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School News in Brief - April 2017

The Northern Cross - April 2017
School News in Brief

Registration beginning

Catholic schools in the Diocese of Duluth have begun accepting registrations for the 2017-18 school year. Call the school in your local area to find out about their open house and registration information.

Brainerd: St. Francis of the Lakes School 817 Juniper St.; (218) 829-2344;;

Cloquet: Queen of Peace School, 102 Fourth St.; (218) 879-8516;;

Duluth: Holy Rosary Campus, 2802 E. Fourth St.; (218) 724-8565;;

Duluth: St. James Campus, 715 N. 57th Ave. W.; (218) 624-1511;;

Duluth: St. John’s Campus, 1 W. Chisholm St.; (218) 724-9392;;

Grand Rapids: St. Joseph’s School, 315 S.W. 21st St.; (218) 326-6034;,

Hibbing: Assumption School, 2310 Seventh Ave. E.; (218) 263-3054;;

International Falls: St. Thomas Aquinas School, 810 Fifth St.; (218) 283-3430;;

Virginia: Marquette School, 311 S. Third St.; (218) 741-6811;;

Marquette to celebrate 100 years

Marquette School in Virginia, established in 1917, is celebrating 100 years of serving the community with Catholic education the weekend of May 6-7. There will be a family 5K and picnic ($10 per person or $30 per family) in Virginia Saturday morning, followed by a reception, which will include dinner, a short program, and a dance at Fortune Bay on Lake Vermilion Saturday evening ($50 per person, includes Sunday brunch). On Sunday, there will be a brunch and Mass at Holy Spirit Church in Virginia, along with school tours beginning at 1 p.m., for those interested in visiting. Bishop Paul Sirba will be on hand to celebrate a closing Mass at 2:30 p.m. All current and former students, families, staff, clergy, and others are invited. Please let people who no longer live in the area know about this celebration and invite them to attend. For information about registration and tickets, please contact the Holy Spirit Church office at (218) 741-6344 or Please also visit the parish and school websites: (Holy Spirit) and (Marquette School).

Stewardship starts early

Children can make almost anything look easy. Just ask Ingrid Fryberger and Vivienne Benson, students in Ms. Zanardi’s third grade class at Holy Rosary School in Duluth. These friends took the lesson of authentic generosity to heart. On their own time, they created a Holy Rosary School scrapbook which included photos of the school, class events, and various activities they enjoy. Together they made a plan to extend an invitation to others, visiting neighbors and friends, and sharing their story. After sharing about the school, the girls invited their neighbors to join in giving a monetary gift to the school. The girls wrapped up their project and delivered an envelope containing $141 to Principal Jesse Murray. A portion of the funds will support the designated community service project, the Crib Club at the Women’s Care Center. The remaining balance purchased new sleds for one of the greatest sledding hills in town, right in the school’s backyard. Because as Ingrid says, “There are just never enough sleds out there!”

Science fair winners

The Minnesota State Science and Engineering Fair is an annual event showcasing Minnesota’s best and brightest students in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). It is the culmination of regional fairs that occur throughout the state. Junior high students may participate with a project, a research paper, or both. Holy Rosary upper middle school students competed at the Northeastern Minnesota Regional Science Fair, held at the University of Minnesota Duluth, on Feb. 4. First place winners were eligible to participate in the state competition, held in Minneapolis March 25-27. Congratulations regional science winners: First place — seventh grade: Bianca Lott and Lucy Watson; eighth grade: Olivia Holsinger, Natalie Goetzman, Nyah Dastoor, and John Hoeksema. Second place — seventh grade: Ricardo Gonzalez and Willem Hoeksema. Third place — seventh grade: Colleen Maloney; eighth grade: Gianna Kneepkens.

Lower middle school views papal artifacts

It was a special morning in the lower middle school religion classes at Holy Rosary School on Tuesday, Feb. 7. Father Richard Kunst visited and shared a handful of papal artifacts and the history of the papacy with the students. Father Kunst has one of the largest collections of papal artifacts in the world, second only to the Vatican itself, with more than 2,000 artifacts. He even has a relic of St. Peter himself. Father Kunst began his presentation with a relic of St. John Paul II’s blood and told the story of the assassination attempt on his life in 1981. St. John Paul II had the rarest blood type, and after he was shot, doctors recommended that he travel with some of his own blood in the event of an emergency. Father Kunst met St. John Paul II on more than one occasion and is his favorite pope. Father Kunst also shared a baseball personally signed by Pope Francis, as well as a picture of the pope greeting him and agreeing to sign the baseball. The oldest artifact that he showed the students was a papal bull (formal proclamation) on lambskin from Pope Urban VII. It dates back to 1590 and was penned by a professional calligrapher. Pope Urban VII held the papacy for the briefest time in history, just 12 days, before he died from malaria. Father Kunst’s presentation was informative and fun and brought Catholic identity to life in a visual and historic way for the students. Father Kunst hosts his own TV program on EWTN about his artifacts. More information about his collection can be found at Father Kunst is pastor of St. John Church and school in Duluth and St. Joseph Church in Gnesen, and he is administrator of St. Michael Church and school in Duluth.

Assumption holds fundraiser

Assumption Catholic School in Hibbing held a fundraiser at Mike’s Pub in downtown Hibbing recently. The event was open to the public, and a share of the price of each meal served was donated to the school to help it carry on its mission of being “a Christ-centered partnership of parents, students, and the wider parish community … dedicated to providing faith and character formation, academic excellence, and global solidarity for each student through a challenging, dynamic curriculum.”