Browsing The Northern Cross


Kateri Circle (Deer River)

Sts. Joseph and Mary Kateri Circle meets each month at St. Mary Church, 15 First Ave. N.E., Deer River. The circle also sponsors a book discussion. Contact Claudia at (218) 398-1757 for more information.

Adult Faith Formation

Five locations around the diocese are hosting Adult Faith Formation sessions. The second series of Symbolon from the Augustine Institute will be presented. You do not have to have completed the series last year to attend this year. The five locations are: 1) St. Patrick’s, 203 Lawler Ave. S., Hinckley, March 2; facilitator Deacon Steve Odegard. 2) Holy Spirit, 306 S. Second St., Virginia, March 2; facilitator Angie Kucera. 3) St. Joseph’s, 315 S.W. 21st St., Grand Rapids, March 16; facilitators Deacon Steve and Sue Schuler. 4) Center for Spirituality and Enrichment, St. Scholastica Monastery, 1001 Kenwood Ave., Duluth, March 16; facilitator Deacon Jim Philbin. And 5) St. Andrew’s, 1108 Willow St. S.E., Brainerd, March 16; facilitators Dan and Britt Johnson. Information and registration is available at www.

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.”

Coffee with the Saints

The Center for Spirituality and Enrichment, St. Scholastica Monastery, 1001 Kenwood Avenue, Duluth, sponsors “Coffee with the Saints” Monday, March 4, featuring St. Mother Teresa of Calcutta, and Monday, April 1, from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. featuring Trappist monk Thomas Merton, facilitated by Benedictine Sister Sarah O’Malley. Freewill offering. Registration required at www. or email [email protected]

Men’s conference

The Diocese of Duluth’s annual Men of Faith — Men Bearing Witness conference is scheduled for Saturday, March 9, at Marshall School in Duluth. Keynote speaker is Paul George of Adore Ministry. Schedule and registration information are available at

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.

Gift of Self

“The Gift of Self,” a series to assist the faithful currently experiencing separation or civil divorce and who are in need of healing, will be held Sunday evenings from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. March 10 through April 14 at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Rosary in Duluth. There is no charge. More information and registration is available at Call Betsy Kneepkens at (218) 724-9111 for more information.

Pancake breakfast

The St. Mathias and St. Andrew’s Knights of Columbus will be hosting a pancake breakfast on Sunday, March 10, after the 8 a.m. Mass at St. Mathias. Free will donations are welcome. Knights of Columbus members will also be available to answer questions for those Catholic men who may have an interest in joining the council.

Taize prayer

Taize prayer will be held Monday, March 11, at 7 p.m. at Our Lady Queen of Peace Chapel at St. Scholastica Monastery, Duluth. Registration is not necessary.

Biblical prayers series

All are invited to deepen their prayer life by attending talks on biblical prayers at St. Mary Star of the Sea, 325 E. Third St., Duluth. This series of three Wednesday programs covers “Prayer in the Old Testament” March 13, “Prayer in the New Testament” March 20, and “Prayer and the Rosary” March 27. Presentations begin at 7:15 p.m. after Stations of the Cross at 6 p.m. and a soup supper at 6:40 p.m.

Centering prayer

The Center for Spirituality and Enrichment at St. Scholastica Monastery and McCabe Renewal Center have several opportunities for centering prayer throughout the month, with groups meeting on the first and third Thursdays of the month, the second and fourth Tuesdays and the first and third Mondays. Please see for a complete schedule and registration details. There is also a centering prayer DVD series being presented on the following Tuesdays, March 5 and 19, and continuing through May. For more information, email [email protected] org, or call (218) 724-5266.

Anam Cara

All are invited to join in discussing “The Screwtape Letters” by C.S Lewis, at St. Lawrence Church, 2410 Morris Thomas Road, Duluth, Wednesdays, 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Program runs to the end of March. Handicapped accessible. For information please contact Paule Barbeau at (218) 722- 2259 ext. 6.

Real Presence Radio banquet

Real Presence Radio will welcome David Anders, Ph.D, as keynote speaker at its annual fundraising banquet on Thursday, March 14, in Duluth. Anders is host of “Called to Communion,” author of “The Catholic Church Saved My Marriage,” and Director of the Office of Catholic Education and Lifelong Formation for the Diocese of Birmingham, Alabama. While studying John Calvin, Martin Luther, and the Protestant doctrine of “faith alone” for his doctorate in Reformation history, he began to read the works of St. Augustine. He was persuaded by the truth of the Catholic faith and entered the church in 2003 with his wife and five children. Register online at yourcatholicradiostation. com. For more information, to host a table, or to sponsor this event, call (877) 795-0122 or email [email protected]

Maternity home fundraiser

A fundraiser for the Star of the North Maternity Home will be held at St. James Church, 715 N. 57th Ave. W., Duluth, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, March 15. Cost is $15 adults and $10 children. Menu will include salmon or vegetable lasagna, herb-roasted red potatoes, sunshine vegetables, fancy cut carrots, butter, roll, coffee, tea, milk, and dessert. Reserve tickets online at The event is sponsored in part by the Knight of Columbus Western Council.

St. Benedict fish fries

The St. Benedict Knights of Columbus council will serve three types of fish (deep-fried, Cajun-fried, and baked) between 4:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. on three Fridays: March 15 and 22 and April 5. Prices are $10 adults, $5 kids 12 and under, and free for kids 3 and under. Meals are served in the parish hall in the basement of St. Benedict Church, 1419 St. Benedict St., Duluth (behind Walgreen’s on Kenwood Avenue). Takeouts available. Proceeds support the faith, family, community, and culture of life programs of the council.

Communion and Liberation

The Communion and Liberation School of Community meets every Sunday evening at 5:45 p.m. at St. Benedict Church, 1419 Saint 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 from “Why the Church?” For more information, please contact William Vouk at (320) 630-8119 or at [email protected]

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.


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 www.retrouvaille. org.

Log church tours

Tours are being offered of the old log church at Sts. Mary and Joseph Church in Sawyer. Take the opportunity of a tour to venerate an authentic relic of St. Kateri Tekakwitha in the current church. The log 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. For more information on the church visit

Kateri Circle (Duluth)

St. Lawrence Church Kateri Circle meets after the 11:30 a.m. Mass on the second Sunday of each month at St. Lawrence Church, 2410 Morris Thomas Road, Duluth. 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 information.

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.

Bingo in Meadowlands

St. Mary’s Church will hold its spring bingo at the Meadowlands Community Center, 7758 Western Ave., Meadowlands, on Saturday, March 9, at 6 p.m. There will be two sets of 11 games each, prizes and door prize drawings, and a luncheon (free will offering). For more information, call Kathy Morgan, (21) 427-2111.

Desert Day

St. Scholastica Monastery will offer “Desert Day: A Quiet Time Away” Monday, March 18, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.There is no “agenda” for the day other than time for quiet prayer, reflection, reading, walking, resting, and meeting with a spiritual director, if desired. A group prayer begins and ends the day. Free will offerings are accepted. Lunch with the sisters is optional for $10. Optional overnight stay is $70. Register at www. or email [email protected]

Catholic moms group

A Catholic moms 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 Wednesdays through May 22, 2019, from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., in St. James School Campus, Stella Maris Academy, 715 N. 57th Ave. W., Duluth. Lessons are from “Catholic and Married – Leaning Into Love” Art and Laraine Bennett, editors. Nursery available, freewill donation. For questions or to register contact Cheryl Foldesi at (218) 590-1235 or [email protected], or Peggy Haugen at (218) 628-2411.

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.

Kateri Circle (Cloquet)

Join Kateri Circle members after the 8 a.m. Mass on the third Sunday of the month at Holy Family Church, 280 Reservation Road, Cloquet, for a couple of minutes of prayer: Litany of St. Kateri, Prayer for Special Intentions and private prayer as a witness to our devotion and imitation of our first American indigenous saint, Kateri Tekakwitha. Contact Sister Marie Rose Messingschlager, CDP, at (218) 724- 9111 for information.

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]om.


Do you have a family member or loved one who is experiencing samesex 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 [email protected] org for more information. Are you experiencing same-sex attraction and looking for answers? Contact Deacon Beier at [email protected] for support group information. Also visit

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.

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) 380-7059 or visit Call at least one day in advance of event to register.

Cathedral salmon bake

The Knights of Columbus Msgr. O’Shea Council is hosting a salmon bake dinner Friday, March 22, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Holy Rosary school in Duluth. Menu items include baked salmon, fish sticks, popcorn shrimp, macaroni & cheese, clam chowder, glazed carrots, rolls, cake, coffee, and juice. Tickets can be purchased at the door. $10 for adults, $5 for children, and $30 for the entire family. The evening also includes the sixth annual wine raffle, with many wine basket prizes and grand prizes of Dom Perignon and Cristal champagne.

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). Only in December they will meet on Tuesday, Dec. 18. 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.

Praying with the St. John’s Bible

St. Scholastica Monastery offers a Lenten retreat called “Praying with the St. John’s Bible — Illuminating Your Lenten Journey” March 22-24. Using the illuminations of the St. John’s Bible, retreatants will learn the practice of visio divina and also be introduced to the medieval arts of calligraphy and artistic illumination. Facilitators are Dawn Carrillo, director for the Center for Spirituality and Enrichment at St. Scholastica Monastery, and Barbara Sutton, who works extensively with the illuminations of the St. John’s Bible through retreats, workshops, publications and preaching. Cost is $210 and includes meals and materials, $320 with overnight stay. Register at or email [email protected]

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.

Women’s conference

The 2019 Women of Faith Conference is schedule for Saturday, March 23, at Marsh School in Duluth. Registration is open and, along with scheduling information, is available at or (218) 724-9111. Early bird registration ends March 8.

Bring the Sing

Classical Minnesota Public Radio will host a free community event called “Bring the Sing” at the College of St. Scholastica Mitchell Auditorium Saturday, March 23, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Doors open at 9:15 a.m. Coconductors Bret Amundson and Sara Ludwig, both from St. Scholastica, will lead the event, and choral singing and music-reading experience are not required. Voices of all abilities are welcome. Registration is required. See story/2019/01/01/bring-the-sing for more information.

Confirmation retreat

The Diocese of Duluth will host a confirmation retreat at and Big Sandy Camp, McGregor, March 29- 31, registration deadline March 8. Students must attend the entire retreat to attend at all, no exceptions. Visit for more guidelines and registration.

Women’s Day of Recollection

The Catholic Daughters of the Americas, Court St. Margaret No. 1888, Eveleth, is sponsoring a Women’s Day of Recollection at Resurrection Church, Eveleth, on Saturday, March 30, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. The day’s theme is “Finding the Peace of Christ,” with Father Anthony Craig as the keynote speaker. Eucharistic adoration, reconciliation, and Mass will be included during the day. Donation for the event is $12 per person including lunch. Please respond to Loretta at (218) 744-2883, Kate at (218) 269-3437 or Bette at (218) 744-1567 by Friday, March 22. Area women are invited to attend.

Worldwide Marriage Encounter

Upcoming weekends for Worldwide Marriage Encounter are April 5-7 in Baxter and Sept. 20-22 in Alexandria. For more information, call Alan and Missy Block at (888) 455-3496 or visit the website at

Penitential Psalms retreat

St. Scholastica Monastery will host “Create in me a clean heart, O God,” a Lenten retreat with the penitential Psalms, Saturday, April 6, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The seven Penitential Psalms have offered a “curriculum” of Lenten spiritual preparation for centuries. Participants will attempt to discover the deep meaning of each of the psalms through lectio divina. Facilitator is the Rev. Dave Mesner, lead pastor at Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd in Duluth, an Oblate of the Order of St. Benedict at St. Scholastica Monastery. Cost is $70 (includes lunch), $140 with overnight stay. Register at or email [email protected]

Walking the Path of Holy Week

St. Scholastica Monastery will host a Holy Week retreat April 18- 21, including the liturgies of Holy Thursday, Good Friday, the Easter Vigil and Easter Sunday with the sisters. It begins with an introductory conference on Thursday, April 18, from 10 a.m. to noon that will explain the liturgical symbolism and familiarize participants with the rhythm of this time with the community. The retreat continues with the community prayers and liturgies, concluding with a festive noon meal on Easter Sunday, April 21. Cost is $230 and includes meals and overnight accommodations. Registration limited to 12 people. Scholarships available. Register at www. or email [email protected]

5K for God

The annual 5K for God at St. Raphael Church, 5779 Seville Road, Duluth, is happening again this year on April 27. Registration and packet pickup starts at 7 a.m., and the race begins at 9 a.m. Cost is $25 and includes race entry, a custom T-shirt, and light snacks and refreshments. Sign-up began March 1 and is available at

Theology Uncapped

Theology Uncapped’s next event will be April 30 at 6:30 p.m., featuring Father Richard Kunst, pastor of St. James and St. Elizabeth’s parishes in Duluth, and Pastor Peter Kowitz, pastor of United Lutheran Church in Proctor. The topic for the this event is “Woman in Ministry.” The event will be held at Grace Lutheran Church, 5454 Miller Trunk Hwy, Hermantown. Cost is $20, which includes a catered meal from Famous Dave’s, beer, wine, pop, and coffee. Seating is limited, so register now at Please contact Deacon John Foucault at (218) 393-0631 if you are unable to register online.

Curious About China?

Father Dave Tushar is offering the opportunity to experience a “Taste of China,” visiting Beijing, Xi’an, Chengdu, Suzhou, and Shanghai Oct. 7-22. Arrangements are through Hua Travel, a Chinese agency specializing in small group tours. Trip includes round trip air (economy booking) with Delta from Minneapolis and back to Minneapolis, accommodations at five-star hotels with buffet breakfasts and travel within China. References are available. For detailed tour information and pricing, please call Father Tushar at (218) 384-4563. Deadline: June 1.

Poland pilgrimage

Join Father Richard Kunst on pilgrimage to Poland and follow the footsteps of St. John Paul II along with visits to Vienna and Prague, Nov. 4-14, 2019. Call (218) 624-0125 for details and a brochure.