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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Are church closures coming?

Are church closures coming?

| September 8, 2010 | 1 Comment

On Saturday, May 24, 2008, parishioners at Holy Redeemer in Maplewood celebrated their final liturgy in the building that had housed their weddings, meetings and Masses since 1970. At the end of the Mass, Larry Mc­Carthy, 64, and another longtime parishioner John Miller, 74, pushed the altar into a cubby designed for its storage, and […]

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Unique urban monastery seeking new vocations

Unique urban monastery seeking new vocations

| August 26, 2010 | 0 Comments

As the seven sisters of the Visitation Monastery of Minneapolis began the last part of Wednesday evening prayer, a tall, gangly young man in a blue shirt and jeans stuck his head in the door.

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Tri-parish faith formation: More resources, volunteers, funding

Tri-parish faith formation: More resources, volunteers, funding

| August 24, 2010 | 0 Comments

On most Wednesday nights during the school year, kids from first to 10th grade from three parishes meet at the Shakopee Catholic Education Center for faith formation classes.

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A small percentage that makes a big difference

A small percentage that makes a big difference

| August 17, 2010 | 0 Comments

The weekend Mass collection at St. Victoria in Victoria looks typical: Parishioners deposit donation envelopes, crumpled bills and loose change in baskets that weave their way to the back of the church.

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Sharing resources helps rural tri-parish cluster serve community

Sharing resources helps rural tri-parish cluster serve community

| August 11, 2010 | 0 Comments

For three rural parishes south of the Twin Cities, being part of a parish cluster means sharing — sharing a bulletin, sharing fundraising  efforts and sharing a pastor. But it also means that all three parishes can remain open and viable, which is what the communities want, said Carol Stoffel, a parishioner at St. John […]

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Gain outweighs loss for St. Paul parish after 2006 tri-parish merger

Gain outweighs loss for St. Paul parish after 2006 tri-parish merger

| July 28, 2010 | 0 Comments

When Marcia Kremer, 62, heard in 2000 that her parish in St. Paul, St. Gregory, would merge with nearby St. Leo and St. Therese to form a single parish, her first reaction was disbelief, she said. “This parish has been here, and we really like the way we’re doing things, and all of a sudden […]

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'Local church' isn't your parish — it's the archdiocese

'Local church' isn't your parish — it's the archdiocese

| July 13, 2010 | 0 Comments

The musical styles ranged broadly from Twila Paris’ contemporary “How Beautiful” to the traditional Latin “Ave Verum,” but the six choirs that performed at a concert at St. Timothy in Blaine last April joined their voices for the first and final songs. The evening was not only a sharing of music, but a sharing of […]

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Parish planning process, implementation require respect

Parish planning process, implementation require respect

| June 1, 2010

When Highland Catholic Community in St. Paul was transitioning from three parishes — St. Gregory, St. Therese and St. Leo — into one, its pastor, Father John Bauer, outlined eight “rules of behavior” for the parishioners to follow. The rules, he told them, were inspired by those that his sister, a teacher, established in her […]

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Planning will affect every parish, task force member says

Planning will affect every parish, task force member says

| April 7, 2010 | 1 Comment

This interview is the fifth story in a series on the seven planning principles guiding the parish and school planning process, which were first outlined by Archbishop John Nienstedt in March 2009. The fifth principle states that every parish will be involved in the planning process. A task force has been gathering information from area […]

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Concern for Catholic schools helps guide planning process

Concern for Catholic schools helps guide planning process

| March 9, 2010 | 0 Comments

When students begin classes this fall at Most Holy Redeemer in Montgomery, they’ll be trying something new. Instead of be­ing taught as a single grade, grade levels will be paired — first-graders with second-graders, for ex­ample — in multi-age classrooms. The transition is motivated by declining enrollment in the pre-kindergarten to eighth-grade school, said the […]

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Needs of immigrants, poor are a planning concern

Needs of immigrants, poor are a planning concern

| February 10, 2010

This is the third in a seven-part series on the archdiocesan planning process’ guiding principles. Leticia Cazales and Amina Osman engaged in conversation recently about their families in a classroom at Centro Guadalupano, which is housed at Holy Rosary in South Minneapolis. The problem was, Cazales’ native language is Spanish, while Osman’s is Somali. But, […]

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Mass Matters

Mass Matters

| January 13, 2010

Parish planning seeks to ensure sacraments, but changes are inevitable The Northeast Minneapolis area covers just about eight square miles of the city, but it includes nine Roman Catholic parishes and three Eastern-rite Catholic parishes. Initially settled by immigrant Italians, Poles, French, Germans, Ukrainians, Russians and Slovaks, the community’s Catholic population has declined during the […]

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