Jessica Trygstad

Jessica is the assistant editor of The Catholic Spirit. You can e-mail her at trygstadj@archspm.org.

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NPH celebrates 60 years of ‘raising children, transforming lives’

NPH celebrates 60 years of ‘raising children, transforming lives’

| April 8, 2015 | 0 Comments

Locally, NPH will host its annual gala Oct. 3, when 15 children from NPH’s home in El Salvador will sing and dance, and then spend two weeks with a host family.

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Divine mercy cenacles help members ‘grow in holiness’ spiritually and tangibly

Divine mercy cenacles help members ‘grow in holiness’ spiritually and tangibly

| April 8, 2015 | 0 Comments

The writings of St. Faustina, with the study of sacred Scripture and the Catechism of the Catholic Church, help people in divine mercy cenacles learn to be virtuous, especially in difficult situations, said Vivian Rogers, a parishioner of Mary, Mother of the Church in Burnsville.

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St. Bernard School prepares to close its doors in May

St. Bernard School prepares to close its doors in May

| April 7, 2015 | 0 Comments

In an October 2014 letter to parishioners and school families, St. Bernard pastor Father Gregory Abbott wrote that the school serving students in pre-kindergarten through sixth grade would close, citing declining enrollment, and parish and school finances. He noted that he made the decision with the input of parish leadership after much consultation, conversation and prayer.

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Pray, work, pray, repeat

Pray, work, pray, repeat

| March 25, 2015 | 0 Comments

At their cloistered monastery tucked away on DeMontreville Trail near Lake Elmo, two priests and five brothers — one of whom is studying at the St. Paul Seminary — dedicate their lives to praying for others, looking to many great saints of the Carmelite tradition, St. Therese of Lisieux and St. John of the Cross among them. But one in particular guides them through their days not just of prayer, but also of study, outreach and craftwork, by which they support themselves.

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LiveFamily precursor to World Meeting of Families

LiveFamily precursor to World Meeting of Families

| March 25, 2015 | 0 Comments

Ahead of October’s World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia with Pope Francis, a local conference will address issues families face and what the Church is saying about them.

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Minneapolis church opposes high-rise as potential neighbor

Minneapolis church opposes high-rise as potential neighbor

| March 20, 2015 | 0 Comments

Our Lady of Lourdes, home to 1,080 families and Minneapolis’ oldest church building in continuous use, hosted a meeting March 19 to address the 300-foot multi-use high-rise development proposed for Nye’s Polonaise Room, which announced in December its plans to vacate in late summer or early fall.

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A good beer: Finnegans celebrates 15 years of feeding the hungry

A good beer: Finnegans celebrates 15 years of feeding the hungry

| March 11, 2015 | 1 Comment

In the purchase and subsequent consumption of what’s playfully dubbed “Irish Holy Water,” fans of Finnegans beer are feeding the hungry in Minnesota, which has included clients of Catholic Charities in the past.

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Measles, mumps, rubella, oh my

Measles, mumps, rubella, oh my

| March 11, 2015 | 6 Comments

Within the vaccination controversy are Catholics who oppose the practice on moral grounds. When it comes to inoculations, what does the Church say about health, bioethics and the public good?

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A look back in time

A look back in time

| February 26, 2015 | 0 Comments

Barren walls. A silent eucharistic prayer. Hats, lots of them.

This would have been the scene for the first Masses at the Cathedral of St. Paul starting on that Palm Sunday in 1915.

The visual changes within the cathedral — and the people who worship there — mirror the last century’s changes in the liturgy.

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White Bear Lake parish a partner in the fight to end human trafficking

White Bear Lake parish a partner in the fight to end human trafficking

| February 23, 2015 | 1 Comment

For nearly 150 people gathered at White Bear Lake City Hall Feb. 17, Ramsey County Attorney John Choi and St. Paul Police Sgt. Ray Gainey quashed the glamorization of prostitution as seen through Julia Roberts’ character in the 1990 film “Pretty Woman.” What they wanted to reveal instead was “one of the greatest human rights atrocities in our community” — sex trafficking, according to Choi.

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‘Servant of the poor’: Almsgiving a push toward generosity, community

‘Servant of the poor’: Almsgiving a push toward generosity, community

| February 11, 2015 | 0 Comments

“It really is an essential part of Christianity; it’s not optional. It has to do with the most fundamental Christian virtue, which is charity and love of God.” – John Froula, assistant professor of theology at the St. Paul Seminary School of Divinity

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Well-Read Mom conference fuels love of literature

Well-Read Mom conference fuels love of literature

| February 2, 2015 | 0 Comments

What we read and how we read it matters. Because, according to Marcie Stokman, in the advent of eReaders, we’ve “out-sourced our spatial memory to Google.”

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