As clergy we have the privilege of shepherding the faithful into the sobriety of the Eucharist these holy days. An antidote to the sense of noise in the culture is silence. Silence bears communion. “Silence mediates the kiss of the Holy Spirit,” said St. Bernard of Clairvaux. We unplug and meditate on the love of God for us sinners. ... If our training for our spiritual Olympics includes prayer, fasting, almsgiving, Lenten missions, confessions, acts of mercy, Stations of the Cross, and fish fries, our Holy Week is the finish line and goal. It is the celebration of victory! 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.
CHRISM MASS: The annual Chrism Mass will be held on Monday, March 26, at 5:30 p.m. at the Cathedral of Our Lady. At this Holy Week Mass, the holy oils used in the sacraments are blessed and distributed to each parish. The liturgy also signifies the unity of the priests of the diocese and their bishop. All of the faithful are encouraged to attend.
DIOCESAN ASSEMBLY: The annual Diocesan Assembly is set for Oct. 13, featuring speaker Colin MacIver from Ascension Press, an international speaker with expertise on the Theology of the Body. He will be speaking on the themes “Made in His Image ... Made for Love,” and “50 Years After Humanae Vitae: Rediscovering God’s Plan for Love.”
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.
03/16/18 2:01 am
Theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking, who said he did not believe in God, was still an esteemed member of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences and fostered a fruitful dialogue between science and faith.
The academy, which Pope Pius IX established in 1847, tweeted, “We are deeply saddened about the passing of our remarkable Academician Stephen #Hawking who was so faithful to our Academy.”Read More
03/16/18 1:48 am
The chairmen of two U.S. bishops’ committees March 14 called the First Amendment Defense Act “a modest and important measure” because it protects those who believe marriage is “the union of one man and one woman.”Read More
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By James Reinke
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