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Top 5 stories of 2016 in the Diocese of Duluth

Posted by Kyle Eller

The year 2016 will undoubtedly go down in history as a notable one for the world, the nation and the church. In addition to an acrimonious and surprising national election and the accompanying uncertainty and change, major world figures went to their reward, Brexit shocked Europe, American streets (including ... Read More »

Calendar of Events - January 2017

Posted by Grace Romanek

The Northern Cross - January 2017 Calendar of Events

Communion and Liberation school community

Duluth Communion and Liberation School of Community meets every Friday evening at 7 p.m. at different locations in the Duluth area. Prayer, singing, sharing experiences, what’s been discovered and concludes with a potluck. The community ... Read More »

Obituary - January 2017

Posted by Grace Romanek

The Northern Cross - January 2017 Obituaries

Father Alfred Donald (Father Al) Kaster

Father Alfred Donald Kaster passed away peacefully at the home of his brother Bill in Long Lake on Nov. 28. Born Nov. 25, 1931, to German parents, Fredrich and Martha, he was the third of seven ... Read More »

Local News in Brief - January 2017

Posted by Grace Romanek

The Northern Cross - January 2017 Life News in Brief

Knights donate to St. James

The Fourth Degree McGolrick assembly in Duluth donated $5,000 as a matching grant to St James School to purchase Smart Boards as learning tools. Presenting the grant were Jim Perrault, Robin Tellor, Father James Bissonette, ... Read More »

School News in Brief - January 2017

Posted by Grace Romanek

The Northern Cross - January 2017 School News in Brief

Catholic Schools Week

Since 1974, National Catholic Schools Week is the annual celebration of Catholic education in the United States. It starts the last Sunday in January and runs all week, which in 2017 is Jan. 29 through Feb. ... Read More »

School article - January 2017

Posted by Grace Romanek

The Northern Cross - January 2017 Many people, many blessings — a Catholic school story

By Cynthia Zook

Imagine a day in the life of a Catholic school student. Members of the Called To Be One (C2B1) Catholic school planning committee recently engaged in that exercise. Father Ryan Moravitz, ... Read More »

Life News in Brief - January 2017

Posted by Grace Romanek

The Northern Cross - January 2017 Life News in Brief

Novena of Masses

The Hibbing Deanery of the Diocese of Duluth will be praying a novena of Masses for the protection of all human life from conception to natural death and to unite people of life in prayer and ... Read More »

Liz Hoefferle: At close of Year of Mercy, Advent shows mercy in action

Posted by Kyle Eller

As we begin this month of December, we find ourselves situated in the midst of two significant events. The holy doors at St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome were recently closed, signifying the conclusion of the Jubilee Year of Mercy. At this time of the year, we also notice the ... Read More »

Father Michael Schmitz: Why are funeral homilies so much about Jesus and not the deceased?

Posted by Kyle Eller

We recently had a funeral for a family member. I was a bit annoyed by how much the priest talked about Jesus and how little he talked about the person who died. Isn’t the funeral supposed to be more of a celebration of the person’s life?

You bring up ... Read More »

Father Richard Kunst: The all-time classic apologetic response

Posted by Kyle Eller

Apologetics as a form of teaching and defending the Catholic faith is very ancient. In fact, many Scripture scholars believe the Gospel of Luke was originally written as an apologetic teaching. In the earliest Christian period, apologetics was a way of responding to pagan accusations, so the earliest apologists ... Read More »