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Obituaries - October 2017

Posted by Grace Romanek

The Northern Cross - October 2017 Obituaries

Benedictine Sister Mary Felten

Benedictine Sister Mary Felten, 83, died on Aug. 23 at the Benedictine Living Community in Duluth. She was born Mary Catherine Felten on July 3, 1934, to Henry and Eleanore (Schwoerer) Felten at their family farm home in ... Read More »

Local News in Brief - October 2017

Posted by Grace Romanek

The Northern Cross - October 2017 Local News in Brief

Fatima centenary observations

Public Square Rosaries will be part of more than 20,000 rallies that will take place all across the United States and the world on or near Oct. 14. Check with your parish for celebration activities if ... Read More »

School Article: Our Catholic church and schools - no longer quiet Catholics?

Posted by Grace Romanek

The Northern Cross - October 2017 Our Catholic church and schools — no longer quiet Catholics?

By Jesse Murray

It is a Sunday night, and the sky is dark with a sliver of a moon to give presence to the impressive view of Lake Superior in the background. The Cathedral ... Read More »

School News in Brief - October 2017

Posted by Grace Romanek

The Northern Cross - October 2017 School News in Brief

Glow run at Assumption

Assumption Catholic School and Blessed Sacrament Parish in Hibbing will hold their annual fall festival and the third annual Glow Run, named Lumen Christi (“The Light of Christ”). The Lumen Christi Glow Run will serve ... Read More »

Life News in Brief - October 2017

Posted by Grace Romanek

The Northern Cross - October 2017 Life News in Brief

Post-abortion ministry

Hurting after abortion? You are not alone. The Diocese of Duluth is here to help you heal through its post-abortion ministry, Project Rachel. This ministry offers a confidential helpline for you to speak with someone about your ... Read More »

Liz Hoefferle: ‘The desire for God is written in the human heart’

Posted by Kyle Eller

“The desire for God is written in the human heart.”

This beautiful passage found at the beginning of the Catechism of the Catholic Church reflects a universal desire, one that exists within the deepest yearnings of every human being.

Because we have been made by God for the purpose ... Read More »

Father Michael Schmitz: Let’s renounce our sins, not just confess them

Posted by Kyle Eller

Question: I’m not sure what to do. I’ve been praying and I’ve been to confession (repeatedly), but I seem to commit the same sins. Even worse, I know that Jesus promised that we would receive a closeness to God when we call out for him, but I haven’t experienced that.

Answer: Thank you so much for writing. I think that your experience sounds a lot like most people in the church. Now, when I say that, I don’t mean “most people who don’t care about getting close to the Lord” in the church. What you described is what most people who are showing up and who long to be closely connected with God are experiencing every day. We want God so desperately, but we don’t seem to be able to experience his presence and his power. So what do we do? Father Michael SchmitzAsk Father ... Read More »

Father Richard Kunst: Parents should never force children to be confirmed

Posted by Kyle Eller

The Sacrament of Confirmation can be a very challenging and very rewarding sacrament. In my experience as a pastor, the most rewarding aspect of the sacrament comes through the RCIA process (Rites of Christian Initiation for Adults).

There can be any number of different scenarios as to why someone ... Read More »

Betsy Kneepkens: Camp Survive’s transformations are best seen up close

Posted by Kyle Eller

Every August I look forward to the same bus ride: I get to chaperone middle schoolers from the east side of our diocese to Camp Survive.

I see this as a privilege, and I am left wondering why others are not vying for this job. Few situations place you ... Read More »

Faith in the Public Arena: Gender ideology is colonizing — not cultivating — student minds

Posted by Kyle Eller

Our schools should be places where children are trained to pursue the true, the good, and the beautiful — or, at the very least, equipped to honestly and rationally engage with objective reality. A school should be a place of education, not ideological instruction.

But a “transgender toolkit,” approved ... Read More »