Browsing The Northern Cross


March 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.” 


Christ the King Retreat Center in Buffalo will host a silent retreat for men March 17-19. It will host silent retreats for women March 14-16 and March 31-April 2. It will host a weekend for married couples March 3-5, also well as a Lenten silent retreat March 21-23 and a Holy Week retreat April 5-8. Call (763) 682-1394 or visit for online registration or more information. 

Pasty sale 

Holy Family Church, 2430 W. Third St., Duluth is taking orders for pasties until March 20. They will be made with or without rutabaga and will be $6 each. To order, please call Jeanine at (218) 624-3456 or Ginny at (218) 722-4445. 

Easter bingo 

Holy Family Church, 2430 W. Third St., Duluth is holding Easter bingo Sunday, March 12. Doors open and lunch will be available for purchase at noon. Games for ham and cash will begin at 1 p.m. Boards are $2 each. Cash games are 25 cents per board. 

Real Presence Radio banquet 

Real Presence Radio is holding its annual fundraising banquet Tuesday, March 14, at the DECC Harborside Ballroom, Duluth. The evening starts with a social hour from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., followed by dinner and the keynote speaker, Ralph Martin. Martin is the president of Renewal Ministries, an organization devoted to Catholic renewal and evangelization. He is also the director of graduate theology programs in evangelization and a professor of theology at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in the Archdiocese of Detroit. He holds a doctorate in theology from Angelicum University in Rome. He is the author of the widely read “The Fulfillment of All Desire: A Guidebook for the Journey to God Based on the Wisdom of Saints,” “A Church in Crisis: Pathways Forward,” and many other books on spirituality and evangelization. If interested in hosting a table of eight, attending as a guest, or sponsoring the banquet, please contact Blake Ritteman at [email protected] or (877) 795-0122. 

Salmon fundraising dinner 

The Star of the North Maternity Home will hold its annual fundraising dinner, raising money for moms and babies in the Northland on Friday, March 17, from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at St. James Church, 715 N. 57th Ave. W., Duluth. The evening will feature a salmon dinner (lasagna option available), live music, and an auction. Tickets are $25 for adults, $20 for seniors and veterans, $10 for children ages six to 12, and free for ages five and under. Purchase tickets at

Benedictine Conversation 

The Center for Spirituality and Enrichment at St. Scholastica Monastery will be hosting a Benedictine Conversation via Zoom on Monday, March 20, at 7 p.m. with Kathleen Atkinson, OSB. For more information and to register, visit

40 Hours Devotion 

The Brainerd Lakes Catholic Churches are holding its annual 40 Hours Devotion on Friday, March 24, through Sunday, March 26, at St. Francis Church, 404 N. Ninth St. N., Brainerd. Sister Rita Marie (formerly Josie Kampa) of the Dominican Sisters of Saint Cecilia in Nashville, Tenn., will be speaking. Sister Rita Marie graduated from Brainerd High School in 2004 and studied at St. Mary’s in Winona before joining the Nashville Dominicans. She is currently teaching high school theology in Birmingham, Ala. Come for all or any events during the weekend! Find the schedule and more information at

Ham bingo 

St. Mary Star of the Sea Church, 325 E. Third St., Duluth, is having its Easter ham bingo Sunday, March 26, at 1 p.m. Twenty hams will be given away, in addition to other prizes, including split the pot. Boards $2 each or three for $5. A silent auction plus children’s Easter basket raffle will be held, $1 raffle. First prize is $500, second prize is $300, third prize is $200. A sloppy joe and hot dog lunch will be served beginning at 11:30 a.m. Plenty of parking and handicapped accessible. Call (218) 722-3078 with questions. 

Lenten mission 

With the bishop’s call to focus on healing in our lives, the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Rosary, 2801 E. Fourth St., Duluth, will be hosting a Lenten mission March 26-29, at 7 p.m. each evening, that will center on various areas of healing. On Wednesday, March 29, there will be a special 7 p.m. Mass with Bishop Felton with anointing of the sick. Visit for more details. 

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, March 30, at 7 p.m. No prior experience is needed. All are welcome to this hour of peace and communal hope. Register at

Stations of the Cross 

The Center for Spirituality and Enrichment at St. Scholastica Monastery will host its meditative Stations of the Cross using meditations and images created by sisters in the St. Scholastica community. The devotional prayer will be offered in two sections. Part one will be held Monday, April 3, at 7 p.m. via Zoom. Part two will be Wednesday, April 5, at 7 p.m. via Zoom. Register at

Tenebrae Service 

The Cathedral of Our Lady, 2801 E. Fourth St., Duluth, will hold a Tenebrae service on Good Friday, April 7, at 7 p.m. The Tenebrae is an evening of solemn readings and music that tell us of the Lord’s suffering and death. 

Divine Mercy signs 

Orders are going on now! Divine Mercy outdoor signs are an excellent way to embrace the message of the Divine Mercy. Order early to have a sign before Divine Mercy Sunday, April 16. Order forms can be found online at or at the St. Francis Church office, 404 N. Ninth St. N., Brainerd. Proceeds help students pay for Steubenville. Please contact Cody Poster at (320) 630-2798 with questions. 

‘The Three Riddles: Turandot Opera’ 

Calling actresses and actors in fourth through sixth grade to participate in an opera/play where solving three riddles is essential to staying alive. Yes, riddles are fun to figure out. Turandot, the princess, decrees that she will marry the one who correctly answers three riddles. What happens? Come and be a part of this intriguing story. Register early, as a total of ten actors/actresses are needed for this production. Rehearsals will be held Monday, April 10, to Thursday, April 13, 9 a.m. to noon at McCabe Renewal Center. Facilitator is Benedictine Sister Dorene King, a licensed teacher and director of McCabe Renewal Center. Cost is $60 (scholarships are available). Register at or call (218) 724-5266 for more information. 


The Center for Spirituality and Enrichment at St. Scholastica Monastery will host “The Joy of Easter: Letting Go and Living into Our New Life” Saturday, April 15, from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. via Zoom, with facilitator, Becky Van Ness. After Easter we are invited, like the disciples, to let go of what has been lost and adjust to a new reality. Explore how these forty days leading to Ascension are part of our lived experience of the paschal mystery, drawing on the insights of Ronald Rolheiser’s “The Holy Longing.” Cost is $20. Register at

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’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. 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 Cox 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 webpage 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’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. 

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 

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