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Calendar - March 2016

The Northern Cross - March 2016
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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.

Fish Fry Duluth

St. Johns Church, 3 W. Chisholm St., Duluth, will be serving a fish dinner of broiled or fried fish, coleslaw, vegetables, roll and dessert on Fridays, March 4 and 18, from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Adults $9, youth 6-13 $7, children under 6 free. Call (218) 724-6332 for more information.

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.

Lectio divina

Lectio Divina (“divine reading”) is a way of reading the Scriptures in which we gradually let go of our own agenda and open ourselves to what God wants to say to us. A group meets in the St. Lawrence Church parish office, 2410 Morris Thomas Road, Duluth, from 9:45 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. on most Sundays during the school year. Contact Pat at (218) 729-7576 for more information.

Swiss steak dinner

Join St. Philip Neri parish, Saginaw, for its 18th annual Swiss steak dinner held Sunday, March 6, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Get dinner, dessert and beverage. Price is $10 for adults, ages 6-12 $4, and those 5 and under are free. Come to the Industrial Town Hall, 7519 Albert Road, Saginaw. Handicapped accessible. For information, call Valerie at (218) 348-3852.

Catholic Singles Group

Catholic Singles Group in the Twin Ports serves singles age 40 and up and hosts these weekly or monthly events: International folk and swing dance lessons, brunch at various restaurants, bluegrass music and Mr. Fix-It Saturday. Activities in March include joining parish soup suppers and Lenten programs; K.C. fish fries; St. Patrick’s Day dinner at local restaurant; “Cinderella” performance of the Minnesota Ballet and Arrowhead Home and Builders Show at the DECC. Contact Laverne at (218) 724-2647 or Deborah at (218) 879-6266 or or visit for more activities.

Monastic volunteer experience

Live-in as a volunteer Benedictine Associate to experience the rhythm and spirituality of monastic life for a period of 3 months to a year. Volunteers live at the monastery, share in prayer, and assist in ministries. They receive room and board during their time of service. For more information, contact Sister Barbara at or phone (218) 723-6555.

Lenten program

The Lenten program at St. Mary Star of the Sea Church, 325 E. Third St., Duluth, has the theme of God’s Mercy. The last of the programs is Wednesday, March 9: “Seeing and Knowing the Merciful,” presented by Benedictine Sister Jean Maher. Schedule for the evening: Stations of the Cross 6 p.m., soup supper 6:30 p.m., songs and teaching 7 p.m., intercessory prayers of the assembly, departure 7:45 p.m. For information contact the church at (218) 722-3078.

Communal life and prayer

Live with the Duluth Benedictine Sisters for a weekend or a few days. Learn about our three ways to experience Benedictine life: as a live-in volunteer associate, a lay oblate or as a sister. Receive guidance in your discernment. There is no charge for inquiry visits. Contact Sister Edith at or call (218) 723-6555.

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 are 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 of the month through May 26 from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in St. James Catholic School, 715 N. 57th Ave. W., Duluth. Nursery available, freewill donation. Questions or register with Cheryl Foldesi at (218) 628-2932 or email at

KC fish fry Duluth

A Knights of Columbus fish fry will be held at St. Benedict’s Church, 1419 St. Benedict St., Duluth (Kenwood). Treat yourself to a delicious fish fry dinner between 4:30 p.m. and 7 p.m., Fridays March 11 and 18. Adults $9, children under 13 $5, children under 3 free. Contact Chuck Stoetzel (218) 724-3194 for information.

KC fish fry Duluth

The Knights of Columbus Council 6791 of St. Raphael’s Church, 5779 Seville Road, Duluth, will host Lenten fish fries March 11 and 18 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Contact the church for further information at (218) 729-7537.

Retirement seminar

“The Transition Decade: What does Retirement Mean to You” will be held Saturday, March 12, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. for those approaching or in the post-career stage of life. Where are you? What might be the spiritual purpose of this stage of life for you? Are you ready financially? Whose voices give you guidance? Join others in a day of reflection and guided conversation of how to cruise the waters of retirement. If you are in the transition decade that surrounds retirement (about five years before and after), this retreat is for you. Facilitators: Mary Ann Ulishney has been in the wealth management field for 24 years both as a practicing attorney and trust officer. The Rev. Cindy Peterson-Wlosinski has been a Episcopalian priest and spiritual mentor for 33 years, and a teacher for 40 years. Suggested donation $80 (includes lunch, refreshments and materials). Register online at, email or call (218) 724-5266. McCabe Renewal Center is located at 2125 Abbotsford Ave., Duluth.

Dialogue with self seminar

Culture urges us to “be all that we can” and our faith to “grow into all that God wants you to be.” Yet our faith tells us that the path to holiness lies through dying to self. The Duluth Benedictine Oblates explore how to pray and live this paradox March 13 at 1 p.m., St. Scholastica Monastery, 1001 Kenwood Ave., Duluth. Inquirers and visitors are welcome. For information contact or (218) 723-6555.

KC pancake breakfast

The Knights of Columbus Western Council 5142 will hold a pancake breakfast Sunday, March 13, from 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 and St. James churches in Duluth.

Kateri Circle Duluth

The Kateri Circle at St. Lawrence Church, 2410 Morris Thomas Road, Duluth, will meet Sunday, March 13, at 1 p.m. They meet the second Sunday of the month. Contact Michele for more information at (218) 591-0556.

Kateri Circle Deer River

The Kateri Circle of Sts. Mary and Joseph will meet at St. Mary’s Church, 15 First Ave. N.E., Deer River, Monday, March 14, at 6 p.m. second Monday Contact Claudia at (218) 246-8471 for more information.

NFP introductory sessions

Northland Family Programs holds free natural family planning introductory sessions at different sites at 7 p.m. on Mondays: Duluth — March 14 in the Minnesota Room at Essentia Health St. Mary’s Medical Center; Virginia — March 14 at Virginia Regional Medical Center; Brainerd — March 14 at Essentia Health St. Joseph’s Medical Center; Cloquet — March 21 at Community Memorial Hospital; Hibbing — March 21 in the Board Room at Fairview University Medical Center; and Superior, Wis. — March 28 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

Brainerd CCW Lenten retreat

St. Emily’s Catholic Church will host the Brainerd Deanery Council of Catholic Women Lenten Retreat March 15. The retreat begins at 9:30 a.m. at St. Emily’s Church, 39922 Lake Street, Emily. Registration fee is $10. “Awake, Lyre and Harp! Answering God’s Call to Love and Holiness” is the topic of guest speaker, Cynthia McCarthy Richardson. Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m., lunch served at noon. Confessions will follow the lunch along with Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and Holy Hour. Closing prayer at 2 p.m. Reservations can be made by calling Joan at (218) 678-2836 or Dolores at (218) 549-3158 on or before March 10.

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 bell 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

“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

Easter ham bingo

St. Mary Star of the Sea Church, 325 East Third St., Duluth, will be sponsoring a Easter ham bingo Sunday, March 13, beginning at 2 p.m. Sloppy Joe, hot dog lunch will be served beginning at 12:30 p.m. Twenty hams plus other prizes will be given away. There will be a silent auction. Price of boards are $2 each or 3 boards for $5. Each raffle chance is $1. First prize $500, second prize $300, third prize $300 gas card from Jack’s Mobil in Duluth and fourth prize $200. For questions contact the parish office at (218) 722-3078.

Fish fry Cohasset

St. Augustine’s parish in Cohasset will host its ninth annual Lenten fish fry Friday, March 18, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Adult ticket price $12, which includes the meal and a drawing for numerous door prizes (need not be present to win). Grand prize is a 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 your tickets early. Call Dan Fiala at (218) 326-2616 (w) or (218) 256-2525 (c) or call Mary Jones at (218) 259-3774.

Defeating clutter in life

A workshop, “Contain Clutter’s Clutches,” will be held Saturday, March 19, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Clutter can constrict and control us, so that clutter competes against creativity, community and closeness to God. Take a stand against the clutter in your life. Take the risk of recognizing clutter, identifying the implications of retaining clutter and planning how to free oneself from clutter. Facilitator: Benedictine Sister Dorene King has a master of divinity degree and a master’s degree in education. She is an educator and the director of McCabe Renewal Center. Suggested donation: $75 (includes lunch and snacks). Register online at, email or call (218) 724-5266. McCabe Renewal Center is located at 2125 Abbotsford Ave., Duluth.

Easter ham bingo

St. Elizabeth Church will be holding a ham bingo March 20 at 6 p.m. in the church hall, 610 99th Ave. W., Duluth. Cost is $5 for four boards for ham bingo. Cash games will be 25 cents per board. Food and refreshments will be available along with raffle baskets. There will be 21 hams, including a door prize. For questions please call Dave at (218) 348-0657.

Ham bingo

Buhl Knights of Columbus 5612 will hold its annual ham bingo Saturday, March 19, at 7 p.m., at the Buhl/Kinney Senior Center, corner of Frantz and Mercer in Buhl. Handicapped accessible. Thirty-three games played for hams at $1 per card for 10 games plus three door prizes and three coverall games. Proceeds fund the Knights of Columbus charities. For information contact Stan Sokoloski at (218) 744-4351.

Irish dinner

Enjoy a homemade Irish dinner of corned beef and cabbage with all the fixings at St. Mary Star of the Sea Church, 325 E. Third St., Duluth, on Sunday, March 20, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Cost is $10 per adult, $6 per child. The social hall is handicapped accessible. Call Renee Zurn at (218) 723-1321 if you have questions.


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

Mass in Onigum

Monthly Mass continues to be celebrated the fourth Thursday of the month at St. John Episcopal Church, Onigum, with Father Francis Kabiru and parishioners from St. Agnes Church, Walker, attending. This is the parish’s attempt to be present and to reach out to those not having Sunday Masses in their village. The Mass is at 5:30 p.m. followed by a potluck. For more information, call St. Agnes parish office at (218) 547-1054.

Ham and turkey bingo

St. Mary’s Church will host a bingo Friday April 1 at 7 p.m. at the Meadowlands Community Center, 7758 Western Ave. Meadowlands. Two sets of 11 games will be played. Cards are $2 per card per set. Ham, turkey and cash prizes. Cash door prizes. Watch out for April Fools surprises. Light lunch will be served between sets. Freewill offering. Contact Kathy Morgan for information (218) 427-2111.

Grand breakfast

The grand breakfasts are back at Holy Angels Church, 60 Hartman Drive, Moose Lake, on Sundays April 2, May 29, July 3 and Sept. 4 from 8 a.m. to noon. Pancakes, French toast, scrambled eggs, egg bake, TJ’s sausage, whole ham, biscuits and gravy, hash browns, hot applesauce, strawberries, juice, milk, and coffee. Handicapped accessible. Contact the church for information at (218) 485-8214.

Youth ministers meeting

Youth ministers meet monthly 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 provided. DREs are also invited to attend the meetings. Handicapped accessible.

Confirmation retreat

The last diocesan confirmation retreat for the school year will be held 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 fee: $35 per student before registration deadline, $40 per student after registration deadline. No cost for chaperons. Due to the capacity on retreat, registration is received on a first come, first served basis. Confirmation coordinators register groups online on the diocesan website under Department of Youth Ministry. Bring payment to the retreat.

Chicken dinner

St. Rose Church, 2 Sixth Ave., Proctor, invites all to its spring chicken dinner and bake sale Sunday, April 10, from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Take-outs available. Adult tickets $9, children under age 12 $5, and children under age 5 are free. Home cooked piece of oven roasted chicken, mashed potatoes, gravy, green beans, coleslaw, buns and banana cream pie for dessert. Coffee or milk is also served with your meal. Enjoy the bake sale and take chances on a grocery basket and a spring basket. The drawings take place at 3:30 p.m., and you need not be present to win. Please call the church at (218) 624-0007 with questions. Handicapped accessible.

Junior high retreat

A diocesan junior high retreat will be held at Cragun’s Resort in Brainerd April 15-17. This weekend is for students currently in grades 6-8. The theme is “In Reverse.” The weekend will include Mass, praise and worship, games, activities, talks and lots of fun. Online registration is open at Department of Youth Ministry. Cost: $155 if registered before March 24; starting March 24 the cost is $175.

Marriage Encounter

An upcoming Worldwide Marriage Encounter weekend is April 29 to May 1 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.

Year of Mercy pilgrimage

Our Lady of Hope parish, Aurora/Biwabik/Hoyt Lakes, extends an invitation to all to join a Year of Mercy Pilgrimage June 16-26. It will include the National Shrines of Divine Mercy and Our Lady of Hope, both in Massachusetts, among many other places. $1,399/person double. $1,119/person triple. $1,069/person quad. $2,119 single. For information contact Happy Trails Tours, P.O. Box 432, Forbes, MN 55738 or call (800) 635-7779 or (218) 744-4159, or email


Steubenville Conference mission trip will be July 11-18. Registration will be open soon. Visit and go to the Department of Youth Ministry. A deposit will be due at the time of registration. This mission trip is for youth currently in ninth to 12th grade this school year. The mission trip includes mission work on the way, the Steubenville St. Louis Mid-America 2 conference in Springfield, Mo., and includes a day at Worlds of Fun amusement/waterpark. Note: this mission trip replaces Discipleship Week (D-Week). For information contact Annette at (218) 724-9111.

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. For more information visit Please visit the website to register yourself or your family.

Wild Atlantic Way tour

Father Charles Flynn will lead a tour of Ireland Sept. 12-24. For a color brochure, email or write to Father Charlie at Box 586, Eveleth, MN 55734.

Year of Mercy pilgrimage (Italy)

Father Thomas Galarneault of Our Lady of the Snows parish in Bigfork, is leading a Holy Year of Mercy pilgrimage to Italy, Sept. 13–23. The itinerary includes Assisi, Siena, San Giovanni Rotundo, Pompeii and Rome. Brochures are ready. Please email at Carrousel Travel.

Year of Mercy pilgrimage

A 12-day Jubilee Year of Mercy pilgrimage to Assisi, Florence and Rome will be held Nov. 7-18. Only $3,299 from Minneapolis-St. Paul (MSP), plus $675 in airport taxes and $145 in tips. Under the spiritual direction of Father Seth Gogolin of St. Cecilia Catholic Church in Nashwauk. To download the free color brochure and registration form, visit, or for more information, please contact Father Seth Gogolin at (218) 316-0131 or send an email to Space is limited.