St. Mary Star of the Sea Parish News 5/8/2020
St. Mary Star of the Sea Parish News
May 8, 2020
“Blessed Mother, keep us under the protection of your mantle
and close to your Son Jesus!”
Dear St. Mary Star of the Sea Parishioners-
We began this month of May with the U.S. Bishops consecrating our nation to the Blessed Mother under her title “Mother of the Church”. Fr. Paul and I followed that up by conducting May Crownings at our parishes on Sunday and consecrating them to Our Lady Star of the Sea and Our Lady of the Rosary. I encourage you to bring your concerns and intentions to Our Lady as we continue to find our way forward during these trying times.
“Blessed Mother, keep us under the protection of your mantle and close to your Son Jesus!”
The Diocese of Duluth has extended the measures enacted to protect against the coronavirus through May 18. We will update you on any further adjustments at both the Cathedral and St. Mary Star of the Sea as soon as we are able.
Sunday May 10
As we celebrate Mother's Day this Sunday let us pray for God's blessing on all mothers:
God our heavenly Father,
you give each the ability to share your generative love.
Bless those women in our lives who mirror your love
and bring forth life through their willingness
to risk bringing new life into this world.
Help us to show them our gratitude
for the gift of life and the gift of a mother's love.
May our life-giving God continue to bless them
and show them his unfailing love.
We ask this through Jesus, God's Son and our brother.
Feast of Our Lady of Fatima Mini-Pilgrimage
Join us for a Mini-Pilgrimage and Marian Prayer Experience on Wednesday, May 13th, the Feast of Our Lady of Fatima.
Please visit one of our drive-by Marian shrines in the Holy Rosary School parking lot or the St. James parking lot between 4:30 - 6 PM on May 13! You will have an opportunity to bring a flower to our Marian shrine, pray, and receive a blessing from one of our priests. Please
see the attachment for more details!
RELIGIOUS EDUCATION NEWS:
We are waiting to schedule first Communion and RCIA until we have a solid start date for public Masses. Confirmation is still scheduled for May 31 as of now.
We are working to reignite the momentum we had as we progress toward the reception of the Sacraments! Please stay tuned for individually directed class emails with details.
STEWARDSHIP, OFFERTORY COLLECTION, & FINANCIAL CONTRIBUTIONS:
Over the past two months, our number of online donors at St. Mary Star of the Sea more than doubled! Thank you to those who have signed up for this service and thank you to those who continue to send in envelopes through the mail. We are incredibly grateful for your continued generosity. Your financial gifts enable us to continue our necessary building and business operations along with implementing new measures and initiatives to maintain our vibrant community.
Online contributions: Go to
and click on the Giving tab. Then St. Mary Star of the Sea Fund. The online giving platform is shared between the Cathedral and St. Mary Star of the Sea to save on costs. Please contact Lauren McCracken, Business Manager at 218-728-3646 or email@example.com if you need assistance.
Mailed/in person contributions: Mail or drop off at 325 E. 3rd St. Duluth, MN 55805
UNITED CATHOLIC APPEAL
During these challenging times “You are the Light of the World.” The work of Christ and the mission of the Church continue within our parish and diocese. You make this happen. Please prayerfully consider a gift to the United Catholic Appeal this year.
There are various giving options for you to choose from depending on how you prefer to contribute. You are able to mail your gift in the envelope enclosed in the recent mailing or give throughout the year by using your yellow UCA envelopes. If you would like to donate to UCA online, please contact Lauren McCracken at 218.728.3646 or firstname.lastname@example.org to set this up. You change lives, including your own through your prayer and sacrificial generosity. Thank you for the gift you are to this parish community!
ST. VINCENT DE PAUL SOCIETY
St. Vincent de Paul Society meetings are being held the 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month at 6:00 PM on ZOOM. New members are always welcome! For more information, contact Deacon Jim Philbin at email@example.com.
Vatican Returns to Duluth
has been rescheduled to August 6-8, 2021.
Star of the North Maternity Home's
8th Annual Together for Life Banquet has gone virtual! The online auction opens Sunday, May 10 at 6:30 PM and concludes on Sunday, May 17 at 6:30 PM. The online program is Sunday, May 17 from 6-7 PM with Fr. Nick Nelson as the MC, Bishop James Powers giving the opening prayer, and Nic Davidson as the keynote speaker.
Join us online for this unique event at
. Questions? Contact
or call 218-461-0564.
Real Presence Radio
is holding their annual Spring Feed My Sheep fundraising event on May 12 - 15. Tune in to hear amazing stories of renewal of faith, returning to and growing your faith. We will also be sharing wonderful stories about some of the incredible priests and parishes in our dioceses, hear from some of our supporters about how Real Presence Radio has made a difference in their lives and…..daily contests!
You can support the Real Presence Radio fundraising event in two ways:
Call 877-795-0122 – 7AM – 7PM CST - May 12-15
Donate online at
Your donation supports one of the greatest resources we have to find answers about the Catholic faith and grow in your companionship with Jesus.
HOLY INNOCENTS PERPETUAL ADORATION CHAPEL HOURS:
The Adoration Chapel is open Sunday 8 AM to Monday 10 AM and Tuesday 7 PM to Friday 9 AM.
ARE YOU IN NEED OF PRAYERS?
Call the parish office or email the secretary to make arrangements to be added to the prayer list. Do you want to pray for others parishioners? Our secretary will let our Prayer Chain Coordinator know.
PARISHIONER NEEDS SURVEY:
We invite our parish members to fill out the
Parishioner Needs Survey
to learn what needs you have during this time and how we can better serve you.
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.
CATHEDRAL MASSES ARE ON FACEBOOK:
This weekend's 5 PM Saturday and 10:30 AM Sunday Mass will be livestreamed on Facebook.
"Like" and “Follow” the Cathedral Facebook page at
. Plan to join with fellow Cathedral and St. Mary Star of the Sea parish members in the celebration of the Mass!
May 10 Worship Aid
for online liturgy
Weekday Masses will continue to be said by Fr. Peter and Fr. Paul privately at 7 AM at the Cathedral and 11 AM at St. Mary Star of the Sea.
The Sacrament of Penance will be 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.
OPEN CHURCH HOURS:
We invite you to come and pray, sit in silence, light a candle, and find comfort at St. Mary Star of the Sea. We are open for personal prayer at the following times:
Monday-Friday 11:30 AM to 1 PM
Saturday 3 PM to 4 PM
Sunday 10 AM to 11 AM
Our goal is to keep our parish members fully informed during this time of rapid change and crisis. Here are the best ways to learn of updates and what is happening at St. Mary Star of the Sea:
Check the St. Mary Star of the Sea website at
If you know of someone who did not receive this email, ask them to contact Rebecca in the parish office at
or 218-722-3078 with their email address and mobile phone number.
Call the parish office at 218-722-3078 or email
with questions. Our office hours are Monday-Friday 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM.
The weekly bulletin will continue to be published. It can be found
and is also attached to this newsletter. A limited number of paper copies will be published and placed at church entrances. If you know of someone who does not have internet access, please let them know that the bulletin will be available at church entrances. If they prefer to have the bulletin mailed to them, please ask them to call our office.
St. Mary Star of the Sea Facebook
Many of our parish members do not have internet access or email accounts. If you know of someone without internet access, please reach out to them with parish updates.
STAY ACTIVE IN YOUR FAITH:
EWTN offers daily live Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament online from 8 AM to 5 PM. Visit
and spend precious time with the Lord.
Formed.org Pick of the Week: Watch
Fatima, Hope of the World
. This 13 part video series tells the story of Fatima from the Marian apparitions in 1917 through the 20th century and how the world has responded. Sign up for free at
God bless you and your families during these glorious days of Easter. We are praying for you.
Fr. Peter, Fr. Paul and the Parish Staff
Online Mass Worship Aid - 5.10.20.pdf
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on Friday, May 8 at 9:06AM