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Calendar of Events - April 2016

The Northern Cross - April 2016
Calendar of Events

Ham/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. Handicapped accessible. Contact Kathy Morgan for information (218) 427-2111.

Grand breakfast

The grand breakfasts are back at Holy Angels Church, 60 Harman Drive, Moose Lake, on Sundays, April 3, 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.

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 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. most Sundays during the school year. Contact Pat at (218) 729-7576 for more information.

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.

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. Contact Laverne at (218) 724-2647 or Deborah at (218) 879-6266 or or visit for April activities.

Volunteer Benedictine associate opportunity

Associates (women 18 and older) live with the sisters at St. Scholastica Monastery. They experience the rhythm and spirituality of monastic life; they come for a period of three months to a year. Associates assist in the sisters’ ministries. They receive room and board during their service. For more information, contact Sister Barbara at or phone (218) 723-6555.

Youth ministers meeting

Youth ministers meet 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.

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. It 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.


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.

Children’s program

A children’s program for grades 4 to 6 will be held Monday, April 4, to Thursday, April 7, from 9 a.m. to noon. Come join in the story/opera: “The Love for Three Oranges.” Use your acting gift to take part in this comic opera, which journeys from illness to laughter to an unusual quest. Registration is limited to 16 participants. Facilitator: Benedictine Sister Dorene King, a licensed teacher and director of McCabe Renewal Center. Suggested donation: $60 for four days. Space is limited to 16 children. To register, visit, email or call (218) 724-3266. McCabe Renewal Center is located at 2125 Abbotsford Ave., Duluth.

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 info call Jean at (218) 839-1958.

Salad luncheon

The Catholic Daughters of the Americas Court St. Margaret 1888 will hold its annual spring salad luncheon Saturday, April 9, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Holy Family Hall, Resurrection Church, 301 Adams Ave., Eveleth. The donation for the luncheon is $7 per person. The public is invited to attend.

KC pancake breakfast

The Knights of Columbus Western Council 5142 will hold a pancake breakfast Sunday, April 10, 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.

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-out 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. Need not be present to win. Handicapped accessible. Please call the church at (218) 624-0007 with questions.

Kateri Circle (Duluth)

The Kateri Circle at St. Lawrence Church, 2410 Morris Thomas Road, Duluth, will meet Sunday, April 10, at 1 p.m. They meet the second Sunday of the month. Contact Michele for more information at (218) 591-0556.

NFP introductory sessions

Northland Family Programs holds free natural family planning introductory sessions at different sites at 7 p.m. on Mondays: Duluth — April 11 in the Minnesota Room at Essentia Health St. Mary’s Medical Center; Grand Rapids — April 11 at St. Joseph’s Church; Brainerd — April 11 at Essential Health St. Joseph’s Medical Center; in Cloquet — April 18 at Community Memorial Hospital; Hibbing — April 18 at the Hibbing Park Hotel; and Superior, Wis. — April 25 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

Explore monastic prayer

Live with the Duluth Benedictine Sisters for a weekend or a few days to listen for God’s call in your life. Learn about their 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.

Centering prayer

A group experience for centering prayer practitioners who have completed an introduction to centering will meet the second and fourth Tuesday of the month, 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Facilitators: Sandy Leake, a long-term centering prayer practitioner and commissioned centering prayer instructor, and Lezlie Oachs, a practitioner of centering prayer since 1996 and retired St. Scholastica faculty member. Suggested donation $5 each session or $50 for the entire program. To register or for more information visit, email or call (218)724-5266. McCabe Renewal Center is located at 2125 Abbotsford Ave., Duluth.

DDCCW spring conference

The Duluth Diocesan Council of Catholic Women will hold its annual spring conference Wednesday, April 13, at Holy Spirit Church, 306 S. Second St., Virginia. The morning begins at 8:30 a.m. with registration and coffee, after announcements and morning speakers, Mass will begin at 11 a.m. followed by a luncheon. Bishop Paul Sirba will celebrate Mass and join in the lunch, and he will address the group in the afternoon. Closing prayer and dismissal is scheduled for 2 p.m. To make a reservation, please mail a check for $15 to Linda Braynard, 500 Eighth Ave., #111, Ironton, MN 56455.

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 is 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 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

Spaghetti & meatball dinner

St. Joseph Knights of Columbus 8268 will be holding its spaghetti and homemade meatball dinner with salad and desert Thursday, April 14, from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in the church hall, 240 Ebony Ave., Duluth. Cost is $10 for adults, $5 for kids 7-12, and free for kids 6 and under. The hall is handicapped accessible. Proceeds fund the Knights of Columbus charities. For questions please call Frank at (218) 940-5218.

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, April 11, at 6 p.m. They meet the second Monday of the month. Contact Claudia at (218) 246-8471 for more information

Rummage/bake sale

Holy Family Church, 2430 W. Third St., Duluth, will hold a rummage and bake sale Thursday, April 14, noon to 6 p.m.; Friday, April 15, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Saturday April 16, $2 bag day, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. 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. Visit www. Department of Youth Ministry. Cost: $175.

Blessed Nuno Society Mass

All are invited, especially members of the Blessed Nuno Society, to the 8 a.m. Mass Saturday, April 16, at St. Benedict’s Church, 1419 St. Benedict St., Duluth. This Mass will be offered for members of the Blessed Nuno Society and will be followed by light refreshments in the library. Handicapped accessible. Call Duluth chapter coordinator Renee Zurn at (218) 723-1321 for more information.

Lasagna dinner

A homemade lasagna dinner will be held at Queen of Peace Church, 102 Fourth St., Cloquet, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Sunday, April 17. Cost is $10 adults, $5 for children ages 6-10, children under 5 free. Take-out orders available. Tickets can be purchased at the door.

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. 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


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

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

Gather Around the Tabernacle

Gather Around the Tabernacle meets to pray the Chaplet of Divine Mercy at 6:30 p.m. followed by the rosary at 7 p.m. the third Thursday of each month at St. Lawrence Church, 2410 Morris Thomas Road, Duluth. Handicapped accessible. Call Pat for information at (218) 729-7576.


“The Seven First Words of Jesus and the Resurrection Call to Wholeness” is a retreat that will be held Saturday, April 23, 9 a.m. to noon at St. Scholastica Monastery, 1001 Kenwood Ave., Duluth. The seven last words of Jesus spoken during his crucifixion are familiar. But the seven first words Jesus spoke after his Resurrection? During this retreat we will reflect on how these words of Jesus call us to wholeness, self-care and compassion. Facilitators: Kerry Sopoci, licensed psychologist in Duluth with degrees in theology and spiritual theology and a certified spiritual director; Beth Pellin Kaiser, currently a graduate student at St. John’s School of Theology for a master’s degree in pastoral ministry and certification in spiritual direction. She has served in parish ministry for 20 years as director of music, liturgical ministry and coordinator of RCIA. To register call (218) 723-6555 or email Freewill offering.

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.

Introduction to centering prayer

An introduction to centering prayer will be held Tuesdays, April 23 and May 3 and 10, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Beginning sessions (or refresher for any who wish) to use the gift of contemplative prayer as a grounding force in a chaotic world. In this ancient Christian form of prayer, participants practice its transformative power, learning to open themselves to God’s love in daily life. Facilitators: Sandy Leake, a long-term centering prayer practitioner and commissioned centering prayer instructor, and Lezlie Oachs, a practitioner of centering prayer since 1996 and retired St. Scholastica faculty member. Suggested donation of $45, includes all three sessions. To register visit the website, email or phone (218) 724-5226.

Marriage Encounter

The WWME weekend is a time to look at one’s love for one’s spouse and decide to do something to make that love more like Jesus’ love for us. The next Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend is May 13-15 in Hermantown and April 29 to May 1 in Prior Lake. Early registration is highly recommended. For more information, visit the website or contact Alan and Missy at or (888) 455-3496.

Soul Collage retreat

Soul Collage is a fun, simple, creative activity of self-discovery. Tapping both intuition and imagination, participants will create cards that serve as windows to the soul, our deepest self. Reflective questions help release our inner wisdom. Facilitator Donna Effinger is a retired chaplain, a spiritual seeker and a 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. Saturday, April 30, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. To register visit the website, email or phone (218) 724-5226.

Mass in Onigum

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

Year of Mercy pilgrimage

Our Lady of Hope parish, Aurora, Biwabik and Hoyt Lakes, invites 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 others 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 for youth currently in 9th to 12th grades. Registration will be open soon. Visit and go to the department of youth ministry. A deposit will be due at the time of registration. 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 park. 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. 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.

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 Snow’s 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.

Taste of China

Father Dave Tushar is offering the opportunity to experience a true “Taste of China,” visiting Beijing, Luoyang, Xi’an, Guilin and Shanghai from Nov. 1 to 15. Arrangements are through Hua Travel, a Chinese agency specializing in small group tours. This is not a pre-packaged tour, but 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, accommodations at 5-star Hotels with buffet breakfasts and first class speedy train from Beijing to Luoyang and from Luoyang to Xi’an and air (economy) from Xi’an to Guilin and then Guilin to Shanghai. References are available. For information and pricing, please call Father Tushar at (218) 384-4563. Deadline July 15.

Year of Mercy pilgrimage

A 12-day Jubilee Year of Mercy pilgrimage to Assisi, Florence and Rome will be held Nov. 7 to 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 Church in Nashwauk. To download the free color brochure and registration form, visit, or for more information, please contact. Father Gogolin at (218) 316-0131 or send an email to Space is limited, register today!