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Inspiration on a walk in the woods leads to Hoyt Lakes prayer trail

Posted by Elizabeth Gjovik

By Deacon Kyle Eller The Northern Cross 

Last fall, Jim Koepke was doing something a lot of Minnesotans like to do in the fall, walking through the woods and connecting with God, in his case on land owned by his parish, Our Lady of Hope in Hoyt Lakes, which is mostly a ... Read More »

The results are in — state fair poll 

Posted by Elizabeth Gjovik

By the Minnesota Catholic Conference Inside the Capitol 

Every summer the Minnesota State Fair becomes a place to meet with legislators and take part in the nonpartisan (and non-scientific) House Public Information Services Office’s opinion poll. This year, 5,231 Minnesotans voiced their opinion on 12 policy matters. Of those dozen questions, the Minnesota Catholic Conference has been actively involved in four, including: promoting school choice, opposing the recreational marijuana industry, opposing sports gambling, and ensuring everyone living ... Read More »

Ragnar race proves a great fundraiser for Northland Family Programs

Posted by Elizabeth Gjovik

By Deacon Kyle Eller The Northern Cross 

Northland Family Programs, like many nonprofits, has had its normal fundraising events like dinner dances upended by the COVID-19 pandemic.  

But Anna Crain, the organization’s director, had an inspiration during a holy hour that ended up leading to the most successful fundraiser the organization, which uses natural family planning to ... Read More »

$100,000 initiative to advance Catholic schools and discipleship

Posted by Elizabeth Gjovik

As we enter our second month of school, the gift of hope and the blessing of faith sustains us in our ministry as we share our talents and unique charisms. You, the members of our parish and school communities, are what enable our church to support and encourage discipleship in our Catholic schools. Your volunteer hours, the sharing ... Read More »

Editorial: Where are the real ‘extremes’ in the abortion debate?

Posted by Elizabeth Gjovik

Catholics and others of good will who oppose legalized abortion in defense of the right to life have grown accustomed to being accused of “extremism.”  

Now, this raises a whole host of questions, beginning with the ones Pope Francis posed in a recent press conference aboard the papal airplane: “It ... Read More »

Father Richard Kunst: Homilies are not the most important part of Mass — but they are important

Posted by Elizabeth Gjovik

About 20 years ago, I remember talking to one of my brother priests who had recently done a survey in his parish. I don’t know the details of the survey, but he did it to gauge the faith of his flock, and I remember him expressing his surprise at ... Read More »

Betsy Kneepkens: Brazen comments on abortion and Down Syndrome show why we need Respect Life month

Posted by Elizabeth Gjovik

It was the Catholic Church that designated October as Respect Life Month. October was likely chosen for many reasons, but one among them is that this month contains the feast of the Most Holy Rosary. The rosary is considered the most powerful prayer to defend life on earth. This Marian devotion ... Read More »

Father Nicholas Nelson: October: the month of the Rosary

Posted by Elizabeth Gjovik

Growing up, one of our favorite movies was the animated film “The Day the Sun Danced: the True Story of Fatima.” I can’t tell you how many times we watched it. I highly recommend it for families. It tells the story of Our Blessed Mother’s appearance to three young Portuguese children in 1917. For five months, angels and ... Read More »

Deacon Kyle Eller: Coming to believe in God’s love for us — and for every single person around us

Posted by Elizabeth Gjovik

Call it my inner poet shining through or call it a divine encounter and grace from God — in any case, it happened many years ago, soon after my conversion to the Catholic faith, at plain old Cub Foods in Duluth of all places.   Deacon Kyle EllerMere Catholicism

I was shopping for groceries, and suddenly my heart was flooded with wonder and joy and ... Read More »

Father Mike Schmitz: Duties weighing on us? Remember ‘backwards blessings’

Posted by Elizabeth Gjovik

I find myself consistently becoming more and more aware of the good things in other people's lives — and the lack of good things in my life. The demands of work and family and taking care of my parents is really weighing on me.  Father Michael SchmitzAsk Father Mike

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