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Zechariah and Elizabeth slip into Advent fashionably late

Zechariah and Elizabeth slip into Advent fashionably late

| Father Michael Van Sloun For The Catholic Spirit | December 16, 2010 | 0 Comments

Biblical characters that help us prepare for Christmas. Zechariah and Elizabeth are two key figures in the first chapter of Luke’s infancy narrative (Luke 1:5-2:52), and they play prominent roles in the Gospel readings for the weekday Masses immediately before Christmas. The Dec. 19 Gospel is the announcement by Gabriel to Zechariah of the birth of John the Baptist (Luke 1:5-25), Dec. 21 is Mary’s Visitation to Eliza­beth (Luke 1:39-45), Dec. 23 is the birth of the Baptist (Luke 1:57-66), and Dec. 24 is Zechariah’s canticle (Luke 1:67-79). The Visitation is also the Gospel for the Fourth Sunday of Advent in Year C.

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Fourth Sunday of Advent begins end of waiting

Fourth Sunday of Advent begins end of waiting

| December 16, 2010 | 0 Comments

The following Advent wreath prayers for the fourth week of Advent are in­tended to help busy households make Advent a prayerful time during the rush of Christmas preparations. The language is fairly simple, to be used by groups of adults or adults with children, and options are noted to allow for participation by other members of the household.

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Priests named to Vocations Office, new clergy institute

Priests named to Vocations Office, new clergy institute

| December 16, 2010 | 0 Comments

Father Troy Przybilla was named director of the archdiocesan Voca­tions Office and Father Peter Wil­liams was named director of the Institute for Ongoing Clergy For­­­ma­tion, both ef­fective Jan. 15.

They are among the four priests and one deacon who are receiving new assignments from Arch­bishop John Nienstedt.

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Parishes fill a ministry need no charity group can fill

Parishes fill a ministry need no charity group can fill

| Father Paul Jarvis | December 16, 2010 | 0 Comments

This may sound odd, but one of the more moving ministries for me and other priests is ministering to dying parishioners, as well as family members of recently departed parishioners.

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For years, couple found Christmas among poor in Appalachia

For years, couple found Christmas among poor in Appalachia

| Susan Klemond | December 16, 2010 | 0 Comments

Elaine Eberhard thought she had all the answers about poverty in the Appalachian Mountains of Kentucky — until she went down and saw it for herself.

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Christmas Charity

Christmas Charity

| December 16, 2010

Find out more about the charities that serving people in the Twin Cities area.

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Consider your faith as you set work goals for 2011

Consider your faith as you set work goals for 2011

| Tom Bengtson | December 16, 2010 | 0 Comments

Managers everywhere set goals for the coming year.

Everyone who is serious about their job should do the same for themselves.

What are your goals for 2011?

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Snapshots of grace: Capturing the sacred in daily life

Snapshots of grace: Capturing the sacred in daily life

| Christina Capecchi | December 16, 2010 | 1 Comment

Funny how a single picture can change everything.

In the tiny town of Bovey, Minn., four years into World War I, an old man peddling foot scrapers knocked on Eric Enstrom’s door.

Eric was 43, a Swedish immigrant who had bought land, opened a photography studio and raised his kids to speak perfect English. He fed the peddler and studied him. There was something striking about the man, a gentle strength in his deep wrinkles and straggly beard.

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Poverty snapshot

Poverty snapshot

| Julie Pfitzinger | December 16, 2010 | 3 Comments

Since fall 2008, Catholic Charities USA has surveyed all of its member constituents every quarter to take what Father Snyder referred to as “a snapshot” of the economic situation nationwide. In the third quarter of 2010, results showed an 81 percent increase in requests for help from the working poor and a 71 percent increase from families — just since the second quarter.

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Benedictine Health System to build new ‘small house’ care model

Benedictine Health System to build new ‘small house’ care model

| December 15, 2010 | 0 Comments

Benedictine Health System will break ground this spring on a new model of skilled nursing care at the Cerenity Senior Care site in White Bear Lake, according to a press release from BHS.

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Foundation’s annual report shows recovery

Foundation’s annual report shows recovery

| December 15, 2010 | 0 Comments

Elderly living independently, at-risk mothers and youth are among those who benefit from the activities of the Catholic Community Foun­da­tion in the Arch­diocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis.

A cultivator and distributor of charitable assets, the foundation this year marked the 10th an­niversary of its Community Priorities Fund, which targets local organizations that serve those target populations. Since its inception in 2000, the fund has granted $750,000 to more than 100 local nonprofit groups.

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Bishop Piché to address senior forum in Hastings

Bishop Piché to address senior forum in Hastings

| December 15, 2010 | 0 Comments

Catholic Senior Services of the Arch­diocese of St. Paul and Min­nea­polis will sponsor a forum on caring for the bodies and souls of seniors from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Fri­day, Jan. 21, at St. Eli­za­beth Ann Seton parish in Has­tings.

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