Tag: Coronavirus

Amid Twin Cities turmoil, new priests told they were ordained ‘for a time such as this’

Amid Twin Cities turmoil, new priests told they were ordained ‘for a time such as this’

| May 30, 2020 | 0 Comments

“He’s raised you up at this providential time,” Archbishop Hebda told the ordinands. “It’s a sure sign of his great love for you, but also for his flock. Feed his sheep. Tend his sheep. And always remember how much he loves them. May that love be the hermeneutic for your ministry.”

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After more than two months without public Mass, return ‘like a homecoming’

After more than two months without public Mass, return ‘like a homecoming’

| May 27, 2020 | 0 Comments

Transfiguration in Oakdale held Mass May 27, the first day of expanded attendance, because the parish was ready — both spiritually and practically. “We felt we were prepared,” said Father John Paul Erickson, the parish’s pastor. “We have been waiting for this day for quite some time.”

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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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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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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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Walz: Officials struggling to determine how public worship should proceed under pandemic restrictions

Walz: Officials struggling to determine how public worship should proceed under pandemic restrictions

| May 20, 2020 | 0 Comments

“I think there is a very strong sense of urgency for us to figure this piece out around churches,” Walz said.

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Small-scale public Masses to resume May 18, but MN bishops working to expand permitted attendance

Small-scale public Masses to resume May 18, but MN bishops working to expand permitted attendance

| May 15, 2020 | 0 Comments

Walz has called for meetings with faith leaders May 18 and 19 for feedback on new public worship guidelines. Following those meetings, “The bishops of Minnesota will together decide on a path forward and hope to communicate that to you by the middle of next week,” Archbishop Hebda said.

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‘Modest resurgence’ seen in the use of chant at Mass

‘Modest resurgence’ seen in the use of chant at Mass

| Mark Pattison | May 14, 2020 | 0 Comments

When Catholics return to their churches as coronavirus-induced lockdowns ease up, they’re not likely to be confronted with a bunch of unfamiliar words in Latin printed in some medieval-era typeface with notes in the shape of squares rather than ovals.

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Text alerts unite Catholics in prayer for COVID-19 patients who will receive anointing

Text alerts unite Catholics in prayer for COVID-19 patients who will receive anointing

| May 14, 2020 | 0 Comments

Catholics across the archdiocese have been invited to support the team and “those who are suffering most intensely, usually in sterile isolation, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic,” the archdiocese states on its website.

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High school seniors at Mendota Heights school help St. Paul food shelf

High school seniors at Mendota Heights school help St. Paul food shelf

| May 8, 2020 | 0 Comments

Because of the coronavirus pandemic, seniors at St. Thomas Academy in Mendota Heights couldn’t hold their usual two weeks of onsite volunteer work before graduating this year.

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One thing is assured

One thing is assured

| Kate Soucheray | May 6, 2020 | 0 Comments

There is no question that the time in which we are living is marked by uncertainty and fear.

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