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Calendar of Events - December 2017

The Northern Cross - December 2017
Calendar of Events

Christmas tree sale

Christmas tree sales have begun at St. Michael’s Church, 4901 E. Superior St., Duluth. Sale hours are Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturdays 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and on Sundays 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Norway pine, balsam fir, white pine, and spruce trees, also wreaths and sprays. Net proceeds go to the 2020 Fund to help pay for church and school maintenance needs. Please note that weekday purchases can be made in the church office when no attendant is on hand. Call (218) 525-1902 for information.

Christmas Extravaganza

The CCW of St. Joseph’s Church, 315 S.W. 21st St., Grand Rapids, will host a Christmas Extravaganza Saturday, Dec. 2, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., in the church. Peruse the special treasures corner, silent auction, various craft and book vendors, and of course the bake sale. Homemade caramel rolls served from 9 a.m. to noon, $2 each. Chicken ala king, dessert, and beverage served from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Adults $7.50, children 10 and younger $3. Handicapped accessible.

Adult Faith Formation

Adult Faith Formation sessions will be held on the following Saturdays: Dec. 2, at Holy Spirit Church, 306 S. Second St., Virginia; and Dec. 9, at St. Andrew’s Church, 1108 Willow St. S.E., Brainerd; The Center for Spirituality and Enrichment, St. Scholastica Monastery, 1001 Kenwood Ave., Duluth; St. Joseph’s Church, 315 S.W. 21st St., Grand Rapids; and St. Patrick’s Church, 203 Lawler Ave. S., Hinckley. Sessions run from 9 a.m. to noon. These are the second of five monthly sessions, which will run through March. For more information, call Annette Merritt at (218) 724-9111.

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) 966-8251 or Ann Johnston at (218) 966-3052.

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.

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.


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Pancake breakfast (Duluth)

All-you-can-eat pancake breakfasts will be held at St. Mary Star of the Sea Church, 325 E. Third St., Duluth, Dec. 3 and Jan. 7, 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Cost for adults $6, children under 12 $3. Gluten-free pancakes and take-out available. Extra parking is available at Essentia ramp, behind the church, Fourth Street entrance.

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 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.

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.

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. on the following Mondays: Duluth – Dec. 4 in the Minnesota Room at Essentia Health St. Mary’s Medical Center; Grand Rapids – Dec. 4 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church; Brainerd – Dec. 4 at Essentia Health St. Joseph’s Medical Center: Cloquet – Dec. 11 at Community Memorial Hospital; Hibbing – Dec. 11 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

Youth ministers meetings

The Diocese of Duluth youth ministers will meet Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., in the large conference room at the Pastoral Center, 2830 E. Fourth St., Duluth. Upcoming meeting dates: Dec. 5, Feb. 6, April 3, and May 1. Please RSVP to Annette Merritt at (218) 724-9111 or amerritt@dioceseduluth. org by the Thursday before each meeting if you would like to attend. Directors of religious education are also invited to attend. Lunch is included and there is no cost for the day.

Flannery O’Connor seminar

“Everything That Rises Must Converge: A Morning with Flannery O’Connor and Teilhard de Chardin,” a seminar, will be held Tuesday, Dec. 5, from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. at McCabe Renewal Center, 2125 Abbotsford Ave., Duluth. Facilitators will give information about de Chardin’s writings as well as providing a handson activity to help readers consider how de Chardin’s ideas might be influencing O’Connor’s story. Finally, the group will consider what gifts, if any, de Chardin and O’Connor bring to thoughtful 21st century readers. Please read the text before attending. It will be available on reserve at the College of St. Scholastica library for participants if they do not have another copy available. Facilitators: Lezlie Oachs, who taught English and women’s studies at the College of St. Scholastica, and Rev. Cindy Peterson-Wlosinski, an Episcopal priest, spiritual director, and retreat leader. $20 includes refreshments. To register, visit, email retreat@duluthosb.
org or call McCabe Renewal Center (218) 724-5266.

Bible study (Duluth)

“The Bible Timeline” series will be held at St. Benedict Church, 1419 St. Benedict St., Duluth, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesdays through May 29, 2018. The study will include a series of 24 videos presented by Jeff Cavins. Each video will be preceded by a group discussion. Everyone who participates will receive a color-coded Bible Timeline chart, as well as a “The Bible Timeline” bookmark. Cost is $10. For more information or to register for the study visit or call the parish office at (218) 724-4828.

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.


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.

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 3 p.m. Call Mary at (218) 262-5541 for information. These meetings are for anyone whose life has been touched by cancer.

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 “My Heart Is Glad Because You Live, Oh Christ.” For more information on meeting times and locations, please contact Kris Cook at (218) 491-5230, (218) 428.6197, or

Quilt drawing and bake sale

The annual bake sale and Christmas quilt drawing at St. Mary’s Church, 9999 Hwy. 133, Meadowlands, will be held Dec. 9, 10 a.m. to noon. Quilt tickets, baked goods, drawings, and church centennial ornaments available. Quilt tickets available from any church member or by calling, Kathy Morgan (218) 427-2111.

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. 10, at 1 p.m. They meet the second Sunday of the month. Contact Michele for more information at (218) 591-0556.

Ongoing centering prayer

Ongoing centering prayer will be held from 10 a.m. to 11: 30 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 12. This is a group experience for centering prayer practitioners who have completed “Introduction to Centering Prayer.” 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. Evening sessions will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. the first and third Tuesdays: Dec. 5, 19. Facilitator: Jim Reinke, a long time centering prayer practitioner. Sessions are held at McCabe Renewal Center, 2125 Abbotsford Ave., Duluth. $5 per session. To register visit www., email, or call (218) 724-5266.

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 Tue day of the month. For more information on the Carmelite community, please contact Gail Von Reuden, TOC, at (320) 384-7305.

Mom’s group (Duluth)

St. James mom’s group will discuss traditional Catholic parenting in today’s secular world. Using the Blessed Mother as a model, 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. Meetings are held the second and fourth Thursdays through May 24, 2018, from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in Stella Maris Academy, St. James Campus, 715 N. 57th Ave. W., Duluth. Lessons are from “Getting Past Perfect – How to Find Joy and Grace in the Messiness of Motherhood,” by Kate Wicker. Nursery available, freewill donation. For questions or to register contact Cheryl Foldesi at (218) 628-2932,, or Peggy Haugen at (218) 628-2411.

Christmas tea

The annual Blessed Sacrament women’s Christmas tea, hosted by Widows of Prayer, will be held Thursday, Dec. 14, at noon in the Courtyard Annex, 2310 Seventh Ave. E., Hibbing. You need not be a widow to attend. There is no charge for this event, but an RSVP by Tuesday, Dec. 12, is required. Call the parish center for reservations (218) 262-5541.

Charismatic prayer group

Proclaimers of Christ Catholic charismatic prayer group meets at 7 p.m. the second Thursday of the month at Sacred Heart Church, 300 First St. N., Hackensack, and 7 p.m. the fourth Thursday of the month at St. Agnes Church, Elm at Division Street, Walker. Please bring a Bible. For information contact David LaFontaine (651) 503-0168 or Karen Nagengast (612) 805-0999.

Caroling opportunity

Caroling, cookies, and cider will be offered at McCabe Renewal Center, 2125 Abbotsford Ave., Duluth, Thursday, Dec. 14, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Please call (218) 724-5266 or email if you plan to attend.

DDCCW 100th anniversary

The Duluth Diocesan Council of Catholic Women (DDCCW) will celebrate its 100th anniversary in the year 2020. The Duluth Diocese is a founding member of the Council of Catholic Women. The DDCCW has plans to publish a book celebrating this event. History is needed. Plans are to include the history of all parish women’s groups in the diocese in this book. Please send stories, etc., as soon as possible. Contact Leona or Alice with any questions. You can also mail or email your stories and photos to them: Leona Barten, Box 173, Cohasset, MN 55721, (218) 328-5520,, or Alice Parendo, 5809 Rose Road, Hermantown, MN 55811, (218) 729-9647,

Pancake breakfast

St. John’s Church, 4260 St. John’s Ave., Duluth (Woodland), will host a pancake breakfast Sunday, Dec. 17, 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Buttermilk pancakes from scratch, sausage, beverages, and more. Adults $7; youth 12 to 5 years $3, and under 5 free. Sponsored by the Knights of Columbus. Call (218) 724- 6332 for more information.

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

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. To help support this restoration effort, Missy Parker, recording artist and music director at Sts. Mary and Joseph, is offering the sale of her three CDs, “Inspirations,” “Expressions of Love,” and “Missy and the Mistletoes Holiday Spectacular,” for $10 each or $25 for all three, all proceeds going to the Log Church Restoration Project. Please add $4 to all orders for shipping. To order call (218) 390-2451, phone orders are mailed upon receipt of payment, or mail your order to: CD/Log Church Restoration, 509 Sunrise Drive, Carlton, MN 55718. For more information on the church visit

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 Singles Group

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

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.

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.

Confirmation retreats

Overnight confirmation retreats are offered by the Diocese of Duluth during the current school year. Registration preference is given to students who will be confirmed this school year or the fall of 2018. Please note: parish staff should register all students. Contact parish to register. Retreats will be held Feb. 23-24 at Blessed Sacrament Church, Hibbing (deadline Feb. 9), and April 6-7, at Stella Maris Academy, Holy Rosary Campus, Duluth (deadline March 23). Further registration information and requirements can be found on the Diocese of Duluth website on the Department of Youth Ministry page.

TOBIT retreat

The TOBIT (Theology of the Body for Teens) retreat will be held at Big Sandy Camp in McGregor Jan. 12-14. The weekend is open to students in grades 9-12. Register by visiting www., click on the Department of Youth Ministry, then click on TOBIT for registration link. There is a $50 deposit at the time of registration. The registration fee is $150. Early bird rates end on Dec. 15. There will be a $20 increase in the price of registration for all registrations received on and after this date. Registration deadline is Dec. 29, and final payment is due Jan. 6.

Men’s retreat

Christ the King Retreat Center will hold two men’s silent retreats Jan. 12-14 and Jan. 19-21. Theme: “Take Courage!” Presented by Kings House Preaching Team. $160 per person, $100 per person for students, includes $30 deposit to reserve a room. The retreat center is at 621 First Ave. S., Buffalo. Visit for other retreat opportunities and to register.

Marriage Encounter

The next available Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend is Feb. 2-4, 2018, in Hermantown, and April 13- 15, 2018, in Baxter. Early registration is highly recommended. For more information visit or contact Alan or Missy at or (888) 455-3496.

Catholic Ireland tour

Join Father Richard Kunst for a tour of Catholic Ireland April 9-19, 2018. Visit Belfast, Derry, Knock, Killarney, and more. Contact St. John’s Church in Duluth at (218) 724-6332 for information and brochure.

Steubenville mission trip

Registration for Steubenville Conference mission trip for students currently in ninth through 12th grades is open. Must be residents of the Diocese of Duluth. To register visit www., click on the Department of Youth Ministry, then on Mission Trip and follow the registration link. Includes mission work in the Twin Cities, overnight at Concordia University, attend conference in Kenosha, Wis. July 20–22. A non-refundable $100 deposit will be due at the time of registration. The total cost is $650 if registered by Jan. 23, 2018. Balance is due by May 31, 2018, no refunds.

Tour of Ireland

Father Charles Flynn will lead a tour of Ireland entitled “Father Charlie’s Last Hurrah” Sept. 10-20, 2018. For a color brochure, email dowra007@ or write to Father Charlie Flynn, Box 956, Gilbert, MN 55741