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Sawyer pilgrimage site

During the 125th anniversary of the diocese, Sts. Mary and Joseph Church, 1225 Mission Road, Sawyer, invites Catholics to the pilgrimage site, which includes the oldest altar and Stations of the Cross in the Diocese of Duluth and a log church which is on the National Register of Historic Sites. The church doors open between 9 and 9:30 a.m. before the Sunday Mass is at 10:30 a.m. Narrated tours will be conducted after the Sunday Mass June 7 through Labor Day weekend. Visitors in groups of four or more wishing to visit at another time may call Deacon Bryan Bassa at (218) 879-6933 or the parish office at (218) 384-4563 Monday to Thursday 8 a.m. to noon and arrange for a volunteer to meet you. The original painting on the diocesan prayer card to St. Kateri can be viewed in the current church. The original shrine outside has been reconstructed and contains a digital reproduction of the original painting. A statue to St. Kateri using the top of the altar of the log church is located in the current church. Visitors can also view the interior of the log church.

Childcare program

A new childcare program for students K-6 is running Monday through Friday, through Aug. 30, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at St. Michael’s Lakeside School. $4 per hour, two-hour minimum, or $25 for all day. Structured, age appropriate activities, including music, arts and crafts, and computer lab. At least one field trip per week. Scheduled trips include Hartley Nature Center and Lake Superior Zoo. For more information or to register your child for summer programs, stop by the SMLS office, call (218) 525-1931, or email

Catholic Youth Camp

Week-long Catholic Youth Camp sessions on Big Sandy Lake near McGregor run through Aug. 13. They offer a variety of camps for all grade levels plus a Family Camp week open to all ages. CYC allows youth to explore their faith through activities, learning and movement while giving them the opportunity to discover God through the natural world. For more information, contact Natalie King at (651) 636-1645 or

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.

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.

Rosary for freedom, life, family

The rosary is prayed for religious freedom, respect of 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 and participates in activities throughout the area. For information contact Deborah at (218) 879-6266 or visit

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.

Grand breakfast

Holy Angels Church, 60 Hartman Drive, Moose Lake, will host its Grand Breakfast on Sunday, July 5, 8 a.m. to noon. All-you-can-eat. Serving pancakes, French toast, scrambled eggs, egg bake, sausage, whole ham, hash browns, biscuits and gravy, strawberries, juice, milk and coffee. $7.50 per person, children 6 to 12 $4, children under 6 free. Handicap accessible. Call the church for information at (218) 485-8214.

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. Handicap accessible.

Chaplet of Divine Mercy

The Chaplet of Divine Mercy is prayed for religious freedom, respect for life and family, and freedom of conscience of all people of faith after the 12:05 p.m. Mass, Mondays, at St. Mary’s Hospital Chapel, 407 E. Fourth St., Duluth.

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 about this group 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.

Salad luncheon, silent auction

St Martin’s Church in Tower is hosting a summer salad luncheon and silent auction Wednesday, July 8. Lunch will be served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Cost for the lunch is $7. Bidding on the auction baskets will start at 10:30 a.m.; in addition to the “larger” auction items, there will also be bucket raffles; winners will be announced at 12:15 p.m. St. Martin’s is handicapped accessible.


The rosary is prayed at Our Lady of Mercy Church, 2002 Minnesota Ave., Duluth, Wednesdays at 6 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.


Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament takes place Thursdays 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.

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.

Tridentine Mass

The extraordinary form of the Roman rite (Tridentine Mass) is offered at noon the second Sunday of the 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) 829-1340.

Consecrated life experience

During this Year of Consecrated Life the sisters of St. Scholastica Monastery in Duluth are welcoming single Catholic women ages 18-50 who would wish to learn more about discerning a possible call to religious life and to witness it firsthand to arrange for a weekend or other short visit to the monastery. There is no charge for such a visit, but please check on dates and availability of space. If interested, contact Sister Mary Catherine at (218) 723-6646 or at Visit the website

Caregivers support group

The caregivers support group of Blessed Sacrament parish, Hibbing, meets 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 the month and is open to all area caregivers. For information, call the parish at (218) 262-5541.

‘Golf Balls From Heaven’

The Women’s Care Center in Duluth is again hosting its Golf Balls From Heaven fundraiser on Thursday, July 16. Buffet dinner begins at 5:30 p.m., with 7 p.m. golf ball drop. To be held a Northland Country Club, 3901 E. Superior St., Duluth. $40 for dinner and $10 per golf ball. You can buy more than one. For information contact the Women’s Care Center at or (218) 461-5494.

Grief support group

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 info call Jean at (218) 839-1958.

Gather Around the Tabernacle

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 Michelle for information at (218) 591-0556.

Marriage Encounter

Upcoming Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekends are July 17-19 in Buffalo and Sept. 11-13 in International Falls. Early registration is highly recommended. For more information visit the website or contact Alan and Missy Block at or (888) 455-3496.

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 the month after the 9 a.m. Mass. Proceeds go toward assisting in his education expenses. For information call Joan at (218) 335 2359.

Cloquet Kateri Circle

Holy Family Kateri Circle will meet after the 8 a.m. Mass at Holy Family Church, 280 Reservation Road, Fond du Lac Reservation, Cloquet. It meets the third Sunday of each month. For information contact Luke Wilson at (218) 246-8382.

Father Solanus Casey Fraternity

The Father Solanus Casey Fraternity of the Secular Franciscan Order meets the third Sunday of the 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. Famous SFO members from the past include St. Thomas More, St. Frances Cabrini, St. Elizabeth of Hungary and Pope St. John XXIII. For more information, contact Bob Barnes, fraternity minister, at (218) 724-3457 or

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. 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

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 tower entrance facing Fourth Street. For more information, visit, email, call (218) 464-6476 or find the group on Facebook.

Crosslake youth adoration

A summer youth group at Immaculate Heart in Crosslake meets in adoration at 5 p.m. in Our Lady’s Chapel. After Benediction the group will go out for pizza. Students grade 7 and up are welcome. Contact Karen at with any questions.

Country social in Aitkin

Enjoy an old-fashioned country social with friends old and new at the Gala at 5:30 p.m. at the 40 Club Convention Center in Aitkin. It will feature food including ribs, pulled beef, baked chicken and lots of other great side dishes, beverages and desserts. Music by The Blue Drifters Acoustic Quartet, games, and both live and silent auction items. Tickets are $35 per person. Tickets are available before and after weekend Masses at Saint James in Aitkin, Our Lady of Fatima in Garrison and Holy Family in Hillman, and at the office. For questions on how to help with preparations, call Dave at (612) 859-7395 or Pete at (218) 839-1276.

Mothers archconfraternity

Catholic women, married or widow, with or without children, old and young alike are invited to join the Archconfraternity of Christian Mothers. The purpose of the organization is to uphold the dignity and responsibility of women as wives and mothers and to assist mothers in Christian formation. Once enrolled, one is a member for life, enjoying many benefits during life and at death. Annual dues are $3. Christian Mothers Initiation is Sunday, July 26, following the 8 a.m. Mass at St. Mathias Church. Please contact Alexia Cripps at (218)829-4045 or Roseanne Caughey at (218)828-1998 if interested in joining.

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, on the fourth Tuesday of the month. Mass is 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 our community. Everyone is welcome. For information call (218) 623-7100.

KC car show

The seventh annual Knights of Columbus (Marv Lutgen Memorial) Car Show will be held on Sunday, Aug. 2, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., at St. James Church, 299 Red Oak Drive, Aitkin. Pancake breakfast from 8 a.m. to noon; brats, hot dogs and root beer floats from noon to 2 p.m. All makes and models of cars and trucks welcome; $5 registration, all registration money for prizes. For information call Carroll Janzen (218) 927-6119 or Bob Smith (218) 927-4424.

Camp Survive

Camp Survive is a five-day junior high camp open to students who have completed grades 6-8. Activities include talks, music, daily Mass, reconciliation, adoration, games, swimming, archery, laser tag, survival training and more. Registration fee is $245 and includes all meals, T-shirt and lodging in cabins. Registration fee changes to $255 after July 20. There is a $50 deposit due at the time of online registration. Camp fills up early, so register now. Camp begins Monday, Aug. 3, and ends Friday, Aug. 7. Dates and times for Junior Counselors are different and will be provided at a later date. Registration for campers and applications for Junior Counselors are now available on the diocesan website, under Youth Ministry.

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.

Summer retreat

A summer retreat — “Did You Hear The Good News?” — will be held Aug. 8 from 9 a.m. to noon at St. Scholastica Monastery. The retreat, facilitated by Benedictine Sister Sarah O’Malley, will consider four women doctors of the church and how they lived and preached the Good News by their lives. From 1100s Germany: St. Hildegard of Bingen (Benedictine); from 1300s Italy: St. Catherine of Sienna (Dominican); from 1500s Spain: St. Teresa of Avila (Carmelite); from 1800s France: St. Therese of Lisieux (Carmelite). Each lived out of a strong, vital faith, which empowered them to be pioneers in their day. To register, call (218) 723-6555 or e-mail

Duluth Kateri Circle

The Kateri Circle will meet at St. Lawrence Church, 2410 Morris Thomas Road, Duluth, Sunday, Aug. 9, at 1 p.m. It meets the second Sunday of the month. Handicap accessible. Call the parish for information at (218) 722-2259.

Deer River Kateri Circle

The St. Joseph and St. Mary Kateri Circle of Deer River will meet Monday, Aug. 10, 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 the church at (218) 246-8582.

Brainerd Deanery 125th event

A Brainerd Deanery celebration for the diocese’s 125th anniversary will take place Sunday, Aug. 16, at 4 p.m. at St. Francis Church, 404 North Ninth St., Brainerd. The program includes an introduction by Bishop Paul Sirba, evening prayer, a blessing for parish volunteers, a reception and a presentation of diocesan history.

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 Rev. 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. 22-28. Round-trip motor coach transfer from Duluth to Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport, round-trip airfare, hotel for five nights, dinners and sightseeing. Not included in the cost is the WMR Conference Registration fee. $1,850 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, Please call St. Agnes parish office at (218) 547-1054 if you are interested in this pilgrimage.

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 speakers from the Augustine Institute. There will be tracks for religious educators, adult faith formation, and RCIA. Contact Liz Hoefferle at (218) 724-9111 for more information.

Taste of China

Curious About China? Father Dave Tushar is offering the opportunity to visit Beijing, Xi’an and Shanghai. Arrangements are through Hua Travel, a Chinese agency specializing in small group tours. This is a customized small group tour with the same experienced Chinese tour guide during the entire trip. Trip includes round trip air (economy booking) with Delta from Minneapolis and back to Minneapolis or Duluth, accommodations at five-star hotels with buffet breakfasts and train from Beijing to Xi’an and air (economy) from Xi’an to Shanghai. For more information, please call Father Tushar at (218) 384-4563. Deadline is July 15.

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 Father Brandon Moravitz and Father Drew Braun. 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

World Youth Day pilgrimage

World Youth Day Pilgrimage 2016 will be in Krakow, Poland. 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