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.

Prayer group

A prayer group meets every Thursday at 7 p.m. at St. James Church cafeteria, 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.

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.

Fish dinner

St. Lawrence Church, 2410 Morris Thomas Road, Duluth, will host a fish dinner Friday, April 5, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. $10 for adults, $7 for children 5-12. Proceeds to benefit the Steubenville mission trip. Contact Karen Ball (218) 722-2259 for more information.

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

Spring salad luncheon

The Catholic Daughters of the Americas Court St. Margaret No. 1888 will hold its annual spring salad luncheon Saturday, April 6, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Holy Family Hall, Resurrection Church, 301 Adams Ave, Eveleth. The donation for the luncheon is $7 per person. The public is invited to attend.

Lenten retreat

The Center for Spiritual Enrichment, 1001 Kenwood Ave., Duluth, is hosting a Lenten retreat on the seven penitential psalms Saturday, April 6, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. This retreat is facilitated by the Rev. Dave Mesner from the Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd in Duluth. Cost is $70 including lunch, $140 with overnight stay. For more information, visit

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.

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 and click on “Donate.”

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, 2801 E. Fourth St., Duluth. There is no charge. More information and registration is available at Call Betsy Kneepkens at (218) 724-9111 for more information.

Communion and Liberation

The Communion and Liberation School of Community meets every Sunday evening 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 from “Why the Church?” For more information, please contact William Vouk at (320) 630-8119 or at [email protected]

Spring chicken dinner

St. Rose of Lima Church, 2 Sixth Ave., Proctor, will host its spring chicken dinner and bake sale Sunday, April 7, from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Adults $10, children $5, and children under 5 free. Meal includes chicken, mashed potatoes and gravy, coleslaw, green beans, roll, banana cream pie, coffee, and milk. There will be basket drawings and a large bake sale. Takeouts available, handicapped accessible.

Easter ham bingo

St. Mary Star of the Sea Church 325 E. Third St., Duluth, will host its Easter ham bingo Sunday, April 7, at 1 p.m. Twenty hams will be given away, plus other prizes. Silent auction and Easter basket raffle. $1 raffle. First prize $500, second prize $300, third prize $200 gift card for gas, and fourth prize $200. Sloppy Joe and hot dog lunch served beginning at 11:30 a.m. Price of boards: $2 each or three boards for $5. Plenty of parking and handicapped accessible. Questions: contact (218) 722-3078

Easter ham bingo

St. Lawrence Church, 2410 Morris Thomas Road, Duluth, will host an Easter ham bingo Sunday, April 7, at 1 p.m. $5 for two boards, 14 ham games, extra cash games. Lunch and snacks are available for purchase at noon. For questions, contact Bill Malinowski (218) 590-8035.

Parish mission

The Cathedral of Our Lady of the Rosary, 2801 E. Fourth St., Duluth, will offer a Lenten mission with Father Juniper Adams, CFR, April 7-10, starting each night at 7 p.m. Father Adams is a member of the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal. The theme of the mission will be “The First Words of Jesus in the Four Gospels.”

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.

Children’s opera

Sign up to be part of “The Flying Dutchman,” a children’s opera at McCabe Renewal Center, 2125 Abbotsford Ave., Duluth, Monday, April 8, to Thursday, April 11. Practices will be 9 a.m. to noon. with performances on Thursday. Cost is $60 with scholarships available. Eight parts are needed. Sign up at

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. This month, they will meet April 9. For more information on the Carmelite community, contact Gail Von Reuden, TOC, at (320) 384-7305.

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 from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., at St. James Campus, Stella Maris Academy, 715 N. 57th Ave. W., Duluth. Lessons are from “Catholic and Married — Leaning Into Love,” edited by Art and Laraine Bennett. Nursery available, freewill donation. For more information, 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.

Lenten silent retreat

Christ the King Retreat Center, 621 First Ave. South, Buffalo, will hold a silent Lenten retreat for men and women April 9-11. There is also a silent Lenten retreat for women April 12-14. The themes are “Be Patient in Affliction.” $160 per person or $100 for students including $30 deposit to reserve room. For more information visit

Kateri Circle (Duluth)

St. Lawrence Church Kateri Circle will meet Sunday, April 14, after the 11:30 a.m. Mass. The group meet the second Sunday of the 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 many who have not heard of this saintly woman for our time. Contact Michele at (218) 591-0556 for information.

Easter ham bingo

The Knights of Columbus at Immaculate Heart Church, 35208 County Road 37, Crosslake, will be hosting an Easter ham bingo Sunday, April 14, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Prizes include hams, gift cards, cash prizes, and a surprise “cover all” at the end. There will also be hot dogs, brats, pop, chips, and cookies for sale.

Chrism Mass

The Chrism Mass will be held Monday, April 15, at 5:30 p.m. at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Rosary, 2801 E. Fourth St., Duluth.


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] 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

Holy Week silent retreat

Christ the King Retreat Center, 621 First Ave. South, Buffalo, will hold a silent Holy Week retreat April 17-20. The theme is “Joining Jesus & Mary in the Vale of Tears.” Presented by Oblate Father Richard Sudlik. $250 per person, includes $30 deposit to reserve room. For more information visit

Walking the path of Holy Week

Join the Benedictine sisters of St. Scholastica Monastery, 1001 Kenwood Ave., Duluth, for a Holy Week retreat. The retreat starts Thursday, April 18, at 10 a.m. and concludes after lunch on Sunday, April 21. Cost is $230 and includes meals and overnight accommodations, 12 spots available. Register at

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) 728-4904or [email protected]

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.

Spaghetti dinner fundraiser

The KSKJ (American Slovenian Catholic Union) Lodge No. 171 of St. Elizabeth’s Church, 610 99th Ave. W, Duluth, is sponsoring a KSKJ matching funds project with a spaghetti dinner to be held on Thursday, April 25, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Music will be provided by strolling accordionist “Joey J.” Cost is $10 adults, $6 children ages 5 to 12, and free for children 4 and under. Proceeds go to the GND Development Alliance, to be used for the benefit of the GND REC for a variety of youth activities.

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 parishes in Duluth, and the Rev. Peter Kowitz, pastor of United Lutheran Church in Proctor. The topic for this event is “Women 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.

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

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

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.

The path to healing after war

The Center for Spiritual Enrichment, 1001 Kenwood Ave., Duluth, will offer a retreat for women who have been touched by the challenge and trauma of war, presented by Joan Najbar. The retreat takes place Friday, May 3, 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. to Saturday, May 4, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Cost is $90 including lunch or $160 with overnight stay. Register at

Community ham dinner

St. Benedict Church, 1419 St. Benedict St., Duluth, is hosting a community ham dinner Saturday, May 4, from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. $10 adults, $5 children ages 6-12, and free for children under 5. The menu includes ham, au gratin potatoes, beans, coleslaw, dinner roll, relish tray, cherry cobbler, coffee, and milk. All proceeds donated to Stella Maris Academy.

Corpus Christi procession with Bishop Sirba

The Brainerd Lakes Catholic Churches’ second annual Corpus Christi procession will take place Sunday, June 23. The procession with the Blessed Sacrament will begin after 11:15 a.m. Mass outside of St. Francis Catholic Church, 404 N. Ninth St., Brainerd, and will end with Benediction and social at St. Andrew’s Catholic Church, 1108 Willow St., Brainerd.

Camp Survive

Camp Survive, a five-day junior high camp, will be held Aug. 5-9 at Big Sandy Camp, McGregor. Open to students who are in grades 6-8 this school year and who live in the Diocese of Duluth. Activities at camp include talks, music, daily Mass, reconciliation, adoration, games, swimming, archery, laser tag, survival training, and more. The registration fee includes all meals, a T-shirt, and lodging in cabins. Registration opens April 25 at 11 a.m. Visit the Department of Youth Ministry tab on to register. Camp fee is $295 and increases to $315 on July 12. Camp fills up quickly, so register early.

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 picing, 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. Call (218) 624-0125 for details and a brochure.