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Calendar of Events - November 2016

The Northern Cross - November 2016
Calendar of Events

Communion and Liberation School of 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

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.

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 WDIODuluth 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

An all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast will be held on Sunday, Nov. 6, at St Mary Star of the Sea Church, 325 E. Third St., Duluth, from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Gluten-free and takeout available. Adults $6, children under 12 $3. Extra parking in the Essentia St. Mary’s Hospital parking ramp behind the church, Fourth Street entrance. Call the church at (218) 722-3078 for information.

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. Handicap accessible.

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. on most Sundays during the school year. Contact Pat at (218) 729-7576 for more information.

Ongoing centering prayer

A group experience for centering prayer practitioners who have completed introduction to centering prayer held Tuesdays, Nov. 8, 22 and Dec. 13, 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. 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 retired St. Scholastica faculty member. Suggested donation: $5 each session. To register visit mccabe or email McCabeCenter@msn. com or call (218) 724-5266. McCabe Renewal Center is located at 2125 Abbotsford Ave., Duluth.

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.

Divorced Catholics group

St. Michael’s Church, 4901 E. Superior St., Duluth, is offering The Catholics Divorce Survival Guide, the 12-week group began Sept. 13. Meetings are Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. Divorce is painful. Healing takes time — sometimes a long time. A support group can help. This Christian program features DVD presentations consistent with the teachings of the Catholic Church. It is open to anyone who is seeking comfort, counsel and clarity after a divorce. Whether you got divorced 10 days ago or 10 years ago, this program offers valuable insight. Cost of $15 which covers the workbook. Sorry no childcare. For more information or to register contact Sue Raimo (218) 7228791 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 www.clonline. us.

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 northland.frassati@ or call (218) 384-1590.

Catholic moms group

St. James Catholic Moms Group meets the second and fourth Thursdays through May 15, 2017, 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 our model, we 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. Lessons are from “Divie Mercy for Moms,” by Michele Faehnl and Emily Jaminet. Nursery available, freewill donation. Questions or register with Cheryl Foldesi at (218) 628-2932 or at

Women’s retreat

A women’s retreat will be held Saturday, Nov. 12, from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., at St. Benedict’s Church, 1419 St. Benedict St., Duluth. A DVD presentation by Father Albert Haase, OFM, called “Catching Fire Becoming Flame.” The first three segments will be covered on this date and the last three will be shown in early 2017. Topics: session one — “The Spiritual Journey as a Process of Transformation”; session two — “Your Image of God”; session three — “The Examen.” Each session will include a 30-minute DVD presentation followed by small group discussion questions and sharing with the large group. Facilitated by Georgiann Kuberra. Please register with the church office at (218) 724- 4828 by Nov. 7.

Fall fest

Holy Spirit Church, 227 Third St., Two Harbors, is having a Fall fest on Saturday, Nov. 12, from 9 a.m. to noon. There will be vendors and crafters selling items and a bake sale. Coffee, hot chocolate and cinnamon rolls will be sold in the morning. Minestrone soup, roll and dessert for $5.50 will be served for lunch starting at 11 a.m. For information contact Gwen Valentine at

Taco Dinner

St. Raphael Mission Trip students are sponsoring a freewill offering taco bar to earn money for their mission trip the summer of 2017. The dinner is Saturday, Nov. 12, 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., at St. Raphael parish, 5779 Seville Road, Duluth. There will also be a silent auction. For more information please call Rita at (218) 729-7537.

Christmas bazaar

St Martin’s Church, 107 N. Third St., Tower, is hosting a Christmas bazaar on Saturday, Nov. 13, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be baked goods, crafts, many vendors, bingo for children, make-and-take Christmas decorations for children, and a special shop just for kids to do their Christmas shopping. Lots of bucket raffles, cash drawings and a Christmas quilt raffle, so be sure to bring your address labels! Lunch will be available for purchase. Handicapped accessible.

KC pancake breakfast

The Knights of Columbus Western Council 5142 will hold a pancake breakfast Sunday, Nov. 13, 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.

Spaghetti dinner

St. Michael’s Church, 4901 E. Superior St., Duluth, will be holding an all-you-can-eat spaghetti dinner on Sunday, Nov. 13, 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Choice of alfredo sauce or red sauce with meat, salad, bread, cookie, coffee or punch. $8 per person, kids 1 and younger free. Call the chuchh for information at (218) 525-1902.

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

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, Nov. 14, at 6 p.m. They meet the second Monday of the month. 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: Duluth – Nov. 14 in the Minnesota Room at Essentia Health St. Mary’s Medical Center; Brainerd – Nov. 14 and Dec. 5 at Essential Health St. Joseph’s Medical Center; Virginia – Nov. 14 at Virginia Regional Medical Center; Cloquet – Nov. 21 at Community Memorial Hospital; Hibbing – Nov. 21 at the Hibbing Park Hotel; Grand Rapids – Dec. 5 at St. Joseph’s Church and Superior, Wis. – Nov. 28 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

A group experience for centering prayer practitioners who have completed an introduction to centering prayer will be held Tuesdays, Nov. 15 and Dec. 6, 20, at 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Facilitators: Jim Taylor and Jim Reinke, both long time centering prayer practitioners. Suggested donation: $5 each session. To register visit www. or email or call (218) 724-5266. McCabe Renewal Center is located at 2125 Abbotsford Ave., Duluth.

Domestic church family prayer

All are invited to a Family Prayer and the Domestic Church program offered by Deacon Laumeyer on Tuesday, Nov. 15, at 6:30 p.m., at St. Mary Star of the Sea Church, 325 E. Third St., Duluth. Enrich your prayer life by participating in this program and discussion, which includes a special prayer to Our Lady of Perpetual Help, and concludes with dessert and fellowship. Handicapped accessible.

Fatima anniversary planning

How should the lay people of the Diocese of Duluth celebrate the 100 year anniversary of the appearance of Our Lady in Fatima in 1917? Your ideas and thoughts are needed to discern what we should do as laity to honor Our Lady’s appearance. Come to the initial planning meeting on Nov. 16, at 7 p.m., at St. Mary Star of the Sea Church, 325 E. Third St., Duluth. Can’t make the meeting? Want to volunteer to be the contact at your church? Email your ideas and thoughts to Renee Zurn at r2zurn@ Everyone’s participation is needed to make a celebration possible. Handicapped accessible.

Catholic Singles Group

Catholic Singles Group in the Twin Ports serves singles age 40 and up and hosts these weekly/monthly events: International folk and swing dance lessons, brunch at various restaurants, bluegrass music and Mr. Fix-It Saturday. For upcoming activities, contact Laverne at (218) 724-2647 or Deborah at (218) 879-6266 or deborah55720@ or visit twinportscatholicsingles.

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 classrom. For more info call Jean at (218) 839- 1958.

Gather Around the Tabernacle

Gather Around the Tabernacle meets to pray the Chaplet of Divine Mercy at 6:30 p.m., followed by the rosary at 7 p.m., the third Thursday of each month at St. Lawrence Church, 2410 Morris Thomas Road, Duluth. Handicapped accessible. Call Pat for information at (218) 729-7576.

Communication workshop

By understanding the servanthood mindset of Christ as presented in the famous ‘kenosis’ (emptying) passage of Philippians 2, participants will apply the concept of relational humility to basic communication skills that can help a person deal with most conflict situations. Becoming more mindful of communication dynamics in relationships will ultimately prove to be one of the richest sources for spiritual formation and also shed new light on the meaning of New Testament agape love. Facilitator: Ted Lewis, a Restorative Justice Specialist, works for the Center for Restorative Justice and Peacemaking at the University of Minnesota. For the past 20 years he has worked as a mediator, trainer, program manager, teacher, writer and consultant, helping to advance both the field of conflict transformation and the restorative justice movement. He also provides workshops and reconciliation services for church communities. The workshop is Saturday, Nov. 19, 9 a.m. to noon, at McCabe Renewal Center, 2125 Abbotsford Ave., Dluth. Fee is $50, snacks included. Call to register at (218) 724-5266, or email McCabeCenter@msn. com or visit

KC turkey bingo

Buhl Knights of Columbus Council 5612 will hold its annual turkey bingo on Saturday, Nov. 19, at 7 p.m., at the Buhl/Kinney Senior Center on the corner of Frantz and Mercer in Buhl. Handicapped accessible. Thirty-three games played for turkeys at $1 per card for 10 games, plus three door prizes and three coverall games. Proceeds fund the Knights of Columbus charities. For information contact Stan Sokoloski at (218) 744-4351.

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

Turkey bingo

St. Mary Star of the Sea Church, 325 E. Third St., Duluth, will be having its turkey bingo on Sunday, Nov. 20. Bingo begins at 2 p.m. Boards go on sale at noon. $2 per board or three boards for $5. Silent auction. Santa hats and Christmas stocking raffle. Cash raffle prizes: first $500, second $300, third $200 and fourth $300 gas from Jack’s Mobil in Duluth. Need not be present to win. Sloppy Joes and hot dog lunch served. Plenty of parking. For information call (218) 722-3078.


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

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.

Wotczak Memorial cookie sale

The St. James Church Wotczak Memorial is holding its annual Christmas cookie sale on Saturday, Nov. 26, from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., and Sunday, Nov. 27, from 10 a.m. until sold out. Cookies are baked fresh, never frozen, on Saturday, Nov. 26. $3.50 per dozen. The sale is held in the church hall at 721 N. 57th Ave. W., Duluth (use rear entrance). Handicapped accessible. This fundraiser supports the Wotczak Memorial Scholarship awarded to high school seniors in the spring. Call Susie Nelson at (218) 628-1681 with any questions.

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.

Christmas tree sale

St. Michael’s Church, 4901 E. Superior St., Duluth, will again be selling Christmas trees beginning Saturday, Nov. 28, through Advent. This is their 29th year of selling trees. High quality spruce, balsam fir, Norway pine and white pine trees, along with Christmas wreaths and sprays available. Weekdays 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturdays 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sundays 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. All net proceeds help parish buildings and ground maintenance needs. Call the church for information at (218) 525-1902.

Christmas bazaar

The St. Scholastica Monastery Christmas bazaar will be held on Thursday, Dec. 1, from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on the first floor of the monastery, 1001 Kenwood Ave., Duluth. Baked goods, jams, plants, crafts, Belleek Irish China, Wade Irish Pottery, items from Russia, art work, books, puzzles and gently used-a-bit holiday, religious and household items. Raffle items include restaurant gift certificates, Belleek Irish lamp and a Sister Mary Charles woodcut. For further information please call Sister Teri Spinler at (218) 461-5569.

St. Anthony reunion luncheon

There will be a St. Anthony luncheon held at the Pickwick restaurant, 508 E. Superior St., Duluth, at noon on Thursday, Dec. 1. For anyone who attended St. Anthony’s School or Church in Duluth. RSVP to Shirley Baker at or (218) 727- 2093 or Bev Beaudette at bbeaudette@ or (218) 343-8262 no later than Nov 28.

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.

Marriage Encounter

The WWME weekend is a time to look at our love for our spouse and decide to do something to make your love more like Jesus’ love for us. The next Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend in the diocese is Dec. 2-4 in Hermantown. Early registration is highly recommended. For more information visit the website northmnwwme. org or contact Alan and Missy at or (888) 455-3496.

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, on Sunday, Dec. 4, from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Adults $6 and children under 12 $3. Gluten-free and takeout available. Extra parking available in the Essentia Health St. Mary’s Hospital parking ramp behind the church, Fourth Street entrance.

Tuesdays with Flannery O’Connor

The McCabe Renewal Center will holding a discussion on Mary Flannery O’Connor’s stories from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.; Dec. 6-“Revelation.” O’Connor was born in 1925 and died in 1964. During her short life she wrote some of the finest short stories of the twentieth century. The session will include coffee and conversation about one of O’Connor’s stories and consider its relevance to our everyday lives. Please read the story before coming to the group. The story will be available on reserve at the College of St. Scholastica Library for participants to read. Facilitator: Lezlie Oachs, M.A., taught English and women’s studies at the College of St. Scholastica. Suggested donation: $10. Refreshments provided. To register visit www.duluthbenedictines. org/mccabe or email or call (218) 724-5266. McCabe Renewal Center is located at 2125 Abbotsford Ave., Duluth.

Advent retreat

Advent retreat “Journey Into the Holy Presence with the Women in Jesus’ Genealogy” will be held Saturday, Dec. 10, 9 a.m. to noon. Freewill offering. Held at St. Scholastica Monastery, 1001 Kenwood Ave., Duluth. Facilitator: the Rev. Cheryl Feckenstein, D.Min. Luther Seminary. Experience a growing sense of presence as you journey with Tamar, Rahab, Ruth and Bathsheba. These women will help you to be prepared to listen to the voice “crying out in the desert,” to understand what it means for the “spirit of the Lord to be upon us,” and, with Mary, to recognize the sign that God gives us regarding the “Messiah: Emmanuel, God With Us.” To register call (218) 723-6555 or email: pauline.m@

Holy Land pilgrimage

Father Richard Kunst will lead an eleven-day pilgrimage to the Holy Land Feb. 13-23, 2017. For information call (218) 724-6332 or email for a brochure.