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Student grabs opportunity to join church

Student grabs opportunity to join church

| April 13, 2011 | 1 Comment

Dylan Heiman was never offered the chance to be baptized. Now 18, he is seeking it on his own through the RCIA program at St. Eliz­abeth Ann Seton in Hast­ings.

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Triumph begins

Triumph begins

| Fr. Michael Van Sloun | April 13, 2011 | 0 Comments

Holy Week stands at the head of our calendar, the holiest week of the entire liturgical year. It begins on Palm Sunday and continues until Easter Sunday, and it celebrates the Paschal Mystery — the Passion and death of our Lord, Jesus Christ, and his victorious resurrection, his triumph over sin and death and his glorification by the Father.

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Of ashes … and water

Of ashes … and water

| March 10, 2011 | 0 Comments

Mass for students of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton School in Hastings.

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New Lenten reflections app for iPad and iPhone

New Lenten reflections app for iPad and iPhone

| March 3, 2011 | 4 Comments

If you’re looking for daily inspiration this Lent, you might consider a new app from Liturgical Press in Collegeville.

The app makes the content of the book “Not by Bread Alone: Daily Reflections for Lent” by Bishop Robert Morneau, auxiliary bishop of Green Bay, Wis., available to iPad and iPhone users.

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Books offer opportunity for spiritual growth

Books offer opportunity for spiritual growth

| Ann Jonas For The Catholic Spirit | March 3, 2011 | 0 Comments

Lent is a time for reflection, deeper reading and spiritual growth. A Lenten activity book and a new reflection on “The Seven Last Words” offer spiritual sustenance for Lent and Holy Week.

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40 Days for Life set to begin again at St. Paul hospital

40 Days for Life set to begin again at St. Paul hospital

| March 2, 2011 | 0 Comments

An opening prayer vigil for the next 40 Days for Life campaign is set for 3 p.m. March 9 (Ash Wednesday) at HealthPartners’ Regions Hospital, 640 Jackson St. in St. Paul.

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Youth groups step up to take on Lenten projects

Youth groups step up to take on Lenten projects

| March 2, 2011 | 0 Comments

Three age groups are represented in this year’s Catholic Spirit Pay It Forward for Lent project, which is based on the New Testament parable of the three stewards who each were given money to manage and grow.

Each of the three groups will re­ceive $100 to grow for their chosen charity during Lent. The recipients are:

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Plan to make a good Lent this year

Plan to make a good Lent this year

| Father Michael Van Sloun For The Catholic Spirit | March 1, 2011 | 0 Comments

Lent is a penitential season, a time to “turn away from sin and be faithful to the Gospel” (Mark 1:15). The season lasts for 40 days, the same amount of time Jesus spent in prayer and fasting in the desert.

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Créches from around the world

Créches from around the world

| December 18, 2010 | 0 Comments

The current exhibit in the Basilica of St. Mary’s Pope John XXIII Gallery and Teresa of Calcutta Hall features créches from around the world. Below is a short tour of just 8 of the many crèches in the exhibit with as much information as is known about each provided by Johan van Parys, director of Liturgy and Sacred Arts at the Basilica.

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Parishes fill a ministry need no charity group can fill

Parishes fill a ministry need no charity group can fill

| Father Paul Jarvis | December 16, 2010 | 0 Comments

This may sound odd, but one of the more moving ministries for me and other priests is ministering to dying parishioners, as well as family members of recently departed parishioners.

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For years, couple found Christmas among poor in Appalachia

For years, couple found Christmas among poor in Appalachia

| Susan Klemond | December 16, 2010 | 0 Comments

Elaine Eberhard thought she had all the answers about poverty in the Appalachian Mountains of Kentucky — until she went down and saw it for herself.

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Christmas Charity

Christmas Charity

| December 16, 2010

Find out more about the charities that serving people in the Twin Cities area.

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