Just below the Civic Center in Duluth, looking down Fifth Avenue West, a child could see something important and had to tell a parent. “I see Jesus!” Sure enough, blocks ahead down the hill, already crossing over I-35, was the canopy under which Jesus, in the Blessed Sacrament, was leading perhaps 2,500 to 3,000 Catholics on the last leg of a Eucharistic Procession through the city Sept. 12 that would culminate in Mass at the DECC, just around the bend. (The Northern Cross) Read more >> Check out pictures >>
With continued emphasis at the local, national and international levels on improving safe environment programs, the diocese’s program to protect children and young people has seen some major upgrades over the summer. The three main components to the changes: a new, more efficient, paperless online way to administrate the program; new child protection training for adults; and a new youth safety training program called Circle of Grace. (The Northern Cross) Read more >>
As I rode the train from Washington, D.C., to Philadelphia, I was texting Betsy Kneepkens, our director of marriage and family life, and Father Anthony Craig, pastor of St. Mary’s in Deer River, St. Joseph’s in Ball Club, Sacred Heart in Federal Dam and St. Anne in Bena, and associate in the office, and was delighting with them in our Holy Father’s visit to the United States and the World Meeting of Families. (The Northern Cross) Read more >>
DIOCESAN ASSEMBLY: “Transforming Catholics for the New Evangelization” is the theme of the 10th annual Diocesan Assembly. Presented by the Augustine Institute, there will be breakout sessions for religious educators, adult faith formation and RCIA. The focus is on making lifelong disciples of Jesus Christ. The assembly will be held on Saturday, Oct. 10, at Marshall School in Duluth. Click here for more information.
ANNIVERSARY MASS AND LUNCHEON: Couples celebrating a marriage year milestone of 10, 20, 25, 30, 40, 50, 60, 70 or more are invited to the diocese’s second annual Anniversary Mass & Luncheon on Oct. 11 with Bishop Sirba. Noon Mass at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Rosary with lunch to follow at Holy Rosary School. All are welcome to Mass; space for lunch is limited to the first 150 registered people. Please register here.
WHITE MASS: The fifth annual White Mass with Bishop Paul Sirba, an event held in honor of health care professionals, will be celebrated at 4:30 p.m. Oct. 24 at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Rosary in Duluth. It will be followed by a dinner featuring keynote speaker Jesuit Father Robert McTeigue, who has taught medical ethics for more than 20 years and is a professor at Ave Maria University, where he teaches philosophy. No tickets or reservations are required for Mass. Tickets for the dinner can be purchased at the website duluthcathmed.org under the White Mass tab, where there is additional registration information.
MORE EVENTS: For information on additional, see the calendar from the October 2015 edition of The Northern Cross here.
STRATEGIC PLANNING: The Diocese of Duluth Five Year Strategic Plan, effective from 2012 to 2017, along with the implementation handbook, is available here. You can find an update on what’s been implemented so far here.
RELIGIOUS LIBERTY: In an important ruling touching on religious liberty issues, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of Hobby Lobby, which was challenging part of the contraceptive mandate of the Affordable Care Act.
SAFE ENVIRONMENT: Bishop Paul Sirba, in December 2013, released names of clergy credibly abused of sexual abuse of a minor. More information is available here. Statement from Father James Bissonette on Father Timothy Backous, OSB, is available here. Statement from Fr. Eric Hastings, Chancellor regarding Fr. Nicholson and Fr. Klien here.
FINANCIAL STATEMENT: The Diocese of Duluth has released its audited financial reports. Please see the document here.
COMPUTER SECURITY: The Diocesan Technology Committee offers some best-practices guidance for computer systems here.