The Northern Cross

Editorial: Spike in STDs supports pope’s call for ‘new sexual revolution’ 

Posted by Elizabeth Gjovik

According to recent news reports, Duluth and the surrounding area are seeing outbreaks of HIV, syphilis, and other sexually-transmitted diseases in recent years. Public health officials say rates for some of these diseases have risen statewide. St. Louis County is planning an ad campaign, with the help of a state ... Read More »

Father Nicholas Nelson: Jesus gave us the Mass, but it needed to be developed

Posted by Elizabeth Gjovik

What was the first Mass ever celebrated? It was with Jesus and his twelve Apostles at the Last Supper, the night before he was put to death. What about the second Mass offered? The second Mass offered was offered in the evening of Easter Sunday, the day Jesus rose ... Read More »

Father Richard Kunst: Emotions should never get in the way

Posted by Elizabeth Gjovik

Through most of the month of May, the Easter season continues, so it is appropriate to think in a particular way of the Resurrected Christ during this spring season. In the Gospel accounts of the resurrection, we see the authors go to great lengths to show that Jesus was ... Read More »

Betsy Kneepkens: Ten years cancer free brings a new perspective

Posted by Elizabeth Gjovik

May 2023 marks my tenth anniversary of being cancer free. For you regular readers, you have followed my cancer journey for a decade, and I am grateful. I am blessed to make this milestone.  Betsy KneepkensFaith and Family

When you receive a cancer diagnosis, as many have, your perspective ... Read More »

Blessed Sacrament reaches out to Hibbing area with Spirit Fest 

Posted by Elizabeth Gjovik

By Deacon Kyle Eller The Northern Cross 

Blessed Sacrament parish and Assumption School in Hibbing are taking what has been an annual fundraising event up a notch, turning it into a community concert, prayer walk, and festival open to the region. 

“Spirit Fest” will take place May 21 after the ... Read More »

UMD students extend mercy to local homeless population 

Posted by Elizabeth Gjovik

By The Northern Cross 

For three weeks leading up to Divine Mercy Sunday on April 16, the Catholic Campus Ministry at the University of Minnesota Duluth collected thousands of donations for “blessing bags” to share with the local homeless population of Duluth and surrounding areas. 

Each year during Lent, ... Read More »

St. James Catholic Church youth and parishioners package 50,000 meals 

Posted by Elizabeth Gjovik

By Jen Kinzer Guest columnist 

On April 1, 162 volunteers gathered at St. James Catholic Church in Aitkin to package 50,000 meals for the Cross Catholic Outreach Organization for starving people in Central America. (Submitted photo)

Why Cross Catholic Outreach? In November 2022, a visiting priest from Cross Catholic Outreach spoke ... Read More »

Stone to be ordained a deacon 

Posted by Elizabeth Gjovik

By The Northern Cross 

Dr. Anthony Stone is slated to be ordained a permanent deacon for the Diocese of Duluth Friday, May 5, at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Rosary. 

Stone and his wife, Teresa, are members of St. Thomas Aquinas parish in International Falls.

Stone is the fifth of ... Read More »

Seminarian interview: Isaac Golen 

Posted by Elizabeth Gjovik

What seminary are you attending and where are you in the formation process? 

I am in my first year of formation at St. John Vianney College Seminary in St. Paul.   

When is your birthday? 

December 30, 2001  

What’s your home parish? 

Queen of Peace in Cloquet Isaac Golen

Tell ... Read More »

Inviting you to become Men of the Word 

Posted by Elizabeth Gjovik

By Father Blake Rozier Guest columnist 

In the summer of 2021, I started a program in my parish called “Men of the Word.” In praying for a name for this group, this name came to mind. The Word refers to Christ. The Gospel of John refers to Christ as the ... Read More »