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Local News In Brief - December 2018

All Souls Day celebrated in Hibbing

On All Souls Day, a day dedicated to praying for the deceased, Blessed Sacrament Parish celebrated a Memorial Mass in commemoration of the 81 members of the parish who had died during the last year. During the homily the congregation was reminded that through baptism all receive the light of Christ. As the names were remembered, a candle was lit for each one as a reminder that as Christ is present in life, so too he is present in death. Each family was encouraged to take home the candle for their loved one to light often in remembrance and to pray for the departed souls.

CCW donates to local charities

The Council of Catholic Women (CCW) of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Crosby recently donated $8,000 to area charities. The money was raised during the pasty marathon that concluded in October. For 24 years, the CCW has made and sold pasties for five weeks in October. From those humble beginnings an October tradition was born which is now called the Pasty Marathon. In thanks for the support from hometown friends and neighbors and those in the surrounding communities, the CCW along with the pasty crew elected to give back by donating to four area charities. Checks in the amount of $2,000 were presented to Care ’n Share in Emily, Interfaith Volunteers, New Pathways, and Sharing Bread Soup Kitchen.

Cuyuna Range KCs distribute coats

The Knights of Columbus Cuyuna Range Council 3473, together with generous donations of others in the Aitkin community provided 192 new coats, 120 snow pants, and 134 pairs of gloves to local elementary schools on Oct. 26. These coats, snow pants, and gloves were distributed to Rippleside Elementary School in Aitkin and Cuyuna Range Elementary School in Crosby. The coats will be distributed by the schools’ staff.

Friends of the Poor Walk

St. Vincent de Paul Kateri Tekakwitha Conference held its second annual Friends of the Poor Walk on Sept. 29. The walk route was held in Walker from St. Agnes Catholic Church to Hope Lutheran Church and back to St. Agnes. The walk enables community members to participate in a nationwide event to raise awareness of the challenges faced by the nation’s less fortunate and to generate significant funds for use in direct service to those living in need. All funds raised locally remain local.

Duluth band Cyr releases debut album

Duluth-based band Cyr released its debut album “Callused” Nov. 16. “Callused” was recorded at Sacred Heart Studio in Duluth with Tom Fabjance (Trampled by Turtles, Low, Big Top Chautauqua) and mastered by Huntley Miller (Bon Iver, Sylvan Esso, Ben Howard). The album can be heard now on Spotify and purchased on iTunes, Amazon, and Bandcamp. Cyr is comprised of the core duo of Eric Cyr (guitar, vocals, songwriter), a teacher at Stella Maris Academy, and his sister Rachel Cyr (vocals). The duo has performed original Americana, folk, rock, and jazz music in Duluth and the surrounding area since 2014, and in 2018 Eric won the Beaner’s Central singer-songwriter contest. Callused was recorded with the addition of Peter Brown on keys, Sten Duginski on drums, and Keith Yanes on bass.

All Saints celebration at St. Lawrence Church

This year, St. Lawrence Church in Duluth held an All Saints party on Oct. 31. This was an opportunity to celebrate and experience the joy of the saints and heaven on the vigil of All Saints Day. The party included a heavenly banquet of great food, games for all ages, a chance to visit with the other saints present, and time for adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. Those attending were admitted if they were dressed as a saint. All Saints Day is a great opportunity to remember that we are all created for heaven and are all called to be saints. Coming together as Catholics on a night that can often be filled with darkness and evil is a way to let the light of Christ shine.

Monthly holy hours for seminarians and vocations

With the desire to show that the Diocese of Duluth still prays for vocations in an intentional and continuous manner as a diocese, a monthly holy hour for our current seminarians and for future vocations to the priesthood was established. Each month there will be a holy hour at one of the diocesan parishes. The holy hour will include exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, a rosary for vocations, various other prayers for vocations, and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament. Please make it a point to attend at least one of these holy hours throughout the diocese. Contact the host parish for more information. In December, it will be held Thursday, Dec. 13, at 6 p.m. at Immaculate Heart Church, 35208 County Road 37, Crosslake. The next will be Jan. 13 at 7 p.m. at Holy Angels Church, 60 Hartman Drive, Moose Lake.

Collection for retired religious

The annual Retirement Fund for Religious collection will be held Dec. 8-9 in the Diocese of Duluth. Coordinated by the National Religious Retirement Office in Washington, the appeal benefits 31,000 elderly Catholic sisters, brothers and religious order priests. The Diocese of Duluth donated $46,626.95 to the last collection. Almost 94 percent of donations aid senior religious and their communities, with the remaining funds used for administration and promotion of the national appeal. The 2017 collection raised just over $28 million, and the NRRO disbursed $25 million to 360 religious communities for the direct care of elderly members. Communities combine these funds with their own income and savings to help furnish necessities such as medications and nursing care. Catholic bishops of the United States initiated the national collection in 1988 to help address the deficit in retirement funding among U.S. religious communities. Visit to learn more.

Who is Nicholas Black Elk?

Nicholas Black Elk is much more than what you may have read in the book “Black Elk Speaks.” The Catholic church has accepted Nicholas Black Elk as a worthy candidate for canonization. He truly is a man for our time and a role model as one who was open to his own culture and to the Catholic Church. Learn how he was able to blend the two — Indian spirituality and Catholicism. Contact Sister Marie Rose Messingschlager, CDP, director of Diocese of Duluth’s Indian ministry, for more information on Black Elk at (218) 724-9111.

Kingston bishop celebrates Mass in Hibbing

Bishop County, center, from the Diocese of Kingston of the Grenadines concelebrated Mass with Fathers Gabriel Waweru and Beau Braun for parishioners of Blessed Sacrament Church and the children of Assumption Catholic School in Hibbing. The Kingston Diocese is the Duluth Diocese’s sister diocese. Bishop County visited Blessed Sacrament parish on a mission trip and preached at all the weekend Masses recently.