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Betsy Kneepkens: We planned to build a domestic church — here’s how it’s gone

Posted by Elizabeth Gjovik

I dreaded the sign of peace when we brought all our children to Mass. I am not sure what the priest or those around could see, but there was the excessive squeezing of hands and toes that were stepped on, hugs that were attempts to pull the locks of ... Read More »

Father Richard Kunst: Something better than seeing the face of Jesus

Posted by Elizabeth Gjovik

My favorite piece of real estate on earth (as I have probably mentioned before) is Rome, Italy. For years, I have led small group tours of six to eight people there, and I never tire of doing it. I tire of the flights, but not of Rome. You can ... Read More »

Father Nicholas Nelson: Getting the Immaculate Conception and Annunciation correct

Posted by Elizabeth Gjovik

This month we celebrate one of the church’s great solemnities, the Immaculate Conception. It is the patronal feast of our country. For this reason, Dec. 8 is a Holy Day of Obligation. So make sure you get to Mass.  Father Nick NelsonHanding on the Faith

Now, who was immaculately conceived? ... Read More »

Deacon Kyle Eller: How can we love our enemies?

Posted by Elizabeth Gjovik

On Facebook a couple of weeks ago, I posted the following quote from Ven. Fulton Sheen: “The real test of the Christian is not how much he loves his friends, but how much he loves his enemies.”  Deacon Kyle EllerMere Catholicism

If we take that seriously (as we must), ... Read More »

Editorial: Christmas commercialism amid economic distress

Posted by Elizabeth Gjovik

Concern about the commercialization of Christmas has been a trope for so many decades that most of us likely don’t remember a time when it wasn’t well known. To cite one example, “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” dating all the way back to 1965, famously had it as a central ... Read More »

New Ascension yearlong podcast starts Jan. 1, will present entire catechism

Posted by Elizabeth Gjovik

By Julie Asher Catholic News Service 

Beginning Jan. 1, Ascension Press will launch “The Catechism in a Year,” taking listeners through the four parts of the Catechism of the Catholic Church and “providing explanation, insight, and encouragement along the way.”

Over the course of 365 daily podcast episodes, Father Mike Schmitz ... Read More »

Retired Bishop Swain of Sioux Falls, S.D., dies; headed diocese 2006-2019

Posted by Elizabeth Gjovik

By Catholic News Service 

Retired Bishop Paul J. Swain of Sioux Falls died Nov. 26 while in hospice care at Dougherty House, nearly 15 years to the day since he had blessed the Avera health services facility as head of the diocese. He was 79.

Bishop Paul J. Swain of ... Read More »

Minnesota bishop expresses outrage over desecration at Catholic cemetery

Posted by Elizabeth Gjovik

By Catholic News Service 

Bishop Robert E. Barron of Winona-Rochester expressed outrage Nov. 2 over the desecration of several graves and the columbarium at the diocese’s Calvary Cemetery in Rochester “with hateful and obscene graffiti” on Halloween night. A columbarium is seen Nov. 1 at Calvary Cemetery in Rochester after it ... Read More »

40 Hours Devotion 

Posted by Elizabeth Gjovik

Photo by Deacon Kyle Eller / The Northern Cross 

Father Trevor Peterson, parochial vicar of the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Rosary and St. Mary Star of the Sea, gives a meditation on the Eucharist Nov. 19 at St. John the Evangelist in Duluth as part of the 40 Hours Devotion. ... Read More »

Bishop Robert Barron: Entering the spiritual space of John the Baptist

Posted by Elizabeth Gjovik

By Bishop Robert Barron Word on Fire 

One of my favorite places on earth is the great Cathedral of Chartres, located about an hour by train south of Paris. For me, it represents the richest expression of Gothic architecture, and the Gothic is, again for me, the most religiously evocative ... Read More »