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Calendar of Events - February 2018

The Northern Cross - February 2018
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 “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

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.

Adult faith formation

Adult Faith Formation sessions will be held on Saturdays: Feb. 3 at the Center for Spirituality and Enrichment, St. Scholastica Monastery, 1001 Kenwood Ave., Duluth, and Holy Spirit Church, 306 S. Second St., Virginia; and Feb. 10 at St. Andrew’s Church, 1108 Willow St. S.E., Brainerd, St. Patrick’s Church, 203 Lawler Ave. S., Hinckley, and St. Joseph’s Church, 315 S.W. 21st St., Grand Rapids. The Brainerd session begins at 8:30 a.m., and all other sessions run from 9 a.m. to noon. These are the fourth of five monthly sessions, which will run through March. For more information, call Annette Merritt at (218) 724-9111.

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.


Trouble in your marriage? Call your local Retrouvaille Community at (320) 255-5314 or (800) 470-2230 to find out more about healing troubled marriages, or visit the website

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.

Pancake breakfast (Duluth)

An all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast will be held at St. Mary Star of the Sea Church, 325 E. Third St., Duluth, Sundays, Feb. 4 and March 4, from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Cost for adults is $6, children under 12 is $3. Gluten-free pancakes and take-outs available. Extra parking is available at Essentia ramp, behind the church, Fourth Street entrance.

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.

Centering prayer

Ongoing centering prayer will be held the first and third Thursdays: Feb. 15, March 1, 15, April 5, 19, and May 3, 17, from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at St. Scholastica Monastery. Sessions will also be held the second and fourth Tuesdays: Feb. 13, 27, March 13, 27, April 10, 24, and May 8, 22, from 10 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. at McCabe Renewal Center. $5 per session. Facilitator for both series: Lezlie Oachs, a practitioner of centering prayer since 1996 and retired St. Scholastica faculty member. Evening sessions will be held the first and third Mondays: Feb. 5, 19, March 5, 19, April 2, 16, and May 7, 12, from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at McCabe Renewal Center. $5 per session. Facilitator: Jim Reinke, a long-time centering prayer practitioner. Register for all series at, or email Locations for sessions: Center for Spirituality and Enrichment, St. Scholastica Monastery, 1001 Kenwood Ave., Duluth, (218) 723-6699, and McCabe Renewal Center, 2125 Abbotsford Ave., Duluth, (218) 724-5266.

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: Feb. 6, April 3, and May 1. Please RSVP to Annette Merritt at (218) 724- 9111 or 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.

Bible study (Duluth)

St. Benedict Church, 1419 St. Benedict St., Duluth, hosts “The Bible Timeline” series from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesdays through May 29. The study includes a series of 24 videos presented by Jeff Cavins. Each video is preceded by 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.

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 on the second and fourth Thursdays through May 24, 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.

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.

Ice fishing derby

Holy Family Parish on beautiful Bulldog Lake is inviting all to its 39th annual Ice Fishing Derby and Log Sawing Contest, Saturday, Feb. 10. Fishing from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. Holes will be drilled, one line only per person. Bait not provided. 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 sloppy joes, 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 three miles South of Pine Center at 1182 County Road 8, Hillman. For questions call (320) 277-3691 or (763) 229-6888 or visit

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

Authentic Hospitality

An “Authentic Hospitality” workshop will be held Sunday, Feb. 11, at 1 p.m. Open to the public. Benedictine oblates meet to consider how we receive all guests as Christ, practicing authentic hospitality in our homes, offices, parishes, and work places. Held at St. Scholastica Monastery, 1001 Kenwood Ave., Duluth. More information at or (218) 733-2273.

DDCCW 100th anniversary

The Duluth Diocesan Council of Catholic Women 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 abook 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 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,

NFP introductory sessions

Northland Family Programs holds free natural family planning introductory sessions at different sites at 7 p.m. on Mondays: Duluth – Feb. 12 in the Minnesota Room at Essentia Health St. Mary’s Medical Center; Superior, Wis. – Feb. 26 at St. Mary’s Hospital; and Brainerd – Tuesday, Feb. 13, At Essentia Health St. Joseph’s Medical Center.. 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.

Women’s silent retreat

Christ the King Retreat Center is offering a women’s silent retreat on Feb. 13-15. 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.

Lenten retreat (Duluth)

“The Road to Redemption,” a Lenten retreat, will be held on Saturday, Feb. 17, 9 a.m. to noon at the Center for Spirituality and Enrichment, St. Scholastica Monastery, 1001 Kenwood Ave., Duluth. Using the Scriptures for Cycle B, explore the “Road to Redemption” as God invites us to journey more deeply into his relationship with his people which arises out of his unconditional love. Facilitator: Father Steve Ulrick, pastor, Holy Name of Jesus Parish, Medina; and Benedictine Sister Pauline Micke, outreach coordinator for the Center for Spirituality and Enrichment at St. Scholastica Monastery. $35 includes refreshments. Register at, email, or call (218) 723-6699.

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. 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 for $10 each/$25 for all three. Please add $4 to all orders for shipping. To order call (218) 390-2451 or mail your order to: CD/Log Church Restoration, 509 Sunrise Drive, Carlton, MN 55718. For more information on the church visit

Children’s programs

“All Ways Pray,” a children’s program for grades four and five, will be held Monday, Feb. 19, and Tuesday, Feb. 20, 8 a.m. to noon at McCabe Renewal Center, 2125 Abbotsford Ave., Duluth. Discover new ways to pray. Experience color prayers, pretzel prayers, parachute prayers, and even how to use games as a way to pray. Facilitator: Benedictine Sister Dorene King, a licensed teacher and director of McCabe Renewal Center. $40 for two days. Register early, space limited to 10 participants. Scholarships available. There is also an “All Ways Pray” program for children in grade six on Wednesday, Feb. 21, and Thursday, Feb. 22, 8 a.m. to noon at McCabe Renewal Center. Explore and experience more ways to pray. Facilitator: Benedictine Sister Dorene King. $40 for two days. Register early, space limited to 10 participants. Scholarships available. Register for both programs at, email, or call (218) 723-6699.

Lenten day of prayer

Christ the King Retreat Center, 621 First Ave. S., Buffalo, is offering a Lenten day of centering prayer and lectio divina on Wednesday, Feb. 21, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Presented by Oblate Father James Deegan and Franciscan Sister Bren da Rose Szegedy. $40 per person, includes lunch. Visit for other retreat opportunities and to register.

Lenten program (Duluth)

All are invited to two Lenten programs at St. Mary Star of the Sea Church, 325 E. Third St., Duluth. Stations of the Cross at 6 p.m., Feb. 21, 28, March 7 and 21. On Feb. 21, and March 21, Stations are followed by a soup supper and at 7:15 p.m. presentations on the history of the Stations of the Cross and on our Polish saints and relics, respectively. Lots of parking and handicapped accessible. There is a special Lenten mission on March 14 at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Rosary for all. Call St. Mary Star of the Sea Church for more information at (218) 722-3078. 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 March. 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.

Lenten program

Encountering God’s Gracious Presence through Lent program, a lectio divina series, will be held Fridays: Feb. 23, March 2, 9, 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., and March 16, 9 a.m. to noon, at St. Scholastica Monastery, Center for Spirituality and Enrichment, 1001 Kenwood Ave. This form of contemplative prayer is a powerful practice that enables us to open ourselves to God so that we can better recognize and hear God’s voice in our lives. Come for any or all of the four sessions offered, some of which are variations on traditional lectio divina. Prior experience with lectio divina is not required. Themes: Feb. 23 — introduction and practice of lectio divina, by Benedictine Sister Lois Eckes; March 2 — lectio divina on life, by Benedictine Sister Edith Bogue; March 9 — visio divina by Dawn Carrillo; and March 16 — video divina, by Sister Lois Eckes and Dawn Carrillo. $10 each session, $20 for March 16 session, $45 for the whole series. Register at, email, or call (218) 723-6699.

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 on 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.

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.

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.

Women’s retreat

“Lord, Show Me the Path to Life,” a women’s retreat, will be held March 9-11 at the Center for Spirituality and Enrichment, St. Scholastica Monastery, 1001 Kenwood Ave., Duluth. Learn and practice the ancient art of discernment, an intentional way of listening for God’s voice. The weekend includes conference, times for personal prayer, conversations with the sisters, guided journaling, and Eucharist. You will meet other women at important decision-points in their lives, exploring the many ways of responding to God’s call. This retreat is for women 18-49 who have a heart open to the possibility of a religious vocation; it is offered free of charge. Facilitator: Benedictine Sister Edith Bogue has been at St. Scholastica Monastery since 1999. She is vocations and oblate director in the monastery and a sociology professor at the College of St. Scholastica. She is passionate about the future of monastic life. Register at or phone Sister Edith Bogue at (218) 733-2273.

HDCCW Lenten reflection

Hibbing Deanery Council of Catholic Women is hosting a Lenten Day of Reflection at St Cecilia’s Church, 126 Second St., Nashwauk, on Saturday, March 10, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The topic is “John Paul II and Mary,” presented by Christina Serena. Her study and work on this topic have been published in Homiletic and Pastoral Review. Cost is $15 which is payable at the door. In addition, the day will include Mass followed by lunch. Please call or email Ann Johnston to register (218) 966-3052 or

Women doctors of the church retreat

A “Have You Heard the Good News? Four Women Doctors of the Church” retreat will be held Saturday, March 10, 9 a.m. to noon, at McCabe Renewal Center, 2125 Abbotsford Ave., Duluth. This retreat will consider four women doctors of the church and how they lived and preached the Good News by their lives. Each of these women lived out of a strong, vital faith, which empowered them to be pioneers in their day. Facilitator: Benedictine Sister Sarah O’Malley has authored 12 books on pastoral topics and has given many retreats both in Phoenix and Duluth on a wide variety of topics. $35 includes refreshments. Register at, email or call (218) 724-5266.

Voluntary Simplicity

A “Voluntary Simplicity” workshop will be held March 11, beginning at 1 p.m. Open to the public. Benedictine oblates meet to discuss our “Affluenza” society in contrast with the few possessions and simple lifestyle promoted by St. Benedict. Examine the distress caused by the social emphasis on more and explore pathways to taking up a simpler life. St. Scholastica Monastery, 1001 Kenwood Ave., Duluth. More information at or (218) 733-2273.

Catholic Ireland tour

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

Marriage Encounter

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

Taste of China tour

Father Dave Tushar is again offering the opportunity to experience a true “Taste of China,” visiting Beijing, Xi’an, Chengdu, Suzhou, and Shanghai from Oct. 8-22. 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 travel within China. References are available. For information and pricing, please call Father Tushar at (218) 384-4563. Deadline: July 1, 2018.

Tour of Ireland

Father Charles Flynn will lead a tour of Ireland entitled “Father Charlie’s Last Hurrah” from Sept. 10-20. For a color brochure, email or write to Father Charlie Flynn at Box 953. Gilbert, MN 55741.