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Local News in Brief - June 2017

The Northern Cross - June 2017
Local News in Brief

New St. Louis Church dedicated

On a beautiful spring day, Friday, April 21, the new building for St. Louis Church in Floodwood was blessed. The dedication ceremony began with a procession of parishioners, former parishioners, and well-wishers, led by Bishop Paul Sirba, from the former church to the new church. Michael Utecht, St. Louis council chairman, presented the keys to the church for Father Pio Atonio to unlock the doors for the procession to continue inside. Bishop Sirba officiated the Mass and blessed the church. The blessing included blessing the altar and the walls of the church. The ceremony was concelebrated by former pastors Father Peter Lambert, Msgr. Aleksander Suchan, and Father Joel Hastings. Also concelebrating was Father Seth Gogolin, pastor of St. Cecilia in Nashwauk and Mary Immaculate in Coleraine. Deacon Timothy Egan of Holy Spirit in Two Harbors assisted at the Mass, and Laura Utecht was the altar server. The choir and piano player from St. Mary in Meadowlands provided the music for the ceremony. Pastor Daniel Johnson of the local New Life Community Church also attended the ceremony. The New Life Community Church congregation also made a donation for the new church, which was presented to Father Atonio after the groundbreaking last summer. Pastor Carl Fiskness of the Hope Lutheran Church in Floodwood also attended the first Sunday Mass in the new church. The new building is using many items from the old church, which makes the new building feel like home to the parishioners. The crucifix and tabernacle, Stations of the Cross, statues, and pews are all familiar from the old church.

Holy Family Church honors Fatima anniversary

The 100th anniversary of the Apparition of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Fatima, Portugal, was honored with a religious celebration authorized by Holy Family Church Pastor, Father Kuriakose Nediakala. The day of prayer and adoration of the Blessed Sacrament began with Mass at 6:30 p.m., Friday, May 12, followed by adoration of the Blessed Sacrament starting at 7:30 p.m., and ended with the celebration of Mass at 8 a.m. Saturday, May 13. At the beginning and end of the adoration time, all in attendance prayed the Eucharistic Rosary. The Friday Mass was concelebrated by Father Nediakala, McGregor; Father Joseph Sirba, Hinckley; Father Robert Sipe, Grand Rapids, assisted by Deacon James Mostek, Hinckley. Saturday Mass was concelebrated by Father Nediakala and Father Stephen Solors, Willow River, assisted by Deacon Michael Barta, McGregor. This 100th anniversary of the apparitions were honored with celebrations across the globe. More than 50 people attended the Friday Mass. Many stayed the entire night and early morning in adoration of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament, present in the monstrance. Some had traveled some distance and spent the entire night in honor of the celebration. Following the Mass, light refreshments and desserts were served to those who stayed. There was a viewing of the movie “Our Lady of Fatima” by Warner Home Video, restored in 2006.

5K for God a success

St. Raphael’s Knights of Columbus and parish in Duluth successfully hosted the sixth annual 5k for God Run in April. There was a great turn out. Race director Dave Rands has devoted countless hours and hard work to make this event successful. Madden Stone, who is in the second grade from Holy Rosary School, was the winner of this year’s race T-shirt design. The council was also busy in the month of April helping Lake Superior Life Care Center move into its new location. April was Tootsie Sale month for the Knights. They raised more than $800 that will be distributed around the Northland. The council also volunteered time to reading at the Lighthouse for the Blind in Duluth.

Holy Family Church honors Fatima anniversary

The 100th anniversary of the Apparition of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Fatima, Portugal, was honored with a religious celebration authorized by Holy Family Church Pastor, Father Kuriakose Nediakala. The day of prayer and adoration of the Blessed Sacrament began with Mass at 6:30 p.m., Friday, May 12, followed by adoration of the Blessed Sacrament starting at 7:30 p.m., and ended with the celebration of Mass at 8 a.m. Saturday, May 13. At the beginning and end of the adoration time, all in attendance prayed the Eucharistic Rosary. The Friday Mass was concelebrated by Father Nediakala, McGregor; Father Joseph Sirba, Hinckley; Father Robert Sipe, Grand Rapids, assisted by Deacon James Mostek, Hinckley. Saturday Mass was concelebrated by Father Nediakala and Father Stephen Solors, Willow River, assisted by Deacon Michael Barta, McGregor. This 100th anniversary of the apparitions were honored with celebrations across the globe. More than 50 people attended the Friday Mass. Many stayed the entire night and early morning in adoration of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament, present in the monstrance. Some had traveled some distance and spent the entire night in honor of the celebration. Following the Mass, light refreshments and desserts were served to those who stayed. There was a viewing of the movie “Our Lady of Fatima” by Warner Home Video, restored in 2006.

Theology Uncapped draws 30

“Theology Uncapped” — the Duluth take on St. Paul’s Argument of the Month club — drew more than 30 men to St. Benedict in Duluth May 27 to hear Father Steven LaFlamme explain the “nitty gritty” on annulments and to chow down on some Famous Dave’s food. The event also gave men a chance to ask their real questions on the subject, with several lively exchanges throughout the night. Deacon Carl Provost, one of the organizers, said he had hoped for a little higher turnout but that it was actually a little better attendance than a previous outing with a livestream from St. Paul, and it was a holiday weekend. He said the organizers are hoping to have another event in the fall, perhaps moving toward the debate format.

Religious retirement fund thanks diocese

In a letter to Bishop Paul Sirba, the National Religious Retirement Office expressed gratitude on behalf of the nearly 33,000 seniorreligious who benefit from the Retirement Fund for Religious for the $46,259.95 in support from the 2016 appeal. Since the collection began, generous parishioners in the Diocese of Duluth have donated $1,491,643.36 to help religious communities care for senior members. In addition to helping religious communities provide for day-to-day eldercare needs, proceeds from the Retirement Fund for Religious collection also underwrite programming and resources that promote long-term retirement planning. This combination of educational and financial support has assisted many religious communities in addressing critical deficits in retirement funding. By stabilizing the retirement outlook, religious communities ensure quality care for older members while enabling younger members to continue the good works begun by their elders. Despite this progress, however, hundreds of religious communities still struggle to provide for aging members. Thus the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops renewed the Retirement Fund for Religious collection for an additional 10 years.

Totus Tuus coming to parishes

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 week-long parish summer catechetical program assists parents and parishes by supplementing the work already being done. 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 youths and helps them live as a witness in today’s world. To accomplish this, there is an emphasis in a devotion and love for our Lord in the Eucharist and for Mary, our Mother. Seminarians and college students from the Diocese of Duluth and across the United States carry this mission to the parish program. This year’s theme is “The Mystery of Salvation” and will be dedicated to the joyful mysteries of the rosary. There are still program weeks available. Call Annette at the Diocese of Duluth to schedule at (218) 724-9111. Totus Tuus is a program for students going into first through sixth grades and a separate program for those students entering seventh through 12th grades. Please contact the host parishes below for program fee and schedules:

June 11-17:

St. Cecilia Church, Nashwauk (218) 885-1126

Cathedral of Our Lady of the Rosary, Duluth (218) 728-3646

St. Rose Church, Proctor (218) 624-0007

June 18-24:

St. Joseph Church, Crosby (218) 546-6559

St. Andrew Church, Brainerd (218) 829-1340

St. Benedict Church, Duluth (218) 724-4828

June 25 to July 1:

Holy Spirit Church, Virginia (218) 741-6344

St. James Church, Aitkin (218) 927-6581

Our Lady of the Lakes Parish, Pequot Lakes (218) 568-4760

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-Aug. 4:

Blessed Sacrament Church, Hibbing (218) 262-5541

Holy Angels Church, Moose Lake (218) 485-8214

St. Mary Church, Deer River (218) 692-3731

Blue Mass honors safety officers

Bishop Sirba celebrated a special Mass for law enforcement and public safety officers. Like the “White Mass” offered every October for medical professionals, this “Blue Mass,” celebrated at the 9 a.m. Mass Wednesday, May 17, was offered for those who risk their lives to keep people safe: law enforcement officers, fire fighters, and other public safety officials. The Mass was a school Mass with students of Holy Rosary School in attendance. At the conclusion of Mass, there was a procession to the upper parking lot where Bishop Sirba blessed police, fire, and other service vehicles.

Sacred Heart to mark 100 years

Around the turn of the 20th century, Catholics who came to the Hackensack area had no church in which to worship. They gathered in homes or at a local hotel warehouse to pray. They requested of the bishop at the time to build a church. The bishop told them they could build if they could raise $25,000. This small group worked hard, giving church dinners, bake sales, and raising money any way they could. When they reached their goal, the little white church was built. The land was donated by August Kriebs, a local furrier and charter member of the church. (This small church stands at the edge of the parking lot of the present church and is used each summer for flea markets and rummage sales.) Father Spain from Pine River dedicated church in 1917. From 1922 to 1931 Father Spain was moved to Walker, where a church was built, and he served both parishes, and he was the first resident pastor. In 1950, Father Felix Kuras was pastor until 1958. It was at this time that the parish realized they had outgrown the “Little White Church” mostly due to summer residents and visitors. With the\ generous pledges of money from parishioners, building of a new church began. It was completed in 1959, when Father Carl Priley celebrated the first Mass in the new church. It became evident again in the early 1990s that the church at that time was too small to accommodate all the summer visitors. In June 1993, remodeling plans were approved. Work on the remodeling project began in 1995 and was completed in 1997, which is the current church building today. An anniversary celebration will be held at Sacred Heart Church, 300 First St. N., Hackensack, on Saturday, June 17, with Bishop Paul Sirba celebrating Mass at 4 p.m.

May crownings

Many parishes celebrate the annual May Crowning of Mary. Above, Father Kuriakose Nadiakala, MCBS, (“Father KK”) celebrates the Crowning of Mary at Holy Family in McGregor the first weekend in May. Bottom, at Blessed Sacrament Parish in Hibbing, the commemoration of the Blessed Virgin Mary’s appearance at Fatima took place with the traditional May Crowing of the statue of Our Lady of Fatima at Mass. The children processed to the image with crown, flowers, candle, and a rosary, the prayer Mary requested the world to pray.

CREED Fund support

The diocesan Office of Catechesis and the Office of Catholic Schools would like to thank the CREED Fund for the following grants to assist parishes and schools with the work of catechesis and evangelization:

• The purchase of 10 catechetical DVD programs for use at eight different parishes • The subsidy of a subscription to FORMED.org for 18 parishes, including nine Catholic schools

• Mileage reimbursement for persons to attend principals’ meetings, catechetical leader meetings, and catechesis committee meetings

• Catechetical formation for 120 Catholic School teachers and catechetical leaders through four training days held this past school year

The CREED Fund — The Catholic Religious Education Endowment Fund — provides for the financial support of educational opportunities for the enrichment of faith and the spreading of the Gospel by the laity, deacons, priests, and Catholic schools in the Diocese of Duluth. The fund is supported in part by the Evangelization Through Education capital campaign.