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Religious Education Schedule at St Mary’s

Check the Religious Education Schedule for St Mary’s Adult & Youth Classes, Bible Studies, & Programs.

Saturday, March 2, 2024  |  5:00–7:00 p.m.

Come experience the Ancient Christian Church and learn about the faith.

The Missions and Outreach Committee is hosting St. Mary’s 2024 semi-annual Bring-A-Friend-After-Vespers reception. This is a great way to introduce our faith to our friends and family in a pressure-free way! After Vespers, there will be a brief introduction to the Orthodox church and an informal reception in the Terrace Room. Please RSVP by Monday, February 26, here or by calling the church office at 612-825-9595. RSVPs are not required but are appreciated to plan our refreshments.

Saturday, March 9, 2024  |  11:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.

The number one reason people say they’ve never given blood is that nobody ever asked. We’re asking you now. Will you give? 

The Hellenic Squadron 129, Sons of the American Legion blood drive is scheduled for Saturday, March 9, from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at St Mary’s Church. The Bloodmobile is limited to 30 appointments that must be scheduled in advance online. Use the link here to schedule your donor appointment. The Sons of the American Legion will provide a pancake breakfast to all donors who attend their scheduled appointments. Try to come early to your appointment and eat before you donate.

GOA Girl Delegates to the United Nations Program, 2024

Applications for the national cohort of the Girl Delegates of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America to the United Nations Program are now open! With the blessing of His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of America, the GOA Girl Delegate Program provides a platform for girls to address issues related to rights of girls all over the world, their individual rights, and their beliefs through the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese at the United Nations. This competitive program welcomes and empowers young women from parishes within the Archdiocese to advocate for their values at the UN. Capacity for the program will be capped at 15 girls. APPLICATION DEADLINE: Friday, February 2, 2024

  • Have an interest in justice issues (including but not limited to environmental issues, access to education, digital divide, human trafficking, etc.)
  • Engage in Workshops, “Girl Speak Out Sessions”, Visiting with country missions at the UN, Meetings, panels, commissions, and side events of the UN Commission for the Status of Women (CSW), March 11-24 2024.
  • Be of the Greek Orthodox faith and a member of a parish, between the ages of 14 and 18 yrs old.
Vacation Church School, Mon-Fri, June 17-21, 2024, 8:45 AM – Noon
Launch Into Liturgy

Registration is underway for 2024 VCS Launch Into Liturgy.
VCS is five days of music, worship, activities, snacks, and games for children age 4 to those entering 6th grade in the fall.  Also, middle and high school youth are needed for staff support. If your teen is available and willing to help, please also sign them up.

  • For ages 4 yrs old (and potty trained) through entering 6th grade.
  • Middle/High School youth needed to help.
    Summer Camp 2024, Camp Wapo, Sat, June 29 to Fri, July 5, 2024

    Registration will open on March 1, end on March 31, and occur on CampDoc. Summer Camp is hosted by St. Mary’s Greek Orthodox Church in Minneapolis, MN, and welcomes Pan-Orthodox participation in attendance, staffing, and in the planning of our programs.

    • Who: Campers entering 3rd – 12th school grade in the Fall of 2024
    • Where: Camp Wapo
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      CrossRoad Summer 2024 Applications Are Now Open! Apply HERE.
      For two decades, the CrossRoad Summer program has had a transformative impact on over 1,100 Orthodox Christians from 380+ parishes all over the United States and Canada. Are you currently in 11th or 12th grade and discerning what is next after high school?

      Join us for ten amazing 10 days! You get to explore your faith and purpose at one of four offered summer sessions in three cities (Boston, Chicago, San Francisco-Marin County). During a time when you may be wondering what you are meant to do with your life, CrossRoad helps you understand your deeper God-given purpose and guides you in beginning to discern how you are being called to serve.
      Application Deadlines – Priority 16Jan2024,  Regular 20Feb2024.

      • Session 1: June 8 – June 18, 2024, Boston, MA
      • Session 2: June 18– June 28, 2024, Northern California
      • Session 3: June 22 – July 2, 2024, Boston, MA
      • Session 4: July 6 – July 16, 2024, Chicago, IL

      News & Events at St. Mary’s

      Check the monthly Messenger, weekly Church Bulletin, and Church calendar for all upcoming events. Below are some special major events that we have planned.

      Greek Dance Practice on Mondays, 2024, 6:00 PM, Great Hall

      All St. Mary’s youth, ages 6 to 19, are welcome to join our Greek Dance program. Practices are on Monday evenings, in the Great Hall, from January 29 to March 18, with final rehearsal on Saturday, March 23, 11:30 a.m.-2:00  PM. Our performance will be at the Greek Independence Day luncheon and program on Sunday, March 24. We also welcome adults who would like to assist with Greek dance instruction, as well as youth who play musical instruments or can recite or read Greek and/or English poems and prose. Contact Tessie Bourdamis ( by January 15 to register or for schedule details.

      Grief Support Group, Tuesdays, March 4 – April 9, 2024, St Mary’s OCA

      The Grief Support Group will meet on Tuesdays, March 4-April 9, from 6:30 – 7:30 PM, at St. Mary’s Orthodox Cathedral, 1701 5th St NE, Minneapolis 55413. Topics of discussion will be the impact of grief on the mind, body, and spirit, as well as things you can do to help ease the process. We’ll also learn about complicated grief and how to get additional support if needed. If you are interested in  attending, please send an email to: Contact Joni with any questions at 612.910.0855.

      FOCUS Benefit Concert, Sat March 9, 2024, 7:00 PM

      The Pan-Orthodox Choir Ministry (POCM) is performing a benefit concert, “My Soul, Arise!”, for FOCUS at 7:00 PM on Saturday, March 9, at St. Mary’s OCA Cathedral. Anyone interested in singing in the concert, or would like more information, please contact Mark Wesche at Rehearsals begin Friday, January 19, 7:00 PM, at the Cathedral.

      Next Parish Night is Wednesday, March 13, 2024, 6:15 – 8:00 PM

      Our next Parish Night is coming up on Wednesday, February 21. It is a parish-wide event for kindergarteners through adults and occurs monthly on a Wednesday from October 2023 through March 2024. The evening begins at 6:15 PM. with a brief prayer service in the Nave, followed by dinner in the Terrace Room and breakout sessions for the adults and kids. Parish Night ends by 8:00 PM. The 2023/24 theme is Understanding the Liturgy. Everyone of all ages is welcome!

      Spring Parish Assembly, Sunday, April 21, 2024, Great Hall following Liturgy

      More information available at a later date. We encourage all members of St. Mary’s to plan to attend.