Archive for October, 2009

Putting an end to ‘parish-hopping’

Putting an end to ‘parish-hopping’

| October 31, 2009 | 0 Comments

Mass at St. Mark in St. Paul ended at noon, but Jeremy and Autumn Irlbeck didn’t get home until 1 p.m. — and they only live six blocks away.

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Catholics speak up: So, why do I go to Sunday Mass?

Catholics speak up: So, why do I go to Sunday Mass?

| October 31, 2009 | 0 Comments

It’s a way to recharge.
It’s a vaccination for the week ahead.
It’s a joyous thing.
It’s another opportunity to reach people.
It’s a priority.
It’s an amazing hour where we meet our God.
It’s Jesus in the Eucharist.
It’s Mass, and there are myriad reasons why Catholics participate every week.

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Got talent? Why your parish needs you

Got talent? Why your parish needs you

| October 31, 2009 | 0 Comments

When several pastors were asked: “For which ministries at your parish are you most in need of more volunteers?” their common response was: “All of them.”

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‘We believe’ . . . what, exactly? A priest explains the creed

‘We believe’ . . . what, exactly? A priest explains the creed

| October 31, 2009 | 0 Comments

Every Sunday, Catholics all over the world recite the Nicene Creed at Mass. This ancient prayer serves as a summary of our Christian faith.

But how many of us actually think about the meaning of the words we recite from memory week after week?

Father Michael Byron, associate professor of theology at the St. Paul Seminary and pastor of St. Cecilia in St. Paul, offers this breakdown of the creed to help Catholics gain a better understanding of the fundamentals of their faith.

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How to live our lives

How to live our lives

| October 31, 2009 | 0 Comments

The beatitudes have a central prominence in the Gospels. Taken from Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount in Matthew’s Gospel (5:3-10) and his Sermon on the Plain in Luke’s Gospel (6:20-26), the beatitudes tell us how we should live our lives in a way that is pleasing to God.

“Jesus does a lot of things in his earthly life,” said Father Michael Byron, theology professor at the St. Paul Seminary and pastor of St. Cecilia in St. Paul. “But there are a few times where he deliberately stops and teaches directly. This is one of those times.”

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