In the wake of the suspension of Archbishop Fulton Sheen’s cause for canonization due to an ownership dispute of his remains, the office promoting his sainthood says it doesn’t expect the halt to last long. (CNA) Read more >>
This year Pope Francis canonized Saint John XXIII and Saint John Paul II. Both made immense contributions to the social teaching of the Church on the dignity of labor and its importance to human flourishing. St. John Paul II called work "probably the essential key to the whole social question" (Laborem Exercens, No. 3) and St. John XXIII stressed workers are "entitled to a wage that is determined in accordance with the precepts of justice" (Pacem in Terris, No. 20). (USCCB) Read more >>
Congress is nearing the end of its term and, as of yet, has not enacted a comprehensive immigration reform package that creates a roadmap to citizenship for the nearly 11 million undocumented people in the U.S. (The Northern Cross) Read more >>
“Walking Toward Eternity”
DIOCESAN ASSEMBLY: The diocese's 9th Annual Assembly will be held at Marshall School, Duluth, on Oct. 4. Featured presenter is international speaker Thomas Smith, co-author of Walking Toward Eternity. Registration available here.
NEWLY MARRIED MINI-RETREAT: The Office of Marriage and Family Life for the Diocese of Duluth is holding a Newly Married Mini-Retreat for couples who have been married for 8 years or less. This mini-retreat will be held on Sunday, Oct. 5, from 11:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Rosary, 2801 E. Fourth Street in Duluth. The Diocese’s 125 Anniversary Mass will follow in the Cathedral at 4 p.m., and retreat participants are encouraged to attend. Register for the Mini-Retreat here.
DIOCESAN ANNiVERSARY: A celebration of the 125th anniversary of the founding of the Diocese of Duluth will kick off with the Diocesan Assembly (above) and with a Mass of Thanksgiving Sunday, Oct. 5, at 4 p.m., at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Rosary, followed by a simple reception. The diocese’s patronal feast day, Our Lady of the Rosary, which is normally celebrated on Oct. 7, will be transferred to this special Mass.
FIRST ANNUAL ANNIVERSARY MASS & LUNCHEON: Couples from the Diocese of Duluth that are celebrating the marriage milestone of 10, 20, 25, 30, 40 …. are invited to our first annual Anniversary Mass and Luncheon on Oct. 19. Mass will be at 1 p.m. with Bishop Sirba and lunch will follow at Holy Rosary School, 2802 E. Fourth Street, Duluth. All are welcome at Mass, but space for lunch is limited to the first 200 who reserve a spot. The lunch will be free for the celebrating couples. However, additional family members are $10/person. The cost per family member will increase to $15 per person on Oct. 6, and all reservations for lunch close on Monday, Oct. 13. More information here.
MORE EVENTS: For many more events in parishes and more throughout the diocese this month, see the calendar of events from the August issue of The Northern Cross.
STRATEGIC PLANNING: The Diocese of Duluth Five Year Strategic Plan, effective from 2012 to 2017, along with the implementation handbook, is available 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.