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Father Michael Schmitz: Gluttony is not joy — we can only truly enjoy things when we’re free

Posted by Kyle Eller

It seems like every time I want to do something that I think will be fun, the church has a rule against it. Why is the church so against pleasure? What’s wrong with enjoying yourself and the good things in life?

This is a great question. It is connected ... Read More »

Bishop Paul Sirba: Don’t fall away from the sacrament of confession this Lent

Posted by Kyle Eller

It is hard to appreciate God’s mercy if we don’t acknowledge that we are sinners. It’s difficult to think good news is good news if we are not in need of it.

Recently, a priest from another diocese called and spoke to me about what he perceives as a ... Read More »

St. Patrick’s Day Dispensation

Posted by Kyle Eller

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 ... Read More »

Deacon’s story makes it into ‘Chicken Soup for the Soul’ book

Posted by Kyle Eller

Deacon Michael Knuth is well known across the diocese for his ministry in the Brainerd deanery, his work as a spiritual director, his many years of past service in vocations and more.

What you may not know about is his literary side.

But readers of the venerable “Chicken Soup ... Read More »

Two busy weekends!

Posted by Kyle Eller

There are some interesting and important events going on in the diocese this weekend and next.

Tonight, at 6 p.m. at Holy Family Church in Cloquet, Curtis P. Chambers, former chair for the Burt Lake Band of Ottawa and Chippewa, will share his snowshoe adventures of following in the ... Read More »

Bishop Paul Sirba: Think about how will we approach this Lent

Posted by Kyle Eller

How will we approach Jesus this Lent?

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 ... Read More »

Conference registration open for men and women

Posted by Kyle Eller

The annual diocesan conferences for men and women are both coming up in March, and early registration periods are coming to a close, so if you’ve been putting it off, today is as good a day as any to get registered.

First out of the gate is the Men’s ... Read More »

Betsy Kneepkens: A tribute to Holy Rosary School as a last child graduates

Posted by Kyle Eller

Thirty-plus years ago my husband and I made the decision to plant our roots in northern Minnesota. We knew that came with some benefits, but this decision also came with some challenges. My husband was mostly raised in the Green Bay area, and I grew up outside Chicago. At ... Read More »

Jason Adkins: Catholics, it’s time to come to the Capitol!

Posted by Kyle Eller

This year, the bishops of Minnesota are hosting an exciting event in St. Paul on March 9 called Catholics at the Capitol. With critical issues such as the legalization of assisted suicide and persistent family poverty at stake, Catholics concerned with life and human dignity cannot afford to miss ... Read More »

Editorial: Taming our tongues in a world of constant protest

Posted by Kyle Eller

Lately it seems like “another day, another protest.” People certainly have a lot to say. And in many respects that is important, necessary and good. We serve the common good when we bear witness to the true, the good and the beautiful.

At the same time, it bears reflection ... Read More »