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The Northern Cross - April 2015

Mass on TV

The Diocese of Duluth sponsors a televised Mass at 9:30 a.m. every Sunday from the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C., on WDIO-Duluth and WIRT-Hibbing. Donations are welcome and can be sent to TV Mass, 2830 E. Fourth St., Duluth, MN 55812. Please make checks payable to TV Mass. For information contact the diocese at (218) 724-9111.

Latin Mass

St. Benedict’s Church, 1419 St. Benedict St., Duluth, prays the Latin ordinary form of the Mass the first Saturday of each month at 8 a.m. Also at St. Benedict’s, the Traditional Latin Mass is prayed Sundays at 1 p.m. Call to confirm at (218) 724-4828.

Rosary for freedom, life, family

The rosary is prayed for religious freedom, respect of life and the family Saturdays at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Rosary, 2801 E. Fourth St., Duluth, at 10 a.m. Contact the Cathedral at (218) 728-3646 for information.

Catholic Singles Group

Catholic Singles Group in the Twin Ports hosts weekly events and meets for brunch every other week as well as attends swing and folk dance lessons. Activities in April include Duluth Home Show, Empty Bowl fundraiser, Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra and more. For information contact Deborah at (218) 879-6266 or visit

KC fellowship

The St. Raphael’s Knights of Columbus Council 6791 and St. Teresa Circle of St. Raphael’s Church, 5779 Seville Road, Duluth, sponsors coffee, juice, donuts and fellowship after Masses the first Saturday and Sunday weekend of each month.

Anointing of the sick

Anointing of the sick is available the first Sunday of the month at 9:15 a.m., at St. Joseph’s Church, 315 S.W. 21st St., Grand Rapids, in the church. All are welcome to receive this sacrament of healing at any time during an illness or struggle. Anointing is always available during the month by calling the church at (218) 326-2843. Also, healing prayer is offered the second Sunday of the month at 9:15 a.m., in the church. Handicapped accessible.

Children’s program

A children’s program for fifth and sixth graders, “Stories Do Make A Difference,” will be held Monday through Thursday, April 6-9, from 9 a.m. to noon at McCabe Renewal Center, 2125 Abbotsford Ave., Duluth. Spring into action as an actor or actress in the classic tale of “Scheherazade.” Registration is limited to 15 participants, register early. Facilitator: Benedictine Sister Dorene King. Suggested Donation $60 for four days. To register call (218) 724-5266 or email

Chaplet of Divine Mercy

The Chaplet of Divine Mercy followed by the rosary is prayed for religious freedom, respect for life and family, and freedom of conscience of all people of faith Mondays at 3 p.m., at St. Mary’s Hospital Chapel, 407 E. Fourth St., Duluth. For questions call (218) 343-2404.

Youth ministers meeting

Diocesan youth ministers will meet the first Tuesday of the month at the Diocese of Duluth, 2830 E. Fourth St., Duluth, in the large conference room at 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. RSVP to Annette at or (218) 724-9111.

Bible study on Mary

St. Benedict’s Church, 1419 St. Benedict St., Duluth, is hosting “Mary: A Biblical Walk with the Blessed Mother,” a study from Ascension Press that reveals Mary’s unique role in God’s Kingdom and in our lives. Filmed on location in the Holy Land, this program will place you in the midst of the powerful drama of her earthly life, taking you through her joys and her sorrows. This Bible study begins April 7, at 7 p.m., and continues on Tuesdays for eight weeks (through the end of May). To register for the study, call Sister Anna Rose at (218) 724-4828 or email

Communion and Liberation

Communion and Liberation is an international Catholic movement that helps participants have a daily experience of faith. The group meets Tuesdays in the social hall at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Rosary, 2801 E. Fourth St., Duluth, 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. followed by sharing appetizers or desserts. For information about this group contact Kris (218) 428-6197 or Sharon (218) 349-1535 or visit

Rosaries for life

Two rosaries are prayed Wednesdays at 8 a.m. at St. Charles Parish, 308 Central Ave., Cass Lake, for an end to abortion and all crimes against life. Everyone is invited. For more information call Mary Rients at (218) 444-6209.


The rosary will be prayed at Our Lady of Mercy Church, 2002 Minnesota Ave., Duluth, Wednesdays at 7 p.m. A petition basket will be available for special prayer intentions placed before the Blessed Mother. Call St. Mary Star of the Sea Church for more information at (218) 722-3078.


Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament takes place Thursdays at St. Mary’s Church, 57 Horn Blvd., Silver Bay. Adoration begins after the 8:30 a.m. Mass and continues to 3 p.m. Call the parish office (218) 226-3100 for information.

M’Cafe for mothers

M’Cafe is a group for mothers of children 0-12 years of age. It meets the second Thursday of the month 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., at All Saints Church, 16898 Carlson Lake Road, Baxter. Child care is provided. Its mission is to provide fellowship with insightful discussion on topics that are relevant to the mother’s vocation in life. For information, contact Tonya Van Slyke at

Moms group

St. James Catholic Moms Group meets the second and fourth Thursday of the month through May 28, from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., in St. James School, 715 N. 57th Ave. W., Duluth. Traditional Catholic parenting in today’s secular world will be discussed using the Blessed Mother as a model. Mothers of all ages are welcome. Nursery available, freewill donation. Register with Cheryl Foldesi at (218) 628-2932.

Holy hour for vocations

St. Francis Church, 404 Ninth St. N., Brainerd, has a holy hour for vocations in the Brainerd-area churches the second Thursday of each month at 6 p.m., immediately following the 5:30 p.m. Mass. Call the church for information at (218) 822-4040.

Catholic Daughters luncheon

The Catholic Daughters of the Americas, Court St. Margaret 1888 will hold its annual spring salad luncheon Saturday, April 11, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., in Holy Family Hall, Resurrection Church, 301 Adams Ave., Eveleth. Cost is $7 per person. The public is invited to attend.


St. Mary’s Church, Meadowlands, will hold its spring bingo Saturday, April 11, beginning at 7 p.m., at Meadowlands Community Center, 7758 Western Ave., Meadowlands. Prizes, drawings and lunch available. If you have questions call Katie McKay at (218) 407-2548.

Consecrated life experience

Pope Francis has named 2015 as a special year to focus on the meaning and place of consecrated life in the church. The sisters of St. Scholastica Monastery in Duluth invite single Catholic women ages 18-50 who wish to learn about this vocation to call for a consultation or to arrange for a weekend visit to the monastery to meet and pray with the sisters and have questions answered. There is no charge or pressure put on one for such a visit. If interested, contact Sister Mary Catherine Shambour at (218) 723-6646.

Tridentine Mass

The extraordinary form of the Roman rite (Tridentine Mass) is offered at noon the second Sunday of the month at St. Andrews Church, 1108 Willow St., Brainerd. Booklets with Latin-English parallel text are provided. For more information, call the parish at (218) 829-1340.

Duluth Kateri Circle

The Kateri Circle will meet at St. Lawrence Church, 2410 Morris Thomas Road, Duluth, Sunday, April 12, at 1 p.m., in the church. It meets the second Sunday of the month. Handicapped accessible. Call the parish for information at (218) 722-2259.

Chicken dinner

The annual spring chicken dinner and bake sale will be held at St. Rose Church, 2 Sixth Ave., Proctor, Sunday, April 12, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Take-outs available. Handicapped accessible. Adults $9, children $5 and those under age 5 eat free. Enjoy a home-cooked meal complete with a banana cream pie dessert. Bake sale and chances to win a grocery basket and spring basket. The drawings take place at 4 p.m.; need not be present to win. For information call (218) 624-0007.

Deer River Kateri Circle

The St. Joseph and St. Mary Kateri Circle of Deer River will meet Monday, April 13, 6:30 p.m., at St. Mary’s Church, 15 First Ave. N.E., Deer River. It meets the second Monday of the month. For information call the church at 218) 246-8582.

NFP introductory sessions

Northland Family Programs will hold free natural family planning introductory sessions at different sites at 7 p.m., on Mondays: in Duluth, April 13, at Essentia Health St. Mary’s Hospital; in Grand Rapids, April 13, in the Grand Oakes East and West Room at Itasca Medical Center; in Cloquet, April 20, at Community Memorial Hospital; in Hibbing, April 20, in the Board Room at Fairview University Medical Center-Mesabi: in Brainerd, April 27, in the Kerst Room at Essentia Health, St. Joseph’s Medical Center; in Superior, Wis., April 27, at St. Mary’s Hospital. Call to schedule a session at St. Joseph’s Church, Crosby, or St. James Church, Aitkin. Preregistration is required. Call (218) 786-2378 or (800) 842-0279. For more information visit

Caregivers support group

The caregivers support group of Blessed Sacrament parish, Hibbing, will meet at 3 p.m., in Conference Room 1 at Guardian Angels Health and Rehabilitation Center, 1500 Third Ave. E., Hibbing. The group meets the third Thursday of the month and is open to all area caregivers. For information, call the parish at (218) 262-5541.

Grief support group

A grief support group meets the first and third Thursday of the month, from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., at Immaculate Heart Church, 35208 County Road 37, Crosslake, in a lower level classroom. For more information call Jean at (218) 839-1958.

Duluth-Superior young adults

Duluth-Superior Catholic Young Adults (DSCYA) seeks to provide opportunities to grow in faith and connect with other young adults. DSCYA hosts adoration nights, Theology on Tap and social gatherings. Adoration is the third Tuesday of the month from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Rosary, 2801 E. Fourth St., Duluth. Enter through tower entrance facing Fourth Street. Watch for Theology on Tap in the spring. For more information, check out the website, email, call (218) 464-6476 or find the group on Facebook.


Gather Around the Tabernacle meets to pray the rosary the third Thursday of each month at 7 p.m., at St. Lawrence Church, 2410 Morris Thomas Road, Duluth. Handicapped accessible. Call the church for information at (218) 722-2259.

Rummage and bake sale

Holy Family Church, 2430 W. Third St., Duluth, will have a rummage and bake sale Thursday, April 16, noon to 7 p.m.; Friday, April 17, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. On Saturday, April 18, $2 a bag from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. No bake sale on Saturday. Handicapped accessible.

Diocesan confirmation retreat

The last diocesan confirmation overnight retreat for the school year will be held April 17-18 at Holy Rosary School, 2802 E. Fourth. St., Duluth. Registration fee is $35 if registered by April 2, late registrations are $40. Parish staff should register all students. Students, contact your parish to register. Visit under youth ministry or contact Annette for information and forms at (218) 724-9111 or

Breakfast fundraiser

St. Charles Church, 308 Central Ave., Cass Lake, has one young man in the seminary, Beau Braun. The ladies of the parish host a freewill offering breakfast the third Sunday of the month after the 9 a.m. Mass. Proceeds go toward assisting in his education expenses. For more information call Joan at (218) 335 2359.

Italian dinner

Queen of Peace Church, 102 Fourth St., Cloquet, is hosting an Italian dinner after the 9:30 a.m. Mass Sunday, April 19. Music for the Mass and during the dinner will be provided by the Italian singers from Virginia. An Italian dinner will be served after Mass from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Adults $9, ages 6-10 years $4 and children age 5 and younger free.

Mother-daughter tea

“Tea for Two,” a mother-daughter event for girls ages 9-13 and their mothers (or a female relative, friend or mentor in place of the mother) will be held Sunday, April 19, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., in Hibbing and Duluth at Essentia Health St. Mary’s Medical Center. The program is designed to help strengthen the mother-daughter relationship during this time of change. The two will sit down for tea and take time to talk. After teatime, the two will complete a keepsake craft together. Cost is $20. Pre-registration is required. to pre-register, in Duluth call Kathy at (218) 786-2378 or in Hibbing call Susie at (218) 966-0899.

Courage, EnCourage

Do you have a family member or loved one who is experiencing same-sex attraction? Consider joining EnCourage, a support group for Catholics seeking to balance the love of their faith with the love for their family member. The group meets the third Monday of the month at 7 p.m., at St. Mary Star of the Sea rectory, 325 E. Third St., Duluth. Contact Deacon Walt Beier at for more information. Are you experiencing same-sex attraction and looking for answers? Contact Deacon Beier at for support group information. Also visit

Living in Recovery Seminar

Living In Recovery Seminar is held the third Tuesday of the month, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., at McCabe Renewal Center, 2125 Abbotsford Ave., Duluth. Newcomers are always welcome. This group works on ongoing life management issues such as spirituality, emotional recovery, forgiveness, relationships, healing and understanding recovery as a daily “way of life.” At least six months’ recovery from an addiction or a completed treatment process is preferred for attendance. Facilitator: Benedictine Sister Pauline Micke, spiritual director. Sister Pauline was a licensed counselor for nine years working with people with addiction and dual addictions and has a master’s degree in theology. Suggested freewill offering $5 per session. To register or for information call (218) 724-5266, or email

Frassati group

Following in the path of Pier Giorgio Frassati, the Northland Frassati fosters camaraderie among young adults in Minnesota and Wisconsin, encouraging the discovery of the true beauty of nature through high adventure retreats and outreach through compassionately serving those in need. To learn more contact or call (218) 384-1590.

DDCCW spring convention

The DDCCW will hold its spring convention Wednesday, April 22, at St. Christopher Church, 25574 Church St., Nisswa. Registration and “coffee and” from 8:30 a.m. to 9:15 a.m., followed by a short business meeting and a message from Father Paul Fruth. Bishop Paul Sirba will speak at 10 a.m. Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. New officers will be installed. Joan McGrath, past NCCW president, will present a brief history of the 95 years of NCCW, after which McGrath and Father Fruth will answer questions. The Mass collection will be given to the Diocesan Seminarian Fund. The 50-50 raffle will support the 95th birthday of NCCW. The Buyer’s Raffle proceeds are designated to the education and support of DDCCW. Registration is $15. Registrations are due April 16. For information call DDCCW president, Alice Parendo at (218) 729-9647 or email (please write DDCCW on the subject line). There is information and registration forms in the Hinge. You may also get the forms from your deanery president.

Mini-Tekakwitha Conference

The Diocese of Duluth’s Kateri Circles are hosting the Regional Mini-Tekakwitha Conference April 24-26. The event will be held in Grand Portage. A block of rooms is being held at Grand Portage Lodge in Grand Portage (218) 475-2917, and at Super 8 in Grand Marais (218) 387-2448. When calling for rooms, ask for rooms reserved for the Tekakwitha Conference. All are invited. To register by April 10, please contact Michele Beeksma at or call (218) 591-0556.

Diocesan junior high retreat

A diocesan junior high retreat will be held April 24-26, at Cragun’s Resort in Brainerd for students currently in grades six through eight. The theme is “Saint Paul: Unstoppable.” Throughout the weekend the focus is on how the Holy Spirit was at work in the life of St. Paul, and how that same Spirit is at work today in our lives. The weekend will include Mass, praise and worship, games and activities, talks, and lots of fun. Register on the diocesan website,, under Youth Ministry. Registration of $135 is due by Thursday, April 9. After April 9, the cost is $145. All paperwork is done with the online registration process.

Annual 5K for God

The fourth annual 5K for God will be held April 25 at St. Raphael’s Church, 5779 Seville Road, Duluth. Race starts at 9 a.m. Entry fee is $75 for family and $15 for student. For more information contact Dave Rands at (218) 355-0831 or (218) 729-7195. Event sponsors are St. Raphael’s Church and St. Raphael’s Knights of Columbus Council 6791. Proceeds are donated to the Duluth Area Catholic Schools.

Public square rosary

Our Lady of Fatima, Garrison, and Holy Family, Bulldog Lake, hold a Public Square Rosary the fourth Tuesday of each month at 1 p.m., near the big walleye fish at the lookout on Mille Lacs Lake in Garrison (Highway 169). All are invited to join in prayer. The rosary is prayed for the intentions of our Blessed Mother, the conversion of sinners, and to reconcile ourselves, our families and our nation back to God. For more information contact Jean Fetters at (218) 764-2665.

Mass for moms and babies

Mass is offered in the chapel of the Women’s Care Center, 103 E. First St., Duluth, on the fourth Tuesday of the month. Mass will be celebrated at 6:30 p.m., with a Holy Hour to follow, 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. The Mass is offered for the work of the center and for moms and babies in crisis in our community. Everyone is welcome. For information call (218) 623-7100.

Marriage Encounter

Upcoming Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekends are May 1-3 and July 17-19 in Buffalo and Sept. 11-13 in International Falls. Early registration is highly recommended. For more information visit the website or contact Alan and Missy Block at or (888) 455-3496.


St. Catherine’s Church, 52265 State Hwy., Squaw Lake, will host a spring luncheon Saturday, May 2, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Assorted salads, bars and beverages. There will also be a bake sale and white elephant sale.

Pancake breakfasts

St. Michael’s Lakeside School will host pancake breakfasts on Sundays, May 3 and 31, at St. Michael’s Church, 4901 E. Superior St., Duluth. Served from 8:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. $5 each guest or a max of $25 per family. Handicapped accessible.

Brainerd DCCW convention

The Brainerd Deanery Council of Catholic Women will have its spring convention Tuesday, May 5, at St. James Church, 299 Red Oak Drive, Aitkin. Registration 9 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., $15. Welcome at 9:30 a.m. At 9:45 a.m. Father Ryan Moravitz will speak on “Vocations: How They Happen.” Mass at 11 a.m. with installation of officers. Lunch at noon and a short meeting at 1 p.m. Make checks payable to BDCCW and give to parish presidents by Tuesday, April 28. Each parish will bring its banner and an item for the raffle. Raffle proceeds will benefit deanery expenses and the Mass collection will benefit the diocesan seminarians.

Cancer support group

A cancer support group is held at Blessed Sacrament parish, 2310 Seventh Ave. E., Hibbing, the first Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. Call Mary at (218) 262-5541 for information. These meetings are for anyone whose life has been touched by cancer.

Native ministry institute

Basic Directions in Native Ministry is a seven-day institute for personnel who are beginning or wanting to learn more about Native American ministry. It will be held at the Sioux Spiritual Center in Howes, S.D., June 1-8. There will be 31 hours of classwork associated with the workshop. Speakers will cover topics that include missiology, anthropology, liturgy, catechetics, collaborative ministry, Native culture and religion, and principles of recovery using AA. Although the institute will take place in a Lakota setting, it will develop basic principles of enculturation that can be used in approaching any culture. Space is limited. Enrollment will be closed after 22 people who apply have been accepted. The cost for the institute is $800 and includes room (double occupancy), meals and materials. Rooms are air-conditioned. A $50 deposit is required with the application along with a letter of recommendation from the applicant’s pastor or supervisor. The letter must provide information on the applicant’s current or future ministry with Native people. The deposit is non-refundable after May 1. For applications please contact Father Peter Etzel, S.J., Sioux Spiritual Center, 20100 Center Road, Howes, SD 57748, phone (605) 985-5906, fax (605) 985-5908 or email

Camp Survive

Camp Survive is a five-day junior high camp open to students who have completed grades 6-8. Activities include talks, music, daily Mass, reconciliation, adoration, games, swimming, archery, laser tag, survival training and more. Registration fee is $245 and includes all meals, T-shirt and lodging in cabins. Registration fee changes to $255 after July 20. Camp fills up early, so register soon. Camp begins Monday, Aug, 3 and ends Friday, Aug. 7. Dates and times for Junior Counselors are different and will be provided at a later date. Registration for campers and applications for Junior Counselors are not yet available. Visit the diocesan website under Youth Ministry for information.

Five Country Tour

Join the “5 Country” Tour with Father Charles P. Flynn, Sept. 6-18. Visit the North of England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Ireland for 13 days. For a full-color brochure, write to Rev. Charles P. Flynn, Box 586, Eveleth, MN 55734, or email

World Meeting of Families

Diocese of Duluth pilgrimage to participate in the World Meeting of Family, Papal Visit and Mass will be Sept. 22-27. Round-trip motor coach transfer from Duluth to Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport, round-trip airfare, hotel for five nights, dinners and sightseeing. Not included in the cost is the WMF Conference Registration fee. $1,850 per person, double occupancy. For information contact Canterbury Pilgrimages and Tours, Inc.,, or (800) 653-0017.

Holy Land trip

Father Francis Kabiru from Walker, together with Deacons Hap Ramsey and James Clack, are leading a trip to the Holy Land, Oct. 5-16, through Mater Dei Tours, Please call St. Agnes parish office at (218) 547-1054 if you are interested in this pilgrimage.

Diocesan Assembly date set

The Diocese of Duluth’s tenth annual Diocesan Assembly will be held Saturday, Oct. 10, at Marshall School in Duluth. The theme is “Transforming Catholics for the New Evangelization” and will be presented by engaging speakers from the Augustine Institute. There will be tracks for religious educators, adult faith formation, and RCIA. Contact Liz Hoefferle at (218) 724-9111 for more information.

Pilgrimage to Italy

Father Joseph Sobolik of St. Raphael’s in Duluth is leading a pilgrimage to Italy Oct. 27 to Nov. 7. The itinerary includes Assisi, Siena, San Giovanni Rotundo and Rome. Brochures are ready. Please email

Taste of China

Curious About China? Father Dave Tushar is offering the opportunity to experience a true “Taste of China,” visiting Beijing, Xi’an and Shanghai from Tuesday, Nov. 3, to Friday, Nov. 13. Arrangements are through Hua Travel, a Chinese agency specializing in small group tours. This is not a pre-packaged tour, but a customized small group tour with the same experienced Chinese tour guide during the entire trip. Trip includes round trip air (economy booking) with Delta from Minneapolis and back to Minneapolis or Duluth, accommodations at 5-star Hotels with buffet breakfasts and first class speedy train from Beijing to Xi’an and air (economy) from Xi’an to Shanghai. References are available. For information and pricing, please call Father Tushar at (218) 384-4563. Deadline is June 1.