The Northern Cross

Local News in Brief - February 2016

Posted by Grace Romanek

Father Daigle takes sabbatical

Father Steven Daigle will be participating in the “Ministry to Ministers” sabbatical program from Jan. 21 to May 25 at the Oblate School of Theology in San Antonio, Texas. Father Peter Lambert will be the substitute priest, residing in the Biwabik rectory. To learn more ... Read More »

Jean Virant: School accreditation is a challenge and a gift

Posted by Kyle Eller

By Jean VirantGuest columnist Marquette Catholic School in Virginia is in the midst of a process that is both a challenge and a gift. We are nearing the end of our seven year accreditation cycle with the Minnesota Nonpublic School Accrediting Association and working to renew our ongoing eligibility ... Read More »

Betsy Kneepkens: Let’s appreciate place of non-Catholics in our schools

Posted by Kyle Eller

In this first week of February, the Catholic Church in the United States celebrates Catholic Schools Week. I know this is one of the school children’s favorite weeks because you hear numerous stories of the fun and faithful activities they did. I think some learning happens, because my children ... Read More »

Jason Adkins: Politics in the Year of Mercy

Posted by Kyle Eller

The current Year of Mercy proclaimed by Pope Francis is an opportunity to reconsider how the creative force of mercy can be extended to the realm of public policy. Though the aim of law is to establish justice, it can be enriched by a life-giving mercy that seeks to ... Read More »

Kyle Eller: Assisted suicide — the next front for the Culture of Death

Posted by Kyle Eller

I ran across a rather revealing Minnesota Public Radio article the other day. The subject was a series of forums set up by a legislative advocate of the so-called “right to die” — physician-assisted suicide. As you probably know (and if you didn’t, consider yourself warned), this is the ... Read More »

Editorial Catholic Press Month a time to recall this newspaper's unchanged goal

Posted by Kyle Eller

February is Catholic Press Month, which honors the role of the Catholic press in the church’s mission.

At The Northern Cross, we first wish to thank you for reading the paper and for your support over the years, along with your support for all the church’s many important ministries. ... Read More »

Father Paul Larson — ‘one of our diocesan characters’ — dies unexpectedly

Posted by Kyle Eller

By Kyle EllerThe Northern Cross “Father Paul, or ‘Parson Larson,’ as we sometimes called him, was one of our diocesan characters,” said Father William Graham, in Father Paul J. Larson’s funeral homily at Blessed Sacrament Church in Hibbing Jan. 25. “Often, when Paul would speak or even just appear, ... Read More »

‘Catholic Grandma’ spreads mercy to world from Hibbing

Posted by Kyle Eller

By Kyle EllerThe Northern Cross The heart of Kristine Franklin’s new apostolate is simple enough: “I am a mom and grandma and I have time to pray,” she said. “So if someone needs prayer — anyone, for any reason — they can post it at my website anonymously if ... Read More »

Bishop Paul Sirba: Here are some special opportunities for confession, mercy

Posted by Kyle Eller

  Woven into the fabric of this life’s Lent is the need for mercy. Always this is so, but Pope Francis is asking us to learn the meaning of mercy by tasting it. An example of lived mercy was the recent day of Prayer and Reparation for a Culture ... Read More »

Bishop Paul Sirba: Make Year of Mercy part of your New Year’s resolutions

Posted by Kyle Eller

Free. The Holy Family was free. Unencumbered by what normally shackles us, they were free to leave everything in order to fulfill the will of God.

Meditate on the moves they were asked to make. They left the normalcy of life in Nazareth to go and register in Bethlehem, ... Read More »