July 23, 2017

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Archbishop Hebda will be at Guardian Angels on Mother’s Day


Welcome Archbishop Hebda!

Archbishop Hebda will be at Guardian Angels on Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 14, to celebrate the 10:00am Mass.

Reception to follow in St. Francis Hall. Please join us in welcoming the Archbishop to Guardian Angels, Chaska!

Youth Leadership Team (YLT) and Feed My Starving Children

The Youth Leadership Team (YLT) would like to thank all 35 parishioners that came and joined us at Feed My Starving Children (FMSC) on Friday April 28th. Our GA team contributed by packaging 25 boxes which represents 900 meals. The meals will be delivered to children in Dominica, a small island in the Caribbean.

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Guardian Angels Town Hall Meeting Information and FAQs April 2017


This week, three town hall meetings were held to discuss the current state of the finances for the parish and school.  The following information was presented by Lynn Arnal, GA Business Administrator, Kate Hamill, GA principal, Phil Boelter, Catholic Finance Corp., and Father Michael Tix representing the Presbyteral Council from the Archdiocese.

  • We have a cash shortage. GA parish and School have 45 days of cash on hand. To address this cash flow and our larger financial instability we will make changes in three phases.
  • Phase One: We will refinance our loan to get $150,000 repaid to us so that we can use that cash through the summer to get current.
  • Phase Two: Next year’s school and parish budgets will be conservative and balanced.  This will require staffing changes to both parish and school staffs.  These budgets will be made available to parishioners to review in the next 30 days.
  • Phase Three: Catholic Finance and our accountants, PASC, with the assistance of the Archdiocese will advise us on a 2-3 year long term plan for both the parish and school.  The health and stability of the school and parish must be accomplished for future stability.
  • To ensure the success of all three phases, we as a parish need to be sure to support financially as best we can both the plate which pays for operations (lights, hosts, salaries) and a new capital campaign that will pay for our loan and some building projects. The goal is to pay off the loan with this capital campaign.
  • We are a strong, loyal parish community and we have risen to the challenges of the past. This will be why we succeed time after time.


Common Questions that were asked:

  1. Are we going to close the school?
    • In phase two, we have a new tighter budget for the school that will “right-size” the investment in the school from the parish.  Normal parish investment in schools is around the 35% of the parish plate income.  We have been investing over 60% of our plate.  That cannot continue.  The Archdiocese fully believes we can be a thriving school.  We have the children and the family growth in this area.  They are sending us an expert for enrollment who began this week to increase our presence in our town and surrounding area. In phase three, we will have a 2-3 year strategic plan to get the school as healthy as possible.  We expect growth already this fall.  Father Mike Tix and many others are using their expertise to advise us on making this growth happen.
  2. What does more conservative, balanced budget mean?
    • Both the parish and school staffs will be cut. The investment in salaries and benefits are by far our largest expense.  These expenses need to be proportional with our very consistent and strong giving.  This bucket of expenses is currently too large for our size and needs to be reduced.  How many and who is being determined and will be part of the information that is communicated with the balanced budgets.
  3. How do we balance paying off the loan and paying for the 5 buildings we own?
    • We do have five buildings. The convent and school are on one side of the street and the Friary and church are on the other.  The rectory is a parish owned house on Pine Street and that is where Father lives.  All five have been evaluated by our Facilities Committee and the list of upkeep is known.  During this phased plan, we will continue to invest money in the projects most needed by the buildings to remain solid, healthy buildings for our use. All projects will only begin when we have the cash in the bank to pay for them. Project by project fundraising will be necessary.  The capital campaign’s first priority is to pay off the loan.  We need to be debt free to be the healthiest version of Guardian Angels.
  4. How do we attract more members for parish and students for school?
    • The best way to promote the parish and school is personal invitation. Invite your families and friends to come and see Guardian Angels for themselves.  We want our reputation to be one of renewal and inspiration far beyond our parish walls.  This only happens when we talk about Guardian Angels with our neighbors positively and with an invitation for them to come and visit us.
  5. Are the different groups of our parish being invited to participate in this plan?
    • Communication with all of our members is challenging. We have a bulletin, pulpit announcements, and a website that isn’t always updated.  Improved communications and transparency will be key to the success of this plan.  New ways of reaching our membership will need to be created and strengthened. Particularly, those members of non-school families and our Hispanic community need better links of communication with the leaders of the parish.  All are invited to be part of this plan of growth and financial health.
  6. What happens now?
    • The loan will be refinanced and we will stop the cash shortage. A conservative, balanced budget will be published within 30 days for the parish to review. The finance, parish and school advisory councils will be engaged in long range planning with the financial and Archdiocesan experts provided to us.
    • In order to continue this new transparency of communication with the parish, another series of Town Halls will be offered in September.

If you would like to ask other questions or want clarification of any of this information, please contact Lynn Arnal in the parish office at (952) 227-4001 or email Lynn at larnal@gachaska.org  Thank you for your continued support of Guardian Angels both in your time offered as a volunteer and in your financial gifts to our parish and school.

YLT Invites everyone in helping Feed My Starving Children

GA Youth Leadership Team would like to invite everyone to JOIN US in helping Feed My Starving Children.

Date: Friday, April 28th from 6pm to 7:30pm Location: Chanhassen (18732 Lake Dr E.)

We will meet everyone at the Feed My Starving Children location in Chanhassen. Please arrive by 5:45pm so we can get checked in properly. There is no charge. Children under the age of 5 are not allowed .

Children to Adult Ratio (required number of adults must accompany children)

  • ●  Grades K-2: 1 child to 1 adult
  • ●  Grades 3-6: 3 children to 1 adult
  • ●  Grades 7-9: 4 children to 1 adult
  • ●  Grades 10-12: 5 children to 1 adult

    Please submit your RSVP to: http://tinyurl.com/YLTFMSC . All RSVP’s must be submitted by Friday, April 21st . Everyone will need to have this Photo Release Form (http://gachaska.org/youth-leadership-team-medical-photo-release-form/) signed and either emailed to YLT or Brought to FMSC.

    If you have any questions contact us at ylt@gachaska.org OR ask a YLT member

Our goal is to have 30 GA parishioners participate!

Totus Tuus is Coming to GA this summer


Totus Tuus is Coming to GA!  Totus Tuus is a Catholic youth program dedicated to sharing the Gospel and promoting the Catholic faith through catechesis, evangelization, Christian witness, and Eucharistic worship.  The goal of Tutus Tuus is to help young people grow in the understanding of, and strengthen their faith in, Jesus Christ.

Mark your calandars for July 16-21 2017.  Details and Registration are here!

Youth Leadership Team Pastor Project 2017

On February 25th we are launching our Pastor Project. The Pastor Project has been assigned by Father Ortega and it is about improving hospitality in our community. The project includes many parts that will be explained in this video. We invite you all to watch it. Thank you!

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Ash Wednesday at Guardian Angels – March 1

Ash Wednesday at Guardian Angels – March 1

  • Service – Ashes   7:30 am    Church (no music)
  • Mass – Ashes    9:20 am       Church (with school)
  • Mass – Ashes      6:00 pm   Church
  • Mass – Ashes     8:00 pm       Church   (Spanish)
  • Auburn Manor Service – Ashes  9:15 am Church – Deacon Mike Dewitte

THE SEASON OF LENT begins late this year, on the 1st of March. Decide NOW (this week) what you’re going to do for Lent. The traditional Prayer, Fasting and Alms-giving are all Spiritual Works of Mercy. Or, this 2017 Lent make a difference by signing up for Guardian Angels’ “One Hour Lenten Challenge.” Thank you for your generous giving and participation.

Lent is a season of penance, reflection, and fasting which prepares us for Christ’s Resurrection on Easter Sunday.  Ashes are a symbol of repentance made sacramental by the blessing of the Church, and they help us develop a spirit of humility and sacrifice. Our foreheads are marked with ashes to humble our hearts and remind us of our desire to change and follow in the footsteps of Jesus Christ. We remember this when we are told: ““YOU ARE DUST AND TO DUST YOU SHALL RETURN””

ASH WEDNESDAY and GOOD FRIDAY are days of FAST. On days of fast, one full meal per day with two lesser meals is allowed. Catholics who have completed their 18th year up to the beginning of their 60th year are bound by this law. Persons legitimately excused from FAST (besides those outside the age limits) are those of unsound mind, the sick, the frail, pregnant or nursing women according to need for meat or nourishment, manual laborers according to need – – and other circumstances that would seriously hinder us in carrying out our work.

ASH WEDNESDAYGOOD FRIDAY and ALL OTHER FRIDAYS OF LENT are also days of ABSTINENCE. On days of abstinence, the consumption of meat is forbidden, but not of eggs, milk products or condiments made of animal fat. The law of abstinence binds all Catholics who have completed their 14th year, there is no upper age limit to the law of abstinence. All the Faithful are obliged to do penance.

Persons legitimately excused from the laws of FAST and ABSTINENCE are urged to practice other forms of penance and self-denial suitable to their condition. In addition, all are urged to participate, if possible, in the Holy Mass during the week, in the Sacrament of penance, Lenten devotions, family prayer, Scripture reading, and sharing of their time and resources with the less fortunate.  In this Year of Grace, through Lenten practices and the Sacrament of Reconciliation may we allow God to create in us a new heart to generously serve and be served!


Caring for those who need it the most – Youth Leadership Team

Guardian Angels Youth Leadership Team (YLT) extended an invitation to GA Students to join them in a Christmas Craft event on Wednesday December 21st after school. Students and YLT members had a great time making fleece blankets, achieving their goal of 10 blankets to be donated to children in the hospital this Christmas. Materials were funded by GA Parish and labor donated by a group of GA students ranging from 1st to 8th grade, under the guidance of Youth Leadership Team members.

Why are we doing this?
YLT decided to do this project because, as a group, we thought that we should help children have a Merry Christmas, even if there are struggles going on in their lives. We hope that this helps show others to always help those in need.

What are YLT’s expectations for the future?
We hope to make all the youth in our GA community to feel included and have a deeper connection with Christ. We hope to make this Christmas Craft Fleece Blankets a new annual tradition at GA Parish going forward.

Blankets were delivered to Ridgeview Emergency & Urgent Care at Two Twelve  Medical Center in Chaska on Friday December 23rd. Emergency department staff were very excited about the donation and said: “the children will love them”

New Full Day Preschool Program for this Fall


Children who are 4 years of age by September 1st, entering their second or third year of preschool or entering kindergarten the following fall and are determined by teacher recommendation, to be ready for a longer program to prepare them for kindergarten, are eligible for this program. This program uses the kindergarten readiness curriculum, “The Land

of the Letter People”, which focuses on social, cognitive and emotional development with strong pre-math and pre-literacy skills that are aligned with our kindergarten through 8th grade curriculums. Additionally, social studies and science concepts will be explored. Weekly physical education and music instruction will be offered along with Spanish, computers, and library. This program includes a lunch period and rest time.

3 Day and 4 Day programs also available! Click Here for More Info