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New kids’ book, initiative aim to boost Catholic families’ grasp of salvation history

New kids’ book, initiative aim to boost Catholic families’ grasp of salvation history

| May 18, 2015 | 0 Comments

Imagine if every child read the Bible. That’s the goal of four local Catholic women who have spent the last decade preparing a Catholic companion to the Bible for children.

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Remembering Romero: Local guitarist  pays tribute to the late archbishop in song

Remembering Romero: Local guitarist pays tribute to the late archbishop in song

| Bridget Ryder | May 15, 2015 | 0 Comments

Pope Francis and local musician Rob Hahn have both “put an exclamation point” on the life of Oscar Romero. Pope Francis named the Salvadoran archbishop a martyr for the faith earlier this year, inspiring Hahn to offer his own tribute through music.

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With help from grants, St. Pascal’s school to remain anchor for St. Paul’s East Side

With help from grants, St. Pascal’s school to remain anchor for St. Paul’s East Side

| May 14, 2015 | 2 Comments

In an area of St. Paul that Father Michael Byron described as “more needy, less Catholic and more diverse” today than it has been in its 65-year history, St. Pascal Baylon School intends not only to remain open, but also to be an anchor of Catholic education in the east metro of the Twin Cities.

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Cavins’ reaction to new Pew survey: Sound the alarm

Cavins’ reaction to new Pew survey: Sound the alarm

| May 13, 2015 | 26 Comments

The Catholic Spirit asked Jeff Cavins, director of evangelization and catechesis for the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis and a nationally recognized Catholic speaker and author, to share his analysis of the report and what it means for the Catholic Church locally and in the U.S.

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With local collection already planned for Nepal, second earthquake boosts need

With local collection already planned for Nepal, second earthquake boosts need

| May 12, 2015 | 1 Comment

The need for a collection planned to support Catholic Relief Service’s work in Nepal expanded May 12 when another major earthquake struck the Asian country. At least 50 have died, and more than 1,200 are injured, according to CNN.

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Why hymns matter: A Q & A with Father Michael Joncas

Why hymns matter: A Q & A with Father Michael Joncas

| May 12, 2015 | 0 Comments

On the occasion of the publication of Father Michael Joncas’ second volume of hymns, “We Contemplate the Mystery,” The Catholic Spirit sought to tap his expertise in sacred music. His new work will be celebrated June 1 at a Hymn Festival at St. Bartholomew in Wayzata. The following is excerpted from an email interview with Father Joncas, a priest of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis and an artist in residence at the Center for Catholic Studies at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul:

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Pulpit exchange reminder that church has missions in Minnesota, too

Pulpit exchange reminder that church has missions in Minnesota, too

| May 12, 2015 | 0 Comments

A pulpit exchange between a Minneapolis parish and a mission church on an Indian reservation is an example of a way to foster a broader understanding of the Church’s universal mission, said Deacon Mickey Friesen of the Center for Mission in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis.

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New home in the works for the homeless in St. Paul

New home in the works for the homeless in St. Paul

| May 8, 2015 | 0 Comments

Catholic Charities of St. Paul and Minneapolis launched a $40 million capital campaign for a new vision for the Dorothy Day Center that would house, shelter and care for homeless people in St. Paul in a more dignified way than on mats on the floor as they do now at Dorothy Day.

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Come to class with one of STA’s best-loved teachers

Come to class with one of STA’s best-loved teachers

| May 7, 2015 | 0 Comments

Dave Ziebarth showed a clip from the movie “Saving Private Ryan” as his third-hour world history class at St. Thomas Academy began a section on World War II.

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Alumni thankful for brotherhood, leadership, discipline

Alumni thankful for brotherhood, leadership, discipline

| Jennifer Janikula for The Catholic Spirit | May 7, 2015 | 0 Comments

The Catholic Spirit asked three alumni from different decades what still resonates from their years at St. Thomas Academy.

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Learning to lead

Learning to lead

| Jennifer Janikula for The Catholic Spirit | May 7, 2015 | 0 Comments

The entire student body, also known as the corps of cadets, stands at attention in the St. Thomas Academy court during daily formation. With a strong, crisp, unified voice, they recite the Hail Mary and the Pledge of Allegiance. As the cadets settle into their “at ease” position, staff and students step up to the mic to share announcements and celebrate accomplishments at the Mendota Heights school.

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Q & A with newly ordained Father Vaughn Treco

Q & A with newly ordained Father Vaughn Treco

| May 7, 2015 | 0 Comments

Father Vaughn Treco, a married former Anglican priest who was ordained to the Catholic priesthood May 3, responded to questions from The Catholic Spirit in an e-mail interview. He was ordained to the papal-approved Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter, and in this special ministry will serve a small community of former Anglicans who have been worshiping at Holy Family in St. Louis Park.

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