Parish Newsletter September 2019
The Feast of the Guardian Angels
Celebrate The Feast of the Guardian Angels by joining us for noon Mass on September 29th and then stay for a community luncheon. A potluck style lunch will be served around 1:00 (after Mass). Sweets & Meats will provide the BBQ and cole slaw; parishioners are asked to bring another side, salad, or dessert to share. Please RSVP by clicking here If you are interested in helping with this event, please email Julie Bruns . Volunteers are needed for setup, managing the food lines, and cleanup. 
Volunteers Needed for Beautification Committee
Parish Pastoral Council has listened to your input to the Q Group Report that was published in Parish newsletter and bulletin in July. In an effort to improve the worship experience at Guardian Angels, we are currently seeking volunteers for a new committee. This committee will be looking at beautification of the sanctuary as well as improvements in the actual physical plant of the church. We are looking to form the committee by the end of September. We would like this group to be comprised of individuals who have experience with beautification projects, working with contractors, project planning, and are able to commit 12-18 months to this process. If you are interested in joining this committee, please send your qualifications and a short paragraph about why you would like to be involved to office@gaparish.org .
CCD Classes Begin Tomorrow
Those wishing to enroll their children in CCD grades K-8 can find registration information on the parish website . Please turn in your registrations as soon as possible to make sure your child is enrolled! Classes begin Sunday, September 8th.
RCIA
Is God calling you to help build His Church? We need you! The parish is looking for help with those seeking to become Catholic through our RCIA program. We invite members of the parish to share in the faith formation of those entering the Church. No previous RCIA volunteer experience is required and weekly attendance is not mandatory! RCIA will begin in the fall on Thursday evenings.

Do you know anyone interested in becoming Catholic or completing the Sacraments of Initiation? Encourage them to find out more!

Any interested in joining our RCIA program as a participant or a volunteer should contact Kay Froehlich .
Soup & Speaker Event on September 10th
Please join us for soup, fellowship, and a fantastic speaker on Tuesday, September 10th . All ages welcome. Father David Endres, Dean of Mt. St. Mary’s Seminary, will discuss the heroism of Catholic chaplains and sisters in the American Civil War. More information is attached .
Volunteer Training on September 11
If you would like to volunteer with children at Guardian Angels or any other Catholic church in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, you must be registered and compliant through our Safe Environment system. Anyone wishing to take the initial training course (VIRTUS) may do so on September 11th from 6-9pm at Guardian Angels, or by going online to find another training time. You can also contact safeenvironment@gaparish.org or visit our child protection links on the school and parish websites for more information.
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 dates are Wednesday, September 25th and Wednesday, October 30th . Questions? Problems signing up? Contact  Luann Rowekamp .   A flyer for the campaign is attached
Rosary Rally in October
All are invited to join in a Public Square Rosary Rally on Saturday, October 12 , at 12:00pm at Guardian Angels Church, next to the main Beechmont Ave entrance.

America is at a historic crossroad. Secularists are trying to push God from the public square. They reject His beneficial action upon society. But without God, where will our leaders get the wisdom to solve the great problems we face?
Please join us in offering reparation for the sins and offenses committed against the Immaculate Heart of Mary and to fervently pray for the conversion of the United States.

More information about the Public Square Rosary Rallies is available at  www.ANF.org .  A flyer for our event is attached .

Email Nick Carpinello if you have any questions.
Youth Ministry News
High School Youth Ministry will kick off the official start to its year of growing together with a series called “This is My Campus.” Each year, our high school youth group partners with Catholic and other Christian youth groups around the city in this series which seeks to equip students to serve their school communities. For this first series of the year, we will have two options for high school students to participate:
  1. High School Youth Group is offered in the Youth Room from 7:00-8:30pm every Thursday evening. Beginning on September 5th, we will use "This is My Campus" as our discussion topic for the evening. Snacks, games, and time for fellowship is also offered.
  2. We will also offer a Sunday morning session from 8:30-9:45am from September 8th through October 6th in the Youth Room. The Sunday morning session will run at the same time as CCD – a great choice for students who can’t make Thursday meetings!

Students in grades 6-8 from any parish, school, or religious background are invited to join Middle School Youth Ministry for bi-monthly meetings. We hold “First Friday Youth Nights” from 6:30-8:30pm in the undercroft beginning September 6th, and Middle School Youth Group typically on the 3rd Sunday of each month from 6:00-9:00pm. First Fridays will focus on sharing meals, activities, and prayer before the Blessed Sacrament with lots of community building and fellowship. Third Sundays will take a more structured approach, incorporating a small teaching, time for reflection, and thematic music/activities.

If you have questions about any Guardian Angels Youth Ministry offerings for Middle School or High School, please don’t hesitate to email Bradley Barnes. Y ou can also visit the Youth Ministry page on the parish website for calendar, forms, and more information.
Stay Connected with GA on Social Media
Stay up-to-date with all things GA by following us on social media. 
Guardian Angels is active on several social media channels, including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Facebook serves as our primary social channel to keep families informed about upcoming events, news, and other information regarding our school and parish.  If you want to make sure you see information posted through the Guardian Angels page, please make sure you  go to our Facebook page , click Following (just under the cover photo), and then choose See First. This way anything we share will still be seen in your newsfeed.

You can also follow us through our  Twitter page .

And new this year: we've just launched an Instagram account !

You will also be able to find links to our social media channels at the bottom of every parish newsletter.
School News
Come Learn More About Guardian Angels School
We hold three types of events each year to introduce families to Guardian Angels School. All three offer a different insight so feel free to attend all of them, or choose the one that fits your needs.

Informational Coffee
Our Informational Coffee events provide parents an opportunity to see classes in session but also talk with other current GA parents about their experience here at Guardian Angels School. We hold one of these events in the Fall and one in the Spring. Our next coffee is scheduled for  Tuesday, November 5th at 9:00am. If you'd like to attend this event,  please RSVP to Tiffany Strah .

Open House
As mentioned above, our Open House is scheduled for Sunday, January 26th  from 1:00-3:00pm. This is a great opportunity to meet other GA families and teachers, talk with administrators and help us kick off Catholic Schools Week.

Personal Tour
You are always welcome to call and schedule a personal tour of Guardian Angels School. 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. 
GA School Servathon Is September 27th
The Labor of Love Servathon is a fundraising event in which all students ask for family and friends to sponsor their efforts of service to organizations in our community. 
This day of service begins with Mass together and then the older students go off-site to complete their service projects, while the younger students perform tasks at school to benefit local agencies. This day of service has a wonderful impact on our students and on our community.
 
Our 2019 Servathon will take place on Friday, September 27th!
More information is attached .
 
You can make an online donation to the cause  here .
Box Tops Going Digital This Year
Box Tops is going digital! The Guardian Angels PTA collects Box Tops and uses the funds earned to purchase indoor recess games and outdoor recess equipment. This year, Box Tops is switching to a digital platform. To participate, you’ll need to download the Box Tops App. No more cutting labels off boxes! Instead, you’ll go into the Box Tops app and just scan your grocery receipt within 14 days of purchase. You’ll find more information attached .

Currently, you can still find old Box Tops labels on some products. GA students can still submit those paper Box Tops to their homeroom teachers and parishioners can drop them off in the special collection envelope located on the bulletin board in the Church Gathering Space. Those labels will be picked up on November 1st and then again on March 1st . These physical labels are being phased out though so at some point the digital option will be the only way to submit Box Tops.
Other News
Theology on Tap
It’s time for the 2nd Theology on Tap: Cincy East! Anyone in their 20's & 30's – single/married, with/without children – are invited to enjoy food, faith, and some fellowship with other young adults on the East Side of Cincinnati at Anderson Pub & Grill on Tuesdays from September 10th through October 1st. All Theology on Tap events will begin at 6:30pm. For a detailed schedule, list of speakers, or more information, visit the Theology on Tap Facebook Page.
Amazon Shopping Supports GA
You can now support Guardian Angels Parish when you shop at Amazon.com! GA is a participant in the AmazonSmile Program. You can  sign-up   to have a portion of your purchase sales come back to Guardian Angels. When you make purchases through the AmazonSmile page, and have GA selected as your beneficiary, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price of eligible products back to GA.  You have to be shopping from smile.amazon.com page of the site for GA to receive the benefit.  
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.