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Lenten practices

Posted by Kyle Eller

Lent runs from Feb. 14 to April 1. Ash Wednesday (Feb. 14) and Good Friday (March 30) are obligatory days of fasting and abstinence for Catholics. In addition, Fridays during Lent are obligatory days of abstinence. For members of the Latin Catholic Church, the norms on fasting are obligatory ... Read More »

Deacon Kyle Eller: How should we respond to ‘prayer shaming’?

Posted by Kyle Eller

I’m not sure exactly when I first encountered the phenomenon of “prayer shaming,” but I do remember how deeply it offended me. I still find it one of the most disturbing turns our culture has taken in the past few years. (And that’s saying something.)

If you pay attention ... Read More »

Two speakers coming for annual women’s conference

Posted by Kyle Eller

The sixth annual diocesan Women of Faith Conference Feb. 24 at Marshall School in Duluth, centered on the theme “Beyond Me,” will bring in two headline speakers, for the first time including a man.

Father Jim Sichko, a full-time evangelist and preacher who travels the country with storytelling, humor, ... Read More »

CRS Rice Bowl is back, asks Catholics to ‘share the journey’

Posted by Kyle Eller

Pope Francis has asked Catholics to “Share the Journey” with migrants and refugees aground the world. Catholic Relief Services’ Rice Bowl offers Catholics in the United States a way to encounter Lent, to encounter the causes of migration and displacement, and to learn about the challenges faced by families ... Read More »

EWTN host to speak at men’s conference Feb. 17

Posted by Kyle Eller

The seventh annual Men of Faith Conference for the Diocese of Duluth is set for Feb. 17 at Marshall School in Duluth and will feature Peter Herbeck, co-host of the weekly EWTN television shows “The Choices We Face” and “Crossing the Goal,” in addition to the daily radio show ... Read More »

Bishop Paul Sirba: Lent is nearly upon us — get ready

Posted by Kyle Eller

Our Lent draws near! In the first days of February we conclude Catholic School’s Week, our priests and deacons attend the annual retreat for clergy Feb. 5-9, and we celebrate the Feast Day of St. Scholastica on Feb. 10. Ash Wednesday is Feb. 14. I wonder what the secular ... Read More »

With Capitol 101, MCC invites Catholics to learn about the legislative process

Posted by Kyle Eller

Last year, the Minnesota Catholic Conference held its first Catholics at the Capitol, a massive event that brought thousands of Catholics to St. Paul for formation in faithful citizenship and a chance to speak to legislators directly. That event is expected to return in 2019.

But that doesn’t mean ... Read More »

Kyle Eller: Christmas story invites us to our own place in the story

Posted by Kyle Eller

My favorite piece of sacred music that we hear in Mass is the Exultet — that long chant, usually sung by a deacon, that is prayed near the beginning of the Easter Vigil Mass. (Having been ordained a deacon less than 24 hours ago, I am eagerly hoping I ... Read More »

Betsy Kneepkens: Now I know why my parents wanted me home for the holidays

Posted by Kyle Eller

My parents deserve an apology, and unfortunately, it is too late to seek forgiveness from my father. When I was 18, I went off to college. I was an adult, paying my way. I was responsible for one person and one person only, myself. Like most older adolescents, my ... Read More »

Liz Hoefferle: Christmas is a good time to meditate on the great gift — Jesus

Posted by Kyle Eller

Christmas is a great time to think about gifts. From television commercials to Black Friday sales, and from newspaper inserts to lists for Santa, it’s not hard to focus on gifts this time of year.

A dictionary definition of gift tells us that it is “a thing given to ... Read More »