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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):
       Parish Lenten Mission - Life & Thought of Pope Francis - Fr. Joncas' outlines available below
       Muslim-Christian bridge-building initiative
       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!

Watch this page for future events!

Missed our April 25 All About Islam program?
Want some reading on the topic?

About 80 St. Odilia parishioners, plus our Muslim guests from the Imam Husain Islamic Center, gathered here for Dr. Odeh Muhawesh’s very informative presentation. If you missed it, you might want to read his latest book, Islam & Christianity: Brothers at Odds – published in 2016 by the Imam Mahdi Association Marjaeya (a Shiite Muslim press). As a Muslim scholar who also teaches at the University of St. Thomas, Dr. Muhawesh presents a very clear picture of Shiite Muslim beliefs and practices, with comparisons to Christianity from the perspective of a Muslim who is committed to good interfaith dialog and relations.
Watch this bulletin for future events, as we continue to build our relationship with our Muslim brothers and sisters. For further information, please 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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