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Choosing gratitude

Choosing gratitude

| Kate Soucheray | November 6, 2018 | 0 Comments

It’s so easy to see the things that are imperfect, drive us crazy or are disappointing in our lives. We know that allowing ourselves to focus on these aspects of life is not uplifting or energizing, and yet, if that’s what we’ve been doing, that’s where we so often go. Allowing ourselves to change our focus is often easier said than done. But it is possible, and, for lasting happiness, necessary.

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Three local women become consecrated virgins this year.  What does that mean?

Three local women become consecrated virgins this year. What does that mean?

| Jessica Weinberger | November 5, 2018 | 0 Comments

“There is no doubt in my mind that I was born for this.” – Susan Spiegelberg

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Speakers: After predicting sexual revolution ills, ‘Humanae Vitae’ still offers hope

Speakers: After predicting sexual revolution ills, ‘Humanae Vitae’ still offers hope

| Susan Klemond and Matthew Davis | October 30, 2018 | 0 Comments

The interdisciplinary conference examined some of the far-reaching consequences of the sexual revolution — those both predicted and those unforeseen by St. Paul VI in his controversial encyclical — as well as the scientific, social and moral context for questions of married love, parenthood and the use of artificial birth control.

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Digital Edition – October 25, 2018

Digital Edition – October 25, 2018

| October 25, 2018 | 0 Comments

Jack of fall trades, Pope accepts Cardinal Wuerl’s resignation, Officially a bishop, Legion of Mary prison ministry, NET Ministries representative invited to Vatican, Seminaries unite, Organic rosaries

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My gentle man, my Good Master

My gentle man, my Good Master

| Liz Kelly | October 25, 2018 | 0 Comments

Make no mistake, my husband is a man’s man. For his “bachelor party” my siblings gave him a day at a recreational facility called “Drive-A-Tank,” where he spent the afternoon with my brother firing World War II machine guns and driving an obstacle course in a Cold War tank — complete with a water feature. He has hung the bulls-eyes from that day prominently over his work bench in the basement. It was, he reported, “a blast!” Pun intended.

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‘V Encuentro’ truly an encounter of people, ideas, faith, Church

‘V Encuentro’ truly an encounter of people, ideas, faith, Church

| Estela Villagran Manancero | October 25, 2018 | 0 Comments

Only a few weeks after the national V Encuentro gathering in Grapevine, Texas, the theme song that rocked the house, especially with all the dance movements, still resonates in my head: “Nuestra alegría está en el servicio, nuestra misión es evangelizar. Nuestra cultura es del encuentro con nuestro Dios y la humanidad; Our joy is in service, our mission is evangelization. Our culture is of encounter with our God and humanity.”

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Brotherhood moves the hearts of men

Brotherhood moves the hearts of men

| Deacon Gordon Bird | October 25, 2018 | 0 Comments

One of my favorite parts of the Ignatius Press movie “Restless Heart: The Confessions of Augustine” is the saint’s response to the accusations of the Donatists for his past pre-Christian wretchedness: the seeking of pleasure, wealth, power and glory. As a bishop defending Catholic doctrine, including his own journey of faith, Augustine first admitted openly his past sins. Ensuing with a compelling discourse on how close God is to all mankind, despite the human condition, the Doctor of Grace concluded: “God is more brother than any brother; he is more friend than any friend; more lover than any lover.”

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New bishop reflects seminary strength

New bishop reflects seminary strength

| Archbishop Bernard Hebda | October 25, 2018 | 0 Comments

On Thursday, Oct. 18, Bishop Juan Miguel Betancourt Torres, SEMV, one of two vice rectors at the St. Paul Seminary and a longtime pastor in our archdiocese, was ordained to serve as the auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Hartford. He will be sorely missed at the Catholic parish Community of St. Francis de Sales and St. James here in St. Paul, as well as at the seminary and by many of our priests, particularly those whom he had formed over the past decade.

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Nuevo obispo refleja la fuerza del seminario

Nuevo obispo refleja la fuerza del seminario

| Archbishop Bernard Hebda | October 25, 2018 | 0 Comments

El jueves 18 de octubre, el obispo Juan Miguel Betancourt, SEMV, uno de los dos vicerrectores del Seminario St. Paul y un pastor de larga data en nuestra arquidiócesis, fue ordenado a servir como obispo auxiliar de la Arquidiócesis de Hartford. Se lo extrañará mucho en la comunidad parroquial católica de St. Francis de Sales y St. James aquí en St. Paul, así como en el seminario y por muchos de nuestros sacerdotes, especialmente aquellos a quienes había formado durante la última década.

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Seek first the kingdom

Seek first the kingdom

| Jason Adkins | October 24, 2018 | 0 Comments

Faithful citizenship requires transcending the ideologies and partisan divides of our time and working primarily for the salvation of souls, not for short-term political gain on high-profile issues.

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Local musician leverages talents to lift others’ voices

Local musician leverages talents to lift others’ voices

| Jessica Weinberger | October 24, 2018 | 0 Comments

As a musician, Abraham Gross has seen success with his 2016 album, “Perfect Equals Messy,” and as St. Paul’s Outreach’s first music coordinator, raising the quality of worship for college chapters nationwide. It’s helping others create compelling, faith-filled music, either through a full-time role or his company, AJG Productions, where he says he really hits home runs.

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Become what you receive

Become what you receive

| Father Michael Van Sloun | October 24, 2018 | 0 Comments

The Eucharist has a transformative effect. If we cooperate, the Eucharist has the power to change us, not in a small way, but in a major way, to re-create us into a new and better person. When Jesus gave us the Eucharist at the Last Supper and asked us to “do this in memory of me,” he asked us to receive him, the bread of life, true bread from heaven (Jn 6:41), on a regular basis, because of his deep desire that each of us would have a complete makeover, a total transformation.

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