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Local News in Brief - April 2017

The Northern Cross - April 2017
Local News in Brief

Chrism Mass set for April 10

The Diocese of Duluth will celebrate the Chrism Mass on Monday, April 10, at 5:30 p.m. at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Rosary, 2801 E. Fourth St., Duluth. At the Chrism Mass, Bishop Paul Sirba will bless the oil of the sick, the oil of catechumens, and Chrism oil. The holy oils are used in the sacraments that involve a sacramental character (baptism, confirmation, and Holy Orders) and in blessing various objects. The oils are distributed to the churches to use throughout the year. Also at the Mass, clergy renew their priestly promises. The Chrism Mass is open to the public.

Divine Mercy Celebrations

The Feast of Divine Mercy is Sunday, April 23, and there are various celebrations being held across the diocese. Here are some of the celebrations:

Brainerd Deanery

St. Andrew’s Church, 1108 Willow St., Brainerd, (218) 829-1340; 2 p.m. confessions, 3 p.m. Mass followed by adoration including the sung Chaplet of Divine Mercy and other songs of praise, 5 p.m. dinner.

Cloquet Deanery

Queen of Peace, 102 Fourth St., Cloquet, (218) 879-6793; 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. — exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, the Divine Mercy Chaplet, and other prayers offered. All are invited. There will be no confessions.

Duluth Deanery

Cathedral of Our Lady of the Rosary, 2801 E. Fourth St., Duluth, (218) 728- 3646. Adoration and confessions 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., Benediction and sung Chaplet of Divine Mercy 3 p.m.

Hibbing Deanery

St. Charles Church, 308 Central Ave. N., Cass Lake, (218) 335-2359; 3 p.m. — exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, biblical rosary, Divine Mercy Chaplet, Benediction.

Mary Immaculate Church, 10 Corey St., Coleraine, (218) 885-1126; 1 p.m. — exposition of the Blessed Sacrament. Adoration will continue until 4 p.m. After Benediction there will be a meal provided in the social hall. Confessions available 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. There will also be a rosary and a Chaplet of Divine Mercy prayed, as well as two readings from the diary of St. Faustina, with homilies given with each reading.

Virginia Deanery

St. Anthony’s Church, 231 E. Camp St., Ely, (218) 365-4017; 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. — meditations of Divine Mercy, Stations of the Cross, veneration of the St. Faustina relic and prayers, and the Divine Mercy Chaplet. Adoration will also take place and confessions will be available from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

To receive the extraordinary grace of the Feast of Divine Mercy, you are invited to go to confession (on a previous day if possible) and receive Holy Communion on the feast day. It is also recommended to pray the Novena to the Divine Mercy beginning Good Friday, April 14. Visit http://www.3oclockhour. org/ to find a listing of Divine Mercy Sunday celebrations throughout Minnesota. The 2016 listings currently posted will be updated with the new 2017 listings mid-April.

Blue Mass set for May 17

The annual Blue Mass will be celebrated on Wednesday, May 17, at 9 a.m. at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Rosary, 2801 E. First St., Duluth, as part of the regular Holy Rosary School Mass. The Blue Mass offers thanks for the dedication and sacrifice made by men and women of law enforcement and fire fighters and their families. Bishop Paul Sirba will officiate at the Mass and will bless the law enforcement and fire vehicles after Mass. Everyone is invited to attend and support those who support and protect our communities.

DDCCW to celebrate 100 years

The Duluth Diocesan Council of Catholic Women (DDCCW) will celebrate its 100th anniversary in the year 2020. The Diocese of Duluth is a founding member of the Council of Catholic Women. The DDCCW has plans to publish a book celebrating this event. History is needed. Plans are to include the history of all parish women’s groups in the diocese in this book. Things to think about: What are some of your best memories of projects you have been involved in, how your group got started, what kind of meetings did/do you have, what type of women are active in your parish, what type of groups do you have in your parish (altar groups, prayer groups, service groups, etc.), what are some of the highlights that have been important to your group, do you have a special mission or project you support, have you supported the Diocese of Kingstown twinning project and how do you raise money for particular projects special to your parish or group? Please look back in your group’s church’s history records as well as talking to women in your parish who have been involved in the various activities. Please include photos if you have them. Organizers would like to make this book as interesting and as inclusive as possible. Please contact Leona or Alice with any questions. You can also mail or email your stories and photos to them: Leona Barten, Box 173, Cohasset, 55721, (218) 328-5520,, or Alice Parendo, 5809 Rose Road, Hermantown, 55811, (218) 729-9647,

Log church restoration receives grant, relic

Efforts to restore the Old Log Church, located by the current Sts. Mary and Joseph Church, received two blessings in recent months. Just before last Christmas Bishop Paul Sirba received a letter from the Black and Indian Mission Office of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops informing him that the Log Church Restoration Project for the log church by the current Sts. Mary and Joseph Church in Sawyer would be the recipient of a grant in the amount of $128,000. The project’s committee has been busy working with the architect and interested contractors to determine how best to “stretch” this money and begin various aspects of the restoration effort. Almost two years ago, the high altar section of the log church’s altar (the oldest in our diocese) was restored and is now located inside the current Sts. Mary and Joseph Church. In addition, a statue of St. Kateri Tekakwitha was purchased and placed within this high altar section and then blessed by Bishop Sirba. St. Kateri has many connections to the history of the old log church, including a shrine originally built in her honor outside of the log church that has now been rebuilt by Don Berthiaume. Many involved in this effort firmly believe that St. Kateri is guiding this restoration effort, and the second blessing of recent months supports that idea: The parish of Sts. Mary and Joseph has become the recipient of a relic of St. Kateri. The grant is a material blessing (for a spiritual effort), the relic a spiritual blessing (to help the material effort). The relic was given by Moore. It has been with her family, given to her grandfather in Canada, and Moore has treasured the relic and has now decided to share that treasure by gifting the relic to Sts. Mary and Joseph. The relic will be safely and securely embedded in the old high altar in the near future for veneration. Prayers to St. Kateri can only help her continued guidance of this project and help bring it to completion.

St. Charles mourns 107-year-old parishioner

St. Charles Church, Cass Lake, lost one of its long-time members Jan. 17. Elsye McGuire passed away after spending most of her more than 107 years reaching out to others. She grew up in a logging camp outside Cass Lake on the shore of Kitchi Lake. McGuire helped her parents care for the lumberjacks working there. After marrying, she and her husband Calvin resided in Cass Lake and operated Cal’s Sweet Shop, a favorite after-school stop for many a student. When Cal died, she kept busy as housekeeper for the priests at St. Charles, and her doors were always open to the many speakers and visitors who came to St. Charles Church. She was one of the founding St. Charles Kateri Circle members, remaining a member until her death. She taught religious education to St. Charles’ children for 50 years. She loved the outdoors, collecting stamps and coins, writing stories about her experiences, hand sewing, and volunteering. McGuire was recognized as Minnesota State Elder Volunteer of the Year when she was in her 90s. With a wealth of information about logging and the early days in and around Cass Lake she was often called upon to share her knowledge with students in the nearby schools. Legally blind for over 25 years, McGuire would take visitors to meet St. Charles’ parishioners in their homes and give a sightseeing tour of the area. Her living daughters are Gale Fredrickson, Silver Bay, and Molly Crooker, Cass Lake. McGuire lived to see 17 grandchildren, 34 great-grandchildren and 27 great-great-grandchildren.

Father McKusky receives rosaries before deployment

Just prior to his deployment March 12, Father Kristoffer McKusky, an Army chaplain, received 128 camouflage and other colored rosaries made by parishioners of Blessed Sacrament Parish, his home parish, and from St. Joseph Parish in Chisholm. The rosaries were made for him so that he could distribute them to the Catholic Army personnel in the Middle East. He will also celebrate Mass for the troops. His first stop is Fort Hood in Texas. He will deploy to the Middle East in early April and anticipates returning stateside in early 2018. Father McKusky is the pastor of Holy Angels Church in Moose Lake and St. Mary Church in Willow River.

Scouting Mass

Paul Sirba poses with Scouts from the diocese after the annual scout Mass on March 12. He presided at the Mass at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Rosary in Duluth and presented religious emblems that were awarded to scouts from Brainerd, Hibbing, Duluth, Virginia, and Two Harbors. Scouts, leaders, and parents attended the Mass.

Diocesan officials attend scouting conference

Father Thomas Galarneault, diocesan Catholic Scout chaplin, and Dennis Marchetti, chair of the diocesan Catholic Committee on Scouting from Blessed Sacrament, Hibbing, attended a training conference at the Boy Scouts of America Florida Seabase, along with Catholic scouters from around the United States and the National Catholic Committee on Scouting, in a conference dedicated to youth ministry through growing Catholic Scouting.

Good Friday collection supports Holy Land

On Good Friday, a pontifical collection is taken up in every parish in the United States. Catholics will contribute to the annual collection with the proceeds supporting ministries and works in the Holy Land, largely under the direction of the Franciscans. The Pontifical Good Friday Collection is providing humanitarian aid to Christians and others who have been disrupted by the war in Syria. The Pontifical Good Friday Collection offers a direct opportunity for parishioners to be witnesses of peace. Their support is a sign of Christian unity, which helps protect the Holy Places and supports Christians in the Holy Land. This annual collection unites all Christians with the Holy Land. The collection supports parishes, Catholic schools, and religious education in the Holy Land. It also preserves the sacred shrines for pilgrims and provides assistance, including housing and food for the poor and needy. Last year’s Good Friday Collection provided support for the Holy Land by providing emergency funds to the people in Syria and Iraq; supporting 29 parishes, four homes for orphans, three academic institutions; helping keep 16 schools open for over 10,000 pre-K through grade 12 students; funding university scholarships for 295 students; providing 398 homes benefitting Christian families; helping rehabilitate over 100 homes for Christians families; providing senior care facilities in Bethlehem and Nazareth; creating more than 1,500 jobs in the Holy Land; preserving 74 sanctuaries and shrines from the life of Jesus and the prophets; and supporting over 100 men preparing to be priests or brothers.

Ash Wednesday goes portable in Hibbing

In addition to ashes being distributed during the Masses at Blessed Sacrament Parish in Hibbing on Ash Wednesday, ashes and prayers were brought to homebound parishioners by Father Gabriel Waweru, Father Nick Nelson, and Deacon Grant Toma. Pictured, Father Waweru, pastor of Blessed Sacrament, celebrated Ash Wednesday with residents at Hillcrest Terrace and Suites.

New building in Floodwood

St. Louis Church of Floodwood will hold a dedication ceremony for the new building on Friday, April 21, at 4 p.m. Bishop Paul Sirba and Father Pio Atonio, pastor, will officiate at the dedication ceremony. A dinner will follow at the Floodwood Fair Building. All current and former parishioners and pastors as well as all well-wishers are welcome to attend and join in the celebration. St. Louis Church will be celebrating the first Sacrament of Holy Communion at the new church on Sunday, May 6, at the 10:30 a.m. Mass.

BHS president to retire

Rocklon B. “Rocky” Chapin, FACHE, will retire as president and CEO of Benedictine Health System on or about Jan. 2, 2018. Chapin, 65, was named president and CEO of Benedictine Health System in 2013. The board anticipates that a new president and CEO will be named sometime this fall. Before joining the Benedictine Health System, Chapin served as executive vice president and senior officer for the hospital division of Essentia Health in Duluth. His past positions include national director of health care services, Ryan Companies US, Inc., Minneapolis; executive vice president and chief operating officer, St. Luke’s Methodist Hospital, Cedar Rapids, Iowa; president and CEO, VHA Iowa and Health Enterprises of Iowa, Cedar Rapids; and senior administrator, Abbott Northwestern Hospital, Minneapolis.

Diocesan Assembly set

The Diocese of Duluth’s 12th annual Diocesan Assembly will be held on Saturday, Oct. 14, at Marshall School in Duluth. Joe Miller, the executive director of the Magis Center, will speak on the theme, “Has Science Killed Faith? Encountering God in an Age of Unbelief.” Miller will show the scientific evidence for God’s existence and will explain how a person’s understanding of God affects the attainment of ultimate happiness. His presentations will help us evangelize in a culture where many people believe that faith and reason are not compatible. This event is open to all. Register at For more information, contact Liz Hoefferle at (218) 724-9111.

Free-throw contest winner

Cooper Johnson from St. Alice parish in Pequot Lakes won the Mary, Queen of Peace, Knights of Columbus Council 9657 free-throw contest held recently. Johnson shot 14 of 15 at the local competition, 22 of 25 at the district level and at regionals he shot 22 of 25. Johnson competed at the state level on April 1, which was held at St. Cloud Cathedral High School. Johnson is the son of Jason and Jackie Johnson.

Grandparenting group begins

Blessed Sacrament Parish in Hibbing has begun to implement the archdiocesan program, “The Grand Adventure … a New Call to Grandparenting.” The program begins with a six meeting program and continues with project ideas that develop from the participants. The program is in response to the need of assisting families strengthen their bonds with each other and with their faith. Pope Benedict XVI reflected, “Grandparents are a special resource for families, the church, and society.”