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Local News in Brief - December 2016

The Northern Cross - December 2016
Local News in Brief


Due to incomplete information, a brief on the jubilee of Deacon Mike Knuth ran with significant omissions in our last issue. Following is a more complete version. The Northern Cross regrets the omission.

Deacon Michael Knuth

Deacon Michael Knuth was ordained to the permanent diaconate by Oblate Bishop Roger Schwietz for the Diocese of Duluth on November 24, 1991, at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Rosary in Duluth.

Deacon Mike Knuth and his wife Lori have five children and three grandchildren. Two of their daughters are in religious life. He is semi-retired and substitute teaches at St. Francis of the Lakes Catholic School in Brainerd.

In his ministry, he has served as a director of religious education in two parishes for 13 years, has been a catechist for 40 years, was director of the Office of Word for the diocese for a year before serving as vocation director for 16 years. He and his wife were assigned by Bishop Dennis Schnurr to start the All Saints parish in Baxter in 2007 and served the parish as the parish administrator for a year before a resident pastor was assigned. Deacon Knuth currently teaches in the permanent deacon program for the diocese, does spiritual direction and cares for his elderly mother with his wife.

He has served the parishes of St. Alice, Pequot Lakes and St. Christopher, Nisswa. He is currently serving St. Edward, Longville; St. Paul, Remer; All Saints, Baxter and St. Francis, Brainerd.

Engraved bricks at St. Mary Star of the Sea

Engraved bricks may still be purchased for the Mary Garden at St. Mary Star of the Sea Church, 325 E. Third St., Duluth. The Rosary Society is taking orders until May 17 for installation in June 2017. The first order is installed. The bricks make perfect gifts for family and friends for any occasion. Visit the website and look under Parish Life for the Rosary Society page for the order form.

Meadowlands parish marks 100 years

Bishop Sirba was the main celebrant for the 100th anniversary Mass at St. Mary’s Church in Meadowlands Oct. 23. The church, filled to capacity, was beautifully decorated with fresh white roses and adorned with a new Marian Banner. From 1914 to 1923 the Benedictine priests from St. Clement’s Church made the journey by rail to celebrate Mass once a month in a little church in this new settlement on a mud-ridden street. There have been 33 priests assigned to St. Mary’s parish in her 100 years of existence. Bishop Sirba praised the hard work and dedication of those who have gone before, both religious and lay people, and talked about the spiritual and corporal works of mercy. He challenged the congregation to spread God’s mercy in the darkness of today’s world. Following Mass, all gathered for a delicious catered meal. Roughly 175 people were served, some of whom were former members and friends returning to Meadowlands for the celebration.

Cathedral Knights given award

The Supreme Council of the Knights of Columbus presented Msgr. O’Shea Council No. 15761 of the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Rosary, Duluth, the Columbian Award. This award is given for excellence in volunteer programming activities in church, community, council, culture of Life, family and youth. It was presented to former Grand Knight Butch Brula for the 2015-16 fraternal year.

Blessed Sacrament celebrates 75 years

Blessed Sacrament Parish in Hibbing began a yearlong celebration to commemorate the 75th jubilee of the consecration of the church. The parish motto for the anniversary celebration is “Built by Living Stones with a Vision of Heaven.” During the homily of the Mass celebrated on the opening of the jubilee, Father Gabriel Waweru, pastor, spoke of the faith of the living stones of the men and women who sacrificed to construct such a beautiful place in which to worship God. He stated that the construction of the church is a sign of the dedication of the people who prayed with perseverance, through good times and bad, who were living stones upon which the church was built. He urged the congregation to pass on what they have received and to be living stones with a vision of heaven. A dinner for the entire parish followed the Mass. The celebration will continue throughout the jubilee year.

Blessed Sacrament students celebrate All Saints

A Festival of Saints was celebrated by the children of Blessed Sacrament Parish in Hibbing in anticipation of the Feast of All Saints Day, which is Nov. 1. The children played games, received prizes and treats, and learned about saints at the same time.

Catholic Daughters donate to activity center

Linnea Ryan, regent of the Catholic Daughters of the Americas, Court St. Margaret No. 1888, Eveleth, presented a $500 check to Jennifer and Lee Ann representing the East Range Day Activity Center. The donation was part of the profits from Court St. Margaret No. 1888’s recent Festival of Tables event.

Praying for the election

Responding to the call\ to be faithful citizens, Blessed Sacrament parish in Hibbing began a nineday election novena Oct. 30 for God’s will to be done, and for acceptance of his will, whatever the election results. On election day, the chapel was open immediately following the 8 a.m. Mass and prayer continued until the polls closed at 8 p.m. Anyone wishing to come before the Eucharistic Lord to pray for discernment before casting their vote was welcome.

Retrouvaille offers help to struggling marriages

Are you or someone you know, living in the pain of a marriage in trouble? With the many stresses and financial challenges facing couples today, many marriages are experiencing difficulties, and Retrouvaille can help. Retrouvaille is a program that offers support and help to couples in hurting and strained marriages. The next program starts Jan. 27, 2017. Call (320) 255-5314 or visit the website for more information. Preregistration is required. Space is limited.


Collection for retired religious

The annual Retirement Fund for Religious collection will be held Dec. 10-11 in the Diocese of Duluth. Coordinated by the National Religious Retirement Office, the parish-based appeal benefits nearly 33,000 senior Catholic sisters, brothers and religious order priests whose communities lack adequate retirement savings. The Diocese of Duluth contributed $45,910 to the last collection. Women and men religious who serve or have served in the diocese but whose communities are based elsewhere may benefit from the Retirement Fund for Religious. Catholic bishops of the United States initiated the collection in 1988 to address the significant lack of retirement funding among U.S. religious communities. Proceeds help underwrite retirement and healthcare expenses. Nearly 95 percent of donations directly support senior religious and their communities. The funds supplement the day-to-day care of elderly religious and help their congregations implement long-range retirement strategies. In addition to providing financial support for immediate needs, proceeds from the annual appeal underwrite educational initiatives in retirement planning and eldercare delivery. Workshops, webinars and print resources, for example, address topics ranging from propertyplanning to caring for members with dementia. Visit to learn more.