The Northern Cross

Days gone by 

Posted by Elizabeth Gjovik

75 years ago — March 1948 

A funeral was held for Father Robert A. Carroll who died March 6 in a Virginia hospital after a short illness. Father Carroll was ordained in 1929 and served at many parishes throughout the diocese including the Cathedral; St. Francis, Brainerd; St. Michael, Kerrick; St. Joseph, ... Read More »

Life news in brief

Posted by Elizabeth Gjovik

Engaged Weekend 

In-person Engaged Weekends are scheduled for April 29-30 at St. Joseph Church in Crosby and June 17-18 at St. Benedict Church 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  Retrouvaille 

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. Since 1977, more than 40,000 marriages have been saved worldwide. Weekend experiences will be held March 31 to April 2 and June 2-4 at the Best Western Hotel in Eagan. Email [email protected] or visit for more information  New assisted suicide bill would pose dangers to ... Read More »


Posted by Elizabeth Gjovik

March 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

March 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 »

Catholic Schools Week

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Father Nicholas Nelson: The precepts of the Catholic Church: the minimum for being a practicing Catholic

Posted by Elizabeth Gjovik

It makes profound sense to go all in and strive to become a saint. God will reward us more than we can imagine. But is there a minimal requirement to being a practicing Catholic? Yes, in fact there is.  Father Nick NelsonHanding on the Faith

First, we must follow ... Read More »

Father Richard Kunst: Can ooze coming from a saint’s grave cure your ills?

Posted by Elizabeth Gjovik

I don’t make a habit of using emojis very often when I am texting, but there are two I find myself using a bit more lately: the eye roll emoji and even more the one in which the guy (or girl) has their arms up in the air and ... Read More »

Betsy Kneepkens: As we make our last tuition payment, our investment in Catholic education was money well spent

Posted by Elizabeth Gjovik

Our first check was delivered in August 1993, and our last tuition payment will be paid appropriately during the 2023 Catholic Schools Week. My husband, my children, and I know that receiving Catholic education has been a privilege.  Betsy KneepkensFaith and Family

Many parents desire this sort of formation ... Read More »

Editorial: Have you read the pastoral letter yet?

Posted by Elizabeth Gjovik

Bishop Daniel Felton’s pastoral letter, “The Dawn from on High Shall Break Upon Us,” has been out for a bit over a month as this issue of The Northern Cross goes to press. It was promulgated on Christmas day last year and is addressed both to the faithful of ... Read More »

Schools: Catholic schools and ‘the better part’

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By Wade Mathers Guest columnist 

I attended a student Mass the day I wrote this article. The Gospel reading for the day, Mark 1:29-39, inspired my thoughts for this article. 

Jesus entered the house of Simon and Andrew. Simon’s mother-in-law lay sick with fever. Jesus heals her, and she immediately ... Read More »