On Jan. 22, Pope Francis signed a decree recognizing that Msgr. Aloysius Schwartz lived a life of “heroic virtue,” meaning that he has been declared “venerable,” making him the first native Washingtonian to achieve that title. (CNS) Read more >>
Christians are called to overcome apathy, discouragement and pretentions of self-sufficiency by letting God enter into their hearts, making them joyful, merciful and strong, Pope Francis said. Through prayer, charity and humility before God, people receive a heart “which is firm and merciful, attentive and generous, a heart which is not closed, indifferent or prey to the globalization of indifference,” the pope said. (CNS) Read more >> Full text >>
The Church begins the New Year celebrating the Octave of the Nativity of the Lord and the Solemnity of Mary, the Holy Mother of God. It is a Holy Day of Obligation, or rather, a holy day of opportunity! There is no better way to begin our year than to thank Almighty God for His goodness to us, and there is no better way to say “thank you” than celebrating the Eucharist. (The Northern Cross) Read more >>
DIOCESAN ANNIVERSARY: A celebration of the 125th anniversary of the founding of the Diocese of Duluth kicked off with the Diocesan Assembly and with a Mass of Thanksgiving Sunday, Oct. 5. Deanery celebrations for the 125th anniversary of the Diocese of Duluth:
Brainerd: A holy hour, blessing of volunteers, meal and more will be held at St. Francis Church in Brainerd Sunday, Aug. 16, in the afternoon.
Cloquet: Prayer, a meal and a history presentation will be held at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 27, at Queen of Peace Church in Cloquet.
Duluth: Events will be held Sept. 12 at the DECC. Additional details to be announced.
Hibbing: A holy hour and history presentation will take place at St. Joseph Church in Grand Rapids March 8, beginning at 5 p.m.
Virginia: Mass and a history presentation will take place March 1 at St. Martin in Tower, beginning at 3 p.m.
MEN’S CONFERENCE — The Duluth Catholic Men’s Conference is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 21, at the Marshall School Auditorium in Duluth. The featured speaker is Deacon Ralph Poyo, from North Carolina, a sought-after speaker for Franciscan University Steubenville Youth Conferences and a founder of New Evangelization Ministries. Register online at www.duluthcatholicmen.org.
WOMEN’S CONFERENCE — The third annual Catholic Women’s Conference is scheduled for March 7 at Marshall School Auditorium in Duluth. The two features speakers are Hallie Lord, author, editor and founder of the Edel Gathering, speaking on the beauty of the church’s teaching on the vocations of marriage and authentic womanhood, and Kelly Wahlquist, assistant director of the Catechetical Institute for the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis. Register here.
MORE EVENTS: For information on additional, see the calendar from the January 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.
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.