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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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A blessing

A blessing

| December 8, 2010 | 0 Comments

After celebrating Mass Dec. 8 on the feast of the Immaculate Conception at the Cathedral of St. Paul, Archbishop John Nienstedt blessed a replica of Michelangelo’s famous statue, the Pieta. The original Pieta sits in a side chapel inside St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City.

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Accepting the challenge

Accepting the challenge

| December 7, 2010 | 0 Comments

Jessie Wyatt, left, a senior at Convent of the Visitation School in Mendota Heights, reacts after placing a basketball on a structure built by students during the school’s engineering challenge Dec. 3.

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Archdiocese announces changes to lay pension plan

Archdiocese announces changes to lay pension plan

| December 2, 2010 | 2 Comments

The way the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis helps provide for the retirement of its lay employees — many of them teachers in Catholic schools — will change beginning in January.

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Totino-Grace wins 2nd straight football title

Totino-Grace wins 2nd straight football title

| December 2, 2010 | 0 Comments

Jeff Ferguson, coach of the football team at Totino-Grace High School in Fridley, talked with The Catholic Spirit photographer Dave Hrbacek after the team won its second consecutive Class AAAA state football title Nov. 27.

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Note Immaculate Conception feast at Lonsdale church

Note Immaculate Conception feast at Lonsdale church

| December 1, 2010 | 1 Comment

Those wishing to experience the feast of the Immaculate Conception may want to check out the parish by that name in Lonsdale.

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Myanmar refugees bring new life to St. Bernard

Myanmar refugees bring new life to St. Bernard

| December 1, 2010 | 0 Comments

Father Mike Anderson waited patiently on the front steps of St. Bernard in St. Paul last Sunday morning, his purple vest­ments cloaking him from the Novem­ber chill. Clanging church bells heralded the 10:30 Mass, but only a smattering of parishioners prayed silently in the pews.

Minutes later, a yellow school bus pulled up to the curb, then another one behind it.

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