Diocese of Duluth

Bishop Paul Sirba
Fall awakens our hope of the Master’s return

As nature sheds her glory, and the daylight shades come earlier, what a beautiful fall we have had. We enter the month of November with hope and expectation: hope as members of the Communion of Saints on the road to glory, and expectation in the truth of our faith that we await the Master’s return with renewed joy and anticipation. (The Northern Cross) Read more >>

The Mallory Norrell Memorial Fund

Mallory

A special young woman who loved Camp Survive has died. Read more about her here. There is also a memorial fund in her name. Donate >>

Adult Faith Formation Program

adult faith formationA 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 >>

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Highlights

DIACONATE ORDINATION: Bishop Paul Sirba will ordain four men, Kyle Eller, Daniel Goshey, Michael Marvin and Steven Odegard, to the permanent diaconate at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Rosary Nov. 26 at 3 p.m.

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.

Issues

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.

Latest news

Father Michael Schmitz: When not liking the liturgy leads family to stop going to Mass

Question: My family refuses to go to Mass because there are too many “extras” (like baptisms), too much singing, and too many announcements. Why can’t we have a “low Mass” without all of that stuff? Isn’t the church supposed to adapt and keep up with all the people?

Answer: There are a couple of elements in your question that I would like to address individually.

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Father Richard Kunst: Learn from St. Hubert — don’t skip church to go hunting

If you are an outdoorsman, November is the most wonderful time of the year! Hunting is in the air, and although hunting is an interest of both sexes, I certainly see more wives alone at Mass during this time than I see husbands. Often, women will refer to themselves as hunter’s widows.

Though I was born and raised in northeastern Minnesota, I was never a big hunter. For several years, I would hunt pheasant on my family’s property, but I personally never got into big game like deer or bear. But I sure appreciate hunters, and I have to admit I am attracted to the idea of going hunting more often than I do. (Last time I went, I got a tick with Lyme Disease.)

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Betsy Kneepkens: Hefner death, NFL controversy show that our bodies reflect our souls

I can’t help but get excited when the secular world unwittingly reports beliefs imparted by the Catholic Church and does an exceptional job proving those teachings true.

This past month, two entirely different news stories were widely published, frequently discussed, and commented about on social media: the ongoing story of NFL players who have opted to kneel during the National Anthem and coverage of the death and legacy of Hugh Hefner, the founder of Playboy and a progressive in the area of what has been termed “sexual freedom.”

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