As Catholics have done for millennia, the Church, our Mother and Teacher, provides the “soothing remedy of prayer, almsgiving, and fasting” for our cold hearts. The Holy Father says that by devoting time to prayer, “we enable our hearts to root out our secret lies and forms of self-deception, and then to find the consolation God offers. He is our Father and he wants us to live life well.” Almsgiving “sets us free from greed and helps us to regard our neighbor as a brother or sister. What I possess is never mine alone.” Fasting “weakens our tendency to violence; it disarms us and becomes an important opportunity for growth … it allows us to experience what the destitute and the starving have to endure ... it expresses our own spiritual hunger and thirst for life in God.” (The Northern Cross) Read more >>
A diocese-wide Adult Faith Formation program consisting of 5 sessions (one Saturday per month from November through March) is being held in each deanery. It is based on "Symbolon: The Catholic Faith Explained," and the formation includes guidance by a facilitator, small group discussion, and prayerful reflection. Schedule >>
Lent runs from Feb. 14 to April 1. Ash Wednesday (Feb. 14) and Good Friday (March 30) are obligatory days of fasting and abstinence for Catholics. In addition, Fridays during Lent are obligatory days of abstinence. For members of the Latin Catholic Church, the norms on fasting are obligatory from age 18 until age 59. When fasting, a person is permitted to eat one full meal, as well as two smaller meals that together are not equal to a full meal. The norms concerning abstinence from meat are binding upon members of the Latin Catholic Church from age 14 onwards. If possible, the fast on Good Friday is continued until the Easter Vigil.
Come ride the bus with others from the Diocese of Duluth to participate in the 45th Annual March for Life on Monday, January 22, 2018 at the State Capitol. More information and registration can be found here.
MEN’S CONFERENCE: The seventh annual Men of Faith Conference will be held Feb. 17, at Marshall School in Duluth. This year’s theme is “Men of the Spirit.” The guest speaker is Peter Herbeck, vice president and director of missions for Renewal Ministries. He is a co-host of the weekly EWTN television programs “The Choices We Face” and “Crossing the Goal.” He also hosts the daily radio show “Fire on the Earth.” Priority registration date is Feb. 5.
WOMEN’S CONFERENCE: The sixth annual diocesan Women of Faith Conference will be held Feb. 24 at Marshall School in Duluth. This year's theme is “Beyond Me.” Headline speakers include Teresa Tomeo, an international speaker who has spent her professional life as a journalist in both secular and Catholic-based media who currently hosts a daily radio talk show called Catholic Connection, Father Jim Sichko, a full-time evangelist and preacher who travels the country with storytelling, humor and music to inspired audiences with the Gospel. He is one of 100 papal missionaries in the United State commissioned by Pope Francis.
STRATEGIC PLANNING: The Diocese of Duluth Five Year Strategic Plan, effective from 2012 to 2017, along with the implementation handbook, is available here. You can find an update on what’s been implemented so far here.
SAFE ENVIRONMENT: Bishop Paul Sirba, in December 2013, released names of clergy credibly abused of sexual abuse of a minor. More information is available here.
FINANCIAL STATEMENT: The Diocese of Duluth has released its audited financial reports. Please see the document here.
COMPUTER SECURITY: The Diocesan Technology Committee offers some best-practices guidance for computer systems here.
02/13/18 2:25 am
Since writing a monthly column for The Northern Cross I have dedicated one month, usually February, to an issue related to Catholic schools. I have a huge heart for Catholic education, because I know that the faith formation I received in Catholic schools played a major role in developing my inclination to seek Christ when it comes to others, myself, and life situations. I am confident that the moments in my life in which I have experienced the greatest joy, gratitude, and appreciation have been when I have been attentive and intentional about following that inclination. I can’t help desiring the same sort of opportunity for my family, and for all children, for that matter.
For the first time in 50 years, I am not attending, working at, or having children attend Catholic schools. I do have two sons at a Catholic university in St. Louis, but they are so far away I find it difficult for me to claim that as being involved. My passion for Catholic schools has not wavered, and in so many ways I can be even more objective and supportive of these institutions from an outside perspective.Read More
02/12/18 11:28 pm
Lent runs from Feb. 14 to April 1. Ash Wednesday (Feb. 14) and Good Friday (March 30) are obligatory days of fasting and abstinence for Catholics. In addition, Fridays during Lent are obligatory days of abstinence. For members of the Latin Catholic Church, the norms on fasting are obligatory from age 18 until age 59. When fasting, a person is permitted to eat one full meal, as well as two smaller meals that together are not equal to a full meal. The norms concerning abstinence from meat are binding upon members of the Latin Catholic Church from age 14 onwards. If possible, the fast on Good Friday is continued until the Easter Vigil (on Holy Saturday night) as the “paschal fast” to honor the suffering and death of the Lord Jesus, and to prepare ourselves to share more fully and to celebrate more readily his Resurrection. More information on fast and abstinence can be found at www.usccb.org.Read More
02/09/18 1:58 am
I’m not sure exactly when I first encountered the phenomenon of “prayer shaming,” but I do remember how deeply it offended me. I still find it one of the most disturbing turns our culture has taken in the past few years. (And that’s saying something.)
If you pay attention to current events, you have encountered it too. According to the Internet, pundits, and many politicians, we are now supposed to be upset when someone says victims of some tragedy are in her “thoughts and prayers.”Read More