Archive for March, 2020

Extraordinary times call for extraordinary helpers

Extraordinary times call for extraordinary helpers

| March 31, 2020 | 0 Comments

Individuals and families in parishes across the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis are springing into action in new ways to respond to people’s needs in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.

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Couples find creative ways to scale back weddings during COVID-19 pandemic

Couples find creative ways to scale back weddings during COVID-19 pandemic

| March 31, 2020 | 0 Comments

Because of her devotion to St. Joseph, Anne Spinharney wanted her wedding to be on his feast day, March 19. But when she and her now-husband, Jordan Spinharney, were planning their 2020 wedding, they noticed the feast fell on a Thursday.

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Without public Mass, ‘we can still be … a Church community’

Without public Mass, ‘we can still be … a Church community’

| March 30, 2020 | 0 Comments

Here’s the church and there’s the steeple.

Open the door and see all the people.

With the nursery rhyme, children interlock their fingers to form a church building, then “open a door” to show the people inside.

In similar fashion, Sara Fleetham, elementary faith formation coordinator at Guardian Angels in Oakdale, used Zoom video conferencing March 23 to show students an image of Guardian Angels church and asked them, “What is this?”

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Lawmakers help homeless shelters in COVID-19 emergency bill

Lawmakers help homeless shelters in COVID-19 emergency bill

| March 30, 2020 | 0 Comments

Homeless shelters and food banks are among groups helping the needy who will receive assistance in a $330 million COVID-19 emergency response bill passed by the Minnesota Legislature March 26 and signed into law by Gov. Tim Walz.

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Amid coronavirus sacrifices, some bishops allow Friday meat in Lent

Amid coronavirus sacrifices, some bishops allow Friday meat in Lent

| March 30, 2020 | 0 Comments

In the U.S., this Lent started out with some people discussing if it was acceptable to eat plant-based burgers on Fridays in Lent.

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Bishop calls priest who died from COVID-19 ‘a great missionary among us’

Bishop calls priest who died from COVID-19 ‘a great missionary among us’

| March 30, 2020 | 0 Comments

Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio of Brooklyn March 28 announced the death of Father Jorge Ortiz-Garay, 49, who died the evening before from COVID-19.

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Site crashes as half million-plus watch England’s rededication to Mary

Site crashes as half million-plus watch England’s rededication to Mary

| March 30, 2020 | 0 Comments

English Catholics rededicated their country as Mary’s Dowry “in the eye of the storm” of the coronavirus pandemic.

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Via phone, priest helps dying man through act of contrition, prayer

Via phone, priest helps dying man through act of contrition, prayer

| Ed Langlois | March 30, 2020 | 0 Comments

Because of hospital coronavirus restrictions, a suburban Portland priest March 22 was not allowed to meet with a Catholic patient dying of COVID-19.

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Sisters’ work during 1918 Spanish flu seen as model for crisis today

Sisters’ work during 1918 Spanish flu seen as model for crisis today

| Nancy Frazier O'Brien | March 30, 2020 | 0 Comments

Catholic nuns emerged as the unexpected heroes in the 1918 Spanish flu epidemic that killed hundreds of thousands in the United States and millions worldwide.

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Priority on economy over people may lead to ‘viral genocide,’ pope warns

Priority on economy over people may lead to ‘viral genocide,’ pope warns

| Junno Arocho Esteves | March 30, 2020 | 0 Comments

Countries fighting the coronavirus pandemic could face deadly consequences if they focus on protecting their economies more than their own people, Pope Francis said.

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Pope joins U.N. call for immediate global cease-fire

Pope joins U.N. call for immediate global cease-fire

| Carol Glatz | March 30, 2020 | 0 Comments

Saying conflicts can never be resolved with war, Pope Francis added his support to a U.N. appeal for a global cease-fire amid the worldwide threat of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Archbishop Coakley, CRS welcome $2.2 trillion in federal COVID-19 relief

Archbishop Coakley, CRS welcome $2.2 trillion in federal COVID-19 relief

| March 30, 2020 | 0 Comments

Citing provisions of the $2.2 trillion federal relief package that will aid poor and vulnerable people as well as workers, Archbishop Paul S. Coakley of Oklahoma City thanked Congress and President Donald Trump for putting the law in place.

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