Archive for March, 2011

World events reveal dangers of selfishness

World events reveal dangers of selfishness

| March 2, 2011 | 0 Comments

In countries across the Middle East, huge crowds of people — including large numbers of young adults — continue to gather in squares and streets demanding a voice in how their lives are governed and how they are treated.

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What if Delta were a diocese?

What if Delta were a diocese?

| Father William Byron | March 2, 2011 | 2 Comments

What the church could learn from airline’s move to teach employees good manners

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Help CommonBond with challenge grant

Help CommonBond with challenge grant

| March 2, 2011 | 0 Comments

CommonBond Communities, a non-profit affordable housing cor­poration that is affiliated with the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Min­nea­polis, is in the midst of trying to raise $200,000 by March 31 to avoid losing funding as part of a challenge grant.

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Visitation Sisters announce yearlong volunteer program for young adults

Visitation Sisters announce yearlong volunteer program for young adults

| March 2, 2011 | 0 Comments

The Visitation Sisters of Min­nea­polis are launching the Visitation In­tern­ship Program to provide an opportunity for young adults to live in community in north Minnea­po­lis with other young adults and ministers in the neighborhood for one year.

North Minneapolis is an economically challenged area of the Twin Cities, and the Visitation Sisters are working to create a prayerful presence in the neighborhood.

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Pastor asks for prayer after priest charged with sexual misconduct

Pastor asks for prayer after priest charged with sexual misconduct

| March 2, 2011 | 3 Comments

The pastor at Nativity of Our Lord in St. Paul was quick to reach out to parishioners after a priest who had served at the parish was arrested Feb. 17 on charges of sexual contact with an adult woman.

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St. Paul’s Outreach marks 25 years of sharing faith

St. Paul’s Outreach marks 25 years of sharing faith

| Susan Klemond For The Catholic Spirit | March 2, 2011 | 0 Comments

As he encourages the high school juniors in his Providence Academy, Ply­mouth, religion class to become better Catholics, Kevin Ferdinandt draws on what he learned as a college student almost 25 years ago from the ministry now known as St. Paul’s Outreach.

“It’s about how the Gospel permeates every part of my daily life, and that still stays with me,” said Ferdinandt, Provi­dence Academy’s upper school director. “How do I seek to help others come to the faith, too?”

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Catholic Conference supports asking wealthy to pay more

Catholic Conference supports asking wealthy to pay more

| Susan Klemond For The Catholic Spirit | March 2, 2011 | 9 Comments

Minnesota needs to solve its current state budget crisis justly by asking those with higher incomes to pay more in taxes to prevent the poor — already hit hard by the economic downturn — from having to bear more of the burden, said Father David McCauley, interim executive director of the Minnesota Catholic Conference.

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Men’s apostolate chaplain to offer inspiration

Men’s apostolate chaplain to offer inspiration

| March 1, 2011 | 0 Comments

Before Father William Baer says a word at the annual Archdiocesan Men’s Conference March 12 at the Cathedral of St. Paul, he will smile at what he sees — an audience of several hundred men looking for spiritual inspiration.

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Calling all Men

Calling all Men

| March 1, 2011 | 1 Comment

Former Wild player among speakers slated for annual archdiocesan men’s conference

Former Minnesota Wild player Wes Walz remembers what it was like getting ready for a crucial NHL playoff game, like the famous Game 7 victory over the Colorado Avalanche in 2003 that gave the team its first-ever playoff series win.

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Plan to make a good Lent this year

Plan to make a good Lent this year

| Father Michael Van Sloun For The Catholic Spirit | March 1, 2011 | 0 Comments

Lent is a penitential season, a time to “turn away from sin and be faithful to the Gospel” (Mark 1:15). The season lasts for 40 days, the same amount of time Jesus spent in prayer and fasting in the desert.

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Debt should be prayerfully respected, not feared

Debt should be prayerfully respected, not feared

| Tom Bengtson | March 1, 2011 | 0 Comments

In Hamlet, William Shakespeare warns: “Neither a borrower nor a lender be.”

There are financial experts who advise as Shakespeare does, saying that debt should be avoided at all costs. But, practically, I don’t know how you get through life in early 21st-century America without using debt to some degree. My experience with debt is that it is somewhat like chocolate or alcohol — a little can be good but too much can destroy you.

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