St. Mary Star of the Sea News

March 18, 2020 UPDATE:  

Live Streaming of Cathedral Masses

This weekend’s 5:00 PM Saturday (3/21) Mass and 10:30 AM Sunday (3/22) Mass will be live streamed on Facebook.  "Like" the Cathedral Facebook page at to be reminded of this in your news feed.  Plan to join with fellow St. Mary Star of the Sea and  Cathedral  parish members in the celebration of the Mass!   While we will be unable to receive the Eucharist, we are encouraged to make an Act of Spiritual Communion. It is a beautiful way to express to God our desire to be united with him when we are unable to complete that union in the reception of Holy Communion. 


"My Jesus, I believe that You are present in the Most Holy Sacrament.

I love You above all things, and I desire to receive You into my soul.

Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally,

come at least spiritually into my heart.

I embrace You as if You were already there and unite myself wholly to You.

Never permit me to be separated from You. Amen."


If you can't watch the Mass in real time, the video will save to the Facebook page so you can watch it at your leisure on Saturday or Sunday.


Take Time in Your Day to Pray

Prayer Against Coronavirus

Lord Jesus Christ, our Divine Physician, we ask you to guard and protect us from Coronavirus COVID-19 and all serious illness.  For all that have died from it, have mercy; for those that are ill now, bring healing.  For those searching for a remedy, enlighten them; for medical caregivers helping the sick, strengthen and shield them.  For those working to contain the spread, grant them success; for those afraid, grant peace.  May your precious blood be our defense and salvation.  By your grace, may you turn the evil of disease into moments of consolation and hope.  May we always fear the contagion of sin more than any illness.  We abandon ourselves to your infinite mercy. Amen.


On-going stewardship, offertory collection, & financial contributions

Understanding that your ability to be physically present at St. Mary Star of the Sea may be affected during this time and that the current crisis is causing financial challenges to many in our midst, we remain grateful for your continued financial generosity. To ensure the parish is able to quickly respond and reach the most vulnerable in our community and live our on-going mission, we encourage you to consider alternate means of contributing to the parish. You can mail your contributions to the parish at 325 E. 3rd St. Duluth, MN 55805. You can also donate online by selecting the St. Mary Star of the Sea fund in the giving tab of the Cathedral’s website, SMSS shares the online giving platform with the Cathedral to save on costs. All monies given to the SMSS Fund go directly to St. Mary Star of the Sea. Please call Lauren McCracken, Business Manager, at 218.728.3646 if you need assistance or if you prefer to have her set up online giving for you.

March 18, 2020: 

Let us keep each other in prayer during this time of crisis.   While we go through this time of uncertainty know that the Lord Jesus is with us. Open your heart to him and call on him every day in moments of prayer. He will be with us through it all and many graces will be given to us as we help each other through this crisis.

The Diocese of Duluth has made the very difficult decision to cancel all public Masses throughout the Diocese beginning Friday, March 20 through Monday, April 20 in order to slow down this viral pandemic.  Please read the statement from Diocesan Administrator, Fr. Jim Bissonette, which gives full details on this decision. 


Masses will continue to be said by Fr. Peter and Fr. Paul privately at the Cathedral and St. Mary Star of the Sea. As we believe in the great power of the Mass, we can expect graces to flow as if we were there. You can pray during regular Mass times and make an Act of Spiritual Communion:

"My Jesus, I believe that you are present in the most Blessed Sacrament.

I love you above all things and I desire to receive You into my soul.

Since I cannot now receive you sacramentally,

come at least spiritually into my heart.

I embrace You as if You were already there,

and unite myself wholly to You.

Never permit me to be separated from You. Amen."


During this time, Masses at St. Mary Star of the Sea will be said privately by Fr. Peter and Fr. Paul Monday through Friday at 11:00 AM.  The church will open at 11:30-12:00 for Confessions and remain open until 1:00 PM.  Confessions will also be held Saturdays from 3:00-3:45 PM.  Confessions can also be scheduled privately by calling 218-722-3078 ext. 12 or 218-728-3646. 

We are implementing Facebook Live streaming from the Cathedral of Our Lady Facebook page. More details on Facebook live will be sent out later today.


To schedule an Anointing of the Sick, please call 218-722-3078 ext. 12 or 218-728-3646.


Stations of the Cross are scheduled for Wednesday March 25 and April 1 at 5:30 PM. 


The Adoration Chapel closes at 9:00 AM on Fridays and reopens at 8:00 AM on Sundays. 

If there are any changes to this schedule, you will be informed via email, and it will also be posted on our website and in our weekly bulletin. 


Unless noted, all normal parish programming, meetings, activities and events at St. Mary Star of the Sea are suspended until further notice. 


The Church will remain open for people to pray Mon-Fri: 11:30 AM- 1:00 PM, Saturday 3:00-4:00 PM, and Sun 10:00-11:00 AM.  Please use hand sanitizer found at church entrances before entering the Sanctuary.  If you are ill or caring for someone who is ill, please refrain from visiting St. Mary Star of the Sea until fully recovered and after completing the recommended two-week quarantine.

If there are any changes to any of these scheduled times, you will be informed via email, and it will also be posted on our website and in our weekly bulletin. 


Our goal is to keep our parish members fully informed during this time of rapid change and crisis.  Here are the best ways to learn of updates and what is happening at St. Mary Star of the Sea:

  • Check the St. Mary Star of the Sea website at
  • If you know of someone who did not receive this email, ask them to contact Rebecca in the parish office at [email protected] or 218-722-3078 with their email address and mobile phone number.
  • Call the parish office at 218-722-3078 or email [email protected] with questions.  Our office hours are Monday-Friday 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM.
  • The weekly bulletin will continue to be published.  It can be found at the bottom of the homepage of the St. Mary Star of the Sea website.  A limited number of paper copies will also be published and placed at church entrances.  If you know of someone who does not have internet access, please let them know that the bulletin will be available at church entrances. If they prefer to have the bulletin mailed to them, please ask them to call our office.

    *please note:  the bulletins may have outdated information due to a Tuesday publication deadlines
  • For those involved in Faith Formation programs, please watch for direct communication from David Walsh for Religious Education and Confirmation plans, and Bob & Sandi Arola for RCIA updates. 
  • Follow the St. Mary Star of the Sea Facebook page
  • Many of our parish members do not have internet access or email accounts. If you know of someone without internet access, please reach out to them with parish updates. 



St. John Paul II heralded the age of the New Evangelization, and Catholics all over the world have heeded that call. Here are resources available to you.  We will continue to add further resources for you in the coming weeks. 

  •  Online movies, books, audio recordings, and learning resources. Free for Cathedral parishioners.
  • Magnificat:  Magnificat is offering complimentary online access for daily Mass readings and reflections. 
  • WDIO, Channel 10 offers a televised Mass at 9:30 Sundays from the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in Washington DC. 
  • Real Presence Radio:  Tune in to 88.1 or visit RPR online to listen for daily Mass, daily Rosary, daily Divine Mercy Chaplet and other high quality Catholic programming. 
  • EWTN offers multiple masses and Catholic programming throughout the day both online and on television.  
  • OSV Lenten Bulletin Insert for the 4th Sunday of Lent.


We encourage you to make sure to keep the light of Christ alive in your hearts.  Please remember to reach out to neighbors and those who may need a simple phone call as there are many among us who are suffering from the loss of employment, anxiety about the future, and social isolation.