Tag: Sacraments

Ground, stomped and pressed into glory

Ground, stomped and pressed into glory

| Father Charles Lachowitzer | April 12, 2018 | 0 Comments

In the 50 days of the Easter season, all seven sacraments of the Church are celebrated.

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Survey: Women say Eucharist, helping poor is what it means to be Catholic

Survey: Women say Eucharist, helping poor is what it means to be Catholic

| Beth Griffin | January 25, 2018 | 3 Comments

American Catholic women are increasingly disengaged from the church although they remain affiliated and say helping the poor and receiving the Eucharist are the most important aspects of what it means to be Catholic.

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A grandma’s wish, a teen’s search: Visitation senior confirmed before Christmas

A grandma’s wish, a teen’s search: Visitation senior confirmed before Christmas

| Christina Capecchi | December 14, 2017 | 1 Comment

“All I wanted to do was further cultivate my relationship with my Creator,” Julia Carlone wrote in a reflection. “Suddenly I had a solution: confirmation.” 

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Parental duties to their baptized children

Parental duties to their baptized children

| Father Michael Van Sloun | July 26, 2017 | 0 Comments

During the rite of baptism, after the parents request the sacrament of baptism for their child, the priest or deacon states, “You are accepting the responsibility of training your child in the practice of the faith.” Then, before the pouring of water, the instruction to the parents is repeated: “Make it your constant care to bring your child up in the practice of the faith.”

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From readers – July 27, 2017

From readers – July 27, 2017

| July 26, 2017 | 3 Comments

Don’t withhold sacraments
Health care silence
Disgusted by topics

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The waters of baptism

The waters of baptism

| Father Michael Van Sloun | June 22, 2017 | 0 Comments

Water is the principal symbol for baptism. John baptized Jesus with water in the Jordan River. Jesus and his disciples went into the region of Judea, where they baptized others with water (Jn 3:22-23). When Jesus died, water flowed from his pierced side (Jn 19:34), an outpouring of his grace through water. It is a rich symbol filled with spiritual meaning.

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After Easter, Chileans on horseback take sacraments to homebound

After Easter, Chileans on horseback take sacraments to homebound

| Jane Chambers | April 25, 2017 | 0 Comments

This year on April 23, Santiago Cardinal Ricardo Ezzati and 4,000 other helpers went to the foothills of the Andes, to the city of Colina, about 20 miles north of Santiago, to help the elderly and sick. They visited about 100 households. The volunteers are known as Quasimodists, and they come from different parts of the community.

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Hmong priest’s visit a Christmas gift for local community

Hmong priest’s visit a Christmas gift for local community

| January 10, 2017 | 0 Comments

For 15 days in December, Father Berm Chakrit, a Hmong Redemptorist priest from Thailand, offered Masses, heard confessions, celebrated a baptism and anointed the sick for members of the Twin Cities’ Catholic Hmong community. The seemingly routine actions were anything but; Hmong-American Catholics rarely have the opportunity to receive the sacraments from a priest who speaks their language.

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Starting at the beginning

Starting at the beginning

| Alyssa Bormes | April 14, 2016 | 0 Comments

It used to be that I only had seven siblings, but then my widowed mother married a widower, and nine more siblings became a part of it. Brenda is Jim’s oldest, and I am Karol’s youngest. We had only met two times when we decided to walk the Camino de Santiago de Compostela, which is a 500-mile trek across northern Spain, ending at the resting place of St. James the Greater’s relics. We will be leaving this summer.

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Calix Society brings spirituality to addiction recovery

Calix Society brings spirituality to addiction recovery

| Susan Klemond | February 1, 2016 | 0 Comments

The Calix Society (“calix” is Latin for “chalice”) is an international organization founded in Minneapolis almost 70 years ago that began by offering spiritual support to Catholics recovering from alcoholism. Now with nearly 500 members in the United States and Europe, it is open to anyone affected by any form of addiction.

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Can there be too much mercy?

Can there be too much mercy?

| Alyssa Bormes | December 17, 2015 | 0 Comments

There are times when it is all just too much. We are too busy, too overwhelmed, tired, lonely or a host of too many other things. But are there ever times when mercy is too much?

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Holy Spirit’s gifts, patron saints bolster confirmandi’s lives

Holy Spirit’s gifts, patron saints bolster confirmandi’s lives

In my last column, I devoted some thoughts to the celebration of the sacrament of confirmation, its origin and its meaning. I would like to continue those reflections again this week by focusing on the effects of this great sacrament.

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