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. Two smaller meals may also be taken, but not to equal a full meal. The norms concerning abstinence from meat are binding upon members of the Latin Catholic Church from age 14 onward.
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. Ash Wednesday this year is March 6.
The Office of Marriage, Family, and Life is seeking to assist the faithful who are currently experiencing separation or civil divorce and who are in need of healing. This group will use Maria Pia Campanella’s “The Gift of Self,” a six-week program for accompanying separated and divorced faithful. The series will run Sunday evenings from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. starting March 10 and finishing April 14 at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Rosary in Duluth. If you know of someone that can benefit from this series please invite them to attend. There is no charge for this pilot, and those interested can find more information and registration at www.dioceseduluth.org . If you have questions please call Betsy Kneepkens at (218) 724-9111.
Theology Uncapped’s next event will be held April 30 at 6:30 p.m. and will feature Father Richard Kunst, pastor of St. James and St. Elizabeth’s parishes in Duluth, and the Rev. Peter Kowitz, pastor of United Lutheran Church in Proctor. The topic for the event is “Woman in Ministry,” and it will be held at Grace Lutheran Church, 5454 Miller Trunk Hwy, Hermantown. The cost is $20, which includes a catered meal from Famous Dave’s, beer, wine, pop, and coffee. Seating is limited, so register now at www.theologyuncapped. org. Please contact Deacon John Foucault at (218) 393-0631 if you are unable to register online.
Sarma, an ethnic cabbage roll typically served during holidays in Slavic households, will be available Sundays during Lent at Eskomo Pizza Pies in Esko. Proceeds will benefit Queen of Peace school in Cloquet. Starting March 10, “Sarma Sundays” will be serving sarma for dinner from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. every Sunday during Lent. There will be three price points: Grandpa size is $11.95; Grandma size is $9.95; and Grandkids size is $6.95. All sarma will be served with polenta and green beans. Other menu items like pizza and burgers and spaghetti is available for those who are not brave enough to eat sarma for dinner. “This is my grandmother Zora’s sarma recipe, and my mother’s creamy polenta,” said Eskomo Pies owner Pete Radosevich. “They would be proud to know their recipes are being used to fund the local Catholic school.” Eskomo Pies is located at 3 Highway 61 in downtown Esko. Call (218) 879-0008 for reservations or for pick-up orders.
Following is the upcoming schedule of the diocese’s monthly holy hours for seminarians and future vocations to the priesthood: Thursday, March 21, at 4:30 p.m. at St. Francis Church, 404 Ninth St. N., Brainerd, (218) 822-4040, and Thursday, April 18, at 8 p.m. at St. Michael’s Church, 4901 E. Superior St., Duluth, (218) 525-1902. Contact the host parishes for more information.
The Men of Faith – Men Bearing Witness planning committee wishes to thank the Catholic Religious Education Endowment Fund (CREED Fund) of the Diocese of Duluth for support of the 2019 men’s conference. Funding from the CREED Fund for all eight of the annual men’s conferences is greatly appreciated.
Blessed Sacrament Church in Hibbing is sponsoring its first annual Sacred Music Workshop May 4, from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event will include an introduction to sacred music and the church’s vision for music at the Mass, as well as practicums with lessons from learned teachers and time for communal prayer and Mass. The cost is $10 to cover food and materials expenses. Everyone is welcome to attend. Call or email Blessed Sacrament to register: (218) 262-5541 or jessica. [email protected] Contact Father Nick Nelson at fr.nicholas. [email protected] for more information.
Some members of Blessed Sacrament Parish set up an afternoon of an indoor bowling social at a local residential facility as part of an initiative of outreach to the community. In addition to homemade treats and valentines all residents received a gift bag. Prizes were given to the highest scorers and well as to one who tried the hardest.
St. Raphael in Duluth held a Valentine’s Day blood drive.
Blessed Sacrament Parish held a mortgage-burning ceremony after paying off a debt of nearly $7,000,000 for the construction of a new school and renovations for existing facilities. The evening began in thanksgiving to God with the celebration of the Mass and concluded with a dinner for all.