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Eleven priests get parish assignments

Eleven priests get parish assignments

| May 26, 2011 | 1 Comment

Seven archdiocesan priests and four religious order priests have been given new assignments.

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Close encounter with K-9 partners lights up eyes of many children

Close encounter with K-9 partners lights up eyes of many children

| Father Tony Andrade | May 25, 2011 | 0 Comments

A few months ago, I visited one of our young parishioners at St. Paul Children’s Hospital.

After a brief conversation with the patient and her parents, we celebrated the sacrament of anointing of the sick. In looking around her room, I noticed it was decorated with lots of pictures and get-well cards made by her friends.

I also spotted on the wall a picture of a police officer with his K-9 dog and signed by Mike Ernster.

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True nature of priesthood is love for Christ and his people

True nature of priesthood is love for Christ and his people

| Father Michael Johnson | May 25, 2011 | 0 Comments

“Do you realize what I have done for you? You call me ‘teacher’ and ‘master,’ and rightly so, for indeed I am. If I, therefore, the master and teacher, have washed your feet, you ought to wash one another’s feet. I have given you a model to follow, so that as I have done for you, you should also do.” With these words, along with his exhortation to “do this in memory of me,” when he took the bread and wine into his sacred hands at the Last Supper, Jesus instituted the sacrament of holy orders — the sacrament of the priesthood.

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Protect life and the right to follow our conscience while on the job

Protect life and the right to follow our conscience while on the job

| Bishop Richard Pates | May 25, 2011 | 0 Comments

The Catholic Church’s position on abortion is no secret. Based on the natural law or what the framers of the Declaration of Independence identified as “self-evident truths,” it’s part of a defense of life that includes opposition to capital punishment and euthanasia, and limiting war.

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Students understand mission through acts of compassion

Students understand mission through acts of compassion

| Deacon Mickey Friesen | May 25, 2011 | 0 Comments

Each year the Center for Mission sponsors a writing contest for students across the archdiocese. This year students considered how they can follow the example of Jesus’ mission today.

We received more than 600 entries of pictures, poems, prayers and essays highlighting how, like Jesus, they can reach out to those who feel like outsiders, the sad, sick, poor and vulnerable.

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Student clarifies graduation section responses

Student clarifies graduation section responses

| May 25, 2011 | 1 Comment

I am extremely honored at having been recognized in this year’s Salute to Graduates [May 12]. I understand space limitations often require students’ answers to be shortened. Due to the shortening of my answers, I believe that some of my key ideas have been misrepresented. At St. Agnes, I have been challenged to look at real-world and controversial issues from a faithfully Catholic viewpoint. I think this was lost in the editing, and I would like to clarify a couple of ideas.

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Art Project depicts role of military in nation’s history

Art Project depicts role of military in nation’s history

| Nikki Rajala For The Catholic Spirit | May 25, 2011 | 0 Comments

Gordon Gerling hoped to kindle a spark — to inspire the right person to paint a historic memorial for veterans.

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Nearby Catholic schools work to accommodate San Miguel students

Nearby Catholic schools work to accommodate San Miguel students

| Zachary Bartholomew For The Catholic Spirit | May 25, 2011 | 0 Comments

Sometimes the smallest details are what highlight the largest changes. For the students of San Miguel Middle School of Minneapolis, which is closing at the end of this school year, one of those details is a simple handshake.

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2011 Priest Ordinations

2011 Priest Ordinations

| May 25, 2011 | 0 Comments

Archbishop John Nienstedt will ordain five men to the priesthood on Saturday, May 28. The ordination Mass will begin at 10 a.m. at the Cathedral of St. Paul. All are invited.

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Wedding led the way to personal relationship with Christ

Wedding led the way to personal relationship with Christ

| May 25, 2011 | 0 Comments

Deacon James Lannan’s path to the priesthood began in an unlikely place: at a wedding.

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Holy orders sacrament calls for a commitment of service to others

Holy orders sacrament calls for a commitment of service to others

| Father Michael Van Sloun | May 25, 2011 | 0 Comments

Holy orders is one of the seven sacraments. It, along with the sacrament of marriage, belongs to a special group of sacraments known as the sacraments of commitment. These two sacraments are “sacraments at the service of communion,” “directed toward the salvation of others” and “serve to build up the people of God” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, No. 1534).

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Watch ordination live

Watch ordination live

| May 25, 2011 | 0 Comments

Can’t make it to the cathedral? Live coverage of this year’s ordination is available from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, May 28, on Comcast cable in St. Paul and some Twin Cities suburbs.

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