The third annual Davanni’s Metropolitan Grade School Basketball Championships will be played beginning at 12:30 p.m. on Sunday, March 20, at Convent of the Visitation High School, 2455 Visitation Drive, Mendota Heights. Doors will open at noon.
Russell Hittinger, the Warren Professor of Catholic Studies at the University of Tulsa, will discuss “What St. Benedict Taught the Dark Ages: His and Ours” in a lecture at 7:30 p.m. Monday, March 14, in the auditorium of the O’Shaughnessy Educational Center on the St. Paul campus of the University of St. Thomas.
“You and our brother bishops in Wisconsin are offering a timely reminder of what the church teaches on the rights and duties of workers, including the right to form and belong to unions and other associations, and the obligation to address difficult problems with respect for the rights and needs of all.”
— Bishop Stephen Blaire of Stockton, Calif., chairman of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, in a Feb. 24 letter to the archbishop of Milwaukee regarding Wisconsin’s budget battle
Women of all ages are invited to a morning retreat of prayer, sacrament and reflection. “Turning Away from Sin: Prayer, Fasting and Almsgiving,” sponsored by the archdiocesan Office of Marriage, Family and Life, will take place from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, April 2 at Holy Spirit church in St. Paul.
CommonBond Communities, a non-profit affordable housing corporation that is affiliated with the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, is in the midst of trying to raise $200,000 by March 31 to avoid losing funding as part of a challenge grant.
The Visitation Sisters of Minneapolis are launching the Visitation Internship Program to provide an opportunity for young adults to live in community in north Minneapolis with other young adults and ministers in the neighborhood for one year.
North Minneapolis is an economically challenged area of the Twin Cities, and the Visitation Sisters are working to create a prayerful presence in the neighborhood.
The pastor at Nativity of Our Lord in St. Paul was quick to reach out to parishioners after a priest who had served at the parish was arrested Feb. 17 on charges of sexual contact with an adult woman.
As he encourages the high school juniors in his Providence Academy, Plymouth, religion class to become better Catholics, Kevin Ferdinandt draws on what he learned as a college student almost 25 years ago from the ministry now known as St. Paul’s Outreach.
“It’s about how the Gospel permeates every part of my daily life, and that still stays with me,” said Ferdinandt, Providence Academy’s upper school director. “How do I seek to help others come to the faith, too?”
Minnesota needs to solve its current state budget crisis justly by asking those with higher incomes to pay more in taxes to prevent the poor — already hit hard by the economic downturn — from having to bear more of the burden, said Father David McCauley, interim executive director of the Minnesota Catholic Conference.