Archive for November, 2014

Help wanted: Volunteers play crucial role at shelter

Help wanted: Volunteers play crucial role at shelter

| November 19, 2014 | 0 Comments

Steve Hawkins doesn’t need a theology book to know the definition of the Body of Christ.

He knows it goes into action every evening as homeless men who seek shelter at the Dorothy Day Center are cared for by Catholic men from a dozen parishes throughout the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis who spend the night aiding, listening to and watching over them.

Men like John Bromen.

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How to obtain relics; original Bible manuscripts

How to obtain relics; original Bible manuscripts

| Father Kenneth Doyle | November 19, 2014 | 0 Comments

Q. Why is it so hard to obtain first-class relics? (Also, do I need permission from my bishop to obtain them?)
Q. Where are the original writings of the disciples that were used to put together the Catholic Bible?

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We can be missionaries right where we are

We can be missionaries right where we are

| November 19, 2014 | 2 Comments

French poet Leon Bloy once wrote, “The only real sadness in life is not to become a saint.”

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This band of brothers seeks to defend life, serve the poor

This band of brothers seeks to defend life, serve the poor

| November 19, 2014 | 0 Comments

A small group of men went to Mass regularly at Assumption in St. Paul back in the early 1980s. The 20-something guys, numbering less than half a dozen, were not trying to draw attention to themselves.

But, they were being noticed by other regular Mass goers at the downtown St. Paul church.

After a short time, they became known as “the brothers.” This, plus the leading of the Holy Spirit, got them to thinking about establishing something more formal.

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Advent Week 1 – Prayer and reflection for busy households

Advent Week 1 – Prayer and reflection for busy households

| November 18, 2014 | 0 Comments

The following Advent wreath prayer is intended to help busy households make Advent a prayerful time during the rush of Christmas preparations. The language is fairly simple, intended to be used for personal prayer and reflection or by groups of adults or adults with children. Options are noted to allow for participation by a variety of members of a household.

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Use that Advent wreath this year

Use that Advent wreath this year

| November 18, 2014 | 0 Comments

The Advent wreath should be more than a nice decoration to have around the house during the holidays.

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Making room for Jesus

Making room for Jesus

| Father Michael Van Sloun for The Catholic Spirit | November 18, 2014 | 0 Comments

“There was no room for them in the inn” (Luke 2:7) when Jesus was born on the first Christmas.

Mary and Joseph went off to a stable or cave, off by themselves, off alone. No space was reserved for Jesus when he came. There was no hospitality, no welcome. There was severe overcrowding in and around Bethlehem, and the local residents and visitors alike were unwilling or unable to receive Jesus when he was born.

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Ruling in Priests for Life HHS suit ‘wrong’; group won’t ‘obey’ mandate

Ruling in Priests for Life HHS suit ‘wrong’; group won’t ‘obey’ mandate

| November 18, 2014 | 0 Comments

Father Frank Pavone, national director of Priests for Life, said a federal appeals court that ruled against his organization in its challenge to the federal contraceptive mandate “is wrong, and we will not obey the mandate.”

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Adoring, worshiping and loving Jesus in the Eucharist

Adoring, worshiping and loving Jesus in the Eucharist

| Deacon Christopher Gernetzke | November 6, 2014 | 0 Comments

In this Sunday’s Gospel, Jesus Christ institutes a new order of worship. No longer will we worship by simply offering animals in place of man for man’s sins, nor will we pay the temple tax to make everything right for the sake of observing the law. We are now to join Jesus Christ in offering the one sacrifice that he offers: the Eucharist.

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Digital Edition – November 6, 2014

Digital Edition – November 6, 2014

| November 6, 2014 | 0 Comments

44 miles for vets, Arguing for life Faith comes alive, O’Shaughnessy, Burying Ebola victims, Vocations, Was Shakespeare Catholic?

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Your input is vital in revisiting strategic plan

Your input is vital in revisiting strategic plan

| November 6, 2014

Almost five years ago, when we launched the Strategic Plan for parishes, we were responding to demographic shifts, a decline in the number of priests able to lead parishes, and an aging infrastructure. We knew at that time that we would need to revisit our plans again to make sure we were on the right course. I believe that the time has come to do this now.

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Parish Strategic Planning Task Force begins work

Parish Strategic Planning Task Force begins work

| November 6, 2014 | 0 Comments

A group of local Catholic leaders has begun meeting about the next phase of parish strategic planning within the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis.

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