Fr. Peter's Post

Seminarians From Our Cluster

We are delighted and proud to have two seminarians from our cluster of parishes.  Billy Menor continues his studies as a Jesuit scholastic in St. Louis and this fall Peter Brown will begin his studies as a seminarian for the Diocese of Duluth.  Please keep Billy and Peter in your prayers.

Don't Forget Your Parish During Your Summer Vacation

Please remember to continue your regular financial support for your parish as you set off for time away during the summer months.  The Cathedral and St. Mary Star of the Sea need your contributions during the summer as much as they do during the school year.  Thank you for your support.

Totus Tuus Next Week June 17-22

We are happy to be able once again to have the Catholic Summer program “Totus Tuus” available for our families.  A trained team of young people from the diocese put on this fun and faith-filled weeklong program at the Cathedral.  I encourage you to enroll your children and youth.

Tuck Pointing & Steeple Repairs at St. Mary Star of the Sea

A much needed tuck pointing and steeple repair project at St. Mary Star of the Sea has gotten underway.  If you look closely you can see mortar missing in several area of the church, the cream colored metal trim on the steeple rusting and even separating at the seams, and masonry areas of the front steps needing repair.  Access to the church for confessions and Mass will be provided during the project.

The Finance Council has approved up to $90,000 of parish savings to be used for this project, but donations to help offset these costs would be greatly appreciated.  Just drop a check in the collection marked “Tuck Pointing” or send one to the church office if you are able to help with this.

Please Prayer for Our 11th Grade Youth

Our 11th Grade Youth are in their final weeks of preparation to be Confirmed on Sunday May 20th at a special 1:00 p.m. Mass at the Cathedral.  They have been completing their classes and service hours and are writing their letters to Bishop Sirba formally asking to be Confirmed.  Please pray for them that their hearts are open to the great gift of the Holy Spirit.

United Catholic Appeal Campaign Begins

Our annual United Catholic Appeal is underway.  You should have received a short letter from me asking you to be generous in supporting Bishop Sirba and the important ministries that are made possible through your UCA contributions. 

Ecumenical Lutheran/Catholic Prayer Service April 29th

On Sunday April 29th at 3:00 PM there will be an Ecumenical Prayer Service marking the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation bringing together members of Gloria Dei Lutheran Church and St. Mary Star of the Sea parish.  Since the fire at Gloria Dei a couple of years ago St. Mary Star of the Sea has cooperated with Gloria Dei to provide their monthly breakfast to the Central Hillside neighborhood and we have gotten to know each other better.  The Prayer Service on Sunday April 29th will be an opportunity for us to recognize the progress that has been made in Catholic/Lutheran relations and to ask God to help us to give an effective common witness to Jesus Christ.  This event is open to the general public.

Divine Mercy Sunday Devotions

Divine Mercy Sunday will be marked by Adoration and Confessions beginning at 1:00 PM and the sung Chaplet of Divine Mercy and Benediction at 3:00 PM Sunday at the Cathedral.  All are welcome!

Many Thanks for the Beautiful Music and Decorations

My thanks for out to Jenny Campbell and all her musicians and choir members for the beautiful music during Holy Week at the Cathedral.  My thanks go out as well to Greg Kriske and all his musicians and choir members for the beautiful Holy Week music at St. Mary Star of the Sea. 

I am also grateful to those who decorated our churches for this holy season.  Everything looks beautiful!

He is Risen Alleluia!

Jesus Christ is Risen, He is truly Risen!  The Lord who subjected himself to death on a cross has been raised up in glory.  Now all things are subject to him and every knee must bend in heaven, on the earth, and under the earth at the name of Jesus the Risen One.  On behalf of Bishop Sirba, Fr. Jeremy, Deacons Rodger, Dick, and Ted, I wish you a most blessed Easter. 

Confessions through Holy Week

I encourage everyone to make a good confession before Easter

St. Mary Star of the Sea:  Monday – Friday:  11:30 to Noon
Cathedral:   Tuesday: 6:00 to 7:30 PM
Holy Thursday:  Noon to 1:00 PM
Good Friday: Noon to 1:00 PM & 5:30 to 6:30 PM
Holy Saturday: 10:30 to Noon

Confessions Palm Sunday Evening from 6:00 - 7:30

Fr. Jeremy, Bishop Sirba, and I will be hearing confessions on Sunday March 25th from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. at the Cathedral.  I encourage you to take advantage of this opportunity to make a good confession before Easter. 

St. Mary Star of the Sea Ham Bingo March 18th

St. Mary Star of the Sea will hold its Easter Ham Bingo on Sunday March 18th.  This is a fun event that brings in important funds for our inner city parish.  Come and enjoy lunch and the most entertaining Bingo in town!

My Prayers for You for a Rich Experience of Lent

We have begun the Season of Lent: 40 days and 40 nights of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving.  In a personal way I am praying for all of you, that this Lent is filled with insight, growth in holiness, and many blessings.  As we have for the past several years we have Little Black Lenten Devotional books available at the entrances of church.  Please take one and let it feed your daily prayer.

Lent Begins This Week

To begin the penitential season of Lent we will have four Masses on Ash Wednesday:  8:00 AM (School Mass) as well at 7:00 PM at the Cathedral and 12:10 PM and 6:00 PM. Mass at St. Mary Star of the Sea. 

Mark Your Calendars for Lenten Mission March 11-14

We will be having a Lenten Mission March 11-14th at the Cathedral and are pleased to have Fr. Glenn Sudano C.S.R. coming to preach it.  A Lenten Mission is like a retreat for Catholics of all ages with evening talks and opportunities for prayer and confession.  Fr. Glenn is a member of the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal (Fr. Benedict Groeschel’s order) and is stationed in New York City.  Please mark your calendars and plan to join us for as much of this great experience as you can.

Catholic Schools Week

This is the annual “Catholic Schools Week” celebration.  We are so blessed to have a Catholic School education available in our parishes.  Stella Maris Academy and its Holy Rosary, St. John’s, and St. James Campuses offers a first rate academic formation imbued with the teachings of Jesus Christ and the Catholic faith.  Please join me in celebrating and supporting Stella Maris Academy and its fine faculty, staff, and volunteers!

Pancake Breakfasts Coming Soon

St. Mary Star of the Sea will have its monthly Pancake Breakfast on Sunday February 4th and the Cathedral Knights of Columbus will put on their annual Pancake Breakfast on Sunday February 11th.  Mark your calendars and plan to join us for a delicious breakfast!

Book Discussion: "Confessions of a Mega Church Pastor

We will have our second book discussion of, “Confessions of a Mega Church Pastor”, Tuesday 23rd at 6:00 PM in the Social Hall of the Cathedral.  Come and discuss this interesting testimony of a Mega Church pastor who found his way into the Catholic Church.

Cold & Flu Season in Full Swing

With the Cold and Flu season in full swing I encourage you to stay healthy and to use good judgement when deciding whether to shake hands at the Sign of Peace or receive the Blood of Christ from the common cup at Communion time.  Let’s help each other to stay healthy during these winter months.

Book Discussion: "Confessions of a Mega Church Pastor

We will have two sessions to discuss the book that was given out at Christmas Masses, “Confessions of a Mega Church Pastor”, tomorrow,  January 9th and Tuesday 23rd at 6:00 PM in the Social Hall of the Cathedral.  Come and discuss this interesting testimony of a Mega Church pastor who found his way into the Catholic Church.

Happy New Year

As we continue to celebrate Our Savior’s Birth and begin a New Year with the Feast of Mary, the Mother of God, I wish you and those you love many blessings.  Draw close to the child in the manger and his Blessed Mother.  He has conquered sin and death and she is a powerful intercessor and always points us to Him.  Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Mass Schedule for this Weekend

We will follow our normal Saturday and Sunday Mass schedule and will have a 9:00 AM Mass for the Feast of Mary, the Mother of God on Monday morning at the Cathedral.

Rejoice!  The Savior is Born!

As we celebrate the Birth of the Savior I wish you and those you love many blessings.  Draw close to the child in the manger.  Recognize him as your Lord.  Open your heart to him and invite him in.  He is the One who can set you free and give you true and lasting peace.  Merry Christmas!

Mass Schedule for 4th Sunday of Advent & Christmas

SATURDAY/SUNDAY MASSES: 8:00 at the Cathedral and 9:15 at St. Mary Star of the Sea (there will be no 10:30 Mass on Sunday Dec 24th). 

CHRISTMAS EVE MASSES: 4:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m. at the Cathedral and 4:00 p.m. at St. Mary Star of the Sea.

CHRISTMAS MORNING MASSES: 8:00 & 10:30 Mass at the Cathedral and 9:15 Mass at St. Mary Star of the Sea.

Confession Times Before Christmas

I encourage you to make a good Confession before Christmas comes.  Confessions will be heard at St. Mary Star of the Sea Dec 18th – 22nd from 11:30 to Noon as well as on Saturday Dec 23rd from 3:00 to 3:45.  At the Cathedral Confessions will be heard Dec 20th & 21st from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. and on Saturday Dec 23rd from 10:30 to Noon.

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.