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Clergy Assignments effective in July

Effective July 16, Bishop Paul Sirba has made the following appointments and assignments.


Father Eammon Boland from pastor of Holy Angels, Moose Lake, to retirement.

Father Kristoffer McKusky from pastor of St. Thomas Aquinas, International Falls, and St. Columban, Littlefork, to pastor of Holy Angels, Moose Lake.

Father Benjamin Hadrich from parochial vicar of St. John, Duluth, and St. Joseph, Gnesen, to pastor of St. Thomas Aquinas, International Falls, and St. Columban, Littlefork.

Father John O'Donnell from pastor of Holy Spirit, Virginia; Sacred Heart, Virginia; and Sacred Heart, Mountain Iron, to retirement.

Father Brandon Moravitz from parochial vicar of St. Francis, Brainerd; St. Andrew, Brainerd; St. Mathias, Fort Ripley; All Saints, Baxter; and St. Thomas of the Pine, Pine Beach, to pastor of Holy Spirit, Virginia; Sacred Heart, Virginia; and Sacred Heart, Mountain Iron.

Father Jose Peringarapillil, MCBS, from pastor of St. Mary, Cook, and Holy Cross, Orr, to return to his religious order.

Father Drew Braun from parochial vicar of St. Joseph, Grand Rapids, and St. Augustine, Cohasset, to pastor of St. Mary, Cook; Holy Cross, Orr; and St. Martin, Tower.

Father William Skarich from pastor of St. Anthony, Ely; St. Pius X, Babbitt; and St. Martin, Tower, to pastor of St. Anthony, Ely, and St. Pius X, Babbitt.

Father Dennis Hoffman from pastor of St. Cecilia, Nashwauk, and Mary Immaculate, Coleraine, to retirement.

Father Seth Gogolin, from parochial vicar of St. Anthony, Ely; St. Pius X, Babbitt; and St. Martin, Tower, to pastor of St. Cecilia, Nashwauk, and Mary Immaculate, Coleraine.

Father Anthony Wroblewski from pastor of St. Francis, Brainerd; St. Andrew, Brainerd; St. Mathias, Fort Ripley; All Saints, Baxter; and St. Thomas of the Pines, Pine Beach, to pastor of St. Francis, Brainerd; All Saints, Baxter; and St. Thomas of the Pines, Pine Beach.

Father Daniel Weiske from parochial vicar of St. Francis, Brainerd; St. Andrew, Brainerd; St. Mathias, Fort Ripley; All Saints, Baxter; and St. Thomas of the Pines, Pine Beach, to pastor of St. Andrew, Brainerd, and St. Mathias, Fort Ripley.

Father Jon Wild from pastor of St. Elizabeth, Duluth, and St. Margaret Mary, Duluth, to retirement.

Father James Bissonette from pastor of St. James, Duluth, to pastor of St. James, Duluth; St. Elizabeth, Duluth; and St. Margaret Mary, Duluth.

Father Michael Garry from parochial vicar of Holy Spirit, Virginia; Sacred Heart, Virginia; and Sacred Heart, Mountain Iron, to parochial vicar of St. James, Duluth; St. Elizabeth, Duluth; and St. Margaret Mary, Duluth.

Father John Petrich from pastor of St. Mary Star of the Sea, Duluth, and Our Lady of Mercy, Duluth, to specialized ministry in hospital and law enforcement.

Father Peter Muhich from pastor of the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Rosary, Duluth, to pastor of the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Rosary, Duluth; St. Mary Star of the Sea, Duluth; and Our Lady of Mercy, Duluth.

Father Elias Gieske from parochial vicar of the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Rosary, Duluth, to parochial vicar of the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Rosary, Duluth; St. Mary Star of the Sea, Duluth; and Our Lady of Mercy, Duluth.

In addition, Father William Graham has been appointed administrator of St. Michael, Duluth, effective May 1.


Bishop Sirba has also appointed deans from 2014 to 2018, effective July 16:

Brainerd deanery — Father Anthony Wroblewski

Cloquet deanery — Father Justin Fish

Duluth deanery — Father Seamus Walsh

Hibbing deanery — Father Gabriel Waweru

Virginia deanery — Father Steven Daigle


Bishop Sirba made the following deacon assignments, also effective July 16:

Deacon Roger Marks from St. Francis, Brainerd; St. Andrew, Brainerd; St. Mathias, Fort Ripley; All Saints, Baxter; and St. Thomas of the Pines, Pine Beach, to St. James, Aitkin; Our Lady of Fatima, Garrison; and Holy Family, Hillman.

Deacon David Brown from St. Francis, Brainerd; St. Andrew, Brainerd; St. Mathias, Fort Ripley; All Saints, Baxter; and St. Thomas of the Pines, Pine Beach, to St. Francis, Brainerd; All Saints, Baxter; and St. Thomas of the Pines, Pine Beach.

Deacon Joseph Des Marais from St. Francis, Brainerd; St. Andrew, Brainerd; St. Mathias, Fort Ripley; All Saints, Baxter; and St. Thomas of the Pines, Pine Beach, to St. Francis, Brainerd; All Saints, Baxter; and St. Thomas of the Pines, Pine Beach.

Deacon Thomas Freece from St. Francis, Brainerd; St. Andrew, Brainerd; St. Mathias, Fort Ripley; All Saints, Baxter; and St. Thomas of the Pines, Pine Beach, to St. Francis, Brainerd; All Saints, Baxter; and St. Thomas of the Pines, Pine Beach.

Deacon Michael Knuth from St. Francis, Brainerd; St. Andrew, Brainerd; St. Mathias, Fort Ripley; All Saints, Baxter; and St. Thomas of the Pines, Pine Beach, to St. Francis, Brainerd; All Saints, Baxter; and St. Thomas of the Pines, Pine Beach.

Deacon Keith Grow from St. Francis, Brainerd; St. Andrew, Brainerd; St. Mathias, Fort Ripley; All Saints, Baxter; and St. Thomas of the Pines, Pine Beach, to St. Andrew, Brainerd, and St. Mathias, Fort Ripley.

Deacon Michael Koechler from St. Francis, Brainerd; St. Andrew, Brainerd; St. Mathias, Fort Ripley; All Saints, Baxter; and St. Thomas of the Pines, Pine Beach, to St. Andrew, Brainerd, and St. Mathias, Fort Ripley.


Pope PixVatican City, 18 May 2014 (VIS) – Today the Holy Father, as usual on Sunday, appeared at the window of his study in the Vatican Apostolic Palace to pray the Regina Coeli with the faithful and pilgrims present in St. Peter's Square. The Pope commented on the day's Gospel reading from the Acts of the Apostles, and emphasized that in the early days of the Church there were tensions and disagreements. “In life, there are conflicts; the problem is how to face them. … Problems cannot be solved by acting as if they do not exist”.

Pope Francis talked about how the Apostles, when faced with difficulties, took control of the situation and therefore overcame their problems. “By sharing, discussing and praying, all problems in the Church can be resolved, with the certainty that gossip, envy and jealousy never lead to concord, harmony and peace. There too it was the Holy Spirit who crowned this understanding and this enables us to understand that, when we let ourselves be guided by the Holy Spirit, it leads us to harmony, unity and respect for different gifts and talents”. The Holy Father asked the Virgin Mary to “help us to be docile to the Holy Spirit, so that we might be mutually respectful and converge ever more deeply in faith and charity, with our hearts open to the needs of our brethren”.

Before concluding, the Holy Father asked those present to pray a Hail Mary for the victims of the floods in the Balkans and for all those who continue to work to overcome these moments of despair. The Pontiff also mentioned that today in the city of Iasi, Romania, Bishop Anton Durcovici, martyr to the faith, was proclaimed a Blessed. He greeted students from various Catholic schools, the voluntary associations celebrating the national Day for cancer patients, and all those present, wishing them a good Sunday.


May 2014
Father Radaich,
43 years a priest

Father Thomas M. Radaich, age 70, died Monday, April 21, at Essentia Health St. Mary’s Medical Center in Duluth. Father Tom was born April 4, 1944, in Duluth to Paul and Loretta (Hazelcamp) Radaich. He attended college at St. John’s University in Collegeville and Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wis.; studied philosophy at Mount St. Paul College in Waukesha, Wis. and theology at St. Paul Seminary in St. Paul. He was ordained to the priesthood by Bishop Paul Anderson at St. Cecilia Church in Nashwauk on June 5, 1970.

In his many years of faithful service Father Tom served at St. Joseph, Chisholm; the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Rosary, Duluth; St. Alice, Pequot Lakes; St. Christopher, Nisswa; Our Lady of Lourdes, Pine River; St. Leo, Hibbing; Our Lady of Snows, Bigfork; St. Augustine, Cohasset; St. Joseph, Grand Rapids and St. Michael, Duluth.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother Joseph. Father Tom is survived by his niece Beth Mercado, his nephew Paul Radaich and many cousins and friends. Mass of Christian Burial was April 25 at St. Michael’s Church, Duluth. Burial is at Itasca Cemetery in Grand Rapids. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred and may be directed to CHUM (Churches United In Ministry) or United Catholic Appeal.

Father Bouchard,
former consultor

Father Thomas Bouchard, age 86, died in hospice at Windsor Assisted Living Facility in Cape Coral, Fla. He was born in Duluth on May 28, 1927, to Thomas and Muriel Bouchard. Father Bouchard attended Cathedral High School in Duluth then went on to college at Nazareth Hall in St. Paul and studied philosophy and theology at St. Paul Seminary.

Father Bouchard was ordained to the priesthood on May 30, 1953, by Bishop Thomas A. Welch at Sacred Heart Cathedral in Duluth.

In his many years of faithful service Father Bouchard served at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart, Cloquet; Immaculate Conception, Hibbing; St. Joseph, Grand Rapids; missions in Holyoke and Bruno; St. Michael, Kerrick; St. Edward, Longville; St. Paul, Remer; St. Paul, Warba; Immaculate Heart of Mary, Coleraine; Sacred Heart, Hackensack; and St. Agnes, Walker. He also served as a senator/consultor for the Diocese of Duluth. He retired in 1993.

He is preceded in death by his parents, his brother Richard Bouchard and brother-in-law Richard Bradley. Survivors include his sister Char (Bill) Henderson, his sister Joan Bradley and sister-in-law Leah Bouchard and many nieces and nephews.

The Mass of Christian Burial was held at St. Lawrence Church, Duluth, on April 2.

Sister Mary Henry
dies at age 99

Sister Mary Henry Landsteiner (Henrietta), age 99, died on Feb. 25. Born on Oct. 13, 1914, in Fairfax, Minn., she was the daughter of Henry J. and Anna Mary (Buchl) Landsteiner. Sister Mary Henry was in her 79th year of Benedictine monastic life.

Henrietta Landsteiner entered St. Scholastica Monastery Aug. 28, 1932. She professed her triennial vows July 11, 1934, and her perpetual vows July 11, 1937. She received her bachelor of science degree in elementary education from the College of St. Scholastica.

Sister Mary Henry served with great dedication as an elementary school teacher and principal for 53 years; she began her teaching at St. Francis School in Brainerd in 1934. She taught grades two, three and four, leaving in 1940. She taught at Cathedral Elementary School in Duluth from 1940 to 1945 in grades two and three. Then she served at Our Lady of Sorrows in Cincinnati, Ohio, from 1945 to 1955. Next she taught at St. Joseph School in Grand Rapids from 1955 to 1961. From 1961 to 1974, Sister taught at St. Leo School in Hibbing. There she taught first grade and served as principal from 1968 to 1974. She taught at St. Bridget’s School in Minneapolis from 1974 to 1984. From 1985 to 1987, Sister was a substitute teacher and worked with children who needed remedial teaching.

In July 1987 Sister returned to St. Scholastica Monastery, where she served as co-director on Benet Hall until 1994. She continued her ministry on Benet Hall as a staff member from 1994 to 2004 and then retired. Sister Mary Henry’s joyous nature and beautiful smile continued to brighten the day for those on Benet Hall, especially during activity sessions.

Sister Mary Henry was preceded in death by her parents, her brother Joe, and her sisters Florence Jenson, Katherine Haag, Delores Betzold, Lucille Worm and Sister Annabelle, OSB. She is survived by the Sisters of St. Scholastica, numerous friends, and family members.

A wake service was held for Sister Mary Henry March 3 in Our Lady Queen of Peace Chapel at St. Scholastica Monastery followed by a Mass of Christian Burial. The celebrant was Father Anthony M. Criscitelli, TOR, pastor of St. Bridget’s Parish, Minneapolis. Memorials to St. Scholastica Monastery are preferred.


Local Life News Briefs May 2014

Local Life News Briefs
May 2014
Pro-life get-together

A pro-life get-together will be held on Wednesday, May 14, at 7 p.m. at St. Elizabeth’s Church, 610 99th Ave. W., Duluth. Call Tony Sheda at (218) 384-4734 for information.

Post-abortive ministry

Do you have a desire to help support others who are seeking healing after abortion? There is a short training scheduled for Thursday, May 8, at Blessed Sacrament Parish in Hibbing from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The presenter is Deacon Ray Sampson, a retired clinical psychologist who had extensive experience with this in private practice. Please RSVP to (218) 262-3136 by May 5. Lunch will be provided.


Local News Briefs May 2014

Local News Briefs
May 2014
Our Lady of Fatima pilgrim statue schedule

The Duluth Fatima Planning Comittee is hosting a visit of the Fatima Pilgrim Statue to the Duluth Diocese in May. Here are the sites:

May 1 – Cathedral of Our Lady of the Rosary, 2801 E. Fourth St., Duluth. (218) 728-3646

May 2 – St. Mary Star of the Sea Church, 325 E. Third St., Duluth. (218) 722-3078

May 3 – Holy Rosary Church, 16 W. Fifth Ave. N., Aurora. (218) 229-3210

May 13 – St. Alice Church, 30904 Old Hwy. 371, Pequot Lakes. (218) 568-4760

May 14 – St. Mary’s Church, 105 First St. N.E., Deer River. (218) 246-8582

May 15 – St. Mary’s Church, 8118 Lake St., Willow River. (218) 372-3284

May 17 – St. Patrick’s Church, 203 Lawler Ave. S., Hinckley. (320) 384-6313

May 20 – Immaculate Conception Church, 535 Eighth St. S.W., Pine City. (320) 629-2935

Courage and EnCourage

Do you have a family member or loved one who is experiencing samesex 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

Magnificat meal features Kathleen Beckman

A Magnificat meal and one-day retreat featuring Kathleen Beckman, lay evangelist and author, will be held June 13-14 at St. Agnes Church, 201 Division St. Walker. Come to strengthen your life in Christ through Beckman’s witness and teaching as she prepares us to “put on the armor of God.” Our Lady of the Lakes Chapter of Magnificat is offering two Magnificat meal events featuring Beckman. The first, on Friday, June 13, begins at 5:30 p.m., followed by dinner at 6 p.m. Cost for Friday’s event is $15. On Saturday, June 14, Beckman will offer a healing retreat entitled, “With Mary, Putting on the Armor of God,” also at St. Agnes Church. She will present four topics. The day will start with fellowship at 8 a.m., Mass at 8:30 a.m., followed by a continental breakfast and light lunch. Cost for the Saturday retreat, continental breakfast and lunch is $20. Registration and pre-payment is required for both events. Please send payment payable to “Magnificat” to: Lorri Henning, 3080 20th Ave. N.W., Hackensack, MN 56452. Payment must be received on or before Monday, June 9. For more information please contact Jean Bauerly at [email protected] or Betty Garoutte at [email protected].

Totus Tuus coming

Totus Tuus is a summer Catholic youth program dedicated to sharing the Gospel and promoting the Catholic faith through evangelization, catechesis, Christian witness and eucharistic worship. The week-long parish summer catechetical program assists parents and parishes by supplementing the work already being done in a way that is fun for both the Totus Tuus teachers and youth alike. The methodology, structure, content and enthusiasm of Totus Tuus is concerned not only with teaching the faith, but also igniting the hearts of the team members and young people. The mission of Totus Tuus is to help young people develop an intimate relationship with Jesus Christ and to understand their faith through catechesis in a way that makes the faith real to the youth and helps them live as a witness in today’s world. If you would like to participate in a Totus Tuus week, please contact the individual parishes for exact dates, times and fees for individual age levels. Typically, middle school and high school students meet Sunday through Thursday evenings and elementary school students meet Monday through Friday during the day. All registration is done through the host parishes.

2014 Totus Tuus Summer Schedule for the Diocese of Duluth:

June 1-7 — St. Agnes Church, Elm at Division St., Walker, (218) 547-1054

June 15-21 —Brainerd Area Catholic Churches, 1108 Willow St. S.E., Brainerd, (218) 822-4040;
St. Joseph’s Church, 315 S.W. 21st St., Grand Rapids, (218) 326-2843

June 22-28 — Queen of Peace, 102 Fourth St., Cloquet, (218) 879-6793

July 6-12 — Blessed Sacrament, 2310 Seventh Ave. E., Hibbing, (218) 262-5541;
Immaculate Heart, 35208 County Road 37, Crosslake, (218) 692-3731

July 13-19 — St. Patrick’s Church, 203 Lawler Avenue S., Hinckey, (320) 384-6313;
St. Anthony’s Church, 231 E Camp St., Ely, (218) 365-4017

July 20-26 — Holy Spirit, 306 S. Second St., Virginia, (218) 741-6344;
St. John the Evangelist, 4230 St. John’s Ave., Duluth, (218) 724-6332

July 27-Aug. 1 — St. James, 299 Red Oak Dr., Aitkin, (218) 927-6581;
St. Joseph’s, 617 Poplar St., Crosby, (218) 546-6559

If your parish is interested in having a Totus Tuus Team, contact Heather Serena at [email protected].

St. Raphael Knights take on parish projects

St. Raphael’s Knights of Columbus Council 6791 in Duluth once again organized a team to remove snow from the parish roof after the late season storms. The council organized its 18th parishioner service project by removing snow from parishioner’s driveway after the March 21st snow storm. The council also gave $500 to the Northern Lakes Second Harvest Food Bank. St. Raphael’s Church sponsored the third annual 5K for God run on April 26. The council helped organize the event by providing route barriers and security as well as other undertakings.

St. Mary Star of the Sea featured by Franciscans

The Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity often “tuck sacred stops” into their visit with young women, according to a recent post on the order’s website. One of those recent stops was at St. Mary Star of the Sea Church in Duluth. Sister Julie Ann Sheahan wrote about the parish’s peace, “beautiful, reverently-adorned adoration chapel” with its easy access and also about the parish’s Marian name.


Schools Article May 2014

Schools Article
May 2014
In small community, volunteers key to Catholic school

By Deanna Jahnz

Catholic schools have a long history of providing students with strong academics, a faithful love for Jesus and a strong foundation to build their future.

This can be traced back to the principals, teachers and support staff that bring their passion for education to the classrooms, but the foundation of most Catholic school success is the volunteers that provide endless hours for a program they have immense passion for.

At St. Mary’s School in Pine City, we have a list of volunteers that is probably longer than the hallways, and we are incredibly thankful for their many hours and support they provide.

Our current Home and School president, Kelly Welch, is no exception. She has brought a number of new fundraising ideas to our school and has worked tirelessly to make them successful. She gives her time writing grants, requesting donations and organizing events.

She is very involved in volunteering within the classroom environment as well. She is always available to help teachers when requested, has given many hours to our Christmas program each year, and much, much more. Her dedication for Catholic education is one in a million.

Ivan Scheier said, “The broadest, and maybe the most meaningful definition of volunteering: Doing more than you have to because you want to.” This quote defines Kelly and the work she does to support our school.

It is hard to say thank you to a volunteer, because their work goes above and beyond, so the staff and students of St. Mary’s would like use this opportunity to thank Kelly and all our volunteers for the support and prayers they provide every day.

Providing Catholic education in a small community is a blessing St. Mary’s plans to continue, but it is the continued dedication and support our volunteers bring that allows us to guide students through their academic and spiritual growth.

Deanna Jahnz is principal of St. Mary’s School, Pine City.


School News Briefs May 2014

School News Briefs
May 2014
St. John students advance to state History Day

The University of Minnesota Duluth held the Regional History Day competition on March 29. St. John’s students from Duluth competed and won a spot at the Minnesota State History Day competition being held on May 3 at the Twin Cities campus of the University of Minnesota. Bella Kartch created a website on Susan B. Anthony. Abigail Legg and Emma Johnson performed a small play on the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory. Lauren Goman did an exhibit board on Title IX.

NET retreat comes to three Duluth schools

Middle school students from Holy Rosary, St. James and St. John’s schools in Duluth gathered at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Rosary March 11 to participate in a NET retreat. NET is the National Evangelization Team and is comprised of college-aged students from across the United States who share a commitment to follow in the ways of Jesus Christ and share their message with students in an energetic and fulfilling manner. The retreat focused on our unique call as God’s sons and daughters. In order to support the different struggles young men and women have, the group was first divided by gender and then later into small groups. After a lunch provided by Holy Rosary School, the students gathered in the sanctuary, and the NET team shared personal experiences as part of their discussion about reconciliation. Following the discussion, more than eight priests made themselves available in order forparticipants to go to confession. The day culminated with a celebration of Mass. Officials say due to the high energy and encouragement of the young adults, this was an extremely meaningful event and a great opportunity for students to interact with peers from other Catholic schools in the diocese.

St. Thomas students support Hunger Coalition

Students from St. Thomas Aquinas School in International Falls collected food items and cash for the Falls Hunger Coalition in support of the Minnesota Food Share month during March. The school, along with anonymous donors helping the cause, donated $2,047 to the area food shelf. By exceeding the $500 goal, students will be rewarded with an all-school lock-in event in the spring.

Presentation on India

Virginia had a chance to “visit” India by attending a presentation by Janet Schultz. Schultz transformed the school’s library using beautiful fabrics and fascinating souvenirs from her travels to India. Not only was the library transformed but Schultz and Principal Jean Virant wore traditional outfits from India. Schultz wore a Churidaar and Virant wore a Saari. The students enjoyed the video presentation that accompanied the presentation.

Open houses

Catholic schools in the Diocese of Duluth currently have or will soon have registration open houses for students for the 2014-15 school year. Contact your local Catholic school for registration information. Catholic schools in the Diocese of Duluth are:

Brainerd: St. Francis of the Lakes School, 817 Juniper St.; (218) 829-2344,

Cloquet: Queen of Peace School, 102 Fourth St.; (218) 879-8516,

Duluth: Holy Rosary School, 2802 E. Fourth St.; (218) 724-8565,

Duluth: St. James School, 715 N. 57th Ave. W.; (218) 624-1511,

Duluth: St. John the Evangelist School, 1 W. Chisholm St.; (218) 724-9392,

Duluth: St. Michael’s Lakeside School, 4628 Pitt St.; (218) 525-1931,

Grand Rapids: St. Joseph’s School, 315 S.W. 21st St.; (218) 326-6232,

Hibbing: Assumption School, 2310 Seventh Ave. E.; (218) 263-3054,

International Falls: St. Thomas Aquinas School, 810 Fifth St.; (218) 283-3430,

Pine City: St. Mary’s School, 815 Sixth Ave. S.W.; (320) 629-3953,

Virginia: Marquette School, 311 S. Third St.; (218) 741-6811,


Calendar May 2014

May 2014
Liturgical choir concerts

The University of St. Thomas Liturgical Choir is traveling north for the first time in more than a decade and will perform both traditional and non-traditional music of the Mass and the Catholic Church. The performance will be held at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Rosary, 2801 E. Fourth St., Duluth, Friday, May 2. There will be two performances: 1 p.m. for Holy Rosary School and 7 p.m. for the public. Freewill offering.

Latin Mass

St. Benedict’s Church, 1419 St. Benedict St., Duluth, prays the Latin ordinary form of the Mass the first Saturday of each month at 8 a.m. Also at St. Benedict’s, the Traditional Latin Mass is prayed the first and third Sundays at 1 p.m.

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.

Rosary for freedom, life, family

The rosary is prayed for religious freedom, respect of life and the family on all Saturdays at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Rosary, 2801 E. Fourth St., Duluth, at 10 a.m. Contact the Cathedral at (218) 728-3646 with any questions.

CCW salad luncheon

St. Catherine’s CCW of Squaw Lake will be hosting its spring salad luncheon Saturday, May 3, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., in the church hall. A variety of salads, bars and beverages will be served. There will also be a bake sale and white elephant sale. The cost is $8 for adults and $3 for children under 12 years old. Handicapped accessible.

School auction gala

The annual St. Michael’s Lakeside School Auction Gala will be held Saturday, May 3, at the Northland Country Club in Duluth. Hours are from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Food, drink, live music, games and entertainment. Plus many wonderful items are up for bid on the live and silent auctions. Free admission.

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. Activities for May include an opera concert and Arlo Guthrie concert as well as other activities. For information on the Catholic Singles Group and its activities contact Deborah at (218) 879-6266 or visit

Young adult singles group

If you are or know anyone who is single and between the ages of 25 and 40 years old looking to meet other Catholics in that age group, please contact Deborah at (218) 879-6266 or Mike at (218) 730-7419 to have your name put 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. As always, all singles can attend any of the activities of the regular Catholic Singles Group.

Mass, fellowship

The St. Raphael’s Knights of Columbus Council 6791 and St. Teresa Circle of St. Raphael’s Church, 5779 Seville Road, Duluth, sponsors coffee, juice, donuts and fellowship after Mass the first Sunday of each month. Upcoming social is May 4.

Choir concert

Catholic Daughters of the Americas, Court St. Margaret 1888 is sponsoring a concert by the ecumenical Resurrection Church Choir Sunday, May 4, at 2 p.m., at Resurrection Church, 301 Adams Ave., Eveleth. A social will be held in Holy Family Hall after the concert. Proceeds will be divided between the choir and Court St. Margaret 1888. Tickets are $6 and can be purchased in advance after Masses at Resurrection Church, Eveleth, and St. Joseph’s Church May 3 and 4 or at the Resurrection Church office during office hours. Tickets will also be available at the door.

Chaplet of Divine mercy

The Chaplet of Divine Mercy followed by the rosary is prayed for religious freedom, respect for life and family, and freedom of conscience of all people of faith on all Mondays at 3 p.m., at St. Mary’s Hospital Chapel, 407 E. Fourth St., Duluth. For any questions call (218) 343-2404.

DDCCW spring convention

The DDCCW will hold its spring convention Tuesday, May 6, at Holy Rosary Church, 16 W. Fifth Ave. N., Aurora. Registration and coffee from 8:30 a.m. to 9:15 a.m. Father Paul Fruth, spiritual advisor, Alice Parendo, DDCCW president, and Denise Haaland, province director, will give short talks, followed by a talk by Bishop Paul Sirba. Mass and lunch will follow. The afternoon speaker will be Father Michael Garry, parochial vicar of Holy Spirit Church, Virginia. To register contact your deanery president or Alice at [email protected] or (218) 729-9647. All women are invited to join us at this spring convention.

Youth ministers meeting

A diocesan youth ministers meeting will be held at the Diocese of Duluth, 2830 E. Fourth St., Duluth, Tuesday, May 6, from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Formation topic: “Forming the Intellect: Our Responsibility.” RSVP to Annette at (218) 724-9111 or [email protected].

Communion and Liberation

Communion and Liberation is an international Catholic movement that helps participants have a daily experience of faith. The group meets weekly on Tuesday’s from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Social Hall, followed by sharing appetizers or desserts, at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Rosary, 2801 E. Fourth St., Duluth. For information about this group please contact Kris (218) 428-6197 or Sharon (218) 349-1535 or visit

Men’s scripture study

A men’s weekly scripture study is held every Wednesday morning from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m., with Father John Petrich and Deacon Dick Laumeyer at St. Mary Star of the Sea Church, 325 E. Third St., Duluth, in the conference room of the parish office. The next Sunday’s readings are studied and discussed. For more information call the church at (218) 722-3078.

Rosaries for life

Every Wednesday at 8 a.m. two rosaries are prayed at St. Charles Parish, 308 Central Ave., Cass Lake, for an end to abortion and all crimes against life. Everyone is invited. For more information call Mary Rients at (218) 444-6209.


Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament takes place each Wednesday at St. Mary’s Church, 57 Horn Blvd., Silver Bay. Adoration begins after the 8:15 a.m. Mass and continues until 3 p.m. Call the parish office (218) 226-3100 for information.


The rosary will be prayed at Our Lady of Mercy Church, 2002 Minnesota Ave., Duluth, weekly on Wednesday evenings at 7 p.m. A petition basket will be available for special prayer intentions placed before the Blessed Mother. Call St. Mary Star of the Sea Church for more information at (218) 722-3078.

Holy hour for vocations

St. Francis Church, 412 Eighth St., Brainerd, has a holy hour for vocations in the Brainerd-area churches the first Wednesday of each month from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.


Mom Catholics About Faith Everyday (M’café) will hold its last meeting of the school year Thursday, May 8, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Held at All Saints Church, 16898 Carlson Lake Road, Baxter. The church doors open at 8:30 a.m. Babysitters will be provided.

Grief and loss support group

Grief and loss support group meets every Thursday at 5 p.m., in the Bride’s Room at St. Joseph’s Church, 315 S.W. 21st St., Grand Rapids. All are welcome to join anytime and share the warmth and comfort of those who care. Call the church for information at (218) 326-2843.

Rummage sale

St. Rose Church, 2 Sixth Ave., Proctor, will have a rummage sale Saturday, May 10, from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Children’s books, religious books, clothes, toys, piano, miscellaneous items. For information call Becky Kubat at (218) 624-9580 or the parish office at (218) 624-0007.

Tridentine Mass

The extraordinary form of the Roman rite (Tridentine Mass) will be offered at 11:30 a.m. the second Sunday of each month at St. Andrew’s Church, 1108 Willow St., Brainerd. Booklets with Latin-English parallel text are provided. For more information, call the parish at (218) 822-4040.

Kateri Circle

Northwind Kateri Circle meets the second Sunday of each month from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., in the parish library at St. Benedict’s Church, 1419 St. Benedict St., Duluth. Women and men ages 18 and older are welcome to join. If you have questions about this group contact Marlyn Sternal at (218) 724-1550.

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, May 12, at Essentia Health St. Mary’s Hospital; in Virginia, May 12, at Virginia Regional Medical Center; in Cloquet, May 19, at Community Memorial Hospital; in Hibbing, May 19, in the Board Room at Fairview University Medical Center-Mesabi. On Tuesdays: In Brainerd, May 13, at Essential Health, St. Joseph’s Medical Center and in Crosby, May 20, at St. Joseph’s Church. On Wednesday, in Superior, Wis., May 28, at St. Mary’s Hospital. Preregistration is required. Call (218) 786-2378 or (800) 842-0279. For more information visit

Deanery CCW spring conference

The Brainerd Deanery Council of Catholic Women will have its spring conference at Immaculate Heart Church, 35208 County Road 37, Crosslake, Tuesday, May 13. Registration at 9 a.m., $15 fee. Welcome at 9:30 a.m.; 9:45 a.m., guest speaker, Liz Hoefferle, will speak on Pope Francis’ “Joy of the Gospel.” Mass at 11 a.m., and lunch at noon, followed by meeting. Each parish should bring its parish banner and an item for the raffle. Please contact your parish president or Carol Wohlers (218) 562-5407 by May 6.

Infertility support group

An infertility support group for Catholic women is held at St. Mary Star of the Sea Church, 325 E. Third St., Duluth, in Msgr. McDowell Hall. The group meets the second Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m. Led by parish nurse Marianne Fightlin and parishioner Jessica Forsman. Please spread the word to those hurting due to infertility. For more information call the church at (218) 722-3078.

Parish dinner, living rosary

A parish dinner and living rosary will be held Wednesday, May 14, at St. Anthony’s Church, 231 E. Camp St., Ely. Dinner, talk and presentation sponsored by religious education at 6 p.m. Living rosary at 7 p.m., followed by dessert sponsored by parish CCW. RSVP by May 7 to Stefanie Scharber at (218) 365-4017 for the dinner and to Lorraine Klun at (218) 365-4589 for the living rosary. Free event.

Moms group

St. James Catholic Moms Group will hold its last meeting of the school year May 15, from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., at St. James Catholic School, 715 N. 57th Ave. W., Duluth. Nursery available, freewill donation. For questions or register contact Cheryl Foldesi at (218) 628-2932 or email at [email protected].

Caregivers support group

The caregivers support group of Blessed Sacrament parish, Hibbing, will meet Thursday, May 15, at 3 p.m., in Conference Room 1 at Guardian Angels Health and Rehabilitation Center, 1500 Third Ave. E., Hibbing. The group meets the third Thursday of each month and is open to all area caregivers. For information, call the parish at (218) 262-5541.

Tables of Plenty luncheon

The 12th annual Tables of Plenty at St. Christopher Church, 25574 Church St., Nisswa, will be held Saturday, May 17. This elegant luncheon provides table tours and hors d’ oeuvures beginning at 11:30 a.m. The luncheon is served at 1 p.m. For tickets or to host a table call Niki Glover at (218) 831-1893 or Kari at the parish office at (218) 568-4760. Proceeds go to the Lake Country Parish youth for summer events.

Spring gala

The St. Francis of the Lakes School will host its annual spring gala Saturday, May 17, at Sherwood Forest Lodge, 8798 Interlachen Road, Nisswa. Festivities begin at 5:30 p.m. Theme for the evening is “Summer in Minnesota.” Catered by Prairie Bay. The menu includes: hunter’s chicken, fisherman’s walleye, rice medley, mixed greens salad, tableside s’mores and berry crisp. Each attendee will be given a complimentary ticket for a chance at a $1,000 prize. Throughout the evening a variety of Minnesota themed games will be offered. In addition, a silent and live auction will take place. Tickets are $45 each and available in the offices of the St. Francis School and Brainerd Lakes Catholic Churches. All proceeds benefit St. Francis of the Lakes Catholic School. For information contact the school office at (218) 829- 2344.

Breakfast fundraiser

St. Charles Church, 308 Central Ave., Cass Lake, has one young man in the seminary, Beau Braun. The ladies of the parish host a freewill offering breakfast the third Sunday of each month after the 9 a.m. Mass. Proceeds will go toward assisting in his education expenses. For more information call Joan at (218) 335-2359.

KC pancake breakfast

The Knights of Columbus Western Council 5142 will hold a pancake breakfast, Sunday, May 18, 9 a.m. to noon, at St. James Parish Hall, 721 N. 57th Ave. W., Duluth. Handicapped accessible. Adults $5, children $3, family $15. Tickets available at the door. Council 5142 include members of Holy Family, St. Elizabeth, St. Margaret Mary and St. James churches in Duluth.

Duluth-Superior Young Adults

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, beginning at 6:30 p.m. And the first Friday of each month hosts Mass and fellowship at 5:30 p.m., at a parish in Duluth. If you are a young adult Catholic in the Duluth-Superior area and are interested in connecting with other Catholics between the ages of 18-39 contact Jon at (414) 741-0659 or Vanessa at (218) 838-1876 or email [email protected].

Frassati group

The Northland Frassati group is for young adult Catholics in the Duluth- Superior area who are interested in connecting with other Catholics between the ages of 18-39. Contact Jon at (414) 741-0659 or Vanessa at (218) 838-1876 or email them at [email protected] for information. Also visit its Facebook page at www.facebook. com/groups/ events/. Contact [email protected] to be added to text or email lists.

Grand Breakfast Sundays

Holy Angels Church, 60 Hartman Drive, Moose Lake, will host its Grand Breakfast Sundays, May 25, July 6 and Aug. 31, from 8 a.m. to noon. All-you-can-eat. Serving pancakes, French toast, scrambled eggs, egg bake, sausage, whole ham, hash browns, biscuits and gravy, strawberries, juice, milk and coffee. $7.50 per person, children 6 to 12 $4, children under 6 free. Call the church for information at (218) 485-8214.

Public Square Rosary

Our Lady of Fatima, Garrison, and Holy Family, Bulldog Lake, hold a Public Square Rosary the fourth Tuesday of each month at 1 p.m., near the big walleye fish at the lookout on Mille Lacs Lake in Garrison (Highway 169). All are invited to join in prayer. The rosary is prayed for the intentions of our Blessed Mother; the conversion of sinners; and to reconcile ourselves, our families and our nation back to God. For more information contact Jean Fetters at (218) 764-2665.

Mass for moms and babies

Mass is offered in the chapel of the Women’s Care Center, 103 E. First St., Duluth, the fourth Tuesday of each month. Mass will be celebrated at 6:30 p.m., with a Holy Hour to follow from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. The Mass is offered for the work of the center and for moms and babies in crisis in the community. Everyone is welcome. For information call (218) 623-7100.

Cancer support group

A cancer support group is held at Blessed Sacrament Parish, 2310 Seventh Ave. E., Hibbing, the first Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. Call Mary at (218) 262-5541 for information. These meetings are for anyone whose life has been touched by cancer.

Youth discipleship retreat week

Discipleship Week is scheduled for June 9-12 at the College of St. Scholastica in Duluth. This weeklong retreat is for youth who have completed grades 9-12 by the beginning of camp. Registration fee is $230 and the deadline is Friday, May 23. Registration information can be found on or by contacting Annette at (218) 724- 9111 or [email protected].

Native ministry institute

Basic Directions in Native Ministry is a seven-day institute for personnel who are beginning or wanting to learn about native ministry. The institute will be held at the Sioux Spiritual Center in Howes, S.D., June 16-23. There will be 31 hours of classwork associated with the institute. Space is limited. The cost for the institute is $800, which includes room (double occupancy), meals and materials. A $50 deposit is required with the application along with a letter of recommendation from the applicant’s pastor or supervisor. The deposit is non-refundable after May 15. For more information about the institute and registration, contact Father Peter Etzel, S.J., director, Sioux Spiritual Center, 20100 Center Road, Howes, SD 57748- 7703, or contact him at (605) 985- 5906 or by email at [email protected].

Holy hour for deacons

Transitional Deacons Timothy Lange and Blake Rozier invite the diocesan faithful to a Holy Hour to pray with them in preparation for their ordination to the priesthood. The Holy Hour will take place at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Rosary, 2801 E. Fourth St., Duluth, Thursday, June 19, at 5:30 p.m. Prayers will be led by Bishop Paul Sirba.

Tekakwitha Conference

The 75th annual Tekakwitha Conference gathering is frequently referred to as a “family reunion.” Catholic Native Americans hailing from all over the United States and Canada converge on the host city to enjoy each other’s company and celebrate their Christian faith. The conference will be held at Ramada Plaza and Suites, Fargo, ND, July 23-27. Visit or contact Sister Marie Rose Messingschlager, CDP, at the Pastoral Center at (218) 724-9111 or any Kateri Circle Member.

Camp Survive

Camp Survive will be held Aug. 4-8 at Big Sandy Camp, McGregor. This week of traditional camp activities includes learning the deeper meaning of the Mass. For students that have completed grades 6-8. Registration fee is $240, deadline is Monday, July 21. Please note: Registration capacity often fills before the registration deadline. Registration information can be found on or by contacting Annette at (218) 724-9111 or [email protected].

Spiritual journey to Europe

Join Bishop Paul Sirba of Duluth and Father Tony Wroblewski for 12 days on a spiritual journey to the Czech Republic and Poland from Sept. 8–19. Walk in the footsteps of the newly canonized St. John Paul. The journey will include visits to Prague, Svata Hora, Velehrad, Czestochowa, Krakow, Divine Mercy, Zakopane and more. Cash discount price is $2,999. To receive a free color brochure and registration form, email your name address, phone number (indicate if home, office or mobile phone number please), along with your email address, to Father Tony at [email protected], or simply call the Brainerd Area Catholic Churches office at (218) 822-4040.

‘Blessed Ireland’ tour

Father Charles Flynn will guide the “Blessed Ireland” tour, to be held Sept. 20 through Oct. 1. Circle the island of Ireland in this all-inclusive 13-day tour. For a full-color brochure, write to Rev. Charles P. Flynn, Box 586, Eveleth, MN 55734 or email him at [email protected].

‘Taste of China’ trip

Father Dave Tushar is offering the opportunity to experience a true “Taste of China,” visiting Beijing, Xi’an and Shanghai Nov. 4-13. Arrangements are through Hua Travel, a Chinese agency specializing in small group tours. This is not a prepackaged tour, but a customized small group tour with the same experienced Chinese tour guide during the entire trip. Trip includes round trip air (economy booking) with Delta from Duluth, accommodations at 5-star hotels with buffet breakfasts and first class speedy trains for travel within China. References from the 2013 tour are available. For information, a brochure and pricing, please call Father Tushar at (218) 384-4563. Deadline: July 1.

Monastery experience

Have you ever wondered what life is like in a women’s monastery of the 21st century but were afraid to ask? If so, here is an opportunity to find out. If you are a single Catholic woman between ages 18-45 and are wishing to learn more about religious life, to meet sisters, pray, work and recreate with them without any pressure being put on you, arrange for a visit up to a week or longer, at no charge, according to your work or vacation schedule with the Benedictine sisters at St. Scholastica Monastery in Duluth. For more information contact Sister Mary Catherine at (218) 723-6646 or [email protected]. Visit


Bishop Paul Sirba: How will you and I share the joy of the Gospel?

Bishop Paul Sirba
Fiat Voluntas Tua

St. Peter’s Square was filled to overflowing. Rome welcomed millions, including pilgrims from the Diocese of Duluth, Fathers Tony Wroblewski, Richard Kunst, Eric Hastings, Gabriel Waweru and Ryan Moravitz. Possibly billions watched at least part of the ceremony via the media.

To think we are joined together in the Communion of Saints with our brothers and sisters here on earth, the souls in purgatory, and the saints in heaven this past Divine Mercy Sunday, giving praise and thanks to Almighty God for two new heroic witnesses to holiness is amazing.

It is a dim vision of what the eternal banquet in heaven will be like. That Pope Francis canonized two men who actually lived in our lifetime is historic and extremely exciting.

St. John XXIII and St. John Paul II were very different men with different personalities, coming from distinct cultures and manifesting different charisms. Both of them were called to be pope. They shared a love of God, a love of neighbor and the Second Vatican Council. St. John XXIII convened the council, and St. John Paul II, who shared his enthusiasm about the council, implemented it

When Pope Francis canonized the two new saints, he continued to focus on the Joy of the Gospel and the New Evangelization which their pontificates set in motion.

I know we have heard about the New Evangelization, but the canonization of these great saints provides the perfect opportunity of restating what it is. The first evangelization or proclamation of the Good News flows into the New Evangelization, “The heart of the message will always be the same: the God who revealed his immense love in the crucified and risen Christ.” (EG, 11).

In every age, a new group of followers of Jesus Christ share the Good News about their encounter with the Risen Lord. In essence, we are the new Mary Magdalenes, or the two disciples on the road to Emmaus, the modern version of the women bearing spices, or the 72.

We join St. John XXIII and St. John Paul II and every other figure who shared the Good News of Our Lord’s Resurrection over the millennia of the church’s history.

A role for everyone

The New Evangelization calls for the personal involvement on the part of each of the baptized. Pope Francis writes, “Every Christian is challenged, here and now, to be actively engaged in evangelization; indeed, anyone who has truly experienced God’s saving love does not need much time or lengthy training to go out and proclaim that love. Every Christian is a missionary to the extent that he or she has encountered the love of God in Christ Jesus: we no longer say that we are ‘disciples’ and ‘missionaries,’ but rather that we are always ‘missionary disciples’” (EG, 120; see EG, 8).

I am anxious to hear firsthand accounts from our priests who were present at the canonization of what the experience was like.

I ask all of you to discern with me how we are going to respond to Pope Francis’ invitation to share the joy of the Gospel.

He is rightly insistent in the truth that we are infinitely loved, that the Lord’s mercies never come to an end, that they are new every morning and that the “joy of the Gospel is such that it cannot be taken away from us by anyone or anything” is the message our world needs to hear (EG, 84; cf. John 16:22). We are the ones called to share the joy of the encounter and win souls to Jesus Christ by attraction.

Pope: I cried over reports of crucified Christians

Catholic News Agency

In his daily homily on May 2, Pope Francis said that he wept over recent news of Christians allegedly being crucified, reflecting that there are still many martyrs in today’s world.

“I cried when I saw reports on the news of Christians crucified in a certain country, that is not Christian,” the pope said, according to Vatican Radio, during morning Mass in the chapel of his residence.

In recent weeks, media groups have circulated images that appear to be individuals bound to wooden crosses, allegedly in Syria. The identity and religious faith of the persons pictured have not been confirmed, nor has it been confirmed whether they were actually killed from crucifixion. Some appear to have been shot in the head and then attached to a cross.

In his homily, Pope Francis first commented on Christ’s love for people. This is seen in the Gospel passage of the multiplication of the loaves and fishes, he said, where Jesus “speaks, preaches, loves, accompanies, travels on the path with people, meek and humble.”

Jesus is aware of the needs of the people, and he serves them, the pontiff said. The authority with which he speaks is “the power of love.”

The pope contrasted this with the jealousy of the religious authorities in Christ’s time, caught up in “cold, hard legality.”

“They couldn’t stand the fact that people followed Jesus! They couldn’t stand it!” he said. “They were jealous.”

“This is a really bad attitude to have,” he said, pointing out that the father of envy is the devil, and it was through his envy and jealousy that evil entered the world.

In fact, the pontiff said, the religious authorities “knew who Jesus was,” and they were the same people who later “paid the guard to say that the disciples had stolen Christ’s body!”

“They had paid to silence the truth. People can be really evil sometimes!” Pope Francis said, suggesting that this evilness is why the people would not follow them.

Such evil does not accept Christ’s meekness and love, he said. Rather, it turns to hate.

Turning to the daily reading from the Acts of the Apostles, the pope noted that the religious leaders were asked by a “wise man,” Gamaliel, to free the arrested apostles.

Instead, however, “with their political maneuvering, with their ecclesiastical maneuvers to continue to dominate the people ... they called the apostles and had them flogged and ordered them not to speak in the name of Jesus. Then they freed them.”

This injustice is still the case today, he said: “there are these people who kill and persecute, in the name of God.”

However, we can draw encouragement from the “joy of witness” illustrated by the Christian martyrs, Pope Francis said, noting that “today there are still so many” martyrs in the world.

“Just think that in some countries, you can go to jail for just carrying a Gospel,” he said. “You may not wear a crucifix or you will be fined.”

“But the heart rejoices,” he aid, reflecting on “the joy of so many of our brothers and sisters who have felt this joy in history, this joy that they were counted worthy to suffer dishonor for Christ’s name.”