On February 25th we are launching our Pastor Project. The Pastor Project has been assigned by Father Ortega and it is about improving hospitality in our community. The project includes many parts that will be explained in this video. We invite you all to watch it. Thank you!
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 WEDNESDAY, GOOD 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!
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”
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!
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.
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 http://www.gachaska.org/electronic-giving
Hello all AngelFest Friends!
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.