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Christian community must be important priority in planning process

Christian community must be important priority in planning process

| Frank Schweigert | February 11, 2010 | 0 Comments

The article in the latest Catholic Spirit, “Mass Matters” (Jan. 14), signals a major shift in Catholic pastoral theology: There is no mention of the centrality of Christian community. Christian community is not included in the seven planning principles, nor is it mentioned in the article. A theological shift of this magnitude should be announced […]

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Q & A with Superintendent of schools

Q & A with Superintendent of schools

| December 8, 2009 | 0 Comments
Superintendent of schools Marty Frauenheim has more than 30 years of teaching, principal and superintendent experience in four states. She’s in her second year at the archdiocesan Catholic Schools Office.

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Catholicism in the classroom

Catholicism in the classroom

| December 6, 2009 | 0 Comments

Melissa Livermore, a math teacher at Holy Family in Victoria, integrates Catholic social teaching on a daily basis through word problems and activities. “The projects I have developed take real data from a social issue and culminate the skills used throughout the quarter,” she said.

In Livermore’s first project at Holy Family, geometry students created graphs on U.S. and world hunger. The graphs were hung around the school during a food drive. Recently, her calculus students addressed the spread of malaria around the world.

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One student’s perspective

One student’s perspective

| December 6, 2009 | 0 Comments

Though the family is not Catholic, sending the children to Catholic school is a priority. Mai Te and her siblings all currently attend Catholic schools. She went to Risen Christ School in Minneapolis from first through eighth grade, as all of her siblings either have done or are doing.

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One parent’s perspective

One parent’s perspective

| December 6, 2009 | 0 Comments
Bethune Williams’ daughter, Nina Putmon, 10, is in fifth grade at Risen Christ Catholic School in Minneapolis. Williams, who is Baptist, explains why she chose to send her daughter to a Catholic school:

I chose to send her to Risen Christ because I heard good things about the school and the teachers.

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Alums chat up Catholic education

Alums chat up Catholic education

| December 6, 2009 | 0 Comments

A plastic surgeon, Frank Pilney, 74, founded a surgical program in 1981 to treat Peruvian children requiring reconstructive surgery.

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Key parish facts to know about the Parish Planning Process

Key parish facts to know about the Parish Planning Process

| September 23, 2009 | 0 Comments

St. Richard in Richfield hosted the first of eight regional parishioner meetings for the Archdiocesan Parish Planning Process. The two-hour presentation included facts and their supporting statistics about the archdiocese and its future that frame the planning process, including: • The Catholic population in the archdiocese is growing. The total number of Catholics registered at […]

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Parishioners express desire for solidarity in meetings

Parishioners express desire for solidarity in meetings

| Maria Wiering and Julie Carroll | September 23, 2009 | 0 Comments

Solidarity between English-speaking and Spanish-speaking Catholics. Parishes capable of fostering community. Programs aimed at keeping young people in the church. These were just a few of the hopes expressed during a gathering at St. Richard in Richfield Sept. 12. About 400 English-speaking and Spanish-speaking Catholics from parishes around the archdiocese attended the gathering to provide […]

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Archdiocesan planning sessions begin Sept. 12

Archdiocesan planning sessions begin Sept. 12

| September 11, 2009 | 0 Comments

The first of eight meetings for parishioners to share their ideas and concerns regarding the future of the archdiocese will take place from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 12, at St. Richard in Richfield. The archdiocese is seeking input on how best to manage pastoral, financial, personnel and structural resources. At the end of […]

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Planning meetings designed for parishioners

Planning meetings designed for parishioners

| August 31, 2009

Members of the Strategic Task Force for Parish and School Planning urge parishioners to share their ideas and concerns regarding the archdiocesan planning process at eight upcoming regional parishioner meetings. These meetings will be held in locations throughout the archdiocese in September and October. “We want to get as much input as we can from […]

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Members of Strategic Task Force for Parish and School Planning

Members of Strategic Task Force for Parish and School Planning

| March 25, 2009

• Father John Bauer, co-chair Rector of the Basilica of St. Mary, Minneapolis; ordained 1979; pastor of St. Gregory, St. Leo and St. Therese, 1979. Merged these parishes into Lumen Christi Catholic Community in St. Paul. • Father Peter Laird, co-chair Ordained in 1997; associate pastor of St. Olaf Parish, Minneapolis; currently vice rector of […]

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The Mass Series – Part VII: Closing rites: The ending is just the beginning

The Mass Series – Part VII: Closing rites: The ending is just the beginning

| Father Tom Margevicius | September 7, 2008 | 0 Comments

The Communion procession is over, the remaining Eucharist is reserved in the tabernacle, the vessels are put away and the Communion music is finished.

What next?

Let’s not allow this precious moment to pass too swiftly. And for God’s sake, don’t head for the parking lot early!

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