Saturday, September 6th I had the pleasure of going to the 3rd annual catechetical assembly at the College of St. Scholastica in Duluth Minnesota. Brian Pizzalato and his staff have done a first class job on this every year. This year’s speaker was Father Mitch Pacwa, founder of Ignatius Productions and host on EWTN Global Catholic Network. His topic was St Paul: Lessons on Engaging the Culture. Father Pacwa spent a good portion of the day delving into 2 Corinthians and giving us insight into the kind of people Paul was addressing, their culture and how we can apply what Paul was teaching to the culture we are living in today. There were also several vendor booths to visit during our breaks. Catholic Customs of Duluth always sets up a really nice booth with some excellent Catholic books and gifts to choose from. I always spend a good portion of my money there! After the assembly we celebrated mass with Bishop Schnurr. The Duluth Schola added to the Mass with Gregorian chants that were simply beautiful. Next year’s speaker will be Christopher West with the theme Introduction to the Theology of the Body. I would encourage everyone who has not attended the Catechetical Assembly to seriously consider it for 2009. It was a day well spent!
Duluth Diocesan Catechetical Assembly September 9, 2008