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Local News in Brief - March 2015

The Northern Cross - March 2015
Local News in Brief

Annual outdoor Way of the Cross April 3

Duluth Communion and Liberation, in cooperation with the College of St. Scholastica campus ministry and the University of Minnesota Duluth Newman Center, is sponsoring the annual outdoor Way of the Cross on Good Friday, April 3, with meditations and singing. The procession will begin at the College of St. Scholastica general parking lot No. 5, 1200 Kenwood Ave., at 4:30 p.m. and will proceed to the Newman Center, UMD, 421 W. St. Marie St. at 5:15 p.m.. The procession will arrive at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Rosary, 2801 E. Fourth St., at 6 p.m. for the final station. Participants are invited to attend the Good Friday Liturgy at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Rosary at 7 p.m. Everyone is invited.

Scout Mass set for March 22

An annual Scout Recognition Mass will be held at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, March 22, at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Rosary, 2801 E. Fourth St., Duluth. This event is for all Boy Scouts and Scouters in the Diocese of Duluth. Bishop Paul Sirba will celebrate the Mass and will present religious emblems and patches to recipients. Scouts and Scouters are requested to attend in uniform. RSVP by March 8 to Tom Meyer at tom. or (218) 729-5811 or register online at Scoutrecognitionday2015. Be sure to indicate the number of people attending. Registration is in the Cathedral’s narthex from 1:45 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. Refreshments to follow in the social hall. Freewill offering will be accepted.

Scout Sunday in Hibbing

Hibbing scouts and leaders from Troop 17 and Pack 16, in solidarity with Boy Scouts across America, participated in Scout Sunday at Blessed Sacrament Church. They assisted at the 9:30 a.m. Mass. The boys presented the colors, ushered, processed with the offertory gifts, read the readings and petitions as well as a served at the altar. The purpose of the event is to “thank the religious institutions for their service as the unit’s charter organization.” Pack 16 is chartered by Assumption Catholic School. Troop 17 is chartered by Our Saviors Lutheran Church.

All-seminary Mass

Sacred Heart Seminary and School of Theology in Hales Corners, Wis., held an all-seminary Mass Jan. 28. Diocesan seminarian Deacon Steven Langenbrunner served as the deacon for the Mass. The all-seminary Mass, generally held every Wednesday when classes are in session, includes all faculty, staff and non-seminarian students. There is also a daily seminarian Mass for seminarians. After the Mass, Father Ryan Moravitz, diocesan director of vocations, arrived to celebrate and visit. Deacon Langenbrunner is expected to graduate and be ordained to the priesthood in spring 2017, when he will begin serving in diocesan parish ministry. Sacred Heart Seminary and School of Theology, in suburban Milwaukee, is North America’s largest seminary specializing in the formation of men over 30, with about 30 U.S. and Canadian dioceses and religious orders using it for the formation of their future priests. More information is at

Institute for Native American Ministry slated June 1-8

Basic Directions in Native Ministry is a seven-day institute for personnel who are beginning or wanting to learn more about Native American ministry. It will be held at the Sioux Spiritual Center in Howes, S.D., June 1-8. There will be 31 hours of classwork associated with the workshop. Speakers will cover topics that include missiology, anthropology, liturgy, catechetics, collaborative ministry, Native culture and religion, and principles of recovery using AA. Native speakers involved in catechetics, parish administration and youth ministry will discuss their work. Although the institute will take place in a Lakota setting, it will develop basic principles of enculturation that can be used in approaching any culture. Space is limited. Enrollment will be closed after 22 people who apply have been accepted. The cost for the institute is $800. This includes room (double occupancy), meals and materials. Rooms are air-conditioned. A $50 deposit is required with the application, along with a letter of recommendation from the applicant’s pastor or supervisor. The letter must provide information on the applicant’s current or future ministry with Native people. The deposit is nonrefundable after May 1. For applications or more information, contact Father Peter Etzel, S.J., Sioux Spiritual Center, 20100 Center Road, Howes, SD 57748, phone (605) 985-5906, fax (605) 985- 5908 or email

Aurora parish marks diocesan anniversary with ‘Year of Kindness’

The parish council of Holy Rosary Church in Aurora was looking for ideas that could be done locally for the 125th anniversary of the Diocese of Duluth. Member Renee Korshec thought of a display that shows the kind acts that people do every day. People have been living the faith through acts of kindness and mercy all these 125 years. The committee decided on the title “Year of Kindness” and to use index cards as the way to mark the acts of kindness, love and mercy. These colorful cards are like prayer flags flying in the wind. They witness to the community that parishioners are not just a people doing things in church but are living the faith in lots of ways in the wider community. A committee member built 8-footby- 8-foot frames and strung stainless steel wire through them. Father Steven Daigle, pastor, painted the signs on both sides over the center panel. The cards, numbered from 1 to 125, are taken by people who then write things they do as an expression of their faith. Some things are very simple and others are more involved. Once the cards are returned to the church and put in a glass bowl labeled “Year of Kindness,” they are stapled to the wires like hanging clothes on a clothesline. Each parish in the cluster — Holy Rosary in Aurora, Queen of Peace in Hoyt Lakes and St. John’s in Biwabik — has its own frame. To date several hundred cards have been returned. The project has also been adopted by the high school youths. All cards are anonymous. The cards are festive, and they really put on a show when the wind whips them up and down, back and forth. The hope is that people will stop by the frames and spend some time reading all the things that parishioners have done and are doing to live their faith to the fullest and perhaps be inspired to do something, too.

Ice fishing contest

Larry Simons had the biggest catch of the day at the annual Fishing Derby and Log Sawing contest in Hillman. Holy Family Church in Bulldog Lake, Hillman, had its 36th annual Ice Fishing Derby and Log Sawing Contest Feb. 14. Many brave souls competed outside in the bitter cold for the fishing contest. Many more had a great time watching and participating inside for the logsawing contests. Larry Simons won the prize for the biggest catch of the day. Other honorable mentions for the fishing contest were Mark Bauer, John Gunther and David Mitchell. The logsawing contests had multiple age and gender categories. Winners of the logsawing contests are Katie Hoffman, Russ Kapsner, Jesse Fussy, Josh Fussy, Michelle Fussy, Deanna Fussy, Stephanie Ziwicki and Ben Keske.

Good Friday pontifical collection aids Holy Land

Christians around the world are united in a special way during Lent, Holy Week and Easter with hearts, minds and prayers and are also especially aware of the Holy Land. The dioceses in the world are called on, once a year on Good Friday, to support Christians in the Holy Land. As a pontifical collection requested by Pope Francis, the annual Good Friday Collection offers a direct link for and to help protect the holy places. The Franciscans of the Custody of the Holy Land promote and supervise the Good Friday Collection on behalf of the Holy See in many parts of the world, including the United States. The Congregation for the Oriental Churches, allocates a portion to a variety of educational and ecclesial efforts in the Middle East. The remainder of the funds from the Good Friday Collection from the United States and other countries that send donations though Washington to the Holy Land is used by the Custody for the ministries in the Holy Land which the Holy See has entrusted to the Franciscans. Donations on Good Friday support Christians in the Holy Land, providing parishes that are staffed and open every day; preserving and protecting shrines and sanctuaries; providing jobs, housing and apartments for Christians; providing academic institutions, annual university scholarships; providing grants for students in difficult circumstances; providing homes for the infirmed and orphaned; and caring for the elderly poor. For more information, visit,

Black and Indian Mission collection support ministry

It is time for the Black and Indian Mission Collection. If you haven’t already made your contribution, please consider doing so, for the many worthy ministries among the Native Alaskan people, the African-American and American Indian. The Diocese of Duluth is especially grateful for your past donations since the diocese receives grants to further its ministries in these areas. This year the diocese is able to host the Regional Mini-Tekakwitha Conference on the Grand Portage Reservation to be held April 24-26.

St. Raphael Knights assist Eagle Scout project

Knights of Columbus Council 6791 of St. Raphael’s Church in Duluth assisted a young man from Boy Scout Troop 106 by funding half of his Eagle Scout project of constructing 400 white crosses to be uses to honor veterans’ grave sites on Memorial Day. The council held its annual bowling night at Skyline Bowling Lanes in Duluth in January. A few pins are dented and a few record scores were posted. A work crew was organized to replace and adjust the old heat tapes in the downspouts on the parish. The council also assisted the Hermantown High School chemical free all-night graduation party by donating funds. The men gathered to repair a number of folding chairs used for the education program and for funerals. The council is sponsoring a Marian Day of Prayer services at St. Raphael’s Church Wednesday, March 25. They also assisted a brother knight and parishioner by building a ramp to allow better access to their home.