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


Arcadia Charter School

The VFW and Arcadia Charter School invite you to the 3rd Annual Breakfast Fundraiser on Sunday, April 22nd from 8-12.  Adults are $7, Kids 3-11 are $5.  All proceeds directly impact students.

College Monfant

This year’s gala will be on April 28 from 6-9 p.m. at the O’Gara Social Hall at St. Dominic Church.


Join in the Northfield Earth Day Celebration – Saturday, April 21st.

9:30 am Bridge Square (yoga)(trash pickup)(meet to bike the new trail), First UCC (make garden bed for Free Food, Help Yourself), Carleton Arboretum. 2nd & Oak (planting) and Armory Square (create art for the March at 5 pm)
3:30 pm – join friends and neighbors for a block party in front of Armory square with local live music and fun activities for all ages.
5 pm – ‘Art March’ for climate’s sake (meet-up at Armory)
Food trucks and beverages available for purchase at Imminent Brewing.
6:30 pm – Mark Seeley, expert U of M climatologist for 40 years, Keynote Speaker (Armory)
7:30 pm – Help shape the Northfield Climate Action Plan – bring your thoughts and ideas about Climate Action Planning in Northfield- We want to hear from you! (Armory)
9 pm – free live music from a great Bruce Springsteen cover band “Tramps Like Us” (Armory)
More info: or questions:

Northfield Area Blood Drive
City Light Church
2140 Hwy 3 South
Northfield, MN 55057

Wednesday, May 9, 2018
1:00 PM to 7:00 PM

Please call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit and enter: Northfield Area to schedule an appointment

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

Carleton Spring Term Events

Fr. Notebaart will lead a Native American Catholic Mass on May 13th at 5 PM.  The students will also take a road trip to the Basilica of St. Mary on Sunday, May 6th at 10:15 am.


This year marks 70 years since the Nakba, the mass expulsion of Palestinian people and destruction of their homes in their native land.

Northfielders for Justice in Palestine/Israel is commemorating the anniversary with a series of events. Each Friday from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., supporters of a just peace in Palestine will gather at Bridge Square in Northfield in support of demonstrators in Gaza, now through May 11.

Palestinians living in Gaza are marking the anniversary with a host of actions, starting with the March 30 “Great Return March,” in which tens of thousands of them marched to the fence that separates the enclave from Israel. Israel’s violent response to Palestinian resistance has been making headlines ever since.

The local observance will culminate in a Bridge Square event. Audience members at the 2 p.m., May 12, 2018, event will be invited to place Palestinian flags on a 4-foot-by-8-foot map of Palestine/Israel as the names of destroyed Palestinian villages are read.

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

Have you been looking for a weekend get away to one of Minnesota’s finest resorts while enriching your marriage at the same time? 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


Called and Gifted™ Workshops

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 workshops, you will learn the signs and characteristics of the most common charisms of the Holy Spirit.
Saturday, April 28
9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Mary, Mother of the Church, Burnsville
Cost: $80 per person. Includes: materials, refreshments, and follow-up personal discernment guidance.
Questions? Contact Patrick Conley at 651-357-1340 or

Restorative Justice and Healing with Justice Janine Geske

Sunday, April 29
Two Times/Locations:

  • 1 – 3 St. Joseph the Worker, Maple Grove
  • 4 – 6 Our Lady of Lourdes, Minneapolis

Restorative justice is based upon an old, commonsense understanding of wrongdoing and the belief that crime is a violation of people and interpersonal relationships. Restorative justice is a paradigm shift from traditional justice. It views crime as a wound within the community, and justice requires accountability and healing, including in the wake of clergy sex abuse. Rather than determine blame and impose punishment, restorative justice relies on victims, offenders and community members to determine how to make things right.

Justice Janine Geske, a leader and pioneer in restorative justice, will lead these forums on this topic. Justice Geske is a former Wisconsin Supreme Court justice and Marquette Law School professor who has led conversations on restorative justice at the Vatican and throughout the world. Learn more on the St. Joseph the Worker and Our Lady of Lourdes websites.

Bethany House Applications Now Accepted

Bethany House applications are now being accepted for September 2018 to May 2019. Bethany House is a home for women who live in community, pray together, take meals together and discern whether they are called to consecrated life. Bethany House is sponsored by the Office of Vocations and is located in Northeast Minneapolis. We are currently taking applications for women interested in Bethany House. Qualities of a good candidate for Bethany House include single women, ages 20 – 27, who are interested in dedicating a year to intentionally discerning a vocation to religious life.  See the Archdiocesan website for information.

Bethany House “Home for the Summer” Program

The Office of Vocations is offering a summer program at Bethany House.  This “Home for the Summer” program is a Catholic household for women, high school graduates to age 27, and will include a community of prayer and fellowship with some opportunities to encounter Religious Sisters. The Bethany House 2018 Summer program begins on June 16 and will conclude on August 11.   Applications are now being accepted for the Bethany “Home for the Summer” program.   If interested, we invite you to contact us by completing the interest form here.

18th National Catholic Singles Conference

Join hundreds of single Catholics of all ages at the National Catholic Singles Conference, June 8th-10th, 2018, held at the Hilton Minneapolis/St. Paul-Airport Mall of America. The weekend includes talks by dynamic speakers, music, social events, prayer, food, fellowship and more! Space is limited so register now! For more information and to register visit Use promo code NCSCMSP to receive a special discount! (Can’t find your question answered on the website? Call 512-766-5798.)

Catholic Cruises

Catholic Cruises offer an Alaskan cruise September 22-September 29.  Prices begin at $2364.00.  The deadline is September 10th.


ACCW Annual Convention – Living the Joy of the Gospel

April 20 – 21
St. Michael Catholic Church, Stillwater
As always, expect top-notch presenters, Mass with Bishop Cozzens, locally catered meals, Dessert Social with craft beer & wine tasting, Annual Meeting learning opportunity, Marketplace, First-Timers orientation and much more! The ACCW extends a welcome invitation to all women of the Archdiocese so every parish is represented. Register onlineor call 651-291-4545 to receive the 2018 ACCW Convention flyer. Share the joy and fill a car for this year’s ACCW Convention!


Thursday, April 26th
in the Civic Center at Immaculate Conception Church, 202 Alabama Street SE, Lonsdale
4:00-5:30 and 5:30-7:00 PM Shifts
No sign up needed- Just show up and help!

Volunteers will be packaging nutritious meals in two shifts. Please bring your cash/check donation with you to cover the cost of food. Checks should be make payable to Food For Kidz or mail your check to: Food for Kidz, c/o Immaculate Conception Church, 202 Alabama Street SE, Lonsdale MN 55046. 100 % of the money raised is used to buy food! Questions? Call Betty Smisek at 507-744-5195 or Heather Malecha at 952-652-2650 or email


The women of St. Peter’s Lutheran Church will be hosting the 19th Annual Meeting of the Northfield Ecumenical Women (NEW) on Saturday, May 5th, 2018.  Light morning refreshments will be served at 9:30 a.m. followed by an informative program about touching lives and improving health through the power of therapy animals.  An RSVP is requested no later than April 21st by contacting Shirley at 507-663-6056 /

NEW will also be collecting the ‘Fellowship of the Least Coin’.  The FLC challenges us to act for justice, peace and creation.  We are encouraged to set aside the smallest coin for each prayer of reconciliation prayed as a token of our participation.  We hope you will join us!

Saint John’s Summer Camps

Saint John’s University and Abbey is offering several camps and institutes for youth Catholics over the summer.
Youth in Theology and Ministry: June 10-23 for high school youth about theology and vocation.
National Catholic Youth Choir: June 16-24 for auditioned liturgical choir camp and tour.
National Catholic Young Organist Camp: June 19-24 for keyboard players age 13-18 to learn organ.
One Call/Una Vocación: June 26-July 1 for 10th grade – Sophomore year of college and adults to develop musical and leadership skills.

Pilgrimage to World Meeting of Families and Ireland

August 20 – August 27, 2018 (Optional Pre-Tour to Kerry, Knock, Cliffs of Moher & Galway: August 17 – August 21)
Travel with Catholic Family Movement, Family Ministry Leaders and the National Institute for the Family on a pilgrimage to the 2018 World Meeting of Families (WFM) in Dublin, Ireland. The theme is “The Joy of the Family”. Pope Francis is scheduled to celebrate the closing Mass at WMF. The Spiritual Director for this trip will be Fr. Donald Conroy, keynote speaker of last year’s Catholic Grandparents Conference. The registration deadline is May 17Please see the itinerary for more details.

Archdiocesan Marriage Day Celebration

Bishop Cozzens invites you to celebrate the beautiful mystery of the mutual self-gift between a man and woman in the Sacrament of Matrimony on Saturday, June 2, at the Cathedral of St. Paul at 10 AM for Mass, renewal of vows, and a short reception.  Couples celebrating their silver, golden, and platinum anniversaries will be honored in a special way and are invited to attend.  Families and friends are welcome!  Couples married one or more years may request a commemorative certificate signed by Archbishop Hebda.  Please contact Sonya Flomo at 651-291-4488 or!

SSND Golf Tournament and Card Party

The 14th Annual SSND Golf Tournament and Card Party will be held Tuesday, June 26th, at the Daytona Golf Course in Dayton, MN.  Registration for both sponsorship and participants are available.  Visit

Quo Vadis Youth Vocation Camps – Registration Open

July 8 – 11 : Quo Vadis Camp for Young Men, ages 14 – 17
July 15 – 18 : Quo Vadis Camp for Young Women, ages 14 – 17
The Office of Vocations is now taking registrations for the annual Quo Vadis summer camp being held at St. John Vianney College Seminary on the University of St. Thomas campus. Each camp will begin on Sunday with 4:15 p.m. registration, followed by 5 p.m.Sunday Mass and will conclude on Wednesday at 1 p.m. The camp will include Mass, prayer, talks, field trips to visit religious communities, confession, rosary along with lots of fun and recreation! Quo Vadis is a camp experience to learn that nothing is more important than discovering God’s will for your life – and living it! Registration is open to 14 – 17 year old young men and young women in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis – please note space is limited! For more information and to register, please see the Office of Vocations website.

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.

Parkinson’s Support Group

The Northfield Parkinson’s Support Group will share “life hacks for living with Parkinson’s” at its monthly meeting on Wednesday, April 25, at the Hospital Conference Center at 2 PM.    The meeting begins with movement to music, and those who choose will share the story of their Parkinson’s journey. Then members will share tricks and tips for adapting activities to life with Parkinson’s. Support Group participants are encouraged to bring their life hack ideas to share.

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.




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.

Healing Ministry for the Widowed, Divorced, and Separated

Beginning Experience offers a weekend retreat to help with the process of grieving the loss of a love relationship.  A grief resolution process for adults, who have suffered a loss of a marriage through death, divorce or separation, is being offered as a weekend retreat at Assisi Heights in Rochester, Minnesota – April 20-22, 2018. Participants step into an opportunity to love themselves, others, and God in a renewed way. For more information for yourself or someone you know:  contact Beginning Experience Rochester by visiting
emailing or leaving a message at 507-261-8248
Registrations will be accepted until April 16th. Accommodation for late registration may be possible, call for details.

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).

  • 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