Archive for March, 2016

To shelter the homeless

To shelter the homeless

| Father Michael Van Sloun | March 29, 2016 | 0 Comments

The corporal works of mercy are charitable deeds that provide for the bodily needs of others, and standing at the top of the list of critical bodily needs are food and shelter. The fourth corporal work of mercy is to shelter the homeless, also known as to harbor the harborless. In the Gospel, it corresponds to, “I was . . . a stranger and you welcomed me” (Mt 25:35). A roof over one’s head provides protection from the elements as well as safety and security.

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Home of love multiplied

Home of love multiplied

| Christina Capecchi | March 29, 2016 | 2 Comments

Gretchen Thibault will never forget the news footage 17 years ago that altered her family forever: a CBS News special showing a Romanian orphanage where malnourished toddlers were tied up in cribs.
“It was like, ‘Poof!’” she said. “Something changed. At that moment I realized I had a special spot in my heart that was just waiting to be used. It was filled with love.”

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Polish hymn inspires upcoming Blaine concert

Polish hymn inspires upcoming Blaine concert

| March 29, 2016 | 0 Comments

An original composition based on a song heard in the birthplace of the divine mercy devotion will be part of a Year of Mercy concert Divine Mercy Sunday, April 3, at St. Timothy in Blaine.

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Faribault parish feast celebration ties in World Youth Day pilgrims

Faribault parish feast celebration ties in World Youth Day pilgrims

| March 29, 2016 | 0 Comments

Justin Stroh wants Catholics to experience Divine Mercy Sunday the way his parish, Divine Mercy in Faribault, does every year, only more so in Pope Francis’ Year of Mercy.

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Business owners still seek mandate relief after wins

Business owners still seek mandate relief after wins

| Susan Klemond | March 29, 2016 | 0 Comments

As the Little Sisters of the Poor hope the U.S. Supreme Court will exempt them from having to include contraceptive, abortifacient and sterilization coverage in their employee health insurance plans, two local Catholic business owners who fought the Department of Health and Human Services mandate and won last year say they still are unable to offer their employees health insurance.

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Women stand with Little Sisters as U.S. Supreme Court hears case

Women stand with Little Sisters as U.S. Supreme Court hears case

| March 29, 2016 | 0 Comments

Women stand with Little Sisters as U.S. Supreme Court hears case

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Easter ‘presses the reset button,’ Archbishop Hebda says

Easter ‘presses the reset button,’ Archbishop Hebda says

| March 27, 2016 | 0 Comments

At his first Easter Mass in Minnesota, newly appointed Archbishop Bernard Hebda preached to a crowded Basilica of St. Mary in Minneapolis that a response is required to Jesus’ resurrection, one that calls for all to be missionaries of the Gospel and missionaries of God’s mercy.

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Archbishop: Eucharist should compel Catholics to imitate Jesus, serve others

Archbishop: Eucharist should compel Catholics to imitate Jesus, serve others

| March 25, 2016 | 2 Comments

When celebrating previous Masses at the Cathedral of St. Paul, Archbishop Hebda said he had looked across the sanctuary at the empty archbishop’s chair, and wondered who would eventually take that seat. “Little did I imagine that I would be sitting there,” he said.

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Archbishop Hebda has right qualities for the job, say local and national Catholic leaders

Archbishop Hebda has right qualities for the job, say local and national Catholic leaders

| March 24, 2016 | 0 Comments

“He’s a gift for the archdiocese from Pope Francis,” Bishop Sirba said. “Through the mercy of God, Pope Francis heard the prayers of the people of the archdiocese and is sending them a shepherd, a very loving, good man. He will be someone who will walk with the people and be with them in their needs.”

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Archdiocesan leaders express joy, gratitude for Archbishop Hebda’s new role

Archdiocesan leaders express joy, gratitude for Archbishop Hebda’s new role

| March 24, 2016 | 2 Comments

“It’s a great blessing; it’s like an early Easter,” Bishop Cozzens said. “It’s been such a joy to work with Archbishop Hebda so far, and to think that he gets to stay and be our shepherd is a great delight. My first words were, ‘Praise God.’”

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Archbishop Hebda to celebrate Holy Thursday Mass at Cathedral

Archbishop Hebda to celebrate Holy Thursday Mass at Cathedral

| March 24, 2016 | 1 Comment

In his first public appearance as archbishop designate of St. Paul and Minneapolis, Archbishop Bernard Hebda said March 24 that as much as he was surprised by the appointment, he was humbled by the confidence Pope Francis has in him to continue leading the archdiocese, calling it influential and important in the upper Midwest.

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Newark leader: Archbishop Hebda’s unexpected post shows God is ‘a God of surprises’

Newark leader: Archbishop Hebda’s unexpected post shows God is ‘a God of surprises’

| March 24, 2016 | 0 Comments

“While it may have been difficult for him at times to manage the travel and commitments of serving in two large archdioceses these past months, he embraced this call from the Holy See willfully and prayerfully,” Archbishop Myers said. “His tireless, positive approach to dealing with the challenges presented him will be one of the graces that he will share with the people of the Twin Cities.”

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