September 23, 2017

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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”

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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SafeCatholicSPM.org – Report Abuse

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SE_BannerIf you or someone you know has been sexually abused, your first call should be to law enforcement or child protection officials.

Click here to learn more

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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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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Welcome New Archbishop Bernard A. Hebda!

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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.

Fundraising for Guardian Angels while you Shop!

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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.