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Local News in Brief - April 2016

The Northern Cross - April 2016
Local News in Brief

Divine Mercy Sunday celebration in Brainerd

A special observance in honor of the Feast of Divine Mercy will be held at St. Andrew’s Church, 1108 Willow St., Brainerd, Sunday, April 3. Confessions will be available at 2 p.m. and Mass will be celebrated at 3 p.m. After Mass there will a holy hour of adoration with music and prayers, including the Chaplet of the Divine Mercy. Dinner will be served in the social hall at 5 p.m. In anticipation of the upcoming celebration of Divine Mercy Sunday, please remember that it is not only permitted but recommended that the faithful go to confession before Divine Mercy Sunday (for example, during times scheduled throughout Lent) to prepare to receive the extraordinary grace offered on Divine Mercy Sunday. Confession does not need to be made on that exact day unless one is in the state of mortal sin. For a listing of other Divine Mercy celebrations throughout the diocese, see the March issue of The Northern Cross.

Year of Mercy event

Sister Kateri Mitchell, nationally known speaker and Mohawk sister of St. Anne, will speak Saturday, April 23, in the large conference room at the Diocese of Duluth Pastoral Center, 2830 E. Fourth St., Duluth. The day begins at 9 a.m. and ends after an evening meal. Preregistration required so appropriate materials and meals can be provided. There is no cost for this event. Sponsored by the diocesan Indian Ministry office. For more information and to register contact Sister Marie Rose Messingschlager, CDP, at (218) 724-9111 or

Bulldog Lake hosts ice fishing contest

Holy Family parish at Bulldog Lake, Hillman, held its 37th annual Ice Fishing Derby and Log Sawing Contest Feb. 13. A beautiful day was on hand for all who competed outside for the fishing contest, and many more had a great time watching and participating in the log sawing and other activities that were held inside. Answering the challenge of his parishioners of Holy Family to meet the parish’s United Catholic Appeal goal this year, pastor Father David Forsman agreed to take a polar plunge at the event.

Eveleth Knights, KSKJ assist food shelf

March was Minnesota Food Share Month and organizations of Resurrection Church in Eveleth stepped up to donate. Bob Mavec, representing both the Knights of Columbus and KSKJ (American Slovenian Catholic Union, a fraternal organization) Lodge 59 of Eveleth, presented checks to Rosemary Mattson, volunteer coordinator of the Quad City Food Shelf. During March, the Food Share Program of the Greater Minneapolis Council of Churches partially matches donations to area food shelves. The KSKJ held fellowship breakfasts over the past year and saved the $500 in profits to donate in March when the funds are partially matched. The Knights of Columbus used $300 out of its treasury for the donation.

St. Raphael Knights host exemplification

St. Raphael’s Knights of Columbus Council 6791 degree team held a First Degree Exemplification for new members. The council added one new member, Jake Comnick, and sent a thank you note and St. Michael’s Medal to an enlisted Minnesota National Guard member, thanking him for his service to our country.

Curling for Laetare Sunday

As Christians approached mid-Lent, an easing of the penitential practices of Lent is observed on Laetare Sunday. Blessed Sacrament parish celebrated a family Funspiel (the sport of curling) at the Hibbing Curling Club to celebrate. Families and friends gathered for an afternoon of fun and refreshments. The team of Father Gabriel Waweru, pastor of Blessed Sacrament, had the high score of the day.

Saint Faustina drama tours

Saint Faustina, born Helen Kowalska, was a Polish nun and mystic who died in 1938 at the age of 33 and was canonized by Pope John Paul II in April 2000. She lived much of her life in the quietude of the convent, both in Warsaw and in Cracow. Obeying her confessor’s directives she kept a diary of her daily convent life as well as the extraordinary graces she experienced. Her diary, “Divine Mercy in My Soul,” has been published in several languages. She is the saint associated with Divine Mercy Sunday which the church celebrates on the Sunday after Easter. Performing artist Nancy Scimone’s one-woman drama on the saint’s life is touring through the Diocese of Superior, Diocese of Duluth and Diocese of St. Cloud April 3-9. The drama, “Saint Faustina — Messenger of Mercy,” uses excerpts from the saint’s diary as its script. The story presents significant facets of the saint’s life including her physical and spiritual trials, her trust in Jesus and his abundant mercy, love for the sacraments and for Mary, and back round to Divine Mercy Sunday and the Chaplet of Divine Mercy prayer.

Scimone presents her drama without scenery or sets with the intent that the simplicity maintains the intimate convent setting and focuses on the words of the diary. The regional performances of “Saint Faustina — Messenger of Mercy” are as follows:

- Monday, April 4, 6 p.m.: Cathedral of Christ the King, 1410 Baxter Ave., Superior, Wis.
- Tuesday, April 5, 6:15 p.m.: St. Joseph Church, 111 W Marshall St., Rice Lake, Wis.
- Thursday, April 7, 1 p.m.: Our Lady of Lourdes, Church, 208 W. Broadway, Little Falls.
- Thursday, April 7, 7 p.m.: St. Mary’s Church, 305 Fourth St. S.E., Little Falls.
- Saturday, April 9, 7 p.m.: St. Patrick’s Church, Hinckley.

Free parking and wheelchair access at all locations. Tickets or reservations are not required. A freewill offering will be collected at the performances. For further details contact Debra Leiberg at the Diocese of Superior by calling (715) 394-0240 or emailing For other scheduled performances in the Diocese of Superior, visit

Ugandan choir to perform in Eveleth

The Watoto Choir from Uganda, Africa, will be performing “Oh, What Love” at Resurrection Church, 301 Adams Ave., Eveleth, at 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, May 11. Since 1994, Watoto Children’s Choirs have traveled all over the world sharing the plight of Africa’s orphaned children as they rescue, raise and rebuild these children. Founder Gary Skinner says, “God’s heart for the marginalized is not just to see individuals rescued, but rather to see them thrive as their lives are transformed. The stories of these children are real and represent thousands who are experiencing this transformation.” The theme “Oh, What Love” is based on the Bible verse 1 John 3:1: “See what kind of love the father has given us, that we should be called children of God, and so we are.” It provides a worship experience that celebrates the urban African landscape and brings out the individual talents and charisma of the children. A preview video is available at Contact Maxine Perko, project coordinator, for questions at 218) 780-3207. Eight host families are also needed to accommodate one or two adults and two or three children.

Superior Diocese hosts men’s event

The Diocese of Superior, Wis., is sponsoring an evening for men called “Calling Men Into the Breach!” on April 1, at 6 p.m. at the Cathedral of Christ the King, 1111 Belknap St., Superior. Pope Francis decreed that everyone who makes a pilgrimage to the Holy Door in their diocese will receive a plenary indulgence. This year, the diocesan men’s retreat will be held “at the Holy Doors.” All men are invited to join in an amazing night of prayer and fellowship with Bishop James Powers and Father Richard Heilman. The evening includes exposition of the Blessed Sacrament; adoration of the Blessed Sacrament; sacrament of confession; talks by Bishop Powers and Father Heilman; and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament. It concludes with an opportunity for fraternity. First class relics will be there. All who attend will be encouraged to touch their religious articles to the first class relics, making them third class relics of each of these saints. Contact the Diocese of Superior to register at (715) 392-2937.