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Catholic Schools - Our History and Our Future - December 2015

Posted by Grace Romanek

The Northern Cross - December 2015 Catholic schools — our history and our future

By Bill Van Loh

As Catholics, our history is one of sacrifice and service. Specifically, we have a great legacy of providing Catholic education in our diocese.

For example, St. Michael’s parish, in Duluth, began in ... Read More »

Life News in Brief - December 2015

Posted by Grace Romanek

The Northern Cross - December 2015 Life News in Brief

HLDF gives out grants

The Human Life and Development Fund at the Diocese of Duluth granted $46,500 to organizations in the diocese. Organizations must abide by the mission statement of the fund, which in part states a twofold purpose: ... Read More »

Local News in Brief - December 2015

Posted by Grace Romanek

The Northern Cross - December 2015 Local News in Brief

Parish mergers completed

As part of the implementation of the diocesan Strategic Plan, the following civil mergers and other changes were completed during this calendar year:

Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Pine River, merged into St. Alice Church, Pequot ... Read More »

Frequently asked questions on the judgment against the Diocese of Duluth

Posted by Kyle Eller

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What happened, exactly?

The Diocese of Duluth was sued by a man who says that he was abused by Father J. Vincent Fitzgerald, a priest of the Oblates of Mary Immaculate, in 1978 at St. Catherine of Siena in Squaw Lake. Fitzgerald was not a priest ... Read More »

Day of Fasting and Prayer set for Jan. 22 in Diocese of Duluth

Posted by Kyle Eller

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A Day of Fasting and Prayer in Reparation for a Culture of Violence and Disrespect of Human Life will be held across the entire diocese Jan. 22.

Initially organized by the Minnesota Catholic Conference, similar events are being held in other dioceses across the state, beginning ... Read More »

Bishop Paul Sirba: Past abuse of children calls us to point to the mercy of Jesus

Posted by Kyle Eller

Recently, I received a letter from a parent whose son had been abused by a priest some years ago. Healing is still happening.

She wrote: “As a mother of a son abused by a priest, I know the effects of the abuse. However, the ones who have to deal ... Read More »

Statewide day of fasting and prayer in the works for December

Posted by Kyle Eller

The Northern Cross The Minnesota Catholic Conference, which is the public policy arm of the Catholic bishops of Minnesota, is planning a “Statewide Day of Fasting and Prayer in Reparation for a Culture of Violence and Disrespect for Human Life” in December. Part of the impetus behind the event ... Read More »

Five to be ordained permanent deacons on Nov. 22

Posted by Kyle Eller

Ralph Edward Bakeberg, James Patrick Philbin, Carl Peter Provost, Timothy Dean Richardson and Grant William Toma are set to be ordained to the permanent diaconate by Bishop Paul Sirba at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 22, at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Rosary in Duluth. This follows the ... Read More »

Bishop Paul Sirba: Allow the Year of Mercy to open and soften your heart

Posted by Kyle Eller

Before we know it the Year of Mercy will be upon us. “O, happy fault!” Pope Francis strongly desires that this Extraordinary Holy Year be celebrated in all the dioceses of the world. He says the call is “to gaze even more attentively on mercy so that we may ... Read More »

Calendar - November 2015

Posted by Grace Romanek

The Northern Cross - November 2015 Calendar of Events

Women’s retreat

Are you living in the image and likeness of God? Ladies, come and explore just where you are living in a fun and engaging way. Georgiann Kuberra will be offering a women’s reflection day Saturday, Nov. 7, at ... Read More »