Tag: Lent

Readying your heart for Lent

Readying your heart for Lent

| Liz Kelly | February 22, 2017 | 0 Comments

Lent is the Lord’s to do as he wishes. We do not solely take up Lenten practices in order to achieve a certain effect; we enter this holy season with fervor and determination to fast, pray, repent, and give of ourselves because we love the Lord and because he has asked us to.

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Ash Wednesday: Ancient tradition still thrives in modern times

Ash Wednesday: Ancient tradition still thrives in modern times

| Carol Zimmermann | February 21, 2017 | 0 Comments

In more ways than one, Ash Wednesday — celebrated March 1 this year — leaves a mark.

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Fasting during Lent; status of last rites

Fasting during Lent; status of last rites

| Father Kenneth Doyle | March 15, 2016 | 0 Comments

On the two obligatory days of fasting, I do fast, but I sometimes wait until just after midnight and then satisfy my hunger with an amount of food not in keeping with the notion of fasting.

When we asked about the last rites, he told us that they don’t do the last rites anymore. Did I miss something, or am I misinformed?

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A question for Lent: Why are we faithful?

A question for Lent: Why are we faithful?

| Deacon Paul Strommer | February 29, 2016 | 0 Comments

We know it as the “parable of the Prodigal Son,” the story that possesses a remarkable quality: the ability to consistently produce new questions within us. What question will arise in us this Sunday?

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New grant process to expand CRS Rice Bowl funds’ local impact

New grant process to expand CRS Rice Bowl funds’ local impact

| February 25, 2016 | 0 Comments

The Center for Mission has distributed almost 44,000 Rice Bowls in the archdiocese this year. Last year, 123 local parishes, schools and Catholic institutions participated, and donations totaled $97,713 — $27,000 more than the local Rice Bowl collection in 2012.

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Prayer can’t change nature, but it can change our hearts

Prayer can’t change nature, but it can change our hearts

| Father Charles Lachowitzer | February 18, 2016

The word “lent” means spring. For all those who have been praying for spring, our prayers have been answered! Except, this is not exactly the spring we wanted. The ground is still frozen and covered with snow. There are no leaves on the trees, no flowers, no warmth, and the wind howls with a biting sting.

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Red Wing parish begins Lent with palm burning

Red Wing parish begins Lent with palm burning

| February 10, 2016 | 0 Comments

St. Joseph in Red Wing featured burning of palms in its Ash Wednesday prayer service.

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Why do we receive ashes on Ash Wednesday?

Why do we receive ashes on Ash Wednesday?

| Father Michael Van Sloun | February 4, 2016 | 3 Comments

The imposition of ashes is a solemn ritual that signals the beginning of the holy season of Lent. The ceremony is distinctive; there is no liturgical action like it throughout the entire church year.

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Contemplating the last words of Jesus on the cross

Contemplating the last words of Jesus on the cross

| Elizabeth Kelly | February 3, 2016 | 0 Comments

I don’t know if this story is true but it seems plausible, so I’ll repeat it here. The famous and mightily beloved singer/songwriter James Taylor was giving a concert when someone in the audience yelled out, “I love you, James!” Things fell very quiet for a moment and Taylor looked up from his guitar and said very simply, “Oh yeah? What makes me sad?”

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What should I do for Lent?

What should I do for Lent?

| Father Michael Schmitz | February 3, 2016 | 0 Comments

Q. Lent is right around the corner, and I never seem to know what to do for the season. I’ve tried giving things up, but it always seems a bit hollow. What should I do?

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Annulment questions? Tribunal staff available Ash Wednesday

Annulment questions? Tribunal staff available Ash Wednesday

| January 29, 2016 | 0 Comments

During and after Ash Wednesday Masses at the Cathedral of St. Paul, representatives from the Metropolitan Tribunal of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis will be available for questions related to marriage annulments. It’s the ninth year the office has held the event, but it’s especially appropriate for the Year of Mercy, said Father Michael Johnson, the tribunal’s judicial vicar.

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Finding true hope in God’s generosity

Finding true hope in God’s generosity

| Father Charles Lachowitzer | December 3, 2015

I Google-Bing-Yahooed “Thanksgiving.” I was predictably overwhelmed with a cyber library of history, stories, official pronouncements and parades. I noted with a prayer of gratitude to God that in the history of Thanksgiving, the official proclamations leading to the establishment of this national holiday coincided with some of our nation’s greatest troubles: President Lincoln during the Civil War; President Roosevelt during the Depression; the U.S. Congress during World War II.

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