February 24, 2017

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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”

Your Invitation to Alpha

The Alpha Evangelization 10 week series at Guardian Angels begins Tuesday, January 31, from 6:30 to 8:45 p.m. in St. Francis Hall (church basement). Alpha is a program that can bring deeper joy, change your life and that of anyone you may wish to invite. All are welcome!

Not sure if it’s for you? Feel free to just come once and check it out.  Over 27 million have attended the Alpha course around the world. The topics provide the basis for people to explore faith at an introductory level and prepare them to go deeper.

The Alpha logo is a question mark that encourages people to explore their faith, delve in and ask any questions.

The program is free (a voluntary donation to cover the cost of the catered meal is appreciated). Call the parish office at 952-227-4095  to register. We hope to see you there! 

Celebration of Our Lady of Guadalupe

Thank you for the successful celebration of Our Lady of Guadalupe. 

Our Lady of Guadalupe (Spanish: Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe), also known as the Virgin of Guadalupe (Spanish: Virgen de Guadalupe), is a Roman Catholic title of the Blessed Virgin Mary associated with a venerated image enshrined within the Minor Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City. 

Youth Leadership Team (YLT)

YLT is beginning as a pilot program this year. We are a team of 6-10 members from the parish, who will actively serve in outreach ministry to the church by working directly with Father Ortega. We will complete projects that Father gives us, and also help Father spread and teach faith, hope, and love throughout our community. We are meant to act as a communication link between Father and the youth of the parish.


“We are excited to get started and actively participate and work with the youth of the GA Parish.”

 ylt-members-oct-2016Formal applications for new members will be taken in May of every year starting in 2017.  YLT members will serve from August-June of each school year.

 

Members 2016-17: Bryce Villanueva, Krista Korkowski, Logan Radick, Taylor Laube, Jessie Van Pelt, Allie Santini, Kalie Dahl and Louis Vannett.

 

 

Snowbirds?

snowbirdsAway From Home a Lot in the Winter?  Continue reliable support of your home parish by setting up automatic deductions from your checking account or credit card. It’s easy! Save time and help your parish stabilize its budget and save money by ensuring your contribution makes it to your home parish even when you are away!  Electronic giving it is a win-win solution for both you and Guardian Angels. This process works similar to your automatic bill payments for gas and electric bills where your donation is automatically withdrawn or debited from your checking, savings or credit card account into Guardian Angels bank account. Start today by going to our parish web site at http://www.gachaska.org/electronic-giving

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Away from home a lot in the summer? Continue reliable support of your home parish by setting up automatic deductions …

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Away from home a lot in the winter?
Continue reliable support of your home parish by setting up automatic deductions from your checking account or credit card. It’s easy! Save time and help your parish stabilize its budget and save money by ensuring your contribution makes it to your home parish even when you are away!  Electronic giving it is a win-win solution for both you and Guardian Angels. This process works similar to your automatic bill payments for gas and electric bills where your donation is automatically withdrawn or debited from your checking, savings or credit card account into Guardian Angels bank account. Start today by going to our parish web site at,www.gachaska.org/electronic-giving

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Want to have some fun and help GA at the same time?

 

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Hello all AngelFest Friends!

We are officially starting our AngelFest 2016 effort with a kickoff meeting on Wednesday May 25th 7pm in St. Francis Hall at GA.
This will be the Big meeting with everybody and anybody that wants to help out with AngelFest.  So please spread the word to those who you think would like to get involved.
Hope to see you at the meeting!
Andy & Vicki Lopahs
AngelFest 2016 co-chairs

Update from Archbishop Hebda

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REORGANIZATION PLAN FILING

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.

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APRIL 1. 2016