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Local News in Brief - March 2016

The Northern Cross - March 2016
Local News In Brief

Christ Child Society raises funds

Scoring savory pizza from Vintage Italian Pizza, Ryan Streitz’s 6th grade class at Holy Rosary School won the baby bottle fund raising competition held during Catholic Schools Week. Students from all grades were enthusiastic participants in the event sponsored by the Christ Child Society of Duluth. The CCSD is a chapter of the National Christ Child Society founded by Mary Virginia Merrick in 1887, dedicated to service to children, for love of the Christ Child. From the beginning chapters have been encouraged to focus on the needs of their individual communities. In Duluth, the organization manages, stocks and operates the Crib Club “store” at the Women’s Care Center. CCSD has also provided donations to other pregnancy crisis centers, a diaper bank, Birthright and individuals in need through referrals. It is currently investigating development of a scholarship program to help moms and dads achieve independence and stability through education. CCSD sponsors baby bottle fundraisers around the diocese throughout the year. Contact President Kathy Forsman for more information, (218) 624-4583 or

Way of the Cross in Duluth

Everyone is invited to join the Way of the Cross and to participate in the Good Friday Liturgy at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Rosary, 2801 E. Fourth St., Duluth. Walk with others and join in songs and meditations along the way to celebrate Our Lord’s Passion. You can join the procession at any point. The walk begins at 12:30 p.m. at the College of St. Scholastica, 1001 Kenwood Ave., General Parking Lot No. 5. At 1:15 p.m. it will process to the Newman Center at the University of Minnesota Duluth, 421 W. St. Marie St., reaching the Cathedral at 2 p.m. The Good Friday Liturgy at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Rosary is at 3 p.m. For additional information contact Kris Cook at (218) 428-6197. Sponsored by Communion and Liberation in cooperation with CSS Campus Ministry and UMD Campus Ministry.

Divine Mercy Sunday celebrations

Divine Mercy Sunday celebrations in the Diocese of Duluth will be held on Sunday, April 3.

Cloquet Deanery

Cloquet: Queen of Peace Church, 102 Fourth St., from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m., with exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, the Divine Mercy Chaplet and other prayers offered. There will be no confessions. For information, call the church at (218) 879-6397.

Duluth Deanery

Duluth: Cathedral of Our Lady of the Rosary, 2801 E. Fourth St., from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. Adoration and confession from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. Divine Mercy Chaplet prayed with Benediction at 3 p.m. For information, call (218) 728-3646.

Hibbing Deanery

Coleraine: Mary Immaculate Church, 10 Corey St., from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. There will be adoration, confessions, readings from the Diary of St. Faustina, common prayers (including the Divine Mercy Chaplet) and a reception to follow in the social hall. For information, call (218) 885-1126.

Cass Lake: St. Charles Church, 308 Central Ave. N., starting at 3 p.m. with the adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, biblical meditation on the sorrowful mysteries followed by the recitation of the Divine Mercy Chaplet and will close with Solemn Benediction. Confessions will be held before or during adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. For information, call the church office at (218) 335-2359.

Virginia Deanery

Eveleth: Resurrection Church, 301 Adams Ave., from noon to 2 p.m. Includes devotions, confessions and Benediction. For information, call (218) 744-3277.

Ely: St. Anthony’s Church, 231 E. Camp St., from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Includes meditations of Divine Mercy, Stations of the Cross, veneration of the St. Faustina relic and prayers, and the Divine Mercy Chaplet. Adoration will also take place, and confessions will be available. For information, contact the church at (218) 365-4017.

St. Charles, Cass Lake, honors Sister Marie Rose

St. Charles Church of Cass Lake was graced by Sister Marie Rose Messingschlager’s presence in the parish Feb. 7. The Sunday Mass was offered for her in appreciation for giving her life to God and the church. She was invited to speak to the parishioners to enlighten them about her Native American Ministry in the Diocese of Duluth and about St. Kateri Tekakwitha. After the Mass, the parish had cake and doughnuts to honor her. Sister Rose brought some fruit as a gift to the community. Members of the parish talked to her about the possibility of reorganizing the Kateri Circle at` St. Charles.

Rite of Elect celebrated

The Rite of Elect for the Diocese of Duluth was held at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Rosary on Sunday, Feb. 14. During the rite, those in RCIA programs at parishes throughout the diocese who will enter the church at the Easter Vigil were called forwarded for a special blessing by Bishop Paul Sirba. As of the date of the rite, 19 catechumens (those to be baptized) and 64 candidates (those to be confirmed) wish to become Catholic. After the rite, all in attendance were invited to a light reception in the social hall, where they had an opportunity for fellowship and to meet Bishop Sirba. The Rite of Elect is held every year on the first Sunday after Ash Wednesday.

Siena Institute workshop in Virginia, Mt. Iron

God calls us to excel in every aspect of our lives, including our careers. Work is an essential part of a Christian disciple’s life. The spiritual gifts God has given us help us to be effective at our work and to be a more effective witness to our faith in the workplace. If you are dissatisfied with your job, or are recently unemployed, your spiritual gifts are excellent clues for discerning a new direction. On Friday, March 11, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., and Saturday, March 12, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., the Catholic parishes of Virginia and Mt. Iron are sponsoring a teaching team from the Catherine of Siena Institute in Colorado Springs, who will offer the introductory Called and Gifted workshop, which will help you begin to discern your unique mission in life. Everyone is invited to participate. To register or find out more, please call the parish office at (218) 741-6344.

JRLC Day in Duluth

As a way to fulfill our call to Faithful Citizenship, you are invited to attend the annual JRLC Day on the Hill, but this time it’s local. Because of the heavy construction at the State Capitol, JRLC is holding Regional Days on the Hill. The event this year will be held at Holy Family Catholic Church, 2430 W. Third St., Duluth, on March 10 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Dinner is included. Please join us to learn about our faith call to shape the world around us and how to do that effectively. The cost of the event is $20. Register at

Scouting Mass

The annual Scout Recognition Mass for the Diocese of Duluth will be Sunday, March 6, at 2:30 p.m. at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Rosary, 2801 E. Fourth St., Duluth. Bishop Paul Sirba will celebrate the Mass and present religious emblems and patches to Scout recipients. Registration in the narthex (entry) of the Cathedral, from 1:45 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. Refreshments to follow in the social hall, freewill offerings will be accepted. Scouts and Scouters are requested to attend in uniform.

Brainerd Knights donate for vocations

In October, Grand Knight Mike Knakmuhs and Financial Secretary Ron Cherne from the Knights of Columbus Council 1491 of Brainerd presented Bishop Paul Sirba with a check for $3,000 for diocesan vocations: for seminarians, people going into religious life and the diaconate programs. The council put out canisters to collect change for vocations, like collecting pennies but on a larger scale. On Memorial Day weekend about 150 canisters were put out, and parishioners were asked to put their loose change in them throughout the summer. The canisters were collected the weekend after Labor Day. Though only a few hundred dollars were expected, instead the total was about $3,000. At the October, meeting it was decided to give this money to the Diocese of Duluth to be used for vocations. The men plan to continue this program next year and hopefully in the years ahead.

Chisholm Knights donate coats

The Knights of Columbus Chisholm Council 3539 has donated 12 boys coats and 12 girls coats to Independent School District 695 Chisholm. The disrict plans to give them to the children in need of a good winter coat. The council hopes the children who receive these coats will make good use for them for the rest of the winter. The members involved in the donation are Patrick Quirk, Frank Paradise and Travis Vake. Financial Secretary Brandan Fiedler ordered the coats for donation. Several businesses donated money to the council to help pay for the coats.