Adult Faith Contact
    Our parish offers a variety of programs throughout the year including Bible Studies, Faith Studies, Retreats and RCIA. Listen for pulpit announcements and watch this website, the bulletin and the St. Odilia Messenger for information about upcoming events.  Structure of events and offerings this year may be altered with safety requirements. Contact Jill at 651.415.3331 or jill.fink@stodilia.org

    Theotokos Advent Retreat



    Saturday, November 21, 2020
    8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in the Church

    Mary holds a prominent role in Salvation History. Enjoy a morning of prayer and reflection as we ponder Mary’s title Theotokos and look to iconic expressions of sacred art for mediation and deepening our prayer.

    Local presenters include Fr. Tim Tran, Parochial Vicar; Rodrigo Mayorga Landeros, Seminarian assigned to St. Odilia and Jan Storms, parishioner and iconographer. The morning will include Mass, opportunity for confession and worship experience with music by Alex Schindler. This morning is free and will be livestreamed. SEE FLYER
    Questions? Contact Jill Fink, Director of Discipleship and Formation at 651.415.3331 or jill.fink@stodilia.org

    Get FORMED

    Formed.org offers online Catholic study programs, movies, ebooks, and audio downloads from top Catholic presenters.  There is something for every age including family movies.  Watch as an individual, as a couple, family or form a small group.  You can grow in your faith in a profound and meaningful way. St. Odilia has purchased a shareable subscription to an online catholic resource that you'll find to be invaluable. 
    Click here for instructions to subscribe.


    archspm.org/ Synod

     Serving Catholics and communities in the Twin Cities and surrounding regions. 

    Where are we in the Synod Process? 
    2020-21 The Church Prepares. 

    Click HERE to review the updated Synod Process and this year's events.

    After last year's successful Prayer and Listening Sessions,
    Archbishop Hebda announces three Focus Areas for Parishes to discuss in Fall 2021
    toward a vision plan through the Synod process for our Archdiocese.

    Three Focus Areas:
    1. Forming parishes that are in the service of Evangilization
    2. Forming Missionary Disciples
    3. Forming Youth and Young Adults for a church that is always young.

    Praying with Scripture Series - 5 part virtual study

    This five-part virtual study instructs on how to go deeper in your prayer life through encountering Christ in the Sacred Scriptures.  Archbishop Hebda and Bishop Cozzens offer instruction and examples for the faithful.  Each video contains testimonies from Catholics throughout the Archdiocese.  A Prayer Companion accompanies each week's study per day.  Don't miss this opportunity to grow deeper in your prayer life!

    Talk 1

    Click the image to begin the series

    Talk Titles and Speakers:

    Talk 1:  "Prayer is a Personal Relationship with God," by Archbishop Hebda

    Talk 2:  "How to Listen to God in Our Hearts," by Bishop Cozzens

    Talk 3:  "Conversations with God - Acknowledge, Relate, Receive, Respond,"  by Bishop Cozzens

    Talk 4:  "Discernment of Spirits - Consolation and Desolation,"  by Bishop Cozzens

    Talk 5:  "Overcoming Obstacles," by Archbishop Hebda

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    Healing and Hope Retreat - 5-part virtual retreat

    This virtual five-part retreat grounds each person’s fundamental identity as a beloved child of God. Yet each has experienced wounds that bind. This retreat explores how to unbind these knots through the intercession of Our Lady, Undoer of Knots, and open these wounds to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Encountering Jesus’ love and mercy brings healing and hope.

    Videos will be posted online and available on the Archdiocesan Synod app beginning October 18. The videos will also be livestreamed Tuesdays at 7 p.m., beginning October 20, on Facebook and YouTube.

    Retreat Event:  Prayer Service at the Cathedral 

    Saturday, Nov. 14 at 10am - noon

    In addition to the virtual Healing and Hope Retreat, this in-person prayer service gathers the Body of Christ together to bring their wounds to Jesus through group prayers of freedom, individual prayer in Eucharistic adoration, as well as the opportunity to go to confession and recieve healing prayer ministry.  If you have been participating in teh reflective activies for this retreat, you may bring the sheets of healing filled out during the Sacred Heart activity to this event.

    Two Ways to Participate

    • Download the Archdiocesan Synod App: Access videos, discussion questions, and daily Prayer Companion reflections. Plus, receive alerts when new content Is posted. Download myParish App and within the app, search for “Archdiocesan Synod.”

    • Sign Up for Weekly Emails: Receive an email each week during the Praying with Scripture Series and Healing and Hope Retreat, containing links to that week’s video, plus downloadable discussion questions and Prayer Companion. Sign up here.

    Our Lady of Guadalupe

    St. Odilia has the privilege of being a parish for people of many cultures and histories, but one of our biggest groups is our Latino community.

    Everyone is invited to worship with the Latino community at our 1:00pm Mass, which is in Spanish. If you don't speak Spanish and want a bilingual worship aid, contact Sandy Cortez, Latino Ministry Coordinator, cortez@stodilia.org, 651-415-3365. 

    DID YOU KNOW that, in 1945, Pope Pius XII named Our Lady of Guadalupe as the “Patroness of the Americas”? So she is Blessed Mother for all of us, not just for people of Mexican or other Latino heritage.

    walking with purpose Walking with Purpose Women's Bible Study

    Monday Women's Bible Study
    Time:  11:30am-1:00pm
    Where:  3510 Building (next to the prayer garden)

    Initial Meetings in October and beginning of November are open for anyone who wants to check out the study.  At the end of November we’ll start in with Open Your Heart Bible Study.
    Review our Coming Together Safely Plan for Walking with Purpose for more information.

    To learn more about Walking with Purpose, use this link:www.walkingwithpurpose.com

    Questions? Contact Melissa Gruber at: melissakgruber@comcast.net

    Parenting in the Faith Mom's Group

    First Saturday of the Month Discussion Group
    Time:  9:00am to 10:30am
    Where:  Cafeteria

    St. Odilia school mothers join for fellowship and discussion.  Currently we are discussing Walking with Purpose Seven Priorities That Make Life Work by Lisa Brenninkmeyer.  This group is currently full and not taking new members. Review our Coming Together Safely Plan for Parenting in the Faith for more information.

    Questions?  Contact Angie Donohoo at: angie.donohoo@gmail.com

    Invitation - Men's Prayer Breakfast Via Zoom

    We would like to welcome men to our prayer breakfast, which has been meeting for many years. Originally we have meet in person from 6-7am at Byerlys, but recently have moved into the virtual world to meet via Zoom. We come into the meeting beginning at 9:00AM to 10:00AM. We virtually drink our coffee, start by reading the scriptures for Sunday, share our thoughts on the meaning of the scripture readings, and end with short prayers. The "leading" rotates each week. We welcome other men to join.

    Questions? Contact Leo Boucher 651-484-2386 or email leoboucher@gmail.com

    Life in the Spirit

    Monday Night Prayer Hour
    Time: 7:00-8:30 pm
    Dates: September 1 & 14, October 5 & 19, November 2 & 16, December 7 & 21
    January 4 & 18, February 7 & 21, March 7, April 12, May 3, June 7, July 12
    Usual Location: We are currently meeting off site via Zoom.
    “Come away with me to a quiet place and find some rest.” – Mark 6:31

    Join us for a special parishioner-led time of prayer on Monday evening from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM. We begin with songs of contemporary praise and worship, have a check in with members and discuss a scripture passage or special prayer topic to help us grow in our spiritual walk with the Lord. Then we pray for prayer requests and intentions. Everyone is welcome to join in this special time of encouragement and blessing.

    Questions? Contact Leo Boucher 651-484-2386 or email leoboucher@gmail.com

    Living the Scriptures

    Tuesday Bible Study Group 
    When: Tuesdays, October 27, 2020, thru June 2021, 10:00-11:15 a.m. 
    Where: 3510 Building
    Cost: $25.00/semester

    Reflect on the upcoming Sunday readings together.
    Meet fellow parishioners!
    Share how the Word of God comes alive in your life!

    Our Tuesday morning Bible Study program, which starts for the fall on October 27, is presently full. We keep a waiting list for this group, and invite new members as vacancies occur. We also could form a new group if the waiting list gets large enough. We use the very popular “Sunday by Sunday” bible study guides to each week’s Sunday Mass readings, which are published by the Sisters of St. Joseph. Small group, informal atmosphere, friendly, prayerful, relaxed. Take some time out for the Word of God, enrich your understanding of the readings you’ll hear each Sunday at Mass, and explore how to live the meaning of the scriptures in your daily life and in our world.

    Questions?  Contact Mary Ann Ryan, maretired46@gmail.com
    Review our Coming Together Safely for Living the Scriptures for more information.

    Rite of Christian Initiation (RCIA)

    Wednesday Formation Sessions
    Time: 6:30-8pm
    Where:  Library
    Dates:  Sessions begin lat September to Pentecost.

    The Journey to Becoming Catholic incorporates evening sessions of formation where the beliefs and life of the Catholic Church are explored.  A sponsor accompanies the candidate through the process.  The sessions are led by a team of catechists.

    Questions?  Contact Jill Fink, 651.415.3331 or jill.fink@stodilia.org