as we explore this issue in light of Catholic Social Teaching. If you have any questions, please contact Chris Stromgren at 612-925-1840.
12/13/2018 Pancakes With Saint Nicholas
Join us for a fun family event at Annunciation Church on Sunday, December 16th.
Saint Nicholas will make a special appearance after 9:30am mass! Come have pancakes to benefit Annunciation Youth Ministry and visit with our favorite holiday saint.
Come see From Age to Age and Their Sounds of the Seasons Concert at Annunciation Catholic Church on December 14, 2018!
The concert will take place at the church beginning at 7:30pm.
12/03/2018 Advent - Christmas Schedule 2018
Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception
Holy Day of Obligation - Mass times:
Friday, December 7, 6:00pm (vigil)
Saturday, December 8, 9:00am
Sacrament of Reconciliation
Advent Penance/First Reconciliation:
Saturday, December 15, 10:00am
Saturday, Decemb er 22, 3:30-4:30pm
Sunday, December 23, 4:00-5:15pm
Monday, December 24, 10:30-11:30am
Christmas Masses (Carols prior to each Mass)
Monday, December 24: 4:00pm & 10:00pm
Tuesday, Decem ber 25: 10:00am
Solemnity of Mary Mother of God
Holy Day of Obligation - Mass times:
Monday, December 31, 5:00pm (vigil)
Tuesday, January 1, 10:00am
Exultate and Church of the Annunciation are partnering to support Mission Haiti, Inc.
When you attend the December 8, 2018 Christmas Festival Concert performance at Church of the Annunciation in Minneapolis, you will hear the same great Exultate Christmas concert program but with the additional gift of Hope for the people in Haiti. A portion of each ticket sold goes to Mission Haiti Inc. to support their programs. Haitian artisans will display handiwork and art available for purchase before and after the Benefit Concert.
11/29/2018 Christmas Boutique and All Parish Bake Sale
Everyone is asked to help in some way with the Christmas Boutique and Bake Sale!
You can make/bake or buy donations. Christmas crafts; Christmas cookies; breads and other goodies; ornaments and other seasonal items are all popular with our youngsters and our young at heart.
Please DO NOT donate Christmas trees or garlands. Silent Auction items are needed as well as toys for Santa's Toy Shop. This is an annual Respect Life project.
Call Helen Trepanier at 612-822-8360 or Peg Tuttle at 612-242-0821 to help during the sale.
We also need callers for the Bake Sale. If you can help with calling, please call Mary Morris at 612-869-7629.
11/20/2018 Family Advent Wreath Making Breakfast
Annunciation Church-Community Room
Sunday, November 25, 2018 10:30am-12:30pm
Come join in a wonderful tradition! Create an advent wreath with your family to enhance life and prayer in your home while enjoying a continental breakfast. Bring a peaceful spirit, wire cutters, gloves and a frame from the past years (if you have one). A permanent frame will be for sale ($6.00). We will provide greens, frame materials, candles and directions. Wreaths will be blessed at the breakfast. Please include the number of adults and children who will be attending when registering.
Cost: $10.00 individual or $20.00 per family.
Price includes continental breakfast and wreath making supplies. If you have any questions call John & Megan Spriggs 612-636-8496.
11/20/2018 MADE FOR MORE: Visions of the Promised Land
MADE FOR MORE
with CHRISTOPHER WEST & MIKE MANGIONE
Brought to you by St. John the Baptist Catholic Parish, The Parish of Sts. Joachim and Anne, Annunciation Catholic Church & The Cor Project
Thursday, November 29, 2018
St. Hubert Catholic Community
8201 Main Street
Chanhassen, MN 55317
This event will sell out, so grab your tickets NOW in the parish office or online at www.corproject.com/chanhassen. Tickets are $20.
MADE FOR MOREis an inspired blend of teaching, live music, and art that taps the deepest desires of the human heart revealing their ultimate purpose and goal. Join Christopher West and Mike Mangione as they offer a vision of the Gospel like you’ve never heard through the lens of Saint John Paul II’s Theology of the Body. This event is appropriate for ages 15 and up. Watch the trailer.
Please contact the parish office if you would like more information.
11/15/2018 Boy Scout Tree Lot Sale
Buy a Tree, Help a Scout! The Annunciation Boy Scout Troop 103 Tree Lot is open (Friday, November 23 through Sunday, December 16) on the east side of the church.
Tree Lot Hours:
Friday: 6 pm – 9 pm
Saturday & Sunday: 10 am – 8 pm
Monday - Thursday: CLOSED
Please join us on Thursday, November 15 at 7:00pm in the Church - Come and experience the healing power of Jesus and the abounding mercy of God!
Families are welcome.
11/03/2018 Respect Life Ministry Prayer on Wednesdays
The Respect Life Ministry prays the rosary every Wednesday at 1:00 pm at the Planned Parenthood clinic at 66th Street and Lyndale Avenue South. We meet on 66th Street just east of Lyndale.
All are welcome to come. If you can't come, pray the rosary at home or church when you have time.
Questions? Call Helen Trepanier at 612-822-8360.
11/03/2018 Baby Bottle Campaign
Thank you to everyone who has returned a baby bottle with money for our two life care centers, Tandem and St. Stephen's.
If you still have a baby bottle, whether it has money in it or not, please drop it off at the business office during the week or give it to an usher next weekend.
Thank you for supporting mothers and their babies.
10/15/2018 AYM Holiday Plant Sale Fundraiser
Our senior high youth will be traveling to Pine Ridge Reservation, South Dakota next summer on a mission trip. We are selling holiday plants to help cover the additional costs of renting three vans and a truck to carry our luggage.
Poinsettia's are available in red, white and marble:
6.5 in pot-$15.00
8.0 in pot-$25.00
Order will be taken online until Sunday, October 28th.
10/04/2018 Blaze: Middle School Girls Ministry
We are excited to bring Blaze, a Walking with Purpose Bible study program developed for middle school-age girls to Annunciation.
This twenty-session program integrates the Scripture with the teachings of the Catholic Church.
• Who: Middle School 7th and 8th grade girls
• When: Mid-October start date – schedule TBD
• Time: During school lunch hour – 7th grade Wednesdays and 8th grade Tuesdays
• Where: Spirit Center – please bring a bag lunch and beverage
• Cost: $75 (+ shipping) for the Blaze kit, one per girl. Scholarships available
09/20/2018 2nd Annual Annunciation Fun 5K Run & Walk
APO invites you to join us for the 2nd Annual Annunciation Fun 5K Run & Walk to be held on Sat., Oct. 13th at Normandale Lake Park in Bloomington.
New this year, the Pre-K kids will be joining us at the Bandshell area to do their Bike-A-Thon starting at 8:30am. The 5K will then kick off at 9am. We will have snacks, activities, a photo booth & hopefully a few items to raffle.
09/20/2018 Help Needed: Annunciation Funeral Ministry
Help is needed with our Annunciation Funeral Ministry. Work as much or as little as you want. Help is needed with set-up, serving, and clean-up. The average time commitment is about 2 hours a month.
Please contact Mary Grace Westman at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you!
09/19/2018 39th Annual Cancer Home Fundraising Dinner
Annunciation Friends of Our Lady Peace Presents. . . 39th Annual Cancer Home Fundraising Dinner at Annunciation Church
Sunday October 14, 2018
Entertainment to follow dinner
Cost: $20.00 per person
RSVP by Sunday, October 7, 2018
Questions: Meg Weides-Pospisil, 612-532-7035
Can't make the dinner?
Donations to Our Lady of Peace Home gratefully accepted.
09/13/2018 Kids’ Preliminary Home Run Derby Results
Thank you for participating in the Kids’ Preliminary Home Run Derby!
CONGRATULATIONS to the following sluggers who will advance to SeptemberFest on Friday, Sept. 14th at 7:00pm! Good Luck!
Are you stretched and would like a way to refuel and be refreshed while making authentic connections with others?
Would you like to have a better understanding of your faith and learn more about God?
Join us this fall as we explore a new bible study from Walking with Purpose called Keeping in Balance.
Tuesday, September 18
Annunciation Community Room
Walking with Purpose is a Catholic Bible Study for women that aims to bring women to a deeper personal relationship with Jesus Christ by offering personal study and small group discussion that link our everyday challenges with the solutions given to us through the teachings of Christ and the Catholic Church.
It’s SeptemberFest Wiffle Ball and Home Run Derby time!!! Check out the schedules and brackets.
Please direct any questions to TK, aka “The Commissioner.”
09/04/2018 JH Kick Off: Casino Royale
Who: 7th & 8th Grade
When: Wednesday, September 26, 2018
Where: Annunciation Church Community Room
What: Celebrate the start of the new AYM year which will include, music, wacky games and more surprises. So wear your finest and good luck at the casino!
Cost: $20 will cover the cost of entertainment and door prizes.
Registration Online: Sign-up online.
Questions?: Call Jimmy at 612-824-9993 x243, or you can send an email to: email@example.com
09/04/2018 Jr. High Parent Orientation Night
What: 7th & 8th Grade Parent Orientation
All 7th & 8th grade parents are invited to join us for an information orientation to AYM. We will be discussing AYM School Year programming, reviewing the online registration process and discussing expectations.
When: Wednesday, September 19, 7-8:30pm
Where: Annunciation Church Community Room
Questions: Email Jimmy Dunn, firstname.lastname@example.org
09/04/2018 Coffee & Donut/Pancake Breakfast Schedule
Coffee & Donuts: The first Sunday of the month October ’18-May ‘19
Annunciation Parish offers Coffee & Donuts in the community room after the 9:30am Mass for community building and fellowship.
(10/7, 11/4, 12/2, 2/3, 3/3, 4/7, 5/5)
AYM Pancake or Waffle Breakfast: The third Sunday of the month October ’18-April ‘19
Annunciation Youth Ministries offers a Pancake or Waffle Breakfast in the community room after the 9:30am Mass for community building and fellowship.
(10/28*, 11/18+, 12/16, 1/27*, 2/17, 3/24*, 4/14+)
08/13/2018 Septemberfest Wiffle Ball Tournament 2018
This year the Septemberfest WiffleBall tournament begins 9/5. So it’s time to start getting your team together. Registration is now open.
If you are interested, please contact TK.
08/08/2018 Discover Catholicism: Ask about RCIA!
· Interested in learning more about the Catholic faith or becoming Catholic?
· Are you a baptized Catholic who has never received the Sacraments of Holy Communion or Confirmation?
Then Join Us!
We will explore the Person of Jesus Christ—His claims, His promises, and His Church—together. You don’t have to commit to the whole process just attend a few sessions to discover more. No pressure or expectations—just a group of men and women searching for the Lord in an atmosphere that is relaxed and respectful.
07/18/2018 We’re Hiring: Lead Preschool Teacher
Hiring Lead Preschool Teacher for Lake Area Discovery Center at Annunciation Catholic School in Minneapolis.
Full-Time Salaried Position Paid Holidays, PTO and Health Benefits Available. Join a vibrant teaching team at this 4 Star Parent Aware and NAEYC Accredited high-quality educational program! Must meet DHS Rule 3 and NAEYC education requirements for lead teacher and have a current MN Teaching license.
Job Type: Full-time
07/17/2018 12 Apostles+ Mulch Work Party
A BIG THANK YOU to the 19 hard-working parishioners and skilled crew that re-mulched our flower, rain & rose gardens plus hedges, fence & retaining wall areas on Tuesday, July 10. This was in addition to regular duties of weeding, lawn mowing, tree trimming, edging, planting & more. Folks agreed it was a successful & fulfilling project to beautify the entrances to God’s house at Church of Annunciation.
Clearly God’s healing love was at work during the “Let God Set Free” Retreat that took place June 8th and 9th at the Carondelet Center in St. Paul.
Our participants were very moved by all the signs of support they received during the Friday evening prayer. Each participant received between 30 and 40 letters of prayer and support, and many of these letters came from you, our Annunciation parishioners. While they were engaged in prayer, there was a simultaneous prayer of the Rosary that was taking place here at Annunciation for the graces of their retreat. Those gathered in prayer sent to us on the retreat a picture of themselves that we were able to show and explain to our retreatants.
Thanks to you and to many others who contributed their prayer support in various forms, they were wonderfully overwhelmed with the support they received from so many people; people who don’t even know them but, nevertheless, who really care. Thank you!
06/22/2018 A Thank You that’s Ten Years Long!
As my ten years at Annunciation come to completion, I just want to say that I leave with a heart very full of gratitude for all that it has meant for me that we’ve shared in our Faith journey together over these years.
Thanks to all who came to the big parish celebration for all our volunteers and for Margaret Warnemunde, Donna Ohme and me on June 3rd. To see you and to receive your well-wishing was an overwhelming joy for me. I will savor your messages in your cards and notes for a long time to come.
06/16/2018 Religious Freedom Week: June 22-29, 2018
Religious Freedom Week: June 22-29, 2018
Catholics in the United States are encouraged to pray and act in support of religious liberty during the Serving Others in God's Love: Religious Freedom Week 2018, which begins on June 22nd, the Feast of Sts. Thomas More and John Fisher, and ends on June 29th, the Solemnity of Sts. Peter and Paul.
Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz, the chairman of the USCCB's Committee for Religious Liberty says: "Religious freedom allows the space for people of faith to serve others in God's love in ministries like education, adoption and foster care, health care, and migration and refugee services. We encourage people of faith to reflect on the importance of religious freedom so that we might have the space to carry out our mission of service and mercy, and we invite everyone to pray for our brothers and sisters who face intense persecution in other parts of the world."
06/11/2018 Respect Life Plant Sale - Thank you!
Respect Life Plant Sale: The Respect Life Ministry wants to thank everyone who bought plants at the plant sale. Thank you to everyone who worked at the sale and made it a big success. We raised $1,200 for our our two life care centers, Tandem and St. Stephen's, who support mothers and their babies. We are grateful for your support for "life."
Questions or comments about the plants or the sale? Call Helen Trepanier at 612-822-8360, Lorna Taketa at 612-823-0279, or Terri Bettin at email@example.com
Respect Life: For the times we are afraid to welcome life: May God strengthen us and renew our trust in him. We pray to the Lord.
06/08/2018 Staffing Changes at Annunciation
Parishioners of Annunciation,
I am excited to share with you some recent developments happening within our parish. This Spring, due to the retirements of Sr. Sue and Donna Ohme, the parish staff took the opportunity to rethink our overall structure. To do this, we enlisted the help of a consultant who has a lot of experience working with Catholic parishes, and we underwent an organizational assessment. As part of this assessment, each staff member had the opportunity to explore their gifts and talents and reflect on which parts of their jobs helped them to thrive. The consultant then made recommendations about some changes that could help our staff best use their gifts and talents, enable them to serve our parishioners better, and help us all accomplish our common mission of making disciples of Jesus Christ and building up the Kingdom of God here in South Minneapolis. After much prayer and consultation, the following are changes we have made in response to those recommendations.
06/02/2018 Bulletin Communication Survey
Please complete the Bulletin Communication Survey to help us better understand what kind of information you'd like to receive from us and how you'd prefer to receive it. Thank you!
05/30/2018 Volunteer Appreciation Sunday
Annunciation Parish is blessed with the best volunteers!
We know how much value you add to our ministries and programming, we would not be the vibrant parish we are without you.
Next weekend is Volunteer Appreciation Sunday, June 3, 2018 please join us for the 9:30AM Mass and see who will receive the Ministers of the Year or the School MaryJo Sterner awards.
After Mass we will show our gratitude for all you do by serving a delicious lunch in the community room. All are welcome!
05/25/2018 SeptemberFest Save the Date!
Save the Date!
2018 SeptemberFest Co-Chairs
Jaki & Jason Ortmeier
Sarah & Dan Klein
"Every human being, man, woman, boy and girl, is made in God’s image. Therefore, we declare on each and every one of our creeds that modern slavery, in terms of human trafficking, forced labor and prostitution, and organ trafficking, is a crime against humanity.” Pope Francis Jan. 2015
2ndAnnual “Let God Set Free”Retreat, June 8-9: Two Ways You Can Help!
In June of 2017, we held our 1st Annual “Let God Set Free” Retreat for those who staff the organization called Breaking Free, which does outreach and provides services to victims of sex trafficking. At that time many Annunciation parishioners wrote care and support notes to those who came to this retreat. The retreatants were amazed that people whom they had never met would write to them by name and tell of their prayer and personal sacrifice for them during their retreat. One year later they still display the notes they received in their work cubicles.
We will conduct our 2nd Annual “Let God Set Free” Retreat June 8-9, at the Carondelet Center in St. Paul. Our planning committee, made up of the Carondelet Peace and Justice Center, members of the Congregation of St. Joseph, and several volunteers, invites you to contribute personal notes for these women to receive during the Friday evening prayer time of their retreat.
05/08/2018 School’s Out Wiffle Ball Tournament
Registration is Now Open for the School's Out Tournament!
The School's Out Tournament will be May 31st - June 3rd, 2018.
Wiffle Ball apparel store is now open! Orders must be placed by midnight on Monday, May 14.
The Annunciation Wiffle Ball tournaments are open to all ages and is not limited to the Annunciation Community. You play a minimum of 2 games. Bragging rights are at stake...as well as a picture with the traveling trophy. No fastballs are allowed. Junk can be served on a platter. Sliding is allowed, bunting is not, and no infield fly rule either. Trees are always out of play resulting in a dead ball. There is a home run fence, score board and lights for when the sun goes down. Balls, bats and volunteer umpires are provided.
05/08/2018 Rummage Sale 2018
Recycling Since 1947
For one week in June, Annunciation transforms its school to an "institution of higher earning" at the annual Rummage Sale. Donate your gently used treasures or volunteer your time and talents to support this long-running community event.
05/08/2018 18th Annual Annunciation Golf Classic
Friday, June 15th, 2018
Boulder Pointe Golf Course - Elko, Minnesota
Registration Begins Noon
Shotgun Start 1:00 PM
$125 Men & Women
Registration Includes: Green fees, golf cart, dinner & awards.
04/21/2018 The Plant Sale is this weekend
The Respect Life Plant Sale is this weekend. If plants are available, stop after the 5:00 Mass on Saturday or after the 9:30 Mass on Sunday.
Come and buy a plant or a hanging basket for your mother or grandmother on this Mother's Day weekend. Proceeds from the sale will be donated to our two life care centers,
and a few other "life" organizations. Thank you for supporting "life."
04/20/2018 JH Grand Finale
When: Friday, May 18th, 2018, 6:00-10:00PM
Where: Annunciation Church / Grand Slam
Cost: $30.00 (Includes Transportation, Admission and Dinner)
Let's celebrate the end of the year at Grand Slam!
Batting cages, Arcade games, Laser tag and Mini Golf!
How Do I Register?:
Questions: Call Jimmy at 612-824-9993 x243 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
04/14/2018 Save the Date for This Opportunity!
Here at Annunciation Parish we will have a wonderful opportunity for parents and grandparents on Sunday, April 29th, as we welcome Judy Cozzens, the mother of Bishop Andrew Cozzens, to Annunciation.
Judy will share with us the amazing story of how she chose life, and how today we are all the beneficiaries of this choice she made. Her presentation is entitled, “Tips for Sharing Our Faith in Our Families”, will be from 11:00 to noon, In the Community Room, following our 9:30 Mass. Coffee and treats will be served.
In order to make it easier for parents to come, childcare will also be provided. You are most welcome to join us!
04/07/2018 Thanks for the Soup!
During our Lenten Season, on Friday evenings before Stations of the Cross, we have been able to share the company of fellow parishioners while enjoying a variety of delicious homemade soups that were donated by those who served them.
Thanks to Shawn Leighton, Joan Moffatt, Lorna Taketa, Tina Ham Peterson and Ric Peterson, Patrice Krocheski-Meyer, Tim and Annette Gagliardi, Stephanie Miller, Cathy Dolan and Bob Healy for donating, cooking, serving and cleaning up!
04/07/2018 Diapers for Haiti
The Respect Life Ministry supports two life care centers, Tandem and St. Stephen's, and there is always a need for diapers. The Respect Life Ministry has made a donation to Mission Haiti, Inc. for diapers, as they also need diapers. If you would like to support Mission Haiti and their need for diapers, write out a check to Mission Haiti, Inc., and on the memo line write: For diapers. Put it in an envelope and drop it off in the collection basket or in the business office. This will help the Missionaries of Charity as they care for babies. Thanks for supporting life.
On Sunday, April 15, from 5-7 p.m., Mount Olivet Church will host a dinner and conversation with Paul Douglas.
Many will recognize Paul as a meteorologist with more than 35 years of TV and radio experience in the Twin Cities area. Paul Douglas was one of the presenters at a symposium on Climate Change following the publication of Pope Francis’ Laudato Si, that was co-sponsored by the Minnesota Catholic Conference, the University of St. Thomas, and the Catholic Rural Life Conference on September 14, 2015.
Paul will discuss the 2016 book Caring for Creation which he co-authored with Mitch Hescox. Bridging science and faith, he will show how Christians can take the lead in caring for God's Creation through realistic solutions that reflect our beliefs. From personal to global issues, he will show us ways we can act to protect our families, enhance our communities, and wisely steward the resources God has given us. View the flyer.
The registration deadline is this weekend, Sunday, April 8th and there is a charge of $10. Visit: www.mtolivet.org/care/creation-care to register.
03/31/2018 Relevant Radio 1330 AM
Relevant Radio 1330 AM is Talk Radio for Catholic Life in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis.
The Rediscover Hour is on Friday evenings from 9:00 - 10:00 pm, Saturday from 12:00 - 1:00 pm, and Sunday 9:00 - 10:00 am.
"Living the Gospel of Life" airs on Saturday morning from 11:30 am - Noon.
Tune in to Relevant Radio 1330AM or listen online at www.relevantradio1330.com.
03/24/2018 The 35th Annual Good Friday Prayer Vigil
The 35th Annual Good Friday Prayer Vigil at Planned Parenthood, 671 Vandalia St., in St. Paul will be on Friday, March 30th from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.
Throughout the years, Christians have experienced a powerful and moving commemoration of our Savior's death by attending the solemn Good Friday Prayer Vigil sponsored by Pro-Life Action Ministries. Plan now to set aside some time on Good Friday to commemorate Christ's redeeming act and to pray for innocent children who are killed daily by abortion. Prayer will be lead by area pastors of many denominations. Buses will be running all day from the University of St. Thomas ramp.
If you want to carpool to the prayer vigil, meet at the Annunciation parking lot at 9:30am to carpool.
Questions? Call Helen Trepanier at 612-822-8360.
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.
03/12/2018 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 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 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 email@example.com.
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!
02/24/2018 Respect Life
Respect Life: For our culture: May we listen to God and follow his call to cherish every person's life. We pray to the Lord.
USCCB: "Sometimes our actions speak for themselves; other times, words are needed. Whatever the situation, Jesus knows how to speak to each person's heart; we simply need to follow where he leads." USCCB Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities, "How to Build a Culture of Life."
40 Days for Life is at Planned Parenthood in St. Paul. What is 40 Days for Life? Prayer and fasting: People of faith praying and fasting regularly during the 40 days for the closing of Planned Parenthood and for an end to abortion. Peaceful vigil: A peaceful vigil and witness outside the Planned Parenthood facility in St. Paul from February 14 to March 25, For more information, contact Brian Walker at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 651-797-6363.
02/22/2018 Be The Match: Marrow Donor Registry Drive
Every 4 minutes someone is diagnosed with a blood cancer. Thousands of patients with a blood cancer like leukemia or other disease like sickle cell anemia need a marrow transplant to survive. Most don't have a matching donor in their family. They turn to Be The Match a non-profit community of donors based here in Minneapolis.
Join us for Mass on Sunday, March 4th at 9:30am and then join us in the community room to take action for a Marrow Donor Registry Drive 10:30AM-NOON.
Ages 18-44. Please invite family, friends, neighbors, coworkers in this age range. Adding more members with diverse ethnic backgrounds to the registry increases the variety of tissue types available, helping more patients find the match they need.
This year we have three people in RCIA/the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults: Katie M., Stuart Ashworth, and Jennifer Kaufenberg.
On Sunday afternoon, February 18th, the candidates and their sponsors will participate in the “Rite of Election (for Catechumens, those not yet baptized) and the Call to Continuing Conversion (focused on those already baptized)”, at the Basilica. They will be introduced to our Annunciation Community and receive a blessing in our parish “Rite of Sending”, during this weekend’s 9:30 Mass.
Please pray for these three people as they enter this Season of Lent, a time of going deeper into the preparation for the celebration of the Easter Vigil as full members of the Catholic Church.
02/10/2018 Peace and Justice Focus for Lent
The Peace and Justice Committee of Annunciation and Our Lady of Peace invites you to mark your calendars for our Lenten Series, Sundays March 4, 11 and 18, from 11:00am to noon.
Our hope is to shine the light of our Catholic Social Teaching on a troubling concern in our country today – structural racism.
With use of the DVD resource Mirrors of Privilege put out by the World Trust organization (an organization committed to social impact through film and dialogue), we will explore how it is that race can unknowingly play a part in the unevenness of opportunity for quality of life in today’s society. We will also seek to understand the kinds of change that are needed so that all people may realize the God-given dignity they are meant to enjoy and that our Gospel based Catholic Social Teaching supports.
We will meet in the lower level of the Church.
02/10/2018 Resources for Your Lenten Journey
During Lent God offers us a special opportunity to get close to Jesus in love, friendship and commitment to him and a Holy Spirit led way of life.
These resources can be of assistance to you as you live Lent.
1. Please help yourself to a copy of Bishop Barron’s Lenten Gospel Reflections. These are available to you in church, in the narthex as well as the south foyer.
2. Listen to a 5 minute daily Lenten audio reflection by Fr. Mark Toups by googling “the Journey to Jerusalem Reflections”.
3. On the Creighton University Online Ministries home page click on Praying Lent 2018. Here you will find an abundant variety of resources that can support you on your Lenten Journey.
4.Go to Loyola Press - Lent for a rich array of Lent resources, including activities for children and ideas for the observance of Lent in the home.
5.Google “3 minute Retreat” and have a daily reflection appear in your inbox or download the app. A short 3 minutes can bring you 24 hours of peace.
6.Google "BustedHalo Lent" and see all the creative resources that come up!
02/10/2018 Friday Night at the Friary
Men of God, are you interested in discovering the vocation that Jesus is calling you to? Perhaps you're already actively discerning a vocation in the Church?
We invite men, ages 18-35, to "Friday Night at the Friary" hosted, by the Franciscan Brothers of Peace, for a time of prayer, fellowship, and seeking God's call in your life, whatever that may be.
After opening with prayer, a short reading or reflection is shared with an emphasis on vocation discernment, prayer, or discipleship. Next, how about some socializing, outdoor/indoor recreation, and good eats? We've saved the best part for last by spending time adoring Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament, "Speak Lord, Your servant is listening." 1 Samuel 3:10. The evening then concludes with chanted Night Prayer (Compline).
Join us every third Friday of the month from 7-9 p.m. at Queen of Peace Friary, 1289 Lafond Avenue, Saint Paul, MN 55104.
For more information call: 651-646-8586 or email: email@example.com.
We'll see you Friday Night at the Friary!
02/10/2018 Prenatal Partners for Life
Prenatal Partners for Life offers support, information, and encouragement by connecting parents facing an adverse diagnosis with other parents whose child has had the same or similar diagnosis. Prenatal Partners for Life is made up of compassionate parents with special needs children as well as medical professionals, legal professionals and clergy. For more information call 763-772-3868 or go to their website, www.prenatalpartnersforlife.com.
02/10/2018 Catholic Bishops’ Statement on U.S. Senate Failure to Pass the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection
On January 29th, the U.S. Senate failed to pass the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (S. 2311) on a vote of 51 to 46. The bill was stopped on a procedural measure requiring 60 votes for the legislation to move to a final vote. Both of Minnesota’s senators voted against this bill.
Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York chairs the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Committee on Pro-Life Activities. He has called the Senate’s failure to pass the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act “appalling”. He urges Catholics from across the country to convey to their senators either their gratitude or their disappointment, depending on how their senators voted.
The Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace and the International Union of Superiors General has designated February 8 as an annual day of prayer and awareness against human trafficking. February 8 is the feast day of St. Josephine Bakhita, who was kidnapped as a child and sold into slavery in Sudan and Italy. Once Josephine was freed, she became a Canossian nun and dedicated her life to sharing her testament of deliverance from slavery and comforting the poor and suffering. She was declared a Saint in 2000.
On February 8, Catholics all over the world are encouraged to host or attend prayer services to create greater awareness about this phenomenon. Through prayer, we not only reflect on the experiences of those that have suffered through this affront to human dignity, but also comfort, strengthen, and help empower survivors.
Prayer to St. Josephine Bakhita
St. Josephine Bakhita, you were sold into slavery as a child and endured untold hardship and suffering.
Once liberated from your physical enslavement, you found true redemption in your encounter with Christ and his Church.
O St. Bakhita, assist all those who are trapped in a state of slavery; Intercede with God on their behalf so that they will be released from their chains of captivity.
Those whom man enslaves, let God set free. Provide comfort to survivors of slavery and let them look to you as an example of hope and faith. Help all survivors find healing from their wounds. We ask for your prayers and intercessions for those enslaved among us.
02/03/2018 Christmas Boutique and Bake Sale: Thank You!
The Respect Life Ministry wants to thank everyone who helped make the 37th Annual Christmas Boutique and Bake Sale very successful!
We raised over $3,600 for a number of "life" organizations.
In February and March, ECFL will be on Sunday, February 25th and Sunday, March 25th rather than the dates of February 18th and March 18th as originally scheduled.
Since these dates are not pancake Sunday dates, we will move the meeting times to 10:45 to 12:30.
On February 25th, Fr. Park will lead us in a tour of the Church and on March 25th Fr. Park will speak to us about the graces of the Sacrament of Matrimony in the Adult session.
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 and new comers are welcome!
“Be mindful of prisoners as if sharing their imprisonment, and of the ill-treated as of yourselves, for you also are in the body.” Hebrews 3:13
St Paul urges us to remember those in prison as if we were actually there in prison with them, and to be mindful of those being mistreated as if this were happening to us. Our young people are experiencing an increasing awareness of, along with a desire to act on the behalf of other young people who are held captive in situations of human and sex trafficking. High School students from several local Catholic High schools plan to demonstrate their desire to put an end to this plight that others their age experience.
On Thursday, February 1st, at 3:15pm, beginning at De La LaSalle, they hold a public march in the local area. To understand the means used to draw young people into being trafficked, Google the key words: “Chosen Trailer Trafficking”. As more and more people become aware of this problem, we will come closer to ending this form of exploitation.
Please join us as we continue to gather needed resources with other parishes and Religious communities to support the efforts of Breaking Free, an organization that assists sex trafficking survivors in our Metro area.
Grocery gift cards and gas cards, check and cash donations to be used to help finance outreach efforts, can be placed in the Mass collection or brought to our business office. Be sure to write “Breaking Free” on your envelope. Checks can be made payable to Annunciation with “Breaking Free” noted on the memo like.
Thank you for your generosity!
Fifty years after the landmark Fair Housing Act, how fair and equitable is housing in the Twin Cities?
Join the Catholic Charities Advocacy Team and the University of St. Thomas Center for the Common Good as we explore perspectives related to racial discrimination and its impact on housing stability.
A panel of community experts will lead an interactive discussion on where we are, how we got here and how far we still have to go.
Monday, February 12th, 2018
University of St. Thomas-Woulfe Alumni Hall
2115 Summit Ave., St. Paul, MN 55105
This event is free, but space is limited.
Want to carpool? Contact Sr. Sue
01/27/2018 2018 WINE: Catholic Women’s Conference
Saturday, February 10
9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. (Doors open at 8:30 a.m. for coffee, shopping, & camaraderie)
Mary, Mother of the Church, Burnsville
WINE: Women In the New Evangelization invites women of all ages and stages to the WINE: Catholic Women’s Conference. The theme, Hope: An Anchor for the Soul, is inspired by Saint Philomena’s example and Pope Francis’ invitation to fight against enemies of hope (like discouragement and negativity) in order to shine as beacons of hope to those we encounter. The day includes inspirational talks, music, lunch, prayer, shopping, confession, chocolate, and more. This conference is the perfect way to prepare for Lent, which begins the week after the conference. Registration is $55 before Jan. 10 and $65 afterward. For more information and to register, visit CatholicVineyard.com.
View and print the registration form.
(WINE: Women In the New Evangelization is a separate organization that the Archdiocese collaborates with for certain programming within the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis.)
Saturday, March 3, 8:30 to 12:30, at Annunciation
This event will include a light breakfast, a Lenten Reflection, Mass, opportunity for Reconciliation, and lunch. Registration information and further details to follow.
01/13/2018 January is Human Trafficking Awareness Month
A common understanding (or misunderstanding?) we may have of slavery is that it came to an end at the close of the Civil War back in the 1800’s. Unfortunately in our day, slavery is a real business that thrives here in the US and around the world. In fact, human trafficking is the world’s second largest criminal industry, with the illicit drugs industry as the largest.
Breaking Free is a local organization that provides a full range of support services needed by women who have managed to escape sex trafficking here in the Twin Cities area. In preparation for the anticipated increase in sex trafficking that unfortunately seems to accompany major events such as the Super Bowl, the goal of Breaking Free is to provide immediate and safe shelter along with food and clothing to those they anticipate will be rescued during this time.
Your donations of grocery gift cards and gas cards, along with monetary donations, are needed to help finance these outreach efforts. Donations can be placed in the Mass collection or brought to our business office. Be sure to write “Breaking Free” on your envelope. Checks can be made payable to Annunciation with “Breaking Free” noted on the memo like.
Thank you for your generosity!
Stop by the exhibits and learn how Jesus has miraculously manifested himself through the centuries, and see how these events witness to the truth that Jesus is present body, blood, soul, and divinity in the Holy Eucharist.
• 126 photographic historically documented
• Eucharistic miracles from various countries since the Last Supper
• All faiths welcome
• Free admission
Thursday, January 11th • 8am to 8pm
Friday, January 12th • 8am to 8pm
Saturday, January 13th • 9am to 5pm
Sunday, January 14th • 12pm to 5pm
01/06/2018 Rediscover Hour on Relevant Radio
Relevant Radio, 1330 AM, is Talk Radio for Catholic Life in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis.
The Rediscover Hour is on Friday mornings from 9:00 am to 10:00 am.
Living the Gospel of Life airs on Saturday mornings from 11:30 am to 12:00 noon. Tune in to Relevant Radio
When a stranger sojourns with you in your land, you shall not do him wrong. The stranger who sojourns with you shall be to you as the native among you, and you shall love him as yourself; for you were strangers in the land of Egypt. – Leviticus 19:33-34
The Catholic Bishops of our state have designated Sunday, January 7th, the Feast of the Epiphany as Immigration Sunday MN. Let us recognize our brothers and sisters that have fled to our country, carrying with them the traumas of poverty, war, and more. Let us also recognize how those very things can make them more vulnerable to human traffickers. As we celebrate all lives being precious to God, we can make a difference in the lives of others this season. Please join us as we continue to gather needed resources with other parishes and Religious communities to support the efforts of Breaking Free, an organization that assists sex trafficking survivors in our Metro area.
On January 7th, the Feast of the Nativity, Annunciation Parish will join with Catholic churches throughout Minnesota in a postcard campaign in support of the “Dreamers”, persons brought by their parents as small children to the United States. This is the only country they have ever known, yet they live under the threat of deportation.
Through their postcard campaign, our US and Minnesota Bishops are calling on us to support their protection from deportation. Annunciation will have a postcard campaign of contacting our senators and representatives, on the weekend of January 6-7, with prepared postcards and contact information available in every pew. You can also send an electronic postcard to the MN legislators.
Learn more about what the Church teaches about Immigration issues.
12/23/2017 “God is God with us, God who loves us, God who walks with us.” – Pope Francis, January 5, 2014
In speaking of the mystery of the Incarnation, Pope Francis goes on to say, “Jesus’ birth, then, shows us that God wanted to unite himself to every man and woman, to each one of us, to communicate his life and his joy.”
During the Advent and Christmas seasons, we are invited in a special way, to focus our appreciation on the wonderful mystery of the Incarnation. We are also invited to find Jesus Incarnate especially among the poor and all whose human dignity has been compromised in any way. As their needs become clear to us, we are called to respond in whatever way we can.
An Interfaith Service: Embracing Immigrants and Refugees. Please join us!
Where: Basilica of St. Mary
When: Sunday, January 7th, interfaith service from 1:00 to 2:00pm with refreshments following
What: Through testimony, prayer and music, we will recognize our common bond and dignity as beloved children of God.
No need to scramble for parking at the Basilica - let’s take the bus!
Our bus will leave the Annunciation parking lot at 12:15 and return by 3:00pm. Our drop off and pick up will be near the Basilica elevator.
No charge but a free will offering for transportation will be most appreciated.
To reserve a place on the bus call or email Sr. Sue: firstname.lastname@example.org, 612-824-9993x251.
In this Season of the Incarnation, we focus our thoughts on those who are dear to us with greetings and gift giving. Let us also seek the face of Jesus among those who are most poor and vulnerable.
12/16/2017 The People You Have Helped This Past Year
There are many people who would like to say thanks to you if only they had the opportunity to do so. One of the things that happens frequently at Annunciation is that people who have fallen on hard times come to the parish door seeking various kinds of help. Because of your generosity in donating to our special collections at both Christmas and Easter each year, we have the funds to provide some much needed help in the form of food and gas gift cards as well as bus tokens.
12/15/2017 The Mirandola Ensemble Concert
We invite you to The Mirandola Ensemble concert on Monday, December 18th at Annunciation Church at 7:30pm.
The concert, an exciting collaboration with the Chesterton Academy Chamber Choir, will feature the motets and carols of Renaissance greats Orlando di Lasso, Hans Leo Hassler, and Johannes Eccard; as well as early American shape note and Shaker songs; and music of 20th century composers Phillip Lawson, Alice Parker, and Mitchell Southall. Download the flyer.
$15 tickets are available at the door and all students are free.
12/14/2017 Annunciation Awakening Retreat
Annunciation Church welcomes you to join us for our biannual retreat called “Annunciation Awakening Retreat” on March 16-18, 2018. At the retreat you will learn more about God the Father’s tremendous love for you and help you establish and deepen your personal relationship with Christ.
Come away with us to be with Jesus and experience God’s abiding love for you.
12/11/2017 Early Catholic Family Life
Early Catholic Family Life/ECFL is an opportunity for families who have small children 5 years old and younger, to get to know each other and explore ways to have their Catholic Faith come alive in the midst of their busy family lives. The two hours for our families to come together begin with individual family time and activities for families to do together. During the 2nd hour the children have their own experience of supervised play and interaction while the parents gather for prayer, conversation and sharing around a particular Faith topic relevant to their family lives. Download the program flyer.
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