Archive for December, 2014

Look for our next print edition Jan. 15

Look for our next print edition Jan. 15

| December 31, 2014 | 0 Comments

To allow The Catholic Spirit staff members time with their loved ones during the holidays, the print edition of the newspaper will not publish a Jan. 2, 2015, edition as planned. The first edition of 2015 will be Jan. 15.

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O Holy Night

O Holy Night

| December 24, 2014 | 0 Comments

Merry Christmas from The Catholic Spirit and the Archdiocese St. Paul and Minneapolis

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In Pictures – December 18, 2014

In Pictures – December 18, 2014

| December 18, 2014 | 0 Comments

GUADALUPE FEAST
WINTER GALA

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News Notes – December 18, 2014

News Notes – December 18, 2014

| December 18, 2014 | 0 Comments

– Local composer and pianist releases CD
– Bishops to review school committee recommendation
– Center for Mission to manage CRS Rice Bowl

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Digital Edition – December 18, 2014

Digital Edition – December 18, 2014

| December 18, 2014 | 0 Comments

Advent – week 4, Christmas, Outdoor Christmas displays, CSAF, Affordable Housing, Dementia outreach, Immigration Sunday

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Advent Week 4 – Prayer and reflection for busy households

Advent Week 4 – Prayer and reflection for busy households

| December 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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‘O Antiphons’ praise Christ-child’s attributes during Advent’s last days

‘O Antiphons’ praise Christ-child’s attributes during Advent’s last days

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

An antiphon is a verse or phrase sung or recited aloud or read silently before and after a Psalm or Canticle during the Divine Office or the Liturgy of the Hours. The text is often a direct quote from Scripture, a brief reflection on a Scripture text, or a verse pertaining to the feast day, the liturgical season or the saint of the day.

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Clapping at Mass; scattering cremains

Clapping at Mass; scattering cremains

| Father Kenneth Doyle | December 18, 2014 | 0 Comments

Q. I have noticed that when the choir does a piece of music differently or performs a song especially well, someone inevitably starts to applaud, and the rest of the congregation follows suit. I think this detracts from the mood that the music has just created and interferes with the solemnity of the Mass. Is it just me, or should applause be reserved for musical performances outside of Mass?

Q. I understand that, as Catholics, if we choose to be cremated, our cremains are to be treated with dignity and must be buried or entombed. My husband and I have two family members who have asked us to arrange to have their ashes “scattered.” One is a Catholic, one is not. Does our duty to follow Church teaching on this matter override the wishes of our family members (even of the non-Catholic one)? I am uncomfortable with one day having to carry out their request, but I’m unsure as to how to respond.

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In the face of the impossible, God works the possible

In the face of the impossible, God works the possible

| Deacon Luis Mejia | December 18, 2014 | 0 Comments

We are celebrating the Fourth Sunday of Advent. Today’s reading reminds us of three important aspects about understanding God’s presence through history: first, salvation occurs within history; second, the mystery has been revealed; and third, God works the impossible.

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Rejoice: Arrival of our Savior brings hope, love and light

Rejoice: Arrival of our Savior brings hope, love and light

| December 18, 2014

One of the reasons I love the Christmas season is its music. As you know, I like to sing, but what truly moves me is the rhythm and cadence of the notes and the power of the words; these really touch my heart when I listen to Christmas songs. I like to include music in the Mass, sometimes in prayer, sometimes even in my homily, because the chords and chorus join in unity, as our voices together rise up as one to give honor and praise to God.

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¡Alégrate! La llegada de nuestro Salvador, nos trae esperanza, amor y luz

¡Alégrate! La llegada de nuestro Salvador, nos trae esperanza, amor y luz

| December 18, 2014

Una de las razones por las cuales me encanta la temporada navideña es por su música. Como ya saben, me gusta cantar pero lo que realmente me mueve es el ritmo y el “tempo” de las notas y el poder que tienen las palabras, estas realmente tocan mi corazón cuando escucho las canciones navideñas. Me gusta incluir música en la misa, a veces en la oración, a veces incluso en mi homilía, porque los acordes y el coro se unen en armonía, así como nuestras voces se elevan para honrar y alabar a Dios.

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When you give to your parish, where does your money go?

When you give to your parish, where does your money go?

| December 17, 2014 | 2 Comments

When you put your offering in the collection basket at Mass, make an electronic gift or give a special year-end donation to your parish, *92 cents of every dollar you give stays in your parish or supports initiatives as determined by your parish.

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