Welcome to The Church of the Presentation
of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Set as a beacon on a hill to surrounding Maplewood and the east side of St. Paul, the Church of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary has been a center of Catholic faith and life since 1946. Our parish continues to be a vibrant place of worship, education, and outreach to the community. We welcome you to join us as we celebrate God’s many gifts and strive to bring the gospel message of Jesus Christ to the world around us.
IMPORTANT STATE OF THE PARISH ANNOUNCEMENT FROM FR. BENNY MEKKATT, PASTOR
Dear Parishioners of Presentation Parish,
On the Feast Day of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, I wish you all greetings of Peace, Joy and Hope! Throughout the past few years, the Administration Office and I have been bringing to your attention the financial shortage we have been undergoing. Read more>>
Please use this Online Giving option to respond in whatever way you can.
WELCOME NIKKI GIEL, SCHOOL PRINCIPAL!
Mrs. Giel began her Presentation “career” as a 5th grade student! Transplanted from the Iron Range, she quickly became another member of this extended Presentation family. Following receipt of her BA from the University of St. Thomas and other teaching assignments, she
re-joined Presentation as a Preschool Teacher in 2006. Soon thereafter, Mrs. Giel began teaching Kindergarten and assumed Librarian duties. Mrs. Giel completed her Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction and added responsibility as Assistant Principal for the 2015-16 School Year. In addition to her upcoming new duties as Principal of Presentation School, she is enrolled in the Murray Institute studies program at St. Thomas University where she will work towards the completion of her Education Specialist degree.
Nikki has three children, and is married to Brian Giel. Two of her children have already graduated from Presentation School, and her youngest will begin his 8th grade year this fall. She enjoys running, reading, and watching her children play sports. Nikki is looking forward to working with all of those within the Presentation community to continue to offer a quality Catholic education to our students.
GREETINGS FROM OUR NEW INTERIM ADMIN/FINANCE DIRECTOR, MARY WOIDA!
Greetings! My name is Mary Woida, and I am working with the Parish Service Team for the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, and will be assisting Fr. Benny with the hiring of a new Parish Administrator. I have worked in this Archdiocese for 26 years, both as a Parish Administrator and as an IPLA (Interim Parish Life Administrator).
I was born and raised in south Minneapolis. My husband, Del, and I have been married for 57 years and have 5 children. We are grandparents to 12 and great-grandparents to 4. We raised our family in Richfield and belonged to Assumption Parish. A few years after we became empty nesters, we moved to Eagan and townhouse living. Currently, we belong to St. Thomas Becket Parish where we are both active volunteers.
I have attended Catholic school all my life: grade school at Incarnation and Visitation, high school at Holy Angels in Richfield, and St. Catherine University in St. Paul.
I am looking forward to working with Fr. Benny and the staff as we move ahead. I look forward to meeting you soon. I plan to join all of you at Sunday Liturgy as often as possible.
PRESENTATION TO CELEBRATE 70TH ANNIVERSARY!
Mark your calendars! We will be combining this year’s annual homecoming celebration with Presentation’s 70th anniversary on Saturday and Sunday, September 17 and 18!
Archbishop Hebda will be celebrating the 5:00 pm Mass on Sept. 17!
We hope to see you there. Be sure to bring your family and friends!
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Put More “T” in STREM
Presentation of Mary School is committed to the expanded use of technology in its curriculum. Funds from Steaks for Good will assist this continued effort beyond our current 1-to-1 iPads for all middle school students, Smart Board use in classrooms, expanded computer lab environment, and curriculum planning such as the “flipped classroom”. Budgets have expanded to support this priority effort but we still need more assistance to put more “T” in our STREM focus (Science, Technology, Religion, Engineering, and Math). Your purchases of Omaha Steaks will support this important priority!
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