The Northern Cross


Posted by Kyle Eller

Editor’s note: Due to the spread of the coronavirus, schedules are rapidly changing. Please check in advance before attending an event. This calendar has been updated since the print edition. Traditional Latin Mass St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 124 Fifth St. S.E., Cook, will begin offering the Traditional Latin Mass ... Read More »

Father Mike Schmitz: How open can I be with people?

Posted by Kyle Eller

I am wondering how much I can be vulnerable with people. I have been able to tell some key people in my life about struggles of mine, but when can I tell others?

Thank you very much for writing. As I see it, based on the rest of your ... Read More »

School briefs

Posted by Kyle Eller

St. Francis to expand preschool offerings

St. Francis of the Lakes School in Brainerd will expand its early childhood program to two preschool classes for the 2020-21 school year. Classes will be offered students ages 3 to 5. During the present school year, staff and school leadership carried out ... Read More »

Jerry Hilfer: Education’s real purpose is pursuit of wisdom

Posted by Kyle Eller

By Jerry HilferGuest columnist

Last August, way before the pandemic, when Corona was only a beer and social distancing was something you did after a romantic breakup or a spat with a friend — yes, way back then — two former colleagues, a college classmate from long ago and ... Read More »

Life briefs

Posted by Kyle Eller

Together for Life banquet

Together for Life had planned its annual fundraising banquet, this year supporting its Star of the North Maternity Home, for April 19. After the COVID-19 pandemic brought that to a halt, the organization is moving the “banquet” online.

The event includes an online auction that ... Read More »

Faith in the Public Arena: COVID-19 and equality of care

Posted by Kyle Eller

By Lynn VarcoFaith in the Public Arena

The unprecedented scale of the COVID-19 pandemic and ensuing efforts to provide critical hospital care have raised serious questions about rationing (limiting access) based on disability or age. Although, like everything else, healthcare is subject to the problem of scarcity, principles exist ... Read More »

Deacon Kyle Eller: ‘Social distancing’ is taking a toll

Posted by Kyle Eller

When I was a kid, the Jetsons were still a popular cartoon, and while we still don’t have the flying cars of that futuristic vision, we did finally end up with video phones, for good or ill. Deacon Kyle EllerMere Catholicism

There is no doubt technologies like that have ... Read More »

Editorial: Easter is a season of hope for us

Posted by Kyle Eller

With unexpected force and suddenness, great change is upon us. Quicker than we could have imagined, deadly disease has spread, and with it fear. Vast portions of public life have been shuttered for weeks, millions of jobs have been lost. Even a walk past our neighborhood playgrounds, normally so ... Read More »

Clergy assignment

Posted by Kyle Eller

Effective March 31, 2020, Father James B. Bissonette, diocesan administrator, made the following assignment:

Father Steven Daigle, from pastor of St. Mary, Deer River; St. Joseph, Ball Club; and St. Charles, Cass Lake, to retirement.


Posted by Kyle Eller

Father Richard George Oberstar, MSF, 90 Father Richard George Oberstar, MSF

Fortified with the sacraments of Holy Mother Church, Father Richard George Oberstar, MSF, entered eternal life on Holy Saturday, April 11, 2020.

He was born June 28, 1929 in Eveleth, Minnesota to Fred Oberstar and Angeline (Mooster) Oberstar. ... Read More »