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Local News in Brief - September 2015

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Local News in Brief

Floodwood breaks ground on new church

Damaged by the flood of 2012, St. Louis Church’s plans for a new church and social hall began on Tuesday, July 19, with a groundbreaking ceremony at the construction site, which is across from the Floodwood School on Highway 73. About 30 parishioners were in attendance, in spite of the heat. Father Pio Atonio, pastor, opened with a prayer and a few readings. He blessed the grounds and invited the oldest member, Adolph Romanek, and newest members, Layla Jo and Alexia Karen Bailey, of the congregation to participate in the groundbreaking. Refreshments were served following the ceremony. The construction process began July 25. The small community has had numerous fundraisers and pledges to begin the building process. One new fundraiser began with the groundbreaking. It is “That’s My Tile,” which is open to anyone wishing to purchase an 8-inch square tile in memory or honor of a loved one. One may personalize it with a name, a message and a graphic if desired. The cost of each tile is $150 and will be displayed n the entry of the new church. For more information, contact the parish office at (218) 476-1617 or online at www. or Colleen Arfman at carfman@ Orders will also be taken on Sept. 17 at the annual St. Louis fall festival at the church, 124 Fifth Avenue in Floodwood. St. Louis Catholic Church continues to reach out for financial help in this endeavor. If you or someone you know would like to help, contact Father Pio Atonio or the parish office at the phone number listed above.

Harvest Mass

The annual Harvest Mass will be held Sunday, Sept. 18, at Sts. Mary and Joseph Church in Sawyer. The main celebrant this year is Father Michael Carson, assistant director for Native American Affairs with the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. For more information, contact Sister Marie Rose Messingschlager, CDP, at (218) 724-9111.

Catholic Daughters installs officers

Catholic Daughters of the Americas, Court St. Margaret 1888, installed officers for the 2016-2018 term. Linnea Ryan was installed as regent; Marie Peterson as secretary; Theresa LaVigne as treasurer and Sharon Johnson as financial secretary.

Hackensack/Walker Knights recognized

The Minnesota State Council of the Knights of Columbus has awarded the Knights of Columbus Council 13144 of Hackensack/ Walker the Certificate of Directors Award for Achievements in Programs and Membership for 2015-16 Fraternal Year. Dan Shea, Knights of Columbus district deputy, presented the award to Marv Hartneck, grand knight. Also in attendance were (back row) Ken Randall, chancellor; Dennis Abbott, trustee; Don Carlson, recorder; Dan Falk, financial secretary; Ken Nerad, deputy grand knight and Jerry Bialke, treasurer.

Choice Wine concludes at Blessed Sacrament

Blessed Sacrament Parish concluded a nine-session program called Choice Wine. It is a program for engaged or married couples designed to help them enrich their marriage, regardless of whether they have yet to take their vows or have been married for 50 or more years. The course uses the “teachings of the Faith, modern science and the wisdom of the saints” to lead couples to more fully discover the “mutual and authentic happiness” God has intended for their marriage. On the final evening the participants shared a meal with the anticipation that rather than an ending, a new beginning for their marriage had been unfolded. During the course of the evening, the couples approached the sanctuary of the church to renew their marriage vows. Fathers Gabriel Waweru and Nick Nelson also received recognition for the role that priests play in the lives of the faithful. As priests, they prepare, counsel and act as ecclesial witnesses for the Sacrament of Marriage. An anointing of love, “The Hands of Holy Orders” by Larry and Mary Sue Eck and Bob and Rita Boeke, was recited as a blessing over their hands. It is anticipated that the Choice Wine program will be offered again in the coming year.

Anniversary Mass is Sept. 25

The third annual Anniversary Mass and luncheon, sponsored by the diocesan Office of Marriage and Family Life, will be held Sunday, Sept. 25, at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Rosary, 2801 E. Fourth St., Duluth. The Mass begins at 10:30 a.m. with Bishop Paul Sirba. A luncheon will follow at Holy Rosary School, 2802 E. Fourth St. The event is for couples from the Diocese of Duluth celebrating the marriage milestones of 10, 20, 30, 40, 50, 60 or more years. All are welcome to the Mass. However, space for lunch is limited to the first 150 people who reserve a space. The lunch is free to the celebrating couple, but additional family members are $10 per person. The cost per family member will increase to $15 per person on Sept. 12, and all reservations for lunch will close on Sept. 19. For more information please visit the diocesan website at or call Betsy Kneepkens at (218) 724-9111.

Grace House receives grant

Grace House of Itasca County recently received a grant from the Diocese of Duluth Catholic Relief Services Rice Bowl grant program. The funding for this grant comes directly from Catholic parishioners in the Duluth Diocese who participate in the CRS Rice Bowl Lenten Project. Grace House will use these funds to purchase food through the local food bank and to purchase items needed in the preparation of the three hot, nutritious meals that are served every day to the guests experiencing homelessness. Ron Oleheiser, executive director of Grace House, says “it is rare that we have a grant opportunity that allows us to purchase food supplies exclusively, so this grant is much appreciated.” The Grace House mission is “to provide safe, temporary shelter for individuals and families experiencing homelessness and connect them to community resources.” The meals this CRS Rice Bowl grant funds are very appreciated by the guests. On a daily basis they are working hard to find housing, employment and building a plan for a better life and good meals are a positive step in that plan. Grace House is open seven days a week with a staff of six, a volunteer nine member community board of directors and a volunteer base of well over 200 all dedicated to serving the needs of the homeless population of Itasca County. Volunteers are needed to fill breakfast, lunch and dinner shifts and there is an overnight shift, which is another opportunity for volunteers. Visit the website for additional information.

Totus Tuus wraps up in Hibbing

A week of the formation and fun of the Totus Tuus program at Blessed Sacrament Church in Hibbing concluded with a massive water fight between the clergy, staff and children participating in the annual event. The clergy however, got an assist in the battle from the Hibbing Fire Department. The Totus Tuus organization is meant to introduce and immerse young people in the discipleship of Jesus by fostering virtue, prayer and devotion. During the course of the week they had the opportunity to slow down and pray; to examine the scriptures, the lives of saints, and Catholic doctrine; and were encouraged to become the saints God created them to be. They were able to attend daily Mass and receive the sacrament of penance. Totus Tuus visits many parishes in the Diocese of Duluth every year.

KCs sponsor Holy Family celebration

Save the date! The Knights of Columbus and the Diocese of Duluth are sponsoring a Holy Family celebration on Sunday, Oct. 16, at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Rosary, 2801 E. Fourth Street in Duluth. The celebration is to include the rosary-based Holy Family Prayer Program, the Consecration to the Holy Family and a period of adoration and solemn Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament. More details coming to your parish bulletin.

Total consecration

A Total Consecration to Mary induction by participants of the 33 Days to Morning Glory program was held at Blessed Sacrament Parish in Hibbing on the Feast of the Assumption.