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
Phone: (952) 448-5976



Guardian Angels Pre-K Programs for 2015/2016

New this Fall!  Full Day Pre-K Program
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.

Guardian-Angels-PreK-2015-2015This 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.
Class times: Monday – Friday; 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

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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, 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!

Thank you!

Thank you to everyone who stopped by for the Welcome BBQ for Fr Ortega



Welcome to Fr Ortega

Guardian Angels welcomes first Latino priest

By Kara Hildreth | Posted: Thursday, July 24, 2014 2:00 pm

Today, as the new priest at Guardian Angels Catholic Church, Ortega knows he can call upon his jeweler skills of patience, precision and tenacity to guide him in his pastoral work. Instead of handling diamonds, his congregation will be his precious gems and Bible’s teachings will serve as the best tool.

Ortega is the first Latino priest to lead Guardian Angels Catholic Church. He is committed to learning how to support the diverse needs of 1,000 parishioners, who are today one-third Spanish speaking.

Since Ortega, 43, has Mexican heritage roots, he considers this leg of his pastoral journey as a true godsend. He believes his personal Latino journey offers a foundation to better understand immigrants’ life experiences.

Ortega led parishes in Cannon Falls and Miesville as an ordained priest for eight years. He graduated from the University of St. Thomas with degrees in philosophy and divinity studies.


Growing up in a small Mexican village, Ortega attended Catholic Church alongside six brothers and three sisters.

His parents traveled from Michoacan, Mexico to celebrate his good news. “I value my experience spending time with them because they gave me life, and they were overjoyed when I announced late in life that I would be going to the seminary.”


How did Ortega receive his calling at 29 years old?

“Honestly, I’ll tell you, I did not see it coming … I think God is alive, and I think he touches us in a very fleshy way — a very tangible way … . It is just for us to really give God a chance by investing in a relationship that Catholics refer to as a religious experience.”


Peter Vera, the head of the church’s Latino affairs commission, said Ortega spoke his first mass in a bilingual fashion, and this style benefited all who sat in the sanctuary.

Guardian Angels has delivered mass in Spanish, but Ortega is the church’s first official bilingual priest.

“There were some Anglo people in the Spanish mass, so I think he thought giving the homily in a bilingual way was the right thing to do, even though the mass service was a little longer,” Vera said.

“In my personal opinion, I think now when people find out about the Hispanic mass, it will grow because there are not too many Latino pastors — there are pastors who know Spanish, but they are not Latino,” Vera said.

Ortega spoke directly to Latino members in his first message: “I understand and feel for you and know what all of you are going through and your parents, too.”

“My main goal is to make us think as one church,” said Vera.


Ortega plans to work alongside staff to increase student enrollment at the parochial school. Currently, about 120 students attend the preschool through eighth-grade school across from th e church. Guardian Angels Elementary School is currently busy working to hire a new school principal.

“I want to invest in school; we want to make the education of our children a priority, and I will do anything for faculty and families to make that happen,” Ortega said.

Mark Backes, a 28-year church member, is struck by Ortega’s warm, engaging personality and charisma. “Being a new pastor to our parish, we know he will be extremely open to listening and wanting to understand our viewpoints from a cross section of all parishioners.”

“Our early inklings indicate Father will encourage us to be Christ-centered in all aspects of our life, physically, mentally, emotionally, spiritually and socially,” said Jean Rief, church pastoral associate. “We can really tell he has a wonderful understanding and knowledge of the needs of the community.”

Ortega is open to dinner invitations. “I want them to get to know me, and I want to get to know them, as many as I personally can.”

Story in Chaska Herald


Vacation Bible School

Vacation Bible School

Join us for the  Guardian Angels / St Victoria 2014 Vacation Bible School!

Held Daily June 16th through June 20th 2014 from 9AM until noon

Parents join us at 11:45AM daily for wrap-up songs and praise

Hosted by St Victoria Catholic Parish, 8228 Victoria Drive in Victoria

Cost: $60.00 – Please drop off in school or parish office by 6/13/14

Call Parish office for more information:      952-227-4000

Register online by clicking here

Please mail all payments to:

Guardian Angels Church VBS
215 W. 2nd Street
Chaska, MN 55318

For additional information, contact Guardian Angels Faith Formation at 952-227-4007 or

Download the Registration Form (PDF)


Stewards of our Legacy

Capital Campaign LogoGuardian Angels Catholic Church and School

2013-2016 Capital Campaign

Thank You!

Our sincere thanks to the parishioners, alumni and friends who have stepped forward with their commitment to help retire the remaining mortgage loan, complete the steeple repairs and fund several facility improvements.  As of November 8 we have received commitments totaling 66% of our campaign goal.

Don’t Delay – Respond Today

We invite you to help secure and shape a brighter future for our church and school by offering you financial support to move closer to our participation and financial goals.  If you are interested in offering a contribution or commitment, please contact Sara Anderson, Parish Business Administrator (952-227-4001) and she will be happy to provide you with the tools to invite your support in a professional and timely manner.  Thank you!

Spanish / Español Version

Divorce & Beyond Support Group

ChurchGroupFall Facilitated Group at St. Victoria Church in Victoria:

Divorce & Beyond

Experience hope and healing by listening to and sharing insights with others
Join this closed group, limited to 12 participants who have filed for divorce or who are already divorced. It will be facilitated by Betsy Knapp, a trained facilitator with 15+ years experience facilitating small groups in a variety of settings including business, parishes and the community at large. In her words: “Divorce is a journey that no one plans to take, a club no one wants to belong to. And, as many difficult situations, those who are not divorced can’t really understand the feelings of sorrow and guilt. Sharing insights with others who are on the same road can make it a journey of healthy growth. Betsy was married for 25 years and divorced since 2006. Betsy will be at St. Victoria, in Victoria, to host the 8 week Divorce & Beyond series. Look for a brochure in the kiosk in back of church for more information.

Monday evenings, 6:30-8:30 pm at St. Victoria

October 21 – December 18,  2013

Cost is $11 for material. Call Mary (952) 443-2661 to register.

Parishioner Tom Redman Honored

Tom RedmanOn August 14th, at a luncheon on the St. Catherine University campus, Archbishop John Nienstedt will present ten deserving recipients with The Catholic Spirit’s 2013 Leading With Faith Award.  One of those honored will be Guardian Angels’ own Tom Redman. Tom is Director of Parks and Recreation for the City of Chaska.  The honorees were nominated by co-workers and others for bringing their faith to the workplace and sharing their gifts with the community. Well done, Tom.  Congratulations!