The Northern Cross

Deacon Kyle Eller: Learning holiness from Bishop Sirba’s conversations

Posted by Megan Muhich

One of my good friends, a fellow deacon, once gave what I think is the best description of what it was like talking to Bishop Paul Sirba: When you spoke to him, it seemed as if he had been waiting all day for that conversation. It was as if ... Read More »

Faith in the Public Arena: Of monuments and imperfect men

Posted by Megan Muhich

When the painting “Father Hennepin Discovering the Falls of St. Anthony” (1905), along with another painting depicting the 1851 Treaty of Traverse des Sioux, was removed from its central position in the Governor’s Reception Room of the Capitol to an out-of-the-way meeting space on the third floor, it was ... Read More »

Life news in brief January 2020

Posted by Megan Muhich

Hibbing deanery Novena of Masses for life

The Hibbing Deanery will be celebrating a Novena of Masses for life. A light social will follow each Mass. Parishioners are encouraged to attend Mass at their own parish and as many of the deanery Masses as possible. The Masses are as ... Read More »

Betsy Kneepkens: Society should at least recognize Jesus as a great man

Posted by Megan Muhich

Editor’s note: Betsy Kneepkens wrote this column intending it for the December issue of The Northern Cross.

Our Wisconsin neighbors are debating the name of the tree they cut down, placed in front of the capitol, and decorated with a science theme. Years ago, it was called a Holiday ... Read More »

School news in brief January 2020

Posted by Megan Muhich

Prayer buddies 


St. Francis of the Lakes Catholic School students in Brainerd enjoy some time getting to know their prayer buddies all while learning a lesson in reverence. The school started in an assembly hearing the story of “Grant the Ant Learns to be Reverent” and then broke ... Read More »

Jesse Murray: How do Catholic school standards differ from other schools?

Posted by Megan Muhich

As a reader of this publication, you have an interest in our faith, what is taught, and what is learned. How much do you know about the curriculum outcomes (also organized as standards) fulfilled by the Catholic schools in the Diocese of Duluth? What do the Catholic schools use ... Read More »

Father Michael Schmitz: Can I listen to Christmas music in Advent?

Posted by Megan Muhich

Editor’s note: Father Schmitz intended this column for the December issue of The Northern Cross.

Can I listen to Christmas songs in Advent? I’ve heard people say that we shouldn’t even put up decorations before Christmas. What should I do? Father Michael SchmitzAsk Father Mike

This is something that ... Read More »

Father Nick Nelson: Behave as you believe, or you’ll end up believing how you behave

Posted by Megan Muhich

I’d like to share some recent statistics. A few weeks ago, the Pew Research Center published a study saying only 20% of Americans identify themselves as Catholic. The most recent study I could find on Catholic Mass attendance was done by the Center of Applied Research In the Apostolate ... Read More »

Calendar January 2020

Posted by Megan Muhich

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 St., Duluth, ... Read More »

Paul Sever ordained a deacon

Posted by Megan Muhich

By Deacon Kyle EllerThe Northern Cross

Paul Sever was ordained a permanent deacon by Bishop Paul Sirba Sunday, Nov. 24, at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Rosary.

Sever, sixth of eight children, was born in Canada but raised in Duluth, where he was an athlete at both ... Read More »