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Calendar of Events - December 2016

The Northern Cross - December 2016
Calendar of Events

Communion and Liberation school 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

Christmas tree sale

St. Michael’s Church, 4901 E. Superior St., Duluth, will again be selling Christmas trees through Advent. This is the 29th year of selling trees. High quality spruce, balsam fir, Norway pine and white pine trees, along with Christmas wreaths and sprays available. Weekdays 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturdays 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sundays 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. All net proceeds help parish buildings and grounds maintenance needs. Call the church forinformation at (218) 525-1902.

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.

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. Handicapped accessible.

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.

Pancake breakfast

A pancake breakfast will be served Sunday, Dec. 4, 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., at St. John’s Church, 4230 St. John’s Ave.,Duluth. Buttermilk pancakes mad from scratch. Adults $6, youth 2 to 5 years $3 and children under 5 years free. For questions call the church at (218) 724-6332. Handicapped accessible.

Pancake breakfast

An all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast will be held at St. Mary Star of the Sea Church, 325 E. Third St., Duluth, Sunday, Dec. 4, from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Adults $6 and children under 12 $3. Gluten-free and takeout available. Extra parking available in the Essentia Health St. Mary’s Hospital parking ramp behind the church, Fourth Street entrance.

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 WDIODuluth 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 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.


The Holy Family parish bazaar will be held Sunday, Dec. 4, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dinner served at noon. Held at the Tribal Center, Big Lake Road, Cloquet. Cash drawing at 5 p.m. Other drawings for 48 inch TV; ten movies; basket of popcorn, candy, pop; $500 gas card; and four-piece luggage set. Lots of raffles for adults and children, cherry tree and bake sale.

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.

Youth ministers meetings

Youth Ministers and DREs of the Diocese of Duluth have regularly scheduled meetings on Tuesdays. Upcoming meetings: Dec. 6 — topic: temperaments; Feb. 7 — topic: working as a team: identify needs offer your strengths; March 14 — topic: making the most of time with students; April 4 — topic: targeting different audiences; and 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

A day with Flannery O’Connor

The McCabe Renewal Center will hold a discussion on Mary Flannery O’Connor’s story “Revelation” from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Dec. 6. The session will include coffee and conversation about the story and its relevance to everyday life. Please read the day’s story before coming to the group. The story will be available on reserve at the College of St. Scholastica Library for participants to read. Facilitator: Lezlie Oachs, who taught English and women’s studies at the College of St. Scholastica. Suggested donation: $10. Refreshments provided. To register visit or email McCabeCenter@msn. com or call (218) 724-5266. McCabe Renewal Center is located at 2125 Abbotsford Ave., Duluth.

Ongoing centering prayer

A group experience for centering prayer practitioners who have completed an introduction to centering prayer will be held Tuesdays, Dec. 6 and 20, at 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Facilitators: Jim Taylor and Jim Reinke, both long time centering prayer practitioners. Suggested donation: $5 each session. To register visit or email McCabeCenter@ or call (218) 724-5266. Mc- Cabe Renewal Center is located at 2125 Abbotsford Ave., 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.

Adoration (Silver Bay)

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.


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

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 moms group

St. James Catholic Moms Group meets the second and fourth Thursdays through May 15, 2017, from 9:3a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at St. James Catholic School, 715 N. 57th Ave. W., Duluth. Discussion of traditional Catholic parenting in today’s secular world. Using the Blessed Mother as their model, they discuss everyday issues important for families today. Come for prayer, fellowship and study. Mothers of all ages are welcome from first time moms to grandmas. Lessons are from “Divine Mercy for Moms” by Michele Faehnle and Emily Jaminet. Nursery available, freewill donation. Questions or register with Cheryl Foldesi at (218) 628-2932 or at

Christmas bake sale

St. Mary’s annual Christmas bale sale will be held Saturday, Dec. 10, 9 a.m. to noon in St. Mary’s Church hall, 999 Hwy. 133, Meadowlands. Baked goodies, drawings, parish centennial ornaments and cook books available. For questions call Kathy (218) 427-2111.

Advent retreat

An Advent retreat, “Journey Into the Holy Presence with the Women in Jesus’ Genealogy,” will be held Saturday, Dec. 10, 9 a.m. to noon. Freewill offering. Held at St. Scholastica Monastery, 1001 Kenwood Ave., Duluth. Facilitator: the Rev. Dr. Cheryl Feckenstein, D.Min. Luther Seminary. Experience a growing sense of presence as you journey with Tamar, Rahab, Ruth and Bathsheba. These women will help you to be prepared to listen to the voice “crying out in the desert,” to understand what it means for the “spirit of the Lord to be upon us,” and, with Mary, to recognize the sign that God gives us regarding the “Messiah: Emmanuel, God With Us.” To register call (218) 723-6555 or email:

Shopping extravaganza

The third annual holiday shopping extravaganza will be held at Holy Family Activity Center Bulldog Lake, 1182 County Road, Hillman, Saturday, Dec. 10, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. One-stop shopping for all your holiday needs. More than 30 vendors, free door prize drawings every half hour. Lunch and concessions available for purchase. For information call (320) 277-3271. The activity center is 3 miles south of Pine River or 13 miles north of Hillman. Handicapped accessible. For information call Bev at (320) 277-3271.

French toast breakfast

Please join the Knights of Columbusand St. Francis School eighth gradersand parents for breakfast Sunday, Dec. 11. French toast breakfast will be served after each Sunday morning Mass in the St. Francis social hall, 404 Ninth St., Brainerd. A freewill offering will be accepted. All proceeds will support the eighth grade trip to Washington, D.C.

Christmas angels sale

St. Anthony’s Guild of St. Andrew’s Church will be selling various styles of Christmas angel ornaments to benefit vocations in the diocese. Sales will take place after the 10 a.m. Mass at St. Andrew’s Church, 1108 Willow St., Brainerd, on Dec. 4, 11 and 18.

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, Dec. 11, 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: Cloquet – Dec. 12 at Community Memorial Hospital; Hibbing – Dec. 12 at the Hibbing Park Hotel. 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

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, TOC, at (320) 384-7305.

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, Dec. 13, at 6 p.m. They meet the second Monday of the month. Contact Claudia at (218) 246-8471 for more information.

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. For upcoming activities, contact Laverne at (218) 724-2647 or Deborah at (218) 879-6266 or or 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 info call Jean at (218) 839- 1958.

Caroling and cookies

Come and enjoy caroling, cookies and cider at McCabe. Sing Christmas carols in the chapel. Gather around a cozy fire, converse, eat and take time to relax during this busy season. Held Thursday, Dec. 15, from 7 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Please let us know if you intend to join us, (218) 724-5266 or email McCabe Renewal Center is located at 2125 Abbotsford Ave, Duluth.

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.

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


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 encourage@dioceseduluth. org for more information. Are you experiencing same-sex attraction and looking for answers? Contact Deacon Beier at for support group information. Also visit

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.

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.

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.

Pancake breakfast

All-you-can-eat pancake breakfast at St. Mary Star of the Sea Church, 325 E. Third St., Duluth, will be held Sunday, Jan. 8, from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Adults $6 and children under 12 $3. Gluten-free and takeout available.


A high school TOBIT (Theology of the Body Immersion for Teens) retreat will be held at Big Sandy Camp near McGregor, sponsored by the Diocese of Duluth. Discover God’s plan for love and life Jan. 13-15: 6 p.m. Friday through 2 p.m. Sunday. TOBIT is for those currently in grades 9-12. Delve deep into St. John Paul II’s teaching on Theology of the Body. Mass, talks, adoration, praise and worship, confession, games, sledding, bonfire, friends and small groups. Cost: $150 if registered by Dec. 16; $170 after Dec. 16 if you register before Dec. 28. $50 non-refundable deposit is due during online registration. Balance must be paid by Jan. 6. For more information and to register visit www.dioceseduluth. org and click on department of youth ministry.

Holy Land pilgrimage

Father Richard Kunst will lead an 11- day pilgrimage to the Holy Land Feb. 13-23, 2017. For information call (218) 724-6332 or email fo a brochure.

Confirmation retreat

Diocesan confirmation retreats will be held Feb. 17-18 at Holy Rosary School, 2802 E. Fourth St., Duluth, and March 24-25 at Blessed Sacrament Church, 2310 Seventh Ave. E., Hibbing. Registration preference is given to students who will be confirmed this school year. Registration deadlines: Feb. 3 for the February retreat and March 10 for the March retreat. Parish staff should register all students. Students contact your parish staff. Register early as space is limited. Visit and click on the department of youth ministry, or call Annette at (218) 724-9111.

Marriage Encounter

The WWME weekend is a time to look at our love for our spouse and decide to do something to make your love more like Jesus’ love for us. The next Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend in the diocese is March 10-12 in Baxter. Early registration is highly recommended. For more information visit the website or contact Alan and Missy at or (888) 455-3496.