Archive for December, 2012

Say yes to new risks and new graces in 2013

Say yes to new risks and new graces in 2013

| Christina Capecchi | December 31, 2012 | 0 Comments

Barbara Benson Keith’s wake-up call came while chatting with a fellow kindergarten teacher at the end of a school day.

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Principal knows pain of violence

Principal knows pain of violence

| December 31, 2012 | 0 Comments

Tragedy is never expected. It surprises you, takes your breath away, causes you to mourn deeply and to see the presence of God. We know at Ascension Parish.

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Readers respond to Connecticut school shootings

Readers respond to Connecticut school shootings

| December 31, 2012 | 0 Comments

The Catholic Spirit invited readers in its Dec. 20 edition to respond to the question: What is the best way to respond to the school shooting tragedy in Newtown, Conn.? The following were among the answers we received. Some have been excerpted for space reasons; go online to TheCatholicSpirit.com to read the full responses as well as others we received.

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Newtown school tragedy: A Catholic response

Newtown school tragedy: A Catholic response

| Jill Moes | December 31, 2012 | 1 Comment

The Catholic Spirit invited Jill Moes, principal of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton School in Hastings who previously worked as a public school psychologist, to offer a Catholic response regarding the Dec. 14 school shootings in Newtown, Conn.

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St. Agnes bell tower clock receives a timely fix

St. Agnes bell tower clock receives a timely fix

| December 31, 2012 | 0 Comments

Three men stood on a precarious ledge about 150 feet above the ground inside the bell tower at St. Agnes in St. Paul just days before Christmas.

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Two retreats to be offered in February

Two retreats to be offered in February

| December 31, 2012 | 0 Comments

– Single parent retreat
– Newly married retreat

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Catholic Community Foundation appoints vice chair, board members

Catholic Community Foundation appoints vice chair, board members

| December 31, 2012 | 0 Comments

Also:
– Center for Mission sponsors Guatemala trip
– Relevant Radio offers quiz contest for students

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Quotes from this week’s newsmakers – January 3, 2013

Quotes from this week’s newsmakers – January 3, 2013

| December 31, 2012 | 0 Comments

“Everyone is coming to church seeking a word of comfort and consolation, which they don’t find anywhere else. You hear gun and mortar shots everywhere. We don’t know where they are coming from or where they are aimed; we only know that they bring death and destruction.”
— Bishop Giuseppe Nazzaro, Latin-rite apostolic vicar of Aleppo, Syria, speaking about Christmas Eve and Christmas Day Masses in the war-torn city

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The deacon: Servant of the New Evangelization

The deacon: Servant of the New Evangelization

| Deacon Joseph Michalak for The Catholic Spirit | December 31, 2012 | 0 Comments

“They could not withstand the wisdom and the Spirit with which Deacon Stephen spoke. . . . Then Deacon Philip began to speak, and starting with this scripture of the Suffering Servant, he proclaimed to the Ethiopian the good news about Jesus.”

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Msgr. Weiss: He was there

Msgr. Weiss: He was there

| Sister Mary Ann Walsh | December 31, 2012 | 0 Comments

The following was first published on the USCCB Blog. It was written by Sister Mary Ann Walsh, director of media relations for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

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Epiphany: Jesus came for the salvation of all

Epiphany: Jesus came for the salvation of all

| Father Michael Van Sloun for The Catholic Spirit | December 31, 2012 | 0 Comments

The good news of the birth of Jesus and the salvation he brings is intended not only for the people of Israel, but for all people everywhere. And, the appearance of the star to the Magi is one of the first Gospel indicators of the universality of salvation.

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Our encounter with Christ, fullness of truth deepens over time

Our encounter with Christ, fullness of truth deepens over time

| Deacon Joah Ellis | December 31, 2012 | 0 Comments

This Sunday, we will celebrate the Solemnity of the Epiphany. The word “epiphany” literally means “revelation” or “manifestation.” It calls to mind the image of a curtain being yanked aside, unveiling a work of art to the public for the very first time. Or, it is like the world premiere of a highly anticipated film like “The Hobbit.”

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