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

ACCW Appalachia Kentucky Semi

The ACCW will again be sponsoring the Christmas Appalachia Semi to be at the Hupf Farm from Saturday, October 27th through Thursday, November 8th.  All items must be new, all ages from baby to senior’s.  No large furniture or articles.  Need information:  Contact me at OLIVE HUPF, call; 507-263-2705 and leave a message or 507-581-2808.  God Bless you for your generosity.

NWC Banquet

You are invited to the Northfield Women’s Center’s annual fundraising banquet. This year we will be doing two dates with the same program offered at each on the evening of Thursday, October 25 and the afternoon of Friday, October 26th at the Grand Event Center. Please visit for more information and to register. Please join us as we discover together how to be a trusted resource in our community. Space is limited, register today!

Save the Date for the Northfield VFW Auxiliary Smorgasbord!!

Annual VFW Auxiliary Smorgasbord on Saturday, Oct 27th, from 5PM – 7PM, at the Northfield VFW Club on Division St.
Adult–$11,  4-10 year old– $5,  Age 3 and under FREE   Join us for a delicious dinner.

Bethlehem Academy Open House

Looking for a high school you can put your FAITH in? Bethlehem Academy, a Catholic college prep high school located in Faribault, is hosting an OPEN HOUSE on November 8, 2018, from 5:30-7:30pm. Tour our school, meet our students & teachers and learn about our academics, sports, clubs and activities. Now offering transportation! Contact Kris Sauer at for more information or to register.

The Girl Singers of the Hit Parade
NOVEMBER 18TH 3pm Our Savior’s Lutheran Church Faribault

Christmas is a time we all want to hear those cherished songs that bring a wave of nostalgia. Most of the popular Christmas songs were made famous in the 1950s and this show brings them all back. The Lennon Sisters, Andrews Sisters, McGuire Sisters and the King Family were a part of every family’s Holiday and still are in many cases.

“The Girl Singers of the Hit Parade” encompass this warm family feeling with their Christmas Show. Admission is free. A freewill offering will be collected for Ruth’s House.  Please spread the word by forwarding this newsletter to your friends or share our event on your facebook page

Upcoming Spiritual Events and Retreats

Deacon Discernment Day 

Saturday, November 3
8 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
The Saint Paul Seminary
For men between ages of 25 and 59 interested in learning more about what Deacons are and how to become one. Registration is required. You need only attend one day. Register by email: Shellee Leif at or call 651-962-6891.

Marriage in Christ® Seminars

Marriage in Christ seminars will be hosted at several local parishes this fall. The five-week seminar is for all married couples, to help them develop daily habits of prayer, kind actions, and meaningful conversations to grow your relationship. Good habits and the power of the Holy Spirit transform all marriages! Find many more details and resources at Questions? Contact Emily Hayden, project manager, at 612-281-3362 or

Fall 2018 Marriage in Christ Seminars:

  • Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Bloomington, on Thursdays, 7 – 9 p.m.starting October 25
  • Joseph, West St. Paul, on Sundays starting October 14
  • Michael, Farmington, on Thursdays, 7 – 9 p.m.starting September 27

Marriage Encounter

“The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone;” Listen with your spouse for God’s message of love by exploring a Worldwide Marriage Encounter (WWME) weekend. The next weekends are: Nov 16-18, 2018 in Prior Lake, MN and Feb 8-10, 2019 in Buffalo, MN. Early sign up is recommended. For more information visit our website at: or contact us at or 612-756-8720.

2nd Annual Mass of Solidarity – New, Earlier Date

The Mass of Solidarity will be Sunday, October 21, 5 p.m. at the Cathedral of Saint Paul. (Note: This is a change from the original date of December 9.) This Mass is part of the two-year “Share the Journey” campaign, launched by Pope Francis in 2017, to support those who have left, or have been displaced from, their home countries. More details will be forthcoming.

Come and See Retreat with the Handmaids of the Heart of Jesus

October 19 – 21
Catholic Women, Ages 20 – 30
New Ulm, MN
The Institute of the Handmaids of the Heart of Jesus feel called to live in imitation of Mary as handmaid, virgin, bride and mother in the diocesan life of the Church, carrying out the New Evangelization in parishes. The Handmaids apostolate includes:  catechesis / faith formation, youth ministry, family life / marriage preparation, liturgy coordination, liturgical music, sacristy work, domestic care of churches and rectories, visitation of the sick and elderly, and education in Catholic schools. For more information or to register, please email or call 507-766-4570.

Annual White Mass for Healthcare Workers

Saturday, October 20
5:15 p.m.
Cathedral of Saint Paul, St. Paul
Healthcare workers, along with their spouses and families, are invited to this special Mass in honor of our patron Saint Luke! Archbishop Bernard Hebda will be the celebrant. Reception immediately following in Hayden Hall (Cathedral, lower level). This event is sponsored by the Saint Paul and Minneapolis Guild of the Catholic Medical Association and Curatio: An Apostolate of Catholic Healthcare Professionals in cooperation with the Archdiocesan Office of Marriage, Family and Life. Questions? Contact Sonya Flomo at 651-291-4488 or Visit the event page for the flyer to print.

Carmelite Sisters of the Most Sacred Heart of Los Angeles Local Retreat

Consumed by His Love – Retreat for single women between the ages of 18 – 35

October 26 – 28, 2018
North St. Paul, MN
Meet the Carmelite Sisters and glimpse into their life in Carmel. Conference on prayer, religious life avd Carmelite spirituality. Carmelite Sisters of the Most Sacred Heart of Los Angeles have a contemplative tradition of Carmel flowing into apostolic works in healthcare, education and retreat work. For more information and to register, contact Sister Elizabeth Therese, O.C.D. 626-300-8938 or email

Saint Pio Comes to America
The tour of the relics of Padre Pio on the occasion of the 50th commemoration anniversary of Padre Pio entering eternal life. Relics of Saint Pio will be available for public veneration. For more information and a list of all tour locations, visit

Fall Formation Evening: Thursday, November 8

On Thursday, November 8, Dr. Russell Hittinger will present a special guest lecture titled “Archbishop Ireland, Education and the Social Question: Implications for Today.” This evening fall formation opportunity will take place from 7:30 – 9 p.m. in the OEC Auditorium at the University of St. Thomas. To mark the 100th anniversary of Archbishop John Ireland’s death, Dr. Russell Hittinger will present on the intersection of education, church and state, and how the first Archbishop of Saint Paul and Minneapolis conceived of this relationship. In light of this historical exploration, Dr. Hittinger will address the current situation of the three “necessary societies.” This lecture is free and open to the public. For more information, please see the website. OMCE is a co-sponsor of this event.

Vianney Visit 

Begins with Registration Thursday, November 15, 4 – 6 p.m.
Concludes Saturday, November 17, 11 a.m.
Saint John Vianney College Seminary, St. Paul
Vianney Visit provides high school sophomores through college age men (ages 16-24) the opportunity to take a closer look and experience college seminary. Attend Mass, prayer, and spiritual conferences with SJV priests and hear testimonies from SJV seminarians. There is no charge for the event. All meals are provided.

Register online or call 651-962-6825. Please contact Director of Vocations Father David Blume to let him know of your interest in the Vianney Visit. Father Blume can be reached at 651-962-6890 or by emailing

Operation Andrew Dinner

Tuesday, November 20
6 – 8 p.m.
Archdiocesan Catholic Center, St. Paul

Archbishop Bernard Hebda and Father David Blume, Director of Vocations, invite men discerning the priesthood, ages 16 – 50, to dinner and conversation with vocations testimonials on priesthood and religious life. It is typical for a pastor, religious or youth minister to accompany each discerning guest.

Register online before November 16. Email or call the Office of Vocations at 651-962-6890. Please print and post the flyer. For discerners under age 18, please provide the Consent and Indemnity Form.

Encounter Christ in the Mass: A Bible Study with Father John Echert.

Wednesdays, November 28, December 5, 12 & 19.

Time: 7-8:30pm

Location: Holy Trinity in South Saint Paul: 749 6th Avenue South, South St. Paul, MN 55075

This four week series on the Mass will draw upon biblical texts, historical background and ecclesiastical texts to provide insight and a deeper understanding into the Sacred Liturgy of the Mass. Topics will include the Old Testament practice of worship and sacrifice, New Testament texts regarding the essence and theology of the Mass, the organic development and form of the Mass, and the Liturgical calendar and components of the Mass. Participants can expect that this study will enhance their knowledge of and appreciation for the greatest reality on Earth.

Made for More

Join Christopher West on one of several days to explore Theology of the Body Thursday, November 29, Friday, November 30, or a Q&A Saturday, December 1.  See more information about location and price at

Title: Tidings of Comfort & Joy: Advent Day of Reflection
Date: Saturday, December 1st
With Fr. Byron Hagan and Liz Kelly

All are welcome! Begin your Advent season with a day of prayer and reflection on the meaning and importance of the Incarnation, Jesus Christ as Infant King.
Space is limited so please register early.

St. Clement’s Church 911 24th Ave NE
Minneapolis, MN 55418
Time: 8:00 am to 4 pm
Will include Mass, Confession, Lunch, and Adoration. Open to all.

Catholic Eastern Caribbean Cruise

Catholic Cruises and Tours is running a 7-night cruise in the Caribbean in February.  Prices begin at $1548.  For further info or to register, contact Doug or Eileen at 860-399-1785

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.

Into the Deep Retreats

Visit for more information about retreats available outdoors for youth and adults, infusing outdoor adventures with Theology of the Body insight.

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.

Support Events

Parkinson’s Support Group meets on October 24

The Parkinson’s Support Group will share information from the Struthers Parkinson’s Center conference at its monthly meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 24.
Northfield Parkinson’s Support Group
Wednesday, October 24
2:00 – 3:30 pm
Northfield Hospital, Conference Center
2000 North Ave., Northfield

Divorce Care Classes

We are all aware of the emotional, mental and financial pain that this can cause to those who are going thru a divorce.  We as facilitators are caring, want to bridge the gap of healing and are also divorced.

Participants can attend at any time, even the second, third or tenth week from September 6th to December 13th.

The cost of $50 for the booklet and scholarship are available.   Please feel free to forward this email those in your church who may be interested.

  • Registration by calling Emmaus Church at   507.645.9480 or via email at   Advanced registration is appreciated.
  • Specific questions about class ~ send an email to
  • Specific questions about class ~ call Pat Johnson at  507 271 1656
  • A light supper will be served prior to each class
  • NO class Thanksgiving.

Non-Medication Treatments for Depression

Mary, Mother of the Church, in Burnsville is hosting a 2018 Fall Speaker series on depression.  Talks are Tuesdays Oct. 9th-Oct. 30th at 7 PM.  A complete list of speakers and topics can be found on the bulletin board.

Coping with the Holidays – Northfield Grief Support Coalition
Monday, November 19th
5:30-7:30 p.m.
St. John’s Lutheran Church
Naomi Mandsager Bartley, PhD, LPCC

Newly Widowed Support Group

This is an open monthly group that runs through May on the first Thursdays.  The purpose is to provide an opportunity to dine with others, receive education about grief specific to the loss of spouse or partner, as well as the opportunity for support and to be with others who are facing a similar loss.  Meetings are at 11:30am at the Hospital Board Room.  Pre-registration is required.

Divorce and Separated Support Group

St. Wencelaus in New Prague is continuing its support for those separated or divorced in the area, the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month.  All faiths are welcome.  Call Deacon Bob Wagner (952-758-0463) or Mary (952-873-6781) for more information.  A list of topics is available on the church bulletin board.

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.

Ruth’s House

Ruth’s House of Hope, Inc., was founded in 2003 in Faribault, Minnesota, with a mission of providing help and hope for women and children in crisis. Ruth’s House is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization and a registered Minnesota charity.

Our clients may face homelessness due to domestic violence, poverty, addiction, health challenges or other issues. We believe everyone deserves safe, permanent housing, so we offer:

  • Emergency/transitional shelter for women and families in the Rice County area
  • Permanent supportive housing for families through a grant from HUD

Interested in helping Ruth’s House?  Email

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.

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

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