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Bishop to Celebrate 23rd Anniversary of Holy Innocents Chapel

Bishop Sirba will celebrate the 9:15 Mass on Sunday December 17th in celebration of the 23rd Anniversary of the Holy Innocents Adoration Chapel.  The newly refurbished chapel is a living testament to our love for the Lord’s Eucharistic Presence and our prayers for an end to abortion.  Come and join our Bishop as he celebrates Mass and also join us for a Social in McDowell Hall afterwards.

Feast of the Immaculate Conception Friday,  Holy Day of Obligation

Friday, December 8th, is the Feast of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary.  We will celebrate the holy day with 4 Masses:  Thursday at 6:00 PM at the Cathedral and Friday at 8:00 AM at the Cathedral and 12:10 and 6:00 PM at St. Mary Star of the Sea.

Season of Advent Begins

This Sunday we begin the Season of Advent, the four weeks of preparation for the great celebration of Christmas.  Please help yourself to a Little Blue Book available in the entrance of church. This daily prayer book is designed to take just 6 minutes of time and is a great way to add some special prayer to this rich season.

Our United Catholic Appeal Campaign Progress

In both our parishes we are still a good ways from meeting our UCA assessment.  Please help us reach our goal by giving what you can.  The United Catholic Appeal funds vital ministry throughout the Diocese of Duluth that directly and indirectly benefits our parishes.

Thanksgiving Day Mass Thursday

Mass will be celebrated at 9:00 AM on Thanksgiving Day at the Cathedral.  There will be no 7:00 or 12:10 Mass on Thanksgiving.

Four Men to be Ordained to the Permanent Deaconate Sunday

Kyle Eller, Daniel Goshey, Michael Marvin, Steven Odegard will be ordained to the permanent deaconate on Sunday 3:00 PM at the Cathedral.  All invited to attend.

I Am Away Through the 16th

Fr. Jeremy will look after things while I am out of town.  He can be reached through either parish office.  I’ll be back in the office on Nov 17th.

November is the Month of All The Souls

It is a long-standing Catholic practice to remember our deceased friends and family members in prayer during the month of November since the Feast of All Souls occurs on November 2nd.  As we have in previous years there will be a “Book of the Deceased” in both our churches where you can inscribe the names of people who have died whom you would like us to pray for this month.  We will also remember parishioners who died this past year at Sunday Masses Nov 4th & 5th.  “Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord.  And may the perpetual light shine upon them. May their souls and the souls of all the departed through the mercy of God rest in peace”.

Holy Day of Obligation:  The Feast of All Saints

Wednesday November 1st is the Feast of All Saints, a holy day of obligation.  Masses for the holy day will be:  Tuesday Oct 31st at 6:00 PM and Wednesday Nov 1st at 12:10 at St. Mary Star of the Sea and Wednesday Nov 1st at 8:00 AM and 7:00 PM at the Cathedral.

Diocesan Assembly Saturday

The annual Diocesan Assembly will take place this Saturday.  The topic is “Has Science Killed Faith?” Joe Miller, Executive Director of the Magis Center for Reason and Faith, will be the speaker.  I encourage you to call the Pastoral Center (724-9111) and register.

St. Mary Star of the Sea Projects this Fall

The Finance Council approved moving forward with the tuck pointing of St. Mary Star of the Sea brickwork and repairs of the metal trim of the steeple.  The work should take place this Fall.  The Council also approved rebuilding the retaining wall along the parking lot on the west end of the rectory and the replacement of fencing in that area and in the alley behind the rectory.  This work may also be done this Fall if the weather cooperates.  If you would like to make a contribution towards these needed maintenance projects, please mark your check or envelope “SMSS Projects”.  Thank you for helping us maintain our beautiful church.

St. Mary Star of the Sea Choir Seeks New Members 

Our Choir at St. Mary Star of the Sea is also looking for new voices. The Choir will sing on the 2nd Saturday of each month as well as for Christmas and Easter.  Please contact Greg Kriske for more information.  All voices are welcome!

Built Upon a Rock Fest Sunday Sept 17th

Built Upon A Rock Fest is a free outdoor Catholic rock music festival that will be held on our Cathedral grounds on Sunday September 17th.  The stage will be located behind the school and seating will be on the hillside.  During the concert that will run from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. there will also be Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and Confessions heard inside the Cathedral.  The mission of the festival is to bring the love of Jesus Christ into the hearts of those within the Diocese of Duluth, and beyond, though authentically Catholic music that Rocks!  Our Cathedral parish is happy to host this exciting new faith opportunity.

No Masses Labor Day Monday Sept. 4th

This is a reminder that there will be no 7:00 AM or 12:10 PM Masses on Monday September 4th.

Oktoberfest is Saturday Sept. 9th

Please plan to join us for our annual Oktoberfest on Saturday September 9th following the 5:00 Mass.  This popular annual parish picnic is a great way to reconnect as we begin another school year!  The food and drink are complimentary and parishioners from both the Cathedral and St. Mary Star of the Sea are invited.

Holy Innocents Adoration Chapel to be Refurbished

The Holy Innocents Adoration Chapel will be refurbished in the coming weeks.  The walls and ceiling will be repainted and the stenciling touched up.  Things will be cleaned and shined up and new chairs will be installed.  This work will take three weeks and so the chapel will be closed Friday August 18th at 6:00 PM. and reopened Monday September 11th at 8:00 AM.   I am grateful to a number of people who have coordinated this project and raised over $13,000 to cover its cost.  We are blessed to have this Adoration Chapel in our parish and I encourage you to sign up to make a regular holy hour once the chapel reopens.