The ministries supported by the Bishop’s Annual Appeal sustain the local church by providing essential education, pastoral care and other assistance.
During this year’s celebration of Ash Wednesday Feb. 17, many dioceses will be following the Vatican’s recommendation of a modified method for distributing ashes.
To assist readers in preparing for and reflecting upon the season of Lent, The Central Minnesota Catholic collected responses from 40 people across the diocese.
Perhaps we need to all grow in our understanding of the sacrament of reconciliation.
Lent is intended to be a season of ongoing conversion. These are capsule reviews of 10 films that showcase characters experiencing a positive change of heart, mind or outlook.
The 40 days of Lent are a time for us to refocus on “getting right” with God and others, and to convert our hearts and minds to better reflect the love of Christ.
Unlike Christmas, Easter and every Sunday of the year, Ash Wednesday is not a holy day of obligation. Maybe that’s part of the draw for some people, who fill their parish churches for Ash Wednesday liturgies as they rarely do at any other time.
The Easter Vigil, the culmination of our Lenten journey, has its root in the tradition of the Jewish Passover.
It is the pinnacle of the church’s liturgical calendar.