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Local Briefs - April 2015

The Northern Cross - April 2015
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Divine Mercy Sunday celebrations

Divine Mercy Sunday will be celebrated on April 12 at various churches in the Diocese of Duluth. Come and receive the graces promised by Jesus Christ through devotion to his mercy.

Brainerd Deanery:

St. Joseph’s Church, 617 Poplar St., Crosby. 2 p.m. — Divine Mercy procession and welcome; 3 p.m. — Chaplet of Divine Mercy, procession of Blessed Sacrament, Divine Mercy praises and Benediction; 4 p.m. — Mass of Divine Mercy; 5 p.m. — spaghetti supper. Call the church for information (218) 546-6559.

Cloquet Deanery:

Queen of Peace Church, 102 Fourth St., Cloquet. 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. — Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, the Divine Mercy Chaplet and other prayers offered. There will be no confessions. Call the church for information at (218) 879-6793.

Duluth Deanery:

Cathedral of Our Lady of the Rosary, 2801 E. Fourth St., Duluth. 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. — Exposition, prayers, rosary, veneration of first class relic of St. Faustina, Chaplet of Divine Mercy, Benediction; 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. — confessions. Call the church for information at (218) 728-3646.

Hibbing Deanery:

Mary Immaculate Church, 10 Corey St., Coleraine. 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. — adoration, confessions, rosary, and reflections based on the Diary of St. Faustina; 3 p.m. — Divine Mercy Chaplet, followed by Benediction. Reception to follow. Call the church for information at (218) 245-1684.

St. Charles Church, 308 Central Ave. N.W., Cass Lake, beginning at 3 p.m. Eucharistic Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, mediating on the luminous mysteries of the rosary using the Eucharistic Adoration Rosary booklet followed by the Divine Mercy Chaplet. The celebration will close with solemn Benediction. Confessions will be available. Call the church for information at (218) 335-2359.

Virginia Deanery:

Resurrection Church, 301 Adams Ave., Eveleth. Noon until 2 p.m. — devotion to the Divine Mercy image and first class relic of St. Faustina Kowalska begins with Eucharistic Adoration at noon and concludes with Benediction and special prayers at 2 p.m. Several priests will be available to hear confessions during this time. Call the church for information at (218) 744-3277.

St. Anthony Church, 231 E. Camp St., Ely. 1 p.m. to 3:15 p.m. — Divine Mercy devotions, exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, readings, Stations of the Cross, Veneration of the first class relic of St. Faustina, Chaplet of Divine Mercy and Benediction. Call the church for information at (218) 365-4017.

Father Kunst returns to EWTN May 4-8

A date for the airing of the second season of “The Papacy: A Living History,” has been set. The show, a production of the Eternal World Television Network, features the papal memorabilia collection of Father Richard Kunst, a priest of the Duluth Diocese. Father Kunst is interviewed in each episode by another priest of the diocese, Father Ryan Moravitz. The show is set to run May 4-8, airing at 5:30 p.m. Father Kunst said there has been communication with EWTN about doing a third season as well, but there have been no decisions yet.

Diocesan Assembly date announced: Oct. 10

The Diocese of Duluth’s 10th annual Diocesan Assembly will be held Saturday, Oct. 10, at Marshall School in Duluth. The theme is “Transforming Catholics for the New Evangelization” and will be presented by engaging speakers from the Augustine Institute. There will be tracks for religious educators, adult faith formation and RCIA. Contact Liz Hoefferle at (218) 724-9111 for more information.

Funspiel held in Hibbing

held its annual Funspiel at the Hibbing Curling Club. The event is open to all parishioners and friends regardless of age or skill level. It is one of the ways the parish gets together for a family friendly afternoon of camaraderie. Nineteen teams participated in the games and many others came to cheer them on. Lunch and other refreshments were served.

Lenten retreat

Father Peter Williams of the St. Paul Seminary led a Lenten retreat at Blessed Sacrament Church in Hibbing. The day started with the Mass celebrated in Latin, as well as the Men’s Schola leading the responses and the music, which incorporated Gregorian chant. The topic of prayer included praying as a family, eucharistic adoration and praying the Mass. Other highlights included a Holy Hour, the Sacrament of Reconciliation, praying with the Scriptures and a monastic style meal. Father Williams also gave homilies at all the weekend Sunday liturgies in Hibbing.

Hibbing Deanery marks diocesan anniversary

The Hibbing Deanery of the Diocese of Duluth, held a Holy Hour at St. Joseph Church in Grand Rapids in thanksgiving for the diocese and to prepare for the 125th anniversary of the diocese. The theme for the anniversary is “Celebrating 125 Years: Our Story, Our Faith,” which will culminate in a diocesan-wide celebration in the fall. The Hibbing Deanery celebration included a brief history of the diocese and a meal prepared by the Knights of Columbus. Bishop Paul Sirba officiated at the event.

Bishop Cozzens speaks to Duluth Serra ministry

bishop of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, addressed the Duluth Serra Club luncheon on March 2. Bishop Cozzens encouraged the Serrans to follow the third Serra goal, to respond to holiness as members. He said it is especially important to show support for vocations at the parish level and to advance the Gospel. Examples for advancing the Gospel include attending daily Mass and praying at adoration of the Blessed Sacrament so one can grow in relationship with Jesus. He said that the death of Jesus on the cross was the greatest act of love. He shared stories of great saints as examples and expressed excitement with the upcoming canonization of Blessed Junipero Serra in September 2015 during Pope Francis’ trip to the United States. Bishop Cozzens was asked several questions by Serrans, which gave him the opportunity to share the story of his call to become bishop and his first meeting with Pope Francis, where the pope said to him, “My, you are young. You will have to work and pray a lot.” He also shared the story of his conversion at Benedictine College with the help of the FOCUS ministry. The most touching story he shared was that of his mother being told by her physician to abort her child because her water had broken at 20 weeks gestation, and the child would be born “a freak.” His mother sought a second opinion, and the physician not only encouraged her to remain sedentary the last 20 weeks and have the baby, but he also made a bet with the first doctor that whoever was wrong about the baby’s outcome would pay the delivery bill for Mrs. Cozzens. The doctor who advised his mother to abort Bishop Cozzens paid her medical bill. Bishop Cozzens grew up in Denver and served on the NET Team in St. Paul, and then with the Companions of Christ after becoming a priest. He was ordained in 1997 and obtained his doctorate in Rome in 2006. He then taught at the St. Paul Seminary from 2006 until 2013, where he served with Duluth Bishop Paul Sirba. He was ordained a bishop in 2014. He recently replaced Bishop Peter Christensen in his role as the episcopal advisor for the U.S. Serra Council.