September 25, 2017

Call Us: (952) 227-4000

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process works similar to your automatic bill payments for gas and electric bills where your donation is automatically withdrawn or debited from your checking, savings or credit card account into Guardian Angels bank account.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

Debt Free

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

New Full Day Preschool Program for this Fall

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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

Guardian Angels Catholic School – Providing Catholic Education in the area for over 100 Years

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

Knights of Columbus

We are an organization like no other – more than 1.7 million members throughout the world. An organization that, since 1882, has embodied the selflessness of man as it has helped overcome adversity in the world.

We are men of faith. Guided not only by our belief in God and the Catholic Church, but by our belief in each other, and in ourselves.

We are the Knights of Columbus. Believing that a man is defined by his actions as a follower of God, and as a leader in his community. Believing that a man is more than simply a man, when he bears the title of “Knight.”

“Dedicated to making a difference and building a Future…”

It is through five key areas of service – faith, community, family, youth, and fellowship – that the Knights of Columbus truly make a difference.

As Knights, our faith is our foundation. Dedicated to the Catholic Church’s growth and her good works, we support religious outreach and promote vocations in an effort to strengthen the faith that unites us.

As committed as we are to our faith, so are we committed to building our families and communities. Whether it’s through sponsoring ministries, hosting family-focused activities, or supporting community events, Knights serve as valuable role models for other Catholic men, as well as mentors for our children.

And so, time and again, Knights have proven that through fellowship the support we offer to those in need, our families, and our communities, is magnified.

Here are two brochures that provide additional information about the ministry:
Knights of Columbus Brochure
K of C – Member Benefits

Come and join us!

Contact: Bob Onhsorg
Email: Ohny@aol.com
Phone: (952) 448-5976

 

 

Guardian Angels Pre-K Programs for 2015/2016

New this Fall!  Full Day Pre-K Program
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.

Guardian-Angels-PreK-2015-2015This 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.
Class times: Monday – Friday; 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Click to download 

Prayer Shawl Ministry

PrayerShawlJoin the Prayer Shawl Ministry of Guardian Angels!

First and third Monday

of every month

6:30 – 8:00 p.m.

in the Parish Office.

 

 

Contact Tricia Feilmeyer, 952-448-6980 or Kathy Rasmussen 952-448-5922, PrayerShawls@GAchaska.org with any questions/comments.

If you don’t know how to knit or crochet, don’t worry, we have great teachers who will gladly share their joy of the craft. We would love to add new members to our ministry.

ALL are welcome!

Thank you!

Thank you to everyone who stopped by for the Welcome BBQ for Fr Ortega

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Welcome to Fr Ortega

Guardian Angels welcomes first Latino priest

By Kara Hildreth | Posted: Thursday, July 24, 2014 2:00 pm

Today, as the new priest at Guardian Angels Catholic Church, Ortega knows he can call upon his jeweler skills of patience, precision and tenacity to guide him in his pastoral work. Instead of handling diamonds, his congregation will be his precious gems and Bible’s teachings will serve as the best tool.

Ortega is the first Latino priest to lead Guardian Angels Catholic Church. He is committed to learning how to support the diverse needs of 1,000 parishioners, who are today one-third Spanish speaking.

Since Ortega, 43, has Mexican heritage roots, he considers this leg of his pastoral journey as a true godsend. He believes his personal Latino journey offers a foundation to better understand immigrants’ life experiences.

Ortega led parishes in Cannon Falls and Miesville as an ordained priest for eight years. He graduated from the University of St. Thomas with degrees in philosophy and divinity studies.

MEXICO

Growing up in a small Mexican village, Ortega attended Catholic Church alongside six brothers and three sisters.

His parents traveled from Michoacan, Mexico to celebrate his good news. “I value my experience spending time with them because they gave me life, and they were overjoyed when I announced late in life that I would be going to the seminary.”

CALLING

How did Ortega receive his calling at 29 years old?

“Honestly, I’ll tell you, I did not see it coming … I think God is alive, and I think he touches us in a very fleshy way — a very tangible way … . It is just for us to really give God a chance by investing in a relationship that Catholics refer to as a religious experience.”

SPIRITUAL NEEDS

Peter Vera, the head of the church’s Latino affairs commission, said Ortega spoke his first mass in a bilingual fashion, and this style benefited all who sat in the sanctuary.

Guardian Angels has delivered mass in Spanish, but Ortega is the church’s first official bilingual priest.

“There were some Anglo people in the Spanish mass, so I think he thought giving the homily in a bilingual way was the right thing to do, even though the mass service was a little longer,” Vera said.

“In my personal opinion, I think now when people find out about the Hispanic mass, it will grow because there are not too many Latino pastors — there are pastors who know Spanish, but they are not Latino,” Vera said.

Ortega spoke directly to Latino members in his first message: “I understand and feel for you and know what all of you are going through and your parents, too.”

“My main goal is to make us think as one church,” said Vera.

YOUTH MINISTRY

Ortega plans to work alongside staff to increase student enrollment at the parochial school. Currently, about 120 students attend the preschool through eighth-grade school across from th e church. Guardian Angels Elementary School is currently busy working to hire a new school principal.

“I want to invest in school; we want to make the education of our children a priority, and I will do anything for faculty and families to make that happen,” Ortega said.

Mark Backes, a 28-year church member, is struck by Ortega’s warm, engaging personality and charisma. “Being a new pastor to our parish, we know he will be extremely open to listening and wanting to understand our viewpoints from a cross section of all parishioners.”

“Our early inklings indicate Father will encourage us to be Christ-centered in all aspects of our life, physically, mentally, emotionally, spiritually and socially,” said Jean Rief, church pastoral associate. “We can really tell he has a wonderful understanding and knowledge of the needs of the community.”

Ortega is open to dinner invitations. “I want them to get to know me, and I want to get to know them, as many as I personally can.”

Story in Chaska Herald

 

Vacation Bible School

Vacation Bible School

Join us for the  Guardian Angels / St Victoria 2014 Vacation Bible School!

Held Daily June 16th through June 20th 2014 from 9AM until noon

Parents join us at 11:45AM daily for wrap-up songs and praise

Hosted by St Victoria Catholic Parish, 8228 Victoria Drive in Victoria

Cost: $60.00 – Please drop off in school or parish office by 6/13/14

Call Parish office for more information:      952-227-4000

Register online by clicking here

Please mail all payments to:

Guardian Angels Church VBS
215 W. 2nd Street
Chaska, MN 55318

For additional information, contact Guardian Angels Faith Formation at 952-227-4007 or FF@gachaska.org

Download the Registration Form (PDF)