Virtual Bulletin Board

In addition to the events featured in the Bulletin, there are always more events and opportunities available to you.  May this page serve you well!

Local Events
Upcoming Spiritual Events and Retreats
Support Events
Other Opportunities

Local Events

Fish Fry

Lonsdale American Legion is hosting a fish fry on Friday, February 16 from 4-8 PM to benefit Holy Cross Catholic School.  Advance tickets are available at Holy Cross, Lonsdale Country Market, or Jessy’s Mart-Lonsdale for on $12 for adult for $4 for children.  Kids under 5 are free!

Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Breakfast

On February 18 from 8:30-12:30, there will be an omelet breakfast at the Northfield Eagles Club in support of Beyond the Yellow Ribbon and Sons of the American Legion.  Adults are $10, Children under 8 $5.  Advanced ticket sales support Beyond the Yellow Ribbon; door sales go to the Sons of the American Legion.

KC Breakfast Buffet

Come to St. Dominic’s annual best breakfast in town on February 25.  Have your fill of pancakes, french toast (with blueberry, strawberry, whipped cream and maple syrup toppings), hash browns, scrambled eggs, sausage, bacon, ham, toast, apple sauce and beverages.  Adults: $12, Age 4-10: $6, Age 3 and under FREE.  All proceeds benefit the Northfield Women’s Center.


Knights of Columbus Council 1516 is offering three $500 scholarships to High School seniors who are members of St. Dominic in Northfield, or of Annunciation parish in Hazelwood.   The scholarships will be awarded at the Northfield High School awards ceremony on April 25, 2018, and will be available for the second semester of the student’s first year of post secondary education.  Applications are available at the Parish Center, on the parish website, and at the High School Guidance office.  Deadline for applications is Friday, April 6, 2018. If you have questions, please call Scholarship Chairman, Dave Miller, at 612-423-1905.

Upcoming Spiritual Events and Retreats

Franciscan Retreats and Spirituality Center

Visit for a list of all retreats.  The 2018 Theme is “Towards a Spirituality of Joy: Love More – Laugh More – Be Not Afraid.” It has weekend and midweek retreats all year for women, men, married couples, and special groups.

Christ the King Retreat Center

Visit for a list of 2017-2018 retreats.  Each month they have a variety of retreats including married and engaged retreats or directed work for men or women.

Urban Immersion Service

The Greater Minneapolis Council of Churches runs retreats in the summer and the year for Urban Immersion Service: learn to understand poverty and how to battle it.

NFP Online Course

Learn NFP at home and at your own pace with the Home Study Course from NFP International,  Includes Ecological Breastfeeding (it really can space babies), a double-check system of fertility awareness, and Catholic teaching that’s easy to understand.  You work with a live instructor by email and earn a completion certificate for only $70.

Totus Tuus – Team Members Needed for Teaching!

Does your parish have college-aged members? Do you personally know college-aged young adults looking for a summer job? Encourage them to apply to be a team member for the Totus Tuus Summer Catechetical Program! We are in need of college age men and women who feel called to share their Catholic faith with the youth from local parishes around the Archdiocese. Positions are a two-month commitment (June 1 – July 28, 2018), which includes one week of training and a one week break for the 4th of July. Each team member will receive $2,520 for their work. Find more details at To apply, contact: Father David Blume, or Nancy Schulte Palacheck,

Marriage Encounter

The next available Weekends are May 4-6, 2018 in Buffalo, MN and Jul 13-15, 2018 in Buffalo, MN. Early registration is highly recommended.  For more information visit our website at: or contact Brent & Tracy at or 612-756-8720.

¿Están buscando un fin de semana perfecto? ¿Un fin de semana para acercarse más? ¿Quieren aprender una técnica de comunicación que le  permita a cada pareja explorar áreas importantes de su relación en un espíritu de amor y comprensión? Un fin de semana del Encuentro Matrimonial Mundial es exactamente lo que buscan. Se pueden escapar de las distracciones de la vida cotidiana y concentrarse  en su matrimonio.  Los proximos fines de semana son May 4-6, 2018 in Buffalo, MN and Jul 13-15, 2018 in Buffalo, MN. Para aplicar visite o para más información pónganse en contacto con Diego y Claudia Gonzalez: 704-698-1010 o

Cause in the Pause

You are invited to help pack meals for the hungry on Feb 17th @9am! Our goal is to provide 30,000 meals to people in need. Although they will have great impact, they also have a cost. In order to reach this goal we are looking to raise $6,000 to allow us to pack this many meals. Amazingly enough if we raise more than our goal of $6,000, we can impact even more starving people. However, we will only be able to pack and provide the meals we raise money for. This is where you can help, and with your donation we would also love to invite you to join us.

When: Saturday, February 17, from 9am-11:30am
Where: Pause Mane Stage, St. Olaf College, Northfield, MN
What: Donations, volunteers, and prayer support
Who: Jesus FoodCanvasU: Cause in the Pause, and our Northfield community!

Donations can be collected on the day of the event or our team is willing to pick up donations from you through out the next couple of weeks! Please contact me via email ( if you’d like us to do so.

Women’s Discernment Retreat with Bishop Cozzens

Saturday, February 17, 2018
8 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Maternity of Mary Catholic Church, St. Paul
Join us to gain a deeper understanding of consecrated life! Bishop Andrew Cozzens will celebrate Mass and speak on consecrated life. The retreat is for single Catholic women, ages 16 to 35. The retreat day will include consecrated women sharing their vocation stories, along with many opportunities for discerning women to chat and ask questions. Discover the steps of discernment, learn more about yourself, and listen to God speak to your heart. Retreat fee is $20. Scholarships are available, if needed. Register online by February 9 at

Lenten Bible Study

This six-week Lenten Bible study, From the Via Dolorosa to Triumph, is led by Father John Echert and will be held on Wednesdays, February 21-March 28 from 7 – 8:30 p.m. at St. Helena, Minneapolis. In this study you will examine the final days of Jesus Christ from the perspective of the four Gospels. Participants will follow in the footsteps of our Lord on His final journey to Jerusalem, His Palm Sunday entrance into the Holy City and through the major events of the original Holy Week.  Cost: $20 per person; Includes lecture, materials, large group Q&A and snack. Register online. Study materials will be provided, but please bring your own Bible.

Connected Families

Emmaus would like to invite all parents to hear from Connected Families on the subject of “Entitlement”  on Saturday, February 24 8:30 am – 12:00 pm.Light refreshments will be served and childcare is available. A $10 suggested donation will be collected at the door. (No one will be turned away for not donating) We ask folks to RSVP number of children, so we can plan childcare appropriately.


Our Lady of the Prairie is hosting a talk entitled “Healing Our Relationships: Forgiving Life’s Hurts” on Saturday, February 24, from 9 AM-4 PM.  All are welcome.

Christian Dating

In the class we talk about the importance of having a relationship with God, being healed from past relationships and being in a good space mentally, physically, financially, spiritually and emotionally BEFORE dating. We also talk about how to do this. We teach participants on how to recognize unhealthy relationships and how to walk away. We also teach them how to establish strong boundaries, how to communicate and solve problems in a healthy way. We talk about God’s view on dating, marriage and sex. And we discuss the many ways people meet and date today.

The class runs two nights.

We will do this on February 21st and Feb 28th (Wednesdays) 6:30pm-8:30pm. This will be online through a zoom link.

The next session will in person, face to face at the Evangelical Free Church (Its even possible to do this online as well if you cannot make it in person, let me know if you prefer this) But we will meet at 1039 St Paul Ave Faribault MN on March 20th and 27th at 6:30pm-:830pm.

These classes are free, but future ones will have a charge with it. So sign up while its free.

If you are interested, contact Jennifer David 507-210-6339 or

Lenten Days of Prayer

The Franciscan Retreats and Spirituality Center is offering a series of talks on four spiritual masters.  Arrivals for the days are 9:30 AM with a 2:45 departure after Mass.  Suggested donation is $20, lunch is not provided.

Topics and dates are:
February 22: Dorothy Day
March 1: Henri Nouwen
March 8: Meister Eckhart
March 15: Caryll Houslander

Visiting Women’s Religious Communities in the Twin Cities Area

When: Saturday, March 3, 8 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

What: Women will have a chance to visit four different religious communities in the Twin Cities area to meet, learn, share meals and pray with Catholic sisters. We will visit local communities of the School Sisters of Notre Dame, Visitation Monastery, Sisters of St. Joseph and Benedictine Sisters at St. Paul’s Monastery. For more information or to download a flyer, please visit:

RSVP: To register, please contact Sister Stephanie Spandl at or 651-278-4498 by March 1. The event is free.


St. Mary’s in Stillwater is presenting a play called Solanus about Blessed Solanus Casey on March 3rd at 7 PM and March 4th at 2 PM.  Tickets in advance are $12 for adults and $8 for children under 16.  Tickets are available at the door for $15/$10.  Order tickets at or 612-594-1906.  Proceeds benefit Bwambo Mission in Tanzania.

Operation Andrew Dinner  A dinner event on March 6th with Archbishop Hebda, Bishop Cozzens and Father David Blume, for men, ages 16 – 50, who are discerning the priesthood. Click here for more information and to register!

The Passion of Jesus in Music, Word, and Light

St. Mark’s in Shakopee is offering a unique Passion Play on March 8th and 10th in English and March 9th in Spanish at 8 PM.  Admission is free.  Prelude music begins at 7:40.

Save the Date: 2018 Archdiocesan Men’s Conference

Saturday, March 10, 2018
9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Saint Thomas Academy, Mendota Heights
Keynote Speaker: Monsignor Thomas Richter
Watch for registration to open in late January. Questions? Contact Enzo Randazzo at or 651-291-4483.

Jesus Approaches

Join local author and speaker Elizabeth M. Kelly in an 8-week bible study based on her new book: Jesus Approaches, What Today’s Woman Can Learn about Healing, Freedom and Joy from the Women of the New Testament. By immersing ourselves in the stories of Jesus and the New Testament women, we will grow in confidence and skill in praying with scripture and in making the Gospel story our own. Strengthen the tether between your heart and the Sacred Heart of Jesus and join us this spring.

Each session includes a lecture and small group discussion. This spring the study will be offered at three locations with three different time options!

The cost at each location: $60 per person (includes book and study materials). Click here to visit the event-page and register today!

Pilgrimage to Italy with Archbishop Hebda – Deadline Extended!

September 20-28, 2018
Join Archbishop Bernard A. Hebda and Fr. Sean O. Sheridan, TOR (President of Franciscan University), on a 9-day pilgrimage to Italy. Visit Rome, Assisi, Siena, and La Verna. Estimated cost: $3,995. (Optional 2-Day Extension to Manoppello and Loreto). The enrollment Deadline (Deposit due) has been extended to: March 15, 2018. Final Payment Deadline (Balance due): June 15, 2018. Find many more details, including the brochure, on the pilgrimage page. Download the brochure for detailed itinerary, pricing information, and registration form. Please see the following letter from Archbishop Hebda and share the flyer. Questions? Call the Franciscan University Pilgrimages Office at 800-437-8368 or 740-284-5812, or email

Catholic Cruises and Tours invites you to come and journey away on a tour of the Holy Land April 24th-May 5th or Fatima and Lourdes June 15th – 22nd.  Prices begin at $1449.  Deposits are $250, and the registration deadline is March 18th.  See itineraries at  For further info or to register, contact Doug or Eileen at 860-399-1785,

Support Events

Face It: Men’s Depression Support Group

A support group is forming in Northfield.  If you are a man who suffers from depression, come seek community with Face It.  Visit their website for more information.

Cannon Falls Area MOPS

Join other moms to encourage one another with fellowship and care.  They meet the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of most months.  Find them on Facebook or contact Jenni Ripply at 507-298-0436 for more information.

SAIL: Stay Active and Independent for Life

There is a free class for older adults to maintain strength, balance, and fitness.  Classes meet at the Milestone Senior Living Center in Faribault at either Tues/Thurs 5:30-6:30 PM or 9-10 AM.  Classes are free; call Catholic Charities at 1-866-541-1821 to register by phone.

Depression Support Coalition

The Coalition in collaboration with the U of M Department of Psychiatry is hosting a series of lectures in March at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church from 7-8:30 PM.  Topics include:
March 5th: “New Non-medication Treatments for Depression”
March 12th: “Depression and Substance Use”
March 19th: “New Medicines for Depression”
March 26th: “Depression in Teens” and “Depression in Women”

Powerful Tools for Caregives

A group workshop that helps caregivers develop self-care tools needed to handle the stresses and demands of caregiving. Topics include self-care behaviors, management of emotions, and use of community resources. Caregivers learn the skills needed to reduce stress, communicate more effectively, reduce guilt, anger and depression, and make difficult decisions.  The group meets Thursdays from 1:30-3:30 PM from March 8-April 12.  Classes meet at the Faribault Senior Center.  Call Michael Maas at 507-450-1518 to register by phone.

Living Well With Chronic Pain

A group workshop designed to help you build skills for managing chronic pain symptoms. Subjects covered include dealing with frustration, fatigue, isolation, and poor sleep, exercise, medications, effective communication, nutrition, pacing activity and rest, and how to evaluate new treatments.  The group meets Thursdays from 1:30-3:30 from May 3-June 7 at the Faribault Senior Center.  Call Michael Maas at 507-450-1518 to register by phone

The Twin Cities Peace Circle 

Fourth Monday of the month, 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m., North Regional Branch of the Hennepin County Library, North Conference Room, 2nd floor

TCPC is open to all who have experienced the trauma of clergy sexual abuse. The purpose of this group is to gather victims/survivors/thrivers in a safe, supportive environment to share their experiences, listen to others, and explore healing. Contact Jim with questions, concerns or comments 773-412-0909 or

Area Separated/Divorce Support Group, St. Wenceslaus Parish, New Prague
In the church rectory on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month, St. Wenceslaus facilitates a support group for all. If you have questions or comments, contact Deacon Bob Wagner (952-758-0463) or Mary Pieper (952-873-6781).

  • Feb. 20: “Instilling The Consistent Principles For Your Children/Grandchildren”
  • Mar. 6 & 20: “Being Attentive to the Signs of God’s Presence”
  • Apr. 3 & 17: “Navigate Those Bumpy Roads”
  • May 1 & 15: “Name the Values that Guide Your Heart”
  • June 5 & 19: “God Speak To Us In Many Ways”
  • July 3 & 17: “Power of Faith”
  • August 7 & 21: “Allow God to Step In”

Caregiver Support Group

On the 2nd Wednesday of each month, there is support available for caregivers of those with memory loss at Three Links Care Center Conference from 4-5 PM.  Contact Tana Kelly, 507-664-8821, with any questions.

Other Opportunities

Chicken Cooperative

Main Street Project, a Northfield non-profit, is initiating a Chicken CSA this summer to support beginning Latino farmers in the community.  The purchase of a share provides flock financing and make possible the production of healthy local food, both for your family and the community.  To find out more, visit

Blood Drive

Northfield Area Blood Drive
Senior Center
Room SS103
1651 Jefferson Parkway
Northfield, MN 55057
Wednesday, February 21, 2018
1:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Please call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit and enter: Northfield Senior Center to schedule an appointment

ISAIAH Candidate Form

We have an opportunity to hear from the candidates themselves coming up in SE MN at the Governors Candidate Forum on Thursday 2/22, 6:30pm at Peace UCC in Rochester! ISAIAH is partnering with several organizations in the Rochester area and we’ll highlight a number of pressing issues to our communities, such as affordable housing, immigration, climate justice, healthcare, dignified economy, and more.  Information and registration available online:

Women’s Leadership Luncheon

Justice Anne McKeig will be giving a talk on Tuesday, March 27th, from 11:30 AM – 1PM at the University of St. Thomas, Wolfe Alumni Hall.  The talk is entitled “I’m Just a Girl from Federal Dam – Pathways to Leadership.”  The event is free but RSVP is required:,, 507-389-4231.

Climate Action Week

February 17-24th is Climate Action Week.  Visit the Facebook page @carletonsustainability for a full list of events.

CVEC Courses

The Cannon Valley Elder Collegium is offering Spring courses from March 26-May 18th.  See their website at for course listing and registration information.