Archive for July, 2017

New Brighton writer helps incarcerated women pen stories of hurt, hope

New Brighton writer helps incarcerated women pen stories of hurt, hope

| Melenie Soucheray | July 12, 2017 | 0 Comments

The collected works of 43 women, “Breaking the Cycle: Writings by Women in Prison,” was published in April. The authors hope it will influence others to avoid criminal activity.

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Catholics to meet at Basilica following National Black Catholic Congress

Catholics to meet at Basilica following National Black Catholic Congress

| July 12, 2017 | 0 Comments

Twenty-six people from the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis were among more than 2,000 who attended the 12th National Black Catholic Congress July 6-9 in Orlando.

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Pope approves new path to sainthood: heroic act of loving service

Pope approves new path to sainthood: heroic act of loving service

| Carol Glatz | July 12, 2017 | 1 Comment

Pope Francis has approved a fourth pathway to possible sainthood — giving one’s life in a heroic act of loving service to others.

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Faith takes center court for Jr. NBA award-winning coach Berran

Faith takes center court for Jr. NBA award-winning coach Berran

| July 12, 2017 | 0 Comments

Before playing a state championship game earlier this year, the players on Carrie Berran’s seventh-grade girls basketball traveling team gathered for prayer.

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A Minneapolis native, Jesuit begins ministry across the river

A Minneapolis native, Jesuit begins ministry across the river

| July 12, 2017 | 0 Comments

Jesuit Father Richard Fichtinger recently took a walk along the Midtown Greenway in Minneapolis for the first time in nine years after returning from formation with the order.

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Women and men religious celebrate jubilees

Women and men religious celebrate jubilees

| July 11, 2017 | 0 Comments

The Catholic Spirit congratulates the following members of women’s and men’s religious communities who are serving or have served in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis and are celebrating jubilees this year. The information was provided by the religious orders.

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Judge hopes agreement inspires long-term change

Judge hopes agreement inspires long-term change

| July 11, 2017 | 0 Comments

The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis’ director and deputy director for Safe Environment and Ministerial Standards appeared in Ramsey County court July 10 to provide Judge Teresa Warner with a status report on the archdiocese’s compliance efforts to ensure safe environments for children.

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Archdiocesan group visits Alaska mission diocese

Archdiocesan group visits Alaska mission diocese

| July 11, 2017 | 0 Comments

Eight people from the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis visited the Diocese of Fairbanks, Alaska, June 15-June 22 to learn about in one of the most remote parts of the U.S.

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Father McCauley, former MCC executive director, dies

Father McCauley, former MCC executive director, dies

| July 11, 2017 | 0 Comments

Teresa Lodoen was caught off guard when she got an email from the pastor of her parish, St. Peter in Mendota, July 7. As she was finishing the wedding rehearsal of her daughter, Natalie, Father Steven Hoffman informed her that a long-time priest friend of hers, Father David McCauley, had died that day. He was 79.

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History and humility: an old man’s plea to young adults

History and humility: an old man’s plea to young adults

| Christina Cepecchi | July 11, 2017 | 0 Comments

The old man with the typewriter would like a word with us texters and tweeters: Don’t be a blockhead.

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Mom should know her place in son’s marital challenges

Mom should know her place in son’s marital challenges

| Father Michael Schmitz | July 11, 2017 | 21 Comments

Q. My son and his wife have been married nine years and have four children. His wife homeschools their children and wants three more kids, but my son is exhausted when he gets home, and his wife expects him to “take over” while she “takes a break.” She says that the Church demands that they have more children. I would support my son if this was all too much and he asked for a divorce.

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The art of listening

The art of listening

| Deacon Ramon García | July 11, 2017 | 0 Comments

There is a story about a couple with marital difficulties who sought help. They were each given a flask with water in it and were told the water would keep them from arguing so much. Thrilled with the idea of the miraculous liquid, the couple asked how it worked. Imagine their surprise when they were told that the “miraculous” water worked because one person puts the liquid in his or her mouth while the other one talks, and the person cannot swallow the water until the other is finished talking. Then they reverse roles.

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