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  • 09/02/2016 SeptemberFest Farmers Market


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    Friday, September 16: 6-9pm
    Saturday, September 17: Noon-9pm
    Sunday, September 18: 11:30am-3:30pm

    Eclectic vintage furnishings, decorations for your home and garden, handmade items such as aprons, pillows, hand embroidered dish towels, vintage linens, home canned goods, home baked goods, house plants, cookbooks, children’s furniture, pet toys and more!

    Fresh, locally grown produce available on Saturday and Sunday.

    Will accept credit cards.

    Questions: Contact Laura Pigozzi 612-825-7860 or pigoz002@umn.edu
     

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  • 09/02/2016 Saturday Night Surf or Turf!


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    Saturday, September 17, 6:00-8:00PM 

    Steak or salmon, grilled vegetables, garlic mashed potatoes, Caesar salad, cookie. TICKETS REQUIRED $25/ticket. Tickets will be sold between Sunday masses and weekdays at the church and school offices. Buy Tickets Online.

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  • 09/02/2016 SeptemberFest: Zero K


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    September 16, 2016 from 6:00-8:00 PM

    Have you ever wanted to run a marathon, only 26.2 miles shorter? Then this event is for you. Come join Jimmy Dunn and walk across the finish line to the couch. You’ll win a medal, a meal from “Gastrotruck” food truck, and a drink coupon. Track suits strongly encouraged!

    Buy Tickets Online!

    $25/ticket on Friday night.

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  • 09/01/2016 Pre-Sale Carnival Ride Tickets


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    We will have Carnival Rides again this year at SeptemberFest!

    Friday 6-9pm
    Saturday 12-9pm 
    Sunday 11:30am-3:30pm 

    J and K will sell ride tickets during SeptemberFest for $3 per ride/ ticket. BUT, Annunciation was able to purchase a limited number of discounted tickets for $2 per ride/ ticket. This allows Annunciation families to save some money!

    We will be selling the discounted ride tickets in the Church Business office from 8am-4pm while supplies last.

    Questions: Contact Jimmy Dunn 612-824-9993 ext 243.

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  • 08/31/2016 SH Kick Off Night


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    When: 6:00pm-10:00pm, Sunday, September 25th, 2016

    Where: Brunswick Zone XL - Lakeville (Meet at the Youth Room)

    Cost: $30 will cover the cost of admission, snack, 2 games of laser tag, 1 hour of bowling, door prizes and transportation.

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  • 08/31/2016 Sign-up for The Weekender


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    We are trying some new ways to enable good communication between school and families. Please take minute to sign up for the weekly school newsletter, The Weekender. By asking parents to sign up for the list we hope to improve the rate of successful transmission of each email. Thank you for your cooperation!

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  • 08/18/2016 SeptemberFest Raffle Tickets


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    Your Annunciation Raffle Tickets are available for pick up in the church south Foyer. The Grand Prize is $3,000.00 again this year, but the drawingwill take place Saturday, September 17th at 9:00pm just after the Homerun Derby!

    If each family sells or purchase $50 of tickets the Septemberfest raffle would raise over $50,000 for Annunciation so let the selling begin!

    If you need more tickets you can get more through the Business Office by talking to Mary Grace.

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  • 08/15/2016 NEW at SeptemberFest 2016! The Mediocritones


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    After the Zero K, stick around and listen (dance?!) to the Twin Cities best average band, The Mediocritones, a unique cover & tribute band. 

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  • 08/06/2016 Gift of Being Grand: A Catholic Grand-parenting Conference


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    Saturday, August 27, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. at Mary Mother of the Church, Burnsville 

    Learn about God's plan for grandparents about how to pass on a Heritage of Faith. Presenters include Archbishop Andrew Cozzens, Jeff Cavins, Judy Cozzens, Katherine Kersten and topics include: The Importance of Intergenerational Faith in Our Culture Today, God's Message for Grandparents, Pope Francis and the Role for Grandparents in the Family and Parish, How to Strengthen Faith with Adult Children and Grandchildren. Breakout sessions will address: Resources for Prayer and Passing on the Faith, Grand-parenting Through Difficulties, How to be a Grandparent When You Are Miles Away, Unleashing the Healing Power of Prayer, Discipling Grandchildren: Putting Faith into Practice. 

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  • 08/06/2016 God in All Things – Discernment. Attention. Ignatian


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    When I made my retreat this past June, my spiritual director pointed me in the direction of a wonderful website that is becoming for me a rich resource for prayer. I would like to share some of its treasures with you.

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  • 07/22/2016 Green Your Camping Trip


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    Caring for God’s Creation & the Poor: “May the relationship between man and nature not be driven by greed, to manipulate and exploit, but may the divine harmony between beings and creation be conserved in the logic of respect and care” ~Pope Francis

    If you’re planning a camping trip for the warm weather months, we’ve got you covered. Here are our green tips for making the most of your outdoor experience, while taking care to leave a healthy environment when you pack up and head home.

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  • 07/15/2016 Golf and the Environment


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    Caring for God’s Creation & the Poor: “As stewards of God’s creation, we are called to make the earth a beautiful garden for the human family.” ~Pope Francis

    Next time you are out on the greens, think about whether your own actions are "green." Here are some easy suggestions on what you can do to help the environment:

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  • 07/08/2016 Top Ten Summer Travel Tips


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    “A Christian who doesn’t safeguard creation, who doesn’t make it flourish, is a Christian who isn’t concerned with God’s work, that work born of God’s love for us.” ~Pope Francis 

    Whether you’re heading to the beach, the woods or a hotel this summer, keep these summer travel tips in mind to lessen your impact on the environment. 

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  • 07/02/2016 Green Picnic Guide


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    Caring for God’s Creation & the Poor: “God always forgives, we men forgive sometimes, but nature never forgives.” ~Pope Francis 

    Gearing up for a summer picnic? Here are some earth-friendly ideas to help you keep your outdoor gatherings fun, simple and green.

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  • 06/25/2016 Bring Your Own Bag and Help Hunger


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    Caring for God’s Creation & the Poor: “You pray for the hungry, then you feed them. This is how prayer works.” ~Pope Francis 

    Our local grocery stores have shown a real commitment to helping fight local hunger. One chain automatically donates 5 cents to Second Harvest for every reusable bag you bring. (Adding up to 1,080,000 meals donated so far!) Another gives you a 5 cent credit for each bag, and donates to the charity of your choice based on receipts. Almost all of them partner with local food shelves, donating expired unsold food that is safe for consumption.

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  • 06/23/2016 Gift from the Relevant Radio Banquet


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    Our school received a check for $2,569 as a gift from a local anonymous donor, who matched contributions to Relevant Radio for participating Catholic Schools at their annual benefit banquet held in April.

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  • 06/23/2016 Confirmation Registration (9th & 10th graders)


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    Dear 8th Grade Parents,

    With 8th grade graduation this past month, I want to congratulate you for the accomplishment that your son/daughter’s graduation from Annunciation means for all of you as a family.

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  • 06/20/2016 VBS 2017 Director Search


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    VBS Director Needed for Summer 2017! 

    Each year over 100 Annunciation kids participate, either as campers or volunteers, in Annunciation’s Vacation Bible School (VBS). It is a ton of fun and the kids have a blast!

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  • 06/20/2016 Spring Clean Up Thank You


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    THANK YOU . . . To everyone who was able to help in Annunciation’s Spring Cleanup Days this past Wednesday and Saturday. Many hands make light work and it was a lot of work that we did. Thanks for giving of your time and energy to help keep our community’s green space looking beautiful!

    If you’d like to adopt a section of the Annunciation grounds for you and your family and friends to take care of for a year or two, please contact Eli Pollock. 

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  • 06/20/2016 Eucharistic Adoration


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    A QUIET HOUR WITH JESUS 

    Each Thursday after Mass, our parish offers Eucharistic Adoration. Adoration begins with the 9:00am to 10:00am time-slot, and concludes with the 6:00pm to 7:00pm spot. Each hour should have at least two Adorers. Would you like to join us? 

    The Divine Mercy Chaplet is offered at 3:00pm each Thursday during Adoration in the Church. Call Therese Moriarty at 612.545.8881 for further information, or just drop by for an hour. (Enter through the south door by the parking lot). 

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  • 06/20/2016 Monthly Grocery Shopping for Loaves & Fishes


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    Can you do some monthly grocery shopping for us? 

    Our wonderful, reliable shopper for Loaves and Fishes, Cindy Banovitz, is moving out of the country! I guess that's a good excuse to step down, so we need a new grocery shopper! It only takes about an hour a month, and likely less, since we'll have one or two back-ups for you. The first Monday of the month, we need someone to take our list and go purchase items at Sam's or Costco (you will be quickly reimbursed for this) and drop it all off at St. Stephen's by 2:30pm.

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  • 06/20/2016 Support Sr. Sue!: Riding for Habit in Haiti


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    This summer, July 14-16, I plan to do the three-day version of the seven-day Habitat 500 Bike Ride which will take place in northeast Minnesota, and I’d love to have you join me for the ride!

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  • 06/18/2016 Stand for Energy Equity


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    Caring for God’s Creation & the Poor: “Urgent need to develop policies so that, in the next few years, the emission of carbon dioxide and other highly polluting gases can be drastically reduced, for example, substituting for fossil fuels and developing sources of renewable energy." ~Pope Francis 

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  • 06/11/2016 Yard Care Tips to Protect Water


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    Caring for God’s Creation & the Poor: “There is a nobility in the duty to care for creation through little daily actions.” ~Pope Francis 

    “The actions we take at home can impact nearby lakes, rivers and wetlands, and we can all take steps with our yard care to prevent pollution and protect water quality. Follow these four simple steps to protect water this summer: 

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  • 06/11/2016 6th Annual Widow’s Day of Reflection: “Never Alone”


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    This event will consist of 2 presentations by Fr. Richard Simon, Pastor of St. lambert parish, Skokie IL. Fr. Simon hosts “Fr. Simon Says”, heard daily on Relevant Radio. Fr. Simon is known for both his humor and thoughtful reflections on the beauty and truth of our Catholic Faith. Participants will also hear Michele Denise Michaels, a singer and speaker who shares about the gift of her blindness and the love of God. 

    -Saturday, June 25th, 8:30am to 12:15pm, including lunch
    -Our Lady of Grace, Edina
    -$20 registration – contact Cheryl Broich at 952-831-2656. Please see registration brochure for more information.

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  • 06/11/2016 Help Yourself to a Special Book for Father’s Day!


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    In his book Every Man’s Journey Jim Campbell offers 30 Gospel based meditations designed to help men explore what it means to become the men God intends them to be. The Apostle Peter serves as guide for this journey. Just as Jesus called Peter from his daily work to refocus him for God and others, God is calling men today, in the midst of their labors, to discover how they can become more than they ever imagined. Please take a copy and enjoy it!

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  • 06/09/2016 Field Day Fun


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    The rain stopped the sun was shinning and fun was had by all on Field Day 2016. Perhaps, Fr. Park most of all?

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  • 06/09/2016 Annunciation Rummage Sale History


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    The Annunciation Rummage Sale is not any old rummage sale. Like many parts of Annunciation Church and School, it is part of tradition. The Founders: “I can remember mother sitting at the checkout table,” recalls Leslie Smith, Annunciation 5th Grade Teacher for many years. Mrs. Smith’s mother, Margaret Kennedy, and two of her friends, Lou Peterson and Nora DeGonda, spearheaded the school rummage sales, with Peterson and DeGonda being two of the sale founders.

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  • 06/09/2016 Annunciation Spring Clean Up Days!


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    Come and help keep Annunciation beautiful! Join us on one of two days to help maintain Annunciation’s beautiful gardens and green space. Help by pulling weeds, picking up trash, mulching, painting, and planting around the church and school. We welcome all families with all ages to come and participate. Come when you can for as long as you can on Wednesday evening or Saturday morning Bring garden gloves, small tools, sunscreen, and a hat.

    Wednesday, June 15, 2016 6-8p 

    Saturday, June 18, 2016 8a-12p 

    Questions: Contact Eli Pollock at epollock@annunciationmsp.org or 612.824.0787 ext. 261

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  • 06/04/2016 Apps to Help Prevent & Fight Human Trafficking


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    Caring for God’s Creation & the Poor: 

    “Every human being, man, woman, boy and girl, is made in God’s image. God is the love and freedom that is given in interpersonal relationships, and every human being is a free person destined to live for the good of others in equality and fraternity.” ~Pope Francis 

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  • 06/01/2016 Teaching Position Open


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    Middle School Spanish Teacher Position

    We are seeking a qualified, passionate Spanish teacher for elementary and middle school. The Spanish teacher works with the classroom teachers and staff to provide strong academic and educational experience to our students. As an International Baccalaureate candidate school, Annunciation’s Spanish program is in integral part of the school. The opportunity to integrate the Spanish language into the school’s curriculum and throughout the school is a priority. Collaboration with core teachers and specialists is critical to our success. 

    Please see the full listing and pass it on!:
    http://careers.archspm.org/jobs/spanish-teacher-15/

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  • 05/28/2016 Postcards (or Email) to Fight Modern Slavery


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    Caring for God’s Creation & the Poor: 

    “Every person, and all people, are equal and must be accorded the same freedom and the same dignity. Any discriminatory relationship that does not respect the fundamental conviction that others are equal is a crime, and frequently an aberrant crime.” ~Pope Francis 

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  • 05/25/2016 Annunciation Ladies Lawn Party


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    Sunday, June 12, 4-8 pm | Rain or Shine!

    Join us for an evening of lawn games, while socializing with fellow Annunciation moms! BYOB and we’ll provide the burgers and other snacks.

    Who: Annunciation Moms*
    Where: Annunciation Wiffle Ball field
    (or Church basement if it’s raining)
    Cost: $20 suggested donation to Annunciation
    RSVP: Not required, but to help us plan, contact tracymoosbrugger@gmail.com

    *No spouses, significant others or kiddos as this one is just for the ladies!

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  • 05/23/2016 Sacrament of Confirmation News


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    Dear Annunciation Parents, 

    On the weekend of April 30th & May 1st, I preached a “State of the Parish” homily at all the Masses. In this homily I addressed many different areas of parish life – finances, capital needs, Mass attendance, my vision for our parish, etc. I also spoke about how beginning next year we will move the celebration of the Sacrament of Confirmation from 10th grade to 8th grade. On Thursday evening May 5th at our “State of the School” meeting, I also talked about the change in the timing of Confirmation. This letter is intended to provide more information about why this change is being made and answer some questions you may have.

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  • 05/19/2016 Viva Las Vegas was a HUGE Hit


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    Thank you! You all are the reason Annunciation is such a special place. 

    The night may be over but we are still celebrating Viva Las Vegas Live & Silent Auction! This year's event was Annunciation School's most successful one to date. After expenses and including the incredible response to Fund-A-Need (Build-A-Playground & Help-A-Student) the night generated approximately $250,000 in net proceeds. Thank you to the anonymous donors who pledged $75,000 in matching funds for this year's Fund-A-Need and to all of you who helped match the $75,000.

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  • 05/13/2016 AYM Icon Harvey Galberth


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    Dear Annunciation Youth Ministry Alumni, friends and family,

    It is with great sadness that I share the news that Harvey Galberth (97 years young) passed away on Sunday, May 8th 2016 in Atlanta, Georgia.

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  • 05/05/2016 Summer Mondays @ Izzy’s


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    When: One Monday each month June-August 7:00pm-8:30pm

    June 13th - Izzy’s-Downtown Mpls
    July 18th - Grand Ole-Creamery Cedar Ave.
    August 15th - Sebastian Joe’s-Linden Hills

    Who: Senior High Youth (Grade 9 - 12) Cost: Money for ice cream.
    Where: Meet at the ice cream store.

    RSVP: No Permission Slip Required
    Questons: Call Jimmy at 612-824-9993 x243 

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  • 05/04/2016 AYM Mission Trip Preparation Night


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    Wednesday, June 8th, 2016 7:00pm to 9:00pm

    This is the only meeting before the trip so everyone (youths & parents) is expected to be in attendance. Final statements will be distributed that evening.

    Questions: Call Jimmy Dunn at 612-824-9993 ext 243

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  • 04/23/2016 What does Earth Day Really Mean for Catholics?


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    Here are a few things the Pope has to say in his latest Encyclical:

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  • 04/20/2016 Annunciation Concert Series


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    Please join us on Saturday, May 7th at 7:30pm as the Kenwood Symphony Orchestra performs Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, featuring the Sonomento Choir.  Completed in 1824, the symphony is one of the best-known works in classical music.  Among critics, it is almost universally considered one of Beethoven's greatest works, and many consider it one of the greatest compositions in the western musical canon.  This concert is free and open to the public!  For more information visit  http://www.kenwoodsymphonyorchestra.org/

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  • 04/20/2016 Viva Las Vegas Live & Silent Auction Tickets


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    It's a Sure Bet! Early Bird Ticket Sales Are Open!

    "Diligence is the mother of good luck." -Benjamin Franklin

    Get your luck rolling & buy Early Bird tickets to Viva Las Vegas!

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  • 04/20/2016 Alumni Newsletter Spring 2016


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    The latest edition of News for the Annunciation Family Spring 2016 is out!

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  • 04/20/2016 Annunciation Dominican Award


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    The Annunciation Dominican Award is presented to an Annunciation graduate who demonstrates gospel values in their life’s work, be it at home, in the community or in the workplace. The award is named for the Dominican Sisters of Sinsinawa, the first teachers at Annunciation School when it opened in 1923.

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  • 04/20/2016 Welcome New Staff Members


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    In 2016 Annunciation Church and School has added three new staff members. Read more here:

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  • 04/16/2016 Respect Life Flower Sale


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    The plant sale will be on Friday, May 6th. There will be extra plants for sale that afternoon as well as after the Masses on May 7-8. If anyone wants to donate plants from their garden, we will gladly accept them for our sale. Please drop them off on Friday, May 6th.

    Questions? Call Helen Trepanier at 612-822-8360.

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  • 04/09/2016 Catholic Social Teaching on Migration


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    Caring for God’s Creation & the Poor

    “Migrants are our brothers and sisters in search of a better life, far away from poverty, hunger, exploitation and the unjust distribution of the planet’s resources which are meant to be equitably shared by all. Don’t we all want a better, more decent and prosperous life to share with our loved ones?” ~Pope Francis

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  • 04/06/2016 Please Pray for Our 1st Communicants


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    Thirty-five of our 2nd graders from both Annunciation School and our Annunciation Faith Formation program, are in the final stages of preparing to celebrate their 1st Communion, at our special 1st Communion 10:00AM Mass, Saturday, April 23rd.

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  • 04/04/2016 Poverty for No One. Opportunity for Everyone.


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    You are invited to a Catholic Charities event to hear updates from CEO Tim Marx and staff on their efforts to build a community where there is poverty for no one and opportunity for everyone. This event will focus on homelessness and the future of the Dorothy Day Center: Tuesday, April 12, 12:00-1:00pm, 60 Plato Boulevard E., 4th floor Drake Bank Building, St. Paul. You are also invited to join any of the following tours of their Minneapolis sites:

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  • 03/25/2016 Thanks for the Soup!


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    This past Lent 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. Thanks to Shawn Leighton, Patrice Krocheski-Meyer, Tina Ham Peterson, Laura Bischoff, Stephanie Miller and Cathy Dolan for making all this possible!

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  • 03/12/2016 Let’s Kick Start a Conversation about Kids, Guns, and Safety


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    Caring for God’s Creation & the Poor 

    “The Church has been a consistent voice for the promotion of peace at home and around the world and a strong advocate for the reasonable regulation of firearms.”
    ~United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

    Be SMART for Kids

    Let’s Kick Start a Conversation about Kids, Guns, and Safety. On Monday, Feb. 29 the Peace & Justice Committee co-hosted an event with APO (Annunciation Parents Organization) on this topic in the Annunciation School Auditorium. 

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  • 03/11/2016 Join Fr. Park on a Pilgrimage to Rome


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    ​Join Fr. Park on a pilgrimage to Rome, Assisi & Southern Italy next winter!  The trip is being organized by Magi Travel and will be Tuesday, February 7, 2017 - Friday, February 17, 2017.

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  • 03/10/2016 Seeking: VBS Volunteers!


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    Attention Current 5th graders & older….VBS needs YOU!!!

    Join other kids in helping make VBS great. Attend a training camp before VBS starts and a pizza party on the last day of camp. Plus, you can earn documented volunteer hours, and all while having a lot of fun! 

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  • 03/09/2016 Why Confession?


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    A Conversation About How Confession Can Help You Get the Most out of Your Life!

    “Let us place the Sacrament of Reconciliation at the center once more in such a way that it will enable people to touch the grandeur of God’s mercy with their own hands.” ~Pope Francis

    Saturday Morning, March 19th, 9:00 to 11:00

    9:00 – 10:00 – Mass followed by a delightful light brunch.

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  • 02/20/2016 What is a Refugee?


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    Caring for God’s Creation & the Poor

    “Grounded by our belief in Jesus Christ and Catholic teaching, Migration and Refugee Services (MRS) fulfills the commitment of the U.S. Catholic bishops to protect the life and dignity of the human person. We serve and advocate for refugees, asylees, migrants, unaccompanied children, and victims of human trafficking. 

    ~Approved by the USCCB Committee on Migration 

    What is a Refugee?

    “Refugees are individuals who have fled their countries of origin and who meet the United Nations' criteria of having a "well-founded fear of persecution for reasons of race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group, or political opinion. 

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  • 02/17/2016 Wish List for Haiti


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    Your donations would be gratefully received by the Sisters of the Companion of Jesus and ladies at the Village of Jesus in Leogane, Haiti.

    There is a permanent drop-off box in the church business office (lower level of Church) for your convenience. We will take these meds with us on every trip: over-the-counter meds for the ladies at the Village of Jesus: Ben Gay, hot/icy packs, lotions (Calamine, Galocur plus, and moisturizer lotion), Aspirin 81mg & 325mg, B100 complex tablets, Vitamin C tablets, Day-Quil Cold & Flu, Dulcolax (Colace) tablets, Ibuprofen/Advil, Naproxen/ Aleve, Tylenol EX strength, antifungal cream, Cortisone cream, Zantac/Prilosec, Iron tablets, Tums, Calcium 1200mg, Multivitamins.

    Thank you,

    Mission Haiti Board Members

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  • 02/17/2016 24 Hours for the Lord


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    Whether it’s been weeks, months, years or decades, Pope Francis wants you to come back to confession.

    In announcing his “24 Hours for the Lord” initiative, he said “Let us place the Sacrament of Reconciliation at the center once more in such a way that it will enable people to touch the grandeur of God’s mercy with their own hands.” In response to his call, every diocese in the world will hold around-the-clock confessions from Friday, March 4 to Saturday, March 5.

    Here in the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis, the Basilica of Saint Mary and the Cathedral of Saint Paul will start the 24 hours with prayer and confession services for priests from noon to 1:30pm on Friday. Confessions for the faithful at both locations will begin at 1:30pm on Friday, and end at noon on Saturday. Spanish-speaking priests will be available at both sites on Friday from 6:00pm to 8:00pm.

    For more information and additional sites that are hosting reconciliation services or additional time for confessions, please visit http://www.archspm.org/archspm_events/24-hours-for-the-lord/

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  • 02/13/2016 National Slavery and Human Trafficking Awareness Month


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    Caring for God’s Creation & the Poor

    “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. Its victims are from all walks of life, but are most frequently among the poorest and most vulnerable of our brothers and sisters.” ~Pope Francis 

    National Slavery and Human Trafficking Awareness Month

    “This New Year we are aware that freedom has not yet come to all of our sisters and brothers. Slavery continues today in the form of human trafficking. 

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  • 02/12/2016 BE SMART presentation


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    An invitation to parents, grandparents, and all responsible for children’s safety.

    The Annunciation Parent Organization and the Peace and Justice Committee from Annunciation and Our Lady of Peace are hosting a presentation on February 29, 2016 about the Be SMART campaign sponsored by MOMS Demand Action for Gun Sense. This presentation addresses simple solutions that adults can take to reduce child gun deaths through responsible gun storage and other safety steps.

    Please join us for the Be SMART presentation in the Annunciation School Auditorium from 7-8 p.m. 

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  • 02/06/2016 Refugees in Minnesota


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    Caring for God’s Creation & the Poor 

    “Migrants and refugees are not pawns on the chessboard of humanity. They are children, women and men who leave or who are forced to leave their homes for various reasons, who share a legitimate desire for knowing and having, but above all for being more.”

    ~Pope Francis 

    On Jan. 11 members of our Peace & Justice Committee attended the Catholic Charities’ Sowers of Justice Meet Up at St. John Neumann Parish on “Faithfully Embracing Refugees and Migrants: A Journey of Hope.” Along with thoughtful discussion, we heard a personal story from a refugee man from Burma/Myanmar who spent over 20 years in a refugee camp near Thailand. Here are some other facts we discovered: 

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  • 02/01/2016 Get a Life – a Prayer Life, That Is!


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    Imagine what your life would look like when you give yourself the opportunity to go deeper in your relationship with God! Beginning on this February, Annunciation will host the Oremus (Latin for “Let us pray) prayer study program, created by Ascension Press.

    During the eight weeks of Oremus participants will learn the essentials of developing an effective and fruitful prayer life. Over the course of this study you will discover how God speaks to you, even in the smallest encounters. Following the Tradition of the Catholic Church and the wisdom of the saints, you will learn how to express yourself to God in prayer, and how to hear his voice. 

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  • 01/30/2016 Grief Support in Times of Loss: Winter Opportunities in Our Area


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    Understanding the grief process and the many emotions involved in working through one’s grief can help make the journey less painful. Guest speakers share their own experience and professional knowledge on grief and loss. Weekly meetings include small discussion groups that follow each week’s speaker and are led by trained facilitators.

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  • 12/27/2015 Let There Be Peace on Earth


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    Caring for God’s Creation & the Poor: “Yes, Christ is our peace, and through him we implore peace for all the world.” ~Pope Francis 

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  • 12/11/2015 Children are Always Welcome at Mass!


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    On this feast of the Holy Family when we celebrate the love within the life of the Holy Family, we also honor our many families whose love and goodness are a gift to the life of our parish. In a special way we want families with young children to always feel welcome when we gather for Mass. Here are some of the options families with small children might find helpful:

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  • 11/28/2015 ‘Praying Advent’ Website Helps Our Journey


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    "Want some help for the Advent journey?

    The ‘Praying Advent’ website offers a Daily Prayer for each day of Advent, based upon the new Collects of the New Roman Missal. In addition, there are family Dinner Prayers for Advent, help for parents and for people caring for parents.  There are even audio reflections and a few audio retreats.  All brief and intended for busy people – to help make our Advent full of grace. 

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  • 11/21/2015 Personal Care Products for Breaking Free


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    THANK YOU For Your Generosity.

    We are continuing to collect Personal Care Products for Breaking Free and we are grateful for the parishioners who have lovingly donated a variety of items (including soap, shampoo, lotion, hair care products,  and African American care products) to help women who are trying to escape the world of sex trafficking.  Last year our parish learned about the horrors of Human Trafficking through some eye and heart opening educational seminars we hosted at Annunciation.  We decided as a committee to support the Minnesota-based non-profit organization, Breaking Free, which helps more than 500 girls and women each year escape systems of prostitution and sexual exploitation through advocacy direct services, housing, and education. 

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  • 11/14/2015 Minnesota Faith Summit To Prevent Gun Violence


    Church News

    On Thursday, November 12 over 100 faith leaders of all faiths across Minnesota gathered together to learn, discuss, pray, and act to prevent future bloodshed from gun violence. This was the kick-off event to start a conversation in our faith communities about passing criminal-background-check legislation in Minnesota.  Eighteen other states have passed this legislation and have seen significant reductions in the level of gun violence. The plan is supportive of gun rights, but advocates that rights also carry responsibilities, including making sure that as a society, we keep guns out of the hands of people who will misuse them. Our Catholic Bishops have been very vocal on this issue.  After the Sandy Hook shooting, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) wrote: 

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  • 10/31/2015 Option for the Poor and Vulnerable


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    While the common good stems from the dignity, unity and equality of all people, those who are weak, vulnerable, and most in need are our preferential concern, or priority. The poor and vulnerable includes all who are marginalized in our state, nation and beyond.

    Those who are oppressed by poverty are the object of a special love on the part of the Catholic Church which, since our beginning and in spite of the failings of many of our members, has not ceased to work for their relief, defense, and liberation through numerous works of charity. (CCC, 2448)

    The preferential option for the poor and vulnerable is not optional. A basic moral test for society is measuring how we treat the most vulnerable in our midst. In a society with a growing gap between rich and poor, Scripture gives us the story of the Last Judgment (Mt 25:31-46) and reminds us that we will be judged by our response to the “least among us.”

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  • 10/24/2015 Our Environmental Duties


    Church News

    Caring for God’s Creation & the Poor:   “Never have we so hurt and mistreated our common home as we have in the last two hundred years."  ~Pope Francis

    Stewardship Tip:  “Care for Creation. The Church believes our actions towards the environment and natural resources should be a sign of our respect for God’s creation.

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  • 10/21/2015 Capacity Building Grant Award


    Church News, Weekender

    We are proud to announce that Annunciation School has been awarded a Capacity Building Grant from the Catholic Community Foundation (CCF). This grant was made possible by the Foundation's many donors who have invested in the future by supporting funds at the Foundation that benefit the greatest needs in our Catholic community.

    The Catholic Community Foundation, located in St. Paul, is the largest Catholic community foundation in the nation and is committed to supporting the spiritual, educational, and social needs of our community. To learn more about the Catholic Community Foundation go to: https://www.facebook.com/CatholicCommunityFoundationMN

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  • 10/21/2015 Loaves & Fishes Ministry


    Church News, Weekender

    Hello Annunciation families!

    Have you ever thought about trying out a ministry? I coordinate the Loaves and Fishes ministry for Annunciation church and would love for you to join us!  We welcome your help whether it's one time, every month or when helping-out fits your schedule! We're flexible.

    On the first Monday of each month, we serve dinner to 150-250 people at St. Stephen's school (2123 Clinton Ave). There are many different ways and times to help out, so we're coordinating our efforts through VolunteerSpot  - just follow these 3 easy steps:

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  • 10/21/2015 Happenings Books For Sale


    Church News, Weekender

    Annunciation Youth Ministries Is Selling Happenings Books!

    Save up to 50% on Dinning, Travel, Shopping, Theatre, Sports and more.

    Hurry they are available only until supplies last!


    Cost is $30.00 and they are available in the Church Youth Room and Parish Office. You can call Jimmy (612-824-9993 ext. 243) for more details.
     

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  • 10/17/2015 #WALKWITHFRANCIS Pledge


    Church News

    Caring for God’s Creation & the Poor

    “All it takes is one good person to restore hope!” ~Pope Francis

    Stewardship Tip

    Take the #WALKWITHFRANCIS Pledge.  Are you inspired by Pope Francis?  You can now take a pledge to “Walk with Francis” and follow our Pope’s example of faith and service.  The Archdiocese of Washington D.C. has launched an online website community of thousands of individuals and parishes who are together pledging to walk with Pope Francis through prayer, service, and action. 

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  • 10/15/2015 The Argument Club Asks: Is Planned Parenthood Good for Women?


    Church News

    The Argument Club for Women invites women of all faiths and perspectives to debate this question.

    Tuesday, October 20
    Nativity of Our Lord Parish, 1900 Wellesley Ave., St. Paul, MN 55105
    6pm Libations & Appetizers and 7pm debate
    $10 at the door, no reservation necessary

    Speaking in defense of the Positive position will be Katherine Bisanz, Program Director, Sexual Violence Center, and speaking in defense of the negative position will be Rev. Denise Walker, Founder of Everlasting Light Ministries.

    This is the first in a 3-part series, What Do Women Want? Watch for further information on the next two topics: Can Women “Have It All”: Career, Family and Happiness? (February) and Has Feminism Been Good for Women? (May)

    Please plan to join us for rousing discussion on all these topics!

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  • 10/09/2015 What does the Peace & Justice Committee DO?


    Church News

    Caring for God’s Creation & the Poor
    "None of us can think we are exempt from concerns for the poor and for social justice." ~Pope Francis

    Stewardship Tip

    What does the Peace & Justice Committee DO?  

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  • 10/01/2015 Blessing of the Animals Photos


    Church News, Weekender

    Thursday October 1, 2015, Annunciation students come together in honor of St. Francis for the blessing of the animals on the church lawn.

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  • 10/01/2015 Tuition Assistance Grant from the Catholic Community Foundation


    Church News, Weekender

    Annunciation School is proud to be a recent recipient of a generous Tuition Assistance Grant from the Catholic Community Foundation (CCF). This grant was made possible by the Foundation's many donors who have, over the past two decades, invested in the future of our Catholic schools by supporting permanent endowments at the Foundation. 

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  • 10/01/2015 Second Annual Mass in Honor of Adoption


    Church News, Weekender

    November 14-15, 2015

    With November being National Adoption Month, we at Annunciation wish to honor all our families that have been formed through the adoption process. Each of our Masses the weekend of November 14-15 will be a Mass in Honor of Adoption. All in the Adoptive Triad – Adoptive Parents, Birth Parents, and the Adopted Children – are a celebration of Life!

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  • 10/01/2015 Women’s Group


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    Begins Saturday. October 3rd

    Welcome to our new season of our Women’s Group gathering, a gathering that is really for both men and women! And welcome to Fr. Park who has accepted our invitation to join us for the morning so we can get to know him better. How has he heard God’s call which has led him to be with us in our Archdiocese and at Annunciation? What are his dreams and hopes for Annunciation? What kinds of questions would you like to ask him? Our morning promises to be inspiring and will probably go way to fast! Mass at 9:00 AM, followed by an assortment of breakfast treats, and a conversation that we will draw to a close by 11:00 AM. No registration needed – just come!

    Additional Women’s Group dates: November 14, January 16, March 19 and April 16.

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  • 10/01/2015 Women’s Retreat – Save the Date!


    Church News, Weekender

    We’re going to Franciscan Retreats and Spirituality Center in Prior Lake for a women’s quiet, retreat entitled God’s Mercy Endures Forever, Friday evening through Sunday afternoon, February 19-21. The registration fee which includes meals and lodging and all retreat experiences will be $190. 

    Please plan on joining us for this prayerful, reflective time on Pope Francis’ call to us to savor God’s Mercy in this Year of Mercy!

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  • 10/01/2015 AYM Spirit Award Recipients


    Church News, Weekender

    Established in 2012 Annunciation Youth Ministries presents the SPIRIT award during Volunteer Appreciation weekend to one male and female senior that represents the following acronym:

    Service, Passion, Involved/Inspiration, Respectful, Integrity and Teacher. The selection process is determined and voted by the Senior Class.

    2015 Sam Hedlund & Becca Heer

    2014 Charlie Dolan O’Brien, Sophie Eckmeier & Katharine Reed

    2013 Thomas Heer & Emily Miller

    2012 Peter Keefe & Sarah Pospisil

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  • 10/01/2015 How Can We Help the Syrian Refugees?


    Church News

    Caring for God’s Creation & the Poor

    “May every parish, every religious community, every monastery, every sanctuary in Europe host a family.” ~Pope Francis

    Stewardship Tip

    What can we do to help the Syrian Refugees?  Many of us have watched in horror at the suffering from the refugee crisis in Syria, while reflecting on our own immigration crisis here in the US.  Pope Francis has urged generous support for refugees from Syria and elsewhere. He has called on elected officials to be peacemakers, and work for a solution to the violent conflict in Syria.  Catholic Relief Services (CRS) is increasing its response to the needs of Syrian refugees and other migrants arriving daily in Europe, and working with the local Church to provide food, water, access to sanitation, medical and legal services. 

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  • 09/26/2015 Children’s Liturgy of the Word


    Church News, Weekender

    We will have Children’s Liturgy of the Word for children of 1st grade age and younger, during the 10:30 Masses each Sunday. During the Liturgy of the Word our younger children are taken to a separate room for their Liturgy of the Word. They listen to the same Scriptures that are proclaimed in Church for that Sunday, with a translation that is suited to their age level. Just as we listen to a homily at Mass, those who lead our small children break open the Word for them on a level they can understand. 

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  • 09/17/2015 Big Weekend Ahead!


    Church News, Principal Cassidy's News & Notes, Weekender

    It is a big weekend ahead for Annunciation’s community. The campus has been buzzing as we prepare for our Fun Run and SeptemberFest. Here are details on the events:

    Annunciation’s Fun Run!

    Tomorrow is the BIG day of for our Fun Run which kicks off SeptemberFest. We are in our final day of preparation and the students, staff, APO, parents, and Apex team leaders have been busy promoting leadership, fitness and fundraising for our school. Here are some key points to note:

    Did you know……?

    -10% of the funds raised by the students will go directly back to their teacher to use in the classroom
    -APO will contribute funds raised towards helping update the school auditorium
    -To help support our local community - anytime a student reaches ten dollars per lap -  Apex Fun Run partners with the organization Will Play for Food to donate 40 meals to children in need in Minnesota. 

    Race Times:

    Please join our school, APEX staff and APO Friday morning for the Fun Run. (If the weather is nice, the run will take place between the school and the church. If it is raining, the run will take place at the same times in the gym.)

    The times for the APEX Fun Run are as follows:

    Grades K, 1, 2                        9:00am

    Grades 3, 4, 5                      10:10am

    Grades 6, 7, 8                      11:20am

    We hope you can join us to volunteer or just cheer your children on during this fun event.

    Thank you for helping make this event successful!

    SeptemberFest

    What a great way to support Annunciation parish and school by attending this weekend’s SeptemberFest! Invite your family and friends – all are welcome!

    The weekend is filled with fun events, food, games, prizes, and more. This is also a great way to meet new families and spend time with others in building our “family” here at Annunciation. Good luck to the many school wiffle ball teams, too! Looks like great weather and fun events ahead.

    New this year is the Zero K on Friday night and Father Park’s Home Run Challenge on Saturday night. See the Daily Schedule.

    See you there!

    *Remember - Bottle Boutique & Pie Drop off! Tomorrow is the last day to bring in bottles for the boutique. Unopened bottles can be donated and dropped off in the foyer.  Also, pies will be conveniently collected in car line tomorrow morning! 

    Thanks for your support!

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  • 09/16/2015 Drop off your student - Drop off a Pie


    Church News, Weekender

    SeptemberFest Pie Shop Needs Pies!

    Drop off a pie or two when you drop off your student on Friday, September 18th 7:30 – 8:30am. Volunteers will be waiting curbside near the youth room to accept your pie or monetary donations.

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  • 09/16/2015 Wiffle Ball Tournament Hits the Big Leagues


    Church News, Weekender

    The Catholic Spirit profiled the 10th Annual Annunciation SeptemberFest Wiffle Ball Tournament last week on their Facebook page. Click here for the video!

    Just added!:  WCCO's Mike Binkley reports on The SeptemberFest Wiffle Ball Tournament: http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/video/3296652-video/

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  • 09/11/2015 First Scrip Order of the School Year


    Church News, Weekender

    Orders Due: Monday, September 14 by noon

    Delivery by: Friday, September 18

    What in the world is Scrip?

    Scrip sales raise over $2000 per year to support APO and Annunciation School with only a small percentage of families currently active.  If we all participated, it could easily raise 10X that amount.

    Check it out! Give it a try! 

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  • 09/11/2015 Prayer for the Synod of Bishops


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  • 09/08/2015 First Week of School MS Update


    Church News, Weekender

    Welcome back to school! What a great start to the school year. We have been busy preparing for these last few days. All of us in the Middle School are excited to be back to school.

    As we begin the year, teachers have had a special schedule to work closely with the students on getting to know each of them better. More importantly, it gives those students opportunities to get to know each other more too.

    I’m excited to bring you these newsletters this year again to keep you up-to-date on the happenings of the Middle School. If there are any questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to contact me. I’m happy to help!

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  • 08/28/2015 Confirmation Parent/Candidate Orientation


    Church News

    We look forward to the return of our Year 2 Confirmation Candidates and to welcoming our Year 1 Candidates to our Confirmation program.

    Year 1 Parent/Candidate Information Meeting, Sunday, September 27th, 6 to 7 PM, Community Room.
    Year 2 Parent/Candidate Information Meeting, Sunday, September 27th, 7:15 to 8:15 PM, Community Room.

    We hope that all of our young people, particularly those of high school age, will celebrate the Sacrament of Confirmation. We want them to have the opportunity to experience the full outpouring of the Holy Spirit with the Sevenfold Gifts that he brings, as the completion of the initiation into the life of Christ, begun in Baptism and nourished in the Eucharist.

    If you are the parent of a young person of high school age, or if you are a young person in high school yourself, please contact Sr. Sue as soon as possible for Confirmation information.

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  • 08/28/2015 Rosary for Life


    Church News

    Rosary for Life: Our next Rosary for Life is this Wednesday, Sept. 9th, at 1:00 pm. We will meet in the Children's Garden between the Church and the Parish Center if the weather is good. Please remember to bring a lawn chair. If the weather is bad, we will meet in the Visitation Room.​

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  • 08/28/2015 Pope Francis’ New Encyclical Encyclical Available for Sale


    Church News

    Laudato Si’ (On Care for Our Common Home) was on June 18, and continues to be a hot topic of discussion for Catholics and non-Catholics alike. Through Laudato Si’, Pope Francis is speaking as a pastor to Catholics around the world, and all people of good will, offering moral considerations rooted in foundational Catholic teachings about care for others and care for God’s creation.

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  • 08/22/2015 Interested in Checking Out the Catholic Faith? Maybe RCIA is for you!


    Church News, Weekender

    RCIA/The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults is a wonderful way to discover what it can mean in your life to be Catholic. You might know someone who’s just waiting for you to suggest RCIA.

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  • 08/22/2015 Welcome Pope Francis to the U.S.


    Church News, Weekender

    What excitement is developing around Pope Francis’ US visit coming up soon!

    We want to do something special to mark the culmination of Pope Francis’ US visit. Come join us on either Sunday morning, September 27th, immediately following the 10:30 Mass, or Monday evening, September 28th, beginning at 7:00 PM for a viewing of a documentary produced by Salt And Light Catholic Media Foundation entitled The Francis Effect.

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  • 07/30/2015 Respect Life: Tapestry Pregnancy and Family Resource Center


    Church News

    Respect Life: For those who struggle to find meaning in their lives: May they find hope and reassurance in Christ and be filled with the strength  of the Holy Spirit. We pray to the Lord.

    Tapestry Pregnancy and Family Resource Center: Annunciation Parish has supported Tapestry Center for many years. Here are some of the items that Tapestry is in need of at this time: baby clothes, newborn outfits, undershirts, booties, socks, blankets, crib sheets, formula (such as Similac), baby bottles, and pacifiers. Diapers, sizes 1-6, are always needed, especially sizes 5&6. 

    Please place your donation in the Tapestry/ Sagrada container in the east hallway of the lower level of church. Or you can drop off your donation at Tapestry, 4105 Chicago Ave. So., on Mondays, Wednesdays, or Thursdays, between 9:00 am and 3:00 pm. 

    Thank you for supporting mothers and their babies.

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  • 07/29/2015 Devin Rice, 1960-2015


    Church News

    Devin, husband to Katie Connolly, father to Brendan ’06, Mary Kate ’08 and Emmet ’13 was a beloved member of the Annunciation Church and School Community.  His contributions to the school were many and significant, serving two separate and full terms on the School Advisory Committee with special attention to finance and justice in compensation for our treasured teachers.  An avid golfer, he contributed to the development of the Annual Annunciation Golf Classic with all proceeds going to Tuition Assistance/Scholarships for students and families with financial need.  Remember Devin and his family in your prayers.  

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  • 07/22/2015 Christmas Boutique


    Church News

    Summer is a good time to think about making a craft item that you could donate to the Christmas Boutique in December. Also, when you are shopping at sales, look for quality Christmas items that you can donate to the Boutique or Silent Auction. The Christmas Boutique is an annual Respect Life project. Proceeds are donated to a variety of Respect Life organizations. Questions? Call Helen Trepanier at 612.822.8360. 

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  • 07/22/2015 Caring for God’s Creation & the Poor: Policy and Political Leadership


    Church News

    “There is an urgent need to develop policies so that, in the next few years, the emission of carbon dioxide and other highly polluting gases can be drastically reduced, for example, substituting for fossil fuels and developing sources of renewable energy. (26) International negotiations cannot make significant progress due to positions taken by countries which place their national interests above the global common good. Those who will have to suffer the consequences of what we are trying to hide will not forget this failure of conscience and responsibility. (169) True statecraft is manifest when, in difficult times, we uphold high principles and think of the long- term common good. (178)”

    ~Pope Francis, Laudat Si (Praised Be)

    www.catholicclimatecovenant.org/encyclical

    Peace & Justice Committee 

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  • 07/22/2015 Totus Tuus – Vocation Day for Young Men & Daughter of God Retreat


    Church News

    Date(s): Saturday, August 15
    Time: 9:00am (Check in at 8:45am) End Time: 2:30pm
    Location: Saint John Vianney College Seminary; The Saint Paul Seminary

    An event for young Catholic men and women, ages 12-17, to deepen their faith and better discern God’s calling in their lives.

    Vocation Day for Young Men
    Saint John Vianney College Seminary, 2110 Selby Ave, St. Paul, MN 55105

    Daughter of God Retreat: Mary, Spouse of the Holy Spirit
    The Saint Paul Seminary, 2260 Summit Ave, St. Paul, MN, 55105 Cost: $10/participant; $20 family maximum. Includes lunch.

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  • 07/22/2015 Harvest Campaign 2015


    Church News

    Please consider donating your garden harvest to Incarnation Food Shelf.  The food collected in Annunciation's Food Bins is donated to the Incarnation Food Shelf at Incarnation Church, 3817 Pleasant Ave., Minneapolis.  The donated food is kept safely (including refrigeration if needed) until delivered weekly by our volunteers.  The Incarnation Food Shelf has a large refrigerator and happily accepts all produce, purchased or from the garden. Those relying on food shelves frequently have poor nutrition, not only due to lack of food and hunger, but because much of the food is processed and less nutritional.  

    Thank you for your generosity!​

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  • 07/08/2015 A Parish Prayer in a Time of Transition


    Church News

    O God of the unknown, you who continually beckon us into uncharted areas, praise and thanksgiving be to You!

    As we proceed through this transition period, we confidently rely upon your great blessings.

    May we use this time well, in order to be present to You, through Sacred Scripture, through our sensitivity to one another, and through our silence and our sharing, in your Holy Presence.

    May this be a special time of grace during our spiritual journey, both as individuals and as a parish community.

    We ask this, Creator and Lord of our lives, through Jesus Christ, your Son and our brother and through the Spirit, who teaches us how to pray and live together in peace, forever and ever.

    Amen. 

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