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Calendar October 2019

Magnificat workshop

Our Lady of the Lakes Magnificat will host a Magnificat workshop featuring Sister Linda Koontz Friday, Oct. 4, and Saturday, Oct. 5, at St. Agnes Church, 210 Division St., Walker. Friday’s workshop will begin at 6 p.m. with registration at 5:30 p.m. Saturday registration begins at 8:30 a.m. with workshop starting at 9 a.m. Cost of the workshop, with meals included, is $25. To make reservations, send check to Lorri Henning 3080 20th Ave. N.W.; Hackensack, MN 56452. If you have questions, call Lorri Henning (218) 682-233 or Jean Bauerly (218) 547-3111.

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.

Anchor of Hope

The Diocese of St. Cloud Catholic Women’s Conference is holding a conference called “Hope: An Anchor for the Soul” at the Church of St. Mary’s, 420 Irving St., Alexandria, Saturday, Oct. 5, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The day includes adoration, confession, prayer teams, shopping, lunch, and door prizes. Speakers include Kitty Cleveland, Teresa Tomeo, and Kelly Wahlquist. Cost is $65 or $25 for religious sisters or consecrated. For more information visit

St. Michael’s market place

St. Michael’s Church, 4901 E Superior St., Duluth, is holding its St. Michael’s market place Saturday, Oct. 5, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be artists, crafters, commercial vendors, refurbished items, bake sale, and craft sale. There will also be bingo from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Prizes include gift certificates to local stores and restaurants. Grand raffle to follow. First prize is $1,000; second prize is $500; third prize is $250. Need not be present to win.

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.”

Blessing of the pets

St. Mary Star of the Sea Church, 325 E. Third St., Duluth, will have the blessing of the pets Sunday, Oct. 6, at noon in the church parking lot. If inclement weather, blessing will take place in the church social hall. Reception following.

Chicken dinner and bake sale

St. Rose Church, 3 Sixth Ave. Proctor, is holding its fall chicken dinner and bake sale Sunday, Oct. 6, from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Tickets are available at the door; $10 for adults, $5 for children and free for children under 5. Take-outs available. Handicapped accessible.

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 “Morality: Memory and Desire” 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.

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. For more information on the Carmelite community, please contact Gail Von Reuden, TOC, at (320) 384-7305.

Lectio divina series

The Center for Spirituality and Enrichment is holding a lectio divina series at Our Lady Queen of Peace Chapel at St. Scholastica Monastery, 1001 Kenwood Ave., Duluth. The series will be Tuesdays Oct. 8, 15, 22, and 29 from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Facilitated by Benedictine Sister Luce Marie Dionne. Cost is $5 per session or $20 for all sessions. For more information visit

Grief program

The Cathedral of Our Lady of the Rosary, 2801 E. Fourth St., Duluth, will be offering a five-week grief educational support program beginning on Thursday, Oct. 3, from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the Cathedral Multi-Purpose Room, and continuing for the following Thursday evenings at the same time: Oct. 10, 17, 24 and 31. This group is appropriate for anyone who has experienced the death of a loved one. To register for the classes or for more information, please call Bridget Leighton at (218) 724-8597.

Prayer group

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

Charismatic prayer group

Proclaimers of Christ Catholic charismatic prayer group meets the second Thursday of the month at St. Agnes Church, Elm at Division St., 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.

Parish mission

St. Cecilia’s Church and Mary Immaculate Church are hosting a mission with Hollywood actor Frank Runyeon Oct. 10-13. He will present at St. Cecilia’s, 326 Second St., Nashwauk, Oct. 10, 11, and 12 beginning at 6:30 p.m. and at Mary Immaculate, 10 Corey St., Coleraine, Oct. 13, at 6:30 p.m. For more information visit

Coffee with the saints

The Center for Spirituality and Enrichment, St. Scholastica Monastery, 1001 Kenwood Ave., Duluth, is hosting “Coffee with the Saints” Friday, Oct. 11, from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Have coffee or tea and a conversation about Jean Vanier. Facilitated by Benedictine Sister Sarah O’Malley. Freewill offering. For more information visit

Fish fry

The St. Benedict’s Knights of Columbus Council is serving three types of fish (deep-fried, Cajun-fried, and baked) Friday, Oct. 11, from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Cost is $10 for adults, $5 for kids 4-12, and free for kids 3 and under. Meal is served in the parish hall in the basement of St. Benedict’s Church, 1419 St. Benedict St., Duluth. Takeouts available. Proceeds support the Faith, Family, Community, and Culture of Life programs of the council. For more information, contact Chuck Stoetzel at [email protected] or (218) 461-6963.

Married couples retreat

Christ the King Retreat Center, 621 First Ave. South, Buffalo, is offering a married couples retreat Oct. 11-13. Theme is “Broken, Blessed and Sent.” Cost is $320 per couple. For more information visit

Restorative justice

The Center for Spirituality and Enrichment, St. Scholastica Monastery, 1001 Kenwood Ave., Duluth, is hosting the workshop “Restorative Justice: Criminal, Interpersonal, and Biblical Dimensions” Saturday, Oct. 12, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The workshop will introduce basic principles of restorative justice in criminal or misconduct settings, extend applications to interpersonal relationships and buried hurts, and explore biblical foundations through story and doctrine. Facilitated by Ted Lewis. Cost is $75, which includes lunch and refreshments. Scholarships available. For more information visit

Granny’s attic sale

Mary Immaculate Church, 10 Corey St., Coleraine, is hosting a “Granny’s Attic Sale” Saturday, Oct. 12, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. There will be raffles, crafts, housewares, and quilts. Lunch available from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Fall bazaar

St. Joseph’s Church, 113 Fourth St. S.W., Chisholm, will be having its annual fall bazaar Saturday, Oct. 12, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the church social hall. Raffle tickets available for $5 for a chance to win one of four cash prizes. There will be crafts, Buy a Bottle, baked goods and pantry, jewelry and silent auction. Lunch will be a $5 Sarma (includes one Sarma with bread and coffee) and $5 for a bowl of homemade Chicken Wild Rice Soup. Call the parish office with any questions at (218) 254-5703.

Sarma dinner and Tamburitza Mass

St. Elizabeth Church, 610 99th Ave. W., Duluth, is holding a Sarma dinner and Tamburitza Mass Saturday, Oct. 12. Mass begins at 4:30 celebrated by Father John Petrich with the musical liturgy of a Tamburitza Mass provided by the “Ansambel Potica.” Sarma dinner to follow the Mass. Cost is $10 for adults, $5 for children 6 to 12, and children 5 and under eat free. Take out dinners and Sarmas to go will be available. For more information call (218) 626-1928 or visit

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. Become involved in the “reach out” to make St. Kateri known throughout the area. There are still so many persons who have not heard of this saintly woman for our time. Contact Michele at (218) 591-0556 for more information.

Pancake breakfast

The St. Stanislaus Kostka Society is having a pancake breakfast at St. Mary Star of the Sea Church, 325 E. Third St., Duluth, Sunday, Oct. 13, from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Adult meals cost $6 and meals for children 10 and under cost $3. For questions contact Ed Grochowski (218) 590-7682.

Rosary coast to coast

The Catholic churches of Duluth, Two Harbors, Silver Bay, and surrounding areas invite all to participate in the Rosary Coast to Coast rally being held Oct. 13 in conjunction with the anniversary of the Fatima Miracle of the Sun. The rosary will begin at 3 p.m. Please be there by 2:45 p.m. Meet at Leif Erickson Park on London Road near the bridge. Everyone is welcome.

Funeral Q&A

The “Conversation with Keith Shatava about Funerals” scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 15, has been canceled. For more information, email Debi at [email protected]

Zenith City Catholic

Zenith City Catholic is a Catholic young adults group in the Duluth area that meets the third Tuesday of each month for adoration at 6:30 p.m. at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Rosary, 2801 E. Fourth St., Duluth. After, the group meets for a time of fellowship. For questions or to learn more about other upcoming events, email [email protected] or visit Zenith City Catholic on Facebook.

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.

Pork loin dinner

Holy Family 2430 W. Third St., Duluth, will hold a pork loin dinner, served with mashed potatoes, gravy, vegetable, roll and dessert, Thursday, Oct. 17, from 4 p.m. to 7p.m. Adults $10, children ages 12-5 $6, children under 5 free. There will also be a bake sale, raffle baskets, and crafts. Handicapped accessible, credit and debit cards accepted. If you have questions, call (218) 722-4445.

All things apple

The Center for Spirituality and Enrichment is hosting the event “All Things Apple” for children in the third and fourth grades at McCabe Renewal Center, 2125 Abbotsford Ave., Duluth. There will be two identical sessions held Thursday, Oct. 17, and Friday, Oct. 18. Sessions include apple picking, making apple treats, creating apple art, singing about apples, and more. Facilitated by Benedictine Sister Dorene King. Cost is $20, scholarships available. Limited to 10 children each day. For more information visit

Fall market

St. Mary Star of the Sea Church, 325 E. Third St., Duluth, will be having its fall market Saturday, Oct. 19, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Many local crafters and vendors will be selling items including fresh vegetables, gluten-free baked goods, and more. Lasagna lunch will be served. Plenty of parking and handicapped accessible. For questions contact (218) 722-3078.

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) 728-4904 or [email protected]

White Mass

A White Mass, celebrated by Bishop Paul Sirba, will be held Sunday, Oct. 20, at the 10:30 a.m. Mass at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Rosary, 2801 E. Fourth St., Duluth. All health care professionals are invited to attend Mass for a special blessing. A light brunch hosted by the St. Raphael’s Guild of the Catholic Medical Association follows in the Social Hall.

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.

Women’s retreat opportunity

Christ the King Retreat Center, 621 First Ave. South, Buffalo, is offering a women’s silent midweek retreat Oct. 22-24. The theme is “Broken, Blessed and Sent.” Cost is $160 per person or $100 for students. For more information visit

Spaghetti dinner

The Knights of Columbus at Holy Family Church, 2430 W. Third St., Duluth, is holding an all you can eat spaghetti and meatball dinner Thursday, Oct. 24, from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. There will be spaghetti and meatballs, salad, bread, desert, and beverages. Adults at $10, children 7-16 are $5 and children 6 and under are free. Takeouts available. Proceeds benefit parish young people programs and Knights charitable donations.

Sacred music workshop

A sacred music workshop will be held at St. Joseph Church, 617 Poplar St., Crosby, Oct. 24-26. This is an opportunity for musicians and non-musicians alike to come and learn more about sacred music. This event is geared towards musicians, choir members, choir directors, and directors of parish music programs, but all are welcome. Participants will explore what it is, why it is important, and how to sing it. For more information visit

Men’s silent retreat opportunity

Christ the King Retreat Center, 621 First Ave. South, Buffalo, is offering a men’s silent retreat Oct. 25-27. The theme is “Broken, Blessed and Sent.” Cost is $160 per person or $100 for students. For more information visit

Fall bazaar

Holy Spirit Church, 227 Third St., Two Harbors, is holding a fall bazaar Saturday, Oct. 26, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be a kids carnival, bake sale, pasty sale, pulled pork lunch, crafters, artisans, and vendors. All are welcome.

Introduction to centering prayer

The Center for Spirituality and Enrichment is holding an introduction to centering prayer Saturday, Oct. 26, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at McCabe Renewal Center, 2125 Abbotsford Ave., Duluth. Facilitated by Judy Russell and Pat Winkelman. Cost is $45, and participants need to bring their own lunch. For more information visit

Fall festival

Queen of Peace Church, 102 Fourth St., Cloquet, is holding its annual fall festival Oct. 26-27. On Oct. 26 there will be crafts, bake goods, holiday items, small raffle, gas and grocery raffle, morning coffee, lunch, and children’s games from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.; bingo from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.; Mass at 5 p.m.; and a polish dinner served from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. On Oct. 27 there will be Mass at 9:30 a.m. with a Knights of Columbus pancake breakfast and raffle drawings from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Sing out my Soul

Holy Spirit church, 227 Third St., Two Harbors, is hosting “Sing Out my Soul” Oct. 27 from 12:15 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. The event includes a brief presentation about Holy Spirit’s historic pipe organ, followed by a short concert by Dr. Tom Hamilton and light lunch reception. Music games for kids will be held during the presentation and concert.

Movie screening

The Office of Social Apostolate is hosting a movie screening of “Hidden Figures” at St. Scholastica Monastery, 1001 Kenwood Ave., Duluth, Oct. 27. The movie will begin at 3 p.m. with a discussion to follow. Light refreshments will be provided. All are welcome. For more information visit

Scholarship dinner

The bishop’s annual scholarship dinner to benefit Stella Maris Academy is Sunday, Oct. 27, at Greysolon Ballroom, 231 E. Superior St. No. 2165, Duluth. Check-in begins at 5:30 p.m. with student welcome at 6 p.m., program at 7 p.m., and Benediction with Bishop Paul Sirba at 8 p.m. Keynote speakers are Suzy Wagness and Jenny Boran. Contact Teresa Kenney [email protected] with questions.

Directed retreat opportunity

Christ the King Retreat Center, 621 First Ave. South, Buffalo, is offering a directed retreat Oct. 28 to Nov. 1. Cost is $300 per person. For more information visit

Duluth Diocesan Council of Catholic Women

The Duluth Diocesan Council of Catholic Women (DDCCW) will hold its fall conference at St. Isidore’s Church, 9010 Main St., Sturgeon Lake, on Tuesday, Oct. 29. Registration and coffee time begins at 8:30 a.m. Opening prayer, welcome, and a short business meeting follows. The morning speaker, Chris Heiderscheidt, a former NCCW service commission chair, will speak on “Do Whatever He tells You.” Mass is at 11 a.m. with lunch to follow. After lunch, Helen Grutkoski will speak about her mission trips to Peru. The day ends with closing prayer and drawings for raffle items and door prizes. For more information contact Alice at [email protected] or (218) 729-9647. Reservations are $20 if postmarked before Oct. 22. After Oct. 22 or on site, the cost will be $25.

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 Betty at 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

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

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. Some upcoming events include hiking at Hartley trails, dinner at Grandma’s restaurant, Bayfield Apple Festival, KSKJ Slovenian Singers Ethnic Festival, Grandma’s Oktoberfest, and more. Contact Laverne at (218) 491-3241 or visit Call at least one day in advance of event to register.

Craft sale

The Cathedral of Our Lady of the Rosary will hold its annual holiday craft sale Saturday, Nov. 2, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Holy Rosary School, 2802 E. Fourth St., Duluth. Shop for the holidays with more than 40 local arts and crafts vendors. A wide variety for every interest such as hand-made accessories, kids items, Christmas decor, and more. Stock up on baked goodies such as cookies, breads, and pies for holiday events. Delicious food available for purchase.

Pancake breakfast

St. Mary Star of the Sea, 325 E. Third St., Duluth, will be having an all you can eat pancake breakfast Sunday, Nov. 3, from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Adults are $6 and children under 10 are $3. There is extra parking in the Essentia ramp behind the church, enter at the Fourth Street entrance. For more information call (218) 722-3078.

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, 2019. Call (218) 624-0125 for details and a brochure.