In describing their own relationship with Jesus, many of our Confirmation candidates refer to him as their friend. Perhaps the verse from Saint John’s Gospel comes to mind, “I no longer call you slaves, because a slave does not know what his master is doing. I have called you friends, because I have told you everything I have heard from my Father” (John 15:15). (The Northern Cross) Read more >>
A general dispensation has been granted from Bishop Sirba from the obligation of abstinence from meat on March 17, 2017, the Commemoration of Saint Patrick.
Those taking advantage of the dispensation are encouraged to undertake a work of charity, an exercise of piety, prayer, or an act of comparable penance on some other occasion during the Second Week of Lent.
Christians are called to renew their faithfulness to God every day and not procrastinate when it comes to their own personal conversion, Pope Francis said. A hardened heart that sets aside “receiving the love of God” for another day may find that it is too late to enjoy the heavenly reward awaiting those whose hearts are strong in the faith, the pope said in his homily during Mass at the Domus Sanctae Marthae. (Catholic News Service) Read more >>
WOMEN’S CONFERENCE: The annual diocesan Women’s Conference is scheduled for March 11 from 9 a.m.
to 5 p.m. at Marshall School in Duluth. The featured speaker is Jennifer Fulwiler, a convert from atheism to Catholicism who is a best-selling author and host of the “The Jennifer Fulwiler Show” on SiriusXM. More information on the schedule and the speakers here.
CHRISM MASS: The annual diocesan Chrism Mass, at which the Holy Oils used in the sacraments throughout the year are blessed and sent to parishes, is scheduled for Monday, April 10, at 5:30 p.m. at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Rosary in Duluth.
CALLED AND GIFTED WORKSHOP: A “Called and Gifted” Charism Discernment workshop is scheduled for May 12-13 in Duluth. Click here for more information.
DIOCESAN ASSEMBLY: The 2017 Diocesan Assembly will be held Saturday, Oct. 14, at Marshall School in Duluth. The featured speaker will be Joe Miller, who is executive director of the Magis Center. The theme of the assembly is “Has Science Killed Faith? Encountering God in an Age of Unbelief.” Miller will show the scientific evidence for God’s existence and explain how one’s understanding of God affects the attainment of ultimate happiness. Registration will open in the spring.
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.
RELIGIOUS LIBERTY: In an important ruling touching on religious liberty issues, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of Hobby Lobby, which was challenging part of the contraceptive mandate of the Affordable Care Act.
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.