The Northern Cross

Days gone by 

Posted by Elizabeth Gjovik

75 years ago — February 1948 

A survey taken by the Diocese of Duluth found that more than two-thirds of people in the diocese expressed a willingness to help displaced families in Europe if they could come to Minnesota to live. The survey showed that many were willing and ... Read More »

Life news in brief

Posted by Elizabeth Gjovik

Engaged Weekend 

An in-person Engaged Weekend is scheduled for Feb. 25-26 at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Rosary in Duluth. Engaged Weekends are part of the preparation for couples as they ready to approach the sacrament of matrimony. More information and registration can be found at A ... Read More »

Schools in brief

Posted by Elizabeth Gjovik

Open houses 

Stella Maris Academy will be hosting open houses for early childhood, kindergarten, junior high, and high school. 

The junior high and high school open house will be held on Thursday, Feb. 9, from 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the high school campus, 4321 Allendale Ave., Duluth. Prospective ... Read More »


Posted by Elizabeth Gjovik

February 2023 Mass on TV  The Diocese of Duluth sponsors a televised Mass at 9:30 a.m. every Sunday from the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C., on WDIO-Duluth and WIRT-Hibbing. Donations are welcome and can be sent to TV Mass, 2830 E. Fourth ... Read More »


Posted by Elizabeth Gjovik

February 2023

The Bridges of Hope Brainerd Area Warming Shelter is in need of items such as hand and foot warmers, individually wrapped snacks, coffee, coffee cups, and creamer. Items can be dropped off on Wednesdays, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the shelter, 1926 S. Seventh St., ... Read More »

Father Richard Kunst: John the Baptist was the greatest, but you are greater

Posted by Elizabeth Gjovik

Everybody likes to receive a compliment. It is nice to be affirmed in how we look, how we are doing at work or in school, or any other activity that might take a level of talent.  Father Richard KunstApologetics

Unfortunately, that is not how God works. Admittedly it would ... Read More »

Father Nicholas Nelson: Why are there two different ways of numbering the Ten Commandments?

Posted by Elizabeth Gjovik

We are all familiar with the Ten Commandments. During the Exodus from their slavery in Egypt, the Israelites are journeying to the Promised Land. And at one point, Moses goes up Mt. Sinai and receives the Ten Commandments from God. What we may not realize is that while Scripture ... Read More »

Betsy Kneepkens: Why did God give us the Catholic Church?

Posted by Elizabeth Gjovik

I am an admitted failure when it comes to New Year’s resolutions. Sometimes it takes me weeks to come up with some ideas, and if I do start the year with resolutions, best case scenario, I follow through for about two weeks.  Betsy KneepkensFaith and Family

Fortunately, when it ... Read More »

Deacon Kyle Eller: The Holy Family can help us heal family brokenness

Posted by Elizabeth Gjovik

On the Feast of the Holy Family, I was pondering, in preparation for a homily, how marriage and family are at the center of God’s plan for the human race and salvation history.  Deacon Kyle EllerMere Catholicism

From Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden at the dawn ... Read More »

Editorial: ‘Lord, I love you’

Posted by Elizabeth Gjovik

As 2022 came to an end, word came that the retired Pope Benedict XVI’s health had taken a turn, and there seemed to be a collective preparation in the church, awaiting the reality that soon followed, on the eve of the New Year, that his earthly life was coming ... Read More »