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Betsy Kneepkens: Catholic high school makes this Catholic Schools Week special

Posted by Elizabeth Gjovik

I am a proud alumnus of Nazareth Acadamy, a small Catholic college preparatory outside of Chicago, run by the Sisters of St. Joseph. I loved my experience at Naz, as we called her. I was able to participate in whatever outside class experience I wanted. It was just a ... Read More »

Editorial: Supporting Catholic schools

Posted by Elizabeth Gjovik

Each year as Catholic Schools Week rolls around, we are invited to consider the role of Catholic education in the mission of the church. When we consider that it is part of the mission of passing on the faith to the next generation and helping Catholic parents to fulfill ... Read More »

Stella Maris, Mater Dei to operate ‘as-is’ for coming school year while exploring possible future collaboration

Posted by Elizabeth Gjovik

By Deacon Kyle Eller The Northern Cross 

A January letter signed by Bishop Daniel Felton, Stella Maris Academy President Andrew Hilliker, and Mater Dei Apostolate Executive Director Marie Mullen, and issued by Bishop Felton’s office, indicates that “on-going conversations” have been taking place “exploring opportunities for collaboration and cooperation” between ... Read More »

Bishop Daniel Felton: Keep the Spirit of Christmas as a way of life

Posted by Elizabeth Gjovik

At the beginning of this month of February we celebrated the Feast of the Presentation of Jesus in the Temple. This feast day officially brings an end to Christmastide. Yes, in February, not December! It is a feast day that reminds us that in the end, the Spirit of ... Read More »

Deacon Kyle Eller: Loving animals — and all creation — the way God calls us to

Posted by Elizabeth Gjovik

Pope Francis really touched a nerve recently when he criticized people using dogs and cats to take the place of children and encouraged them to think about taking the “risk” of becoming parents. The number of non-Catholic pundits weighing in on the question and the Catholic understanding of human ... Read More »

Father Mike Schmitz: Can I go to confession if I don’t feel sorry?

Posted by Elizabeth Gjovik

I think that I want to go to confession, but I worry that I don’t feel sorry enough. I don’t want to lie and say “I am sorry for all my sins” if I don’t feel sorry. Do I have to stay away from reconciliation until I feel badly?  ... Read More »

To spend or not to spend? That is NOT the question.

Posted by Elizabeth Gjovik

Inside the Capitol

State legislators are debating what to do with a massive budgetary windfall – an approximately $7.7 billion surplus. The news of the surplus prompted the governor and legislative leaders from both parties to voice their spending and tax cut proposals.

Democrat legislative leaders voiced support for ... Read More »

Year in Review: Stories from 2021 in the Diocese of Duluth 

Posted by Elizabeth Gjovik

By Deacon Kyle Eller The Northern Cross 

The Year of Grace 2021 was another eventful one in the Diocese of Duluth, as the COVID-19 pandemic drags on, presenting many challenges for the church and her members. However, as we review the year, it’s clear that at least one joyful story ... Read More »

Parishioner turning 108 still lives at home 

Posted by Elizabeth Gjovik

By Father Richard Kunst For The Northern Cross 

The priesthood affords me the opportunity to meet so many different people, which is a great part of working in ministry. Every so often I get to know a person who really makes an impact on me, a parishioner whose story is ... Read More »

Betsy Kneepkens: Dealing with Post Joy Stress Disorder

Posted by Elizabeth Gjovik

Only four of our six children made it home for Christmas. In all fairness, our entire family was together for a family vacation during Thanksgiving. We didn’t do anything Christmassy, but everyone understood that it was our family celebration for the Holidays. Betsy KneepkensFaith and Family

I am learning ... Read More »