The Northern Cross

News in brief

Posted by Elizabeth Gjovik

Bishop Felton visits St. James Submitted photo

St. James Church in Aitkin was honored to have Bishop Daniel Felton fill in for Father David Forsman while he was on retreat in California. Bishop Felton celebrated Mass over the weekend while Father Forsman was away. The Knights of Columbus Council 3473 were ... Read More »

Schools in brief

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Stella Maris Academy’s annual Stellabration spring gala and silent auction will be held Friday, May 20, at Stella Maris Academy High School, 4321 Allendale Ave. Duluth. To purchase tickets, donate, or sponsor the event, visit  Registration open 

Registration at the Catholic schools in the diocese is now ... Read More »

Life news in brief

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Thinking about separation or divorce? Hurting? Angry? Feel helpless? Retrouvaille is a lifeline for troubled marriages. Couples learn the tools to rediscover each other and heal their marriage. 100% confidential. Weekend experiences will be held June 3-5, Aug. 5-7, Sept. 30 to Oct. 2, and Dec. 2-4 in Eagan. Call (800) 470-2230 ... Read More »


Posted by Elizabeth Gjovik

May 2022 Editor’s note: Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, schedules can rapidly change. 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 ... Read More »

Editorial: The season of mercy and reconciliation

Posted by Elizabeth Gjovik

Holy Week brings us the highest holy days of the year as we commemorate the suffering, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ, the incarnate Son of God, for our salvation. Through this Paschal Mystery we are forgiven our sins, reconciled to God, and redeemed so that we might share ... Read More »

Deacon Kyle Eller: Finding inspiration for the spiritual life in a new sourdough starter

Posted by Elizabeth Gjovik

My new sourdough starter is finally mature as of mid-March, having taken far longer than the books say it should, and therefore far more patience and persistence than I thought it would on my part. (I blame the cold weather.) Deacon Kyle EllerMere Catholicism

During the height of the ... Read More »

Father Nicholas Nelson: Understanding the different senses in which we speak of ‘vocations’

Posted by Elizabeth Gjovik

There are different senses in which we can speak of vocations. To start, we can say a vocation is something that you are called to. In fact, the word “vocation” comes from the Latin word “vocare,” meaning “to call.” So all vocations have that in common. It is some ... Read More »

Father Richard Kunst: Did Jesus banter with the Apostles?

Posted by Elizabeth Gjovik

Is verbally “slamming” someone a sin? It certainly can be, but often it can be done in jest to make a point with a slight sense of humor. I have to admit that this is something I do pretty often. I was brought up in a family in which ... Read More »

Betsy Kneepkens: With grey hair comes ‘expert status’

Posted by Elizabeth Gjovik

What do raising kids, grey hair, and wrinkles give you? Expert status. 

I chuckle every time one of my younger siblings calls me for advice. Having raised my children into young adulthood, my younger siblings, several years my junior, seem to need advice on parenting issues I never worried ... Read More »

Schools: Education: Rooted in Christ

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By Father Thomas GalarneaultGuest columnist

This year, I have had the opportunity as a priest to be both pastor and principal of St. Thomas Aquinas in International Falls. I have enjoyed this, and it has and will continue to teach me many lessons about the love and mercy of ... Read More »