News Notes – January 16, 2014

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Youth offered chance to make a video for the pope

Catholic youth nationwide are encouraged to extend beyond themselves with a day of prayer, service or philanthropy and submit a short video documenting their efforts. Finalists will have the opportunity for their video to be viewed and recognized by Pope Francis. The competition is organized by Catholic Extension, a national organization that has supported people, their ministries and their churches for more than 100 years.

Top videos will be determined by online social support and a panel of judges, including Chris O’Donnell, actor and devout Catholic, Father Dave Dwyer, director of Busted Halo, and Father Mark Mary, co-host of EWTN-TV’s “Life on the Rock” program. Video entries, which should be no longer than two minutes, are being accepted through Feb. 3, in any language. To learn more, go to

Sister Karen Kennelly, CSJ, receives distinguished achievement award for Catholic history work

Sister of St. Joseph Karen Kennelly received The American Catholic Historical Association’s Distinguished Achievement Award for Service to Catholic Studies at a Jan. 4 event in Washington, D.C.

The awards recognize people who substantially assist the work of Catholic history through promotion, publication, instruction and dissemination. She was one of three recipients in the fields of scholarship, service, and teaching. Sister Karen, a member of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet St. Paul Province, was a force behind a Smithsonian exhibit, “Women & Spirit: Catholic Sisters in America” that has traveled throughout the U.S. She was featured on a related documentary about women religious that aired on KARE 11 TV on Christmas Day. For more information, visit

Wayzata parish celebrates 150th anniversary

Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Community in Wayzata will kick off a year-long celebration of its 150th anniversary with a 10:30 a.m. Mass Jan. 19. Abbott John Klassen of St. John’s Abbey in Collegeville, will preside at the Mass. A historical exhibit and reception with light appetizers will follow. The anniversary Mass will commemorate the parish’s Benedictine heritage and those who helped establish, develop and sustain it since 1864. The event is free and open to the public. Additional special events planned during the year include a historical cemetery tour, fall festival, golf tournament, parish mission and historical displays.

New Rediscover: website and app 2.0 set to launch

Soon, online users will find more to rediscover in the Catholic faith with the upcoming launch of the new and Rediscover: app 2.0.

The new Rediscover: website will introduce Rediscover Music and Movies section: a guide to the Christian artists you need to know, and values-based entertainment for the whole family. It will also offer easier navigation and access to more than 400 short articles and videos on everything from God to culture — in FAQ format — plus news, local Rediscover: events, audio and prayers. The soon-to-be released Rediscover: app 2.0 is filled with new and enhanced features such as flexible goal scheduling and tools for confession, bookmarking of favorite articles and videos through My Faith Life, and enhanced search technology for parishes, Mass times and more.

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