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Calendar of Events - March 2018

The Northern Cross - March 2018
Calendar of Events

Fish fry (International Falls)

The Knights of Columbus of Koochiching Council 1540 will be hosting Lenten fish fries on Fridays, March 2, 9, 16, and 23, at 5 p.m., in Aquinas Hall of St. Thomas Aquinas Church, 810 Fifth St., International Falls. Walleye fillets, potatoes, coleslaw, fresh bun, choice of two vegetables and pickles, lemonade, or coffee. Cost is $11 for one fillet dinner, $15 for two fillet dinner. All meals are $1 off with a food shelf donation. Children 14 and under may receive one fillet dinners half price. Open to the public. Proceeds will fund Coats for Kids, the KC Free Throw Championship, and Food for Families projects. Contact the parish office at (218) 283-3293.

Fish fry (Two Harbors)

Fish fries will be held at Holy Spirit Church, 227 Third St., Two Harbors, March 2 and 23, from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Fish, potatoes, coleslaw, homemade bread, dessert, and beverages. Ages 5 and under free; 6-10 $5; 10 and older $8.

Fish fry (Duluth)

St. Raphael Church, 5779 Seville Road, Duluth, will hold fish fries March 2, 16, and 23. Call the church for times and cost at (218) 729-7537.

Communion and Liberation

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.

Adult faith formation

Adult Faith Formation sessions will be held on Saturday, March 3, at the Center for Spirituality and Enrichment, St. Scholastica Monastery, 1001 Kenwood Ave., Duluth; and Holy Spirit Church, 306 S. Second St., Virginia. On Saturday, March 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., all other sessions run from 9 a.m. to noon. These are the fifth of five monthly sessions running this year. 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.

Ham dinner (Duluth)

A community ham dinner will be held Saturday, March 3, 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at St. Benedict Church, 1419 St. Benedict St., Duluth. Ham, au gratin potatoes, green beans with bacon, coleslaw, relish tray, rolls, cherry cobbler, coffee, and milk. Adults $10, children 6-12 $6, those under 5 free. Handicapped accessible.

Easter ham bingo

An Easter ham bingo will be held at Holy Family Church, 2430 W. Third St., Duluth, Sunday, March 4. Doors open and lunch available at noon, games begin at 1 p.m. Boards are $2 each, cash games are 25 cents per board. Handicapped accessible.


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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, Sunday, March 4, from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Adults $6, children under 12 $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.

Bible study (Duluth)

St. Benedict Church, 1419 St. Benedict St., Duluth, will host “The Bible Timeline” series from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on 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 www.stbensduluth. org 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.


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. Nursery available, freewill donation. For questions or to register contact Cheryl Foldesi at (218) 628-2932,, or Peggy Haugen at (218) 628-2411.

Ongoing centering prayer

Ongoing centering prayer, a group experience for centering prayer practitioners who have completed an introduction to centering prayer, will be held the first and third Thursdays: March 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: 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. Evening sessions will be held the first and third Mondays: 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. 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.

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.

Fish fry (Duluth)

St. Benedict Church, 1419 St. Benedict St., Duluth, March 9, 16, and 23, 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. St. Benedict’s KCs are serving three types of fish (deep fried, Cajun fried, and baked). $10 for adults $5, for kids 12 and under, and free for kids 3 and under. Meals are served in the parish hall in the basement, handicapped accessible. Take-outs available. Proceeds go to church, youth, and Culture of Life programs.

Fish fry (Duluth)

St. John Church, 4230 St. John’s Ave., Duluth, March 9 and 16, 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the church hall. Baked or fried fish, mashed potatoes, vegetable, buns, cake, and refreshments. Adults $9; youth 6-13 $7 and under 6 years free. Call (218) 724-6332 for information.

Lenten program

A continuation of the “Encountering God’s Gracious Presence through Lent” program, a lectio divina series, will be held Fridays March 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. Come for any of the sessions, some of which are variations on traditional lectio divina. Prior experience with lectio divina is not required. Themes: March 9, visio divina by Dawn Carrillo and March 16 video divina, by Benedictine Sister Lois Eckes and Carrillo. $10 for March 9 session, $20 for March 16 session. Register at, email, or call (218) 723-6699.

Women’s retreat

“Lord, Show Me the Path to Life,” a women’s retreat, March 9-11 at 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. 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, who 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. Register at or phone Sister Edith at (218) 733-2273. Retreat is free.


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 encourage@dioceseduluth. org for more information. Are you experiencing same-sex attraction and looking for answers? Contact Deacon Beier at for support group information. Also visit

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. 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 “Four Women Doctors of the Church” retreat will be held Saturday, March 10, from 9 a.m. to noon at Mc- Cabe Renewal Center, 2125 Abbotsford Ave., Duluth. The retreat will consider four women doctors of the church and how they lived and preached the Good News by their lives. Facilitator: Benedictine Sister Sarah O’Malley, who has authored 12 books on pastoral topics and has given many retreats both in Phoenix and Duluth. $35 includes refreshments. Register at, email or call (218) 724-5266.

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

Voluntary Simplicity workshop

A “Voluntary Simplicity” workshop will be held Sunday, 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.

DDCCW 100th anniversary

The Duluth Diocesan Council of Catholic Women will celebrate its 100th anniversary in the year 2020. Our 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 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,

Lenten mission (Duluth)

“We Thirst for You, O Lord” Lenten mission will be held Monday through Thursday, March 12-15, beginning at 7 p.m., at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Rosary, 2801 E. Fourth St., Duluth. Wednesday session includes prayers for healing. Father Glenn Sudano, a member of the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal will preach the mission. For additional information, contact the Cathedral at (218) 728-3646.

NFP introductory sessions

Northland Family Programs holds free natural family planning introductory sessions at different sites at 7 p.m. on Mondays: Duluth – March 12 in the Minnesota Room at Essentia Health St. Mary’s Medical Center; Cloquet – March 19 at Community Memorial Hospital; Superior, Wis. – March 26 at St. Mary’s Hospital; and Brainerd – Tuesday, March 13, At Essential 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.

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.

Eucharistic miracle exhibit

A Eucharistic miracle exhibit will be held at St. Philip’s Catholic Community, 702 Beltrami Ave. N.W., Bemidji, Thursday through Sunday, March 15-18. There will be presentations each day. Contact for additional information.

Lenten silent retreat

Christ the King Retreat Center, 621 First Ave. S., Buffalo, will hold a Lenten silent retreat for men and women March 16-18. Theme: Enoughness, the Cancer of the Spiritual Life. Presented by Jesuit Father Larry Gillick. $175 per person, includes $30 deposit for room. Visit, call (763) 682-1394, or email to register.

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

Easter ham bingo (Duluth)

St. Mary Star of the Sea Church, 325 E. Third St., Duluth, will have an Easter ham bingo on Sunday, March 18, beginning at 1 p.m. Boards are $2 each or three boards for $5. Sloppy Joe and hot dog lunch will be served starting at 11:30 a.m. Twenty hams will be given away, plus other prizes. Silent auction along with Easter basket raffle. $1 raffle: first prize $500, second prize $300. third prize $300 gas from Jack’s Mobil in Duluth, and fourth prize $200. Plenty of parking and handicapped accessible. Call (218) 722-3078 with questions.

Log church tours

Tours are being offered of the old log church at Sts. Mary and Joseph Church in Sawyer, 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. Take the opportunity of a tour to venerate an authentic relic of St. Kateri Tekakwitha in the current church. For more information on the church 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

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.

DRE and youth minister retreat

A Lenten retreat will be held for DREs and youth ministers on Thursday, March 22, at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Rosary, 2801 E. Fourth St., Duluth, 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jenny Boran will lead the retreat talks. Confessions, Mass celebrated by Bishop Sirba, and lunch will be included. All DREs and youth ministers are invited to attend. RSVP to Annette Merritt at (218) 724-9111 by March 16.

Salmon bake (Duluth)

The Knights of Columbus Msgr. O’Shea council is hosting a salmon bake dinner Friday, March 23, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Stella Maris Academy, Holy Rosary Camus, 2802 E. Fourth St., Duluth. Tickets can be purchased at the door the evening of the dinner.

Theology of M*A*S*H

“The Theology of ‘M*A*S*H*’” retreat will be held Saturday, March 24, from 9 a.m. to noon, at McCabe Renewal Center, 2125 Abbotsford Ave., Duluth. The M*A*S*H* TV series, which ran in the 1970s and 1980s, was a thinly veiled commentary on the Vietnam War. During this retreat you will have an opportunity to revisit characters and situations that had an impact on our lives when we were younger, relive the good times, and connect with old wounds from the Vietnam War. The retreat includes prayer, scripture readings pertinent to the episodes, viewing episodes and conversation. Facilitator: the Rev. Dr. Cheryl Fleckenstein, a member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America clergy who is pastor of two United Methodist Churches in the Duluth area. $35 includes refreshments. Register at, email or call (218) 724-5266.

Ham bingo (Buhl)

The Buhl Knights of Columbus Council 5612 will hold its annual ham bingo on Saturday, March 24, at 7 p.m. at the Buhl-Kinney Senior Center located at the corner of Frantz and Mercer in Buhl. Handicapped accessible. Thirty-three games played for hams at $1 per card for 10 games, plus three door prizes and three cash coverall games. Proceeds fund the Knights of Columbus charities. For information contact Stan Sokoloski at (218) 744-4351.

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.

Holy Week retreat

A “Walking the Path of Holy Week” retreat will be held Thursday through Sunday, March 29 through April 1, at the St. Scholastica Monastery, Center for Spirituality and Enrichment, 1001 Kenwood Ave., Duluth. Enter the silence and experience the rich liturgies of Holy Thursday, Good Friday, the Easter Vigil and Easter Sunday with the Benedictine Sisters of St. Scholastica Monastery. It begins with an introductory conference on March 29, from 10 a.m. to noon, that will explain the liturgical symbolism of the Triduum. The retreat continues with the community prayers and liturgies, concluding with a festive noon meal on Easter Sunday. Facilitators: Benedictine Sister Pauline Micke, outreach coordinator for the Center for Spirituality and Enrichment at St. Scholastica Monastery; and Brian Kapp, who holds a bachelor’s degree in keyboard performance and a master’s degree in liturgical music (voice performance). He is the director of music and liturgy at St. Michael’s Church in Duluth. $230, includes meals and overnight accommodations. Registration limited to 12 people. Scholarships available. Register at, email, or call (218) 723-6699.

Children’s program (grades 4-6)

A children’s program for grades four through six, “How To Get Out of Trouble,” will be held at the McCabe Renewal Center, 2125 Abbotsford Ave., Duluth, Monday through Thursday, April 2-5, 9 a.m. to noon, with a performances on Thursday, April 6. What are some ways to get out of trouble? The King of Bulgaria is looking for an answer to his big problem. How about an attractive surprise for the best solution to the King’s problem? If the King disapproves of your solution, you may lose your head! Come and be an actor or actress in the 1880 comic opera “Mr. Samson of Omaha” by an American woman composer. Facilitator: Benedictine Sister Dorene King, a licensed teacher and director of McCabe Renewal Center. $60 (4 days). Register early, space limited to 15. Scholarships available. Register at, email, or call (218) 724-5266.

Youth ministers meetings

The Diocese of Duluth youth ministers will meet Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to2:30 p.m., in the large conference room at the Pastoral Center, 2830 E. Fourth St., Duluth. Upcoming meeting dates: 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.

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 meeting sare for anyone whose life has been touched by cancer.

Confirmation retreat

The last overnight confirmation retreat offered by the Diocese of Duluth for the current school year will be held April 6-7, at Stella Maris Academy, Holy Rosary Campus, Duluth (deadline March 23). 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. Further registration information and requirements can be found on the Diocese of Duluth website on the Department of Youth Ministry page.

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.

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 “Taste of China,” visiting Beijing, Xi’an, Chengdu, Suzhou, and Shanghai from Oct. 8-23. Arrangements are through Hua Travel, a Chinese agency specializing in small group tours. This is a customized small group tour. 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.

Holy Land pilgrimage

You are invited to join a pilgrimage to the Holy Land, 11 days, Jan. 7-17, 2019, under the spiritual direction of Father Seth Gogolin of St. Cecilia and Mary Immaculate Churches and Father Anthony Wroblewski of St. Francis and All Saints Churches. More information, including pricing, color brochure, and registration, available after March 17. To ensure you are one of the first to receive more information in March, please contact Father Gogolin at (218) 316-0131 or send an email to Space is limited.