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Local News in Brief - November 2016

The Northern Cross - November 2016
Local News In Brief

Three permanent deacons to be ordained Nov. 20

Bishop Paul Sirba will ordain Gerald Bock, Michael Eisenbraun and John Specht to the permanent diaconate at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 20, at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Rosary in Duluth. The ordination takes place on the Solemnity of Christ the King, as has been the custom of the Diocese of Duluth for many years. Bock and his wife Cindy are from St. Andrews’ parish in Brainerd. Their son Jeremy was ordained a transitional deacon in June and is expected to be ordained a priest of the diocese next summer. Eisenbraun and his wife Laura arefrom St. James parish in Aitkin. Specht is from St. Benedict’s parish in Duluth,and he will be the third man ordained a deacon from the parish in three years,following Deacons John Foucault and Jim Philbin. All the Catholic faithful areinvited to witness the sacrament and to celebrate.

Haas to give series of events in Duluth

Liturgical composer and musician David Haas will be in Duluth Nov. 18–19. Haas will perform a concert in Mitchell Auditorium at the College of St. Scholastica on Friday, Nov. 18, at 7:30 p.m. A freewill offering will be taken. Haas’ music, CDs and books will be available for purchase in the auditorium foyer before and after the concert. A reception with the artist will follow the concert. On Saturday, Nov. 19, Haas will offer a workshop entitled “Blest Are They Who Show Mercy.” The workshop, to be held in Our Lady Queen of Peace Chapel of the St. Scholastica Monastery, located on the St. Scholastica campus, will run from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Cost is $35 and includes lunch. Registration deadline is Nov. 12. To register, email or call CSS Campus Ministry at (218) 723-5933. To celebrate the closing of the Year of Mercy, Haas will lead a Taize Prayer service at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 19 in Our Lady Queen of Peace Chapel. Taize Worship includes music, scripture, silence, meditation and prayer. It is mo eled after the worship services at the Taize Community in France. Come and be spiritually renewed and refreshed! All three events, co-sponsored by CSS Campus Ministry, St. Scholastica Monastery and the Braegelman Program of Catholic Studies, are open to the public. For more information, please contact Beth Kaiser at or call CSS Campus Ministry at (218) 723-5933.

National CCW needs your histories

The National Council of Catholic Women will celebrate its 100th anniversary in 2020. The Duluth Diocesan Council of Catholic Women (DDCCW) is a founding member of NCCW. The DDCCW has plans to publish a book celebrating this event. History is needed. Plans are to include the history of all parish women’s clubs — past and present — in the Diocese of Duluth. It is realized that many parishes have closed or merged in the last few years, but their history should be in the book. All CCW groups are part of the history of the DDCCW. Everyone’s help is needed. Short stories and photos of events that took place in your parish are sought. Please look back in your church’s history. If photos have only a couple of women in them and you know their names, please include their names. If you don’t know their names, please still submit the photos. More information on this milestone anniversary will be forthcoming. Please contact Leona or Alice with your questions, stories and photos. Please contact Leona Barten, Box 173, Coha set, MN 55721, (218) 328-5520,, or Alice Parendo, 5809 Rose Road, Hermantown, MN 55811, (218) 729-9647,

Knights serve at Union Gospel Mission

Knights of Columbus Council 15761 and family members of Duluth served dinner at the Union Gospel Mission in Duluth on Tuesday, Sept. 27. The council serves dinner the fourth Tuesday of each month at the mission. Grand Knight Frank Messina is second from the left back row with former Grand Knight Butch Brula to his left.