Archive for June, 2015

St. Paul retirees find meaning helping mothers in need

St. Paul retirees find meaning helping mothers in need

| June 18, 2015 | 0 Comments

Margee Adrian remembers it was a very nice, heavy-duty baby crib, one that she guessed probably cost $1,000, that a man wanted to donate to the Highland LifeCare Center in St. Paul.

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Saints in the Old Testament; retirement for priests

Saints in the Old Testament; retirement for priests

| Father Kenneth Doyle | June 18, 2015 | 0 Comments

Q. Figures from the Old Testament are never referred to as saints. Were there no saints in those days?

Q. With all due respect to my Catholic faith, there is one thing that I question. Many, many devout Catholics have contributed over the years to special collections for the benefit of retired priests. After all these collections and all the beautiful retirement homes for priests that now exist, shouldn’t we be doing more instead for the poor? The very ones who have contributed to build these homes cannot afford the comfort and the luxury that priests now enjoy.

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When life’s storms rage, seek Jesus and Mary

When life’s storms rage, seek Jesus and Mary

| Deacon Michael Daly | June 18, 2015 | 0 Comments

The Sea of Galilee is below sea level, within a bowl of hills, and very subject to unpredictable storms. After a hard day’s preaching, Jesus, who governs the universe, is stretched out, asleep in a boat during a violent storm. The apostles’ maritime skills were not enough to endure the waves, so as a last resort, they turn to Jesus to calm the sea.

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Minnesota Catholic leaders: Pope’s encyclical a call to act

Minnesota Catholic leaders: Pope’s encyclical a call to act

| June 18, 2015 | 0 Comments

Upon the release of Pope Francis’ ecological encyclical, Catholics are describing it as a call to action.

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From Frogtown to Godtown

From Frogtown to Godtown

| Bridget Ryder for The Catholic Spirit | June 18, 2015 | 2 Comments

Geu Vu and Khmasy Yang stood over two vats of boiling oil under a tent in the parking lot of St. Vincent de Paul Church in St. Paul’s Frogtown neighborhood June 13. The two men were frying the spring rolls women of the parish had been filling all morning. Just after 3 p.m., the first pans of food came out for the party. The Archdiocese of
St. Paul and Minneapolis’ Hmong parish had invited their neighbors for a Hmong Summer Festival.

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Parents hold great responsibility in forming faithful children

Parents hold great responsibility in forming faithful children

| Christine Codden | June 18, 2015 | 0 Comments

The first commandment God imparted to us is in the book of Genesis: to be fertile and multiply, fill the earth and subdue it (Genesis 1:28). From the moment of creation, we have understood that marriage is not just a biological function, only to co-create with God the next generation. It is also meant to provide for the spiritual lives of our children, to bring them to holiness.

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Parenting is a fruit of marriage for Wadena couple

Parenting is a fruit of marriage for Wadena couple

| Kristi Anderson for The Catholic Spirit | June 18, 2015 | 0 Comments

Christian and Tamara Breczinski, parishioners of St. Ann in Wadena, will celebrate 10 years of marriage in August. They adopted a piece of wisdom early in their relationship that keeps them grounded and helps them persevere through tough times.

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Stewardship of creation begins at home

Stewardship of creation begins at home

| Chiara Dowell | June 18, 2015 | 0 Comments

In the spring of 2014, my husband and I sold our 40-acre grass farm in southwest Wisconsin where we raised cheviot sheep. I still remember the moment I realized we were going to buy our current “river’s edge garden farm.” It was not exactly love at first sight of the 100-year-old farm house and overgrown six-acre lot.

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The dead end of gender theory

The dead end of gender theory

| Jessica Zittlow | June 18, 2015 | 4 Comments

Pope Francis has been talking a lot lately about what he is calling “gender theory.” He has called it an “anthropological regression” that “does not recognize the order of creation.”

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At 75, Immaculate Conception School still at Columbia Heights’ heart

At 75, Immaculate Conception School still at Columbia Heights’ heart

| June 18, 2015 | 0 Comments

When the eighth-graders at Immaculate Conception School received their diplomas June 2, it was the 75th time commencement exercises had been held at what I.C. principal Jane Bona calls “a beacon” of Columbia Heights.

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Event aims to help widows of all ages and stages

Event aims to help widows of all ages and stages

| June 18, 2015 | 1 Comment

Isolation, loss of purpose and self-pity are feelings Cheryl Broich experienced after the death of her husband, Deacon Richard Broich, who had served in hospital ministry in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis.

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Pine Island parish to host summer camp for girls

Pine Island parish to host summer camp for girls

| June 18, 2015 | 0 Comments

The Little Flowers Girls’ Camp Retreat, slated for July 10-12 at the southern-most parish in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, is one of three national camps hosted as part of the Little Flowers Girls’ Clubs. In the clubs, girls ages 5-11 meet regularly throughout the year to learn about virtues through Scripture, the Catechism of the Catholic Church and saints’ biographies.

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