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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):
       All About Islam - Apr. 25
       Spirituality of Gratitude - May 4
       Parish Lenten Mission - Life & Thought of Pope Francis - Fr. Joncas' outlines available below
       Becoming a Catholic (RCIA)
       Spirituality Book Club
       Living the Scriptures (weekly Mass readings bible study)
       Men's Prayer Breakfast - weekly
       Prayer Hour - monthly



Our Muslim-Christian connection continues
Ever wished we could do something to build bridges between Christians and Muslims?
We’ve made a good start – now let’s continue!

All About Islam

Tuesday, April 25, 7:00 – 8:30 pm, in our Courtyard

No pre-registration needed - $5 requested at door to help defray expenses.
We are pleased to continue our relationship with our Muslim neighbors from the Imam Husain Islamic Center (IHIC) by hosting “All About Islam”, a program led by Dr. Odeh Muhawesh.
His presentation will address topics and questions submitted by St. Odilia parishioners who hosted our Muslim guests at Mass on September 18th. The topics range from Muslim beliefs to religious practices to political and cultural issues.
Dr. Muhawesh is an adjunct professor of theology at the University of St. Thomas where he teaches Business Law, History of the Modern Middle East, and Islam. He is a regular speaker at churches, synagogues, colleges, and universities around the nation and the author of numerous books and essays on matters of world religions and the history of religious development.
Please join us and bring your friends for an informative discussion and an opportunity to continue to build bridges between Christians and Muslims. For further information, please contact Lucy Arimond, Director of Adult Formation and Evangelization,, 651-415-3331.

Registration now open!

for our new spring program on the

Spirituality of Gratitude

When: Thurs., May 4, 7:00-8:30 p.m.
Where: Courtyard
Presenter: Mark T. Scannell, M.A., D. Min.
Cost: $8 per person
On sale: copies of Mark’s book, The Gratitude Element: A New Look at the Serenity Prayer

During many years of work in the field, Mark became aware that the Serenity Prayer is incomplete unless you do the gratitude work that is implicit in it, but often neglected. We don’t just petition God for serenity; we also need to be actively grateful – this is a big part of healing.
This program is for anyone who wants to deepen their sense of gratitude, and explore how gratitude fits into our relationships with God and with each other. We’re aiming this program not only at people who are interested in 12-step work, or are part of the 12-step community – it’s for all of us.
Mark notes that the four classic Catholic forms of prayer are:
Repentance, Petition, Praise, Gratitude
Giving thanks is “a natural and essential ingredient in an appeal for serenity, courage and wisdom.” Come and learn about the practicality of gratitude – the “how-to’s” of it.
Co-sponsored by the Pastoral Care Council and the Faith Formation Council.

About our presenter:
Mark T. Scannell holds a master’s degree in theology and a doctorate in ministry. A former Roman Catholic priest, he married in the Church after being dispensed from his vows, and lives with Elaine, his wife of 31 years, in South Minneapolis. He has worked as a consultant, a counselor and a life coach, and recently retired from co-ownership of a manufacturer’s representative’s plumbing company. This has allowed him to turn his energies to his many interests, including life coaching, writing, learning, and organizing/teaching in parish adult education settings.

To register: Download and print the registration form, found in the “Files” box at the bottom of this webpage. Make your check payable to St. Odilia. Mail or bring to the parish office. Paper forms are also available in the main parish office and in the Faith Formation office.
For more info: Contact Lucy Arimond, Director of Adult Formation and Evangelization,, 651-415-3331.

St. Odilia Parish Lenten Mission
March 13-15

Want the outlines? Here they are!

The Life and Thought of Pope Francis
Presenter: Fr. Michael Joncas

Mon., Mar. 13 – Pope Francis: the man, the priest and the teacher
Tues., Mar. 14 – The Joy of the Gospel
Wed., Mar. 15 – The Joy of Love

We’ve just concluded three great evenings of inspiration and insight, as Fr. Joncas explored with us the life and thought of Pope Francis. Many of you have asked if you could get a copy of Fr. Joncas’ outlines, and he has generously agreed to make them available to you here.

On Monday evening, he shared his insights about Pope Francis himself – how Jorge Mario Bergoglio came to be the man and the pope that he is today, and how he is teaching and guiding the Church. Click HERE for his March 13 outline.

On Tuesday, Fr. Joncas focused on “The Joy of the Gospel” (Evangelii Gaudium), Pope Francis’ apostolic exhortation to all of us in the Church about the proclamation of the Gospel in today’s world. Click HERE for his March 14 outline.

On Wednesday, he turned to “The Joy of Love” (Amoris Laetitia), Pope Francis’ apostolic exhortation on love in the family. Click HERE for his March 15 outline.

Fr. Joncas encouraged all of us to read Pope Francis’ words for ourselves, if we hadn’t already done so. Here are links to the documents, in English, on the official Vatican website:
Click HERE to read “Evangelii Gaudium”
Click HERE to read “Amoris Laetitia”

If you have questions, or would like to volunteer with our Adult Faith Formation programs, 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,


“Living the Scriptures”
Tuesday Bible Study Group

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

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

This popular group presently has a waiting list. Join the waiting list, and we'll notify you as spaces open. Or, if we get enough interested people, we'll form an additional group. 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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