Browsing The Northern Cross


November 2021

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.” 

Artisan fair 

All Saints Catholic Church, 16898 Carlson Lake Road, Baxter, will hold its first annual artisan fair on Saturday, Nov. 6, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information, contact Bonnie Staples at (218) 893-0908 or visit

Holiday craft sale 

The Cathedral of Our Lady of the Rosary will hold its annual holiday craft sale on Saturday, Nov. 6, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Stella Maris Academy-Holy Rosary Campus, 2802 E. Fourth St., Duluth. More than 50 local arts and crafts vendors will be selling a wide variety of items, including handmade accessories, children's items, Christmas decor, and more. Baked goodies such as cookies, breads and pies will also be available for purchase. Lunch available from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information, contact the parish office at (218) 728-3646. 

Turkey bingo and raffle 

St. Lawrence Church, 2410 Morris Thomas Road, Duluth, will be holding a turkey bingo and raffle Sunday, Nov. 7. Lunch and snacks will be available at noon, with games starting at 1 p.m. $5 for two boards, 14 turkey games, cash games, and more. Contact Bill Malinowski at (218) 590-8035 for more information. 

Turkey bingo 

Holy Family Parish, 2430 W. Third St., Duluth, will be holding its Thanksgiving turkey bingo Sunday, Nov. 14. Doors open at noon with lunch available. Bingo starts at 1 p.m., playing turkey and cash games. For more information, contact the parish office at (218) 722-4445. 

Benedictine Conversation 

The Center for Spirituality and Enrichment at St. Scholastica Monastery will host its next Benedictine Conversation Tuesday, Nov. 23, at 7 p.m. via Zoom. Ted Lewis, a restorative justice consultant and trainer for the Center for Restorative Justice and Peacemaking at the University of Minnesota Duluth, will share stories and insights out of his 25 years of peacemaking experience, giving both hope and practical skills for navigating hard situations. Register at

Silent retreats 

Christ the King Retreat Center in Buffalo will host a men and women’s silent weekend retreat Nov. 5-7, a women’s silent midweek retreat Nov. 9-11, and a men’s silent weekend retreat Dec. 3-5. Call (763) 682-1394 or visit for online registration or more information. 

Christmas cookie sale 

The St. James Church Wotczak Memorial is holding its annual Christmas cookie sale on Saturday, Nov. 27, from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., and Sunday, Nov. 28, from 10 a.m. until sold out. Cookies are baked fresh, never frozen, on Saturday, Nov. 27. Cost is $3.50 per dozen. The sale is held in the church hall at 721 N. 57th Ave. W., Duluth (use rear entrance). Handicapped accessible. This fundraiser supports the Wotczak Memorial Scholarship awarded to high school seniors in the spring. Call Susie Nelson at (218) 628-1681 with any questions. 

Visio divina 

The Center for Spirituality and Enrichment at St. Scholastica Monastery will host an evening of contemplative prayer through the use of images, music, and sacred writings via Zoom Sunday, Nov. 28, at 7 p.m. No prior experience is needed. All are welcome to this hour of peace and communal hope. Freewill offering. Register at

Theology Uncapped 

The next Theology Uncapped event will be Thursday, Jan. 27, 2022, at 6 p.m. and will feature Father Richard Kunst and the Rev. Rollie Brockbrader discussing salvation. Father Kunst is pastor of St. James and St. Elizabeth Catholic churches in Duluth, and Pastor Brockbrader is minister for congregational care for the Northeastern Minnesota Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. The event will be held at St. Benedict Catholic Church, 1419 St. Benedict St., Duluth. The cost is $25, which includes a full catered meal by Famous Dave’s. Seating is limited. Register at

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. 

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 community is a companionship that educates. They are currently reading “Generating Traces in the History of the World,” 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. 

Adoration and Divine Mercy Chaplet 

Every Friday, immediately after the noon Mass at St. Mary Star of the Sea, 325 E. Third St., there is exposition of the Blessed Sacrament with adoration until 3 p.m. At 3 p.m. the Chaplet of Divine Mercy is recited, followed by Benediction. 

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. 

Prayer group 

A prayer group meets every Thursday at 7 p.m. at the 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 at (218) 590-2265 for questions. 

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. Contact Michele at (218) 591-0556 for more information. 

Carmelite community 

A third order Carmelite community meets monthly at St. Patrick’s Church, 203 Lawler Ave. S., Hinckley, from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on the third Monday 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, at 7 p.m. For information contact David LaFontaine at (651) 503-0168 or Don Rudquist at (218) 675-7701. 

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. 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. 

Young adult group 

Zenith City Catholic is a Catholic young adult group in the Duluth area that meets regularly for various events and fellowship opportunities. For details on upcoming events, please join the Zenith City Catholic Facebook group or email [email protected]

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. 

Log church tours 

Tours are being offered of the old log church at Sts. Mary and Joseph Church in Sawyer. 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 call St. Francis Church, Carlton, at (218) 384-4563 to schedule a tour. For more information on the church visit


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. 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

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. 

Serra Club 

The International Serra Club promotes and fosters vocations to the priesthood and consecrated religious life. The Duluth chapter meets on the first and third Monday of each month from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Black Woods on London Road. All are welcome to attend. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, please call (218) 343-7782 for up to date information or visit