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Calendar - November 2015

The Northern Cross - November 2015
Calendar of Events

Women’s retreat

Are you living in the image and likeness of God? Ladies, come and explore just where you are living in a fun and engaging way. Georgiann Kuberra will be offering a women’s reflection day Saturday, Nov. 7, at St. Benedict’s Church, 1419 St. Benedict St., Duluth, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Continental breakfast and a light lunch will be served. A freewill offering will help defray costs. Please sign up by sending email to, phoning the office at (218) 724-4828 or through online registration at Walk-ins welcome. Handicapped accessible.

Benedictine spirituality retreat

A “Benedictine Spirituality in Everyday Life” retreat will be held Saturday, Nov. 7, from 9 a.m. to noon at St. Scholastica Monastery, 1001 Kenwood Ave., Duluth. No cost for the retreat. Facilitator: Benedictine Sister Edith Bogue, Oblate director. Hear, learn and experience the key elements of Benedictine spirituality in this retreat. The principles of the 1,500-year-old Rule of St. Benedict can guide modern lay people through difficulties in the workplace, parish and family life. The Oblate office will be open for those interested in learning more about joining the community of oblates who are associated with this monastery. To register call (218) 723-6555 or email:

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.

Hunters’ Masses

St. Mathias’ annual hunters’ Mass will be held Saturday, Nov. 7, at 7:30 p.m. There is an additional Mass at St. Andrew’s Sunday, Nov. 15, at 5:30 p.m. for the second weekend of deer hunting.

Pancake reakfast

A pancake breakfast will be served Sunday, Nov. 8, 8 a.m. to noon at St. John’s Church hall, 4230 St. John’s Ave., Duluth. Tickets available at the door. For more information call (218) 724-6332. Handicapped accessible.

Pancake breakfast

An all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast will be served at St. Mary Star of the Sea Church, 326 E. Third St., Duluth, Sunday, Nov. 8, from 8 a.m. to noon. $6 for adults and $3 for children 12 and under. Gluten-free and take-outs available. Extra parking in the St. Mary’s Hospital ramp behind the church, Fourth Street entrance. For information call (218) 722-3078.

Pancake breakfast

The Knights of Columbus Western Council 5142 will host a pancake breakfast Sunday, Nov. 8, 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, St. Margaret Mary and St. James Churches in Duluth.

‘Lectio divina’

“Lectio Divina,” a Latin term meaning “divine reading,” describes a way of reading the Scriptures whereby 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.

Kateri Circle Duluth

The Kateri Circle will meet at St. Lawrence Church, 2410 Morris Thomas Road, Duluth, Sunday, Nov. 8, at 1 p.m. It meets the second Sunday of the month. Handicapped accessible. Call Michele for information at (218) 591-0556.

Laudato Si’ dialogue

Benedictine Oblates and those interested will gather for prayer, a presentation, discussion and fellowship Sunday, Nov. 8, at 1 p.m. at St. Scholastica Monastery, 1001 Kenwood Ave., Duluth. Oblates focus on living the Benedictine tradition in everyday life; this discussion also draws on the recent encyclical Laudato Si’. No registration required. For more information, contact

Bible study

A Bible study of Judges and Ruth led by Father Richard Kunst, continuing for eight weeks, is held Mondays. The second session begins Monday, Nov. 9, at St. John’s Church, 4230 St. John’s Ave., Duluth, in Woodland, from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. in the church hall. Handicapped accessible. Call the parish office at (218) 724-6332 to reserve your copy of the text. Cost is approximately $10.

Kateri Circle Deer River

The St. Joseph and St. Mary Kateri Circle of Deer River will meet Monday, Nov. 9, 6:30 p.m. at St. Mary’s Church, 15 First Ave. N.E., Deer River. It meets the second Monday of the month. For information call Luke Wilson at (218) 246-8582.

NFP introductory sessions

Northland Family Programs holds free natural family planning introductory sessions at different sites at 7 p.m. on Mondays: in Duluth Nov. 9 in the Minnesota Room at Essentia Health St. Mary’s Medical Center; in Virginia Nov. 9 at the Virginia Regional Medical Center; in Cloquet Nov. 16 at Community Memorial Hospital; in Hibbing Nov. 16 in the Board Room at Fairview University Medical Center; in Brainerd Nov. 23 at Essentia Health St. Joseph’s Medical Center; and in Superior, Wis., Nov. 16 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, “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. Register in two ways: register and purchase study guide in the gathering space of the church or on the website; or register and purchase study guide ($23 plus $4.95 shipping) at which also allows access to Acts online videos through March 1, 2016. For questions or scholarship assistance contact Sue Schuler (218) 259-6457 or

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. 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.

Theology and pizza

“An Introduction to the Liturgy,” a six-week series, concludes Nov. 17 and is held at St. Benedict’s Church, 1419 St. Benedict St., Duluth. The evening will begin with pizza at 6:30 p.m., and Father Joel Hastings will present at 7 p.m. There will be time for questions and answers before the 8 p.m. wrap-up. This series is open to high school seniors, young adults and adults of all ages. No charge for the series; a freewill offering for the pizza supper is appreciated. Learn more about the Sacred Liturgy and its background. Each session can stand alone if you cannot make them all. For more information, call the church at (218) 724-4828. Handicapped accessible.

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 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

Holiday bazaar

St. Mary Star of the Sea Church, 325 E. Third St., Duluth, will host a holiday bazaar Saturday, Nov. 14, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Homemade holiday gifts, bake sale and other wonderful items will be available for purchase. A lasagna lunch will be available for purchase and served starting at 11 a.m. Handicapped accessible off the church parking lot.

Monastic Christianity

“A New Monasticism: Finding the Monk Within in the Day-to-Day World” will be held Saturday, Nov. 14, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Spend the day exploring the archetype of the monk and the Celtic Christianity upon which many new monastic communities have grounded. Facilitator: the Rev. Yanchy Lacska, an interfaith minister. He is a professed member of the Lindisfarne Community, an ecumenical religious community in the Anglo-Celtic tradition. He has worked as a university professor, a psychologist and a hospital chaplain. Suggested donation $85, snacks and lunch provided. Register online at or email or call (218) 724-5266. McCabe Renewal Center is located at 2125 Abbotsford Ave., Duluth.

Christmas bazaar

St. Martin’s Church, 107 N. Third St., Tower, is hosting a Christmas bazaar Saturday, Nov. 14, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Handicapped accessible. Baked goods, crafts, many vendors, candy cane tree for children, make-and-take ornaments for children, and a special shop just for kids to do their Christmas shopping. Lots of bucket raffles, a 50-50 cash drawing and door prizes. Lunch will be available for purchase. For information call Maryann at (218) 753-4310.

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, on Sunday, Nov. 15. The group meets the third Sunday of the 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 to 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

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

Grief support 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 information call Jean at (218) 839-1958.

Gather Around the Tabernacle

Gather Around the Tabernacle meets to pray the rosary the third Thursday of the month at 7 p.m. at St. Lawrence Church, 2410 Morris Thomas Road, Duluth. Handicapped accessible. Call Pat for information at (218) 729-7576.

Catechetical leader meeting online

A catechetical leader meeting for DREs and youth ministers will be held Thursday, Nov. 19, from 10 a.m. to noon. This will be an online meeting. Topics will include the Year of Mercy and an update on the Making Disciples model. Email invitations will be sent to DREs and youth ministers. Contact Liz Hoefferle at (218) 724-9111 for more information.

Advent adult enrichment

Teaching on the Seven Sacraments during Advent will be held at St. James Church, 299 Red Oak Drive, Aitkin, Thursdays Nov. 19, Dec. 3, 10 and 17 beginning at 7 p.m., Father David Forsman facilitator; Our Lady of Fatima Church, 27332 Central St., Garrison, Tuesdays Dec. 1, 8, 15 and 22 beginning at 1:30 p.m., Deacon Roger Marks facilitator; at Holy Family Church, 1182 County Road 8, Hillman, Tuesdays Dec. 1, 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 St. James Church for information at (218) 927-6581. Handicapped accessible.

Benedictine Oblates

Inquirers are invited to the new series of Benedictine Oblate meetings which began in September with “The Spirituality of Dialogue.” Oblates are Christian lay people who draw on the Benedictine Rule and centuries of monastic tradition as guides for their everyday life. This year, dialogue will include topics in the Christian life where struggles arise — whether within ourselves, within the church or with our modern culture. Oblates gather at 1 p.m. at St. Scholastica Monastery in Duluth for prayer, a conference by one of the Benedictine sisters, followed by fellowship and sharing. For more information email or call Sister Edith at (218) 733-2273.

Holiday bazaar

St. Mary’s CCW in Cook will be hosting its 18th annual holiday bazaar Friday, Nov. 20, 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., and Saturday, Nov. 21, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at St. Mary’s Church, 515 First Ave. S.E., Cook. Food will be served both days. Also available for purchase will be handcrafted crafts, homemade canned goods, wreaths and greenery, potica and lefsa, as well as a bake sale and more. A cookie walk will be held for you to choose your own assortment of yummy holiday cookies. Basket drawings and a raffle will also take place.

Worldwide Marriage Encounter

Upcoming Worldwide Marriage Encounter weekends are: Dec. 12-14 in Hermantown; Nov. 20-22, 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.

Celebrating Thomas Merton

“Celebrating Thomas Merton” will be held Saturday, Nov. 21, 9 a.m. to noon, at McCabe Renewal Center, 2125 Abbotsford Ave., Duluth. Celebrate the 100th anniversary of Thomas Merton’s birth. Merton, an outstanding 20th century Trappist monk, prophet, teacher and spiritual writer, was the author of more than 60 religious books. Benedictine Sister Sarah O’Malley, the facilitator, has given retreats for years, both in Phoenix and Duluth, on a variety of topics and people. Sharing the fascinating life journey of Merton remains her favorite. Suggested donation $35, snacks included. Register online at or send email to or call (218) 724-5266.

Turkey bingo

Buhl Knights of Columbus Council 5612 will hold its annual turkey bingo Saturday, Nov. 21, at 7 p.m. at the Buhl-Kinney Senior Center at the 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. For information contact Stan Sokoloski at (218) 744-4351.

Turkey bingo

St. Mary Star of the Sea Church, 325 E. Third St., Duluth, will host a turkey bingo Sunday, Nov. 22, at 2 p.m. Twenty turkeys will be given away plus other prizes and cash. A silent auction will be held and chances will be sold to win Christmas socks. A raffle with prizes: first $500, second $300, third $300 gas card and fourth $200. Price for the bingo boards $2 each or three boards for $5. Sloppy Joe and hot dog lunch served. Any questions call (218) 722-3078.

Monastic Life in Advent

The sisters of St. Scholastica Monastery invite unmarried Catholic women ages 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

Christmas cookie sale

The St. James Wotczak Memorial annual Christmas cookie sale will be held Saturday, Nov. 28, 3:30 p.m. to 5:45 p.m., and Sunday, Nov. 29, 10 a.m. to noon or until cookies are gone. Come early for best selection. Held in the St. James Church hall, 721 N. 57th Ave. W., Duluth, use rear entrance. Cookies are baked fresh, never frozen, on Saturday, Nov. 28. Cookies are $3.50 per dozen. Proceeds support the Wotczak Memorial Scholarship awarded to two parish graduating seniors next spring. Call Susie Nelson at (218) 628-1681 with any questions.

St. Anthony’s School luncheon

Anyone who attended St. Anthony’s Church or grade school in Duluth is invited to renew old friendships at a lunch which will be held at the Pickwick, 508 E. Superior St., Duluth, on Thursday, Dec. 3, at noon. To RSVP contact Shirley Baker at (218) 727-2093 or or Bev Beaudette at (218) 343-8262 or Enter St. Anthony in the subject line.

‘Santa’s Home’ dinner

Santa’s Home for the Holidays Dinner, hosted by Queen of Peace School, 102 Fourth St. Cloquet, will take place Friday, Dec. 4, from 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 and children 3 and under are free with paid adult. There will also be holiday and homemade crafts for sale at Santa’s Workshop. See all the events in Cloquet during the Home for the Holidays weekend at

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. Call the church for information at (218) 746-2367.

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. Following Mass, the Slovenian Union will serve a traditional Slovenian dinner in the church hall: sarma, sausages, coleslaw, Slovenian potato salad, krofe, potica and strudel. Area residents who contributed to preserving the Slovenian-Croatian heritage will be honored; special guest, St. Nicholas. The public is welcome. Tickets for the dinner are limited, reservations required. Call Marlys Rabb (218) 229-3110 or Bernice Ceglar (218) 229-2733. Slovenian Union members and a guest are invited to the “Christmas is Coming” tour of the Johnny Snidarich farm, following the dinner. Wine and finger foods will be served. There is an additional $10 charge for the home tour. For the home tour, contact Johnny Snidarich, Village Inn, (218) 749-8289, (218) 994-1724 or

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.

Vocation discernment

College and high school students are invited to attend the workshop “Called To Joy” on Jan. 2, 2016, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., $20, held at Immaculate Heart Church, 35208 County Road 37, Crosslake. Explore the questions surrounding discernment In the heart of the church. You will visit and hear from married couples, religious, priests and seminarians. Small group sessions. Register for the event on the diocesan website in the department of vocations.

Pilgrimage to the Holy Land

All are invited to join Fathers Anthony Wroblewski and Peter Muhich on a once-in-a-lifetime pilgrimage to the Holy Land, Jan. 4-14, 2016. Includes visits to Tiberias, Nazareth, Cana, Sea of Galilee, Mt. Tabor, Mount of Beatitudes, Jericho, Jerusalem, Bethlehem and more. For more information, please contact Father Tony Wroblewski at (218) 822-4040 or

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, 2016. 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

Golfing in Ireland

Father Charles Flynn of Eveleth will lead a tour of the hidden golfing gems of Ireland 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.