Archive for October, 2014

Why did I choose SJV? Big brother was my guide

Why did I choose SJV? Big brother was my guide

| October 23, 2014 | 0 Comments

Three men at St. John Vianney College Seminary in St. Paul have older brothers who have gone through seminary. Here, they describe the influence of their older brothers on the journey that led them to SJV.

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10 bits of advice if you’re asked to speak at a Catholic funeral

10 bits of advice if you’re asked to speak at a Catholic funeral

| October 22, 2014 | 0 Comments

You’re nervous to begin with because you don’t often speak in public and it’s an emotional time because you’ve lost a friend or loved one, yet you’ve been asked to say a few words at a funeral.

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Book offers look at how Saint John’s Abbey Church was built

Book offers look at how Saint John’s Abbey Church was built

| October 22, 2014 | 2 Comments

For more than 50 years, motorists and passengers on I-94 some 60 miles north of the Twin Cities have seen an enormous concrete structure peeking above the treetops to the south as they near the exit for Collegeville and St. John’s University. The flat trapezoid, the row of bells and the cross in the cutout […]

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Working together to right wrongs, do what’s best

Working together to right wrongs, do what’s best

| October 22, 2014

In this issue of The Catholic Spirit, I must again share difficult news with you, but news that will ultimately, I believe, bring healing to this local Church. In this issue, you will find the names and assignments of 17 men who are accused of sexual abuse of a minor when they were assigned as priests. Among these, 10 names are being disclosed for substantiated claims stemming from abuse in this archdiocese; seven are being disclosed because of substantiated claims in other dioceses. These names are new to our disclosure list, although several have been the subject of media reports over the past several decades.

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Who can give blessings? Why mix water with wine?

Who can give blessings? Why mix water with wine?

| Father Kenneth Doyle | October 22, 2014 | 0 Comments

Q. Can anyone other than a priest or deacon do a Catholic blessing?
Q. I have long wondered why the priest mixes water with the wine at the offertory of the Mass. I have done some research and learned that this was the practice as early as the second century, but I don’t understand why it is done.

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Women honored for life-giving sacrifice

Women honored for life-giving sacrifice

| Gretchen Traylor for The Catholic Spirit | October 22, 2014 | 0 Comments

My lifelong dear friend, also known as my “other brother Mark (Claesgens),” and his sister and I grew up like siblings, as our adoptive parents were close friends.

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Minnesotans celebrate 10-year partnership with Catholics of Kenya

Minnesotans celebrate 10-year partnership with Catholics of Kenya

| Susan Klemond for The Catholic Spirit | October 22, 2014 | 1 Comment

For a group of Minnesota Catholics, Africa was not too far to go to celebrate 10 years of friendship and cooperation.

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Child protection staff now complete with hiring of assistant director

Child protection staff now complete with hiring of assistant director

| October 22, 2014 | 0 Comments

When Tim O’Malley was hired as the director of ministerial standards and safe environment for the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, Michael Campion approved.

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Self-reflection in the age of selfies

Self-reflection in the age of selfies

| Christina Capecchi | October 21, 2014 | 1 Comment

Lena Dunham is not done confessing. That’s the headline of the New York Times Magazine profile just published about the actress-turned-memoirist, and it couldn’t be more apt.

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News Notes – October 23, 2014

News Notes – October 23, 2014

| October 21, 2014 | 0 Comments

Event to highlight value of sister parish relationships
African immigrant retreat slated for Nov. 8
CCF Legacy of Faith Award goes to Tom Gainor

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In Pictures – October 23, 2014

In Pictures – October 23, 2014

| October 21, 2014 | 0 Comments

CARDBOARD CITY
MISSING STUDENTS

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Having Patience for the Sausage-Making Synod

Having Patience for the Sausage-Making Synod

| Father Robert Barron | October 20, 2014 | 0 Comments

The midterm report on the deliberations of the Synod on the Family has appeared and there is a fair amount of hysteria all around. John Thavis, a veteran Vatican reporter who should know better, has declared this statement “an earthquake, the big one that hit after months of smaller tremors.” Certain commentators on the right have been wringing their hands and bewailing a deep betrayal of the Church’s teaching. One even opined that this report is the “silliest document ever issued by the Catholic Church,” and some have said that the interim document flaunts the teaching of St. John Paul II. Meanwhile the New York Times confidently announced that the Church has moved from “condemnation of unconventional family situations and toward understanding, openness, and mercy.” I think everyone should take a deep breath.

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