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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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Castro says pope is so impressive he might start praying again

Castro says pope is so impressive he might start praying again

| Cindy Wooden | May 11, 2015 | 0 Comments

After spending close to an hour with Pope Francis, Cuban President Raul Castro told reporters he is so impressed by what the pope does and says that he might start praying and could even return to the church.

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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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Baltimore Catholics strive to heal, clean up city

Baltimore Catholics strive to heal, clean up city

| Christopher Gunty and Erik Zygmont | May 6, 2015 | 0 Comments

As Baltimore cleaned up after a night of riots, looting and fires following the funeral of Freddie Gray, Archbishop William Lori said the Church’s place is to pray, be a voice for peace and participate in a wider community dialogue to solve the systemic issues that led to the unrest.

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At seminary, Pope defends Blessed Serra

At seminary, Pope defends Blessed Serra

| Cindy Wooden | May 6, 2015 | 0 Comments

People seem to enjoy finding the shortcomings of candidates for sainthood like Blessed Junipero Serra, but they should ask themselves if they would have his generosity and courage to leave everything behind to care for the poor and bring them the Gospel, Pope Francis said.

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Week after quake, trucks of aid begin reaching remote areas of Nepal

Week after quake, trucks of aid begin reaching remote areas of Nepal

| Anto Akkara | May 6, 2015 | 0 Comments

Truckloads of relief material organized by church charities began moving across Nepal a week after the Himalayan nation was rocked by a magnitude-7.8 earthquake April 25.

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Kenya bishop responds to terrorist acts with message of hope, forgiveness

Kenya bishop responds to terrorist acts with message of hope, forgiveness

| May 6, 2015 | 0 Comments

The Catholic Spirit asked Bishop Anthony Muheria of Kitui, Kenya, to share via e-mail how his community has been coping in the aftermath of reportedly anti-Christian massacres April 2 at Garissa University, 170 miles northeast of Kitui in a neighboring diocese.

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