The 2017 archive of Daily News

Father Michael Schmitz: Our duties to family members include love, but with wisdom

Posted by Grace Romanek

Question: There is a family member who keeps intruding in my life. I want to love them well, and I don’t want to go against God’s teaching about the duty we owe to family, but their constant interruptions and negative attitude are really affecting me and my family. What ... Read More »

Betsy Kneepkens: Children marrying outside the church is a mother’s worry

Posted by Kyle Eller

My grocery store trips are never short. You can ask my husband. Even if I just have one or two items to pick up, a five-minute jaunt turns into a half hour or 45-minute excursion.

The reason is that grocery stores are much more than a place to purchase ... Read More »

Cemetery offers ‘memorial trees,’ Memorial Day Mass

Posted by Kyle Eller

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Calvary Cemetery sustained significant tree damage during a massive wind storm in July 2016, but officials there say the cleanup process has gone well. Cemetery staff and contractors have removed debris from more than 150 fallen trees. While some stump removal continues, the cemetery will soon begin ... Read More »

Bishop Paul Sirba: Anniversary of Fatima invites our Marian devotion

Posted by Kyle Eller

On May 13, 2017, our Holy Father Pope Francis will travel to Fatima, Portugal, to canonize Francisco and Jacinta Marto on the apparition’s centenary. Hopefully, you will be able to follow the glorious events. As a newly ordained priest, I had the privilege of going on a pilgrimage to Fatima.

The message of Fatima, I think, is as important today as it was in 1917. Like all “private” revelations that have been recognized by the authority of the Church, Fatima does not belong to the deposit of faith, but it helps us to live the faith more fully in our own time. The message of Fatima does not somehow improve Christ’s saving message found in Sacred Scripture and Tradition, but it helps us to live it. Check out the Catechism of the Catholic Church, section 67. Bishop Paul SirbaFiat Voluntas ... Read More »

Bishop highlights blessings of Lent at annual Chrism Mass

Posted by Kyle Eller

Holy Week is capped with the beautiful liturgies of the Triduum, culminating in the Easter Vigil, but another of its highlights comes earlier, with the Chrism Mass, held this year on April 10.

At the annual Mass, the diocesan bishop blesses the holy oils used in the sacraments, such ... Read More »

Father Michael Schmitz: Gluttony is not joy — we can only truly enjoy things when we’re free

Posted by Kyle Eller

It seems like every time I want to do something that I think will be fun, the church has a rule against it. Why is the church so against pleasure? What’s wrong with enjoying yourself and the good things in life?

This is a great question. It is connected ... Read More »

Bishop Paul Sirba: Don’t fall away from the sacrament of confession this Lent

Posted by Kyle Eller

It is hard to appreciate God’s mercy if we don’t acknowledge that we are sinners. It’s difficult to think good news is good news if we are not in need of it.

Recently, a priest from another diocese called and spoke to me about what he perceives as a ... Read More »

St. Patrick’s Day Dispensation

Posted by Kyle Eller

A general dispensation has been granted from Bishop Sirba from the obligation of abstinence from meat on March 17, 2017, the Commemoration of Saint Patrick.

Those taking advantage of the dispensation are encouraged to undertake a work of charity, an exercise of piety, prayer, or an act of comparable ... Read More »

Deacon’s story makes it into ‘Chicken Soup for the Soul’ book

Posted by Kyle Eller

Deacon Michael Knuth is well known across the diocese for his ministry in the Brainerd deanery, his work as a spiritual director, his many years of past service in vocations and more.

What you may not know about is his literary side.

But readers of the venerable “Chicken Soup ... Read More »

Two busy weekends!

Posted by Kyle Eller

There are some interesting and important events going on in the diocese this weekend and next.

Tonight, at 6 p.m. at Holy Family Church in Cloquet, Curtis P. Chambers, former chair for the Burt Lake Band of Ottawa and Chippewa, will share his snowshoe adventures of following in the ... Read More »