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Calendar - December 2015

The Northern Cross - December 2015
Calendar of Events

Christmas bazaar

St. Louis Church in Floodwood will hold its Christmas bazaar Saturday, Dec. 5, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Floodwood Fair Building (across from Bridgeman’s on Main Street). Hot turkey sandwich lunch with the fixings served 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Crafts, baked goods, home canning, basket raffle and big raffle. Handicapped accessible.

Christmas tree sale

The 28th annual Christmas tree sale at St. Michael’s Church, 4901 E. Superior St., Duluth, is in progress. High quality spruce, balsam fir, Norway pine and white pine trees, with Christmas wreaths and sprays available. Weekdays 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturdays 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. All net proceeds go to help with parish buildings and grounds maintenance needs. Call the church for information at (218) 525-1902.

Rosary for freedom, life, family

The rosary is prayed for religious freedom, respect of life and 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.

Pancake breakfast

An all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast will be held at St. Mary Star of the Sea Church, 325 E. Third St., Duluth, Sunday, Dec. 6, from 8 a.m. to noon. Adults $6 and children under 12 $3. Take-outs and gluten free will be available.

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.

Benedictine open house

The Benedictine sisters invite all to an open house Sunday, Dec. 6, in honor of the Year of Consecrated Life. Spend time with the sisters, celebrate their many ministries and history, and enjoy music and art. Join them in praying the Liturgy of the Hours in Our Lady Queen of Peace Chapel, concluding with a blessing. St. Scholastica Monastery, 1001 Kenwood Ave., Duluth. For more information, contact Sister Edith at or (218) 733-2273.

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. Handicapped accessible.

‘Lectio divina’

“Lectio Divina,” a Latin term meaning “divine reading,” describes a way of reading the Scriptures whereby one gradually let go of one’s own agenda and open oneself to what God wants to say. A group meets in the St. Lawrence Church parish office from 9:45 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. on most Sundays during the school year. For more information contact Pat at (218) 729-7576.

Polka Mass, Slovenian dinner

St. Joseph’s Church, Summit Street and Louisiana Avenue, Gilbert, will host a Polka Mass and St. Nicholas Honor Day celebration Sunday, Dec. 6, at 10 a.m.

Christmas bazaar

Holy Family Church Christmas bazaar will be held at tribal headquarters on Big Lake Road in Cloquet Sunday, Dec. 6, from noon to 5 p.m. Main drawings include cash drawings amounting to $10,000, TV with DVD player and 12 movies, $500 gas cards, four-piece luggage and many more drawings. Bake sale and cherry tree for children. Roast beef dinner served to eat in or carry-out.

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.

Catholic Singles Group

Catholic Singles Group in the Twin Ports serves singles age 40 and up and hosts these weekly and monthly events: International folk and swing dance lessons, brunch at various restaurants, bluegrass music and Mr. Fix-It Saturday. Contact Deborah at (218) 879-6266 or or visit for more activities.

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.

NFP introductory sessions

Northland Family Programs holds free natural family planning introductory sessions at different sites at 7 p.m. on Mondays: in Duluth Dec. 7 in the Minnesota Room at Essentia Health St. Mary’s Medical Center; in Grand Rapids Dec. 7 in the Grand Oakes East and West Room at the Itasca Medical Center; in Cloquet Dec. 14 at Community Memorial Hospital; in Hibbing Dec. 14 in the board room at Fairview University Medical Center; and in Superior, Wis., Dec. 14 at St. Mary’s Hospital. Call to schedule a session at St. James Church, Aitkin, and St. Joseph’s Church, Crosby. Preregistration is required. Call (218) 486-2378 or (800) 842-0279. For more information visit

Bible study

A 20-sesssion Bible study on “Acts: The Spread of the Kingdom” began in October and is held Tuesdays from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the social hall at St. Joseph’s Church, 315 S.W. 21st St., Grand Rapids. Enrich and deepen your faith as you learn how the Apostles continued Christ’s mission on earth through the power of the Holy Spirit. For questions or scholarship assistance contact Sue Schuler (218) 259-6457 or

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.

Life in the Spirit seminar

A Life in the Spirit seminar is held Wednesdays at 6 p.m. at St. Mary Star of the Sea Church, 325 E. Third St., Duluth. It includes prayer, teaching, songs and refreshments. Come and experience the outpouring of the Holy Spirit. Sponsored by the Brothers and Sisters of Charity. All are welcome. Call Deacon Dick Laumeyer at (218) 391-6730 for information.


The 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 Wednesdays at St. Mary’s Church, 57 Horn Blvd., Silver Bay, beginning after the 8:30 a.m. Mass and continues to 3 p.m. Call the parish office (218) 226-3100 for information.

Monastic life in Advent

The sisters of St. Scholastica Monastery invite unmarried Catholic women age 18-50 to experience and explore the rhythm of the monastic life of prayer and work during the quiet of the Advent season. Visitors are welcome to spend a weekend or a few days with the sisters; there is no cost for these visits. For more information, contact Sister Edith at

Catholic moms group

St. James Catholic moms group discusses traditional Catholic parenting in today’s secular world. Using the Blessed Mother as a model, everyday issues important for families today is discussed. Come for prayer, fellowship and study. Mothers of all ages are welcome from first time moms to grandmas. Meetings are held the second and fourth Thursdays through May 26, 2016, from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in St. James Catholic School, 715 N. 57th Ave. W., Duluth. Lessons are from “Keeping Your Kids Catholic,” edited by Bert Ghezzi. (Books available at Catholic Customs (218) 624-7701). Nursery available, freewill donation. Questions or register with Cheryl Foldesi at (218) 628-2932 or email at

Advent adult enrichment

Teaching on the seven sacraments during Advent will be held at St. James Church, 299 Red Oak Drive, Aitkin, on Thursdays Dec. 10 and 17, beginning at 7 p.m., Father David Forsman, facilitator; Our Lady of Fatima Church, 27332 Central St., Garrison, on Tuesdays, Dec. 8, 15 and 22 beginning at 1:30 p.m., Deacon Roger Marks, facilitator; at Holy Family Church, 1182 County Road 8, Hillman, on Tuesdays, Dec. 8, 15 and 22 beginning at 9:30 a.m., Deacon Roger Marks, facilitator. A point of emphasis will be that to understand each sacrament it is helpful to understand the rites (words and actions). Scripture and the Catechism of the Catholic Church are sources of information. Small groups will discuss various questions and conclude with prayer. Contact the church for information at (218) 927-6581. All sites handicapped accessible.

Christmas cookie sale

The great Christmas cookie sale will be held at Holy Family Church 2430 W. Third St., Duluth, Friday, Dec. 11, from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 12, from 9 a.m. to noon (or until the goodies run out). Call the church for information at (218) 722-4445. Handicapped accessible.

Marriage Encounter

Upcoming Worldwide Marriage Encounter weekends are Dec. 12-14 in Hermantown; Feb. 5-7, 2016, and April 29 to May 1, 2016, in Prior Lake. Early registration is highly recommended. For more information visit the website or contact Alan and Missy Block at or (888) 455-3496.

Bake sale and quilt drawing

St. Mary’s bake sale and seminarians Christmas quilt drawing will be held at St. Mary’s Church, 999 Hwy 133, Meadowlands, Saturday, Dec. 12, 9 a.m. to noon. Quilt tickets, baked goods, drawings and church cookbooks available. Tickets available from any church member or by calling Kathy Morgan at (218) 427-2111.

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.

Benedictine Oblates

The meetings of the Benedictine Oblates are open to inquirers. This month, the group considers hope as a virtue and a practice. Meetings begin with prayer, then include a presentation, discussion and fellowship. Meeting is Sunday, Dec. 13, at 1 p.m. at St. Scholastica Monastery, 1001 Kenwood Ave., Duluth. Oblates are lay Christians following the Rule of St. Benedict in everyday life. For more information, contact

Kateri Circle Duluth

The Kateri Circle will meet at St. Lawrence Church, 2410 Morris Thomas Road, Duluth, Sunday, Dec. 13, at 1 p.m. It meets the second Sunday of the month. Handicapped accessible. Call Michele for information at (218) 591-0556. The group is open to the possibilities of coming to your parish and speaking on St. Kateri Tekakwitha.

Kateri Circle Deer River

The Sts. Joseph and Mary Kateri Circle of Deer River will meet Monday, Nov. 9, 6 p.m. at St. Mary’s Church, 15 First Ave. N.E., Deer River. It meets the second Monday of the month. Membership requirements are an interest in St. Kateri’s life, a desire to be involved with a spiritual group and attendance in Kateri Circle meetings. There are no membership fees. For information, call Luke Wilson at (218) 246-8582

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.

Living In Recovery Seminar

A 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

Grief support in Crosslake

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.

Caroling, cookies at McCabe

McCabe Renewal Center, 2125 Abbotsford Ave., Duluth, will host a Christmas open house Thursday, Dec. 17, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. There will be Christmas carols in the chapel, a cozy fire, conversation and food. The center requests that people let them know they are coming at (218) 724-5266 or

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.

Kateri Circle Cloquet

Holy Family Kateri Circle will meet after the 8 a.m. Mass at Holy Family Church, 280 Reservation Road, Fond du Lac Reservation, Cloquet, Sunday, Nov. 15. They meet the third Sunday of each month.

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.

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. For more information contact Bob Barnes, fraternity minister, at (218) 724-3457 or


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

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.

Adoration in Crosslake

The first Thursday of the month 24-hour adoration is celebrated from 8:30 a.m. Thursday until 7:50 a.m. Friday at Our Lady’s Chapel at Immaculate Heart Church, 35208 County Road, Crosslake. All are encouraged to stop by and spend some time before the Lord. For information contact Marilyn at (218) 692-3731.

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.

Youth ministers meeting

Youth ministers Meet the first Tuesday of the month. Meetings held at the Diocese of Duluth, 2830 E. Fourth St., Duluth, from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Coffee and rolls are served beginning at 9:30 a.m. Lunch is provided. No cost for the day. Please RSVP to Annette at or (218) 724-9111 by the Thursday before the meeting so adequate materials and food can be provide. DREs are also invited to attend the meetings. Handicapped accessible. There is no meeting in February.


The TOBIT (Theology of the Body Immersion for Teens) retreat will be held Jan. 15–17 at Big Sandy Camp near McGregor. Delve deep into St. John Paul II’s teaching on Theology of the Body and some of the deepest questions of human existence, such as: What is the meaning of Life? Why did God create us male and female? What kind of joys await us in heaven? Why is there evil and how do we overcome it? and How do we experience the love we long for? Mass, talks, adoration, praise and worship, confession, games, sledding, bonfire, small groups. Time of retreat: 6 p.m. Friday through 2 p.m. Sunday (times may be adjusted). Cost $150 if registered by Dec. 21, $160 if registered by Dec. 28, if there are still openings. Register on the website and click on the Department of Youth Ministry.

Pilgrimage to Italy

Italia Magnifica is a 10-day pilgrimage to Italy led by Fathers Brandon Moravitz and Drew Braun from Jan. 27 to Feb. 5. 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 please email Father Brandon at

Well-Read Mom gathering

Experience Well-Read Mom at the fourth annual Gathering for Women, Saturday, Jan. 30, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets: $25 before Jan. 8, $30 after Jan. 8. Registration open now on website Held at the University of St. Thomas, O’Shaughnessy Educational Center, 2115 Summit Ave., St. Paul. Email with any questions.

Confirmation retreat

Diocesan confirmation retreats will be held Feb. 19-20 at Holy Rosary School, 2802 E. Fourth St., Duluth, registration deadline Feb. 8; and April 8-9 at Blessed Sacrament Church, 2310 Seventh Ave. E., Hibbing, registration deadline March 21. Retreat begins at 7 p.m. Friday and closes after Saturday Mass at the hosting parish. Registration fees: $35 per student before registration deadline, $40 per student after registration deadline. No cost for chaperones. Due to the capacity on retreats, registration is received on a first come, first served basis. Confirmation coordinators register group online on the diocesan website under Department of Youth Ministry. Bring payment to the retreat.

Golfing in Ireland

Father Charles Flynn of Eveleth will lead a tour of the hidden golfing gems of Ireland on April 17-26, 2016. For color brochure write to Golf Gems, Box 586, Eveleth, MN 55734 or email

World Youth Day pilgrimage

World Youth Day Pilgrimage 2016 will be in Krakow, Poland, from 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 Note: the diocesan group is full with a waiting list. Please visit the website to register yourself or your family.