Fr. Peter's Post

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.

PAUL STOMMER 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 

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 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.

New Parish Nurse to Begin Ministry at St. Mary Star of the Sea

I am happy to announce that Nancy Turchi has been hired as our new parish nurse. Nancy is a parishioner at St. Mary Star of the Sea and has a good deal of nursing experience in her background. Please join me in welcoming Nancy to this health ministry position. She will begin to get to know the needs of the parish and neighborhood over the summer months. You can find her contact information on the front page of the bulletin.



Congratulations to Our Confirmation Class of 2019

This Sunday on the Feast of Pentecost Bishop Sirba imparted the Holy Spirit upon our 11th Grade Confirmation Class. Please join me in praying that these young men and women will open their hearts to the transforming power of the Holy Spirit.

Stella Maris Graduates its Class of 2019

Bishop Sirba celebrated the 5:00 p.m. Mass on Saturday June 1st that featured the graduation of the 8th Grade Class of Stella Maris Academy. Please join me in congratulating the students who have successfully completed their courses at our Catholic school.


Memorial Day Mass Schedule

Bishop Sirba will celebrate a special Memorial Day Mass at Calvary Cemetery on Monday May 27th at 10:00 AM.  Everyone is encouraged to attend this Mass.  There will be no 7:00 AM Mass at the Cathedral or 12:10 PM Mass at St. Mary Star of the Sea on Memorial Day.

Mass at Women's Care Center this Week  

Fr. Peter will celebrate Mass at the Women’s Care Center this week on Tuesday May 28th at        6:00 PM.  All are welcome.

Thank you Marianne Fightlin

After more than 15 years Marianne Fightlin will be stepping down as our parish nurse at St. Mary Star of the Sea.  I am grateful for Marianne’s dedication as she completes her service to our parish.  Please join me in expressing our gratitude to Marianne.