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Catholic Spirit kicks off centennial celebration

Catholic Spirit kicks off centennial celebration

| January 20, 2011 | 0 Comments

The Catholic Spirit began its yearlong centennial celebration Jan. 6 with a morning Mass at St. Paul Seminary, followed that evening by “The Great Catholic Get-Together of 2011” at Nicollet Island Pavilion in Minneapolis.

About 250 guests, along with the staff and board of directors of The Catholic Spirit, sampled appetizers while learning about the history and future of the newspaper through standing displays and interactive web presentations.

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Name change reflects Catholic organization’s roots, mission

Name change reflects Catholic organization’s roots, mission

| January 20, 2011 | 1 Comment

What’s in a name? Plenty, say people at Catholic United Financial in Roseville.

That’s why the fraternal life insurance company, which started in 1878, recently chose to change the name it held for more than 80 years: Catholic Aid Association.

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Deacon Thomas Coleman died Jan. 2

Deacon Thomas Coleman died Jan. 2

| January 19, 2011 | 0 Comments

Deacon Thomas Coleman, who served Sacred Heart parish in Rob­bins­dale before he retired, died, Jan. 2, after a lengthy illness.

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New Missal presents spiritual growth opportunities

New Missal presents spiritual growth opportunities

| By Susan Klemond For The Catholic Spirit | January 19, 2011 | 3 Comments

Introducing Catholics in the archdiocese to the new words they will speak and sing at Mass presents pastors and parish staff with challenges and opportunities, said Father John Paul Erickson, director of the archdiocesan Office of Worship.

Parish leaders can use this opportunity to focus on the importance of the liturgy, as well as the history and rationale behind the new translation of the Roman Mis­sal, which goes into effect in No­vem­­ber, he said.

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St. Benedict closes doors, prepares for integration

St. Benedict closes doors, prepares for integration

| Pat Norby and Dave Hrbacek | January 19, 2011 | 1 Comment

Bernard, 86, and Adeline, 88, Sobczak can look out the window of their home near New Prague and see the church of St. Benedict across the street. For more than four decades, they have walked out their front door and about 100 yards to the church doors for Sunday Mass. Jan. 16, they did it for the last time.

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Tim Marx appointed new CEO of Catholic Charities

Tim Marx appointed new CEO of Catholic Charities

| January 19, 2011 | 2 Comments

Archbishop John C. Nienstedt appointed Tim Marx Jan. 19 as the new CEO of Catholic Charities of St. Paul and Minneapolis. Marx, a native of Minnesota, will begin his job duties April 4.

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Website helps people discern vocation

Website helps people discern vocation

| January 19, 2011 | 0 Comments

Nine years ago, Natalie Smith thought something had to be done to reverse the vocations crisis.

Smith, a convert to Catholicism who had worked in marketing, felt like there had to be a way for the church to work more collectively to find potential vocations candidates. She was convinced there should be a database of candidates and also a wide range of resources available for people considering a vocation.

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Personal invitation prevails in reaching out to women

Personal invitation prevails in reaching out to women

| Julie Pfitzinger | January 19, 2011 | 0 Comments

For the vocation directors at three local religious communities, the practice of reaching out to women who are discerning the call to religious life has not changed much in recent years.

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St. Bernard’s student takes Catholic values to new school

St. Bernard’s student takes Catholic values to new school

| Maggie Lee | January 19, 2011 | 2 Comments

Grace Thompson has found a way to keep St. Bernard High School’s traditions and values alive at her new school, Concordia Academy.

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Pray, march for life at MN Capitol

Pray, march for life at MN Capitol

| January 19, 2011 | 0 Comments

The annual Prayer Service for Life provides a moment of quiet reflection before the March for Life to the State Capitol on the anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court decision in 1973 to legalize abortion.

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Three Catholic schools to close, 8 under urgent review to remain open

Three Catholic schools to close, 8 under urgent review to remain open

| January 14, 2011 | 0 Comments

Three Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis — St. Joseph in Red Wing, St. Mathias in Hampton and San Miguel Middle School in Minneapolis — will close at the end of the current school year because they lack long-term sustainability.

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Register now for Feb. 26 Stewardship Conference

Register now for Feb. 26 Stewardship Conference

| January 12, 2011 | 0 Comments

Helping parishes build vibrant, engaged communities is the goal of the 2011 Archdiocesan Stewardship Conference Saturday, Feb. 26.

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