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Liz Hoefferle: The church can be defined as the family of God

Posted by Kyle Eller

If someone were to ask for the definition of “church,” what would you say?

Some may describe it as the building in which we worship, such as St. Joseph’s or St. Mary’s Church. Others may refer to the act of worship, such as, “I went to church on Sunday.” ... Read More »

Father Michael Schmitz: Our duties to family members include love, but with wisdom

Posted by Kyle Eller

Question: There is a family member who keeps intruding in my life. I want to love them well, and I don’t want to go against God’s teaching about the duty we owe to family, but their constant interruptions and negative attitude are really affecting me and my family. What ... Read More »

Father Richard Kunst: Jesus appeared only to his disciples — for good reasons

Posted by Kyle Eller

May 2017 is an important month, because it marks the 100th anniversary of Our Lady’s appearance to the three shepherd children in Fatima, Portugal. I had every intention to write on the subject of Our Lady’s appearance this month, but as I sit at my computer writing this column, ... Read More »

Shawn Peterson: Making sure our water works and appreciating its value

Posted by Kyle Eller

In the Land of 10,000 Lakes, it can be easy to take water for granted — it is literally all around us, even more so in the rainy month of April.

But as the recent water crises in Flint, Michigan, and the state of California should remind us, the ... Read More »

Kyle Eller: Love and support science without worshiping it

Posted by Kyle Eller

For kicks, I recently took one of those online political quizzes, where you are asked your opinion on a variety of issues, and after you finish, you are told what politician you should support or, as in this case, what political label best applies to you.

It’s a bit ... Read More »

Editorial: UCA time rolls around for support of the diocese

Posted by Kyle Eller

The faithful of the Diocese of Duluth will soon be receiving materials for the United Catholic Appeal, the annual appeal that is the main support for the ministries of the bishop’s office.

This year, the focus of those materials is on the Pastoral Center staff. As Bishop Paul Sirba ... Read More »

‘Argument of the Month’ gets new Duluth twist

Posted by Kyle Eller

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Back in January, organizers experimented with bringing to Duluth the famous Argument of the Month Club, a Catholic men’s apologetics event now hosted by St. Augustine parish in St. Paul.

The experiment was largely a success. It brought a good crowd to

Dubh Linn’s Irish ... Read More »

Lay-led movement has parishes honoring Fatima’s 100 year anniversary

Posted by Kyle Eller

By Kyle EllerThe Northern Cross

Parishes across the Diocese of Duluth, like parishes around the world, are getting ready to honor the 100th anniversary of the Marian apparitions at Fatima in Portugal.

Tricia Laskey, of St. John the Evangelist in Duluth, said she “got a feeling” on the subject ... Read More »

Local News in Brief - May 2017

Posted by Grace Romanek

The Northern Cross - May 2017 Local News in Brief

St. Scholastica opens new spiritual center

Bishop Paul Sirba, assisted by the prioress of St. Scholastica Monastery, Benedictine Sister Beverly Raway, blessed a new facility called the Center for Spirituality and Enrichment in April. The facility uses renovated space ... Read More »

Obituaries - May 2017

Posted by Grace Romanek

The Northern Cross - May 2017 Obituaries

Sister Mary Rae Higgins

Sister Mary Rae (Genevieve) Higgins, OSB, died on March 30 at St. Scholastica Monastery. She was in her 66th year of Benedictine monastic profession.

Born on Dec. 16, 1930, to Clinton and Genevieve LeBeau Higgins in Duluth, Mary ... Read More »