St. Mary Star of the Sea Parish News 9/9/2021
St. Mary Star of the Sea Parish News
September 9, 2021
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March 25, 2021
A MESSAGE FROM FATHER ANTHONY WROBLEWSKI
Just a few years ago, the Star Tribune newspaper of the Twin Cities had an article on shrinking Church membership in small towns. Here are a few excerpts: “Mainline Protestant churches have been hit the hardest. The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) in Minnesota has lost almost 200,000 members since 2000 and about 150 churches. A third of the remaining 1,050 churches have fewer than 50 members. The United Methodist Church, the second largest Protestant denomination in Minnesota, has shuttered 65 churches since 2000. …Catholic membership statewide has held steady, but the number of churches fell from 720 in 2000 to 639 last year, according to official Catholic directories. Church attendance has been declining for decades nationally, but the pace appears to be accelerating. Since 1990, the Episcopal Church, the Presbyterian Church U.S.A. and United Church of Christ have lost nearly half their national members. The ELCA has lost a third. The Catholic Church still shows membership growth, but has 2,000 fewer parishes today, according to Catholic studies.”
This article came to mind just recently when we began our Faith Formation meetings again just a few weeks ago: there were two less priests at the table. Fr. Matt has moved on to Brainerd, and Fr. Joel from St. Benedict’s is now in Carlton. When I arrived here just over one year ago, there were 4 pastors where now there are 3. Though it didn’t affect us directly, clustering has reduced the need for one pastor in our East Duluth Area.
So, while we can be grateful that in our cluster of parishes that we weren’t affected by the recent changes, we need to be acutely aware of the need to pray for our brothers and sisters who are hurting, to welcome newcomers whoever they may be, and to go out into the highways and byways to evangelize! We cannot sit on our laurels. In other words, we need to be intentional about our discipleship with the Lord, and then help others to know him too! You will hear more about this over the coming years, because our Bishop is laser focused on mission and evangelization. We can turn the tide, but it will require every one of us to be fervent disciples of Our Lord!
In Christ & Mary Immaculate,
YOU ARE INVITED: PARISH PICNIC SEPTEMBER 11!
The Parish Picnic for the Cathedral and St. Mary Star of the Sea is this 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.
The Cathedral of Our Lady is offering a 5-week Grief Educational/Support Group beginning Monday, October 4, 2021 in the Cathedral Multi-Purpose Room from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The group will continue for the next 4 consecutive Mondays: October 11, 18, 25 and November 1.
To sign up for the Grief Education/Support Group or if you have any questions regarding any of the sessions, please contact Bridget A. Leighton at 218-724-8597 or 218-348-8593.
ST. VINCENT DE PAUL SOCIETY IMMACULATE CONCEPTION CONFERENCE- MEETING UPDATE
In honor of the Feast Day of St. Vincent de Paul on Monday, September 27, your local St. Vincent de Paul Society Immaculate Conception Conference would like to welcome you to a Meet and Greet after the 9:15 Mass September 26 at St. Mary Star of the Sea. We will gather in the social hall for donuts and coffee to answer questions and discuss this important ministry in our neighborhood.
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.
UTSIDE PRAYER SERVICE- UPDATE
As we approach fall and winter, the last Wednesday prayers at 6 PM outside in Mary's Garden will be on Wednesday, September 29.
MAGNIFICAT- COST SAVINGS OPPORTUNITY!
The daily devotional booklet, The Magnificat, is once again available to be ordered at a discount. The Magnificat is a monthly Mass/prayer booklet which includes all the readings for daily and Sunday Mass, Saints of the Day articles, explanations of Catholic artworks, reflections by Bishop Barron, Fr. Richard Veras, Heather King, Anthony Esolen and others. It is a wonderful tool to have for Mass and Adoration and for other times of prayer as well. Those who order through the parish will receive a one year subscription at a reduced price of $36.00 compared to the full price of $47.00. This will begin in November 2021. Each month the issues will be available for pick up at the Cathedral or at St Mary Star of the Sea. We will not be able to send them via mail.
If you would like to order, please fill out the form below or call the Cathedral Parish Office at 218-728-3646.
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40 DAYS FOR LIFE
40 Days for Life/Duluth Fall Campaign starts with a rally on Tuesday, September 21st. Father Tony Wroblewski will celebrate Mass at 6 PM followed by refreshments at the Women’s Care Center at 103 E. 1st St., Duluth. This will be followed by praise and worship outside the WE Health Clinic abortuary in the Building for Women at 32 E. 1st. St. at 7 PM.
The Prayer Vigil will run 8 am to 8 pm outside the Building for Women from September 22nd through October 31st. Prayer Warriors can sign up at 40daysforlife.com/Duluth or contact Roy at 218-940-5951, Renee at 218-723-1321 or Paulette at 218-348-1345 or email@example.com . Please come to the Rally on the 21st and sign up to be a Prayer Warrior today.
SECOND COLLECTION WEEKEND OF SEPTEMBER 18/19: BISHOPS EMERGENCY DISASTER FUND
The funds collected in this special appeal will become part of the Bishops Emergency Disaster Fund and will be used to support the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops for pastoral and reconstruction needs of the Church as well as the efforts of Catholic Relief Services and/or Catholic Charities USA, the official relief agencies of the U.S. Catholic Church, as they and their local agencies respond to immediate emergency needs and aid in long-term rebuilding and recovery efforts. Funds will be used in response to the earthquake and Tropical Storm Grace calamities in Haiti, Hurricane Ida and any other disasters that occur and will be distributed where they are most needed. However, if such purpose(s) become unnecessary, impractical, or impossible to fill, USCCB may use such contributions for other emergency disaster relief where it is most needed as determined by the Committee on National Collections using its emergency response protocol.
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
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
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
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.
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 next 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.
SECOND ANNUAL MARRIAGE RETREAT
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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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.
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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
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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.
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