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!

Upcoming Retreats
Support Events
Other Opportunities


On Sunday, August 20th, from 11:30 AM to 6 PM is Castle Rock United Methodist Church’s Annual Hog Roast, with live auction and music.  Tickets are $14 for adults and $5 for children 6-10.

The Church of the Most Holy Trinity is also hosting an event on Sunday, August 20th starting at 11 AM: their 50th Annual Ho-Down Festival.  Join them for food and games.

The Fall Festival of the Church of St. Michael in Pine Island will be on August 26th and 27th.  Enjoy tractor pulls, vendors, and food!  See the flyer in the back of the church for more information.

St. Mathias Parish will be holding their annual Fun Fest on Sunday August 27, 2017. The festival will be held on the Church grounds, which are located at the corner of Highway 50 and County Road 47 in Hampton, Minnesota.  There will be a polka Mass at 10:00 a.m. featuring the Jolly Huntsmen Band.  Immediately following Mass, there will be activities on the Church grounds, which include a food stand, silent auction, country store, kid’s games, bingo and other festivities. There will be entertainment throughout the day, featuring country music singer Ron E. Cash. There will also be a regular auction held at 2:00 PM with many items for sale.

Horseshoe hunting is for kids too! Jesse James and his gang left behind more than one horseshoe as they were leaving town and we need your help to find all of them. Clues will help you locate the hidden horseshoes, each with their own prize. Unlimited horseshoes and prizes per person may be won. Participants of each age category (entering grades K – 4 & entering grades 5 – 8) will have a chance to win one of their own category’s bronze, silver or golden grand horseshoe cash prizes! Parents are welcome to come along and help. This evening event will get you in the spirit of Northfield’s annual horseshoe hunt beginning one day after the youth hunt! Meet at Sechler Park pavilion. Class fee is $15/per child entering grades k – 8 and will go toward prizes and cash awards. Tuesday, August 29, 6:00 – 7:30 pm.

St. Pius V in Cannon Falls is hosting its Fall Festival and Annual Hometown Market.  The market will be on September 16 from 9 AM – 1:30 PM with an evening chili feed fro, 5-7 PM for only $7.  The Fall Festival will be on September 17, beginning with Mass at 10 AM and followed by a chicken dinner and fun events.  Please join them!

St. Maron Catholic Church invites you to their annual Lebanese Festival, September 23-24.  Visit for more information about their food, games, and dancing.  Admission is free!

Upcoming Retreats

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.

Christ the King Retreat Center

Christ the King Retreat Center is hosting two Men and Women’s retreats in August: “Men & Women’s Weekend,” from August 18-20 led by Fr. Albert Haase, O.F.M., and “Men & Women’s Weekend (Premiere),” from August 25-27 led by the King’s House Team. There will also be a Holy Cross retreat from August 31-September 3.  Call 763-682-1394 for more information.

Grandparent Conference

Grandparents have a particular role to play in forming children.  Looking for inspiration in guiding your families?  Consider registering for the Catholic Grandparent Conference on August 26th at St. Vincent de Paul in Brooklyn Park.  Cost is $30.  You can register online here:

Cor Jesu for Young Adults – Friday, September 8, 8 p.m.
The Saint Paul Seminary (St. Mary’s Chapel), St. Paul
Eucharistic Adoration, confession, praise and worship music and fellowship with young adults, college-age and older.  We welcome Father Chad VanHoose back to campus to preside at the first Cor Jesu for the new academic year!  No need to RSVP. Parking is open on lots p, x and y on the South Campus of the University of St. Thomas.

Fatima Event

The Church of St. Wenceslaus in New Prague invites us all to the Our Lady of Fatima 100th Anniversary Mass, Breakfast, and Program with speaker Barb Ernster from the World Apostolate of Fatima USA.  The event begins with 8 AM Mass on Saturday, September 9.  Following the speaker, there will be a rosary at the Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima at St. Scholastica in Heidelberg.

DATE NIGHT How to Be Married and Stay Engaged – Dr. James Healy

SEPTEMBER 18TH, 2017, 7:00pm – 9:00pm

St Williams Church 6120 5th St. Fridley MN

Marriage Enrichment hosted by: Christian Marriage Ministries Bob Bartlett

Cost: $25.00/couple. wine and hors’doeurves will be served.

Register by mail: Christian Marriage Ministries PO Box 29874 Brooklyn Center MN 55429

By phone: 651-434-4294 0r 763-780-1110

Cash or checks: Make checks out to CMM

Can register at the door September 18th.

Dr. James Healy has spoken on marriage to over 85 Dioceses in the United States and beyond. His material has been used by every diocese in the United States. His materials are also used at the University of Minnesota’s Life and Family Science Graduate Program.

A counseling psychologist with 30 years of experience working with families and couples, he was honored with the Family Ministry Award in 2003 by the National Family Life Ministries. Jim and his wife Madonna have four adult children.

Women’s Scripture Study: 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.

Two Locations – Two Times
Tuesday mornings, September 19 – November 14
10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
St. Bartholomew, Wayzata (Limited childcare available)
Tuesday evenings, September 19 – November 14
6:30 – 8 p.m.
Church of St. Peter, Mendota (No childcare)
(No session at either location on Halloween, October 31)

Cost: $60 per person. For more details and to register, visit the event page. Please print and post the flyer. Questions? Contact Susanna Bolle at or 651-291-4411.

Make plans for a fall get-away with the one you love before your calendar fills up!!
A Marriage Encounter Weekend is a private weekend away from life’s distractions that allows a husband and wife to focus on each other. The next available Weekends are Oct 6-8, 2017 in Buffalo, MN and Nov 17-19, 2017 in Prior Lake, 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 Oct 6-8, 2017 in Buffalo, MN and Nov 17-19, 2017 in Prior Lake, MN. Para aplicar visite o para más información pónganse en contacto con Diego y Claudia Gonzalez: 704-698-1010 o

Franciscan Retreat and Spirituality Center

The Franciscan Retreat and Spirituality Center is hosting a Prayer Shawl Retreat from September 8-10.  See their website for more information (

Called and Gifted™ Workshops

Friday, October 6, 7 – 9 p.m.
Saturday, October 7, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
St. Joseph Catholic Church, West Saint Paul

Explore the ancient teaching of the Church on how the gifts (or charisms) of the Holy Spirit work in our life and in the life of your parish. During these two-day workshops, you will learn the signs and characteristics of the most common charisms of the Holy Spirit.

For more information, contact Patrick Conley at 651-357-1340 or email

This introductory workshop is the first step in a three-part discernment process developed by the Catherine of Siena Institute.

Support Events

Preschool Scholarships Available!

Scholarships are available for children ages 3 – 5 to attend preschool this fall! These scholarships can cover all costs associated with preschool (transportation, registration fee, snack, etc).

Scholarships can be used at select area preschools. You choose a program and a schedule that works for you and your family. Call 507-664-3754 for more information!

Depression Support Group

Depression is real.  Are you feeling the effects of this conditions—loneliness?  Isolation?  You are not alone, and St. John Neumann Catholic Church is running a Fall Speaker Series for the Depression Support Coalition.  All are welcome, regardless of religious affiliation and belief.  The first talk is on August 22nd at 7 PM on “Parenting with Depression: Building the Family’s Strength.”  See the bulletin board for information, or visit their website at

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).

  • Sept. 5 & 19: “Reclaim Your Personal Power”
  • Oct. 3 & 17: “Faith, Baptism…Living These Promises For Your Children/Grandchildren”
  • Nov. 7 & 21: “Your Religious Values Will Guide Your Heart”
  • Dec. 5 & 19: “Make God’s Commandments The Constant in Your Life”
  • Jan. 2 & 16: “What Gives You Inner Strength?”
  • Feb. 6 & 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”

Divorce and Separation Support Group

Another separation support event will begin on September 7th and last for the fall: A DivorceCare recovery seminar and support group will be held this fall at Emmaus Church. DivorceCare is a video seminar series featuring nationally known Christian experts on divorce. These videos are combined with support group discussions of the materials presented during the video on such topics as “Facing my Anger”, “Facing my Loneliness”, “New Relationships”, and “Forgiveness”. Cost for the group is $ 30.00 for materials.

Two trained facilitators, Pat Johnson and Rhonda Witmer, from our congregation will be facilitating a DivorceCare Support group at Emmaus Church Thursday evenings through the fall. The support groups will begin Thursday September 7, 2017 and go through Thursday, December 14, 2017 (no class Thanksgiving)  DivorceCare begins at 6:30pm and ends at 8:00 pm in Classroom 215 on the Main Floor of Emmaus Church.

A light supper will be served each evening prior to the start of class.   Childcare is not provided at this time.

Mental Illness Workshop

“Gray Matters: Mental Illnesses in Older Adults,” is being hosted at Three Links on September 7th.  There are three sessions: dementia, substance abuse, and personality disorder.  See flyer at the back of the church or contact April Kopack (664-8862, for more info.

Pro-Life Galas

The 2017 Pregnancy Choices Annual Gala, “Celebrating Life,” is on Thursday, September 21, in Lakeville.  RSVP by September 10.

Pro-Life Action Ministries is hosting its annual Life Banquet with speaker Dr. Anthony Levatino, former abortion provider.  Listen to his conversion and enjoy the dinner on October 9, 2017.

Other Opportunities

All Lay Ministers are invited to join the Association of Pastoral Ministers (APM).  This year’s theme is Unity, Service, Joy.  Membership includes assistance and free attendance to events.  The first program is with Archbishop Hebda on September 14, 2017, at the Church of St. Peter in Mendota.

The Cannon Valley Elder Collegium invites seniors to a class.  Registration ends August 21st, and space is limited.  See their course schedule at and direct your questions to Dale Sommers, 645-8673,