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How to appeal a parish’s merger

How to appeal a parish’s merger

| October 16, 2010

Canon law provides a means whereby certain decisions, including the decision to merge specific parishes as outlined in the Strategic Plan, may be appealed.

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Highlights of changes

Highlights of changes

| October 16, 2010

Strategic initiatives which will encourage cooperation, improve stewardship of resources, and increase transparency in the areas of: qualified pastoral leadership; Catholic schools; and finance and administration to improve ministry, evangelization, and outreach in the Archdiocese. 21 parishes will merge with 14 receiving parishes during the next several years, bringing the Archdiocese from 213 parishes in […]

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Comprehensive plan rooted in church’s mission

Comprehensive plan rooted in church’s mission

| October 16, 2010

The following information is reprinted from the archdiocesan strategic plan.

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Parish status under the plan

Parish status under the plan

| October 16, 2010

Maps provided by the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis. Click here for PDF of alphabetical list of parishes and status under the plan

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The archdiocesan strategic plan: Blueprint for our local church’s future

The archdiocesan strategic plan: Blueprint for our local church’s future

| October 16, 2010

Coverage of the archdiocesan strategic plan announced in parishes the weekend of Oct. 16-17.

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Triathloning the Rosary

Triathloning the Rosary

| Nelson Rhodus | October 15, 2010 | 0 Comments

Over the past 25 years I have competed in and completed 62 triathlons. Never an “iron man” though — just the Olympic distance or a sprint triathlon. Never had I ever won a race or even came in first in my age group. That is until recently when I actually won the entire triathlon.

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Highland LifeCare Center banquet set

Highland LifeCare Center banquet set

| October 14, 2010 | 0 Comments

The Highland LifeCare Center will hold a fundraising banquet for supporters of the organization from 6 to 9 p.m. Oct. 30 at Lumen Christi in St. Paul. The event will include dinner, testimonials and a silent auction. Tickets are $30 and are available by calling (651) 695-0111 or online at www.highlandlifecare.org.

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Quotes from this week’s newsmakers October 18, 2010

Quotes from this week’s newsmakers October 18, 2010

| October 14, 2010 | 1 Comment

“Beyond our current economic crisis, there is also plenty of evidence that points to the link that exists between climate changes (ongoing desertification, land degradation and drought) and migration. In short, there is plenty of evidence to support that the protection of our planet is inextricably linked to the protection of our human family.”
— U.S. Ambassador to the Vatican Miguel Diaz, speaking at a church-run conference in Barcelona, Spain, Oct. 5

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Award to honor couple for educational philanthropy

Award to honor couple for educational philanthropy

| October 14, 2010 | 0 Comments

The Catholic Community Founda­tion will present its 2010 Legacy of Faith Award to Jerry and Delores Slawik during a banquet Oct. 27. The annual award is given to an individual or family in recognition of their leadership and philanthropy in support of the spiritual, educational and social needs of the Catholic community.

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Civility lost in communicating political viewpoints

Civility lost in communicating political viewpoints

| October 13, 2010 | 1 Comment

The day after Labor Day, I attended the opening year convocation at the University of St. Thomas. Father Dennis Dease, president of St. Thomas and a close friend, gave what I thought was an instructive and wholesome speech on “civility in our communications.” It was a meaningful and appropriate speech from which many of us could benefit.

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Two men of science, two very different paths to fertility

Two men of science, two very different paths to fertility

| Tom Bengtson | October 13, 2010 | 1 Comment

Most of us don’t think of people suffering professionally because of their faith, but it still happens.

Dr. Josef Roetzer, who died earlier this month, was an example. Roet­zer is the Austrian doctor who im­prov­ed fertility awareness science in the 1950s. His work led to the development of the sympto-thermal meth­od of natural family planning.

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The depressing Pew Forum Study

The depressing Pew Forum Study

| Father Robert Barron | October 12, 2010 | 6 Comments

The Catholic Church is suffering mightily today from two self-inflicted wounds.

The first is the clerical sex abuse scandal, involving the gross violation of the most vulnerable members of the community by some priests and the countenancing or enabling of this crime by some bishops. This outrage has been the perfect storm. Not only has it deeply wounded young people; it has also compromised the work of the church in almost every way, since it has undermined so thoroughly the credibility that the church requires in order to teach, preach, catechize, and evangelize.

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