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News in Brief - June 2016

The Northern Cross - June 2016
News in Brief

St. Joseph’s CCW celebrates ‘Night for Women’

St. Joseph’s Council of Catholic Women of Grand Rapids celebrated a Night for Women May 5. The featured style show was “Women of the Bible, Fashion for Followers,” directed by Tess Uzelac. Twelve women modeled biblical fashions while the narrator shared each story of these courageous women. Some biblical women represented were Noah’s wife, the Queen of Sheba and Mary, mother of Jesus. This presentation has visited International Falls to celebrate the 95th anniversary of Catholic Daughters and also performed at local churches in Grand Rapids. If you would like to learn more about the opportunity to have the “Women of the Bible, Fashions for Followers” visit your church or event, please call Cheri Niles, CCW president, at (218) 360-1944.

Blessed Sacrament honors new Catholics at Pentecost

Blessed Sacrament Parish celebrated Pentecost with Mass, dinner and a candlelight vigil of prayer, hymns and adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. The festivities included welcoming new Catholics into the church and new members into the parish. Father Gabriel Waweru, pastor, used the image of building a fire to illustrate the actions of the soul when receiving the gifts of the Holy Spirit. Sometimes the kindling catches fire quickly but has no staying power, so the logs do not fully ignite. Sometimes the logs are wet or green so they only smolder and smoke. Sometimes the logs are dry and receptive and the fire blazes. A log that is separated from the others will not keep its flame. Just as fire brings light and warmth, the gifts of the Holy Spirit are given to enlighten the mind and strengthen the heart to do Gods will, to bring light, love, joy and unity.

St. Raphael Knights engage in service projects

Knights of Columbus Council 6791 of St. Raphael’s Church in Duluth has handmade olive wood crosses available for sale to raise funds for Christians in the Holy Land. Contact the parish at (218) 729-7537 to reach a council member if you are interested in the crosses. They assisted the parish youth program by recycling more than 100 pounds of aluminum cans, funding youth programs in the parish. The council sent funds to the Hermantown Boy Scout Troop 106 to assist with the program and thank them for their help during the Lenten fish fries. They also send funds to assist with the Hermantown School chemical-free graduation party and sent funds to the Minneapolis Minnesota “Mission Project” to assist military personnel and veterans. They assisted St. Raphael’s parish with the fifth annual 5K For God run on April 30. There were 105 runners this year. Eric Cyr took first place in the men’s division with a time of 18:56 minutes. Lori Mickelson took first place in the women’s division with a time of 22:22 minutes. Proceeds from the run benefit the Duluth Area Catholic Schools.

Knights support school in Tanzania

Knights of Columbus Council 0447 of St. John’s Church in Duluth and St. Joseph Church in Gnesen made a donation of $500 to North Country Ride and $275 to Courage Kenny. Funds came from donations of parishioners and customers at Woodland Market Place for sales of Knights of Columbus Tootsie Rolls. The funds from the Tootsie Roll sales go toward organizations that assist people with intellectual disabilities. The council has been asked to make a donation to Sister Gaudensia Mwanyika of the Benedictine sisters of St. Gertrude Imiliwaha, who has a goal of fulfilling a dream to build a school for children with learning disabilities and handicapped in her country of Tanzania. The council presented a $2,000 check to her from funds raised at pancake breakfasts, fish fries and coffee Sunday sales.

St. Andrew’s CCW support Habitat for Humanity

The women of St. Andrew’s CCW strongly identify with Pope Francis’ call to live an “authentic faith” by demonstrating a “deep desire to change the world, transmit values and to leave this earth somehow better than we found it.” During this Year of Mercy, St. Andrew’s CCW is meeting this call by supporting Lakes Area Habitat for Humanity’s Apostle Build project with a recent donation of $500 to its general fund.

Diocese thanked for donation for religious

Bishop Paul Sirba received a letter of gratitude from Sister Janice Bader, CPPS, executive director Retirement Fund for Religious 2015 appeal. The donations supports the nation’s senior sisters, brothers and religious order priests. The Duluth Diocese sent a check for $45,910, which comes from donations from parishioners. Over the last 28 years, parishioners in the diocese have donated $1,445,383 to this collection.

Diocesan departments thank CREED Fund

The Office of Catechesis of the Diocese of Duluth wishes thanked the CREED Fund for two grants to assist parishes with the work of catechesis and evangelization. One grant provided for the purchase of 33 catechetical DVD programs for use at 13 different parishes. This allowed adults and youth to receive high-quality, engaging catechesis from professional catechists. The other grant provided half of an annual FORMED digital subscription for nine parishes. This allowed parishioners of these parishes online access to a large array of Catholic programs, movies, e-books and audios The Office of Catechesis and the Office of Catholic Schools also thanked the CREED Fund for a grant to provide mileage reimbursement to attendees of diocesan principals and catechetical leaders meetings. The grant reimbursed the mileage for attendees who met certain criteria. These meetings equip principals and catechetical leaders throughout the diocese for their important ministries. The reception of mileage reimbursement encourages g eater participation in these meetings. The Catholic Religious Education Endowment Fund provides for the financial support of educational opportunities for the enrichment of faith and the spreading of the Gospel by the laity, deacons, priests, and Catholic schools in the Diocese of Duluth. The fund is supported in part by the Evangelization Through Education capital campaign.

Blessed Nuno Society has new director

The Blessed Nuno Society has appointed Carl D. Sylvester its new executive director. Sylvester has been serving as the elected chapter secretary of the Tucson Diocesan Chapter of the Blessed Nuno Society since last summer. He brings with him many years of experience in assisting parish social outreach programs and working with diverse communities to aid people in need. He has been a leader with prayer and volunteer groups in parishes throughout the U.S., including St. Anthony’s in Ely. Sylvester joins Blessed Nuno Society as the organization operates and maintains projects and facilities to assist programs or projects that provide education, counseling, medical care, nutrition, clothing or shelter for populations of minors who, for the most part, live in settings which do not include the presence of natural or adoptive parents. The society also promotes activities intended to foster the individual spiritual welfare of its members. “I am honored to be selected to lead the society, which is a constant beacon of hope for children in great need. I look forward to joining the outstanding Board and to helping the diverse people the society serves” Sylvester said. He began the role May 1.

Brainerd CCW hosts spring conference

Representatives of 13 parishes gathered at Sacred Heart Church in Hackensack April 28 for the Brainerd Deanery Council of Catholic Women Spring Conference. Father Francis Kabiru, pastor, and Sandy Baldwin were the guest speakers. Baldwin is co-founder and coordinator for the BeFriender program at Moto Hope Mission in Kenya. Father Kabiru and Baldwin gave a slide presentation on the growth of Moto Hope Mission, from its humble beginnings a few years ago to its present status. Education of the youth is the future of Kenya. The growth of St. Francis Academy is phenomenal and it hopes to be self-supporting in the near future. Mass was concelebrated by Father Kabiru and Father Paul Fruth, spiritual advisor for the BDCCW, followed by a luncheon.

Confirmation retreat

High school students from around the Diocese of Duluth attending to a talk given at the diocesan confirmation retreat held at Blessed Sacrament Church in Hibbing this spring. The two-day retreat was led by Father Michael Schmitz. One-hundred-forty-six confirmation candidates participated in prayer, talks, small group discussions, games, adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, the sacrament of confession and Mass. Confirmation retreats are held at four locations in the diocese each school year. This year, 410 confirmands attended diocesan confirmation retreats.

Sister Kateri Mitchell visits diocese

Nationally known speaker Sister Kateri Mitchell, SSA, a Mohawk Indian and executive director of the National Tekakwitha Conference, was in Duluth April 23 for a day of sharing on forgiveness and healing of ourselves and others to bring peace to our communities. Participants from the following parishes attended the conference: Holy Family, Cloquet; St. Joseph, Ball Club; St. Mary, Deer River; St. Lawrence, Duluth; St. Andrew, Brainerd; Sts. Joseph and Mary, Sawyer; St. Mary Star of the Sea, Duluth; and the Cathedral.