Fr. Peter's Post
Holy Day of Obligation Saturday
The Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary takes place this week on Saturday December 8th. Masses for the Holy Day will be celebrated at St. Mary Star of the Sea on Friday December 7th at 6:00 PM and at the Cathedral on Saturday December 8th at 9:00 AM (Bishop Sirba will celebrate the 9:00 AM Holy Day Mass.)
Advent Begins This Sunday
The Season of Advent begins this weekend with its emphasis on being vigilant awaiting the Lord’s return at the end of time and in that context then focuses our attention on the celebration of his first coming at Christmas. I encourage you to be intentional about setting aside some time for prayer during the Season of Advent which I know is one of the busiest times of the year.
Permanent Deacon Ordination Sunday
Bishop Sirba will ordain Steve Shuler and Charles Welte to the Permanent Diaconate Sunday November 25th at 3:00 p.m. at the Cathedral. Please pray for Steve and Charles. You are most welcome to attend the ordination.
Thanksgiving Day Mass
I will celebrate Mass at 9:00 AM at the Cathedral on Thanksgiving Day. This special Mass will take the place of the 7:00 AM Mass at the Cathedral and the 12:10 Mass at St. Mary Star of the Sea.
Turkey Bingo Sunday Nov 18th at St. Mary Star of the Sea
St. Mary Star of the Sea’s annual Turkey Bingo is Sunday Nov 18th at 1:00 p.m. This is a fun event and an important fundraiser for the parish. Come and have a little fun and support St. Mary Star of the Sea!
November is the Month of All the Souls
We will also be praying for all the souls of the faithful departed that are being purified in Purgatory, preparing for their glorious entrance into Heaven. This period of prayer begins with the “Commemoration of All the Souls” on Nov 2nd and continues throughout the month. “Books of the Deceased” can be found in both our churches. In them you can inscribe the names of your loved ones who have died so that we can lift them up in prayer this month.
Holy Day of Obligation: Feast of All Saints
Next week the Church celebrates the great “Solemnity of All the Saints” holding up to us the holy men and women who have gone before us in faith. Masses for this holy day of obligation are as follows:
7:00 PM Wednesday Oct 31st at the Cathedral (includes Rel. Ed. Youth)
8:30 AM Thursday Nov 1st at the Cathedral (includes Stella Maris students)
12:10 PM Thursday Nov 1st at St. Mary Star of the Sea
6:00 PM Thursday Nov 1st at St. Mary Star of the Sea
Year End Parish Financial Reports
Included as an insert in this bulletin is our Year End Parish Financial Report for the fiscal year that ended June 30th (our fiscal year runs July 1-June 30). Here is a brief summary:
CATHEDRAL: the Cathedral’s report shows another year of deficit spending to the tune of $31,505.13. Part of this deficit had to do with the transition of the school to Stella Maris Academy, but there were other factors involved as well. We ran a deficit the prior fiscal year as well and are currently running a $15,000 deficit in our new fiscal year. Some of our good givers have retired and moved or passed on to the other side of life. Be assured that the Finance Council and I have cut expenses where we can.
So, I ask you to join me in increasing your parish support by 10% to help your parish continue to meet the important needs of educating our children, providing much needed programs for our youth, reaching out to the poor in our community, and so much more.
ST. MARY STAR OF THE SEA: St. Mary Star of the Sea’s report shows a surplus of $24,043.00,revenue over expenses which is good news. However, that surplus depends on some very generous volunteers who clean the church and social hall each week. If we had to hire that work out our bottom line would look significantly different. So, I ask you to continue to be generous in supporting your parish.
Pet Blessing Sunday at Noon at SMSS
I will be blessing parishioners’ pets on Sunday October 7th at Noon at St. Mary Star of the Sea. The pet blessing will take place in the parking lot with a reception in the church hall to follow.
Holy Hour in Reparation for Clergy Abuse/Victims of Abuse
Bishop Sirba will lead a Holy Hour in Reparation for Clergy Sexual Abuse and Victims of Abuse this Sunday October 7th from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. and invites you to join him. The holy hour will take place at the Cathedral.
Bishop's Annual Scholarship Dinner Sunday October 7th
Bishop Sirba’s annual Scholarship Dinner to benefit Stella Maris Academy is coming up on Sunday October 7th at the Greysolon Ballroom. The Cathedral and St. Mary Star of the Sea are sponsoring tables at the dinner with seating for 10 people each. I invite you to call the parish office let me know if you would like to sit at one of our tables. There is no charge to attend but an appeal will be made at this great annual event to provide scholarships to students from families that need help to cover their tuition. It would be great to see our tables filled up so please call the parish office and let me know by Friday September 28th.
A Couple of Videos Worth Watching
I highly recommend to you what Bishop Robert Barron says in two videos he has released recently. On his website Word On Fire.org is a Q&A about the clergy abuse crisis and on YouTube is another video entitled “Why Remain Catholic”. I completely agree with what he says in these two online videos offer them to you during this time of crisis in the Church.
Holy Hour & Open Forum on Scandals in the Church
I invite you to come to the Cathedral for a time of prayer and discussion about the current crisis involving clerical abuse and the covering up such abuse. On Tuesday September 18th there will be an hour for us to spend with Our Lord in Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and then an Open Forum in His Presence. Prayer will begin at 6:00 p.m. with the Open Forum to follow at 7:00 p.m. Both will take place in church.
Come and pray for victims of abuse. Come pray for Pope Francis and the bishops, that they will take concrete and effective steps to rid the Church of this corruption. Come and support each other during these difficult days.
Built Upon A Rockfest next Saturday
“BUILT ON A ROCKFEST” is back again this fall at the Cathedral and Holy Rosary Campus grounds. This Catholic music festival will take place on Saturday September 15th following the 5:00 PM Mass with Adoration and Confessions and faith-filled Catholic music. Come and experience this unique event.
Cathedral Fall Parish Picnic Saturday Sept. 8th
Please also mark your calendars for Saturday September 8th for our annual Cathedral Fall Parish Picnic at the end of the first week of school. Great food and fun will once again be on the menu with members of both parishes and friends and neighbors most welcome. Mass at the Cathedral that day will be at 4:00 PM instead of 5:00 PM.
Statements from the Diocese
The Diocese has issued statements regarding statements by attorneys in the Fr. Graham case. Read them here.
Bring It All Out Into the Light
The recent news out of Pennsylvania and Washington D.C. about clergy sexual abuse and the covering up of such abuse is hard to hear. The abuse of the young and other vulnerable adults has no place in the Church. It is a darkness that must be brought out into the light. As hard as it is to hear these stories it is vital that they be told so that justice can be done for victims and so that they are no longer hidden away. Bringing all this out into the light is the only way the Church can move forward.
I know in the Diocese of Duluth we are doing much better about preventing abuse from happening but we will have to continue to be vigilant. Again, shining the light on this darkness is a necessary part of getting rid of it. Please join me in continuing to be vigilant and in praying for abuse victims and for the Church as she works to find effective ways of dealing with all this.
Community Night on Tuesday!
Our next Parish Community Night will be on Tuesday August 14th at St. Mary Star of the Sea. We will begin with the Vigil Mass for the Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary at 5:30 PM and continue with a complimentary picnic dinner and fellowship. Please plan to join us.
Parish Community Night at Cathedral on Tuesday
Our Parish Community Night will be Tuesday July 31st from 5:00 to 7:00 PM in the Social Hall and lawn of the Cathedral. There will be a complimentary picnic meal and time to get to know your fellow parishioners and community members. Members from both the Cathedral and St. Mary Star of the Sea are invited. Bring your non-catholic friends and neighbors, too! The next Parish Community Night will be August 14th at St. Mary Star of the Sea.
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.