Places to go, things to do and people to see

| May 23, 2012 | 0 Comments

One thing about life as a Catholic, there’s always something cookin’. Reading through the dozen or so parish bulletins that are mailed to The Catholic Spirit, I never fail to be amazed at all the projects, programs, ministries and events that Catholic parishes have in the works.

There seems to be no limit to opportunities to feed one’s soul, to grow in faith, to volunteer to serve others, and, of course, to have fun as a member of a Catholic group of one sort or another.

Not to be outdone by parishes, The Catholic Spirit has a few irons in the fire as well.

One is coming up pretty quickly here, and its purpose is simple: Let’s give Catholics a chance to get together to have some fun.

Out to the ballgame

Sunday, June 10, is The Catholic Spirit’s Day with the Saints — the St. Paul Saints, that is. Mike Veeck’s marketing crew has brewed some Catholic-related, in-between inning shenanigans on these days in the past, and we expect another fun-filled afternoon at Midway Stadium.

Tickets are going fast, so don’t delay. Call  Jackie Daugherty at (651) 251-7705, or order online at, using the password: Spirit2.

Come with us to Ireland

There is still time, too, to save a place for yourself — or for a group of friends — on The Catholic Spirit’s 12-day pilgrimage to Ireland this fall.

Father Dennis Dempsey, who is pastor of St. Dominic in Northfield, is going to be the spiritual director for our trip, which was designed by the tour guide who plans tours to Ireland for New York’s Cardinal Timothy Dolan.

To reserve your spot, call Martie McMahon of The Catholic Spirit staff — yes, she’s Irish — at (651) 291-4441 or email her a

Don’t have a traveling companion? Martie will match you up with a roommate.

Details about the pilgrimage — where you’ll go and what you’ll see and do — is in a brochure Martie will be happy to send you, and also online at

Leading With Faith

Once again this year The Catholic Spirit will honor those who bring their faith to the marketplace by bestowing our Leading With Faith Award on a number of individuals from our community.

Aug. 15 is the date for the annual awards luncheon, to be held again on the campus of St. Catherine University.

Once judges select the honorees from among those nominated, we’ll begin accepting reservations so you can show your support for those who live their Catholic faith in the workaday world. Watch for the announcement mid-summer.

Special project for life

Catholic Spirit readers — both print and web — are likely well aware of the annual March for Life in Washington, D.C., that’s held on or near Jan. 22 each year.

The event is as much a show of support for the pro-life movement as a protest against the U.S. Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion on that date in 1973.

This coming January will mark the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, and The Catholic Spirit is partnering with the archdiocese to sponsor a “Pilgrimage for Life” so you can be there.

Take part in the 2013 March for Life in the nation’s capital by flying there with us on a five-day experience of prayer, education and show of pro-life commitment.

Dates are Jan. 23 to Jan. 27 so that you’ll be able to attend the March for Life, which is planned for Jan. 25.

Archdiocesan Respect Life Coordinator Sharon Wilson has put together a preliminary itinerary that includes stops at the National Shrine of the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception and the John Paul II Catholic Cultural Center, and Father Kevin Finnegan, pastor of Divine Mercy in Faribault, will be a spiritual guide.

Final details of the Pilgrimage for Life are being arranged, and you’ll soon be invited to reserve a place.

Sunday, June 10, is The Catholic Spirit’s Day with the Saints — the St. Paul Saints, that is.

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