Women’s conference set for March 7 at new location
The Third Annual Catholic Women’s Conference, to be held March 7, 2015, at Marshall School in Duluth, will be an opportunity to respond to the invitation to share the “Joy of the Gospel.” The Conference, titled “Joy of Our Faith,” and inspired by Pope Francis’ apostolic exhortation “Joy of the Gospel,” will explore ways for Catholic women to answer the pope’s call for an expansion of the New Evangelization as “missionary disciples.” Two dynamic speakers on the topic will be addressing the gathering. Hallie Lord is an author, editor and founder of the Edel Gathering and will share her special passion for the beauty of the church’s teaching on the vocations of marriage and authentic womanhood. As a young mother of six children, wife and convert to Catholicism, Lord lives and shares her faith through her contributions to numerous publications and her blog at moxiewife.com. Kelly Wahlquist is the assistant director of the Catechetical Institute for the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis. Her gift of weaving personal stories, Scripture and practical advice allows her audience to enter more fully into what Pope Francis has called Catholics to do: live the Joy of the Gospel with missionary zeal. Wahlquist is the founder of WINE: Women In the New Evangelization and a contributing writer for catholicmom.com and The Integrated Catholic Life. Her new book, “Created to Relate: God’s Design for Peace and Joy,” will be published in February 2015 and will be available for purchase at the conference. Building on the overwhelming success and appeal of the past two conferences, this year’s event has been relocated to the larger venue of Marshall School in Duluth in order to accommodate more attendees. Past conferences have drawn approximately 400 women from all parts of the diocese and from as far away as central Wisconsin and western Michigan. The gathering will begin with Mass celebrated by Bishop Paul Sirba, followed by an opening prayer and welcome from the bishop. Opportunities for confession, eucharistic adoration and praying the rosary will be available during the conference. There will also be vendors and informational booths. The cost to register is $30 and includes lunch and a light snack. The first 400 registrants will receive a copy of Pope Francis’ document, “Joy of the Gospel.” The deadline for registration is Feb. 20, 2015, and may be done online atLordwww.dioceseduluth.org. Registration after that date is possible, but lunch or materials are not guaranteed for late registrants. For more information about the conference, contact Grace Romanek at (218) 724-9111 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
HLDF funds emergency food shelf in Emily
The Emergency Food Shelf of Emily has been awarded a grant from the Human Life and Development Fund of the Diocese of Duluth for the 2014 fiscal year. The support will allow Emily Emergency Food Shelf to feed those in need in the Emily area. Organizations that have received funding in 2014 include Guiding Star Women’s Center in Duluth, Damiano Center in Duluth, Lake Superior Life Care Center in Duluth, Northland Family Programs of Duluth and Brainerd, and Walker Area Pregnancy Support Center in Walker. Residents of the Northland can see how the Human Life and Development Fund are benefiting organizations by visiting the Diocese of Duluth website www.dioceseduluth.org/. The Human Life and Development fund was established in 1989 as a thanksgiving sacrifice to God and his many blessings during the first hundred years of the Diocese of Duluth. The purpose of this fund is twofold: first, to reach out to those among us who are needy — the poor, hungry, homeless and jobless; and second, to champion the sanctity of every human life from the moment of conception through all its stages to natural death. Institutions and agencies within the Duluth Diocese who share Catholic convictions about the dignity and sanctity of human life are invited to apply for financial grants to aid them in their work. Preference and eligibility in awarding grants is determined by the Human Life and Development Fund Committee. Applications are now available and more information can be obtained on the Diocese of Duluth website www.dioceseduluth.org.
Father Graham book released in paperback
In his book “100 Days Closer to Christ,” Father William C. Graham invites readers to consider moments of grace and experience the transforming presence of God in their lives. Its essays invite immersion in joyful hope: dreams, disciplines and promises; fond embraces and quiet satisfaction; plans and prospects; awe and wonder. The chapters consider moments of grace through encounters that resemble Lectio Divina, inviting reflections flowing from God’s word or the church’s life of prayer, giving flashes of insight and meaning on a pilgrim’s way. Father Graham is pastor of St. Michael’s Parish in Duluth, where he also served as pastor from 1982-90. He was a scholar-in-residence at the Collegeville Institute for Ecumenical and Cultural Research in 2013-14, where he also served as visiting professor at St. John’s University. For 10 years Father Graham was professor of historical theology and the founding director of the Braegelman Program in Catholic Studies at the College of St. Scholastica. “100 Days Closer to Christ” is available from http://www. litpress.org/Products/E3598/100-dayscloser- to-christ.aspx or at amazon.com.
St. Charles gets new directory
After almost 20 years of not having a picture directory, St. Charles Parish in Cass Lake completed one this fall. Father Kuriakose Nediakala, MCBS, pastor, presented a copy to the oldest active family of the parish, Mr. and Mrs. Vincent Flocken. Fifty-eight families gathered at the church to get their picture taken for the directory. The parish has 77 families.
Weekend for the Engaged
Blessed Sacrament parish in Hibbing hosted a Weekend for the Engaged for couples planning to be married in the coming year. The Catholic Church requires discernment and preparation before couples enter into this lifelong commitment. In addition to the sacramental preparation the couples learn about Natural Family Planning, conflict resolution, respecting differences when coming from different faith backgrounds and managing finances. Father GabrielWaweru spoke on the topic “God’s Plan for a Joy-filled Marriage.” He also shared Pope Francis’ message to engaged couples given on Valentine’s Day 2014. During the breakout sessions couples had time to reflect and to discuss the materials with each other. Weekends for the Engaged are held throughout the diocese. Contact your parish priest for registration materials.
Blessed Sacrament parish in Hibbing remembered the 89 deceased members who died in the last year at the annual Memorial Mass. As the individual names of the departed were read aloud, a candle for each of them was lit in remembrance.
Knights service projects
St. Raphael’s Knights of Columbus Council 6791 welcomed Ryan Rands as a new member in October. It also will purchase a wheelchair to be sent to a person in need. St. Michael medals were sent to the known enlisted military personnel from the parish. The council also funded an altar server fun night at Adventure Zone in Duluth as a thank you for their service to the parish. On election night members provided rides to the voting locations for parishioners.