The Northern Cross

Liz Hoefferle: Honoring sabbath rest helps us ‘fill up our tanks’

Posted by Kyle Eller

“Remember to keep holy the sabbath day” (Exodus 20:8). It seems that a commandment telling us to rest would be an easy one to follow. Being told to “take a break,” especially when it is God directing us to do so, would appear to provide a welcomed respite in ... Read More »

Betsy Kneepkens: Broken wrist was good preparation for Lent

Posted by Kyle Eller

Just a couple weeks ago, my arm cast was removed after the broken bones in my wrist healed. Back in November, while rebounding for my son, I stumbled and crashed to the ground. My seventeen-year-old, who likely was embarrassed by his mother plopping to the floor, chastised me: “Mom, ... Read More »

James Reinke: Catholic teaching can aid discussion of Polymet mine

Posted by Kyle Eller

James ReinkeGuest columnist

The Catholic voice has been missing from the public debate on the Polymet mine. Pope Francis made it clear in “Laudato Si,” his encyclical on the environment, that since Vatican II there has been a growing ecology component to the social dimension of the gospel. He ... Read More »

Faith in the Public Arena: Fighting fake news with the Truth of Christ

Posted by Kyle Eller

Fake news that distorts public discourse and manipulates the public will not be countered effectively by a renewed interest in journalistic ethics or more laws aimed at improving disclosure of the sources of online content. It is a cultural problem.

In an increasingly secular society that no longer recognizes ... Read More »

Editorial: Remembering the Rev. Billy Graham

Posted by Kyle Eller

The recent news of the death of televangelist Billy Graham has caused widespread sadness throughout America, and for good reason. Billy Graham’s witness was a constant message of faith and God’s love to American culture.

Nowadays, the use of the term “televangelist” tends to leave a bad taste in ... Read More »

Jeff Urbaniak: Organists needed in our local Catholic churches

Posted by Kyle Eller

By Jeff UrbaniakGuest columnist

We are blessed to have so many beautiful pipe organs in our local area. These instruments enhance worship in our Masses and other worship services. The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops stated the organ is to be a prominent instrument within our churches (though not ... Read More »

Calendar of Events - March 2018

Posted by Grace Romanek

The Northern Cross - March 2018 Calendar of Events

Fish fry (International Falls)

The Knights of Columbus of Koochiching Council 1540 will be hosting Lenten fish fries on Fridays, March 2, 9, 16, and 23, at 5 p.m., in Aquinas Hall of St. Thomas Aquinas Church, 810 Fifth St., International ... Read More »

Local News in Brief - March 2018

Posted by Grace Romanek

The Northern Cross - March 2018 Local News in  Brief

Lenten practices

Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are obligatory days of fasting and abstinence for Catholics. In addition, Fridays during Lent are obligatory days of abstinence.

For members of the Latin Catholic Church, the norms on fasting are obligatory ... Read More »

Life News in Brief - March 2018

Posted by Grace Romanek

The Northern Cross - March 2018 Life News in Brief

 Post-abortion counseling

Hurting after abortion? You are not alone. The Diocese of Duluth is here to help you heal through our post-abortion ministry, Project Rachel. This ministry offers a confidential helpline for you to speak with someone about your ... Read More »

School News in Brief - March 2018

Posted by Grace Romanek

The Northern Cross - March 2018 School News in Brief

St. Francis robotics team to attend world championship

On Feb. 3, St. Francis of the Lakes Catholic School’s robotics team sent four teams to compete at the Minnesota State VEX IQ robotics tournament. From November 2017 through January, teams from around ... Read More »