The Northern Cross

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 »

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 »

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 »

$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 »

Clergy assignments

Posted by Elizabeth Gjovik

Bishop Daniel Felton has made the following clergy assignments, effective immediately:

Deacons Kyle Eller, John Specht, and John Weiske are assigned to St. John the Evangelist Church in Duluth. This is in addition to their existing assignments at St. Benedict Church in Duluth. 

Deacon Walt Beier is assigned to St. Benedict Church in Duluth. This is ... Read More »

News in brief

Posted by Elizabeth Gjovik

St. Scholastica Monastery update 

Due to continued COVID-19 concerns, St. Scholastica Monastery has decided not to hold its annual open house again this year. They will continue to post updates at and on their social media sites. There will also be a special fundraiser in November in which all donations will be matched.    ... Read More »


Posted by Elizabeth Gjovik

CHUM Duluth is in need of the following items: working cell phones with chargers, sonic alarms, handwarmers, heavy boots, heavy winter jackets, double knit or fleece-lined hats, one size knit gloves, gel pens, and adult coloring books.   

Please consider supporting these organizations serving the needs of people in the ... Read More »

Life news in brief

Posted by Elizabeth Gjovik

Engaged weekend

Engaged Weekends are part of the preparation for couples as they prepare for and approach the sacrament of matrimony. An in-person engaged weekend has been scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 23, at St. Joseph Parish in Grand Rapids. To register, please visit 2021 Engaged Weekend Information/Registration October 23rd, ... Read More »


Posted by Elizabeth Gjovik

October 2021 Mass on TV  The Diocese of Duluth sponsors a televised Mass at 9:30 a.m. every Sunday from the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C., on WDIO-Duluth and WIRT-Hibbing. Donations are welcome and can be sent to TV Mass, 2830 E. Fourth ... Read More »

Schools in brief

Posted by Elizabeth Gjovik

First day of school 

(Submitted photo)

Father Thomas Galarneault opens the doors to St. Thomas School in International Falls on the first day of school. Father Galarneault is currently serving as principal at the school.  Registration open 

Registration at the Catholic schools in the diocese is now open. Please contact your school for more information. 

Brainerd: St. Francis of the ... Read More »