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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

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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 »

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 »