Pax Christi News Blog


The Communion of Saints

October 26, 2020
Next to my bed on the nightstand I keep a pile of prayer cards for people I have known who have died.  The stack is a couple of inches high.  The most recent card is exactly three months old.  The oldest of them is from decades ago.  Those cards r...

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I'll Push You

October 26, 2020
Patrick “Paddy” Gray and Justin “Skeez” Skeesuck can’t remember when they first became friends. They can’t remember a time without each other. They were born in the same hospital in July 1975, just two days apart.  The two boys grew up le...

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Pax Christi Outreach Efforts

October 26, 2020
Invitation to Discipleship Pax Christi is Christ-centered. We encourage the members of our community to answer the call from baptism to be joyful disciples who are deeply engaged in our world. We encourage lifelong faith formation and spiritual growth, a heart of service, and pa...

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What do you love?

October 26, 2020
Poet, activist, and community gardener Ross Gay asked the question, “What do you love?” when he was interviewed by Krista Tippet about justice. He said that justice was about love. The community garden he built with friends provides an abundance of free fruit for the ...

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Engagement and Renewal through Liturgical Retreat

October 26, 2020
On Saturday, September 19, more than 100 Pax Christi members gathered for a liturgical retreat: Participation of the Heart, Serving and Building the Community of the Beloved. Thanks to the leadership of the Worship Council and planning by Pax Christi liturgical ministers, those w...

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A REFLECTION ON THE LITURGICAL RETREAT

October 24, 2020
I have been a member of Pax Christi for 12 years.  I am a member of the choir and also have cantored and played the piano for some services. The idea of a retreat was especially appealing this year with all of the problems we are facing at home and as a nation. I wanted a ti...

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CALLED AND COUNTED: PAX CHRISTI CENSUS 2020

September 22, 2020
Everyone counts in the Kingdom of God. Whether it’s the shepherd looking for a missing sheep or the widow in search of a lost coin, the Christian message is clear: every person matters. When Pax Christi volunteers reached out to homebound parishioners this spring during the...

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EAGLE SCOUT PROJECT RESULTS IN RENOVATION OF RING OF JORDAN

September 14, 2020
When was the last time you walked by the Ring of Jordan on the Pax Christi campus? Up until late June, it was very run down with deteriorating benches and wood piles, trash, debris, and completely overgrown with weeds and buckthorn. If you take a look now, you will see that it ha...

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OPERATION BACON

September 14, 2020
In April, Pax Christi parishioner Aric Fier learned that friend and farmer, Steve Van Keulen, was in a painful predicament. Large meat processing facilities in Worthington, Minnesota, and Sioux Falls, South Dakota, had shut down after a number of their workers became infected wit...

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VIRTUAL ADULT FAITH FORMATION

September 11, 2020
“When life gives you lemons, make lemonade!” More than a cute, feel-good philosophy in this year of the pandemic, parishioners have taken the lemon handed to them in the form of COVID-19 and social distancing to make lemonade by utilizing online platforms such as Zoo...

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ARCHBISHOP HEBDA'S LETTER TO PARISHES - MARCH, 2020

March 12, 2020
OFFICE OF THE ARCHBISHOP 777 Forest Street | Saint Paul, MN 55106-3857 | T: 651.291.4511 | F: 651. 291.4549 | www.archspm.org | archbishop@archspm.org March 12, 2020 Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, In ordinary circumstances, Catholics are obliged to participat...

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A CALLING TO LEADERSHIP AT PAX CHRISTI

February 26, 2020
  Q – I hear this word ‘calling’.  What is this about?  A – On one level, it pertains to one’s professional career: surgeon, priest, engineer, teacher, chef.  At another level, it is God tapping you and me on the shoulder an...

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JESUS WOULD LOVE FIRST

September 15, 2019
  In June, members of the Twelve Baskets Ministry  took an “Urban Plunge” and visited some of the agencies that receive donations from our baby shower drive. We were in awe of what we discovered at one location—the Tandem crisis pregnancy center&mda...

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A MISSION TO SERVE AND CONNECT

November 12, 2018
Last July, three Pax Christi community members spent a week at Hogar Teresa Toda in Azua, Dominican Republic as part of an annual mission trip that the Church of St. Edward’s in Bloomington has led for 16 years.  The three of us—Victoria Gregus, Joan Pare, and I ...

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HOW GREEN IS YOUR THUMB?

August 24, 2018
One of the goals of the Arts, Campus & Gardens Council this year was to implement an improved plan for the care and maintenance of the garden areas we have here at Pax Christi.  We have engaged the assistance of several master Gardeners to oversee, guide and educate our ...

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Pax Christi Funeral Ministry: Saying Goodbye in Prayer

August 14, 2018
Among the many transitions we make in life there is one that is final.  Visiting Fr. Tim Power’s grave in Pleasant Hill Cemetery adjacent to Pax Christi brings a new perspective to moving from death to new life.  His memorial stone records his birth date and his d...

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Healing and Grace Through the Sacrament of Anointing

August 07, 2018
There he found a man named Aeneas, who had been confined to bed for eight years, for he was paralyzed. Peter said to him, "Aeneas, Jesus Christ heals you. Get up and make your bed." He got up at once.     –Acts 9:33-34 Parishioner Anne Kieser shares her...

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Sr High Mission Trip

July 31, 2018
Two years does not a tradition make, however perhaps the Senior High School Mission Trip will soon become a tradition for me. This past June I, along with our High School Youth Minister Jessie Johnson, had the opportunity to join a group of 9 faith-filled high schoolers from Pax ...

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Visiting the Holy Land with Fr. Bill Murtaugh

July 16, 2018
What can I say about Jordan and the Holy Land? It was like a dream to be where Jesus lived, died and rose! I learned many things from the guide as we drove across stable Jordan, the buffer zone country.  The home of the Dead Sea, and the Old Testament, the fertile land of...

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Truly "Disciples on a Mission"

July 10, 2018
I just wanted to share a service project that the Ad Altare Dei group just completed.  Throughout our meetings this fall and winter I have used the "Disciples on a Mission" theme as part of our coursework. Part of the study for their AAD emblem is to complete a major serv...

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Before George Harrison died...

June 26, 2018
Before George Harrison died in 2001, he was interviewed and talked about his life, including his experience with the Beatles. He said that when they first started out, “it was all about the fame.” And of course, the Beatles had more fame than they ever dreamed of havi...

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TAP INTO YOUR INNER WISDOM WITH SOULCOLLAGEĀ®

June 01, 2018
When was the last time you made a collage? Perhaps you have created a vision board, or perhaps you use images in your journal practice. For most of us, I imagine that we recall the joys of making a collage either with our children or from our own childhood. What if, now as an adu...

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MEET SHARON KARKANEN

May 29, 2018
Any given Monday Sharon Karkanen can be found at Pax Christi. “It doesn’t take me long to do what I do,” Sharon laughs, “oh maybe just an hour to an hour and half at most. It is really pretty quick and easy.” The volunteer philosophy she shares, ...

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SURROUNDED BY ART

May 29, 2018
The Church needs art. Thanks to the Pax Christi Art Committee, made up of both artists and non-artists, Pax Christi parishioners are surrounded by art. The committee has more than a dozen members who coordinate four art exhibits annually in Pax Christi’s Pacem in Terris Gal...

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MEET MACKENZIE KLOEMPKEN

May 29, 2018
Most people would agree that they can’t imagine attending Mass without music. For Mackenzie Kloempken, she can’t imagine not being part of that music. In fact, Mackenzie has a hard time remembering the last time she attended a regular Mass without playing the role of ...

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HER GIFT

May 23, 2018
Like so many blessed members of Pax Christi, Jeanette LeDoux gave herself over to many ways of serving our community.  The founding pastor of Pax Christi, Father Tim Power, used to say that when the community experienced a need, God sent members to fill the need. And so it h...

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HAPPY ONE-YEAR ANNIVERSARY

May 08, 2018
Time may fly, but the needs that we are called to address seem to grow at supersonic speed. One person cannot solve every need, but together, a group can make a fairly significant dent by combining our gifts.  Be proud of your community on the corner of Homeward Hills and Pi...

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HERE'S YOUR OPPORTUNITY TO "SERVE"

April 12, 2018
The best way to show our love is in service to one another. Doing what you do best, sharing from the font of your talent, is definitely life-giving. Time and time again, we hear stories of those who shared their gifts feeling that they “got more out of the experience than t...

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THE TRIDUUM: OUR HOLIEST DAYS OF THE YEAR

March 22, 2018
The Triduum challenges us as disciples of Jesus to “pass over” from our old ways and to go forth to a new life of freedom, an invitation to a new way of seeing and being. It requires our letting go of things we may regard as important. This Paschal Mystery, the d...

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PAX CHRISTI TOUCHES STUDENT LIVES AT EAST SIDE LEARNING CENTER

March 21, 2018
CLICK HERE to view the photo album "Twelve Baskets  – Easter Basket Drive" This past week, 310 Easter baskets were delivered to Extension Services (north Minneapolis), Holy Rosary (south Minneapolis), East Side Learning Center (St. Paul), and PROP (Eden Prairie...

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FRAN HEITZMAN: A TWIN CITIES ICON AND PAX CHRISTI TREASURE

March 20, 2018
CLICK HERE to view the photo album "Fran Heitzman" Fran Heitzman’s roots at Pax Christi run deep. One could say that they’re even deeper than the roots of the four ash trees that Fran planted on the west side of the church years ago. Fran, who at one time owne...

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OH HONEY! IS THIS A MATCH MADE IN HEAVEN?

December 17, 2017
CLICK HERE to view the photo album "Oh Honey!" Our story begins more than 100 years ago at the University of Minnesota. In 1913, the Division of Bee Culture (now the U of Minnesota Bee Lab) was established on the St. Paul campus. One of its original researcher scientists was ...

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AN INDIAN NIGHT AT PAX CHRISTI

October 15, 2017
CLICK HERE to view the photo album "Indian Night at Pax Christi"   Both my grandmothers were named Mary.  Growing up in Chennai, India, my family and I would travel to our grandmothers’ homes in the state of Kerala to spend a few weeks of our annual school va...

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