Archive for February, 2017

This Lent, give up taking the season too lightly

This Lent, give up taking the season too lightly

| Father Charles Lachowitzer | February 23, 2017

The “lite” has come into the world. We have lite music on lite FM, lite fermented beverages, lite microwave dinners, lite salad dressings and lite salt. Even the word “light” is lighter — it is spelled “L-I-T-E”.

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Época de Cuaresma, no la viva tan a la ligera

Época de Cuaresma, no la viva tan a la ligera

| Father Charles Lachowitzer | February 23, 2017

Lo “ligero” ha llegado al mundo. Tenemos música ligera en la frecuencia FM de la radio, tenemos bebidas fermentadas ligeras, cenas ligeras para calentar en el horno microondas, tenemos aderezos ligeros para las ensaladas y hasta sal ligera. Aún la palabra “ligera” es ligera — se pronuncia “L-I-G-E-R-A.”

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Longest Married Couple Project award goes to St. Pascal Baylon couple

Longest Married Couple Project award goes to St. Pascal Baylon couple

| February 23, 2017 | 0 Comments

Vince and Leona Arceno, both 95, have been married 73 years and have an award to go along with the milestone.

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Corned beef OK on Lenten St. Patrick’s Day, Archbishop Hebda says

Corned beef OK on Lenten St. Patrick’s Day, Archbishop Hebda says

| February 22, 2017 | 1 Comment

If Catholics choose to eat corned beef — or any other meat — on St. Patricks’ Day, they must also “undertake a work of charity, an exercise of piety, or an act of comparable penance on some other occasion during the Second Week of Lent,” wrote Susan Mulheron, chancellor for canonical affairs for the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis.

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Readying your heart for Lent

Readying your heart for Lent

| Liz Kelly | February 22, 2017 | 0 Comments

Lent is the Lord’s to do as he wishes. We do not solely take up Lenten practices in order to achieve a certain effect; we enter this holy season with fervor and determination to fast, pray, repent, and give of ourselves because we love the Lord and because he has asked us to.

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When the world becomes too much

When the world becomes too much

| Jeff Hedglen | February 22, 2017 | 0 Comments

I will be showing my age and possibly run the risk of losing many Generation X and millennial readers when I use this example, but sometimes when I feel at the end of my rope, or look around at the state of the world or even look at how my day-to-day life can seem out of control, I often think of a 1970s television show called “Hee Haw.”

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Remembering Masqueray

Remembering Masqueray

| February 22, 2017 | 0 Comments

University of St. Thomas shines spotlight on Cathedral, Basilica architect 100 years after his death

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Pope greets U.S. grass-roots groups, saying they help ‘communities thrive’

Pope greets U.S. grass-roots groups, saying they help ‘communities thrive’

| Dennis Sadowski | February 22, 2017 | 0 Comments

Pope Francis congratulated more than 600 representatives of grass-roots organizations for responding with mercy to society’s hurting people during the opening of the four-day U.S. regional World Meeting of Popular Movements.

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Committee addressing unresolved parish planning recommendations

Committee addressing unresolved parish planning recommendations

| February 22, 2017 | 0 Comments

Seven years after the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis began implementing the mandates of a comprehensive strategic planning process, a new committee is working to reassess parts that never took effect. It plans to meet with pastors and leaders of parishes considering merging or clustering, and recommend solutions to Archbishop Bernard Hebda and his consultative councils.

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Monticello couple supports orphans, adoptive families after loss of infant daughter

Monticello couple supports orphans, adoptive families after loss of infant daughter

| Jessica Weinberger | February 21, 2017 | 0 Comments

Each year, Matt and Katrina Witschen host more than 150 friends and family members for an Oktoberfest party at their hobby farm outside Monticello. And each year, they’ve quietly placed a bucket out for party-goers to donate to a worthy case, whether it’s a local family facing a cancer diagnosis or an organization that supports orphans or children with special needs.

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Norma McCorvey, plaintiff in Roe ruling who later became pro-life, dies

Norma McCorvey, plaintiff in Roe ruling who later became pro-life, dies

| February 21, 2017 | 0 Comments

Norma McCorvey, the plaintiff “Jane Roe” in the Supreme Court’s 1973 Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion virtually on demand, died Feb. 18 at an assisted-living facility in Katy. She was 69.

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Three parishes take fresh approach to adult faith formation

Three parishes take fresh approach to adult faith formation

| Bridget Ryder | February 21, 2017 | 1 Comment

Brad Parent, 27, doesn’t usually talk during Mass, but one Sunday he spent much of the liturgy whispering to a friend. It wasn’t a conversation. The friend was searching for that something the world cannot give, and his search had led him to St. Mark in St. Paul with his Catholic friend. Parent, an active parishioner and well-catechized Catholic, wanted to make sure his friend understood what was going on. But after Parent had passed on all the knowledge he had, he realized there was still so much he didn’t know.

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