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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

Guardian Angels Mission Statement

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Dear Guardian Angels Community and visitors:

I am happy to inform you that as a result of our GROW pastoral planning program, a long-term strategic planning process, a new mission statement has emerged for Guardian Angels Catholic Church!

“Guardian Angels exists to reach out from the 

Altar of Christ to educate, serve, and evangelize.”

As Catholics, we come together around the Altar of Christ to be nourished and fed by both Word and Sacrament. However, we cannot stay here, we cannot limit ourselves to receiving, for we are called to go back into the world and make a difference. One of the most striking images in Sacred Scripture describing God’s bountiful love and care for humanity is the prophesy given to Ezekiel in Chapter 47. He prophesied:

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The Lord brought me to the door of the temple; and behold water was trickling from below the Altar of the temple and water was coming out of the temple and it was ankle-deep.  The river was deep enough to swim in, but could not be passed through.  Fishermen will stand along its shore and spread their nets; many kinds like the fish of the Great Sea. On both sides of the river, there will grow all kinds of trees for food. Their leaves will not wither nor their fruit fail, but they will bear fresh fruit every month, because the water for them flows from the sanctuary.

Brothers and Sisters, just like the image of water trickling down from underneath the Altar of Christ into the courtyard, spilling out into the streets from underneath the walls and rushing through the fields as a river of great depth and width, let us remember that our journey as baptized people neither stops nor ends at the Altar of Christ, for the Altar of Christ is not a point of arrival but it is a point of departure.  Yes, each one of us is called to make a difference in the world by being God’s love amongst people, by being forgiveness for others, by being the fulfillment of God’s plan on earth, by being the light of truth in the world, and by being rivers of living water bringing new life and fruitfulness through the land. We can accomplish this by educating, serving and evangelizing.  May God’s spirit of giftedness and generosity permeate both the minds and hearts of each member of our parish community, friends and neighbors to make a difference in the world!

Yours Truly,

Fr. Fernando Ortega ~ Pastor

Message to the Parish

GA angel small Logo - Hi ResThe following message was delivered at Sunday Mass this last weekend.

“Many of you may have already read or seen on the news, that on Friday, January 16th the archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis filed for reorganization under Chapter 11 Bankruptcy.   The archdiocese and victim representation agreed this was the fairest way to respond to victim’s and survivor’s needs.  This will allow all archdiocesan resources available to be distributed equally among victims and survivors and allow the archdiocese to continue essential ministry.  Guardian Angels Parish Community is separately incorporated and is not filing for bankruptcy. The archdiocese and the parish are two separate legal entities. The archdiocesan bankruptcy does not affect any Guardian Angels property, including buildings, building contents or land.  Like all parishes, the archdiocese manages some funds for Guardian Angels such as insurance.  We have joint representation with other archdiocesan parishes to reaffirm the continued protection of these managed assets. 

In addition, should we have lawsuits or claims directed at Guardian Angels we have retained separate legal counsel.  Our legal counsel is determining how this may or may not affect our parish.

We continue and need to continue our ministry here at Guardian Angels.  During this difficult time, we ask for your continued support through prayers and generosity.  More information will be shared with you as it becomes available.  Please stand as Fr. Ortega would like to say a few words and lead us in prayer”

The following documents were inserted in last weekend’s bulletin:

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Create Your ConnectNow Account Today

GA angel small Logo - Hi ResWondering how much you gave to Guardian Angels this last year?  You can view your giving history online regardless if you give electronically or by stewardship envelope!  Please continue reading to find out how you can view your contributions to Guardian Angels online and much more!

 

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In June of 2014 Guardian Angels Parish transitioned from Logos to ConnectNow to track parishioners census information.  Some of the perks of ConnectNow is that it allows parishioners to do the following by logging into their account:

  • Manage their own church records and keep personal information accurate and up to date. For example, members who move or change phone numbers can quickly and easily log in and update this information for themselves. No need to call the church, fill out and submit paper forms, and then wait for someone at the church to update their records.
  • Add a record for a new family member.
  • View their personal giving history.
  • Upload a family photo and individual photos of individual family members.

Need to Create an Account?

Creating a user account is a one-time process. The process requires you to submit a few details of personal information to verify your identity to the system. It takes just a few minutes to complete the information required to set up an account. For full details on how to set up your ConnectNow account go to http://gachaska.org.s203289.gridserver.com/your-parish-records/

Advent Reconciliation Services

reconciliationGuardian Angels Parish will be having its Advent Reconciliation Service with Opportunity for Individual Confession on Wednesday, December 10th at 6:30pm.  If you are unable to attend this service below is a listing of other penance services available in the area:

St. Victoria, Victoria – Tue, Dec 16 at 7 pm;

OLL, Mound – Wed, Dec 17 at 7 pm;

St. George, Long Lake – Thu, Dec 18 at 7pm;

St. Nicholas, Carver – Tue, Dec 23 from 6-9 pm

Our Lady of Guadalupe, Patroness of the Americas and the Unborn

Come and celebrate the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe on Friday, December 12th, with us.  We will begin with the Rosary at 5:00 PM, then Mass at 6:00 PM(Friday morning 8am Mass is cancelled)

Please join us after Mass for a social in St. Francis Hall.Virgen Guadalupe

Statement Regarding St. Paul Pioneer Press Article Concerning Fr. Larry Johnson

GA angel small Logo - Hi ResRecently, an article was published in the St. Paul Pioneer Press regarding Rev. Larry Johnson, who was pastor at Guardian Angels from 2000-2007. Rev.  Johnson has been retired since 2009 and is no longer in public ministry.

Many parishioners appreciated Rev. Johnson and some may be concerned about what was written in the article. To our knowledge, the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis has not received an allegation from anyone who indicated that they were sexually abused as a minor by Rev. Johnson, or nor do they know of anyone who was sexually abused as a minor by Rev. Johnson. If anyone receives a complaint, similar to those expressed in the article, those complaints would be investigated immediately.

At Guardian Angels Catholic Church and School, every staff member is focused on the safety and education of children while in our care. In addition, every staff member, school employee, and volunteer attends VIRTUS training, receives a background check and signs and follows a prescribed Code of Conduct. We want to assure you that behavior described in the article is not accepted or tolerated in our school.

If you know anyone who has ever been abused, contact the police immediately. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact the pastor or principal directly or the Archdiocese at 651-291-4497.

If you suspect abuse of a minor, your first call should be to law enforcement or child protection officials.  For more information click here.

Please keep the Guardian Angels community and all affected in your prayers.