Archive for May, 2020

Walz expands worship to 25% church capacity; bishops modify plan forward

Walz expands worship to 25% church capacity; bishops modify plan forward

| May 23, 2020 | 0 Comments

“We know that Governor Walz and his administration are trusting that when faith communities gather, they will do so consistent with public health guidance. Our commitment as Catholics to the common good makes it natural for us to pledge to be good citizens when we gather for worship,” Archbishop Hebda said in a letter to the faithful.

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Three priests, volunteer test positive for COVID-19 at Annandale parish

Three priests, volunteer test positive for COVID-19 at Annandale parish

| May 23, 2020 | 0 Comments

Three priests at St. Ignatius in Annandale and a volunteer at a Mother’s Day flower distribution have tested positive for COVID-19. All liturgies there are temporarily suspended.

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Walz administration: Discussions continue over size of religious gatherings

Walz administration: Discussions continue over size of religious gatherings

| May 22, 2020 | 0 Comments

Even as President Trump declared May 22 that governors must reopen churches and other places of worship shut down by the coronavirus pandemic, Minnesota Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm said at a news conference on the outbreak that discussions in Minnesota are continuing with faith leaders.

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Bishop Cozzens: Bishops offering wider opening of Masses is not civil disobedience

Bishop Cozzens: Bishops offering wider opening of Masses is not civil disobedience

| May 22, 2020 | 0 Comments

In his second livestreamed “Quarantine with Cozzens” conversation with young adults May 21, Bishop Andrew Cozzens of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis said Minnesota bishops offering parishes the opportunity to broaden Mass attendance during the coronavirus pandemic does not amount to civil disobedience.

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Pro-lifers say Planned Parenthood must return $80 million in PPP funds

Pro-lifers say Planned Parenthood must return $80 million in PPP funds

The head of National Right to Life and other pro-life leaders criticized Planned Parenthood affiliates for applying for and receiving funds under the Paycheck Protection Program, created by Congress to provide relief for small businesses with fewer than 500 employees.

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Italy: Study shows increase in prayer, religious fervor amid pandemic

Italy: Study shows increase in prayer, religious fervor amid pandemic

| Junno Arocho Esteves | May 22, 2020 | 0 Comments

The uncertainty and restrictive measures in place due to the coronavirus pandemic caused an increase in prayers and religious fervor in Italy, a recent study said.

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Pandemic has changed parish outreach methods ‘forever,’ says evangelist

Pandemic has changed parish outreach methods ‘forever,’ says evangelist

| Peter Finney Jr. | May 22, 2020 | 0 Comments

During two months of social isolation, the work of American business has migrated, ready or not, into the home.

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Catholic Cemeteries gates are open, but services look different during pandemic

Catholic Cemeteries gates are open, but services look different during pandemic

| Susan Klemond | May 22, 2020 | 0 Comments

People visiting a Catholic Cemeteries site in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis will find that much has changed because of COVID-19, but much remains the same.

Memorial Day Masses May 25 are canceled because of the pandemic. At burials, only 10 people at a time are allowed at a grave site, and everyone must maintain a social distance of 6 feet apart to help prevent spread of the virus.

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Catholic Charities’ Twin Cities homeless shelters report COVID-19 cases

Catholic Charities’ Twin Cities homeless shelters report COVID-19 cases

| May 22, 2020 | 0 Comments

Several people in homeless shelters run by Catholic Charities of St. Paul and Minneapolis have tested positive for COVID-19 and are being cared for in isolation centers set up for that purpose by Hennepin and Ramsey counties, the nonprofit agency said.

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Archbishop: Meetings with Walz continue, hopeful the governor will change order

Archbishop: Meetings with Walz continue, hopeful the governor will change order

| May 22, 2020 | 0 Comments

“It’s purely a pastoral decision that we have the responsibility, a weighty responsibility as pastors, of feeding our flocks. And so we have to decide how best to do that. And as we look at the situation now, we think the best way to do that is by allowing people to choose to come back to the Eucharist.”

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Priest in Annandale tests positive for COVID-19; two others await test results

Priest in Annandale tests positive for COVID-19; two others await test results

| Susan Klemond | May 21, 2020 | 0 Comments

A priest at St. Ignatius in Annandale recently tested positive for COVID-19 and two other priests at the parish are experiencing symptoms that may be related to the virus, said the pastor, Father John Meyer, who is also pastor of St. Timothy in Maple Lake.

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Digital Edition – May 21, 2020

Digital Edition – May 21, 2020

| May 21, 2020 | 0 Comments

Congratulations graduates! Masses allowed to resume, St. Peter’s Basilica reopens, Nurse cares for COVID-19 patients, Victoria Johnson assumes role as ombudsperson, Catholic schools left out, Pandemic funerals, Miniature master

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