Tag: Christmas

As Christmas approaches, Dorothy Day volunteer reflects on space transition

As Christmas approaches, Dorothy Day volunteer reflects on space transition

| December 23, 2016 | 0 Comments

As many as 300 people eat at Dorothy Day each day. This year’s Christmas meal will be the last time its guests eat a holiday dinner at the longtime site, according to Catholic Charities’ timeline. Next year, meals are expected to be served in a transition space as Catholic Charities completes two new buildings designed to better meet guests’ needs.

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The simple truth of Christmas

The simple truth of Christmas

| Bishop Andrew Cozzens | December 22, 2016

When entering into the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem, one has to duck because the door is smaller than a normal door. It was designed that way to keep people from bringing their camels into the church. This church has been continually in use for more than 1,700 years, and it looks like it.

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Christmas reminds us of hope for the future, pope says

Christmas reminds us of hope for the future, pope says

| Junno Arocho Esteves | December 21, 2016 | 0 Comments

The birth of Christ is a reminder for Christians to take a moment and reflect on the hope of salvation given by God to the world, Pope Francis said.

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A taste of Bethlehem

A taste of Bethlehem

| December 20, 2016 | 0 Comments

Christmas in June? That’s the way it is for Father Alberto Curbelo when it comes to preparing for the birth of Jesus.

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Weakness, not strength, attracted God’s love, mercy

Weakness, not strength, attracted God’s love, mercy

| Deacon Kenneth Braun | December 19, 2016 | 0 Comments

Heaven has never been won by denying sin or weakness. Sometimes we forget this. Sometimes we can think that if we can accumulate more good deeds than bad, that is what will bring us into the kingdom. We think that the well intentioned people win heaven by not falling too far into sin.

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Open your heart to that small splendor born in Bethlehem, pope says

Open your heart to that small splendor born in Bethlehem, pope says

| Carol Glatz | December 14, 2016 | 1 Comment

Christmas is a time to open your heart to the little and wondrous things found in baby Jesus — born poor and defenseless so he could be near and bring hope to everyone, Pope Francis said.

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‘Tis the season, and Bethlehem businesses hope for a merry one

‘Tis the season, and Bethlehem businesses hope for a merry one

| Judith Sudilovsky | December 7, 2016 | 0 Comments

Even the Christmas decorations seem more cheerful this year in Bethlehem.

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During Advent, reclaim what is properly yours: recollection

During Advent, reclaim what is properly yours: recollection

| Liz Kelly | November 18, 2016 | 0 Comments

One of my habits in recent years has been to prepare for Christmas proper well in advance. I shop for presents throughout the year, order my Christmas cards in October, and I refuse to buy any new Christmas ornaments during Advent — what I have is what I have. Once Advent hits, I’m finished. If the present has not been purchased, it doesn’t get purchased. If the Christmas tree lights don’t work, I go without them. I need my Advent to be Advent. I need this time for recollection and prayer, and as I get older, I protect it more fiercely.

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Advent events in the archdiocese

Advent events in the archdiocese

| November 18, 2016 | 0 Comments

Responding to a query from The Catholic Spirit, parishes, schools and organizations in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis submitted the following events

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Composer trio hopes Advent concert provides spiritual preparation

Composer trio hopes Advent concert provides spiritual preparation

| November 18, 2016 | 1 Comment

To celebrate the season of anticipating Christ’s birth, music is a common element for parishes, schools and other Catholic entities in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis.

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Giving up New Year’s resolutions for Christmas

Giving up New Year’s resolutions for Christmas

| Father Charles Lachowitzer | January 7, 2016

A lot of people give up a lot of things for Lent. I give up New Year’s resolutions for Christmas.

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Joy to the World!

Joy to the World!

| December 24, 2015 | 0 Comments

Wishing you a Blessed Christmas from the staff of The Catholic Spirit!

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