Archive for February, 2015

Year of Consecrated Life indulgence available to all

Year of Consecrated Life indulgence available to all

| Father John Paul Erickson | February 25, 2015 | 0 Comments

We are already nearly three months into the Year of Consecrated Life, declared by Pope Francis as a special time of prayer and reflection on the vocation and dignity of consecrated religious.

During this “year” — which began with Advent and will run 14 months — Pope Francis has extended the spiritual graces of a plenary indulgence to all members of the institutes of religious life and all “other truly repentant faithful moved by a spirit of charity.”

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Stricken by cancer, defined by faith

Stricken by cancer, defined by faith

| February 25, 2015 | 11 Comments

After three years of fighting the disease, Hall’s body finally is giving way. He has dropped 20-plus pounds off his already ravaged body since Christmas, and he now weighs less than 100 pounds. His sunken, gray face gives away his current condition.

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6 ways to begin or enhance your fasting

6 ways to begin or enhance your fasting

| Jennifer Janikula for The Catholic Spirit | February 24, 2015 | 0 Comments

Several passionate fasters offered these tips to help others get started or enhance their current fasting practices.

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Full from fasting

Full from fasting

| Jennifer Janikula for The Catholic Spirit | February 24, 2015 | 0 Comments

Lenten discipline ripe with life, love and freedom, adherents say

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World Meeting of Families pilgrims urged to commit

World Meeting of Families pilgrims urged to commit

| February 24, 2015 | 0 Comments

Catholics planning to join the local pilgrimage to September’s World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia — and see Pope Francis there — are encouraged to register soon due to limited space, said Jean Stolpestad, director of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis’ Office of Marriage, Family and Life. The pilgrimage is Sept. 22-28.

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Pope Benedict has no regret, doubt about decision to retire, aide says

Pope Benedict has no regret, doubt about decision to retire, aide says

| Carol Glatz | February 24, 2015 | 0 Comments

Retired Pope Benedict XVI has never doubted or regretted his decision to resign, knowing it was the right thing to do for the good of the church, said Archbishop Georg Ganswein, prefect of the papal household and personal secretary to the retired pope.

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Catholic advocates seek to bridge immigration divide in Congress, communities

Catholic advocates seek to bridge immigration divide in Congress, communities

| February 24, 2015 | 0 Comments

Sister Simone Campbell calls it “grocery store missionary work,” and it’s one way she suggests Catholics support immigration reform and other justice issues. Engaging others in conversation, she said, is a good first step toward bringing about social change.

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White Bear Lake parish a partner in the fight to end human trafficking

White Bear Lake parish a partner in the fight to end human trafficking

| February 23, 2015 | 1 Comment

For nearly 150 people gathered at White Bear Lake City Hall Feb. 17, Ramsey County Attorney John Choi and St. Paul Police Sgt. Ray Gainey quashed the glamorization of prostitution as seen through Julia Roberts’ character in the 1990 film “Pretty Woman.” What they wanted to reveal instead was “one of the greatest human rights atrocities in our community” — sex trafficking, according to Choi.

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Franciscan Brother of Peace Paul O’Donnell dies

Franciscan Brother of Peace Paul O’Donnell dies

| February 21, 2015 | 1 Comment

Franciscan Brother of Peace Paul O’Donnell died Feb. 20. An early member of the St. Paul religious community and a nationally regarded pro-life advocate and speaker, Brother Paul was 55.

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Rite of Election approaches

Rite of Election approaches

| February 20, 2015 | 0 Comments

The annual Rite of Election, in which catechumens and candidates on their way toward becoming Catholic are presented to the local bishops, takes place at two locations in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis Sunday, Feb. 22

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Minnesota musicians behind Church’s liturgical shift featured in documentary

Minnesota musicians behind Church’s liturgical shift featured in documentary

| February 20, 2015 | 0 Comments

When the Catholic Church needed new liturgical music to fulfill the Second Vatican Council’s call for “full, conscious and active participation” by laity at Mass, composers, lyricists and Minnesota musicians heeded the call.

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Renaissance horns enhance Rose Ensemble’s Spanish requiem

Renaissance horns enhance Rose Ensemble’s Spanish requiem

| Melenie Soucheray for The Catholic Spirit | February 20, 2015 | 0 Comments

Lent is a time of prayer, penance and sacrifice in preparation for the resurrection of Christ on Easter. The Rose Ensemble, an award-winning vocal group, will provide the season’s soundtrack.

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