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Adult Faith Formation

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.

Currently Featured (see individual announcements, below):
       Becoming a Catholic (RCIA)
       Our Lady of Guadalupe Mass & Fiesta - Dec. 11
       Spirituality Book Club - beginning Sept. 15
       Thursday Morning Scripture Study: Exodus - beginning Sept. 22
       Living the Scriptures (weekly Mass readings bible study) - beginning Sept. 27
       Men's Prayer Breakfast - ongoing
       Prayer Hour - ongoing



Look to the Future!
Build Bridges!

Our Lady of Guadalupe
Sunday, Dec. 11

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. This year, we have an unusual opportunity. Since the Mass and Fiesta of Our Lady of Guadalupe will be celebrated on a Sunday this year, English-speaking parishioners are especially invited.

Everyone is invited to worship with the Latino community at our 12:45 Mass, which is in Spanish. We’ll have English-Spanish worship aid booklets and other assistance for those who do not speak Spanish.

Fiesta registration has now closed.
Because of seating limitations, persons who are not already members of our Latino community needed to register by Dec. 1 in order to attend the fiesta, the meal and entertainment which follow the Mass (you do not need to register to attend the Mass). We did not run out of fiesta seats; if you registered, your registration was accepted. Persons who gave us an email address when they registered will receive a fiesta orientation email by Dec. 9 with background info, handy Spanish phrases, and an e-copy of the bilingual worship aid.

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. Come and experience the joy and warmth of her celebration here!

Co-sponsored by the Hispanic Leadership Council, the Social Justice Council, and the Faith Formation Council. For more information, contact Lucy Arimond, Director of Adult Formation and Evangelization,, 651-415-3331.

Invitation – Monday Night Prayer Hour

2016-2017 dates:
Nov. 7, Dec. 5, Jan. 2, Feb. 6, Mar. 6, Apr. 3, May 1, Jun. 5, Jul. 10, Aug. 7, Sept. 11, Oct. 2

“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 every first Monday of the month in Room 1301 from 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM. We begin with songs of contemporary praise and worship, then discuss a topic to help us grow in our spiritual walk with the Lord. Then we pray for each other, the church, and the stuff of life. Everyone is welcome to join in this special hour of encouragement and blessing.
Questions ? Call Leo Boucher 651-484-2386.

Invitation - Men's Prayer Breakfast

We would like to welcome men to our prayer breakfast, which has been meeting for many years. We meet every Wednesday from 6:00 AM to 7:00 AM at Byerlys 1601 West County Road C, Roseville, MN 55113. We start by reading the scriptures for Sunday, enjoy breakfast, share our thoughts on the meaning of the scripture readings, and end with short prayers. The "leading" rotates each week. Questions ? Call Leo Boucher 651-484-2386


Love to Read?
Enjoy Conversations about Books?

Spirituality Book Club

Date: 3rd Thursdays, beginning Sept. 15
Time: 10:00-11:30 a.m.
Place: Grateful Table, 2804 Fairview Av.

No registration needed – just show up!

St. Odilia has a great tradition of parishioner-led book clubs, meeting here at the church, in parishioners’ homes, or at nearby libraries or restaurants. Some of the groups have been meeting for decades – they’ve been a treasured community connection. Our longtime “Spirituality Book Club” has switched to daytime meetings, on the third Thursday of every month, at a cozy, family-run restaurant just a couple of miles from here, in Roseville, and is inviting more parishioners to join them. At the September meeting, they chose this year’s books; click HERE to see the reading list. For further information, contact Mary Jo Rourke, 651-483-1228,


Thursday Morning Scripture Study
New members welcome!

Fall Topic: EXODUS

Dates: Thursdays, beginning Sept. 22
Time: 8:00 a.m. (after morning Mass)
Place: Parish Conference Room
Cost: $20

Our long-running and much-loved Thursday morning scripture study group is starting up again for the fall, with a study of the Book of Exodus. The Exodus is the central event of the Old Testament. Its themes of liberation, wilderness, passover, covenant, and God's dwelling are central to the entire Bible. Starts Sept 22 for 10 sessions. Cost is $20.00 per person. Questions or to sign up - call Margaret Trondson, 651-429-6702.

“Living the Scriptures”
Tuesday Bible Study Group

When: Tuesdays, 10:00-11:15 a.m., beginning Sept. 27
Where: 3510 Vivian Av. – the Faith Formation office building
Cost: $9.00 total for 8 week series

Enjoy the Sunday readings together!
Meet fellow parishioners!
Share how the Word of God comes alive in your life!

Our Tuesday morning Bible Study program is currently full to capacity, but we have a waiting list, and will form a second study group if enough people are interested. The group is ongoing, from September through May, with back-to-back seasonal segments. We’re still using 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.

For information or to register, contact one of our study group conveners, Rosie Stahl, 651-483-6936, and Mary Ann Ryan, 651-470-0590, or Lucy Arimond, Director of Adult Formation and Evangelization, 651-415-3331,
Rite of Christian Initiation (RCIA)
The Journey to Becoming Catholic”
Wednesday evenings, late September through Easter Season
7:00 – 8:30 pm in the Parish Conference Room.

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