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Wednesday Advent Reflections
While the world of commerce marks the number of shopping days until Christmas, the Church for centuries has had four weeks, called ADVENT, to deepen your spiritual preparation for the celebration of CHRISTMAS! Fr. Mike Kueber and Sr. Joan Tuberty are teaming together to call you to the true meaning of Christmas. Jesus was born historically in Bethlehem and the joy of His birth continues to resound through the centuries. The humble nativity scene with the animals and the figures of Mary, Joseph, and the Child Jesus is an artistic tradition and creative expression in every country and culture. But, Christ is reborn and lives today in the hearts and lives of people who have faith and hope and love! During three weeks of Advent, they will guide you in your spiritual preparation by opening the Scriptures that are read throughout Advent. Please join us for a light lunch and half hour program Wednesdays: December 4, 11 & 18, from 12:30 – 1:00 pm (following the 12:00 noon Mass). A freewill donation is appreciated. To register, call the parish office at 612-332-7471 or register online by clicking HERE (registration is helpful but not required).
ADVENT RETREAT: Have Hope!
with Fr. Mike Kueber & others on Saturday, December 7, from 8:30 am to 12:00 Noon
8:30 — Registration & coffee, Gathering Room
9:00 — Presentation: The Prophets (Chapel)
10:00 — Presentation: John the Baptist (Chapel)
11:00 — Presentation: Mary (Chapel)
12:00 — Mass in the Church
Come warm yourself around the fireplace in the Gathering Room over a cup of coffee on a cold winter morning! Renew your sense of community, with other parishioners, and the hope that fills the air with new birth and new beginnings. “Now is the time to rise from Sleep.” It is a time of re-birthing for all of us. A freewill donation is appreciated. To register, call the parish office at 612-332-7471 or register online by clicking HERE (registration is helpful but not required).
St. Olaf Exodus Christmas
Christmas Gift Collection after Masses: November 30, December 1, 7, 8, 14, 15. After choosing a Christmas gift from the Giving Tree in the Gathering Foyer or near the St. Olaf Store, bring in your donations before/after Mass or during the week before December 15.
Sorting Christmas Gifts for Exodus Residents: Sunday, December 15, 11:00 am to 1:00 pm AND Thursday, December 19, 5:30 to 7:30 pm. Help sort donations for the Exodus residents in Fleming Hall at St. Olaf.
Christmas Dinner and Party for Exodus Residents: Sunday, December 22, 3:00 to 7:30 pm. Volunteer with set-up, serving and/or clean-up in Fleming Hall at St. Olaf.
If you can participate in one of more of these Christmas giving activities for the residents of Exodus, contact Joan Miltenberger at 612-767-6211 or jmiltenberger@SaintOlaf.org. THANK YOU!
Christmas Giving Tree for Exodus Christmas Party and St. Olaf Outreach Christmas Tea
Please join us in sharing the gift of Christmas with our neighbors in need, by participating in our Christmas Giving Tree program. The Giving Trees are located in the foyer by the parking lot entrance and by the skyway entrance for gift needs. Please select one or more ornaments off the tree and then buy the item specified. All gift donations must be received no later than December 15. Due to the changing ages and needs of our guests in social outreach, we will not be collecting children’s toys this year but rather gift cards, family games, and new household items. These presents will be given to families at the Social Outreach Christmas Tea on December 17 and to Exodus residents at the Exodus Christmas Party on Dec 22. Donations of cash are also appreciated to supplement areas where we need additional items. Checks can be made out to St. Olaf Parish and in the memo line list: SOSOP Christmas Tea or Exodus Christmas Gifts Thank you for your continued generosity and please keep the individuals and families you are assisting in your prayers. For more information, contact Jean Thoresen: 612-332-7471 ext. 246 or jthoresen@SaintOlaf.org.
Christmas Under the North Star: The Singers — Minnesota Choral Artists
Matthew Culloton, director
Saturday, December 7, 7:30 pm
Organ prelude, Lynn Trapp, organist, 7:00 pm
For ten years, The Singers have highlighted music of Minnesota composers past and present. This year, celebrate Christmas with us by enjoying works from some of the key figures in our treasured choral landscape. A new memorial commission by conductor Matthew Culloton is surrounded by works from the Christiansen family, Leland Sateren, David Cherwien, and Stephen Paulus. For advance purchase call 651-917-1948 or visit www.singersmca.org. Tickets will also be available at the door.
HANDEL’S MESSIAH SING-A-LONG
Sunday, December 15, 6:30 – 8:00 pm
Minnesota Chorale and soloists ~ Kathy Saltzman Romey, director
Lynn Trapp, organist
Now in its fifth year, this city-wide event invites all to fill Saint Olaf Church with the sounds of George Frideric Handel’s most famous creation, the much loved oratorio, Messiah. This masterwork is a presentation of Jesus’ life and its significance according to Christian doctrine. Bring your own score or borrow one here. Come to sing-a-long with members of the Minnesota Chorale or just come to listen and enjoy. A freewill offering will be taken. Reception follows.
Christmas Floral Dedications
The worship department/liturgical environment ministry at St. Olaf invites you to dedicate a loved one in prayer by offering beautiful Christmas plants for our worship spaces during the Christmas season. Members dedicated may be living or deceased. Donation is $20 for each individual floral dedication naming one person, a couple, or family group. All names dedicated in prayer will be printed in the Christmas church bulletin, but will not appear on the plants. Fill out the form in the parish bulletin and submit with your check made payable to St. Olaf Church, with memo: Christmas floral dedication. Drop in the collection basket or at the parish office by December 9. Thank you for your participation in this special opportunity for community prayer at Christmas.
Special St. Olaf Christmas Needs — Giving that Makes a Difference
Below are items needed for families connected to Social Outreach and single adults at the Exodus Residence. Please take an ornament from the Giving Trees and return donations to the parish by Sunday, December 15. Below are specific needs for our neighbors. Financial donations are appreciated, so that we may purchase needed items. Checks may be made out to St. Olaf Catholic Church, with either Christmas Tea or Exodus Residence in the memo section. Gift cards and financial donations may be placed in the decorated “Poor Box” in the vestibule of the church or put in the collection baskets. For Outreach Families: Target Gift cards of $25 or more; family games (such as Monopoly, Scrabble, Risk, Connect Four, Apple to Apple, Cards, Banana-gram, Duck Dynasty, Clue, Sorry); new household items (such as coffee pots, toasters, can openers, cooking utensils, Tupperware food storage sets); new bed and bath items (such as fitted and flat bed sheets sizes twin and queen, blankets, comforters, quilts and new pillows). For Exodus Residents: toiletries for 94 residents (both men and women), including shampoo, bars of soap, deodorant, lotion, toothpaste and toothbrushes in individual containers, dental floss, razors. Winter garments are also needed: hats, gloves and scarves, dress socks, and athletic socks. Christmas ornaments for the residents’ Christmas gift bags are also helpful. For information: call 612-767-6211 or 612-332-7471 ext. 246.
Downtown Coalition for Grief Support Held at St. Olaf
Excellent speakers, trained facilitators and a group of others who have experienced loss make these sessions a place of healing. It’s possible to walk the path of grief alone, however the companionship of others who are also wounded by loss is tremendously consoling and powerfully healing. A small weekly donation is gratefully accepted. Meetings every Saturday from 9:30 – 11:30 am. Through December, meetings will be held in Fleming Hall at St. Olaf. Please pick up a brochure in the church vestibule, or contact Mary Brady at 612-332-7471 ext. 254, mbrady@SaintOlaf.org.
The TUESDAY CLUB
The League of Catholic Women’s TUESDAY CLUB meeting on December 10th will be the last one, until further notice. Thank you for your patronage over the years.