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Holy Week: Diverse traditions, one faith in the Risen Lord

Holy Week: Diverse traditions, one faith in the Risen Lord

| Mar Muñoz-Visoso | March 22, 2011 | 0 Comments

This year the Holy Week falls quite late (Easter Sunday is April 24). As different from recent years, when it happened much earlier, this Pascua florida (“flowery” Easter) will honor its Spanish name by occurring right in the midst of the spring season, with its explosion of new life, color and light.

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More than 600 take part in the Rite of Election

More than 600 take part in the Rite of Election

| March 17, 2011 | 0 Comments

» Planned to pledge?
» Award to trustee couple
» Catholic ed up $344,956
» Basilica youth take honors
» New acolytes instituted
» Hill-Murray’s top teacher
» New Maronite patriarch

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Benedictine sisters in St. Joseph elect new prioress

Benedictine sisters in St. Joseph elect new prioress

| March 3, 2011 | 0 Comments

St. Matthew anniversary
Perfect student
Kudos to Father McDonough

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Father Kenneth Ludescher celebrates 50th anniversary

Father Kenneth Ludescher celebrates 50th anniversary

| February 17, 2011 | 0 Comments

» Cathedral music director
» School gets paintings
» Spirit staffer returns
» Parishioners help feed poor

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Night in the cold leaves trio seeing stars

Night in the cold leaves trio seeing stars

| February 16, 2011 | 0 Comments

What kind of person would drive out into the country on a frigid winter night, get out of the car and stand in below-zero temperatures for three hours?

“A special brand of idiot,” quip­ped Steve Baranski, who did just that during a recent cold snap that saw temperatures after sunset fall to below zero, with wind chills classified as dangerous.

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Father Reiser named one of Eleven Who Care

Father Reiser named one of Eleven Who Care

| February 1, 2011 | 0 Comments

Father Bernard Reiser received the Eleven Who Care award for his priestly contribution and support of Haiti projects through Reiser Relief Inc., a nonprofit organization he founded to help the poor people in Haiti (www.reiserrelief.org).

The founding pastor emeritus of Epiphany in Coon Rapids, Father Reiser was ordained in 1949 and has devoted his life to serving the needs of others in the parishes he has served and the poor in Haiti.

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Catholic Spirit kicks off centennial celebration

Catholic Spirit kicks off centennial celebration

| January 20, 2011 | 0 Comments

The Catholic Spirit began its yearlong centennial celebration Jan. 6 with a morning Mass at St. Paul Seminary, followed that evening by “The Great Catholic Get-Together of 2011” at Nicollet Island Pavilion in Minneapolis.

About 250 guests, along with the staff and board of directors of The Catholic Spirit, sampled appetizers while learning about the history and future of the newspaper through standing displays and interactive web presentations.

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Christmas, Jews and Christians

Christmas, Jews and Christians

| George Weigel | December 25, 2010 | 0 Comments

Tradition attributes the Christmas crèche or manger scene to St. Francis of Assisi, while the decorations that have become so much a part of the Christmas season in America — especially the tree and its trimmings — are generally regarded as having come into our culture via Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha, consort of Queen Victoria.

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Third-graders raise funds for Guatemala mission

Third-graders raise funds for Guatemala mission

| December 16, 2010 | 0 Comments

Third-graders at Transfiguration Catholic School in Oakdale raised $2,137 from a second-hand sale last week to help pay for the education of children at Transfiguration’s mission parish in Guatemala. Teacher Colleen Mosley organized the annual fundraiser 12 years ago after going on a medical mission trip to San Lucas Toliman in Guatemala.

Top school

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The pope and condoms

The pope and condoms

| By John M. Haas | December 2, 2010 | 1 Comment

In reading an advance copy of the book, one knew the mass media would immediately focus on one thing and one thing alone: the pope’s remarks on condom use and the struggle to prevent the spread of AIDS.

Indeed, the first headline that I encountered after excerpts of the book were released was: “Pope OK’s Condoms.”

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Proceeds from priest’s collection of top columns will benefit Haiti

Proceeds from priest’s collection of top columns will benefit Haiti

| December 2, 2010 | 0 Comments

Father Bernie Reiser now has a published book of the best columns he wrote during the three decades he was pastor at Epiphany in Coon Rapids.

Among the projects Reiser Relief has taken on are a center caring for abandoned women who have no place to live, and a school program that has built classrooms and where children receive a daily meal at school. It has assisted in building and supporting medical community centers and sanitary blocks for sewage and provided support for clinics and small hospitals in Cite Soleil.

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Querido Congreso: Atrévanse a soñar con el DREAM Act

Querido Congreso: Atrévanse a soñar con el DREAM Act

| Mar Muñoz-Visoso | November 23, 2010 | 0 Comments

No solía ser yo amiga de enviar mensajes al Congreso. Pensaba que demasiado a menudo estas campañas se convertían en un vehículo mediante el cual poderosos intereses manipulaban al americano medio según su conveniencia o que en envío masivo de postales y cartas, originales o copiadas, eran una pérdida de tiempo incluso cuando había una causa por la cual merecía la pena hacerse oír. “¿Qué probabilidades hay de que mi carta sea realmente leída entre las cientos de miles que recibe al año cada congresista? Ya expresaré mi opinión en tiempo de elecciones”, pensaba para mí, al tiempo que no excluía la posibilidad de participar también en algún rally o marcha si sentía la necesidad de hacer ruido sobre algún asunto.

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