Around the Diocese: Catholic Family Camp: August 25-September1

catholic family camp

The Diocese of Duluth Office of Marriage and Family Life is sponsoring a Catholic family camp this summer at the Sugar Lake Lodge, 37584 Otis Lane, Cohasset.

Dates are above. Enjoy all the lodge has to offer, as well as daily Mass, adoration times and confession. f

For more information on the recreational activities that are available and information on food and lodging offerings go to Stay for a night, or the whole week–call the lodge at 218.203.8919 to register. Discounted rates apply.

Cardinal Newman to be canonized October 13, 2019

The quote in the you tube  are the words of the soon to be canonized Cardinal John Henry Newman. Born in London on February 21st, 1801, Newman was the first of six children born to John Newman, a banker, and Jemima Fourdrinier, a descendant of French Huguenot refugees in England. Considered to be a leading intellectual of the 19th century, John Newman was ordained an Anglican priest on May 29th, 1825. Twenty years later, after a long struggle to incorporate Roman Catholic theology into Anglican theology, Newman converted to Catholicism and was ordained a Catholic priest on May 30th, 1847. Pope Leo XIII (1878 – 1903) elevated him to the cardinalate on May 12th, 1879, although he was never consecrated a bishop.

At his beatification on September 19th, 2010, Pope Benedict XVI referred to his personal motto.

Cardinal Newman’s motto, Cors et cor loqvitvr, (Heart speaks unto heart) gives insight into his understanding of the Christian life as a call to holiness experienced as a profound desire of the human heart to enter into explicit communion with the heart of God. One of the most important intellectuals of his time, he is an example to both Anglicans and Catholics. 120 years later, great crowds have assembled once again to rejoice in the Church’s solemn recognition of the outstanding holiness of this much loved father of souls.

Among his many achievements, Newman was instrumental in the founding of the Catholic University of Ireland, which became University College, Dublin, and Ireland’s largest university. The many biographies and editions of his published works still available attest to the esteem in which he is held by Catholics and Anglicans alike.

Cardinal Newman died on August 11, 1890, at the age of eighty-nine. His feast day is celebrated on October 9th.

John Henry Newman was beatified in September of 2010 by Pope Benedict XVI.

Saying Goodbye to Fr. Jeremy

Fr. Jeremy Bock

Stella Maris Folks, here’s your chance to say goodbye to Fr. Jeremy and to wish him well in his new assignement in Hibbing. It’s a chance to thank him for his faithfulness to our children!

Fr. Jeremy, we wish you all the best!

Diocese of Peoria Prepares for Fulton Sheen’s Beatification

Archbishop Fulton. J. Sheen

Preparing for the Beatification to be Held in Peoria, Illinois

Pope Francis approved the miracle attributed to Archbishop Fulton Sheen Friday, making possible the American television catechist’s beatification.

The Vatican Congregation for the Causes of Saints promulgated the decree approving Sheen’s miracle on July 6.

The miracle involves the unexplained recovery of James Fulton Engstrom, a boy born apparently stillborn in September 2010 to Bonnie and Travis Engstrom of the Peoria-area town of Goodfield. He showed no signs of life as medical professionals tried to revive him. The child’s mother and father prayed to Archbishop Sheen to heal their son.

A seven-member panel of medical experts advising the Vatican Congregation for the Causes of Saints gave unanimous approval of the miracle attributed to the famous television personality and evangelist in March 2014.

Archbishop Sheen was a beloved television catechist during the 1950s and 60s in the United States. His Emmy-award winning television show “Life is Worth Living” reached an audience of millions.

Sheen was ordained a priest of the Diocese of Peoria, Illinois at the age of 24, and was appointed auxiliary bishop of New York in 1951, where he remained until his appointment as Bishop of Rochester, New York in 1966. He retired in 1969 and moved back to New York City until his death in 1979.

On June 27, Sheen’s remains were transferred from the Archdiocese of New York to Peoria, Illinois following a long legal battle over the late archbishop’s burial place that had put Sheen’s sainthood cause on hold.

The Peoria diocese opened the cause for Sheen’s canonization in 2002, after Archdiocese of New York said it would not explore the case. In 2012, Benedict XVI recognized the heroic virtues of the archbishop.

In September 2014, Bishop Daniel Jenky of Peoria suspended Sheen’s cause on the grounds that the Holy See expected Sheen’s remains to be in the Peoria diocese.

Fulton Sheen’s niece Joan Cunningham filed a legal complaint in 2016 seeking to have her uncle’s remains moved to the Cathedral of St. Mary in Peoria. The Archdiocese of New York repeatedly appealed the attempt to transfer Sheen’s remains to Peoria.

Stella Maris Academy Kindergarten Graduation

Sending heaps of love to our Holy Rosary Campus kindergarten teachers, Amanda Tessier & Sonya whose expertise in teaching and love for these children are an exceptional gift to us. Thank you with all our hearts!

New Ministry Schedule: June 15 – September 1

St. John The Evangelist Catholic Church

The schedule for June 15th-September 1st is now available.   Please print this schedule and post it for ready reference. It will also be available on the bulletin board in back of church, in the sacristy and on our website. 

 This being a summer schedule many of our ministers are not available.  You may find that you are scheduled more than normally.  And you will also see that there are Masses without a minister.  If you are at one of these Masses, please be willing to help Father.

Thanks to all of you who sent in your summer availability.  Much appreciated.  Have a wonderful summer.  Feel free to email or call if you have any questions.  Anny ([email protected])

Here is the link to the schedule.

A Note from Anny Goeb, Secretary

Further information on how this scheduling works, but the info is shown above.

Log on to “

You do not need a user name or password.  Click on “Schedules,” then click on the current schedule. 

You can request a sub if you are scheduled at a time not convenient for you.  Simply click on “Find a sub,” fill in your email address, choose the date and time and send an email.  Both you and I will receive an email when someone fills your request.

We probably still have some glitches to figure out, but I hope this new program works for both you and us.  Feel free to call if you have a problem.  Once I send the schedule, I will be able to see what you are looking at and can hopefully help you.   —Anny

A Message from Fr. Drew

Parish Mission: May 2019

Fr. Drew’s News

We’re wrapping up a few things as we approach the summer months. Soon school will be out, and we’ve finished our year of religious education, and this Wednesday, May 22nd, 6:30 p.m., Bishop will be coming to confirm those young men and women who have been preparing for the Sacrament of Confirmation.

But before you head out to the cabin to enjoy your summer break, I hope that you will come join us for our 40 HOUR PARISH MISSION!!

The flyer above has all the details for the weekend.

I am extremely excited to have my good friend, Fr. Brandon Moravitz, lead us on this weekend retreat. Fr. Brandon is an incredible speaker and preacher! Don’t miss it!

The weekend will be packed with inspiring talks, beautiful music, and time for prayer and reflection. We will also have some time for confessions.

Please come join us for this spirit filled weekend. I promise you’ll walk away with a heart set on FIRE!

We all need a good retreat sometimes. I remember someone once telling me we are like balloons that have a continuous leak, and we need to be filled up from time to time, or else we just go spiritually flat.

I really wanted to offer this weekend to help fill us up! Come be filled up! May the Holy Spirit set our parishes ablaze! – Fr. Drew

Congratulating Our Confirmandi 2019

The parishes of St. John & St. Joseph welcome Bishop Paul Sirba to the celebration of the sacrament of Confirmation. We thank you for your presence and ask God’s blessings on our candidates, our pastor and deacon, our choir who contributed so much beauty to this liturgy and, most especially, to you, Bishop Paul, for your words of wisdom to them.

Some things you left them with, Bishop Paul: increase your prayer life, so you might become closer to our God. Be willing to witness in ways large and small–by saying grace before a dinner–even at a restaurant, or inviting a friend to Mass. And finally, Bishop reminded them they are now the next generation–to bring their faith to their families through commitment to service and witness.

God bless you, our newest confirmandi!!

Such a beautiful night at St. John’s tonight! Congratulations to all of you. Know how we welcome each of you!

Confirmation 2019


Michaela Archer, Abby Rowe, Katerina Kroska, Isabella Kartch, Daniel Wapola, Abby Beyer, Andrew Twomey, Lauren Goman, Emma Johnson, Mya Kunst, Will Franckowiak, Paige Sanders, Jakob Wendinger

Thank yous to Bishop Paul & Fr. Drew, to our discipleship leaders who serve in small groups throughout the years, and to parents, family and sponsors of our confirmandi for their dedication to the faith.

And Hats Off to Ethan Rentschler

Proud of this kid! 

Ethan and his school construction class were a part of building a home and shed for Habitat for Humanity. He is a lot like his Grandpa. Boats and building.  

Ethan, your parish family is so proud of you!

Habitat for Humanity Home Ethan helped build!

Way to go, Ethan Rentschler!

Congratulations to Madelyn Morris!

Eighth grader Madelyn delivered a $300 check funded by Stella Maris students to Life House this week. She was the winner of the eighth grade nonprofit research project, where she wrote an essay on Life House, and everyone was able to vote.

Well done, Madelyn!

Here is Madelyn’s essay. Your parish is very proud of you!

Madelyn Morris

Lifehouse: Reconnecting Homeless and Street Youth to Their Dreams

Some of the everyday things in your life, things that you sometimes don’t think about, really matter to homeless and street youth in Duluth. Imagine a young woman having no home, nowhere to go, no food or water, and no one to talk to. She comes across Lifehouse, and she walks in the doors and is immediately greeted with smiling faces and bright colors. She soon makes amazing friends who are in the same position as she is, and she feels at home.

 Lifehouse is a nonprofit organization that helps reconnect homeless and street youth to their dreams. Lifehouse was founded in 1991 when the founder asked her son why his friend hadn’t left their house from a sleepover two days before. He told her that his friend had nowhere else to go, so she decided to take action. In 1992 Lifehouse opened their first youth drop-in center in downtown Duluth, and implemented their housing program. Lifehouse serves over 700 youth, plus their small children, annually. Lifehouse offers programs such as the drop-in center, community and residential housing, mental health and wellness, and a future education and employment program. Each of these programs helps the youth to “connect, stabilize, heal, and thrive”.

 “For some youth, they need a lot of help,” says Amy White, Lifehouse’s Development Officer. Lifehouse offers a free store full of everyday needs, such as food, clothes, baby supplies, and basic hygiene items. All of the things they get for their store are from donations. Since many of the youth don’t have homes, they offer housing for them. Some of it is temporary, and some is permanent. For teens, they have a teen loft which has bright colors, a commercial kitchen, and new furniture. Usually the teens can stay for ninety days at the teen loft, but they can extend their time. Next they have the Sol House, which is a house for young women who are survivors of sexual exploitation, who can live there for any length of time. The Sol house has six bedrooms and a wonderful study and kitchen area.

 The Duluth Police Department also plays a huge role for Lifehouse. They’re there to help whenever they need them. “We as a police department have a good working relationship with the Lifehouse,” says Sergeant Ryan Morris. “We appreciate the hard work and dedication they have to making the lives of these children better and providing them the crucial guidance that they’re missing in their lives.” Investigator Nick Lepak is on the board for Lifehouse and is the voice of the DPD. “They understand what we’re trying to do,” says Amy White.

Lifehouse bought the building next door and is working on expanding to add more offices, including working on their very own candle business called Limitless Candles. Lifehouse has created this candle business for youth who are old enough to get jobs to get the practice they need before getting an actual job. The youth create a variety of scents for their candles including pine, cranberry marmalade, cucumber melon, and many more. You are able to buy these candles online at any time at the Limitless Candles website.

Lifehouse depends on donations such as food, clothing, and hygiene items to provide care to the youth. Much of their donations and funding goes towards their new expansion and making their facility even better.

Imagine, the young woman sits down on the bright yellow couch and is speaking with all the staff members about what happened to her. A lot of them can relate to how she is feeling, and she feels a sort of warmth inside her body because she knows that her true family is at Lifehouse. “We will never give up on our youth,” White says. “We’ll always be there for them.”

With help from the community, through financial and prayerful support, we can make these youth feel amazing, happy, and at home. ~ Madelyn Morris