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News In Brief - October 2015

The Northern Cross - October 2015
News In Brief

Second annual Mass for milestone anniversaries

Couples from the Diocese of Duluth that are celebrating the marriage milestone of 10, 20, 30, 40, 50, 60, 70, 75 and beyond are invited to the second annual Anniversary Mass and Luncheon on Sunday, Oct. 11. Mass will be at noon at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Rosary, 2801 E. Fourth St., Duluth, with Bishop Paul Sirba, and lunch will follow at Holy Rosary School, 2802 E. Fourth St. Duluth. All are welcome at Mass, but space for lunch is limited to the first 150 who reserve a space. The lunch will be free for the celebrating couples. However, additional family members are $15 per person. All reservations for lunch close on Monday, Oct. 5. For more information and to register visit

Knights help at veteran’s home in Silver Bay

Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus from the McGolrick Assembly in Duluth helped residents of the Silver Bay Veterans Home Aug. 22 during games of Bingo. The assembly paid for the prizes for the Bingo winners. They also provided a barbeque lunch for the residents as well as grilling the hamburgers and brats for the lunch.

Father McAlear to visit Walker area

Our Lady of the Lakes Walker Area Chapter of Magnificat, a charismatic women to women ministry, invites everyone to experience the healing ministry of Father Richard McAlear at two events being held at St. Agnes Church, 210 Division St., Walker. Father McAlear will share the healing power of God in the lives of those he prays for. Father McAlear will offer a healing Mass Thursday, Oct. 8, at 6:30 p.m. His second event will be on Saturday, Oct. 10, where he will be the guest speaker at a Magnificat breakfast at St Agnes Church at 8:30 a.m., followed by an afternoon of teaching on the Holy Spirit and a healing service. Magnificat is a ministry to Catholic women, but due to the special nature of Father McAlear’s healing ministry, this event will be open to both men and women and to people of all faiths. The cost for Saturday’s Magnificat meal and day of teaching is $20. Please contact Lorri Henning at (218) 507-0953 or Jean Bauerly at (239) 357-0447. Reservations plus payment must be made by Tuesday, Oct. 6. Please send your payment payable to MAGNIFICAT to Lorri Henning, 3080 20th Ave. N.W., Hackensack, MN 56452. A love offering will be taken up to assist with support of the Magnificat ministry and its programs. For more information on Father McAlear, visit his website

Concert, dinner and Bingo at St. James benefits Aitkin area food shelves

St. James Church in Aitkin held a benefit concert for its area food shelves Aug. 30. The day’s events included Bingo, a meal of pulled pork sandwiches and a concert featuring Big D and the Blasting Cap Band. Half of the Bingo games played were basket games, where the cost to play was either two non-perishable food items per Bingo card or $2 per card. Both the Aitkin Area Food Shelf and the Community Food Shelf at First Lutheran received donations of $291, and they split the bounty of food donated, which totaled 824.5 lbs. The concert featured St. James’ own Father David Forsman and many local talented community members, including the Great River Strings and Father Forsman’s sister, Ann, from Proctor. Many of the approximately 275 people who attended the benefit concert also donated food items. In addition to what was given to the area food shelves, $4,889 was raised for the St. James Food Shelf.

St. Raphael Knights do service, hold kayak trip

St. Raphael’s Knights of Columbus Council 6791 in Duluth organized a work group to help move a parishioner and fellow Knight into a new home. The council held its sixth annual kayak trip down the wild and scenic Brule River in Wisconsin. This year condditions were perfect. The council’s $500 scholarships were accepted by student parishioners Laura McDonald and Brian Tracey. The members have also committed to sessions of prayer for the 40 Days of for Life in downtown Duluth.

Father Sands to lead Black and Indian Mission

Father Maurice Henry Sands has been appointed to be the new executive director of the Black and Indian Mission Office, headquartered in Washington, D.C. Father Sands, a priest of the Archdiocese of Detroit, succeeds Father Wayne Paysse, who has served as executive director since 2007. Father Sands was serving as assistant director of Native American Affairs at the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Secretariat of Cultural Diversity. He is a full-blooded Native American belonging to the Ojibway, Ottawa, and Potawatomi tribes, and grew up on Walpole Island (Bkejwanong First Nation) which is located in the St. Clair River one hour north of Detroit.

‘Is that Jesus?’

During Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament recently at St. Anthony’s Church in Ely, Brooklee Scharber, age 2, asked her mother, “Mommy, is that Jesus? I want to check him out.” Brooklee had been asking a lot of questions about what Father Willliam Skarich was doing at the tabernacle and with the monstrance. While all were singing “O Salutaris,” Father Skarich and Deacon Donald Klick were kneeling in front of the altar with the incense, Brooklee walked out of the pew and stood behind Deacon Klick and watched. After they left the sanctuary, she came back to the pew and asked if that was Jesus, and, after being told it was, went up to the altar. She was going to try to climb the altar but was stopped in time. Then she and her mother, Stefanie Scharber, knelt in front of the altar and prayed the “Hail, Mary.”

Bishop Sirba celebrates Mass in Side Lake

The final days of summer brought Bishop Paul Sirba to celebrate Mass at Side Lake Chapel, mission church of Blessed Sacrament Parish in Hibbing. The chapel is open from Memorial weekend to Labor Day weekend for area residents and tourists. Bishop Sirba urged the congregation to strive to follow the Lord and to renew their commitment to their vocation to holiness.

Walker Knights donate flag and pole to two churches

The Walker American Legion, the Knights of Columbus Council 13144 and Father Francis Kabiru bless and dedicate the flag and pole donated to Sacred Heart Church in Hackensack. The Walker-Hackensack Knights of Columbus donated a flag pole and flag along with installation for St. Agnes Parish, Walker, and Sacred Heart Parish, Hackensack. Father Kabiru, pastor, blessed and dedicated the projects.