Maria Wiering

Maria is the editor of The Catholic Spirit and publications manager of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis. You can email her at wieringm@archspm.org.

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Archbishop grateful Catholics desire public Mass, but says restrictions consistent with faith

Archbishop grateful Catholics desire public Mass, but says restrictions consistent with faith

| April 21, 2020 | 0 Comments

“We are hoping and praying that the actions we have taken here will mitigate the pandemic and help us return to familiar public interactions, even if it may be some time before we return to ‘normal’ life in society.”

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Archdiocese forming team of priests trained to anoint Catholics dying of COVID-19

Archdiocese forming team of priests trained to anoint Catholics dying of COVID-19

| April 20, 2020 | 0 Comments

“Basically, we want to be prepared for the worst, even though we’re hoping for the best,” Bishop Cozzens said. “The Church always has special care for the dying, and we especially want to give them peace of conscience, and the sacraments can do that.”

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On Earth Day, creation care team promotes time spent in nature, prayer

On Earth Day, creation care team promotes time spent in nature, prayer

| April 20, 2020 | 0 Comments

Adam Fitzpatrick of the Center for Mission pointed to “Laudato Si’” as expounding a Catholic vision of creation and humankind’s responsibility to it. With the document, “Pope Francis really calls for a sense of ecological conversion,” he said. “And that means not just the actions and the systemic change that we need, but also just a reflection of how we live our lives.”

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Pre-synod parish small groups pushed back one year due to COVID-19

Pre-synod parish small groups pushed back one year due to COVID-19

| April 17, 2020 | 0 Comments

The parish consultation process with small groups was originally scheduled for this fall. With the revised schedule, parish small groups are now scheduled for the fall of 2021. The format will remain the same: six sessions over six weeks to dig deeper into focus areas by examining Scripture, Church teaching and cultural context.

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Pandemic inspires Father Joncas to compose hymn ‘Shelter Me’

Pandemic inspires Father Joncas to compose hymn ‘Shelter Me’

| April 16, 2020 | 0 Comments

Father Joncas hopes that people who sing and hear “Shelter Me” will experience God through it, and “that that experience would be comforting to them,” he said. “This song is about tenderness.”

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Bishop Cozzens: Like St. Peter, Christians can learn from our weaknesses

Bishop Cozzens: Like St. Peter, Christians can learn from our weaknesses

| April 9, 2020 | 0 Comments

“It seems that wherever the Gospels were written in the early Roman empire or in the Christian world, the one thing that everybody knew about their leader was that in the key moment, he had betrayed the Lord. When it really counted, he failed,” the auxiliary bishop said. “And yet, this failure was key to his success.”

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UST exhibiting artist explores suffering through Christ’s passion

UST exhibiting artist explores suffering through Christ’s passion

| April 8, 2020 | 0 Comments

Kelly Kruse captured the process on video: She’s standing in front of her paintings, whipping, then tearing them, leaving gashes in the canvas.

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Triduum in the domestic church, day by day

Triduum in the domestic church, day by day

| April 8, 2020 | 0 Comments

Even though Brigid Hadzima uses liturgical living to teach her children, ages 1 to 11, “I still love these things and I’m 34 years old,” she said. “It’s still a grounding for me. It’s a link to the past. It’s a link to my mom, to my grandma. And ultimately, it’s a link to our faith. It’s something I can see, touch, hear, and reminds me of what we’re about, where our heavenly home is, where our home is ultimately.”

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Holy Week at home: ‘Liturgical living’ expert offers ideas for a meaningful Triduum

Holy Week at home: ‘Liturgical living’ expert offers ideas for a meaningful Triduum

| April 8, 2020 | 0 Comments

The author of “The Catholic All Year Compendium: Liturgical Living for Real Life,” Kendra Tierney literally wrote the book on how to celebrate the Church’s feasts and fasts in the home.

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Virtual Holy Week retreat begins Palm Sunday

Virtual Holy Week retreat begins Palm Sunday

| April 5, 2020 | 0 Comments

The retreat will include daily morning prayer and lectio divina at 9 am., and a “spiritual conference,” or talk, at 7 p.m. Sunday through Wednesday. On Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday, the Triduum liturgies will be celebrated at 7 p.m.

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On Palm Sunday, bishops to livestream Masses, some parishes make palms available for pick-up

On Palm Sunday, bishops to livestream Masses, some parishes make palms available for pick-up

| April 4, 2020 | 0 Comments

Catholics are encouraged to check their parish’s websites and social media for information about receiving palms. Offering palms is optional, and some parishes may not provide them during the stay-at-home order.

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Mass possible in parking lots in some situations, but Communion not permitted

Mass possible in parking lots in some situations, but Communion not permitted

| April 3, 2020 | 0 Comments

The new guidelines came after the archdiocese received a few reports of public celebrations of Mass and public distribution of holy Communion the past two weekends.

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