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  • 03/10/2016 Seeking: VBS Volunteers!


    Church News, Weekender

    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?


    Church News, Weekender

    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?


    Church News

    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


    Church News, Weekender

    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


    Church News

    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


    Church News

    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


    Church News, Weekender

    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


    Church News

    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!


    Church News

    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


    Church News

    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


    Church News

    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!


    Church News, Weekender

    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


    Church News

    "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


    Church News, Weekender

    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


    Church News

    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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  • 07/07/2015 Welcome Fr. Brian Park


    Church News

    We welcome Father Brian Park as Annunciation’s new pastor. He joined us on Wednesday, July 1. Here are a few highlights about Father Brian Park:

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  • 07/07/2015 Sr. Sue Update


    Church News

    How Grateful I am for your care and support!
     
    Probably by now you heard about my bicycle accident on June 23rd that brought about a sudden change of my summer plans. I want to express to you my very deep appreciation for your visits, cards, calls, emails and your prayer. You may also be wondering how this accident happened as did I. I have no recall of the circumstances of the accident itself. By the 5th day following this event, it's cause dawned on me. Among the tasks in readying my bike for riding following car trunk transport, I needed to place the wheels in position and lock them in place. I took care of the front wheel just fine but looking back I realize that I forgot to return my attention to the back wheel to lock it after placement - a small oversight with big consequences by way of injuries sustained. The good news is that I should be able to make a complete recovery and do just fine; however, it will take some time to get there. As you may know from previous bulletin articles, I was planning to ride in the 2015 Habitat 500 Bike Ride and some of you had already chosen to offer monetary support to the cause of the Clarksdale MS Habitat for Humanity. Though I can't this summer's ride, I will be happy to honor your wishes regarding donations already made.

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  • 06/27/2015 Peace & Justice Committee


    Church News

    Caring for God’s Creation & the Poor

    “I exhort everyone to see the world through the eyes of God the Creator: the earth is an environment to be safeguarded, a garden to be cultivated.” ~Pope Francis

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  • 06/27/2015 Peace & Justice


    Church News

    Caring for God’s Creation & the Poor

    “Human trafficking is a horrific crime against the basic dignity and rights of the human person.” ~United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

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  • 06/20/2015 Peace & Justice Committee


    Church News

    Caring for God’s Creation & the Poor

    “Those who surrender to the service of the poor through love of Christ, will live like the grain of wheat that dies. It only apparently dies. If it were not to die, it would remain a solitary grain. The harvest comes because of the grain that dies. … We know that every effort to improve society, above all when society is so full of injustice and sin, is an effort that God blesses; that God wants; that God demands of us.”

    Archbishop Oscar Romero

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  • 06/18/2015 Habitat 500 Bike Ride


    Church News

    Would You Like to Ride or Would You Rather Sponsor Me?

    I’d love to have you join me by also riding this summer’s Habitat 500 Bike Ride, July 12 to 18, but just in case these dates won’t work on your calendar, you are most welcome to sponsor me as I venture forth on my 13th Habitat 500 Bike Ride – 500 hilly miles from Owatonna to Winona and then back.

    All donations I receive will go to the Clarksdale MS Habitat where my religious community, Congregation of St. Joseph and many of our Associates, have worked with Habitat for the past 24 years, bringing transformation, hope, and the dignity that comes with home ownership to this rural and economically disadvantaged small Southern town. Clarksdale, located in the heart of the Mississippi Delta, is known for 2 things – it’s the birthplace of the Blues, and it’s just about the poorest region of the US.

    I will be most grateful for your prayer support as I ride, and if you wish to make a donation, checks can be made payable to Habitat 500.

    Online donations can be made at: bit.ly/SueTorgersen

    Thank you,

    Sr. Sue

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  • 06/13/2015 Peace & Justice Committee


    Church News

    Caring for God’s Creation & the Poor

    “To love God and neighbor is not something abstract, but profoundly concrete: it means seeing in every person and face of the Lord to be served, to serve him concretely. And you are, dear brothers and sisters, in the face of Jesus.”

    ~Pope Francis

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  • 05/28/2015 Troop 103 Compost Sale


    Church News, Weekender

    The Scouts of Troop 103 are selling high quality compost** as a fundraiser for their upcoming high adventure trip this summer. Compost sales are open THIS weekend from 9 - Noon on Saturday and Sunday, May 30th & 31st in the Annunciation Church Parking lot behind the church at 509 W. 54th Street, Minneapolis.

    The compost is created from all the compostable waste from across the Metro including Annunciation's kitchens and the school lunch room. Each 20 pound bag of compost sells for $3.50 and the Scouts will load the bags into your car.  10 pound bags will be available for seniors.

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  • 05/27/2015 Dancing with Annunciation Stars 2015!


    Church News, Weekender

    Save Saturday, October 10th, for Dancing with Annunciation Stars 2015!

    Featuring Annunciation’s own Leah Kaiser, Eric Loichle, Kate McMahon, Bill O’Brien, Eli Pollock, and Beth Sable.

    Tickets go on sale in August and can be purchased for a discount at Paperwork Day on August 26th.

     

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  • 05/15/2015 Bike Path Proposal: UPDATE


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

    Update on 54th Street bike lane/parking restrictions:

    The city sent Annunciation a revised plan last night.  

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  • 05/14/2015 Bike Path Proposal for 54th Street


    Church News, Weekender

    Dear Parents and Parishioners:

    The city of Minneapolis is planning to shift automobile traffic closer to the school by eliminating all parking on the school/church side of 54th Street/Diamond Lake Road (it is the same road) which includes the elimination of the school bus loading zone, the handicap parking in front of the church and parking for funerals.  The plan is to establish a bike lane by shifting automobile traffic three feet closer to the school and church.  This places our most precious children in a high risk situation for injury or death.  I am concerned and I ask for your help.

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  • 04/25/2015 Confirmation of Annunciation Young Parishioners


    Church News

    We are happy to announce that 32 of our young Annunciation parishioners were confirmed on Sunday, May 3rd, during the celebration of Mass at 1:30 PM. In addition 3 of our young people were confirmed at the Basilica April 19th, also in the celebration of Mass at 1:30 PM. 

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  • 04/22/2015 Respect Life Mother’s Day Corsages


    Church News, Weekender

    The Respect Life Ministry will be selling orchid corsages and African violet plants on Mother's Day weekend, May 9-10th. This year we will be offering three different items: Orchid corsages, African violet plants, and NEW this year, Mini rose bushes.
     
    Thank you to everyone who ordered plants from the Respect Life Ministry!

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

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  • 04/22/2015 Celebrating 1st Communion


    Church News

    At Annunciation we celebrate with forty two 2nd graders who are preparing to receive their 1st Holy Communion on Saturday, April 25th, during our special 1st Communion Mass at 10:00 AM. These children are eager and ready to come to the Table and to fully participate in the Eucharist as they receive Jesus sacramentally. Please remember these children and their families in your prayer. May they grow in their love of God and always seek to be nourished in this Sacrament of God’s great love. Like Jesus, may they live lives of loving service to others, especially to those in need.

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  • 04/18/2015 Care for God’s Creation


    Church News

    Caring for God’s Creation & the Poor
    “Creation is a gift, it is a wonderful gift that God has given us, so that we care for it and we use it for the benefit of all, always with great respect and gratitude.” ~Pope Francis

    Stewardship Tip
    Care for God's Creation.  The seventh theme of our Catholic Social Teaching, according to the USCCB (United States Conference of Catholic Bishops), is Care for God’s Creation.

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  • 04/11/2015 Prayer Gathering for Women


    Church News

    We have had wonderful participation in our monthly Women’s Prayer Series entitled Lord, Teach Us to Pray. During the 1st three sessions we have opened ourselves to the prayer possibilities contained in a number of prayer practices from our Catholic Tradition such as Guided Meditation, Lectio Divina, Imaginative Prayer, Consciousness Examen, Centering Prayer and the Prayer of Contemplation. Our April 16th session will focus on Prayer in the Holy Spirit and Intercessory Prayer. Please feel free to join us for our two spring sessions.

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  • 04/11/2015 Respecting Life at the End of Life


    Church News

    Just as with everything else in life, we need to do good planning so we can be ready to experience life as a blessed gift from God while approaching those last chapters of life’s journey. What spiritual needs do people have at this time of life? How does one navigate through the changing face of today’s senior health care? What financial and legal planning is needed? What are the most suitable options for one’s senior living? What conversations do seniors and family members need to have for the sake of each one’s peace of mind?

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  • 04/03/2015 Need To Plan For Your Later Years?


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  • 04/03/2015 Habitat for Humanity & Annunciation Parish – Volunteer Coordinator Needed!


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  • 04/03/2015 Dignity of Work and the Rights of Workers


    Church News

    Stewardship Tip: A Pathway to Peace

    Weekly in our Lenten Series we use scripture and Pope Encyclicals to reflect on and discuss the major Catholic Social Teachings.

     In Week 5 we reflected on the Gospel of Matthew 20: 1–16, the Parable of the Laborers in the Vineyard, where those who worked the least hours were paid the same amount as those who had worked all day.  

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  • 03/26/2015 AYM Jr High Spring Retreat


    Church News, Weekender

    What: Spring Retreat
    When: April 24-26, 2015
    Who: Junior High Youth (Grade 7 & 8)
    Where: Camp Castaway, Detroit Lakes, MN
    Cost: $170 before March 31, $190 after March 31. Retreat fee helps defray the cost of transportation, lodging and meals.

    Financial Aid available

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  • 03/26/2015 Discover the Way Retreat for 5th Graders


    Church News, Weekender

    On Wednesday, April 8th, our 5th graders will spend their school day participating in the Discover the Way Retreat. They will work with a team of people representing the vocations of priesthood, religious life, married life, single life and the diaconate. The team will also include about 10 high school team members, some of whom are Annunciation School graduates.

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  • 03/23/2015 Lent Soup Suppers – We Give Thanks!


    Church News

    It sure has been wonderful to come together on Lenten Friday evenings to experience the delight of our parish community as we have gathered to enjoy our simple but delicious meals of a variety of soups and bread!

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  • 03/01/2015 Say No to Fishsticks? 7 Meatless Meals for Lent


    Church News

    “Lent is a fitting time for self-denial; we would do well to ask ourselves what we can give up in order to help and enrich others by our own poverty.” ~Pope Francis 

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  • 02/27/2015 Help Put a STOP to Human Trafficking!


    Church News

    Sunday, March 8, 2015 at 11:45am - 1:15pm

    Church of the Annunciation, lower level Community Room, 509 W. 54th Street, Minneapolis

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  • 02/24/2015 Stations of the Cross


    Church News

    This year on February 27 & March 20 members of the parish will again be doing the Stations of The Cross from St. John's Abbey. Fourteen people will read the thoughts of a central character from each Station, i.e. Pilate, Barabas, Herod etc.  NO acting is required.  It is a very personal and moving experience.

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  • 02/11/2015 The Abstinence Advantage presented by Abby Ludvigson


    Church News, Weekender

    If you’re the Parent of a Teen…Please join us!

    Sunday, Feb 22, 7:00 to 8:30 PM, Community Room

    Who has more influence on teens than anyone or anything else? Their parents! With her humor and energetic style, Abby will both enlighten and entertain parents about their role in parenting teens as they face issues of sexuality. What do parents need to equip them for their task? What strategies work best in their relationship with their kids? Where is God in the picture? What’s he looking for? What kind of help does he give? Learn more about Abby at www.AbbyLudvigson.com. Parents of teens and younger kids who will some day grow up to be teens are welcome!

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  • 02/07/2015 Pathways to Peace: A Catholic Perspective


    Church News

    Annunciation/OLP Peace & Justice Committee Invites You To: Pathways to Peace: A Catholic Perspective

    Have you ever turn on the news and wondered: “As a Catholic Christian, How do I respond? How does my Faith guide me? For whom am I called to be responsible?”

    Pathways to Peace is a 6-week Lenten series centered in Gospel teachings. This program is designed to help participants become more aware of what the Catholic Church offers while providing the tools and insights needed for discerning how to live out of our Principles of Catholic Social Teaching in our personal lives as well as in our community.

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  • 11/08/2014 Peace & Justice Committee News


    Church News

    Caring for God's Creation & Stewardship Tip of the Week.

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  • 11/07/2014 Thanksgiving is a Time to Share


    Church News

    Thanksgiving will soon be upon us, and a time to give thanks for our blessings by helping those not as fortunate. Because of the generous hearts at Annunciation, we have been able to provide for those who may not be able to put a Thanksgiving dinner on the table. Many people are unemployed or underemployed, so again we ask you to give what you can to make our food drive a success. We will help those in need with food gift cards and turkeys and hams.

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  • 11/05/2014 Project Rachel Morning of Reflection


    Church News

    A morning retreat for men and women who have been hurt by abortion.

    November 15, 2014
    8:30 a.m. – Noon
    Catholic Studies Building, University of St. Thomas
    2055 Summit Ave., St. Paul. (Corner of Cleveland Ave. and Summit Ave.)

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  • 11/05/2014 Necrology of those buried from Annunciation


    Church News

    Necrology Prayer in honor of those we've lost in 2014.

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  • 11/01/2014 Justice for Immigrants


    Church News

    Caring for God's Creation & Stewardship Tip of the Week.

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  • 11/01/2014 Close Encounters of the Spiritual Kind


    Church News

    A 1-day, pre-Advent retreat, directed by Fr. Charlie Rodriguez, S.J., will take place at Lumen Christi in St. Paul, Saturday, Nov. 22, from 8:30 to 3 PM. This program will help participants prepare to encounter Jesus during the Christmastime, amidst the chaos and craziness of the season.

    Cost - $30, $35 at the door.

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  • 10/30/2014 Mission Haiti, Inc named a 2014 Top-Rated Nonprofit


    Church News, Weekender

    GreatNonprofits has just named Mission Haiti, Inc one of the 2014 Top-Rated Nonprofits. We are so proud of you and the amazing work you do Mission Haiti, Inc!

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  • 10/28/2014 Children’s Envelopes Donation


    Church News, Weekender

    Children Helping Children

    Each weekend when the adult collection is taking place you see the youth of Annunciation cheerfully, sometimes skipping, to the communion rail to make a donation in the basket. You may ask yourself where does that money go?

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  • 10/27/2014 Sr. High AYM: Ignite Service Night


    Church News

    When: 1st Monday of the month, October ‘14 - May ‘15, 7:30pm-10:00pm
    What: Package meals at Feed My Starving Chidren
    Who: Senior High Youth (Grades 9-12)
    Where: Meet in the Youth Room
    Form: Ignite Service Form


    10/6, 11/3, 12/1, 1/5, 2/2, 3/2, 4/6, 5/4
    Free t-shirt for attending three Ignite events

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  • 10/24/2014 Loaves and Fishes – the Whole Story!


    Church News, Weekender

    Perhaps you hear someone talk about Loaves and Fishes and maybe you have some kind of an idea of what it’s about. For some of our Loaves and Fishes volunteers it entails a monthly commitment to serve a meal to those in need at St. Stephen’s. It’s all of this and so much more, and you are invited to come and learn about the whole Loaves and Fishes story and Annunciation’s long and proud history of making a significant contribution to Loaves and Fishes at St. Stephen’s.

    • Saturday, November 8th there will be a continental brunch and the Loaves and Fishes Story, delivered by guest speaker Cathy Maes, executive director of Loaves and Fishes for the Twin Cities Metro area
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  • 10/24/2014 Christmas Boutique: Items Request


    Church News

    Now is a good time to begin making a craft item for the Christmas Boutique. When you are shopping at sales, look for Christmas items you can donate to the Boutique or Silent Auction The Boutique is an annual project of the Respect Life Ministry. Questions? Call Helen Trepanier at 612-822-8360.

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  • 10/24/2014 Baby Bottle Campaign


    Church News

     Baby Bottle Campaign

    The Respect Life Ministry thanks everyone who returned the baby bottles with money for Tapestry Center and St. Stephen's Life Care Center this weekend. If you forgot the baby bottle, whether it has money in it or not, please drop it off at the Business Office next week or give it to one of the ushers next weekend. If you wish, you may write a check to Respect Life with 'Baby bottles' in the memo line and drop it in the collection basket next weekend or at the Business Office next week. Thank you for supporting mothers and their babies.

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  • 10/24/2014 Voting Catholic


    Church News

    “Politics, according to the Social Doctrine of the Church, is one of the highest forms of charity, because it serves the common good.”

    Pope Francis, Daily Homily of September 16, 2013

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  • 10/16/2014 St. Francis to Pope Francis to You! Creating a Climate for Solidarity


    Church News, Weekender

    Monday, October 20 at 7:00pm
    Visitation Room, Annunciation Church

    Rooted in the life of St. Francis and animated by Catholic teaching on climate change, this 90-minute multimedia presentation combines short video testimonials with group reflection in celebration of the Feast of St. Francis. The program highlights the impacts of climate change on the world’s poorest and most vulnerable people, and offers concrete ways that Catholic individuals and communities can respond.

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  • 10/14/2014 Schulze Family Foundation Grant


    Church News, Weekender

    We are proud to announce that Annunciation School is the recipient of a Schulze Family Foundation Grant.  The Schulze Foundation’s philanthropic vision is to identify and fund organizations and programs with the capacity to achieve measurable and transformative results. The Foundation supports high performing educational institutions offering effective academic programs.

    The Grant provides up to a $50,000 gift matching support from Annunciation donors for a potential total of $100,000. Annunciation will use this funding to expand our Enrichment Programs, starting with our Middle School Dimensions Program to develop a School Wide Enrichment Program. Annunciation has a rich tradition of academic excellence.  Our students achieve at high levels and are well prepared for high school.  Annunciation seeks to enlarge its pool of the best and brightest students and engage them in rigorous and challenging learning. Our goal includes teaching all students to their potential using the School Wide Enrichment model.

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  • 10/09/2014 Confirmation Preparation at Annunciation


    Church News, Weekender

    If you or your son/daughter are of high school age and want to learn more about preparing for the Sacrament of Confirmation, please contact Sr. Sue in the Faith Formation Office as soon as possible, storgersen@annunciationmsp.org, 612-824-9993 X 251.

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  • 10/09/2014 Argument Club For Women Debates Immigration Policy Reform


    Church News

    In light of the principles of Catholic social teaching, how should we reform current immigration policy?  Women of all faiths and perspectives are invited to join the next meeting of the Argument Club for Women to explore this issue. Speakers include Donald Brown, retired businessman and former CFO at the University of Minnesota, and Michele Garnett McKenzie, advocacy director at The Advocates for Human Rights.

    The Argument Club for Women provides a forum for Catholic apologetics on issues important to women by putting forward many of the propositions that our culture promotes and demonstrating how the Catholic perspective offers women the answers they seek.

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  • 10/09/2014 A ‘Zee Wee’ Event


    Church News

    Caring for God’s Creation & the Poor:  “Creation is a gift, it is the marvelous gift that God has given us, so that we will take care of it and harness it for the benefit of all, always with great respect and gratitude.” ~Pope Francis 

    Stewardship Tip:  SEPTEMBERFEST ZEE WEE.  Our Parish recently had another successful SeptemberFest!  But did you know it was also a ZERO WASTE EVENT (or Zee Wee!)  

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  • 10/08/2014 Sr. High Fall Retreat


    Church News, Weekender

    When: October 16-19, 2014
    Who: Senior High Youth (Grades 9-12)
    Where: Camp Castaway
    Cost: $175*

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  • 10/04/2014 Annunciation Celebrates Adoptive Families


    Church News

    On the weekend of Nov 1 & 2, each of our weekend Masses will be a Mass in Honor of Adoption. Those among us who are adoptive families will be celebrated and honored. All in the Adoptive Triad – Adoptive Parents, Birth Parents, and the Adoptive Children – are a celebration of Life!

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  • 09/28/2014 2015 Mission Trip Registration Meeting & Lottery


    Church News

    What: 2015 Mission Trip Registration Meeting & Lottery
    When: Sunday, October 5th, 2014, 7-8:30pm
    Where: Annunciation Community Room
    Who: Grades 10-12

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  • 09/26/2014 Thank You SeptemberFest Co-Chairs!


    Church News, Weekender

    Oh what a difference all in just one week! Last weekend the parking lot was transformed into our largest community gathering event. Now it is difficult to see any signs that it happened at all except for the smiles on everyone's faces.

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  • 09/24/2014 Happy Halloween Costume Drive


    Church News, Weekender

    We are collecting new and gently used costumes, along with monetary donations, for St. Anne’s Place, an emergency homeless shelter for families in
    North Minneapolis.

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