Archive for April, 2011

Move budget talks from ideology to priorities

Move budget talks from ideology to priorities

| Katie Conlin | April 27, 2011 | 0 Comments

All the discussion around Minne­sota’s $5 billion budget deficit seems to suggest that Minnesotans face an either/or choice of how to understand the budget: “Government and Taxes Are Good” vs. “Government and Taxes Are Bad.”

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Journey through the Easter Triduum

Journey through the Easter Triduum

| April 27, 2011 | 0 Comments

Hastings youth initiated into Catholic Church at Easter Vigil

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Many pastors will soon spring into new parish assignments

Many pastors will soon spring into new parish assignments

| April 27, 2011 | 0 Comments

Spring always brings change and growth. This year, the changes will be numerous for pastors and parishioners in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis.

The archdiocese has 21 openings in parishes for pastors, said Deacon Russ Shupe, director of clergy placement and diaconate.

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World Fair Trade Day: Time to learn and make an impact

World Fair Trade Day: Time to learn and make an impact

| Katy Cantrell | April 27, 2011 | 0 Comments

The Catholic Relief Services Fair Trade program is a proud sponsor of World Fair Trade Day on May 14. The CRS program works in partnership with other organizations to bring Fair Trade handcrafts, coffee and chocolate to communities across the United States.

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Faith is your best tool for fighting on-the-job stress

Faith is your best tool for fighting on-the-job stress

| Tom Bengtson | April 27, 2011 | 0 Comments

A friend used to tell me: “Don’t worry about the things you can control because you can control them. And don’t worry about the things you can’t control because you can’t control them!”

Bobby McFerrin said something similar: “Don’t worry; be happy.”

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Mothers of priests take on new role after ordination

Mothers of priests take on new role after ordination

| Julie Pfitzinger | April 27, 2011 | 0 Comments

When Father John Helmueller was ordained to the priesthood 10 years ago for the Diocese of Sioux Falls, S.D., he was not the only member of his family to assume a new role.

His mother Mary, who lives in Maplewood and is a parishioner at St. Jerome, felt so blessed to become the mother of a priest on that day. But at the same time, she wasn’t quite sure what that meant for her own life.

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Scoring points for seniors

Scoring points for seniors

| April 27, 2011 | 0 Comments

Spirit and Sport program helps youth build skill and connect with older generation.

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Divine Mercy events in the archdiocese

Divine Mercy events in the archdiocese

| April 27, 2011 | 0 Comments

The following Divine Mercy celebrations take place May 1. Celebrations may include exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, Benediction, confession and/or talks on Divine Mercy. For more information on events related to a celebration, contact the individual parish.

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John Paul II’s words offer guidance for budget debates

John Paul II’s words offer guidance for budget debates

| April 26, 2011 | 0 Comments

“You must never be content to leave them just the crumbs of the feast,” he said of the poor. “You must take of your substance, and not just of your abundance, in order to help them. And you must treat them like guests at your family table.”

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Latinos bring ‘life, vitality’ to U.S. Catholic Church

Latinos bring ‘life, vitality’ to U.S. Catholic Church

| April 26, 2011 | 0 Comments

The U.S. Catholic Church is at a “critical moment” in its history, said a panelist at a recent conference on immigration and the church. With Latinos making up more than half of U.S. population growth in the past decade, how the church responds to Latino newcomers will largely determine its future success.

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Uprooted: Immigrants recount journey to the U.S.

Uprooted: Immigrants recount journey to the U.S.

| April 26, 2011 | 0 Comments

Franciscan Father Eugene Michel, pastor at Sacred Heart in St. Paul, has told The Catholic Spirit that he believes many of the people who attend his church are undocumented immigrants from Mexico, El Salvador and other countries.

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‘Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy’

‘Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy’

| Father Michael Van Sloun | April 26, 2011 | 0 Comments

The Second Sunday of Easter is now also known as Divine Mercy Sunday. It ranks as a solemnity, and it is the eighth and final day of the Octave of Easter. Divine Mercy Sunday was established by Pope John Paul II on April 30, 2000.

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