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Local News In Brief - August 2017

The Northern Cross - August 2017
Local News In Brief

Fatima observances

Following are upcoming events in Duluth for the centenary of the Fatima apparitions.

Saturday, Aug. 19
Cathedral of Our Lady of the Rosary: a led rosary at 10 a.m. with confessions from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at St. Mary Star of the Sea Church, 325 E. Third St.: the 90 minute documentary “Finding Fatima” will be shown at 1 p.m. All are welcome to briefly discuss the fourth appearance of Our Lady and find out more about Fatima. Handicapped accessible. Contact Renee Zurn at (218) 723-1321 for more information.

Thursday, Aug. 24
Cathedral of Our Lady of the Rosary: the Women’s Bible Study Group will study the book “Fatima for Today, The Urgent Message of Hope,” by Father Andrew Apostoli, C.F.R., in the fireside room from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. This is the second of two sessions. The rosary will be prayed at the beginning of the meeting.

Wednesday, Sept. 13
Cathedral of Our Lady of the Rosary: a led rosary at 8:30 a.m. before the 9 a.m. school Mass.
St. James Church, 721 N. 57th Ave. W.: holy hour beginning with a led rosary from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 13
To be determined.

White Mass to feature Miller

Joe Miller, executive director of the Magis Center of Reason and Faith, will speak at the White Mass brunch on Sunday, Oct. 15. The White Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. at the Cathedral of our Lady of the Rosary, 2801 E. Fourth St., Duluth. Brunch will follow at Holy Rosary School, 2802 E. Fourth St., Duluth, where Miller will present on “The Four Levels of Health and Happiness.” The White Mass and brunch are open to the public. Tickets for the brunch and presentation are available through Contact Dr. Gordy Harvieux at for additional information.

Healing Mass in Walker

A healing Mass will be held at St. Agnes Church, 210 Division St., Walker, on Tuesday, Aug. 22. The evening begins with reconciliation from 6:15 p.m. to 7 p.m., followed by praise and worship from 6:30 p.m. until Mass at 7 p.m. Father Jim Livingston, pastor at the Church of St. Paul in Ham Lake, will be leading the evening. The Proclaimers of Christ Catholic charismatic prayer group of St.Agnes Church is sponsoring the evening and Mass. For more information call David LaFontaine at (651) 503-0168 or Karen Nagengast at (612) 805-0999.

Diocese offers free trial of FORMED

As part of a diocesan partnership the Diocese of Duluth has with the Augustine Institute for the program FORMED, the entire diocese has a free 30-day trial of FORMED during the month of August. FORMED is a revolutionary digital platform that offers a wealth of informative and entertaining Catholic audio talks, ebooks, feature films, documentaries, and video- based study programs from trusted providers like Catholic Answers, Sophia Press, Knights of Columbus, Ignatius Press, St. Paul Center, and more. FORMED enhances catechetical resources for the ministries in your parish through revolutionary technology, including the FORMED app. With content for all ages, FORMED can be accessed at home for families to grow in holiness together. To check out the hundreds of online Catholic resources, visit You can login with email: Use the password: formed17.

New diocesan faith formation program

An adult faith formation program will begin this year in the Diocese of Duluth. Sessions will be held one Saturday morning per month from November through March in five locations throughout the diocese. Sites include Brainerd, Duluth, Grand Rapids, Hinckley, and Virginia. The formation will use Symbolon and will include instruction, small group discussion, and prayerful reflection, led by a local facilitator. This formation is open to all adults. Persons involved in teaching or wanting to be better equipped for evangelization are especially encouraged to participate. More information is available at or by calling Liz Hoefferle at (218) 724-9111.

Theology Uncapped features Catholic-Protestant discussion

Theology Uncapped is a series of theological discussions reviewing both the Catholic and Protestant perspective. The first topic is: “The Papacy, Necessary or Unnecessary?” Presenters will be Father Richard Kunst, pastor of St. John’s Catholic Church in Duluth and St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Gnesen, and the Rev. Peter Kowitz, pastor of United Lutheran Church in Proctor. The first meeting will be held Thursday, Sept. 28, at 6:30 p.m. at St. Benedict Catholic Church, 1419 St. Benedict St., Duluth. Cost $20 for admission, includes meal and choice of beverage, beer, wine, or soda. Seating is limited. RSVP to Deacon Carl Provost at (218) 624-4400 or email

Msgr. Suchan becomes US citizen

Monsignor Aleksander Suchan, pastor at Immaculate Conception in Pine City became a citizen of the United States July 5 at the U.S. Courthouse in Minneapolis. During his studies before his interview in June he would regularly quiz Deb Bombard and Kelly Welch, parish staff, about American history. Msgr. Suchan told them, “I think I know more than both of you about the history of the U.S.” They admit that he does. He was one of 67 people representing 29 countries to become a citizen. He was the only new citizen from Poland. Msgr. Suchan was ordained to the priesthood at the Cathedral in Katowice, Poland, on May 14, 1988. For the Diocese of Duluth he has served at Resurrection Church, Eveleth; Holy Rosary Church, Aurora; Queen of Peace Church, Hoyt Lakes; St. Joseph Church, Gilbert; St. Louis Church, Floodwood; St. Mary Church, Meadowlands; and Immaculate Conception Church, Cromwell-Wright. He is currently pastor of Immaculate Conception Church, Pine City, and St. Joseph Church, Beroun.

Faster than the Pastor

“Faster than the Pastor,” a community- building evangelization effort and health advocacy initiative created to bring the faith community together in a way that celebrates the faith and proclaims the Gospel, is coming to Duluth. This is an adventure challenge not for the faint of heart, imbalanced, or strollers. The event will be held on a variety of terrain inside Hartley Park in Duluth. Organizers believe that at the event, most will be “Done before the Nun,” many will “Ditch their Deacon,” a few may be “Quicker than their Vicar,” and if Father Michael Schmitz shows, no one will be “Flyin’ by the Father”! There will be a community outreach collection and an opportunity to support the Haitian initiative Feeding Hope by purchasing iron crosses handmade by artists in Haiti, and 100 percent of the purchase price is returned to this after school feeding program in Haiti. Faster than the Pastor will be held Saturday, Aug. 26, at Hartley Park Nature Center, 3001 Woodland Ave., Duluth. The distance is based on Habakkuk 3:19 for 3.19 trail miles. Registration and packet pick-up is 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. event day. Register by Aug. 13 and receive the best registration rate of $29.95. Pastors are free. Visit and click on the Duluth site in the event calendar to register and for more information.

International Falls service thanks diocese

Servants of Shelter (SOS) based in International Falls, extended its gratitude to the Diocese of Duluth’s Catholic Relief Services Rice Bowl collection for a grant to ease homelessness in Koochiching County. Each year since its inception in 2009, SOS has seen growing rates of housing and hunger insecurity. This year, from January 2017 to the end of June 2017, SOS has provided 370 bed nights to homeless individuals and families. The Rice Bowl grant award will go almost entirely to providing immediate shelter to those in need, with some funds directed towards grocery vouchers and camping gear. These services are in constant need and provide temporary relief to the larger issues surrounding poverty and lack of affordable housing. Throughout SOS’s existence, it has housed its guests in one apartment and in hotels. This has limited the number of persons that may be helped simultaneously. SOS is in the final stages of purchasing its own apartment house, in which it will be able to serve more individuals and famili s in need. Officials thanked CRS Rice Bowl and the Diocese of Duluth for financial support that allows SOS to serve the most vulnerable members of their community.

Fatima talk

In commemoration of the 100th year of Mary’s apparition at Fatima, Blessed Sacrament Parish in Hibbing held a talk on the importance and relevance of her message to mankind. It was Father Beau Braun’s first evening as associate pastor of Blessed Sacrament Parish, and he led those gathered in prayer prior to the talk and discussion.

Farewell for Father Nelson

Blessed Sacrament Church in Hibbing held a farewell party for Father Nick Nelson, former associate pastor at Blessed Sacrament Church in Hibbing. Father Nelson’s new assignment is as pastor of the communities of Cook, Tower, and Orr.

Bishop visits Side Lake

During his annual visit to Side Lake, Bishop Paul Sirba celebrated Mass at the Side Lake Chapel of Blessed Sacrament Parish in Hibbing. After the Mass there was a picnic. Pictured are Father Gabriel Waweru, pastor of Blessed Sacrament; Bishop Paul Sirba; and Father Nicholas Mugucu, a friend of Father Waweru visiting from Kenya. The altar servers were Jacob Toma, diocesan seminarian, and Jacob Petrich.