I begin my monthly column in The Northern Cross encouraging a nine day novena for our state and for our nation. Praying is what we do as Catholics, and it flows from who we are. In fact, the greatest thing we do is give praise and glory to God in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. Our prayerful, active participation in preparation for an election is an opportunity for us to love our neighbors by electing representatives who will hopefully promote human dignity and the common good. Our prayers will make a difference. (The Northern Cross) Read more >>
The Minnesota Catholic Conference declared that a national advertising campaign to restore federal tax funds for abortions “woefully misrepresents the noble Catholic social justice tradition.” The campaign, by Catholics for Choice, “disregards the need to defend vulnerable human life in all its stages — a principle at the core of authentic social justice,” said the Sept. 12 statement by the conference, the public policy arm of Minnesota’s bishops. Read more >>
The planning process for the future of Catholic education in the Duluth area and beyond kicked off in earnest in August — and early this month is the best time to make sure your voice heard. (The Northern Cross) Read more >>
ANNIVERSARY MASS: The third annual Anniversary Mass and luncheon, sponsored by the diocesan Office of Marriage and Family Life, will be held Sunday, Sept. 25, at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Rosary, 2801 E. Fourth St., Duluth. The Mass begins at 10:30 a.m. with Bishop Paul Sirba. A luncheon will follow at Holy Rosary School, 2802 E. Fourth St. The event is for couples from the Diocese of Duluth celebrating the marriage milestones of 10, 20, 30, 40, 50, 60 or more years. All are welcome to the Mass. However, space for lunch is limited to the first 150 people who reserve a space. Click here for registration information.
DIOCESAN ASSEMBLY: The 11th annual Diocesan Assembly will be held Saturday, Oct. 8, from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Marshall School in Duluth. The speaker will be Sherry Weddell on “Making Disciples.” The assembly is open to everyone. For more information or to register, click here.
WHITE MASS: Peter Kreeft, Ph.D., a philosophy professor and world-renowned apologist, will speak at three events in Duluth Oct. 22-23 in conjunction with the diocesan White Mass for health care professionals. He will speak at Holy Rosary School on “How to Evangelize in an Ex-Christian Culture” and “How to Talk about Gender Issues” from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 22 and will give the keynote address at the post-White Mass dinner at 6:30 p.m. He will also speak at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Rosary Oct. 23 on “Why Be a Catholic?” For registration information for the dinner, see the website of the Duluth chapter of the Catholic Medical Association.
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.
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.