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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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Holy Cross parishioners upset by media announcement of plan

Holy Cross parishioners upset by media announcement of plan

| October 18, 2010 | 0 Comments

Parishioners at the 4:30 p.m. Mass Oct. 16 at Holy Cross in northeast Minneapolis were upset after reading in the daily newspapers earlier that morning that their parish was slated to close.

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New Prague area Catholics not surprised, but many still sad about merger announcement

New Prague area Catholics not surprised, but many still sad about merger announcement

| October 18, 2010 | 0 Comments

Six parishes in the southwestern part of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis are slated to merge under the strategic plan announced Oct. 16, and most parishioners are not surprised.

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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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Ongoing formation a new emphasis for lay parish leaders

Ongoing formation a new emphasis for lay parish leaders

| October 16, 2010

Carol Shukle of Our Lady of the Lake in Mound wondered why she was asked to serve on the Strategic Planning Task Force in 2009.

“I’m not a religious [sister], I don’t work for the archdiocese,” said Shukle, 58.

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Fostering a communion of faith, hope and love

Fostering a communion of faith, hope and love

| October 16, 2010

After two years of consultation, and much prayer and reflection on the part of many, I am announcing our Strategic Plan for the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis. This plan is the culmination of a process launched in February 2009 when I named the Archdiocesan Strategic Planning Task Force.

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Resource centers to help Latinos spiritually, physically

Resource centers to help Latinos spiritually, physically

| October 16, 2010

A new chaplaincy, an advisory board and resource centers located throughout the archdiocese are just a few of the changes in the Strategic Plan to improve Latino ministry in the archdiocese.

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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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Sharing gifts among ordained, laity and parishes provides many benefits

Sharing gifts among ordained, laity and parishes provides many benefits

| October 16, 2010 | 0 Comments

The archdiocesan strategic plan presents two challenges for priests, deacons and parishioners, said Father Kevin Finnegan, who is already meeting those challenges as pastor of Divine Mercy in Faribault, St. Patrick in Shieldsville and St. Michael in Kenyon.

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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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