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  • 07/08/2015 A Parish Prayer in a Time of Transition


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    O God of the unknown, you who continually beckon us into uncharted areas, praise and thanksgiving be to You!

    As we proceed through this transition period, we confidently rely upon your great blessings.

    May we use this time well, in order to be present to You, through Sacred Scripture, through our sensitivity to one another, and through our silence and our sharing, in your Holy Presence.

    May this be a special time of grace during our spiritual journey, both as individuals and as a parish community.

    We ask this, Creator and Lord of our lives, through Jesus Christ, your Son and our brother and through the Spirit, who teaches us how to pray and live together in peace, forever and ever.

    Amen. 

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  • 07/07/2015 Welcome Fr. Brian Park


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    We welcome Father Brian Park as Annunciation’s new pastor. He joined us on Wednesday, July 1. Here are a few highlights about Father Brian Park:

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  • 07/07/2015 Sr. Sue Update


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    How Grateful I am for your care and support!
     
    Probably by now you heard about my bicycle accident on June 23rd that brought about a sudden change of my summer plans. I want to express to you my very deep appreciation for your visits, cards, calls, emails and your prayer. You may also be wondering how this accident happened as did I. I have no recall of the circumstances of the accident itself. By the 5th day following this event, it's cause dawned on me. Among the tasks in readying my bike for riding following car trunk transport, I needed to place the wheels in position and lock them in place. I took care of the front wheel just fine but looking back I realize that I forgot to return my attention to the back wheel to lock it after placement - a small oversight with big consequences by way of injuries sustained. The good news is that I should be able to make a complete recovery and do just fine; however, it will take some time to get there. As you may know from previous bulletin articles, I was planning to ride in the 2015 Habitat 500 Bike Ride and some of you had already chosen to offer monetary support to the cause of the Clarksdale MS Habitat for Humanity. Though I can't this summer's ride, I will be happy to honor your wishes regarding donations already made.

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  • 06/27/2015 Peace & Justice Committee


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    Caring for God’s Creation & the Poor

    “I exhort everyone to see the world through the eyes of God the Creator: the earth is an environment to be safeguarded, a garden to be cultivated.” ~Pope Francis

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  • 06/27/2015 Peace & Justice


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    Caring for God’s Creation & the Poor

    “Human trafficking is a horrific crime against the basic dignity and rights of the human person.” ~United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

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  • 06/20/2015 Peace & Justice Committee


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    Caring for God’s Creation & the Poor

    “Those who surrender to the service of the poor through love of Christ, will live like the grain of wheat that dies. It only apparently dies. If it were not to die, it would remain a solitary grain. The harvest comes because of the grain that dies. … We know that every effort to improve society, above all when society is so full of injustice and sin, is an effort that God blesses; that God wants; that God demands of us.”

    Archbishop Oscar Romero

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  • 06/18/2015 Habitat 500 Bike Ride


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    Would You Like to Ride or Would You Rather Sponsor Me?

    I’d love to have you join me by also riding this summer’s Habitat 500 Bike Ride, July 12 to 18, but just in case these dates won’t work on your calendar, you are most welcome to sponsor me as I venture forth on my 13th Habitat 500 Bike Ride – 500 hilly miles from Owatonna to Winona and then back.

    All donations I receive will go to the Clarksdale MS Habitat where my religious community, Congregation of St. Joseph and many of our Associates, have worked with Habitat for the past 24 years, bringing transformation, hope, and the dignity that comes with home ownership to this rural and economically disadvantaged small Southern town. Clarksdale, located in the heart of the Mississippi Delta, is known for 2 things – it’s the birthplace of the Blues, and it’s just about the poorest region of the US.

    I will be most grateful for your prayer support as I ride, and if you wish to make a donation, checks can be made payable to Habitat 500.

    Online donations can be made at: bit.ly/SueTorgersen

    Thank you,

    Sr. Sue

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  • 06/13/2015 Peace & Justice Committee


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    Caring for God’s Creation & the Poor

    “To love God and neighbor is not something abstract, but profoundly concrete: it means seeing in every person and face of the Lord to be served, to serve him concretely. And you are, dear brothers and sisters, in the face of Jesus.”

    ~Pope Francis

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  • 05/28/2015 Troop 103 Compost Sale


    Church News, Weekender

    The Scouts of Troop 103 are selling high quality compost** as a fundraiser for their upcoming high adventure trip this summer. Compost sales are open THIS weekend from 9 - Noon on Saturday and Sunday, May 30th & 31st in the Annunciation Church Parking lot behind the church at 509 W. 54th Street, Minneapolis.

    The compost is created from all the compostable waste from across the Metro including Annunciation's kitchens and the school lunch room. Each 20 pound bag of compost sells for $3.50 and the Scouts will load the bags into your car.  10 pound bags will be available for seniors.

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  • 05/27/2015 Dancing with Annunciation Stars 2015!


    Church News, Weekender

    Save Saturday, October 10th, for Dancing with Annunciation Stars 2015!

    Featuring Annunciation’s own Leah Kaiser, Eric Loichle, Kate McMahon, Bill O’Brien, Eli Pollock, and Beth Sable.

    Tickets go on sale in August and can be purchased for a discount at Paperwork Day on August 26th.

     

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  • 05/15/2015 Bike Path Proposal: UPDATE


    Church News, Principal Cassidy's News & Notes, Weekender

    Update on 54th Street bike lane/parking restrictions:

    The city sent Annunciation a revised plan last night.  

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  • 05/14/2015 Bike Path Proposal for 54th Street


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    Dear Parents and Parishioners:

    The city of Minneapolis is planning to shift automobile traffic closer to the school by eliminating all parking on the school/church side of 54th Street/Diamond Lake Road (it is the same road) which includes the elimination of the school bus loading zone, the handicap parking in front of the church and parking for funerals.  The plan is to establish a bike lane by shifting automobile traffic three feet closer to the school and church.  This places our most precious children in a high risk situation for injury or death.  I am concerned and I ask for your help.

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  • 04/25/2015 Confirmation of Annunciation Young Parishioners


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    We are happy to announce that 32 of our young Annunciation parishioners were confirmed on Sunday, May 3rd, during the celebration of Mass at 1:30 PM. In addition 3 of our young people were confirmed at the Basilica April 19th, also in the celebration of Mass at 1:30 PM. 

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  • 04/22/2015 Respect Life Mother’s Day Corsages


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    The Respect Life Ministry will be selling orchid corsages and African violet plants on Mother's Day weekend, May 9-10th. This year we will be offering three different items: Orchid corsages, African violet plants, and NEW this year, Mini rose bushes.
     
    Thank you to everyone who ordered plants from the Respect Life Ministry!

    Questions? Call Helen Trepanier at 612-822-8360.

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  • 04/22/2015 Celebrating 1st Communion


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    At Annunciation we celebrate with forty two 2nd graders who are preparing to receive their 1st Holy Communion on Saturday, April 25th, during our special 1st Communion Mass at 10:00 AM. These children are eager and ready to come to the Table and to fully participate in the Eucharist as they receive Jesus sacramentally. Please remember these children and their families in your prayer. May they grow in their love of God and always seek to be nourished in this Sacrament of God’s great love. Like Jesus, may they live lives of loving service to others, especially to those in need.

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  • 04/18/2015 Care for God’s Creation


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    Caring for God’s Creation & the Poor
    “Creation is a gift, it is a wonderful gift that God has given us, so that we care for it and we use it for the benefit of all, always with great respect and gratitude.” ~Pope Francis

    Stewardship Tip
    Care for God's Creation.  The seventh theme of our Catholic Social Teaching, according to the USCCB (United States Conference of Catholic Bishops), is Care for God’s Creation.

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  • 04/11/2015 Prayer Gathering for Women


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    We have had wonderful participation in our monthly Women’s Prayer Series entitled Lord, Teach Us to Pray. During the 1st three sessions we have opened ourselves to the prayer possibilities contained in a number of prayer practices from our Catholic Tradition such as Guided Meditation, Lectio Divina, Imaginative Prayer, Consciousness Examen, Centering Prayer and the Prayer of Contemplation. Our April 16th session will focus on Prayer in the Holy Spirit and Intercessory Prayer. Please feel free to join us for our two spring sessions.

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  • 04/11/2015 Respecting Life at the End of Life


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    Just as with everything else in life, we need to do good planning so we can be ready to experience life as a blessed gift from God while approaching those last chapters of life’s journey. What spiritual needs do people have at this time of life? How does one navigate through the changing face of today’s senior health care? What financial and legal planning is needed? What are the most suitable options for one’s senior living? What conversations do seniors and family members need to have for the sake of each one’s peace of mind?

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  • 04/03/2015 Need To Plan For Your Later Years?


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  • 04/03/2015 Habitat for Humanity & Annunciation Parish – Volunteer Coordinator Needed!


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  • 04/03/2015 Dignity of Work and the Rights of Workers


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    Stewardship Tip: A Pathway to Peace

    Weekly in our Lenten Series we use scripture and Pope Encyclicals to reflect on and discuss the major Catholic Social Teachings.

     In Week 5 we reflected on the Gospel of Matthew 20: 1–16, the Parable of the Laborers in the Vineyard, where those who worked the least hours were paid the same amount as those who had worked all day.  

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  • 03/26/2015 AYM Jr High Spring Retreat


    Church News, Weekender

    What: Spring Retreat
    When: April 24-26, 2015
    Who: Junior High Youth (Grade 7 & 8)
    Where: Camp Castaway, Detroit Lakes, MN
    Cost: $170 before March 31, $190 after March 31. Retreat fee helps defray the cost of transportation, lodging and meals.

    Financial Aid available

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  • 03/26/2015 Discover the Way Retreat for 5th Graders


    Church News, Weekender

    On Wednesday, April 8th, our 5th graders will spend their school day participating in the Discover the Way Retreat. They will work with a team of people representing the vocations of priesthood, religious life, married life, single life and the diaconate. The team will also include about 10 high school team members, some of whom are Annunciation School graduates.

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  • 03/23/2015 Lent Soup Suppers – We Give Thanks!


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    It sure has been wonderful to come together on Lenten Friday evenings to experience the delight of our parish community as we have gathered to enjoy our simple but delicious meals of a variety of soups and bread!

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  • 03/01/2015 Say No to Fishsticks? 7 Meatless Meals for Lent


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    “Lent is a fitting time for self-denial; we would do well to ask ourselves what we can give up in order to help and enrich others by our own poverty.” ~Pope Francis 

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  • 02/27/2015 Help Put a STOP to Human Trafficking!


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    Sunday, March 8, 2015 at 11:45am - 1:15pm

    Church of the Annunciation, lower level Community Room, 509 W. 54th Street, Minneapolis

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  • 02/24/2015 Stations of the Cross


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    This year on February 27 & March 20 members of the parish will again be doing the Stations of The Cross from St. John's Abbey. Fourteen people will read the thoughts of a central character from each Station, i.e. Pilate, Barabas, Herod etc.  NO acting is required.  It is a very personal and moving experience.

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  • 02/11/2015 The Abstinence Advantage presented by Abby Ludvigson


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    If you’re the Parent of a Teen…Please join us!

    Sunday, Feb 22, 7:00 to 8:30 PM, Community Room

    Who has more influence on teens than anyone or anything else? Their parents! With her humor and energetic style, Abby will both enlighten and entertain parents about their role in parenting teens as they face issues of sexuality. What do parents need to equip them for their task? What strategies work best in their relationship with their kids? Where is God in the picture? What’s he looking for? What kind of help does he give? Learn more about Abby at www.AbbyLudvigson.com. Parents of teens and younger kids who will some day grow up to be teens are welcome!

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  • 02/07/2015 Pathways to Peace: A Catholic Perspective


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    Annunciation/OLP Peace & Justice Committee Invites You To: Pathways to Peace: A Catholic Perspective

    Have you ever turn on the news and wondered: “As a Catholic Christian, How do I respond? How does my Faith guide me? For whom am I called to be responsible?”

    Pathways to Peace is a 6-week Lenten series centered in Gospel teachings. This program is designed to help participants become more aware of what the Catholic Church offers while providing the tools and insights needed for discerning how to live out of our Principles of Catholic Social Teaching in our personal lives as well as in our community.

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  • 11/08/2014 Peace & Justice Committee News


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    Caring for God's Creation & Stewardship Tip of the Week.

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  • 11/07/2014 Thanksgiving is a Time to Share


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    Thanksgiving will soon be upon us, and a time to give thanks for our blessings by helping those not as fortunate. Because of the generous hearts at Annunciation, we have been able to provide for those who may not be able to put a Thanksgiving dinner on the table. Many people are unemployed or underemployed, so again we ask you to give what you can to make our food drive a success. We will help those in need with food gift cards and turkeys and hams.

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  • 11/05/2014 Project Rachel Morning of Reflection


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    A morning retreat for men and women who have been hurt by abortion.

    November 15, 2014
    8:30 a.m. – Noon
    Catholic Studies Building, University of St. Thomas
    2055 Summit Ave., St. Paul. (Corner of Cleveland Ave. and Summit Ave.)

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  • 11/05/2014 Necrology of those buried from Annunciation


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    Necrology Prayer in honor of those we've lost in 2014.

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  • 11/01/2014 Justice for Immigrants


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    Caring for God's Creation & Stewardship Tip of the Week.

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  • 11/01/2014 Close Encounters of the Spiritual Kind


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    A 1-day, pre-Advent retreat, directed by Fr. Charlie Rodriguez, S.J., will take place at Lumen Christi in St. Paul, Saturday, Nov. 22, from 8:30 to 3 PM. This program will help participants prepare to encounter Jesus during the Christmastime, amidst the chaos and craziness of the season.

    Cost - $30, $35 at the door.

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  • 10/30/2014 Mission Haiti, Inc named a 2014 Top-Rated Nonprofit


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    GreatNonprofits has just named Mission Haiti, Inc one of the 2014 Top-Rated Nonprofits. We are so proud of you and the amazing work you do Mission Haiti, Inc!

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  • 10/28/2014 Children’s Envelopes Donation


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    Children Helping Children

    Each weekend when the adult collection is taking place you see the youth of Annunciation cheerfully, sometimes skipping, to the communion rail to make a donation in the basket. You may ask yourself where does that money go?

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  • 10/27/2014 Sr. High AYM: Ignite Service Night


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    When: 1st Monday of the month, October ‘14 - May ‘15, 7:30pm-10:00pm
    What: Package meals at Feed My Starving Chidren
    Who: Senior High Youth (Grades 9-12)
    Where: Meet in the Youth Room
    Form: Ignite Service Form


    10/6, 11/3, 12/1, 1/5, 2/2, 3/2, 4/6, 5/4
    Free t-shirt for attending three Ignite events

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  • 10/24/2014 Loaves and Fishes – the Whole Story!


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    Perhaps you hear someone talk about Loaves and Fishes and maybe you have some kind of an idea of what it’s about. For some of our Loaves and Fishes volunteers it entails a monthly commitment to serve a meal to those in need at St. Stephen’s. It’s all of this and so much more, and you are invited to come and learn about the whole Loaves and Fishes story and Annunciation’s long and proud history of making a significant contribution to Loaves and Fishes at St. Stephen’s.

    • Saturday, November 8th there will be a continental brunch and the Loaves and Fishes Story, delivered by guest speaker Cathy Maes, executive director of Loaves and Fishes for the Twin Cities Metro area
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  • 10/24/2014 Christmas Boutique: Items Request


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    Now is a good time to begin making a craft item for the Christmas Boutique. When you are shopping at sales, look for Christmas items you can donate to the Boutique or Silent Auction The Boutique is an annual project of the Respect Life Ministry. Questions? Call Helen Trepanier at 612-822-8360.

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  • 10/24/2014 Baby Bottle Campaign


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     Baby Bottle Campaign

    The Respect Life Ministry thanks everyone who returned the baby bottles with money for Tapestry Center and St. Stephen's Life Care Center this weekend. If you forgot the baby bottle, whether it has money in it or not, please drop it off at the Business Office next week or give it to one of the ushers next weekend. If you wish, you may write a check to Respect Life with 'Baby bottles' in the memo line and drop it in the collection basket next weekend or at the Business Office next week. Thank you for supporting mothers and their babies.

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  • 10/24/2014 Voting Catholic


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    “Politics, according to the Social Doctrine of the Church, is one of the highest forms of charity, because it serves the common good.”

    Pope Francis, Daily Homily of September 16, 2013

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  • 10/16/2014 St. Francis to Pope Francis to You! Creating a Climate for Solidarity


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    Monday, October 20 at 7:00pm
    Visitation Room, Annunciation Church

    Rooted in the life of St. Francis and animated by Catholic teaching on climate change, this 90-minute multimedia presentation combines short video testimonials with group reflection in celebration of the Feast of St. Francis. The program highlights the impacts of climate change on the world’s poorest and most vulnerable people, and offers concrete ways that Catholic individuals and communities can respond.

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  • 10/14/2014 Schulze Family Foundation Grant


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    We are proud to announce that Annunciation School is the recipient of a Schulze Family Foundation Grant.  The Schulze Foundation’s philanthropic vision is to identify and fund organizations and programs with the capacity to achieve measurable and transformative results. The Foundation supports high performing educational institutions offering effective academic programs.

    The Grant provides up to a $50,000 gift matching support from Annunciation donors for a potential total of $100,000. Annunciation will use this funding to expand our Enrichment Programs, starting with our Middle School Dimensions Program to develop a School Wide Enrichment Program. Annunciation has a rich tradition of academic excellence.  Our students achieve at high levels and are well prepared for high school.  Annunciation seeks to enlarge its pool of the best and brightest students and engage them in rigorous and challenging learning. Our goal includes teaching all students to their potential using the School Wide Enrichment model.

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  • 10/09/2014 Confirmation Preparation at Annunciation


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    If you or your son/daughter are of high school age and want to learn more about preparing for the Sacrament of Confirmation, please contact Sr. Sue in the Faith Formation Office as soon as possible, storgersen@annunciationmsp.org, 612-824-9993 X 251.

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  • 10/09/2014 Argument Club For Women Debates Immigration Policy Reform


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    In light of the principles of Catholic social teaching, how should we reform current immigration policy?  Women of all faiths and perspectives are invited to join the next meeting of the Argument Club for Women to explore this issue. Speakers include Donald Brown, retired businessman and former CFO at the University of Minnesota, and Michele Garnett McKenzie, advocacy director at The Advocates for Human Rights.

    The Argument Club for Women provides a forum for Catholic apologetics on issues important to women by putting forward many of the propositions that our culture promotes and demonstrating how the Catholic perspective offers women the answers they seek.

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  • 10/09/2014 A ‘Zee Wee’ Event


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    Caring for God’s Creation & the Poor:  “Creation is a gift, it is the marvelous gift that God has given us, so that we will take care of it and harness it for the benefit of all, always with great respect and gratitude.” ~Pope Francis 

    Stewardship Tip:  SEPTEMBERFEST ZEE WEE.  Our Parish recently had another successful SeptemberFest!  But did you know it was also a ZERO WASTE EVENT (or Zee Wee!)  

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  • 10/08/2014 Sr. High Fall Retreat


    Church News, Weekender

    When: October 16-19, 2014
    Who: Senior High Youth (Grades 9-12)
    Where: Camp Castaway
    Cost: $175*

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  • 10/04/2014 Annunciation Celebrates Adoptive Families


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    On the weekend of Nov 1 & 2, each of our weekend Masses will be a Mass in Honor of Adoption. Those among us who are adoptive families will be celebrated and honored. All in the Adoptive Triad – Adoptive Parents, Birth Parents, and the Adoptive Children – are a celebration of Life!

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  • 09/28/2014 2015 Mission Trip Registration Meeting & Lottery


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    What: 2015 Mission Trip Registration Meeting & Lottery
    When: Sunday, October 5th, 2014, 7-8:30pm
    Where: Annunciation Community Room
    Who: Grades 10-12

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  • 09/26/2014 Thank You SeptemberFest Co-Chairs!


    Church News, Weekender

    Oh what a difference all in just one week! Last weekend the parking lot was transformed into our largest community gathering event. Now it is difficult to see any signs that it happened at all except for the smiles on everyone's faces.

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  • 09/24/2014 Happy Halloween Costume Drive


    Church News, Weekender

    We are collecting new and gently used costumes, along with monetary donations, for St. Anne’s Place, an emergency homeless shelter for families in
    North Minneapolis.

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  • 09/12/2014 Updates from the MCC/Minnesota Catholic Conference


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    Rehabilitate, Heal and Restore: the MCC supports restoring the voting rights of those who has completed their incarceration period. This would be one step toward creating a criminal justice system in Minnesota that would better balance punishment with rehabilitation and provide an opportunity for people to be healed and restored, while establishing a concrete way to reintegrate the marginalized into the broader community. 

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  • 09/12/2014 Garden Sharing Harvest Campaign for Septemberfest Weekend


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    Because we will not have room storage room during Septemberfest Weekend, there will be no collection of garden produce next weekend. Donations can be made at Incarnation Parish (612-822-2101) or at VEAP in Bloomington (952.888.9616). Please call to arrange your delivery time.

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  • 09/12/2014 SeptemberFest Pie Shop Drop


    Church News, Weekender

    Drop off pie donations on Friday, September 19th, 7:45am – 8:30am, curbside lower church.

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  • 09/11/2014 Children’s Liturgy of the Word Begins!


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    It’s time for Children’s Liturgy of the Word to begin a brand new year on Sunday, September 28th, during the 8:45 and 10:30 Masses.

    So what is Children’s Liturgy of the Word? It might help to start with what it’s not:

    A free baby sitting service? - no
    A way to give kids an entertaining break from Mass? - no
    A classroom activity? - no

    When our young children leave the Gathered Assembly they go to a special room where they do on their level the same thing that the rest of us who remain in the main part of Church are doing. They experience the Word of God proclaimed to them in a way that is meaningful to children. Just as we have a homily – Breaking Open the Word – given by a priest of deacon, they have a presider who Breaks Open the Word for them in a way that they can understand as children. God is present and speaks to them through Scripture, with a translation appropriate for children. The presider leads them in a sharing that brings home the meaning of the Gospel to their young lives. Our Children’s Liturgy of the Word serves the needs of children from kindergarten through grade 3. Would you like to join our team of presiders? Contact Terry Heer at 612/702-1552 or theer@annunciationmsp.org.

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  • 09/10/2014 Happy 1st Birthday to Annunciation’s Library!


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    This weekend marks the 1-year anniversary of our parish library, for which we owe a debt of gratitude to Therese Moriarty and Mary Lockhart! Both Therese and Mary have enjoyed meeting parishioners during Sunday morning library hours and they thank those of you who have made recent contributions. Our library needs include:

    Donations of DVDs that deal with our Christian Faith, the lives of the Saints, etc. Family friendly and children’s DVDs are welcome. Currently book donations are not needed.
    Volunteers to staff the library for the Saturday 5 PM Mass. Please call Therese Moriarty at 612-968-2871 for information on volunteering.

    Congratulations Therese and Mary and thanks for all your work on our library’s 1st birthday!

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  • 09/10/2014 Christmas Boutique: Donations


    Church News

    Now is a good time to start making a craft item that you can donate to the Christmas Boutique in December. When you are shopping at sales, look for Christmas items that you can donate to the Boutique or Silent Auction. The Boutique is an annual Respect Life project. Questions? Call Helen Trepanier at 612-822-8360.

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  • 09/10/2014 So What is Busted Halo?


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    I first became familiar with Busted Halo – http://bustedhalo.com (developed by the Paulist Fathers) a couple of years ago when one of our 1st Communion parents emailed me the link to the YouTube Eucharist (How We Receive). I enjoyed the lighthearted humor used to show both the wrong way and the right way to go to Communion. Since then I’ve been hooked on this resource and have incorporated it into our Confirmation, Sacramental prep, and RCIA ministries.

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  • 09/10/2014 Zero Waste Event


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    Caring for God’s Creation & the Poor:  “Creation is not some possession that we can lord over for our own pleasure; nor, even less, is it the property of only some people, the few: creation is a gift, it is the marvelous gift that God has given us, so that we will take care of it and harness it for the benefit of all, always with great respect and gratitude” ~Pope Francis 

    Stewardship Tip:  SeptemberFest ZEE WEE.  Next weekend is our annual Church festival and ZERO WASTE EVENT (or Zee Wee!)  Once again, the goal is to either compost or recycle everything possible, leaving less than 5% going to our city’s incinerator.  Please do your share to make this a reality!  What do you need to do?  When you walk up to the waste containers, PLEASE PAUSE AND SORT as you do at home:  1) COMPOSTABLE?  ALL of the beverage cups, forks, spoons, knives and plates are compostable foodware.  (They look plastic but are made of corn.)  All food waste and soiled paper products are also compostable.  2) RECYCLABLE?  Glass & plastic bottles, aluminum, and other plastic containers and paper are recyclable. (Think of your Single-Stream Recycling at home) and 3) TRASH?  Candy wrappers, chip bags and plastic bags are for the trash.  Enjoy SeptemberFest, but please be thoughtful at the waste containers!  Peace & Justice Committee

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  • 09/10/2014 Sharing of Garden Abundance Continue


    Church News

    Thanks to all those who have already donated garden produce these last couple of weeks for distribution to our local food shelves. These items are so greatly appreciated by those who run food shelves as well as the people they serve. Continued garden produce donations will be welcome between now and September 28th and can be brought to the Marian Dining Room at our weekend Mass times. Any contributions you can make during Minnesota Food Share’s Harvest Campaign will go a long way in helping to supplement the diets of those in need with healthy fresh food.

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  • 09/05/2014 Prayer for an End to Human Trafficking


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    Caring for God’s Creation & the Poor:  “I have always been distressed at the lot of those who are victims of various kinds of human trafficking. How I wish that all of us would hear God’s cry: “Where is your brother?” (Gen 4:9)…Let us not look the other way.”  ~ Pope Francis, Evangelii Gaudium

    Stewardship Tip:  Prayer for an End to Human Trafficking

    The story of St. Josephine Bakhita can be found in last week’s bulletin. In prayer let us ask her to intercede for an end to human trafficking.

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  • 09/03/2014 Join Cub Scouts! Have Fun! Meet Friends!


    Church News, Weekender

    Cub Scout Pack 103 is currently recruiting 1st through 5th grade boys to be members of Cub Scout Pack 103.

    Cub Scouting is an active program.  Everything we do is designed to have boys participating in active learning.  Activities happen at den and pack meetings as well as right at home with family members.  They are designed to be fun and to achieve the aims of Scouting – citizenship training, character development, and personal fitness.  Age-appropriate camping programs are packed with theme-oriented action that brings Cub Scouts into the world of imagination.

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  • 08/29/2014 Ice Bucket Challenge Warms Hearts


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    Amidst the heavy news stories that have filled our airwaves of late, hasn’t it been refreshing and fun to see how the response to the Ice Bucket Challenge has gone viral? Yes, the summer of 2014 will go down in history for how the Ice Bucket Challenge has called all us to consider helping the cause of ALS research while challenging others to do the same. TV and device screen images of so many cold water dousings have warmed our hearts to and awakened our awareness of the sufferings that challenge our brothers and sisters with ALS and their families.

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  • 08/29/2014 Know Someone Thinking About Becoming Catholic?


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    Perhaps you do! What if the only thing this person needs is an invitation from you! Or maybe ‘the someone’ who is thinking about the Catholic Faith is you! RCIA is for someone:

    • who has never been baptized
    • from another Faith Tradition who wants to join the Catholic Church
    • who just wants to explore the possibility but not yet ready to commit
    • already Catholic who somehow missed Confirmation
    • already Catholic who wants to return to the Faith or who simply wants to update

    So come with your interests, your curiosity, your questions and concerns. If you feel uncertain about what you want to do, that’s OK. RCIA/Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults will begin at Annunciation during the 1st week of October and conclude in early May. We will meet on a night of the week that works out best for the group. Annunciation’s RCIA/Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults program will begin in early October. To learn more, please contact Sr. Sue at 612-824-9993 X 251 or storgersen@annunciationmsp.org.

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  • 08/29/2014 St. Josephine Bakhita


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    Caring for God’s Creation & the Poor: “God of hope and freedom, inspire and strengthen us in our work to loosen the chains of human trafficking in our world, so that like St. Josephine Bakhita, we may stand firm in our resolve to create a slave‐free world. Through Christ our Lord.”  ~ From Prayer Service for an End to Human Trafficking, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops/USCCB

    St. Josephine Bakhita, Witness of Hope for Victims of Human Trafficking, was born in Sudan in 1869.

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  • 08/22/2014 Peace & Justice Titles Added to Library


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    Caring for God’s Creation & the Poor: "Rebuild the alliance between man and earth, before it is too late!" ~Pope Benedict XVI, Ten Commandments for the Environment..

     

    Stewardship Tip:  Peace & Justice Titles Added to Library.  There are 3 new titles available for check out at the Annunciation Parish Library, donated by the Peace & Justice Committee.  Here are the new additions:

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  • 08/15/2014 Caring for the Earth and Its People


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    Caring for God’s Creation & the Poor:  “And this should be our attitude towards Creation. Safeguard Creation. Because if we destroy Creation, Creation will destroy us! Never forget this.” ~Pope Francis, Papal Audience, Vatican Radio, May 21, 2014

    Stewardship Tip:  Caring for the Earth and its People – We are blessed in our times to have a Pope who encourages us to feel Wonder and Awe (one of the 7 Gifts of the Holy Spirit) over the beauty of the God’s gift of Creation, while at the same time exhorting us to the urgent need to protect this gift.

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  • 08/08/2014 U.S. Bishops Urge Action on Carbon Pollution to Stem Climate Change (PT 3)


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    Caring for God’s Creation & the Poor:  “Act now to protect human life and dignity in the future.”  U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) 5/29/2014

    Stewardship Tip:  U.S. Bishops Urge Action on Carbon Pollution to Stem Climate Change. (Part 3 of 3) Archbishop Wenski urged the EPA to be guided by the following principles, outlined by both the U.S. bishops in their 2001 statement “Global Climate Change: A Plea for Dialogue, Prudence and the Common Good” and Pope Francis in recent comments.

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  • 08/01/2014 U.S. Bishops Urge Action on Carbon Pollution to Stem Climate Change (PT 2)


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    Caring for God’s Creation & the Poor:  “Consider effects of pollution on poor, vulnerable people nationally, globally.” U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) 5/29/2014

    Stewardship Tip:  U.S. Bishops Urge Action on Carbon Pollution to Stem Climate Change...

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  • 07/25/2014 U.S. Bishops Urge Action on Carbon Pollution to Stem Climate Change (PT 1)


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    Caring for God’s Creation & the Poor: “Reduce carbon pollution to mitigate climate change.” U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) 5/29/2014

    Stewardship Tip:  U.S. Bishops Urge Action on Carbon Pollution to Stem Climate Change.  (Part 1 of 3)

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  • 07/24/2014 Aim Higher 2nd Annual Night of Light


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    A Celebration of Catholic Education

    Save the Date!
    Hilton Minneapolis
    October 24, 2014

    Cocktail reception 6:00 pm
    Dinner 7-9:00 pm

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  • 07/23/2014 2nd Annual Texas Holdem for Sagrada Familia Life Care Center!


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  • 07/16/2014 Human Trafficking in Minnesota: What can be done?


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    Caring for God’s Creation & the Poor:  “Responsibility is required towards those who have fallen victim to trafficking in order to protect their rights, to guarantee their safety and that of their families, and to prevent the corrupt and criminals from escaping justice and having the last word over the lives of others.” ~Pope Francis

    Stewardship Tip:  Human Trafficking in Minnesota:  What can be done?  Sister Ann Redmond, CSJ, PhD gave a presentation on May 19, 2014 at Annunciation on Modern Day Slavery:  Human Trafficking in Minnesota.  Last week’s Tip discussed the statistics; this week focuses on what we can do, along with resources…

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  • 07/16/2014 Planned Parenthood Alternatives


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    Now that Planned Parenthood has opened a satellite clinic Centro de Salud (Health Center) at 66th and Lyndale in Richfield, one thing that we at Annunciation can do to support life is to be well informed about the services offered by two nearby Life Care Centers. Tapestry Pregnancy and Family Resource Center (www.tapestryfamilies.org 4105 Chicago Ave S, 612-823-0301) and Sagrada Familia (www.ss-mpls.org/sagrada-familia  2211 Clinton Ave S, 612-767-2430), along with a number other Life Care Centers in the Twin Cities Metro area offer welcome, understanding, support, and care for women during pregnancy and after the child’s birth. Your support of these two centers will go a long way in providing help as well as hope to women so they can experience the support they need to choose life for their unborn child. Both centers are always in need of financial support as well as items needed to care for babies. A visit to their websites will give you information on the array of services they provide as well as the means to make a donation.

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  • 07/07/2014 Vacation Bible School was a Hit!


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    Thank You Vacation Bible School Co-Chairs Krista Richardson and Alisa Kirby. Your planning, coordinating and executing a wonderful and meaningful VBS is much appreciated by parents and youth!

    Congratulations on recruiting the best VBS volunteers both adults and youth, their willingness to share the unique gifts God has given them is a true blessing to this community!

    Thank You Eli Pollock VBS staff Liaison for your creativity, energy and joy you add so much to our summer!

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  • 07/03/2014 Transforming PayDay Lending Practices in MN


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    Caring for God’s Creation & the Poor:  “No one must say that they cannot be close to the poor because their own lifestyle demands more attention to other areas. This is an excuse commonly heard in academic, business or professional, and even ecclesial circles. While it is quite true that the essential vocation and mission of the lay faithful is to strive that earthly realities and all human activity may be transformed by the Gospel, none of us can think we are exempt from concern for the poor and for social justice.” ~Pope Francis, Evangelii Gaugium

    Stewardship Tip:  More work ahead to transform PayDay Lending Practices in MN! 

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  • 07/02/2014 Nursery Closed July 6th


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    The nursery will be closed on Sunday, July 6th, for the 4th of July weekend.

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  • 06/26/2014 Following up on Postcard Campaign


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    Caring for God’s Creation & the Poor:  “They are human people, I stress this, who are appealing for solidarity and assistance, who need urgent action but also and above all understanding and kindness. God is good, let us imitate God. Their condition cannot leave us indifferent.” ~Pope Francis, Evangelii Gaudium

    Stewardship Tip:  Following up on Postcard Campaign: Being a Church for the poor through advocacy successes for housing stability and the homeless!


     

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  • 06/26/2014 Tapestry Pregnancy and Family Resource Center


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    If someone you cared about were in crisis pregnancy seeking help, wouldn’t you want to connect this person to a place of welcome, understanding, support, and care? A place that offers education, empowerment, and the tools needed to succeed? How about a place that helps thousands of women each year, the majority of whom, with peace of mind and heart, choose life for their unborn baby? This place really does exist and it’s so close by! This place is the Tapestry Pregnancy and Family Resource Center. http://www.tapestryfamilies.org/, 4105 Chicago Ave S, 612-823-0301. Tapestry is only one of a number of similar Life Care Centers located in the Twin Cities Metro.

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  • 06/19/2014 Support for Immigration Reform


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    Caring for God’s Creation & the Poor:  “Migrants present a particular challenge for me, since I am the pastor of a Church without frontiers, a Church which considers herself mother to all. For this reason, I exhort all countries to a generous openness which, rather than fearing the loss of local identity, will prove capable of creating new forms of cultural synthesis”. ~Pope Francis, Evangelii Gaudium

    Stewardship Tip:  Following up on Postcard Campaign:  The Time Is NOW to show your Support for Immigration Reform (Again)!

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  • 06/19/2014 Christmas Boutique: Items Request


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    Christmas Boutique: Summer is a good time to think about making a craft item that you could donate to the Christmas Boutique in December. Also, when you are shopping at sales, look for Christmas items that you can donate to the Boutique or Silent Auction. The Boutique is an annual Respect Life project. Proceeds are donated to a variety of Respect Life organizations. Questions? Call Helen Trepanier at 612-822-8360

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  • 06/19/2014 Human Trafficking in Minnesota


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    Caring for God’s Creation & the Poor:

    “Together we can and must employ our energies so that these women, men and children can be freed, thus putting an end to this horrible trade.” ~Pope Francis

    Stewardship Tip:  

    Human Trafficking in Minnesota.  On May 19, 2014 Sister Ann Redmond, CSJ, PhD gave a presentation at Annunciation on Modern Day Slavery:  Human Trafficking in Minnesota...

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  • 06/19/2014 Mother’s Day Plant Sale Success


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    The Respect Life Ministry wants to thank everyone who bought corsages and African violet plants for Mother's Day and everyone who bought plants at the plant sale. Thank you to everyone who worked or helped in any way at these sales to make them a success. We raised over $1,100 for various life organizations who help mothers and babies. We are grateful for support for "life." Questions or comments? Call Helen Trepanier at 612-822-8360.

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  • 06/18/2014 Relevant Radio


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    Relevant Radio, 1330 AM, is Talk Radio for Catholic Life in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis. "Living the Gospel of Life" airs on Saturday mornings from 11:30 am to Noon on 1330 AM Relevant Radio in the Twin Cities. "The Rediscover Hour" is on Friday mornings from 9:00 am to 10:00 am. Tune in to Relevant Radio 1330 AM or listen online at www.relevantradio1330.com.

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  • 06/13/2014 Intelligent Consumer Spending:  Resources for Informed Purchasing


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    Caring for God’s Creation & the Poor:   “People have to struggle to live and, frequently, to live in an undignified way. One cause of this situation, in my opinion, is in the our relationship with money, and our acceptance of its power over ourselves and our society.”  ~Pope Francis

    Stewardship Tip:  Intelligent Consumer Spending:  Resources for Informed Purchasing.

    Consumer choices shape the economy. According to the most recent Consumer Expenditures survey, the average U.S. household spent $51,442 in 2012. This consumer spending is an essential part of the U.S. economic system and influences both methods of production and attitudes toward labor. In this context, consumer choice can be a tool for bringing greater justice into society. Each dollar spent is a chance to consider how our choices reflect the principles of Catholic Social Teaching. The following links illustrate how the marketplace can be used to support justice in labor and production practices.

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  • 06/01/2014 Why Stop Drinking Bottled Water?


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    Caring for God’s Creation & the Poor:  “All you who are thirsty, come to the water!” ~Isaiah 55: 1

    Stewardship Tip:  Why stop drinking bottled water?  Instead of buying bottled water, use a glass or ceramic cup, or carry a refillable bottle.

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  • 05/22/2014 Reception Open House for Retiring Staff


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    Sunday, June 8 10:30am Mass, followed by a Reception Open House for Retiring Staff. Please take time to come to the Church Community Room to say thank-you and goodbye to retiring staff members, cards are appreciated.

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  • 05/02/2014 Respect Life Ministry Update


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    Respect Life: For those who mourn the death of a child, that they may be given the strength and courage needed to face the future, and that they may be understood and blessed. We pray to the Lord.
     
    The Respect Life Ministry will be selling orchid corsages and African violet plants next weekend, May 10th and 11th (Mother's Day weekend), after all the Masses. The donation for either the orchid corsage or the African violet plant is $5. Plan ahead to get a corsage or violet plant for your mother, grandmother, or a special woman in your life.
     
    Thank you to everyone who ordered plants from the Respect Life Ministry. The plants will be delivered on Friday, May 16th. If you ordered plants, please pick them up on Friday, May 16th, between 1:00 pm and 5:30 pm. We will have extra plants, tomatoes, and hanging baskets for sale on Friday afternoon, as well as after the Masses on May 17th and 18th. Please consider donating plants from your garden to the plant sale. Questions? Call Helen Trepanier at 612-822-8360.

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  • 05/02/2014 Congratulations!


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    We wish to congratulate Annunciation’s 44 second graders at the time of their 1st Communion this weekend. It is wonderful to welcome you to the Table of the Eucharist and that you can now receive Jesus in Holy Communion!

    This weekend we wish to congratulate Annunciation’s 23 tenth graders who are being confirmed at the Basilica, on Monday, May 5th, during Mass at 7:00 PM. We rejoice with you as you complete your Sacraments of Initiation in the Catholic Church and we pray for you and the blessing it will be in your life for you to receive the full outpouring of God’s Holy Spirit! As Annunciation parishioners we bless you in a special Rite of Sending at this weekend’s 10:30 Sunday Mass.

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  • 04/22/2014 Incarnation Food Shelf Accepts Fresh Produce


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    The food collected in Annunciation's Food Bins is donated to the Incarnation Food Shelf at Incarnation Church, 3817 Pleasant Ave., Minneapolis.  The donated food is kept safely secured until delivered weekly by our volunteers.  We have recently learned that the shelf does have a cooler and will accept fresh produce.  Those relying on food shelves frequently have poor nutrition, not only due to lack of food and hunger, but because much of the food is processed and less nutritional.  Thank you for your generosity!

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  • 04/22/2014 RCIA Welcome


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    Welcome to Our Newly Baptized, Received into the Church, and Confirmed!

    At our Holy Thursday Mass the RCIA faith journey of 5 of our RCIA candidates culminated in their full initiation into our Catholic Faith with the celebration of the Sacraments of Confirmation and Eucharist. Please welcome Kari Beth Shobe and Caitlin Niedzwiecki who were received into the Church, confirmed and made their 1st Communion, Danielle Wright who was confirmed and made 1st Matthew Hartloff and JoAnn O’Rourke who were confirmed. At the Easter Vigil on Holy Saturday, Jon Wright was baptized into our Faith, confirmed and made his 1st Communion.

    All of those who have been engaged in our RCIA experience this year have enjoyed and appreciated your prayerful support. Let us continue to hold one another in prayer that we may always grow deeper in God’s love and that through the use of our gifts we may always share this love where it is needed most in our world. Congratulations Kari, Caitlin, Danielle, Jon, Matt and JoAnn and thanks to those who walked with you as sponsors!

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  • 04/16/2014 Thanks to All Who Made Our Lent So Blessed!


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    Thanks to Cathy Dolan who organized and prepared such delicious soup suppers on four Lent Friday evenings before Stations of The Cross. Thanks to Dan O’Brien, Bob and Colleen Healy, and the Krocheski-Meyer family for helping with set-up, serving, and clean-up.

    Speaking of Stations of the Cross, Joan Moffatt provided us with a very special experience of praying this beloved Lenten traditional in our Catholic Church by involving many people from our parish to take the various parts of the Stations of the Cross that were composed by St. John’s Abbey. We have been truly blessed this Lent by the sharing these people’s gifts and those of so many others!

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  • 04/16/2014 The Triduum at Annunciation


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    This year at Annunciation 6 people will be confirmed at the Holy Thursday Mass. Some are being received into the Catholic Church while others are completing their initiation into the Catholic Faith with the celebration of Confirmation. At the Easter Vigil one of our RCIA members will be fully initiated into the Catholic Church – that is, he will be baptized, confirmed and receive his 1st Communion. RCIA is a year-long study and reflection process in which sponsors and candidates/catechumens explore our Catholic Faith through the topics of Creed, Sacraments, Scripture, Prayer, and Morality. On Palm Sunday our group will have an afternoon retreat as final preparation these sacraments. Please pray that these people will be richly blessed as they prepare to fully “Put on the Lord Jesus Christ” Sacramentally and through the way they live their lives.

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  • 04/11/2014 Next Argument Club for Women


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    Medical Care.  School Choice.  Sexual Education.  Discipline.  More and more it seems that parents and the state are at odds regarding major decisions about the care and formation of children.  Who decides how children should be raised?  The family?  The village?  Or both?  The Argument Club for Women will meet the evening of Tuesday, May 27, at St. Hubert’s Catholic Church in Chanhassen to debate the topic, “Parents vs. State:  Who gets to raise our children?”  Mark your calendars for this important debate on a timely topic. 

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  • 03/28/2014 Vacation Bible School Update


    Church News, Weekender

    Elementary Camp is full, Preschool has openings, and we are looking for Youth Volunteers!.....

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  • 03/27/2014 Phyllis Sheehan


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    On Tuesday evening the Feast of Annunciation the founder of Mission Haiti Inc. Phyllis Sheehan departed this earth to be reunited with her husband Don in Heaven.

    For those of you who do not know Phyllis she was a pillar of Annunciation and dedicated her life both spiritually and in time and talents to her Parish. She was the President of the Annunciation Council of Catholic Woman for many years (Projects completed under her leadership include but not limited to Church kitchen renovation and Community room renovation) Parish Trustee, Minister of the Year and Annunciation life time achievement  award winner. She was a Champion for social justice with her dedication to the poor. She is the reason why Annunciation has a Parish Mission in Leogane, Haiti. Phyllis’s funeral will be here at Annunciation on Saturday 3/29/2014, please contact the parish office for more information.

    Read Phyllis Sheehan's obituary.

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  • 03/19/2014 Feast of the Annunciation Mass


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    Families, you are very cordially invited to attend the all-school Mass on the Feast of the Annunciation, Tuesday March 25th at 8:15 a.m. in church.  First grade will be doing the readings and prayers.  Afterwards, please join us for coffee downstairs in the Community Room.

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  • 02/07/2014 Annunciation Scripture Studies Begins the Book of Job!


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    Our Wednesday morning Scripture group has just completed its study of the Book of Exodus and we’re ready to move on to something new. So on February 19th we will begin our adventure of reading the Book of Job. We meet from 9:15 to 10:30 every Wednesday morning in the Hospitality Room. Thanks to Louise Fowler who serves as our facilitator, we not only study the Scripture, but we also spend some time in prayer together and enjoy one another’s company. Our gatherings have become quite dear to us and we would love to have you join us!

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  • 11/07/2013 Supporting Mothers & Babies in Need


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    Thank you for all the money donated during the Baby Bottle Campaign for our 2 Life Care Centers: Tapestry Center and St. Stephen's Life Care Center...

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