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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 - 3 Evenings with Fr. Michael Joncas
       St. Odilia Lent Small Groups
       Becoming a Catholic (RCIA)
       Spirituality Book Club
       Living the Scriptures (weekly Mass readings bible study)
       Men's Prayer Breakfast - ongoing
       Prayer Hour - ongoing



Time to Register!
St. Odilia Lenten Groups

Want a more prayerful Lent?
Want a good focus for your Lenten devotions?
Want to connect with fellow parishioners?

This year, we have three options for adult parishioners.

Scripture-Sharing Groups – choose your time:
Mondays, 2:00 p.m.
Mondays, 7:00 p.m.
Tuesdays, 10:00 a.m.
Wednesdays, 10:00 a.m.
Thursdays, 7:00 p.m.
Prayer, conversation, and bible study, focused for one hour each week on the scripture readings for the coming Sunday, using Sunday by Sunday, a pamphlet series produced by the Sisters of St. Joseph.
Cost: $9.00 per person.
Where: at St. Odilia, or in parishioners’ homes.
Volunteers Needed: host or facilitate a group of 6-10 people.
Registration Deadline is Mon., Feb. 27
After that date, we will accept additional registrations only if there is space in existing groups.
How to register: Go to “Files” box at bottom of this webpage. Print the Scripture Sharing Registration Form, and either bring it or mail it to the attention of Lucy Arimond at the parish office. Paper copies of this form are also available in the Parish office and the Faith Formation Office. Please enclose your check, payable to St. Odilia.
For further info or to volunteer: contact Lucy Arimond, Director of Adult Formation and Evangelization, or 651-415-3331.

Life in the Spirit Seminar:
Seminar: Fri., Mar. 31, 6:00-8:00 p.m. and Sat., Apr. 1, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Follow-up Gathering: Mon., Apr. 3, 7:00-8:30 p.m.
Place: begin in Room 1301
Cost: $18, includes lunch and booklet of daily prayers and meditations.
Registration Deadline is Monday, Mar. 27
Many people are hungry for God and want to grow in their faith. Pope Francis has recognized the Charismatic Renewal as one possible path to growing in faith through the power of the Holy Spirit. This renewal or activation of the graces of baptism and confirmation is available to everyone. I Cor 12:7-11: “To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good….” Come join us!
Life in the Spirit seminars have been offered thousands of times in thousands of Catholic churches throughout the world. A number of St. Odilia parishioners have attended these seminars both as participants and presenters, here and elsewhere.
How to register: Go to “Files” box at bottom of this webpage. Print the Life in the Spirit Seminar Registration Form, and either bring it or mail it to the attention of Lucy Arimond at the parish office. Paper copies of this form are also available in the Parish office and the Faith Formation Office. Please enclose your check, payable to St. Odilia.
For more information, contact Mike Hable, 651-263-3549, or Leo Boucher, 651-484-2386,

For the Healing of our Nation:
Dates: Tuesdays, Mar. 7, Mar. 21, Mar. 28, Apr. 4
Time: 6:00-7:00 p.m.
Place: Chapel
NO registration, no fee – just attend when you are able.
Online option: for praying at home if you cannot attend.

The United States has just come through an election season marked by bitter divisions over many issues. How can we become the healers needed where we live? Our Social Justice Council, pondering how best to move forward, proposed that we commit some time in prayer, together, for wisdom and healing and unity. No politics, no arguments – just some time in the presence of God and each other. Find trust in God in a time when we have drifted from him and are lost amid the fractures of our world.
Gather in our Chapel for scriptural prayer, words of wisdom from Pope Francis, reflective quiet, and sharing and prayer together.
Online option: the prayer outline for each day will also be posted that day on the parish website,, on the “Adult Formation” webpage, which can be found under the “Faith Formation” drop-down menu on the home page.
For further info or to volunteer: contact Lucy Arimond, Director of Adult Formation and Evangelization, or 651-415-3331.

St. Odilia Parish Lenten Mission
March 13-15

The Life and Thought of Pope Francis

Prayer – Music – Learning – Spiritual Wisdom – Community

Presenter: Fr. Michael Joncas

Mon., Mar. 13, 7:00-9:00 p.m. – Pope Francis: the man, the priest and the teacher
Tues., Mar. 14, 7:00-9:00 p.m. – The Joy of the Gospel
Wed., Mar. 15, 6:30-8:30 p.m. – The Joy of Love

Gather for three evenings of inspiration and insight, as Fr. Joncas explores with us the life and thought of Pope Francis. You’ll have the opportunity to listen, ask your questions, pray and sing. On Monday evening, he’ll share 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. On Tuesday, Fr. Joncas will focus 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. On Wednesday, Fr. Joncas will turn to “The Joy of Love” (Amoris Laetitia), Pope Francis’ apostolic exhortation on love in the family. Learn how our Pope and these two major teachings can both inform our minds and deepen the love of God in our hearts.

About our presenter:
Fr. Joncas, a priest of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, is a world-renowned presenter, teacher, theologian, author and composer (“On Eagle’s Wings”). He has been a parish priest, a director of education at the Newman Center, and, for many years, a professor of theology at the University of St. Thomas, where he now serves as the university’s artist-in-residence and fellow, doing research, writing, composing and lecturing, both at St. Thomas and all over the world. He also serves numerous parishes as a weekend presider. He holds a doctorate in sacred theology from San Anselmo, a papal institute in Rome, as well as honorary degrees and awards too numerous to mention. He is the author of four books (with three more in the works), numerous articles, and over 25 collections of liturgical music. But he’s more than just a scholar; he is a beloved teacher and hugely in demand as a speaker and retreat leader. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to see him right here at St. Odilia.

The music:
We will have music from our much-loved St. Odilia Mission Band to open each evening’s session, and we’ll hear Fr. Joncas’ voice, too.

Social time:
The last half-hour (45 minutes on Wednesday) of each evening will be a social gathering and refreshments in our Courtyard, with Fr. Joncas present for conversations.

Note the time change on Wednesday:
We’re starting and ending earlier that evening, to match the schedule of our regular Wednesday Faith Formation programs, so that parents can attend the Mission while their children are in class.

For more information or to volunteer, 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
accepting new members NOW

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!

Our Tuesday morning Bible Study program has room for new members right now. This popular group often has a waiting list, so here's your chance! 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.

Enter RCIA Homepage for more Information
Web Pages
 Lent 2017 - registration form - Life in Spirit seminar.docx
Life in the Spirit Seminar - Registration Form
+ Arimond, Lucy
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