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Calendar of Events - December 2018

Kateri Circle (Deer River)

Sts. Joseph and Mary Kateri Circle meets each month at St. Mary Church, 15 First Ave. N.E., Deer River. The circle also sponsors a book discussion. Contact Claudia at (218) 398-1757 for more information.

Christmas tree sales

St. Michael’s Church, 4901 E. Superior St., Duluth, is selling Christmas trees. High quality spruce, balsam, and pine trees, along with Christmas wreaths, will be available. Weekdays 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., and weekends from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. All proceeds to help with parish building and grounds maintenance needs. For information call the church at (218) 525-1902.

Granny’s attic sale

Mission Ladies of Mary Immaculate Church, 10 Cory St., Coleraine, is holding a sale Saturday, Dec. 8, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Serving coffee and cinnamon rolls. A raffle for two quilts, Walmart gift card, area coupon book, and more. Handmade quilts, baked goods, crafts, and lots of household items and treasures. For questions call Carol Peterson at (218) 245.3735.

Cookie walk (Crosby)

St Joseph’s Catholic Church of Crosby and Deerwood will be having a Christmas cookie walk in the church basement at 619 Poplar Street, Crosby, on Saturday, Dec. 8, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., or until the cookies are gone. In addition to various baked goods there will be jellies and jams, Christmas decor, and other surprises. Come shop and have a cup of coffee and sample the treats. Handicapped accessible. Call Scena Proodian with any questions at (978) 505-0561.

Bake sale and quilt drawing

St. Mary’s Church, 9999 Hwy. 133, Meadowlands, will hold its bake sale and Christmas quilt drawing Dec. 8, from 10 a.m. to noon at the parish center. Quilt raffle tickets, baked goods, drawings, and church centennial ornaments available. Tickets available from any church member or by calling Kathy Morgan at (218) 427-2111.

Adult Faith Formation

Five locations around the diocese are hosting Adult Faith Formation sessions. The second series of Symbolon from the Augustine Institute will be presented. You do not have to have completed the series last year to attend this year. The five locations are: St. Patrick Church, 203 Lawler Ave. S., Hinckley: Jan. 5, Feb. 2, and March 2, facilitator Deacon Steve Odegard; Holy Spirit Church, 306 S. Second St., Virginia: Jan. 5, Feb. 2, and March 2, facilitator Angie Kucera; St. Joseph Church, 315 S.W. 21st St., Grand Rapids: Dec. 8, Jan. 12, Feb. 9, and March 16, facilitators Sue and Deacon Steve Schuler; Center for Spirituality and Enrichment, St. Scholastica Monastery, 1001 Kenwood Ave., Duluth: Dec. 15, Jan. 12, Feb. 2 and March 16, facilitator Deacon Jim Philbin; and St. Andrew Church, 1108 Willow St. S.E., Brainerd: Dec. 15, Jan. 19, Feb. 16, and March 16. Facilitators Dan and Britt Johnson. If a participant misses a class at their location, they can attend another location’s session or use the online access to the videos at home, which will be available, to catch up. Information and registration is available at adult-faith-formation. Contact Annette at [email protected] or (218) 724-9111 with any questions

Anointing of the sick

Anointing of the sick is available the first Sunday of the month at 9:15 a.m. at St. Joseph’s Church, 315 S.W. 21st St., Grand Rapids. All are welcome to receive this sacrament of healing during an illness or struggle. Anointing is available any time by calling the church at (218) 326-2843. Also, healing prayer is offered the second Sunday of the month at 9:15 a.m. in the church. Handicapped accessible.

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.”

Kateri Circle (Duluth)

St. Lawrence Church Kateri Circle meets after the 11:30 a.m. Mass on the second Sunday of each month at St. Lawrence Church, 2410 Morris Thomas Road, Duluth. Become involved in the “reach out” to make St. Kateri known throughout our 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 information.

Tridentine Mass

The extraordinary form of the Roman rite (Tridentine Mass) is offered at noon the second Sunday of the 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) 829-1340.

CHUM Christmas pageant

Join in worship at CHUM Church’s annual Christmas pageant Sunday, Dec. 9, at 4:30 p.m. Held at Peace United Church in Christ, 1111 N. 11th Ave. E., Duluth. This service is open to the community and guarantees to fill you with the joys of the Christmas season. A light supper follows the service.

Sung Sunday vespers

St. Benedict, 1419 St. Benedict St., Duluth, offers sung evening prayer Sundays at 7 p.m. The liturgy is celebrated with Eucharistic exposition, in English, with simple and familiar musical settings. Some materials provided. For information, email Deacon Kyle Eller at [email protected]

Chaplet of Divine Mercy

The Chaplet of Divine Mercy is prayed for religious freedom, respect for life and family, and freedom of conscience of all people of faith after the 12:05 p.m. Mass, Mondays, at St. Mary’s Hospital Chapel, 407 E. Fourth St., Duluth.

Living in God’s will

A Living in God’s Will group meets every Monday at 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. at St. Benedict Church, 1419 St. Benedict St., Duluth. For information, call Barb Larson at (218) 724-0368.

Morning and evening prayer

Pray with the Benedictine Sisters of St. Scholastica Monastery in Our Lady Queen of Peace Chapel, 1001 Kenwood Ave., Duluth, for morning prayer at 7 a.m. weekdays and 10 a.m. weekends and evening prayer at 5:15 p.m. weekdays and Saturday and 5 p.m. on Sunday. For December, morning prayer time will change Dec. 24-28. Call Benedictine Sister Dorene King at (218) 724-5266 for more information.


“Fully Human, Fully Divine: An Interactive Christology,” by Michael Casey, OCSO, will be discussed at St. Lawrence Church, 2410 Morris Thomas Road, Duluth, on Mondays from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Handicapped accessible. For information please contact Paule Barbeau at (218) 722-2259 ext. 6.

Taize prayer

Taize prayer is a reflective, meditative prayer in a common setting. Gather for an hour of prayer to encounter the mystery of God through the beauty of simplicity. Hear scripture readings and prayer petitions and join in singing simple, repetitive songs initiated by a song leader, allowing you to relax and join in prayer and song as you feel comfortable. Join the sisters at St. Scholastica Monastery Monday, Dec. 10, at 7 p.m. in Our Lady Queen of Peace Chapel, 1001 Kenwood Ave., Duluth. Registration not necessary. For information email [email protected] or call (218) 723-6699.

Rosaries for life

Two rosaries are prayed Tuesdays at 8 a.m. 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.

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.

Catholic moms group

A Catholic moms group will discuss traditional Catholic parenting in today’s secular world using the Blessed Mother as a model. Discuss everyday issues important for families today. Come for prayer, fellowship, and study. Mothers of all ages are welcome from first time moms to grandmas. Meetings are held the second and fourth Wednesdays through May 22 from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., in St. James School Campus, Stella Maris Academy, 715 N. 57th Ave. W., Duluth. Lessons are from “Catholic and Married — Leaning Into Love,” edited by Art and Laraine Bennett. Nursery available, freewill donation. For questions or to register contact Cheryl Foldesi at (218) 590- 1235 or [email protected], or Peggy Haugen at (218) 628-2411.

Lectio divina with St. John’s Bible

Lectio divina with The St. John’s Bible will be held at St. Scholastica Monastery Chapel Wednesdays Dec. 12 and 19 at 2:30 p.m. Illuminations from the St. John’s Bible will be used to encounter the divine through images (visio divina). No prior experience with this form of prayer is required. No registration necessary. Contact the Center for Spirituality and Enrichment, St. Scholastica Monastery, 1001 Kenwood Ave., Duluth, (218) 723-6699, or email [email protected]


The rosary is prayed at Our Lady of Mercy Church, 2002 Minnesota Ave., Duluth, Wednesdays at 6 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.

Communion and Liberation school of community

Duluth Communion and Liberation school of community meets every Wednesday evening at 6:30 p.m. at St. Mary’s Star of the Sea, 325 E. Third St., Duluth. Prayer, singing, sharing experiences, what’s been discovered, and concludes with a potluck. The community is a companionship that educates. Currently reading the written text from the fraternity exercises of Communion and Liberation, entitled “See, I Am Doing Something New: Do You Not Perceive It?” For more information on meeting times and location, please contact Kris Cook at (218) 491-5230, or (218) 428-6197, or [email protected]

Centering Prayer

A group experience for centering prayer practitioners who have completed an introduction to centering prayer is held the first and third Thursdays of the month from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., at the Center for Spirituality and Enrichment, St. Scholastica Monastery, 1001 Kenwood Ave., Duluth; on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at McCabe Renewal Center, 2125 Abbotsford Ave., Duluth; and on the first and third Mondays from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., at McCabe Renewal Center. Sessions run through January 2019. Cost is $5 per session. Register at

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.

Christmas caroling

Join the Benedictine sisters for Christmas caroling Thursday, Dec. 13, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at McCabe Renewal Center, 2125 Abbotsford Ave., Duluth. Please call (218) 724-5266 or send an email at [email protected] if you are coming.

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, starting at 7 p.m. For information contact David LaFontaine (651) 503- 0168 or Don Rudquist (218) 675-7701.

Rosary for freedom, life, family

The rosary is prayed for religious freedom, respect of life, and family 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 for information.


Trouble in your marriage? Call your local Retrouvaille Community at (320) 255-5314 or (800) 470-2230 to find out more about healing troubled marriages, or visit the website

Log church tours

Tours are being offered of the old log church at Sts. Mary and Joseph Church in Sawyer. Take the opportunity of a tour to venerate an authentic relic of St. Kateri Tekakwitha in the current church. 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

DDCCW 100th anniversary

Time is running out to contribute to a book honoring all the women and women’s groups in our diocese for the Council of Catholic Women. Please contact us and let us know what you remember about those “good old days.” All articles and stories are due by Dec. 15. If you know of any former or current CCW group that has not sent in anything please encourage them to send in their history as part of the DDCCW. Contact Leona Barten, P.O. Box 173 Cohasset, MN 55721, [email protected], or (218) 328-5520, or Alice Parendo, 5809 Rose Road, Hermantown, MN 55811, [email protected], or (218) 729-9647.

Kateri Circle (Cloquet)

Do you want to spend a few minutes with St. Kateri? Join Kateri Circle members after the 8 a.m. Mass on the third Sunday of the month at Holy Family Church, 280 Reservation Road, Cloquet, for a couple of minutes of prayer: Litany of St. Kateri, prayer for special intentions, or private prayer as a witness to our devotion and imitation of our first American indigenous saint, Kateri Tekakwitha. Contact Sister Marie Rose Messingschlager, CDP, at (218) 724-9111 for information.

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 Bob Barnes, fraternity minister, at (218) 724-3457 or [email protected]


Do you have a family member or loved one who is experiencing samesex 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. Mary Star of the Sea rectory, 325 E. Third St., Duluth. Contact Deacon Walt Beier at [email protected] for more information. Are you experiencing same-sex attraction and looking for answers? Contact Deacon Beier at [email protected] for support group information. Also visit

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.

FertilityCare introductory sessions

Northland Family Programs, a FertilityCare center, holds free Creighton Model FertilityCare System introductory sessions on the natural fertility tracking system that generates standardized information about women’s reproductive health, helps diagnose and treat reproductive health issues, and enables couples to achieve or avoid pregnancy effectively. Preregistration is required. To find the upcoming CRMS introductory session near you visit or call (218) 786-2378.

Marriage Encounter

Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend schedule can be found by visiting or by contacting Alan or Missy at [email protected] or (888) 455-3496.

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. Contac Laverne at (218) 380-7059 or visit for events in December. Call at least one day in advance of event to register.

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). Only in December, they will meet on Tuesday, Dec. 18. 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.

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.

Pancake breakfast

An all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast will be held at St. Mary Star of the Sea Church, 325 E. Third St., Duluth, Sunday, Jan. 6 from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Adults $6 and children under 10 $3. Gluten-free and take-outs are available. Extra parking in the Essentia Fourth Street parking ramp behind the church. For questions call (218) 722-3078.

TOBIT registration open

Discover God’s plan for love and life Jan. 11-13, 2019, 6 p.m. Friday to 2 p.m. Sunday (times may be adjusted slightly later). The Theology of the Body Immersion for Teens (TOBIT) retreat will be held at Big Sandy Camp near McGregor. This is a weekend retreat where teens delve deep into St. John Paul II’s teaching on Theology of the Body and delve into some of the deepest questions of human existence, including: What is the meaning of life? Why did God create us male and female? What kind of joys await us in heaven? Why is there evil and how do we overcome it? How do we experience the love we long for? The weekend includes Mass, talks, adoration, praise and worship, confession, games, sledding, bonfire, friends, small groups. TOBIT is for those currently in grades 9 through 12 who live in the boundaries of the Diocese of Duluth. Visit for more information on the registration requirements.

Anam Cara

All are invited to join in discussing “The Screwtape Letters” by C.S Lewis, at St. Lawrence Church, 2410 Morris Thomas Road, Duluth, Wednesdays, 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Program begins Jan. 13 and will run to the end of March. Handicapped accessible. For information please contact Paule Barbeau at (218) 722-2259 ext. 6.

Confirmation retreat

The Diocese of Duluth will host a confirmation retreat at and Big Sandy Camp, McGregor, March 29-31, registration deadline March 8. Students must attend the entire retreat to attend at all, no exceptions. Visit http://www. for more guidelines and registration.

Curious About China?

Father Dave Tushar is again offering the opportunity to experience a true “Taste of China,” visiting Beijing, Xi’an, Chengdu, Suzhou, and Shanghai from Oct. 7-22, 2019. 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 Minneapolis and back to Minneapolis, accommodations at fivestar hotels with buffet breakfasts and travel within China. References are available. Could this be the Christmas or New Year’s gift for another or yourself that you have always thought about? For detailed tour information and pricing, please call Father Tushar at (218) 384-4563. Deadline: June 1, 2019.

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.