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April 2014


The clustered parishes of Immaculate Heart Church, Crosslake, and St. Emily’s Church, Emily, will have perpetual adoration in the chapel at Immaculate Heart during the remaining weeks of Lent. Exposition will continue until 6 p.m. April 16.

Tuna pizza fundraiser

During Lent a special tuna pizza is available Fridays at Eskomo Pizza Pies in Esko. Dine-in and 100 percent of the proceeds are donated to Queen of Peace School in Cloquet to purchase a SmartBoard for the third grade classroom. Otherwise all the gross profits will be donated. Made with creamy Alfredo sauce and quality albacore tuna. Eskomo Pies is located in downtown Esko. Call (218) 879-0008 to make a reservation or for pick-up orders.

KC fish fry

Knights of Columbus Council 3238, Ely, Babbitt and Tower, will be hosting its annual Lenten Friday fish fry April 4 and 11, at St. Anthony’s Church, 231 E. Camp St., Ely. Serving from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. Take-out available. Dinner includes all-you-can-eat fried fish, baby red potatoes, coleslaw, home baked deserts and beverage. Cost is $8.50 for adults, $5 for children ages 5-12, children 4 and younger free. All proceeds go to pro-life groups, seminarians, the local food shelf and respite care groups. For information contact Tony Roethler, (218) 827-3625.

Latin Mass

The Traditional Latin Mass will be offered weekly at the St. Benedict’s Church, 1419 St. Benedict St., Duluth, at 1 p.m. Sundays through Easter Sunday. The ordinary form of the Mass is also offered in Latin the first Saturday of each month at 8 a.m. For information contact the church at (218) 724-4828.

Lenten retreat

A Lenten retreat at St. Raphael’s Church, 5779 Seville Road, Duluth, will be held Saturday, April 5, beginning with Mass at 9 a.m. This retreat is for men and women. The day will conclude with a soup lunch at 12:30 p.m. Franciscan Sister of the Eucharist Anna Rose Kalinowski will lead the retreat with the topic on Holy Week. To register call Alice at (218) 729-9647 or email [email protected]. Please put “retreat” in the subject line. Hosted by the Duluth Deanery CCW.

Rosary for freedom, life, family

The rosary is prayed for religious freedom, respect of life and the family on Saturdays at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Rosary, 2801 E. Fourth St., Duluth, at 10 a.m. Contact the Cathedral at (218) 728-3646 with any questions.

Catholic Singles Group

Catholic Singles Group in the Twin Ports hosts weekly events and meets for brunch every other week as well as attends swing dance lessons. For information on the Catholic Singles Group and its activities contact Deborah at (218) 879-6266 or visit twinportscatholicsingles.

Young adult singles group

If you are or know anyone who is single and between the ages of 25 and 40 years old looking to meet other Catholics in that age group, please contact Deborah at (218) 879-6266 or Mike at (218) 730-7419 to have your name put on a singles group list for young adults. Young adult singles meet Mondays for dinner, pool and darts, call Mike above or Gary at (218) 260-6358. As always, all singles can attend any of the activities of the regular Catholic Singles Group.

Chicken dinner, bake sale

A spring chicken dinner and bake sale will be held at St. Rose Church, 3 Sixth Ave., Proctor, Sunday, April 6, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Take-outs available. Handicapped accessible. Adults $9, children $5, and tots under age 5 are free. Everyone is invited to come for a delicious home-cooked meal complete with banana cream pie dessert. Browse the bake sale for “priest-approved banana bread,” cookies, cakes, breads and more. Take a chance on both the grocery and spring baskets. Drawings at 4 p.m., need not be present to win. Call (218) 624-0007 for information.

Easter ham bingo

St. Mary Star of the Sea Church, 325 E. Third St., Duluth, will host an Easter ham bingo Sunday, April 6, at 2 p.m. Price of boards: $2 each or 3 boards for $5. 20 Hams will be given away plus cash prizes. Raffle: first prize $500, second prize $300, third Prize $200 and fourth prize $300 gift card for gas from Jack’s Mobil in Duluth. Silent auction will be held plus raffling off Easter baskets for children. Sloppy Joe and hot dog lunch will be served at a minimal cost. Handicapped accessible. For information call (218) 722-3078.

Bingo, ham raffle

St. Joseph’s Church, 315 S.W. 21st St., Grand Rapids, is having a cash bingo and ham raffle Sunday, April 6, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Only 25 cents a card and you are able to win a 60 percent payback for each game. Concession stand with St. Joseph’s famous broasted chicken and fries and free popcorn. The fun starts at 5 p.m. Hosted by St. Joseph’s Knights of Columbus.

Chaplet of Divine Mercy

The Chaplet of Divine Mercy followed by the rosary is prayed for religious freedom, respect for life and family, and freedom of conscience of all people of faith on Mondays at 3 p.m., at St. Mary’s Hospital Chapel, 407 E. Fourth St., Duluth. For any questions call (218) 343-2404.

Prayer life study series

The last session of “Oremus,” an eight-week study series, will be held at St. Benedict’s Church, 1419 St. Benedict St., Duluth, April 8, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Contact Sister Anna Rose at (218) 724-4828 for more details.

Communion and Liberation

Communion and Liberation is an international Catholic movement that helps participants have a daily experience of faith. The group meets weekly on Tuesdays from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m., in the multi-purpose room at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Rosary, 2801 E. Fourth St., Duluth. Each meeting is followed by a potluck meal. For information about this group please contact Sharon (218) 349-1535 or Dorothy (218) 724-8395 or visit

Rosaries for life

Every Wednesday at 8 a.m., two rosaries are prayed at St. Charles Parish, 308 Central Ave., Cass Lake, for an end to abortion and all crimes against life. Everyone is invited. For more information call Mary Rients at (218) 444-6209.

Lenten program

A Lenten program will be held at St. Mary Star of the Sea Church, 325 E. Third St., Duluth, on Wednesdays, April 9 and 16. Confessions from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m., stations from 6 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., soup supper from 6:30 p.m. to 7:10 p.m., speaker and program 7:10 p.m. to 8 p.m. Program will visit the parables of Luke’s Gospel. Call the parish at (218) 722-3078 for information.


The rosary will be prayed at Our Lady of Mercy Church, 2002 Minnesota Ave., Duluth, weekly on Wednesday evenings at 7 p.m. A petition basket will be available for special prayer intentions placed before the Blessed Mother. Call St. Mary Star of the Sea Church for more information at (218) 722-3078.

Deanery CCW Lenten retreat

The Brainerd Deanery Council of Catholic Women will hold its Lenten retreat Thursday, April 10, at St. Christopher’s Church, 25574 Church St., Nisswa. Registration from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., fee $12. Guest speaker will be Sister Rose Marie Messingschager, CDP, director of Indian ministry for the Diocese of Duluth. She will speak at 9:45 a.m. on “Lent, a Time of Sacrifice and Offering.” Mass will be at 11 a.m. and lunch at noon. Confessions will be available beginning at 12:45 p.m., and Exposition will be at 1 p.m. Closing prayer will be at 2:30 p.m. Please contact your parish president or Carol Wohlers at (218) 562-5407.


Mom Catholics About Faith Everyday (M’café) is a mom’s group that meets the second Thursday of each month through the school year, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., to discuss faith. Meetings are held at All Saints Church, 16898 Carlson Lake Road, Baxter. The church doors open at 8:30 a.m. Babysitters will be provided.

Grief and loss support group

Grief and loss support group meets every Thursday at 5 p.m., in the Bride’s Room at St. Joseph’s Church, 315 S.W. 21st St., Grand Rapids. All are welcome to join anytime and share the warmth and comfort of those who care. Call the church for information at (218) 326-2843.

KC ham bingo

The Buhl Knights of Columbus Council 5612 will hold its annual ham bingo Saturday, April 12, at 7 p.m., at the Buhl/Kinney Senior Center on the corner of Frantz and Mercer in Buhl. Thirty-three games played for turkeys at $1 per card for ten games plus three door prizes and three cash coverall games. Proceeds fund the Knights of Columbus charities. For information contact Tony Pahula at (218) 258-3308.

KC pancake breakfast

The Knights of Columbus Western Council 5142 will hold a pancake breakfast Sunday, April 13, 9 a.m. to noon, at St. James Parish Hall, 721 N. 57th Ave. W., Duluth. Handicapped accessible. Adults $5, children $3, family $15. Tickets available at the door. Council 5142 includes members of Holy Family, St. Elizabeth, St. Margaret Mary and St. James churches in Duluth.

Tridentine Mass

The extraordinary form of the Roman rite (Tridentine Mass) will be offered at 11:30 a.m. the second Sunday of each month at St. Andrew’s Church, 1108 Willow St., Brainerd. Booklets with Latin/English parallel text are provided. For more information, call the parish at (218) 822-4040.

Kateri Circle

Northwind Kateri Circle meets the second Sunday of each month from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., in the parish library at St. Benedict’s Church, 1419 St. Benedict St., Duluth. Women and men ages 18 and older are welcome to join. If you have questions about the group contact Marlyn Sternal at (218) 724-1550.

Spaghetti dinner

St. Mary Star of the Sea Church, 325 E. Third St., Duluth, will be having an all-you-can-eat spaghetti dinner Sunday, April 13, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Cost: $6 per person or $30 for a family. Dinner includes: spaghetti, Caesar salad, desert, and beverage. Take-outs available. Handicapped accessible. Proceeds from the dinner will help send parish youth to Camp Survive and Discipleship Week this summer. For information, contact Shirley Baker at (218) 722-3078 ext. 11.

Mother-daughter program

Tea for Two, a program for mothers and daughters ages 9-11, sponsored by Northland Family Programs, will be held in three locations on Sundays from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.: April 13, at Essentia Health, St. Mary’s Medical Center in Duluth and May 4 at Fairview University Medical Center-Mesabi in Hibbing and Essentia Health, St. Joseph’s in Brainerd. Cost is $20 per mother-daughter couple. To register call (218) 786-2378 or (800) 842-0279.

Ham bingo

St. Margaret Mary Church, 8830 Idaho St., Duluth, will hold a ham bingo at 6 p.m. Sunday, April 13. Cost is $4 for four boards. There will be a bake sale, 20 hams, cash prizes, door prize, theme baskets, food and refreshments.

NFP introductory sessions

Northland Family Programs will hold free natural family planning introductory sessions at different sites at 7 p.m. on Mondays: in Duluth, April 14, at Essentia Health St. Mary’s Hospital; in Grand Rapids, April 14, at Grand Itasca Medical Center; in Cloquet, April 21, at Community Memorial Hospital; in Hibbing, April 21, in the Board Room at Fairview University Medical Center-Mesabi and in Superior, Wis., April 28, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Superior. Preregistration is required. Call (218) 786-2378 or (800) 842-0279. For more information visit

Shrine pilgrimage

The Hibbing Deanery Council of Catholic Women is hosting a pilgrimage to the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in La Crosse, Wis., May 18-19. $219 per person based on double occupancy. Single, triple and quad rooms available at adjusted prices. The pilgrimage begins Sunday at 12:30 p.m. and concludes at 10:30 p.m. Monday. Depart and return from Blessed Sacrament parish, Hibbing. Registration final payment deadline April 14. For further information and registration contact Plan-It-Travel at (218) 263-8313.

Infertility support group

An infertility support group for Catholic women is held at St. Mary Star of the Sea Church, 325 E. Third St., Duluth, in Msgr. McDowell Hall. The group meets monthly the second Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m. Led by parish nurse Marianne Fightlin and parishioner Jessica Forsman. For those hurting due to infertility. For more information call the church at (218) 722-3078.

Duluth-Superior Young Adults

The third Tuesday of each month, the Duluth-Superior Catholic Young Adults host adoration and fellowship at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Rosary, 2801 E. Fourth St., Duluth, beginning at 6:30 p.m. And the first Friday of each month hosts Mass and fellowship at 5:30 p.m., at a parish in Duluth. If you are a young adult Catholic in the Duluth-Superior area and are interested in connecting with other Catholics between the ages of 18-39 contact Jon at (414) 741-0659 or Vanessa at (218) 838-1876 or email [email protected].

Frassati group

The Northland Frassati group is for young adult Catholics in the Duluth-Superior area that are interested in connecting with other Catholics between the ages of 18-39. Contact Jon at (414) 741-0659 or Vanessa at (218) 838-1876 or email them at [email protected] for information. Also watch its Facebook page at Contact [email protected] to be added to text or email lists.

Moms group

St. James Catholic Moms Group will discuss traditional Catholic parenting in today’s secular world. Come for prayer, fellowship and study. Meetings are held the first and third Thursdays through May 15, from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., at St. James Catholic School, 715 N. 57th Ave. W., Duluth. Nursery available, freewill donation. For questions or register contact Cheryl Foldesi at (218) 628-2932 or email at [email protected].

Caregivers support group

The caregivers support group of Blessed Sacrament parish, Hibbing, will meets the third Thursday of the month at 3 p.m., in Conference Room 1 at Guardian Angels Health and Rehabilitation Center, 1500 Third Ave. E., Hibbing. The group is open to all area caregivers. For information call the parish at (218) 262-5541.

Breakfast fundraiser

St. Charles Church, 308 Central Ave., Cass Lake, has one young man in the seminary, Beau Braun. The ladies of the parish host a freewill offering breakfast every third Sunday of the month after the 9 a.m. Mass. Proceeds will go toward assisting in his education expenses. For more information call Joan at (218) 335 2359.

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.

Mass for moms and babies

A monthly Mass will be offered in the chapel of the Women’s Care Center, 103 E. First St., Duluth, the fourth Tuesday of each month. Mass will be celebrated at 6:30 p.m., with a Holy Hour to follow from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. The Mass is offered for the work of the center and for moms and babies in crisis in our community. Everyone is welcome. For information call (218) 623-7100.

Spring Thaw fundraiser

St. Joseph’s School annual Spring Thaw will be held Thursday, April 24, from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., at Timberlake Lodge in Grand Rapids. Fine food, cash bar, door prizes, silent and live auction. $20 admission tickets can be purchased prior to the event or at the door. Call the school at (218) 326-6232 to learn more.

Junior high retreat

A diocesan junior high retreat will be held April 25-27 at Cragun’s Resort in Brainerd for youth currently in grades 6-8. The theme for the retreat is “You Never Let Go.” The goal of the retreat is to help the middle school and junior high youth understand that God’s love is always present, especially in the times they feel lost. Registration fee is $130, and the deadline is Monday, April 7. Contact Annette for information and registration requirements at (218) 724-9111 or [email protected].

5K for God

The third annual 5K for God will be held Saturday, April 26. Walkers, runners, strollers and wagons welcome. Meet at St. Raphael’s Church, 5779 Seville Road, Duluth. Race starts at 9 a.m. Entry fee $25, $15 for Duluth Area Catholic School student, $75 for school family. All proceeds donated to Duluth Area Catholic Schools. Runners packets can be picked up on race day beginning at 6:30 a.m. Registration form can be found on Event sponsors: St. Raphael’s Church and Knights of Columbus.

Parish dinner dance

Blessed Sacrament parish will hold its third annual parish dinner dance Saturday, April 26. Social hour from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m., in St. Leo’s Hall, 2310 Seventh Ave E., Hibbing. Dinner catered by Valentini’s at 6 p.m., and dancing starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 for adults, $5 for kids 6-12, and 5 and under are free. Games and raffles throughout the night. Big raffles: $5 for Power Wheels 12v, 2 seater, yellow Hummer, and, new this year, $10 tickets for a chance to win the meat from half a cow — homegrown and farm fed. Tickets can be purchased by calling Susie at (218) 966-0899 or the NFP office at (800) 842-0279. Dinner reservation deadline is Monday, April 21. Sponsored by Northland Family Programs.

Cursillo Ultreya

There will be a Cursillo Ultreya April 27 at St. Mary Star of the Sea Church, 325 E. Third St., Duluth, at 2 p.m., with pot luck to follow. For more information contact Ken Berger at (320) 692-4039 or [email protected].

Cancer support group

A cancer support group is held at Blessed Sacrament parish, 2310 Seventh Ave. E., Hibbing, the first Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. Call Mary at (218) 262-5541 for information. These meetings are for anyone whose life has been touched by cancer.

Sacred music performances

The University of St. Thomas Liturgical Choir is traveling north for the first time in more than a decade. The 75-member choir will perform both traditional and non-traditional music of the Mass and the Catholic Church. Pieces will be performed in various languages and in unique and beautiful style at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Rosary, 2801 E. Fourth St., Duluth, on Friday, May 2. There will be two performances; 1 p.m. for Holy Rosary School students and staff, and 7 p.m. for the public (freewill offering). Call Holy Rosary School at (218) 724-8565 for information.

Salad luncheon

The Council of Catholic Women of St. Catherine in Squaw Lake will be hosting its spring salad luncheon Saturday, May 3, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., in the church hall. A variety of salads, bars and beverages will be served. There will be a bake sale and white elephant sale. The cost is $8 for adults and $3 for children under 12 years. Handicapped accessible. For information contacts Mary Ann at (218) 659-4567 or Carol at (218) 659-4434.


The annual St. Michael’s Lakeside School Auction Gala will be held Saturday, May 3, at the Northland Country Club. Hours are from 6 pm. to 10 p.m. Food, drink, live music, games and entertainment, plus many wonderful items up for bid on the live and silent auctions. Free admission. It is the biggest single school fundraising and social event of the year. For more information, contact the school at (218) 525-1931

DDCCW spring convention

The DDCCW will hold its spring convention Tuesday, May 6, at Holy Rosary Church, 16 W. 5th Ave. N., Aurora. Registration and coffee from 8:30 a.m. to 9:15 a.m. Father Paul Fruth, spiritual advisor, Alice Parendo, DDCCW president, and Denise Haaland, province director will give short talks. This will be followed by a talk by Bishop Paul Sirba. Mass and lunch will follow. The afternoon 22speaker will be Father Michael Garry, parochial vicar of Holy Spirit Church of Virginia. For registration contact your deanery president or Alice at [email protected] or (218) 729-9647. All women are invited to join this spring convention.

Youth ministers meeting

A diocesan youth ministers meeting will be held at the Diocese of Duluth, 2830 E. Fourth St., Duluth, Tuesday, May 6, from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Formation topic: forming the intellect. RSVP to Annette at (218) 724-9111 or [email protected].

Holy hour for vocations

St. Francis Church, 412 Eighth St., Brainerd, has a holy hour for vocations in the Brainerd-area churches the first Wednesday of each month from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Rummage sale

St. Rose Church, 2 Sixth Ave., Proctor, will have a rummage sale Saturday, May 10, from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Children’s books, religious books, clothes, toys, piano, miscellaneous items. Call Becky Kubat (218) 624-9580 or the parish office (218) 624-0007 for information.

Youth discipleship retreat week

Discipleship Week is scheduled for June 9-12 at the College of St. Scholastica in Duluth. This weeklong retreat is for youth who have completed grades 9-12 by the beginning of camp. Registration fee is $230 and the deadline is Friday, May 23. Registration information can be found on or by contacting Annette at (218) 724-9111 or [email protected].

Native ministry institute

Basic Directions in Native Ministry is a seven-day institute for personnel who are beginning or wanting to learn about native ministry. The institute will be held at the Sioux Spiritual Center in Howes, S.D., June 16-23. There will be 31 hours of classwork associated with the institute. Space is limited. The cost for the institute is $800, which includes room (double occupancy), meals and materials. A $50 deposit is required with the application along with a letter of recommendation from the applicant’s pastor or supervisor. The deposit is non-refundable after May 15. For more information about the institute and registration, contact Father Peter Etzel, S.J., director, Sioux Spiritual Center, 20100 Center Road, Howes, SD 57748-7703, or contact him at (605) 985-5906 or by email at [email protected].

Tekakwitha Conference

The 75th anniversary Tekakwitha Conference will be held at the Ramada Plaza and Suites, Fargo, N.D., from July 23-27. This yearly conference is frequently referred to as a “family reunion.” Catholic Native Americans hailing from all over the USA and Canada converge on the host city to enjoy each other’s company and celebrate their Christian faith. Visit the website for conference information. Or contact Sister Marie Rose Messingschlager, CDP, at the Pastoral Center, (218) 724-9111 or any diocesan Kateri Circles (St. Charles Church in Cass Lake, Holy Family Church in Cloquet, St. Mary Church in Deer River and St. Benedict’s Church in Duluth).

Camp Survive

Camp Survive will be held Aug. 4-8 at Big Sandy Camp, McGregor. This week of traditional camp activities includes learning the deeper meaning of the Mass. For students that have completed grades 6-8. Registration fee is $240, deadline is Monday, July 21. Please note: Registration capacity often fills before the registration deadline. Registration information can be found on or by contacting Annette at (218) 724-9111 or [email protected].

Spiritual journey to Europe

Join Bishop Paul Sirba of Duluth and Father Tony Wroblewski for 12 days on a spiritual journey to the Czech Republic and Poland from Sept. 8–19. Walk in the footsteps of the newly canonized St. John Paul. The journey will include visits to Prague, Svata Hora, Velehrad, Czestochowa, Krakow, Divine Mercy, Zakopane and more. Cash discount price is $3,999. To receive a free color brochure and registration form, email your name address, phone number (indicate if home, office or mobile phone number please), along with your email address, to Father Tony at [email protected], or simply call the Brainerd Area Catholic Churches office at (218) 822-4040.

‘Blessed Ireland’ tour

Father Charles Flynn will guide the “Blessed Ireland” tour, to be held Sept. 20 through Oct. 1. Circle the island of Ireland in this all-inclusive 13-day tour. For a full-color brochure, write to Rev. Charles P. Flynn, Box 586, Eveleth, MN 55734 or email him at [email protected].

‘Taste of China’ trip

Again, Father Dave Tushar is offering the opportunity to experience a true “Taste of China,” visiting Beijing, Xi’an and Shanghai from Tuesday, Nov. 4, to Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014. Arrangements are through Hua Travel, a Chinese agency specializing in small group tours. This is not a pre-packaged tour, but a customized small group tour with the same experienced Chinese tour guide during the entire trip. Trip includes round trip air (economy booking) with Delta from Duluth, accommodations at five-star hotels with buffet breakfasts and first class speedy trains for travel within China. References from the 2013 tour are available. For information, a brochure and pricing, please call Father Tushar at (218) 384-4563. Deadline: July 1, 2014.