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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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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The big questions

The big questions

| December 6, 2009 | 0 Comments

So what makes Catholic higher education Catholic?

Catholic Spirit reporter Maria Wiering sat down with Mark Dienhart, executive vice president and chief operating officer at the University of St. Thomas, and Brian Bruess, vice president for enrollment management and dean of student affairs at St. Catherine’s University, to ask them about the roles of their Catholic universities.

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Putting an end to ‘parish-hopping’

Putting an end to ‘parish-hopping’

| October 31, 2009 | 0 Comments

Mass at St. Mark in St. Paul ended at noon, but Jeremy and Autumn Irlbeck didn’t get home until 1 p.m. — and they only live six blocks away.

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As parish meetings end, trends emerge from ideas, concerns

As parish meetings end, trends emerge from ideas, concerns

| September 18, 2009 | 0 Comments

The fear of losing one’s parish community, the low rate of young people attending Mass, and retaining St. Peter Claver’s unique identity were among the concerns voiced at the last regional parishioner meeting Nov. 5. Held in the basement of St. Peter Claver in St. Paul, the meeting attracted about 45 Catholics from several parishes. […]

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Rural parishes south of metro share strengths, challenges

Rural parishes south of metro share strengths, challenges

| July 15, 2009

Planning process’ regional leadership meetings begin in Northfield Six miles of field-bordered road separate St. John the Baptist in Vermillion from St. Mathias in Hampton, and it’s the same distance to St. Mary in New Trier. The triangular route between the parishes will be one Father Stan Mader learns well as he pastors the three […]

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Strategic planning task force will hear from parish leaders

Strategic planning task force will hear from parish leaders

| June 17, 2009

The Archdiocesan Strategic Planning Process for Parishes and Schools will be entering another phase in early July as task force members begin holding eight regional meetings for parish leadership. These meetings will give parish leaders an opportunity to receive information and give input into the  planning process, said Jim Lundholm-Eades, a member of the Strategic […]

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