Archive for March, 2015

What death with dignity looks like, and it’s not physician-assisted suicide

What death with dignity looks like, and it’s not physician-assisted suicide

| March 26, 2015 | 5 Comments

On March 22, Kara Tippetts died of cancer. She was a 38-year-old mother of four, a pastor’s wife and a writer in Colorado Springs. She chronicled her illness at her blog, Mundane Faithfulness, where she presented to the world not only the ups and downs of living with cancer, but also the deep Christian faith that grounded her. Her final post, written by a loved one, was an obituary. Its title: “Homecoming.”

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Like reality TV, Holy Week liturgies invite participants into the drama

Like reality TV, Holy Week liturgies invite participants into the drama

| March 26, 2015

I am not one to watch much television with the exception of the evening news. Yet, even I am aware of the tremendous popularity that reality TV is experiencing in today’s culture. Viewers are being drawn into live experiences with shows like “Dancing with the Stars” or “Survivor,” “The Bachelor” or “American Idol.”

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Como en reality TV, las liturgias de la Semana Santa nos invitan a ser participantes en el drama

Como en reality TV, las liturgias de la Semana Santa nos invitan a ser participantes en el drama

| March 26, 2015

Yo no soy de los que ven mucha televisión con la excepción de las noticias de la tarde. Sin embargo, yo estoy consciente de la enorme popularidad que la reality TV está experimentando en la cultura actual. Los espectadores están siendo arrastrados a vivir experiencias con programas como “Bailando con las estrellas” o “Survivor”, “The Bachelor” o “American Idol”.

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Bishop to Legislature: With driver’s license bill, Minnesotans have moral obligation to immigrants

Bishop to Legislature: With driver’s license bill, Minnesotans have moral obligation to immigrants

| March 26, 2015 | 0 Comments

Bishop Andrew Cozzens called a measure to allow Minnesotans without legal status to obtain provisional driver’s licenses or state-issued identification “good policy even if it’s politically difficult.”

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Jericho March

Jericho March

| March 25, 2015 | 0 Comments

Judy Beaudry of St. Michael in St. Michael and president of the Archdiocesan Council of Catholic Women’s Northwest deanery holds up a pro-life message at the Jericho March in front of Planned Parenthood in St. Paul March 24.

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Pray, work, pray, repeat

Pray, work, pray, repeat

| March 25, 2015 | 0 Comments

At their cloistered monastery tucked away on DeMontreville Trail near Lake Elmo, two priests and five brothers — one of whom is studying at the St. Paul Seminary — dedicate their lives to praying for others, looking to many great saints of the Carmelite tradition, St. Therese of Lisieux and St. John of the Cross among them. But one in particular guides them through their days not just of prayer, but also of study, outreach and craftwork, by which they support themselves.

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LiveFamily precursor to World Meeting of Families

LiveFamily precursor to World Meeting of Families

| March 25, 2015 | 0 Comments

Ahead of October’s World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia with Pope Francis, a local conference will address issues families face and what the Church is saying about them.

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Leaders field planning process questions

Leaders field planning process questions

| March 25, 2015 | 0 Comments

The following Q-and-A with Father John Bauer and Marilou Eldred, co-chairs of the 2014-2015 Strategic Planning Task Force, addresses the status of the strategic planning process, challenges and opportunities parishes currently face, and the timeline for recommendations.

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Holy Week, preschool style

Holy Week, preschool style

| March 25, 2015 | 0 Comments

Nancy Bandzuch mixes her talent for crafts with her desire to teach her Catholic faith with her young family.

And she willingly shares her ideas.

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10 ways for families to observe Holy Week

10 ways for families to observe Holy Week

| March 24, 2015 | 0 Comments

Creative Ideas for observing Holy Week as a family

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‘An answer for every cry of the human heart’

‘An answer for every cry of the human heart’

| March 24, 2015 | 0 Comments

U of M parish to usher 17 into Church at Easter

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Can a felon enter holy orders? Acceptable to chew the host?

Can a felon enter holy orders? Acceptable to chew the host?

| Father Kenneth Doyle | March 24, 2015 | 0 Comments

Q. I am currently incarcerated in federal prison. My question may seem strange, but I am wondering whether it would ever be possible for an ex-convict, a felon, to be accepted into holy orders.

Q. I attended Catholic schools for 12 years and remember most of my catechism lessons. There is one thing, though, that bothers me. After receiving Communion, I often notice people returning to their pews while visibly chewing the host. I always thought — in fact, I think I was taught this — that you should either let the host dissolve in your mouth as a sign of reverence or swallow it quickly. Please explain.

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