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From death to life

From death to life

| January 6, 2011 | 1 Comment

The 34-year-old man rose from the couch in the living room. On his way out, he paused to exchange friendly words with a woman seated near him.

He whispered in her ear and kissed her on the cheek. Then, he looked at her and smiled, and kissed her again.

An outsider might have thought the older woman who received this affection was his mother. And, in fact, she is a mother of sorts to this man.

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Trojans triumph

Trojans triumph

| December 31, 2010 | 0 Comments

Senior guard Tanner Helgren of Wayzata High School dribbles past junior guard Cortez Tillman (10) and senior guard Raijon Kelly of Cretin-Derham Hall High School in St. Paul during the championship game of The Catholic Spirit Christmas Basketball Tournament Dec. 30

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Obstructed view

Obstructed view

| December 30, 2010 | 0 Comments

Junior forward Dakari Davison of St. Agnes High School in St. Paul finds himself hemmed in by senior forward Ben Meyer of Totino-Grace High School in Fridley as he drives to the basket during first-round action in The Catholic Spirit Christmas Basketball Tournament

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Leadership transition

Leadership transition

| December 22, 2010 | 1 Comment

Jesuit Father Thomas Krettek, left, conducts the missioning of Father Tim Manatt, right, as new president of Cristo Rey Jesuit High School in Minneapolis during an all-school liturgy Dec. 16 at the school. Father Manatt replaces Father David Haschka, center, current president and founder of the school. Father Krettek is the provincial of the Wisconsin Province. All three priests are Jesuits.

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Pro-life charity hoops with middle schools boys

Pro-life charity hoops with middle schools boys

| December 17, 2010 | 0 Comments

St. Mark School in St. Paul will host a benefit basketball tournament for seventh and eighth grade boys from Thursday, Dec. 30, through Sunday, Jan. 2, at the school’s gymnasium, 1983 Dayton Ave.

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St. Joan of Arc parishioners rally around Iraqi family

St. Joan of Arc parishioners rally around Iraqi family

| December 15, 2010 | 0 Comments

On a snowy night in the Twin Cities, Shaymaa Hasan stepped outside the door of a south Minneapolis home to watch the flakes fall gently from the sky.

She leaned out through the doorway and cupped her hands together to catch the snow. As the flakes landed, her face lit up and she squealed with delight.

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Project Christmas gives Risen Christ families gift of dignity

Project Christmas gives Risen Christ families gift of dignity

| December 15, 2010 | 0 Comments

Every year at this time, Helen Dahl­man’s office and conference room at Risen Christ School in Min­neapolis looks like a cross between a retail store and a consignment shop.

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Dancers kick it up a notch for charity at Catholic Jamboree

Dancers kick it up a notch for charity at Catholic Jamboree

| Julie Pfitzinger | December 14, 2010 | 0 Comments

Seven high school dance teams participated in an event that took the focus away from competition and put it squarely on compassion during the Dec. 4 Cath­olic Jam­bo­ree at Benilde-St. Mar­ga­ret’s in St. Louis Park.

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“Ten Anchors” to help navigate the sea of life

“Ten Anchors” to help navigate the sea of life

| December 14, 2010 | 0 Comments

Father John Forliti wants to make it difficult for teen and young adult Catholics to miss out on the satisfying, hope-filled, anchoring gift that Catholic life offers.

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Escape from slavery

Escape from slavery

| December 14, 2010 | 2 Comments

Kayla thought she was going to a church service. She couldn’t have been more wrong.

The 10-year-old asked her grandmother, Lauren, if she would drive her and her friend Jasmine to a house in the suburbs where the service was to take place.

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Snow mass mean no Mass

Snow mass mean no Mass

| December 14, 2010 | 0 Comments

Cancel Mass?

“Never!” was the reply from New Brighton.

“No. Absolutely not!” came the response from St. Paul Park.

But both in the Twin Cities and in the outlying counties of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis dozens of parishes were forced to cancel weekend liturgies by the blizzard of Dec. 10 that downed the roof of the MetroDome.

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Snow prevented priest from even entering church

Snow prevented priest from even entering church

| December 14, 2010 | 1 Comment

The blizzard of Dec. 11 made for an interesting weekend for the priest who pastors the two parishes in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis that are the furthest southwest of the Twin Cities.

A quarter-inch of freezing rain followed by the snow caused Father Dennis Backer to cancel Saturday evening Mass at Nativity in Cleveland.

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