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Inside a week at the Minnesota Capitol

Inside a week at the Minnesota Capitol

| Jason Adkins | March 26, 2015 | 0 Comments

Minnesota Catholic Conference staff is often asked to describe a typical day at the office. Though every day is different, we are blessed that it is only the rare occasion on which MCC’s policy team spends the whole day behind a desk. This is how it should be, because public policy advocacy requires an entrepreneurial spirit and lots of relationship building —which is not much different from the dynamics of those who work in sales.

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Action Alert – Support a legislative commission on surrogacy

Action Alert – Support a legislative commission on surrogacy

| March 26, 2015 | 0 Comments

Instructions on how to contact your legislators quickly to support a legislative commission on surrogacy

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What death with dignity looks like, and it’s not physician-assisted suicide

What death with dignity looks like, and it’s not physician-assisted suicide

| March 26, 2015 | 0 Comments

On March 22, Kara Tippetts died of cancer. She was a 38-year-old mother of four, a pastor’s wife and a writer in Colorado Springs. She chronicled her illness at her blog, Mundane Faithfulness, where she presented to the world not only the ups and downs of living with cancer, but also the deep Christian faith that grounded her. Her final post, written by a loved one, was an obituary. Its title: “Homecoming.”

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Paschal candle makers shine light on ancient craft

Paschal candle makers shine light on ancient craft

| Carol Zimmermann | March 25, 2015 | 0 Comments

As an 8-year-old Martin Marklin was impressed by the candle’s intricate wax design. But years later he was surprised to see that the traditional paschal candle at his parish had been replaced by one far less artistic: one adorned with a mere decal. He learned that the woman who had been making them had died and no one else in the parish knew the craft.

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Leaders field planning process questions

Leaders field planning process questions

| March 25, 2015 | 0 Comments

The following Q-and-A with Father John Bauer and Marilou Eldred, co-chairs of the 2014-2015 Strategic Planning Task Force, addresses the status of the strategic planning process, challenges and opportunities parishes currently face, and the timeline for recommendations.

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Holy Week, preschool style

Holy Week, preschool style

| March 25, 2015 | 0 Comments

Nancy Bandzuch mixes her talent for crafts with her desire to teach her Catholic faith with her young family.

And she willingly shares her ideas.

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Can a felon enter holy orders? Acceptable to chew the host?

Can a felon enter holy orders? Acceptable to chew the host?

| Father Kenneth Doyle | March 24, 2015 | 0 Comments

Q. I am currently incarcerated in federal prison. My question may seem strange, but I am wondering whether it would ever be possible for an ex-convict, a felon, to be accepted into holy orders.

Q. I attended Catholic schools for 12 years and remember most of my catechism lessons. There is one thing, though, that bothers me. After receiving Communion, I often notice people returning to their pews while visibly chewing the host. I always thought — in fact, I think I was taught this — that you should either let the host dissolve in your mouth as a sign of reverence or swallow it quickly. Please explain.

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Father Keefe remembered as gifted spiritual director

Father Keefe remembered as gifted spiritual director

| March 24, 2015 | 0 Comments

Father Gerald Keefe, who died March 19 at the age of 93, is being remembered as a kind and humble priest, pastor and spiritual director.

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Sister Dominica Brennan admired for ‘pastoral heart’

Sister Dominica Brennan admired for ‘pastoral heart’

| March 24, 2015 | 0 Comments

Archbishop Emeritus Harry Flynn had a simple comment about the death of Dominican Sister Dominica Brennan, who formerly served in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis as the chancellor for canonical affairs.

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