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Calendar of Events - November 2017

The Northern Cross - November 2017
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.

Craft sale (Duluth)

Cathedral of Our Lady of the Rosary will hold is craft sale Saturday, Nov. 4, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Holy Rosary School, 2802 E. Fourth St., Duluth.

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

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, Nov. 5, 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.

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.

Turkey bingo (Duluth)

A Thanksgiving turkey bingo will be held Nov. 5, at Holy Family Church, 2430 W. Third St., Duluth. The doors open at noon. Hot dogs and goodies available. Bingo starts at 1 p.m., $2 per board for the turkey games, and cash games are 25 cents per board. Handicapped accessible. Call (218) 722-4445 if any questions.

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.

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: Nov. 7, Dec. 5, Feb. 6, April 3, and May 1. Please RSVP to Annette 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.

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.

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, 2018, 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.

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

DDCCW 100th anniversary

The Duluth Diocesan Council of Catholic Women 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, 55721, (218) 328-5520,, or Alice Parendo, 5809 Rose Road, Hermantown, 55811, (218) 729-9647,

Bazaar (Brainerd)

St. Francis Church, 404 N. 10th St., Brainerd, will hold its annual bazaar Saturday, Nov. 11, from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Come enjoy a caramel roll and coffee for $1 in the morning. Vegetable beef soup, pie, and coffee served from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Visit the tables of craft items, bake sale, pick-a-prize, granny’s attic, and raffle. For more information call Pat Walsh at (218) 831-0580.

Christmas bazaar (Tower)

St. Martin’s Church, 107 N. Third St., Tower, is hosting a Christmas bazaar Saturday, Nov. 11, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be baked goods, crafts, vendors, make-and-take Christmas decorations for children, and a special shop just for kids to shop for Christmas. Lots of bucket raffles, a 50- 50 cash drawing, and a quilt raffle, so be sure to bring address labels. Lunch will be available for purchase. St. Martin’s is handicapped accessible.

Father Stretton reception

Everyone is invited to a thank-you reception for Father Noel Stretton as he retires from assisting at parishes during his active retirement. Come to the social hall at St. Mary Star of the Sea Church, 325 E. Third St., Duluth, on Sunday, Nov. 12, at 10:15 a.m., after the 9:15 Mass. Handicapped accessible.

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.

KC turkey bingo (Duluth)

The St. Lawrence Knights of Columbus will sponsor a turkey bingo and raffle starting at 1 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 12, to be held in the social hall at St. Lawrence Church, 2410 Morris Thomas Road, Duluth. There will be 14 turkey games, cash games, and more. $5 for two boards. Lunch and snacks available starting at noon. Handicapped accessible. For more information call Bill at (218) 590-8035.

Kateri Circle (Duluth)

The Kateri Circle at St. Lawrence Church, 2410 Morris Thomas Road, Duluth, will meet Sunday, Nov. 12, at 1 p.m. They meet the second Sunday of the month. Contact Michele for more information at (218) 591-0556.

NFP introductory sessions

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

Ongoing centering prayer

Ongoing centering prayer will be held from 10 a.m. to 11: 30 a.m. the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month: Nov. 14, 28, and Dec. 12. A group experience for centering prayer practitioners who have completed “Introduction to Centering Prayer.” Facilitators: Sandy Leake, a longterm centering prayer practitioner and commissioned centering prayer instructor, and Lezlie Oachs, a practitioner of centering prayer since 1996 and retired St. Scholastica faculty member. Evening sessions will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. the first and third Tuesdays: Nov. 7, 2, and Dec. 5, 19. Facilitator: Jim Reinke, a long time centering prayer practitioner. Sessions are held at McCabe Renewal Center, 2125 Abbotsford Ave., Duluth. $5 per session. To register visit, email, or call (218) 724-5266.

Carmelite community (Hinckley)

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.

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 CD’s, “Inspirations,” “Expressions of Love,” and “Missy and the Mistletoes Holiday Spectacular,” for $10 each or $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, phone orders are mailed upon receipt of payment, or mail orders to: CD/Log Church Restoration, 509 Sunrise Drive, Carlton, MN 55718. For more information on the church visit

Online catechetical leader meeting

An online meeting for DREs and youth ministers will be held Thursday, Nov. 16, from 10 a.m. to noon. The formation topic will be, “How to Use the Catechism as a Tool for the New Evangelization,” presented by Christina Serena, director of religious education and youth ministry at St. Cecelia Church, Nashwauk, and Mary Immaculate Church, Coleraine. An email meeting invitation will be sent. Contact Liz Hoefferle at (218) 724-9111.

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.

Holiday bazaar (Cook)

St. Mary’s CCW in Cook will be hosting its 20th annual holiday bazaar at St. Mary’s Church, 124 Fifth St. S.E., Cook, on Friday, Nov. 17, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 18, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dinner will be available from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and luncheon on Saturday. Check out the crafts, canned goods, lefsa, potica, wreaths and greenery, bake sale, and raffle. Gifts for everyone on the list. St. Mary’s is located next to the hospital. Handicapped accessible.

Serra International retreat

A Serra International retreat will be held at Christ the King Retreat Center Nov. 17-19. The theme is “Promoting Vocations by Living Our Baptism,” presented by Jesuit Father James Kubicki. $175 per person, includes $30 deposit to reserve a room. Held at the Retreat Center, 621 First Ave. S., Buffalo. To register visit, email or call (763) 682-1394.

Junior high retreat

The Diocese of Duluth will sponsor a Junior High Lock-Out retreat Friday through Saturday, Nov. 17-18. Visit, click on the Department of Youth Ministry, then click on Junior High Retreat for registration information link, or call Annette at (218) 724-9111.

KC turkey bingo (Buhl)

Buhl Knights of Columbus Council 5612 will hold its annual turkey bingo Saturday, Nov. 18, 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 turkeys 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.

Intro to centering prayer

An introduction to centering prayer will be held Saturday, Nov. 18, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at McCabe Renewal Center, 2125 Abbotsford Ave. A beginning session, or refresher session, to use the gift of contemplative prayer as a grounding force in a chaotic world. Facilitator: Lezlie Oachs, a practitioner of centering prayer since 1996 and retired St. Scholastica faculty member. $45, bring own lunch, snacks and beverages provided. To register, visit, email, or call McCabe Renewal Center (218) 724-5266.

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

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 November: Monday evening walks, Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra, adult education at St. Benedict’s, and square dancing Friday evenings. Contact Laverne at (218) 724-2647 or visit

Turkey bingo (Duluth)

St. Mary Star of the Sea Church, 325 E. Third St., Duluth, will be hosting a turkey bingo Sunday, Nov. 19, beginning at 1 p.m. Lunch will be served starting at 11:30 a.m. Twenty turkeys will be given away plus other prizes. Price of boards $2 each or three boards for $5. Christmas and Santa stocking small raffle, silent auction. Large raffle prizes: first $500, second $300, third $300 gas card from Jack’s Mobil, and fourth $200. Plenty of parking and handicapped accessible. Questions, contact (218) 722-3078.

KC turkey bingo (Duluth)

St. Raphael’s Church Knights of Columbus will hold a turkey bingo Nov. 19 at 5 p.m. at the church, 5779 Seville Road, Duluth. Refreshments and snacks will be sold. Cost per board 25 cents.

Courage and EnCourage

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

Cookie sale (Duluth)

The St. James Wotczak Memorial Scholarship is holding its annual Christmas cookie sale Saturday, Nov. 25, from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., and Sunday, Nov. 26, from 10 a.m. until sold out. Cookies are baked fresh (never frozen) on Saturday, Nov. 25. $3.50 per dozen. The sale is held in the St. James Church hall at 721 N. 57th Ave. W., Duluth, use rear entrance. 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.

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.

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.

Bible study (Duluth)

St. Benedict Church, 1419 St. Benedict St., Duluth, will begin “The Bible Timeline” Nov. 28 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The series will run through May 29, 2018. 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.

Holiday dinner (Cloquet)

Santa’s Home for the Holidays dinner, hosted by Queen of Peace School, 102 Fourth St., Cloquet, will be held Friday, Dec. 1, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Paid admission will get you a spaghetti dinner, photo with Santa, kids crafts, live holiday music, and Santa’s Workshop craft sale. Admission is $7 for adults, $5 for kids ages 3 to 12, and 2 and under free. Come join the fun and kick of the holiday season. See all the events in Cloquet during the Home for the Holidays weekend at

Advent retreat

An Advent retreat, “An Exploration of the Twofold Adventure of Waiting,” will be held Saturday, Dec. 2, 9 a.m. 3 p.m., at St. Scholastica Monastery conference room ground floor, 1001 Kenwood Ave., Duluth. In this season of hope, this season for stretching hearts, we are encouraged to be watchful, to be alert, and to wait in patience as we stay tuned to God’s presence in our lives. Facilitator: Benedictine Sister Mary Josephine Torborg, a member of St. Scholastica Monastery and an associate professor in the theology and religious studies department of the College of St. Scholastica. $75 includes lunch and refreshments. To register, visit, email, or call McCabe Renewal Center (218) 724-5266.

Flannery O’Connor seminar

“Everything That Rises Must Converge: A Morning with Flannery O’Connor and Teilhard de Chardin” seminar will be held Tuesday, Dec. 5, 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m., at McCabe Renewal Center, 2125 Abbotsford Ave., Duluth. The title of Flannery O’Connor’s book is taken from the philosophical writings of Jesuit priest Teilhard de Chardin (1881-1955). Learn about de Chardin’s writings as well as complete a hands-on activity to help you consider how de Chardin’s ideas might be influencing O’Connor’s story. Please read the text before attending the group. It will be available on reserve at the College of St. Scholastica library for participants if they do not have another copy available. Facilitators: Lezlie Oachs, who taught English and women’s studies at The College of St. Scholastica, and Rev. Cindy Peterson- Wlosinski, an Episcopal priest, spiritual director, and retreat leader. $20 includes refreshments. To register, visit, email or call McCabe Renewal Center (218) 724-5266.

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.

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: Dec. 1-2 at St. Andrew’s Church, Brainerd (deadline Nov. 17), 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.

TOBIT retreat

The TOBIT (Theology of the Body for Teens) retreat will be held at Big Sandy Camp in McGregor Jan. 12-14. The weekend is open to students in grades 9-12. Register by visiting www., click on the Department of Youth Ministry, then on TOBIT for registration link. There is a $50 deposit at the time of registration. The registration fee is $150. Early bird rates end Dec. 15. There will be a $20 increase in the price of registration for all registrations received on and after this date. Registration deadline is Dec. 29, and final payment is due Jan. 6.

Marriage Encounter

The next available Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend is Feb. 2-4, 2018, in Hermantown. Early registration is highly recommended. For more information visit or contact Alan or Missy at or (888) 455-3496.

Catholic Ireland tour

Join Father Richard Kunst for a tour of Catholic Ireland, April 9-19, 2018. 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 9th 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, Wis. 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, 2018. Balance is due by May 31, 2018, no refunds.