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Calendar - January 2015

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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.

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 and is held at Immaculate Heart Church, 35208 County Road 37, Crosslake. The group meets Saturdays 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 of life and the family on 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. Activities in January include UMD hockey, John Beargrease Race, Duluth-Superior Symphony Orchestra and more. 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.

Pancake breakfast

All-you-can-eat pancake breakfast at St. Mary Star of the Sea Church, 325 E. Third St., Duluth, Sunday, Jan. 4, from 8 a.m. to noon. Adults $6, children under 12 years $3. Gluten-free and take-out 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. 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 Mondays at 3 p.m., at St. Mary’s Hospital Chapel, 407 E. Fourth St., Duluth. For questions call (218) 343-2404.

Women’s Bible study

A women’s study group at St. Mary Star of the Sea Church, 325 E. Third St., Duluth, is studying 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 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

Wednesdays 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 Wednesdays 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., 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.

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.

Vocation opportunity

What Is “The Consecrated Life”? Could it be for you? During this special year in which the church focuses on the meaning and role of women and men who accept Christ’s invitation to leave all and follow him, single Catholic women ages 21-50 who wish to learn more about such a vocation are invited to pay a visit to the Benedictine sisters at St. Scholastica Monastery in Duluth. You may arrange for a consultation, a private retreat or a short weekend visit in which you would have time to pray with, visit the sisters and learn about the vocation to religious life and have your questions answered. There is no charge or pressure put upon such a visit. If interested call Sister Mary Catherine Shambour at (218) 723-6646.

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 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, 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.

Catechetical leaders meetings

Diocesan catechetical leader meetings for DREs and youth ministers will be held in January as follows: Thursday, Jan. 8, at 10 a.m., at Holy Angels Church, 60 Hartman Drive, Moose Lake; Tuesday, Jan. 13, at 6 p.m., at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Rosary, 2801 E. Fourth St., Duluth; Tuesday, Jan. 20, at 1 p.m., at Blessed Sacrament Church, 2310 Seventh Ave. E., Hibbing; Thursday, Jan. 22., at 10 a.m., at St. Andrew’s Church, 1108 Willow St., Brainerd. The meetings will run for two hours. The main topic is “Those to be Catechized: Knowing Our Students.” Please RSVP to Annette Merritt at (218) 724-9111 or

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.

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.

Duluth Kateri Circle

The Kateri Circle will meet at St. Lawrence Church, 2410 Morris Thomas Road, Duluth, Sunday, Jan. 11, at 1 p.m., in the church. They meet the second Sunday of each month. Call the parish for information at (218) 722-2259.

Deer River Kateri Circle

The St. Joseph and St. Mary Kateri Circle of Deer River will meet Monday, Jan. 12, 6:30 p.m., at St. Mary’s Church, 15 First Ave. N.E., Deer River. The group meets 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 Duluth, Jan. 12, at Essentia Health St. Mary’s Hospital; in Virginia, Jan. 12, at Virginia Regional Medical Center; in Cloquet, Jan. 19, at Community Memorial Hospital; in Hibbing, Jan. 19, in the Board Room at Fairview University Medical Center-Mesabi: in Brainerd, Jan. 26, at Essentia Health, St. Joseph’s Medical Center; in Superior, Wis., Jan. 26, 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

Youth ministers meeting

Diocesan youth ministers will meet Tuesday, Jan. 13, at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Rosary, 2801 E. Fourth St., Duluth, in the multi-purpose room in the basement. Meeting begins at 10 a.m., and concludes at 2:30 p.m. RSVP to Annette at or (218) 724-9111. There is no meeting in February. The next scheduled meeting is March 3.

Anam Cara program

The Anam Cara program at St. Lawrence Church in Duluth will be using the book “Falling Upward, A Spirituality for the Two Halves of Life” by Richard Rohr, beginning Wednesday, Jan. 14, at 9:30 a.m., at the church, 2410 Morris Thomas Road, Duluth. The program runs for 13 weeks. Call Pat at (218) 729-7576 or (218) 722-2259 to order a book for the program. Study guides will be provided. Handicapped accessible.

Bible study

St. Lawrence Church, 2410 Morris Thomas Road, Duluth, will host the Little Rock Bible Study beginning Wednesday, Jan. 15, at 10 a.m., at the church. Handicapped accessible. The group will begin with the Book of Exodus. Call Pat at (218) 729-7576 or (218) 722-2259 to register.

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.


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.

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.

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.

Holy hour for life

The annual holy hour to pray for the sanctity of life will be held at 2 p.m., Jan. 18, at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Rosary, 2801 E. Fourth St., Duluth. Sponsored by the Women’s Care Center. All are welcome to join in prayer.

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, Theology on Tap series and social gatherings. Adoration is 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 spring. For more information, check out the website, email, call (218) 464-6476 or find the group on Facebook.

Living In Recovery Seminar

Living In Recovery Seminar is held the third Tuesday of every month beginning Jan. 20, 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: Sister Pauline Micke, OSB, master’s degree in theology, spiritual director. Sister Pauline was a licensed counselor for nine years working with people with addiction and dual addictions. Suggested freewill offering of $5 per session. To register or for more 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 all to discover 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.

Winter prayer retreat

“Winter Prayer Retreat: Coming Home to Blessing” will be held Saturday, Jan. 24, 9 a.m. to noon, at St. Scholastica Monastery, 1001 Kenwood Ave., Duluth. Freewill offering. Facilitator: Sue Swanson, M.Div., from the Twin Cities. This retreat will help us reflect on the home as a sacred space which nourishes body, mind and spirit as well as offering grace and hospitality to family and guests. Using prayer, ritual and art, learn ways to create the environment that reflects the nurturing, growth and hospitality that we want in our homes. We will make a set of home blessing beads and begin to write a house blessing or a welcome to our home blessing. To register, call (218) 723-6555 or email

Annual dinner

St. Michael’s Church’s annual dinner will be held in the church at 4901 E. Superior St., Duluth, Sunday, Jan. 25, from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Roast beef and pork, mashed potatoes with gravy, vegetable, rutabaga, rolls, dessert and beverage. $12 adults, $7 children 5 to 12, under 4 free. Takeout available. Please visit or call the church for information at (218) 525-1902. Handicapped accessible.


The annual St. Philip Neri Church bingo games party night will be held Sunday, Jan. 25, at 6 p.m. Twenty games of bingo with turkey, ham and cash prizes, plus raffle drawings. Food and snacks are available. The place to meet is the Industrial Town Hall, 7519 Albert Road, Saginaw. Handicapped accessible. For more information call (218) 729-9371 or (218) 729-5268.

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, 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 the community. Everyone is welcome. For information call (218) 623-7100.

Dream seminar

“Tending the Holy with Dream Work” seminar will be held Saturday, Jan, 31, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at McCabe Renewal Center, 2125 Abbotsford Ave., Duluth. Dreams come from a very deep part of ourselves. They can illuminate, empower and guide. Explore how the spirit is moving in your life at this time. Bring an open heart, a curious mind and a sense of humor. Facilitator: Val Beale, teacher and spiritual pilgrim. She has been leading dream workshops in Britain and the USA since 1985. Suggested Donation $60, snacks and lunch provided. To register or for information call (218) 724-5266 or email

Mother-daughter tea

Tea for Two, a program for mothers and daughters ages 9-11, will be held Sunday, Feb. 1, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., at Essentia Health St. Mary’s Medical Center, 407 E. Third St., Duluth. Cost is $20 per mother-daughter couple. To register call (218) 786-2378 or (800) 842-0279. Sessions are being scheduled for the spring in Duluth, Hibbing and Brainerd.

Pancake breakfast

St. Michael’s Lakeside School will host pancake breakfasts on Sundays, to be held at St. Michael’s Church, 4901 E. Superior St., Duluth. Upcoming dates are Feb. 8, March 1 and 29, and May 3 and 31. Served from 8:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. $5 each guest or $25 per family. Handicapped accessible.

Mardi Gras dance, auction

Queen of Peace School, 102 Fourth St., Cloquet, will hold its Mardi Gras dance 22and silent auction fundraiser Saturday, Feb. 14, 6 p.m. to midnight. Come join the fun evening of music, dance with D.J., complimentary hors d’oeuvres and beverages, door prizes, raffles, and silent and live auctions. Tickets are $20 per person and can be purchased at the door or in advance by calling (218) 879-8516. Must be 21 or older to attend. Also check out the Husqvarna ST 224 snowblower raffle; call the number above for tickets, $10 each, drawing to be held at the Mardi Gras dance.

Church history program

All are invited to the program “History of St. Mary Star of the Sea Church” at 2 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 15. The program will start in the church, 325 E. Third St., Duluth, and will be followed by pie and coffee in the church social hall. For images of the church, visit the website Extra parking in Essentia St. Mary’s Hospital Fourth Street parking lot.

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

Grand breakfast

Holy Angels Church, 60 Hartman Drive, Moose Lake, will host its Grand Breakfast 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. Registrants can pay by using a 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). Online 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 in the Diocese of Duluth 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. Call (218) 724-6332 for details.

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

Pilgrimage to Italy

Father Michael Patullo of Lake Country Parishes in Pequot Lakes 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