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local briefs - September 2015

The Northern Cross - September 2015
Local News in Brief

St. Lawrence hosts breakfast for Bike and Build

On July 25, St. Lawrence Church hosted a breakfast for participants of the Bike and Build Organization. The nonprofit group organizes cross-country bicycle trips which benefits affordable housing groups. Each trip has several scheduled, in-route Build Days, Duluth being one of their stops this year, where instead of cycling, the group spends a day or so working on the construction of affordable homes and making a tangible difference for individuals and families in need. This group started with its back tires in the Atlantic Ocean to pedal their way across the United States, almost 4,000 miles, and will end the trip with its front tires in the Pacific Ocean. More information can be found at

St. Raphael Knights substitute for adoration

St. Raphael’s Knights of Columbus Council 6791 in Duluth continue to volunteer as substitutes at the Holy Innocents Chapel adoration chapel at St. Mary’s Star of the Sea. Two members participate in Eucharistic Outreach by bringing Communion to parish members who are in assisted living facilities. The council held a KC members’ family picnic July 14 at the home of fourth-degree member Dave Antus. The eighth annual Sporting Clay Shoot at Old Vermilion Trail was hosted by the members on Aug. 4. High score went to “Sharp Eye” Mike Ellingson. A tailgate meal was prepared for the participants after the shoot. Members scheduled a work night at the church to get things ready for the August parish picnic. At the picnic they assisted with cooking and the set up and tear-down of the tents, tables and chairs. This year for the picnic they also organized a tractor show, which covered the history of mowing and a hay hide for the kids. At the tractor show there were four lawn tractors, two farm tractors, a 1953 Allis-Chamers WD45 and a 1954 Case VAC. Recently during Mass, the Knights of Columbus Man of the Year award was given to Jeffery Carlson, St. Theresa’s Circle Woman of the Year award was given to Alice Parendo, and St. Raphael’s Church Family of the Year award was given to the family of Mike and Kathy Ellingson. Also in July members assisted a parish family and fellow Knight move items into a new home they purchased.

Mortgage burning in Bigfork

Our Lady of the Snows Church in Bigfork celebrated the burning of its mortgage on the Feast of Our Lady of the Snows, which was the day that the last payment of the six-year, $160,000 mortgage was due. The celebration began with a holy hour and recitation of the rosary, followed by Mass in honor of Our Lady. Pastor Father Thomas Galarneault said the best way to give thanks to God for his many blessings on the parish is through the celebration of the Mass. He spoke during the homily of the amazing things accomplished through faith. It was faith in Jesus Christ that led to the building of the church in the wilderness in the 1960s and the recent renovations. He commented on the fittingness of the church being named for Our Lady, as she always leads her children to her son. Father Steven Daigle, former pastor of the parish, concelebrated the Mass and joined in the festivities afterwards which included a potluck dinner.

Totus Tuus

For one week each summer, Blessed Sacrament parish hosts Totus Tuus (“Totally Yours”) teams of young adults who, along with the parish priests and youth leaders, help children ages 5 to 18 grow in relationship with God and their Catholic community. An educational component centered on learning how the Beatitudes and how meditating on the mysteries of the rosary can help them develop virtue and grow in holiness. There were games, discussions, singing, outings and a huge water fight on the last day. Parishioners were invited to join an evening potluck while the children entertained with song. Parishes throughout the diocese hosted groups of Totus Tuus leaders.

Toma announces entry into the seminary at Assumption celebration

In honor of the Blessed Virgin Mary’s Assumption, Blessed Sacrament parish in Hibbing celebrated her feast day during Mass with prayers, homage and special hymns. Some of the children of the parish’s Assumption School sang “Gentle Woman” after Communion. Jacob Toma, an alumni of Assumption School, spoke of the spiritual formation he received from the school and the parish as he announced his acceptance as a seminarian at St. John Vianney Seminary at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul. He will begin his studies at the seminary this fall as he continues the discernment of a priestly vocation. A coffee social concluded the evening’s festivities.

Day of prayer with Franciscan sisters

Pope Francis proclaimed 2015 a Year of Consecrated Life, starting on the First Sunday of Advent in 2014 and ending Feb. 2, 2016, the World Day of Consecrated Life. The Vatican stated that the purpose of this year is to “make a grateful remembrance of the recent past” while embracing “the future with hope.” In order to participate in this special year, several religious communities across the nation have held various events for the public in which to participate. According to Bishop Michael F. Burbidge of Raleigh, N.C., chairman of the USCCB Committee on Clergy, Consecrated Life, and Vocations, “The ‘Days with Religious’ activities will represent great opportunities for families and adults to look at the many ways men and women serve Christ and the Church while answering the call to live in consecrated life.” Many communities have already hosted an open house and a day of service. The last specific event that religious communities will sponsor is a day of prayer. On Sept. 13 the Franciscan Sisters of the Eucharist invite anyone to their land who wishes to participate in an afternoon of prayer with them. The event will be held between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. at 5613 Lilac Hill Road, Duluth. There will be an opportunity to pray the Stations of the Cross along an outside prayer walk in the woods, a teaching on the Liturgy of the Hours, and vespers (evening prayer). For more information on the Day of Prayer with the Franciscan Sisters call (218) 624-9038 or email them at Visit the Council of Major Superiors of Women Religious (CMSWR) website at for details on other communities.