December 15, 2015

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Prayer of the Eastside Catholic

Cain Pence is a native of the eastside of Minneapolis and a parishioner of St. Boniface in northeast Minneapolis. He wrote this short prayer to honor the Catholic immigrant spirit found alive and well there.

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December 11, 2015

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Gaudete Sunday – The Third Sunday of Advent

Gaudete Sunday

A Joyful Sunday. The Third Sunday of Advent is also known as Gaudete Sunday. The word “gaudete” is derived from the Latin words “gaudium,” joy, and “gaudeo,” to rejoice or be glad. Gaudete Sunday occurs eight to thirteen days before Christmas, and the nearness of the feast is reason for great joy.

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December 7, 2015

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Did you know Marco Polo was Catholic?

You’ll learn a lot of world history by reading Claire Smith’s “Forty Catholics Who Shaped the World in Which We Live.”

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December 4, 2015

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The Christmas Tree

Traditional Beginnings
Location
Timing
Symbolism
Blessing Ritual

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December 4, 2015

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Prepare the Way, Be a Witness

Returning from work exhausted, I plopped down on the sofa and clicked on the evening news. The drone of sad and shocking stories gave a sinking feeling of a world that is lost. Lost in a wilderness without God. Darkness seemed to envelop everything and everyone in it. I reached for the remote to change the channel but stopped just as I heard someone say, “I became a Catholic.”

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December 3, 2015

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The Jewish-Christian relationship, 50 years after ‘Nostra Aetate’

In the Jerusalem Talmud we are taught, “Upon three things the world rests: upon justice, upon truth, upon peace. And the three are one, for when justice is done, truth prevails, and peace is established.”

In a world sorely in need of all three, it is important to celebrate an area where justice to the Jewish people was done and truth and peace became possible between Catholics and Jews.

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November 25, 2015

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The Advent Wreath

An Advent Wreath is composed of a circular wreath with four candles which are placed an equal distance apart. Normally the wreath is decorated with evergreen branches, but in the interest of fire safety, it has become increasingly common to use artificial greens. The Advent Wreath normally is placed in a prominent location in church, often in the sanctuary, but never in a location that would obstruct the view of the altar, lectern, or presider’s chair. At home the two most common locations are the center of the dinner table or on a table in the family room.

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November 24, 2015

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Bow hunt yields surprise sighting

The best thing that happened on my bow hunt Sunday morning took place after I climbed down from my stand at 11:15 at Mr. Snowman’s Christmas Tree Farm near Prescott, Wisconsin. I had seen five deer but failed to get a shot opportunity. Would have been nice to draw my bow, which I haven’t done […]

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November 23, 2015

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Playing a nun on stage ‘is a blast’

Hill-Murray choral/vocal music director says playing Sister Mary Patrick in “Sister Act” at the Chanhassen is fun because her character is so full of God’s grace and life.

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November 22, 2015

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Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe

The Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe, is celebrated on the Thirty-Fourth and last Sunday of Ordinary Time. It is the grand, glorious, and triumphant conclusion to the Church liturgical year.

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