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Local News in Brief - March 2018

The Northern Cross - March 2018
Local News in  Brief

Lenten practices

Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are obligatory days of fasting and abstinence for Catholics. In addition, Fridays during Lent are obligatory days of abstinence.

For members of the Latin Catholic Church, the norms on fasting are obligatory from age 18 until age 59. When fasting, a person is permitted to eat one full meal, as well as two smaller meals that together are not equal to a full meal. The norms concerning abstinence from meat are binding upon members of the Latin Catholic Church from age 14 on-wards.

If possible, the fast on Good Friday is continued until the Easter Vigil (on Holy Saturday night) as the “paschal fast” to honor the suffering and death of the Lord Jesus, and to prepare ourselves to share more fully and to celebrate more readily his Resurrection.More information on fast and abstinence can be found on the website

Bulldog Lake ice fishing contest

Holy Family Bulldog Lake, Hillman, had its 39th annual Ice Fishing Derby and Log Sawing Contest on Saturday, Feb. 10. Many brave souls competed outside for the fishing contest, and many more had a great time watching and participating inside with the log sawing contests and other festivities.

Lenten mission at Cathedral

“We Thirst for You, O Lord,” a Lent-en mission, will be held Monday to Thursday, March 12-15, at the Cathe-dral of Our Lady of the Rosary, 2801 E. Fourth St., Duluth. The mission begins at 7 p.m. each night. Wednesday’s session includes prayers for healing. Father Glenn Sudano, who is preach-ing the mission, is a member of the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal. For additional information, contact the Cathedral at (218) 728-3646.

JRLC Day on the Hill

Joint Religious Legislative Coalition (JRLC) Day on the Hill will be held March 13 where hundreds of people of faith will gather to ask themselves, their communities, and their representative: If we do not work towards social justice now, when? The theme for the day is “If not now, when?” Keynote speaker is Rabbi David Locketz, senior rabbi of Bet Shalom Congregation in Minnetonka. Join faithful advocates from across the state on March 13 to reflect on why we make our voices heard, to plan for continued actions in our home communities, and to speak with representatives at the State Cap-itol. Visit for more informa-tion about JRLC, the Day on the Hill, and to register. If you plan to attend, please call Patrice at (218) 724-9111 if you are interested in joining in a ride on a bus.

Feast of the Presentation

The Feast of the Presentation was observed at Blessed Sacrament Church with the blessing of candles and a candlelight procession in the church before the morning Mass. The feast day celebrates the coming of Christ, the Light of the World, and his triumph over the darkness of evil. Father Gabriel Waweru remind-ed the congregation that through Baptism they have received the Light of Christ in their souls, exhorting them to keep the flame burning in their hearts.