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Calendar for December 2019

St. Michael’s Christmas tree and wreath sales

St. Michael’s Church, 4901 E. Superior St., Duluth, will again be selling Christmas trees beginning on Saturday, Nov. 30. High quality spruce, balsam fir, Norway pine and white pine trees, along with Christmas wreaths and sprays, will be available. Weekdays 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. (helpers to load your tree from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.). Weekends 9 a.m. (11 a.m. Sunday) to 5 p.m. All net proceeds go to help with parish buildings and grounds maintenance needs.

Christmas cookie sale

Holy Family Parish, 2430 W. Third St., Duluth, will have a Christmas cookie sale Dec. 6 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. and Dec. 7 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Cookies will be sold for $3.50 per dozen.

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.

Bake sale

St. Mary’s, 9999 Highway 133, Meadowlands, is holding its annual Christmas Bake Sale and More Dec. 7 from 10 a.m. to noon. Fresh baked goods, ornaments, drawings and other goodies will be available. There will also be a special drawing for a quilted Christmas wall hanging in which all proceeds go to the diocesan seminarians. For tickets or more information, please contact Mary Maly at (218) 427-2649.

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 or visit click on “Donate.”

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, Sunday, Dec. 8, from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Adults $6 and children under 10 $4. Extra parking in the Essentia ramp behind the church Fourth Street entrance. For additional information call the parish office (218) 722-3078

Kateri Circle (Duluth)

St. Lawrence Church Kateri Circle meets the second Sunday of each month at St. Lawrence Church, 2410 Morris Thomas Road, Duluth, after the 11 a.m. Mass. Become involved in the “reach out” to make St. Kateri known throughout our area. There are still so many persons who have not heard of this saintly woman for our time. Contact Michele at (218) 591-0556 for more information.

Christmas jamboree

Sts. Mary and Joseph Parish, 1225 Mission Road, Sawyer, presents the Log Church Christmas Jamboree, directed by Missy Parker, on Dec. 8 at 3 p.m. featuring the children’s choir, junior and senior choirs, soloists and instrumentalists, and a sing-along. Treats and goodies to follow. A free will offering will go to the local food shelf.

Communion and Liberation

The Communion and Liberation School of Community meets Sunday evenings at 5:45 p.m. at St. Benedict Church, 1419 St. Benedict St., Duluth. Prayer, singing, and sharing experiences in light of our friendship in Christ, the group finishes in time to join the congregation in sung vespers at 7 p.m. The community is a companionship that educates. They are currently reading “Morality: Memory and Desire” by Father Giussani. For more information, please contact William Vouk at (320) 630-8119 or at [email protected]

Living in God’s Divine Will

A group meets Mondays from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. at St. Benedict Church, 1419 St. Benedict St., Duluth. Come learn how living in God’s will is so much more than doing God’s will. For information, call Barb Larson at (218) 724-0368.

Lectio divina series

The Center for Spirituality and Enrichment is holding a lectio divina series Nov. 25, Dec. 2, 9, and 16 from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. in Our Lady Queen of Peace Chapel at St. Scholastica Monastery, 1200 Kenwood Ave., Duluth. Series is facilitated by Benedictine Sister Luce Marie Dionne. Cost is $5 per session or $20 for all sessions. To register visit

Carmelite community

A third order Carmelite community meets monthly at St. Patrick’s Church, 203 Lawler Ave. S., Hinckley, from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. the second Tuesday of the month. For more information on the Carmelite community, please contact Gail Von Reuden, TOC, at (320) 384-7305.

Charismatic prayer group

Proclaimers of Christ Catholic charismatic prayer group meets the second Thursday of the month at St. Agnes Church, Elm at Division Street, Walker. A potluck supper starts at 6:15 p.m. with praise and worship at 7 p.m. On the fourth Thursday of the month gatherings will be at Sacred Heart Church, 300 First St. N., Hackensack, starting at 7 p.m. For information contact David LaFontaine (651) 503- 0168 or Don Rudquist (218) 675-7701.

Prayer group

A prayer group meets every Thursday at 7 p.m. at St. James Church cafeteria at 721 N. 57th Ave. W., Duluth. Please park in the back parking lot. Coffee and goodies for a social after prayer. Handicapped accessible. Contact Sharon (218) 590-2265 for questions.

Christmas caroling

The Center for Spirituality and Enrichment is holding a Christmas caroling event Thursday, Dec. 12, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at McCabe Renewal Center, 2125 Abbotsford Ave., Duluth. Register by calling McCabe at (218) 724-5266 or email [email protected]

Advent silent retreat

Christ the King Retreat Center, 621 First Ave. S., Buffalo, is holding an advent silent retreat Dec. 13-15. The theme is “Living a Trinitarian Lifestyle.” Retreat facilitated by Oblate Father Daniel Renaud. Cost is $175. To register visit

Coffee with the Saints

The Center for Spirituality and Enrichment is hosting Coffee with the Saints Friday, Dec. 13, from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at the St. Scholastica Monastery, 1001 Kenwood Ave., Duluth. Benedictine Sister Sarah O’Malley will facilitate the conversation about St. Augustus Tolton. Freewill offering accepted. Register at


St. Mary, 8118 Lake St., Willow River, is holding its annual bazaar and bake sale Saturday, Dec. 14, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Meat bingo

Knights of Columbus Chisholm Council 3539 is holding a meat bingo Saturday, Dec. 14, at 6:30 p.m. at St. Joseph’s Church, 113 S.W. Fourth St., Chisholm. Come and play bingo with the family. Pulled pork sandwiches will be available for purchase. Win a variety of meats. Door prizes will also be available. Raffle Tickets available for sale now by calling Jed Holewa (218) 966-0697. There will be 3 sets of 10 games played at $1 per card. Purchasing a book of raffle tickets gets you a card for the first 10 games. Proceeds support the Knights of Columbus Chisholm Council 3539.

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 Franz Hoefferle, fraternity minister, at (218) 728-4904 or [email protected]

Taize prayer

The Center for Spirituality and Enrichment is holding Taize prayer Monday, Dec. 16, at 7 p.m. at Our Lady Queen of Peace Chapel, St. Scholastica Monastery, 1001 Kenwood Ave., Duluth. Gather for an hour of prayer to encounter the mystery of God through the beauty of simplicity. Registration not necessary.

Zenith City Catholic

Zenith City Catholic is a Catholic Young Adults group in the Duluth area that meets the third Tuesday of each month for adoration at 6:30 pm at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Rosary, 2801 E. Fourth St., Duluth. After, the group meets for a time of fellowship. For questions or to learn more about other upcoming events, email [email protected] or visit Zenith City Catholic on Facebook.

Grief support

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.

Public square rosary

Our Lady of Fatima, Garrison, and Holy Family, Bulldog Lake, holds 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.


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 pm at St. John’s Church, 1 W. Chisholm St., Duluth. Please contact Deacon Walt Beier at [email protected] to confirm the meeting schedule. Are you experiencing same-sex attraction and looking for answers? Contact Deacon Beier at [email protected] for support group information. Also visit

FertilityCare introductory sessions

Northland Family Programs, a FertilityCare Center, holds free Creighton Model FertilityCare System introductory sessions. CrMS is based on the knowledge and understanding of the naturally-occurring phases of a woman’s fertility and infertility. A woman can know her cycles and use this information for the maintenance of her health. Further, couples can use this knowledge to plan their family and build their future together. To get started, call (218) 786-2378 or visit

Catholic Singles Group

Catholic Singles Group in the Twin Ports serves singles age 40 and up and hosts weekly and monthly events such as swing dance lessons. Contact Laverne at (218) 491-3241 or visit Call at least one day in advance of event to register.

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, Sunday, Jan. 5, from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Adults $6 and children under 10 $4. Extra parking in the Essentia ramp behind the church Fourth Street entrance. For additional info call the parish office (218) 722-3078

Theology Uncapped

The next Theology Uncapped will be Thursday, Jan. 23, at 6:30 p.m. at Grace Lutheran Church, 5454 Miller Trunk Highway, Hermantown. Father Richard Kunst of St. Elizabeth and St. James, Duluth, and the Rev. Peter Kowitz, pastor of United Lutheran Church, Proctor, will be discussing the Bible. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Cost is $20 which includes dinner from Famous Dave’s and choice of drink. Register online at For more information, call Deacon John Foucault at (218) 393-0631.

Mardi Gras

Celebrate Mardi Gras at Queen of Peace School, 102 Fourth St., Cloquet, Saturday, Feb. 22, 2020 from 6 p.m. to midnight. There will be music, dance, complimentary food, and beverages. Raffles include a trip to Palm Springs, an electric meat smoker with $400 B&B Market meat card, and many silent and live auctions as well. Tickets are $25 per person and can be purchased at the door until sold out or in advance by calling (218) 879-8516. Must be 21 or older to attend. For more information visit

Men’s conference

The 2020 Men of Faith Conference —- Men on Fire —- will be held Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020, at Marshall School in Duluth. The presenter is internationally renowned speaker, author, and preacher Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers, known as the “Dynamic Deacon” for his powerful and passionate preaching and evangelizing. For registration, see the diocesan website,

Women’s conference

The eighth annual Women of Faith Conference will be held Saturday, March 28, 2020 at Marshall School, 1215 Rice Lake Road, Duluth. Deby Schlapprizzi is the headline speaker, and Nic Davidson will lead an afternoon session. Registration will open later this year. More details to come.

A spiritual journey to Poland

Join Father Tony Wroblewski and Father Seth Gogolin for 12 days on a spiritual journey to Poland beginning Sept. 28, 2020. The journey will include visits to Gdansk on the Baltic Sea, Torun, St. Faustina’s childhood home and parish Church, Wroclaw, Czestochowa, Krakow, Divine Mercy, and more. To be placed on the priority mailing list to receive your free color brochure and registration form, (available this Fall) email your name, address, phone number (indicate if home, office or mobile phone number please), along with your email address, to Father Tony at [email protected], or simply call the office at (218) 822-4040.