The Northern Cross

Father Mike Schmitz: What should I do for Lent?

Posted by Kyle Eller

Question: Lent is right around the corner, and I never seem to know what to do for the season. I’ve tried giving things up, but it always seems a bit hollow. What should I do? Answer: I think we all face this challenge. We can find ourselves walking the ... Read More »

Father Richard Kunst: The Year of Mercy and the unforgivable sin

Posted by Kyle Eller

As I wrote in the December edition of The Northern Cross, the Holy Year that Pope Francis called for 2016 is a pretty big deal. The tradition of Holy Years has been around for more than 700 years, and the fact that the current one is not in the ... Read More »

Calendar of Events - February 2016

Posted by Grace Romanek

KC fellowship The Knights of Columbus Council 6791 and St. Teresa Circle of St. Raphael’s Church, 5779 Seville Road, Duluth, sponsors coffee, juice, donuts and fellowship after Masses the first Saturday and Sunday weekend of each month. Rosary for freedom, life, family The rosary is prayed for religious freedom, ... Read More »

School News in Brief - February 2016

Posted by Grace Romanek

Watson, Rectenwald design yearbook cover

Sixth-graders Lucy Watson and Elly Rectenwald were the winners of this year’s yearbook cover design contest at Holy Rosary School in Duluth. More than 25 different designs were submitted from more than 30 students in grades 2-8. The students were given the challenge of ... Read More »

Life News in Brief - February 2016

Posted by Grace Romanek

Father Nelson addresses Youth for Life club at Hibbing school

Father Nick Nelson, associate pastor of Blessed Sacrament Church, led a discussion with Assumption Catholic School’s Youth for Life club in December during a birthday party for the birth of Jesus. Using Scriptural accounts of the Nativity of Christ, ... Read More »

Obituaries - February 2016

Posted by Grace Romanek

Sister Mary Martin Beringer, 93, teacher, honored for her child care ministry

Sister Mary Martin (Bernice) Beringer, OSB, of St. Scholastica Monastery, age 93, died Oct. 28, 2015.

She was born April 19, 1922, in Perham, to Martin and Regina (Silbernagel), the youngest of five children. She attended Perham ... Read More »

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 »