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Calendar of Events - April 2017

The Northern Cross - April 2017
Calendar of Events

Fish fry (Duluth)

A fish fry dinner at St. Benedict’s Church, 1419 St. Benedict St., Duluth, prepared by St. Benedict’s Knights of Columbus, will be held Friday, April 7, from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Adult $9, children 5 to 12 $5, and children 4 and younger free. Take out available. Handicapped accessible. Call the church for information at (218) 724-4828.

Communion and Liberation School of Community

Duluth Communion and Liberation School of Community meets every Friday evening at 7 p.m. at different locations in the Duluth area. Prayer, singing, sharing experiences, what’s been discovered, and concludes with a potluck. The community is a companionship that educates. Currently reading the written text from the Spiritual Exercises of the Fraternity of Communion and Liberation entitled “I Have Loved You with an Everlasting Love, I Have had Pity on Your Nothingness.” For more information on meeting times and locations, please contact Kris Cook at (218) 491-5230, (218) 428-6197, or

Rosary for freedom, life, family

The rosary is prayed for religious freedom, respect of life, and 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.

Ham bingo (Buhl)

Buhl Knights of Columbus Council 5612 will hold its annual ham bingo Saturday, April 8, 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 hams at $1 per card for ten games, plus three door prizes and three cash coverall games. Proceeds fund Knights of Columbus charities. For questions, contact Stan Sokoloski at (218) 744-4351.

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 available any time 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.

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 (“divine reading”) is a way of reading the Scriptures in which 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 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.

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.

Kateri Circle Duluth

The Kateri Circle at St. Lawrence Church, 2410 Morris Thomas Road, Duluth, will meet Sunday, April 9, at 1\ p.m. They meet the second Sunday of the month. Contact Michele for more information at (218) 591-0556.

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.

NFP introductory sessions

Northland Family Programs holds free natural family planning introductory sessions at different sites at 7 p.m. Mondays: Duluth – April 10 in the Minnesota Room at Essentia Health St. Mary’s Medical Center; Grand Rapids – April 10 at St. Joseph’s Church; Cloquet – April 17 at Community Memorial Hospital; Hibbing – April 17 at the Hibbing Park Hotel and Superior, Wis. – April 24 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

Ongoing centering prayer

Ongoing centering prayer is held the first and third Tuesdays of the month: April 18 and May 2, 16, from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Facilitators are Jim Taylor and Jim Reinke, both long-time centering prayer practitioners. Ongoing centering prayer is also held the second and fourth Tuesdays: April 11, 25, and May 9, 23, from 10 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Facilitators are 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. A group experience for centering prayer practitioners who have completed introduction to centering prayer. $5 per session. To register contact McCabe Renewal Center, (218) 724-5266,, or online at McCabe Renewal Center is located at 2125 Abbotsford Ave., Duluth.

Carmelite community

A third order Carmelite community meets monthly at St. Patrick’s Church, 203 Lawler Ave. S., Hinckley, from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. the second Tuesday of the month. For more information on the Carmelite community, please contact Gail Von Reuden, T.O.C, at (320) 384-7305.

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.


Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament takes place Wednesdays at St. Mary’s Church, 57 Horn Blvd., Silver Bay, beginning after the 8:30 a.m. Mass and continues to 3 p.m. Call the parish office (218) 226-3100 for information. Lenten soup supper (Chisholm) St. Joseph’s Church, 113 S.W. Fourth St., Chisholm, will be hosting a soup supper Wednesday, April 12, 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. Cost is $5 per person. All are welcome. Handicapped accessible. Call the church for information at (218) 254-5703.


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.

Catholic moms group

St. James Catholic Moms Group meets the second and fourth Thursdays through May 15, from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., at St. James School, 715 N. 57th Ave. W., Duluth. Discussion on traditional Catholic parenting in today’s secular world. Using the Blessed Mother as a model, there is discussion on everyday issues important for families today. Come for prayer, fellowship, and study. Mothers of all ages are welcome from first time moms to grandmas. Nursery available, freewill donation. Contact Cheryl Foldesi at (218) 628-2932 or at for questions.

Log church tours

Tours are being offered of the old log church at Sts. Mary and Joseph Church in Sawyer. See the oldest altar and Stations of the Cross in existence in the Diocese of Duluth. The church is on the National Register of Historic Sites. Narrated tours are led by Deacon Bryan Bassa. Call Deacon Bassa at (218) 879-6933 or Betty at St. Francis Church, Carlton, at (218) 384-4563 to schedule a tour.

Catholic Singles Group

Catholic Singles Group in the Twin Ports serves singles age 40 and up and hosts weekly and monthly events. Contact Laverne at (218) 724-2647 or visit for activities in April.

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.

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 toward assisting the education expenses of seminarian Deacon Beau Braun. For more information call the parish office 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. 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

Courage and 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. Also visit

Caregivers support group

A 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.

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.

Catholic imagination talk

The College of St. Scholastica will host a free discussion about the Catholic imagination at 7 p.m., Thursday, April 20, at Mitchell Auditorium on campus. Wendy M. Wright, Ph.D., will give a talk entitled “Eyes Have Not Seen: The Catholic Imagination and a Sacramental World.” She is a professor of theology and John C. Kenefick Faculty chair in the Humanities at Creighton University. Wright will speak on a richly imaginative way of seeing the world in light of popular Catholic faith and devotion. Wright teaches spirituality and spiritual theology. Her expertise is in the history of spirituality, family spirituality, spiritual direction, and women and spirituality. Her academic work has focused on the Salesian spiritual tradition founded by Francis de Sales and Jane de Chantal. She is the author of several books. For more information contact Kevin Vaughan, Ph.D., director of the Braegelman Program in Catholic Studies at The College of St. Scholastica, at or (218) 723-6047.

Blessed Nuno Society Mass

All are invited to the Blessed Nuno Society Mass for members Saturday, April 22, at 8 a.m., at St. Benedict’s Church, 1419 St. Benedict St., Duluth. Light refreshments will be served after Mass. Handicapped accessible. Contact Renee Zurn at (218) 723-1321 for more information.

Lasagna benefit dinner

A lasagna benefit dinner sponsored by the St. Joan of Arc Court 309 of Queen of Peace Church, 102 Fourth St., Cloquet, will be held Sunday, April 23, 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the church hall. Adults $10, children 6-10 $6, children 5 and younger free. This is a National Catholic Society of Foresters Hearts and Hands Matching Funds event. Funds raised will benefit the parish new lighting project. Call the parish for information at (218) 879-6793. Handicapped accessible.

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.

Rummage sale (Duluth)

The annual rummage sale at Holy Family Church, 2430 W. Third St., Duluth, will be held Thursday, April 27, from noon to 5 p.m.; Friday, April 28, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.; and Saturday, April 29, from 8 a.m. to noon. April 29 is buck-a-bag sale day. There will also be a bake sale. Handicapped accessible. Call the church for information at (218) 722-4445.

5K for God

The sixth annual 5K for God will be held Saturday, April 29, beginning at 9 a.m. at St. Raphael Church, 5779 Seville Road, Duluth. Registration is $25 until April 28. The day of the race registration is $35. Race day registration starts at 6:30 a.m. All participants receive a T-shirt. Sponsored by St. Raphael Church and Knights of Columbus Council 6791. Proceeds benefit the Duluth Area Catholic Schools. Visit for online registration. For information contact Dave Rands at (218) 355-0831 or (218) 729-7195.

Contemplative retreat

”Re-Envisioning the Holy Spirit, A Contemplative Retreat” will be held Saturday, April 29, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Spend a day exploring and contemplating the meaning, significance, and gifts of the Holy Spirit from the Jewish, Christian, and Jungian archetypal perspective. Discover why the Spirit is the foundation of St. Paul’s mysticism and of our own mystical relationship with the Divine. Facilitator: the Rev. Yanchy Lacska, a clergy member of the Lindisfarne Community and an interfaith minister who has worked as a hospital chaplain, psychologist, and university professor. $85, includes lunch and refreshments. Held at McCabe Renewal Center, 2125 Abbotsford Ave., Duluth. To register, visit or email or call (218) 724-5266.

Fatima discussion

All are welcome to join the discussion of the book “Fatima for Today: The Urgent Message of Hope” by Father Andrew Apostoli at St. Mary Star of the Sea Church, 325 E. Third St., Duluth, on Saturdays April 29 and May 6 at 10:30 a.m. in the social hall. Purchase the book at Catholic Customs. Please read the first five chapters before the first session. Handicapped accessible. Contact Renee Zurn, facilitator, at (218) 723-1321 if you have questions.

Youth ministers’ meetings

Youth Ministers and DREs of the Diocese of Duluth have a regularly scheduled meeting Tuesday, May 2. Topic: matching the right purpose with the right audience. Contact Annette Merritt by the Friday before the meeting to RSVP. Contact Annette at (218) 724-9111 or

Adoration (Crosslake)

On the first Thursday of the month 24-hour adoration is celebrated from 8:30 a.m. to 7:50 a.m., Friday, at Our Lady’s Chapel at Immaculate Heart Church, 35208 County Road, Crosslake. All are encouraged to stop by and spend some time before the Lord. For information contact Marilyn at (218) 692-3731.

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.

Carmelite community

A third order Carmelite community meets monthly at St. Joseph’s Church, 315 S.W. 21st St., Grand Rapids. Meetings are held the first Saturday of each month. Rosary at 8:30 a.m., followed by Mass at 9 a.m. and morning prayer. Meeting at 10 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. For information on the Carmelite community, please call Deacon Richard Johnston at (218) 885-2439 or by cell (218) 966-8251.

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.

BDCCW spring convention

The Brainerd Deanery Council of Catholic Women will hold its spring convention and installation of new officers beginning at 9 a.m., Tuesday, May 16, at St. James Church, 299 Red Oak Drive, Aitkin. Registration fee $15 and registrations are due by May 11. Jodie Provost, DNR fish, wildlife, and habitat specialist, will speak on God’s Earth and our stewardship of the land. Mass will be held at 11 a.m., and lunch will follow. For information, call Joan at (218) 678-2836.

National Tekakwitha Conference

The National Tekakwitha Conference will be held in Rapid City, S.D., July 19-22. Contact Sister Marie Rose Messingschlager, CDP, at the Pastoral Center, (218) 724-9111, for more information.

Marriage Encounter

The next Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend is Sept. 15-17 in Alexandria. Early registration is recommended. For more information visit or contact Alan or Missy at or (888) 455-3496.

Curious about China?

Father Dave Tushar is offering the opportunity to experience a true “Taste of China,” visiting Beijing, Xi’an, Guilin, Suzhou, and Shanghai from Oct. 23 to Nov. 7. 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 five-star hotels with buffet breakfasts and first class speedy train from Beijing 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 for registration is July 31.

Italy pilgrimage

Join the pilgrimage to Italy Nov. 8-17, guided by Father Anthony Craig. Visit Assisi, Siena, Florence, Orvieto, and Rome. Accommodations at fourstar hotels, luxury motor coach for airport transfers in Italy, and specified sightseeing, tour escort, and local guides, daily Mass in unique and historical churches, and more. Round trip scheduled commercial air from Minneapolis to Rome, Italy. Contact Jean Chase at Pilgrimages by Corporate Travel for brochure at (333) 565-8888 ext. 121 or 150.