Tag: Coronavirus

Archbishop responds to priest’s controversial homily on COVID-19

Archbishop responds to priest’s controversial homily on COVID-19

| September 22, 2020 | 0 Comments

According to a Sept. 10 statement from Father Michael Tix, the archdiocese’s vicar for clergy and parish services, the archdiocese has been in contact with Father Robert Altier, the parochial vicar of St. Raphael in Crystal who gave the homily, and “the matter continues to be under review.”

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COVID update: Priests in archdiocese can distribute Communion at usual time during Mass

COVID update: Priests in archdiocese can distribute Communion at usual time during Mass

| September 7, 2020 | 0 Comments

As of Sept 5, priests in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis have a third — and familiar — option for distributing Communion at Mass during the coronavirus pandemic.

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Notre Dame suspends in-person classes after coronavirus increase

Notre Dame suspends in-person classes after coronavirus increase

| Carol Zimmermann | August 19, 2020 | 0 Comments

The University of Notre Dame announced Aug. 18 that it is suspending its in-person classes for undergraduates for two weeks after a rise in COVID-19 cases on its campus in South Bend, Indiana.

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Catholic schools’ letter stresses preparedness, community effort

Catholic schools’ letter stresses preparedness, community effort

| July 24, 2020 | 0 Comments

A July 20 letter to Catholic school parents and families stresses preparations being made in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis for returning to classrooms this fall, and the community effort it will take after last spring’s closings and shift to online learning due to the novel coronavirus.

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Masking at Mass: Some will, some won’t — but many have strong opinions

Masking at Mass: Some will, some won’t — but many have strong opinions

| July 10, 2020 | 0 Comments

In practice, mask-wearing varies dramatically in parishes across the archdiocese, with some Catholics reporting it’s a requirement at their parish, and others saying few people wear masks at their parish.

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Archbishop Hebda: If mask-wearing is a sacrifice, unite it to others’ suffering

Archbishop Hebda: If mask-wearing is a sacrifice, unite it to others’ suffering

| July 8, 2020 | 0 Comments

“As a Church that is pro-life, we need to embrace those practices that will reasonably minimize the risk of harm to our most vulnerable brothers and sisters,” he said. “Please continue to follow the protocols adopted by your parish. Wear your mask.”  

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Archbishop Hebda encourages and thanks care center residents for their support in pandemic

Archbishop Hebda encourages and thanks care center residents for their support in pandemic

| June 24, 2020 | 0 Comments

Expressing gratitude for the prayers and support of seniors and others in care centers, encouraging them in their faith in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, and praying with them for an end to the pandemic and “peace in our families and in our cities,” Archbishop Bernard Hebda shared his time and prayers in a special video on Facebook.

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Pope phones Brazilian archbishop as pandemic spreads

Pope phones Brazilian archbishop as pandemic spreads

| June 11, 2020 | 0 Comments

As the number of coronavirus cases in Brazil continued to grow and as the country’s daily death toll surpassed that of the United States, Pope Francis telephoned Archbishop Orlando Brandes of Aparecida, asking him to assure Brazilians of his prayers.

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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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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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