Bishop Paul D. Sirba has made the following clergy appointment, effective July 15: Father Steven Laflamme, from study of License in Canon Law at the Catholic University in Washington, D.C., to pastor of Holy Spirit, Two Harbors, and St. Mary, Silver Bay, and chancellor and judicial vicar.
St. Francis of the Lakes Catholic School held its annual Spring Gala event May 15. This year’s event brought in more than $35,000. The Spring Gala is an important part of the school’s annual income providing support for the tuition assistance program, technology initiatives and other operating expenses. The Norway Center at Grandview Lodge, Nisswa, was the setting for the dinner, entertainment, silent auction and live auction. This year’s theme, “Raising Some Green,” played out in a variety of ways, including several guests who showed their support by wearing green. The school’s enrollment has grown steadily over the past 10 years; this year saw 255 students enrolled in preschool through eighth grade. Not only does the Gala provide a significant portion of the school’s annual income, it is an opportunity to spend time with other school supporters and members of the community. “Thanks to our supporters, the Spring Gala continues to be a successful event!” said development director Maria Prozinski.
The Office of Catechesis of the Diocese of Duluth wishes to thank the CREED Fund for two grants to enhance adult and youth faith formation in our diocese. One grant provided a total of 40 DVD series which were loaned to 31 different parishes or schools. The second grant provided a subsidy to four parishes for an annual subscription to the Symbolon digital platform, a program for adult faith formation. The CREED Fund — the Catholic Religious Education Endowment Fund — provides for the financial support of educational opportunities for the enrichment of faith and the spreading of the Gospel by the laity, deacons, priests and Catholic schools in the Diocese of Duluth. The fund is supported in part by the Evangelization Through Education capital campaign.
The Knights of Columbus Chisholm Council #3539 has elected the following individuals to the following offices for 2015-16: Grand Knight — Travis W. Vake; Deputy Grand Knight — James Varda; chancellor — Frank Paradise; recorder — Patrick Quirk; treasurer — Neil Alden; advocate — David Pessenda; warden — Kenneth Lucas; inside guard — Brian Skadsem; outside guard — Robert Scott Jr.; one-year trustee — James Varda; two-year trustee — George Beiko; and three-year trustee — Neil Alden. This will be Vake’s second term as Grand Knight. The new officers will be installed at the meeting in September.
Totus Tuus is a summer Catholic youth program dedicated to sharing the Gospel and promoting the Catholic faith through evangelization, catechesis, Christian witness and eucharistic worship. The week-long parish summer catechetical program assists parents and parishes by supplementing the work already being done in a way that is fun for both the Totus Tuus teachers and youth alike. The methodology, structure, content and enthusiasm of Totus Tuus is concerned not only with teaching the faith, but also igniting the hearts of the team members and young people. The mission of Totus Tuus is to help young people develop an intimate relationship with Jesus Christ and to understand their faith through catechesis in a way that makes the faith real to the youth and helps them live as a witness in today’s world. If you would like to participate in a Totus Tuus week, please contact the individual parishes for exact dates, times and fees for individual age levels. Typically, middle school and high school students meet Sunday through Thursday evenings and elementary school students meet Monday through Friday during the day. All registration is done through the host parishes.
Totus Tuus team schedule for the remaining of the summer 2015
St. Anthony Church, 231 E. Camp St., Ely: (218) 365-4017
Immaculate Heart, 35208 County Road 37, Crosslake: (218) 692-3731
St. Thomas, 810 Fifth St., International Falls: (218) 283-3293
Blessed Sacrament, 2310 Seventh Ave. E., Hibbing: (218) 262-5541
St. Joseph, 617 Poplar St., Crosby: (218) 543-6559
St. Patrick, 203 Lawler Avenue S., Hinckley: (320) 384-6313
The teams will be at Camp Survive
The 24th annual Evening of Healing Prayers and Mass will be held Monday, July 27, at 6 p.m. at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Rosary, 2801 E. Fourth St., Duluth. The day includes adoration of the Blessed Sacrament from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sacrament of Reconciliation from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. and Mass at 6 p.m. Individual prayers for healing will follow the Mass. Priests of the Diocese of Duluth and St. Cloud Fraternity of Priests will be on hand throughout the day and evening.
Representatives of 12 parishes gathered at St. James Church in Aitkin May 5 for the spring convention and installation of officers. Father Ryan Moravitz was the guest speaker. Father Paul Fruth, spirirtual advisor, conducted the installation of officers ceremony. Mass was celebrated by Father David Forsman, pastor of St. James, assisted by Fathers Moravitz and Fruth. Lunch was served following the Mass and installation ceremony.