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Bishop Paul Sirba: We don’t have to remain in the cold and darkness of a world without love

Posted by Kyle Eller

Editor’s note: Bishop Paul Sirba wrote this column for the December issue of The Northern Cross shortly before his death on Dec. 1. With the nights getting longer and the cold growing colder, it may seem counterintuitive to be thinking of new beginnings. But the expression “it is always ... Read More »

Father Richard Kunst: Heaven is a gift, but hell is earned

Posted by Megan Muhich

Not long ago, I gave my weekday Mass crowd two theological statements and asked them to raise their hands if they thought the statement was correct. Here was the first one: “We can earn heaven by living a virtuous life, being faithful to the sacraments, and truly loving our ... Read More »

Editorial: Goodbye, Bishop Paul

Posted by Megan Muhich

"When people met him, they felt accepted by him,” Father Joseph Sirba said in the funeral homily for his brother, our beloved Bishop Paul Sirba, who died unexpectedly Dec. 1. “To them he wasn’t just Bishop Paul, but my friend, Bishop Paul ….”

Or take it from a retired ... Read More »

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 »