The Northern Cross

Minnesota Catholic Conference identifies 2017 legislative priorities

Posted by Kyle Eller

By Joe TowalskiSt. Cloud Visitor

After a contentious U.S. presidential campaign that highlighted the nation’s deep political divisions, the Minnesota Catholic Conference is hoping that state Republicans and Democrats can rise above partisan differences to pass legislation consistent with the conference’s 2017 public policy priorities.

“One thing that’s going ... Read More »

News In Brief - February 2017

Posted by Grace Romanek

The Northern Cross - February 2017 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 from ... Read More »

Obituary - February 2017

Posted by Grace Romanek

The Northern Cross - February 2017 Obituary

Father Joseph A. Pitts, OMI

Oblate Father Joseph A. Pitts, 82, died in Belleville, Ill., on Dec. 20, 2016. The only child of his parents, he was born on Feb. 22, 1934, in Chicago to Joseph and Veronica (Szymarek) Pitts, who preceded ... Read More »

Life News in Brief - February 2017

Posted by Grace Romanek

The Northern Cross - February 2017 Life News in Brief

More than 70 travel to St. Paul March for Life

The annual March for Life in St. Paul Jan. 22 drew more than 70 people traveling by buses from the Diocese of Duluth, joining thousands of others at the ... Read More »

School News in Brief - February 2017

Posted by Grace Romanek

The Northern Cross - February 2017 School News in Brief

10 students entrusted with priest’s money

Every Wednesday, students of St. Francis of the Lakes School in Brainerd gather for Mass. One Wednesday during the homily, Father Paul Strommer, associate pastor, entrusted 10 students with ‘mysterious’ envelopes. Before selecting ... Read More »

School Article - Service projects -February 217

Posted by Grace Romanek

The Northern Cross - February 2017 Service projects are Catholic schools living out Catholic teaching

By Deb EuteneuerGuest Columnist

Catholic Schools teach the Catholic faith along with working on life skills that will take a student far as a caring, giving adult. This year’s logo for Catholic Schools’ Week ... Read More »

Calendar of Events - February 2017

Posted by Grace Romanek

The Northern Cross - February 2017 Calendar of Events

Carmelite community

A third order Carmelite community meets monthly at St. Joseph’s Church, 315 S.W. 21st St., Grand Rapids. Meetings are held the first Saturday of each month. Rosary at 8:30 a.m., follow d by Mass at 9 a.m. and ... Read More »

Liz Hoefferle: Political season offers lessons about detraction, gossip

Posted by Kyle Eller

During any election cycle, it is not uncommon for us to be deluged with political advertisements, often lacking useful content but instead full of accusations, caricatures and name-calling. It becomes pretty clear that the organizations promoting these advertisements are intentionally trying to harm the reputation of their candidates’ opponents. ... Read More »

Father Richard Kunst: Looking at purgatory differently can help us welcome it

Posted by Kyle Eller

I think I have addressed the subject of purgatory over the years of writing this column a few different times, probably more than any other subject. There is a reason for this: Purgatory was the primary “lightening rod” that sparked the protestant Reformation.

Martin Luther was completely right when ... Read More »

Betsy Kneepkens: Rape crisis on campus demands reflection and action

Posted by Kyle Eller

I did not want to write on this subject, but I feel compelled to do so. Sometimes God puts little messages in your life, over and over again, and at a certain point, you must try to do something.

My something is sharing my outrage with readers in hopes ... Read More »