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Men living in former convent grow in faith, friendship

Men living in former convent grow in faith, friendship

| Susan Klemond For The Catholic Spirit | March 29, 2011 | 1 Comment

Last summer as Ed Working’s St. Paul condominium was becoming too small for his steady stream of houseguests, the Nativity of Our Lord parishioner considered buying a house to share with other Catholic single men.

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‘Netters’ pull in Hastings, Lakeville youth

‘Netters’ pull in Hastings, Lakeville youth

| Julie Pfitzinger For The Catholic Spirit | March 29, 2011 | 0 Comments

As is the case for all members of National Evangelization Teams, the mission of “Netters” at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church in Hastings is to bring teens closer to Christ and embrace the life of the Catholic Church.
For Dylan Heiman, a senior at Hastings High School, that mission has changed his life.

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Basilica features icon art

Basilica features icon art

| March 29, 2011 | 0 Comments

The Basilica of St. Mary’s Pope John XXIII gallery is currently featuring an exhibit of 21 paintings and icons by Father John Giuliani, an icon artist known for depicting Jesus and the saints in the faces and imagery of Native American peoples.

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Compassionate gaze from freshman student packs ‘spiritual wallop’

Compassionate gaze from freshman student packs ‘spiritual wallop’

| Ginny Kubitz Moyer | March 29, 2011 | 0 Comments

Not long ago, while grading papers, I read one that made me pause. “Once when my family was in San Francisco, I saw lots of homeless people,” wrote a freshman boy. “I felt really sorry for them. My mom told me I shouldn’t because they obviously didn’t study hard enough in school, and being homeless was their own fault. But I still felt bad for them.”

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Holy Spirit plays great part in the conversion process

Holy Spirit plays great part in the conversion process

| Father Michael Van Sloun For The Catholic Spirit | March 29, 2011 | 0 Comments

The Holy Spirit is the divine force in the conversion process. As we con­tinue our journey through this holy season, it is most worthwhile to approach the Holy Spirit in prayer to request divine assistance.

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CRS worker in Indonesia focuses on agriculture

CRS worker in Indonesia focuses on agriculture

| Carol Jessen-Klixbull For The Catholic Spirit | March 28, 2011 | 0 Comments

Since 1975, Operation Rice Bowl, the Lenten program of Catholic Relief Services, has helped to improve people’s ability to access food in communities around the world and in the United States.

As the official international Catholic relief and development agency of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Catholic Relief Services works with local, national and international Catholic institutions and structures, as well as other organizations, to assist people on the basis of need, without regard to race, religion or nationality.

In each issue during Lent, The Catholic Spirit is sharing CRS’ work with an email interview and recipe from a country that agency serves. Haiti and Kenya were featured previously and Honduras will be highlighted in the next issue.

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Stick your head in water of Christ to find God’s Spirit all around you

Stick your head in water of Christ to find God’s Spirit all around you

| Deacon Mickey Friesen | March 28, 2011 | 0 Comments

I have watched the events in North Africa unfold over the past few months with a sense of awe and wonder. People who were, only months ago, resigned to live under authoritarian rule have suddenly found the courage to transcend their fear and found their voice to call for a better future.

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Medical system denies dignity with puzzling roadblocks

Medical system denies dignity with puzzling roadblocks

| Kathy Tomlin | March 28, 2011 | 1 Comment

On the anniversary of the passage of federal health care reform legislation, we recognize that there is still a lot of work to do in order for that legislation to meet the principles laid out by the U.S. bishops.

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Semana Santa: distintas tradiciones, una misma fe en Cristo resucitado

Semana Santa: distintas tradiciones, una misma fe en Cristo resucitado

| March 22, 2011 | 1 Comment

Este año la Semana Santa cae bastante tarde (Domingo de Resurrección es el 24 de abril). Así que, a diferencia de años recientes donde ha ocurrido bastante temprano, la Pascua Florida, o Domingo de Pascua, seguramente hará honor a su nombre al ocurrir en medio de la primavera en toda su alegre explosión de vida, luz y color.

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Holy Week: Diverse traditions, one faith in the Risen Lord

Holy Week: Diverse traditions, one faith in the Risen Lord

| Mar Muñoz-Visoso | March 22, 2011 | 0 Comments

This year the Holy Week falls quite late (Easter Sunday is April 24). As different from recent years, when it happened much earlier, this Pascua florida (“flowery” Easter) will honor its Spanish name by occurring right in the midst of the spring season, with its explosion of new life, color and light.

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More than 600 take part in the Rite of Election

More than 600 take part in the Rite of Election

| March 17, 2011 | 0 Comments

» Planned to pledge?
» Award to trustee couple
» Catholic ed up $344,956
» Basilica youth take honors
» New acolytes instituted
» Hill-Murray’s top teacher
» New Maronite patriarch

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CRS worker in Kenya helps needy kids

CRS worker in Kenya helps needy kids

| Carol Jessen-Klixbull For The Catholic Spirit | March 17, 2011 | 0 Comments

A Kenyan native, Johness Mzee began working with CRS last June as the program officer implementing the Education for Marginalized Children in Kenya project. He recently answered questions via an e-mail interview with The Catholic Spirit.

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