St. Mary Star of the Sea Parish News 9/3/2020
St. Mary Star of the Sea Parish News
September 3, 2020
School begins for Stella Maris students next Tuesday, September 8. The weekly school Mass at the Cathedral for Holy Rosary campus students will begin Wednesday, September 16 at 8 AM. Mass will continue to be held Wednesdays at 8 AM whenever school is in session.
You will notice some things will be different about the school Mass from years past and there are a few things we are asking our parishioners to do to maintain distance between students and parishioners. When entering the Cathedral for the school Mass, please use only the main doors. The Tower entrance doors will be reserved specifically for the use of students and teachers for Wednesday morning Mass. Secondly, we are asking parishioners to sit in the last 10 pews only. There will be signs that clearly mark where students sit and where parishioners sit. Additionally, students will leave via the Tower door immediately after they have received Holy Communion. Finally, you will notice that there will be less students present at Mass each Wednesday. Students at the Holy Rosary campus are being grouped in different cohorts and they will not be spending time or sharing space with students from the other cohorts. In case of an unfortunate instance of someone from the school community being diagnosed with coronavirus, this greatly minimizes the number of others in the school being exposed and needing to quarantine.
As with all Masses, we ask that everyone continue to wear a face mask, maintain a distance of 6 feet from those not in your own household, sanitize your hands frequently (including immediately before taking communion), and stay home if you are ill.
Amidst recent turmoil, we rejoice that school can begin again, knowing the importance of community in all of our lives, especially for our students. Thank you for exemplifying Christian generosity, for we as Catholics know the importance of embracing changes for the sake of our neighbor.
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INTRODUCE YOURSELF TO FR. TONY & FR. MATT
We realize in this time of social distancing, it is difficult to connect with our new priests. To help Fr. Tony and Fr. Matt get to know you a little better, parishioners are encouraged to send in a photo and tell the priests a bit about yourself and your family! Send your photo and note to email@example.com, subject line “Family Photo” or mail it to:
St. Mary Star of the Sea
Attn: Family Photo
325 East Third Street
Duluth, MN 55805
They would really love to hear from you!
USHERS AND COLLECTION PLAN
We are returning to the previous method of taking collections with the handled baskets at Mass. With that, we are in need of more ushers to assist with the offertory collection. Please contact Rebecca in the parish office at 218-722-3078 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you are willing to help.
LOW-GLUTEN HOSTS: NEW PROCEDURE
Low gluten hosts are available at all liturgies. If you need a low-gluten host, stop by the sacristy before Mass begins to let the priest know and then join the presider's line during Holy Communion. Thank you!
LABOR DAY MASS
Mass will be celebrated at 9 AM at the Cathedral on Labor Day, Monday September 7. There will be no 7 AM Cathedral Mass or 12:10 PM St. Mary Star of the Sea Mass that day. The parish office will also be closed.
Labor Day Prayer
Good and Gracious God,
You created human beings
in Your image and likeness
And gave us dominion over creation
to be stewards of the land
and co-creators of Your Kingdom.
Jesus, You became one of us
and labored as a carpenter. You ask all people --
whatever our state of life --to follow you faithfully.
Holy Spirit, bless all workers this Labor Day.
May all our actions be animated by Your love,
as we do all things for the glory of God.
JOB OPENING: DIRECTOR OF FAITH FORMATION FOR 6TH-12TH GRADE STUDENTS
The eastern Duluth Catholic Parishes are working in a collaborative effort to create a combined Religious Education program and 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 at
. If you are interested in this position, please send a cover letter, resume and references to email@example.com.
CATHEDRAL JOB OPENING
The Cathedral is hiring a part-time receptionist to work 12 hours per week in the parish office. The receptionist will oversee the flow of all incoming phone calls, greet, help and direct all visitors who come into the office, and assist with a wide range of clerical duties including data entry, sacramental record-keeping, and basic database upkeep. We are looking for a friendly and welcoming individual with strong clerical and organizational skills. For the full job description, visit
. If you are interested in applying, please submit a cover letter and resume to Lauren McCracken at firstname.lastname@example.org.
INDIVIDUAL & GROUP GRIEF SUPPORT
The Cathedral is offering a 5-week Grief Educational/Support Group beginning Tuesday, September 29 in the Multi-Purpose Room from 6 PM. to 7:30 PM. The group will continue for the next 4 consecutive Tuesdays: October 6, 13, 20, and 27th. The group will be limited to 10 people, we will social distance, and masks will be required.
If you are concerned about participating in a group setting, or for any other reason would prefer a private individual or family session, the Cathedral is offering individual and/or family grief educational/support sessions the first and third Wednesdays of each month. The first Wednesday’s time is from 9 AM to 12 PM and the third Wednesday’s time is from 1 PM to 4 PM. To sign up for the Grief Education/Support Group and/or the individual/family sessions, or if you have any questions regarding any of the sessions, please contact Bridget A. Leighton at 218-724-8597 or 218-348-8593.
STAYING HEALTHY AT MASS
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 take a moment to sanitize the area in which you are sitting. Sanitizing wipes can be found in the side aisles. Thank you.
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. While we provide masks for people at the church entrances for those that forget theirs, please make the attempt to bring your own mask from home. Thank you.
While pews are being cleaned by parishioners, we still need a few people who are willing to stay after Mass for a few minutes and clean door handles and other common areas. Please call Rebecca in the parish office at 218-722-3078 if you can assist with this ministry.
ST. VINCENT DE PAUL SOCIETY
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 at 6 PM. 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.
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.
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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 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
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.
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