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Calendar of Events - September 2016

The Northern Cross - September 2016
Calendar of Events

Grand breakfast

Holy Angels Church, 60 Harman Drive, Moose Lake, is having its grand breakfast Sunday, Sept. 4, 8 a.m. to noon. Pancakes, French toast, scrambled eggs, egg bake, TJ’s sausage, whole ham, biscuits and gravy, hash browns, hot applesauce, strawberries, juice, milk and coffee. Handicapped accessible. Contact the church for information at (218) 485-8214.

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 at any time 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. Handicap 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 WDIODuluth 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.

Ongoing centering prayer

A group experience for centering prayer practitioners who have completed an introduction to centering prayer will be held Tuesdays, Sept. 6, 20, Oct. 4, 18, Nov. 1, 15 and Dec. 6, 20, at 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Facilitators: Jim Taylor and Jim Reinke, both long-time centering prayer practitioners. Suggested donation: $5 each session or $40 for the entire program. To register visit or email [email protected] or call (218) 724-5266. McCabe Renewal Center is located at 2125 Abbotsford Ave., Duluth.

Communion and Liberation

Communion and Liberation is an international Catholic movement that helps participants have a daily experience of faith. The group meets Tuesdays in the social hall at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Rosary, 2801 E. Fourth St., Duluth, 7 p.m. to 8 p.m., followed by sharing appetizers or desserts. For information about this group contact Kris (218) 428-6197 or Sharon (218) 349-1535 or visit

Frassati group

Following in the path of Pier Giorgio Frassati, the Northland Frassati fosters camaraderie among young adults in Minnesota and Wisconsin, encouraging the discovery of the true beauty of nature through high adventure retreats and outreach through compassionately serving those in need. To learn more contact [email protected] or call (218) 384-1590.

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.

Benedictine Oblates and inquirers

The Benedictine oblates of St. Scholastica Monastery invite inquirers to explore Benedictine spirituality as a guide to everyday life. The oblate community meets one Sunday a month for a conference, conversation and fellowship. The theme this year is “The Hard Sayings of St. Benedict” with the first meeting Sunday, Sept. 11. For more information, contact Sister Edith at [email protected] or visit the oblate blog at for more information.

Benedictine volunteers, associates

Volunteers are needed at St. Scholastica Monastery, Duluth, in a variety of roles, including the reception desk, drivers for elderly sisters, the gift shop and other needs. Please call the monastery at (218) 723-6555 and let us know how you might be interested in volunteering and the appropriate person will contact you. The monastery is also seeking live-in Benedictine associates, women who live and pray with the sisters, volunteering 30 hours of service each week in ministries in exchange for room and board. Healthy women interested in becoming a Benedictine associate should contact Sister Barbara at [email protected] or by calling (218) 625-4855.

NFP introductory sessions

Northland Family Programs holds free natural family planning introductory sessions at different sites at 7 p.m. on Mondays: Duluth – Sept. 12 in the Minnesota Room at Essentia Health St. Mary’s Medical Center; Virginia – Sept. 12 at Virginia Regional Medical Center; Brainerd – Sept. 12 at Essentia Health St. Joseph’s Medical Center; in Cloquet – Sept. 19 at Community Memorial Hospital; Hibbing – Sept. 19 at the Hibbing Park Hotel; and Superior, Wis. – Sept. 26 at St. Mary’s Hospital. Call to schedule a session at St. James Church, Aitkin and St. Joseph’s Church, Crosby. Preregistration is required. Call (218) 486-2378 or (800) 842-0279. For more information visit

Catechetical meeting

A meeting for DREs and Youth Ministers will be held Tuesday, Sept. 13, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Rosary, 2801 E. Fourth St., Duluth. Topics include “Parent Involvement in Religious Education,” “New, High School Curriculum Standards,” and other information for the beginning of the year. Please RSVP to Annette Merritt at [email protected] or (218) 724-9111 by Sept. 9.

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, T.O.C, at (320) 384-7305.

Divorced Catholics group

St. Michael’s Church, 4901 E. Superior St., Duluth, is offering “The Catholic Divorce Survival Guide,” a 12-week group beginning Sept. 13. Meetings are Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. Divorce is painful. Healing takes time - sometimes a long time. A support group can help. This Christian program features DVD presentations consistent with the teachings of the Catholic Church. It is open to anyone who is seeking comfort, counsel and clarity after a divorce. Whether you got divorced 10 days ago or 10 years ago, this program offers valuable insight. Cost of $15 which covers the workbook. Sorry, no childcare. For more information or to register contact Sue Raimo (218) 722- 8791 or [email protected]

Catholic Singles Group

Catholic Singles Group in the Twin Ports serves singles age 40 and up and hosts these weekly or monthly events: International folk and swing dance lessons, brunch at various restaurants, bluegrass music and Mr. Fix-It Saturday. For activities in September, contact Laverne at (218) 724-2647 or Deborah at (218) 879-6266 or [email protected] or visit twinportscatholicsingles. for September activities.

Blessed Nuno Society rosary

All are invited to join members of The Blessed Nuno Society as it continues to celebrate its 30th anniversary with the fifth rosary offered in honor of Our Lady of Fatima. Join them Sept. 13, at 11:30 a.m., at St. Mary Star of the Sea Church, 325 E. Third St., Duluth. The sixth and final event is Thursday, Oct. 13, at 6 p.m., also at St. Mary Star of the Sea Church. Following this last rosary, there will be light refreshments and the showing of the movie “The 13th Day”, about Our Lady’s appearance at Fatima. Contact Renee Zurn, (218) 723-1321, for more information.

KC pancake breakfast

The Knights of Columbus Western Council 5142 will hold a pancake breakfast Sunday, Sept. 11, 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 and St. James churches in Duluth.

Caregivers support group

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

Grief support (Crosslake)

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 info call Jean at (218) 839- 1958.

Gather Around the Tabernacle

Gather Around the Tabernacle meets to pray the Chaplet of Divine Mercy at 6:30 p.m. followed by the rosary at 7 p.m. the third Thursday of each month at St. Lawrence Church, 2410 Morris Thomas Road, Duluth. Handicapped accessible. Call Pat for information at (218) 729-7576.

Log church tours

Tours are being offered of the old log church at Sts. Mary and Joseph Church in Sawyer. See the oldest altar and Stations of the Cross in existence in the Diocese of Duluth. The 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.

Book and puzzle sale

St. Teresa’s Circle of St. Raphael’s Church, 5779 Seville Road, Duluth, will hold a book and puzzle sale Friday, Sept. 16, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday, Sept. 17, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. There will be fiction and nonfiction books for all ages, DVDs, CDs, listening tapes, and puzzles. For more information call the parish at (218)729-7537.

Rummage sale, fall fest

St. Louis Church in Floodwood will be hosting its second annual fall rummage sale Saturday, Sept. 17, from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. in conjunction with Floodwood’s annual fall festival and car show. A variety of items including toys, tools, household items, furniture and more will be available, as well as garden produce, baked goods, cookbooks, and refreshments. The sale will be held at St. Louis Church, 124 E. Fifth St., Floodwood. All proceeds will go to the building fund for the new church.

Fall festival

Holy Family Church, 2430 W. Third St., Duluth, will hold its fall festival Saturday, Sept. 17, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be games, basket raffles, silent auction, jams, bakery, white elephant, a boutique and holiday room. Holy Family Cafe will be open for lunch serving hot dogs, patty melts, chili, chips, pop, coffee and ice cream cones. Pasties will be available to purchase. Drawings for the raffles will be at 2 p.m. Need not be present to win. Handicapped accessible.

Spirit Fest

St. Joseph’s Church, 315 S.W. 21st St., Grand Rapids, will hold its annual Spirit Fest Saturday, Sept. 17, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. (Mass at 4 p.m. on this day). The famous broasted chicken will be available. The evening will include live country music, cash bingo, silent auction, kids’ games, bake and craft sale, homemade pies, canned goods. The 5-5-5 raffle = $5 ticket offers 5 prizes to choose from, each worth $500. Prizes include $500 groceries, or L&M gift certificate, Lake Winnie ice fishing trip, Chamber Bucks or cash! Call the church for information or raffle tickets at (218) 326-2843. Handicapped accessible.

Lectio divina

Lectio divina (“divine reading”) is a way of reading the Scriptures whereby one gradually lets go of one’s own agenda and opens oneself to what God wants to say. A group meets in the St. Lawrence Church parish office, 2410 Morris Thomas Road, Duluth, from 9:45 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. most Sundays during the school year. The first session for this year is Sept. 18. Contact Pat at (218) 729-7576 for more information.

Cursillo Grand Ultreya

A Cursillo Grand Ultreya will be held Sunday, Sept. 18, at St. Cecilia Church, 326 Second St., Nashwauk. Handicapped accessible. Day begins with Mass at 1:30 p.m., Ultreya at 2:30 p.m., followed by potluck. Come and renew your spirit and love of Jesus. Everyone welcome. For information contact Mike or Betty Illies at (218) 885-1632 or (507) 429) 6923.

Breakfast fundraiser

The ladies of the St. Charles parish in Cass Lake host a freewill offering breakfast the third Sunday of the month after the 9 a.m. Mass. Proceeds go toward assisting the education expenses of seminarian Deacon Beau Braun. For more information call the parish office at (218) 335-2359.

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]

Year of Mercy faith sharing

“The Holy Year of Mercy, A Faith- Sharing Guide with Reflections by Pope Francis,” a faith sharing guide, provides an opportunity to participate in the Holy Year of Mercy in a meaningful way. Each of the eight-week sessions features a Gospel passage followed by a homily on that passage by Pope Francis. Questions for reflection and discussion focus on both the Scripture passage and the homily. Mondays, Sept. 19, through Nov. 9, at 7 p.m., in the St. Lawrence Church club room, 2410 Morris Thomas Road, Duluth. Handicapped accessible. Cost of the book $11. Please call Pat at (218) 729-7576 or the parish office at (218) 722-2259 so the appropriate amount of study materials can be ordered.


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. Mary Star of the Sea rectory, 325 E. Third St., Duluth. Contact Deacon Walt Beier at [email protected] org 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

Anam Cara

Anam Cara will continue in the study of the heartfelt memoir “Fly While You Still Have Wings,”. Joyce Rupp shares the lessons her mother taught her, especially to “fly while you still have wings.” Wednesdays, Sept. 21, through Nov. 16, at 9:30 a.m. in the St. Lawrence Church club room, 2410 Morris Thomas Road, Duluth. Handicapped accessible. Cost of book $12. Please call Pat at (218) 729-7576 or the parish office at (218) 722-2259 so the appropriate amount of study materials can be ordered.

All-season bazaar

Our Lady of the Sacred Heart of Buhl-Kinney will hold its all-season bazaar Saturday, Sept. 23, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Lunch, crafts, raffles, bake sale, white elephant. Held at the Buhl- Kinney Senior Center, 302 Frantz St., Buhl. Handicapped accessible.

Bazaar, quilt auction

The 24th annual bazaar of St. Mary’s Church, Meadowlands, will be held at the Meadowlands Community Center, 7758 Western Ave., Meadowlands, Saturday, Sept. 24, from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Handicapped accessible. Quilt auction at 10 a.m. sharp. Bake sale, crafts, and lunch. Balloons galore and a basket raffle. For information contact Kathy Morgan (218) 427-2111.

Introduction to centering prayer

Beginning sessions, or refresher, to use the gift of contemplative prayer as a grounding force in a chaotic world, held Saturday, Sept. 24, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Facilitators: Sandy Leake, a long-term centering prayer practitioner and commissioned centering prayer instructor, and Lezlie Oachs, a practitioner of centering prayer since 1996 and retired St. Scholastica faculty member. Suggested donation: $45. Bring own lunch; snacks and beverages provided. To register visit www. or email [email protected] or call (218) 724-5266. McCabe Renewal Center is located at 2125 Abbotsford Ave., Duluth.

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.

Little Rock Bible Study

Little Rock Bible Study will be held at 10 a.m. Thursdays, Sept. 29 through Nov. 17, at St. Lawrence Church club room, 2410 Morris Thomas Road, Duluth. Handicapped accessible. Topic: Spirituality of Paul, an eight-week series exploring key biblical passages from the early church’s most influential evangelists and the rich tradition of Paul that continues to influence Christians today. This study draws us into the power of Jesus’ cross and resurrection not only in our lives but in the lives of key historical figures who embodied Paul’s spirituality. Cost of study set $15. Please call Pat at (218) 729-7576 or the parish office at (218) 722-2259 so the appropriate amount of study materials can be ordered.

Tuesdays with Flannery O’Connor

The McCabe Renewal Center will hold discussions of three of Mary Flannery O’Connor’s stories from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.; Oct. 4 — “A Good Man is Hard to Find”; Nov. 1 — “Good Country People” and Dec. 6 — “Revelation.” O’Connor was born in 1925 and died in 1964. During her short life she wrote some of the finest short stories of the 20th century. The sessions will include coffee and conversation about one of O’Connor’s stories and consider its relevance to everyday life. Please read the day’s story before coming to the group. All three stories will be available on reserve at the College of St. Scholastica Library for participants to read. Facilitator: Lezlie Oachs, who taught English and women’s studies at the College of St. Scholastica. Suggested donation: $10 per session or $25 for all three sessions. Refreshments provided. To register visit www. or email [email protected] or call (218) 724-5266. McCabe Renewal Center is located at 2125 Abbotsford Ave., Duluth.

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.

Monastic life experience

The Benedictine sisters invite unmarried Catholic women age 20-45 to schedule a monastic life experience of three to seven days at St. Scholastica Monastery, Duluth. Participants will live in special guest quarters; they will eat and pray with the sisters and receive an introduction to Benedictine monastic practices and spirituality. Registrations are currently being accepted for a small number of spaces in October. Contact Sister Edith Bogue at [email protected] or (218) 733-2273, or visit the website for more information.

Mass in Onigum

A monthly Mass will be held Thursday, Oct. 6, at St. John Episcopal Church, Onigum, with Father Francis Kabiru and parishioners from St. Agnes Church, Walker, attending. Mass will be celebrated on the first Thursday of the month. This is the parish’s attempt to be present and to reach out to those not having Sunday Masses in their village. If interested in attending the Mass is at 5:30 p.m., followed by a potluck. For more information call St. Agnes parish office at (218) 547- 1054.

Diocesan Assembly

The Diocese of Duluth’s 11th annual Diocesan Assembly will be held Saturday, Oct. 8, at Marshall School in Duluth. Best-selling author Sherry Weddell will speak on “Making Disciples.” She will lead us through steps that help people make the conscious choice to follow Jesus and will inspire us with the fruits of intentional discipleship. All are invited and encouraged to attend. Register at www.dioceseduluth. org or call Annette Merritt at (218) 724-9111.

Dorothy Day and St. Therese of Lisieux

All are invited to explore how St. Therese of Lisieux inspired Dorothy Day, co-founder of the Catholic Worker Movement Saturday, Oct. 8, from 9 a.m. to noon. Facilitator: Benedictine Sister Sarah O’Malley has authored 12 books on pastoral topics and has given many retreats both in Phoenix and Duluth on a wide variety of topics. Suggested donation: $35, snacks included. To register visit or email [email protected] or call (218) 724-5266. McCabe Renewal Center is located at 2125 Abbotsford Ave., Duluth.

Tea for Two

“Tea for Two” a mother-daughter event for girls ages 9-13 and their mothers (or a female relative, friend or mentor in place of the mother), sponsored by Northland Family Programs will be held Sunday, Oct. 9, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. in Hibbing and at Essentia Health and at St. Mary’s Medical Center in Duluth from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 16. Cost is $20. Preregistration is required. The program is designed to help strengthen the mother-daughter relationship during this time of change. Learn about body changes and cycles, self-image and effective communication in a short presentation. Then the two will sit down for tea and have time to talk. After teatime, the participants will complete a keepsake craft together. For information and to preregister, call Kathy at (218) 786-2378 or in Hibbing call Susie at (218) 966-0899.

Year of Mercy pilgrimage

A 12-day Jubilee Year of Mercy pilgrimage to Assisi, Florence and Rome will be held Nov. 7 to 18. Only $3,299 from Minneapolis-St. Paul (MSP), plus $675 in airport taxes and $145 in tips. Under the spiritual direction of Father Seth Gogolin of St. Cecilia Church in Nashwauk. To download the free color brochure and registration form, visit, or for more information, please contact. Father Gogolin at (218) 316-0131 or send an email to [email protected] Space is limited, register today!

Marriage Encounter

The WWME weekend is a time to look at our love for our spouse and decide to do something to make your love more like Jesus’ love for us. The next Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend in the diocese is Dec. 2-4 in Hermantown. Early registration is highly recommended. For more information visit the website or contact Alan and Missy at [email protected] org or (888) 455-3496.

Holy Land pilgrimage

Father Richard Kunst will lead an eleven-day pilgrimage to the Holy Land Feb. 13-23, 2017. For information call (218) 724-6332 or email [email protected] for a brochure.