Archive for January, 2016

Pennies raised put teacher on the wall at Bloomington school

Pennies raised put teacher on the wall at Bloomington school

| January 21, 2016 | 0 Comments

Physical education teacher Blair Benecke found herself up against a wall — literally.

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Support for miscarriage; lamp for Blessed Sacrament

Support for miscarriage; lamp for Blessed Sacrament

| Father Kenneth Doyle | January 21, 2016 | 0 Comments

Q. Until my own personal experience in losing a child, I had no realization as to how deeply a miscarried baby can touch one’s heart. I am still puzzled that the Catholic Church does not have something more formal for grieving parents after a miscarriage occurs. Are there any resources, prayers or rituals available for the numerous parents who sit with empty arms?

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A New Year’s resolution: Living well with loss

A New Year’s resolution: Living well with loss

| Father Paul Jarvis | January 21, 2016 | 0 Comments

Author Beryl Schewe says, “Not all tears have words.” I think that’s especially true in the depths of winter. With the holidays in the rear view mirror and spring far away, I often find myself missing loved ones who are no longer here, or meditating on my own mortality. As a survivor of serious heart surgery, I sometimes feel a sense of loss that’s not easy to talk about. Perhaps you have losses in your life that affect you in similar ways. Along with the promises of our faith, where do we turn for comfort?

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After backlash, Archbishop Nienstedt leaving Michigan parish

After backlash, Archbishop Nienstedt leaving Michigan parish

| January 21, 2016 | 17 Comments

Following complaints by some Catholics and leaders of an organization for victims of clergy sexual abuse, Archbishop John Nienstedt is leaving a temporary position with a parish in Battle Creek, Michigan, the parish’s pastor announced in a Jan. 21 letter.

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In Scripture and now: men’s duty to be watchmen

In Scripture and now: men’s duty to be watchmen

| Matthew James Christoff | January 21, 2016 | 1 Comment

Men and women are created in God’s image and are equal in dignity. Men and women have also been endowed with unique gifts that God draws together in beautiful complementarity in the sacrament of marriage in which the “two become one flesh” (Gn 2:24).

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Letters – January 21, 2016

Letters – January 21, 2016

| January 21, 2016 | 0 Comments

Parents as examples of Christian charity

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Don’t make politics an idol

Don’t make politics an idol

| Jonathan Liedl | January 21, 2016 | 1 Comment

When we hear the word “idolatry,” we probably think first of a golden calf and pagan worship. But idolatry, giving the reverence and devotion owed to God to something created instead, is actually a much more commonplace sin. In fact, the Catechism of the Catholic Church warns us that idolatry “remains a constant temptation of faith.”

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Realizing gratitude

Realizing gratitude

| Alyssa Bormes | January 21, 2016 | 0 Comments

High school teachers everywhere know what it is like to have students in class who are only there because it is a requirement. This is why a required speech class can really be an adventure. Public speaking is terrifying! In my experience, there is usually one student who is excited to take the class — and he or she shows up every five or six years.

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Being intentional about Catholic identity key to our schools’ success

Being intentional about Catholic identity key to our schools’ success

| Archbishop Bernard Hebda | January 21, 2016

It was my first morning in Minnesota. I gathered with the priests of the Archdiocese to listen to our convocation speaker, Archbishop Michael Miller, discuss the hallmarks of a truly Catholic school. The presentation was superb, but what really impressed me was the attentiveness of my brother priests and the depth of their questions. It was clear to me from the start that Pope Francis had sent me to work in an archdiocese with a deep appreciation for Catholic schools.

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Ser intencional sobre la identidad Católica es la clave para el éxito de nuestras escuelas

Ser intencional sobre la identidad Católica es la clave para el éxito de nuestras escuelas

| Archbishop Bernard Hebda | January 21, 2016 | 0 Comments

Fue mi primera mañana en Minnesota. Me reuní con los sacerdotes de la arquidiócesis a escuchar a nuestro orador, el Arzobispo Michael Miller, para discutir las características de una verdadera escuela Católica. La presentación fue excelente . . . pero lo que más me impresionó fue la atención de mis hermanos sacerdotes y la profundidad de sus preguntas. Fue claro para mí desde un principio que el Papa Francisco me había enviado a trabajar en una arquidiócesis con un profundo aprecio por las escuelas Católicas.

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Women’s ministry to host Italian pilgrimage in June

Women’s ministry to host Italian pilgrimage in June

| January 20, 2016 | 0 Comments

The destination is especially appropriate, given the Holy Year of Mercy, said WINE founder Kelly Wahlquist; pilgrims will walk through the Holy Doors at St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome.

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‘Lone Ranger’ Christianity fades into the West

‘Lone Ranger’ Christianity fades into the West

| Joel Davidson | January 19, 2016 | 0 Comments

Remember the Sabbath? If you do, you’re part of a rapidly shrinking block of Americans.

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