Archive for October, 2011

Five Catholic schools involved in reconfiguration plan

Five Catholic schools involved in reconfiguration plan

| October 28, 2011 | 0 Comments

The schools involved are Holy Trinity and St. John Vianney in South St. Paul; St. Joseph and St. Michael in West St. Paul; and St. Matthew in St. Paul.

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Quotes from this week’s newsmakers

Quotes from this week’s newsmakers

| October 28, 2011 | 0 Comments

“The new evangelization of America must be our only task for Hispanic theology and ministry, indeed our only task for all theology and ministry in our church.”

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News Notes: Longtime champion for life to retire at end of year

News Notes: Longtime champion for life to retire at end of year

| October 28, 2011 | 0 Comments

Also:

– $109,000 goes to Basilica
– DVD marks merger
– Praying for your enemies

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Understanding the communion of saints

Understanding the communion of saints

| Father Michael Van Sloun | October 27, 2011 | 2 Comments

The communion of saints is a timely topic as November approaches, the month we celebrate All Saints (Nov. 1) and All Souls (Nov. 2) and pray for the dead. This core belief is stated in the Apostles’ Creed: “I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting.”

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Saintly mom with wayward son inspires Minnesota mother

Saintly mom with wayward son inspires Minnesota mother

| October 27, 2011 | 0 Comments

I have never paid much attention to the saints, but that all changed one summer about 10 years ago. It was the summer that my oldest daughter was going off to college for the first time. Her move-in day was scheduled for Aug. 27. It should have been an exciting and fun day for all of us, except for one thing: My son was to appear in juvenile court that same morning due to his impulsive adolescent behavior.

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Blessed Pier Frassati was adventurer and man of virtue

Blessed Pier Frassati was adventurer and man of virtue

| October 27, 2011 | 0 Comments

One particular saint that I continue to be inspired by is Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati. During my study-abroad in Rome, I had the opportunity to visit the office for his cause for canonization with my friend, (now) Father Andrew Liaugminas. Andrew and I took a picture holding his pickaxe, the very one he was holding in his iconic pose standing on top of La Lunelle Mountain a few months before he died.

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Peasant, priest, pope and people lover

Peasant, priest, pope and people lover

| October 27, 2011 | 0 Comments

The saint whose story inspires me the most is Blessed Pope John XXIII (Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli 1881-1963). He was born into a peasant family, one of 13 children, and wore hand-me-down clothes until he was in gradate school. He was unabashedly human. He smoked cigarettes, drank wine and enjoyed eating. He was elected pope at the age of 77 in 1958 and convened the Second Vatican Council. It is the ecumenical council that is still changing the church today.

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Saints who inspire us

Saints who inspire us

| October 27, 2011 | 0 Comments

The Catholic Spirit recently asked readers to tell about the saint who has inspired them the most in light of the Solemnity of All Saints Nov. 1.

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Letters

Letters

| October 27, 2011 | 1 Comment

– Disappointed in local PBS decision not to air ‘Catholicism’
– Ready to help with anti-bullying efforts
– Death penalty op-ed missed the mark

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Keeping our place at the public policy table

Keeping our place at the public policy table

| October 27, 2011 | 0 Comments

The nation benefits when people of faith bring their convictions and concerns into public life

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Parish partnerships forge reciprocal relationships

Parish partnerships forge reciprocal relationships

| Kathryn Elliott | October 27, 2011 | 0 Comments

Bonnie Steele associates the word “charity” with a government food truck. Growing up in North Minneapolis, the truck would pull up, neighbors would crowd each other out to get free food, and Steele remembers feeling ashamed.

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Poster contest: ‘I will keep the Christmas spirit alive all year by . . .’

Poster contest: ‘I will keep the Christmas spirit alive all year by . . .’

| October 27, 2011 | 0 Comments

The Catholic Spirit invites young artists in the archdiocese to participate in a poster contest with the theme: “I will keep the Christmas spirit alive all year long by . . . .”

Deadline: Friday, Dec. 14

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