Coffee & Donuts is back!

Coffee and Donuts is coming back to Guardian Angels after 8 & 10:30 a.m. Sunday Mass beginning December 2, 2018!

We are in need of groups, families or friends to sign up to host!

Please go to the GA Website to sign up today or call Bob and Julie VanDenBroeke at 952-448-5532.

It’s simple! It’s easy! It’s fun! Sign up today by clicking on this link

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Fundraising for Guardian Angels while you Shop!

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Scrip fundraising is a no-selling program that enables families to raise money for Guardian Angels.  Scrip is just another way to pay for everyday purchases using gift cards in place of cash, checks and credit cards.

Parishioners purchase gift cards from Guardian Angels at face value, andwe order those cards at a reduced price.  The difference is an instant donation for Guardian Angels.  It’s really that simple.  And all funds raised will be used to help offset the stewardship shortfall.grocery cart

There are many of the country’s biggest brands, including grocery, department stores, gas stations, restaurants, home improvement and more.  Using scrip to pay for your everyday purchases or to give as Christmas gifts, you can easily raise money for Guardian Angels.  See the order form insert in this week’s bulletin or visit the parish website for an order form.

Contact Stephanie Griesinger at scriporders@gachaska.org with questions!

Download your form here!

Capacity Building Grant Recipient

imageWe are proud to announce that Guardian Angels School has been awarded a $24,000 Capacity Building Grant to provide Chromebooks for staff and a technology support plan from the Catholic Community Foundation!  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.  http://www.ccf-mn.org or https://www.facebook.com/CatholicCommunityFoundationMN

Guardian Angels Catholic School – Providing Catholic Education in the area for over 100 Years

Education is an important part of our mission at Guardian Angels. Our mission has been providing for students of this generation the quality education, which has been the hallmark of Guardian Angels for previous generations. We are implementing a vision that provides strong opportunities for anyone who wants a Catholic Education.

“Education is one of the most important ways by which the Church fulfills its commitment to the dignity of the person and building of community. Community is central to Catholic education ministry, both as a necessary condition and an ardently desired goal. The educational efforts of the Church, therefore, must be directed to forming persons in community for the education of the individual Christian is important not only to his or her solitary destiny, but also to the destinies of the many communities in which he or she lives.” – To Teach as Jesus Did, National Conference of Catholic Bishops, United States Catholic Conference, 1972

Knights of Columbus

We are an organization like no other – more than 1.7 million members throughout the world. An organization that, since 1882, has embodied the selflessness of man as it has helped overcome adversity in the world.

We are men of faith. Guided not only by our belief in God and the Catholic Church, but by our belief in each other, and in ourselves.

We are the Knights of Columbus. Believing that a man is defined by his actions as a follower of God, and as a leader in his community. Believing that a man is more than simply a man, when he bears the title of “Knight.”

“Dedicated to making a difference and building a Future…”

It is through five key areas of service – faith, community, family, youth, and fellowship – that the Knights of Columbus truly make a difference.

As Knights, our faith is our foundation. Dedicated to the Catholic Church’s growth and her good works, we support religious outreach and promote vocations in an effort to strengthen the faith that unites us.

As committed as we are to our faith, so are we committed to building our families and communities. Whether it’s through sponsoring ministries, hosting family-focused activities, or supporting community events, Knights serve as valuable role models for other Catholic men, as well as mentors for our children.

And so, time and again, Knights have proven that through fellowship the support we offer to those in need, our families, and our communities, is magnified.

Here are two brochures that provide additional information about the ministry:
Knights of Columbus Brochure
K of C – Member Benefits

Come and join us!

Contact: Bob Onhsorg
Email: Ohny@aol.com
Phone: (952) 448-5976

 

 

Guardian Angels Mission Statement

“Guardian Angels exists to reach out

Dear Guardian Angels Community and visitors:

I am happy to inform you that as a result of our GROW pastoral planning program, a long-term strategic planning process, a new mission statement has emerged for Guardian Angels Catholic Church!

“Guardian Angels exists to reach out from the 

Altar of Christ to educate, serve, and evangelize.”

As Catholics, we come together around the Altar of Christ to be nourished and fed by both Word and Sacrament. However, we cannot stay here, we cannot limit ourselves to receiving, for we are called to go back into the world and make a difference. One of the most striking images in Sacred Scripture describing God’s bountiful love and care for humanity is the prophesy given to Ezekiel in Chapter 47. He prophesied:

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The Lord brought me to the door of the temple; and behold water was trickling from below the Altar of the temple and water was coming out of the temple and it was ankle-deep.  The river was deep enough to swim in, but could not be passed through.  Fishermen will stand along its shore and spread their nets; many kinds like the fish of the Great Sea. On both sides of the river, there will grow all kinds of trees for food. Their leaves will not wither nor their fruit fail, but they will bear fresh fruit every month, because the water for them flows from the sanctuary.

Brothers and Sisters, just like the image of water trickling down from underneath the Altar of Christ into the courtyard, spilling out into the streets from underneath the walls and rushing through the fields as a river of great depth and width, let us remember that our journey as baptized people neither stops nor ends at the Altar of Christ, for the Altar of Christ is not a point of arrival but it is a point of departure.  Yes, each one of us is called to make a difference in the world by being God’s love amongst people, by being forgiveness for others, by being the fulfillment of God’s plan on earth, by being the light of truth in the world, and by being rivers of living water bringing new life and fruitfulness through the land. We can accomplish this by educating, serving and evangelizing.  May God’s spirit of giftedness and generosity permeate both the minds and hearts of each member of our parish community, friends and neighbors to make a difference in the world!

Yours Truly,

Fr. Fernando Ortega ~ Pastor

Prayer Shawl Ministry

PrayerShawlJoin the Prayer Shawl Ministry of Guardian Angels!

First and third Monday

of every month

6:30 – 8:00 p.m.

in the Parish Office.

 

 

Contact Tricia Feilmeyer, 952-448-6980 or Kathy Rasmussen 952-448-5922, PrayerShawls@GAchaska.org with any questions/comments.

If you don’t know how to knit or crochet, don’t worry, we have great teachers who will gladly share their joy of the craft. We would love to add new members to our ministry.

ALL are welcome!

Message to the Parish

GA angel small Logo - Hi ResThe following message was delivered at Sunday Mass this last weekend.

“Many of you may have already read or seen on the news, that on Friday, January 16th the archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis filed for reorganization under Chapter 11 Bankruptcy.   The archdiocese and victim representation agreed this was the fairest way to respond to victim’s and survivor’s needs.  This will allow all archdiocesan resources available to be distributed equally among victims and survivors and allow the archdiocese to continue essential ministry.  Guardian Angels Parish Community is separately incorporated and is not filing for bankruptcy. The archdiocese and the parish are two separate legal entities. The archdiocesan bankruptcy does not affect any Guardian Angels property, including buildings, building contents or land.  Like all parishes, the archdiocese manages some funds for Guardian Angels such as insurance.  We have joint representation with other archdiocesan parishes to reaffirm the continued protection of these managed assets. 

In addition, should we have lawsuits or claims directed at Guardian Angels we have retained separate legal counsel.  Our legal counsel is determining how this may or may not affect our parish.

We continue and need to continue our ministry here at Guardian Angels.  During this difficult time, we ask for your continued support through prayers and generosity.  More information will be shared with you as it becomes available.  Please stand as Fr. Ortega would like to say a few words and lead us in prayer”

The following documents were inserted in last weekend’s bulletin:

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Create Your ConnectNow Account Today

GA angel small Logo - Hi ResWondering how much you gave to Guardian Angels this last year?  You can view your giving history online regardless if you give electronically or by stewardship envelope!  Please continue reading to find out how you can view your contributions to Guardian Angels online and much more!

 

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In June of 2014 Guardian Angels Parish transitioned from Logos to ConnectNow to track parishioners census information.  Some of the perks of ConnectNow is that it allows parishioners to do the following by logging into their account:

  • Manage their own church records and keep personal information accurate and up to date. For example, members who move or change phone numbers can quickly and easily log in and update this information for themselves. No need to call the church, fill out and submit paper forms, and then wait for someone at the church to update their records.
  • Add a record for a new family member.
  • View their personal giving history.
  • Upload a family photo and individual photos of individual family members.

Need to Create an Account?

Creating a user account is a one-time process. The process requires you to submit a few details of personal information to verify your identity to the system. It takes just a few minutes to complete the information required to set up an account. For full details on how to set up your ConnectNow account go to http://gachaska.org.s203289.gridserver.com/your-parish-records/