Archive for December, 2010

What are kids praying for this Christmas?

What are kids praying for this Christmas?

| December 16, 2010 | 0 Comments

I know Christmas is around the corner when I walk into our administrative manager’s office this time of year and have trouble seeing her behind the tall stacks of large envelopes.

Mary Gibbs is the official collector of entries for The Catholic Spirit’s annual Christmas poster contest. This year, some 1,700 youth — kindergartners through 12th-graders — sent us drawings. They were required to finish the phrase, “This Christmas I’ll be praying for…” and then illustrate the finished sentence with a picture.

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Poverty snapshot

Poverty snapshot

| Julie Pfitzinger | December 16, 2010 | 3 Comments

Since fall 2008, Catholic Charities USA has surveyed all of its member constituents every quarter to take what Father Snyder referred to as “a snapshot” of the economic situation nationwide. In the third quarter of 2010, results showed an 81 percent increase in requests for help from the working poor and a 71 percent increase from families — just since the second quarter.

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Benedictine Health System to build new ‘small house’ care model

Benedictine Health System to build new ‘small house’ care model

| December 15, 2010 | 0 Comments

Benedictine Health System will break ground this spring on a new model of skilled nursing care at the Cerenity Senior Care site in White Bear Lake, according to a press release from BHS.

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Foundation’s annual report shows recovery

Foundation’s annual report shows recovery

| December 15, 2010 | 0 Comments

Elderly living independently, at-risk mothers and youth are among those who benefit from the activities of the Catholic Community Foun­da­tion in the Arch­diocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis.

A cultivator and distributor of charitable assets, the foundation this year marked the 10th an­niversary of its Community Priorities Fund, which targets local organizations that serve those target populations. Since its inception in 2000, the fund has granted $750,000 to more than 100 local nonprofit groups.

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Bishop Piché to address senior forum in Hastings

Bishop Piché to address senior forum in Hastings

| December 15, 2010 | 0 Comments

Catholic Senior Services of the Arch­diocese of St. Paul and Min­nea­polis will sponsor a forum on caring for the bodies and souls of seniors from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Fri­day, Jan. 21, at St. Eli­za­beth Ann Seton parish in Has­tings.

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Star and city of Bethlehem hold theological significance

Star and city of Bethlehem hold theological significance

| December 15, 2010 | 1 Comment

Although the Star of Bethlehem can be examined from a scientific perspective, it also has theological significance, as does the city itself. The Catholic Spirit recently interviewed Father Scott Carl, assistant professor of Sacred Scripture at St. Paul Seminary School of Divinity, about Bethlehem and the star.

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Wondering about the ‘Star of Wonder’

Wondering about the ‘Star of Wonder’

| December 15, 2010 | 0 Comments

If it weren’t for the Gospel of Matthew’s brief reference to a star guiding Magi from the East to the newborn Messiah, “we wouldn’t know anything about the Star of Bethlehem,” according to a Minnesota astron­omer.

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It’s not a sin to miss Mass due to the weather

It’s not a sin to miss Mass due to the weather

| December 15, 2010 | 1 Comment

A Minneapolis pastor offered his parishioners some rules of thumb for future weekends when weather or other circumstances make attendance at Mass difficult, if not impossible.

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St. Joan of Arc parishioners rally around Iraqi family

St. Joan of Arc parishioners rally around Iraqi family

| December 15, 2010 | 0 Comments

On a snowy night in the Twin Cities, Shaymaa Hasan stepped outside the door of a south Minneapolis home to watch the flakes fall gently from the sky.

She leaned out through the doorway and cupped her hands together to catch the snow. As the flakes landed, her face lit up and she squealed with delight.

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Project Christmas gives Risen Christ families gift of dignity

Project Christmas gives Risen Christ families gift of dignity

| December 15, 2010 | 0 Comments

Every year at this time, Helen Dahl­man’s office and conference room at Risen Christ School in Min­neapolis looks like a cross between a retail store and a consignment shop.

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Dancers kick it up a notch for charity at Catholic Jamboree

Dancers kick it up a notch for charity at Catholic Jamboree

| Julie Pfitzinger | December 14, 2010 | 0 Comments

Seven high school dance teams participated in an event that took the focus away from competition and put it squarely on compassion during the Dec. 4 Cath­olic Jam­bo­ree at Benilde-St. Mar­ga­ret’s in St. Louis Park.

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“Ten Anchors” to help navigate the sea of life

“Ten Anchors” to help navigate the sea of life

| December 14, 2010 | 0 Comments

Father John Forliti wants to make it difficult for teen and young adult Catholics to miss out on the satisfying, hope-filled, anchoring gift that Catholic life offers.

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