St. Francis students visit ExploraDome
Students at St. Francis of the Lakes Catholic School in Brainerd had the opportunity to enjoy the ExploraDome from the Bell Museum of the University of Minnesota April 27. The ExploraDome is an immersive planetarium which guides the students on a virtual voyage from the surface of the earth to the edge of the known universe. The planetarium visit was a reward to the students for meeting their goal on the Catholic United Financial School’s Raffle in March.
Clay shoot fundraiser a hit in Pine City
The annual St. Mary’s Charity Clay Shoot was a success again this year. The 15th annual event was strongly supported by the Hughes family and held at their local hunting club, Wings North. The 103 participants enjoyed lunch, games and raffle drawings, and then had some friendly competition out in the field. The event was sponsored by 25 local businesses that donated to help with the costs of the event. The live and silent auction allowed guests to leave with prizes like a trip to Maui, multiple guns, Twins tickets and a new TV. The event raised more than $15,000, which will be used for curriculum for the students at St. Mary’s School.
Grandparents Day program in Hibbing
With a full house for Mass and a packed auditorium, Assumption Catholic School in Hibbing held its annual Grandparents Day Spring Program. The day started with Mass where Father Gabriel Waweru, pastor, encouraged the grandparents present to be the generation that prays and to pass on the faith to their grandchildren. He spoke of his own grandparents; his grandmother always gave him sweet bananas, and his grandfather trained him by instruction and correction. Both sweetness and discipline are needed in raising children. He reminded the grandparents of theirrole and influence in the lives of the children and of the importance of their example in helping the children to grow in holiness. When the children were asked by Father Waweru who faith is for, they responded, “Everyone!” A prayer was offered for all the grandparents present and for those who were unable to attend. At the conclusion of the Mass, Father Waweru carried the Eucharist to the Adoration Chapel, where prayer continues around the clock. After Mass, it was time for coffee and rolls and the children had the opportunity to show the grandparents their classrooms and give them gifts they had made for them. It was then time for the school program of singing, dancing and the school band performance. The program was repeated in the evening for those who could not attend during the day.