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Calendar - November 2014

The Northern Cross - November 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.

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. Handicapped accessible. For information contact Marie Schmid at (218) 330-8105 or

Holiday bazaar

The annual holiday bazaar at St. Mary Star of the Sea Church, 325 E. Third St., Duluth, will be Saturday, Nov. 8, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Handmade gifts, goodies, bake sale, white elephant, homemade candies and area vendors. Homemade cinnamon rolls served from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., homemade lasagna with gluten-free option available served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Handicapped accessible.

Holiday craft sale

The Cathedral of Our Lady of the Rosary will hold its annual holiday craft sale Saturday, Nov. 8, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Holy Rosary School, 2802 E. Fourth St., Duluth. More than 75 vendors will be selling crafts and products.

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 with any questions. Handicapped accessible.

Hunters’ dinner

St. Emily Church, 39922 Lake St., Emily, will hold its annual hunters’ dinner Nov. 8 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Doors open at 4:45 p.m. Menu includes roast beef, vegetables, slaw, home-made mashed potatoes and gravy, wild rice dressing, rolls, beverage, and dessert. Adults $10, ages 5-11 $5, under age 5 free. There is also a hunters’ Mass at 7:30 p.m. after the dinner. Handicapped accessible.

Hunter’s Masses

St. Mathias Church, 4589 County Road 121, Fort Ripley, will hold its annual hunter’s Masses the Saturdays of Nov. 8 and 15, at 7:30 p.m. All are welcome. Handicapped accessible.

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 November include bowling, Christmas City of the North Parade, public viewing of Vikings vs. Packers game, Cirque du Solei Dralion. For information on the Catholic Singles Group and its activities contact Deborah at (218) 879-6266 or visit

Anointing of the sick

Anointing of the sick is available at 9:15 a.m. the first Sunday of the month at St. Joseph’s Church, 315 S.W. 21st St., Grand Rapids. The location has changed from the reconciliation room to the church. This sacrament is offered for those struggling with an illness of any kind and also for those caregivers who offer support and comfort to those who are sick. 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 a.m., in the church. Handicapped accessible.

Tridentine Mass

The extraordinary form of the Roman rite (Tridentine Mass) will be offered at 11:30 a.m. the second Sunday of each 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) 822-4040. Handicapped accessible.

Turkey bingo

Sacred Heart Church, 603 12th St. N., Virginia, will have a turkey bingo Sunday, Nov. 9, at 1:30 p.m., in the social hall. Handicapped accessible.

Tony Melendez concert

Tony Melendez live in concert at Assumption School, 2310 Seventh Ave. E., Hibbing, on Monday, Nov. 10, at 1 p.m., in the school gym. Melendez, born a Thalidomide baby, plays guitar with his feet. An unforgettable performance in 1987 for Pope John Paul II has inspired him to share his message through music. He has performed for audiences at World Youth Day and has been a musician for both St. John Paul II and Pope Francis. All are welcome. A freewill offering will be taken for adults to support Melendez’s ministry. Handicapped accessible.

Chaplet of Divine Mercy, rosary

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

Kateri Circle

The St. Joseph and St. Mary Kateri Circle of Deer River will meet Monday, Nov. 10, 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, Nov. 10, at Essentia Health St. Mary’s Hospital; in Virginia, Nov. 10, at Virginia Regional Medical Center; in Cloquet, Nov. 17, at Community Memorial Hospital; in Hibbing, Nov. 17, in the Board Room at Fairview University Medical Center-Mesabi: in Brainerd, Nov. 17, at Essentia Health, St. Joseph’s Medical Center; in Superior, Wis., Nov. 24, 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

Sister Simone Campbell talk

One of the country’s highest profile nuns will give a free talk at The College of St. Scholastica. Benedictine Sister Simone Campbell, an attorney, poet and activist, will speak on “Joy of the Gospel: Acting for Justice in a Turbulent World” at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 11 in the Mitchell Auditorium on campus. St. Scholastica’s Oreck-Alpern Interreligious Forum is sponsoring her appearance. Campell will discuss her experiences traveling around the United States with Nuns on the Bus. She is executive director of NETWORK, a Catholic social justice lobby.

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, an international Catholic movement that helps participants have a daily experience of faith, meets Tuesdays from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the social hall, followed by sharing appetizers or desserts, at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Rosary, 2801 E. Fourth St., Duluth. For information about this group please 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 Church, 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, 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. Handicapped accessible. Child care is provided. Their 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 via email

Day of healing

A day of healing will be held Saturday, Nov. 15, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., at McCabe Renewal Center, 2125 Abbotsford Ave., Duluth. Whether you or a loved one are living through chronic or life-threatening illness or feeling emotionally or spiritually wounded, come and spend time surrounded by the healing presence of Divine Love. Facilitator is the Rev. Yanchy Lacska. Suggested donation $85. Snacks and lunch provided. To register call McCabe Renewal Center at (218) 724-5266 or send email to

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. Handicapped accessible.

Breakfast fundraiser

St. Charles Church, 308 Central Ave., Cass Lake, has one young man in 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.

Turkey bingo

A turkey bingo will be held Sunday, Nov. 16, at St. Mary star of the Sea Church, 325 E. Third St., Duluth. Lunch 1 p.m., with bingo starting at 2 p.m. There is also a silent auction,Christmas sock auction and a $1 raffle with a $500 first prize. For information all the church at (218) 722-3078.

Indian Harvest Mass and Feast

The annual Indian Harvest Mass and Feast will be held at Holy Family Church, 280 Reservation Road, Fond du Lac Reservation, Cloquet, on Sunday, Nov. 16, at 3 p.m. Father Tom Foster will be the celebrant. Festive meal will follow. Everyone is welcome to come and give thanks to our Creator for the many blessings that we enjoy.

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 encourage at for more information. Are you experiencing same-sex attraction and looking for answers? Contact Deacon Beier at for support group information. Also visit

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. 57 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.

Turkey bingo, pie social

A turkey bingo and pie social will be held at Sacred Heart Church, 8861 Main St., Mountain Iron, Tuesday, Nov. 18, at 6:30 p.m., in the social hall.

Duluth-Superior young adults

The third Tuesday of each month, the Duluth-Superior Catholic Young Adults host Adoration and fellowship at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Rosary, 2801 E. Fourth St., Duluth, beginning at 6:30 p.m. And the first Friday of each month hosts Mass and fellowship at 5:30 p.m., at a parish in Duluth. If you are interested in connecting with other Catholics between the ages of 18-39 contact Jon at (414) 741-0659 or Vanessa at (218) 838-1876 or email

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 information call Jean at (218) 839-1958.

Catechetical leader meeting

A catechetical leader meeting for DREs and youth ministers will be held Thursday, Nov. 20, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Rosary, 2801 E. Fourth St., Duluth. Topics will include “To Teach as God Teaches” and safe environment mandatory reporting. Please RSVP to Annette Merritt at or (218) 724-9111 by Nov. 17.

Holiday bazaar

St. Mary’s holiday bazaar will be held Friday, Nov. 21, 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., and Saturday, Nov. 22, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at 124 Fifth St. S.E., Cook. Dinner and lunch will be available. Handmade crafts, canned goods, raffle, basket drawings, cookie walk and more. Handicapped accessible.

Marriage Encounter weekends

The next Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekends are Nov. 21-23 in Prior Lake and Stewartville, and Dec. 5-7 in Duluth. Early registration is highly recommended. For more information visit the website or contact Alan and Missy Block at or (888) 455-3496.

Advent retreat

An Advent retreat — “Advent: A Time of Hope!” — will be held Saturday, Nov. 22, 9 a.m. to noon, at St. Scholastica Monastery, 1001 Kenwood Ave., Duluth. Freewill offering. Facilitator: Benedictine Sister Sarah O’Malley. On the fourth Sunday of Advent we hear the Angel Gabriel say to Mary, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God.” Hope, a deep longing in our heart is for a pilgrim people. Come and walk with Mary as we learn what it means to “not be afraid” and to reflect on this longing for hope in our own life. To register, call (218) 723-6555 or email

Turkey bingo

Buhl Knights of Columbus Council 5612 will hold its annual turkey bingo Saturday, Nov. 22, at 7 pm., at the Buhl/Kinney Senior Center, corner of Frantz and Mercer in Buhl. Handicapped accessible. Thirty-three games played for turkeys at $1 per card for 10 games plus three door prizes and three cash coverall games. Proceeds fund the Knights of Columbus charities. Contact Stan Sokoloski at (218) 744-4351.

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.

Turkey bingo

St. Margaret Mary Church, 8830 Idaho St., Morgan Park, Duluth, will hold a turkey bingo at 6 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 23. Cost is $4 for four boards. There will be a bake sale, 20 turkeys, cash prizes, door prize, theme baskets, food and refreshments.

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

Cookie sale

The annual St. James Wotczak Memorial Christmas cookie sale will be held Saturday, Nov. 29, 3:30 to 5:45 p.m., and Sunday, Nov. 30, 8:30 a.m. until cookies are gone. The sale is in the St. James Church Hall, 721 N. 57th Ave. W., Duluth, with entrance in back on the 58th Avenue side. Cookies are made fresh on Saturday and are $3.50 per dozen. For questions, contact Susie Nelson at (218) 628-1681. Proceeds used for two college scholarships for spring graduating students of St. James School.

Youth ministers meeting

Diocesan youth ministers will meet the first Tuesday of the month at the Diocese of Duluth, 2830 E. Fourth St., Duluth, in the large conference room. Social at 9:30 a.m., meeting 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. RSVP to Annette at or (218) 724-9111.

Holy hour for vocations

St. Francis Church, 412 Eighth St., Brainerd, has a holy hour for vocations in the Brainerd-area churches the first Wednesday of each month from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.

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.

Christmas sale

The annual Christmas sale at St. Scholastica Monastery, 1001 Kenwood Ave., Duluth, will be held Thursday, Dec. 4, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Featuring hand-crafted items, bakery goodies, canned jams and jellies, garden items, a variety of candies and fudge, a raffle for two quilts, and other gift items. For information contact the monastery at (218) 723-6555.

Holiday dinner

Santa’s Home for the Holidays Dinner, hosted by Queen of Peace School, 102 Fourth St., Cloquet, on Friday, Dec. 5, 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Admission includes chili and soup dinner, live holiday music, Christmas crafts and face painting for the kids, and complimentary photos with Santa by Alan Johnson photography ($6 for ages 11 and up, $4 for ages 4 to 10, children 3 and under are free with paid adult). Holiday and homemade crafts for sale at “Santa’s Workshop.” See all the events in Cloquet during the Home for the Holidays weekend at

Diocesan confirmation retreat

A diocesan confirmation overnight retreat will be held Feb. 27-28, 2015, at Blessed Sacrament Church, 2310 Seventh Ave. E., Hibbing. Registration fee is $35 if registered by Feb. 13. 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

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 Mass on the first Sunday of each month.

Wild game dinner

A wild game dinner at Immaculate Heart Church, 35208 County Road 37, Crosslake, will be held Saturday, Dec. 6, and will start after the 4 p.m. Mass.

Theology of the Body teen retreat

The diocesan TOBIT (Theology of the Body for Teens) Retreat theme is “Discover God’s Plan for Love and Life!” The retreat is for students in grades 9-12. Delve into Saint 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.

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.