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Calendar - September 2015

The Northern Cross - September 2015
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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.

Sawyer pilgrimage site

For the 125th anniversary of the diocese, Sts. Mary and Joseph Church, 1225 Mission Road, Sawyer, invites Catholics to the pilgrimage site, which includes the oldest altar and Stations of the Cross in the Diocese of Duluth and a log church which is on the National Register of Historic Sites. The church doors open between 9 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. before the Sunday Mass at 10:30 a.m. A narrated tour will be conducted after the Sunday Mass Labor Day weekend. The original painting on the diocesan prayer card to St. Kateri Tekakwitha can be viewed in the current church. The original shrine outside has been reconstructed and contains a digital reproduction of the original painting. A statue of St. Kateri using the top of the altar of the log church is located in the current church. Visitors can also view the interior of the log church.

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@gmail.com or call (218) 384-1590.

Pasty sale

Holy Family Church, 2430 W. Third St., Duluth, will be taking orders for pasties until Sept. 13. Pasties are available with or without rutabagas and are $4 each. A pickup date will be given at time of ordering. To order call Mickie at (218) 727-7164.

Catholic Singles Group

Catholic Singles Group in the Twin Ports hosts weekly events and will participate in activities in September. Contact Laverne at (218) 724-2647 if you wish to take part in the 125th diocesan anniversary pilgrimage and Mass, drag races on Garfield Avenue in Duluth, watch the sailboat races on Lake Superior and dinner, hot air balloons and dinner, and attend concert of the Rose Ensemble from St. Paul at Weber Music Hall at UMD. For the play “Making God Laugh” at County Seat Theater in Carlton contact Deborah at (218) 879-6266. For information conta ct Deborah or visit twinportscatholicsingles.blogspot.com.

Grand breakfast

Holy Angels Church, 60 Hartman Drive, Moose Lake, will host its Grand Breakfast Sunday, Sept. 6, 8 a.m. to noon. All-you-can-eat. Serving pancakes, French toast, scrambled eggs, egg bake, sausage, whole ham, hash browns, biscuits and gravy, strawberries, juice, milk and coffee. $7.50 per person, children 6 to 12 $4, children under 6 free. Handicapped accessible. Call the church for information, (218) 485-8214.

Consecrated life experience

During the Year of Consecrated Life the sisters of St. Scholastica Monastery in Duluth are inviting single Catholic women ages 18-50 who wish to learn more about discerning a possible call to religious life and to witness it firsthand to arrange for a short or weekend visit to the monastery. There is no charge for such a visit, but please call to check on availability of space. If interested, please call Sister Edith Bogue at (218) 733-2273.

Encyclical discussion

“Natural and Human Ecology: A Panel Discussion on Laudato Si’,” hosted by the Minnesota Catholic Conference and Catholic Rural Life, is set for Wednesday, Sept. 9, from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the University of St. Thomas, 2115 Summit Ave., St. Paul, in the Anderson Student Center, Woulfe Alumni Hall. The encyclical Laudato Si’, released earlier this summer, continues to be a hot topic of discussion for Catholics and non-Catholics alike. Join the Catholic bishops of Minnesota and delve into some of the encyclical’s themes and to consider ways in which Minnesota Catholics can put them into practice within our families, parishes and broader communities. Event is free. RSVP at mcc-laudato-si.eventbrite.com. RSVP is requested for seating but is not required to attend. Light refreshments will be available. Visit www.mncc.org and click on “Events,” or call (651) 227-8777 for more information.

Life in the Spirit

Life in the Spirit seminar will begin on Wednesday, Sept. 9, at 6 p.m. at St. Mary Star of the Sea Church, 325 E. Third St., Duluth. It will include prayer, teaching, songs and refreshments. Come and experience the outpouring of the Holy Spirit. Sponsored by the Brothers and Sisters of Charity. All are welcome. Call Deacon Dick Laumeyer at (218) 391-6730 for information.

Marriage Encounter

Upcoming Worldwide Marriage Encounter weekends are Sept. 11-13 in International Falls and Irene, S.D.; Oct. 9-11 in Buffalo; and Nov. 20-22 in Prior Lake and Medora, N.D. Early registration is highly recommended. For more information visit the website northmnwwme.org or contact Alan and Missy Block at applications@northmnwwme.org or (888) 455-3496.

Diocesan 125th celebration

As part of the Diocese of Duluth’s 125th Anniversary Celebration, the entire diocese is invited to join together in a Eucharistic Procession through the city of Duluth on Sept. 12 beginning at noon at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Rosary and proceeding to the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center where Mass will be celebrated by Bishop Sirba at 4:30 p.m. Parking will be available at the DECC with shuttle service to the Cathedral and points along the procession route. The procession will have stops along the way where participants may join in and have a shorter course to navigate. If participants would prefer not to participate in the procession but want to attend Mass, they are invited to pray at the DECC while the procession makes its way there. Please join the Eucharistic Procession as a family, as an individual, as a group or as a parish. Registration is open. Register yourself or a group by contacting the diocese at (218) 724-9111 or at the diocesan website (www.dioceseduluth.org). Together, we will make an extraordinary public witness to with a celebration of the faith!

Pancake breakfast

The Knights of Columbus, Western Council 5142 will hold a pancake breakfast Sunday, Sept. 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,
St. Margaret Mary and St. James churches in Duluth.

Lectio divina

Lectio divina is a Latin term meaning “divine reading” which describes a way of reading the Scriptures whereby 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 from 9:45 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. on most Sundays during the school year starting Sept. 13. Contact Pat at (218) 729-7576 for more information.

Kateri Circle Duluth

The Kateri Circle will meet at St. Lawrence Church, 2410 Morris Thomas Road, Duluth, Sunday, Sept. 13, at 1 p.m. It meets the second Sunday of the month. Handicapped accessible. Call Michele for information, (218) 591-0556.

Gift of music festival

St. Christopher Church, 25574 Church St., Nisswa, will hold its annual Gift of Music Festival Sunday, Sept. 13. Silent auction begins at 4:30 p.m., dinner at 5:30 p.m., music program at 7 p.m. Dinner includes homemade turkey salad made by the CCW. $15 for the evening. Music features St. Christopher’s music ministry and foot stomping Blue Grass music by Tim and Cindy Roggenkamp. For information call Judy at (218) 963-1119. Handicapped accessible.

Kateri Circle Deer River

The St. Joseph and St. Mary Kateri Circle of Deer River will meet Monday, Sept. 14, 6:30 p.m. at St. Mary’s Church, 15 First Ave. N.E., Deer River. It meets the second Monday of the month. For information call Luke Wilson at 218) 246-8582.

NFP introductory sessions

Northland Family Programs holds free natural family planning introductory sessions at different sites at 7 p.m. on Mondays: in Duluth Sept. 14 in the Minnesota Room at Essentia Health St. Mary’s Medical Center; in Virginia Sept. 14 at Virginia Regional Medical Center; in Cloquet Sept. 21 at Community Memorial Hospital; in Hibbing Sept. 21 in the Board Room at Fairview University Medical Center; in Brainerd Sept. 28 at Essentia Health St. Joseph’s Medical Center; and in Superior, Wis., Sept. 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 www.nfpduluth.org.

Living In Recovery Seminar

Living In Recovery Seminar is held the third Tuesday of the month from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at McCabe Renewal Center, 2125 Abbotsford Ave., Duluth. Newcomers are always welcome. This group works on ongoing life management issues such as spirituality, emotional recovery, forgiveness, relationships, healing and understanding recovery as a daily “way of life.” At least six months’ recovery from an addiction or a completed treatment process is preferred for attendance. Facilitator: Benedictine Sister Pauline Micke, spiritual director. Sister Pauline was a licensed counselor for nine years working with people with addiction and dual addictions and has a master’s degree in theology. Suggested freewill offering $5 per session. To register or for information call (218) 724-5266, or email McCabeCenter@msn.com.

Book and puzzle sale

The 11th annual book and puzzle sale will be held at St. Raphael’s Church, 5779 Seville Road, Duluth, on Friday, Sept. 18, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday, Sept. 19, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be lots of fiction and non-fiction books for all ages, puzzles, DVDs, CDs, audio tapes, etc. For information contact Alice at (218) 729-9647 or a501alice@yahoo.com.

Fall festival Duluth

Holy Family Church, 2430 W. Third St., Duluth, will hold its annual fall festival on Saturday, Sept. 19, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Kids games, white elephant room, craft booth, baked goods and jams, and lots more to fill two floors. There will also be a silent auction, basket and meat raffle with meat provided by Old World Meats in Duluth as well as a big cash raffle. Pasties will be available to purchase. Cafe will serve hot dogs, brats, chili, Italian salad and hot meatloaf sandwich. Drawings held at 2 p.m., need not be present to win. Both floors are handicapped accessible.

Bible study

The Inside Scoop on Bible Books workshop will be held Saturday, Sept. 19, 9 a.m. to noon at the McCabe Renewal Center, 2125 Abbotsford Ave., Duluth. Gain insights into the authors of the Hebrew and New Testament scriptures. Discover the ins and outs of reading the Bible in a literalist or contextual way. Facilitator: Sister Theresa Jodocy, a Duluth Benedictine, has a master’s degree in theology with an emphasis on the New Testament. She has taught and facilitated groups on the New Testament Books for 18 years. Sister Theresa has led a pilgrimage to the Holy Land which included preparing a book for all participants on the places to be visited. Suggested Donation: $35 (snacks included, please bring a Bible). To register call (218) 724-5266 or email McCableCenter@msn.com.

Spirit fest

The fifth annual Spirit Fest will be held at St. Joseph’s Church, 315 S.W. 21st St., Grand Rapids, Saturday, Sept. 19, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. The evening meal is broasted chicken dinner, mashed potatoes with gravy, vegetable, coleslaw and dinner roll. $10 for full dinner, $6 for chicken baskets, $3 kids hot dog basket and $3 for a slice of fresh baked pie. The evening includes live music by Ol’ Country, silent auction, raffles, bake and craft sales, goods and book nook, cash bingo and kids activities all evening. More information can be found at www.stjosephscatholic.org. All tickets are available at the church during business hours, after weekend Masses or at the door.

Kateri Circle Cloquet

Holy Family Kateri Circle will meet after the 8 a.m. Mass at Holy Family Church, 280 Reservation Road, Fond du Lac Reservation, Cloquet. They meet the third Sunday of each month.

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. 3rd 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. They attempt to make his vision of holiness alive and relevant to the world today. For more information contact Bob Barnes, fraternity minister, at (218) 724-3457 or chapbob@hotmail.com.

Benedictine oblates

Inquirers are invited to the new series of Benedictine oblate meetings, beginning Sept. 20 with “The Spirituality of Dialogue.” Oblates are Christian lay people who draw on the Benedictine Rule and centuries of monastic tradition as guides for their everyday life. This year, dialogue will include topics in the Christian life where struggles arise — whether within ourselves, within the church or with our modern culture. Oblates gather at 1 p.m. at St. Scholastica Monastery in Duluth for prayer and a conference by one of the Benedictine sisters, followed by fellowship and sharing. For more information email oblates@duluthosb.org or call Sister Edith at (218) 733-2273.

Blessed Nuno Society

The Blessed Nuno Society will hold a Duluth chapter meeting Sunday, Sept. 20, at 2 p.m. at St. Mary Star of the Sea Church, 325 E. Third St., Duluth. All members, plus anyone interested in this wonderful prayer apostolate, are urged to attend to catch-up on recent events as well as help plan for its 30th anniversary in 2016. The social hall is handicapped accessible and light refreshments will be served. Just coffee will be available for purchase. Call Renee Zurn at
(218) 723-1321 for more information.

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

40 Days for Life service

All are invited to the 40 Days for Life Duluth opening event Tuesday, Sept. 22, at 7 p.m. There will be a praise, prayer and worship service in front of the Building for Women, 32 E. 1st St., Duluth, which houses the abortion clinic. All are also invited to the 6 p.m. Tuesday night Mass at the Women’s Care Center, 103 E. 1st St. Light refreshments will be served after the Mass before the 7 p.m. opening event across the street.

Christian music concert

Michael W. Smith will be in concert at Sanford Center in Bemidji on Tuesday, Sept. 22, at 7 p.m. Also appearing is comedian Mark Lowry and the Phillips, Craig and Dean Band. $33 per ticket on the main floor near the stage. St. Joseph’s Church in Grand Rapids purchased 40 tickets to get a reduced pricing, and ridesharing will be organized. Call the church at (218) 326-2843 to reserve your spot now.

Grief and loss retreat

A fall retreat, “Grief/Loss as a Sacrament,” will be held Saturday, Sept. 26, from 9 a.m. to noon at St. Scholastica Monastery, 1001 Kenwood Ave., Duluth. Facilitators: Kathy McQuillen, MA Bereavement Coordinator, Essentia East Range Hospice, and Chris Ketelson, MSW, LICS. This retreat provides an opportunity to look more deeply at loss and grief in our lives. As we are touched by these experiences, we will reflect on how they change our relationships with God, ourselves and other people. We will look at grief in our culture and other cultures. God is with us on our journey through what some have called a “dark night of the soul.” Together, we can grow to wholeness. Freewill offering. To register call (218) 7223-6555 or email pauline.m@duluthosb.org.

Living Mercifully seminar

A “Living Mercifully” seminar will be held Saturday, Sept. 26, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the McCabe Renewal Center, 2125 Abbotsford Ave., Duluth. Christians are commanded to “be merciful, as your Father is merciful.” Every day brings many opportunities to grow in mercy by choosing humane foods and body-care products that are not tested on animals. Learn about these simple daily choices and how they can become a spiritually transformative practice of mercy. A cruelty-free lunch will be served. Facilitator: Bonnie Ambrosi, Duluth resident and Faith Outreach volunteer for the Humane Society of the United States. She works tirelessly to promote mercy for animals in factory farms and cosmetics labs. Suggested donation $30 (lunch provided). To register call (218) 724-5266 or email McCableCenter@msn.com.

All season bazaar

Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Church in Buhl is hosting an all-season bazaar on Saturday, Sept. 26, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Buhl-Kinney Senior Center, 302 Frantz St., Buhl. Crafts, used-a-bit table, raffles, bake sale and lunch. Handicapped accessible.

Virginia deanery CCW conference

The Virginia Deanery CCW will hold its fall conference on Sept. 29 at St. Anthony’s Church, 231 E. Camp St., Ely. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. with the day beginning at 10 a.m. The program of the day will be a talk by Father Steven Daigle on the World Meeting of Families, which he attended. Cost of the day is $4; lunch is a freewill offering. All Catholic women are invited. Contact Jackie Park at (218) 749-4717 to make reservations by Sept. 21.

Centering prayer

An introduction to centering prayer will be held from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on three Tuesdays: Sept. 29, Oct. 6, and Oct. 13 at McCabe Renewal Center, 2125 Abbotsford Ave., Duluth. Beginning sessions, or refresher for any who wish, to use the gift of contemplative prayer as a grounding force in a chaotic world. In this ancient Christian form of prayer, participants practice its transformative power, learning to open themselves to God’s extraordinary love in ordinary, long-term centering prayer practitioner and commissioned centering prayer instructor, and Lezlie Oachs is a practitioner of centering prayer since 1996, spiritual director, and retired St. Scholastica faculty member. Suggested donation: $45 (includes all 3 sessions) To register or for more information: Call (218) 724-5266 or email McCabeCenter@msn.com.

Bible study

“Little Rock Bible Study: Israel’s Story-Part One” will be covered during seven weekly meetings exploring Old Testament history, theology and stories from the creation accounts of Genesis to the fall of the Northern Kingdom and its prophets. The series will begin Thursday, Oct. 1, at 10 a.m. in the St. Lawrence Club Room, St. Lawrence Church, 2410 Morris Thomas Road, Duluth. Cost is $15 for the study set. Contact Pat at (218) 729-7576 to register.

Fall festival

Blessed Sacrament Church, 2310 E. Seventh Ave., Hibbing, hosts its fall festival Saturday, Oct. 3, from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Live music, food, Bingo, raffles, general store, youth booth, kids’ games and more. There is a big cash raffle that has 13 cash prizes totaling $5,000 with the grand prize being $1,500. Big cash raffle tickets available to purchase at bazaar. Information and raffle tickets can be purchased in advance by calling the parish center at (218) 262-5541.

Booya

St. James Church, 299 Red Oak Drive, Aitkin, will be having its 23rd annual Booya on Saturday, Oct. 3, right after the 5 p.m. Mass. Fifty gallons of this epicurean delight will be served. A bowl of Booya, breadsticks, dessert and a beverage all for $5. Take-home Booya will also be available for $2 a scoop. Containers supplied. If there is any Booya left, it will be sold as take-out after the 9 a.m. Mass on Sunday. Handicapped accessible.

Joy of the Gospel

“The Joy of the Gospel” by Pope Francis is a personal invitation to reflect on the gap between the lives we are living and the life God calls us to live. In seven weekly sessions, a group will take time to ponder, integrate and be challenged by Pope Francis’ message. The group meets Monday evenings Oct. 5 through Nov. 16 at 7 p.m. at St. Lawrence Church Club Room, St. Lawrence Church, 2410 Morris Thomas Road, Duluth. Contact Pat at (218) 729-7576 for more information. Handicapped accessible.

Holy Land trip

Father Francis Kabiru from Walker, together with Deacons Hap Ramsey and James Clack, are leading a trip to the Holy Land, Oct. 5-16. Seats are still available. Please call Mater Dei Tours at (800) 515-2632 for information and to register.

Diocesan assembly

The Diocese of Duluth’s tenth annual Diocesan Assembly will be held on Saturday, Oct. 10, at Marshall School in Duluth. The theme is “Transforming Catholics for the New Evangelization” and will be presented by engaging speakers from the Augustine Institute. There will be tracks for religious educators, adult faith formation and RCIA. To register or for more information visit www.dioceseduluth.org or call Annette at (218) 724-9111. Please register by Sept. 28. Marshall School is handicapped accessible.

Nepal disaster fundraiser

A fundraiser for disaster victims, especially those affected by the Nepal earthquake, will be held on Saturday, Oct. 10, at the FUMC “Coppertop Church,” 230 E. Skyline Parkway, Duluth. Silent auction and dinner from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Guest speaker is Cheryl Diaz Meyer, 2004 Pulitzer Prize winner for breaking news photography. Nepalese students from the University of Minnesota Duluth will also give an update on the current situation in Nepal. Donation for dinner and evening program $15 per person. Contacts: in Duluth, Katy (218) 726-1071, Sylvia (218) 464-5269, Jeannette (218) 525-7327; in the Iron Range, Lyndah (218) 290-0869; in Wisconsin, Millie (218)390-7206. Tax deductible donations welcome. Send to Gift of Love, P.O. Box 805, Duluth, MN 55801; 100 percent of donations go towards the victims of Nepal. Program sponsored by Gift of Love, visit www.giftoflovecharity.org for more information.

Oktoberfest dinner

Sunday, Oct. 11, an Oktoberfest dinner will be held at St. Mary Star of the Sea Church, 325 E. Third St., Duluth, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Dinner includes sauerbraten and potato dumplings and finishes with homemade apple crisp. $10 for adults and $6 for children. Handicapped accessible off the church parking lot.

DDCCW Fall Conference

The fall conference of the Duluth Diocesan CCW will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 14, at St. Lawrence Church, 2410 Morris Thomas Road, Duluth. Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m. After the opening prayer and business of the day, NCCW convention reports will be presented by the commission chairs. The morning speaker is Mary Jo Kreitzer, Ph.D, RN, FAAN, the founder and director of the Center for Spirituality and Healing at the University of Minnesota. She is a recognized leader in integrative health and wellbeing. Her presentation is “Mindfulness as Leaders.” Following Mass and lunch will be a leadership training titled “Six Word Essays.” Reservations are $15 if postmarked before Oct. 7, after Oct. 7 and on site, registration will be $20. For information or registration forms contact your deanery president or Connie at conorberg@yahoo.com or (218) 327-2177. Handicapped accessible.

Craft bazaar

The women of St. Lawrence Church, 2410 Morris Thomas Road, Duluth, will host a craft bazaar on Saturday, Oct. 17, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be many vendors, an apple tree, bakery and raffle. Lunch will be available for purchase. The raffle prizes will be drawn on Sunday, Oct. 18, after the 11 a.m. Mass, need not be present to win. Handicapped accessible.

Pilgrimage to the Holy Land

All are invited to join Fathers Anthony Wroblewski and Peter Muhich on a once-in-a-lifetime pilgrimage to the Holy Land, Jan. 4-14, 2016. Includes visits to Tiberias, Nazareth, Cana, Sea of Galilee, Mt. Tabor, Mt. of Beatitudes, Jericho, Jerusalem, Bethlehem and more. For more information, contact Father Tony Wroblewski at (218) 822-4040 or fr.tony@lakescatholic.org.

Pilgrimage to Italy

Italia Magnifica is a 10-day pilgrimage to Italy led by Fathers Brandon Moravitz and Drew Braun from Jan. 27 to Feb. 5, 2016. Spend time in the Neapolitan area of Italy, Assisi, Imperial Rome, Christian Rome and Vatican City, have a possible general audience with Pope Francis, and more. For more information please email Father Brandon at fr.brandon@mediacombb.net.

World Youth Day pilgrimage

World Youth Day Pilgrimage 2016 will be in Krakow, Poland from July 19-31, 2016. World Youth Day is a vibrant week long pilgrimage where young Catholics from all over the world come together to join with the pope to pray, celebrate and reflect. The Diocese of Duluth is taking a group of 50 pilgrims to join in this celebration. For more information visit www.worldyouthday.com/pilgrimages.

Mass on TVThe 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.Sawyer pilgrimage siteFor the 125th anniversary of the diocese, Sts. Mary and Joseph Church, 1225 Mission Road, Sawyer, invites Catholics to the pilgrimage site, which includes the oldest altar and Stations of the Cross in the Diocese of Duluth and a log church which is on the National Register of Historic Sites.The church doors open between9 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. before the Sunday Mass at 10:30 a.m. A narrated tour will be conducted after the Sunday Mass Labor Day weekend. The original painting on the diocesan prayer card to St. Kateri Tekakwitha can be viewed in the current church. The original shrine outside has been reconstructed and contains a digital reproduction of the original painting. A statue of St. Kateri using the top of the altar of the log church is located in the current church. Visitors can also view the interior of the log church.Frassati groupFollowing 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@gmail.com or call (218) 384-1590.Pasty saleHoly Family Church, 2430 W. Third St., Duluth, will be taking orders for pasties until Sept. 13. Pasties are available with or without rutabagas and are $4 each. A pickup date will be given at time of ordering. To order call Mickie at (218) 727-7164.Catholic Singles GroupCatholic Singles Group in the Twin Ports hosts weekly events and will participate in activities in September. Contact Laverne at (218) 724-2647 if you wish to take part in the 125th diocesan anniversary pilgrimage and Mass, drag races on Garfield Avenue in Duluth, watch the sailboat races on Lake Superior and dinner, hot air balloons and dinner, and attend concert of the Rose Ensemble from St. Paul at Weber Music Hall at UMD. For the play “Making God Laugh” at County Seat Theater in Carlton contact Deborah at (218) 879-6266. For information conta ct Deborah or visit twinportscatholicsingles.blogspot.com.Grand breakfastHoly Angels Church, 60 Hartman Drive, Moose Lake, will host its Grand Breakfast Sunday, Sept. 6, 8 a.m. to noon. All-you-can-eat. Serving pancakes, French toast, scrambled eggs, egg bake, sausage, whole ham, hash browns, biscuits and gravy, strawberries, juice, milk and coffee. $7.50 per person, children 6 to 12 $4, children under 6 free. Handicapped accessible. Call the church for information, (218) 485-8214.Consecrated life experienceDuring the Year of Consecrated Life the sisters of St. Scholastica Monastery in Duluth are inviting single Catholic women ages 18-50 who wish to learn more about discerning a possible call to religious life and to witness it firsthand to arrange for a short or weekend visit to the monastery. There is no charge for such a visit, but please call to check on availability of space. If interested, please call Sister Edith Bogue at (218) 733-2273.Encyclical discussion“Natural and Human Ecology: A Panel Discussion on Laudato Si’,” hosted by the Minnesota Catholic Conference and Catholic Rural Life, is set for Wednesday, Sept. 9, from 9 a.m.to 11:30 a.m. at the University ofSt. Thomas, 2115 Summit Ave.,St. Paul, in the Anderson Student Center, Woulfe Alumni Hall. The encyclical Laudato Si’, released earlier this summer, continues to be a hot topic of discussion for Catholics and non-Catholics alike. Join the Catholic bishops of Minnesota and delve into some of the encyclical’s themes and to consider ways in which Minnesota Catholics can put them into practice within our families, parishes and broader communities. Event is free. RSVP at mcc-laudato-si.eventbrite.com. RSVP is requested for seating but is not required to attend. Light refreshments will be available. Visit www.mncc.org and click on “Events,” or call(651) 227-8777 for more information.Life in the SpiritLife in the Spirit seminar will begin on Wednesday, Sept. 9, at 6 p.m. atSt. Mary Star of the Sea Church, 325 E. Third St., Duluth. It will include prayer, teaching, songs and refreshments. Come and experience the outpouring of the Holy Spirit. Sponsored by the Brothers and Sisters of Charity. All are welcome. Call Deacon Dick Laumeyer at(218) 391-6730 for information.Marriage EncounterUpcoming Worldwide Marriage Encounter weekends are Sept. 11-13 in International Falls and Irene, S.D.; Oct. 9-11 in Buffalo; and Nov. 20-22 in Prior Lake and Medora, N.D. Early registration is highly recommended. For more information visit the website northmnwwme.org or contact Alan and Missy Block at applications@northmnwwme.org or (888) 455-3496.Diocesan 125th celebrationAs part of the Diocese of Duluth’s 125th Anniversary Celebration, the entire diocese is invited to join together in a Eucharistic Procession through the city of Duluth on Sept. 12 beginning at noon at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Rosary and proceeding to the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center where Mass will be celebrated by Bishop Sirba at 4:30 p.m. Parking will be available at the DECC with shuttle service to the Cathedral and points along the procession route. The procession will have stops along the way where participants may join in and have a shorter course to navigate. If participants would prefer not to participate in the procession but want to attend Mass, they are invited to pray at the DECC while the procession makes its way there. Please join the Eucharistic Procession as a family, as an individual, as a group or as a parish. Registration is open. Register yourself or a group by contacting the diocese at (218) 724-9111 or at the diocesan website (www.dioceseduluth.org). Together, we will make an extraordinary public witness to witha celebration of the faith!Pancake breakfastThe Knights of Columbus, Western Council 5142 will hold a pancake breakfast Sunday, Sept. 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,St. Margaret Mary and St. James churches in Duluth.Lectio divinaLectio divina is a Latin term meaning “divine reading” which describes a way of reading the Scriptures whereby 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 from 9:45 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. on most Sundays during the school year starting Sept. 13. Contact Pat at (218) 729-7576 for more information.Kateri Circle DuluthThe Kateri Circle will meet atSt. Lawrence Church, 2410 Morris Thomas Road, Duluth, Sunday,Sept. 13, at 1 p.m. It meets the second Sunday of the month. Handicapped accessible. Call Michele for information, (218) 591-0556.Gift of music festivalSt. Christopher Church, 25574 Church St., Nisswa, will hold its annual Gift of Music Festival Sunday, Sept. 13. Silent auction begins at 4:30 p.m., dinner at 5:30 p.m., music program at 7 p.m. Dinner includes homemade turkey salad made by the CCW. $15 for the evening. Music features St. Christopher’s music ministry and foot stomping Blue Grass music by Tim and Cindy Roggenkamp. For information call Judy at (218) 963-1119. Handicapped accessible.Kateri Circle Deer RiverThe St. Joseph and St. Mary Kateri Circle of Deer River will meet Monday, Sept. 14, 6:30 p.m. at St. Mary’s Church, 15 First Ave. N.E., Deer River. It meets the second Monday of the month. For information call Luke Wilson at 218) 246-8582.NFP introductory sessionsNorthland Family Programs holds free natural family planning introductory sessions at different sites at 7 p.m. on Mondays: in Duluth Sept. 14 in the Minnesota Room at Essentia Health St. Mary’s Medical Center; in Virginia Sept. 14 at Virginia Regional Medical Center; in Cloquet Sept. 21 at Community Memorial Hospital; in Hibbing Sept. 21 in the Board Room at Fairview University Medical Center; in Brainerd Sept. 28 at Essentia Health St. Joseph’s Medical Center; and in Superior, Wis., Sept. 28 at St. Mary’s Hospital. Call to schedule a session atSt. James Church, Aitkin and St. Joseph’s Church, Crosby. Preregistration is required. Call (218) 486-2378 or (800) 842-0279. For more information visit www.nfpduluth.org.Living In Recovery SeminarLiving In Recovery Seminar is held the third Tuesday of the month from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at McCabe Renewal Center, 2125 Abbotsford Ave., Duluth. Newcomers are always welcome. This group works on ongoing life management issues such as spirituality, emotional recovery, forgiveness, relationships, healing and understanding recovery as a daily “way of life.” At least six months’ recovery from an addiction or a completed treatment process is preferred for attendance. Facilitator: Benedictine Sister Pauline Micke, spiritual director. Sister Pauline was a licensed counselor for nine years working with people with addiction and dual addictions and has a master’s degree in theology. Suggested freewill offering $5 per session. To register or for information call (218) 724-5266, or email McCabeCenter@msn.com.Book and puzzle saleThe 11th annual book and puzzle sale will be held at St. Raphael’s Church, 5779 Seville Road, Duluth, on Friday, Sept. 18, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday, Sept. 19, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be lots of fiction and non-fiction books for all ages, puzzles, DVDs, CDs, audio tapes, etc. For information contact Alice at (218) 729-9647 or a501alice@yahoo.com.Fall festival DuluthHoly Family Church, 2430 W. Third St., Duluth, will hold its annual fall festival on Saturday, Sept. 19, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Kids games, white elephant room, craft booth, baked goods and jams, and lots more to fill two floors. There will also be a silent auction, basket and meat raffle with meat provided by Old World Meats in Duluth as well as a big cash raffle. Pasties will be available to purchase. Cafe will serve hot dogs, brats, chili, Italian salad and hot meatloaf sandwich. Drawings held at 2 p.m., need not be present to win. Both floors are handicapped accessible.Bible studyThe Inside Scoop on Bible Books workshop will be held Saturday,Sept. 19, 9 a.m. to noon at the McCabe Renewal Center, 2125 Abbotsford Ave., Duluth. Gain insights into the authors of the Hebrew and New Testament scriptures. Discover the ins and outs of reading the Bible in a literalist or contextual way. Facilitator: Sister Theresa Jodocy, a Duluth Benedictine, has a master’s degree in theology with an emphasis on the New Testament. She has taught and facilitated groups on the New Testament Books for 18 years. Sister Theresa has led a pilgrimage to the Holy Land which included preparing a book for all participants on the places to be visited. Suggested Donation: $35 (snacks included, please bring a Bible). To register call (218) 724-5266 or email McCableCenter@msn.com.Spirit festThe fifth annual Spirit Fest will be held at St. Joseph’s Church, 315 S.W. 21st St., Grand Rapids, Saturday,Sept. 19, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. The evening meal is broasted chicken dinner, mashed potatoes with gravy, vegetable, coleslaw and dinner roll. $10 for full dinner, $6 for chicken baskets, $3 kids hot dog basket and $3 for a slice of fresh baked pie. The evening includes live music by Ol’ Country, silent auction, raffles, bake and craft sales, goods and book nook, cash bingo and kids activities all evening. More information can be found at www.stjosephscatholic.org. All tickets are available at the church during business hours, after weekend Masses or at the door.Kateri Circle CloquetHoly Family Kateri Circle will meet after the 8 a.m. Mass at Holy Family Church, 280 Reservation Road, Fond du Lac Reservation, Cloquet. They meet the third Sunday of each month.Father Solanus Casey FraternityThe 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. 3rd 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. They attempt to make his vision of holiness alive and relevant to the world today. For more information contact Bob Barnes, fraternity minister, at (218) 724-3457 or chapbob@hotmail.com.Benedictine oblatesInquirers are invited to the new series of Benedictine oblate meetings, beginning Sept. 20 with “The Spirituality of Dialogue.” Oblates are Christian lay people who draw on the Benedictine Rule and centuries of monastic tradition as guides for their everyday life. This year, dialogue will include topics in the Christian life where struggles arise — whether within ourselves, within the church or with our modern culture. Oblates gather at 1 p.m. at St. Scholastica Monastery in Duluth for prayer and a conference by one of the Benedictine sisters, followed by fellowship and sharing. For more information email oblates@duluthosb.org or call Sister Edith at (218) 733-2273.Blessed Nuno SocietyThe Blessed Nuno Society will hold a Duluth chapter meeting Sunday,Sept. 20, at 2 p.m. at St. Mary Star of the Sea Church, 325 E. Third St., Duluth. All members, plus anyone interested in this wonderful prayer apostolate, are urged to attend to catch-up on recent events as well as help plan for its 30th anniversary in 2016. The social hall is handicapped accessible and light refreshments will be served. Just coffee will be available for purchase. Call Renee Zurn at(218) 723-1321 for more information.Courage/EncourageDo 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 courage@dioceseduluth.org for support group information. Also visitwww.couragerc.org.40 Days for Life serviceAll are invited to the 40 Days for Life Duluth opening event Tuesday, Sept. 22, at 7 p.m. There will be a praise, prayer and worship service in front of the Building for Women,32 E. 1st St., Duluth, which houses the abortion clinic. All are also invited to the 6 p.m. Tuesday night Mass at the Women’s Care Center, 103 E. 1st St. Light refreshments will be served after the Mass before the 7 p.m. opening event across the street.Christian music concertMichael W. Smith will be in concert at Sanford Center in Bemidji on Tuesday, Sept. 22, at 7 p.m. Also appearing is comedian Mark Lowry and the Phillips, Craig and Dean Band. $33 per ticket on the main floor near the stage. St. Joseph’s Church in Grand Rapids purchased 40 tickets to get a reduced pricing, and ridesharing will be organized. Call the church at (218) 326-2843 to reserve your spot now.Grief and loss retreatA fall retreat, “Grief/Loss as a Sacrament,” will be held Saturday, Sept. 26, from 9 a.m. to noon at St. Scholastica Monastery, 1001 Kenwood Ave., Duluth. Facilitators: Kathy McQuillen, MA Bereavement Coordinator, Essentia East Range Hospice, and Chris Ketelson, MSW, LICS. This retreat provides an opportunity to look more deeply at loss and grief in our lives. As we are touched by these experiences, we will reflect on how they change our relationships with God, ourselves and other people. We will look at grief in our culture and other cultures. God is with us on our journey through what some have called a “dark night of the soul.” Together, we can grow to wholeness. Freewill offering. To register call (218) 7223-6555 or email pauline.m@duluthosb.org.Living Mercifully seminarA “Living Mercifully” seminar will be held Saturday, Sept. 26, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the McCabe Renewal Center, 2125 Abbotsford Ave., Duluth. Christians are commanded to “be merciful, as your Father is merciful.” Every day brings many opportunities to grow in mercy by choosing humane foods and body-care products that are not tested on animals. Learn about these simple daily choices and how they can become a spiritually transformative practice of mercy. A cruelty-free lunch will be served. Facilitator: Bonnie Ambrosi, Duluth resident and Faith Outreach volunteer for the Humane Society of the United States. She works tirelessly to promote mercy for animals in factory farms and cosmetics labs. Suggested donation $30 (lunch provided). To register call (218) 724-5266 or email McCableCenter@msn.com.All season bazaarOur Lady of the Sacred Heart Church in Buhl is hosting an all-season bazaar on Saturday, Sept. 26, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Buhl-Kinney Senior Center, 302 Frantz St., Buhl. Crafts, used-a-bit table, raffles, bake sale and lunch. Handicapped accessible.Virginia deanery CCW conferenceThe Virginia Deanery CCW will hold its fall conference on Sept. 29 atSt. Anthony’s Church, 231 E. Camp St., Ely. Registration begins at9:30 a.m. with the day beginning at 10 a.m. The program of the day will be a talk by Father Steven Daigle on the World Meeting of Families, which he attended. Cost of the day is $4; lunch is a freewill offering. All Catholic women are invited. Contact Jackie Park at (218) 749-4717 to make reservations by Sept. 21.Centering prayerAn introduction to centering prayer will be held from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on three Tuesdays: Sept. 29, Oct. 6, and Oct. 13 at McCabe Renewal Center, 2125 Abbotsford Ave., Duluth. Beginning sessions, or refresher for any who wish, to use the gift of contemplative prayer as a grounding force in a chaotic world. In this ancient Christian form of prayer, participants practice its transformative power, learning to open themselves to God’s extraordinary love in ordinary,long-term centering prayer practitioner and commissioned centering prayer instructor, and Lezlie Oachs is a practitioner of centering prayer since 1996, spiritual director, and retiredSt. Scholastica faculty member. Suggested donation: $45 (includes all 3 sessions) To register or for more information: Call (218) 724-5266 or email McCabeCenter@msn.com.Bible study“Little Rock Bible Study: Israel’s Story-Part One” will be covered during seven weekly meetings exploring Old Testament history, theology and stories from the creation accounts of Genesis to the fall of the Northern Kingdom and its prophets. The series will begin Thursday, Oct. 1, at 10 a.m. in the St. Lawrence Club Room, St. Lawrence Church, 2410 Morris Thomas Road, Duluth. Cost is $15 for the study set. Contact Pat at (218) 729-7576 to register.Fall festivalBlessed Sacrament Church, 2310 E. Seventh Ave., Hibbing, hosts its fall festival Saturday, Oct. 3, from10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Live music, food, Bingo, raffles, general store, youth booth, kids’ games and more. There is a big cash raffle that has 13 cash prizes totaling $5,000 with the grand prize being $1,500. Big cash raffle tickets available to purchase at bazaar. Information and raffle tickets can be purchased in advance by calling the parish center at (218) 262-5541.BooyaSt. James Church, 299 Red Oak Drive, Aitkin, will be having its 23rd annual Booya on Saturday, Oct. 3, right after the 5 p.m. Mass. Fifty gallons of this epicurean delight will be served. A bowl of Booya, breadsticks, dessert and a beverage all for $5. Take-home Booya will also be available for $2 a scoop. Containers supplied. If there is any Booya left, it will be sold as take-out after the9 a.m. Mass on Sunday. Handicapped accessible.Joy of the Gospel“The Joy of the Gospel” by Pope Francis is a personal invitation to reflect on the gap between the lives we are living and the life God calls us to live. In seven weekly sessions, a group will take time to ponder, integrate and be challenged by Pope Francis’ message. The group meets Monday eveningsOct. 5 through Nov. 16 at 7 p.m.at St. Lawrence Church Club Room, St. Lawrence Church, 2410 Morris Thomas Road, Duluth. Contact Pat at (218) 729-7576 for more information. Handicapped accessible.Holy Land tripFather Francis Kabiru from Walker, together with Deacons Hap Ramsey and James Clack, are leading a trip to the Holy Land, Oct. 5-16. Seats are still available. Please call Mater Dei Tours at (800) 515-2632 for information and to register.Diocesan assemblyThe Diocese of Duluth’s tenth annual Diocesan Assembly will be held on Saturday, Oct. 10, at Marshall School in Duluth. The theme is “Transforming Catholics for the New Evangelization” and will be presented by engaging speakers from the Augustine Institute. There will be tracks for religious educators, adult faith formation and RCIA. To register or for more information visit www.dioceseduluth.org or call Annette at (218) 724-9111. Please register by Sept. 28. Marshall School is handicapped accessible.Nepal disaster fundraiserA fundraiser for disaster victims, especially those affected by the Nepal earthquake, will be held on Saturday, Oct. 10, at the FUMC “Coppertop Church,” 230 E. Skyline Parkway, Duluth. Silent auction and dinner from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Guest speaker is Cheryl Diaz Meyer, 2004 Pulitzer Prize winner for breaking news photography. Nepalese students from the University of Minnesota Duluth will also give an update on the current situation in Nepal. Donation for dinner and evening program $15 per person. Contacts: in Duluth, Katy (218) 726-1071, Sylvia (218) 464-5269, Jeannette (218) 525-7327; in the Iron Range, Lyndah (218) 290-0869; in Wisconsin, Millie (218)390-7206. Tax deductible donations welcome. Send to Gift of Love, P.O. Box 805, Duluth, MN 55801; 100 percent of donations go towards the victims of Nepal. Program sponsored by Gift of Love, visit www.giftoflovecharity.org for more information.Oktoberfest dinnerSunday, Oct. 11, an Oktoberfest dinner will be held at St. Mary Star of the Sea Church, 325 E. Third St., Duluth, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Dinner includes sauerbraten and potato dumplings and finishes with homemade apple crisp. $10 for adults and $6 for children. Handicapped accessible off the church parking lot.DDCCW Fall ConferenceThe fall conference of the Duluth Diocesan CCW will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 14, at St. Lawrence Church, 2410 Morris Thomas Road, Duluth. Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m. After the opening prayer and business of the day, NCCW convention reports will be presented by the commission chairs. The morning speaker is Mary Jo Kreitzer, Ph.D, RN, FAAN, the founder and director of the Center for Spirituality and Healing at the University of Minnesota. She is a recognized leader in integrative health and wellbeing. Her presentation is “Mindfulness as Leaders.” Following Mass and lunch will be a leadership training titled “Six Word Essays.” Reservations are $15 if postmarked before Oct. 7, after Oct. 7 and on site, registration will be $20. For information or registration forms contact your deanery president or Connie at conorberg@yahoo.com or (218) 327-2177. Handicapped accessible.Craft bazaarThe women of St. Lawrence Church, 2410 Morris Thomas Road, Duluth, will host a craft bazaar on Saturday, Oct. 17, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be many vendors, an apple tree, bakery and raffle. Lunch will be available for purchase. The raffle prizes will be drawn on Sunday, Oct. 18, after the11 a.m. Mass, need not be present to win. Handicapped accessible.Pilgrimage to the Holy LandAll are invited to join Fathers Anthony Wroblewski and Peter Muhich on a once-in-a-lifetime pilgrimage to the Holy Land,Jan. 4-14, 2016. Includes visits to Tiberias, Nazareth, Cana, Sea of Galilee, Mt. Tabor, Mt. of Beatitudes, Jericho, Jerusalem, Bethlehem and more. For more information, contact Father Tony Wroblewski at (218)822-4040 or fr.tony@lakescatholic.org.Pilgrimage to ItalyItalia Magnifica is a 10-day pilgrimage to Italy led by Fathers Brandon Moravitz and Drew Braun from Jan. 27 to Feb. 5, 2016. Spend time in the Neapolitan area of Italy, Assisi, Imperial Rome, Christian Rome and Vatican City, have a possible general audience with Pope Francis, and more. For more information please email Father Brandon at fr.brandon@mediacombb.net.World Youth Day pilgrimageWorld Youth Day Pilgrimage 2016 will be in Krakow, Poland from July 19-31, 2016. World Youth Day is a vibrant week long pilgrimage where young Catholics from all over the world come together to join with the pope to pray, celebrate and reflect. The Diocese of Duluth is taking a group of 50 pilgrims to join in this celebration. For more information visit www.worldyouthday.com/pilgrimages.