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Calendar of Events - January 2018

The Northern Cross - January 2018
Calendar of Events

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.

Adult Faith Formation

Adult Faith Formation sessions will be held on the following Saturdays: Jan. 6, at the Center for Spirituality and Enrichment, St. Scholastica Monastery, 1001 Kenwood Ave., Duluth, and Holy Spirit Church, 306 S. Second St., Virginia; Jan. 13 at St. Andrew Church, 1108 Willow St. S.E., Brainerd, and St. Patrick Church, 203 Lawler Ave. S., Hinckley; and Jan. 20 at St. Joseph 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 third of five monthly sessions which will run through March. For more information, call Annette Merritt 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.

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 Jan. 7 and Feb. 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.

NFP introductory sessions

Northland Family Programs holds free natural family planning introductory sessions at different sites at 7 p.m. on Mondays: Duluth – Jan. 8 in the Minnesota Room at Essentia Health St. Mary’s Medical Center; Virginia – Jan. 8 at Virginia Regional Medical Center; Brainerd – Dec. 4 at Essentia Health St. Joseph’s Medical Center: Cloquet – Jan. 15 at Community Memorial Hospital; Hibbing – Jan. 15 at the Hibbing Park Hotel; and Superior, Wis. – Jan. 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

Ongoing centering prayer

Ongoing centering prayer, a groupexperience for centering prayer practitioners who have completed an introduction to centering prayer, will be held the first and third Thursdays, Jan. 18, Feb. 1, 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: Jan. 9, 23, 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 or $50 per series. 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: Jan. 15, 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 or $45 all sessions. 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.

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.

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.


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 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.

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.

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


A “Forest Management and Wood Sustainability in Scripture” retreat will be held Saturday, Jan. 13, 9 a.m. to noon at Center for Spirituality and Enrichment, St. Scholastica Monastery, 1001 Kenwood Ave., Duluth. A realistic look at the impact of forest management in the United States. Learn about wood from a perspective derived from Scripture; introducing an environmental discussion from Pope Francis’ Encyclical “Laudato Si´” on the realities of using wood as a sustainable solution for the future. Facilitators: Kathryn Fernholz has a bachelor’s degree in forest resources from the University of Minnesota College of Natural Resources and also studied at the College of St. Benedict in St. Joseph, and Sheldon Jackson College in Sitka, Alaska. She has served as chair of the Minnesota Society of American Foresters and on the Minnesota Forest Resources Council. She lives and works in Minnesota and speaks throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe. Also, Benedictine Sister Luce Marie Dionne is a Sister of St. Scholastica Monastery and an architect. She has a bachelor’s degree in theater arts from Emerson College and a master’s degree in architecture from the Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C. $35 includes refreshments. Register at, email, or call (218) 723-6699.

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

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,

Bible study (Duluth)

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

Secular Franciscans in Duluth

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. Formore 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 for $10 each/$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 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 January: dinner at Grandma’s Saloon and Grill, cross country skiing, snowshoeing, and the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King March. In Feb. join the football championship get-together, the Boat Show at the DECC, and Valentine’s Day dinner. 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.

Micah 6:8 retreat

A retreat covering Micah 6:8, “We Are Called,” will be held Saturday, Jan. 20, 9 a.m. to noon at McCabe Renewal Center, 2125 Abbotsford Ave., Duluth. The Old Testament prophet Micah issued an endearing call to each of us to “come act with justice,” “love tenderly,” “serve one another,” and “walk humbly with God.” Explore how that call is so real for us today. 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.

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.

Online catechetical leader meeting

An online meeting for DREs and youth ministers will be held Thursday, Jan. 25, from 10 a.m. to noon. The formation topic will be a follow-up from the last Diocesan Assembly addressing issues related to faith and reason presented by Liz Hoefferle. An email meeting invitation will be sent. Contact Liz Hoefferle at (218) 724-9111.

Theology Uncapped

The second in a series of three Theology Uncapped talks will take place 6:30 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 25, at Grace Lutheran Church, 5454 Miller Trunk Highway, Hermantown. Doors open at 6 p.m. Registration is online now at www.theologyuncapped. org. Discussion leaders are Father Richard Kunst, pastor of St. John Church, Duluth, and St. Joseph Church, Gnesen, and the Rev. Peter Kowitz, pastor of United Lutheran Church, Proctor. The topic will be “Celibacy in Ministry.” The cost is $20, which includes a meal catered by Famous Dave’s with a choice of beverage: beer, wine, and soda. Everyone will have an opportunity to turn in a written question as the discussion takes place, and the moderator will pose them to the speakers. Please also visit for poster and information, or call (218) 260-3437.


St. Louis Church, 105 E. Fourth St., Floodwood, will have a day of bingo Saturday, Jan. 28. Freewill lunch served at 11:30 a.m., bingo begins at 12:30 p.m., 25 cents per card. Variety of prizes including cash. There will also be basket raffles. Handicapped accessible. Proceeds go toward building expenses of the new church building.

Poetry classes

“Poems to Open Your Heart and Change Your Life” classes are to be held Tuesday, Jan. 30, and Tuesday, Feb. 6, from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at McCabe Renewal Center, 2125 Abbotsford Ave., Duluth. Poetry can open our hearts to the presence of the divine in our midst and create a new way of seeing the world around us. On Jan. 30, two poems from Roger Housden’s “Ten Poems To Open Your Heart” will be covered. On Feb. 6, two more poems will be explored from Housden’s “Ten Poems To Change Your Life.” No class preparation is needed for either day. Facilitators: Lezlie Oachs, a practitioner of centering prayer since 1996 and retired St. Scholastica faculty member, and the Rev. Cindy Peterson-Wlosinski, an Episcopalian priest, spiritual director, and retreat leader. Both enjoy listening to the life stories of others. $20 per session or $45 for both. Refreshments will be provided. Register at or email:

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.

Marriage Encounter

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

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.

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.

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.

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, 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, Wisconsin, 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. Balance is due by May 31, no refunds.

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.

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 October 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.