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Local faithful help CSAF exceed $9.3 million goal

Local faithful help CSAF exceed $9.3 million goal

| December 17, 2014 | 0 Comments

Wrapping up its 2014 campaign, the Catholic Services Appeal Foundation has exceeded its $9.3 million fundraising goal in pledges and has distributed nearly $8 million to 17 different ministries in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis.

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Want a good book to read? To give as a gift? Clergy offer ideas

Want a good book to read? To give as a gift? Clergy offer ideas

| December 17, 2014 | 0 Comments

“My favorite book of the year is ‘The Joy of the Gospel’ by the pope who gives me hope.”

That’s the word from Father Greg Esty, and he’s not alone in enjoying Pope Francis’ work; it appears on the top 10 list of book sales at St. Patrick’s Guild, then St. Paul merchant of religious goods. Father Esty, who is pastor of St. Genevieve in Centerville, was one of several clergy who responded to a Catholic Spirit email survey that asked what books they either were giving as Christmas gifts or recommending to others.

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Parishioners train to understand, care for those with dementia

Parishioners train to understand, care for those with dementia

| Susan Klemond | December 17, 2014 | 0 Comments

Members of St. Paul parishes have embraced Gospel values of caring for the sick this year by receiving training to understand those with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia, as part of a neighborhood-based program.

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Archdiocese’s safe environment program to be audited onsite in 2015

Archdiocese’s safe environment program to be audited onsite in 2015

| December 17, 2014 | 0 Comments

This spring, an external agency will conduct an onsite audit of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis’ safe environment policies and procedures to determine compliance with the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People.

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If you want to be a good person, it matters what you believe

If you want to be a good person, it matters what you believe

| Father Robert Barron | December 17, 2014 | 1 Comment

A team of sociologists, led by Catholic University professor William D’Antonio, published a survey a few years ago that received quite a bit of media attention, for it showed that many Catholics disagree with core doctrines of their Church and yet still consider themselves “good Catholics.”

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Challenges in the face of Obama’s executive action on immigration

Challenges in the face of Obama’s executive action on immigration

| Jason Adkins | December 17, 2014 | 12 Comments

The confusion surrounding the executive action is emblematic of an immigration debate that has been distorted. Avoiding that trap requires more from us as Catholics, including: 1) reading broadly; 2) listening faithfully; and 3) seeking to “encounter” with people affected by our choices, all of whom are made in the image and likeness of God.

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Parishes retain joint counsel in resolving abuse claims

Parishes retain joint counsel in resolving abuse claims

| December 17, 2014 | 0 Comments

Leaders at parishes in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis are working together to share resources while trying to help those who claim to have been sexually abused as a minor by a priest.

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Nativity parishioners inspired to help those with dementia

Nativity parishioners inspired to help those with dementia

| Susan Klemond for The Catholic Spirit | December 16, 2014 | 0 Comments

Nativity parishioners are getting involved in a community training program called Dementia Friends to learn how to better understand and care for those with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia.

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Let there be light

Let there be light

| December 16, 2014 | 0 Comments

Amazing Christmas displays you’ll want to see

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Digital Edition – December 11, 2014

Digital Edition – December 11, 2014

| December 11, 2014 | 0 Comments

Bishop Cozzens: Reflections on his first year in leadership, Pro-life Paleos, Holy hallways, Nun on the gridiron, Masculine genius, Advent – Week 3, Why beliefs matter

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A spirit of rejoicing, a spirit of gratitude

A spirit of rejoicing, a spirit of gratitude

| Deacon Adam Laski | December 11, 2014 | 0 Comments

Each year we celebrate Gaudete Sunday. Gaudete means “to rejoice.” In the second reading, we are given the simple command by Christ through his servant St. Paul, “Rejoice always.” These words are part of St. Paul’s final advice to the Thessalonian church in his first letter. He leaves them with a simple theme, which forms the context for the third Sunday of Advent.

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Give the gift of love

Give the gift of love

| Father Michael Van Sloun for The Catholic Spirit | December 11, 2014 | 0 Comments

As we shift into Christmas preparation mode, we start to think about what gifts we’ll give our family and friends. But where did the practice of giving gifts at Christmastime come from? What are the spiritual foundations to this long-standing Christmas tradition?

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