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Local News in Brief - May 2017

The Northern Cross - May 2017
Local News in Brief

St. Scholastica opens new spiritual center

Bishop Paul Sirba, assisted by the prioress of St. Scholastica Monastery, Benedictine Sister Beverly Raway, blessed a new facility called the Center for Spirituality and Enrichment in April. The facility uses renovated space at the monastery and expands the sisters’ ministry. The facility offers guest rooms, meeting rooms, a new conference room, and a dining area. The goal is to offer additional opportunities for personal and group retreats, in addition to worshops and seminars on a variety of topics and spiritual interests while increasing the number of people the monastery reaches with its ministries.

Trinity Dome collection

The Diocese of Duluth will join dioceses throughout the country in participating in a special collection to be held May 13-14 for the Trinity Dome Project to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the placing of the foundation stone of the National Shrine in 2020. The bishops of the United States have approved this one-time collection. The Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception is the patronal church of our nation, dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary under her title of the Immaculate Conception. Mary’s Shrine, also known as America’s Catholic Church, is an authentic reflection of the diversity of the cultures and ethnicities of the United States and the unity and universality of the Catholic Church, as evidenced in the more than 80 chapels and oratories dedicated to Our Blessed Mother. The national collection for the Trinity Dome offers the faithful an opportunity to leave a lasting legacy by honoring their Catholic heritage and entrusting themselves and their families to the Mother of God. For more information visit and

Registration for St. Vincent de Paul meeting open

The North Central Region of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul has opened registration for its annual regional meeting. The 2017 meeting is being hosted by the Rockford Council of St. Vincent de Paul. The theme is “Hearts and Hands in God’s Service” This year the North Central region meeting will be held on June 22-24. The meeting will be held at the Pheasant Run Resort located at 4051 E. Main St., St. Charles, Ill. Registration is $135 which includes five meals and materials. Register by visiting Accommodations are available at the resort with a special rate of $115 plus 11 percent tax. These rates are available until June 9. Call the resort directly at (630) 584-6300 for room reservations. Many workshops will be available and you will have the opportunity to meet Vincentians from across the Midwest. The society is one of the largest Catholic lay organizations across the world, and its mission is to provide assistance to those in need. The North Central Region includes the dioceses in North and South Dakota, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Marquette in Michigan, and Chicago, Rockford, Peoria, and Joliet in Illinois.

Catholic singer Karto to appear in Walker

Our Lady of the Lakes Magnificat invites everyone to attend a Magnificat event featuring Annie Karto, a Catholic singer and evangelist, on Saturday, June 17, at St. Agnes Parish, 210 Division St., Walker. Karto is an award winning Catholic singer-songwriter and inspirational speaker. Called the “Catholic Joan Baez” by her contemporaries, Karto has traveled the globe for 15 years weaving her songs in and out of her testimonies. Karto has been invited to major conferences and also shared at Magnificat breakfasts, Divine Mercy retreats, and Days of Reflection. Some of her talks include “Divine Mercy Flood My Soul,” which is her focus, “Mary, Masterpiece of Mercy,” “Rise up and Shape the Culture, Catholic Woman,” “Divine Mercy for America.” Karto wrote a song for priests, “You Are a Priest Forever,” that has been featured on EWTN for many years and received two apostolic blessings, one from Pope St. John Paul 11 and one from Pope Benedict XVI. Registration is at 8:30 a.m. with breakfast served at 9 a.m. Cost for the meal is $20. Following her morning testimony, a light lunch will be served at noon. At 1 p.m. Karto will give a concert. A love offering for the concert is appreciated. Registration is a must by June 12. Make checks payable to Magnificat and send to Lorri Henning, 3080 20th Ave. N.W., Hackensack, MN 56452. For more information call Lorri Henning at (218) 507-0953 or Jean Bauerly at (218) 547-3111. Visit and like it on Facebook.

Annie Karto Parish mission in Crosby

Join St. Joseph’s churches in Crosby-Ironton and Deerwood for “Ablaze: Passionately Pursuing Christ and a Life of Purpose,” a series on Gospel living with Deacon Keith Strohm. The series will run for three consecutive evenings, starting Sunday, May 21, and ending Tuesday, May 23. Deacon Strohm will speak from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at St Joseph’s Catholic Church, 617 Poplar St., Crosby. An optional dinner is available in the church basement by reservation from 5:15 p.m. to 6:15 p.m. This series is geared toward adults and high school students and is open to all faiths. Childcare is available during the lecture. Please preregister for dinner and childcare prior to the event by calling the parish office at (218) 546-6559 or email The session topics are: May 21 — “Our Relationship in Communion with God”; May 22 — “Restoring and Strengthening the Divine Life within Us”; and May 23 — “Living Out the Kingdom Life.” For more information on the evening session topics, go to www.cuyunacatholic.prg. In addition to the evening series, Deacon Strohm will hold question-and-answer sessions 9after the noon Masses on Monday, May 22, and Tuesday, May 23, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, 23753 Forest Road, Deerwood. Deacon Strohm is the former director of the Office for the New Evangelization and a deacon for the Archdiocese of Chicago. A well-known international speaker and conference keynote speaker, he has helped tens of thousands of men and women hear the Gospel message and encounter the mercy, love, and power of Jesus Christ. He is also the executive director of M3 Ministries ( and a long-time teacher and collaborator with the Catherine of Siena Institute. He is a co-author, along with six other collaborators, with Sherry Weddell for the book “Becoming a Parish of Intentional Disciples” — a follow-up to the bestselling book “Forming Intentional Disciples.” His latest book, “Jesus: The Story You Thought You Knew,” will be available this spring from Our Sunday Visitor. You can follow him on Twitter at @KeithStrohm.

Weekend for the Engaged

Blessed Sacrament Parish hosted a diocesan sponsored Weekend for the Engaged recently. The purpose of the weekends is to help couples prepare for the Sacrament of Marriage. In addition to the talks on the sacrament by clergy, couples who attend also receive information on topics such as Natural Family Planning, finances, communication, and conflict resolution. Thirteen couples from around the diocese attended the weekend in Hibbing. Weekends for the Engaged and a six-week series for engaged couples are held throughout the year in several parishes in the diocese.

Ordinations set for June 9

Deacons Beau Braun, Jeremy Bock, and Steven Langenbrunner will be ordained to the priesthood on Friday, June 9, at 4 p.m. at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Rosary, 2830 E. Fourth St., Duluth. Bishop Paul Sirba will celebrate the Mass and ordain the three men. Deacons Braun and Bock have been completing their studies at St. Paul Seminary in St. Paul, and Deacon Langenbrunner has been at Sacred Heart School of Theology in Hales Corners, Wis. All are welcome to attend this celebration to welcome three more priests to serve in our diocese.

Built Upon a Rock Fest

A free Catholic rock music festival will be held Sunday, Sept. 17, on the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Rosary grounds located at 2801 E. Fourth St., Duluth. Bishop Paul Sirba has given his support for the festival. Bishop Sirba wrote, “The music will be authentically Catholic, there will be opportunities in the Cathedral for adoration and confession, and there will be a devout faithful in attendance to be a light for others by their example of love and faithfulness. The music has a cutting edge, contemporary sound which organizers believe will appeal to a large audience regardless of where they are spiritually. The organizers hope people who may have grown lukewarm, those who are doubting the Church’s authenticity, those who have fallen away and even those who are just curious about the Catholic faith will be reached by this evangelization.” Please visit for information about bands, the mission, and the event.