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St. Stephen, Anoka, promotes saints in Halloween Capital of the World

St. Stephen, Anoka, promotes saints in Halloween Capital of the World

| Father Michael Van Sloun For The Catholic Spirit | October 26, 2010 | 0 Comments

Halloween is the night before All Saints Day. All Saints is such a major feast that the celebration begins with a vigil on the night before the actual day. The original name was All Hallows Eve and later shortened to Halloween. Hallow means “holy” or “sacred,” and “e’en” is a rough translation of eve or even, British equivalents to evening.

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Defending the dignity of those with dementia

Defending the dignity of those with dementia

| Father Tad Pacholczyk | October 20, 2010 | 0 Comments

I once heard a remarkable story from a woman named Cecilia sitting next to me on a long flight. She told me how her mother had suffered from dementia for many years, eventually reaching the point that she could no longer recognize any of her children when they would visit at the nursing home.

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St. Mary’s Home to close Dec. 31

St. Mary’s Home to close Dec. 31

| October 20, 2010 | 0 Comments

The Franciscan Health Community announced Oct. 20 that it is closing St. Mary’s Home in the Highland Park neighborhood of St. Paul by Dec. 31, according to a press release from FHC. It also will eliminate its Adult Day Services and Southwest Area Meals programs on Nov. 30.

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Ode to a country church

Ode to a country church

| Sharon Wilson | October 20, 2010 | 6 Comments

For the weekend of Oct. 16 and 17, I was asked to be an archdiocesan representative at one of the merging parishes identified by the strategic planning. Not as an expert, but as a representative, it would be my job to listen, relay information and refer people to where they would be able to find out more.

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Print Edition – October 18, 2010

Print Edition – October 18, 2010

| October 19, 2010 | 0 Comments

Online version of the October 18, 2010 issue. Includes the archdiocesan strategic plan special section.

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Catholic Twin Cities philanthropist Henrietta Rauenhorst dies

Catholic Twin Cities philanthropist Henrietta Rauenhorst dies

| October 18, 2010 | 0 Comments

Twin Cities philanthropist Henrietta Veronica Schmoll Rauenhorst died Oct. 13 at the age of 83. Known as “Hanky” to family and friends, she was a St. Catherine University Emerita Trustee, and she chaired two of its fundraising campaigns with her husband, Gerald (Gerry).

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Two deacons named to parishes

Two deacons named to parishes

| October 18, 2010 | 0 Comments

Deacons Thomas Quayle and Richard Moore have been given new assignments, effective Oct. 4.

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Strategic plan identifies four marks of viable Catholic schools

Strategic plan identifies four marks of viable Catholic schools

| October 16, 2010

Viable Catholic schools are an essential element for fulfilling the mission of the Church in this Archdiocese. Catholic schools assist parents, as primary educators, in handing on the faith to the next generation.

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The archdiocese is growing

The archdiocese is growing

| October 16, 2010

The number of households of registered parishioners is approximately 215,000. The number of households is expected to grow by about 7.5 percent in five years, so that by 2014, the number of households will be approximately 248,000.

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Parishes urged to collaborate on faith formation, youth ministry

Parishes urged to collaborate on faith formation, youth ministry

| October 16, 2010

Under the Strategic Plan, all the faithful are called to renew their commitment to lifelong faith formation.

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Strategic decisions will affect parishes

Strategic decisions will affect parishes

| October 16, 2010

Parishes are a primary means of developing a communion of faith, hope, and love among the faithful in our local Church.

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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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