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A baseball lesson we all should remember

A baseball lesson we all should remember

| June 2, 2010 | 0 Comments

My fifth-grade son recently found himself in a spot every kid who loves baseball dreams about: He came up to bat in the last inning of a city league game with two outs, runners on second and third, and his team trailing by a single run.

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Parish planning process, implementation require respect

Parish planning process, implementation require respect

| June 1, 2010

When Highland Catholic Community in St. Paul was transitioning from three parishes — St. Gregory, St. Therese and St. Leo — into one, its pastor, Father John Bauer, outlined eight “rules of behavior” for the parishioners to follow. The rules, he told them, were inspired by those that his sister, a teacher, established in her […]

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Parishes adjust ministries to best use resources

Parishes adjust ministries to best use resources

| May 6, 2010

This is the sixth story in a series on the seven planning principles guiding the parish and school planning process, which were first outlined by Archbishop John Nienstedt in March 2009. A task force has been gathering information from area parishes and schools, and it will present its recommendations to Archbishop Nienstedt in July. The […]

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Planning will affect every parish, task force member says

Planning will affect every parish, task force member says

| April 7, 2010 | 1 Comment

This interview is the fifth story in a series on the seven planning principles guiding the parish and school planning process, which were first outlined by Archbishop John Nienstedt in March 2009. The fifth principle states that every parish will be involved in the planning process. A task force has been gathering information from area […]

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Concern for Catholic schools helps guide planning process

Concern for Catholic schools helps guide planning process

| March 9, 2010 | 0 Comments

When students begin classes this fall at Most Holy Redeemer in Montgomery, they’ll be trying something new. Instead of be­ing taught as a single grade, grade levels will be paired — first-graders with second-graders, for ex­ample — in multi-age classrooms. The transition is motivated by declining enrollment in the pre-kindergarten to eighth-grade school, said the […]

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Christian community must be important priority in planning process

Christian community must be important priority in planning process

| Frank Schweigert | February 11, 2010 | 0 Comments

The article in the latest Catholic Spirit, “Mass Matters” (Jan. 14), signals a major shift in Catholic pastoral theology: There is no mention of the centrality of Christian community. Christian community is not included in the seven planning principles, nor is it mentioned in the article. A theological shift of this magnitude should be announced […]

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Needs of immigrants, poor are a planning concern

Needs of immigrants, poor are a planning concern

| February 10, 2010

This is the third in a seven-part series on the archdiocesan planning process’ guiding principles. Leticia Cazales and Amina Osman engaged in conversation recently about their families in a classroom at Centro Guadalupano, which is housed at Holy Rosary in South Minneapolis. The problem was, Cazales’ native language is Spanish, while Osman’s is Somali. But, […]

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Forming leaders a top priority for archdiocese planning

Forming leaders a top priority for archdiocese planning

| February 3, 2010 | 0 Comments

Like many Catholics, Stephen Kingsbury “graduated” from CCD as a teenager, marking the end of his formal Catholic education. Or so he thought. As an adult, Kingsbury began volunteering at his parish, Guardian Angels in Chaska. Over the years, he became more involved at the parish — heading up the Building, Grounds and Gardens Committee; […]

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Mass Matters

Mass Matters

| January 13, 2010

Parish planning seeks to ensure sacraments, but changes are inevitable The Northeast Minneapolis area covers just about eight square miles of the city, but it includes nine Roman Catholic parishes and three Eastern-rite Catholic parishes. Initially settled by immigrant Italians, Poles, French, Germans, Ukrainians, Russians and Slovaks, the community’s Catholic population has declined during the […]

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Key parish facts to know about the Parish Planning Process

Key parish facts to know about the Parish Planning Process

| September 23, 2009 | 0 Comments

St. Richard in Richfield hosted the first of eight regional parishioner meetings for the Archdiocesan Parish Planning Process. The two-hour presentation included facts and their supporting statistics about the archdiocese and its future that frame the planning process, including: • The Catholic population in the archdiocese is growing. The total number of Catholics registered at […]

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Parishioners express desire for solidarity in meetings

Parishioners express desire for solidarity in meetings

| Maria Wiering and Julie Carroll | September 23, 2009 | 0 Comments

Solidarity between English-speaking and Spanish-speaking Catholics. Parishes capable of fostering community. Programs aimed at keeping young people in the church. These were just a few of the hopes expressed during a gathering at St. Richard in Richfield Sept. 12. About 400 English-speaking and Spanish-speaking Catholics from parishes around the archdiocese attended the gathering to provide […]

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As parish meetings end, trends emerge from ideas, concerns

As parish meetings end, trends emerge from ideas, concerns

| September 18, 2009 | 0 Comments

The fear of losing one’s parish community, the low rate of young people attending Mass, and retaining St. Peter Claver’s unique identity were among the concerns voiced at the last regional parishioner meeting Nov. 5. Held in the basement of St. Peter Claver in St. Paul, the meeting attracted about 45 Catholics from several parishes. […]

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