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Task force submits report, recommendations regarding protection of children

Task force submits report, recommendations regarding protection of children

| April 14, 2014 | 0 Comments

While the Safe Environment and Ministerial Standards Task Force’s report notes the archdiocese’s diligence in adopting policies and procedures to protect children, it also includes recommendations to address “serious shortcomings” in how the archdiocese has implemented the U.S. bishops’ “Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People.”

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Daily Scriptures: April 13 – April 27, 2014

Daily Scriptures: April 13 – April 27, 2014

| April 13, 2014 | 0 Comments

Sunday, April 13
Palm Sunday – Passion of the Lord
Matthew 21:1-11
Isaiah 50:4-7
Philippians 2:6-11
Matthew 26:14–27:66

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Digital Edition – April 10, 2014

Digital Edition – April 10, 2014

| April 11, 2014 | 0 Comments

Drawn to the Church, In memory of Quinn, Symbols of Lent, Living Stations in Ham Lake, Bus tour, Immigration Mass, Seminarian play

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Rediscover: Easter

Rediscover: Easter

| April 11, 2014 | 0 Comments

Praying during the three holiest days of the year
Walking with Jesus: Ham Lake youth perform the Passion
‘Give Him 5’ prayer ministry aims to bring people closer to Christ

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Seminarians show acting talent in ‘Murder and Mariolatry’

Seminarians show acting talent in ‘Murder and Mariolatry’

| Susan Klemond for The Catholic Spirit | April 10, 2014 | 0 Comments

When a Catholic and an atheist duel over religion in a new play produced by seminarians at the St. Paul Seminary School of Divinity later this month, there may be murder and Mariolatry (excessive veneration of the Virgin Mary) on a University of St. Thomas stage. There also will be humor, according to the cast.

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Talking points to consider for two social issues of concern for Catholics

Talking points to consider for two social issues of concern for Catholics

| April 10, 2014 | 0 Comments

Common sense payday lending reforms
Legalization of commercial surrogacy

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Overcoming a false understanding of freedom

Overcoming a false understanding of freedom

| Jason Adkins | April 10, 2014 | 0 Comments

As America secularizes, a false understanding of freedom is becoming increasingly pervasive in public life. Two current issues being considered by the Legislature — payday lending reforms and the legalization of a commercial surrogacy business — provide an opportunity to examine the social ramifications of this newfound “freedom.”

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‘Annual catechumenate’ of Lent nurtures discipleship

‘Annual catechumenate’ of Lent nurtures discipleship

| George Weigel | April 10, 2014 | 0 Comments

Historians of the Roman liturgy generally reckon the restorations of the Easter Vigil and the adult catechumenate as two of the signal accomplishments of the 20th-century liturgical movement.

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The big reveal: looking back at God’s plan

The big reveal: looking back at God’s plan

| Christina Capecchi | April 10, 2014 | 0 Comments

Blue or pink? That was the secret contained in the cake.

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Marriage and annulments: continuing the discussion

Marriage and annulments: continuing the discussion

| Father Michael Schmitz | April 10, 2014 | 1 Comment

In a previous column I wrote about how Christ’s words regarding divorce and remarriage give an ultimate weight to marriage. I wrote how, when a person enters into a sacramental marriage, it is an unbreakable bond. An annulment does not “undo” the sacrament of marriage, but establishes that a sacrament never existed in the first place.

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Victory through humility

Victory through humility

| Deacon Joseph Kirembwe | April 10, 2014 | 0 Comments

With the beginning of Holy Week, we focus intently on the mystery of our salvation. The Palm Sunday liturgy paints the picture of joy, and at the same time invites us to meditate on Jesus’ sufferings. By identifying with the mystery of Jesus’ suffering, death and resurrection, we experience a great liberation, a pass-over from various sins and enslavement to a life of joy and freedom.

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The rich symbols of Holy Week

The rich symbols of Holy Week

| Father John Paul Erickson | April 10, 2014 | 0 Comments

Throughout this week of power and glory, tragedy and eternal triumph, Christians will be witness to a wide variety of rich symbols and sacramental signs, all of which bring us into contact with the saving mysteries we celebrate.

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