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This is a blog of stories about experiences with marriage, family and sexuality.   The stories come through the portal below called "Write Your Story."  The "demographic info"  can be as specific as you like i.e. your age, your gender, your religious affiliation, your name, ..., or none of the these.

1.  Demographic Info: Name: Paula Ruddy  Title:  Unnecessary Pain

A woman I know told me this story with tears. She married a divorced man whose first marriage was never annulled. They lived in a small city where he
had a professional practice. They went to the Catholic Church every Sunday,  brought up two children there, and never received communion. The profound pain
of the woman while telling me this moved me too. What thoughts she must have been having about herself and her marriage? What an unnecessary burden of pain!  The Church's doctrine of marriage indissolubility does not manifest a merciful God.

 

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 Council of the Baptized Open Forum, January 9, 2018

  

The Council of the Baptized will be using the Open Forum time on Tuesday, January 9, to plan its 2018 focus.   You are welcome to join us or to email us your ideas at info@cccr-cob.org

Our meeting is as usual at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 700 S. Snelling, St. Paul, at 7:00 p.m. 

 Deacon Trish Vanni to speak at Spirit of St. Stephen's Catholic Community

 On Monday, Jan. 29th at 7 p.m., Spirit of St. Stephen's Catholic Community (2201 First Ave S, Minneapolis) is excited to host Deacon Patricia Sullivan Vanni, MDiv, PhD, to give a talk entitled "Being the Church Together: The breakthroughs of Vatican II -- and beyond." Ecumenical Catholic Communion Deacon Vanni is a theologian who has explored how prayer and church teaching have shaped the self-understanding of the laity. She has spoken on the local and national level and has written extensively on the Sacraments.

 

Join us as we explore the evolution of our understanding of what it means to be the Church. Through storytelling and teaching, we will explore the critical changes that shaped us before, during and after the Second Vatican Council. These themes continue to call us, through the Holy Spirit, to live as the Body of Christ. All are welcome.

 

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