St. Mary Star of the Sea Parish News 7/30/2020
St. Mary Star of the Sea Parish News
July 30, 2020
Last week, Fr. Matt gave you a bit of his autobiography, so this week is my turn. This Coronavirus isn’t helping us to get to meet and know each other. But hopefully this is a start. I was born and raised in St. Paul, Minnesota, though my family spent much of our summers in the Brainerd Lakes Area, where my parents bought a lake-place when I was about 6 years old. Some of my happiest memories come from my years “on the lake.” My parents were born in Poland and then eventually immigrated to this nation after World War II, in very circuitous routes. So Polish language, culture, traditions and food were always a part of our family’s time together, and still are to this day. Of course, being Polish, it was almost automatic that my Catholic Faith would play a large role in my upbringing. We attended St. Casimir Church in St. Paul during most of the year, and then St. Emily’s in Emily when we were up at the cabin.
I always loved my Catholic Faith, and loved being involved in many aspects of Church life, so I guess it wasn’t a surprise to those who know me that I eventually entered the Seminary. Because the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate had served at St. Casimir’s since my birth, I entered their formation program at Creighton University, where I earned my undergraduate degree. Seminary was in Chicago at Catholic Theological Union. I did take 3 years out of formation from 1990-1993, not ready to make a lifetime commitment as a priest. After re-entering formation in 1993, I was ordained a priest on June 10, 1995.
Since then, I have served as Associate Pastor and then Pastor of Holy Family Catholic Church in Duluth, Minnesota, at the Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows in Belleville, Illinois, and after I joined the Diocese of Duluth as a diocesan priest as Pastor of the Brainerd area Catholic Churches of St. Francis, St. Mathias, St. Andrew’s, All Saints and St. Thomas. My parents permanently moved to Emily in 1995, and still live on the Lake in retirement. I have 2 sisters, both who live in the St. Paul area; one is a retired Police officer, and the other does communications and education consulting. That’s just a small snippet of my life. I hope to have many years with you, so that we can come to know each other much better.
LIVE-STREAM MASS PLANS:
We have made the decision to temporarily stop live-streaming the 5 PM Mass until we have our new camera equipment installed and up and running at the Cathedral. The good news is we have already received much of the equipment, we have wiring installation scheduled, and the most important piece- the camera! - will be arriving the first week of August. We will begin live-streaming again as soon as possible after this date and truly look forward to offering our parishioners participating in Mass from home excellent video and sound quality.
Thank you for your patience as we work to improve the Cathedral live-stream.
FACE MASK REQUIREMENT:
The State of Minnesota has mandated the wearing of face masks in all public indoor places including churches. Please wear a mask when inside St. Mary Star of the Sea. There are exemptions for those who are unable to medically tolerate face coverings and for children under 5. We have extra masks available in each of the entrances. Thank you.
ST. VINCENT DE PAUL SOCIETY NEWS:
Please continue to support us however you can, especially with your prayers. We are still here! Questions, call Deacon Jim at 218-348-6258. We meet the 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month in the Social Hall. Social distancing will be observed. If you don’t have mask of your own please let us know. We look forward to serving our neighbors
OPPORTUNITIES FOR PRAYER
Come and join Deacon Dick outside in front of the Mary statue every Wednesday at 6 PM to pray the Rosary and Sunday scriptures, weather permitting.
Help is needed cleaning the church after weekend Masses. Cleaning supplies and gloves are provided. You are encouraged to bring and wear your own mask. Many hands make light work!
HOLY WATER BOTTLES AND HAND SANITIZER:
We have a limited supply of both at the church!
For holy water bottles, please bring your own. It should be clean inside and out. A little remaining paper on the outside of the bottle is acceptable. If you need more than a small bottle, bring your own filled water bottle and ask Father to bless it.
For hand sanitizer, if you have any at home, please bring your own supply to church. It will assist us in helping you to stay healthy!
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.
Sunday bulletin for August 2
includes the weekly stewardship report and Mass intentions for the week ahead.
A limited number of paper copies are printed 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.
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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.
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
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!
MASS TIMES AND OPEN CHURCH HOURS:
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
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 5 PM
Sunday 9 AM to 10:30 AM
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.
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.
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