Archive for December, 2010

Third-graders raise funds for Guatemala mission

Third-graders raise funds for Guatemala mission

| December 16, 2010 | 0 Comments

Third-graders at Transfiguration Catholic School in Oakdale raised $2,137 from a second-hand sale last week to help pay for the education of children at Transfiguration’s mission parish in Guatemala. Teacher Colleen Mosley organized the annual fundraiser 12 years ago after going on a medical mission trip to San Lucas Toliman in Guatemala.

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Does attending Mass on Christmas Day this year fulfill one’s Sunday obligation?

Does attending Mass on Christmas Day this year fulfill one’s Sunday obligation?

| Father John Paul Erickson | December 16, 2010 | 7 Comments

The short answer is no — attending Mass on Christmas Day this year, which happens to be a Saturday, does not fulfill one’s obligation to attend Mass on Sunday, any more than attending a wedding on a Saturday afternoon fulfills one’s Sunday obligation. But the reason behind this answer requires some explanation.

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New Year’s Eve retreat to be time of hope, prayer

New Year’s Eve retreat to be time of hope, prayer

| December 16, 2010 | 0 Comments

The Benedictine Center is offering an overnight retreat to help people welcome the new year in a place of silence and peace.

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Zechariah and Elizabeth slip into Advent fashionably late

Zechariah and Elizabeth slip into Advent fashionably late

| Father Michael Van Sloun For The Catholic Spirit | December 16, 2010 | 0 Comments

Biblical characters that help us prepare for Christmas. Zechariah and Elizabeth are two key figures in the first chapter of Luke’s infancy narrative (Luke 1:5-2:52), and they play prominent roles in the Gospel readings for the weekday Masses immediately before Christmas. The Dec. 19 Gospel is the announcement by Gabriel to Zechariah of the birth of John the Baptist (Luke 1:5-25), Dec. 21 is Mary’s Visitation to Eliza­beth (Luke 1:39-45), Dec. 23 is the birth of the Baptist (Luke 1:57-66), and Dec. 24 is Zechariah’s canticle (Luke 1:67-79). The Visitation is also the Gospel for the Fourth Sunday of Advent in Year C.

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Fourth Sunday of Advent begins end of waiting

Fourth Sunday of Advent begins end of waiting

| December 16, 2010 | 0 Comments

The following Advent wreath prayers for the fourth week of Advent are in­tended to help busy households make Advent a prayerful time during the rush of Christmas preparations. The language is fairly simple, to be used by groups of adults or adults with children, and options are noted to allow for participation by other members of the household.

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Priests named to Vocations Office, new clergy institute

Priests named to Vocations Office, new clergy institute

| December 16, 2010 | 0 Comments

Father Troy Przybilla was named director of the archdiocesan Voca­tions Office and Father Peter Wil­liams was named director of the Institute for Ongoing Clergy For­­­ma­tion, both ef­fective Jan. 15.

They are among the four priests and one deacon who are receiving new assignments from Arch­bishop John Nienstedt.

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Parishes fill a ministry need no charity group can fill

Parishes fill a ministry need no charity group can fill

| Father Paul Jarvis | December 16, 2010 | 0 Comments

This may sound odd, but one of the more moving ministries for me and other priests is ministering to dying parishioners, as well as family members of recently departed parishioners.

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For years, couple found Christmas among poor in Appalachia

For years, couple found Christmas among poor in Appalachia

| Susan Klemond | December 16, 2010 | 0 Comments

Elaine Eberhard thought she had all the answers about poverty in the Appalachian Mountains of Kentucky — until she went down and saw it for herself.

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Christmas Charity

Christmas Charity

| December 16, 2010

Find out more about the charities that serving people in the Twin Cities area.

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Revealing the face of God

Revealing the face of God

| December 16, 2010

In the context of the Last Supper in the 14th chapter of St. John’s Gospel, St. Philip says to Jesus: “Lord, show us the Father and that will be enough for us.”

This was, at first glance, a rather reasonable request. As human beings, we often contend that “seeing is believing.” We want proof, concrete proof, so as to verify the truth of the matter at hand.

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Consider your faith as you set work goals for 2011

Consider your faith as you set work goals for 2011

| Tom Bengtson | December 16, 2010 | 0 Comments

Managers everywhere set goals for the coming year.

Everyone who is serious about their job should do the same for themselves.

What are your goals for 2011?

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Snapshots of grace: Capturing the sacred in daily life

Snapshots of grace: Capturing the sacred in daily life

| Christina Capecchi | December 16, 2010 | 1 Comment

Funny how a single picture can change everything.

In the tiny town of Bovey, Minn., four years into World War I, an old man peddling foot scrapers knocked on Eric Enstrom’s door.

Eric was 43, a Swedish immigrant who had bought land, opened a photography studio and raised his kids to speak perfect English. He fed the peddler and studied him. There was something striking about the man, a gentle strength in his deep wrinkles and straggly beard.

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