By Katrina Genereux/Staff Writer, OND
Crookston – Bishop Michael J. Hoeppner celebrated Mass at Calvary Cemetery on May 30. It was the first of what he hopes will be an annual tradition on the Tuesday after Memorial Day.
Nearly 25 people attend the Mass which was offered for the faithful departed, religious, priests, deacons and bishops of the Diocese of Crookston.
Bishop Emeritus Victor H. Balke, Father Augie Gothman, Father JohnMelkies Suvakeen, Father Xavier Ilango, Msgr. Mike Foltz, Father Vincent Miller, Msgr. Jerry Noesen and Father Mario Prada concelebrated the Mass.
Bishop Hoeppner expressed his thanks to the cemetery board and all who helped make the celebration of the Mass possible.
During his homily, Bishop Hoeppner spoke about the importance of praying for the dead. He also reminded those gathered that although we will die, we live in hope of the resurrection and eternal life.