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Court denies archdiocese bankruptcy consolidation

Court denies archdiocese bankruptcy consolidation

| December 7, 2016 | 0 Comments

U.S. District Court Judge Ann Montgomery affirmed Dec. 6 an earlier U.S. Bankruptcy Court ruling that the assets of 187 parishes, three Catholic high schools and the Catholic Community Foundation are separate and cannot be consolidated into the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis’ bankruptcy.

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Pallium Mass a celebration of local link to pope

Pallium Mass a celebration of local link to pope

| December 6, 2016 | 0 Comments

Since July, Archbishop Bernard Hebda has kept a small brown box in his office with something Pope Francis gave him, but he hasn’t yet been able to use. It is his neatly folded pallium — a small vestment used only by archbishops that the pope blessed in Rome June 29, and which the apostolic nuncio will officially confer on him Dec. 18 at a 2:30 p.m. Mass at the Cathedral of St. Paul.

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Four pianos and counting fuel family’s piano-playing passion

Four pianos and counting fuel family’s piano-playing passion

| December 2, 2016 | 0 Comments

Take one step into the entryway of Teresa and Jared Taggart’s home in Blaine, and not one but two pianos can be spotted to the immediate left.

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Organizations join forces to further palliative care, oppose physician-assisted suicide

Organizations join forces to further palliative care, oppose physician-assisted suicide

| December 1, 2016 | 2 Comments

With the aim of defending the ill and elderly against what they see as misguided and harmful policy, 34 organizations, including Catholic ones, joined forces to create the Minnesota Alliance for Ethical Healthcare. The organizations partnering in the new coalition seek to further palliative care for the ill and elderly in addition to preventing physician-assisted suicide. Sixty-seven doctors have also joined the coalition. Palliative care seeks to comfort the whole person in a time of serious illness.

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Our Lady of the Lake spearheads rebuilt community food shelf and thrift store

Our Lady of the Lake spearheads rebuilt community food shelf and thrift store

| December 1, 2016 | 0 Comments

“We wanted it to be like they’re stepping into a real store,” said Father Tony O’Neill, OLL’s pastor, of the new Grace Family Center. “Everything about the building, the fact that it’s a well-built and handsome building, it communicates to the person who walks in there that we think they’re worth that.”

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Three Catholic high schools sweep first Thanksgiving girls basketball tournament

Three Catholic high schools sweep first Thanksgiving girls basketball tournament

| November 29, 2016 | 0 Comments

Academy of Holy Angels, Cretin-Derham Hall and Holy Family each went 2-0 in the Thanksgiving girls basketball tournament at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul Nov. 25-26. An estimated 1,400 fans attended the tourney hosted by the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis Office of Stewardship and Development. Twelve Catholic high school varsity teams and the schools’ junior varsity and/or ‘B’ squads participated in the hoops showcase.

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Totino-Grace returns to gridiron glory in Class 6A Prep Bowl victory

Totino-Grace returns to gridiron glory in Class 6A Prep Bowl victory

| November 25, 2016 | 0 Comments

Capitalizing on miscues, Totino-Grace beat Eden Prairie 28-20 for the Class 6A state high school football title Nov. 25.

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Benilde-St. Margaret’s rallies to win first Class 4A Prep Bowl

Benilde-St. Margaret’s rallies to win first Class 4A Prep Bowl

| November 25, 2016 | 0 Comments

Benilde-St. Margaret’s, based in St. Louis Park, lost its star senior running back Ricky Floyd in the first quarter of the Class 4A state high school football championship Nov. 25 at US Bank Stadium. Floyd rushed for 1,827 yards and 26 touchdowns this season.

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Newly engaged couple among local Holy Doors’ final pilgrims

Newly engaged couple among local Holy Doors’ final pilgrims

| November 21, 2016 | 0 Comments

Hundreds filled the front steps of the Basilica of St. Mary in Minneapolis Nov. 20 following Mass to witness the closing of the church’s Holy Doors, marking the end of the jubilee Year of Mercy. Among them were Jonathan Thompson and Julia Waletzko, who had held hands and grinned as they passed through the doors a final time. The pair, who met at the Basilica at a Bible study on Valentine’s Day, had gotten engaged just hours earlier.

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St. Joseph, Red Wing, nabs max giving in one day

St. Joseph, Red Wing, nabs max giving in one day

| November 18, 2016 | 1 Comment

Parishioners at St. Joseph in Red Wing make Give to the Max Day one festive event, which has paid off with a second-straight finish in the top 10 for the statewide one-day giving push. St. Joseph finished sixth this year Nov. 17 with $127,766.13 from 69 gifts.

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St. Augustine inspires new St. Paul bar’s name

St. Augustine inspires new St. Paul bar’s name

| November 18, 2016 | 0 Comments

Restaurateur Tony Andersen was preparing to do the legal paperwork to open a bar and bakery in Merriam Park, but was struggling to find a name. He found himself up late with insomnia, the TV on in the background. The show’s topic turned to patron saints in the Catholic Church, and it mentioned St. Augustine of Hippo, describing him as a patron saint of brewers. Andersen’s ears perked up.

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