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Calendar of Events - February 2016

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.

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.

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.

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. Handicapped accessible.

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. on 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/monthly events: international folk and swing dance lessons, brunch at various restaurants, bluegrass music and Mr. Fix-It Saturday. Activities in February include joining parish soup suppers and Lenten programs; K.C. fish fries; international Bonspiel; Boat, Sport and Travel Show; and dinner at various restaurants. Contact Laverne at (218) 724-2647 or Deborah at (218) 879-6266 or or visit

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 Mondays: Duluth Feb. 8 in the Minnesota Room at Essentia Health St. Mary’s Medical Center; Grand Rapids Feb. 8 at St. Joseph’s Church; Brainerd Feb. 8 at Essential Health St. Joseph’s Medical Center; in Cloquet Feb. 15 at Community Memorial Hospital; Hibbing Feb. 15 in the Board Room at Fairview University Medical Center; and Superior, Wis., Feb. 22 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

Centering prayer

A group experience for centering prayer practitioners who have completed an introduction to centering prayer will begin on Tuesday, Feb. 9 and 23, from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. This ongoing group will meet the second and fourth Tuesday of the month. 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 on visit, email or call (218)724-5266. McCabe 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.

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.


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.

Explore Benedictine life

Live-in with the Duluth Benedictine Sisters for a weekend or a few days. Learn about 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.

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 on 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

Ice fishing derby

Holy Family parish on Bulldog Lake is inviting all to its 37th annual ice fishing derby and log sawing contest Saturday, Feb. 13. This year parish priest Father David Forsman will do the polar plunge! Fishing from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. Holes will be drilled, one line only per person. Bait not provided. Purchase of a $2 raffle ticket required to fish. Cash prizes, door prizes, raffle. Inside after fishing, from 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m., is the log sawing contest. Men, women, kids and mixed classes. Also inside is the Country Store featuring handcrafted items, baked goods, home canned items and more. Beautiful hand-stitched quilt raffle. Concession stand serving pulled pork, brats and kraut, hot dogs, chili, elephant ears, water, pop and beer. Kid’s games. Drawings held at 4 p.m. Located approximately 13 miles north of Hillman or 3 miles south of Pine Center at 1182 County Road 8, Hillman. Questions call (320) 277-3691 or (763) 229-6888 or visit

KC pancake breakfast

The Knights of Columbus Western Council 5142 will hold a pancake breakfast Sunday, Feb. 14, 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.

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, Feb. 14, at 1 p.m. They meet the second Sunday of the month. Contact Michele for more information at (218) 591-0556.

Dialogue on family

Join Benedictine Lay Oblates Sunday, Feb. 14, at 1 p.m. at St. Scholastica Monastery, 1001 Kenwood Ave., Duluth, to learn about using St. Benedict’s ancient Rule as a guide for family life, from building strong families to handling the tough times. For more information contact oblates@ or call (218) 723-6555.

Children’s prayer program

A children’s program, “All Ways Pray,” will be held from 8 a.m. to noon on Monday and Tuesday, Feb. 15-16, for grades four and five, and on Wednesday and Thursday, Feb. 17-18, for grades six and seven. Discover new ways to pray. Experience color prayers, pretzel prayers, parachute prayers and how to use games as a way to pray. Sponsored by McCabe Renewal Center, 2125 Abbotsford Ave., Duluth. Facilitator: Benedictine Sister Dorene King, Minnesota licensed teacher and director for McCabe Renewal Center. Suggested donation $40 for two days. Register early, space limited to 10 participants. Register by calling (218) 724-2566, emailing, or online at


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 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

A 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

Lenten program

God’s mercy is the theme for a Lenten program at St. Mary Star of the Sea Church, 325 E. Third St., Duluth. The program is on Wednesdays beginning on Feb. 17 at 6 p.m. The topics are Feb. 17 — “Year of Mercy: What is It and What Does It Mean to You?” presented by Father Eli Gieske; Feb. 24 — “Works of Mercy: Doing Mercy” presented by Father Tom Foster; March 2 — “Receiving Mercy, Seeking Mercy, Obstacles to Mercy” presented by Deacon Dick Laumeyer; and March 9 — “Seeing and Knowing the Merciful” presented by Benedictine Sister Jean Maher. Schedule for the evenings: Stations of the Cross 6 p.m., soup supper 6:30 p.m., songs and teaching 7 p.m., intercessory prayers of the assembly, departure 7:45 p.m. For information contact the church at (218) 722-3078.

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

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.

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 Pat for information at (218) 729-7576.

KC Lenten fish fry

The Knights of Columbus Council 6791 of St. Raphael’s Church, 5779 Seville Road, Duluth, will host four Lenten fish fries, Feb. 19, 26, March 11 and 18. Contact the church for further information at (218) 729-7537.

Confirmation retreat

Diocesan confirmation retreats will be held on Feb. 19-20 at Holy Rosary School, 2802 E. Fourth St., Duluth, registration deadline Feb. 8; and Apr. 8-9 at Blessed Sacrament Church, 2310 Seventh Ave. E., Hibbing, registration deadline March 21. Retreat begins at 7 p.m. Friday and closes after Saturday Mass at the hosting parish. Registration fees: $35 per student before registration deadline, $40 per student after registration deadline. No cost for chaperones. Due to the capacity on retreats, registration is received on a first come, first served basis. Confirmation coordinators register group online on the diocesan website under Department of Youth Ministry. Bring payment to the retreat.


The McCabe Renewal Center will host seminar on the topic “Live as Gospel People of Mercy! Pope Francis’ Challenge to a Fragmented World.” As part of the Jubilee Year of Mercy, Benedictine Sister Sarah O’Malley will facilitate in exploring how mercy can be lived in everyday life. Held 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Feb. 20. Suggested donation $35, snacks included. Register early, space limited to 10 participants. Register by calling (218) 724-2566, emailing or online at

CCW Lenten retreat

Hibbing Deanery CCW is hosting a Lenten retreat on Saturday, Feb. 20, at St. Cecilia’s Church, 326 Second St., Nashwauk. The topic: “Pope Francis: His Message of Joy and Mercy,” led by Father Seth Gogolin, pastor of St. Cecilia’s and Mary Immaculate, Coleraine. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. and concludes with the parish Mass at 4:15 p.m. Lunch is provided. Cost is $15. Please RSVP by calling deanery president Ann Johnston at (218) 885-2439.

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. 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, 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

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 in Onigum

Monthly Mass continues to be celebrated on the fourth Thursday of the month at St. John Episcopal Church, Onigum, with Father Francis Kabiru and parishioners from St. Agnes Church, Walker, attending. 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.

Youth ministers meeting

Youth ministers meet monthly on 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 provide. DREs are also invited to attend the meetings. Handicapped accessible.

Lenten retreat

A Lenten retreat, “God’s Mercy, Forgiveness and Liberation,” will be held Saturday, Feb. 27, from 9 a.m. to noon at St. Scholastica Monastery, 1001 Kenwood Ave., Duluth. Freewill offering. Facilitators: Benedictine Sister Pauline Micke of St. Scholastica Monastery and Father Steve Ulrick, pastor of Holy Name of Jesus Parish, Medina. The retreat begins with the chosen people telling us how “God brought us out of Egypt with signs and wonders.” As Jesus is in the desert and tempted, so will we be as we journey. Reflect on how God is faithful to his relationship with us in moments of glory (transfiguration) and the moments of challenge to change, and “if you do not repent, you will perish.” On the fourth and fifth Sundays we will confront our need for forgiveness and liberation. Join us as we ponder again the wonder of God’s mercy as he leads us through transformation to Easter. To register call (218) 723-6555 or e-mail

Turkey/ham bingo

Holy Family Church, 2430 W. Third St., Duluth, will hold a turkey and ham bingo on Sunday, March 6. Doors open at noon. Bingo begins at 1 p.m. An opportunity to purchase a light lunch will be available. Handicapped accessible. Call the church for information at (218) 722-4445.

Swiss steak dinner

Join St. Philip Neri parish, Saginaw, for its 18th annual Swiss steak dinner held on Sunday, March 6, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Get dinner, dessert and beverage for $10 for adults, ages 6-12 $4, and those 5 and under free. Come to the Industrial Town Hall, 7519 Albert Road, Saginaw. Handicap accessible. Any questions please call Valerie at (218) 729-9646.

Marriage Encounter

An upcoming Worldwide Marriage Encounter weekends are March 4-6 at Cragun’s Resort, Baxter, 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 Block at or (888) 455-3496.

Junior high retreat

A diocesan junior high retreat will be held at Cragun’s Resort in Brainerd on 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 at, Department of Youth Ministry. Cost: $155 if registered before March 24, starting March 24 the cost is $175.

Year of Mercy pilgrimage

Our Lady of Hope parish, Aurora/Biwabik/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. Registration will be open soon. Visit and go to the department of youth ministry. A deposit will be due at the time of registration. This mission trip is for youth currently in 9th to 12th grades this school year. 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/waterpark. 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. Please visit to register yourself or your family.

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.