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Calendar of Events - March 2017

The Northern Cross - March 2017
Calendar of Events

Fish suppers (Duluth)

Fish suppers will be held on Fridays March 3, 17 and 31 from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at St. John’s Church, 4230 St. John’s Ave., Duluth. Serving fish (baked/fried), vegetable, mashed potatoes, buns, cake, coffee and punch. Tickets available at the door. Adults $9, youth 6-13 years $7 and children under 6 years free. For questions call (218) 724-6332. Handicapped accessible.

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. For more information on meeting times and locations, please contact Kris Cook at (218) 491-5230, (218) 428-6197 or

Men’s conference

The sixth annual Men of Faith conference is scheduled for Saturday, March 4, at Marshall School in Duluth. Trent Horn of Catholic Answers is the featured speaker. On-site registration is available.

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) 885-2439 or by cell (218) 966-8251.

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.


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.

Pancake breakfast

An all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast will be held at St. Mary Star of the Sea Church, 325 E. Third St., Duluth, Sunday, March 5, from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Adults $6 and children under 12 $3. Gluten free and take out available. Extra parking in the 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.

Lectio divina

Lectio divina (“divine reading”) is a way of reading the Scriptures whereby 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. most Sundays during the school year. Contact Pat at (218) 729-7576 for more information.

Ham bingo (Duluth)

Holy Family Church, 2430 W. Third St., Duluth, is sponsoring a Easter bingo Sunday, March 5. Doors open and hot dogs and goodies are available at noon. Bingo starts at 1 p.m. $2 per board. Ham and cash games will be played. Handicapped accessible.

Bingo benefit (Meadowlands)

St. Mary’s Church in Meadowlands will host a bingo benefit for Mallory Norrell, who has pediatric cancer, Sunday, March 5, at 2 p.m. at the Meadowlands Community Center, 7758 Western Ave., Meadowlands. Two sets of 11 games will be played. Cards are $2 per card per set. Hams, turkeys and cash prizes. Lunch will be served after bingo. Freewill offering. Drawing tickets available for donated gift cards and gifts. Handicapped accessible.

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 is held the first and third Tuesdays of the month: March 7, 21, April 4, 18 and May 2, 16, from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Facilitators Jim Taylor and Jim Reinke, both are long time centering prayer practitioners. Ongoing centering prayer is also held the second and fourth Tuesdays: March 14, 28, April 11, 25 and May 9, 23, from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Facilitators are 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. A group experience for centering prayer practitioners who have completed introduction to centering prayer. $5 per session. To register contact McCabe Renewal Center, (218) 724-5266, or online at www.duluthbenedictines. org/mccabe. 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.


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.

Lenten soup suppers (Chisholm)

St. Joseph’s Church, 113 S.W. Fourth St., Chisholm, will be hosting soup suppers Wednesdays from March 8 to April 12, 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. Cost is $5 per person. All are welcome. Handicapped accessible. Call the church for information at (218) 254-5703.

Soup suppers (Duluth)

Soup suppers will be held Wednesdays, March 8, 15, 22, 29 and April 5 at 5:15 p.m., followed by Stations of the Cross at 6:15 p.m., at Holy Family Church, 2430 W. Third St., Duluth. Freewill offering. Handicapped accessible. Call the church for information at (218) 722-4445.


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.

Lenten program (Duluth)

Marian Apparitions are the topics of the Lenten programs at St. Mary Star of the Sea Church, 325 E. Third St., Duluth. The evening begins at 6 p.m. with Stations of the Cross, followed by soup supper then the program. Program schedule: March 8 — Marian Appearances in Africa, by Deacon Dick Laumeyer; March 15 — Our Lady of Fatima, by Father Peter Muhich; March 22 — Our Lady of Guadalupe, by Father Timothy Lange; March 29 — Our Lady of Lourdes, by Sister Joan Marie Stedman. Handicapped accessible. Call the church at (218) 722-3078 for information.

Catholics at the Capital

Minnesota Catholics at the Capital is a new event for Catholics to present Catholic issues to lawmakers of the State of Minnesota. Minnesota faces the real challenges of assisted suicide, failing school and family poverty. But Catholics are called to respond and protect life and human dignity. Join Minnesota’s bishops and thousands of Catholics across the state for a day of inspiration and advocacy at the State Capitol. Learn about the key issues facing our state. Receive training from experts on effective advocacy. Listen to dynamic Church leaders and speakers. Pray with our bishops in the State Capitol rotunda. Influence Minnesota lawmakers with our bishops. Connect with other committed Catholics from your district and live your baptismal call to faithful citizenship. See the potential of a united Catholic voice in Minnesota firsthand Thursday, March 9, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at RiverCentre and the State Capitol in St. Paul. For additional information and to register visit or Ticket price includes light morning refreshments, programming, boxed lunch, and transportation to and from the Capitol. Early registration is $20, regular registration $25 and youth ages 22 and younger attend free. Diocesan sponsored transportation will be available, please visit for more information.

Catholic moms group

St. James Catholic Moms Group meets the second and fourth Thursdays through May 15, from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., at St. James Catholic School, 715 N. 57th Ave. W., Duluth. Discussion on traditional Catholic parenting in today’s secular world. Using the Blessed Mother as a model, there is discussion on everyday issues important for families today. Come for prayer, fellowship and study. Mothers of all ages are welcome from first time moms to grandmas. Nursery available, freewill donation. Questions or register with Cheryl Foldesi at (218) 628-2932 or at

40 hours adoration

Father Mike Schmitz will lead a 40 hours adoration March 10-12 at St. Francis Church, 404 N. Ninth St., Brainerd. Adoration begins with Mass at 5:30 p.m. Friday, March 10, and continues until 3 p.m. March 12. Father Schmitz will be speaking Friday at 7 p.m., Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m. He will also be at weekend Masses at All Saints Church, Baxter, St. Mathias Church, Fort Ripley and St. Andrew’s in Brainerd. Call Esther at (218) 822-4040 to reserve adoration times or for information.

Women’s conference

The 2017 Women’s Conference will be held at Marshall High School in Duluth March 11 and will feature nationally renowned atheist-to-Catholic convert, Jennifer Fulwiler. Fulwiler hosts her own radio show on Sirius XM Channel 129, The Jennifer Fulwiler Show, and is author of the award-winning book “Something Other Than God.” Register online at On-site registrations are also accepted.

Lenten retreat

A Lenten retreat entitled “Stories of Our Thirsting, Seeing, Dying and Rising” will be held Saturday, March 11, from 9 a.m. to noon at St. Scholastica Monastery, 1001 Kenwood Ave., Duluth. Using the Gospels for the third, fourth and fifth Sundays of Lent, journey with the woman at the well, the man born blind and the raisi g of Lazarus. Each of these Gospels provides another perspective for our own conversion process as we seek to become intentional disciples of Jesus Christ. Facilitators: Father Steve Ulrick and Benedictine Sister Pauline Micke. Freewill offering. To register call (218) 723-6555 or e-mail

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, March 12, at 1 p.m. They meet the second Sunday of the month. Contact Michele for more information at (218) 591-0556.

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.

NFP introductory sessions

Northland Family Programs holds free natural family planning introductory sessions at different sites Mondays at 7 p.m.: Duluth – March 13 in the Minnesota Room at Essentia Health St. Mary’s Medical Center; Brainerd – March 13 at Essentia Health St. Joseph’s Medical Center; Virginia – March 13 at Virginia Regional Medical Center; Cloquet – March 20 at Community Memorial Hospital; Hibbing – March 20 at the Hibbing Park Hotel and Superior, Wis. – March 27 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

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

Youth ministers’ meetings

Youth Ministers and DREs of the Diocese of Duluth have regularly scheduled meetings on Tuesdays. Upcoming meetings: March 14, topic – making the most of time with students; April 4, topic – targeting different audiences and May 2, topic – matching the right purpose with the right audience. Contact Annette by the Friday before the meeting to RSVP. Contact Annette at (218) 724-9111 or

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, T.O.C, at (320) 384-7305.

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.

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 (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.

Egg bake breakfast

An egg bake breakfast will be served Sunday, March 19, 8 a.m. to noon, at Holy Family Church, 2430 W. Third St., Duluth. Age 12 to adult $6, under 12 $4, age 3 and under free. Handicapped accessible. Call the church for information at (218) 722-4445.

Ham dinner

The Knights of Columbus is hosting a St. Joseph’s Day ham dinner with all the fixings Sunday, March 19, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 151 W. Linden St., Duluth. Dinner will include ham from Wrazidlo Meats, potatoes, sweet and sour cabbage, cake, etc. Adults: $10, children 7 to 13: $5, children 6 and under eat free. Take-out available. Proceeds benefit parish youth activities.

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 go toward assisting the education expenses of seminarian Deacon Beau Braun. For more information, call the parish office 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


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

Confirmation retreat

A diocesan confirmation retreat will be held March 24-25 at Blessed Sacrament Church, 2310 Seventh Ave. E., Hibbing. Registration preference is given to students who will be confirmed this school year. Registration deadline is March 10. Parish staff should register all students. Students contact your parish staff. Register early as space is limited. Visit and click on the department of youth ministry or call Annette at (218) 724-9111.

Fish fry (Duluth)

Fish fry dinners at St. Benedict’s Church, 1419 St. Benedict St., Duluth, prepared by St. Benedict’s Knights of Columbus will be held Fridays March 24, 31 and April 7 from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Adult $9, children 5 to 12 $5, and children 4 and younger free. Take-out available. Handicapped accessible. Call the church for information at (218) 724-4828.

Lenten reflection

A Lenten reflection — “Can You Drink this Cup?” — will be held Saturday, March 25, 9 a.m. to noon at the McCabe Renewal Center, 2125 Abbotsford Ave., Duluth. Can you drink the cup of life? Can you taste all the sorrows and joys? Can you live your life to the full whatever it will bring? (Matthew 20:21-28). The morning will not provide answers, but you will have time to mull these questions in your own mind and heart. The conversation is based on the writings of Father Henri Nouwen and Sister Joyce Rupp. Please bring with you a cup that is special to you. Facilitator: Benedictine Sister Sarah O’Malley, author of 12 books on pastoral topics, who has given many retreats both in Phoenix and Duluth on a wide variety of topics. Program cost: $35 refreshments included. To register online, visit or email or call (218) 724-5266.

KC ham bingo (Duluth)

St. Lawrence Knight of Columbus will host a ham bingo Sunday, March 26, at St. Lawrence Church, 2410 Morris Thomas Road, Duluth. Doors open at noon. Enjoy a sloppy Joe lunch with chips and drink. Sweets also available. Bingo starts at 1 p.m. $5 for two boards; ham and cash games. Handicapped accessible. Contact Bill at (218) 590-8035 for information.

Fish fry (Cohasset)

St. Augustine’s Church, Cohasset, will be hosting its tenth annual Lenten fish fry Friday, March 31, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Adult ticket price is $12, which includes the meal and a drawing for numerous door prizes (need not be present to win). Grand prize is a half-day guided fishing trip with Jason Boser of the Minnesota Fishing Pros ($300 value). Meal price for children age 6-12 is $6 (pay at the door) and age 5 and under eat free. Only selling 200 tickets, so get your tickets early. Call Dan Fiala at (218) 256-2525.

Chicken dinner/bake sale

The annual chicken dinner and bake sale will be held Sunday, April 2, from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., at St. Rose Church, 2 Sixth Ave., Proctor. Takeout available. Adult $9, children $5 and children under age 5 free. Homecooked, oven-roasted chicken, mashed potatoes, gravy, green beans, coleslaw, buns and banana cream pie for dessert. Coffee or milk served with meal. Shop the bake sale and take chances on a grocery basket and a spring basket. Drawings at 3:30 p.m., need not be present to win. Please call the parish at (218) 624-0007 with questions. Handicapped accessible.

Easter ham bingo (Duluth)

St. Mary Star of the Sea Church, 325 E. Third St., Duluth, will be having an Easter ham bingo Sunday, April 2, beginning at 1 p.m. Twenty hams will be given away plus other prizes. Silent auction. Children’s Easter basket raffle. $1 raffle with prizes: first — $500, second — $300, third — $300 of gas from Jack’s Mobil and fourth — $200. Sloppy Joe and hot dog lunch served. Plenty of parking and handicapped accessible. Contact parish office (218) 722-3078 with questions.

Children’s program

A children’s program for fourth to sixth graders will be held Monday, April 3, through Thursday, April 6, 9 a.m. to noon. Performances on Thursday, April 6. Topic: “Confronting Evil with Good: Treemonisha.” What’s in a name? How has your name made a difference in your life? Be an actress or actor in the opera “Treemonisha” and discover the influence of a name. Facilitator: Benedictine Sister Dorene King, a licensed teacher and director of McCabe Renewal Center. Program cost: $60 for four days. Register early, space limited to 15. Scholarships available. McCabe Renewal Center is located at 2125 Abbotsford Ave., Duluth. To register online, visit or email or call (218) 724-5266.

Sweet and sour cabbage sale

Holy Family Church, 2430 W. Third St., Duluth, is having a sweet and sour cabbage sale Sunday, April 9, after the 9:30 a.m. Mass until noon. If there is any left after the Sunday sale, you can also purchase Monday through Wednesday, April 10-12 between 9 a.m. and 1.p.m. Cost is $4.50 per quart. A great addition to your Easter meal. Call the church at (218) 722- 4445 for information.


On the first Thursday of the month 24-hour adoration is celebrated from 8:30 a.m. to 7:50 a.m., Friday, at Our Lady’s Chapel at Immaculate Heart Church, 35208 County Road, Crosslake. All are encouraged to stop by and spend some time before the Lord. For information contact Marilyn at (218) 692-3731.

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.

Italy pilgrimage

Join the pilgrimage to Italy Nov. 8-17, led by Father Anthony Craig. Visit Assisi, Siena, Florence, Orvieto and Rome. Accommodations at fourstar hotels, luxury motor coach for airport transfers in Italy and specified sightseeing, tour escort and local guides, daily Mass in unique and historical churches and more. Round trip scheduled commercial air from Minneapolis to Rome, Italy. Contact Jean Chase at Pilgrimages by Corporate Travel for brochure at (333) 565-8888 ext. 121 or 150.

Spiritual journey

Join Fathers Tony Wroblewski and Daniel Weiske for a spiritual journey to Austria and Bavaria from Sept. 18-29. The journey will include visits to Vienna, Melk Abbey, Salzburg, Munich, Garmisch, a ride down the Danube River, Masses in a number of Marian Shrines and more! Cash discount price of $3,699. To receive a brochure and registration form, email your name, address, phone number, indicate if home, office or mobile phone number please, along with your email address, to Father Tony at or simply call the parish office at (218) 822-4040.