Fr. Peter's Post

HOLY DAY OF OBLIGATION:  FEAST OF THE ASSUMPTION THIS WEEK: This week we will celebrate the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary.  Masses for this holy day of obligation will be celebrated at St. Mary Star of the Sea Wednesday, August 14th at 6:00 p.m. and Thursday, August 15th at 12:10 p.m.  Masses at the Cathedral will be on Thursday, August 15th at 7:00 a.m. and 6:30 p.m.

CATHEDRAL FALL PICNIC JUST AROUND THE CORNER: The annual Cathedral Fall Picnic will be on Saturday, September 7th at 5:00 p.m. following the 4:00 p.m. Mass (special time) at the Cathedral.  Parishioners from St. Mary Star of the Sea are also invited after the 4:00 Mass at St. Mary’s.  All the food and beverages are free.  Come and enjoy some great Italian food and even better fellowship! 

MORE MASONRY WORK AT THE CATHEDRAL: Our beautiful Cathedral church, rectory, and school are in need of masonry repair and tuck pointing in several areas.   We are undertaking a masonry study to map out what needs to be done and when.  We will be undertaking approximately $30,000 worth of work this coming year and do not have funds in our operating budget to cover this important maintenance.  If you can help by donating please send a check or drop one in the collection marked “masonry work” in the memo line or on the envelope.  Thank you!

PARISH TRIP TO TWINS GAME ON SUNDAY AUGUST 11THWe have a full bus leaving after the 8:00 Mass from the Cathedral parking lot on Sunday to take in the Twins game against the Cleveland Indians.  I am grateful to the Knights of Columbus who are co-sponsoring this fun parish event.  Let’s pray for a big win for the Twins.  They could sure use it!

DEACON JIM PHILBIN IS ASSIGNED TO OUR PARISHES:  Deacon Jim Philbin has been assigned by Bishop Sirba for ministry in our parishes.  Deacon Jim has been assigned to St. Benedict’s parish but will now join our other deacons serving here at the Cathedral and St. Mary Star of the Sea. 

FAREWELL FOR FR. JEREMY:  There will be two farewell receptions for Fr. Jeremy who is moving to Blessed Sacrament parish in Hibbing on July 17th. Sunday, July 14 after the 9:15 Mass at St. Mary Star of the Sea and Tuesday, July 16 at 5:00 p.m. at the Cathedral as our Parish Community Night before the Holy Hour from 6:30 to 7:30. Come and wish Fr. Jeremy well and thank him for his good work here in our parishes.

FR. PAUL STROMMER ARRIVES: Fr. Paul Strommer will be our new Associate Pastor. He will arrive in the afternoon on July 17th to begin his ministry in our parishes. Fr. Paul discerned his vocation while a student at UMD and is looking forward to returning to Duluth. He has spent his first years of priesthood at St. Francis parish in Brainerd.

TOTUS TUUS SUMMER CAMP JUST AROUND THE CORNER:  We will once again have “Totus Tuus” (meaning “Totally Yours”) a week-long Catholic summer camp for children and youth. It will take place the week of July 28 through August 2nd with a program for elementary age children in the morning and a separate program for middle school and high school youth in the evening. Registration forms can be found on tables at our church entrances and at duluthcathedral.com. 

PARISH TRIP TO TWINS GAME PLANNED FOR AUGUST: We are planning another fun parish outing to take in a TWINS GAME on August 11th.  The team is playing a very exciting brand of baseball and several people have asked if we are going to have a Parish Twins Game Trip this summer.  The answer is YES!  The Knights of Columbus will be co-sponsoring this event.  The cost for altar servers will again be just $10 as a “thank you” for their service to the parish.  The cost for everyone else will be just $45 (including bus ride and ticket to the game).  People of all ages (non-parishioners, too!) are most welcome to join us.  We will take in a Sunday 1:00 p.m. game against the Cleveland Indians at Target Field and leave by bus after the 8:00 Mass at the Cathedral.   Call the Cathedral office or sign up online at duluthcathedral.com soon to reserve your spot.  Seating is limited. 

MORE MASONRY WORK AT THE CATHEDRALOur beautiful Cathedral church, rectory, and school are in need of masonry repair and tuck pointing in several areas.   We are undertaking a masonry study to map out what needs to be done and when.  We will be undertaking approximately $30,000 worth of work this coming year and do not have funds in our operating budget to cover this work.  If you can help by donating please send a check or drop one in the collection marked “masonry work” in the memo line or on the envelope.  You can also visit the Giving Opportunities page on the  Cathedral website and click on the Masonry Work tab to donate.    Thank you!

BE GENEROUS IN SUPPORT OF THE UNITED CATHOLIC APPEALOur annual United Catholic Appeal is underway once again.  A few weeks ago you received a mailing about this year’s UCA with a letter from me asking you to be generous in helping fund important ministries and programs across the Diocese of Duluth.  Our parish benefits from these UCA funded ministries and programs so it is in our best interest to generously support the United Catholic Appeal.