April 1, 2016

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The Easter Season

Length. The Easter Season is fifty days, not forty days, like Lent, or four weeks or slightly less, like Advent. The Easter Season extends from Easter Sunday to Pentecost. It is sometimes known as the “Festival of Weeks,” seven weeks of seven days (49 days), plus one, the fiftieth day, Pentecost.

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March 28, 2016

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Did these 10 prayers really change the world?

The stories behind the pleas to the divine make for not just interesting reading but history lessons as well.

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March 23, 2016

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Sprouting Green Plants Symbols of Easter and the Resurrection

Green Plant Imagery. A sprouting or fresh new green plant is a symbol of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ.

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March 17, 2016

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Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord A Dual Feast

It has traditionally been known as Palm Sunday because the Mass begins with a gospel text that recounts how palm branches were used to welcome Jesus into Jerusalem, and because palm branches are blessed at the beginning of Mass and carried in procession as part of the Entrance Rite. It has also traditionally been known as Passion Sunday because the Passion Narrative is proclaimed during the Liturgy of the Word.

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March 17, 2016

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Turkey broadhead should prove deadly

Ever since I started bow hunting in the fall of 2011, I have focused my efforts on trying to execute pass-through shots on deer in the heart-lung vital area. To that end, I landed on a mechanical broadhead manufactured by New Archery Products called the Killzone. The two blades open up to 2 inches, and […]

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March 17, 2016

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St. Edward fish fry raises funds for youth group trip

St. Edward in Bloomington doesn’t don’t pull out the deep fryers every week in Lent like some of the previous parishes Fish Daddy visited. In fact, if you’re looking for a recommendation to visit St. Edward’s fish fry, you’ll actually have to wait until next year. But the event raised awareness and funds for a unique summer experience for the active St. Edward’s youth group.

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March 14, 2016

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Casting perfect in Chan’s ‘Beauty and the Beast’

Just the right actors make the latest musical a fun evening at the suburban Minneapolis dinner-playhouse.

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March 11, 2016

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ADULTERY: Sex crime headline misses the point

When it comes to the headlines in Jn 8:1-11, the woman caught in adultery is the lead story. It is a sex crime. It is salacious. It is dirty laundry. It was the talk of the town.

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March 8, 2016

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St. Albert the Great the ‘State Fair’ of fish fries

They seat thousands each week (one volunteer recounted 1600 one Friday evening last year with food still going at 8 p.m., and a packed coverall bingo game down the hall in the gym). With balloons on every table, and volunteers with top-hats or Mardi Gras crowns, these are clearly your street dance-visiting neighbors.

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March 4, 2016

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Laetare Sunday: The Fourth Sunday of Lent

A Joyful Term. Laetare is a Latin term for joy, rejoicing, or gladness. The Entrance Antiphon sets the mood. It begins, “Rejoice [i.e., Laetare], Jerusalem, and all who love her. Be joyful, all you who were mourning; exalt” (see Is 66:10).

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