Archive for February, 2011

Working through a hard death

Working through a hard death

| Father Tad Pacholcyk, Ph.D. | February 9, 2011 | 1 Comment

Caregivers and health care professionals can and often do greatly assist those who are suffering and dying. Even with careful pain management and comfort measures, however, the dying process can still be agonizing and difficult.

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Is your parish a “marriage-building” community?

Is your parish a “marriage-building” community?

| Richard McCord | February 7, 2011 | 0 Comments

World Day of Day of Marriage (Feb. 13) and National Marriage Week (Feb. 7-14) provide us with an opportunity to celebrate, reflect and give thanks for the gift of marriage; also to realize the uniqueness of this call and its importance for the good of society.

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State Catholic conference opposes voter ID bills

State Catholic conference opposes voter ID bills

| February 3, 2011 | 8 Comments

It was standing room only for a House committee hearing on a proposal to require photo identification for voters.

For nearly two hours Thursday, supporters and opponents of two photo ID bills testified before the Government Operations and Elections Committee.

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Cathedral of St. Paul names new music director

Cathedral of St. Paul names new music director

| February 3, 2011 | 0 Comments

The Cathedral of St. Paul recently announced that Robert Ridgell will be the new music director, beginning July 1.

Ridgell currently serves as organist of Trinity Wall Street in New York City. Previously, he served at the Cathedral of the Madeleine in Salt Lake City and the Cathedral Church of the Savior in Philadelphia. He is a graduate of Indiana University School of Music and Westminster Choir College in Princeton and currently a candidate for a doctorate at Rutgers University.

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A March, and More

A March, and More

| Maria Wiering Pedersen For The Catholic Spirit | February 3, 2011 | 1 Comment

274 Catholics from archdiocese attend largest March for Life ever

It took a 26-hour bus ride, a student conference and a national march of more than 400,000 people for Nicholas Vance, 14, to realize the pro-life movement is more alive than he previously thought — much more alive.

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February 3, 2011 – Celebrating Catholic Schools Week

February 3, 2011 – Celebrating Catholic Schools Week

| February 3, 2011 | 0 Comments

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Divine Mercy devotion promotes renewed faith in troubled times

Divine Mercy devotion promotes renewed faith in troubled times

| February 3, 2011 | 0 Comments

Following is an edited version of an e-mail interview by Catholic Spirit news editor Pat Norby with Father Seraphim Michalenko, who has been involved in promoting the Divine Mercy message and devotion for more than 60 years. The devotion and the feast of Divine Mercy — which is celebrated the Sunday after Easter — is associated with Sister Maria Faustina Kowal­ska, a Polish nun to whom Christ appeared, instructing her to proclaim God’s mercy. She died in 1938, was beatified in 1993 and canonized a saint in 2000.

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Celebrating Catholic Schools Week

Celebrating Catholic Schools Week

| February 3, 2011 | 0 Comments

» Archbishop John Nienstedt says Catholic Schools Week highlights all the good accomplished through Catholic education.
» Family Circles program connects St. Joseph School students with Rosemount community.
» Business executives meet and teach Risen Christ middle-school students about best practices.

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Father Kevin Magner to serve in Lonsdale

Father Kevin Magner to serve in Lonsdale

| February 3, 2011 | 0 Comments

Father Kevin Magner was appointed parochial administrator of Im­ma­culate Conception in Lons­dale, effective Jan. 17. Since he was or­dained in May 2003, he has served at Our Lady of Grace in Edina, St. Charles Borromeo in St. Anthony, St. John the Evangelist in Hopkins and St. Anne in Hamel.

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Much to celebrate during Catholic Schools Week

Much to celebrate during Catholic Schools Week

| February 3, 2011

Catholic Schools Week 2011 began on Jan. 30 and will run through Feb. 6.  This annual celebration is scheduled to include the feast of St. John Bosco (Jan. 31) who, in the mid-19th century, responded to the plight of homeless and abandoned children living in Turin, Italy, by founding orphanages and schools to care for […]

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Four reasons our Catholic schools matter

Four reasons our Catholic schools matter

| February 2, 2011 | 1 Comment

According to a Catholic school principal, restructuring of parishes and schools in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis has forced an important evaluation: Why do Catholic Schools matter?

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Opinions in 140 characters

Opinions in 140 characters

| February 2, 2011 | 0 Comments

The Twitter version of editorials

What would happen if editorials could only be 140 characters long, the maximum length of a message on Twitter?

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