Finishing Strong from Bulldog Catholic on Vimeo.

Easter is over. The end of the school year is on the horizon. How do you stay focused in these last weeks of the school year? Fr. Mike Schmitz gives 4 tips for getting it right as a student and as a Catholic.

1) The first step is the hardest.
2) It’s easier to keep going than to get going.
3) Done is better than “perfect.”
4) Make peace with your roommate.

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?


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 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 FOCUS Missionary from Cuba City, WI

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


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 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