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The Northern Cross - August 2015

Catholic Singles Group

Join Catholic singles group for August events! Walks on the Lakewalk every Monday at 5:30 p.m.; movies at Leif Erickson Park on Fridays at dusk; Bayfront Blues Fest Aug. 7-9; Classic Car show Wednesday, Aug. 12; dinner at Sir Ben’s after the Lakewalk on Monday, Aug. 17; Tribute Fest Aug. 21-22 at Bayfront. At the end of the item insert: “For information contact Deborah at (218) 879-6266 or visit

Sawyer pilgrimage site

During the 125th anniversary of the diocese, Sts. Mary and Joseph Church, 1225 Mission Road, Sawyer, invites Catholics to the pilgrimage site, which includes the oldest altar and Stations of the Cross in the Diocese of Duluth and a log church which is on the National Register of Historic Sites. The church doors open between 9 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. before the Sunday Mass at 10:30 a.m. Narrated tours will be conducted after the Sunday Mass through Labor Day weekend. Visitors in groups of four or more wishing to visit at another time may call Deacon Bryan Bassa at (218) 879-6933 or the parish office at (218) 384-4563 Monday to Thursday 8 a.m. to noon and arrange for a volunteer to meet you. The original painting on the diocesan prayer card to St. Kateri can be viewed in the current church. The original shrine outside has been reconstructed and contains a digital reproduction of the original painting. A statue of St. Kateri using the top of the altar of the log church is located in the current church. Visitors can so view the interior of the log church.

Childcare program

A new childcare program for students K-6 will run Monday through Friday to Aug. 30, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at St. Michael’s Lakeside School, 4628 Pitt St., Duluth, $4 per hour, two-hour minimum, or $25 for all day. Structured, age appropriate activities, including music, arts and crafts and computer lab. At least one field trip per week. Scheduled trips include Hartley Nature Center and Lake Superior Zoo. For more information or to register your child for summer programs, stop by the SMLS office, call (218) 525-1931, or send email to

Catholic Youth Camp

Week-long Catholic Youth Camp sessions on Big Sandy Lake near McGregor run through Aug. 13. They offer a variety of camps for all grade levels plus a family camp week open to all ages. CYC allows youth to explore their faith through activities, learning and movement while giving them the opportunity to discover God through the natural world. For more information, contact Natalie King at (651) 636-1645 or

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.

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.

Pasties sale

Holy Family Church in Duluth will be taking orders for pasties starting Aug. 18. Pasties are available with or without rutabagas and are $4 each. A pickup date will be given at time of ordering. To order call Mickie at (218) 727-7164.

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.

KC fellowship

The 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. 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. Handicap accessible.

Chaplet of Divine Mercy

The Chaplet of Divine Mercy is prayed for religious freedom, respect for life and family, and freedom of conscience of all people of faith after the 12:05 p.m. Mass, Mondays, at St. Mary’s Hospital Chapel, 407 E. Fourth St., Duluth.

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.RosaryThe rosary is prayed at Our Lady of Mercy Church, 2002 Minnesota Ave., Duluth, Wednesdays at 6 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.

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.

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 info call Jean at (218) 839-1958.

Wood City Music Festival

The Wood City Music Festival will held Saturday, Aug. 8, at Veteran’s Park in Cloquet from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. This festival will feature 16 Christian bands and is free to the public. For more information please visit

Bike For Life

Join Bike For Life on Aug. 8. Support the life-saving ministry of sidewalk counseling in Duluth with this 20-mile trip starting from TJ’s Country Store from Mahtowa to Carlton and back via the Munger Trail. Free T-shirt, great family activity, free picnic lunch in Carlton and free parking at TJ’s Country Store.

Summer retreat

A summer retreat — “Did You Hear The Good News?” — will be held Aug. 8 from 9 a.m. to noon at St. Scholastica Monastery. The retreat, facilitated by Benedictine Sister Sarah O’Malley, will consider four women doctors of the church and how they lived and preached the Good News by their lives. From 1100s Germany: St. Hildegard of Bingen (Benedictine); from 1300s Italy: St. Catherine of Sienna (Dominican); from 1500s Spain: St. Teresa of Avila (Carmelite); from 1800s France: St. Therese of Lisieux (Carmelite). Each lived out of a strong, vital faith, which empowered them to be pioneers in their day. To register, call (218) 723-6555 or e-mail

Tridentine Mass

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

Consecrated life experience

During the Year of Consecrated Life the sisters of St. Scholastica Monastery in Duluth are welcoming single Catholic women ages 18-50 who would wish to learn more about discerning a possible call to religious life and to witness it firsthand to arrange for a weekend or other short visit to the monastery. There is no charge for such a visit, but please check on dates and availability of space. If interested, contact Sister Mary Catherine at (218) 723-6646 or at Visit the website

Duluth Kateri Circle

The Kateri Circle will meet at St. Lawrence Church, 2410 Morris Thomas Road, Duluth, Sunday, Aug. 9, at 1 p.m. It meets the second Sunday of the month. Handicapped accessible. Call Michele for information at (218) 591-0556.

Pro-life camp

Camp Joshua (a pro-life camp for high school students) is coming to Minnesota. Camp Joshua Minnesota will take place Aug. 9-11 at Chi Rho Camp and Conference Center in Annandale. The event will include workshops, activities and more, covering abortion, assisted suicide and other right-to-life issues. Space is limited! For more information and applications go to:

Deer River Kateri Circle

The St. Joseph and St. Mary Kateri Circle of Deer River will meet Monday, Aug. 10, 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.

Rummage sale

The eighth annual rummage sale will be held at St. James Church, 299 Red Oak Drive, Aitkin. Friday and Saturday, Aug. 14-15, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Glassware, dishes, cookware, furniture, artwork, jewelry, books, linens; adult, children, and infant clothing; shoes, sports equipment and toys. Information: (218) 927-6581 or

St. Benedict block party

The parish festival at St. Benedict’s Church, 1419 St. Benedict St., Duluth, has been expanded to a block party. The event will be held Wednesday, Aug. 12, at 6 p.m. All are welcome to come and enjoy hamburgers, hotdogs, potluck salads, root beer floats, an inflatable jump house and obstacle course, and music by the Roadkill Boys, a local bluegrass band.

Golf fundraiser

The fifth annual St. Francis School Classic in Brainerd is Thursday, Aug. 13, at Cragun’s Legacy course. Cost is $100 per golfer and includes dinner. Dinner only is $25. Get a foursome together and register online at For more information, please contact John Prozinski at or call (678) 451-5531.

Breakfast fundraiser

The ladies of the St. Charles parish in Cass Lake host a freewill offering breakfast the third Sunday of the month after the 9 a.m. Mass. Proceeds go toward assisting the education expenses of seminarian Beau Braun. For more information, call Joan at (218) 335 2359.

Holy Family Kateri Circle

Holy Family Kateri Circle meet the third Sunday of the month after the 8 a.m. Mass at Holy Family Church, 280 Reservation Road, Fond du Lac Reservation, Cloquet. For information contact Luke Wilson at (218) 246-8382.

Father Solanus Casey Fraternity

The Father Solanus Casey Fraternity of the Secular Franciscan Order meets the third Sunday of each month at 12:30 p.m. at Holy Family Church, 2430 W. 3rd St,, Duluth (lower level). Secular Franciscans are lay Catholics and diocesan priests who commit themselves to living lives of simplicity, prayer, peacemaking and service to the church and others, especially the poor. Secular Franciscans are part of the worldwide Franciscan family, including friars and religious sisters, who follow in the footsteps of St. Francis of Assisi. They attempt to make his vision of holiness alive and relevant to the world today. For more information, please contact Bob Barnes, fraternity minister, at (218) 724-3457 or

Brainerd Deanery 125th event

The Brainerd Deanery celebration for the diocese’s 125th anniversary will take place Sunday, Aug. 16, at 4 p.m. at St. Francis Church, 404 N. Ninth St., Brainerd. The program includes an introduction by Bishop Paul Sirba, evening prayer, a blessing for parish volunteers, a reception and a presentation of diocesan history.

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

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. For more information, check out the website, email, call (218) 464-6476 or find the group on Facebook.

‘Bible Bingo Comedy Show

“Bible Bingo Comedy Show” — a comedy with God, games and goofy prizes — will be held at Walker Bay Theater Aug. 19-30. Wednesdays and Sundays at 3 p.m.; Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. Adults $15, seniors $10, students 16 and under $8. For reservations call (218) 547-4044 or contact

Caregiveres support group

The caregivers support group of Blessed Sacrament parish, Hibbing, meets 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.

Gather Around the Tabernacle

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 Pat for information at (218) 729-7576.

Magnificat seminar

Our Lady of the Lakes Walker Area Chapter of Magnificat is sponsoring a one day “Life in the Spirit” women’s seminar titled “Holy Spirit, Overshadow Me” on Saturday Aug. 22, at St. Agnes Church, 210 Division St., Walker, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Continental breakfast will be provided. Please bring your Bible and a sack lunch. There will be no charge; a love offering will be accepted. Reservations are a must and can be made by contacting Lorri Henning (218) 507-0953 by Monday, Aug. 17. For more information call Jean Bauerly at (218) 547-3111 or visit at

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.

New ministers orientation

An orientation for new DREs and youth ministers will be held Wednesday, Aug. 26, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Pastoral Center, 2830 E. 4th St., Duluth. Topics will include the role of the DRE/youth minister, curriculum standards for catechesis, approved textbooks, safe environment responsibilities, event policies and youth ministry basics. Please RSVP to Annette Merritt at or (218) 724-9111 by Aug. 21.

Benefit concert plus bingo

Plans are moving forward with the benefit concert for the St. James food shelf. Remember to plan for Sunday, Aug. 30, at St. James Church, 299 Red Oak Drive, Aitkin, with bingo starting at 4 p.m., a pulled pork sandwich meal (picnic style tailgating) starting at 6 p.m. and the concert at 8 p.m. Admission to the concert is $10 and for the concert and food $15. Colored bracelets will be sold prior to and the day of these events. The bingo will be a basket and cash bingo. There will be an option to use nonperishable food items to receive more bingo cards. Father Ryan Moravitz will call the bingo and emcee the concert. There will be plenty of surprises at the concert and lots of talent on display. All are welcome to come, have a fun time and help boost the budget of the food shelf.

Encyclical panel discussion

“Natural and Human Ecology: A Panel Discussion on Laudato Si’,” hosted by the Minnesota Catholic Conference and Catholic Rural Life, is set for Wednesday, Sept. 9, from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., at the University of St. Thomas, 2115 Summit Ave., St. Paul, in the Anderson Student Center, Woulfe Alumni Hall. The encyclical Laudato Si’, released earlier topic of discussion for Catholics and non-Catholics alike. Join the Catholic bishops of Minnesota to delve into some of the encyclical’s themes and to consider ways in which Minnesota Catholics can put them into practice within our families, parishes and broader communities. Event is free.RSVP at RSVP is requested for seating but is not required to attend. Light refreshments will be available. Visit and click on “Events,” or call (651) 227-8777 for more information.

Life in the Spirit seminar

Life in the Spirit seminar will begin on Wednesday, Sept. 9, at 6 p.m. at St. Mary Star of the Sea, 325 E. Third St., Duluth. It will include prayer, teaching, songs and refreshments. Come and experience the outpouring of the Holy Spirit. This is being sponsored by the Brothers and Sisters of Charity. All are welcome. Call Deacon Dick Laumeyer with any questions at (218) 391-6730.

Marriage Encounter

Upcoming Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekends are Sept. 11-13 in International Falls and Irene, S.D.; Oct. 9-11 in Buffalo; and Nov. 20-22 in Medora, N.D., and Prior Lake. Early registration is highly recommended. For more information visit the website or contact Alan and Missy Block at or (888) 455-3496.

Diocesan 125th event

As part of the Diocese of Duluth’s 125th Anniversary Celebration, the entire diocese is invited to join together in a Eucharistic Procession through the city of Duluth on Sept. 12, beginning at noon at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Rosary and proceed to the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center (DECC) where Mass will be celebrated by Bishop Sirba at 4:30 p.m. Parking will be available at the DECC with shuttle service to the Cathedral and points along the Procession route. The Procession will have stops along the way where participants may join in and have a shorter course to navigate. If a participant would prefer not to participate in the Procession but want to attend Mass, they are invited to pray at the DECC while the Procession makes its way there. Please join the Eucharistic Procession as a family, as an individual, as a group, or as a parish. Registration will open in August. Together, we will make an extraordinary public witness to and celebration of the Faith! Visit or call Rose at (218) 724-9111 for information.

‘Lectio divina’

“Lectio divina,” a Latin term meaning “divine reading,” describes a way of reading the Scriptures in which one gradually lets go of one’s own agenda and opens oneself to what God wants to say. A group meets in the St. Lawrence Church parish office, St. Lawrence Church, 2410 Morris Thomas Road, Duluth, from 9:45 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. on most Sundays during the school year starting Sept. 13. Contact Pat at (218) 729-7576 for more information.

Book and puzzle sale

The 11th annual book and puzzle sale will be held at St. Raphael’s Church, 5779 Seville Road, Duluth, on Friday, Sept. 18, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday, Sept. 19, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be fiction and nonfiction books for all ages, plus puzzles, DVDs, CDs, audio tapes, etc. For more information, call Alice at (218) 729-9647 or email

World Meeting of Families

The Diocese of Duluth pilgrimage to participate in the World Meeting of Families, 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 WMR Conference Registration fee. $1,695 per person, double occupancy. For information contact Canterbury Pilgrimages and Tours, Inc.,, or (800) 653-0017.

Bible study

“Little Rock Bible Study: Israel’s Story-Part One” will be covered during seven weekly meetings exploring Old Testament history, theology and stories from the creation accounts of Genesis to the fall of the Northern Kingdom and its prophets. The series will begin Thursday, Oct. 1, at 10 a.m. in the St. Lawrence Club Room, St. Lawrence Church, 2410 Morris Thomas Road, Duluth. Cost is $15 for the study set. Contact Pat at (218) 729-7576 for more information.

‘The Joy of the Gospel’

“The Joy of the Gospel” by Pope Francis is a personal invitation to reflect on the gap between the lives we are living and the life God calls us to live. In seven weekly sessions, a group will take time to ponder, integrate and be challenged by Pope Francis’ message. The group meets Monday evenings, Oct. 5 to Nov. 16, at 7 p.m. at St. Lawrence Church Club Room, St. Lawrence Church, 2410 Morris Thomas Road, Duluth. Contact Pat at (218) 729-7576 for more information

Holy Land trip

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

Diocesan Assembly

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 speakers from the Augustine Institute. There will be tracks for religious educators, adult faith formation, and RCIA. Visit for information and to register.

Pilgrimage to the Holy Land

All are invited to join Fathers Anthony Wroblewski and Peter Muhich on a once-in-a-lifetime pilgrimage to the Holy Land Jan. 4-14, 2016. Includes visits to Tiberias, Nazareth, Cana, Sea of Galilee, Mt. Tabor, Mt. of Beatitudes, Jericho, Jerusalem, Bethlehem and more. For more information, please contact Father Tony Wroblewski at (218) 822-4040 or fr.tony@

Pilgrimage to Italy

Italia Magnifica is a 10-day pilgrimage to Italy led by Father Brandon Moravitz and Father Drew Braun from Jan. 27 to Feb. 5, 2016. Spend time in the Neapolitan area of Italy, Assisi, Imperial Rome, Christian Rome and Vatican City, have a possible general audience with Pope Francis, and more. For more information email Father Brandon at

World Youth Day pilgrimage

World Youth Day Pilgrimage 2016 will be in Krakow, Poland, July 19-31, 2016. World Youth Day is a vibrant week long pilgrimage where young Catholics from all over the world come together to join with the pope to pray, celebrate, and reflect. The Diocese of Duluth is taking a group of 50 pilgrims to join in this celebration. For more information visit