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Archbishop Schwietz will mark 25 years a bishop

Archbishop Roger Schwietz, OMI, who was bishop of Duluth from 1989 to 2000, will be celebrating his 25th Episcopal Ordination Anniversary on Feb. 2 at 5:30 p.m. at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Rosary, 2801 E. Fourth St., Duluth. The public is invited.

He currently serves as archbishop of Anchorage, AK.

First penance

Children of Blessed Sacrament parish celebrated the Sacrament of Reconciliation for the first time Dec. 13.

St. Raphael Knights, students assist Salvation Army

St. Raphael’s Knights of Columbus Council 6791 prepared the meal that was served at the Duluth deanery meeting for priests that was held Nov. 20 at St. Raphael’s Church in Duluth. The council held its annual turkey bingo Nov. 23 where the prizes were frozen turkeys and one fresh turkey. Members harvested trees that were used to decorate the entrance of the church for Christmas. They continue to assist the St. Theresa’s Circle in providing coffee and doughnuts after Masses once a month. The council and St. Raphael’s religious education students have assisted the Salvation Army for 16 years in a row by folding boxes donated by Super One grocery stores to be used for toys or food distributions during the Christmas season for those who are in need. This year 1,750 boxes were folded and stacked. A competition was held to find out who could fold five boxes the fastest. The winner this year was Father Joe Sobolik, pastor of St. Raphael’s Church.

Blessed Sacrament group creates rosary trees

The Marian Study Group adorned trees with rosaries and Prayer for Priests cards. The trees, placed at the Blessed Sacrament and Immaculate Conception churches and the Assumption Catholic School in Hibbing, were to encourage the gift of prayer for the priests of the diocese during Advent. Cards indicating prayer intentions were placed in a gift box and will be presented to the priests as a Christmas gift. It is hoped that the prayers will continue long beyond Christmas.

Knights present Immaculate Conception crucifix

The Knights of Columbus Council 1649 presented a crucifix to be placed on the altar of the Immaculate Conception Church in Hibbing on the day before the feast of the Immaculate Conception. Father Brian Lederer blessed and accepted the crucifix before it was placed on the altar.