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

We have invited an Emmy Award Winning Actor – Frank Runyeon, to come to Cannon Falls and do a comedic play that is fun for all ages! Saturday, December 16th at 7pm. The play is called The 3 1/2 Stories of Christmas.  The play is about 85 minutes – with no intermission. There will be refreshments after and Frank will pose for photos and sign autgraphs. ALL ARE WELCOME (This is a youth ministry fundraiser.)  See for more information.

First United Church of Christ will host The Longest Night Celebration on Thursday, December 21st at 7 PM. All are welcome.

The Northfield Senior Center fundraiser is the all ages play “The Merchant of Menace “ performed on the Arcadia School Stage. A fractured fairy tale based on The Pied Piper, it will have several daytime and evening performances on December 21,22,26 and 27. Tickets are $8. To reserve your tickets call the NSC at 507-664-3700 or

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.

Archbishop’s Discernment Retreat

Begins Friday, December 29, 6 p.m.
Concludes Sunday, December 31, 1 p.m.
Christ the King Retreat Center, Buffalo
The Director of Vocations offers this annual retreat with talks by Archbishop Bernard Hebda. In addition to the talks given by the Archbishop, there will be times of prayer, an opportunity for the Rite of Reconciliation, times of recreation, and plenty of great food. The Archbishop’s Discernment Retreat is for men who are seniors in high school to age 50 and are discerning priesthood. This retreat is a wonderful opportunity to gain clarity in your discernment process and to meet other men who desire to follow Christ and to know his will for their lives. Register online at

Immigration Sunday

Sunday, January 7, 2018
Since 2009, the Catholic bishops of Minnesota have designated the Feast of Our Lord’s Epiphany “Immigration Sunday MN”. Immigration Sunday will be held January 7, 2018. Begin planning your parish celebration today, with the help of the liturgy and activity guides, downloadable prayers and social media posts, and many more resources found on the Immigration Sunday webpage.

Immigration Sunday coincides with the global “Share the Journey” campaign, which has at its heart the vision of a united global human family. The campaign, led by Caritas Internationalis, encourages people to take action, raise awareness, and strengthen relationships between migrants, refugees, and communities. This campaign is in response to Pope Francis’ call to promote a culture of encounter – to see people on the move with humanity, to open hearts and minds, to change perceptions.

Endow Series

Endow envisions a world where every woman has the opportunities, the knowledge, the courage and the support to be the best version of themselves – made in the image and likeness of God. And, being made in God’s image, it is our vision that each woman encounters her infinite value and dignity, untold talents and beauty, each deserving of respect and of love.  The Office of Evangelization is bringing in Mallory Smyth for this Endow retreat to help us explore the topic of feminine genius. The event is Saturday, January 13, from 8:30-4.  Questions? Contact Susanna Parent at or 651-291-4411.

Prayer Service for Life
Monday, January 22, 2018
10:30 a.m.
Cathedral of Saint Paul, St. Paul
Watch for more details! (Note: There will be no evening Prayer Vigil this year.)

Catholic Watchmen

Men, don’t miss the Catholic Watchmen Rally on Tuesday, January 23, from 6:30 – 9:00 p.m. at St. Bartholomew Catholic Church in Wayzata. All men are welcome to come together for prayer, confession, dinner, and talk by Bishop Cozzens on “Christ the Man: Why God the Father begot a Son and what that means for all sons of the Father.”

Grandparents Conference

We all want to leave a legacy. We all want to be remembered. But, how do you do that exactly? The answer is Legacy Writing. A combination of personal reflection and communication, Legacy Writing is a perfect way to start planning your estate in a faith-filled way. You are invited to hear Bill Marsella speak on Legacy Writing on Sunday, January 28 from 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. at the Church of St. Joseph, in Rosemount. For more information, visit our event-page. Please register online. A free-will offering will be accepted for the seminar.

Newly Married Retreat
Saturday, February 3, 2018
St. Charles Borromeo, St. Anthony

Ignite your marriage! This retreat is for all couples married 0 to 7 years wishing to have a happy, holy and healthy marriage. The retreat includes special presentations by Michael Hoffman and Mark Berchem, breakout sessions, reconciliation and the opportunity for couples to renew wedding vows. Watch for more details!

WINE Conference

WINE: Women In the New Evangelization invites women of all ages and stages to refresh their hearts at the WINE: Catholic Women’s Conference on February 10, 2018—the weekend before Lent.  It is hosted at Mary, Mother of the Church, in Burnsville.  Doors open at 8:30 am, and mass with Archbishop Hebda closes the event at 4 PM.  Register before January 10 for a discounted rate.  The theme of this year’s conference, inspired by Hebrews 6:19, is Hope: An Anchor for the Soul.  Register at their website at

Marriage Encounter

You’ve celebrated a few anniversaries… maybe MANY.  You’ve been through some ups and downs and you have learned a lot about each other.  But what if there’s more to your marriage than you’ve ever realized?
Experience a Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend and discover the beauty of your relationship. The next Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekends are Feb 9-11, 2018 in Buffalo, MN and May 4-6, 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 Feb 9-11, 2018 in Buffalo, MN and May 4-6, 2018 in Buffalo, MN. Para aplicar visite o para más información pónganse en contacto con Diego y Claudia Gonzalez: 704-698-1010 o

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

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.

Diabetes Support Group

The Northfield Community Diabetes Support Group will meet on December 19 at Northfield Hospital, Meeting Room A, from 7-8 PM.  Participation is free. Registration is not required.  The support group meets on the third Tuesday of each month. The group is led by Julie Stulz, RN, who is diabetic herself and has professional experience in diabetes education. For more information on the support group, contact Stulz directly at(651) 245-1705 or

Stroke Support Group

The Stroke Support Group will host a holiday gathering on Thursday, Dec. 21 at Northfield Hospital (Meeting Room A) from 3-4:30 PM. The group will enjoy treats and social time together.  Stroke patients, their caregivers and loved ones are invited to attend.  The support group meets on the third Thursday of each month. Meetings are always free, always welcoming. Registration is not required.  For more information, contact Sheila Wirfs at 507-646-1196 or , or Beth Stember at 507-646-8292 or

Grief Support Group

The next Grief Support Group will begin on Jan. 8 at 3 PM at the NRC.  Call Pastor Kristine Braaten-Lee at 507-664-3478 to preregister.

DivorceCare Class

DivorceCare Class offered January 15th to April 16th on Monday nights 6:30-8pm at the Evangelical Free Church at 1039 St Paul Ave Faribault MN. The cost is $30. DivorceCare is a network of 15,000 plus churches worldwide that work together to help divorce and separated individuals cope with divorce and help rebuilding lives. This class is taught from a nondenominational and biblical point of view. If you know of someone or are personally needing help with this, please contact Jennifer David at 507-210-6339 or email

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.

Tai Ji Quan: Moving for Better Balance

The next SAIL class meets Mondays and Thursdays 6-7 PM from January 11-April 2 at the NRC Fountain Fitness Center.  Learn how to prevent falls.  Register today.  Call Susan Roberts at (507) 664-7359 to register by phone.

Diabetes Prevention Program

Have you been told that you are at risk to develop diabetes? The National Diabetes Prevention Program, also known as I Can Prevent Diabetes, or Prevent T2, is a 26 session behavioral learning program held over one year. You will learn how to change your lifestyle for better health, through topics such as better nutritional choices and increasing your activity level.  Classes meet Wednesdays 5-6 PM, February 7-May 16, at the NRC.   Call Lynnette C. Tupy at 507-645-9090 to register by phone.

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).

  • Dec. 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