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Upcoming Events

Oct. 4 - OND Published

Oct. 12 - Diocesan Corporate Board Meeting

Oct. 12 - Diocesan Finance Council Meeting

Oct. 19 - YM Meeting

Oct. 22 - Propagation of the Faith (World Mission) Collection

Oct. 26 - Principals Meeting

Oct. 27 - CCHD Local Grant Application Window Closes

Oct. 28/29 - Life and Dignity Sunday

Oct. 29 - High School Youth Rally

From the Vicar General:

As we celebrate Respect Life Month, we are reminded by the horrible shooting in Las Vegas that we need to - more than ever - pray and work for life issues; from the moment of conception to the moment of natural death. Thank you for all you are doing this month in particular to promote human life!

I trust that all of your ministry programs are up and running. If you need help or want to supplement your programs, please don’t hesitate to call upon us here at the Chancery. Thanks for tracking your October counts this month. A reminder to return completed forms to Bonnie Sullivan by November 8th.

Vocations Awareness Week is approaching at the beginning of November. Resources and prayers for your use will be provided in the next General Mailing and the October 18 OND. Please tentatively mark your calendars for a June 9, 2018 priesthood ordination and a June 16, 2018 transitional diaconate ordination of the Diocese of Crookston. Please continue to pray for our seminarians and for more vocations to the priesthood, religious life and permanent diaconate, especially in our diocese.

Bishop Hoeppner released an official statement last week regarding the recent settlement agreement made for the claims against him. You can find it HERE. He will elaborate on that statement in his column of this week’s issue of the OND. Please continue to pray for a swift and just resolution to the lawsuits and all matters of sexual abuse.


Msgr. Mike Foltz, J.C.L.
T: 218-281-4533 ext. 419


Janelle Gergen | Communications Manager
T: 218-281-4533 ext. 428

Our Northland Diocese

FOR PARISH BULLETINS: Through Oct. 28/29

OND ANNOUNCEMENT: Has your parish recently celebrated Rite of Confirmation or First Holy Communion? Are you or a loved one celebrating a significant wedding anniversary or birthday? Email a photo and caption to: and it will be published in a digital photo album at:

Janelle Gergen | Associate Editor
T: 218-281-4533 ext. 428

Office of New Evangelization & Justice

CLICK HERE for information about a global project and invitation from Pope Francis, Life and Dignity Sunday update, and Our Lady of Fatima celebration!

AJ Garcia | Director
T: 218-281-4533 ext. 439 

Office of Stewardship & Development

CLICK HERE for the 2017 DAA Status Report dated 9-29-17

Reminder that we are preparing for the St. Mary’s Mission Appeal. Please check your supply of in-pew envelopes and email Renee at by October 6, 2017 to let her know how many you will need for each of your parishes.

Thank you

Reathel Giannonatti, JD | Director
T: 218-281-4533 ext. 420

Office of Worship


As you read this week’s General Mailing, I am attending the FDLC Annual Meeting in Bloomington. Region 8 is hosting, and as a member of the board, I’ve been honored to be on the liturgical planning committee for the event. The focus (which is the first time it has been on this topic) of the Pastoral Care of the Sick and Dying and the Sacrament of Anointing will hopefully be a source and force of the healing we need so much in our Church today; physically, emotionally, and spiritually. Thank you for your prayers as our meeting continues through Thursday, the 5th.

Mary Dahl | Director
T: 218-281-4533 ext. 455

Office of Vocations

2017-2018 Seminarian Poster (8.5 x 11) - Please hang in your parish hall or share in your bulletin!

SAVE THE DATE: Nov. 5 - 11, 2017 --> Vocations Awareness Week
More info/resources to come in the Oct. 19 General Mailing!

VOCATIONS COME AND SEE: An Informational Retreat Weekend hosted by Immaculate Heart of Mary Seminary in Winona, MN --> Nov. 11-13, 2017 or Mar. 17-19, 2018
CLICK HERE for Brochure and Registration Information

Fr. Matt Schmitz | Promoter
T: 218-773-0877

Office of Youth Ministry & Catechesis


The meeting on Thursday, October 19, 2017 will be for the Youth Ministers and DRE’s at St. Elizabeth’s in Dilworth. An email will be sent for RSVP information in the next week or so.

The High School Youth Rally is coming up fast on Sunday, October 29, 2017. All the rally information, posters and forms can be found HERE. For those parishes that were not represented at the meeting in September you will be receiving the information by mail if you haven’t already.

St. John Paul II Middle School Camp dates have been set, please mark your calendars for this event!

If you should have any questions in regards to the Office of Youth Ministry & Catechesis, please contact the Chancery at 218-281-4533 or email Brady Borslien at or Jessica Guzman at

Catholic Community Foundation

MEMO: Faith for Tomorrow Fall Grant Cycle Announced

Joe Noel | Executive Director
T: 218-281-4533 ext. 453


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