St. Mary Star of the Sea Parish News 10/15/2020
St. Mary Star of the Sea Parish News
October 15, 2020
I have a priest brother from the Order I used to belong to who was born in Poland, but came here to the United States to work as a priest. He’s a kind man, who didn’t always appropriate the English language well or quickly. Every now and then, he’d use a wrong word in a sentence. One of those moments came when he was out to a family’s home for dinner, and leaving he said to the host, with a smile on his face: “Thank you for your hostility!” He meant hospitality!
Reflecting on that rather funny episode, I realized that those two words are very closely related, not just in pronunciation, but in how the lack of hospitality can lead to some form of hostility. I truly believe that Christian hospitality and stewardship aren’t possible without one another. The word stewardship refers to the Catholic approach to the gifts that God has bestowed upon us. Stewardship is living out a commitment to be Christ-centered rather than self-centered. That means seeking out and responding to the needs always of others. Profound gratitude, justice and love become the fundamental motives for giving back to God. Everything that God has given to us is intended to serve the divine plan. Therefore, our life is to be lived in gratitude toward God. In a variety of ways, we as disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ, share our time, talent and treasure to build up the Church and make our world a better place.
The Church needs you, and God has chosen you, to go out into all the world. Every Christian is to take an active part in the life of the Church and to share the gifts of salvation. That means helping people be connected to Christ and the salvation He brings to all, whether it be at Mass on Sunday, in your neighborhood, or even in the workplace. The more a person feels “connected” to our own parishes, the more they will respond to all that God asks of him or her. Especially as we all feel such isolation during the Covid 19 pandemic, it’s especially important that we reach out to one another in any way we can.
Stewardship is an expression of discipleship, with the power to change how we understand and live out our lives. Disciples who practice stewardship recognize God as the origin of life, the giver of freedom, the source of all they have and are and will be. They are deeply aware of the truth that “The Lord's are the earth and its fullness; the world and those who dwell in it.” They know themselves to be both recipients and caretakers of God's many gifts. They are grateful for what they have received and eager to share their gifts out of love for God and one another.
FIRST HOLY COMMUNION
Gavin & Logan Maxim
who received their First Holy Communion at the Cathedral of Our Lady Sunday, October 11. May the Lord bless you and keep you always!
CATHOLIC MEDICAL ASSOCIATION- ST. RAPHAEL'S GUILD
Join us this Sunday for the White Mass!
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 and for an end to the pandemic.
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
CLEANING AFTER FUNERALS
We are looking for a few people willing to help wipe down the pews and door handles after funerals. With a few helpers it does not take long, and if you feel called you can stay for daily Mass. Please contact Rebecca in the parish office if you can help: 218-722-3078 or
UNITED CATHOLIC APPEAL
Check your mailbox 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 57% 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!
RITE OF CHRISTIAN INITIATION OF ADULTS
RCIA sessions have begun. It is not too late to join us. We look forward to meeting you. The sessions are held on Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. in the Multi-purpose Room at the Cathedral. Use the Tower entrance on Fourth Street and follow signs to the Multi-purpose Room. If interested, contact Fr. Tony or Fr. Matt, 728-3646, or Bob and Sandi Arola, 525-2962, email@example.com.
The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults is a journey of faith for persons who are not baptized, who are baptized in another Christian tradition and desire to become Catholic, and baptized Catholics in need of First Communion and/or Confirmation.
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.
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.
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.
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.
MATER DEI APOSTOLATE ROSARY WALK
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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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