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Selling items in church; Maria Goretti’s remains

Selling items in church; Maria Goretti’s remains

| Father Kenneth Doyle | December 17, 2015 | 0 Comments

Q. I am wondering about Church law (and your own feelings) on people coming to Mass and being confronted every week with different parish clubs and organizations trying to sell something. I’ve always thought that we go to Mass to show our reverence for the Lord and not to walk into a flea market.

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Can there be too much mercy?

Can there be too much mercy?

| Alyssa Bormes | December 17, 2015 | 0 Comments

There are times when it is all just too much. We are too busy, too overwhelmed, tired, lonely or a host of too many other things. But are there ever times when mercy is too much?

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St. Joseph a much-needed model for Catholic men

St. Joseph a much-needed model for Catholic men

| Matthew James Christoff | December 17, 2015 | 2 Comments

There is a Catholic “man-crisis.” Many men have quit Catholicism and many fail to practice the faith. Many Catholic men have lost sight of the powerful attractiveness of heroic Catholic manhood.

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Holy Year a time to recommit to Christ’s mission of mercy

Holy Year a time to recommit to Christ’s mission of mercy

| Archbishop Bernard Hebda | December 17, 2015

I wasn’t very excited by the prospect of spending St. Patrick’s Day 2013 in Rome. But the executive board of Caritas Internationalis was meeting at that time and I was obligated to be there. My Irish mother had always made sure that we celebrated the patron of Ireland appropriately, and she surely would not have approved of corned beef and rigatoni.

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Appointments – December 17, 2015

Appointments – December 17, 2015

| December 17, 2015 | 0 Comments

His Excellency, the Most Reverend Bernard Hebda, has announced the following appointments in the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis:

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El Año Santo, un tiempo para volver a comprometerse con la misión de misericordia de Cristo

El Año Santo, un tiempo para volver a comprometerse con la misión de misericordia de Cristo

| Archbishop Bernard Hebda | December 17, 2015

Realmente yo no estaba muy emocionado por la perspectiva de pasar el Día de San Patricio en el año del 2013 en Roma. Pero el Consejo Ejecutivo de Caritas Internationalis estaba reunido en ese momento y me sentí obligado a asistir. Mi madre, que es irlandesa, siempre se aseguró de que celebráramos apropiadamente al Patrono de Irlanda, y seguramente ella no hubiera aprobado la carne en conserva y pasta.

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Patriotism, American exceptionalism and the common good

Patriotism, American exceptionalism and the common good

| Jason Adkins | December 16, 2015 | 0 Comments

Today, “patriotism,” a proper love of country or home, is often castigated as narrow-minded, bigoted or reactionary by the cosmopolitan elites who police our public discourse.

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In silence’s emptiness, an openness to receive

In silence’s emptiness, an openness to receive

| Elizabeth Kelly | December 16, 2015 | 0 Comments

In my last reflection, I encouraged you to practice some silent prayer this Advent. You may have discovered by now that sometimes that’s a little tough. Maybe you miss the noise, some kind of stimulation. You miss your words, your routine, your rote prayer. When I remove myself from the whir of the world and am left with only myself and the Lord, all that silence can feel a little, well, empty.

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Deacon Semlak remembered for faith, gentle spirit

Deacon Semlak remembered for faith, gentle spirit

| December 15, 2015 | 0 Comments

A native of St. Paul’s eastside, Deacon Semlak was raised in St. Casimir Parish and worked for two iconic St. Paul firms, Brown & Bigelow and 3M.

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Year of Mercy Holy Doors open Dec. 13 at Cathedral, Basilica

Year of Mercy Holy Doors open Dec. 13 at Cathedral, Basilica

| Jessica Trygstad and Maria Wiering | December 14, 2015 | 0 Comments

The first Year of Mercy pilgrims from around the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis processed through the Holy Doors of the Cathedral of St. Paul and the Basilica of St. Mary Dec. 13 after the doors were ceremoniously opened at the co-cathedrals.

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On ordination day, bishop calls deacons to life of service

On ordination day, bishop calls deacons to life of service

| Jonathan Liedl | December 7, 2015 | 1 Comment

“The purpose of this ordination is to allow you to give your life as a ransom for the Church, to allow your life to be taken by God and used as he desires,” said Bishop Andrew Cozzens, the archdiocese’s auxiliary bishop, during his homily.

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Archbishop Hebda: Court-approved fees necessary for fair resolution

Archbishop Hebda: Court-approved fees necessary for fair resolution

| December 4, 2015 | 0 Comments

Over $3 million in fees will be paid to six law firms representing the archdiocese, those who have filed abuse claims, parishes and others who are working with insurance companies.

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