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Clergy assignments

Father James Bissonette, diocesan administrator, has made the following clergy assignments, effective Jan. 6, 2021:

Father Michael Garry, from pastor of Resurrection, Eveleth, and St. Joseph, Gilbert, to administrator of St. Francis, Brainerd; All Saints, Baxter; and St. Thomas of the Pines, Brainerd.

Father Thomas Galarneault, from pastor of Our Lady of the Snows, Bigfork; St. Catherine, Squaw Lake; and St. Michael, Northome, to administrator of St. Thomas, International Falls, and St. Columban, Littlefork.

Father Jeremy Bock, from parochial vicar of Blessed Sacrament, Hibbing, to administrator of Our Lady of the Snows, Bigfork; St. Catherine, Squaw Lake; and St. Michael, Northome.

Father Bissonette has also made the following assignment, effective March 1, 2021:

Father Charles Flynn, from retirement to administrator of Resurrection, Eveleth, and St. Joseph, Gilbert.

Men’s conference canceled

The Men of Faith Conference scheduled for February 20, 2021, has been cancel-led due to concerns and restrictions with the COVID pandemic, organizers announced in late November. A date has not been set yet for the 2022 Men of Faith Conference.

Catholics at the Capitol on for April 15

Join Minnesota’s bishops and Catholics statewide on mission to defend life and dignity at the State Capitol. Be formed in the faith by celebrating Mass at the Cathedral of St. Paul. Be informed on the issues by speakers such as internationally renowned champion for life Obianuju Ekeocha and Archbishop Jose Gomez, USCCB president and Archbishop of Los Angeles. Be sent on the mission to transform our state with a eucharistic procession to the State Capitol before speaking with your legislators. Discount early-bird registration begins in December. Visit for details.

Festival of Lessons and Carols

The musicians of the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Rosary invite the faithful to join them for the first annual Festival of Lessons and Carols on Monday, Dec. 14, at 7 p.m. Through nine lessons in word and song, the instrumentalists and small choir will sing familiar carols an beautiful songs reflecting upon the Advent and Christmas Seasons. This year the event will be virtual, accessed via the Cathedral’s livestream at Since we are not able to sing together in church, the Cathedral invites people to participate from the comfort of their own homes in whatever capacity is most meaningful to them, to let Christ’s light shine through the darkness and become a treasured part of the year.

Virtual seminary tour

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As part of a diocesan vocations promotion, Blessed Sacrament Parish held a Mass and hosted dinner and a virtual tour of a seminary last month.

Residential facilities

As part of Blessed Sacrament’s outreach to the parish, flowers were delivered to some of the residential facilities in the Hibbing area with a holy card and personal message from Father Gabriel Waweru. The remembrance is one way of reaching out to parishioners to assure them their parish cares for them and is praying for them during these unprecedented times.

Bible in a year with Father Mike

Father Mike Schmitz of the Diocese of Duluth will be taking listeners through the whole Bible in one year using a reading plan inspired by the Great Adventure Bible Timeline system in a new podcast for Ascension Press. Beginning Jan. 1, 2021, and appearing daily for 365 days Father Schmitz will release episodes that include two to three Bible passages, commentary from Father Schmitz, and special guest appearances. Sign up at

Facility blessing

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Father Gabriel Waweru gathered with some members of Blessed Sacrament parish on the grounds of Guardian Angels Health and Rehabilitation Center to bless the facility and pray for the residents and staff. Since the Covid restrictions, the weekly Mass at the facility has been canceled.

Grandparent ministry

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Blessed Sacrament parish’s Grandparent Ministry has “adopted” the Catholic residents at the local nursing home by remembering them in their prayers and sending them little gifts to brighten their day.

Christmas tree and wreath sales

St. Michael’s Church, 4901 E. Superior St., Duluth, is selling Christmas trees and wreaths. This is the 33rd year of selling the trees, which will include high quality spruce, balsam fir, Norway pine, and white pine trees, along with wreaths and sprays. The event runs weekdays from 10 a.m. to 7 .p.m and weekends from 9 a.m. (11 a.m. on Sundays) to 5 p.m. All net proceeds to go help with parish buildings and grounds maintenance needs.

Collection for retired religious is Dec. 12-13

The Diocese of Duluth will hold the Retirement Fund for Religious collection Dec. 12-13. The National Religious Retirement Office coordinates this annual appeal and distributes the proceeds to assist eligible U.S. religious communities with their retirement needs. Nearly 30,000 senior sisters, brothers and religious order priests benefit. Last year, the Diocese of Duluth donated $47,003.54 to the collection. “The generosity of U.S. Catholics enables us to continue our ministry for aging women and men religious,” said Presentation Sister Stephanie Still, the NRRO’s executive director. “We are overwhelmed with gratitude.” The 2019 collection raised $26.2 million, and in June, the NRRO disbursed $25 million in financial assistance to 341 religious communities. Throughout the year, additional funding is allocated for resources and services that help communities improve eldercare delivery and plan for long-term retirement needs. Visit to learn more.