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Father Mike Schmitz: What to do when complaining takes hold of you

Posted by Elizabeth Gjovik

I’ve noticed something about myself. I used to be someone who occasionally complained, but recently I’ve realized that I am constantly complaining about one thing or another. I seem to be able to find something to be upset about in every situation and with every piece of news I ... Read More »

Father Mike Schmitz: What should a Catholic make of ‘cancel culture’?

Posted by Elizabeth Gjovik

I have noticed something happening in our society that people have called “cancel culture.” How are we supposed to respond to this as Christians? Father Michael SchmitzAsk Father Mike

This is quite the timely (and potentially volatile) question! Over the course of the past few years, the prevalence and ... Read More »

Mass obligation reinstated July 1

Posted by Kyle Eller

In a communication to diocesan clergy, Bishop Daniel Felton has announced that the Sunday Mass obligation, which has been dispensed since March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, will be restored effective July 1.

The full text follows:

Dear Brother Priests and Deacons,

Greetings in our Lord Jesus Christ! ... Read More »

Update on diocesan COVID-19 protocols

Posted by Kyle Eller

To: Priests and DeaconsFrom: Very Reverend James B. BissonetteRegarding: Mask Mandate AdjustmentsDate: May 14, 2021

I am writing to you in regard to recent changes in the COVID-19 Mask Mandate.

From the Centers for Disease Control: "Update that fully vaccinated people no longer need to wear a mask or ... Read More »

Father Mike Schmitz: How do I support my seminarian ex-boyfriend?

Posted by Elizabeth Gjovik

I am a young woman who was dating a terrific young man. Things were going along really well for us when he broke up with me because he believed that he needed to enter seminary and discern whether or not God is calling him to be a priest. I ... Read More »

Ordination and installation set for the Cathedral

Posted by Kyle Eller

Bishop-elect Daniel Felton (Photo by Mary Rasch)

The ordination and installation of Bishop-elect Daniel Felton will take place at 11 a.m. May 20 at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Rosary in Duluth. The evening before, Vespers will be celebrated at the Cathedral at 5 p.m. Unfortunately, due ... Read More »

Father Daniel Felton named bishop for Duluth Diocese

Posted by Kyle Eller

Today, the Holy See announced that Pope Francis has named the Very Rev. Daniel Felton, of the Diocese of Green Bay, Wis., to become the tenth bishop of the Diocese of Duluth. His episcopal ordination and installation as bishop of Duluth have been set for May 20. Bishop-elect Daniel Felton

Bishop-elect Felton, who has served as vicar general and moderator of the curia for the Diocese of Green Bay since 2014, was born Feb. 5, 1955. He is the son of Carol and the late Ken Felton and the oldest of five children and attended St. Edward School in Mackville, Wis., and Appleton West in Appleton. He holds a bachelor’s degree from St. Norbert College in De Pere, Wis., in religious studies and psychology; a master’s degree in theology from St. John University, Collegeville; and a licentiate of sacred theology and a master’s degree in social communications from the Gregorian University in ... Read More »

Father Mike Schmitz: Does God just coerce people into following him?

Posted by Elizabeth Gjovik

I have recently been reading the Old Testament and have encountered some things that have troubled me. Among them is the way God talks about blessing those who obey him and cursing those who disobey him. I much prefer the New Testament and how Jesus reveals that God is ... Read More »

Bible podcast by Father Schmitz tops Apple Podcast list

Posted by Kyle Eller

Father Mike Schmitz says that if you had asked him to come up with an idea for a podcast that rise to the top of Apple’s Podcast charts, “The Bible in a Year” wouldn’t have been it.

After all, he says, the podcast, put out by the Catholic publisher ... Read More »

Editorial: Seeing past the 50-50 split

Posted by Kyle Eller

The results of the election verified something that has been increasingly clear over a number of recent election cycles: politically, anyway, we’re divided just about in half.

Nationally, in terms of popular vote, out of all those tens of millions of votes cast, the margin was less than 5%, ... Read More »