Archive for March, 2020

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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Surrendering to God

Surrendering to God

| Bishop Andrew Cozzens | March 26, 2020 | 0 Comments

“I have never seen anything like this.” This statement struck me as especially strong, since it came from a man in his 80s who had lived through the national struggle that gripped our country during the Second World War. In his mind, the national lockdown we are now experiencing is worse.

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Entregarse a Dios

Entregarse a Dios

| Bishop Andrew Cozzens | March 26, 2020 | 0 Comments

“Nunca he visto nada como esto.” Esta declaración me pareció especialmente fuerte, ya que provenía de un hombre de unos 80 años que había vivido la lucha nacional que se apoderó de nuestro país durante la Segunda Guerra Mundial. En su mente, el cierre nacional que estamos experimentando ahora fue peor.

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Archbishop: Join Pope Francis March 27 for extraordinary blessing

Archbishop: Join Pope Francis March 27 for extraordinary blessing

| March 26, 2020 | 0 Comments

Archbishop Hebda is encouraging local Catholics to join others worldwide in praying with Pope Francis at noon on Friday, March 27, when the pope will extend an extraordinary “urbi et orbi” blessing.

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Home from Rome, UST student notes similarities in response

Home from Rome, UST student notes similarities in response

| March 26, 2020 | 0 Comments

When Isabel Brown, a graduate student in the University of St. Thomas’ Catholic Studies program, was flying home from Rome, a city under increasingly tight restrictions to help curb spread of the coronavirus, she had wistful hopes that things might be different back in the U.S.

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