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Saturday, May 31, 2008

Speaking of Joan of Arc...


Believe it or not, this is the way they celebrate Palm Sunday Mass at St. Joan of Arc Church in Minneapolis. I don't know what that thing is, but I bet (and hope) it gave all the kids attending nightmares for weeks.

I can't begin to do this justice, so click here for more photos.
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Feast of St. Joan of Arc, May 30


The story is so familiar to you, but just a reminder. She was burned at the stake when she was 19 years old, but not before she conversed with saints (St. Michael, St. Catherine, and St. Margaret) and led an army.

What do you intend to accomplish before your 19th birthday?
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Wednesday, May 14, 2008

What's with the Cape?


For you who attended the Confirmation Mass on Monday, you may have noticed that Hannah and Sam were wearing capes over their cassocks and surpluses. Why?

They wore what is called a VIMPA. Here's the definition from Wikipedia:

"A vimpa is a veil or shawl worn over the shoulders of servers who carry the miter and crosier in Catholic liturgical functions when they are not being used by the bishop. The vimpa is used to hold the miter or crosier, thus preventing direct contact with the pontificalia by anyone other than the bishop. The two vimpa-bearers attend the bishop during Pontifical Mass, and follow him in procession."
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Congratulations to our Confirmation Class!

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