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Archbishop Hebda: Deacons help make Jesus present in the Church

Archbishop Hebda: Deacons help make Jesus present in the Church

| Susan Klemond | December 7, 2019 | 0 Comments

Jesus, who is Emmanuel, desires to be present to us and his love inspires us to respond, Archbishop Bernard Hebda told 10 men at their ordination as permanent deacons Dec.  7 and about 2,500 of their family members, friends and supporters at the Cathedral of St. Paul in St. Paul.

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Brother-priest preaches Bishop Sirba’s funeral homily in Duluth, calls him ‘a good shepherd’ who knew his sheep

Brother-priest preaches Bishop Sirba’s funeral homily in Duluth, calls him ‘a good shepherd’ who knew his sheep

| December 6, 2019 | 0 Comments

A memorial Mass will be held 6:30 p.m. Dec. 9 at Maternity of the Blessed Virgin in St. Paul, where Bishop Sirba was a pastor from 2000 to 2006.

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Husband, wife recall Bishop Sirba’s ministry

Husband, wife recall Bishop Sirba’s ministry

| December 4, 2019 | 0 Comments

Matthew Kuettel was 12 when then-Father Paul Sirba was appointed pastor of his childhood parish, Maternity of the Blessed Virgin in St. Paul.

It was summer 2000, and Kuettel became an altar server. Over the next six years, Father Sirba had “a remarkable impact” on Kuettel’s life, which led to Kuettel enrolling at St. John Vianney College Seminary in St. Paul to take a serious look at the priesthood.

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Bishop Sirba’s funeral Mass is Dec. 6; he is remembered as a ‘kind, gentle, faithful shepherd’

Bishop Sirba’s funeral Mass is Dec. 6; he is remembered as a ‘kind, gentle, faithful shepherd’

| December 4, 2019 | 0 Comments

Kind, gentle, humble, holy.
Those are some of the ways people describe Bishop Paul Sirba of Duluth, who died Dec. 1 after a heart attack at St. Rose in Proctor, where he was living at the rectory. He was 59.

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Local teens lead Scripture reflection for 20,000 peers at NCYC

Local teens lead Scripture reflection for 20,000 peers at NCYC

| December 4, 2019 | 0 Comments

“I was able to take a step back and see how we can put ourselves in the shoes of the disciples and reflect on what God is saying in our own lives,” said Emil Liden, a parishioner of St. Therese in Deephaven.

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Filipino Catholics prepare for Christmas with nine-day Mass devotion

Filipino Catholics prepare for Christmas with nine-day Mass devotion

| December 4, 2019 | 0 Comments

Nine different parishes around the metro area will host Masses for the tradition, known as “Simbang Gabi,” meaning “Mass at dawn.” As in the Philippines, most of the Masses will be followed by food. But they’ll take place in the evening, when people are more likely able to attend.

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Pope demands action for failing fight against climate change

Pope demands action for failing fight against climate change

| Paige Hanley | December 4, 2019 | 0 Comments

Despite growing recognition of climate change as a legitimate and looming threat, current commitments to mitigate its effects and alter human behavior fall short of those needed to resolve the crisis in time, Pope Francis said.

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A Saint in St. Paul: Celebrating Brother Miller’s beatification

A Saint in St. Paul: Celebrating Brother Miller’s beatification

| December 3, 2019 | 0 Comments

Brother James Miller

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School Sisters bid farewell to St. Francis de Sales

School Sisters bid farewell to St. Francis de Sales

| Debbie Musser | December 3, 2019 | 0 Comments

As they walk through the convent, with its intimate chapel, outdoor garden, spacious kitchen and gathering spaces, the four School Sisters of Notre Dame are sentimental.

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Michigan priest asks judge in same-sex marriage not to receive Communion

Michigan priest asks judge in same-sex marriage not to receive Communion

| December 3, 2019 | 0 Comments

The Diocese of Grand Rapids said it supports the decision by one of its pastors to request a Michigan judge not to present herself for Communion at Mass because she is in same-sex marriage.

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Issue of selling slaves ‘bigger than Georgetown,’ says descendant

Issue of selling slaves ‘bigger than Georgetown,’ says descendant

| Mark Pattison | December 3, 2019 | 0 Comments

The issue of Georgetown University selling slaves more than 180 years ago to get out of a debt that could have shut down the institution is “bigger than Georgetown,” said one of the roughly 8,000 known descendants of those enslaved African Americans.

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Pope returns part of relic of Jesus’ crib to Holy Land

Pope returns part of relic of Jesus’ crib to Holy Land

| Cindy Wooden | December 3, 2019 | 0 Comments

As Advent approached, Pope Francis gave a small fragment of Jesus’ crib back to Catholics in the Holy Land.

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