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Leaders field planning process questions

Leaders field planning process questions

| March 25, 2015 | 0 Comments

The following Q-and-A with Father John Bauer and Marilou Eldred, co-chairs of the 2014-2015 Strategic Planning Task Force, addresses the status of the strategic planning process, challenges and opportunities parishes currently face, and the timeline for recommendations.

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Can a felon enter holy orders? Acceptable to chew the host?

Can a felon enter holy orders? Acceptable to chew the host?

| Father Kenneth Doyle | March 24, 2015 | 0 Comments

Q. I am currently incarcerated in federal prison. My question may seem strange, but I am wondering whether it would ever be possible for an ex-convict, a felon, to be accepted into holy orders.

Q. I attended Catholic schools for 12 years and remember most of my catechism lessons. There is one thing, though, that bothers me. After receiving Communion, I often notice people returning to their pews while visibly chewing the host. I always thought — in fact, I think I was taught this — that you should either let the host dissolve in your mouth as a sign of reverence or swallow it quickly. Please explain.

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Award-winning pastor in Savage makes school presence a priority

Award-winning pastor in Savage makes school presence a priority

| Anthony Gockowski | March 23, 2015 | 0 Comments

On a recent Tuesday, Father Michael Tix walked through the quiet hallways of St. John the Baptist Catholic School in Savage, greeting students by name between periods and talking with teachers during the lunch hour.

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Lent: almsgiving, fasting and prayer

Lent: almsgiving, fasting and prayer

| March 16, 2015 | 0 Comments

A three-part series on the three basic pillars of Lent: almsgiving, fasting and prayer. In honor of the Year of Consecrated Life, each feature will include members of religious communities who are deeply living out these spiritual practices all year long.

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Daily Scriptures: March 15 – March 29, 2015

Daily Scriptures: March 15 – March 29, 2015

| March 15, 2015 | 0 Comments

Sunday, March 15
Fourth Sunday of Lent
2 Chronicles 36:14-16, 19-23
Ephesians 2:4-10
John 3:14-21

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Love of Jesus summons the faithful to follow

Love of Jesus summons the faithful to follow

| Deacon Gabriel Walz | March 12, 2015 | 0 Comments

Faith is both a gratuitous gift from God and a virtue. But why should we go through the effort to foster a virtue that will command from us the daily conversions of our hearts? Love. Love alone is the answer.

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Digital Edition – March 12, 2015

Digital Edition – March 12, 2015

| March 12, 2015 | 0 Comments

Vaccination, Bishops go to the capitol, Memory keepers, Talking with God, Lent: Prayer, An IDEAL School, Catholic Sisters Week, Senior Housing Guide

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Bear claws, nose rings and rock bands: the hidden lives of Catholic sisters

Bear claws, nose rings and rock bands: the hidden lives of Catholic sisters

| Christina Capecchi | March 12, 2015 | 0 Comments

Belinda Monahan has analyzed more than 100,000 animal bones in Armenia dating back from the Early Bronze Age (1200 B.C.) to the Medieval period.

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A message in blood: ISIS and the meaning of the cross

A message in blood: ISIS and the meaning of the cross

| Father Robert Barron | March 12, 2015 | 0 Comments

Just before their throats were cut, many of the murdered Coptic Christians could be seen mouthing the words “Jesus Christ” and “Jesus is Lord.” The first of those phrases is a rendering of the Aramaic Ieshouah Maschiach, which means “Jesus the anointed one” and which hearkens back to King David, the paradigmatic anointed figure of the Old Testament.

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Action Alert – Many important bills being considered

Action Alert – Many important bills being considered

| March 12, 2015 | 0 Comments

Contact your legislators today and urge them to support the following bills by sharing the highlighted messages.

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Driver’s license bill chance to progress immigration discussion

Driver’s license bill chance to progress immigration discussion

| Jason Adkins | March 12, 2015 | 0 Comments

Imagine St. Joseph, struggling in Egypt to support his family as they awaited a time to return home. Or, think of the daily trials the Holy Family faced as they fled the dangers in their homeland. These are problems that many migrants confront on a daily basis as they try to make their way in a new land.

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Senior Housing Guide 2015

Senior Housing Guide 2015

| March 12, 2015 | 0 Comments

2015 Senior Housing Guide

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