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Epiphany takes precedence over Mary, Mother of God, Dismissing the holy day obligation on Saturday

Epiphany takes precedence over Mary, Mother of God, Dismissing the holy day obligation on Saturday

| December 17, 2010 | 0 Comments

Saturday, Jan. 1, 2011, marks the solemnity of Mary, Mother of God, which in 2011 is not a holy day of obligation because it falls on a Saturday.

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Pro-life charity hoops with middle schools boys

Pro-life charity hoops with middle schools boys

| December 17, 2010 | 0 Comments

St. Mark School in St. Paul will host a benefit basketball tournament for seventh and eighth grade boys from Thursday, Dec. 30, through Sunday, Jan. 2, at the school’s gymnasium, 1983 Dayton Ave.

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Cardinal Burke to speak in Stillwater

Cardinal Burke to speak in Stillwater

| December 16, 2010 | 0 Comments

Cardinal Raymond Burke will be the guest speaker at a fundraising dinner sponsored by the Stillwater Knights of Columbus Jan. 3 at St. Michael Church.

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Quotes from this week’s newsmakers – December 16, 2010

Quotes from this week’s newsmakers – December 16, 2010

| December 16, 2010 | 0 Comments

We are the privileged generation that is going to be voting and laying a strong foundation. We need to help instill pride in being a nation and help people understand that they have a God-given right to be free.”
— Bishop Eduardo Hiiboro Kussala of Tombura-Yambio, Sudan

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Third-graders raise funds for Guatemala mission

Third-graders raise funds for Guatemala mission

| December 16, 2010 | 0 Comments

Third-graders at Transfiguration Catholic School in Oakdale raised $2,137 from a second-hand sale last week to help pay for the education of children at Transfiguration’s mission parish in Guatemala. Teacher Colleen Mosley organized the annual fundraiser 12 years ago after going on a medical mission trip to San Lucas Toliman in Guatemala.

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Does attending Mass on Christmas Day this year fulfill one’s Sunday obligation?

Does attending Mass on Christmas Day this year fulfill one’s Sunday obligation?

| Father John Paul Erickson | December 16, 2010 | 7 Comments

The short answer is no — attending Mass on Christmas Day this year, which happens to be a Saturday, does not fulfill one’s obligation to attend Mass on Sunday, any more than attending a wedding on a Saturday afternoon fulfills one’s Sunday obligation. But the reason behind this answer requires some explanation.

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New Year’s Eve retreat to be time of hope, prayer

New Year’s Eve retreat to be time of hope, prayer

| December 16, 2010 | 0 Comments

The Benedictine Center is offering an overnight retreat to help people welcome the new year in a place of silence and peace.

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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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