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Local Briefs August 2014

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August 2014

St. Kateri statue installed at Holy Family

A new St. Kateri Tekakwitha statue was donated by the Kateri Circle members of Holy Family Church on the Fond du Lac Reservation, Cloquet. On July 14, the statue was installed and blessed by Father Justin Fish, pastor, at a special Feast Day Mass. A potluck meal followed the ceremony.

St. Anne’s Circle installs new officers

St. Anne’s Circle 592, Daughters of Isabella, of Queen of Peace Church in Cloquet, installed new officers at a recent meeting. Anne Lankey, the state regent, presided at the installation, and Deacon Steve Langenbrunner, chaplain, blessed each officer as she was presented to the members. Following the installation, lunch was served and a business meeting was held during which two new members were welcomed. The Daughters of Isabella is a charitable, fraternal group of Catholic women, and all women in the area are welcome to join. The next project is the annual Next to New Sale that will be held on Friday, Aug. 22, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the gym at Queen of Peace School, 102 Fourth St., Cloquet. For information about the circle or the sale contact Regent Bonnie Kloskowski at (218) 879-5805.

Magnificat to host lay minister Brendan Case

Our Lady of the Lakes Magnificat, Walker, is hosting a two-day event with presenter Brendan Case, a dynamic preacher and Catholic lay-missionary who travels the United States with guitar in hand. The event will be held Sept. 5-6 at St. Agnes Parish, 210 Division St., Walker. Both events are open to both men and women. Case is a member of the Catholic charismatic covenant community, the City of the Lord. He is the founding servant of the Companions of the Holy Spirit, a lay missionary community. Case has written worship music and is the author of books and Bible studies. His works are online and will be available at the retreat at no cost. He and his wife, Andrea, are the parents of nine children. They live in the mountains of Arizona in the town of Lakeside. On Friday, Sept. 5, Case’s ministry will open with the celebration of the Mass at 6:30 p.m. Confessions will be available after Mass, and there will be prayers for healing. Saturday, Sept. 6, he will give his testimony and reflections on “Evangelization, Jesus the Way, By the Power of the Holy Spirit” at a Magnificat breakfast. Magnificat registration begins at 8:30 a.m., followed by breakfast at 9 a.m. Lunch will be provided, with the day ending at 3:30 p.m. Mass will be available at St. Agnes at 4 p.m. Cost for Saturday is $20. Reservations are required by Sept. 1. Mail reservations and $20 payment to Magnificat, c/o Lorri Henning, 3080 20th Ave. N.W., Hackensack, MN 56452. The Magnificat ministry brings many to Jesus and renews the faith of many who are struggling. The only Magnificat chapter in the state of Minnesota is in Walker. If you wish to learn more, visit its new website at

Assumption welcomes all-class reunion

As the city of Hibbing welcomed back former alumni with an all-class reunion, Assumption Catholic School celebrated Catholic education in the community, which began with the McGolrick Institute in 1912. The event started with the 11 a.m. Sunday Mass, concelebrated by Father Gabriel Waweru, pastor of Blessed Sacrament Church, and Father Paul Larson, an alumnus of Assumption School. Father Larson spoke of the sacrifice of parents in providing their children with a Catholic education while still financially supporting the public school system. He reflected on the day’s scripture passage from the Prophet Isaiah, saying that just as the seed that lands on fertile ground will yield a fruitful harvest, so are those seeds of faith sown in the hearts of the alumni to bear a good fruit. He also spoke of the influence to the children educated under the guidance of the Benedictine Rule, “Ora et Labora,” meaning “pray and work,” as a model for living. More than 500 people participated in the celebration as Father Larson lit a memorial candle for the deceased priests, religious sisters, teachers, parents, grandparents, alumni and all who planted the first seeds of Catholic education in Hibbing and nurtured and supported it through the years. A lunch, tours of the facility and pictorial memorabilia dating back to the McGolrick Institute were on display.

‘Theology Around the Fountain’

Father Fredrick Njoroge, a university chaplain and director of communications from the Diocese of Eldoret, Kenya, spoke in Hibbing at Blessed Sacrament parish’s summer program Theology Around the Fountain. The topic was on happy marriages and families. Father Njoroge listed and expounded on 14 habits to cultivate in order to build happier and stronger families, for their good and the good of society. The approaches he cited are: resolve to be happy, dream the impossible, cultivate a habit of listening, pray together, follow the truth — do not lie to each other, share your joy with each other, think fresh — have new ideas, be sincere, learn to forgive — it is divine, stop worrying, cultivate a sense of humor, take responsibility — say you are sorry, be a student always — Jesus says “learn from me because I am meek and humble of heart,” and spread happiness from your family to other families. The summer program continues every Wednesday evening at 6:30 p.m. in the Courtyard at Blessed Sacrament Church, 2310 Seventh Ave. E., Hibbing, until Aug. 13. An ice cream social concludes each evening. Everyone is welcome.

Blessed Sacrament holds Corpus Christi procession

Blessed Sacrament parish in Hibbing celebrated its Feast Day on June 22 with the annual Corpus Christi eucharistic procession. Fathers Gabriel Waweru and Anthony Craig carried the Blessed Sacrament around the perimeter of parish property. Children who had recently made their First Communion were invited to assist in leading the procession. Mary’s Maids, a group of teenage girls in the parish dedicated to prayer and learning about the lives of saints to be emulated and service to the church, helped with the preparations and participated in the procession. The celebration included Benediction and an ice cream social afterwards.

Diocesan Assembly

The Diocese of Duluth’s ninth annual Diocesan Assembly will be held on Saturday, Oct. 4, at the Marshall School auditorium in Duluth. The speaker will be Thomas Smith from Ascension Press on “Walking Toward Eternity: Making Choices for Today.” Participants will learn to grow in their relationship with Jesus Christ through the daily exercise of love, faithfulness, and prayer. Thomas Smith, a former Protestant minister, is an international speaker and a guest on EWTN and Catholic radio. This is a day to gather with our bishop and others from throughout our diocese to grow in your faith and to become better equipped to hand the faith on to others. All are invited to attend. Teachers, catechists, parish staff and parish leaders are especially encouraged to participate. Registration deadline is Sept. 22, includes continental breakfast, lunch, study materials and “Praying Scripture for a Change” by Dr. Tim Gray. Registrations after Sept. 22 are not guaranteed lunch and materials. Registration fees: general $30, $40 after deadline; student $15, $25 after deadline; spouse: $15, $25 after deadline (if spouse has registered at general, student or deacon rate and sharing materials), clergy and religious free (but please register). Registration is open at Contact Annette Merritt at (218) 724-9111 for more information. Marshall School is handicapped accessible.

Eagan parish to host charismatic leaders

National charismatic renewal leaders, Sister Nancy Kellar of the Sisters of Charity in Scarsdale, N.Y., and Peter Herbeck of Renewal Ministries in Ann Arbor, Mich., will present “The Lavish Gifts of God,” at a Rally Day sponsored by the Catholic Charismatic Renewal Office, Saturday, Aug. 9, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Trinity School, 601 River Ridge Pkwy., Eagan. The event is $20 at the door. No pre-registration required. Call (763) 571-5314 or visit for more information.

Father Lange visits Blessed Sacrament

Newly ordained Father Timothy Lange returned to Blessed Sacrament parish, where he spent a summer as a seminarian. He was there to give his first-year priestly blessing to parishioners. A lemonade and cookie social was held in his honor.

Totus Tuus visits Hibbing

At Blessed Sacrament parish in Hibbing, 80 children from first through 12th grades attended the Totus Tuus program. The summer retreat gives children the opportunity to immerse themselves in prayer, Mass, eucharistic adoration, scripture and also to participate in many fun activities. The traditional water fight concludes the week, pitting the kids against the youth leaders and the priests. Thanks to the Hibbing Fire Department and their providing a fire truck and hose, there were no winners; everyone got soaked. Totus Tuus was hosted by a number of parishes throughout the diocese this summer.