Fr. Peter's Post
Cold & Flu Season in Full Swing
With the Cold and Flu season in full swing I encourage you to stay healthy and to use good judgement when deciding whether to shake hands at the Sign of Peace or receive the Blood of Christ from the common cup at Communion time. Let’s help each other to stay healthy during these winter months.
Book Discussion: "Confessions of a Mega Church Pastor
We will have two sessions to discuss the book that was given out at Christmas Masses, “Confessions of a Mega Church Pastor”, tomorrow, January 9th and Tuesday 23rd at 6:00 PM in the Social Hall of the Cathedral. Come and discuss this interesting testimony of a Mega Church pastor who found his way into the Catholic Church.
Knights of Columbus Wine Raffle
My brother Knights will be selling their annual Wine Raffle tickets at Masses starting on this weekend, January 6th & 7th. Proceeds from this raffle go to support our Stella Maris Academy and the Women’s Care Center.
Happy New Year!
As we continue to celebrate Our Savior’s Birth and begin a New Year with the Feast of Mary, the Mother of God, I wish you and those you love many blessings. Draw close to the child in the manger and his Blessed Mother. He has conquered sin and death and she is a powerful intercessor and always points us to Him. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
Mass Schedule for this Weekend
We will follow our normal Saturday and Sunday Mass schedule and will have a 9:00 AM Mass for the Feast of Mary, the Mother of God on Monday morning.
Rejoice! The Savior is Born!
As we celebrate the Birth of the Savior I wish you and those you love many blessings. Draw close to the child in the manger. Recognize him as your Lord. Open your heart to him and invite him in. He is the One who can set you free and give you true and lasting peace. Merry Christmas!
Confession Times Before Christmas
I encourage you to make a good Confession before Christmas comes. Confessions will be heard at St. Mary Star of the Sea Dec 18th – 22nd from 11:30 to Noon as well as on Saturday Dec 23rd from 3:00 to 3:45. At the Cathedral Confessions will be heard Dec 20th & 21st from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. and on Saturday Dec 23rd from 10:30 to Noon.
Bishop to Celebrate 23rd Anniversary of Holy Innocents Chapel
Bishop Sirba will celebrate the 9:15 Mass on Sunday December 17th at St. Mary Star of the Sea in celebration of the 23rd Anniversary of the Holy Innocents Adoration Chapel. The newly refurbished chapel is a living testament to our love for the Lord’s Eucharistic Presence and our prayers for an end to abortion. Come and join our Bishop as he celebrates Mass and also join us for a Social in McDowell Hall afterwards.
Feast of the Immaculate Conception Friday, Holy Day of Obligation
Friday, December 8th, is the Feast of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary. We will celebrate the holy day with 4 Masses: Thursday at 6:00 PM at the Cathedral and Friday at 8:00 AM at the Cathedral and 12:10 and 6:00 PM at St. Mary Star of the Sea.
Season of Advent Begins
This Sunday we begin the Season of Advent, the four weeks of preparation for the great celebration of Christmas. Please help yourself to a Little Blue Book available in the entrance of church. This daily prayer book is designed to take just 6 minutes of time and is a great way to add some special prayer to this rich season.
Our United Catholic Appeal Campaign Progress
In both our parishes we are still a good ways from meeting our UCA assessment. Please help us reach our goal by giving what you can. The United Catholic Appeal funds vital ministry throughout the Diocese of Duluth that directly and indirectly benefits our parishes.
Thanksgiving Day Mass Thursday
Mass will be celebrated at 9:00 AM on Thanksgiving Day at the Cathedral. There will be no 7:00 or 12:10 Mass on Thanksgiving.
Four Men to be Ordained to the Permanent Deaconate Sunday
Kyle Eller, Daniel Goshey, Michael Marvin, Steven Odegard will be ordained to the permanent deaconate on Sunday 3:00 PM at the Cathedral. All invited to attend.
I Am Away Through the 16th
Fr. Jeremy will look after things while I am out of town. He can be reached through either parish office. I’ll be back in the office on Nov 17th.
November is the Month of All The Souls
It is a long-standing Catholic practice to remember our deceased friends and family members in prayer during the month of November since the Feast of All Souls occurs on November 2nd. As we have in previous years there will be a “Book of the Deceased” in both our churches where you can inscribe the names of people who have died whom you would like us to pray for this month. We will also remember parishioners who died this past year at Sunday Masses Nov 4th & 5th. “Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord. And may the perpetual light shine upon them. May their souls and the souls of all the departed through the mercy of God rest in peace”.
Holy Day of Obligation: The Feast of All Saints
Wednesday November 1st is the Feast of All Saints, a holy day of obligation. Masses for the holy day will be: Tuesday Oct 31st at 6:00 PM and Wednesday Nov 1st at 12:10 at St. Mary Star of the Sea and Wednesday Nov 1st at 8:00 AM and 7:00 PM at the Cathedral.
Nursery Workers Needed on Sundays
I would like to be able to offer nursery care for young children during Sunday Masses but so far this Fall we have not had anyone apply for this position. If you know someone who loves children and might like to staff our nursery from 8:00 to Noon on Sunday mornings for a competitive wage, please encourage them to contact the parish office: 728-3646.
"Called to Serve" Campaign
I would like to thank all of you who have responded to my request that you prayerfully consider an increase in your financial support of the parish. If you haven’t had a chance to respond please do so. It has been five years since the Finance Council and I have asked for any kind of increase and we wouldn’t ask if it wasn’t necessary. As your means allow, please help us continue to answer God’s “Call to Serve”.
"Called to Serve" Campaign
I would like to thank all of you who have responded to my first letter asking that you prayerfully consider an increase in your financial support of the parish. If you haven’t had a chance to respond please do so. In the coming weeks follow up letters will go out to those who have not responded. Once you have responded to the appeal you shouldn’t receive additional letters. Instead you should receive a “thank you”. If you have responded but still receive an additional letter, please disregard it. It is possible that it was sent out just before we received your response. It has been five years since the Finance Council and I have asked for any kind of increase and we wouldn’t ask if it wasn’t necessary. As your means allow, please help us continue to answer God’s “Call to Serve”. Thank you.
Diocesan Assembly Saturday
The annual Diocesan Assembly will take place this Saturday. The topic is “Has Science Killed Faith?” Joe Miller, Executive Director of the Magis Center for Reason and Faith, will be the speaker. I encourage you to call the Pastoral Center (724-9111) and register.
"Called to Serve" Campaign
By now you should have received a special letter from me asking you to support the many ways our parish is “Called to Serve” its members and the wider community. I ask that you read the letter and reflect on the many good things that are happening in our parish. Please prayerfully consider my request to increase your financial support. It has been five years since the Finance Council and I have asked for any kind of increase and we wouldn’t ask if it wasn’t necessary. Please help us continue to answer God’s “Call to Serve”. Thank you.
Built Upon a Rock Fest Sunday Sept 17th
Built Upon A Rock Fest is a free outdoor Catholic rock music festival that will be held on our Cathedral grounds on Sunday September 17th. The stage will be located behind the school and seating will be on the hillside. During the concert that will run from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. there will also be Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and Confessions heard inside the Cathedral. The mission of the festival is to bring the love of Jesus Christ into the hearts of those within the Diocese of Duluth, and beyond, though authentically Catholic music that Rocks! Our Cathedral parish is happy to host this exciting new faith opportunity.
Wednesday School Mass Moves to 8:00 AM
The School Mass for the Holy Rosary campus of the Stella Maris Academy will take place at 8:00 a.m. this year starting on Wednesday September 13th. This new time will match the Mass time at the St. John’s campus and Fr. Rich Kunst, Fr. Jeremy, and myself will take turns in a rotation so that we can be present to both the Elementary and Middle School students on Wednesdays.
No Masses Labor Day Monday Sept. 4th
This is a reminder that there will be no 7:00 AM or 12:10 PM Masses on Monday September 4th.
Oktoberfest is Saturday Sept. 9th
Please plan to join us for our annual Oktoberfest on Saturday September 9th following the 5:00 Mass. This popular annual parish picnic is a great way to reconnect as we begin another school year!
The food and drink are complimentary and parishioners from both the Cathedral and St. Mary Star of the Sea are invited.
Holy Innocents Adoration Chapel to be Refurbished
The Holy Innocents Adoration Chapel will be refurbished in the coming weeks. The walls and ceiling will be repainted and the stenciling touched up. Things will be cleaned and shined up and new chairs will be installed. This work will take three weeks and so the chapel will be closed Friday August 18th at 6:00 p.m. and reopened Monday September 11th at 8:00 a.m. I am grateful to a number of people who have coordinated this project and raised over $13,000 to cover its cost. We are blessed to have this Adoration Chapel in our parish and I encourage you to sign up to make a regular holy hour once the chapel reopens.