The 2019 archive of Daily News

Calendar for December 2019

Posted by Kyle Eller

St. Michael’s Christmas tree and wreath sales

St. Michael’s Church, 4901 E. Superior St., Duluth, will again be selling Christmas trees beginning on Saturday, Nov. 30. High quality spruce, balsam fir, Norway pine and white pine trees, along with Christmas wreaths and sprays, will be available. Weekdays 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. ... Read More »

Homily of Father Joseph Sirba at the funeral Mass of Bishop Paul D. Sirba

Posted by Kyle Eller

Archbishop Hebda, Most Reverend Bishops, my brother priests, deacons, religious sisters, dignitaries and members of various ecclesial communities, and my brothers and sisters in Christ, on behalf of my brother John, and sister Cathy, and my mother Helen, we want to thank you all for your outpouring of love ... Read More »

Father James B. Bissonette chosen as diocesan administrator

Posted by Kyle Eller

On Dec. 4, Father James B. Bissonette, pastor of St. Raphael Catholic Church in Duluth and St. Rose Catholic Church in Proctor, was elected as diocesan administrator for the Diocese of Duluth. Father James Bissonette

Under church law, a group of diocesan priests called the College of Consultors elects ... Read More »

Bishop Sirba’s funeral will be livestreamed by WDIO

Posted by Kyle Eller

We anticipate that many mourners, both from the Diocese of Duluth and from outside of our diocese, will wish to attend our beloved Bishop Paul Sirba’s funeral Friday at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Rosary, and that the resulting crowd may well far exceed the available seating ... Read More »

Obituary: Bishop Paul D. Sirba, 59

Posted by Kyle Eller

Bishop Paul David Sirba, Roman Catholic Bishop of the Diocese of Duluth, MN, beloved shepherd of the people of the Diocese of Duluth, dear son, brother, uncle and great-uncle died of apparent cardiac arrest at his home in Proctor, MN on Sunday morning, December 1, 2019, the First Sunday ... Read More »

Bishop Paul Sirba has died

Posted by Kyle Eller

 With sad hearts, we share the following message regarding the sudden death of our beloved Bishop Paul Sirba that was sent out to diocesan clergy and employees this morning and which is being announced at Masses today.

Following is the message from Father Bissonette, who has served as Bishop ... Read More »

Father Nick Nelson: The four last things — nothing in this life is worth missing heaven for

Posted by Kyle Eller

In the liturgical rhythm of the year, the church focuses on various realities of the Christian life. For example, during Lent we remember Christ’s temptations in the desert and we give extra effort to root out sin in our life. Father Nick NelsonHanding on the Faith

During the month ... Read More »

Betsy Kneepkens: Ask questions to help break through our growing incivility this Thanksgiving

Posted by Kyle Eller

One of my favorite holidays is Thanksgiving. For me, few things are more satisfying than spending a whole day in gratitude. OK, eating some of my favorite foods all day certainly doesn’t hurt the cause, either. Betsy KneepkensFaith and Family

I don’t know anyone who doesn’t find the pause ... Read More »

Father Richard Kunst: If your adult children no longer practice the faith, it’s probably not your fault

Posted by Megan Muhich

In any profession, or even anything we do, there are routines, things that come up so often that you don’t have to give it a lot of thought. Routines by their nature are repetitive and so often seemed diminished in importance. Father RichardKunstApologetics

My life as a pastor has ... Read More »

Father Michael Schmitz: How can I step out of the ‘blame loop’?

Posted by Megan Muhich

I have been really hurt by people in my life. But most of the bad stuff in my life is my fault. Still, I can’t stop blaming myself and blaming them for hurting me. Father Michael SchmitzAsk Father Mike

Thank you for writing. In your actual letter, you summarized ... Read More »