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Local News in Brief - October 2016

The Northern Cross - October 2016
Local News in Brief

Sister Mary Michael makes final profession

On June 4, the Feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, Norbertine Sister Mary Michael (Loriann Hansen) made her solemn vows as a member of the Norbertine Canonesses Regular of the Order of Premontre. Sister Mary Michael entered the cloistered convent on Sept. 14, 2009 as a postulant, so has been a part of this first community of Norbertine Canonesses in the United States for almost seven years. She grew up in Hermantown and belonged to St. Lawrence Church in Duluth. Her parents are Donn and Shawna Hansen. As a canononess, she and her sisters are dedicated to the solemn and reverential celebration of the Church’s Sacred Liturgy. Following the Rule of St. Augustine, the sisters joyfully live out their canonical vocation within the monastic rhythms of liturgical prayer and contemplation, of community life and work, of silence, study and penance. The monastery sits in a quiet valley in the mountains outside the city of Tehachapi, California. The sisters’ work is prayer for the church, its priests and people. If y u have a prayer request, please contact them at For more information about the Norbertine Sisters, visit

Peter Kreeft talks in Duluth

The diocesan chapter of the Catholic Medical Association will host Boston College philosophy professor and world-renowned apologist Peter Kreeft as part of the annual White Mass celebration. Kreeft’s first talks are Saturday, Oct. 22, at the Holy Rosary School gym in Duluth, where he will speak on “How to Evangelize a Hostile Ex-Christian Culture” at 2 p.m. and “How to Talk About Gender Issues” from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. Mass itself will take place at 5 p.m. Saturday at the Cathedral, which will be followed by the dinner and a talk on “The Problem of the Denial of Human Dignity.” Kreeft will also speak Sunday, Oct. 23, in the Cathedral social hall on “Why be a Catholic?” from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. All the events, including the dinner, are open to the public, and except for the dinner, all are free. To register for the dinner, visit Cost is $35 per person.

St. Mary in Meadowlands marks 100 years

St. Mary’s Church, Meadowlands, will mark its 100th anniversary on Sunday, Oct. 23. Bishop Paul Sirba will lead the celebration Mass at 10:30 a.m. The church is located at 9999 Hwy. 133, Meadowlands, and dinner will follow at the Meadowlands Community Center, 7758 Western Ave, Meadowlands, beginning at noon. All, especially former parishioners, are invited to attend and rejoice in this milestone anniversary. For more information contact Lori Norrell (218) 427-2224.

Women’s faith group visits St. Paul

Women’s Faith In Motion of St. Benedict Church in Duluth celebrated its 11th year of service to the church and community by making a pilgrimage to the National Shrine of St. Paul and later visited the Church of our Lady of Guadalupe, a historic church in St. Paul. While there, Father Joel Hastings, pastor of St. Benedict’s, celebrated Mass for the group. The WFIM group’s purpose is to grow in faith, involvement in the parish, community and outreach to those in need and be supportive to one another. Through the years, the women have participated in retreats, bus trips, helping at Masses at Aftenro Home in Duluth and assisting in programs at the Damiano Center in Duluth. They also have raised funds for the diocesan Seminarian Appeal, African missions, Bethany Crisis Center, Life Care Center, Safe House and CHUM, all organizations in Duluth. They have also assisted the confirmation students and senior graduates of St. Benedict’s parish. The morning group meets the second Thursday of the month following morning ass. The evening group meets the fourth Thursday of the month after the 5:30 p.m. Mass. Having fun through Christian fellowship is an important part of the group’s activities. Contact the church for more information at (218) 724-4828.

Life in the Spirit Seminar

Our Lady of the Lakes Magnificat of Walker invites all women to attend the Life in the Spirit Seminar Saturday, Oct. 15, from 8 a.m. to 4: 30 p.m. at St. Agnes Parish, 210 Division St., Walker. If you are interested in learning more about the Holy Spirit and his love for us, this seminar will be invaluable to you. The Catechism of the Catholic Church states: “Hope does not disappoint us because God’s love has been poured into our hearts by the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.” All confirmed Catholics have received the gift of the Holy Spirit, but many have not opened the gift. This seminar will help one to understand the gifts God has given in the Holy Spirit so that one can use them for building up of the Body of Christ. Free will offering appreciated. Continental breakfast will be provided. Bring your Bible, a sack lunch and a snack to share. For more information, call Jean Bauerly (218) 547-3111. Reservations are required. For reservations, call Lorri Henning (218) 507-0953.