News Notes – December 18, 2014

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Local composer and pianist releases CD

Composer and pianist Steven C recently released a CD called “Christmas Beyond,” which he recorded at the Cathedral of St. Paul.

The parishioner of St. Joseph in West St. Paul incorporates classic Christmas music, plus selections that go beyond the Christmas season. His last song, “The Road Home,” is a tribute to composer Stephen Paulus, who died during the final stages of the project.

For more information about the CD, visit

Bishops to review school committee recommendation

In April, recognizing both the need to achieve financial sustainability and the desire to ensure high quality Catholic schools throughout the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, Archbishop John Nienstedt announced the formation of a steering committee to examine Catholic school governance.

The Vision 2020 Committee convened for the first time in June and worked throughout the summer and fall to understand the current state of Catholic elementary schools within the archdiocese and learn more about the stresses they are facing.

In October, the Vision 2020 Committee submitted a recommendation to Archbishop Nienstedt about an alternative governance and leadership structure for Catholic schools in the archdiocese. Archbishop Nienstedt and Bishop Andrew Cozzens, vicar for education, will take the recommendation under advisement.

According to Bishop Cozzens, “The great input given by our Vision 2020 Committee not only helped us better understand the current needs of Catholic schools, but also gave us valuable insight into issues affecting the future sustainability of schools in the archdiocese.

“As we move forward,” Bishop Cozzens continued, “the work done by Vision 2020 will inform discussions of ways to improve the fiscal health of the schools, make schools accessible and affordable to more families, and expand enrollment.”

Center for Mission to manage CRS Rice Bowl

Starting in 2015, the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis’ Center for Mission will manage Catholic Relief Services Rice Bowl, the 40-year-old Lenten program that combines prayer, fasting and almsgiving to help feed the hungry around the world and locally; 25 percent of the Rice Bowl collection returns to the archdiocese and is distributed to Catholic Charities.

Parishes and schools are encouraged to order CRS Rice Bowl materials free of charge by the end of December. Materials are available in English and Spanish. To order, call 1-800-222-0025 or visit For more information about CRS Rice Bowl in the archdiocese, contact Deacon Mickey Friesen, director of the Center for Mission, at (651) 291-4445 or

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