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Betsy Kneepkens: As son prepares for marriage, some inspiration from Mary

Posted by Megan Muhich

One year from now, my oldest son plans to stand at the altar with his soon-to-be bride and promise her that his love is total, faithful, fruitful, and free. Most parents know there are many big deals in your children’s lives but few, if any, is more significant than ... Read More »

Jean Virant: Catholic school principal — a.k.a. ‘chief servant leader’

Posted by Megan Muhich

Diocese of Duluth administrators participated in an informative book study this year. “Redeeming Administration: 12 Spiritual Habits for Catholic Leaders in Parishes, Schools, Religious Communities, and Other Institutions,” by Ann Garrido, chronicles Catholic school administrator’s joys, duties, and challenges. Garrido comments that the principal’s day is beset by many ... Read More »

Father Richard Kunst: There is pain that is good for us

Posted by Megan Muhich

Not long ago, I saw a bumper sticker on the back of a car in front of me that simply said, “existence is pain.” The immediate thought that came to mind was how bleak this person’s outlook on life must be. Viewing life and existence itself through the lens ... Read More »

Father Michael Schmitz: That document on youth from Pope Francis — worth reading?

Posted by Megan Muhich

I heard that the pope wrote a document on youth recently. What are the main takeaways? Is it worth reading? Father Michael SchmitzAsk Father Mike

Since one of the roles that our bishop has given me has been as the director of the Office of Youth Ministry, I had ... Read More »

Father Nick Nelson: Are socialism and Catholicism compatible?

Posted by Megan Muhich

"Socialism” was the most looked-up word at in 2012 and is currently second all time. Recently, especially among the young and idealistic, socialism has developed a more favorable opinion. It has become increasingly popular and trendy to call oneself a socialist or espouse socialist ideas and goals. Father ... Read More »

Life news in brief July 2019

Posted by Megan Muhich


Trouble in your marriage? Call your local Retrouvaille Community at (320) 255-5314 or (800) 470-2230 to find out more about healing troubled marriages, or visit the website Lawsuit targets common sense Minnesota abortion laws

A lawsuit filed in Ramsey County District Court challenges numerous abortion-related laws in ... Read More »

Calendar July 2019

Posted by Megan Muhich

Carmelite community

A third order Carmelite community meets monthly at St. Joseph’s Church, 315 S.W. 21st St., Grand Rapids. Meetings are held the first Saturday of each month. Rosary at 8:30 a.m., followed by Mass at 9 a.m., and morning prayer. Meeting at 10 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. For information ... Read More »

School news in brief July 2019

Posted by Megan Muhich

Sixth grade graduation

The Assumption Catholic School sixth grade graduating class passed candles, representing the torch of leadership, to the fifth grade students. The outgoing class was praised for the good example and the leadership they had displayed tothe younger children of the school. The fifth graders were ... Read More »

News in brief July 2019

Posted by Megan Muhich

St. Joseph honors priests who have served

Fathers Ryan Moravitz, John Petrich, and Noel Stretton pose at a celebration of the priests who have served St. Joseph Church. St. Joseph Church had a special Mass and brunch for the community and honored priests who have served at St. Joseph through the years. ... Read More »

Diocese hosts its first Blue Mass

Posted by Megan Muhich

By Deacon Kyle EllerThe Northern Cross

Bishop Paul Sirba celebrated the diocese’s first Blue Mass May 15 at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Rosary in Duluth. A Blue Mass is held honoring law enforcement, fire safety workers, and other emergency personnel for their dedication and sacrifices, as ... Read More »