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Effective high tech? Personal connections

Effective high tech? Personal connections

| Julie Craven | November 21, 2019 | 0 Comments

In the second half of my corporate career, I had responsibilities for communications. It was all about key messages, platforms and measurement. I served as spokesperson, worked with media and targeted audiences. My husband, Doug, and I retired, relocated to downtown Minneapolis, and began attending Our Lady of Lourdes a few years ago. When we joined our downtown parish, I volunteered to serve as a eucharistic minister. Father Dan Griffith, after asking me a few questions about my experience, commented, “Oh, I have something else in mind for you.” Providence. I am now the director of communications and strategic initiatives at the parish.

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Tabernacles inside and outside of church

Tabernacles inside and outside of church

| Father Michael Van Sloun | November 21, 2019 | 0 Comments

The tabernacle is where the Blessed Sacrament is reserved. It is usually located in the sanctuary area in the front of the church, often either behind the altar or in its immediate vicinity, or it may be located in a reservation chapel.

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Inviting Jesus to reign in our hearts

Inviting Jesus to reign in our hearts

| Father Joseph Bambenek | November 21, 2019 | 0 Comments

In the depths of most human hearts is a desire to be led by someone who loves us and can protect us and guide us in life. At the root of that desire is the often unseen longing for the love, protection and guidance that only God, the King of the Universe, can truly give. In the times prior to King Saul, the people of Israel offended the Lord by clamoring for a human king like the rest of the nations had, rather than being led directly by God. Getting what they wanted did not work out well due to King Saul’s shortcomings. Yet Saul’s failures did not prevent the Israelites from wanting another king. In the first reading for the Solemnity of Christ the King this year we hear them clamoring for a replacement king once Saul had died; pleading with David to become their king.

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Appointments – November 21, 2019

Appointments – November 21, 2019

| November 21, 2019 | 0 Comments

Archbishop Bernard Hebda has announced the following appointments in the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis

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The Eighth Day

The Eighth Day

| Father Charles Lachowitzer | November 21, 2019 | 0 Comments

When I first became the pastor of the Church of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Maplewood, the stories of the parish founder, Msgr. Raymond Rutkowski, were many and already legendary.

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El octavo día

El octavo día

| Father Charles Lachowitzer | November 21, 2019 | 0 Comments

El pastor de la Iglesia de la Presentación de la Santísima Virgen María en Maplewood, las historias del fundador de la parroquia, Mons. Raymond Rutkowski, eran muchas y legendarias.

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(Twin) Cities of saints

(Twin) Cities of saints

| Jonathon Liedl | November 20, 2019 | 0 Comments

Did you remember All Saints Day earlier this November? In Italy, it’d be hard not to. Here, in this peculiarly Catholic country (case in point: the rate of Sunday Mass attendance is lower in Italy than in the U.S., but two soccer players were just suspended by an Italian national league for using the Lord’s name in vain during a game), All Saints Day is a national holiday. Schools, government services and most businesses are closed every year when the Nov. 1 solemnity rolls around.

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Take all moments of life to prayer

Take all moments of life to prayer

| Deacon Gordon Bird | November 20, 2019 | 0 Comments

Spiritual leaders, protectors and providers of the faith know that the persistence, vigor and vitality of a daily prayer life are essential to staying alive in Christ. Spiritual combat is active and relentless, and Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount and his many parables about prayer emphasize persistence, watchfulness, humility and the acceptance of the Father’s will in prayer (Mt 5-7). He is our model on how to live a life of prayer, and certainly his earthly parents set an example.

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Mission trip exhibits joy of the Gospel

Mission trip exhibits joy of the Gospel

| Jason Adkins | November 20, 2019 | 0 Comments

Recently, I was blessed to accompany members of Our Lady of Lourdes’ (Minneapolis) parish justice and charity commission on a visit to its sister parish in Tijuana, Mexico: a mission run by the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate.

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