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Web Edition – December 2, 2010

Web Edition – December 2, 2010

| December 3, 2010 | 0 Comments

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Gather around the Advent wreath to pray with family and friends

Gather around the Advent wreath to pray with family and friends

| December 2, 2010 | 0 Comments

Leader: Today begins just the second week of Advent, our season of waiting and preparing for Christmas. In order to help each of us prepare our own hearts for the birth of Christ, we take these few moments again this week to pray together.

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Facing fear of terminal illness leads to a more peaceful death

Facing fear of terminal illness leads to a more peaceful death

| Father Tad Pacholczyk | December 2, 2010 | 0 Comments

In modern times, dying is more often portrayed as a cold, clinical reality to be kept at arm’s length, relegated to the closed doors of a hospital, almost hermetically sealed from the rest of our lives.

When it comes to the event itself, we diligently work to avoid confronting it, addressing it or ac­knowledging it.

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Archdiocese announces changes to lay pension plan

Archdiocese announces changes to lay pension plan

| December 2, 2010 | 2 Comments

The way the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis helps provide for the retirement of its lay employees — many of them teachers in Catholic schools — will change beginning in January.

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The pope and condoms

The pope and condoms

| By John M. Haas | December 2, 2010 | 1 Comment

In reading an advance copy of the book, one knew the mass media would immediately focus on one thing and one thing alone: the pope’s remarks on condom use and the struggle to prevent the spread of AIDS.

Indeed, the first headline that I encountered after excerpts of the book were released was: “Pope OK’s Condoms.”

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Proceeds from priest’s collection of top columns will benefit Haiti

Proceeds from priest’s collection of top columns will benefit Haiti

| December 2, 2010 | 0 Comments

Father Bernie Reiser now has a published book of the best columns he wrote during the three decades he was pastor at Epiphany in Coon Rapids.

Among the projects Reiser Relief has taken on are a center caring for abandoned women who have no place to live, and a school program that has built classrooms and where children receive a daily meal at school. It has assisted in building and supporting medical community centers and sanitary blocks for sewage and provided support for clinics and small hospitals in Cite Soleil.

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Note Immaculate Conception feast at Lonsdale church

Note Immaculate Conception feast at Lonsdale church

| December 1, 2010 | 1 Comment

Those wishing to experience the feast of the Immaculate Conception may want to check out the parish by that name in Lonsdale.

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Religious sacrificed much to serve people in this archdiocese

Religious sacrificed much to serve people in this archdiocese

| Julie Pfitzinger | December 1, 2010 | 0 Comments

Sister Midge Breiter, a member of the School Sisters of Notre Dame who has coordinated the archdiocesan Retirement Fund for Religious for close to three years, recently talked with The Catholic Spirit about her ministry.

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Youth tabernacle project raises awareness and funds

Youth tabernacle project raises awareness and funds

| Susan Klemond | December 1, 2010 | 3 Comments

For Morgan Ulven, a fifth-grader at St. John the Baptist School in New Brighton, it was a cause she was willing to clean her room for — and even donate money she received from her grandma.

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Querido Congreso: Atrévanse a soñar con el DREAM Act

Querido Congreso: Atrévanse a soñar con el DREAM Act

| Mar Muñoz-Visoso | November 23, 2010 | 0 Comments

No solía ser yo amiga de enviar mensajes al Congreso. Pensaba que demasiado a menudo estas campañas se convertían en un vehículo mediante el cual poderosos intereses manipulaban al americano medio según su conveniencia o que en envío masivo de postales y cartas, originales o copiadas, eran una pérdida de tiempo incluso cuando había una causa por la cual merecía la pena hacerse oír. “¿Qué probabilidades hay de que mi carta sea realmente leída entre las cientos de miles que recibe al año cada congresista? Ya expresaré mi opinión en tiempo de elecciones”, pensaba para mí, al tiempo que no excluía la posibilidad de participar también en algún rally o marcha si sentía la necesidad de hacer ruido sobre algún asunto.

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Dear Congress: Dare to DREAM (Act)

Dear Congress: Dare to DREAM (Act)

| Mar Muñoz-Visoso | November 23, 2010 | 0 Comments

I didn’t used to be fan of sending messages to Congress. I thought too often it was the work of powerful interests manipulating average Americans to their convenience. Or when there was a cause I considered worth speaking up for, I thought massive post card campaigns or even personal, individualized letters were a waste of time. “What were the chances my letter was going to be read among the hundreds of thousands each congressman or woman receives each year? I’ll speak up at the time of elections,” I thought, and perhaps march in a rally or two if I felt the need to make extra noise about some issue.

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Archbishop modifies two of 14 original mergers

Archbishop modifies two of 14 original mergers

| November 19, 2010 | 0 Comments

Archbishop John Nienstedt announced Nov. 19 that he is modifying two of the 14 original parish mergers announced Oct. 16 and 17 by the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis.

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