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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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Book: God exists, and he matters to us

Book: God exists, and he matters to us

| January 20, 2011

“We belong to God, and anyone who knows God listens to us, while anyone who does not belong to God refuses to hear us. This is how we know the spirit of truth and the spirit of deceit” (1 John 4:6).

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In Haiti, new beginnings hard to come by

In Haiti, new beginnings hard to come by

| January 6, 2011

Most Americans embrace the beginning of a new year with the hope that life will be better in the months ahead. We make annual resolutions to alter what we want changed in our daily routine. Then we set out with determination to see those same promises through. With the new year, we almost naturally look forward to new beginnings.

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Revealing the face of God

Revealing the face of God

| December 16, 2010

In the context of the Last Supper in the 14th chapter of St. John’s Gospel, St. Philip says to Jesus: “Lord, show us the Father and that will be enough for us.”

This was, at first glance, a rather reasonable request. As human beings, we often contend that “seeing is believing.” We want proof, concrete proof, so as to verify the truth of the matter at hand.

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Changes in lay pension plan were necessary

Changes in lay pension plan were necessary

| December 2, 2010

Last Thursday, as you know well, our nation celebrated its annual feast of giving thanks for all the blessings we have received. It is the closest we come to a secular holy day — that is, a holiday not associated with a religious feast.

While I reviewed with gratitude the countless blessings I have received in my life, I was, at the same time, conscious of the challenges I have been given as well.

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