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Writing as a pastor, not a politician

Writing as a pastor, not a politician

In early June, I wrote a letter to Gov. Mark Dayton, Sen. Amy Koch and House Speaker Kurt Zellers about the present crisis over the state budget. Some commentators interpreted my message as favoring one party’s approach over another’s. That was not correct.

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Praying for our pope, our priests and vocations

Praying for our pope, our priests and vocations

It was announced in these pages two weeks ago that the archdiocese will hold a period of 60 hours of eucharistic adoration in honor of Pope Benedict XVI’s 60th anniversary of priestly ordination.

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Marriage amendment deserves our support

Marriage amendment deserves our support

Regrettably, the media and some secular commentators have chosen to mischaracterize this measure as anti-gay, mean-spirited and prejudicial. This is not the case or the intent behind the initiative.

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Budgeting with the common good in mind

Budgeting with the common good in mind

Obviously, both sides of the aisle face very difficult choices about how to balance needs and resources as well as how to allocate burdens and sacrifices.

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Preparing for the new Roman Missal

Preparing for the new Roman Missal

Part of the rich legacy that we have inherited from the now Blessed John Paul II is a new Roman Missal, a text he issued in the Jubilee Year of 2000, but not released until 2002.

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Celebrating Easter and Pope John Paul II

Celebrating Easter and Pope John Paul II

| April 28, 2011

At least 643 persons entered the church in this archdiocese at the recent Easter Vigil, either as catechumens (those who had never been baptized) or as candidates for full communion in the Catholic Church (Christians who were baptized in a Christian denomination other than Cath­olic).

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Death, Lent and Divine Mercy

Death, Lent and Divine Mercy

| April 14, 2011

Bishop Bill Bullock, bishop emeritus of Madison, died on Sunday, April 3, after a short illness.

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Welcoming our new MN Catholic Conference director

Welcoming our new MN Catholic Conference director

| March 31, 2011

I am pleased to announce that the Minnesota Catholic Conference, made up of the bishops from all six dioceses in the state, has hired a new executive director of the office, Jason A. Adkins.

Jason is a native of St. Paul who obtained his law degree from the University of Minnesota Law School in 2006. He also has a master of arts degree in Catholic Studies from the University of St. Thomas.

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A joyful start to the Lenten season

A joyful start to the Lenten season

| March 17, 2011

In the first Preface listed in the Sacramentary (the little red book from which the priest prays the prayers at Mass), we read:

“Each year you give us this joyful season when we prepare to celebrate the paschal mystery with mind and heart renewed.”

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‘Get on board’ for this year’s Appeal

‘Get on board’ for this year’s Appeal

Something happened in this Arch­diocese on Wednesday, Feb. 23. Three hundred-plus Catholics board­­ed motor coaches in order to visit five destinations sponsored by the Catholic Services Appeal.

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Pope was devoted to people, prayer

Pope was devoted to people, prayer

| February 16, 2011

I hope that the recent announcement by our Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI, that he would beatify his predecessor, Pope John Paul II, brought a sense of joy to the hearts of Catholics and non-Catholics alike.

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Much to celebrate during Catholic Schools Week

Much to celebrate during Catholic Schools Week

| February 3, 2011

Catholic Schools Week 2011 began on Jan. 30 and will run through Feb. 6.  This annual celebration is scheduled to include the feast of St. John Bosco (Jan. 31) who, in the mid-19th century, responded to the plight of homeless and abandoned children living in Turin, Italy, by founding orphanages and schools to care for […]

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