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Father Nicholas Nelson: Dying a happy death

Posted by Elizabeth Gjovik

Above the right side altar of my church, Queen of Peace Church in Cloquet, there is a beautiful painting of St. Joseph in the moments before his death. In the painting, our Blessed Mother kneels at his feet, and our Lord Jesus stands at the side of the failing ... Read More »

Father Richard Kunst: How to ‘win’ an argument on social media

Posted by Elizabeth Gjovik

Many of my brother priests are on social media, and a lot of them do great things with that form of communication. The last few popes have repeatedly encouraged the church to utilize the most modern form of communications and technologies to spread the Gospel and to evangelize, so ... Read More »

Betsy Kneepkens: Becoming more aware of demonic influences

Posted by Elizabeth Gjovik

When it comes to sayings, I might not be the most creative person in the world. I seem to repeat a short list of statements over and over again. I believe these verbal assertions help my husband and I attempt to parent our children in this out-of-control world.  Betsy ... Read More »

Bishop Daniel Felton: Do we count ourselves ‘in that number’ of the saints marching in?

Posted by Elizabeth Gjovik

I played the baritone in the school pep band. One of my favorite songs to play was “When the Saints Go Marching In.” This rousing song calls us to “be in that number, when the saints go marching in.”  Bishop Daniel FeltonBelieve in the Good News

A saint is ... Read More »

Father Mike Schmitz: God has forgiven me; how do I forgive myself?

Posted by Elizabeth Gjovik

I messed up in some pretty big ways in my life. I made some decisions that have wrecked relationships and have done significant damage to myself. I’ve been to confession, and I know that God in his mercy has forgiven me. But I can’t seem to be able to ... Read More »

Deacon Kyle Eller: Ongoing formation is part of what it means to be a disciple

Posted by Elizabeth Gjovik

Years ago, during a diocesan assembly, one of the speakers said something I had not fully grasped: ongoing catechesis is part of being a disciple of Jesus.  Deacon Kyle EllerMere Catholicism

That idea dovetails with advice I got in confession on a pilgrimage once. I had confessed some struggles with faith, and the young ... Read More »

Inspiration on a walk in the woods leads to Hoyt Lakes prayer trail

Posted by Elizabeth Gjovik

By Deacon Kyle Eller The Northern Cross 

Last fall, Jim Koepke was doing something a lot of Minnesotans like to do in the fall, walking through the woods and connecting with God, in his case on land owned by his parish, Our Lady of Hope in Hoyt Lakes, which is mostly a ... Read More »

The results are in — state fair poll 

Posted by Elizabeth Gjovik

By the Minnesota Catholic Conference Inside the Capitol 

Every summer the Minnesota State Fair becomes a place to meet with legislators and take part in the nonpartisan (and non-scientific) House Public Information Services Office’s opinion poll. This year, 5,231 Minnesotans voiced their opinion on 12 policy matters. Of those dozen questions, the Minnesota Catholic Conference has been actively involved in four, including: promoting school choice, opposing the recreational marijuana industry, opposing sports gambling, and ensuring everyone living ... Read More »

Ragnar race proves a great fundraiser for Northland Family Programs

Posted by Elizabeth Gjovik

By Deacon Kyle Eller The Northern Cross 

Northland Family Programs, like many nonprofits, has had its normal fundraising events like dinner dances upended by the COVID-19 pandemic.  

But Anna Crain, the organization’s director, had an inspiration during a holy hour that ended up leading to the most successful fundraiser the organization, which uses natural family planning to ... Read More »

$100,000 initiative to advance Catholic schools and discipleship

Posted by Elizabeth Gjovik

As we enter our second month of school, the gift of hope and the blessing of faith sustains us in our ministry as we share our talents and unique charisms. You, the members of our parish and school communities, are what enable our church to support and encourage discipleship in our Catholic schools. Your volunteer hours, the sharing ... Read More »