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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Equality, joy at heart of parish administrative assistant’s work

Equality, joy at heart of parish administrative assistant’s work

| September 23, 2010 | 1 Comment

“Make a good day,” Margaret Ahles’ father used to tell her when he dropped her off at Benilde-St. Margaret’s in St. Louis Park, where she attended high school. Today, she tells her own children the same thing. They are words she strives to live by, she said, and she applies them to her work as […]

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Teen Center manager sees Christ in kids with troubles

Teen Center manager sees Christ in kids with troubles

| September 23, 2010 | 0 Comments

It was almost 11 a.m. — opening time for the Teen Center at Sharing and Caring Hands in Minneapolis. Already, 13 kids stood by the door, restlessly awaiting the arrival of the center’s manager, Rob Wills. Within minutes, Wills’ white van appeared, and six kids hurried to meet him. He wore camouflage shorts, a black […]

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Transparency, collaboration fruits of foundation president’s values

Transparency, collaboration fruits of foundation president’s values

| September 23, 2010 | 0 Comments

Catholic Community Foundation president Marilou Eldred sums up her leadership in three words: collaborative, decisive, transparent. And with humor, she added. “I don’t think I could get through the day without laughing a few times,” she said. The Catholic Community Foundation is the largest U.S. community foundation serving Catholic philanthropy. CCF does not invest with […]

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Can Catholics and Muslims get along?

Can Catholics and Muslims get along?

| September 22, 2010 | 6 Comments

Ramadan ended Sept. 10, but the controversy over the proposed Manhattan mosque that colored the Muslim month of fasting this year has not.

The mosque debate has sparked a good deal of general anti-Muslim sentiment in the United States, and the phenomenon appears to be growing, said University of St. Thomas theology professor Adil Ozdemir, a Muslim who teaches courses on Islam.

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Exorcism: It’s on the big screen, but is it still in the church?

Exorcism: It’s on the big screen, but is it still in the church?

| September 21, 2010 | 13 Comments

So, what does the church teach about exorcism and evil in general? Are demons real, or are they products of mental illness? What should someone do if they suspect an evil spirit is affecting his or her life?

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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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