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Kyle Eller: Christmas story invites us to our own place in the story

Posted by Kyle Eller

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 ... Read More »

Betsy Kneepkens: Now I know why my parents wanted me home for the holidays

Posted by Kyle Eller

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 ... Read More »

Liz Hoefferle: Christmas is a good time to meditate on the great gift — Jesus

Posted by Kyle Eller

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 ... Read More »

Father Michael Schmitz: When sharing the faith, don’t just rely on the three Ps

Posted by Kyle Eller

I am a member of a parish here in the diocese. I have a co-worker with whom I get along very well who has taken a deeper interest in Catholicism. How do I best direct him to a parish that will make him feel welcome and engage him in ... Read More »

Father Richard Kunst: That long genealogy on Christmas Eve? It’s worth your attention

Posted by Kyle Eller

Hands down the most heavily attended Mass of the entire year in my experience is the vigil Mass (the earliest one) on Christmas Eve. This is the Mass where the ushers have to bring up 50 to 75 folding chairs from the church basement to accommodate all the people, ... Read More »

Collections for recent natural disasters raise nearly $300K

Posted by Kyle Eller

Over the past few months, a series of natural disasters have struck the United States and surrounding nations, leading to a series of “second collections” at Mass for area Catholics seeking to help.

Help they have.

Franz Hoefferle, finance officer for the Duluth Diocese, says that as of Nov. ... Read More »

Four men ordained permanent deacons

Posted by Kyle Eller

Deacons Kyle Eller, Daniel Goshey, Michael Marvin, and Steven Odegard were ordained to the permanent diaconate Sunday, Nov. 26, the Solemnity of Christ the King. A near capacity crowd of family, friends, and faithful filled the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Rosary to witness the sacrament and celebrate.

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Bishop Paul Sirba: Here are some passages of Scripture to pray with this Advent

Posted by Kyle Eller

Sometimes we are left wanting more. Hopefully, Advent is a season like that for us! We should long for the coming of the Messiah. Advent has a two-fold character. It is a preparation for the Solemnities of Christmas and expectation for the Lord’s return in glory. Like the appearance ... Read More »

Daughter of St. Gianna Molla comes to Duluth

Posted by Kyle Eller

It’s not every day you meet the daughter of a canonized saint. But 300 to 350 people were there to do so when Dr. Gianna Emanue- la Molla appeared at St. John the Evangelist Church in Duluth Oct. 30 to speak about her “saint Mom and holy Dad” and ... Read More »

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

Posted by Kyle Eller

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: ... Read More »