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by Fr. Graham

November 26, 2014:


Come Ye Thankful People Come

This hymn was written by Henry Alford (1810-1871), and echos two of the parables; Matthew 13:24-30 (the story of the wheat and the tares) and Mark 4:26-29 (the story of the seed springing up without the sower knowing of it).

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Five Myths about Pope Francis
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Pope to Europe:
Get your house in order
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Agree to disagree: Why young Catholics pose a unique challenge for the Church
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El Greco in the National Gallery of Art and Washington-Area Collections: A 400th Anniversary Celebration
November 2, 2014 – February 16, 2015
West Building Main Floor

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Treasures from the Vatican
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"Death must be active within us if life also is to be active within us."  St. Ambrose
In November, the Church's selection of scripture and prayer turns our minds to the coming end of the year, of time, and of our own lives.  Saint Ambrose, a fourth century bishop and theologian in Milan, wrote a Treatise on Death as a Blessing that is excerpted today in The Liturgy of the Hours – Office of Readings.  Take a look!

From a treatise on death as a blessing by St. Ambrose, bishop:
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Did you know that our Catholic Bishops have a website that offers the daily Mass readings, the entire text of the Bible, book by book, and many other helpful resources.  Visit it here:


Among the Saints the Church remembers on Nov. 6th is St. Felix of Fondi
I chose him from the list because his name is fun to say (yes, there are certainly more saintly reasons to remember him); take a look:

In Jake's Newsletter, he asks, "Did you know that November 7th is the feast day of Saint Engelbert II of Berg?"
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Check out this excerpt from a sermon by Saint Charles Borromeo, which is used in the Roman Office of Readings for the feast (liturgical memorial) of St. Charles Borromeo on November 4th:
Practice What You Preach

Would you like me to teach you how to grow from virtue to virtue and how, if you are already recollected at prayer, you can be even more attentive next time, and so give God more pleasing worship? Listen, and I will tell you. If a tiny spark of God’s love already burns within you, do not expose it to the wind, for it may get blown out. Keep the stove tightly shut so that it will not lose its heat and grow cold. In other words, avoid distractions as well as you can. Stay quiet with God. Do not spend your time in useless chatter.  

If you wish to make a donation to the Steve O’Neil Apartments Community Housewarming Registry, go to chumduluth.org and select the Housewarming Campaign link. Please include “Community Matters” when you make your online donation.

Church Calendar

St. Michael's Catholic Church is located at 4901 East Superior Street in the Lakeside neighborhood of Duluth, Minnesota.

We are always looking for volunteers for various activities and committees.  Click on the link below to see what is available!

Click to View Volunteer Opportunities on VolunteerSpot

Two very nice student group photos:
1. Our K-5 students at Mass in their snowpants today.
2. Preschool and grades 4-5 Student Council members with the food collected for CHUM in our Thanksgiving Food Drive.

Be sure to watch WDIO channel 10 (or 13 on cable) for their newscasts at 6:00 and 10:00 tonight, as they were here today and filmed our preschool through 5th grade students wishing everyone a “Happy Thanksgiving” while seated in front of our 617 food items collected for the CHUM food shelf. They also interviewed two students.
        Great job! And thanks to all the boys and girls and families!


100 Days Closer to Christ
William C. Graham

We all have moments of grace in our lives, glimpses of God's presence and God's mystery. The Word made flesh, God-with-us, inspires these moments and sometimes lets us see and feel that transformation in grace. In 100 Days Closer to Christ, Father William C. Graham invites us to consider these moments and experience the transforming presence of God in our lives.
These compelling essays invite you to immersion in joyful hope: dreams, disciplines, and promises; fond embraces and quiet satisfaction; plans and prospects; awe and wonder. The chapters consider moments of grace through encounters that resemble lectio divina, inviting reflections flowing from God's word or the church's life of prayer, giving flashes of insight and meaning on a pilgrim's way.
The essays in 100 Days Closer to Christ are meant to inspire thoughtful prayer. Whether they are seasonal or attitudinal, each seeks to stand before Mystery in awe, wonder, praise, and thanksgiving.

William C. Graham, is pastor of Saint Michael's Parish in Duluth, Minnesota, where he also served as pastor from 1982-90. He was a scholar-in-residence at the Collegeville Institute for Ecumenical & Cultural Research in 2013-14, where he also served as visiting professor at Saint John's University. For ten years Father Graham was professor of historical theology and the founding director of the Braegelman Program in Catholic Studies at the College of St. Scholastica.


Christ the King (A), Nov. 22 & 23, 2014
Intercessions and announcements:
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Thirty-Third Sunday in ordinary Time (A), Nov. 16, 2014
Intercessions and announcements:
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Feast of the Dedication of the Lateran Basilica in Rome  
Nov. 8 & 9, 2014


“Do you not know that you are God’s temple
and that God’s Spirit dwells in you?” (1 Cor 3:16)

The Badge of a Concerned Catholic:

Hope does not disappoint: Our finances & our future
All Souls (A), Nov. 2, 2014

Read Sunday's Homily here:

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Give a listen to Pope Francis's homily at Mass today, Oct. 13:

"And this should make us think: am I attached to my things, my ideas, [are they] closed? Or am I open to God's surprises? Am I at a standstill or am I on a journey? Do I believe in Jesus Christ - in Jesus, in what he did: He died, rose again and the story ended there - Do I think that the journey continues towards maturity, toward the manifestation of the glory of the Lord? Am I able to understand the signs of the times and be faithful to the voice of the Lord that is manifested in them? We should ask ourselves these questions today and ask the Lord for a heart that loves the law -  because the law belongs to God – but which also loves God’s surprises and the ability to understand that this holy law is not an end in itself".
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Wondering about our Youth Ministries?
Check out Jake's Essay!

See Jake Nelson & Michael Chelseth take on the Ice Bucket Challenge!
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About the Ice Bucket Challenge
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Mass Schedule:

Mass at 5:00 PM


Mass at 8:00 AM
10:30 AM  
5:00 PM  

Weekday Masses at St. Michael's Church:

Monday through Friday:
5:00 PM


Lakeshore: 4:00 PM
(40th Ave. E. and London Road)

School Year:

10:15 AM
at St. Michael's Church

Sacrament of Reconciliation

Wednesday and Friday after Mass


3:30 PM - 4:15 PM

Question Corner:

A Mormon take on giving:
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For some people, but not everyone, life just seems better after giving to others.

Remember the Used-a-Bit first!
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Getting ready for Advent: a couple suggestions
Advent Collect-ing
Advent Wreath

Q: I'm unhappy with the new pastor in my parish. Should I try another parish?
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Catholic schools considered here:
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5 Reasons to Avoid the Gym or Why I Go to Church
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Francis: "a pope of surprises."  

Read about the reflections of Cardinal Walter Kasper, president emeritus of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity,  on the meaning and significance of Pope Francis:
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Here are a couple websites that are excellent resources:

CRUX: Covering All Things Catholic


News Features & Analysis from a Catholic Perspective


You no doubt remember Father Eric Hollas, OSB, one of last summer's visitors.  He has a blog entitled "A Monk's Chronicle" that is well worth reading:


Memories of the 'lost' 1970s Catholic generation
Post-Vatican II Catholicism should not be dismissed as a 'silly season'
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Under Pope Francis, the church is struggling to figure out who belongs.
NY Times Article

Under Francis, Catholic Leaders Prepare to Debate Whether Church Should Change


(Vatican Radio) At the conclusion of the Extraordinary Synod on the Family, Pope Francis addressed the assembled Fathers, thanking them for their efforts and encouraging them to continue to journey.

….a must read:

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