The Northern Cross

Editorial: Feasting at the fish fry misses point of fasting

Posted by Kyle Eller

We are now in the heart of Lent, so that means it is also the season for wonderful, tasty, all-you-can-eat fish fries, capped off with a nice piece of cake.

If it has ever felt like there may be a bit of tension there, Pope Francis put his finger ... Read More »

Teresa Garry: For Mothers of Priests chapter, it all starts with prayer

Posted by Kyle Eller

By Teresa GarryGuest columnist

The Mothers of Priests Chapter is new to the Diocese of Duluth. In August 2013, Bishop Paul Sirba approached a few of us. He asked us to form a chapter for our diocese. Four of us mothers worked together and have founded the Mothers of ... Read More »

Halfway into strategic plan, it’s nearly 90 percent implemented

Posted by Kyle Eller

By Kyle EllerThe Northern Cross

When Bishop Paul Sirba approved a strategic plan in January 2012, it was presented as a flexible plan that would guide him on decisions like clustering and merging parishes for the following five years, with changes implemented as needed.

About halfway through the five-year ... Read More »

Catholic men challenged: ‘Who do you want to be?’

Posted by Kyle Eller

By Kyle EllerThe Northern Cross

“Who is your daddy?” That’s what Deacon Ralph Poyo wanted to know of about 400 men gathered at Marshall School in Duluth for the fourth annual diocesan Men’s Conference.

The answer, he said, could ultimately only be God or the devil, and the devil ... Read More »

Life News in Brief - March 2015

Posted by Grace Romanek

The Northern Cross - March 2015 Life News in Brief

Teens in Grand Rapids team up in respect for life

On Jan. 22, students, along with Grand Rapids area youth ministers, participated in the March for Life at the State Capitol in St. Paul. Youths in the Grand Rapids ... Read More »

God Made Us a Family - School Article - March 2015

Posted by Grace Romanek

The Northern Cross - March 2015 God made us a family

By Mary Sitek

On any given weekday when 11 a.m. approaches, classroom work is suspended. Books are closed, papers and pencils are put away, and lunch and recess are about to begin at St. John the Evangelist School ... Read More »

School Briefs - March 2015

Posted by Grace Romanek

The Northern Cross - March 2015 School Briefs

St. Blaise blessings

Father Brandon Moravitz, pastor of Marquette School in Virginia, visited each classroom of the school Feb. 5 and blessed everyone’s throat. Feb. 3 is the feast day for St. Blaise, the patron saint of throat ailments. The blessing ... Read More »

Local News in Brief - March 2015

Posted by Grace Romanek

The Northern Cross - March 2015 Local News in Brief

Annual outdoor Way of the Cross April 3

Duluth Communion and Liberation, in cooperation with the College of St. Scholastica campus ministry and the University of Minnesota Duluth Newman Center, is sponsoring the annual outdoor Way of the Cross ... Read More »

Obituaries - March 2015

Posted by Grace Romanek

The Northern Cross - March 2015 Obitiuaries

Sister Ingrid Luukkonen, teacher, missioner, minister

Sister Ingrid Luukkonen, OSB, 87, died Jan. 30 at St. Scholastica Monastery. Born in Zim, she was the daughter of Albert and Helmi Luukkonen.

Sister Ingrid entered St. Scholastica Monastery in 1956 as a postulant; she ... Read More »

Liz Hoefferle: Did you know a pure heart can affect your vision?

Posted by Kyle Eller

In the Beatitudes, Jesus explains the conditions for ultimate happiness. One of these prescriptions includes, "Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God" (Matthew 5:8).

This teaching by our Lord should prompt us to reflect, "What does the condition of my heart have to do with ... Read More »