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Calendar - October 2015

The Northern Cross - October 2015
Calendar of Events

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.

Fall festival

Blessed Sacrament Church, 2310 E. Seventh Ave., Hibbing, hosts its fall festival Saturday, Oct. 3, from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Live music, food, bingo, raffles, general store, bazaar, youth booth, kids’ games and more. A cash raffle has 13 cash prizes totaling $5,000, with the grand prize being $1,500. Raffle tickets available to purchase at bazaar. Information and raffle tickets can be purchased in advance by calling the parish center at (218) 262-5541.

Booya in Aitkin

St. James Church, 299 Red Oak Drive, Aitkin, will host its 23rd annual Booya on Saturday, Oct. 3, after the 5 p.m. Mass. Fifty gallons of this epicurean delight will be served. A bowl of booya, breadsticks, dessert and a beverage, all for $5. Take-home booya will also be available for $2 a scoop. Containers supplied. If there is any booya left, it will be sold as take-out after the 9 a.m. Mass on Sunday. Handicapped accessible.

Chicken dinner

St. Rose Church, 3 Sixth Ave., Proctor, holds its fall chicken dinner and bake sale Sunday, Oct. 4. The best chicken dinner in town will be served from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Take-out available. Handicapped accessible. Adult tickets $9, child tickets $5 and children under age 5 are free. There will be oven-roasted chicken, green beans, mashed potatoes, gravy, coleslaw, buns, banana cream pie and coffee or milk. Enjoy the bake sale and take chances on a grocery basket and a fall basket. Drawings take place at 3:30 p.m. Need not be present to win. Call the church at (218) 624-0007 with questions.

‘The Joy of the Gospel’

“The Joy of the Gospel” by Pope Francis is a personal invitation to reflect on the gap between the lives we are living and the life God calls us to live. In seven weekly sessions, ponder, integrate and be challenged by Pope Francis’ message. The group meets Monday evenings at 7 p.m., Oct. 5 through Nov. 16, at St. Lawrence Church club room, St. Lawrence Church, 2410 Morris Thomas Road, Duluth. Contact Pat at (218) 729-7576 for more information. Handicapped accessible.

Explore monastic life

The Benedictine sisters of St. Scholastica Monastery in Duluth invite single Catholic women ages 18-50 to experience monastic life as they discern their vocation. There is no charge for short visits; contact Sister Edith at for more information.

‘Lectio divina’

“Lectio Divina,” a Latin term meaning “divine reading,” describes a way of reading the Scriptures whereby one gradually lets go of one’s own agenda and opens oneself to what God wants to say. A group meets in the St. Lawrence Church parish office from 9:45 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. on most Sundays during the school year, 2410 Morris Thomas Road, Duluth. Contact Pat at (218) 729-7576 for more information. Handicapped accessible.

Bible study on Acts

A 20-sesssion Bible study, “Acts: The Spread of the Kingdom,” begins Tuesday, Oct. 6, 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. Handicapped accessible. 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 online videos from Oct. 6 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.

Pasty sale

Orders are now being taken for pasties available for pickup Wednesdays in October at St. Joseph’s Church, 619 Poplar St., Crosby. Sale dates are: Oct. 7, 14, 21 and 28. Sponsored by St. Joseph’s CCW, Crosby. Those interested in placing orders for pasties may do so by calling Kay at (218) 545-2306. If necessary, leave a message. Your call will be returned.

Fall festival

Queen of Peace Church, 102 Fourth St., Cloquet, will hold its annual fall festival Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 10-11. Doors open at 9 a.m. Saturday. Morning coffee and goodies, kids games, marketplace table, baked goods, homemade crafts and loads of great raffle items. Bingo from 2 p.m. 4 p.m. (cash, ham, turkey). Pork loin dinner from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. with entertainment from The Singing Slovenes. Sunday, after 9:30 a.m. Mass, there will be a tasty brunch and all raffle drawings. All the proceeds will go towards the repairs on the bell tower. Any questions, or if you would like to contribute in any way, contact Teresa Skansgaard at (218) 879-6032.

Diocesan assembly

The Diocese of Duluth’s 10th annual Diocesan Assembly will be held Saturday, Oct. 10, at Marshall School in Duluth. The theme is “Transforming Catholics for the New Evangelization” and will be presented by engaging speakers from the Augustine Institute. There will be tracks for religious educators, adult faith formation and RCIA. To register or for more information visit or call Annette at (218) 724-9111. Marshall School is handicapped accessible.

Nepal disaster fundraiser

A fundraiser for disaster victims, especially those affected by the Nepal earthquake, will be held Saturday, Oct. 10, at the FUMC “Coppertop Church,” 230 E. Skyline Parkway, Duluth. Silent auction and dinner from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Guest speaker is Cheryl Diaz Meyer, 2004 Pulitzer Prize winner for breaking news photography. Nepalese students from the University of Minnesota Duluth will give an update on the current situation in Nepal. Donation for dinner and evening program $15 per person. Contacts: in Duluth, Katy (218) 726-1071, Sylvia (218) 464-5269, Jeannette (218) 525-7327; in the Iron Range, Lyndah (218) 290-0869; in Wisconsin, Millie (218) 390-7206. Tax-deductible dona tions most welcome. Send to Gift of Love, P.O. Box 805, Duluth, MN 55801; 100 percent of donations go towards the victims of Nepal. Program sponsored by Gift of Love. Visit for more information.

Pancake breakfast

The Knights of Columbus Western Council 5142 will hold a pancake breakfast Sunday, Oct. 11, 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.

Oktoberfest dinner

An Oktoberfest dinner will be held at St. Mary Star of the Sea Church, 325 E. Third St., Duluth, Sunday, Oct. 11, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Dinner includes sauerbraten and potato dumplings, and finishes with homemade apple crisp for only $10 for adults and $7 for children. Handicapped accessible off the church parking lot.

Kateri Circle in Duluth

The Kateri Circle will meet at St. Lawrence Church, 2410 Morris Thomas Road, Duluth, Sunday, Oct. 11, at 1 p.m. It meets the second Sunday of the month. Handicapped accessible. Call Michele for information at (218) 591-0556.

Marian Bible study

An eight-week Bible study, “Mary — a Biblical Walk with the Blessed Mother” will be held Sundays beginning Oct 11 from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at St. Joseph’s Church, 113 S.W. Fourth St., Chisholm. Sign-up sheets located in the church entrances, or call the office to register at (218) 254-5703.

Kateri Circle in Deer River

The St. Joseph and St. Mary Kateri Circle of Deer River will meet Monday, Oct. 12, 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 Oct. 12 in the Minnesota Room at Essentia Health St. Mary’s Medical Center; in Grand Rapids Oct. 12 in the Grand Oakes East and West Room at the Itasca Medical Center; in Cloquet Oct. 19 at Community Memorial Hospital; in Hibbing Oct. 19 in the Board Room at Fairview University Medical Center; in Brainerd Oct. 26 at Essentia Health St. Joseph’s Medical Center; and in Superior, Wis., Oct. 26 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

Theology and pizza

“Introduction to the Liturgy,” a six-week series from Oct. 13 to Nov. 17, will be 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. A freewill offering for the pizza supper is appreciated. Topics include: Why do we call it ‘liturgy’?; introduction to the sacraments; What did Vatican II really say?; What it means to be active participants; introduction to liturgical music; introduction to art and architecture in liturgy. Each session can stand alone if you cannot make them all. For more information, call the church at (218) 724-4828. Handicapped accessible.

Grief support

A five-week course on grief education and support will begin Tuesday, Oct. 13, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the multipurpose room of the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Rosary, 2801 E. Fourth St., Duluth. To register for the classes please call Bridget Leighton at (218) 724-8597.

DDCCW fall conference

The fall conference of the Duluth Diocesan Council of Catholic Women will be held Wednesday, Oct. 14, at St. Lawrence Church, 2410 Morris Thomas Road, Duluth. Registration at 8:30 a.m. A short business meeting will be followed by NCCW Convention Reports. Mary Jo Kreitzer will speak on the topic: “Mindfulness as Leaders.” Following Mass and lunch will be a leadership training titled “Six Word Essays.” The Mass collection will go toward the seminarian fund. The bag raffle proceeds will go toward the NCCW province assessment of $1,000. If you need a registration form, check with your deanery president or contact Alice at (218) 729-9647 or Reservations are $15 if postmarked before Oct. 7; after Oct. 7 and on-site, registration will be $20. Handicapped accessible.

‘All Things Apple’

“All Things Apple,” an event for children in the third and fourth grades, will be held Thursday, Oct. 15, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. or Friday, Oct. 16, an identical session. Pick apples off the trees, make apple treats, create apple art, sing about apples and more. Facilitator: Benedictine Sister Dorene King, a licensed teacher and director of McCabe Renewal Center. Suggested donation $20. Register early, openings limited to 10 children per session. Register online at, email or call (218) 724-5266. McCabe Renewal Center is located at 2125 Abbotsford Ave., Duluth.

Spaghetti and meatball dinner

The St. Joseph of Duluth Heights Knights of Columbus Council 8268 is hosting its fall all-you-can-eat spaghetti and meatball dinner at St. Joseph’s Church hall, 151 W. Linden St., Duluth, Thursday, Oct. 15, from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Adults ages 13 and up $10, children 7-12 $6 and 6 and under free. Take-out available! Handicapped accessible through Linden Street access. Proceeds benefit parish youth activities.

Rummage sale Cook

St. Mary’s CCW in Cook will be having a rummage sale at St. Mary’s Church, 515 First Ave. S.E., Cook, on Friday, Oct. 16, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 17, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 18, 9 a.m. to noon. Bag day on Sunday, fill a bag for $3 per bag. Bake sale, books, toys, clothing, household and more.

Craft bazaar

The women of St. Lawrence Church, 2410 Morris Thomas Road, Duluth, will host a craft bazaar Saturday, Oct. 17, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be many vendors, an apple tree, bakery and raffle. Lunch will be available for purchase. The raffle prizes will be drawn Sunday, Oct. 18, after the 11 a.m. Mass. Need not be present to win. Handicapped accessible.

Grief workshop

“Finding Tranquility in the Uncertainties of Loss” workshop will be held Saturday, Oct. 17, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. This is an opportunity to gain insight and understanding of grief when a significant loss is imminent. Facilitators: Eileen Stack Sandahl, a certified grief and loss counselor; Catherine Anderson, RN, BA, PHN, has been in the healing profession all her adult life and Terri Breitzmann, a self-taught watercolor artist and long standing member of the Lake Superior Water Color Society. Suggested donation $75. Snacks and lunch provided. Register online at, email or call (218) 724-5266. McCabe Renewal Center is located at 2125 Abbotsford Ave., Duluth.

Fall boutique

A fall boutique and luncheon, a youth fundraiser, will be held Saturday, Oct. 17, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at St. Anthony’s Church, 231 E Camp St., Ely. Handicapped accessible. St. Anthony’s Cafe: homemade soup and bread, dessert and beverages, baked goods and crafts, books, cards, cheese, children’s gifts, doll clothes, Finnish bread, potica, harvest canning, hats, headbands, mittens, holiday items, jewelry, kitchen linens, knitted and quilted items, rugs, sheets, soaps, skin products. Vendors: Avon, Norwex, Slovenian Union of America, Tupperware.

Kateri Circle in 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. They meet the third Sunday of each month.

Roast beef dinner Duluth

Holy Family Church, 2430 W. Third St., Duluth, will host its annual roast beef dinner, Oct. 18, 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Dinner includes beef, potatoes and gravy, vegetable, roll, sweet and sour cabbage, coleslaw, relish tray and pie squares for dessert. Take-out available. Handicapped accessible. Adults $8, children 10 and under $5. Call the church for information at (218) 722-4445.

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. Third 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

Dialogue on diversity

Sister Paule Pierre Barbeau leads a meeting drawing on the USCCB Intercultural Competencies curriculum Sunday, Oct. 18, at 1 p.m. at St Scholastica Monastery, 1001 Kenwood Ave. Duluth. This is part of the monthly meeting of Benedictine Oblates; inquirers are welcome. Contact Sister Edith at for more information.


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

Moms’ group

St. James Catholic moms group meetings are held the second and fourth Thursdays of the month through May 26, 2016 from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in St. James School at 715 N. 57th Ave. W., Duluth. Using the Blessed Mother as a model, everyday issues important for families today will be discussed. Come for prayer, fellowship and study. Mothers of all ages are welcome from first time moms to grandmas. Lessons from “Keeping Your Kids Catholic” edited by Bert Ghezzi. Books are available at Catholic Customs (218) 624-7701). Nursery available, freewill donation. Register with Cheryl Foldesi at (218) 628-2932 or

Fall bazaar

The annual fall bazaar at St. Francis Church, 31 County Road 1, Carlton, will be held Saturday, Oct. 24. There will be dollar raffles, silent auction, baked goods, a fabulous lunch and dessert menu, kid’s games, a boutique, country store and much more. Doors open at 9 a.m. with bingo from 1 p.m. to 3:15 p.m. Mass at 4 p.m. Handicapped accessible. For more information call the parish office at (218) 384-4563.

Prayer retreat

“Fall into Prayer,” a retreat, will be held Saturday, Oct. 24, 9 a.m. to noon at the St. Scholastica Monastery, 1001 Kenwood Ave., Duluth. Facilitator: Benedictine Sister Paule Pierre Barbeau, Ph.D. Expand your prayer tool box by learning a new prayer technique or two. Explore and discuss various types of verbal, mental and affective prayer, and learn how to use different prayer techniques. To register call (218) 723-6555 or email Freewill offering.

Craft/turkey bingo

St. Michael’s Church, 4901 E. Superior St., Duluth, will hold its annual craft and turkey bingo weekend Oct. 24-25. Craft market and bake sale Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Jewelry, crafts, artwork, vendors, knits, fleece, baked goods, jams, raffles and lunch. Family fun turkey bingo, Sunday, Oct. 25, 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. Great prizes from local stores and restaurants. Grand raffle prize money: first prize $1,000, second $500, third $250. Drawing to be held directly at the end of bingo. Need not be present to win. Handicapped accessible.

Octoberfest bazaar

St. Joseph’s Church, 113 S.W. Fourth St., Chisholm, will host its annual Octoberfest bazaar Sunday, Oct. 25, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Lunch and dessert, baked goods, crafts, baskets from heaven, buy a bottle, adult and children raffles and children games. Call the church for information at (218) 254-5703. Handicapped accessible.

CHAMN annual meeting

Catholic Health Association of Minnesota (CHAMN) will host its annual meeting Thursday, Oct. 29, at the Carondelet Center, St. Paul. Presenters and topics: Sister Patricia Talone, RSM, Ph.D., on “End of Life Issues in Catholic Facilities”; Kathleen Curran, public policy, CHA-USA, on “National Political Landscape”; Birgitta Sujdak Mackiewicz, Ph.D., on “Laudato Si’, Relationships and Role for Ethics Committees.” Call (615) 503-2163 for more information.

Fall bazaar and raffle

St. Augustine’s Church, Cohasset, CCW fall bazaar and raffle will be held Saturday, Oct. 31, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Coffee and rolls to be served beginning at 9 a.m. and turkey salad luncheon served at 11 a.m. for $6. Bake sale, raffle, rummage sale, silent auction, plants, crafts, coffee and rolls. Handicapped accessible. Contact Leona for information at (218) 328-5520.

Artist workshop

“Soul Collage” is a fun, simple, creative activity of self-discovery, held Saturday, Oct. 31, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tapping both intuition and imagination, create cards that serve as windows to the soul, the deepest self. Facilitator: Donna Effinger, a retired chaplain, spiritual seeker and non-artist who delights in using creative activities to enrich the soul. Suggested donation $70, includes materials. Bring own lunch. Snacks and beverages provided. Register early, space limited to 10 participants. Register online at, email or call (218) 724-5266. McCabe Renewal Center is located at 2125 Abbotsford Ave., Duluth.

Beef dinner

A beef dinner will be held 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 1, at St. Benedict’s Church, 1419 St. Benedicts St., Duluth, near the intersection of Arrowhead Road and Kenwood Avenue (above Walgreens). Handicapped accessible. Tickets are $10 adult, $6 age 6-12, age 5 and under are free. Menu includes slow cooked roast beef, mashed potatoes, vegetables, rolls, beverages and dessert. Tickets available at the door or online at Takeout available. There is also a raffle with the first place prize of $500.

Pasty sale

St. Joseph’s Church, 113 S.W. Fourth St., Chisholm, is having its biannual pasty sale Tuesday, Nov. 3, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Please call the church office before Nov. 2 to place your order at (218) 254-5703. $5 each and made to order.

Holiday bazaar

St. Mary Star of the Sea Church, 325 E. Third St., Duluth, will host a holiday bazaar Saturday, Nov. 1, 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. Vendor tables are still available for $20; to reserve, call Renee Zurn at (218) 723-1321.

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, Mt. 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.