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New CCF fund established to help Minneapolis families rebuild lives upended by riots

New CCF fund established to help Minneapolis families rebuild lives upended by riots

| June 12, 2020 | 0 Comments

Seventeen-year-old Rebeca Atenco‘s family lost everything to fire May 27, when their apartment along Lake Street in Minneapolis was torched. The only thing her family recovered was a container with the remains of a baby brother her mother miscarried in 2009. Ashes pulled from ashes.

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Catholic Charities’ leader Tim Marx prepares to step down; will remain until successor is in place

Catholic Charities’ leader Tim Marx prepares to step down; will remain until successor is in place

| June 12, 2020 | 0 Comments

After nearly 10 years at the helm of Catholic Charities of St. Paul and Minneapolis, president and CEO Tim Marx said June 12 he is starting the hard work of stepping away. The search for a successor and the process of handing over the reins will take the rest of this year and into 2021, he said.

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Holy Rosary pastor: ‘If you want peace, work for justice’

Holy Rosary pastor: ‘If you want peace, work for justice’

| June 11, 2020 | 0 Comments

Dominican Father Gerald Stookey saw firsthand the unrest following the death of George Floyd. He is pastor at Holy Rosary in Minneapolis, which joins St. Albert the Great as the closest parishes to the epicenter of four days of riots on Lake Street than began after Floyd’s May 25 death. He was among pastors surveying smashed windows, burned down businesses and looted stores.

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Scenic retreat center became temporary seminary

Scenic retreat center became temporary seminary

| June 10, 2020 | 0 Comments

Across Minnesota, college seniors ended their semester in an unprecedented way: distance learning online due to the coronavirus pandemic. For nine seniors from St. John Vianney College Seminary, there was an additional element: the backdrop of a secluded, 50-acre retreat center along the St. Croix River.

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From prayer to art: George Floyd in Mary’s arms

From prayer to art: George Floyd in Mary’s arms

| June 10, 2020 | 0 Comments

The Virgin Mary, mother of all, holding George Floyd. In the days following Floyd’s death May 25 in Minneapolis, the image repeatedly came to Leah Darrow in prayer. It woke her up at night.

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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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Black Catholic’s challenge to fellow Catholics: Make change by living out faith principles

Black Catholic’s challenge to fellow Catholics: Make change by living out faith principles

| June 4, 2020 | 0 Comments

“I’d want white, Minnesota Catholics to examine their conscience: Where have you have failed to do good? And in doing so, I think that’s where the answers will come in their role in all of this, and how to renew the face of the earth.”

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Archbishop Hebda: Floyd’s death demands preaching Gospel, examination of conscience

Archbishop Hebda: Floyd’s death demands preaching Gospel, examination of conscience

| June 4, 2020 | 0 Comments

At this moment, Catholics should begin with prayer as well as an examination of conscience, Archbishop Hebda said, looking to see “how our lives have been shaped by racist attitudes, if they’ve been shaped by racist attitudes, regardless of the color of our skin.”

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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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At site of Floyd’s death, Catholics reflect on personal experiences of racism

At site of Floyd’s death, Catholics reflect on personal experiences of racism

| June 3, 2020 | 0 Comments

“Are you going to shoot my daddy?”

“Are you going to shoot my daddy?” It was a question a young boy asked a police officer 17 years ago, as he watched the officer point a gun at his father’s head. The family, African Americans, was moving into a new house in Minneapolis, and the police arrived with guns.

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Grateful Catholics return to larger congregations at public Mass

Grateful Catholics return to larger congregations at public Mass

| Dave Hrbacek, Maria Wiering and Barb Umberger | June 1, 2020 | 0 Comments

Andrea and Pete Barrett held hands as they walked into St. Casimir Church in St. Paul May 31 for the first time in more than two months, and their hands remained clasped throughout the Mass.

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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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