Archive for December, 2015

On ordination day, bishop calls deacons to life of service

On ordination day, bishop calls deacons to life of service

| Jonathan Liedl | December 7, 2015 | 1 Comment

“The purpose of this ordination is to allow you to give your life as a ransom for the Church, to allow your life to be taken by God and used as he desires,” said Bishop Andrew Cozzens, the archdiocese’s auxiliary bishop, during his homily.

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Archbishop Hebda: Court-approved fees necessary for fair resolution

Archbishop Hebda: Court-approved fees necessary for fair resolution

| December 4, 2015 | 0 Comments

Over $3 million in fees will be paid to six law firms representing the archdiocese, those who have filed abuse claims, parishes and others who are working with insurance companies.

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Cathedral, Basilica to welcome Holy Year by opening Holy Doors Dec. 13

Cathedral, Basilica to welcome Holy Year by opening Holy Doors Dec. 13

| December 3, 2015 | 0 Comments

In the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, the Holy Year of Mercy will mean more intensive prayer and performing acts of mercy. Johan van Parys, director of liturgy and sacred arts at the Basilica of St. Mary in Minneapolis, described the jubilee year as an extension of Lent.

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‘Acts of Mercy’ series features art of Ade Bethune

‘Acts of Mercy’ series features art of Ade Bethune

| December 3, 2015 | 0 Comments

The logo of The Catholic Spirit’s Year of Mercy series depicts two people: One is reaching down to cloak the other’s shoulders, who is gazing back at the giver. It was chosen because of the way it shows “encounter,” a dominant theme of Pope Francis’ papacy, and a focal point for the Year of Mercy. When the pope speaks of building a “culture of encounter,” he is urging people to love God and others, and to engage and accompany other people, especially those on society’s edges.

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Acts of Mercy

Acts of Mercy

| December 3, 2015 | 0 Comments

Fourteen-part series highlighting local Catholics who live out the corporal and spiritual works of mercy

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Holy year FAQ

Holy year FAQ

| December 3, 2015 | 0 Comments

For the Catholic Church, a holy year remains a time of great spiritual significance, and emphasis is placed on the examination of conscience and conversion, the forgiveness of sins, reconciliation, concrete acts of solidarity and initiatives to restore justice.

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Work of mercy: Feeding the hungry

Work of mercy: Feeding the hungry

| Father Michael Van Sloun | December 3, 2015 | 0 Comments

To feed the hungry is the first corporal work of mercy. It was given by Jesus when he spoke to his disciples about the Judgment of the Nations (Mt 25:31-46), and it stands at the top of his list.

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What are the works of mercy?

What are the works of mercy?

| Father Michael Van Sloun | December 3, 2015 | 0 Comments

Works of mercy

Jesus placed an extraordinarily high value on mercy, so great, in fact, that it is the Fifth Beatitude, “Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy” (Mt 5:7).

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When did I see you hungry?

When did I see you hungry?

| December 3, 2015 | 0 Comments

Armed with a gift for feeding others, Burnsville Catholic leads weekly dinner for people in need

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‘Nostra Aetate’ celebrated for reviving Jewish-Christian dialogue

‘Nostra Aetate’ celebrated for reviving Jewish-Christian dialogue

| December 3, 2015 | 0 Comments

Father Rutten said that Vatican II’s purpose “was to find ways to express the Catholic-Christian faith in new ways in the modern world, and to engage the world.” “Nostra Aetate,” meaning “in our time,” was one of 16 documents promulgated from the council. Father Rutten called it “groundbreaking” and “game-changing” for Jewish-Christian relations.

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Finding true hope in God’s generosity

Finding true hope in God’s generosity

| Father Charles Lachowitzer | December 3, 2015

I Google-Bing-Yahooed “Thanksgiving.” I was predictably overwhelmed with a cyber library of history, stories, official pronouncements and parades. I noted with a prayer of gratitude to God that in the history of Thanksgiving, the official proclamations leading to the establishment of this national holiday coincided with some of our nation’s greatest troubles: President Lincoln during the Civil War; President Roosevelt during the Depression; the U.S. Congress during World War II.

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Encontrando la verdadera esperanza en la generosidad de Dios

Encontrando la verdadera esperanza en la generosidad de Dios

| Father Charles Lachowitzer | December 3, 2015

Busqué en Google, Bing y Yahoo la palabra “Acción de Gracias” y como era de esperarse, quedé abrumado con una biblioteca cibernética de historias, relatos, declaraciones oficiales y desfiles. Observé con una oración de agradecimiento a Dios que en la historia de Acción de Gracias, las proclamaciones oficiales que conducen al establecer esta fiesta nacional, coincidió con algunas de las mayores dificultades de nuestro país: el Presidente Lincoln durante la Guerra Civil; el Presidente Roosevelt durante la Gran Depresión; el Congreso de EEUU durante la Segunda Guerra Mundial.

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