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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.

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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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Dear Congress: Dare to DREAM (Act)

Dear Congress: Dare to DREAM (Act)

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

I didn’t used to be fan of sending messages to Congress. I thought too often it was the work of powerful interests manipulating average Americans to their convenience. Or when there was a cause I considered worth speaking up for, I thought massive post card campaigns or even personal, individualized letters were a waste of time. “What were the chances my letter was going to be read among the hundreds of thousands each congressman or woman receives each year? I’ll speak up at the time of elections,” I thought, and perhaps march in a rally or two if I felt the need to make extra noise about some issue.

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St. Thomas Academy fetes four with Fleming Award

St. Thomas Academy fetes four with Fleming Award

| November 18, 2010 | 0 Comments

St. Thomas Academy presented Fleming Alumni Veteran Awards to four alumni to recognize their honorable service in the U.S. military and dedication to the academy. The awards were presented during a Veteran’s Day assembly Nov. 11 at the Mendota Heights school, which included an address by Maj. Gen. Richard C. Nash, the adjutant general for Minnesota and head of the Minne­sota National Guard.

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Deep conversations about motivating experiences strike a more civil chord

Deep conversations about motivating experiences strike a more civil chord

| Kathy Tomlin | November 17, 2010 | 0 Comments

The first night of the Twin’s baseball playoff found 80 souls gathered at St. John the Baptist Church in New Brighton to explore the issue of civility in civic discourse.

People came from some 20-plus parishes that night, and many ­others would have attended had we not held the event on Wednesday’s “parish education night.”

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Just months shy of 90th birthday, hunter bags first deer

Just months shy of 90th birthday, hunter bags first deer

| November 17, 2010 | 0 Comments

One of my finest moments in the great outdoors actually took place indoors.

I had no plans to spend time outside Oct. 7, other than heading to my office. However, during a brief time of prayer before leaving, my thoughts drifted to a scene unfolding in the woods about 100 miles away, near Little Falls.

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Minnesotan who is Carmelite monk ordained a priest

Minnesotan who is Carmelite monk ordained a priest

| November 3, 2010 | 0 Comments

Carmelite Brother Michael Mary of the Trinity was ordained a priest on Oct. 15 at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Cheyenne, Wyo., by Denver Bishop James Conley.

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Award to honor couple for educational philanthropy

Award to honor couple for educational philanthropy

| October 14, 2010 | 0 Comments

The Catholic Community Founda­tion will present its 2010 Legacy of Faith Award to Jerry and Delores Slawik during a banquet Oct. 27. The annual award is given to an individual or family in recognition of their leadership and philanthropy in support of the spiritual, educational and social needs of the Catholic community.

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