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Calendar of Events - January 2016

The Northern Cross
Calendar of Events - January 2016

Pancake breakfast

The Knights of Columbus Western Council 5142 will hold a pancake breakfast Sunday, Jan. 10, 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.

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.

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.

Lectio divina

Lectio divina (“divine reading”) is a way of reading the Scriptures in which we gradually let go of our own agenda and open ourselves to what God wants to say to us. 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.

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 information, call the parish at (218) 829-1340.

Brothers and Sisters of Charity

The local community of Brothers and Sisters of Charity is welcoming new members. If you are searching for authentic spiritual friendships that support your journey of faith, are being lead to a deeper relationship with Jesus, if you would like to live the Gospel in a more joyful meaningful way, come to the meeting Sunday, Jan. 10, at 1 p.m., at St. Mary Star of the Sea Church, 325 E. Third St., Duluth. For information contact Deacon Dick Laumeyer at (218) 391-6730 or dmlaumeyer

Kateri Circle (Duluth)

The Kateri Circle at St. Lawrence Church, 2410 Morris Thomas Road, Duluth, will meet Sunday, Jan. 10, at 1 p.m. Contact Michele for more information at (218) 591-0556.

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 and monthly events: international folk and swing dance lessons, brunch at various restaurants, bluegrass music and Mr. Fix-It Saturday. Activities in January include men’s Bonspiel, UMD women’s hockey, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing and dinner at various restaurants. Contact Deborah at (218) 879-6266 or or visit to register and for more activities.

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.

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, Jan. 11, at 6 p.m. Contact Claudia at (218) 246-8471 for more information.

NFP introductory sessions

Northland Family Programs holds free natural family planning introductory sessions at different sites at 7 p.m. on Mondays: in Duluth Jan. 11 in the Minnesota Room at Essentia Health, St. Mary’s Medical Center; in Brainerd Jan. 11 at Essentia Health, St. Joseph’s Medical Center; in Virginia Jan. 11 at Virginia Regional Medical Center; in Cloquet Jan. 18 at Community Memorial Hospital; in Hibbing Jan. 18 in the board room at Fairview University Medical Center; and in Superior, Wis., Jan. 25 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

Youth ministers’ meeting

Youth ministers meet 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 so adequate materials and food can be provide. DREs are also invited to attend the meetings. Handicapped accessible. There is no meeting in February. Meetings resume in March.

Centering prayer

A group experience for centering prayer practitioners who have completed an introduction to centering prayer begins Tuesday, Jan. 12, 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 a retired St. Scholastica faculty member. Suggested donation $5 each session or $50 for the entire program. To register or for more information visit, send email to or call (218)724-5266. McCabe Renewal Center is located at 2125 Abbotsford Ave., Duluth.

Catechetical leader meetings

Catechetical Leader Meetings for DREs and youth ministers will be held in January as follows: Tuesday, Jan. 12, at 1 p.m. at Holy Spirit Church, 306 Second St. S., Virginia; Tuesday, Jan. 19, at 6 p.m. at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Rosary, 2801 E. Fourth St., Duluth; Thursday, Jan. 28, at 10 a.m. at St. Andrew’s Church, 1108 Willow St., Brainerd. The meetings will run for two hours. The main topic is “Winning People for Jesus Christ: The First Steps in Making Disciples.” Please RSVP to Annette Merritt at (218) 724-9111.

Bible study

A 20-sesssion Bible study on “Acts: The Spread of the Kingdom” began in October and is held Tuesdays from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the social hall at St. Joseph’s Church, 315 S.W. 21st St., Grand Rapids. Enrich and deepen your faith as you learn how the Apostles continued Christ’s mission on earth through the power of the Holy Spirit. For questions or scholarship assistance contact Sue Schuler (218) 259-6457 or

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.

Monastic experience

Experience the rhythm of ora et labora (“prayer and work”) with Benedictine sisters. Unmarried Catholic women age 18-50 are invited to spend a weekend or a few days exploring the ministries and rhythm of the monastic way of life. They will meet lay volunteer associates as well as the sisters in consecrated life. There is no charge for these visits. For more information, contact Sister Edith at or (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 are discussed. 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 of the month 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

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 assist the education expenses of seminarian Beau Braun. For more information, call Joan 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

Dialogue on economics

An afternoon of prayer, education and discussion exploring the tension between Catholic social teaching and the demands of the 21st century economy will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 17, at St. Scholastica Monastery, 1001 Kenwood Ave., Duluth. Responses, including the “Benedict option,” will be explored, with guidance from the ancient monastic tradition. Contact: or (218) 723-6555.

Holy Family potluck

Holy Family Church, 280 Reservation Road, Fond du Lac Reservation, Cloquet, will honor the Feast of the Holy Family (celebrated Dec. 27, 2015) on Sunday, Jan. 17, with a potluck at 5 p.m. at the church. Everyone is invited to come and honor Jesus, Mary and Joseph and ask for their help so that each family may imitate the Holy Family.


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 (DSCYA) 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 tower entrance facing Fourth Street. For more information, see, send email to, call (218) 464-6476 or find the group on Facebook.

Living In Recovery Seminar

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 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 she has a master’s degree in theology. Suggested freewill offering $5 per session. To register or for information call (218) 724-5266, or email

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 information call Jean at (218) 839-1958.

Winter retreat

A winter retreat, “Praying in the Presence of Icons,” will be held Saturday, Jan. 23, at 9 a.m. to noon. Freewill offering. Held at St. Scholastica Monastery, 1001 Kenwood Ave., Duluth. Facilitator: Benedictine Sister Therese Carson, St. Scholastica Monastery. Reflect on icons and key questions that come to mind: What are these strange, stylized paintings in the Greek and Orthodox traditions? What meaning can a thousand-year-old tradition have to Christians today? Learn the rich history of iconography, or icon writing, and explore how this ancient sacred art can become a gateway into communion with the Divine Presence. To register, call (218) 723-6555 or send email to

Well-Read Mom gathering

Experience Well-Read Mom at its fourth annual Gathering for Women Saturday, Jan. 30, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets: $25 before Jan. 8, $30 after Jan. 8. Registration open now on Held at the University of St. Thomas, O’Shaughnessy Educational Center, 2115 Summit Ave., St. Paul. Email with any questions.

Mardi Gras

Queen of Peace School, 102 Fourth St., Cloquet, will be holding its Mardi Gras dance and silent auction fundraiser Saturday, Jan. 30, from 6 p.m. to midnight. A fun evening of music, dance with DJ, complimentary hors d’oeuvres and beverages, door prizes, raffles and silent and live auctions. Tickets are $20 per person and can be purchased at the door or in advance by calling (218) 879-8516. Must be 21 or older to attend. Raffle prizes include a paddleboard and meat with freezer. For information visit

Roast beef/pork dinner

St. Michael’s Church, 4901 E. Superior St., Duluth, will host its annual roast beef and pork roast dinner Sunday, Jan. 31, 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Roast beef and pork, mashed potatoes with gravy, rutabaga, coleslaw, relish tray, vegetables, roll, dessert, coffee. All-you-can-eat. Adults $12, children 5 to 12 $7, 4 and under free. Takeout available. Handicapped accessible. For information contact the church at (218) 525-1902.

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.

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. Healing prayer is offered the second Sunday of the month at 9:15 a.m. in the church. Handicapped accessible.

Marriage Encounter

Upcoming Worldwide Marriage Encounter weekends are March 4-6 at Cragun’s Resort, Baxter; and Feb. 5-7 and April 29 to May 1 in Prior Lake. Early registration is highly recommended. For more information, visit or contact Alan and Missy Block at or (888) 455-3496.

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.

Lenten program

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

Confirmation retreats

Diocesan confirmation retreats will be held Feb. 19-20 at Holy Rosary School, 2802 E. Fourth St., Duluth, registration deadline Feb. 8; and April 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 at under Department of Youth Ministry. Bring payment to the retreat.

Junior high retreat

A diocesan junior high retreat will be held at Cragun’s Resort in Brainerd 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 opens Jan. 12 at under Department of Youth Ministry. Cost $155 if registered before March 24; starting March 24 the cost is $175.

Golfing in Ireland

Father Charles Flynn of Eveleth will lead a tour of the hidden golfing gems of Ireland April 17-26. For color brochure write to Golf Gems, Box 586, Eveleth, MN 55734 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 ninth to 12th grade 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/water park. 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. 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. For more information visit Note: the diocesan group is full with a waiting list. Please visit the website to register.