St. Mary Star of the Sea Parish News 9/3/2021
St. Mary Star of the Sea Parish News
September 3, 2021
St. Mary Star of the Sea Parish News
March 25, 2021
A MESSAGE FROM FATHER ANTHONY WROBLEWSKI
The weekend of Labor Day is upon us, which means we are coming to the end of another great summer season. I especially want to thank all of our visitors who have graced our churches this year. Know we welcome you back with open arms. And parishioners, please realize that in earnest, we begin many programs after Labor Day, so keep your eyes peeled for those events and meetings in the bulletin, on our website, and in our weekly email newsletter. I am hoping that we will be able to add some of the events that were cancelled during Covid, but can be re-started again this fall. Finally, if you haven’t yet had the opportunity to go to a daily Mass this year, I invite you to do so! There is a regular daily Mass at the Cathedral at 7 AM (8 AM during the school year on Wednesdays), and at 12:10 PM at Star of the Sea downtown (with confessions from 11:30 to 12 noon). Have a good end of summer and enjoy the following Labor Day poem!
THEY WHO TREAD THE PATH OF LABOR
By Henry Van Dyke
They who tread the path of labor
follow where My feet have trod;
They who work without complaining,
do the holy will of God;
Nevermore thou needest seek Me;
I am with thee everywhere;
Raise the stone, and thou shalt find Me,
cleave the wood and I am there.
Where the many toil together,
there am I among My own;
Where the tired workman sleepeth,
there am I with him alone:
I, the Peace that passeth knowledge,
dwell amid the daily strife;
I, the Bread of Heav'n am broken
in the sacrament of life.
Every task, however simple,
sets the soul that does it free;
Every deed of love and mercy,
done to man is done to Me.
Nevermore thou needest seek Me;
I am with thee everywhere;
Raise the stone, and thou shalt find Me;
cleave the wood, and I am there.
In Christ & Mary Immaculate,
COVID PROTOCOL UPDATE FROM FR. TONY
As you are well aware, Covid19 continues to be something we grapple with. Just when we thought things were going in the right direction, something called the “Delta variant” has taken hold. So now numbers are climbing again, even in northern Minnesota. Our Diocese is taking a different approach this time, however. Rather than having mandates across the board that apply for our huge diocese, they have put together guided protocols to be implemented locally for schools, Faith Formation and Masses. Each Monday, they will update what the level of transmission is, and thus what protocols should be followed in our area. So, I would like to update you on what you will see at Masses over the next few weeks.
Here at our two parishes, you won’t see too many changes. One of the reasons is that we didn’t completely relax all protocols when summer began. I anticipated that something like this might happen, so we continued to wear masks while distributing Communion and we didn’t yet add back to Mass the Sign of Peace, the Gifts Procession, or Communion with the Precious Blood. Here are some things we are re-instituting:
We will be asking that our 8AM Sunday Cathedral Mass be one whereby we invite all attending to take greater care in following more closely protocol recommendations. For example, we invite those who are more at risk to attend this particular Mass. We invite those who attend to be more attentive to mask wearing and social distancing. And perhaps you may use the hand sanitizer that is provided at Church entrances and just before receiving Communion.
You will see the small tables again at all Masses near those distributing Communion, so that they may be more attentive to sanitizing their hands when they come in direct physical contact with a person.
We will delay introducing the full choir at Masses, and perhaps there may not be as many hymns sung as we have this summer.
We will only be hearing confessions behind the screen, although we will continue the use of the regular confessionals.
We will continue to livestream the 10:30AM Sunday Mass at the Cathedral.
So, there you go. As we make our progress, I will continue to update you with any changes that occur. I am so grateful to all of you, and all you have done to get through this trying time. We will get past this! But for now, I am just grateful that I can still come to know all of you better, and can worship our God with you.
PORK LOIN DINNER!
The St. Mary Star of the Sea Pork Loin Dinner originally scheduled for Sunday, September 19 has been postponed. We will be rescheduling the date and look forward to welcoming you to Star of the Sea to enjoy a wonderful meal with us soon.
Labor Day Schedule
: Please note that on Monday, September 6, Mass will be held at 9 AM at the Cathedral. There will be no 7 AM Mass or 12:10 PM Mass at Star of the Sea. Our parish offices will be closed. Happy Labor Day!
Wednesday Mass Schedule:
Beginning this week, Wednesday Mass at the Cathedral will be at 8 AM whenever school is in session. Welcome back SMA students and teachers!
COLLECTION COUNTER VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
The Cathedral and St. Mary Star of the Sea are in need of volunteers to assist in counting our weekly collection. We are looking for volunteers who have experience or are willing to learn a 10 key calculator, have attention to detail, and are trustworthy with confidential information. The time commitment is approximately 2 hours per one day a week during normal business hours with a rotating schedule to be established after a team of volunteers are in place. For more information or if you are interested, please contact Lauren at 218-728-3646 or
HOLY ROSARY SOCIETY MEETING
The Holy Rosary Society invites all women to their next in-person meeting, this Saturday, Sept. 11th.
We meet in the St. Mary Star of the Sea Social Hall, 325 E. 3rd St. Duluth, at 1:30 pm. First there is fellowship and prayer, followed by the formal meeting. We usually finish around 3:00 pm. Please join us for prayer and fellowship even if you can't stay for the meeting. Contact Rosary President Renee Zurn at 218-723-1321 for more information.
FAITH FORMATION REGISTRATION IS OPEN!
Faith Formation registration is open for the 2021-2022 school year for students Grades k-11! Please click on the link below for more information and to register.
Faith Formation Registration
UNITED CATHOLIC APPEAL
There will be a second collection for UCA at Mass this weekend. Please be generous as we work to reach our 2021 goal!
YOU ARE INVITED: PARISH PICNIC SEPTEMBER 11!
The Parish Picnic for the Cathedral and St. Mary Star of the Sea will be held on Saturday, September 11 at the Holy Rosary School campus following Mass. Come for a delicious dinner catered by Valentini’s, games, and music! Please note, Mass at the Cathedral will be celebrated at 4 PM this day.
We are accepting donations to help offset the cost of the Parish Picnic. Donations from businesses and families are welcome. There will be a thank you board at the picnic recognizing donations (anonymous donations may be made as well). Please place donations in the Sunday collection and write "Parish Picnic' in the check memo line or on an envelope. Electronic/credit card donations may be made by contacting Lauren at the parish office at 218-623-5012 or email@example.com. Your generosity is appreciated.
To volunteer, click the volunteer link below or see the sign-up sheets at church entrances. Faith Formation students grades 6-12 will receive service hour credit!
40 DAYS FOR LIFE
The fall campaign for 40 days for life is starting up and we need volunteers! There will be two volunteers during each shift, Sept, 22 to Oct. 31 from 7am to 7pm daily to keep vigil in front of the Building for Women where the Women’s Health Center is located; 32 E. 1
St. Duluth. Contact Roy St. George at 218-940-9591 or Renee at 218-723-1321 if interested in volunteering or for more info.
Please do not park in front of the garage doors at St. Mary Star of the Sea. We now have priests living in the rectory and parking in front of the garage blocks their access to their cars. There is some street parking and the ramp off of 4th Street is free when parking for under an hour.
7TH ANNUAL ANNIVERSARY MASS & DINNER
Couples celebrating a marriage year milestone of 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35, 40, 45, 50, 55, or more are invited to our 7th Annual Anniversary Mass & Dinner on September 25 with Bishop Felton. The Mass will be at 5:00 pm at the Cathedral of Our Lady with dinner outside in a tent at Stella Maris- Holy Rosary Campus parking lot. All are welcome to Mass; space for dinner is limited. There is no charge for this event.
For more information or to register, visit
or call Betsy Kneepkens 218-724-9111. Registration closes on September 21st at noon. This event is supported partially by your UCA contributions.
A weekly Bible Study will begin Monday, September 13 from 6:30-8 PM in the Cathedral Social Hall. The topic is
Genesis to Jesus
This 12 session DVD-based study from the St. Paul Center focuses on the covenants God established through human mediators as He brought the plan of salvation history to fulfillment in Christ. In addition to learning about the covenants, the class offers a broad overview of Old Testament history. The goal is to understand that salvation history, as presented in the Old and New Testaments is our family story; a story in which we play an active part, today.
There is no cost and no need to pre-register. Call 218-728-3646 with questions.
UPCOMING RETREAT FOR ENGAGED COUPLES
The Diocese of Duluth Office of Marriage and Family Life has restarted in-person Engaged Weekends. Engaged Weekends are part of the preparation for couples as they prepare and approach the Sacrament of Matrimony. We have a retreat weekend scheduled for October 23rd at St. Joseph parish in Grand Rapids. Please register for this weekend at Marriage, Family and Life | Diocese of Duluth (dioceseduluth.org) or call Betsy Kneepkens at 218-724-9111. Registration closes on October 14th. Although there is a charge for this event, your UCA contributions help cover the cost of the weekend.
EAST DULUTH CATHOLIC FAITH FORMATION
We hear over the next two weeks in Mark’s Gospel that the deeds of Jesus have shown him to be the Son of God. His disciples have acknowledged Jesus as the Christ and Jesus confides in them the outcome of his ministry: he will be rejected, must suffer and die, and will rise after three days. Peter rejects this prediction, and Jesus rebukes him severely. The image of Christ that Jesus is giving is not the image of the Messiah that Peter was expecting.
Peter had expectations about what it meant to call Jesus the Messiah, the Christ. Jesus was indeed the Messiah, but his life and death would show a different understanding of what it means to be the Messiah. We, too, have expectations of God and our own ideas about what we think God ought to be doing in our world. Like Peter, however, we may risk limiting our image of God by thinking only in human ways.
Jesus says that anyone who wants to be his disciple must follow his example by denying oneself and taking up one’s cross. Quite understandably, Peter, like many of us, didn’t recognize this second part of Jesus’ teaching as good news. One of the reasons we believe this to be good news is because Jesus set an example for all his disciples to follow. He loved us so much that he was willing to suffer and die for us.
Adults and children alike can be as selective in their hearing as Peter is in today’s Gospel. We all need to work to understand that to accept Jesus’ Good News, we must also accept the way of the cross. In order to be his followers we have to accept all of it, both the cross and the glory of the Resurrection.
Jesus knew that his suffering, Death, and Resurrection were God’s plan for our salvation. He taught us that God’s plan for us is far greater than we can know or expect. God is always working for the world's salvation in ways that are beyond our imagination. We need to trust in His plan for us.
-Sonya Morris, Director of Faith Formation K-5
St. Raphael Church (5779 Seville Rd, Duluth) is having a Book Sale on Friday, September 10th from 9 am to 1 pm and Saturday, September 11th from 9 am to 1 pm. We have lots of fiction, non-fiction and children's books, audiobooks, puzzles, and DVD's! Masks are requested. Sponsored by St. Teresa's Circle.
MUSIC DIRECTOR JOB OPENING: ST. LAWRENCE
We are looking for someone who is interested in developing and leading a parish choir. A qualified candidate would have graduated high school, and have the ability to direct and accompany a choir. They would be proficient in training volunteer musicians and running practices and will be consistently present for weekend Masses as well as other parish liturgies (funerals, weddings, sacramental events). Preference is for someone who has an understanding and facility with sacred music and Catholic liturgy. Formal training isn’t absolutely necessary, but experience or training are desirable. Willingness to work as a team to offer beautiful and prayerful worship in the parish is very important. Please contact Stephanie Jago at 218-722-2259 or firstname.lastname@example.org for a full job description and application.
STELLA MARIS ACADEMY
Several part time and full time positions are open at Stella Maris Academy. Please visit us at stellamaris.academy/employment to view current openings and apply to be a part of our mission to lead, love and serve as Jesus taught!
JOB OPPORTUNITY: DIRECTOR OF RELATIONAL AND YOUTH MINISTRY
East Duluth Catholic Faith Formation, a collaborative effort of the parishes in East Duluth, is accepting applications for the Director of Relational and Youth Ministry for 6th – 12th grade students. This is a part-time position with flexible hours. We are looking for someone who possesses a sincere and demonstrated ability to share their Catholic faith in the dynamic environment of a larger-scale middle and high school religious education program. The director is responsible for opportunities whereby faith can be sparked and nourished through retreat experiences and other opportunities for building relationships with our young people. Please see the
full job description here
. If you are interested in this position, please send a cover letter, resume and references to email@example.com.
ST. VINCENT DE PAUL SOCIETY IMMACULATE CONCEPTION CONFERENCE- MEETING UPDATE
The St. Vincent de Paul Society: Please continue to support us especially with your prayers. Questions, call Dcn. Jim at 218-348-6258. We meet on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month at 6pm. 1st Thursday at SMSS; 3rd Thursday location: TBD. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Deacon Jim for details.
KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS MONSIGNOR O'SHEA COUNCIL #15761
Lead with Faith
Protect Your Family
Defend Your Values
Become a Knight
Join Us Today
Call Bob Spehar: 218-349-5051
BUILDING MAINTENANCE JOB OPPORTUNITY
The Diocese of Duluth's Pastoral Center is filling their building maintenance position. This role is casual, therefore one will be called upon as needs arise. The successful candidate will assist in maintaining and monitoring building operations, equipment, and grounds of the Diocese of Duluth. The goal is to maintain an efficient, safe, and effective environment for staff and visitors. Please contact Mary Rasch at email@example.com for a job description and an application.
YOU ARE INVITED TO SIGN UP FOR ELECTRONIC GIVING
We are happy to announce that our parish is implementing a new online giving platform, Engage.
Engage is simple and secure and your recurring donations to our parish are necessary and appreciated!
Enroll today by visiting
Contact Lauren at the parish office with any questions at 218.623.5012 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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
Please contact Lauren McCracken, Business Manager at 218-728-3646 or
if you need assistance.
Sign up for Formed
Mass will be celebrated at St. Mary Star of the Sea at the following times:
Monday-Friday 12:10 PM
Saturday 4:00 PM
Sunday 9:15 AM
CATHEDRAL LIVESTREAM MASS
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.
DIVINE MERCY DEVOTIONS & ADORATION
Adoration follows the noon Mass at Star of the Sea on Fridays with the recitation of the Chaplet of Divine Mercy at 3 PM followed by Benediction.
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.
September 5 Bulletin
Follow St. Mary Star of the Sea on Facebook!
St. Mary Star of the Sea
on Friday, September 3 at 10:14AM