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Local News in Brief - August 2015

Posted by Grace Romanek

The Northern Cross Local News in Brief


The following golden and silver jubilarians of St. Scholastica Monastery will be celebrated Aug. 22.

Golden jubilee (50 years)

Sister Beverly Raway

Sister Beverly Raway was born and attended school in Hastings. She attended the College of St. Scholastica and entered ... Read More »

Calendar - August 2015

Posted by Grace Romanek

The Northern Cross - August 2015 Calendar

Catholic Singles Group

Join Catholic singles group for August events! Walks on the Lakewalk every Monday at 5:30 p.m.; movies at Leif Erickson Park on Fridays at dusk; Bayfront Blues Fest Aug. 7-9; Classic Car show Wednesday, Aug. 12; dinner at Sir ... Read More »

What the world needs now: You and I to revive the difficult, disappearing art of forgiving

Posted by Kyle Eller

“If you forgive others their transgressions, your heavenly Father will forgive you. But if you do not forgive others, neither will your Father forgive your transgressions.” Matthew 6:14-15

This is, by any account, one of the more challenging teachings of Jesus. Life is full of wounds we’ve suffered at ... Read More »

Liz Hoefferle: Aim for more than just avoiding sin; cultivate virtue

Posted by Kyle Eller

A ninth-grade class religious education class was learning about the moral teachings of the church when one of the inquisitive students wanted to know, “How far can I go before it’s a sin?”

While the student’s concern about avoiding sin is certainly commendable, the purpose of our lives is ... Read More »

Father Mike Schmitz: Consequences of some parenting styles invite questions

Posted by Kyle Eller

Question: You said that you had practical advice for parents. What kind of advice?

Answer: Parenting lessons from a priest! What next? Poetry lessons from a computer programmer?

I’m not a father of small children. But I get to work with a lot of parents and their children, and ... Read More »

Father Richard Kunst: With St. James, tradition bumps into political correctness

Posted by Kyle Eller

As significant the Twelve Apostles are to the Christian faith, we know so little about them. Even the book in the Bible known as the Acts of the Apostles is a misnomer, because it’s really only about one of the original Twelve (Peter) and the late-comer Paul.

What we ... Read More »

Cynthia Zook: Catholic schools join in diocesan anniversary

Posted by Kyle Eller

By Cynthia ZookGuest columnist

What is the best way to help children understand how long the Diocese of Duluth has been in existence? Put it in terms they can understand.

While adults just know that a 125th anniversary is a big deal, children have a harder time visualizing. That ... Read More »

Betsy Kneepkens: Like a Fitbit, the church is a tool we can grow with

Posted by Kyle Eller

This year’s Christmas gift from my husband was a Fitbit, a device that helps people keep track of the steps they take and other health information.

My husband knows I enjoy walking, so this new technology, which is at a level I can understand, was a much-appreciated gift. I ... Read More »

Life briefs

Posted by Kyle Eller

Senate rejects abortion facility licensing

Recently, legislation to require licensing and inspections of abortion facilities, an effort which would ensure the safety of women, and was strongly supported by Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life, failed to become law. The initiative would have require facilities that perform 10 or more ... Read More »

Father Robert Barron: Love, tolerance, and the making of distinctions

Posted by Kyle Eller

By Father Robert BarronWord on Fire

Last week, I wrote a piece on Bruce Jenner’s transformation into Caitlyn Jenner. I argued that the manner in which Jenner spoke of his transition reflected a Gnostic anthropology, which is repugnant to a biblical view of the human being.

I didn’t say ... Read More »