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Calendar - March 2015

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Calendar - March 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.

Youth choir camp

The National Catholic Youth Choir camp and multi-state concert tour is June 15-30. The NCYC is sponsored by St. John’s University School of Theology Seminary and meets on the grounds of St. John’s Abbey and University in Collegeville. The primary focus of the choir is liturgical. The choir sings music of various Christian traditions, ranging from medieval Gregorian chant to 20th century music. Each year up to 45 high school students entering grades nine through 12 from across the United States are selected to participate based on written applications, formal recommendations and recorded auditions. The registration fee for 2015 is $1,100 and includes meals, lodging and travel during camp and the multi-state concert tour. Scholarships up to $500, based on financial need, are available. The camp includes extensive choir rehearsals, repertoire-based classes in religion, music theory and history, recording a CD, daily prayer and worship and various recreational activities. Applications are accepted annually from October through the end of March. Application and audition information can be found on the website, by contacting the office at (320) 363-3154 or email

KC fish fry in Duluth

Friday fish suppers by the Knights of Columbus of St. John’s Church, 4230 St. John’s Ave., Duluth, will be held on Fridays, March 6, 20 and 27, from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., in the church hall. Adults $9, youth 6-13 years $7 and under age 6 free. Tickets and take-outs available at the door. For information call (218) 724-6332. Handicapped accessible.

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 for 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, meets for brunch every other week and attends swing and folk dance lessons. 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.

Easter bingo party

Easter bingo party with prizes of hams, turkeys and cash March 8, beginning at 1 p.m., at Holy Family Church, 2430 W. Third St., Duluth. Hot dogs, chips, beverage and desserts for sale starting at noon. Handicapped accessible.

KC pancake breakfast

The Knights of Columbus, Western Council 5142, will hold a pancake breakfast Sunday, March 8, from 9 a.m. to noon at St. James Parish Hall, 721 N. 57th Ave. W., Duluth. Handicapped accessible. Adults $5, children $3 and 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.

Irish dinner

St. Mary Star of the Sea Church, 325 E. Third St., Duluth, hosts a traditional Irish dinner Sunday, March 8. A dinner of corned beef and cabbage with soda bread will be served from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets are $10. Call the church office at (218) 722-3078 for more information.

Duluth Kateri Circle

The Kateri Circle will meet at St. Lawrence Church, 2410 Morris Thomas Road, Duluth, on Sunday, March 8, 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.

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. Call (218) 343-2404.

Deer River Kateri Circle

The St. Joseph and St. Mary Kateri Circle of Deer River will meet Monday, March 9, 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.

Examining consecrated life

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 visit 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 and visit the sisters, to learn about a vocation to religious life and to 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.

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, March 9, at Essentia Health St. Mary’s Hospital; in Virginia, March 9, at Virginia Regional Medical Center; in Cloquet, March 16, at Community Memorial Hospital; in Hibbing, March 16, in the Board Room at Fairview University Medical Center-Mesabi; in Brainerd, March 23, at Essentia Health, St. Joseph’s Medical Center; in Superior, Wis., March 23, 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

JRLC Day on the Hill

The Joint Religious Legislative Coalition Day on the Hill is Tuesday, March 10. Online registration is 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. To register a large group for Day on the Hill, please call (612) 870-3670 to make arrangements. Registration fees through March 6, $40 ($25 student/low income). Online registration ends 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.

Bible study

St. Benedict’s Church, 1419 St. Benedict St., Duluth, is offering a seven-week study of the Old Testament readings from the Easter Vigil Tuesdays through March 24, 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. This study will include an introduction to Lectio Divina (praying with the Scriptures), as well as breaking open the meaning behind each reading. Presented by Sister Anna Rose Kalinowski, FSE, parish life coordinator at St. Benedict’s. For more information call (218) 724-4828, or visit Handicapped accessible.

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, 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 is prayed Wednesday evenings at 7 p.m. at Our Lady of Mercy Church, 2002 Minnesota Ave., Duluth. A petition basket is 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 each Thursday 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 each month through May 28, 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.

KC fish fry at St. Benedict

Knights of Columbus fish fry at St. Benedict’s Church, 1419 St. Benedict St., Duluth, Fridays, March 13, 20 and 27, from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Adults $9, children under 13 $5. Take-outs are available. Handicapped accessible.

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.

Cloquet Kateri Circle

Holy Family Kateri Circle’s next meeting is Sunday, March 15, at 1 p.m. with potluck at Holy Family Church, 280 Reservation Road, Cloquet. For more information contact Sister Marie Rose Messingschlager, CDP, (218) 724-9111.

Ecology symposium

“Where on earth are we going and what can we do about it?” are two questions at the heart of the “Awakening the Dreamer, Changing the Dream” Symposium at St. Joseph’s Church, 315 S.W. 21st St., Grand Rapids, Sunday, March 15, 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. There are ecological dimensions to the common good, and Catholic social teaching points a way for personal and political involvement for them. Facilitator is Vicki Andrews. Potluck supper. Free and open to all. Handicapped accessible. Learn more at

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 Deanery CCW meeting

The Duluth Deanery Council of Catholic Women will hold a spring meeting Tuesday, March 17, at St. Raphael’s Church, 5779 Seville Road, Duluth. Coffee and eats from 9 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. The meeting begins at 9:30 a.m. A brief history of the Council of Catholic Women, ideas for reactivating the Duluth Deanery and ideas to help celebrate the 125th anniversary of the Diocese of Duluth are on the agenda for the morning. All women in the Duluth Deanery are invited to join. There is no charge for this meeting. Please RSVP by March 15 to Alice Parendo at (218) 729-9647 or email, please write Deanery on the subject line.

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 them on Facebook.

Living in Recovery Seminar

A Living In Recovery Seminar is held the third Tuesday of every month, 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. 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.

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, 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.

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.

Lenten retreat

A Lenten retreat on the “Mysteries of Holy Week” will be held at St. Benedict’s Church, 1419 St. Benedict St., Duluth, Saturday, March 21. The morning will begin with Mass at 9 a.m. and conclude with a simple lunch at 12:15 p.m. Enter into the mysteries of Holy Week as presented by Franciscan Sister of the Eucharist Anna Rose Kalinowski and take a look at the meaning and symbolism of the liturgies of Holy Week with Father Joseph Sobolik. Registration encouraged in order to provide proper materials on hand. Walk-ins welcome. Send inquires or registration to or call (218) 724-4828. Freewill offering accepted. Handicapped accessible.

Brainerd DCCW lenten retreat

The Brainerd Deanery Council of Catholic Women will hold its Lenten retreat Tuesday, March 24, at St. Alice Church, 30904 Old Highway 371, Pequot Lakes. Registration 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Father Blake Rozier will speak on “Vocation and Prayer: Follow the Call.” Mass at 11 a.m. and lunch at noon. Confession will begin at 12:45 p.m. Exposition at 1 p.m. and closing prayer at 2:30 p.m. Please pay $12 to your parish president by March 17.

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 the 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, 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.

Fish fry at St. Augustine's

St. Augustine Church, Cohasset, will be hosting its eighth annual Lenten fish fry Friday, March 27, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Adult ticket $12, includes the meal and a drawing for numerous door prizes. Need not be present to win. Grand prize is half-day guided fishing trip with Jason Boser of the Minnesota Fishing Pros ($300 value). Meal price for children age 6-12 is $6 (pay at the door) and age 5 and under eat free. Only 200 tickets will be sold, so get tickets early. Call Dan Fiala at (218) 326-2616 or (218) 256-2525, or Mary Jones at (218) 259-3774.

Women’s retreat

A retreat on “Money Matters: Women, Money and Our Spiritual Stories” will be held Saturday, March 28, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., at McCabe Renewal Center, 2125 Abbotsford Ave., Duluth. One’s relationship with money reveals a great deal about one’s values. At the same time, money worries can block one from living a life of freedom and fullness. This retreat offers time to explore and examine one’s relationship with money and one’s values, and offer tools to understand one’s financial reality and align it with one’s spiritual core. Facilitators: Mary Ann Ulishney and Cindy Peterson-Wlosinski. Suggested donation: $50, includes lunch, snacks and materials. To register or for more information call (218) 724-5266 or email

KC ham bingo

Buhl Knights of Columbus Council 5612 will hold its annual ham bingo Saturday, March 28, starting at 7 p.m., at the Buhl-Kinney Senior Center located at the corner of Frantz and Mercer in Buhl. Handicapped accessible. Contact Stan Sokoloski for information at (218) 744-4651.

Pancake breakfast

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

Easter ham bingo

An Easter ham bingo will be held at St. Mary Star of the Sea Church, 325 E. Third St., Duluth, Sunday, March 29, at 2 p.m. Lunch served at 1 p.m. for a minimal cost. For questions contact the parish at (218) 722-3078.

Ham bingo

St. Margaret Mary Church, 8830 Idaho St., Duluth, will hold a ham bingo at 6 p.m., Sunday, March 29. Cost is $5 for four boards. There will be a bake sale, 20 hams, cash prizes, door prize, theme baskets, food and refreshments.

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.

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.

Children’s program

Children’s program for fifth and sixth graders, “Stories Do Make A Difference,” will be held Monday through Thursday, April 6-9, 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, so register early. Facilitator: Benedictine Sister Dorene King. Suggested donation: $60 for four days. To register or for more information call (218) 724-5266 or email

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

DDCCW spring convention

The DDCCW will hold a spring convention Wednesday, April 22, at St. Christopher Church, 25574 Church St., Nisswa. A short business meeting will be followed by a message from spiritual advisor Father Paul Fruth. Then Bishop Sirba will speak. Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Installation of new officers will take place. Reservations are due April 16. The cost for the day is $15. For more information call DDCCW President Alice Parendo at (218) 729-9647 or email, please write DDCCW on the subject line. More information is included in the Hinge. Deanery presidents also have the information.

Mini-Tekakwitha Conference

A Mini-Tekakwitha Conference is scheduled for April 24-26, on the Grand Portage Reservation. Registrations due by April 10, contact Michelle Beeksma at or (218) 591-0556. There is a block of rooms at Grand Portage Lodge and Casino. Contact person is Billi Carlson at (218) 475-2917; ask for the Tekakwitha Conference rates. The Diocese of Duluth’s Kateri Circles are hosting the event for the region. For more information contact Sister Marie Rose Messingschlager, CDP, at the Pastoral Center at (218) 724-9111 or Michele Beeksma at (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. Friday check-in time TBD. Retreat ends Sunday. The theme is “Saint Paul: Unstoppable.” Throughout the weekend participants will focus 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 that 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.

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 Father Charles P. Flynn, Box 586, Eveleth, MN 55734, 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 sight-seeing. 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.

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, Call St. Agnes, (218) 547-1054.

Pilgrimage to Italy

Father Joseph Sobolik of St. Raphael’s in Duluth is leading a pilgrimage to Italy, Oct. 27–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. For information and pricing, please call Father Tushar at (218) 384-4563. Deadline is June 1.