Come and Volunteer, Come and Join us: Neighborhood Night of Peace, Wednesday, August 6!

Mark your calendars!

Mark your calendars!

Hello all!
Neighborhood Night of Peace is this week!  This is the North Minneapolis Visitation Monastery’s effort —
partnering with Basilica, the Mosque, Ascension and neighbors — to get Northside families together for
a peace-filled evening of fun, food and DOOR PRIZES.

COME AND JOIN US!

We are still looking for volunteers to help out with kids games on Wednesday, August 6 for Neighborhood Night of Peace from 5 pm-7 pm.

Helpers would run games with a partner and distribute prizes. We are looking for several volunteers for this AWESOME event. Please send us a message, or contact our Youth Games Coordinator: Claire K. at: clairemariekranz@gmail.com

LIVE + JESUS!

Neighborhood Night of Peace – Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Mark your calendars!

Mark your calendars!

A message from S. Mary Frances Reis, VHM:

Hello all!
Neighborhood Night of Peace is coming up!  This is the North Minneapolis Visitation Monastery’s effort —
partnering with Basilica, the Mosque, Ascension and neighbors — to get Northside families together for
a peace-filled evening of fun, food and DOOR PRIZES.

It would be wonderful if you could participate by donating any items such as household goods, school supplies, pots & pans, sheets, bath towels, gift cards from Cub, Walgreens or Target.  OR, if you would like to make a monetary donation, we are happy to shop for you.

Help us spread the word….please join us at the event!

Door prizes can be dropped off at 1619 Girard Avenue North, Minneapolis, MN  55411…..preferably
before August 1st so we can organize.  Kristi Klukas and Mary Pat Gallivan are managing this part of the event
as well as prizes for the children’s games so we are grateful for any and all donations of $$ or goods.

Checks should be made payable to Visitation Monastery
and mailed to:

Sr. Mary Frances Reis
1619 Girard Av No.
Minneapolis MN 55411

Thanks for your support!!

Neighborhood Night of Peace: Tutus and so much more!

Jody Tigges, Vis Companion

Jody Tigges, Vis Companion

The following post comes to us from Vis Companion Jody Tigges. Jody wrote this reflective piece on the heels of her experience  volunteering at our Neighborhood Night of Peace event. We are happy to publish it here as part of our “Visitation Companions in Service” series. 

The Tutu Lady was at our Neighborhood Night of Peace again this year. She came bearing mountains of boxes of lovingly crafted tutus in a variety of colors.  I was drawn to the little girls of various ages standing at the edges of the boxes with eyes wide.

One small child stood near me in pink tennis shoes with sparkles all over them.

Tutu2“What color do you like?” I asked her.

“Pink,'” she whispered.

I looked among the tutus — all carefully wapped in tissue paper — and spotted a solid bright pink one.  Picking it up, I said, “Here is a tutu in pink, do you think you’d like this one?”

The little girl, possibly 5 or 6 years old, dropped all her prizes from the fish pond on the ground. She placed her hands on her cheeks and her voice quivered as she said, “Oh my gosh! Is this for me?”

“Yes, if you’d like to have it,” I replied.

“Oh, I’ve always wanted my very own tutu!” she exclaimed.

"Princess" tutus!

“Princess” tutus!

“Would you like to wear it?” I asked her.  She nodded in the affirmitive as together we worked to untie the ribbon from around the tissue paper.

As the paper fell away, she began to tremble with excitement. She gripped my legs as together we worked so she could step into her new skirt. A huge smile took its place on her face as she looked down at the tutu.

“Momma I finally have a princess tutu!” she said beaming.

Another volunteer said that she could shake it to get all the tulle to hang down properly.

The little girl stopped, did a little dance, thanked the tutu lady and skipped off alongside her mom.

For this little girl and many others ages 1 year to 12, Neighborhood Night of Peace was the night that dreams came true.

I smile as I think of how blessed I am to have been part of it all, tutus and so much more.

Neighborhood Night of Peace/ Noche de Paz: 8/07/2013

Our neighborhood night out is coming soon! ¡Pronto viene la noche de paz del vecindario!

Get to know your neighbors, and have fun!  ¡Vengan a conocer a los vecinos y diviértense!

NNOP Facepaint girlsEVERYONE  WELCOME!  ¡TODOS  SON  BIENVENIDOS!

  • Free food         •Comida gratis
  • Free games      •Juegos
  • Prizes              •Premios

Please bring a lawn chair!  ¡Favor de traer una silla portátil!

Wednesday, August 7, 2013 Miércoles, 7 de agosto, 2013

5:30 – 7 p.m.

Church of the Ascension  Iglesias de la Ascensión
(1723 Bryant Ave N)

Participating Organizations: Church of the Ascension, Visitation Monastery of Minneapolis, Basilica of Saint Mary, Turning Point, Cub Foods, Kemps, Ascension Place, & Our Lady of the Lakes church Mission Group (Spicer, MN). For more information, please call:  612-529-9684

Organizaciones paraticipantes: Iglesia de la Ascensión, Visitation Monastery of Minneapolis, Basilica of Saint Mary, Turning Point, Cub Foods, Kemps, Ascension Place, & Our Lady of the Lakes Church Mission Group (Spicer, MN). Para más información, llame:  612-529-9684.

Engage with Us: Summer Volunteer Opportunities

Service Immersion: Welcome to the Class of 2013 Visitation School Seniors!

Service Immersion: Welcome to the Class of 2013 Visitation School Seniors!

Come and pray with us! Come and serve!
Come and join us!

As we welcome the Visitation School students – here for their Senior Apostolic Service experience and urban plunge – and with Memorial Day rapidly approaching,  we know summer is right around the corner! The Visitation Sisters of Minneapolis would like to invite you to prayerfully consider ways that you might engage with us these warm weather summer months.

ONGOING OPPORTUNITIES:

  • Join the Sisters for Prayer and/or Masses: The Sisters pray four times a day at the monastery; Centering Prayer is every Tuesday morning at 8am at St. Jane House. Call ahead if possible. Contact: Sr. Mary Frances Reis: maryfranreis@aol.com, 612.521.6113.
  • First Friday Adoration and Mass:    10:30 a.m. the first Friday of each of each month. Call ahead if possible.
  • Cursillo Men Prayer Time: 7:00 a.m. the first Tuesday of each month: Time of prayer and fellowship. Call ahead if possible.
  • Code Red: Join with the mother’s of From Death to Life and others (MAD Dads) to pray for peace and be a silent witness: Second Saturday of each month. Prayer 1⁄2 hour, stand near Broadway 1 hr. Contact: Sr. Mary Margaret.
  • Movies with Jane: Join with others at St. Jane House to watch a selected movie and then discuss. See the St. Jane House Facebook Events page  for more information or contact Brian Mogren at:
  • Books with Jane: Join with others at St. Jane House to discuss a selected book. See St. Jane House Facebook Events page for more information or contact Brian Mogren.
  • Mentor a Neighborhood Individual or Family: Establish an ongoing relationship with a neighborhood individual or family. Examples: Teach how to clean house gutters, make small repairs; Teach how to budget or make meals from scratch; tutoring, etc.    Contact: Sr. Suzanne.
  • Sisters Garden: Help plant and weed the gardens at Fremont House. Contact: Sr. Suzanne.
  • Door Ministry: Greet visitors to the monastery; Hand out tokens or cub cards; Pray with visitors; Training provided. Contact: Sr. Suzanne.
  • Library Assistant: Help with dewy decimal labels; Record new books on spreadsheet; Help shelve returned books/dvds/cds/vhs. Contact: Sr. Mary Virginia.
  • Family River Cook outs: Invite a neighborhood family to join you at a cook out down by the river. Purchase and make food; Plan some games. Contact: Sr. Suzanne.

MAY-JUNE-JULY-AUGUST EVENTS

The sisters have a whole list of events that require volunteers this summer. Please see our calendar as we update it. Here’s a sampling of upcoming activities:

  • Friday, May 24, 1pm: Women’s Retreat Set Up Contact Sr. Suzanne.
  • Saturday, June 8, Neighborhood Mothers March for Peace Contact: Sr. Mary Margaret
  • Sunday, June 9, St. Jane House 5th Anniversary Party Contact: Sr. Karen Mohan
  • June 15-21,  Camp de Sales Contact Sr. Karen Mohan
  • June 16 and 29: Provide rides for Youth in Theology and Ministry to St. John’s University
    Contact: Sr. Katherine Mullin
  • Heart to Heart Ministry: Visitation Co-founders Sts Francis de Sales and Jane de Chantal

    Heart to Heart Ministry: Visitation Co-founders Sts Francis de Sales and Jane de Chantal

    June (date to be determined) Catholic Youth Camp Send-off Contact: Sr. Mary Frances

  • June (date to be determined): Back to Summer Party! Contact: Sr. Mary Frances
  • Water Park Chaperone Contact Sr. Karen Mohan
  • August (2nd week) Neighborhood Night of Peace Contact: Sr. Mary Frances
  • August (date to be determined): Valley Fair Family Fun Day Contact: Sr. Mary Frances
  • August (date to be determined): Back to School Party! Contact: Sr. Mary Frances

“An action of small value performed with much love of God is far more excellent than one of a higher virtue, done with less love of God.” – St. Francis de Sales

Neighborhood Night of Peace-August 1, 2012

Sr. Mary Frances embraces two National Night of Peace Collaborators

Sr. Mary Frances embraces two Neighborhood Night of Peace Collaborators

by Sr. Mary Frances Reis, VHM

“There are so many wonderful initiatives in this community that never get media coverage;  that’s OK, but we want the world to know that the north side is comprised of so many beautiful people who can teach us all a lot about the value of relationship.” — Sr. Mary Frances

Neighborhood Night of Peace is an event the Sisters initiated some 20 years ago.  It grew out of National Night Out (a block by block event) and became a community wide celebration of peace and community.  In recent years this summertime gathering has drawn between 450 and 600 neighbors to Ascension Church’s  parking lot where there is free food, games and prizes for the children, door prizes for the family, and free school supplies for the first 200 children to arrive.  Community friends Eddie Brown and Tommy Williams MC’d the event, as they have done for the past several years.

NNOP2012.lThe most gratifying aspect of the Neighborhood Night of Peace is the partnerships it has generated.  ASCENSION CHURCH, VISITATION MONASTERY, MASJID ANUR, TURNING POINT, KEMPS, ASCESNION PLACE, BASILICA OF SAINT MARY, NEIGHBORS & FRIENDS FROM AROUND THE METRO come together to provide a spectacular evening!

This event could not have happened without the generous participation and support of the Our Lady of the Lakes Mission Group of 30 youth and adults from Spicer, Minnesota.  They arrived at 11:00 am on a huge bus, packed with door prizes, & kiddy games and prizes.  NNOP2012.mAfter a bus tour of the North side conducted by Don Samuels, they spent the entire day (in 90 degree temps) tirelessly setting up and preparing for the evening which began at 5:30.   This group served food, ran games, etc., until they boarded the bus at 7:30 to return to Spicer.  It is our prayer that this bridging experience planted a few seeds, especially in the young people, of the satisfaction of serving.  Like us Sisters, we hope that they received as much and more than they gave!

The NNOP was a great success!  There are so many wonderful initiatives in this community that never get media coverage;  that’s OK, but we want the world to know that the north side is comprised of so many beautiful people who can teach us all a lot about the value of relationship.