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Calendar December 2014

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Calendar December 2014

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.

Cathedral Christmas cards

Keep Christ in Christmas with the new Cathedral Christmas cards that the Knights of Columbus will be selling in the narthex at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Rosary after Mass as long as supplies last. Don’t miss out on this one-of-a-kind Christmas card. All proceeds go to Holy Rosary School and the Women’s Care Center. For information call Mike Peplinski at (218) 728-5570.

Christmas tree, wreath sale

Christmas trees and wreaths are for sale at St. Michael’s Church, 4901 E. Superior St., Duluth. Sale hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sundays. Norway pine, balsam fir, white pine and spruce trees along with holiday wreaths and sprays are available. Net proceeds go to the 2020 Fund to help pay for church and school maintenance needs. Please note the weekday purchases can be made in the church office when no attendant is on hand. Call (218) 525-1902 for information.

Christmas cookie bake sale

The Holy Rosary Society of St. Mary Star of the Sea Church, 325 E. Third St., Duluth, is baking and selling Christmas cookies, including a gluten-free option, as a fundraiser. Please visit the church website at to locate an order form (look under the Parish Activities tab) or call the office at (218) 722-3078. Orders are taken through Dec. 11. If cookies are left after the orders are filled, they will be sold after the Masses on Dec. 13 and 14.

Women’s program

Immaculate Heart Church, Crosslake, and St. Emily Church, Emily, are hosting the Women of Grace Study Program “Full of Grace: Women and the Abundant Life.” The program runs through March 2015, and is held at Immaculate Heart Church, 35208 County Road 37, Crosslake. The group meets every Saturday from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m., and begins with coffee and a light breakfast. The cost is $50 for materials. Scholarships are available. Babysitting is also a possibility. For information contact Marie Schmid at (218) 330-8105 or

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 the first and third Sundays at 1 p.m.

Rosary for freedom, life, family

The rosary is prayed for religious freedom, respect for life and the family on all 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 with any questions.

Retreat center open house

An open house will be held at the Bulldog Lake Craft and Retreat Center, 1182 County Road 8, Hillman (3 miles south of Pine Center, 13 miles north of Hillman), Saturday, Dec. 6, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Wine tasting, appetizers, 20 craft vendors, make-n-takes, demos, prizes. The center has nine bedrooms, six baths, large gathering space and prayer space, all on a private lake. Book a retreat during the open house and receive 20 percent off. For information call (320) 360-5890.

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 December include Bentleyville tour, Nutcracker ballet, Fairlawn Mansion tour, Rose Ensemble performance and dinner at various restaurants. For information on the Catholic Singles Group and its activities 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 on the first Saturday and Sunday weekend of each month.

KC pancake breakfast

A pancake breakfast sponsored by the Knights of Columbus will be held Sunday, Dec. 7, 8 a.m. to noon, at St. John’s Church, 4230 St. John’s Ave., Duluth. Adults $6, youth 12 to 5 years $3 and children under 5 free.

Pancake breakfast

All-you-can-eat pancake breakfast at St. Mary Star of the Sea Church. 325 E. Third St., Duluth, Sunday, Dec. 7 and Jan. 4, from 8 a.m. to noon. Adults $6, children under 12 years $3. Gluten-free and takeout available. Call (218) 722-3078 for more information.

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. This sacrament is offered for those struggling with an illness of any kind. 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 every month at 9:15 a.m., in the church. Handicapped accessible.

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 on all Mondays at 3 p.m., at St. Mary’s Hospital chapel, 407 E. Fourth St., Duluth. For questions call (218) 343-2404.

Kateri Circle

The St. Joseph and St. Mary Kateri Circle of Deer River will meet Monday, Dec. 8, 6:30 p.m., at St. Mary’s Church, 15 First Ave. N.E., Deer River. They meet the second Monday of each 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 Cloquet, Dec. 8, at Community Memorial Hospital; in Hibbing, Dec. 8, in the Board Room at Fairview University Medical Center-Mesabi; in Superior, Wis., Dec. 15, at St. Mary’s Hospital. Call to schedule a session at St. Joseph’s Church, Crosby, or St. James Church, Aitkin. In December in Brainerd, by appointment, at Essentia Health, St. Joseph’s Medical Center. Preregistration is required. Call (218) 786-2378 or (800) 842-0279. For more information visit

Women’s Bible study

A women’s study group at St. Mary Star of the Sea Church, 325 E. Third St., Duluth, will study Mary using the book “Mary, Virgin, Mother, and Queen: a Bible Study Guide for Catholics,” by Jesuit Father Mitch Pacwa. Meetings are Tuesdays, 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Call Kristi at the church office at (218) 722-3078 for information.

Communion and Liberation

Communion and Liberation is an international Catholic movement that helps participants have a daily experience of faith. The group meets weekly on 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

Every Wednesday at 8 a.m., two rosaries are prayed 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.


Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament takes place each Wednesday at St. Mary’s Church, 57 Horn Blvd., Silver Bay. Adoration begins after the 8:15 a.m. Mass and continues until 3 p.m. Call the parish office (218) 226-3100 for information.


The rosary will be prayed at Our Lady of Mercy Church, 2002 Minnesota Ave., Park Point, Duluth, weekly on Wednesday evenings 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.

M’Cafe for mothers

M’Cafe is a group for mothers of children 0-12 years of age. They meet the second Thursday of the month from 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 by email at

Moms Group

St. James Catholic Moms Group meets the second and fourth Thursday of each month through May 28, 2015, 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. Lessons are from “Momnipotent,” by Danielle Bean. 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.

Christmas cookie sale

Holy Family Church, 2430 W. Third St., Duluth, will have a Christmas cookie sale Friday, Dec. 12, 3 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., and Saturday, Dec. 13, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. No pre-orders will be taken. Handicapped accessible.

Guadalupe celebration

On Friday, Dec. 12, there will be a celebration of the feast day of Our Lady of Guadalupe at St. Mary Star of the Sea Church, 325 E. Third St., Duluth. The celebration will begin with Mass at 6 p.m., followed by supper and fellowship. All are welcome. For information call the church at (218) 722-3078. Handicapped accessible.

Bake sale, quilt drawing

A bake sale and seminarians Christmas quilt drawing will be held at St. Mary’s Church, Western Ave. and Hwy. 133, Meadowlands, Dec. 13, 10 a.m. to noon. Tickets available from any church member or by calling Kathy Morgan at (218) 427-2111.

CHUM holiday concert

CHUM of Duluth will have its holiday concert Saturday, Dec. 13. Performers include Echoes of Peace Choir, Ripple Effect, Bill Bastian and the Hope Choir and Esperanza! Chimes and more yet to be scheduled. This is a seasonal fundraiser for CHUM. There are no tickets, and admission is free. There is a freewill offering. Free treats and refreshments during fellowship after the concert. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., concert at 7 p.m. Held at Hope United Methodist Church, 301 W. St. Marie St., Duluth. Contact CHUM at (218) 720-6521 for information.

KC pancake breakfast

The Knights of Columbus, Western Council 5142, will hold a pancake breakfast Sunday, Dec. 14, 9 a.m. to noon, at St. James Parish Hall, 721 N. 57th Ave. W., Duluth. Handicapped accessible. Adults $5, children $3, family $15. Tickets available at the door. Council 5142 includes members of Holy Family, St. Elizabeth, St. Margaret Mary and St. James churches in Duluth.

Tridentine Mass

The extraordinary form of the Roman rite (Tridentine Mass) will be offered at noon the second Sunday of each 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.

New Kateri Circle

A new Kateri Circle will meet at St. Lawrence Church, 2410 Morris Thomas Road, Duluth, on Sunday, Dec. 14, at 1 p.m. in the church. Call the parish for information at (218) 722-2259.

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

Duluth-Superior young adults

Duluth-Superior Catholic Young Adults (DSCYA) is seeking to provide opportunities to grow in faith and connect with other young adults. DSCYA hosts adoration nights, the Theology on Tap series and social gatherings. Adoration is on the third Tuesday of each 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 fall and spring. For more information, check out the website, email, call (218) 464-6476 or find the group on Facebook.

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 each 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 each 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.


Caroling, cookies and cider at McCabe Renewal Center, 2125 Abbotsford Ave., Duluth, with Christmas carols in the chapel. Gather around a cozy fire, converse and eat. All are welcome. Open House Thursday, Dec. 18, 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Call (218) 724-5266, or email to let them know you are coming.

Frassati group

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

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 each month after the 9 a.m. Mass. Proceeds will go toward assisting in his education expenses. For more information call Joan at (218) 335 2359.

Public square rosary

Our Lady of Fatima, Garrison, and Holy Family, Bulldog Lake, hold a Public Square Rosary on 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 each month. Mass will be celebrated at 6:30 p.m., with a Holy Hour to follow from 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.

Cancer support group

A cancer support group is held at Blessed Sacrament parish, 2310 Seventh Ave. E., Hibbing, on 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.

Diocesan confirmation retreat

Diocesan confirmation overnight retreats will be held Feb. 27-28 at Blessed Sacrament Church, 2310 Seventh Ave. E., Hibbing, and April 17-18 at Holy Rosary School, 2802 E. Fourth St., Duluth. Registration fee is $35 if registered by Feb. 13 and 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

Theology of the Body teen retreat

The diocesan TOBIT (Theology of the Body for Teens) Retreat theme this year is “Discover God’s Plan for Love and Life!” The retreat is for students in grades 9-12. Delve into St. John Paul II’s teaching on Theology of the Body. Mass, talks, adoration, praise and worship, confession, games, sledding, bonfire, friends and small groups fill the weekend. The retreat will be held Jan. 16-18, at Big Sandy Camp in McGregor. Cost $135. Register at under Youth Ministry.

Grand breakfast

Holy Angels Church, 60 Hartman Drive, Moose Lake, will host its Grand Breakfast on Sunday, March 1, from 8 a.m. to noon. All-you-can-eat. Serving pancakes, French toast, scrambled eggs, egg bake, sausage, whole ham, hash browns, biscuits and gravy, strawberries, juice, milk and coffee. $7.50 per person, children 6 to 12 $4, children under 6 free. Handicapped accessible. Call the church for information at (218) 485-8214.

JRLC Day on the Hill

JRLC (Joint Religious Legislative Coalition) Day on the Hill is Tuesday, March 10. Online registration now open. You may register four additional people under your registration. JRLC uses Paypal to process online payments. You can pay by using your Paypal account or by using a credit card on the lower portion of the Paypal payment page. You do not have to have your own Paypal account to pay online with your credit card. If you would like to register a large group for Day on the Hill, please call (612) 870-3670 to make arrangements. Registration fees: early bird rate through Feb. 20, $30 ($15 student/low income); Feb. 21 through March 6, $40 ($25 student/low income). On-line registration ends Friday, March 6, at 1 p.m. Registration March 7-10 and at the door, $45 ($30 student/low income). No refunds after Feb. 20. Event will be held regardless of weather. No-shows are responsible for payment. Visit to register.

Marriage Encounter

The next Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend is March 20-22 in Baxter. Early registration is highly recommended. For more information visit the website or contact Alan and Missy Block at or (888) 455-3496.

Pilgrimage to Shroud, Italy

Join the pilgrimage to see the Shroud of Turin and Florence, Assisi, Rome and more with Father Richard Kunst April 20-30, 2015. Call (218) 724-6332 for details.

Five Country Tour

Join the “Five Country” Tour with Father Charles P. Flynn, Sept. 6-18, 2015. 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

Pilgrimage to Italy

Father Michael Patullo of Lake Country Parishes in Pequot Lakes is leading a pilgrimage to Italy Oct. 27 through Nov. 7, 2015. The itinerary includes Assisi, Siena, San Giovanni Rotundo and Rome. To get on the interested list please email Brochures will be available in early December 2014.