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Almost-Deacon Bauch says diaconate isn’t ‘another job,’ but being person God made him to be

Almost-Deacon Bauch says diaconate isn’t ‘another job,’ but being person God made him to be

| December 4, 2019 | 0 Comments

A parishioner of St. Bonaventure in Bloomington and project manager in information technology, he said diaconate formation has helped strengthen the bond between him and his wife, Lisa Anne, and deepened and enriched his prayer life. 

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As a deacon, Allgaier aims to serve the ‘”Lazaruses’ who live among us’

As a deacon, Allgaier aims to serve the ‘”Lazaruses’ who live among us’

| December 4, 2019 | 0 Comments

John Allgaier, 60, credits his wife, Kelly, and God’s grace in helping him balance family, work and study for the diaconate.

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Husband, wife recall Bishop Sirba’s ministry

Husband, wife recall Bishop Sirba’s ministry

| December 4, 2019 | 0 Comments

Matthew Kuettel was 12 when then-Father Paul Sirba was appointed pastor of his childhood parish, Maternity of the Blessed Virgin in St. Paul.

It was summer 2000, and Kuettel became an altar server. Over the next six years, Father Sirba had “a remarkable impact” on Kuettel’s life, which led to Kuettel enrolling at St. John Vianney College Seminary in St. Paul to take a serious look at the priesthood.

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Bishop Sirba’s funeral Mass is Dec. 6; he is remembered as a ‘kind, gentle, faithful shepherd’

Bishop Sirba’s funeral Mass is Dec. 6; he is remembered as a ‘kind, gentle, faithful shepherd’

| December 4, 2019 | 0 Comments

Kind, gentle, humble, holy.
Those are some of the ways people describe Bishop Paul Sirba of Duluth, who died Dec. 1 after a heart attack at St. Rose in Proctor, where he was living at the rectory. He was 59.

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Local teens lead Scripture reflection for 20,000 peers at NCYC

Local teens lead Scripture reflection for 20,000 peers at NCYC

| December 4, 2019 | 0 Comments

“I was able to take a step back and see how we can put ourselves in the shoes of the disciples and reflect on what God is saying in our own lives,” said Emil Liden, a parishioner of St. Therese in Deephaven.

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Filipino Catholics prepare for Christmas with nine-day Mass devotion

Filipino Catholics prepare for Christmas with nine-day Mass devotion

| December 4, 2019 | 0 Comments

Nine different parishes around the metro area will host Masses for the tradition, known as “Simbang Gabi,” meaning “Mass at dawn.” As in the Philippines, most of the Masses will be followed by food. But they’ll take place in the evening, when people are more likely able to attend.

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A renewed dedication to Advent

A renewed dedication to Advent

| Kate Soucheray | December 3, 2019 | 0 Comments

We are thoroughly into the season of Advent and we may not have taken out the Advent candles, the blue cloths or the Advent calendar. Instead, we might have gotten so caught up in our list of to-dos and already feel so overwhelmed by the needs of this brief time between Thanksgiving and Christmas, that we have not acknowledged this short-lived season of preparation for the coming of Christ in our hearts.

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Dispute ideas, pope tells theologians, but don’t confuse the faithful

Dispute ideas, pope tells theologians, but don’t confuse the faithful

| Cindy Wooden | December 3, 2019 | 0 Comments

Theologians must explore and debate disputed questions, at times even taking “risks” with what they propose, but those discussions should take place within the academy so as not to confuse the faithful, Pope Francis said.

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Everyday Heroes: Army officer donates part of liver to save priest’s life

Everyday Heroes: Army officer donates part of liver to save priest’s life

| Andrew Fowler | November 27, 2019 | 0 Comments

Father Dennis Callan’s health was rapidly declining. His situation was so dire that his dentist refused to even pull a tooth out of fear that the he would bleed to death.

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