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From STEM to STREAM: Catholic teachers strive to educate the whole person

Schools Article - October 2014
From STEM to STREAM: Catholic teachers strive to educate the whole person

Guest columnist: Teresa Matetich

In August, five teachers from our school and I attended a Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) seminar. This seminar was hosted by the Minnesota Independent Schools Forum (MISF) and took place at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul.

Our day was filled with science and technology and engineering activities. We take back to our classrooms and school dynamic ways to introduce children to STEM in a manner that is age appropriate, challenging, thought-provoking and fun.

STEM Seminar keynote speaker was AnnMarie Thomas, who teaches engineering at the University of St. Thomas and is also director of Playful Learning Lab. Thomas’ unconventional and enthusiastic approach to teaching includes making circuits out of dough, designing toys and studying the physics behind circus arts.

She is a founding executive director of the Maker Education Initiative, whose mission is to “create more opportunities for young people to make, and, by making, build confidence, foster creativity, and spark interest in science, technology, engineering, math, the arts — and learning as a whole.”

STEM plus arts

I was impressed with the approach to STEM learning throughout the day, especially the focus on the integration of STEM with other curriculum areas in the sessions I attended. For me, the acronym moved from STEM to STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics). Participating in activities that integrate smoothly all of these areas was a great experience for us as educators.

Research suggests that helping students make connections among subject areas strengthens learning. In Catholic schools, we are challenged to further integrate the teachings of our religion into the curriculum. That is, our teaching moves from STEAM to STREAM (Science, Technology, Religion, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics).

Recently, I attended a webinar that presented information about the Catholic Identity Curriculum Integration. CICI is a collaborative partnership among the National Catholic Education Association (NCEA), Catholic universities, religious congregations and sponsors formed to help teachers and school leaders develop curriculum that is truly Catholic, truly rigorous and integrated into other subject areas. Two different learning experiences this summer for me both pointed in the same direction — integration of curriculum.

One example of how integration could take place flows from a project called “Squishy Circuits.” In this project, homemade dough is used to create a circuit. Depending on the recipe that you use, the light bulb may or may not light up the light. The mixture can be either a conductor of electricity or an insulator — science learning! (It’s fun — try it!)

Teachers can incorporate in this lesson the idea of staying connected to God (the source of our life). With God as our “power source” and by staying connected to each other, we help each other to live “in the light.”

From STEM (the science of circuits and the engineering of this project), to STEAM (in this case, creating people from dough), to STREAM (the project is a visual for children about connecting to God and to each other), the education of the whole child is a dynamic process from which all of our Catholic school children can benefit.

Teresa Matetich is principal of St. Joseph School in Grand Rapids.


Calendar - October 2014

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Women’s program

Immaculate Heart Church, Crosslake, and St. Emily Church, Emily, are hosting the Women of Grace Study Program “Full of Grace: Women and the Abundant Life.” The program runs through March 2015. The group meets every Saturday from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. and begins with coffee and a light breakfast. The cost is $50 for materials. Scholarships are available. Babysitting is also a possibility. To register contact Marie Schmid at (218) 330-8105 or [email protected].

Run for the Mission

Run for the Mission XC race hosted by St. Joseph’s youth of Crosby and Deerwood will be held at Ruttger’s Bay Lake Golf Course, 25039 Tame Fish Lake Road, Deerwood, Oct. 4. All proceeds fund the 2015 mission trip. The distances are 5K, 3K and 1/2K with starting times of 9:30 a.m., 10:15 a.m. and 10:50 a.m. The fee is $25. The 1/2K for kids is free but no T-shirt. All 5K and 3K participants receive a T-shirt. There is also a spaghetti feed at St. Joseph’s Church, 617 Poplar St., Crosby, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Friday, Oct. 3. $8 for adults, $5 for kids under 12 years. To register contact Tammy at (218) 838-0658 or [email protected].

Diocesan Assembly

The Diocese of Duluth’s ninth annual Diocesan Assembly will be held Saturday, Oct. 4, at the Marshall School auditorium in Duluth. Presenter Thomas Smith from Ascension Press will speak on “Walking Toward Eternity: Making Choices for Today.” All are invited to attend. On-site registrations are accepted, fee $40 general admission, $25 student and $25 spouse (if sharing materials). Materials and lunch not guaranteed for on-site regisrations.

Booya dinner

St. James Church, 299 Red Oak Drive, Aitkin, will have its 22nd annual Booya Saturday, Oct. 4, after the 5 p.m. Mass. A bowl of Booya, breadsticks, dessert and a beverage for $5. Take-home Booya also available for $2 a scoop or $20 a bucket. Containers supplied. If there is any Booya left it will be sold as take-out after the 9 a.m. Mass on Sunday. Handicapped accessible.

Pumpkin sale

Pumpkins are for sale as a St. Michael’s Church youth fundraiser from Sunday, Oct. 5, until they are sold out. A variety of sizes, shapes and prices. Sales from 9 a.m. to dusk daily at St. Michael’s Church, 4901 E. Superior St., Duluth. Call Denise at (218) 525-1902 for information.

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, MN 55812. Please make checks payable to TV Mass. For information contact the diocese at (218) 724-9111.

Chicken dinner, bake sale

The fall chicken dinner and bake sale will be held at St. Rose Church, 2 Sixth Ave., Proctor, Sunday, Oct. 5, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Take-outs available. Handicapped accessible. Adult $9, children $5, under age 5 free. Home-cooked meal complete with banana cream pie dessert. Bake sale. Take chances on grocery basket and fall basket drawings. Drawings take place at 4 p.m. Need not be present to win.

Catholic Singles Group

Catholic Singles Group in the Twin Ports hosts weekly events and meets for brunch every other week as well as attends swing dance lessons. For information on the Catholic Singles Group and its activities contact Deborah at (218) 879-6266 or visit

Young adult singles

If you are single, between the ages of 25 and 40, and looking to meet other Catholics in that age group, please contact Deborah at (218) 879-6266 or Mike at (218) 730-7419 to be placed on a singles group list for young adults. Young adult singles meet Mondays for dinner, pool and darts, call Mike (above) or Gary at (218) 260-6358. All singles can attend any of the activities of the regular Catholic Singles Group.

Rosary for election

St. James Church, 299 Red Oak Drive, Aitkin, will pray the rosary every Monday at noon until the mid-term elections in November. The intentions will be that those elected will follow God’s will and all Christian principles that are rooted in the foundation of the commandments and the truths of the Gospel. Call the church for information at (218) 927-6581. Handicapped accessible.

Women’s Bible study

A women’s study group at St. Mary Star of the Sea Church, 325 E. Third St., Duluth, will study Mary using the book “Mary, Virgin, Mother, and Queen: A Bible Study Guide for Catholics,” by Jesuit Father Mitch Pacwa. Meetings are Tuesdays from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Call Kristi at the church office at (218) 722-3078 for more information and to request a copy of the book.

Pasty sale

St. Joseph’s Church CCW of Crosby is taking orders for pasties for pick-up on the Wednesdays of October at the church at 619 Poplar St. To order, call Kay at (218) 545-2306. Please leave a message. $5 each. Gravy is offered for an extra $1. Orders are filled to be picked up on the Wednesday they are baked.

Moms group

St. James Catholic Moms Group meets the second and fourth Thursday of each month through May 28, 2015, from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., in St. James School, 715 N. 57th Ave. W., Duluth. Traditional Catholic parenting in today’s secular world will be discussed using the Blessed Mother as a model. Mothers of all ages are welcome. Lessons are from “Momnipotent,” by Danielle Bean (available at Catholic Customs, (218) 624-7701). Nursery available, freewill donation. Register with Cheryl Foldesi at (218) 628-2932 or [email protected].

Election information nights

The Minnesota Catholic Conference will be speaking at St. Andrew’s Church, 1108 Willow St., Brainerd, on Oct. 9, at 6:30 p.m., and St. Patrick’s Church, 203 Lawler Ave. S., Hinckley, on Oct. 14, at 7 p.m. Think about politics in a new way and receive new, Minnesota-specific tools to help you make tough, informed decisions about the elected officials you support. Event and materials are free. Good will donations accepted. Visit and click on “Events” or call (651) 227-8777 for more information.

Marriage Encounter

The next Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekends are Oct. 10-12 in Buffalo, Oct. 24-26 in Rapid City, S.D., Nov. 21-23 in Prior Lake and Stewartville, and Dec. 5-7 in Duluth. Early registration is highly recommended. For more information visit the website or contact Alan and Missy Block at [email protected] or (888) 455-3496.


St. Philip Neri Church bazaar will be held Saturday, Oct. 11, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Industrial Town Hall, 7519 Albert Road, Saginaw. Crafts, baked goods, fruits and vegetables, plus many more items. Morning coffee and donuts and lunch of chili with all the fixings will be served. Handicapped accessible. For information call (218) 729-9371 or (218) 729-5268.


“Pope Francis, Mercy is the Heart of the Gospel,” held Saturday, Oct. 11, at St. Lawrence Church, 2410 Morris Thomas Road, Duluth. Gathering with refreshments at 8:30 a.m., workshop runs 9 a.m. to noon. Directed by Benedictine Sister Sarah O’Malley. Freewill offering. RSVP by Oct. 4 by calling Pat at (218) 729-7576 or the St. Lawrence parish office at (218) 722-2259.

Fall festival

Queen of Peace Church, 102 Fourth St., Cloquet, will host its annual fall festival Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 11-12. Doors open at 9 a.m. Saturday with marketplace tables, refreshments, children’s games and raffles. Ham or turkey bingo begins at 2 p.m., 5 p.m. Mass and taco or spaghetti dinner. After the 9 a.m. Mass on Sunday there is a brunch and raffle drawings. For more information call parish office at (218) 879-6793 or Teresa Skansgaard at (218) 879-6032. Handicapped accessible.

Monastic experience

Single Catholic women ages 21-45 who are interested in learning about a vocation to religious life are invited to arrange a visit to St. Scholastica Monastery in Duluth according to their own time schedule. Visitors are welcome to come to pray with the monastic community, meet the sisters and have their questions answered. Interested women are invited to call Sister Mary Catherine Shambour at (218) 723-6646 to check on available times and dates for visiting. There is no charge or obligation for making the informational visit, but one must call in advance to arrange.

Public square rosaries

Pray for our nation at the public square rosary rallies that will be held at different sites in the diocese Saturday, Oct. 11 at noon. Sites: at the Big Fish in Garrison (Hwy. 169), at St. Andrew’s Church west parking lot, 1108 Willow St., Brainerd and at 36037 County Road 66 in Crosslake. Sponsored by America Needs Fatima. This year is the 97th anniversary. More than 12,000 rallies will take place in the U.S. and the world.

Oktoberfest dinner

An Oktoberfest dinner will be held Sunday, Oct. 12, at St. Mary Star of the Sea Church, 325 E. Third St., Duluth, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Dinner includes sauerbraten and potato dumplings and ends with homemade apple crisp for $10 for adults and $7 for children. For information call the church at (218) 722-3078.

Quilt bingo

A quilt bingo will be held beginning at 1 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 12, at Holy Family Church, 1182 County Road 8, Hillman, Bulldog Lake. Handicapped accessible. Crafts, door prizes and lunch will be served. For information contact Judy at (218) 764-2655 or Jean at (218) 764-2665.

John Michael Talbot

John Michael Talbot is coming for three evenings of ministry Oct. 12-14 at 7 p.m., at St. Joseph’s Church, 315 S.W. 21st St., Grand Rapids. Each evening will include an inspiring message and Talbot sharing his sacred music. There is no charge, but a freewill offering will be taken each night to support the ministries of Talbot and the Brothers and Sisters of Charity. For more information on this ministry, visit or call the church at (218) 326-2843.

Kateri Circle

St. Joseph and St. Mary Kateri Circle of Deer River will meet Monday, Oct. 13, at 6:30 p.m., at St. Mary Church, 15 First Ave. N.E., Deer River. They meet the second Monday of each month. For information call Luke Wilson at (218) 246-8382.

NFP introductory sessions

Northland Family Programs will hold free natural family planning introductory sessions at different sites at 7 p.m. on Mondays: in Duluth Oct. 13 in the Minnesota Room at Essentia Health St. Mary’s Hospital; in Grand Rapids Oct. 13 in the Grand Oakes East and West Room at Itasca Medical Center; in Cloquet Oct. 20 at Community Memorial Hospital; in Hibbing Oct. 20 at Fairview University Medical Center-Mesabi; in Brainerd Oct. 20 at St. Joseph’s Medical Center; in Crosby and Aitkin by appointment; and in Superior, Wis., Oct. 27 at St. Mary’s Hospital. Preregistration is required. Call (218) 786-2378 or (800) 842-0279. For information visit

Apple activities

All Things Apple, an event for third and fourth graders will be held Thursday, Oct. 16, 8 a.m. to noon and Friday, Oct. 17th (an identical session). Children will pick apples off the trees, make apple treats, create apple art, sing about apples and more. Facilitator: Benedictine Sister Dorene King, a licensed teacher and director of McCabe Renewal Center. Suggested donation $20. Register early, openings limited to 10 children per session. To register for either of these programs, contact McCabe Renewal Center at (218) 724-5266 or [email protected].

Catechetical leader meeting

A catechetical leader meeting for DREs and youth ministers will be held Thursday, Oct. 16, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Pastoral Center, 2830 E. Fourth St., Duluth. Topics include safe environment mandatory reporting, “Catechesis in the Church’s Mission of Evangelization” and a demonstration of online resources from textbook publishers. RSVP to Annette Merritt at [email protected] or (218) 724-9111 by Oct. 13.

CCW deanery convention

Hibbing Deanery CCW’s fall convention will be held Thursday, Oct. 16, at St. Mary’s Church, 105 First St. N.E., Deer River. Registration at 1:30 p.m. Pat Bluth, author of “From Pain to Peace — A Journey from Rage to Forgiveness” will be the guest speaker. Divine Mercy Chaplet with dinner to follow. Cost for the convention is $15 to be paid the day of the event. Please call Lisa Neururer, HDCCW president, with your registration at (218) 326-3759. Registration deadline is Oct. 11.

Theology on Tap

The Duluth-Superior young adult group is hosting a Theology on Tap Series at Dubh Linn’s Irish Pub, 109 W. Superior St., Duluth. Doors open at 6 p.m. for social hour, speaker begins at 7 p.m. Oct 16: Father Peter Lambert; Oct. 23: Father William Graham; Oct. 30: Father Eric Hastings. To contact DSCYA, check out its website at or email [email protected] to subscribe to our email list, or friend them on Facebook.

Rummage sale

St. Mary’s CCW fall rummage sale will be held Oct. 17-19 at 124 Fifth St. S.E., Cook. Lots of treasures for everyone. Handicapped accessible.

Diocesan confirmation retreat

Diocesan confirmation overnight retreats will be held Oct. 17-18, at Immaculate Conception Church, 535 Eighth St. S.W., Pine City, and Dec. 5-6, at St. Andrew’s Church, 1108 Willow St. S.E., Brainerd. Registration fee $35 if registered by Oct. 4 in Pine City and Nov. 22 in Brainerd, late registrations are $40. Visit under youth ministry or contact Annette for information and forms at (218) 724-9111 or [email protected].

Craft bazaar

St. Lawrence Church, 2410 Morris Thomas Road, Duluth, will host its craft bazaar with vendors, raffle, bake sale, cherry tree, lunch and coffee Saturday, Oct. 18, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Handicapped accessible.

Fall boutique

St. Anthony’s Church, 231 E. Camp St., Ely, will host its annual fall boutique Saturday, Oct. 1, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Many venders including crafts, baked goods, Finnish bread, jewelry, candles, linens, Tupperware, Avon and more. Lunch also served. All proceeds will go to the youth of the parish.

Fall bazaar

Queen of Peace annual fall bazaar will be held Saturday, Oct. 18, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., at 319 Kennedy Memorial Drive, Hoyt Lakes. Lunch available along with homemade pies. There will be a home-style booth with bakery, candy, home canning, etc. For the kids there will be a cake walk, parcel post booth and ring toss game. There will also be many raffles. For questions contact Mary Lou Neagbour at (218) 225-2617 or [email protected].

Fall luncheon

A fall luncheon will be held Saturday, Oct. 18, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., at St. Catherine’s Church Hall, 52265 State Hwy., Squaw Lake. Wild rice soup, chili, sandwiches, deserts and beverages will be served. There will be a bake sale and white elephant sale. Luncheon tickets are $8 adults, children under 12 years $3.

Baraga Days pilgrimage

Join a pilgrimage and spiritual journey to Marquette, Mich., for Bishop Baraga Days, Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 18-19. Travel is by motor coach and lodging will be at the Ramada in Marquette. The journey will include a blessing ceremony for the new Bishop Baraga Chapel and a Slovenian Mass at St. Peter Cathedral. There will be entertainment at banquets provided by the Singing Slovenes and the Zbor Splendov, along with other events. The cost is $185 per person (double occupancy). For information call (218) 626-1928 or visit

Roast beef dinner

Holy Family Church, 2430 W. Third St., Duluth, will have its roast beef dinner Sunday, Oct. 19, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mashed potatoes, gravy, corn O’Brien, sweet and sour cabbage, coleslaw, dinner rolls, beverages and dessert. Adults $8, children 3-10 $5 and family $28. Handicapped accessible.

Spaghetti dinner

A spaghetti dinner will be held Sunday, Oct. 19, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., in McDowell Hall at St. Mary Star of the Sea Church, 325 E. Third St., Duluth. $6 per person or $30 per family. Proceeds used to send children to Camp Survive, D-Week, TOBIT, spring youth retreat and fall kick-off. For more information call the church at (218) 722-3078.

Courage, EnCourage

Do you have a family member or loved one who is experiencing same-sex attraction? Consider joining EnCourage, a support group for Catholics seeking to balance the love of their faith with the love for their family member. The group meets the third Monday of the month at 7 p.m. at St. Mary Star of the Sea rectory, 325 E. Third St., Duluth. Contact Deacon Walt Beier at [email protected] for more information. Are you experiencing same-sex attraction and looking for answers? Contact Deacon Beier at [email protected] for support group information. Also, visit

CCW fall workshop

The Duluth Diocesan CCW is hosting its fall workshop Tuesday, Oct. 21, at Holy Angels Church, 60 Hartman Drive, Moose Lake. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. Opening prayer and welcome at 9:15 a.m. Reports from Spiritual Advisor Father Paul Fruth, DDCCW President Alice Parendo, province Director Denise Haaland, and commission chairpersons reporting on the NCCW National Conference in Grand Rapids, Mich. Mass at 11 a.m., followed by lunch. Fransiscan Sister of the Eucharist Anna Rose Kalinowski will speak in the afternoon on the topic “Woman’s Call: Pray without Ceasing and The Lord’s Prayer and its Meaning.” There will be a 50-50 raffle to support the NCCW “We Are One!” campaign. The fundraiser for Project Africa is a buyer’s choice raffle. The Mass collection is designated to the diocesan Summer Seminarian Appeal. They are also collecting for the Caps of Love collection. Registration for the day is $15 if posted before Oct. 13. For registration details contact Alice at (218) 729-9647 or [email protected].

Young adult adoration, fellowship

On the third Tuesday of each month, the Duluth-Superior Catholic Young Adults host adoration and fellowship at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Rosary, 2801 E. Fourth St., Duluth, 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., and every First Friday it hosts Mass and fellowship at 5:30 p.m. at a parish in Duluth. Catholics between the ages of 18-39 can contact the group at (218) 464-6476, by email at [email protected], at or on Facebook.

Frassati group

Following in the path of Pier Giorgio Frassati, the Northland Frassati fosters camaraderie among young adults in Minnesota and Wisconsin, encouraging all to discover the true beauty of “nature” through high adventure retreats and “outreach” through compassionately serving those in need. Contact them at [email protected] or (218) 384-1590.

CCW deanery fall workshop

The Brainerd Deanery Council of Catholic Women fall workshop will be Thursday, Oct. 23, at Our Lady of Fatima Church, 27332 Central St., Garrison. Registration from 9 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Guest Speaker is Karen Schloemmer from Birthright at 9:45 a.m. Mass will begin at 11 a.m., lunch follows at noon. The meeting begins at 1 p.m. Each parish is asked to bring an item for the raffle and parish banner. Mass collection will go for Birthright and raffle proceeds will go for deanery education. Please register in advance by sending your $15 check to Maggie Kostecka, 46902 Earle Brown Drive, Garrison, MN 56450 by Oct. 16. Payment on the day will be $20.

Fall bazaar, raffle

St. Augustine’s CCW will hold its annual fall bazaar and raffle at the church, 601 Second Ave. N.W., Cohasset, Saturday, Oct. 25, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Bake sale, white elephant, silent auction, plants, crafts, coffee and rolls and turkey salad luncheon. For questions call Leona Barten (218) 328-5520. Handicapped accessible.

Magnificat breakfast

Our Lady of the Lakes Magnificat, Walker, is hosting Geri Majcin from Walker who will present her personal testimony and transformation at a Magnificat Breakfast Saturday, Oct. 25, at St. Agnes Church, 210 Division St., Walker. Registration at 8:30 a.m., followed by fellowship and breakfast at 9 a.m. The cost of the breakfast is $12. Registration and prepayment is required. Please send your payment payable to Magnificat to Lorri Henning, 3080 20th Ave. N.W., Hackensack, MN 56452. Payment must be received on or before Monday, Oct. 18. For information contact Jean Bauerly at [email protected] or Betty Garoutte at [email protected]. Visit the website

Fall bazaar

The annual fall bazaar at St. Francis Church, 31 County Road 31, Carlton, will be held Saturday, Oct. 25, 9 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. Dollar raffles, silent auction, baked goods, lunch and dessert, kid’s games, boutique, country store and more. Bingo from 1 p.m. to close. Mass at 4 p.m. Handicapped accessible. For information call the parish at (218) 384-4563.

Craft, bingo weekend

St. Michael’s Church, 4901 E. Superior St., Duluth, will have its craft and bingo weekend Oct. 25-26. Saturday, Oct. 25, craft market and bake sale, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., crafts, artwork, vendors, knits, fleece, baked goods, jams raffles and lunch available. Sunday, Oct. 26, 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m., family bingo, great prizes from local stores and restaurants. Grand raffle prize money: first $1,200, second $800, third $500. Drawing to be held directly at the end of bingo. Need not be present to win. Call the church for information at (218) 525-1902.

Mother-daughter tea

Tea for Two sponsored by Northland Family Programs is for girls 9-13 and their mother or mentor. Sunday, Oct. 26, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., at Essentia Health, St. Mary’s Medical Center in Duluth. Session on self-esteem, communication, cycles and body changes, followed by a fancy tea and making a keepsake craft project together. Cost is $20. Preregistration required by Tuesday, Oct. 20. Call NFP to register at at (218) 786-2378 or (800) 842-0279.

Bible study

Bible study classes at St. John’s Church, 4230 St. John’s Ave., Duluth, beginning Monday, Oct. 27, 9 a.m., in the church hall. Father Richard Kunst will guide participants in the study of the Book of Daniel. Cost of the book is approximately $12. Call the parish office to register at (218) 724-6332.

Pancake breakfast

All-you-can-eat pancake breakfast at St. Mary Star of the Sea Church, 325 E. Third St., Duluth, Sunday, Nov. 2, 8 a.m. to noon. Adults $6 and children under 12 $3. Gluten free pancakes and take-outs are available. Additional free parking in the St. Mary’s Hospital ramp, Fourth Street entrance.

Roast beef dinner

St. Benedict’s Church, 1419 St. Benedict St., Duluth, will host its roast beef dinner Sunday, Nov. 2, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., in the church hall. Roast beef, mashed potatoes, rutabaga, veggies, rolls, dessert. Handicapped accessible.

Autumn Blessings

St. Joseph’s Church, 113 S.W. Fourth St., Chisholm, will hold its annual bazaar “Autumn Blessings” Sunday, Nov. 2, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., in the social hall. Baked goods, jams, jellies, candy, breads, craft table, baskets from heaven, raffles for kids and adults, and much more. Handicapped accessible. Call the church for information at (218) 254-5703.

Parish mission

Discipleship and the Call to Conversion is the parish mission at St. Anthony’s Church, 231 E. Camp St., Ely, Nov. 2-4, 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. each night. Mission presenter is Deacon Mark A. Cesnick, O.P., from the Catherine of Siena Institute. Meal provided from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. nightly. RSVP to the parish at (218) 365-4017 or visit If you would like child care during the mission, please call the parish office by Oct. 15. Handicapped accessible.

Youth ministers meeting

Diocesan youth ministers will meet the first Tuesday of the month at the Diocese of Duluth, 2830 E. Fourth St., Duluth, in the large conference room. Social at 9:30 a.m., meeting 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. RSVP to Annette at [email protected] or (218) 724-9111.

Holiday bazaar

The annual holiday bazaar at St. Mary Star of the Sea Church, 325 E. Third St., Duluth, will be Saturday, Nov. 8, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Handmade gifts, goodies, bake sale, white elephant, homemade candies and area vendors. Homemade cinnamon rolls served from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.; homemade lasagna with gluten-free option available served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Vendor tables are still available for $15, call the church at (218) 722-3078. Handicapped accessible.

Turkey bingo

A turkey bingo will be held Sunday, Nov. 16, at St. Mary Star of the Sea Church, 325 E. Third St., Duluth. Lunch 1 p.m., with Bingo starting at 2 p.m. There is also a silent auction, Christmas sock auction and a $1 raffle with a $500 first prize. For information call the church at (218) 722-3078.

Holiday bazaar

St. Mary’s holiday bazaar will be held Friday, Nov. 21, 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., and Saturday, Nov. 22, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at 124 Fifth St. S.E., Cook. Dinner and lunch will be available. Handmade crafts, canned goods, raffle, basket drawings, cookie walk and more. Handicapped accessible.


Vatican spurns UN child committee’s call for changes to canon law

Catholic News Association/EWTN News — The Holy See has rejected the United Nations’ Committee on the Rights of the Child’s call for changes to canon law, and has formally criticized the group for a “grave misunderstanding” of the Holy See’s sovereignty.

In a response released Sept. 26, the Holy See delivered its comments on the Concluding Observations of the Committee on the Rights of Child.

In January, the committee had discussed the written report on the Convention on the Rights of the Child submitted by the Holy See as one of the states that had signed the convention.

After a hearing held Jan. 16, the UN committee issued a report to which the Holy See responded in its Sept. 26 statement. The Holy See maintained that its treaty obligations under the Convention on the Rights of the Child apply to Vatican City State and that its obligations do not touch on its relation with dioceses and religious orders throughout the world.

“The Holy See, in accordance with the rules of international law, is aware that attempting to implement the CRC in the territory of other states could constitute a violation of the principle of noninterference in the internal affairs of States,” the response read.

The response also underscored that “the Holy See does not ratify a treaty on behalf of every Catholic in the world, and therefore, does not have obligations to implement the convention within the territories of other states parties on behalf of Catholics.”

The Holy See also criticized the fact that “the treaty body has plunged into canon law, which is a juridical system, however, not equivalent to that of States.”

The committee’s observations were published Feb. 7 and seemed meant to pressure the church to change its teaching on human sexuality.

For instance, the committee wrote with “regret that the Holy See continues to place emphasis on the promotion of complementarity and equality in dignity” of men and women; asked “the Holy See to review its position on abortion ... identifying circumstances under which access to abortion services can be permitted”; urged the Holy See to “remove gender stereotypes from Catholic school textbooks ... which may limit the development of the talents and abilities of boys and girls and undermine their educational and life opportunities.”

The committee also expressed “concern about the Holy See’s past statements and declarations on homosexuality which contribute to the social stigmatization of and violence against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender adolescents and children raised by same sex couples.”

The Holy See said that all of these pressures are beyond the text of the convention, and noted that it is “concerned about a lack of respect for the text of a treaty, which has been carefully drafted by States Parties, including the Holy See itself.”

According to the Holy See, the committee has put into action “a clear and open violation” of the ordinary meaning of the terms of the convention when the concluding observations “advocate for abortion.”

The response also addressed the committee’s promotion of “diverse forms of family” as a matter of principle, while “this expression is not found in the Convention nor it is defined.”

Nor is the word “gender” contained in the text of the convention, and it is “apparently employed to incorporate a larger ideological platform,” the Holy See noted.

The Holy See finally underscored that many of the recommendations “may also be viewed through the prism of religious freedom, in particular regard to the autonomy of religious communities to express their doctrine, manifest their faith and worship.”

The response delivered Sept. 26 insisted that the understanding and documentation provided by the Holy See had been biased by the committee, and that the “concluding observations include inaccurate statements that have no evidentiary foundation,” while “many materials presented by the Holy See, especially regarding child protection, were dismissed and ignored.”

Bishop Paul Sirba: Pilgrimage linked us to the Risen Lord and the saints

Bishop Paul SirbaSeventy-four pilgrims, two buses and a land rich in the story of the mercy of Jesus Christ. If the New Evangelization is about our encounter with the Risen Lord and our subsequent commission to share the Good News of Our Lord’s dying and rising with all we meet, then our pilgrimage to Poland and the Czech Republic formed us in the best of ways to be Christ-bearers to our world, so in need of the Lord’s mercy. Read more >>

Bishop Paul Sirba: Pilgrimage linked us to the Risen Lord and the saints

Seventy-four pilgrims, two buses and a land rich in the story of the mercy of Jesus Christ. If the New Evangelization is about our encounter with the Risen Lord and our subsequent commission to share the Good News of Our Lord’s dying and rising with all we meet, then our pilgrimage to Poland and the Czech Republic formed us in the best of ways to be Christ-bearers to our world, so in need of the Lord’s mercy.

It is hard for me to put into words the impact of being part of the ongoing story of the Communion of Saints as we experienced it on pilgrimage. We were edified by the stories of St. John Nepomuk and his martyrdom. He refused to break the Seal of Confession. His courage and witness encouraged us in the face of new challenges with religious liberty issues.

Bishop Paul Sirba

Bishop Paul Sirba
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We prayed at the tombs of St. Wenceslaus, who faced his violent death at the hands of his own brother with forgiveness, and St. Hedwig, whose foresight in support of Catholic education founded the oldest university in Poland, where Copernicus and St. John Paul II studied.

We visited Velehrad where Sts. Cyril and Methodius, the Slavonic apostles who brought Christianity to Central and Eastern Europe did in their day what we are called to do in ours.

We silently stood at the cell of St. Maximillian Kolbe, who died alongside millions of Jews, giving his life in exchange for his brother prisoner . . . “no greater love.”

We offered Holy Mass at the altar of St. Stanislaus at the Cathedral of Krakow.

We encountered St. Faustina, who taught the world about Divine Mercy (Jesus, I trust in you!) and Blessed Jersey Popieluszko whose death brought life to the Solidarity movement and freedom from Communism in Poland.

We were blest by the omnipresence of newly canonized St. John Paul II, whose life has spoken eloquently to me, throughout my seminary and priestly life. Finally, we were loved and protected by Our Blessed Mother, and visited her shrines at Svata Hora in the Czech Republic, Czestochowa and the Black Madonna, the most important place of religious worship in the Polish Catholic world, and Kalwaria Zebrzydowska (a mouthful of a name) and Our Lady of Fatima, popular pilgrimage places for St. John Paul II.

Good company

The pilgrims with whom I was privileged to travel on this journey included five of our priests and one from the Diocese of Superior, a deacon and his wife, a Sister from

St. Scholastica Monastery and the most inspiring, encouraging and fun group of Catholics you could hope to travel alongside.

They brought prayers, stories and good humor to everything we did. They were cancer survivors and runners, grandparents and singles, seasoned travelers and those who flew for the first time. Father Tony Wroblewski was an extraordinary spiritual leader and guide. We ate well, too!

My hope is that the prayers we offered daily for our diocese will bear great fruit in the coming years. Pilgrimages are opportunities to experience the Risen Lord, to be renewed in faith, healed in spirit, filled with love and sent forth as modern day missionaries.

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October is Respect Life Month. In one of his addresses, Pope Francis conveyed that “even the weakest and most vulnerable, the sick, the old, the unborn and the poor, are masterpieces of God’s creation, made in his own image, destined to live forever, and deserving of the utmost reverence and respect.”

Our Holy Father has shown us by his example and humility to have compassion for each and every person, born and unborn. We are made in the image and likeness of God.

The theme for the 2014 Respect Life Program is “Each of Us is a Masterpiece of God’s Creation.” Resources can be found at for your parish and personal conversion.

We set aside October to particularly pray for all human life. Let us never cease this urgent work!

125th anniversary

Coat of ArmsToday marks the 125th anniversary of the formation of the Diocese of Duluth, and a year-long observance begins this weekend with the Diocesan Assembly Oct. 4 and a special Mass celebrated by Bishop Sirba at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Rosary Oct. 5 at 4 p.m. There is still time to get in on these events!

Upcoming events

Fall is heating up with events in the Diocese of Duluth, with the Diocesan Assembly, two events sponsored by the Office of Marriage and Family Life and a Mass to mark the beginning of the diocese’s 125th anniversary celebration all coming in October.

The Diocesan Assembly will be held Oct. 4 at Marshall School, featuring speaker Thomas Smith, and a mini-retreat for newly married couples will be held at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Rosary Sunday, Oct. 5. That same Sunday at the Cathedral, Bishop Paul Sirba will celebrate a Mass to mark the diocese’s 125th anniversary at 4 p.m.

While early registration deadlines have passed for both the Diocesan Assembly and the mini-retreat for newly married couples, it is still possible to register. See the diocesan website for details.

Also, on Oct. 19, the diocese will host an anniversary Mass and luncheon for couples celebrating marriage milestones of 10, 20, 25, 30 and 40 ... years of marriage. Early registration is Oct. 6, and lunch reservations close Oct. 13, but the event may fill before then.

Thousands of prayerful witnesses dwarf black mass turnout in OKC

Catholic News Agency/EWTN News — Thousands of Catholics across Oklahoma responded to a sparsely attended black mass in Oklahoma City with prayers, eucharistic processions and demonstrations, as the city’s archbishop emphasized God’s love and mercy.

“We are gathered as witnesses to hope at a time when darkness seems to be gaining ground both here and around the world,” Archbishop Paul Coakley said in a homily for a Holy Hour at Oklahoma City’s St. Francis of Assisi parish on the afternoon of Sept. 21 attended by more than 2,000.

Eucharistic procession
Archbishop Paul Coakley of Oklahoma City carries the Eucharist in procession Sept. 21 to counter a black mass held at the city’s civic music hall. Credit: Archdiocese of Oklahoma City.

“We know that Christ is victorious! He has conquered Satan. He has destroyed the reign of sin and the power of death through his holy cross and glorious resurrection.”

Archbishop Coakley said the black mass is a “blasphemous and sacrilegious ritual,” “a mockery of the Catholic Mass,” and that it requires “the corruption and desecration of the Eucharist” because “Satanists, and their master, know who is present.”

“They acknowledge the Real Presence of the Lord Jesus, not to adore him, but only to mock and to scorn in hatred.”

“We are not here, however, to protest,” he added. “Let us put aside, for the moment, our outrage. We are here to praise and to adore. We are here to give thanks for the gift of our faith and the priceless treasure of the Lord’s abiding presence with us in the Sacrament of His Body and Blood.”

Archbishop Coakley said that Catholics gather before Christ in the Blessed Sacrament “to listen to his holy Word and open ourselves to the promptings of his Spirit so that we might become more faithful and authentic witnesses of his love and mercy in the midst of our broken and suffering human family.”

He and many other Catholics took part in a eucharistic procession following the Holy Hour.

Just two miles away and a few hours later, thousands of Catholics and other citizens stood outside the Oklahoma City Civic Center Music Hall to protest the black mass. Some held crucifixes, while others held statues of the Virgin Mary. Many held pre-printed signs saying “I believe in the Holy Catholic Church”; some protesters had taken buses from Kansas.

“[It is] shocking to think that they worship the devil instead of God,” protester Estefani Martinez told the Oklahoma City television station News 9.

In Tulsa, Bishop Edward Slattery led a eucharistic procession, as well as exposition of the Blessed Sacrament at Holy Family Cathedral in reparation for blasphemy.

“We’re doing this to strengthen the faith of our people, and to give them an opportunity to react in a very positive way to the announcement of the black mass,” Bishop Slattery told the Tulsa World.

“This is a way of exercising their faith and an opportunity to pray together in a reaction to what is really a curse and blasphemous because we believe the Blessed Sacrament is God himself.”

The bishop said that black mass organizers “embrace evil and anger and revenge” while Catholics preach “God loving humanity. Forgiveness, love, mercy and peace.”

“We counteract hate by forgiveness, by love and by showing what is beautiful.”

Michael Ortega, who attended the Tulsa event, told the Tulsa World he came “because of the love and support of my church, and the love and devotion that I have for our Lord Jesus Christ.”

The occult group Dakhma of Angra Mainyu had scheduled a black mass at the city-run music hall. A black mass is a sacrilegious ceremony that invokes Satan and mocks the Mass, involving the desecration of the Eucharist, generally by stealing a consecrated host from a parish and using it in a profane, sexual ritual.

Adam Daniels, who organized the event, had claimed to have in his possession a consecrated host mailed to him by a friend. However, on Aug. 21 his attorney gave the reputed host to a priest of the Oklahoma City archdiocese after a facing a lawsuit that charged the host was stolen property.

The lawyer whose California firm filed the lawsuit said that the return of the host “gutted” the intended event and that the approach can limit similar publicized black masses in the future.

The tickets for the black mass, which cost $15 each, had sold out.

However, only about 40 people attended the black mass itself, though the theater in which it was held has capacity for about 100 persons.

The event began at 7 p.m. with a three-member music band. Daniels came on stage dressed in a black and red robe to talk about the ritual. He said its purpose was to destroy fear of the church by mocking the items it uses, News 9 reports.

Some demonstrators outside the civic hall supported the black mass, saying it expressed freedom of religion.

Bishop Cupich named to succeed Cardinal George as Chicago archbishop

By Joyce Duriga / Catholic News Service — The Archdiocese of Chicago now knows who will succeed Cardinal Francis E. George. Pope Francis has appointed Bishop Blase J. Cupich of Spokane, Washington, as the ninth archbishop of Chicago.

The appointment was announced Sept. 20 in Washington by Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, apostolic nuncio to the United States. Archbishop Cupich, 65, will be installed in Chicago Nov. 18 during a Mass at Holy Name Cathedral in Chicago.

Archbishop Cupich
Archbishop Blase J. Cupich addresses the media during a news conference Sept. 20 at the Quigley Center in Chicago. Pope Francis named the prelate, head of the Diocese of Spokane, Washington, since 2010, to succeed Cardinal Francis E. George as head of th e Chicago Archdiocese. He will installed Nov. 18 at Holy Name Cathedral. CNS photo/Karen Callaway, Catholic New World

Cardinal George is 77, two years past the age when bishops are required by canon law to turn in their resignation to the pope. He retains the office of archbishop until his successor’s installation.

The cardinal was first diagnosed with bladder cancer in 2006 and had a recurrence of cancer in 2012. In August, the archdiocese announced that he was participating in a clinical research trial for a new cancer drug.

His health concerns stepped up the process of searching for his successor as archbishop of Chicago.

Cardinal George introduced Archbishop Cupich (pronounced “Soo-pich”) during a news conference held at the Archbishop Quigley Pastoral Center in Chicago the day the appointment was announced.

“Bishop Cupich is well prepared for his new responsibilities and brings to them a deep faith, a quick intelligence, personal commitment and varied pastoral experiences,” Cardinal George said.

The new archbishop is no stranger to Chicago, having served on the board of Catholic Extension since 2009. The Chicago-based organization supports the work and ministries of U.S. mission dioceses.

Archbishop Cupich said his appointment “humbles and encourages” him and his priority as the new archbishop is to be attentive to the way God is working through the people in the archdiocese.

He learned of the appointment 10 days before the announcement and said he felt overwhelmed and surprised when Archbishop Vigano called him.

Some in the media describe Archbishop Cupich as a moderate but when asked about the description, he said, “Labels are hard for anybody to live up to, one way or another. I just try to be myself and I try to learn from great people. You’ve had great people here in this archdiocese pastor you. And I’m following a great man.”

When asked if his appointment — the first major appointment made by Pope Francis in the United States — sends a message about the pontiff’s agenda, Archbishop Cupich said no.

“I think the Holy Father is a pastoral man. I think that his priority is to send a bishop, not a message,” he said.

That Archbishop Cupich’s new flock is a lot larger than his present flock is not lost on him.

“This is an enormous upgrade, so to speak,” Archbishop Cupich told the media. “We had a hundred thousand Catholics in eastern Washington and I had 27,000 Catholics in South Dakota.” There are 2.2 million Catholics in the Archdiocese of Chicago, which is the third largest archdiocese in the nation.

When pressed on what tone he will bring to the archdiocese, the new archbishop said: “I think it’s really important to keep in mind that it’s not my church, it’s Christ’s church. I have to be attentive to his voice in the lives of the people and the word of God and the way that he communicates to all of us through the pointers that he gives.”

In an interview with the Catholic New World following the new conference, Archbishop Cupich thanked Catholics in archdiocese for their warm welcome and said he looks forward to visiting parishes and communities.

“I really am sincere in saying I know that I can only do this if I have their support and prayers. I want to be very pronounced in asking, begging for their prayers,” he told the archdiocesan newspaper.

Archbishop Cupich did his doctoral work on Scripture readings used in the liturgy and that remains a part of his spiritual nourishment, he said.

“I find that, not just the word of God in the Bible, but the convergence of how the texts are put together in the liturgy is a source of my own spiritual life.”

Born March 19, 1949, in Omaha, Nebraska, he is one of nine children and the grandson of Croatian immigrants. He was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Omaha in 1975. He was named bishop of Rapid City, South Dakota, in 1998. In 2010, he was appointed to Spokane. He speaks Spanish and lives at the seminary there.

He has degrees from what is now the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome and The Catholic University of America in Washington.

He served as secretary at the apostolic nunciature in Washington and was pastor of two parishes in Omaha. On the national level, he currently chairs the U.S. bishops’ Subcommittee on Aid to the Church in Central and Eastern Europe and is former chair of the Committee for the Protection of Children and Young People.

Following Archbishop Cupich’s remarks at the Sept. 20 news conference, Cardinal Francis George told the media he is grateful to Pope Francis for accepting his resignation and is relieved.

“I’ve been a bishop for many years and before that I was a religious superior. And in a sense, in those jobs, as you can imagine, you are hostage to what hundreds, even thousands of people do over which you have no control,” he said. Every morning he would check the news to find out what happened that he was accountable for. “I have to confess, it will be a relief not to read the paper with that vision in mind but just to get information.”

When reminded that he has frequently said it was his goal to retire and meet his successor, something not accomplished by any other archbishop of Chicago since all died in office, Cardinal George pumped his fist in the air and smiled.

He said the appointment is also a relief to him because of his health problems.

“Others who have retired I’ve asked them how it went and they’ve said, ‘Well, it’s strange. One moment you’re at the center of everything and the next moment you’re not.’ You have to adjust to that,” he said.

Cardinal George is the first native Chicagoan to serve as archbishop of Chicago. Born in 1937, he attended Catholic schools in Illinois before entering the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate in 1957. He was ordained a priest Dec. 21, 1963. He was his order’s vicar general in Rome from 1974 to 1986.

He was bishop of Yakima, Washington, from 1990 to 1996 and archbishop of Portland in Oregon for less than a year before being Pope John Paul II named him archbishop of Chicago in 1997.

He was made a cardinal Jan. 18, 1998; and until he turns 80, he remains eligible to vote as a member of the College of Cardinals. He was president of the U.S. bishops’ conference from 2007 to 2010.

Duriga is editor of the Catholic New World, newspaper of the Chicago Archdiocese.

Registration deadline approaching for Assembly

This year's ninth annual Diocesan Assembly is slated for Oct. 4 at Marshall School in Duluth, and the deadline for early registration is fast approaching: Monday, Sept. 22. The featured presenter at this year's assembly is international speaker Thomas Smith, co-author of Walking Toward Eternity. Registration available here.