Update from Archbishop Hebda

GA angel small Logo - Hi Res


You may have heard that the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis filed its Plan for Reorganization this past week in U.S. Bankruptcy Court. It is a major step in the Archdiocese’s commitment to protect children, establish a counseling fund for victims, and create a trust for those who have been harmed by people in the Church.

There is a letter in the bulletin/in the back of the church from the Archbishop regarding the Plan filing and a two-page Q and A that should be helpful in why the Archdiocese filed for Chapter 11 protection in January of 2015, where the process is now, and what happens going forward. It also addresses the allegations of this past week that the Archdiocese failed to disclose all of its assets.

Please continue to pray for all of those who have been harmed by the Church over the years and for their families.

MAY 26.2016



Brothers and Sisters,

I need to let you know that our parish and a number of parishes in the Archdiocese – and many others across the state – may be sued between now and mid-May. The lawsuits are the result of the threeyear lifting of the statute of limitations, called the Child Victims Act. The attorneys for our parish and the Archdiocese are working together to handle the suits as part of the bankruptcy proceedings. These are not new claims and we hope the claims will not affect the normal operations of the parish. The claims do not involve anyone working at the parish now or anyone currently working in ministry. There is much more information to answer questions you may have there will be an insert in next week’s bulletin and you can find the information on the GA website. Please pray for all victims of abuse and for a fair and just resolution of the claims that have been filed.



APRIL 1. 2016

Fundraising for Guardian Angels while you Shop!

shopping bag

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

Fall Bible Study: Biblical Walk through the Mass

A Biblical Walk Through the Mass
You will come to know, understand, and love the Mass like never before. You will discover the rich meanings behind what we say and do during the Mass. Sessions will be held in St. Francis Hall.

  • Fridays 8:45-10:00AM – beginning Oct 2 – led by Cathy Cress
  • Sundays 4:00-6:00PM – beginning Oct 4 – led by Steve Kingsbury

The study will be 5 consecutive weeks and end with A Walk Through the Mass with Fr. Ortega, for both groups, on Sunday, Nov 8 at 4:00PM in the church.

Study includes group DVD presentation and individual workbook study materials.

  • $20 for book and presentation
  • $10 for presentation only

Contact the Parish Office to register, 952-227-4000, info@gachaska.org.

Totus Tuus 2015 was AWESOME!


We had a great time July 12 – July 17th while the Totus Tuus team was a Guardian Angels.  The team and all of the participants were FANTASTIC!  It was truly a fun and faith-filled experience.  Thank you to everyone who participated, who volunteered, and who joined us at the Potluck.  We had a wonderful turn out!  It wouldn’t have been the same without you!

We are praying and hopeful that the Totus Tuus team will return to Guardian Angels next summer.  We will send out more information as the time approaches but keep us in mind and please contact the faith formation office if you would like to volunteer next year!

totus tuus water day

Last Day of the program was “Water Day”. Everyone had a BLAST and not a soul was dry at the end of the day!

totus tuus teen night

The last day for the high school program ended at Louisville Lanes. Our 7th-12th graders were alive with the spirit by the end of the program.


totus tuus potluck All Parish Potluck with Totus Tuus. What an awesome turn out! Thank you for coming!

Go Make a Difference: Passport Ministry Fair 2015

MinisTREECome to our Passport Ministry Fair, March 14 & 15 following the 5pm, 8am, and 10am Masses.  Explore the world of Ministry at Guardian Angels, fill up your passport by learning about some of the AMAZING opportunities to serve, like the MinisTREE featured in the picture above.  Once you passport is filled enjoy fellowship and a free meal!

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:


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

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:

GDE Error: Error retrieving file - if necessary turn off error checking (404:Not Found)


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!


My Own Church fromconnectnow

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/

Advent Reconciliation Services

reconciliationGuardian Angels Parish will be having its Advent Reconciliation Service with Opportunity for Individual Confession on Wednesday, December 10th at 6:30pm.  If you are unable to attend this service below is a listing of other penance services available in the area:

St. Victoria, Victoria – Tue, Dec 16 at 7 pm;

OLL, Mound – Wed, Dec 17 at 7 pm;

St. George, Long Lake – Thu, Dec 18 at 7pm;

St. Nicholas, Carver – Tue, Dec 23 from 6-9 pm