Archive for September, 2010

Two local couples to receive national Catholic education award

Two local couples to receive national Catholic education award

| September 22, 2010 | 0 Comments

Two couples from the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis will receive the Elizabeth Ann Seton Award from the National Catholic Educational Association for their support of Catholic education. The awards will be given Oct. 4 during the 20th annual Seton Awards ceremony at the Ronald Reagan International Trade Center in Washington, D.C.

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Quotes from this week’s newsmakers – September 23, 2010

Quotes from this week’s newsmakers – September 23, 2010

| September 22, 2010 | 0 Comments

“We need to have the courage to place our deepest hopes in God alone, not in money, in a career, in worldly success or in our relationships with others, but in God. Only he can satisfy the deepest needs of our hearts.”

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Singing the praises of new space

Singing the praises of new space

| September 22, 2010 | 0 Comments

Teacher Terry Voss leads his students in song in the new choral music classroom at Totino-Grace High School in Fridley. It is part of the new addition and renovation that was recently completed and dedicated by Archbishop John Nienstedt on Sept. 10.

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Is your money safe? Five easy ways to make sure

Is your money safe? Five easy ways to make sure

| Allison Kerfeld Wells - For The Catholic Spirit | September 22, 2010 | 0 Comments

“You can’t cheat an honest man,” says W.C. Fields in the 1939 film of the same title. Jeff Robinson, owner and founder of Family Financial Services, believes this phrase provides key insight into everyday financial situations.

Con artists, just like W.C. Fields’ character, are looking to take advantage of anyone they can — especially those nearing retirement, said Robinson.

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Can Catholics and Muslims get along?

Can Catholics and Muslims get along?

| September 22, 2010 | 6 Comments

Ramadan ended Sept. 10, but the controversy over the proposed Manhattan mosque that colored the Muslim month of fasting this year has not.

The mosque debate has sparked a good deal of general anti-Muslim sentiment in the United States, and the phenomenon appears to be growing, said University of St. Thomas theology professor Adil Ozdemir, a Muslim who teaches courses on Islam.

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Answering call of the Wild

Answering call of the Wild

| September 22, 2010 | 1 Comment

Peter Best, a 10th-grader at Benilde-St. Margaret School in St. Louis Park, presented Minnesota Wild goalie Niklas Backstrom with his new mask for the coming season Sept. 18 at the Xcel Energy Center.

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New website offers more than just a sharper look

New website offers more than just a sharper look

| September 22, 2010 | 3 Comments

If you’ve visited TheCatholicSpirit.com since Sept. 10, you’ve likely noticed it received a makeover.

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She loves to make them smile

She loves to make them smile

| Susan Klemond - For The Catholic Spirit | September 22, 2010 | 2 Comments

Of all the kids she encounters at Burnsville High School, Patti Durham has gotten to know some special ones.

During the past five years, she’s spent her study hall time at school working with severely handicapped peers, who, she said, have shown her more about what it means to be pro-life.

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What kind of Minnesota do you want?

What kind of Minnesota do you want?

| Kathy Tomlin | September 21, 2010 | 1 Comment

Creating the space for civil discourse is a contribution the church could and should make as we debate the important issues before us. The church, as a sanctuary of peace, could be the place that gives us the solace and calm to listen attentively to other members of the community as we discern the kind […]

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Letters to the Editor – September 23, 2010

Letters to the Editor – September 23, 2010

| September 21, 2010 | 1 Comment

My thanks to Joe Towalski for his thoughtful editorial about ground zero and the proposed site of a Muslim community center [Aug. 26]. It brought to mind the No. 1 rule of St. Benedict: All guests who present themselves are to be welcomed as Christ.

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Whether technology or parish life, change is never easy

Whether technology or parish life, change is never easy

| September 21, 2010 | 2 Comments

Kay was “old school” before you ever heard the phrase. In the 40 years and four cities that I’ve worked at newspapers — both dailies and Catholic papers — Kay was the absolute best proofreader I ever saw.

She knew how to spell every word in the English language, she double-checked the spelling of every name, and she added columns of numbers both up and down to make sure reporters’ math added up.

But Kay loved her typewriter.

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Exorcism: It’s on the big screen, but is it still in the church?

Exorcism: It’s on the big screen, but is it still in the church?

| September 21, 2010 | 13 Comments

So, what does the church teach about exorcism and evil in general? Are demons real, or are they products of mental illness? What should someone do if they suspect an evil spirit is affecting his or her life?

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