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Bishop Paul Sirba: Anniversary of Fatima invites our Marian devotion

Posted by Kyle Eller

On May 13, 2017, our Holy Father Pope Francis will travel to Fatima, Portugal, to canonize Francisco and Jacinta Marto on the apparition’s centenary. Hopefully, you will be able to follow the glorious events. As a newly ordained priest, I had the privilege of going on a pilgrimage to Fatima.

The message of Fatima, I think, is as important today as it was in 1917. Like all “private” revelations that have been recognized by the authority of the Church, Fatima does not belong to the deposit of faith, but it helps us to live the faith more fully in our own time. The message of Fatima does not somehow improve Christ’s saving message found in Sacred Scripture and Tradition, but it helps us to live it. Check out the Catechism of the Catholic Church, section 67. Bishop Paul SirbaFiat Voluntas ... Read More »

Bishop highlights blessings of Lent at annual Chrism Mass

Posted by Kyle Eller

Holy Week is capped with the beautiful liturgies of the Triduum, culminating in the Easter Vigil, but another of its highlights comes earlier, with the Chrism Mass, held this year on April 10.

At the annual Mass, the diocesan bishop blesses the holy oils used in the sacraments, such ... Read More »

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 »