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5 reasons we need to celebrate Mass on Sunday — every week

5 reasons we need to celebrate Mass on Sunday — every week

| Father Michael Van Sloun for The Catholic Spirit | April 10, 2012 | 0 Comments

Sunday Mass is the focal point of every weekend.

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Eavesdrop on conversation between Jesus and a disciple on Palm Sunday

Eavesdrop on conversation between Jesus and a disciple on Palm Sunday

| March 28, 2012 | 0 Comments

Imagine you are the beloved disciple walking next to Jesus as he rides into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday.

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Five tips for making a better confession

Five tips for making a better confession

| Father Michael Van Sloun | March 15, 2012 | 1 Comment

“Repent, and believe in the Gospel.” These are the words for the signing of ashes on Ash Wednesday.

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Jewish woman considering conversion feels at home in church

Jewish woman considering conversion feels at home in church

| March 14, 2012 | 1 Comment

Danielle Schwartzman was among more than 350 people who took part in the Rite of Election at the Basilica of St. Mary in Minneapolis, Feb. 26. She has been participating in the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults with a group at the Basilica, led by Paula Kaempffer.

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Love is more than Valentine’s cards and puppy dogs

Love is more than Valentine’s cards and puppy dogs

| Jeremy Ploof | March 14, 2012 | 0 Comments

The readings for Mass the weekend of March 18 tell of Jesus’ great love for you. It’s that simple. I could almost end this column here.

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Psalmist sets example for keeping faith amid turmoil

Psalmist sets example for keeping faith amid turmoil

| Deacon Joe Backowski | March 1, 2012 | 0 Comments

How is it, today, that the psalmist can say to us, “I believed even when I said I am sorely afflicted” (Psalm 116:10)?

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6 stupid things I’ve done . . .

6 stupid things I’ve done . . .

| Jesuit Father James Martin | February 29, 2012 | 0 Comments

. . . and that I never want to do again

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RCIA not just for new Catholics: A process for deepening faith

RCIA not just for new Catholics: A process for deepening faith

| February 29, 2012 | 0 Comments

Every year, hundreds of adults and children in the archdiocese begin a journey to full membership in the Catholic Church. This year 745 people are preparing to receive the sacraments of initiation during the Easter Vigil.

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God wants a ‘yes’ to his Word and openness to his presence

God wants a ‘yes’ to his Word and openness to his presence

| Deacon Albert Wugaa | February 15, 2012 | 0 Comments

In our first reading, the prophet Isaiah brings an oracle from the Lord that calls us to be attentive to the ever life-giving, forgiving and healing presence of the Lord.

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How should I select godparents for my child?

How should I select godparents for my child?

| Father Michael Van Sloun | February 1, 2012 | 2 Comments

When it comes time to baptize a child, it is also time to select the godparents. This is a major decision. It is a spiritual matter, and the choice should be based upon spiritual criteria.

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What’s in a name? Plenty if you’re a Christian

What’s in a name? Plenty if you’re a Christian

| Father Michael Van Sloun for The Catholic Spirit | January 19, 2012 | 1 Comment

With a pregnancy, the birth of a child and the celebration of the sacrament of baptism, a name must be chosen for the child. A name is a word that identifies an individual, a personal designation. This is a not a decision that should be taken lightly. The selection of the name is the duty of the parents.

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A whale of a story

A whale of a story

| Deacon Nick VanDenBroeke | January 18, 2012 | 0 Comments

We are called to live, today, in light of gaining eternal life, tomorrow

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