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Duluth Diocese dispenses Catholics in the region from Sunday Mass obligation

Posted by Kyle Eller

March 13, 2020

In light of the rapid spread of the coronavirus (covid-19) across the world and now to Minnesota, Father James B. Bissonette, diocesan administrator for the Diocese of Duluth, has dispensed Catholics in the diocese from the obligation to attend Mass on Sundays and Holy Days of ... Read More »

Father Michael Schmitz: Is Christianity about relationship, not religion?

Posted by Kyle Eller

Some of my co-workers seem think that I believe that my religion saves me. They say that Christianity is about a relationship, not a religion. Father Michael SchmitzAsk Father Mike

This is a very good question. Of course we are brought into a new and miraculous relationship with God ... Read More »

Betsy Kneepkens: Kobe Bryant shows sinners belong in the church

Posted by Kyle Eller

I am a sinner. Although I genuinely strive to live the holiest life possible, I have inclinations that drive me toward sin, and I succumb to those behaviors. Worse yet, I am not sure I have made it more than 24 hours after receiving the sacrament of reconciliation before ... Read More »

Father Michael Schmitz: How do I get better at being generous

Posted by Kyle Eller

I find myself being less-than-generous quite often. I want to have a better attitude, but people keep wanting things from me: they want my time, my help, and my financial support. How do I get better at being generous? Father Michael SchmitzAsk Father Mike

This is a fantastic question. ... Read More »

Father Richard Kunst: When the church seems to be 'always' talking about money

Posted by Kyle Eller

In the years that I have been a priest, the vast majority of my parishioners have known that my least favorite subject to talk about is money. But I have had some of the parishes that actually think it is my very favorite subject to preach about! This is ... Read More »

Father Nick Nelson: Where's that in the Bible?

Posted by Kyle Eller

Very often people will chide Catholics about a particular belief, saying, “Where is that in the Bible?” Or even well-intentioned Catholics sometimes will ask me to show them where this or that teaching is in the Bible. Father Nick NelsonHanding on the Faith

And while we can find good ... Read More »

Deacon Kyle Eller: A little catechesis on the Eighth Commandment to help us through election season

Posted by Kyle Eller

It’s election season (although isn’t it always nowadays?), and that means our social media are even more full than usual with lies, distortions, falsehoods, half truths, and fake news, intermixed with more worthwhile things.

When we talk about this, often it’s to help build up our own media literacy, ... Read More »

Men’s and women’s conferences coming up soon

Posted by Kyle Eller

The Northern Cross

This year’s annual men’s and women’s conferences are scheduled for Feb. 29 and March 28, respectively, at Marshall School in Duluth. Registration is open for both.

The Men of Faith Conference, held on leap day, boasts a powerhouse speaker in high demand — the “Dynamic Deacon,” ... Read More »

‘Jesus Christ was the center of his life’

Posted by Kyle Eller

Bishop Paul Sirba laid to rest

By Deacon Kyle EllerThe Northern Cross

“My brother loved the Lord. Jesus Christ was the center of his life.”

Father Joseph Sirba, pastor of St. Patrick in Hinckley and St. Luke in Sandstone, said in his funeral homily Dec. 6 that everyone was ... Read More »

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 »