Away from home a lot in the summer? Continue reliable support of your home parish by setting up automatic deductions …
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process works similar to your automatic bill payments for gas and electric bills where your donation is automatically withdrawn or debited from your checking, savings or credit card account into Guardian Angels bank account.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-
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.
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 three–year 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
Our new archbishop has been announced!
On Holy Thursday, March 24, Pope Francis formally named Archbishop Bernard A. Hebda as the new leader of the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis.
Archbishop-Designate Hebda has been serving as Apostolic Administrator of the Archdiocese since June 15, 2015. During that time, he has also been serving the Archdiocese of Newark, New Jersey, as Coadjutor Archbishop, and was scheduled to replace Archbishop John J. Myers when he is expected to retire in July.
The son of Bernard and the late Helen Clark Hebda, the Archbishop-Designate Hebda was born on September 3, 1959 in Pittsburgh, PA. He was ordained to the priesthood on July 1, 1989 in St. Paul Cathedral in Pittsburgh. His Episcopal ordination took place on December 1, 2009.
In addition to serving the Archdioceses of Newark and Saint Paul and Minneapolis, he was Bishop of the Diocese of Gaylord, Michigan and has served at the Vatican and in parishes in his hometown of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Archbishop-Designate Hebda’s Installation Mass is scheduled for 2 p.m., Friday, May 13, the Feast of Our Lady of Fatima, at the Cathedral of Saint Paul.
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.
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.
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We 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.
- 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
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!
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
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