Fr. Peter's Post

WE NEED TO CATCH UP WITH BUDGET AND UCA: We are behind a bit in our Sunday collection compared to budget and in our UCA goal in both parishes.  I’m not sure why we are behind where we usually are at this time of the year but no matter the reason it is imperative that we catch up.  Please do what you can to increase your Sunday contribution by a few dollars if you can afford to.  We have also started a monthly 2nd collection for UCA at the Cathedral (last Sunday of the month) and we will continue the monthly UCA collection at St. Mary Star of the Sea (first Sunday of the month).  Please be generous in helping to keep our parish fiscally sound.  Thank you.

BISHOP’S SCHOLARSHIP DINNER SUNDAY OCTOBER 27TH: Everyone is invited to join Bishop Sirba on Sunday October 27th for his Annual Scholarship Dinner for Stella Maris Academy.  There is no charge to attend but there will be an appeal to help fund scholarships for needy children during the dinner.  Come and help with this worthy cause!  Please call the school office to make your reservations.

 WOMEN’S CARE CENTER NIGHT 4 LIFE TUESDAY NOVEMBER 5TH: The lifesaving work of the Women’s Care Center has one main fundraiser each year---the Night 4 Life.  This year’s event will once again have a “Casino Night” theme with lots of fun and games.  One out of five children born in Duluth are served by the WCC and since the Center opened the abortion rate in Duluth has declined by 20%!  I encourage you to help with this worthy cause.  The Cathedral Knights of Columbus will help with the games and I am cancelling the Holy Hour at the Cathedral November 5th to encourage as many of you as possible to attend.  Please call the Women’s Care Center to make your reservation.


CLERGY CONFERENCE THIS WEEKFr. Paul and I will be away at the annual Clergy Conference, a time of continuing education and diocesan business which priests are obligated to attend.  It is a good time to spend together with brothers in ministry (including many deacons) and the Bishop.  The theme this year is “Charisms of Diocesan Priesthood” and our presenter will be Bishop Joseph Hanefeldt.  The conference runs Sunday afternoon through Wednesday. 


BISHOP SIRBA WILL CELEBRATE THE WHITE MASS SUNDAY, OCTOBER 20THBishop Sirba will celebrate the annual “White Mass” for medical professionals on Sunday, October 20th at the regular 10:30 Mass.  There is room for both the invited physicians, nurses, administrators, and other medical professionals and parishioners, so everyone is welcome! 

STELLA MARIS STUDENTS SERVED THE COMMUNITY THIS WEEK: Students from Stella Maris Academy’s three campuses fanned out into the City of Duluth to do service projects on “Sentinel Service Day” Friday Sept 27th.  3rd Graders from the Holy Rosary Campus cleaned and polished things in the Cathedral.  Other students visited Northshore/St. Eligius with Fr. Paul to celebrate Mass with the residents there.  These are just two examples of how our Catholic School students are seeking to “lead, love, and serve as Jesus taught”.  I encourage you to donate to Stella Maris Academy to support these great learning experiences and good works! 

I AM GRATEFUL TO GOD AND TO YOU AS I CELEBRATE 30 YEARS AS A PRIEST: I am very grateful to God for calling me to the priesthood and to you for your prayers and many kindnesses.  I can honestly say that I can’t imagine my life aside from the priesthood---even in these challenging times in the Church.  My thanks to those who organized a reception for my 30th Anniversary after the 10:30 Mass at the Cathedral Sunday September 29th (which is the actual day of my anniversary:  the Feast of the Archangels).  Please continue to pray for me and my brother priests, that we would be effective instruments of God’s grace.

ADULT CONVERT CLASSES (RCIA) ARE STARTINGHave you been curious about the Catholic faith?  Are you married to a catholic and have been coming to Mass with your spouse and children for years?  Are you a catholic that still needs to be confirmed?  If you answered “yes” to any of these questions the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is for you!  Our annual adult convert lessons known as RCIA are starting at the Cathedral this month with sessions held on Thursday evenings in the Fireside Room of the rectory.  I invite you to come and explore the Catholic faith with our RCIA team which serves several East side Catholic parishes. 

BENEDICTINE SISTER PRAYING FOR OUR PARISHES & PRIESTSThis year Sr. Joan Marie Stelman has been assigned to intercede for our parishes and priests.  Sr. Joan Marie grew up attending Mass at St. Mary Star of the Sea and currently serves as Vice President for Mission Integration at St. Mary’s Medical Center.   Please join me in returning the favor and keep Sr. Joan Marie in your prayers.  It is a blessing to have her spiritual support.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR OUR ANNUAL PET BLESSINGOn Friday, October 4th  at 2:00 p.m. at Holy Rosary School and on Sunday October 6th at noon at St. Mary Star of the Sea, I will celebrate a Blessing of Pets.  This special blessing of pets is for our parishes and any of your friends and neighbors regardless of their religious faith.  See you October 4th at 2:00 p.m. or October 6th at noon!

NEW MONTHLY SOUP SUPPER AT ST. MARY STAR OF THE SEA: Beginning on September 16th St. Mary Star of the Sea will be providing a free of charge Soup Supper meal for parishioners and the Central Hillside neighborhood.  If you would like to volunteer to help with this outreach to those in need, please see the sign up sheets in church or call the parish office.

 BUILT UPON A ROCK FEST: SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 14TH: This Saturday we will once again host the popular “Built Upon A Rock Fest”.  Bishop Sirba will celebrate the 4:00 p.m. Mass (special time) in the Cathedral to be followed by the Rock Fest on the grounds of Holy Rosary School campus.  There will be confessions and Adoration in church and free food and great Catholic music on the school grounds.  All are welcome!

CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR CATHEDRAL KNIGHTS: Congratulations to our Cathedral Msgr. O’Shea Council of the Knights of Columbus for winning a “Star Council” award.  Only 11 out of more than 250 councils were given this prestigious award for living out the values and mission of the Knights of Columbus in an exemplary way.  Congratulations, brother Knights!

 MANY THANKS FOR FALL PICNIC COMMITTEE, VOLUNTEERS: I want to thank Betty Ann Lepak and members of the Pastoral Council for organizing another successful Fall Picnic.  There is a lot of work that goes into planning and executing this large event.  I also want to thank the volunteers who helped work the picnic, including my brother Knights of Columbus.

MANY THANKS FOR GENEROUS DONORS FOR THE PICNIC: My thanks also go out to Tom & Mary Dougherty and Frank Messina for generous donations that covered over one third of the cost of the picnic!  We are blessed to have such generous supporters in our parish!

 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 

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.