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Eucharist – The source and summit of Christian life. Primer on the sacrament.

Eucharist – The source and summit of Christian life. Primer on the sacrament.

| Father Michael Van Sloun | February 2, 2011 | 3 Comments

The Eucharist is one of the seven sacraments, and it stands above the others. While baptism is the gateway sacrament, the beginning of belief in Jesus as Lord, and incorporation into the Body of Christ, the church; it is the Eucharist that is the source and summit of the Christian life.

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Will the real St. Valentine please step up?

Will the real St. Valentine please step up?

| Father Michael Van Sloun | February 2, 2011 | 0 Comments

Feb. 14 is St. Valentine’s Day, but which St. Valentine is commemorated on that day?

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Catholic schools by the numbers

Catholic schools by the numbers

| February 2, 2011 | 0 Comments

The following information from the National Catholic Educational Association about Catholic schools is online at www.ncea.org, where full reports may be purchased.

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Visit a Catholic school near you

Visit a Catholic school near you

| February 2, 2011 | 0 Comments

Open houses and information nights.

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Catholic Schools Commission begins work to strengthen local education

Catholic Schools Commission begins work to strengthen local education

| February 2, 2011 | 0 Comments

A Catholic Schools Commission named by Archbishop John Nien­stedt has been charged with bringing a set of recommendations to him by June to help ensure the strength and sustainability of Cath­olic elementary schools through­out the archdiocese.

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Highland and Hill-Murray news

Highland and Hill-Murray news

| February 2, 2011 | 0 Comments

Highland principal wins award.

Hill-Murray principal named president.

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Family Circles connect St. Joseph students with community

Family Circles connect St. Joseph students with community

| Julie Pfitzinger | February 2, 2011 | 0 Comments

With a student population of 207, St. Joseph School in Rosemount is already a close-knit community. But the regularly scheduled all-class sessions known as Family Circles have served to further strengthen connections among students of all ages at the kindergarten through eighth-grade school.

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Mission of martyr with local ties lives on

Mission of martyr with local ties lives on

| February 1, 2011 | 0 Comments

As The Catholic Spirit celebrates a century of providing news and inspiration to its readers, it recognized the significant deaths of Archbishop Oscar Romero and the four Maryknoll Missionaries in the faith history of the archdiocese (The Catholic Spirit, Jan. 7). Though these murders occurred decades ago in Central America, the purpose of their lives and mission continues today.

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Father Reiser named one of Eleven Who Care

Father Reiser named one of Eleven Who Care

| February 1, 2011 | 0 Comments

Father Bernard Reiser received the Eleven Who Care award for his priestly contribution and support of Haiti projects through Reiser Relief Inc., a nonprofit organization he founded to help the poor people in Haiti (www.reiserrelief.org).

The founding pastor emeritus of Epiphany in Coon Rapids, Father Reiser was ordained in 1949 and has devoted his life to serving the needs of others in the parishes he has served and the poor in Haiti.

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2011 Minnesota Catholic Directory available in print and online

2011 Minnesota Catholic Directory available in print and online

| February 1, 2011 | 0 Comments

Rays of the setting sun at Dead Lake near Perham in the Diocese of St. Cloud are captured in the cover of the 2011 Official Minnesota Catholic Directory, which is now available for purchase.

Pre-ordered copies are be­ing mailed to those who or­de­red them.

The official state Catholic directory is a resource for every­thing Cath­olic in the Land of 10,000 Lakes.

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Work still needed to create whole, healthy society, free of exclusion

Work still needed to create whole, healthy society, free of exclusion

| Kathy Tomlin | February 1, 2011 | 0 Comments

Forty short years ago, the Office of Urban Affairs, precursor to the Catholic Charities’ Office for Social Justice, was born.

The office was a necessary res­ponse by the church to the social, economic and racial unrest of the 1960s and 1970s. But the efforts of this one office were not enough.

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Work among sick inspired future ministry as deacon

Work among sick inspired future ministry as deacon

| Deacon Mickey Friesen | February 1, 2011 | 0 Comments

One of the most memorable ex­periences I had as a young man discerning my vocation was the time I spent at the Our Lady of Good Counsel Free Cancer Home in St. Paul, now part of the Fran­cis­can Health Community.

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