St. Mary Star of the Sea Parish News 4/1/2021
St. Mary Star of the Sea Parish News
April 1, 2021
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March 25, 2021
A MESSAGE FROM
FATHER ANTHONY WROBLEWSKI
Victimae paschali laudes
Agnus redemit oves:
Christus innocens Patri reconciliavit
Mors et vita duello conflixere mirando:
dux vitae mortuus regnat vivus.
Let Christians offer sacrificial praises to
the Passover victim.
The lamb has redeemed the sheep:
The Innocent Christ has reconciled
the sinners to the Father.
Death and life contended in a spectacular battle:
the Prince of life, who died, reigns alive.
That is the Latin and English translation of the Sequence of Easter, sung just before the Gospel is read every Easter. We celebrate the most Holy Feast of our Christian Faith, the Resurrection of our Lord. He suffered, died, and rose that we may have life eternal. Jesus has conquered death! Last year was the strangest Easter I have ever celebrated. As you recall, it was completely celebrated in your homes. Yet the fact remained: Christ has conquered death! Praise God we can celebrate together in Church this year. Even though our voices can’t, at this moment with Covid protocols, sound an “Alleluia” together, His Resurrection still echoes that “Alleluia” loud and clear.
This feast reminds me that our faith is not just for today: it must be lived and practiced every day of our lives. The Lord’s passion and resurrection are best reflected in the world when we as His followers help others to see the face of Christ. Only when we have turned completely to the Lord, and when we extend our faith in loving service to our sisters and brothers, can we find ultimate fulfillment – not just in this world, but in the life to come. Our Christian lives are always to be lived in service to the least of our brothers and sisters. In doing so, we witness to the power of Christ’s Resurrection even to the lowest among us! Our Lord showed us that if we can accept our crosses like Him, we’ll be able to rise with Him in newness of life.
My dear friends, we don’t know how long this crisis will last: who would have thought we would still be in this crisis today? We don’t know how long it will last. And yet, we can still rejoice, because as the song above proclaims: “…the Prince of life, who died, reigns alive.” May you all have a very Blessed Easter!
In Christ and Mary Immaculate,
CHAPLET OF DIVINE MERCY NOVENA
We invite you to prepare for Divine Mercy Sunday by praying the Divine Mercy Novena
beginning on Good Friday
. Our Lord gave Saint Faustina a different intention for each day. The intentions are:
Day 1- All mankind, especially sinners
Day 2- The souls of priests and religious
Day 3- All devout and faithful souls
Day 4- Those who do not believe in God and those who do not yet know Jesus
Day 5- The souls who have separated themselves from the Church
Day 6- The meek and humble souls and the souls of little children
Day 7- The souls who especially venerate and glorify His mercy
Day 8- The souls detained in purgatory
Day 9- Souls who have become lukewarm.
The Chaplet will be posted daily on the Cathedral YouTube channel. Be sure to subscribe so you are notified when it is posted!
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Chaplet of Divine Mercy Novena
HOLY WEEK SCHEDULE
PARISH OFFICE HOURS
The Parish Offices will be closed Good Friday and Easter Monday. We wish you a blessed and fruitful Easter season.
DO SOMETHING BEAUTIFUL FOR GOD
A Gift for You! Mother Teresa’s
Do Something Beautiful for God
is being given out to parishioners at all Easter Masses. This book is a collection of 365 daily reflections from Mother Teresa. It is easy to read and invites you to spend a year walking and talking with this icon of goodness.
Our sincerest thanks to those who donated flowers to make our church so beautiful this Easter!
THE ROYAL BANNERS FORWARD GO
This ancient chant "The Royal Banners Forward Go" was sung at the Palm Sunday Masses at the Cathedral this past weekend. It was originally composed in Latin -
by Venantius Honorus Fortunatus from 569 France. Listen to these powerful words sung by Jenny Campbell.
Recording of the Royal Banners Forward Go.m4a
The Pastoral Council is hosting one more book study night via ZOOM on February 15 (Part 4 of the book) from 7—8:30 PM to discuss
I Heard God Laugh
by Matthew Kelly. Join us from the comfort of your home and stay for all or part of the session. You are welcome to join even if you could not make it for the first two meetings.
To join, go to zoom.us and enter
Meeting ID: 831 6443 3249 and
We look forward to the fellowship and discussion!
We are looking for regular adorers on Fridays from about 12:30 PM to 3 PM. To sign up to be added to the schedule, please call Rebecca at 218-722-3078 or click the link below.
Star of the Sea Adorer Sign Up
DIVINE MERCY SUNDAY
Being able to offer praise and thanksgiving to God through music is a blessing and a privilege. As St. Augustine stated, “He who sings, prays twice.” So to ask the congregation not to sing during liturgies has left an obvious void in our worship.
Thankfully, our music director, Jenny Campbell, installed barriers and developed procedures that allow David, our organist, and Wendy, our pianist, and a cantor and small quartet of singers to provide music in a safe and healthy manner for our Masses. I have been privileged to be one of the singers in this smaller music ministry team as a temporary solution during this unusual time and to give back for all of the blessings I have received. I pray that this arrangement has enhanced the worship of all attending Mass whether in person or electronically. Your patience with the current restriction is greatly appreciated.
It will be a glorious day when the sound of the congregation and the full choir worshipping and praising God in song and spoken prayer again fills the Cathedral. That will be “music to our ears”!
-Candace Wegerson, Cathedral Choir
We will be publishing weekly reflections from our parish members. If you have thoughts or writings you would like to share, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
CATHEDRAL TENEBRAE SERVICE
Many of you joined us online for our first ever Lessons and Carols in December. Good Friday evening, we invite you to join us for a Tenebrae service. Traditionally, the Tenebrae service is a mix of scripture readings, and songs that tell us of the Lord's suffering and death. This is the type of service that one could attend even if they were at an earlier Passion service. Since we are to keep holy Good Friday, consider joining us for this evening of solemn readings and music. The service will be both in person and livestreamed.
FAITH FORMATION NEWS
The long journey of Lent has ended. As a Church we have prepared our hearts to receive the gift of salvation Jesus offers to us. We have entered deeply into His Passion and Death, and have stood at the entrance to His tomb. And now, after these long weeks of penance and contemplation, we encounter Jesus’ Resurrection, His victory over sin and death.
On the third day after Jesus’ death and resurrection we are told that the Disciples do not yet understand the Scriptures, nor that Jesus has been raised from the dead. In our lives, our understanding of Christ’s Resurrection unfolds over our lifetime. Sometimes we find it easy to accept the truth of Christ’s Resurrection. Sometimes we face a time of doubt and skepticism like the doubting Disciple Thomas. Our human nature seeks hard evidence that the Jesus who appeared to his disciples after his death is indeed the same Jesus who was crucified. Thomas gives witness to us that the Jesus who was raised is the same Jesus who died.
In the weeks ahead, we will hear how the first disciples moved from confusion, through doubt and skepticism, to full faith. Their experience can teach us how we, too, might receive this gift of faith from God. Through the gift of the Holy Spirit, we are among those who are blessed, for we have not seen and yet believe.
Easter is the most joyful time of the liturgical year. It is the time we celebrate the Resurrection and the peace and healing it brings us. Take this time as a family to reflect on ways you can be messengers of the good news like the Disciples. What are some ways you can let people know that because of Jesus, we are all promised a life in heaven after death? Jesus gives us hope in the knowledge that God is with us even in difficult times. Do you know someone who needs to hear this message?
I pray this Easter season is one of joy and renewed faith for you and your family.
Faith Formation classes resume on April 7
with our K-5 students. Classes are from 6 PM- 7 PM.
-Sonya Morris, Faith Formation Director
STELLA MARIS ACADEMY NEWS
ST. VINCENT DE PAUL SOCIETY IMMACULATE CONCEPTION CONFERENCE
The St. Vincent de Paul Society meets on the first and third Thursdays of the month. Our next meeting is April 15. Email email@example.com for the meeting link. If you have questions, please contact Deacon Jim at 218-348-6258.
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STAYING HEALTHY AT MASS
As covid-19 cases increase in our area, it is a good time to make sure we are all taking the precautions that are in our control.
Wear a face mask when you are at church. If you are not able to wear a face mask, please obtain a face shield.
Hand Sanitizing Before Communion:
When you come up to communion, you will notice there is hand sanitizer in the aisle. To make sure we are doing things safely, first pull down your mask, then sanitize your hands prior to receiving communion.
Cleaning the Pews:
After Mass, please sanitize the area in which you are sitting. Sanitizing wipes can be found in the side aisles. Thank you.
STEUBENVILLE MISSION TRIP
The annual Steubenville Conference Mission Trip for students in grades 9-12 is tentatively planned for July 6-12, 2021! We are hoping to go to the Steubenville Conference in Springfield Missouri July 9-11.
Registration is open and more information can be found at
The Diocese of Duluth is seeking a Parish Auditor to conduct parish financial reviews on a three-year cycle. The auditor will also consult with parish staff on complex accounting questions, occasionally conduct special financial investigations and periodically train parish business staff on the accounting software. We are looking for an organized individual who pays close attention to detail, has good verbal/written communication skills, and has a thorough knowledge of internal controls and accounting. This is a full-time position with benefits and is remote. Since travel to parish locations is required, applicants should live centrally within the Diocese of Duluth. To obtain more information, please see our website:
Part-Time Maintenance Person:
St. Michael’s is looking for a person responsible for maintaining the church and professional building through cleaning and custodial work. Set up for weddings, funerals, and church events as requested. Some shoveling involved. Flexible schedule, approximately 25 hours per week. Contact the parish office for a complete job description or to apply: firstname.lastname@example.org or 218-525-1902.
Part Time Custodian/Building Maintenance & Grounds
at St. Lawrence Church, Duluth. Approximately 20-25 hours a week. Responsible for maintaining the church building and grounds through cleaning and custodial work, simple maintenance, snow removal, lawn care, overseeing and helping coordinate larger projects, and boiler checks/general maintenance. Strongly preferred to have a boiler license or be willing to acquire one. A complete job description is available at the parish office: 218-722-2259 or email@example.com.
East Duluth Catholic Faith Formation is a collaborative effort that has created a combined Religious Education program. We are accepting applications for the Director of Faith Formation for 6
grade students. This is a full-time position with benefits. We are looking for someone who possesses a sincere and demonstrated ability to share their Catholic faith in the dynamic environment of a large-scale middle and high school religious education program and beyond. Please see the
full job description
. If you are interested in this position, please send a cover letter, resume and references to firstname.lastname@example.org.
STEWARDSHIP, OFFERTORY COLLECTION, & FINANCIAL CONTRIBUTIONS
Thank you for your continued financial support of our parish. Your contributions have enabled us to continue the important work and mission of St. Mary Star of the Sea!
Contributions can also be mailed or dropped off at the parish office at 325 E. 3rd Street Duluth, MN 55805 or made through our online giving platform at
and clicking on the Giving Tab, then St. Mary Star of the Sea Fund. Please contact Lauren McCracken, Business Manager at 218-728-3646 or
if you need assistance.
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Mass will be celebrated at St. Mary Star of the Sea at the following times with an attendance limit of one-half seating capacity of the church. Please
read and follow the protocols
Monday-Friday 12:10 PM
Saturday 4:00 PM
Sunday 9:15 AM
CATHEDRAL LIVESTREAM MASS
Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri 7 AM
Wednesday 8 AM
Saturday 5 PM
Sunday 10:30 AM
Click here for the livestream!
The Sacrament of Penance is offered on Monday through Friday from 11:30 AM to 12 PM and on Saturday from 3 PM to 3:45 PM at St. Mary Star of the Sea. Confessions can also be scheduled privately by calling 218-722-3078 ext. 12 or 218-728-3646.
EUCHARISTIC ADORATION AT THE CATHEDRAL
Eucharistic Adoration is held at the Cathedral each Tuesday from 3 to 7 PM.
HOLY INNOCENTS PERPETUAL ADORATION CHAPEL HOURS
The Adoration Chapel is open Sunday 4 PM to Monday 8 AM and Tuesday 7 PM to Thursday 9 AM.
PARISH OFFICE HOURS
The parish staff is practicing social distancing to help stop the spread of COVID-19. During office hours, you can reach us at 218-722-3078 or ring the doorbell. You can also email
. Our hours are 9 AM to 1 PM, Monday through Friday.
PARISH NURSE OFFICE HOURS
Parish Nurse Nancy Turchi holds office hours Tuesdays from 1 PM to 5 PM each week. She can be reached at 218-722-3078 ext. 13.
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