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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 »

Bill Van Loh: Our Catholic schools — Keeping Christ in Christmas

Posted by Kyle Eller

By Bill Van LohGuest columnist

As we approach Christmas 2016, it is marvelous to share in the growing wonder and joy of the young people in our Catholic schools. We are, of course, also part of the larger culture with its high degree of commercialism. However, beyond that, our ... Read More »

Betsy Kneepkens: Instead of worrying kids with politics, give them Christ the King

Posted by Kyle Eller

When I was a grammar school kid, I was afraid of things like spiders, snakes and at times the dark. I worried about which friends I could play with and what activity I should do. I struggled with whether I should play in the park or go swimming in ... Read More »

Jason Adkins: Catholics can be a healing balm for a wounded nation

Posted by Kyle Eller

Much can and has been said about the most recent election, and much more will be said for years to come. What is undoubtedly true is that the election cycle exacerbated two powerful dynamics in American public life: the constant thirst for change as a reaction to a political ... Read More »

Kyle Eller: Being post-election peacemakers is our urgent task

Posted by Kyle Eller

On Election Day, I made a Holy Hour at my parish, sitting with Jesus for a while. I didn’t pray for any specific outcome in the elections, but rather, I held up to him all the rancor, all the division, all the evil talk, all the scandal, all the ... Read More »

Editorial: Enjoy — and share — this joyous season

Posted by Kyle Eller

“It’s the most wonderful time of the year,” we hear in one of the Christmas songs no doubt already playing in many stores.

And in so many ways it really is. Christmas is one of the Christian holidays that Americans can’t quite let go. It’s easy to get cynical ... Read More »