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Papal audience

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Duluth Bishop Daniel Felton met Pope Francis in an audience Sept. 29 at the Vatican. He was in Rome for the ordination of Deacon Daniel Hammer as a transitional deacon for the Diocese of Duluth.

Animal blessing

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Blessed Sacrament Parish in Hibbing held its annual blessing of animals in commemoration of the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi. The Assumption schoolchildren, as well as parishioners, gathered after the morning Mass for the blessing given by Father Trevor Peterson.


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The Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary was celebrated at Blessed Sacrament Parish in Hibbing with a rosary procession and Mass. The feast day was given to the church in honor of Mary’s assistance to the Christian naval fleet at the Battle of Lepanto in 1571, under the name of Our Lady of Victory. This year marked the 450th anniversary of her intercession, and participants in the procession and the Mass were encouraged to continue to seek Mary’s intercession for the needs of today, especially through the rosary.

Blue Mass

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Blessed Sacrament Parish in Hibbing held its annual Blue Mass to honor area law enforcement, fire fighters, and emergency medical personnel. The first Blue Mass was held in 1934 at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Washington, D.C., on the Feast of St. Michael the Archangel. Drawing on Psalm 91:11, “For He will give His angels charge over you to accompany and defend and preserve you in all your ways of obedience and service,” St. Michael is the patron of police officers and the military.

Theology Uncapped returns

Theology Uncapped, an ecumenical conversation between a Catholic leader and a representative of another Christian community, is returning after a COVID-19-related hiatus. The next event is scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 27, 2022, at 6 p.m. and will feature Father Richard Kunst and the Rev. Rollie Brockbrader discussing salvation. Father Kunst is pastor of St. James and St. Elizabeth Catholic churches in Duluth, and Pastor Brockbrader is minister for congregational care for the Northeastern Minnesota Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. The event will be held at St. Benedict Catholic Church, 1419 St. Benedict St., Duluth. The cost is $25, which includes a full catered meal by Famous Dave’s. Seating is limited. Organizers say they will follow the CDC and Minnesota Department of Health protocols in effect at the time of the event. Anyone with coronavirus symptoms should not attend. Even cancellation due to COVID-19 will result in the refunding of your registration. Register at

Coats for Kids

Knights of Columbus all over Minnesota distributed 7,560 coats for kids Oct. 9 to 22. Timed to provide coats before the coldest Minnesota weather arrives, local councils put their first principle of charity into action together to help kids stay warm this winter. Knights hope they will provide a little relief to families who would struggle to provide for their little ones.

Coats for Kids are funded by donations. 56 Minnesota Knights of Columbus councils distributed 7560 warm coats worth over $85,000 to children in need, in coordinated distributions across the state. Coats were provided for children from kindergarten through high school.

Coats were provided without qualification by councils in local distributions, often through partnerships with other charities to get the coats wherever they are needed most.

The Knights hope to clear away the stress and division so prevalent today and take actions that reveal the beauty and value in every person regardless of their circumstances. They also hope to demonstrate the good they do together, before, during, and after a pandemic.

“We are Knights of Charity and will do whatever we can to find and help those less fortunate, especially when things are tough,” said Minnesota State Deputy Dave Whatmuff.

“Our faith in this God who loves us compels us to help those in need. We act because we must,” he added.

The Knights of Columbus have given away 800,000 coats to children since 2009. The Coats for Kids program originated in Connecticut and has expanded among the organization’s local chapters.

Coats for Kids co-chairman Patrick Farrelly explained, “2021 is the largest coordinated coats for kids program we have attempted in Minnesota. We offer it to honor of our founder’s example, Father Michael McGivney, who was beatified last Oct. 31.”

Distributions are planned and executed by local councils. Councils are following local rules and guidelines to keep Knights and children as safe from COVID-19 infection as possible.

To honor Father McGivney, from now until Dec. 31, the Knights of Columbus are offering free membership for the first year to Catholic men aged 18 and over who join online at and use the promotion code MCGIVNEY2020.