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Calendar of Events - May 2017

The Northern Cross - May 2017
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 “I Have Loved You with an Everlasting Love, I have had Pity on Your Nothingness.” For more information on meeting times and locations, please contact Kris Cook at (218) 491-5230, (218) 428.6197, or

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.

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.

Fatima discussion

All are welcome to join the discussion of the book “Fatima for Today: The urgent message of hope,” by Father Andrew Apostoli at St. Mary Star of the Sea Church, 325 E. Third St., Duluth, on Saturday, May 6, at 10:30 a.m., in the social hall. Purchase the book at Catholic Customs. The first five chapters were covered at an earlier meeting. Handicapped accessible. Contact Renee Zurn, facilitator, at (218) 723-1321 if you have questions.

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.

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 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 in which 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.

Sacred Heart of Jesus Conference

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul, Sacred Heart of Jesus Conference, will host its 16th anniversary pancake breakfast celebration at Cathedral of Christ the King, 1111 Belknap St., Superior, Wis., on Sunday, May 7, from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., free of charge. Meal includes pancakes, sausages, scrambled eggs, juice, milk, and coffee. The Cathedral is handicapped accessible. Join in for a fun day of music, food, door prizes, and a silent auction filled with exciting items. Freewill donations are gratefully accepted. All are welcome!

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 — May 8 in the Minnesota Room at Essentia Health St. Mary’s Medical Center; Virginia — May 8 at Virginia Regional Medical Center; Cloquet — May 15 at Community Memorial Hospital; Hibbing — May 15 at the Hibbing Park Hotel; and Superior, Wis. — May 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

Personalized brick sale

Personalized bricks may still be purchased for installation in Mary’s Garden at St. Mary Star of the Sea Church, 325 E. Third St., Duluth. Order forms are available at the church website, under Parish Life, Rosary. Orders must be placed by May 31 for installation this summer. Call Renee Zurn (218) 723-1321 for more information.

DDCCW spring convention

The Duluth Diocesan Conference of Catholic Women’s spring convention will take place May 9 at St. Joseph’s Church, 315 S.W. 21st St., Grand Rapids. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. followed by the morning program. Bishop Sirba will be the speaker. Mass will follow with installation of officers. Lunch is at noon and the afternoon program begins at 1 p.m., closing prayer and dismissal at 2:30 p.m. Cost is $20 at the door. Contact Sue Goerges at or (218) 562-4182 with any questions and to register.

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.

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.


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.

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, May 13, at 1 p.m. They meet the second Sunday of the month. Contact Michele for more information at (218) 591-0556.

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 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

BDCCW spring convention

The Brainerd Deanery Council of Catholic Women will hold its spring convention and installation of new officers beginning at 9 a.m., Tuesday, May 16, at St. James Church, 299 Red Oak Drive, Aitkin. Registration fee $15, and registrations are due by May 11. Jodie Provost, DNR Fish, Wildlife and Habitat Specialist will speak on God’s Earth and Our Stewardship of the Land. Mass will be held at 11 a.m., lunch will follow. For information call Joan at (218) 678-2836.

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.

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 May. 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.

Parish and school reunion

Any individual who attended St. Anthony’s parish or school in Duluth is invited to the spring luncheon at the Pickwick, 508 E. Superior St., Duluth, Thursday, May 18, at noon. This is a good opportunity to renew old friendships. RSVP to Shirley Baker at (218) 727-2093 or, or Bev Beaudette at (218) 343-8262 or

HDDCW spring convention

Hibbing Deanery Council of Catholic Women is having its spring convention May 18, at St Mary’s Church, 15 First Ave. N.E., Deer River. Registration begins at 1:30 p.m. and program at 2 p.m. the program is a presentation by Father Francis Kabiru and Sandy Baldwin on “Listening to God’s Call in Your Life — Moto Hope Mission in Kenya, Africa.” The afternoon will conclude with a Mass at 4 p.m. and dinner at 5 p.m. Contact Ann Johnston at if you would like to attend.

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.

Rummage sale (Tower)

St. Martin’s Church, 108 N. Second St., Tower, will host its annual rummage sale Saturday, May 20, from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Early bird shoppers may come in at 8 a.m. for a $5 fee. The event includes the rummage sale, a bake sale, and a luncheon. Students will be hosting the bake sale. Proceeds from the bake sale will go towards the Steubenville Conference trip to San Diego in July. Call the church for more information at (218) 753-4310. St Martin’s is handicapped accessible.

Laudato Si’ workshop

“Caring for Earth, Our Common Home” workshop will be held Saturday, May 20, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at McCabe Renewal Center, 2125 Abbotsford Ave., Duluth. Pope Francis’ encyclical letter “Laudato Si’: On Care of Our Common Home” will be the focus and inspiration for this day of input, dialogue, and prayer. Consideration will be given to the scientific, political, ethical, and global dimensions of climate change. Ponder together our concern for creation and earth’s inhabitants, especially the poor among God’s people, as expressed in Laudato Si’. Facilitators: the Rev. William Christ, a retired Lutheran pastor, corporate strategy implementation consultant, Benedictine Oblate of St. Scholastica Monastery, and a frequent lecturer for Global Minnesota’s Great Decisions group on foreign affairs and global politics; Benedictine Sister Lois Eckes, a member of St. Scholastica Monastery and a lifelong lover of the earth and all its wonders; and John Jereczek, a natural resource scientist with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources with experience in climate change monitoring, planning, and research. $75, lunch and refreshments included. To register call McCabe Renewal Center at (218) 724-5266 or email at or online by visiting, click on McCabe.

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.Christ

Child Society lunch

All are invited to a Red Wagon Luncheon Sunday, May 21, at 12:30 p.m. at Valentini’s Vicino Lago, 1400 London Road, Duluth. The president of the National Christ Child Society, Marybeth Baucco, will be the keynote speaker. Tickets are $20 for a wonderful lunch, interesting speaker, and the chance to participate in raffles for several works of religious art. Please RSVP by May 14 by contacting Kathy Forsman, president of Christ Child Society Duluth, at (218) 624-4583 or You can also mail a check, payable to CCSD, to Kathy Forsman, 5566 Halie Road, Proctor MN 55810.

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.

Grand breakfast

Holy Angels Church, 60 Hartman Drive, Moose Lake, is having its grand breakfast Sunday, May 28, 8 a.m. to noon. Pancakes, french toast, scrambled eggs, egg bake, sausage, whole ham, biscuits, and gravy, hash browns, strawberries, juice, milk, and coffee. Handicapped accessible. Contact the church for information at (218) 485-8214.

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.

KC golf scramble

Immaculate Heart Church in Crosslake and the Knights of Columbus Mary, Queen of Peace, Council 9657 are sponsoring a golf scramble and mini golf tournament Saturday, June 10, at Cross Woods Golf Course. Golf scramble 11 a.m., mini golf 1:30 p.m. Tournament fees: golf scramble $65 a player $240 per foursome, mini golf $20 a person. Hole sponsorship is only $125. Tournament fees include green fees, cart, range balls, and refreshments. Additional fun and games: closest to the pin, longest drive, team prizes, barbecue, and silent auction. Register by calling Immaculate Heart Church at (218) 692-3731 or St. Emily’s Church at (218) 763-2510. All the proceeds will benefit the Knights of Columbus charities.

LaCrosse pilgrimage

St. Joseph Church, Crosby, Ironton, and Deerwood will host a parish pilgrimage to Our Lady of Guadalupe Shrine in LaCrosse, Wis., Tuesday and Wednesday, June 27-28. Details can be found on the parish website Space is limited, register early.

National Tekakwitha Conference

The National Tekakwitha Conference will be held in Rapid City, S.D., July 19-22. Contact Sister Marie Rose Messingschlager, CDP, at the Pastoral Center, (218) 724-9111 for more information.

Diocesan Assembly

The Diocese of Duluth’s 12th annual Diocesan Assembly will be held Saturday, Oct. 14, at Marshall School, 1215 Rice Lake Road, Duluth. Joe Miller, executive director of the Magis Center, will speak on the theme “Has Science Killed Faith? Encountering God in an Age of Unbelief.” Miller will show the scientific evidence for God’s existence and will explain how a person’s understanding of God affects the attainment of ultimate happiness. His presentations will help us evangelize in a culture where many people believe that faith and reason are not compatible. This event is open to all. Register at For more information contact Annette at (218) 724-9111.

Curious about China?

Father Dave Tushar is offering the opportunity to experience a true “Taste of China,” visiting Beijing, Xi’an, Guilin, Suzhou, and Shanghai from Oct. 23 to Nov. 7. 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 first class speedy train from Beijing to Xi’an and air (economy) from Xi’an to Guilin and then Guilin to Shanghai. References are available. For information and pricing, please call Father Tushar at (218) 384-4563. Deadline for registration is July 31.

Italy pilgrimage

Join a pilgrimage to Italy Nov. 8-17, guided by Father Anthony Craig. Visit Assisi, Siena, Florence, Orvieto, and Rome. Accommodations at four-star 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.