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Lenten regulations for fasting and abstinence

Lenten regulations for fasting and abstinence

| February 21, 2020 | 9 Comments

Here are the Church regulations for fasting and abstinence during Lent:

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1940s radio plays on Christ’s life continue to inspire

1940s radio plays on Christ’s life continue to inspire

| Barb Umberger | February 19, 2020 | 0 Comments

Benedictine Sister Virginia Matter fondly remembers listening to children’s radio programs on Saturday mornings as a youngster in the 1940s. “We didn’t have a television,” she said. 
“When I listened to the radio, I learned to use my imagination and envision what was going on,” said Sister Virginia, spiritual director at the Benedictine Center of St. Paul’s Monastery in Maplewood, which provides opportunities for spiritual direction, formation and retreats. “It was delightful.” 
Her memories resurfaced Feb. 11 when she participated in a group reading of excerpts from “The Man Born to be King,” a book of 12, 45-minute plays for children about Christ’s life originally performed on BBC radio in Great Britain from December 1941 to October 1942. 

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Monk’s experience inspires ‘Catholic Young Adults: The Musical,’ returning to stage in summer

Monk’s experience inspires ‘Catholic Young Adults: The Musical,’ returning to stage in summer

| Susan Klemond | February 18, 2020 | 0 Comments

Drawing from the long path to his life as a monk, the former NET Ministries worship leader said he found his voice as a composer while writing songs for the local play “Catholic Young Adults: The Musical.” The musical is scheduled for a second run July 25-Aug. 8 at the Providence Academy Performing Arts Center in Plymouth.

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New bishop of Sioux Falls celebrates Mass of Thanksgiving at Cathedral of St. Paul

New bishop of Sioux Falls celebrates Mass of Thanksgiving at Cathedral of St. Paul

| Barb Umberger | February 16, 2020 | 0 Comments

Calling children to the front of the Cathedral of St. Paul in St. Paul, Bishop Donald DeGrood talked directly to them of God’s love and courageously following God’s will at his Mass of Thanksgiving Feb. 16 in St. Paul — just three days after he was ordained bishop of the Diocese of Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

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Digital Edition – February 13, 2020

Digital Edition – February 13, 2020

| February 13, 2020 | 0 Comments

Fish Fry and Lenten Meal Guide, Bishop Degrood, Coronavirus, Catholic Services Appeal, Crookston bishop investigated, Islam and the Church, Ready to caucus?, Faith and finances

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Parishioners reflect on Bishop DeGrood’s pastorships with gratitude and joy

Parishioners reflect on Bishop DeGrood’s pastorships with gratitude and joy

| Jessica Weinberger | February 13, 2020 | 0 Comments

Prayerful. Approachable. Genuine. Compassionate. Humble.

Newly ordained Bishop Donald DeGrood’s past parishioners said he was set apart from the beginning as they reflected on his parish assignments in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis. His charismatic homilies and personable approach attributed to his rural roots built passionate faith communities as he consistently modeled how to seek God’s will. Above all, he immensely loved his flock.

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Priest of archdiocese ordained bishop of Sioux Falls

Priest of archdiocese ordained bishop of Sioux Falls

| February 13, 2020 | 0 Comments

A servant not a ruler, a man of discernment, who is unafraid to touch the wounds of Christ, and an apostle of listening.

Those are among the graces and part of the calling of a bishop, and they are among reasons the Lord called Bishop-elect Donald DeGrood to lead the Diocese of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, said Archbishop Bernard Hebda of St. Paul and Minneapolis, in his homily Feb. 13 at St. Joseph Cathedral in Sioux Falls, shortly before ordaining Bishop DeGrood.

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How do I get better at being generous?

How do I get better at being generous?

| Father Michael Schmitz | February 13, 2020 | 0 Comments

Q. I find myself being less-than-generous quite often. I want to have a better attitude, but people keep wanting things from me: They want my time, my help and my financial support. How do I get better at being generous?

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Christ calls us to a mutual relationship

Christ calls us to a mutual relationship

| Father Toulee Peter LY | February 13, 2020 | 0 Comments

In our readings for this Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time, we are reminded what a great gift freedom is in our lives.

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Catholic Services Appeal Foundation supports 20 ministries with critical funding

Catholic Services Appeal Foundation supports 20 ministries with critical funding

| February 13, 2020 | 0 Comments

These are just three of 20 ministries the Catholic Services Appeal Foundation supports with critical funding.

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Catholic Services appeal — A ‘caress to those in need’

Catholic Services appeal — A ‘caress to those in need’

| February 13, 2020 | 0 Comments

At our pre-synod Prayer and Listening events, we have consistently heard that the growth of our Church depends upon our ability to give a clearer witness to the difference that Jesus has made in our lives, especially by imitating his sacrificial love and concern for those in need. Each year, the Catholic Services Appeal Foundation (CSAF) gives us a powerful opportunity to offer that witness by supporting the broader works of the Church undertaken in our archdiocese.

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From Readers – February 13, 2020

From Readers – February 13, 2020

| February 13, 2020 | 0 Comments

Caucus against assisted suicide
Get to know the ‘other’
Helping others not ‘either/or’

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