The Northern Cross

Father Nick Nelson: Refusing Holy Communion to remove scandal and as an act of fraternal charity

Posted by Kyle Eller

In the early Church of Corinth, there was a matter of great scandal to the Christian faithful. There was a member of the church who was living with his step-mother. This immorality was contradictory to the life of a disciple of Jesus Christ. So St. Paul writes in his ... Read More »

School briefs

Posted by Kyle Eller

St. Francis moves ahead on playground

St. Francis of the Lakes School in Brainerd has been fundraising for new playground equipment. The original goal was to have the playground installed in summer 2021. Due to the financial support of the St. Francis School Foundation, St. Joseph’s-Essentia Health Foundation, Give ... Read More »

Schools column: 10 reasons to choose Catholic education

Posted by Kyle Eller

By Jennifer NagelGuest columnist

Catholic education has been in the United States since the early 1700s. Stemming way back to colonial time, the parochial schools have been a constant originating within the 13 colonies in the east. Today, Catholic schools make up the largest non-public school system in the ... Read More »

Life briefs

Posted by Kyle Eller

FertilityCare introductory sessions

Northland Family Programs, a FertilityCare Center, holds free Creighton Model FertilityCare System introductory sessions. CrMS is based on the knowledge and understanding of the naturally-occurring phases of a woman’s fertility and infertility. A woman can know her cycles and use this information for the maintenance of ... Read More »

Letter to the editor

Posted by Kyle Eller

Pray for vocations yes, but don’t forget to encourage and foster as well

If parents and grandparents realized the tremendous graces and blessings that flow from a vocation in a family, it’s my belief that our seminaries would be full with a waiting list. So, why is it that ... Read More »

Deacon Kyle Eller: Looking at work in light of COVID and our Catholic faith

Posted by Kyle Eller

As Labor Day comes this year, it’s helpful to look at work through the lens of the past several months of quarantines and lockdowns and through the lens of Catholic social doctrine. Deacon Kyle EllerMere Catholicism

One thing that jumps out immediately is that many of the people whose ... Read More »

Editorial: Support and pray for our students

Posted by Kyle Eller

The time has arrived — it’s back to school, whatever that means in 2020.

The end of the last school year was unlike any our students — or their parents and grandparents for that matter — ever experienced before, as the global pandemic sent everyone home to finish school ... Read More »

Obituary: Deacon Luverne ‘Vern’ Anderson, 79

Posted by Kyle Eller

Deacon Luverne “Vern” Lee Anderson, 79, of Aitkin, was called home to be with our Lord peacefully on Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2020, in Aicota Healthcare Center, Aitkin, with his beloved wife of 58 years by his side. He was born May 3, 1941 in Aitkin to Andrew and Phyllis ... Read More »

Local news in brief

Posted by Kyle Eller

Grandparent ministry

Some of the Blessed Sacrament Parish Grandparent Ministry met for the first time since the COVID-19 virus shut-down. The mission of the ministry is to hand down the faith to children and grandchildren and to be a support for each other as members live out their mission. ... Read More »

Mater Dei bringing high-school age hybrid education model into second year

Posted by Kyle Eller

By Deacon Kyle EllerThe Northern Cross

The high school students and faculty at Mater Dei Apostolate in Duluth may have had an easier time than most did when the coronavirus pandemic hit in the spring. When students from the Mater Dei Apostolate had to go online during the pandemic ... Read More »