Bishop Sirba visits St. James School
Bishop Paul Sirba visited St. James School in Duluth Feb. 24. He celebrated Mass with the students, staff and families. After Mass, he visited with all of the students in their classrooms and learned all about the school and what the students were learning. Everyone was delighted to have him visit the school and spend time with them.
Raffle earns nearly $100,000
It’s the combined effort of students, families, staff and the community surrounding five of the Diocese of Duluth’s Catholic schools that helped them raise an amazing total of $98,150 through the 2016 Catholic Schools Raffle sponsored by Catholic United Financial. While the annual fundraiser involves 89 schools in three states and raised over $1,038,260 in 2016, every dollar raised by the schools stays right with the schools thanks to the sponsor. Before the raffle began Jan. 15, the staffs at the schools set a fundraising goal. Catholic United Financial provided all promotional materials, raffle tickets and prizes for the program at no cost. The Catholic schools provided the volunteers, energy and creativity to make the most of the six-week program. Ticket sales and donations were collected by students and volunteers through Feb. 28. The raffle wrapped up on March 10 with a prize drawing ceremony broadcasted live on the Catholic United Financial website. The prizes, valued at more than $40,000 total, includ d a brand-new 2016 Jeep; vacation and travel packages; tickets to a Twins game in a Target Field suite; iPads; video cameras and more. Catholic United Financial also rewarded the hard work of student ticket sellers. The top-selling students at each of the schools won a new Kindle Fire tablet computer, and the top-selling class won a pizza party. Schools that participated and the amount of money raised include: St. Francis of the Lakes, Brainerd — $56,000; St. James School, Duluth — $15, 055; St. John’s School, Duluth —$6,085; St. Michael’s Lakeside School — $10,700 and Marquette School, Virginia — $30,310. Marquette School met and surpassed its goal for this year. The Annual Catholic Schools Raffle and Catholic United Financial have raised more than $5 million dollars for Catholic schools in Minnesota and the Dakotas since 2009.
Queen of Peace visits Holy Door
During Catholic Schools Week the staff and students at Queen of Peace School in Cloquet celebrated the Year of Mercy by making a pilgrimage to the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Rosary in Duluth. Special rosaries commemorating the death of a relative who died in Afghanistan recently were given to each student as they passed through the Holy Door. The Chaplet of Divine Mercy was recited during the Year of Mercy Prayer Service that was prepared by Father Justin Fish, pastor of Queen of Peace School and parish. As a preparation for the experience of the Holy Door and its significance, each class designed and decorated its classroom door with the theme of the spiritual and corporal works of mercy.
The annual Diocesan Spelling Bee took place during Catholic Schools Week on Feb. 1, at Queen of Peace School in Cloquet. Catholic schools from across the diocese sent their school winners to the diocesan bee to compete for the spelling bee title. Forty-five students competed in two division for the top spot. Grades 3 and 4 make up Division II. First place went to Reggie Fredrick from St. James School in Duluth, and second place went to Christopher Gadacz from St. Francis of the Lakes School in Brainerd. Division I is comprised of students in grades 5, 6, 7 and 8. First place in Division I went to Jared Mullen from St. John’s School in Duluth, and second place to Natalie Goetzman from Holy Rosary School in Duluth. The first place Division
Cloquet DI team takes first at regions
Four elementary teams from Queen of Peace School in Cloquet participated in the Regional Tournament of Destination Imagination held at Proctor High School on March 12. The team called UnpreDIctable captured first place in the scientific challenge “In Plain Sight.” They and the team entitled Disco Detectives, which took third place in the fine arts challenge, will compete in the state tournament April 9. The other two teams, the Camo Scientists and the Machaniks, placed second in their respective challenges.
Cloquet Girl Scouts earn award
Two fifth-grade students from Queen of Peace School in Cloquet received the Girl Scout award called “I Live My Faith.” The students worked together to strengthen and practice their Catholic faith through prayer, music ministry and community service. Pictured here with Bishop Paul Sirba are Bella Genereau and Lydia Saletel.
5K for God set for April 30
The fifth annual 5K for God race for Duluth Area Catholic Schools will be held Saturday, April 30, at St. Raphael’s Church, 5779 Seville Road, Duluth. Registration is $25 and begins at 6:30 a.m. race day. Race begins at 9 a.m. All participants receive a T-shirt. This race is sponsored by St. Raphael’s Church and Knights of Columbus Council 6791. Contact Dave Rands for information at (218) 355-0231 or (218) 729-7195. Proceeds benefit Duluth Area Catholic Schools.
Dancing for Catholic schools
At Blessed Sacrament Church’s Assumption School, Catholic Schools Week began with Mass and continued throughout the week with activities reflecting faith, service, knowledge and fun. One of the highlights each year at Assumption School is a dance and pasta feed. Each class learns a dance to present to the school, parents and parishioners. After each class has had a turn, the children invite their parents or grandparents to dance with them. Fathers Gabriel Waweru and Nick Nelson also joined in the fun.