Month: September 2018

A Note from Jenny Boran, Director of Faith Formation at Stella Maris Academy: An Update

We’re back! On September 4th we kicked off our second year as Stella Maris Academy and welcomed 125 students to our St. John’s campus. We’ve had a wonderful first three weeks of school and would love to share a few happenings with you! 
The students and Fr. Drew have been working on enhancing our student liturgies on Wednesday mornings. We’ve added music to these liturgies and have a team of students who are preparing to take a greater role in leading these liturgies through serving, lectoring, cantoring and providing musical accompaniment.  
We had the NET Ministries team in town to host a special retreat for our 7th & 8th grade students. NET, which stands for the National Evangelization Team, is a ministry that is comprised of young adults who dedicate a year of their life to traveling the country as young Catholic missionaries who are responsible for leading parish and school retreats. The retreat’s theme was “strength in numbers” and focused on the role of friendship in our faith and life. The day involved talks, games, small groups and time for prayer. Throughout the day the leaders of the retreat referenced a powerful verse from Sirach that proclaims, “A faithful friend is a sturdy shelter: he that has found one has found a treasure. There is nothing so precious as a faithful friend, and no scales can measure his excellence. A faithful friend is an elixir of life; and those who fear the Lord will find him,” (6:14-16). This was a great way to help kick off the year and be reminded of the importance of strong friendships during this sometimes very challenging time of life known as middle school. For more information about NET Ministries check out!   —Jenny Boran

Update from Theology Uncapped: Correct Address for Sept. 27th Presentation

We were notified today that a bulletin announcement had an incorrect location listed for Thursday’s event.

The location where the event is being held is 

Grace Lutheran Church
5454 Miller Trunk Highway
Hermantown, Minnesota 55811
We apologize for the confusion this may have caused. 
As a reminder, the doors will open at 6:00pm at Grace Lutheran Church.
We look forward to seeing you Thursday
Theology Uncapped Coordinators



 Word has come from Deacon John Foucault that another session of Theology Uncapped will be offered by Fr. Rich and Pastor Peter with registration for the Sept. 27th event opening on August 1.  The event is always very well attended, so pre-registration really is necessary in order to reserve your spot.  It’s always a lot of fun. 


The Topic for September


Thursday, September 27th at 6:30 pm

Grace Lutheran Church

5454 Miller Trunk Highway

Hermantown MN 55811

Here is the link to register:


Theology Uncapped is a Catholic group with a dedicated goal of bringing people closer together through educational discussions centered on faith-based topics.

We hold three events a year that are open to men and women of all faiths.  Each event includes an informative speaker(s) that will discuss a topic of faith from differing points of view. A catered meal is included to help facilitate fellowship and hopefully foster new relationships among those that may have opposing viewpoints.

Seating for each event is limited, so registration is required and can be completed through this site. We look forward to seeing you at a future event.


Deacon John Foucault




Note: Deacon John Foucault was recently interviewed on Real Presence Radio during their annual fund drive regarding Theology Uncapped.  Here’s your opportunity to listen to this information in between plugs to support this Catholic radio station.  The interview begins at the 13: 43 minute mark









Theology Uncapped



A Tribute to Carol Marx, Kindergarten Teacher at St. John’s for 24 Years

Carol Joan Marx

DECEMBER 29, 1930 ~ AUGUST 30, 2018 (AGE 87)

Carol Marx


The parishes of St. John and St. Joseph offer our sincere sympathy to the family of Carol Marx, a woman who gave so much to so many of our children during her tenure as kindergarten teacher at St. John’s for 24 years.


After her retirement, she continued to make her presence known, volunteering at St. John’s school and the newly formed Stella Maris Academy.  The students loved her.  She could always be counted on to assist in the kindergarten classrooms.  We’d like to thank her family for sharing her with us for all this time.   

May eternal rest be yours, Mrs. Marx, and thank you for all you gave to your parish family.

Carol Joan Marx, 87 of Duluth, died August 30, 2018 at Benedictine Health Center Marywood Assisted Living surrounded by her loving family.  Carol passed away after a short battle with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis.   

Carol was born in High Bridge, Wisconsin on December 29, 1930 to Albert and Minnie Katon.  Carol graduated from Ashland High School, received her teaching degree from Ashland County Normal School and bachelor’s degree from University of Wisconsin Superior.

It was at the Ashland County Normal School where Carol met the love of her life Calvin Marx.  Carol and Cal were married on May 31, 1952.  Cal passed away in 1985 and Carol begana new chapter in her life. 

Carol was a dedicated and loving teacher for 31 years.  She began teaching in Duluth at Sacred Heart School and then took time off to raise her four children.  What followed was teaching for 24 years at St. John’s School.  She had a passion for teaching and working with children. 

Throughout the years she made many friends and touched many lives.  

Carol was a devoted member of St. John’s Church.  After retiring she loved volunteering, reading stories, & doing art projects with the children at St. John’s School & Stella Maris Academy. She loved attending her grandchildren’s sporting activities, watching Huskies, Dukes and Twins baseball.  She enjoyed the Wheel of Fortune and Hallmark Channel, making cut-out cookies, and spending time with family all of whom she loved dearly. 

The family would like to thank the caring staff at Marywood and Essentia Health Hospice.

Carol was preceded in death by her parents; husband; sisters Ardith Pufall and Florence Markee; brothers, Albert Katon Jr and John Katon; and brother-in-law Orrin Marx.Carol is survived by her children Mary (David) Lundeen, Colleen (Paul) Hultman, Kevin (Kristen) Marx, and Kathleen (Bruce) Mars; sister Janice (Raymond) Michel; sister-in-law Betty Marx; 11 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren.


Visitation was held on Friday September 7, 2018, from 10 a.m. until 11 a.m.

The Mass of Christian Burial was at St. John’s Church, 1 West Chisholm St. Duluth, MN 55803. 

Arrangements were by Dougherty Funeral Home.  600 E. 2nd St. Duluth, MN 55805.  218-727-3555. 

Burial will be in St. Agnes Cemetery, Ashland, WI. 

Memorials may be made to St John’s Church and Stella Maris Academy.