St. Mary Star of the Sea Parish News 10/8/2020
St. Mary Star of the Sea Parish News
October 8, 2020
This past week, on October 7, the Church celebrated the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary. (For us here in our Diocese it rises to the level of a Solemnity.) The feast day recalls a 16th century naval victory which saved Europe from an Ottoman Empire (Muslim) invasion. Pope St. Pius V attributed the victory to the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary, who was invoked on the day of the battle, by praying the Rosary throughout Europe. Pope Leo XIII was especially devoted to Our Lady of the Rosary, producing 11 Papal letters on the feast of Our Lady of the Rosary, and its importance in his pontificate. He once wrote, “It has always been the habit of Catholics in danger and in troublous times to fly for refuge to Mary. This devotion, so great and so confident, to the august Queen of Heaven,” Pope Leo continued, “has never shone forth with such brilliancy as when the militant Church of God has seemed to be endangered by the violence of heresy … or by an intolerable moral corruption, or by the attacks of powerful enemies.” Foremost among such “attacks” was the battle of Lepanto, which I spoke about at the beginning of this article. So, what happened?
Troops of the Ottoman Empire had invaded and occupied the Byzantine empire by 1453, bringing a large portion of the increasingly divided Christian world under Islamic law. For the next hundred years, the Ottomans expanded their empire westward on land, and asserted their naval power in the Mediterranean. In 1565 they attacked Malta, hoping for an eventual invasion of Rome. Though repelled at Malta, the Ottomans captured Cyprus in the fall of 1570.
The next year, three Catholic powers on the continent – Genoa, Spain, and the Papal States - formed an alliance called the Holy League, to defend their Christian civilization against an Ottoman invasion. Its fleets sailed to confront them near the west coast of Greece on October 7, 1571. Crew members on more than 200 ships prayed the Rosary in preparation for the battle, as did Christians throughout Europe, encouraged by the Pope to gather in their churches to invoke the Virgin Mary against the daunting Ottoman forces. Some accounts say that Pope Pius V was granted a miraculous vision of the Holy League's stunning victory. Without a doubt, the Pope understood the significance of the day's events, when he was eventually informed that all but 13 of the nearly 300 Ottoman ships had been captured or sunk. He was moved to institute the feast now celebrated universally as Our Lady of the Rosary.
So, my dear friends, realize that invoking Our Lady’s help by praying the Most Holy Rosary is powerful indeed! What a patron we have for our Diocese!
FIRST HOLY COMMUNION
who received their First Holy Communion at the Cathedral of Our Lady Saturday, October 3. May the Lord bless you and keep you always!
UNITED CATHOLIC APPEAL
Watch your mailboxes for a letter from Fr. Tony regarding our 2020 UCA goal and progress! The UCA collection benefits those in search of faith throughout the Diocese.
The deadline for the collection will be upon us soon: December 31st, 2020. Currently, the Cathedral is at 53% of goal and St. Mary Star of the Sea is at 62% of goal. We ask for your support in meeting our UCA goals to ensure we will not have to pay the shortfall out of the ordinary operating budget. Thank you for your generosity!
K-11 FAITH FORMATION
Have you registered for Faith Formation classes yet? Classes have begun, but there is still time to register! Go to the
East Duluth Catholic Faith Formation
for more information and to sign up! If you have any questions please feel free to contact Sonya Morris at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Faith Formation Registration
GOD BLESS THE SISTERS OF ST. SCHOLASTICA
The Sisters of St. Scholastica Monastery receive a ministry assignment each year to pray for priests and parishes in the Diocese of Duluth. This year, the three sisters who will be prayer advocates for Fr. Tony and Fr. Matt as well as for the parishioners at the Cathedral of Our Lady and St. Mary Star of the Sea are:
Sister Clare Marie Trettel
Sister Joan Marie Stelman
Sister Josine Krausnick
We thank the Sisters of St. Scholastica Monastery and will keep them in our prayers as well!
RITE OF CHRISTIAN INITIATION OF ADULTS
Thinking About Becoming Catholic? Have you felt God touch your heart with a desire to become Catholic? Do you know someone who has expressed interest in entering the Catholic Church? Are you a baptized Catholic adult who would like to receive the Sacraments of First Holy Eucharist and/or Confirmation?
You are invited to an Information Session on
Thursday, Oct. 15, at 6:30 p.m
., at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Rosary. The Cathedral, St. Benedict’s, St. John’s, St. Joseph’s/Gnesen, St. Mary Star of the Sea and St. Michael’s will be working together for RCIA this year. The sessions will be held in the Multi-purpose Room at the Cathedral. Use the “Tower” entrance on 4th Street and follow signs to the Multi-purpose Room. Social distancing and mask/face coverings are required.
If interested, contact Fr. Anthony Wroblewski or Fr. Matthew Miller, 218-728-3646 or Bob and Sandi Arola, 218-525-2962, email@example.com.
We are looking forward to meeting you.
CARDS FOR FR. BEN
One of our diocesan priests, Fr. Ben Hadrich, had a stroke and letters and cards are requested. He is a grandnephew of Dcn. Ted Windus. Thank you.
Fr. Ben Hadrich -Patient
Mayo Clinic Hospital
St. Mary's Campus
1216 2nd St. SW
Rochester MN 55905
HOLY ROSARY CRAFT SALE
The Holy Rosary Craft Sale is Saturday, November 7th from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm at Holy Rosary Campus- SMA. Join us for a fun filled day with over 50 crafters and direct sale vendors. To-go lunches will be available. Safety measures will be in place and masks are required. Mark your calendar to attend and start your Christmas shopping early!
STELLA MARIS ACADEMY
Stella Maris Academy is launching it's Fall Giving Campaign. Now more than ever, it's important to consider a gift to Catholic education. WE are ONE Catholic school serving ALL and we need your support. Please give today! Contact Teresa Kenney at:
to offer your support.
CATHOLIC MEDICAL ASSOCIATION- ST. RAPHAEL'S GUILD
White Mass October 18:
The annual White Mass will be celebrated on Sunday, October 18, 2020 at 10:30 AM at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Rosary with Fr. Jim Bissonette presiding. There will be a blessing of the health care workers at the Mass. Given the pandemic, there will be no speaker or reception, but people are encouraged to stay after Mass to pray the Rosary for health care workers.
Join the CMA:
Our local chapter of the Catholic Medical Association, St. Raphael’s Guild, is always looking for new members. If you are a local health care worker (doctor, nurse, EMT, physician assistant, nurse practitioner, therapist, etc.) and you are interested in growing in your faith and being supported by fellow Catholics, contact Gordy Harvieux at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information, visit our website at
40 DAYS FOR LIFE
Your help is really needed this year as a Prayer Warrior for Life as a participant in the 40 Days for Life Prayer Vigil. The vigil began on Wednesday, September 23. We need a peaceful, prayerful presence at the local abortion center, within the Building for Women, 32 E. 1st Street, for 12 hours/day, for 40 days. This is not a protest or sidewalk counseling. Please prayerfully consider joining other Christians praying and fasting for an end to abortion. Visit the website at
for more information and to register for hours. You may also call the vigil coordinator Paulette Moreland, 218-348-1345, or the St. Mary Star of the Sea contact Renee Zurn, 218-723-1321. Please join us as a visible presence for Life during these 40 days of pray and fasting. The babies and mothers need your help and prayer protection.
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.
INDIVIDUAL & GROUP GRIEF SUPPORT
The Cathedral is offering individual or family grief educational/support sessions . To sign up or if you have any questions, please contact Bridget Leighton at 218-724-8597 or 218-348-8593.
PRAYER FOR A NEW BISHOP
God Our Father,
In Jesus, your Son, You have given to your Church the perfect model of priest, prophet and king, and so You have blessed us through His sacrifice, taught us through His Word, and guided us through His rule.
We thank you for the previous bishops who have cared for the people of the Diocese of Duluth. We ask You, father, to guide and enlighten those who will be tasked with helping to choose the next bishop of our diocese. May the man they choose be a man of deep and true prayer, a man of compassionate heart and firm resolves, and a man of joy and peace, who desires above all to do your will.
We entrust our prayers to our Patroness, Mary, queen of the Rosary, and ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
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
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.
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.
SUPPORT REAL PRESENCE RADIO
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
CATHEDRAL LIVESTREAM MASS
Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri 7 AM
Wednesday 8 AM
Saturday 5 PM
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.
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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