Parish Newsletter April 2019
Dear Members of our Guardian Angels Family,

The events we commemorate during Holy Week, Jesus’ life, death and resurrection, further our reconciliation among ourselves and with our God. And so, we encourage you to continue your spiritual Lenten journey by participating in our Holy Week Services.

May Jesus’ gift of peace at Easter bring every happiness to you and to your loved ones. May you understand fully Jesus’ love for you, and may your life reflect that love to all you meet.

To you and yours every joy and blessing of this Easter Season.

Sincerely Yours in the Risen Christ,
Fr. Thomas M. King
Fr. David Sunberg
Lent & Holy Week Schedule
Palm Sunday Celebration – April 13 & 14
Masses            
Saturday                                         5:00 p.m.
Sunday            8:00 & 10:00 a.m. & 12 Noon

Monday of Holy Week – April 15
Mass            7:30 a.m.

Tuesday of Holy Week – April 16
Mass       7:30 a.m.
       Chrism Mass at Cathedral         7:00 p.m.

Wednesday of Holy Week – April 17
          Mass             7:30 a.m.
Tenebrae at Cathedral       7:30 p.m.

Holy Thursday – April 18
Rosary      7:00 a.m.
Morning Prayer        7:30 a.m.
Way of the Cross (4 th Grade Tableaus) 9:00 a.m.
Mass of the Lord’s Supper    7:00 p.m.
                       (Adoration until 9:30 p.m.)
Night Prayer               9:30 p.m.

Good Friday – April 19
           Rosary                         7:00 a.m.
           Morning Prayer                 7:30 a.m.
Good Friday Liturgy-Veneration of the Cross  12:30 p.m.
          Way of the Cross               2:00 p.m.
Way of the Cross & Veneration of the Cross  7:00 p.m.

Holy Saturday – April 20
           Rosary       7:30 a.m.
           Morning Prayer     8:00 a.m.
 Solemn Vigil of Easter          8:30 p.m.
(No Confessions at Guardian Angels on April 20)

Solemnity of the Lord's Resurrection
Easter Sunday – April 21
            Masses       8:00 & 10:00 a.m. & 12 Noon
Final Fish Fry of the Season is Friday
Guardian Angels will host the final fish fry dinner of the season Friday, April 12th in the undercroft from 5:00-7:30.

There is plenty of food for families to eat-in or carry out. Fried and baked fish, shrimp, cheese pizza, mac-n-cheese, french fries, cole slaw, and baked goods.  Senior dining available for parishioners in Room B. There is also a craft corner for children. All crafts are $1 or less; please bring cash to the craft corner.   Children must be attended by an adult at all times.
New PC Gym Floor To Be Installed This Summer
Fr. King and Parish Pastoral Council are pleased to announce that a new gym floor will be installed in the PC gymnasium this summer! 

The original floor was showing signs of disrepair and was brought to the school’s attention by many parents, faculty, students and school guests. A committee was formed through the Athletic Boosters in the Fall of 2018 to assess the situation and develop potential solutions. Knowing that our Parish Center floor is used for many athletic and non-athletic events, the committee found a solution that provides a world class platform for the multi-purpose use of this facility. 

The committee met with the administration, maintenance staff of the parish and school and a number of organizations, including PTA, Music Boosters, Angel Follies, and EdFaith, which also includes representatives from Youth Ministry, School Council, and the Religious Education Department. The EdFaith Council’s unanimous recommendation of the project allowed the committee to present to Fr. King and Parish Pastoral Council. After careful consideration, the Parish Pastoral Council and Father King endorsed and approved the project.

This project is made possible by the passionate support of a handful of private donors who were passionate about funding this specific project. None of the funding comes from the school or parish budgets.

We are excited about enhancing a major facility of our parish and look forward to its debut in the Fall of 2019!
CCD Changes for 2019-2020 School Year
Guardian Angels CCD program will be changing for the 2019-2020 school year. Beginning September 2019, CCD classes will be offered Sunday mornings from 8:30-9:45 throughout the school year. 
 
If you have questions or would like more information, please email  Kay Froehlich .
Peanut Butter Ministry Chair Needed
The Peanut Butter Ministry is looking for someone to chair the group. This person would help make the sandwiches every Tuesday morning, keep the driver and member schedules up-to-date, be available to deliver the sandwiches downtown and the baked goods to Newtown if the regularly scheduled driver does not show up, be sure there is enough peanut butter in our storeroom, write thank-you notes to people who donate money, and be sure everything runs smoothly, especially when someone cannot deliver or pick up the bread or the baked goods. If interested, please email Carol Cloud .
40 Days for Life
Over the past years Guardian Angels parish has volunteered to cover two of the 40 Days for Life event where we have someone continually praying from 7:00am to 7:00pm at Planned Parenthood’s abortion facility. Many of our working parishioners try to cover our early and late hours and those available during the day fill the hours in between.
 
Please consider joining us as many of our “regulars” can no longer participate mainly for health reasons. Sign up at   40daysforlife.com/cincinnati   or on the bulletin boards in the gathering space.  The next GA date is Wednesday, April 10th . Questions? Problems signing up? Contact  Luann Rowekamp A flyer for the campaign is attached
Family Rosary Each Thursday
Every Thursday, our parish hosts Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament from 3:00-9:00pm in the church. We are looking for individuals, families, classes or other groups who would be interested in leading our Family Rosary, which begins our time of prayer. Anyone who is interested may sign up using this link .
Thank You!
The Guardian Angels School PTA hosted a Bingo Night after our first fish fry on March 8th and it was a huge success! Thank you to everyone who attended and helped make this an enjoyable evening for our GA community!
GA Named Communications All Star
Guardian Angels has been named a 2018 All Star Award winner by Constant Contact, the trusted marketing advisor to hundreds of thousands of small organizations worldwide.

The annual award recognizes the most successful 10% of Constant Contact's customer base, based on their significant achievements leveraging online marketing tools to engage their customer base and drive results for their organization. This is our fourth year in a row that Guardian Angels has being recognized! Only 65% of Constant Contact's All Stars are multi-year recipients.
 
Guardian Angels is thrilled to be recognized for our electronic communication efforts. New efforts have been launched in recent years to keep our parish and school families engaged and informed about news and events happening at GA. Guardian Angels uses Constant Contact to produce and send Parish Newsletters, School Newsletters, Youth Ministry Newsletters, conduct surveys, and gather event registrations. To give you an idea of how we compare, our open rate for the Wednesday Herald (our school newsletter) is almost TRIPLE the industry average for primary schools. Our parish and youth ministry emails open rates are almost DOUBLE the average for religious organizations.

Thank you for reading our emails, clicking on links provided and participating in any necessary surveys! That engagement is what makes GA stand out!
 
More than 650,000 small businesses and organizations use Constant Contact each year.
Prayer Partner Program
Our CCD students and their prayer partners enjoyed a pizza dinner together on March 13th. They take time to prayer for each other throughout their second grade year while preparing for their First Communion. You can learn more about our prayer partner program on our website.
Volunteer Training
If you are an adult wishing to volunteer with children, you must attend a VIRTUS child protection training class in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati and have an online background check submitted through their system. The next VIRTUS training session at Guardian Angels will be offered in the Undercroft on Tuesday, May 14th from 6:00-9:00pm. Anyone wishing to attend should first email safeenvironment@gaparish.org for a background check token, and then visit virtus.org to pre-register for this session. Registrations are locked 24 hours prior to the start of class, and no additional registrations or walk-in attendees will be accepted. No one under the age of 18 is permitted to attend and once the session begins, no one will be permitted to enter, per Archdiocesan policy.
Mission/Twinning Thanks GA
Thank you so much to everyone who attended and/or supported this years Mardi Gras. Thanks to your extreme generosity, the Mission/Twinning group raised over $2000 to help fund this years Mission Trip and the monthly dinners at the Esther Marie Hatton Women’s Shelter. Thank you for helping us spread the love of Christ to our less fortunate brothers and sisters.
AngelsFest
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June 7, 8, 9
Our annual parish festival will be held June 7, 8, and 9 . AngelsFest is the parish's largest fundraising event of the year! You will find plenty of great food and drinks, rides, and games for adults and children of all ages. We will also have live entertainment all weekend long!
Festival Schedule:
Friday: 7:00pm-12:00am
   Live Entertainment: Vintage Gear
Saturday: 6:00pm-12:00am
   Live Entertainment: Marshall Street Project 
Sunday: 4:00pm-9:00pm
   Live Entertainment: The Sly Band
We will also have a golf ball drop from the football field on Sunday.

Volunteers Needed!
We are asking that volunteers choose an area for which they wish to volunteer from our  online sign-up . These volunteers will be placed in booths in the next few weeks. As we get closer to the festival, a more comprehensive sign-up link will be placed on this page with specific booths and time slots to work in those booths.
Bid-N-Buy
Don’t let the Easter bunny be the only one to deliver treats! Please consider donating to AngelsFest Bid-N-Buy.  You can send your donations to the rectory, school office, or the Religious Education office.
Some Basket Bonanza ideas we are working on include:
  • Can You Dig It? (gardening, outdoor landscaping tools)
  • Par for the Course (golf)
  • Cheer, Cheer for Cincinnati! (Reds, Bengals, Cyclones, FC Cincinnati)
  • Spring Cleaning is in the Air (cleaning products)
  • Reel it In (fishing)
  • S’MORE Nights Under the Stars (camping)

The Amazon Wish List is also up and running. You can   view that list here . Please make sure to include your name and address with any donation so we can send you a thank you note and tax receipt form. You can also use the wish list to get ideas - just let Kay Froehlich know if purchased elsewhere and she’ll take the item off the list.

We will also happily accept any ready-made baskets and gift cards.

Parties by Parishioners
If you or a group of friends would be interested in hosting a party, please contact Kay Froehlich . Please use the attached form to set up your event. You'll need your party theme, description, desired date, and estimated cost. The forms can be sent to the school or the rectory.

Thank you for your support!
Thank You to Our Festival Sponsors!
We want to thank those companies who have signed on to sponsor AngelsFest this year! Baird - Private Wealth Management, Bolan Capital Management, Pinnacle Paving & Sealing Inc, and T.P. White & Sons Funeral Home are our Gold Sponsors for the event.

We have three sponsorship opportunities available for any other business owners who also want to support our event. Besides generating funds for our parish, a sponsorship is also a great opportunity to get your business name in front of our GA community! You can find more information and a sponsorship form on our website .
2019 Gold Sponsors
Save the Dates
Guardian Angels Follies: Hooray for Folliewood
GA Follies presents  Hooray for Folliewood   April 26, 27, 28, May 3, and 4 . This will be the group's 56th production!

Tickets to the show are $15 and can be purchased online or at the door. All shows begin at 8:00pm except for the April 28th performance which begins at 3:00pm.

Guardian Angels Follies is a Parish Service Organization that has been dedicated to raising funds for the Guardian Angels Church and School for more than five decades. Funds raised have helped bring to life projects such as the Science Lab, Parish Center, student scholarship fund, steeple lighting and many more.
Register Now For the GA 5K

Mark your calendars for the GA 5k - The Halo Hustle!  Our 12th annual 5k event will take place May 17th at 6:30pm and includes a run/walk, kids fun course, and a post-race party!
 
Join us for a scenic 5K Run/Walk through the neighborhoods of Mt. Washington with music and fans cheering you on along the way. Stay for the after-party and awards ceremony to enjoy live music by the Marshal Street Project , food trucks, beverages, and kids entertainment! All proceeds benefit Guardian Angels School.
 
New for 2019:
  • Refer a Friend! If you refer at least 3 friends, you will receive $10 back on your registration!
  • Start or join a team! Do you have a student at GA? Join his/her homeroom team so the class can win a pizza party! 
  • Post-Race Party Only! Not into 5Ks? No problem! You can still support the school and join the party, Don't miss out on the live music, great food, and mingling with your friends.

Online registration is now open! You can sign-up here .

If you are interested in sponsoring the Halo Hustle, please email  Nicole Schneider  or  Christine Ackerman .
Family Mission Trip - June 13-16
Guardian Angels Parish is gearing up for its 5th annual Family Mission Trip to Frenchburg, KY on June 13-16. This family-friendly mission trip will include service projects for all ages and skill levels. Projects may include construction, landscaping, painting, crafting, food preparation, and visiting the sick or elderly. See the Family Mission Trip Flyer for more information.

Registration deadline is May 1. You can register here .

Questions? Please email Anne Jones .
Roar Into Vacation Bible School
Life is wild for kids – full of ups and downs and twists and turns. At ROAR VBS, kids will deepen their friendship with a mighty, loving and good God who empowers them to boldly face life’s challenges.
 
Bible Camp runs from Monday, June 17th through Thursday, June 20th , 9:00am until 12:00pm each day.
 
Children ages 5-8, (incoming kindergarten through incoming 3rd grade) are welcome to attend.
 
The cost for GA Bible Camp is $45 per camper. Included in this fee is a GA bible camp t-shirt, snacks and crafts! We will have music, story time and games all week long.
 
The Registration Form and Archdiocese Release Form may be found on the Religious Education page of the parish website . A separate registration form and release form must be completed for each child.
Camp GAudeo is June 24-28
Camp GAudeo is coming on June 24-28! This fun summer camp is held at the parish and is open to students (of any school, church or faith) currently in grades 5-8. Activities include Field Day, Castle Skateland, Run Jump-N-Play, Coney Island, service projects, and more. Cost is $110 per student through the month of April, with scholarships available. Please note that the cost will increase to $125 per student for late registrations in the month of May. Visit the Camp GAudeo website for details or registration, and pass along the invitation.  
News From Guardian Angels School
March Madness Shootout For Missions

Earlier this week our 6th graders participated in our annual March Madness Shootout for Missions. This fundraising drive requires our students to ask for pledges; either per shot made or a flat donation. Students have 60 seconds to make as many baskets as possible. In previous years, the fundraising effort has brought in up to $4,000. The money collected goes to charities Guardian Angels supports which includes St Vincent de Paul, Catholics United for the Poor, Catholic Relief Services, and Glenmary Home Missioners. Thank you to everyone who supports this effort!
You can see pictures of the event, on the Guardian Angels Facebook Page.
Come Learn More About Our School
Anyone interested in learning more about Guardian Angels School is welcome to call and schedule a personal tour. You will meet with our administration to discuss the classes and programs available through GA and have the opportunity to ask any questions you may have. These are typically done during school hours so you can see what a typical day is like for students.Call the school office at (513)624-3141 to schedule a tour. 
Have News to Share?
If you are part of a parish organization and have news you would like to share with our community, please email Tiffany Strah. To be included in next month's newsletter, your information must be received by the last Monday of this month.