This year our watch is cut short. The fourth Sunday of Advent is also Christmas Eve. This is Advent at its shortest ebb. Be mindful of the days. Now don’t get any ideas of skipping Mass on the fourth Sunday. The faithful are obliged to attend Mass at least twice; at least once for the fourth Sunday of Advent ... and at least once for Christmas. Sorry, no “two for one” deal, but who would want to miss out on the free gift! (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 >>
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.” Registration and information is available at www.duluthcatholicmen.org.
WOMEN’S CONFERENCE: The sixth annual diocesan Women’s 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.
12/11/17 10:42 pm
My favorite piece of sacred music that we hear in Mass is the Exultet — that long chant, usually sung by a deacon, that is prayed near the beginning of the Easter Vigil Mass. (Having been ordained a deacon less than 24 hours ago, I am eagerly hoping I will have an opportunity to sing it sometime in the future.)
But I also very much like another piece of sacred music that can be sung in a similar way at the night Mass on Christmas Eve. It’s shorter, it’s also very simple, and it’s very beautiful. It’s called “The Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ,” and it’s a proclamation of exactly that.Read More
12/11/17 10:39 pm
My parents deserve an apology, and unfortunately, it is too late to seek forgiveness from my father. When I was 18, I went off to college. I was an adult, paying my way. I was responsible for one person and one person only, myself. Like most older adolescents, my thoughts were, “When I am 18, I am out of here.” In my college years and a few years after that, I found going home to be a last resort option. After that, life was pretty busy and complicated; I found it difficult to manage the distance.
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12/11/17 10:27 pm
Christmas is a great time to think about gifts. From television commercials to Black Friday sales, and from newspaper inserts to lists for Santa, it’s not hard to focus on gifts this time of year.
A dictionary definition of gift tells us that it is “a thing given to someone without payment.” Different than something that is sold, exchanged, or earned, a gift is freely given. We buy or make a gift for someone simply because we care about the person and want to make his or her life better. Giving a gift is an act of love.Read More