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Local News in Brief - February 2018

The Northern Cross - February 2018
Local News in Brief

Lenten practices

Lent runs from February 14 to April 1. Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are obligatory days of fasting and abstinence for Catholics. In addition, Fridays during Lent are obligatory days of abstinence. For members of the Latin Catholic Church, the norms on fasting are obligatory from age 18 until age 59. When fasting, a person is permitted to eat one full meal, as well as two smaller meals that together are not equal to a full meal. The norms concerning abstinence from meat are binding upon members of the Latin Catholic Church from age 14 onwards. If possible, the fast on Good Friday is continued until the Easter Vigil (on Holy Saturday night) as the “paschal fast” to honor the suffering and death of the Lord Jesus, and to prepare ourselves to share more fully and to celebrate more readily his Resurrection. More information on fast and abstinence can be found at

Weigel coming to St. John

Catholic writer and papal biographer George Weigel is coming to Duluth in March. Weigel, a distinguished senior fellow of the Ethics and Public Policy Center, will be at St. John the Evangelist Church, 4230 St. John’s Ave., Duluth, on March 12 to present on Pope St. John Paul II. Weigel wrote the late pope’s biography, “Witness to Hope,” as well as two other books on him. “I had first reached out to him when I got his contact info from author Mike Aquilina,” said the parish’s pastor, Father Richard Kunst, a renowned collector of papal memorabilia. “After several emails with Weigel the lecture was set up in conjunction with his coming to Duluth to see the papal collection.” The event will be set up in a way similar to that arranged for Dr. Gianna Molla last year, with Mass beginning at 6:30 p.m. followed by Weigel’s presentation.

Melendez to perform in Pine City

Tony Melendez will be in concert Wednesday, Feb. 21, at Pine City High School Auditorium, 1400 Main St., Pine City. Show time is at 7 p.m. Melendez has played for Pope St. John Paul II, who encouraged him to continue his music ministry. Melendez’s message will cover bullying and acceptance of people with disabilities and is geared for all ages. Ticket prices are $10 per person or $40 per family and are available now. Contact Kathy at (320) 629-3031 or by email at wimmerkathryn@, or Deanna at (612) 229-8647. Parish groups and youth groups welcome. Sponsors of this event are Catholic United Financial, Council of Catholic Women, and Knights of Columbus, all of Pine City.

Living Stations in Walker

Start your Lenten journey Friday evening, Feb. 16, with a special presentation of the Living Stations of the Cross at St. Agnes Church, Elm at Division Street, Walker at 7 p.m. The annual event features costumed parishioners from both St. Agnes and Sacred Heart churches in classic tableau scenes depicting the 14 Stations of the Cross. The presentation is especially suitable for children, and all in the community are welcome to attend. Prayers will be offered at each station with a music interlude between stations. The program is approximately 45 minutes in length and is being presented during the first week of Lent to emphasize a more meaningful Lenten experience in preparation for Easter. There is no charge. Handicapped accessible.

Shroud expert coming to the diocese

Russ Breault, one of the world’s leading experts on the Shroud of Turin, will present “The Shroud Encounter.” This is a dramatic, bigscreen experience. The presentation is a fast moving experience using more than 200 images covering all aspects of Shroud research. The presentations will be held at three churches in the Diocese of Duluth. All locations are handicapped accessible.
• St. Lawrence Church, 2410 Morris Thomas Road, Duluth: Saturday, Feb. 24, 6:30 p.m. (following Mass). Refreshments. Free admission.
• Holy Spirit Church, 306 S. Second St., Virginia: Sunday, Feb. 25, 11:30 a.m. (following Mass). $20 admission includes champagne brunch.
• Resurrection Church, 301 Adams Ave., Eveleth; Sunday, Feb. 25, 6:30 p.m. Refreshments. Free admission.

Full size replica of Shroud of Turin\ displayed at each location. Visit for more information.

JRLC Day on the Hill

Joint Religious Legislative Coalition (JRLC) Day on the Hill will be held March 13, where hundreds of people of faith will gather to ask themselves, their communities, and their representatives: If we do not work towards social justice now, when? The theme for the day is “If not now, when?” Keynote speaker is Rabbi David Locketz, senior rabbi of Bet Shalom Congregation in Minnetonka. Join faithful advocates from across the state on March 13 to reflect on why we make our voices heard, to plan for continued actions in our home communities, and to speak with representatives at the State Capitol. Visit for more information about JRLC, the Day on the Hill, and to register. If you plan to attend, please call Patrice at (218) 724-9111 if you are interested in joining in a ride on a bus.

CCW learns about leisure

Father Beau Braun addressed Blessed Sacrament Parish CCW of Hibbing on the spiritual dimension of leisure. Drawing on the book by Josef Pieper, “Leisure, The Basis of Culture,” Father Braun explained that it is necessary to take time to contemplate God to more fully understand reality, the world, and our relationship with God, to be like Mary and ponder these things in our hearts.