Archive for March, 2020

Parishes across archdiocese streaming Masses, prayers

Parishes across archdiocese streaming Masses, prayers

| March 29, 2020 | 0 Comments

Many parishes are offering daily Mass in addition to weekend Masses, making it possible for Catholics to participate in Mass every day during Gov. Tim Walz’s stay-at-home order, which continues through April 10.

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Official living in same residence as pope is positive for COVID-19

Official living in same residence as pope is positive for COVID-19

| Cindy Wooden | March 28, 2020 | 0 Comments

Neither Pope Francis nor any of his closest collaborators have the COVID-19 virus, said Matteo Bruni, director of the Vatican press office.

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Archbishop Hebda blesses city of St. Paul, prays for archdiocese at Cathedral of St. Paul

Archbishop Hebda blesses city of St. Paul, prays for archdiocese at Cathedral of St. Paul

| March 27, 2020 | 0 Comments

Archbishop Bernard Hebda held the Eucharist high over the City of St. Paul March 27 on the steps of the Cathedral of St. Paul overlooking the State Capitol, praying for the sick and suffering, those who care for them, lawmakers and others as the coronavirus hits Minnesota hard.

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COVID-19 is not God’s judgment, but a call to live differently, pope says

COVID-19 is not God’s judgment, but a call to live differently, pope says

| Cindy Wooden | March 27, 2020 | 0 Comments

The worldwide coronavirus pandemic is not God’s judgment on humanity, but God’s call on people to judge what is most important to them and resolve to act accordingly from now on, Pope Francis said.

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Virtual Holy Week retreat to begin Palm Sunday

Virtual Holy Week retreat to begin Palm Sunday

| March 27, 2020 | 0 Comments

The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis is planning a virtual Holy Week retreat and inviting all to participate

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Archbishop: Pope’s plenary indulgence means ‘happy death’ still possible, even without a priest

Archbishop: Pope’s plenary indulgence means ‘happy death’ still possible, even without a priest

| March 27, 2020 | 0 Comments

Pope Francis has recognized that in “these difficult days” caused by the rapid spread of COVID-19, that people may die without the comfort of having a priest present, Archbishop Hebda said. And that’s why he’s granted a plenary indulgence for people who are quarantined from the novel coronavirus, “to give us the same kind of comfort at the moment of our death.”

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Digital Edition – March 26, 2020

Digital Edition – March 26, 2020

| March 26, 2020 | 0 Comments

Effects of COVID-19 on Catholic life, Pope announces
extraordinary ‘urbi et orbi’, Boy Scout saint?, U of M student accepts pope’s invite to economics conference, Homelessness, Abortion Providers Appreciation Day decried, Abuse accountability, Virtual Holy Week Retreat

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Confirmation: The next series on the sacraments

Confirmation: The next series on the sacraments

| Father Michael Van Sloun | March 26, 2020 | 0 Comments

The objective of this column is to help Catholics, in particular, as well as anyone else who has a desire to learn about our beliefs, to better understand the basic teachings of the Catholic faith. The sacraments are an excellent place to start because they have such a central role in the spiritual life. So important, in fact, that an “active Catholic” is defined as someone who is receiving the sacraments.

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Tears of Jesus show he understands sorrow

Tears of Jesus show he understands sorrow

| Father Dan Haugan | March 26, 2020 | 0 Comments

Banksy, the anonymous English street artist and vandal, once said, “You die twice. One time when you stop breathing and a second time, a bit later on, when somebody says your name for the last time.”

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Precautions help protect seniors in care facilities

Precautions help protect seniors in care facilities

| Joe Ruff and Barb Umberger | March 26, 2020 | 0 Comments

“This is something we can all do for one another,” Father Matthew Ehmke told the congregation at 10:30 a.m. Mass March 8 at the senior living complex St. Therese of New Hope.

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Plenary indulgence ‘looses’ earthly punishments

Plenary indulgence ‘looses’ earthly punishments

| Father Tom Margevicius | March 26, 2020 | 0 Comments

Just as the sacrament of reconciliation removes the eternal punishment of sin by sacramental absolution, so too an Indulgence removes the temporal punishment of sin.

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Archbishop: General absolution permitted if individual confession not possible

Archbishop: General absolution permitted if individual confession not possible

| March 26, 2020 | 0 Comments

Priests in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis should make extra efforts to hear individual confessions during the pandemic, Archbishop Hebda told them in a March 20 letter. But if that becomes impossible, the archbishop has granted each priest who presently hears confessions in the archdiocese “the extraordinary permission to impart absolution to multiple persons without prior confession.”

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