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Local News in Brief - May 2016

The Northern Cross - May 2016
Local News in Brief

Four men to be ordained

The Diocese of Duluth will be ordaining two men to the transitional diaconate on Thursday, June 2, at 4 p.m. at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Rosary in Duluth. The men, Jeremy Bock and Beau Braun, will become transitional deacons and continue their studies toward becoming priests in 2017. St. Andrew’s in Brainerd is Bock’s home parish, and St. Charles in Cass Lake is Braun’s. The next day, June 3, Deacons Charles Friebohle and Paul Strommer will be ordained to the priesthood for the Diocese of Duluth at 4 p.m., also at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Rosary. Deacon Friebohle is from All Saints in Baxter and Deacon Strommer is from St. Mary of the Lake in White Bear Lake. A holy hour will be held on June 2 from 11 a.m. to noon in advance of the ordinations, and confessions will be heard on June 3 from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Cathedral.

Clergy assignment

Deacon Donald Klick has been incardinated into the Diocese of Duluth after serving in the Diocese of Crookston. He has been assigned to serve St. Anthony Church in Ely.

Memorial Day Mass

Bishop Paul Sirba will be celebrate the annual Memorial Day Mass at Calvary Cemetery, 4820 Howard Gnesen Road, Duluth, on Monday, May 30, beginning at 10 a.m. All are welcome to attend.

File cabinets available

The Pastoral Center of the Diocese of Duluth went to a new filing system last year. There are now several metal file cabinets available for free. The cabinets do not have keys. Please call Rose Eichmueller at (218) 724-9111 to reserve the number of cabinets you would like. Availability is first come, first served. The cabinets also must be picked up from the diocese, 2830 E. Fourth St., Duluth, by Friday, May 20. Cabinets available: ten four-drawer legal file size cabinets, one five-drawer legal file size cabinet and four four-drawer regular file size cabinets.

Addressing sloth

Kevin Vaughan, Ph.D, will present “Sloth (Acedia): An Ancient Sin in a Modern Age” on Tuesday, May 24 at 7 p.m. at St. Benedict Church in Duluth. Often associated with laziness today, sloth has been considered by the spiritual masters of the Catholic tradition grave enough to warrant a place among the seven deadly sins. This talk will discuss the modern relevance of this ancient sin — as well as its remedies — as understood by three towering figures of the Catholic spiritual tradition, Evagrius of Pontus, Dante Alighieri and Thomas Aquinas. Vaughan is the director of the Braegelman Program in Catholic Studies at the College of St. Scholastica. Vaughan is originally from Canada, where he earned a doctorate in Theology at the University of St. Michael’s College, Toronto. His research is in the area of the history of Christian spirituality, with special attention to Thomas Aquinas and the interplay between faith and the imagination. St. Benedict is located at 1419 St. Benedict St. Contact the office for more in ormation at (218) 724-4828, or check its website at

Father Waweru gains citizenship

Father Gabriel Waweru, pastor of Blessed Sacrament Church in Hibbing, came to America in January 2002 and became a citizen of the United States April 15. The celebration was officiated by Judge Leo Brisbois and was held in the courthouse in Duluth. After coming to America, Father Waweru found that the path to the priesthood had opened to him. He was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Duluth on June 1, 2007. Father Waweru received a master of divinity degree from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul. The process of becoming a citizen enabled him to study and appreciate the privileges, rights and responsibilities citizenship.

Day of Reflection held in Pequot Lakes

Deacon Mike Knuth and Candace Simar, award winning author from Pequot Lakes, co-hosted a day of reflection for Catholic writers entitled “That You May Know the Truth” on March 12 at Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Pine River. The day included workshops on writing and character development, honing the craft of writing, time for meditation and prayer, personal writing time, Q-and-A, and sharing the gift of writing with others. Participants attended from two states and across the Brainerd Lakes area. Future events are being planned. Deacon Mike Knuth is a deacon at St. Francis Church in Brainerd.

National Tekakwitha Conference

The National Tekakwitha Conference will be held July 20-24 at the Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport, Burlingame, Calif. This year’s theme is: “St. Kateri — The Bridge Between Our Faith and Our Traditions.” Dr. Mary Soha, one of the keynote speakers, is one of the doctors who reviewed the miracles attributed to St. Kateri Tekakwitha and is currently working for the cause for canonization for the Martyrs of La Florida. Dr. Soha was in the Diocese of Duluth in 2012 for a presentation on St. Kateri’s canonization. Contact Sister Rose Messingschlager, CDP, at the Pastoral Center at (218) 724-9111 for more information.

Bishop visits Blessed Sacrament

Bishop Paul Sirba recently spent the day at Blessed Sacrament Parish in Hibbing. The visit began with the children’s Mass, where he told the students how blessed they are to be in an environment that teaches them about Jesus and that God has many blessings prepared for those who love him. Later in the day, the kindergarteners received a visit to their classroom by the bishop. He and the children had a discussion about what the students were learning, the things that they liked and what they didn’t like. All the school children had the opportunity to ask the bishop questions throughout the day, first at a donut social after the morning Mass and then later at an assembly in the gym. The sixth-grade students put on a comedy performance to educate the bishop on such things as fishing, mosquito repellant, duct tape and in general how be a “Ranger.” The bishop appreciated the routine and told the children to always be proud of their heritage. Bishop Sirba blessed all in attendance.

Blessed Nuno Society to mark 30 years

All are invited to join the Blessed Nuno Society as it celebrates the 30th anniversary of its affiliation with the Diocese of Duluth. The society will host a series of rosaries offered in honor of Our Lady of Fatima, on the dates she appeared in 1917. Therefore, on the 13th of each of the six months our Lady appeared, the rosary will be offered at a parish in Duluth. The first and last rosaries, in May and October, will be followed by light refreshments and a movie about Fatima. Contact Duluth chapter coordinator Renee Zurn at (218) 723-1321 or for more information. The schedule for the Blessed Nuno Society rosaries is as follows:

• Friday, May 13, at noon following eucharistic adoration and Benediction at St. Benedict Church, 1419 St. Benedict St., Duluth. The rosary will be followed by a light lunch and showing of the 90 minute EWTN movie “Apparitions at Fatima” at 1 p.m. in the social hall. Handicapped accessible.

• Monday, June 13, at 12:45 p.m. following the 12:05 p.m. Mass at Essentia Health St. Mary’s Hospital chapel, Room 2218, East End, 407 E. Third St., Duluth. Rosary only. Handicapped accessible. chapter meeting in the social hall. Handicapped accessible.

• Wednesday, July 13, a 6 p.m. at Our Lady of Mercy Church, 2002 Minnesota Ave., Duluth. Rosary only.

• Saturday, Aug. 13, at 10 a.m. at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Rosary, 2801 E. Fourth St., Duluth. After the rosary there will a Duluth

• Tuesday, Sept. 13, to be announced.

• Thursday, Oct. 13, at 6 p.m. at St. Mary Star of the Sea Church, 325 E. Third St., Duluth. The rosary will be followed by light refreshments and the showing of the movie “The 13th Day,” the 2009, 85-minute movie from Ignatius Press about Our Lady’s appearance in Fatima.

International speaker comes to Walker

Our Lady of the Lakes Magnificat will host a Magnificat meal, featuring Sister Linda Koontz, on Friday, June 10, at St. Agnes Church, 210 Division St., Walker. The theme is “Discerning Our Times in the Power of the Holy Spirit.” Sister Linda will also lead a day of retreat on Saturday, June 11, at St. Agnes Church from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Continental breakfast will be served and lunch will be provided. Cost of Friday’s meal is $15 and the day of retreat is $20. Men and women are welcome at both events. Prayers for healing will be available after both the meal and retreat. Reservations required. Please send checks to Lorri Henning, 3080 20th Ave. N.W., Hackensack, MN 56452. If you have any questions, please call Henning at (218) 507-0953 or Jean Bauerly at (218) 547-3111. Visit or find the group on Facebook. Sister Linda Koontz taught for eight years before being led by the Lord into her dynamic ministry. In 1971, after having experienced the power of the Holy Spirit in her life, Sister Li da began serving full time in the Catholic Charismatic Renewal. She has ministered in numerous countries. Sister Linda is currently based in El Paso, Texas, and ministers to the poorest of the poor in Juarez, Mexico, through the outreach “The Spirit of the Lord International Mission.”

Bishop presents scouting award to Assumption Pack

Bishop Paul Sirba presented the Pope Paul VI National Quality Unit Award to the Assumption Catholic School Pack 16. The award recognizes achievements in cooperation, development and program. The certificate and individual scout badges bears the coat of arms of Pope Paul VI. In 1963 at the 11th World Jamboree the Pope Paul VI spoke of the positive impact scouting has on the formation of the youth. Some of the requirements Pack 16 completed to earn the award were earning religious merit badges, taking part in a pilgrimage, diocesan training and parish service projects.

Bishop addresses CCW

Bishop Paul Sirba celebrated Mass and addressed the annual Council of Catholic Women diocesan meeting at Holy Spirit Church in Virginia on April 13. Father Paul Fruth, spiritual director, concelebrated the Mass, and assisting was Deacon Dan Schultz of Holy Spirit Churches in Virginia.

Second-grader received into the church

Kenedi Koland, a second-grade student at Assumption Catholic School in Hibbing, made her profession of faith and was received into the Catholic Church by Bishop Paul Sirba. Koland will go on to receive the Holy Eucharist with the children from the school and Blessed Sacrament Church making First Holy Communion in May.