The Northern Cross

Deacon Kyle Eller: Finding peace at the new Communion rail

Posted by Elizabeth Gjovik

In addition to the usual beauties of Holy Week, this year we got an additional “grace note” at St. Benedict in Duluth, the parish where I serve: We got a Communion rail installed for use in time for Holy Thursday, the Mass of the Lord’s Supper.  Deacon Kyle EllerMere Catholicism

How perfect is ... Read More »

Editorial: Gratitude and hope at Easter

Posted by Elizabeth Gjovik

A year ago, apart from our priests and a small crew to assist them, we marked Holy Week and the beginning of the Easter season locked down at home, unable to come together in communal worship during the church’s highest holy days, perhaps watching through the Internet on a ... Read More »

Father Nicholas Nelson: The early Christian church was Catholic

Posted by Elizabeth Gjovik

During the Easter season we are blessed with reading St. Luke’s account of the early church. For Sunday Mass instead of the first reading being from the Old Testament, we hear from the Acts of the Apostles. And for daily Mass, the first reading is also from the Acts ... Read More »

Father Richard Kunst: When a carpenter tells stories about farming

Posted by Elizabeth Gjovik

Some priests are great storytellers, and they weave the stories into their homilies in an effective manner, and often it is the story that stays with the parishioner longer than the message of the homily.  Father Richard KunstApologetics

I am not that priest. I rarely tell stories in my ... Read More »

Schools: Teach for Christ missionaries at Marquette share their experience 

Posted by Elizabeth Gjovik

By Lucy Philbin Guest columnist 

In the October edition of The Northern Cross, Marquette Catholic School shared information about the arrival of Teach for Christ Missionaries at their school in Virginia. Teach for Christ, a missionary organization based in the Twin Cities, recruits and trains young adults to serve the ... Read More »

Betsy Kneepkens: Leaving the house we made a home has been overwhelming

Posted by Elizabeth Gjovik

On our main staircase to the basement, the steps we nearly always took to leave our home had a small section on the wall where we put hash marks drawn with pencil, pen, or sharpies. Next to the half-inch mark, you would see an initial, D, K, A, Dr, ... Read More »

Catholic schools of the diocese help raise $1.49 million through raffle 

Posted by Elizabeth Gjovik

By The Northern Cross 

Is it possible for Catholic schools to conduct successful fundraising campaigns in the middle of a pandemic, when most Catholic churches are closed and door-to-door fundraising methods aren’t available? 

The answer is a resounding, “Yes!” More than 80 Catholic schools and the 13,000 students participating proved it ... Read More »

Stella Maris names new president 

Posted by Elizabeth Gjovik

By The Northern Cross 

In mid-March, Stella Maris Academy successfully completed its search for a new school president, announcing it had selected Andrew Hilliker to take on the role. As president, Hilliker will help guide the school as it transitions to offering high school classes by the fall of 2022, a ... Read More »

Life news in brief

Posted by Elizabeth Gjovik

‘She Is Home’ 

Star of the North Maternity Home will host its 9th annual Together for Life Banquet, being held virtually, on Sunday, May 2, from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. This year the event has a different focus. Its current rental home has been purchased, and the organization needs ... Read More »

Visiting bishop celebrates Chrism Mass for the Duluth Diocese 

Posted by Elizabeth Gjovik

By Deacon Kyle Eller The Northern Cross 

For the second year in a row, Bishop James Powers made the short trip from the neighboring Diocese of Superior, Wisconsin, to the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Rosary in Duluth to offer the annual Chrism Mass, as the Duluth Diocese awaits ... Read More »