Recent Ask Fr. Mike

  • What is it like to hear confessions? - I was once riding in a shuttle-bus with a number of older folks on the way from an airport. They noticed that I was a priest and started asking questions about it. “Do you do all of the priest stuff?” “Yep.” “Even the Confession thing?” “Yeah. All the time.”
  • Struggling to Believe is Not the Same Thing as Doubting - In your last column, you said you believe everything the Church teaches. What if I struggle with believing? Where does that put me?
  • Defending Traditional Marriages Makes Me a Hater? - It seems like every time I try to explain the Church’s teaching regarding same-sex “marriage” I am accused of being a “bigot” or a “homophobe.” I am told that I “hate” and that it is a violation of a person’s civil rights to say that they cannot marry whomever they want. How do I respond?

Events

MARCH 2015

  • 27-29 Silent Retreat – Agate Lake Resort, Brainerd, MN, depart from Newman at 4:00 pm, Friday, Return by 3:00 pm Sunday.
  • 30 Chrism Mass, 5:00 pm Cathedral, Duluth
  • 31 Reconciliation Service – 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm, location TBD

APRIL 2015

  • 2 Holy Thursday/Seder Supper 5:30 pm, location TBD
  • 4 Easter Vigil Party, Vigil, 8:00 pm at Cathedral, party following vigil Mass at Newman.
  • 11 Service Saturday, TBD
  • 17-19 Confirmation Retreat (Hibbing)- Depart from Newman at 3:30 pm Friday afternoon, return by 8:00 pm Saturday night

Bailey

Bailey FOCUS Missionary from Greenbush, MN

Mosquitoes are my kryptonite. I resist technology because I don’t learn it easily. I like to joke around. Meet Bailey

Ben

Ben FOCUS Missionary from Cuba City, WI

Adventure, banana cake, Jesus Christ and His Church that is what I am all about. Meet Ben

Rosalin

Rosalin FOCUS Missionary from Edgeley, ND

My favorite place at UMD besides Newman is the coffee shop (when you can find a table.) Meet Rosalin

Joe

Joe FOCUS Missionary from La Crosse, WI

I like boxing, indie music, kayaking, hiking, and running. Meet Joe

Fr. Mike

Fr. Mike Chaplain at UMD Newman

I love being in Duluth and I love being a priest. Coffee is good too. Meet Fr. Mike