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!

Festivals and Fun
Upcoming Spiritual Events and Retreats
Support Events
Other Opportunities

Festivals and Fun

Annual SWS Handmade Market is Saturday, October 28th from 9-2.  Join us to shop the goods made by local artists, makers, and craftsmen at the St. Wenceslaus Parish Activities Center. This is your opportunity to get some Christmas gifts checked off your list!  Have a look online and Like us on Facebook: @ SWSHandmadeMarket

Upcoming Spiritual Events and Retreats

Franciscan Retreats and Spirituality Center

Visit for a list of all retreats.  This year’s Theme “Finding the Missing Peace – Pathways to Prayer” has weekend and midweek retreats all year, including women’s weekends October 6th-8th and 13th-15th.

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.

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.  Para aplicar en español visite o para más información pónganse en contacto con Diego y Claudia Gonzalez: 704-698-1010 o

“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 17-19, 2017 in Prior Lake, MN and Feb 9-11, 2018 in Buffalo, MN. Early sign up is recommended. For more information visit our website at: or contact us at or 612-756-8720.

The Northfield Women’s Center cordially invites you to an evening of storytelling with Special Guest Joe Castillo, creator of SandStories and America’s Got Talent Finalist. Our fall fundraising banquet is on Thursday, October 26th, doors open at 6:15pm at the Black and Gold Ballroom at St. Olaf. RSVPs required. Please contact the center for more information. 507-645-7638 or Hope to see you there!

Fall Formation Day 2017 – Early Bird Pricing Ends Soon!

Thursday, October 26, 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., Mary, Mother of the Church, Burnsville
“Building a Credible Witness of Faith”
This day will explore how a parish is called to build a credible witness of faith in the world. What is the role of parish leaders in forming and sending its members into mission? And, what is keeping us from being credible witnesses? Featuring: Jack Jezreel and Ann Garrido. All parish clergy, staff members and parish leadership (members of councils, commissions, trustees) are invited!  Register online for individuals and groups. Cost: $25 (early-bird) until October 12. $30 after October 12 through October 23.  Questions? Contact Deacon Mickey Friesen at or 651-291-4445.

Saint John’s Abbey Guesthouse in Collegeville, MN is offering a Six-Day Directed Retreat from October 27 – November 2, 2017.  The retreat begins with dinner at 5:30 p.m. on the first evening and concludes with dinner on the last evening.  The cost of $585 includes a single room, meals, and daily spiritual direction.  Space is limited.  To learn more or to register, see:  For questions, contact the Spiritual Life Office at 320-363-3929, e-mail

There will be upcoming anointing services at the Care Centers: during the masses of Oct. 25th at Northfield Hospital, October 27th at Three Links, and Nov. 1st at the NRC.  Prayer Shawls will be blessed and available at the 5 PM Mass on October 28th.

March for Life 2017 – Registration opens October 1 

Tuesday, January 16 – Sunday, January 21
Washington D.C.
Registration for the annual pilgrimage to the national March for Life. The fee of $465 covers: Bus transportation to D.C. and tip; hotel; 6 meals; visiting D.C. landmarks; Students for Life of America Conference; National March for Life. Pilgrims are responsible for up to 9 meals, mostly during the bus trip. Families of high school pilgrims are welcome to attend. Registration for groups will be taken on a first come-first served basis. Registration deadline is October 31(unless it fills earlier). Group leaders and individuals can register and find many more details

Operation Andrew Dinner

On Thursday, November 9 from 6 – 8 PM at Lumen Christi, St. Paul, is Operation Andrew.  Archbishop Bernard Hebda, Bishop Andrew Cozzens
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 6. Email or call the Office of Vocations at 651-962-6890.

Nine Faces of God: The Enneagram and You Workshop

Saturday, November 11, 2017, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm at Bethel Lutheran Church

Cost is $65.  Please make checks payable to Bethel Lutheran Church

Bring your own lunch.  Morning and afternoon beverages and snacks will be provided.  This event is open to anyone who is new to the Enneagram as well as those who want a refresher.  To register, sign up at Information Table in the Bethel narthex or email by Monday, November 6.  For more information, contact Pam Santerre at 507-663-8902.

Using the Enneagram as a guide, we will look at nine beautiful ways we are created in God’s image. These are referred to as the essential qualities or essence of each of the nine Enneagram types. Being human means we lose touch with our essential qualities. We all yearn to reconnect and remember who we really we really are. The Enneagram offers insight about how we can let go of our false self and return to our true essence as we become more and more present to ourselves, others and God.

Presenter is Debbi Horton.  Debbi Horton loves teaching the Enneagram!  She holds 3 Enneagram certifications and is the President of MN-IEA (the Minnesota Chapter of the International Enneagram Association). She is also a Spiritual Director and serves on the board at Christos Center for Spiritual Formation. Learn more about Debbi at

Support Events

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

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).

  • 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”

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

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.

Carleton students have a busy fall term chapel schedule.  A road trip to St. Agnes Catholic Church in St. Paul is coordinated on Sunday, October 29th at 8:45 AM.  Thursday, November 2nd at 5:30 PM there will be a Dia de los Muertos Service and Celebration.  Another Catholic Mass will be celebrated on Sunday, November 12th at 5 PM by Kevin McDonough.

The League of Women Voters of Northfield/Cannon Falls will hold a candidate forum on Monday, October 23, at 7:00 p.m. in the City Council Chamber at the Northfield City Hall, 801 Washington Street.  On November 7, there will be an election for the at-large seat on the Northfield City Council, with three candidates vying for the position. The incumbent, Greg Colby, was appointed to fill the vacancy created in November 2016 when Rhonda Pownell was elected Mayor. Colby’s term ends on December 31, 2017.  The term of the elected candidate will be one year with the possibility of running in the 2018 election for a 4-year term.  The three candidates are:  Greg Colby, Jon Dennison and Don McGee.  Allene Moesler of Cannon Falls will moderate the forum. There will be opportunities for the public to submit questions to the candidates following their formal presentations.  The League of Women Voters is a non-partisan political education and advocacy organization whose mission is to encourage informed and active participation in government.  For more information, contact:  Stephanie Ennis, Voter Service,