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Twin Cities Catholic

connecting the Twin Cities to Christ’s Church Publisher

Parsons Media, LLC President Ryan Parsons Editors Ryan Parsons Debbie Parsons Communications Kelly Kracht Photo Credits p.7 Our Lady of Guadalupe // Life Teen p.7 Saints Bracelet // Buckel p. 8 Cross Bracelet // Jacque Guinan

Contact: TwinCitiesCatholic@gmail.com

Happy New Year! In the spirit of a brand new year, I’d like to make a bold proclamation: Life is best lived fully alive. Common sense, sure. However, how many of us ever act on the dreams that God has placed on our hearts? I mean really, 100%, all-out action? How many songs go unwritten, “I love you’s” go unsaid, and magnificent works of charity go undone? Each of us has an unlived life, a saint we’re called to be screaming to be let loose on the darkness of this world. All we have to do is start. That’s what Twin Cities Catholic is about. Starting. Movement. We’re looking at the world and wondering what people are doing with this “Catholic Thing?” What are people being inspired by the Holy Spirit to start? We started a magazine. It isn’t perfect. It has typos I’m sure. The design might be different. But it is a start. God placed a dream on our hearts to create a new, fresh, bold magazine to communicate the faith to His faithful, and whether we’re successful or not, we are going to remain faithful. We think that’s enough. God will take care of the details. It is our hope that this issue moves you to action. To joy. To hope. To be so consumed with that burning fire of the Holy Spirit that you awaken that saint within you trying to shine for the world. Where ever you are in your life, we hope that today, now, you begin a new journey towards holiness. We pray that you start. May God grant you the courage to start. With Joy, Ryan Parsons


Meet the crew Catherine Huss Staff Writer/Blogger Catherine is a fashion and faith blogger studying Catho-

Ryan Parsons Editor/Writer

Emily Hering Contributing Writer

Kelly Kracht Communications/Writer Kelly is a native of St. Paul, Minn, who loves traveling and meeting people everywhere. She can usually be found with an Apple product, traversing the country/ world (or dreaming about doing so!). Kracht is a co-founder of TC Catholic, and works in the field of public relations/ marketing.

lic Studies and Apparel design at St. Thomas University. Check out her weekly blogs on the Twin Cities Catholic website or click to her premier blog, Victoriuss.

Emily Hering is a professional writer in the Minneapolis Metropolitan Area. Emily graduated from Franciscan University of Steubenville in 2010 with a degree in Philosophy. Since graduation, Emily has been involved with the TC Catholic community and other organizations working to bring about the Pope’s call for a “New Evangelization.” Twin Cities Catholic 2 // 18

Die-hard Green Bay Packer fan, social entrepreneur, and selfproclaimed egg roll guru, Ryan is also pursuing his Masters of Arts in Theology from St. Paul’s Seminary in St. Paul, MN. He blogs about living an examined life at CatholicCalling.com


Rediscovering The Beauty of Catholicism by Emily Hering

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n November 15, 2012, shortly before the start of a new liturgical year, the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis launched a program called “Rediscover.” The program coincides with Pope Benedict XVI’s proclamation of a Year of Faith, (which began October 11, 2012), the Pope’s call for a “New Evangelization,” and Archbishop Nienstedt’s Pastoral letter entitled, “I believe, therefore I spoke.” For several years leading up to the Rediscover program, the Archdiocese has been implementing various Twin Cities Catholic 3 // 18


outreach and formation events throughout parishes. The intent of these events has been to create dynamic parish communities filled with faith, hope, and love. Now, the Archdiocese is entering into stage two of bringing forth the Pope’s calling for faith and evangelization. The Rediscover initiative (Stage Two), invites Catholics from all over the Archdiocese to re-evaluate the meaning of their Catholic faith, while providing Catholics with the resources to be “New Evangelists” in the modern world. The Archdiocese started the Rediscover initiative with a free distribution of the book Rediscover Catholicism, by well-known Catholic author and speaker Matthew Kelly. In the book, Matthew Kelly challenges Catholics to live an authentic life. Kelly points out that our modern culture has become governed by deception and illusion. This deception and illusion stems from the fact that our culture is a place where everything looks good, yet lacks substance. The substance we long for is truth. Kelly expresses that people don’t want to be told the truth, but rather, shown the truth. People want to witness someone support their words with the authority of Twin Cities Catholic 4 // 18


their actions. Kelly expresses this natural longing by saying, “We are hungry for truth. The people of today are starving for the authentic, thirsting for the tiniest droplet of sincerity, aching to experience the genuine” (Kelly, pg. 23). Kelly believes that every Catholic is capable of living an authentic life, a life that will set the world on fire with Christ’s Love. So where does this so-called “authenticity” come from? True authenticity does not come from a department store, self-help book or CD series. Rather, true authenticity comes from a person, the person of Jesus Christ. The only way Catholics can live a truly inspiring, authentic life, is from an encounter with Christ himself. As Pope Benedict XVI writes, “The New Evangelization begins with an intimate personal encounter with the Lord Jesus and results in a compelling witness to his Gospel that responds to a changing social and cultural environment.” Once the Lord Jesus Christ is encountered, the fruits of the Holy Spirit will blossom, and we will experience the joy and peace we are called to share.

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The Rediscover initiative wishes to assist Catholics in rekindling their personal relationship with Christ. This relationship can be deepened through various types of prayer, such as “Lectio Divina,” “The Rosary,” “Praying the Scripture,” and “Saintly Devotions.” Through these efforts, the Rediscover initiative hopes to assist Catholics in making their entire lives a prayer. When this happens, our lives will no longer feel like a laundry list of tasks… Halleluiah! The Archdiocese has numerous opportunities to get involved with the Rediscover initiative. Events, groups, and speaker series will all help people grow in knowledge, and for lasting communities centered on Jesus Christ. For example, various parishes around the archdiocese will be forming book clubs to read and discuss Matthew Kelly’s book, Rediscover Catholicism. The Archdiocese wants to give members the appropriate tools and resources to rekindle their Catholic faith. Coming soon, there will be a Rediscover App created for the iPhone, Android, and iPad. The Rediscover Initiative will be an incredibly important program for each and every person, along with the Church as a whole. Through this program, the Pope’s call for a “New Evangelization,” and a “Year of Faith” will be made manifest. It is the hope that Catholics will once again open their hearts and minds to the truth of Jesus Christ. New meaning, purpose, and passion will hopefully be rekindled in the hearts of Catholics everywhere. The authenticity of a Christ-centered life will be contagious and irresistible. Peace and Joy will burst forth from every soul, ultimately setting the world on fire with Christ’s Love! As St. Iraneus says so beautifully, “The glory of God is man fully alive.” To get involved in the Rediscover Initiative, go to rediscover.archspm.org. Twin Cities Catholic 6 // 18


For Him

Who said Catholic Saints Bracelet from Buckle -- $4.50

Our Lady of Guadalupe Tee from Life Teen Store -- $7.00

Praying Hands Belt Buckle from The Western Buckle -- $17.99

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Gear has to be boring?

For Her

by Catherine Huss

W Cross earings from Asos -- $10.55

earing your faith on your sleeve is a fun and modern way to evangelize. Although rocking cross-shaped earrings in and

of itself probably won’t convert anyone, tees dawning sweet yet theologically sound images can often lead to great conversations about the faith. Also, you can’t get any more Catholic than a Saints bracelet, and this fashion fad has infiltrated its way throughout celebrities such as Taylor Swift, Miley Cyrus, Brittney Spears and San Francisco Giants player Tim Lincecum. Who knows, maybe one day these stars will glance at their wrists and wonder who those faces are staring back at them… So try on these pieces of Catholic bling for size, and be prepared to evangelize. Cross Bracelet from Mind ur Thoughts -- $16.50

Mary Cameo Neclace From ETSY -- $20.00 Twin Cities Catholic 8 // 18


Go To Mass! (seriously.)


The least you should know about social media. What it is, who is using it, and what it means for the future of the Church. by Kelly Kracht Twin Cities Catholic 10 // 18


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hether you use social media often or hardly at all, we can agree that this new form of communication is changing our world and our relationships. A social revolution is taking place on the Internet. One of the most important questions we can ask is whether or not we are taking advantage of this extraordinary tool in carrying out the Church’s mission of evangelization? Check out this remarkable video about the remarkable growth of social media over the last couple of years (http://www.twincitiescatholic.com/ reality-check-social-media/). More than words, it gives you a sense of how much the world uses social media on a daily basis. Just to give you an idea of how big social media is: if Facebook were a country it would be the third largest country in the world. That’s pretty crazy to think about since it has only been around for less than 10 years. Everyday Catholics use the internet, too. They connect with other Catholics on Facebook or Twitter. They follow blogs and read articles about certain aspects of integrating faith and culture. They watch YouTube videos and listen to podcasts. But this is a trend that is only beginning to take root within the Church. Twin Cities Catholic 11 // 18


This past December, the Pope joined Twitter. Using the Twitter handle @pontifex, he garnered over one million followers before ever tweeting his first tweet! His first tweet read, “Dear friends, I am pleased to get in touch with you through Twitter. Thank you for your generous response. I bless all of you from my heart.” And just to give you some perspective on the reach of a single tweet, that first tweet was retweeted 50,000 times and favorited over 20,000 times! People are hungry for spiritual interactions, online and in person. The Church, in whatever form necessary, must make Herself visible through these exciting new mediums to feed the spiritual appetite of the world. If you aren’t taking advantage of social media at the moment, give it a second thought. Who knows, maybe through your tweets, updates, videos, or blog you’ll be able to change a life. You may not have as many followers as the Pope, but if you’re a faithful follower of Jesus Christ, you’ll make the difference He’s calling you to make.

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You vs. “you” by Ryan Parsons

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his article is four pages, 890 total words, and, if you let it sink in, has the power to change every relationship you will ever be in.

I’m not going to waste your time, so here goes: You are remarkable. When I say “you” I mean you. Not the “you” on Facebook or Twitter. Not the “you” on YouTube or LinkedIn. Those may be micro-versions of yourself, but they will never compare to who you actually are and the fullness of who God is calling you to be. You are remarkable. The world needs you. But machines have gotten in the way. Twin Cities Catholic 13 // 18


Prior to the invention of writing, humans had to interact via the spoken word. Without argument this human interaction is the most personal level of communication. There you were, saying what you were saying, visible to the person you were talking to. Face to face. Your facial expressions, gestures, enthusiasm, and posture all were communicated along with the words you spoke. If you were nervous or scared or confident there was no way to hide it. You spoke and moved and fidgeted. They listened. Communication took place. Once written language was developed some of those aspects were removed. No longer was the recipient able to perceive the body language or gestures or physical expressions of the person communicating. The tone of their voice, inflections and unique accent were all done away with. Now there was a medium. A pen. The pen lessened the emotion involved with communication. Sure, what was written was still “you.� After all, it was still your own handwriting, your own style of cursive or manuscript, your Twin Cities Catholic 14 // 18


own sloppy or neat strokes. Dotting your “i” a certain way or underlining special words could emphasize emotions that would usually be conveyed with body language or the tone of your voice. Now, however, that degree of “humanness” was removed by the medium. You were replaced, at least in part, by the pen. In the 1860s, the typewriter was invented. No longer did correspondence need to be written by hand. No longer was your particular handwriting a factor. The medium of the pen was replaced by the medium of the typewriter. Now your handwriting was the style of the machine you used. It was the same as everyone else who used that medium. The only difference between one letter and another was if you left room at the bottom for your personal signature or forgot to check your spelling. Communication was now universally uniform. The human element lessened. You were removed a little bit more from conveying the totality of what and who you are. With the advent of the computer, word processors, text messaging, email, tweets, status updates, and instant messaging it is worthwhile for you and I to realize that this trend of diminishing the extent of “you” present in our communication is rapidly taking our personal touch out of our communication with others. Good, bad, or indifferent, the reality of the situation is that if you want the world to really know you, you can’t hide behind your computer. Which is more personal: a text message or a phone call? Or still yet, a phone call or a handshake? Twin Cities Catholic 15 // 18


Would you ask someone out on a date with a text message? How about a tweet? If you want to improve your relationships, if you want to evangelize, if you want to change the world, then YOU need to show up. Not the Facebook you. Not the Twitter you. Not the you on YouTube. Those things are vehicles. Middle men. Mediums. Use them, sure, but you are more remarkable in person than you will ever be on line. If you want to change the world, go out into the world and smile. Show the world who you are. If you want to change the world, go give your parents a hug. Don’t tell them how much you love them via a status update. Go embrace them. Show them. If you want to change the world, call up your friends instead of settling for texting them. Let them hear your voice. Better yet, go sit with them. Listen to them. Help them. A status update or tweet only goes so far. Love, true love, always goes the entire distance. Show up. The world needs love more than it needs you to tweet about love.

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Do Something With It. Your Catholic Faith isn’t just for eating doughnuts after mass on Sunday and smiling politely to people you meet in line at the grocery store. You can do more with it. It’s for forming community, embracing love, and pursuing happiness. It’s for changing the world. The Church exists to share the love of Jesus Christ with the world. Participate in that mission. Don’t sit on the sidelines. Visit us online at www.TwinCitiesCatholic.com for events, ministries, volunteer opportunities, and social gatherings near you. It’s your life. Do something remarkable with it. Twin Cities Catholic 17 // 18


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