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In Pictures – December 18, 2014

In Pictures – December 18, 2014

| December 18, 2014 | 0 Comments

GUADALUPE FEAST
WINTER GALA

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Advent Week 4 – Prayer and reflection for busy households

Advent Week 4 – Prayer and reflection for busy households

| December 18, 2014 | 0 Comments

The following Advent wreath prayer is intended to help busy households make Advent a prayerful time during the rush of Christmas preparations. The language is fairly simple, intended to be used for personal prayer and reflection or by groups of adults or adults with children. Options are noted to allow for participation by a variety of members of a household.

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Want a good book to read? To give as a gift? Clergy offer ideas

Want a good book to read? To give as a gift? Clergy offer ideas

| December 17, 2014 | 0 Comments

“My favorite book of the year is ‘The Joy of the Gospel’ by the pope who gives me hope.”

That’s the word from Father Greg Esty, and he’s not alone in enjoying Pope Francis’ work; it appears on the top 10 list of book sales at St. Patrick’s Guild, then St. Paul merchant of religious goods. Father Esty, who is pastor of St. Genevieve in Centerville, was one of several clergy who responded to a Catholic Spirit email survey that asked what books they either were giving as Christmas gifts or recommending to others.

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Let there be light

Let there be light

| December 16, 2014 | 0 Comments

Amazing Christmas displays you’ll want to see

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Vatican report calls U.S. women religious to continued dialogue

Vatican report calls U.S. women religious to continued dialogue

| Cindy Wooden | December 16, 2014 | 0 Comments

A massive, detailed Vatican-ordered investigation of U.S. communities of women religious ended with a call to the women themselves to continue discerning how best to live the Gospel in fidelity to their orders’ founding ideals while facing steeply declining numbers and a rapidly aging membership.

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‘God moment’ leads Iowa teen to compose music for Sandy Hook effort

‘God moment’ leads Iowa teen to compose music for Sandy Hook effort

| Dan Russo | December 15, 2014 | 0 Comments

On Dec. 14, 2012, the day a lone gunman killed 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, Kylie DeWees was badly shaken by the news.

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Markets in Vienna offer taste of Old World Christmas

Markets in Vienna offer taste of Old World Christmas

| Cristina Muller | December 15, 2014 | 0 Comments

Tucked behind the Austrian capital’s well known Museumsquartier — a complex of art, natural history and cultural museums — is a little side street Christmas market called Spittelberg.

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Advent Week 3 – Prayer and reflection for busy households

Advent Week 3 – Prayer and reflection for busy households

| December 11, 2014 | 0 Comments

The following Advent wreath prayer is intended to help busy households make Advent a prayerful time during the rush of Christmas preparations. The language is fairly simple, intended to be used for personal prayer and reflection or by groups of adults or adults with children. Options are noted to allow for participation by a variety of members of a household.

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Paleos restaurant: healthy dining, dollars for moms and babies

Paleos restaurant: healthy dining, dollars for moms and babies

| December 11, 2014 | 0 Comments

Looking for a place that serves good hamburgers, steaks and seafood? And allows you to make a difference in the lives of babies and mothers while you’re dining? These seemingly incongruent acts converge nicely at Paleos, a new restaurant in Lino Lakes owned by Catholic couple John and Elizabeth Pavlick.

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Donor says helping her pastor an easy decision: ‘He needed a kidney’

Donor says helping her pastor an easy decision: ‘He needed a kidney’

| Jack Sheedy | December 11, 2014 | 0 Comments

A parishioner walks up to her pastor and says, “I want to give you my kidney.”

Pastor smiles and says, “OK.”

Don’t expect a punchline. It’s no joke.

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For Benedictine, football coaching about passing on mission, values

For Benedictine, football coaching about passing on mission, values

| Sarah McCarthy | December 9, 2014 | 0 Comments

Sister Lisa Maurer is a Benedictine nun who lives at the St. Scholastica Monastery, which shares a campus of the College of St. Scholastica in Duluth. She works as director of mission for the Benedictine Health Center based there. She prays, studies and ministers at local parishes.

She also happens to coach a men’s football team.

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What’s it like to be a bishop? ‘Lots of excitement,’ Cozzens says

What’s it like to be a bishop? ‘Lots of excitement,’ Cozzens says

| December 9, 2014 | 0 Comments

On Dec. 9, Bishop Andrew Cozzens celebrated the one-year anniversary of his ordination as an auxiliary bishop for the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis. It was a busy year of confirmations, engagement in Latino Ministry and taking an active role in helping victims of sexual abuse heal.

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