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Father Mike Schmitz: How can I handle being corrected better?

Posted by Elizabeth Gjovik

I have to admit that I am not that great at receiving correction. I get super defensive or I end up feeling really guilty. I sometimes even feel like a failure. What should I do?  Father Michael SchmitzAsk Father Mike

I am so proud of you for asking this ... Read More »

Bishop Felton consecrates Ukraine, Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary

Posted by Elizabeth Gjovik

By Deacon Kyle Eller The Northern Cross 

In union with the call of Pope Francis, Bishop Daniel Felton consecrated Russia, Ukraine, and the whole human race to the Immaculate Heart of Mary at a Mass on the Solemnity of the Annunciation, Friday, March 25, at St. Mary Star of the Sea ... Read More »

Bishop Felton to offer Mass in union with the consecration of Russia and Ukraine

Posted by Kyle Eller

Pope Francis will consecrate Russia and Ukraine to the Immaculate Heart of Mary on Friday, March 25, the Solemnity of the Annunciation, during the evening Celebration of Penance that he will preside over at St. Peter's Basilica. In union with the Pope, Bishop Daniel Felton has announced that he ... Read More »

Duluth Diocese launches ‘Let’s Listen’ initiative 

Posted by Elizabeth Gjovik

The Northern Cross 

The Diocese of Duluth in February launced a new initiative called “Let’s Listen” to better understand the spiritual needs of the people of northeastern Minnesota and discern the next step in the church’s mission. 

Let’s Listen will primarily consist of small group listening sessions throughout the ... Read More »

Father Richard Kunst: We must not treat sacred things as good luck charms

Posted by Elizabeth Gjovik

I hope he does not mind my saying this in a column, but Bishop Felton likes to call his priests. It is a pretty common occurrence for our current bishop to randomly call us priests just to check in and see how we are doing. The last time he ... Read More »

Betsy Kneepkens: Duty to raise children in the faith extending beyond confirmation

Posted by Elizabeth Gjovik

While taking pictures after my last child’s confirmation, a friend of mine came up to me and said, “Thank God I am done, all four are through, and I don’t have to worry about this anymore.” It was not the time or place to ask her what she meant ... Read More »

Supporting women and working families at the forefront of Catholic advocacy as session starts 

Posted by Elizabeth Gjovik

Minnesota Catholic Conference Inside the Capitol 

Minnesota Catholic Conference staff are monitoring a flurry of bills including paid family leave, and a constitutional amendment that would empower judges to create new modes of discrimination based on the ambiguous concept of gender.  Rebellion against the sexes 

There is much talk today ... Read More »

Father Nicholas Nelson: Fasting: What’s the big deal?

Posted by Elizabeth Gjovik

Lent is a time of repentance and renewal. It’s about recommitting ourselves to knowing, loving, and serving God and loving our neighbor as Christ loved us. To help us, the church has prescribed three traditional practices, prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. Jesus speaks of these three in the Sermon on ... Read More »

Deacon Kyle Eller: 'OK, boomer' and the humility offered by original sin

Posted by Elizabeth Gjovik

“OK, boomer.” 

That annoying, smug dismissal grew popular among the young over the last couple of years and may have reached peak naivete in a few random Internet comments I read in the wake of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. One comment seemed to identify the Russian invasion with the ... Read More »

Editorial: Pray for peace

Posted by Elizabeth Gjovik

If the global pandemic and major civil upheaval and even political violence in the United States over the past few years haven’t convinced us that we are living in strange, unpredictable, and consequential times, events unfolding across the world in response to the invasion of Ukraine should do the trick. 

It seems sometimes as if the whole geopolitical world map is being rewritten in a matter of days, with nations rethinking their whole foreign policy approach, old alliances being revitalized and new ones formed, and some being broken. The world economic system and other forms of “soft power” are being brought to bear in an unprecedented way to try to stop, or at least punish, the invasion. The threat of nuclear weapons looms larger than it has in decades, recalling scenes from the worst days of the Cold ... Read More »