The Northern Cross

Betsy Kneepkens: Journalist’s fishing misses the big Pope Francis story

Posted by Kyle Eller

Prior to the papal visit to the United States, my college-aged son was interviewed by a major metropolitan newspaper. The reporter said she was looking for people who had taken extraordinary measures to ensure a close view of the pope while he was in Washington, D.C., and Philadelphia.

My ... Read More »

Five ordained to permanent diaconate

Posted by Kyle Eller

By Kyle EllerThe Northern Cross

The Diocese of Duluth has a large new class of permanent deacons. Five men — Ralph Bakeberg, James Philbin, Carl Provost, Tim Richardson and Grant Toma — were ordained by Bishop Paul Sirba Nov. 22 at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Rosary ... Read More »

Jason Adkins: Ending political homelessness

Posted by Kyle Eller

For many Catholics, the most troubling aspect of the presidential campaign season is the feeling of political homelessness. Just when one of the candidates begins to sound sensible, something completely outrageous emerges out of his or her mouth. No single candidate seems to be addressing the many important policy ... Read More »

Aubry Haben: Year’s end a great time to reflect on giving

Posted by Kyle Eller

As we begin Advent and reflect on the gift of the Nativity, what an appropriate time to also reflect on our gifts to the Lord. Have we been generous with our time, talent and treasure? Have we prepared for God a feast, or have we given him our leftovers? ... Read More »

Kyle Eller: Mystery of Christmas should change our approach to religion

Posted by Kyle Eller

Recently a Catholic friend asked me for some advice. A non-Catholic religious speaker was coming to her community, and she was wondering if she should go and hear him. She was worried about the possibility that it would involve some kind of Catholic bashing.

When I looked into the ... Read More »

Editorial: It’s fitting that the Year of Mercy begins in Advent

Posted by Kyle Eller

“This is the opportune moment to change our lives!” Pope Francis wrote these words in his document outlining the Year of Mercy that begins this month.

As is outlined elsewhere in these pages, this jubilee is a big deal. Even if you don’t normally pay attention to these kinds ... Read More »

Sister Kathleen Del Monte makes first monastic profession

Posted by Kyle Eller

The Northern Cross

In a simple ceremony during evening prayer on Nov. 20 at Our Lady Queen of Peace Chapel at St. Scholastica Monastery, novice Sister Kathleen Del Monte presented her request and was accepted to make first monastic profession for a period of three years.

The ceremony begins ... Read More »

Duluth Diocese, like other dioceses around the world, will have its own Holy Door

Posted by Kyle Eller

By Dennis SadowskiCatholic News Service

From entering a diocesan Holy Door to undertaking the corporal and spiritual works of mercy, Catholics can model a compassionate life during the Year of Mercy declared by Pope Francis, said the chairman of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Evangelization and Catechesis.

The jubilee ... Read More »

Calendar - December 2015

Posted by Grace Romanek

The Northern Cross - December 2015 Calendar of Events

Christmas bazaar

St. Louis Church in Floodwood will hold its Christmas bazaar Saturday, Dec. 5, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Floodwood Fair Building (across from Bridgeman’s on Main Street). Hot turkey sandwich lunch with the fixings served ... Read More »

School News in Brief - December 2015

Posted by Grace Romanek

The Northern Cross - December 2015 School News in Brief

Christmas programs

The Catholic schools of the diocese extend an invitation to everyone to enjoy the spirit of the season at their Christmas programs. Contact the schools for additional information.

St. Francis of the Lakes School — Christmas program ... Read More »