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Local News in Brief - February 2015

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Local musician Danielle Rose releases new video

On Jan. 15, Duluth-based Catholic musician Danielle Rose released a new music video for the song “Little Flower,” from her album “Culture of Life.” Rose said the video “radiates God’s love for people often considered to be of little value.” She said in China, this mindset of treating some people as of little value “has led to a social crisis in the form of the One-Child Policy.” In collaboration with Spirit Juice Studios, “Little Flower” was filmed on location in China with the children of China Little Flower orphanage in order to help build a culture of life. Rose also released an accompanying short behind-the-scenes video. Find links at her website,

Black and Indian Mission collection Feb. 22

The Black and Indian Missions collection takes place Feb. 22, the First Sunday in Lent. This collection exists to help diocesan communities build the church and preach the Gospel of Jesus among the African-American, Native American and Alaska Native People of God. Every year, the generosity of the Catholic faithful enable the Black and Indian Mission Office to support the work of Sister Marie Rose Messingschlager, CDP, in the Diocese of Duluth’s Office of Indian Ministry. This money is received in the form of a grant from the collection funds, a grant that normally exceeds what the diocese pays in. Please prayerfully consider supporting this collection. More information can be found at

Women’s conference will feature Hallie Lord

“Converting to Catholicism in 2001 was one of the most joyful experiences I have ever had. I felt as if I was walking on air and naively assumed that the honeymoon period would last forever,” says Hallie Lord, who along with Kelly Wahlquist will be among the featured speakers at this year’s women’s conference March 7 at Marshall School in Duluth. She said one day a kind priest told her the euphoria would pass but would be replaced by a different, deeper kind of joy. “For all its beauty, the life of a Catholic woman possesses many trials. Every day, we are stretched out of our comfort zones and forced to die to self countless times. How do we tap into the joy of Christ while carrying our crosses? How do we rise above the suffering we must endure in this life so that we can enjoy this seemingly elusive gift? And how do we remove the obstacles that inhibit us from receiving all the joy that God desperately wants to give us?” These are among the questions she plans to explore at the women’s conference. Registration is available at

Photos requested for 125th anniversary celebration

The theme for the 125th Anniversary of the Diocese of Duluth is “Celebrating 125 Years: Our Story, Our Faith.” For this milestone anniversary the archives of the diocese is looking for photographs or JPEG images of the following events or activities that could be used in the traveling exhibit: • The Welch Center — photo of the outside of the building with the Welch Center sign visible, Welch Center activities or retreats. • Bishop Schenk’s renown annual Christmas open house. Bishop Schenk was known for his spectacular display of Christmas trees that was appreciated by thousands of people. He was bishop from 1960 to 1969. • Photos that capture Diocese of Duluth bishops and historic diocesan events, activities and social outreach. Inspirational stories are also welcome. Please send photos or stories of interest to Christine Skalko, diocesan archivist, 2830 E Fourth St., Duluth, MN 55812, or email her at

CRS Rice Bowl: Lent icon

This year marks the 40th anniversary of CRS Rice Bowl, the largest and oldest Lenten program used by millions of Catholics across the United States known for its iconic and symbolic cardboard “rice bowl.” The program has evolved to become a tradition for Catholic families, parishes and religious educators. Since its inception, millions of Catholics have contributed alms totaling $250 million to support efforts that fight poverty and hunger in dioceses across the U.S. and overseas. “When we step back and consider that this paper rice bowl has made it possible to give real, life-saving assistance to so many, we see the power the 40 days of Lent have produced over the last four decades,” said Joan Rosenhauer, executive vice president of U.S. Operations for Catholic Relief Services. For people like Thomas Awiapo from Ghana, the power of CRS Rice Bowl is quite tangible. His destiny was altered as a young and hungry orphan — who lost two brothers to starvation — when he was welcomed into a school where lunch, funded through CRS Rice Bowl, was served. “You can call me the poster child for CRS Rice Bowl but we’d be closer to the truth if you called my children your poster children. They have never experienced hunger in their lifetime, and today they attend university, high school and secondary schools without missing a beat.” The program uses donations to support CRS’ humanitarian programs in 93 countries overseas, providing life-saving assistance and hope to impoverished and vulnerable communities. Twenty-five percent of the total contributions remain in the dioceses where they were given and often fund food pantries, community gardens and outreach to vulnerable populations in the U.S. CRS Rice Bowl materials are available in English and Spanish in print, on the web and through the mobile app. To follow CRS Rice Bowl on Twitter or Facebook, search @CRSRiceBowl or #4Lent4Life. To donate and to learn more about CRS Rice Bowl visit or download the app from the iTune or Google Play stores.

Franciscan sisters to host open house Feb. 8

The Franciscan Sisters of the Eucharist in Duluth are participating in a national open house event with hundreds of other religious women and men on Sunday, Feb. 8, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., at their home at 5613 Lilac Hill Road, Duluth. The purpose of the open house is to invite the public to visit religious communities to learn more about the community’s way of life. This event will take place in convents and monasteries across the United States as the first of three public events during 2015, proclaimed by Pope Francis as the “Year of Consecrated Life.” Refreshments will be served. “We look forward to meeting local residents who have never seen a convent or who have questions about our way of life or who just want to come and visit,” said Mother Shaun Vergauwen, mother general of the Franciscan Sisters of the Eucharist. “Most of our houses in the U.S. will also hold an open house on Feb. 8. All are welcome!” For more information on the open house in Duluth, call (218) 624-9038. See the Council of Major Superiors of Women Religious website for more details on other communities at

Novena of Masses for life begins

Father Paul Larson of St. Mary’s Church in Deer River held the first Novena Mass in the Hibbing Deanery Novena of Masses Pilgrimage for Life of 2015. The annual event is a series of nine consecutive days of Masses prayed in different churches in the Hibbing Deanery for the end of abortion and for the protection of the sanctity of life at all stages and conditions. In addition to the Masses being offered for this intention, it gives pro-life people an opportunity to socialize after each of the Masses, to gain information on various parish initiatives and to support each other in helping to bring the Culture of Life into the public sphere. Father Larson spoke of people of life being tested, as Jesus himself was tested, and “through what he suffered, he is able to help those who are being tested” (Hebrews 2:18).