Browsing The Northern Cross


May 2023

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.” 


St. Joseph Catholic Church in Crosby will be hosting a gala on Saturday, May 6, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Dennis Drummond Wine Co., 11919 Thiesse Rd., Brainerd. Guest speaker will be Matt Birk. For more information and tickets, please visit Hope to see you there! 

Comedy banquet 

The Star of the North Maternity Home is holding a fundraising comedy banquet Saturday, May 6, from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Open Door Church, 12025 Corey Tracts Road, Hibbing. The evening of family fun will feature Christian comedy, a pasta dinner with salad, dessert, and a silent auction. Purchase tickets at

Benedictine Conversation 

The Center for Spirituality and Enrichment at St. Scholastica Monastery will be hosting a Benedictine Conversation via Zoom on Tuesday, May 9, at 7 p.m. with Sebastian Gomes of American Media. For more information and to register, visit


Christ the King Retreat Center in Buffalo will host a day retreat focused on hope May 18 and women’s silent retreats May 19-21 and June 5-8. It will also host a summer private/directed retreat June 23-30. Call (763) 682-1394 or visit for online registration or more information. 

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 on Thursday, May 25, at 7 p.m. No prior experience is needed. All are welcome to this hour of peace and communal hope. Register at

Vigil celebration of Matins 

To honor the Holy Spirit at Pentecost and to pray for the church amid her challenges and her call to mission of bringing healing, hope, and joy to all people — and following the example of Jesus, who would sometimes spend nights in prayer — a solemn vigil celebration of Matins will be held at St. Benedict Church at midnight May 28 (i.e. late Saturday night). Matins, also known as the Office of Readings, includes praying Psalms set to simple chants and the reading of “lessons” from Scripture and the Church Fathers. This reflective, quiet, nighttime liturgy will also include additional Old Testament canticles and meditation on the Gospel. Worship materials are provided. All are invited to attend and pray for the renewed outpouring of the Holy Spirit on the Church in the quiet of night. 


Queen of Peace Church, 102 Fourth St., Cloquet, will host a Next to New sale Thursday, June 8, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Friday, June 9, from 9 a.m. to noon. Come have a cup of coffee, shop, and find many treasures. For more information, contact Mary at (218) 391-3374. 

St. Vincent de Paul Society 

The St. Vincent de Paul Society meets at 6 p.m. on the first and third Thursday of the month at Cathedral of Our Lady of the Rosary, 2801 E. Fourth St., Duluth, in the multipurpose room. They meet regularly to grow in holiness and help neighbors in need, including car repairs, rent, and utility assistance, and more. Email [email protected] for more information. 

Carmelite community 

A third order Carmelite community meets monthly at St. Joseph Catholic 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. Meetings are 10 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. For information on the Carmelite community, please call Marie Gibeau at (218) 999-7168 or Karen Tok at (218) 245-3402. 

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. For more information, please contact William Vouk at (320) 630-8119 or at [email protected]

Living in God’s Divine Will 

A new introductory study group is starting in Duluth every Thursday after the noon Mass at St. Mary Star of the Sea, 325 E. Third St., Duluth. There is also a group that meets online every Monday at 1 p.m. Come learn how living in God’s divine will is so much more than doing God’s will. For more information, call Jean Esler at (218) 576-8239 or Barb Larson at (218) 724-0368 and visit the web page at

Adoration and Divine Mercy Chaplet 

Every Friday, immediately after the noon Mass at St. Mary Star of the Sea, 325 E. Third St., Duluth, 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 the first Thursday of each month at 6:30 p.m. in 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 with 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 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. 

Secular Franciscan Order 

The Spiritus Sanctus Fraternity of the Secular Franciscan Order meets the fourth Thursday of each month at St. Francis Church, 411 N. Tenth St., Brainerd. Gatherings begin at 5 p.m. with evening prayer, followed by Mass, a potluck dinner, and meeting. For information about the Secular Franciscans, contact Rose Clack at [email protected] or Esther Reagan at [email protected]

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, 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. 

Log church tours 

Tours are 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 

Serra International promotes and fosters vocations to the priesthood and consecrated life. The Duluth chapter meets on the first and third Monday of each month from noon to 1 p.m. at Black Woods on London Rd. All are welcome to attend. For further information, call Karen Newstrom at (218) 343-7782.