“Then every scribe who has been instructed in the kingdom of heaven is like the head of a household who brings from his store room both the new and the old” (Matthew 13:52). Recently, the “store room” of the Diocese has been producing new and old blessings in abundance. (The Northern Cross) Read more >>
A diocese-wide Adult Faith Formation program will begin in November, consisting of 5 sessions (one Saturday per month from November through March) held in each deanery. It will be based around "Symbolon: The Catholic Faith Explained," and the formation will include guidance by a facilitator, small group discussion, and prayerful reflection. Register >>
ANNIVERSARY MASS AND LUNCHEON: Couples from the Diocese of Duluth celebrating the marriage milestones of 10, 20, 25, 30, 40, 50, 60 years and beyond are invited to the fourth annual Anniversary Mass and Luncheon on Sunday, Oct. 22. Mass will be at 10:30 p.m. at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Rosary with Bishop Sirba, and lunch will follow at Holy Rosary School, 2802 E. Fourth Street, Duluth. All are welcome at Mass, but space for lunch is limited to the first 150 who reserve a space. The lunch will be free for the celebrating couples; additional family members are $10/person. The cost per family member will increase to $15 per person on Oct. 9, and reservations for lunch close Oct. 16.
DIACONATE ORDINATION: Bishop Paul Sirba will ordain four men to the permanent diaconate at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Rosary Nov. 26 at 3 p.m.
MARCH FOR LIFE: High school students from the Diocese of Duluth have been invited to join students from the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis on a pilgrimage to Washington, DC, for the annual March for Life. The pilgrimage runs Jan. 16-21, and registration (first come, first served) is due Oct. 25. Families of pilgrims are welcome to attend. Read more >>
WOMEN’S CONFERENCE: The sixth annual Women of Faith Conference will be held Feb. 24 at Marshall School in Duluth. This year's theme is “Beyond Me,” and the speakers are Teresa Tomeo and Father Jim Sichko. More details to be announced.
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.
10/18/17 3:48 am
I know that I have had more opportunities than most Catholics. My parents sacrificed to send my 12 siblings and me to Catholic schools, both grade school and high school, and nearly all of us attended Catholic colleges. My parents instilled the value of weekly Mass attendance, and while growing up our social life and faith community were essentially the same group of people. I worked at a Catholic college for almost 28 years, and now I have been blessed to work for the Diocese of Duluth in the Office of Marriage and Family Life.
God has graced me with a husband who is a practicing Catholic, and as a young, newly married couple, we serendipitously selected a neighborhood that includes other Catholic families, our church, and the parish school our children attended. And on any given weekend my family has at least a dozen different Mass times to choose from at nearby parishes when our schedule is complicated.Read More
10/18/17 3:33 am
When the day’s emcee Father Ryan Moravitz asked the crowd at Built Upon a Rock Fest Sept. 17 if they wanted to do it again next year, there was no mistaking the answer in the big cheer that followed.
The gorgeous late summer Catholic rock concert drew more than 900 people, including about 70 volunteers, to the grounds of the Holy Rosary campus of Stella Maris Academy, while across the street at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Rosary, people prayed in Eucharistic Adoration.Read More
10/18/17 3:12 am
Racial disparities continue to persist in American life. As a response, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops recently instituted a new initiative to fight racism in all its forms.
Though racism — irrational animus toward others based on their skin color, ethnicity, or race — is a sin within the human heart and cannot be fully eradicated by public policy, we can work in the public arena to mitigate its effects.Read More