Joe Ruff

Joe is the news editor of The Catholic Spirit. You can e-mail him at ruffj@archspm.org.

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Minnesota governor announces slightly wider opening of church doors effective June 10

Minnesota governor announces slightly wider opening of church doors effective June 10

| June 5, 2020 | 0 Comments

Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz said June 5 that effective June 10 his “Stay Safe Minnesota” plan will allow 50 percent capacity at church gatherings, up from 25 percent that has been in effect since May 27. But the maximum number of people expected at liturgies and other events remains at 250.

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St. Vincent de Paul thrift store to rebuild, continue helping Lake Street neighborhood

St. Vincent de Paul thrift store to rebuild, continue helping Lake Street neighborhood

| June 3, 2020 | 0 Comments

Vowing to rebuild and help the surrounding community do the same, Ed Koerner, executive director of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul-Twin Cities, and Wayne Bugg, associate director, said their first priority is not their ransacked, nonprofit thrift store on Lake Street in Minneapolis, but getting food to those in need.

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Archbishop Hebda calls on the Holy Spirit in civil unrest, pandemic

Archbishop Hebda calls on the Holy Spirit in civil unrest, pandemic

| June 1, 2020 | 0 Comments

Calling on faith in the Holy Spirit’s presence amid civil unrest and a global pandemic, Archbishop Bernard Hebda celebrated Pentecost May 31 at the Cathedral of St. Paul in St. Paul.

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Deacon Martinez: ‘The Lord calls whom and when he wants’

Deacon Martinez: ‘The Lord calls whom and when he wants’

| May 28, 2020 | 0 Comments

What began as a chance to meet new people on a mission trip in the Andes of Peru became an opportunity for God to reach more directly into Deacon Cesar Valencia Martinez’s life, calling him to the priesthood.

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Deacon Icochea desires to meet Church’s need for sacraments

Deacon Icochea desires to meet Church’s need for sacraments

| May 28, 2020 | 0 Comments

Deacon Yamato Icochea looks forward to helping people in ways only a Catholic priest can: providing the sacraments, particularly the Eucharist and confession.

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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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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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Applause, criticism greets bishops’ plan for May 26 public Masses

Applause, criticism greets bishops’ plan for May 26 public Masses

| May 21, 2020 | 0 Comments

Some parishioners applauded the Minnesota bishops’ plan announced May 20 to not accept Gov. Tim Walz’s 10-person limit on public Masses and other religious gatherings, while others raised concerns about a risk to people’s health in the face of the coronavirus pandemic. “I’d say that the faithful are behind the bishops,” said Charlie Anderson, a […]

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High school graduates in archdiocese face pandemic uncertainty, retain long-term hope

High school graduates in archdiocese face pandemic uncertainty, retain long-term hope

| May 20, 2020 | 0 Comments

Catholic high school graduates face uncertainty in the next stage of their lives as the coronavirus pandemic continues to impact schools, parishes and businesses across the country.

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Eighth grader at Catholic school in West St. Paul turns dollhouse hobby into business

Eighth grader at Catholic school in West St. Paul turns dollhouse hobby into business

| May 20, 2020 | 0 Comments

A dollhouse business started by St. Joseph’s Catholic School eighth-grader Ella Doyle in West St. Paul is a family affair. And it has garnered national attention.

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Task force to help plan fall Catholic school reopening

Task force to help plan fall Catholic school reopening

| May 19, 2020 | 0 Comments

Expecting schools to open in the fall in Minnesota, the Office for the Mission of Catholic Education is laying the groundwork to create a unified effort at opening those doors in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis.

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Nine Catholic schools serving low-income families to receive renewed support

Nine Catholic schools serving low-income families to receive renewed support

| May 19, 2020 | 0 Comments

It is called the Drexel Mission Schools Initiative, named after the American patroness of Catholic schools, St. Katherine Drexel.

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