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Local News in Brief - July 2017

The Northern Cross - June 2017
Local News In Brief

Clergy Assignments

Bishop Paul D. Sirba has announced the following clergy assignments, effective July 12, 2017.

Father Jeremy Bock: ordained priest and parochial vicar at Cathedral of Our Lady of the Rosary and St. Mary Star of the Sea, Duluth.

Father Beau Braun: ordained priest and parochial vicar at Blessed Sacrament, Hibbing.

Father Steven Langenbrunner: ordained priest and parochial vicar at St. James, Duluth.

Fatima centenary observances

The following events are schedule in Duluth to continue marking the centenary of Fatima:

Thursday, July 13:
• Cathedral of Our Lady of the Rosary, 2801 E. Fourth St.: a led rosary before the 7 a.m. Mass and a led rosary at 5:30 p.m.
• St. Benedict’s Church, 1419 Arrowhead Road: Father Joel Hastings will lead a meditation of the July 13 message at Fatima, along with a holy hour and rosary. The meditation will start at 6 p.m., and the rosary at 7 p.m. Benediction will be at 7:30 p.m.

Thursdays July 20 and Aug. 17:
• 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.

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.
• St. Mary Star of the Sea Church, 325 E. Third St.: the movie “Fatima: Message of Hope” will be shown at 1 p.m.

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.

Hogan Open

Bishop Paul Sirba receives a check from Harald Borrmann of Catholic United Financial at the Hogan Open, a clergy golf outing, on Monday, June 5.

St. Kateri feast day

There will be a special Mass at St. Charles Church, 308 Central Ave. N., Cass Lake, at 6 p.m. on the Feast of St. Kateri Tekakwitha on July 14. If unable to attend, please join in prayer and spirit as we ask St. Kateri’s intercession for all Native Americans. St. Kateri is truly a role model for all — especially for youth, orphans, and those ridiculed for their piety. She is also patroness of the environment and ecology. At Kateri’s canonization, Pope Benedict XVI said of her: “In her, faith and culture enrich each other! May her example help us to live where we are, loving Jesus without denying who we are ….”

Sister Koontz, Vadia coming to Walker

Join Sister Linda Koontz and Maria Vadia for two days of praise, worship, personal testimonies, prayer, teaching, healing, reconciliation, and eucharistic celebration as Our Lady of the Lakes chapter of Magnificat in Walker celebrates 25 years of ministry Sept 22-23. Sister Linda Koontz and Maria Vadia are dynamic evangelists with worldwide ministries. The two-day anniversary celebration will take place at Northern Lights Hotel and Convention Center located at 6800 Frontage Road N.W., Walker. Friday night will open with a Magnificat dinner served at 5:30 p.m., followed by personal and powerful testimonies of the presenters. Saturday’s event will begin at 8 a.m. with breakfast followed by a day of teaching, healing prayer, reconciliation and celebration of the Eucharist at 4 p.m. A block of rooms has been reserved under Magnificat at a reduced rate at Northern Lights Hotel. Please call (866) 652-4683 before Sept. 1 to guarantee your room rate. Advance reservations and payment for Friday’s dinner and event is 20, Saturday’s meals and event cost is $25. All reservations and payments are due by Sept. 15. No reservations will be accepted after that date. To reserve tickets for the celebration, call Lorri Henning at (218) 507-0953, and send payment to Lorri Henning at 3080 20th Ave. N.W., Hackensack, MN 56452. Visit or like the organization on Facebook.

Chisholm Knights elect officers

The Knights of Columbus Council 3539 of St. Joseph Church in Chisholm held elections of officers for the 2017-18 fraternal year, which started July 1. The following were elected as officers: Frank Paradise, grand knight; Jedediah Holewa, deputy grand knight; Michael Jugovich, chancellor; Patrick Quirk, recorder; James Varda, Jr., treasurer; David Pessenda, advocate; Kenneth Lucas, warden; Kevin Scaia, inside guard; Daniel Kowarsch, outside guard; Travis Vake, one-year trustee; James Varda, Sr., two-year trustee; and Paul Marturano, three-year trustee. They will be installed Sept. 12.

Consecration in Grand Rapids

Members of St. Joseph’s Church in Grand Rapids spent 33 days reading and reflecting on the self-study “33 Days to Morning Glory” and consecrated themselves to Mary on the Feast of Our Lady of Fatima, Saturday, May 13. Consecration means to set aside for a sacred purpose. Mary’s life was set aside for the sole purpose of serving our Lord. Others, too, can completely give themselves to Christ in a fundamental way that consecrates them to him. “33 Days to Morning Glory” is a self-study that can be done at various times throughout the year and ends on a Feast Day of Mary. Learn more at, if you parish has a subscription, or Google “33 Days to Morning Glory.”

Pine River Rhubarb Fest July 28-29

Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Pine River began celebrating its Rhubarb Fest eight years ago. One of the CCW ladies heard about other communities hosting Rhubarb Fests, and the group decided to give it a try. They started by concentrating on putting together a rhubarb cookbook. Kathy Soukup gathered recipes from parishioners, friends, and other sources. She added some “Rhubarb Facts and Other Uses” inserts throughout the book. The CCW set up in front of the Shopping Block in downtown Pine River. For several years, they enjoyed enough profits to pay for the cookbooks as well as have extra monies for CCW events and activities, as well asmake donations to the general church fund. Rhubarb Fest became a Summer Fest community event. The summer of 2015, the Rhubarb Fest moved from the small Shopping Block venue to the yard at Our Lady of Lourdes Church. In previous years, organizers never knew how many pies they would have. Yvonne Switajewski volunteered to head up a pie-making committee and vowed she would make 200 pies and sell them all. With the help of her “Pies Ladies,” she did just that! The quilting group got to work making quilts to display and sell. There was a white elephant table that also did well. An area was set up to serve pie by the slice, coffee, and rhubarb slush. Then organizers advertised for vendors to set up alongside them. Rhubarb Fest 2016 was bigger and better. Four rooms of garage sale items were added, an extra 100 pies, and a pulled pork bowl luncheon. The festival went from needing four people at any given time to needing 12 people for each shift. With the help of God, and parishioners from all three campuses, the CCW accomplished their goals. Parishioners have donated time, money, needed items, and lots of love. The 2017 Rhubarb Fest will be held Friday and Saturday, July 28-29, at Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Pine River.

Kenyan friends surprise Father Waweru on 10th anniversary

The 10th anniversary of the priestly ordination of Father Gabriel Waweru was celebrated at Blessed Sacrament Parish in Hibbing recently. A parish dinner was held on the actual date and on the Sunday following. The festivities continued with a parish breakfast social. Father Waweru was surprised when more than 30 of his Kenyan friends from Minneapolis showed up to celebrate with him. Some of his surprise guests were at his ordination ten years ago, some he married, and some he baptized. The joyful celebrations were a cause to reflect on the many blessings of God and the gift of the priesthood.

Graduates honored

A breakfast honoring 2017 graduates of Resurrection Parish in Eveleth and St. Joseph Parish in Gilbert was held at Resurrection Church on Sunday, May 21. The Catholic Daughters of the Americas Court St. Margaret 1888 scholarship was awarded to Samantha Hass by Court Regent Linnea Ryan. Tom Noll, representing Knight of Columbus Council 2583 presented their scholarship to McKenzie Perushek. The Knights of Columbus also presented gifts of appreciation to altar servers John Sjoberg and Tyler Kemp.

Built Upon a Rock Fest

In case you haven’t heard, there is a great event on Sept. 17 on the grounds of the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Rosary in Duluth called Built Upon a Rock Fest. There will be adoration and opportunities for confession in the Cathedral for all who are interested. Come enjoy this event that features stunning on-stage musical performances from national and local artists. Free live entertainment with the backdrop of beautiful Lake Superior. Gates open at 5 p.m., The Aly Aleigha Band performs from 5:45 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., and The Thirsting performs 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. This event is supported by Bishop Paul Sirba and promoted throughout the Diocese of Duluth. In order to stay updated with important news and information leading up to the event, please sign up for the Built Upon a Rock Fest newsletter. Information about the event and sign up form can be found at

Totus Tuus continues

Totus Tuus is a summer Catholic youth program dedicated to sharing the Gospel and promoting the Catholic faith through evangelization, catechesis, Christian witness, and eucharistic worship. The mission of Totus Tuus is to help young people develop an intimate relationship with Jesus Christ and to understand their faith through catechesis in a way that makes the faith real to the youth and helps them live as a witness in today’s world. Seminarians and college students from the Diocese of Duluth and across the United States carry this mission to every young person they encounter in the parish program. This year’s theme is “The Mystery of Salvation” and will be dedicated to the joyful mysteries of the rosary. Totus Tuus is for students going into first through sixth grades and a separate program for those students entering seventh through twelfth grades. Please contact the host parishes below for program fee and schedules:

July 9-15:
St. Thomas Church, International Falls (218) 283-3293
St. Charles Church, Cass Lake (218) 335-2359

July 16-22:
Queen of Peace Church, Cloquet (218) 879-6793
St. Anthony Church, Ely (218) 365-4017
St. Joseph Church, Chisholm (218) 254-5703

July 23-29:
Immaculate Heart church, Crosslake (218) 692-3731
St. Patrick Church, Hinckley (320) 384-6313

July 30 to Aug 4:
Blessed Sacrament Church, Hibbing (218) 262-5541
Holy Angels Church, Moose Lake (218) 485-8214
St. Mary Church, Deer River (218) 246-8582

Corpus Christi processions

St. Joseph’s Church in Chisholm held its Corpus Christi procession with Benediction after the 10 a.m. Mass on Sunday, June 18. Escorting the procession around the church grounds was an honor guard of the Knights of Columbus Council 3539 in full regalia, followed by Father Anthony Craig with the Blessed Sacrament and parishioners singing traditional hymns in honor of our eucharistic Lord.

The Feast of Corpus Christi was celebrated at Blessed Sacrament Parish in Hibbing with Mass, a Eucharistic procession lead by Father Gabriel Waweru, and Benediction. First communicants for this year were also honored and part of the procession.

Blessed Sacrament honors current, past clergy

As part of Blessed Sacrament Parish’s year-long commemoration of the building and consecration of its church, a dinner was held to honor all the priests who have served over the years. Prayers were offered for the deceased clergy and for those unable to attend the evening’s festivities. The celebration began with a social hour in St. Leo’s Hall, followed by evening prayer and Benediction in the church. Returning to the hall, a dinner was held for the clergy and parishioners, where acquaintances were renewed, fond memories were recalled, and thanks was given for the many blessings God has bestowed.

Current and former clergy of Blessed Sacrament Church attended the 100 year anniversary of the consecration. Those in attendance were: Father Fredrick Method, Father Peter Muhich, Father Noel Stretton, Father Nick Nelson, seminarian Jake Toma, Father Clem Gustin, OSC, Father James Bissonette, Father Gabriel Waweru, Deacon Grant Toma, Father Anthony Craig.