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Church is welcome voice in support of union workers

Church is welcome voice in support of union workers

| March 2, 2011 | 1 Comment

I wanted to thank [The Catholic Church] for its support for the Wisconsin public employees whose legal rights are being threatened. I am a Minnesota public worker, and an officer in my union (MAPE).

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Lenten fasting: ‘Why?’ more important than ‘What?’

Lenten fasting: ‘Why?’ more important than ‘What?’

| Jean Morehead | March 2, 2011 | 1 Comment

As Lent is quickly approaching, I can’t help but ponder and reflect about my participation in this season.

I have often been asked the question, “What are you giving up for Lent?” I usually respond, without hesitation, “coffee.” Truly, have you ever wondered how giving up something like coffee, chocolate or any other simple pleasure can help you get to heaven?

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What if Delta were a diocese?

What if Delta were a diocese?

| Father William Byron | March 2, 2011 | 2 Comments

What the church could learn from airline’s move to teach employees good manners

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Help CommonBond with challenge grant

Help CommonBond with challenge grant

| March 2, 2011 | 0 Comments

CommonBond Communities, a non-profit affordable housing cor­poration that is affiliated with the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Min­nea­polis, is in the midst of trying to raise $200,000 by March 31 to avoid losing funding as part of a challenge grant.

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Visitation Sisters announce yearlong volunteer program for young adults

Visitation Sisters announce yearlong volunteer program for young adults

| March 2, 2011 | 0 Comments

The Visitation Sisters of Min­nea­polis are launching the Visitation In­tern­ship Program to provide an opportunity for young adults to live in community in north Minnea­po­lis with other young adults and ministers in the neighborhood for one year.

North Minneapolis is an economically challenged area of the Twin Cities, and the Visitation Sisters are working to create a prayerful presence in the neighborhood.

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Pastor asks for prayer after priest charged with sexual misconduct

Pastor asks for prayer after priest charged with sexual misconduct

| March 2, 2011 | 3 Comments

The pastor at Nativity of Our Lord in St. Paul was quick to reach out to parishioners after a priest who had served at the parish was arrested Feb. 17 on charges of sexual contact with an adult woman.

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St. Paul’s Outreach marks 25 years of sharing faith

St. Paul’s Outreach marks 25 years of sharing faith

| Susan Klemond For The Catholic Spirit | March 2, 2011 | 0 Comments

As he encourages the high school juniors in his Providence Academy, Ply­mouth, religion class to become better Catholics, Kevin Ferdinandt draws on what he learned as a college student almost 25 years ago from the ministry now known as St. Paul’s Outreach.

“It’s about how the Gospel permeates every part of my daily life, and that still stays with me,” said Ferdinandt, Provi­dence Academy’s upper school director. “How do I seek to help others come to the faith, too?”

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Catholic Conference supports asking wealthy to pay more

Catholic Conference supports asking wealthy to pay more

| Susan Klemond For The Catholic Spirit | March 2, 2011 | 9 Comments

Minnesota needs to solve its current state budget crisis justly by asking those with higher incomes to pay more in taxes to prevent the poor — already hit hard by the economic downturn — from having to bear more of the burden, said Father David McCauley, interim executive director of the Minnesota Catholic Conference.

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Plan to make a good Lent this year

Plan to make a good Lent this year

| Father Michael Van Sloun For The Catholic Spirit | March 1, 2011 | 0 Comments

Lent is a penitential season, a time to “turn away from sin and be faithful to the Gospel” (Mark 1:15). The season lasts for 40 days, the same amount of time Jesus spent in prayer and fasting in the desert.

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Debt should be prayerfully respected, not feared

Debt should be prayerfully respected, not feared

| Tom Bengtson | March 1, 2011 | 0 Comments

In Hamlet, William Shakespeare warns: “Neither a borrower nor a lender be.”

There are financial experts who advise as Shakespeare does, saying that debt should be avoided at all costs. But, practically, I don’t know how you get through life in early 21st-century America without using debt to some degree. My experience with debt is that it is somewhat like chocolate or alcohol — a little can be good but too much can destroy you.

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21st Century Stations of the Cross (multimedia meditation)

21st Century Stations of the Cross (multimedia meditation)

| February 23, 2011 | 3 Comments

There is something powerful about revisiting the final moments of Jesus’ life as a human being. That’s what draws many Catholics to meditate on the Stations of the Cross.

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Digital Edition – February 17, 2011

Digital Edition – February 17, 2011

| February 18, 2011

Digital Edition now online! Includes 2010 Archdiocesan annual report.

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