Archive | June, 2011

Video: Solemn Profession of a Poor Clare Nun

June 29, 2011


Lisa Johnston, photographer and videographer for the St. Louis Review, produced an outstanding video of a young woman entering religious-life.

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This is the season of priest transfers within the Diocese

June 28, 2011


Goodbye Fr. Donald
and Welcome Fr. Ronald

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Every year Catholic Dioceses around the world face the challenging time of priest transfers from one parish to another and also for priests who are in institutional ministries. In some dioceses the bishop and his council establish a term of years for a priest to serve in a parish. In our Saint. Paul and Minneapolis Archdiocese the maximum is 12 years and in my home Diocese of Mangalore it is 7 years. Bishops however have the canonical provision in case a priest’s service is needed elsewhere to transfer the priest before his term ends.

It is not easy for the priest or his faithful parishioners to accept this very challenging time of transfers. As he serves his people in the parish with love and dedication they become bonded as a family. Even though in the back of his mind and also in the minds of parishioners they know there will be day to say goodbye, it is still hard when that day arrives. There are many emotional feelings, sadness and tears knowing their priest will leave them to serve elsewhere.

I myself experienced that 2 years ago when I was transferred from St. Thomas the Apostle Church to the Church of St. Pascal Baylon. The transfer came before my 12 year term ended. I had served only 9 years when I was asked by my Archbishop to accept a new assignment. After praying over this I obliged his request and accepted the transfer. Now, when I look back over those wonderful 9 years of my first pastorate it seems like only 9 months! I am sure many other priests have had the same experience.

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Each priest has a period of grieving over the parish he served with love and enthusiasm. For many it may take only a few months and for others it may take much longer. During that time parishioners and parish staff who welcomed their new priest need to allow him to adjust mentally, emotionally and physically to his new environment. There is plenty of time to get busy and active in the new assignment as parish priest.

Often when it is time to say goodbye or celebrate the retirement of the parish priest, parishioners get all excited and wants to have a big celebration. That is good because it demonstrates to the priest just how much he has meant to the parish. We need to keep in mind that the “goodbyes and welcomings” should be an enjoyable time for all. It is a time to show our whole hearted appreciation to priests who have dedicated their entire lives to serve God and His people. Remember to pray for your priests always that they remain committed to the priestly vocation they have freely chosen when they responded to God’s Divine Call.

With a joyful spirit we say; “Goodbye Fr. Donald and Welcome Fr. Ronald!’

Submitted by Fr. Tony Andrade

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An historic tweet

June 28, 2011


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The Catholic Spirit garners journalism awards

June 27, 2011

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The prospect of winning awards isn’t what motivates us Catholic Spirit staff members to produce the best newspaper and website that we can. We’re driven instead by the call to spread the Good News, to keep area Catholics informed about important issues in the church and to inspire them to live their faith to the fullest.

But it is nice when our work earns kudos from peers and fellow professionals. That happened last week at the Catholic Media Convention in Pittsburgh, where The Catholic Spirit garnered several Catholic press awards.

Two awards deserve special mention:

• Associate publisher Bob Zyskowski was honored with the 2011 St. Francis de Sales Award from the Catholic Press Association. It is the CPA’s highest award, recognizing an individual’s “outstanding contributions to Catholic journalism.”

• The Catholic Spirit won second place in the “general excellence” category for large-circulation newspapers. The award takes into account all aspects of a publication — from the writing and photography, to the design and editing. The judges called it a “clean, well-organized, well-edited paper” with “good local content.”

Other awards TCS received from the CPA were:

• 1st place — best editorial section for “This Catholic Life.”

• 1st place — best editorial on a national or international issue for “Woody, Buzz and the meaning of life” by editor Joe Towalski.

• 2nd place — best news writing for the TCS news team series “7 Principles for Planning,” which examined the challenges facing the archdiocese as it prepared its strategic plan for parishes and schools.

• 2nd place — best regular arts and leisure column for “The Outdoors,” by photographer/writer Dave Hrbacek.

• 2nd place — best coverage of the Year for Priests for a special section titled “Celebrating Our Priests.”

• 2nd place — best editorial on a local issue for “Health care policy: Whose side is God on? by Joe Towalski.

Other Catholic organizations also presented awards recently, and The Catholic Spirit was recognized by two of them:

• Dave Hrbacek was awarded the National Right to Life’s 14th Annual Excellence in Journalism Award for his story, “Electrician sparks life commitment by turning down abortion clinic job.” NRLC President Carol Tobias said, “We are proud to recognize Dave Hrbacek for his outstanding work and extend our deepest gratitude for his outstanding journalism on behalf of life.”

And from the Society for the Propagation of the Faith, TCS received three awards:

• Bob Zyskowski garnered first place honors in the “Visits to the Missions” category for his story package, “Venezuelans, priests celebrate 40-year gift exchange.”

• Staff writer Julie Carroll and Dave Hrbacek took first place in the “Mission News” category for their story “Situation in Haiti still critical.”

• Deacon Mickey Friesen, director of the archdiocese’s Center for Mission, received an honorable mention for TCS’ World Mission Sunday 2010 supplement.

Have an idea for a possible award-winning story? Contact us and give us the details. We always enjoy working on a good story!


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What’s special about Ordinary Time?

June 27, 2011


Green is the color for Ordinary Time because it symbolizes hope.

After Easter and Pentecost, it’s hard to get excited about the start of Ordinary Time. Especially on those summer Sundays when many parishioners are at the lake, the choir isn’t singing, and the monochromatic green of the altar plants matches the vestments the priest will be wearing every Sunday for months.

It sounds pretty … ordinary. But I can’t believe God would want us to consider almost two thirds of the year routine and humdrum.

The Church looks at Ordinary Time this way:  “Apart from those seasons having their own distinctive character, thirty-three or thirty-four weeks remain in the yearly cycle that do not celebrate a specific aspect of the mystery of Christ. Rather, especially on the Sundays, they are devoted to the mystery of Christ in all its aspects. This period is known as Ordinary Time.”

Contemplating the “mystery of Christ in all its aspects” doesn’t sound uneventful. The Latin root of the word ordinary, ordinalis, means “showing order, denoting an order of succession.” Ordinary Time really has to do with the fact that the weeks of this liturgical season are numbered with ordinal numbers (first, second, third) rather than cardinal numbers (one, two three).

Divided into two parts, Ordinary Time is one season that lasts 33 or 34 weeks, depending on how the movable feasts including the Baptism of the Lord and Easter affect the calendar. It’s most common to have 33 weeks of Ordinary Time.

Ordinary Time starts on the evening of the Sunday following January 6 and continues until the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday inclusive. It starts again on the Monday after Pentecost and ends before Evening Prayer I of the First Sunday of Advent.

We don’t hear much about the First Sunday of Ordinary Time because it starts with Evening Prayer on the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord, while the Masses of the day are still part of the Christmas season. So the first part of that Sunday is part of the Christmas season and the second part is Ordinary Time. The following Sunday is the Second Sunday of Ordinary Time.

Unlike Advent, Christmas, Lent and Easter which all have pretty clear scriptural themes, Ordinary Time readings present the continuous story of Jesus’ life and work as it is proclaimed in the Gospels of either Matthew, Mark or Luke. John’s Gospel is usually read during the other seasons.

Maybe it’s good that Ordinary Time is a little more low key than the other seasons so we can experience different types of liturgical terrain. The Catechism shows that there is radiance even in what seems to be ordinary:

“Beginning with the Easter Triduum as its source of light, the new age of the Resurrection fills the whole liturgical year with its brilliance. Gradually, on either side of this source, the year is transfigured by the liturgy. It really is a “year of the Lord’s favor.” The economy of salvation is at work within the framework of time, but since its fulfillment in the Passover of Jesus and the outpouring of the Holy Spirit, the culmination of history is anticipated “as a foretaste,” and the kingdom of God enters into our time.” (CCC 1168)

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Corpus Christi Procession this Sunday, June 26

June 23, 2011


From the e-mail inbox…

Please join us for the annual Archdiocesan Corpus Christi Procession this Sunday, June 26. Father Joseph Johnson will lead the procession, and Father Andrew Cozzens will be the homilist.

Archdiocesan Corpus Christi Procession, Sunday, June 26, 2:00-3:30 p.m., Little Sisters of the Poor to the Cathedral of St. Paul. Bring your family and friends for this festive walk with our Eucharistic Lord. Ice cream social follows. Park in the Cathedral parking lot and ride a free shuttle bus to Little Sisters’ from 1:15 to 1:45 p.m. Details at or call (651) 239-8574.

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Tell others; post a color flyer at your church or elsewhere, available at (English and Spanish).


We are still looking for a few folks to help out with the ice cream social, radios (walkies), and marshaling (keeping people safe along the way). Please contact us at

More details and resources (including catechetical resources, prayers, reflections by the saints, and excerpts from the texts of Pope Benedict XVI and Pope John Paul II) are available at

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The tweets they are a streaming from the 2011 Catholic Media Convention

June 22, 2011


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Tweet traffic is heavy at the 2011 Catholic Media Convention in Pittsburgh – way up from last year. If you’re not able to attend, but want to listen in to the conversation, you can view this #CMC11 twitter stream for all the latest tweets.

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Saint Cloud Ordinations

June 15, 2011


Our own Dianne Towalski (who also works for the St. Cloud Visitor), produced a slide-show video of the priestly ordinations celebrated June 4, at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Saint Cloud.

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How is the Anglican Church different from the Catholic Church?

June 14, 2011


Altar at St. Matthew's Westminster Anglican Church, London

On Ascension Thursday a few weeks ago I had the chance to attend an Anglican service at Westminster Abbey in London. I’d never been before, so I wasn’t sure what to expect.

The royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton held at the Abbey only about a month earlier didn’t exactly resemble a Catholic wedding but the service I attended reminded me a lot of a Catholic Mass. The structure was similar, and the readings and some prayers, including the Eucharistic prayer, were pretty much the same as those of the Catholic Church.

It was similar enough to make me wonder how the two churches differ. It’s an even more compelling question since eight former Anglicans were ordained Catholic priests on Pentecost Sunday, bringing to 35 the total number of priests in the personal ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham in the Archdiocese of Birmingham, England.

According to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, “a Personal Ordinariate is a canonical structure that provides for corporate reunion in such a way that allows former Anglicans to enter full communion with the Catholic Church while preserving elements of their distinctive Anglican patrimony.”

Without going into how the Anglican Communion came to be and why some of its members are now entering communion with the Catholic Church (there are a lot better sources), I’ve tried to identify some significant distinctions between the Anglican and Catholic faiths.

The Anglican Communion, an international organization of national and regional Anglican churches, which includes the Episcopal Church in the United States, has branches in 164 countries and roughly 75 million members worldwide. It has traditionally considered itself the Via Media, the middle way between Catholicism and Protestantism.

The Archbishop of Canterbury is the Anglican Communion’s spiritual leader but he doesn’t direct the other bishops; leaders of the mostly autonomous dioceses consider him the “first among equals.”

The biggest difference I noticed at the service I attended was that a female priest prayed the Eucharistic prayer. The ordination of women and openly homosexual individuals as priests and bishops in the Anglican Communion, or at least in some of its member communities, distinguishes it from the Catholic Church. This is among the reasons the Catholic Church does not consider the Anglican Communion’s clergy to have apostolic succession.

Because the Anglican Communion has less dogma than the Catholic Church, Anglicans have more leeway to think what they want about the faith. Anglicans believe the body in its diversity unites in worship, bound by its Book of Common Prayer, which is based mostly on scripture.

Anglicans acknowledge baptism and communion as sacraments instituted by Christ but the other five sacraments that Catholics administer are considered minor sacraments.

While as a whole Anglicans consider the Eucharist more than symbolic, many feel that it remains bread and wine unless recipients accept it as the Body and Blood of Christ. By this standard, nonbelievers who receive communion merely have bread and wine.

Knowing that as a Catholic I shouldn’t receive communion at this service, I instead asked for a blessing from a young Anglican priest. I hope someday we’ll all be united in the Eucharist, which both faiths consider a major sacrament—and in the other areas that now divide us.

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Walleye tip

June 13, 2011


For those looking for good walleye fishing, I have a suggestion: Go to Upper Red Lake on Wednesday or later.

Starting on that day, the normal protected slot of 17-26 inches for walleyes shrinks to 20-26 inches. So, those fish between 17 and 20 inches, for the first time this year, will be fair game.

Folks, there are a lot of fish that size in this lake. If the weather holds up, it should be a bonanza. Since the opener, the walleyes have been shallow and biting aggressively when the weather is decent. But, strong winds can make the lake unfishable, especially when they’re out of the west, northwest or north.

Looking at the weather forecast for the area, things are looking pretty good for this week. Looks like there could be some rain on Wednesday, but nice after that. If the winds are light, anglers should have a walleye feast.

The nice thing is, we have had a cold spring so far, which means the walleyes will stay shallow. There is a break along the shoreline that goes from 4 feet to about 10 feet, and as long as the water stays cool enough, the walleyes will hang out on this break.

I have anchored on the break and fished many times, and it’s generally pretty easy to catch walleyes on a jig and a minnow. Some folks troll Rapalas and catch fish, too. In fact, both methods work well.

I looked at a recent fishing report on a website called and the fishing has been good on Upper Red, as I suspected it would be. What’s nice about Upper Red is that it’s an easy lake to fish — find the break, anchor and throw out a jig and a minnow. You will catch walleyes, and also freshwater drum (commonly known as sheepshead). With the expanded slot, it will be possible to catch a four-fish limit of walleyes, all between 19 and 20 inches. That’s tough to beat on any lake!

If you’ve got a little more time, I would suggest adding a day or two on Lake of the Woods to your agenda. The fishing is also excellent on this lake, and it has a year-round protected slot of 19 1/2-28 inches. Not only that, but once you reach your four-fish limit on walleyes, you can add two more sauger (you can keep up to six walleyes and sauger in combination, with up to four of them being walleyes).

What some people don’t know is that, if you fish both lakes on the same trip, you can keep a total of six walleyes (the statewide limit), as long as no more than four come from either one of these two lakes. So, if you would like to take home the most walleyes that you can, this would be a nice way to go. I’ve never been able to a catch a combined six walleyes on the two lakes, but have tried a few times.

A good place for a fishing report on Lake of the Woods is a website called Walleye Hunter. It actually has fishing reports from several sources, including resorts on the lake, which are updated regularly. Plus, on several of them, you can read the history of fishing reports going all the way back to the opener and, in some cases, the ice-fishing season. Basically, unless the winds are really strong, the fishing is good on this lake. There were some high winds last week, but things look quieter for this week.

If you can take some vacation days this week, now’s a good time to head up north!

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