Month: July 2018

July 25, 1968: The 50th Anniversary of the Encyclical, Humanae Vitae

Pope Pius XII & Giovanni Montini (Pope St. Paul VI)

Cardinal Roncalli (Pope St. John XXIII & Giovanni Montini (Pope St. Paul VI)

Pope (St.) Paul VI & Albino Luciani (Pope John Paul I)

Pope (St.) Paul VI & Karol Wojtyla (Pope St. John Paul II)




















The Built Upon a Rock Fest 2018 Rosary Give Away


Built Upon a Rock 2018






We have partnered with our friends at Rugged Rosaries for an exciting giveaway! In honor of Our Lady of Sorrows, we will be giving away one rosary every week for 9 weeks leading up to Built Upon a Rock Fest, which falls on the feast day of Our Lady of Sorrows (September 15th).

These are high quality rosaries that are extremely rugged – they won’t break! You will be amazed at the detail and craftsmanship. One of the rosaries pictured above will be given away each week. The 9th and final rosary will be a beautiful, custom designed seven sorrows rosary to be given away the day before the concert.

For a chance to win:

  • Every time we post something on Facebook or Instagram, LIKE it.
  • For each LIKE, you get one chance to win. The more you LIKE, the more chances you get!
  • Liking our page counts for a chance too, if you haven’t already.
  • Only LIKES on our original posts will be counted (not LIKES on posts that have been shared). 
  • Each Friday, on Facebook Live, we will draw a winner from the previous week’s LIKES (on posts from Sat-Fri). We will get in touch with the winner and mail the rosary to them.
That’s it. So keep a close eye on our Instagram and Facebook pages, like our posts, and good luck! The first drawing will be on Friday, July 13th at 3:00pm. Our Lady of Sorrows, pray for us!

SEPTEMBER 15, 2018

5:00 Mass (Cathedral)
6:00 Concert gates open
6:15-7:00 Luke Spehar
7:30-9:00 Ike Ndolo
9:30 Benediction (Cathedral)

Built Upon a Rock Fest is a free outdoor Catholic concert to be held on the grounds of the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Rosary in Duluth, MN. After the 5:00pm Mass in the Cathedral, head across the street to enjoy the stunning on-stage musical performances from nationally known Catholic artists Ike Ndolo and Luke Spehar. Free live entertainment (and free food!) with the backdrop of beautiful Lake Superior: an exhilarating and breathtaking experience, regardless of your faith background. Eucharistic Adoration will take place in the Cathedral, coinciding with the concert, and there will be opportunities for Confession.

Thank You for 11 Blessed Years: A Message from Father Rich

Father’s Ramblings

 I can’t believe it! After eleven years of writing these “Ramblings” this is my last one! (I don’t like it)!!

 I remember reading Fr. Bill’s last column when I took over here at these two great parishes. He wrote about all the great things that were accomplished during the two years he was pastor here, and I have to say I feel a similar temptation to talk all about the things that have happened here over the past eleven years. But I will refrain from that with one or two exceptions.

When I came to St. John’s and St. Joseph’s I said in my very first homily that I wanted to teach more about our faith, and secondly, I wanted to instill a greater love for Christ’s presence in the Eucharist. I hope and pray that those things were accomplished to some degree.

 With all the Apologetics and Scripture Classes, along with some educational component to homilies, I hope that many people have a greater understanding and appreciation for our faith.

More importantly is the love for Christ in the Eucharist. When I came here to these parishes, we had 5 or 6 regulars at the weekday Masses. Today we are easily into the 40’s and at times get as many as 50 or more.

I will say this, of all that has happened here during my eleven years that is what I am most proud of!!

A parish can be judged more for what happens during the weekday than what happens on the weekends. And by God’s grace things are going well here.

It is with a very heavy heart that I pass the baton to Fr. Drew. When a pastor has been in a place as long as I have been here, it becomes very difficult to say good bye. What I have told more than a few people who express sadness at my departure is that they are losing their priest, but their priest is losing everything. A pastor’s life should be his parish, and that is what you all are to me, and yet God has other plans (as does the bishop), and I entrust myself to God’s providence.

It is my hope that from time to time you take a drive out to St. James in West Duluth. It is exactly eleven miles from my garage to St. James and most of that is highway, so it’s really not that far to come say hi.

I love being here, I love you as my parishioners, and I know that will never change. I am very grateful that I am still in Duluth. So this is not as much as a goodbye, as it is “I will see you around.”

I am convinced Fr. Drew will be a great fit for these great parishes and I know that you will all grow from his ministry. All priests bring a different set of gifts to their ministry. It was very clear to me by how much kitchen stuff he has brought into the rectory that he and I are indeed different!

I hope that as many of you as possible can come to the gatherings we are having in the event of my departure. This Sunday, July 1, Mass at St. Joseph’s will not be at its regular time, but at 12 noon with a lunch afterwards. My last weekend will be next week, July 7th & 8th. There will be a gathering after the Saturday evening Mass in the parish hall for a light dinner, and then again after the 10:30 Mass. I hope you will take advantage of one of these three options.

Thank you for eleven blessed years!! (Fr. Rich)