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

Lifelong Learning Opportunities with the Cannon Valley Elder Collegium (CVEC)

Processing of Registrations begins at 6pm on Monday, December 10. (Registration Forms and payment may be brought/sent to FiftyNorth, 1651 Jefferson Parkway, Northfield, anytime before that.) An array of fourteen courses is being offered for the eight-week Winter 2019 Term–January 7 thru March 1, 2019. (Most classes meet once each week for two hours.)  At  you can find the Listing of Courses with days/times & Instructors, Course Descriptions,and a downloadable Registration Form. These courses are designed primarily for retirees, but are open to others on a space-available basis. Come enjoy learning something new!  And meeting new people!

An Evening with an Imam

Come to the Northfield Library on Monday, December 17th from 6:30-8PM for a presentation and Q&A with Imam Youssef Soussi and the Leonards!

Advent Healing

An Advent Service of Peace and Healing will be held on Wed., Dec. 19th, 4 p. m., in the sanctuary of Northfield United Methodist Church, 1401 S. Maple St., co-sponsored by the United Methodist Church, St. Peter’s Lutheran, and All Saints Episcopal.  This contemplative service is intended for anyone who has had loss during the year, desires peace and healing for self or others, or care givers.  There will be Celtic harp music, candle lighting, anointing, and Psalms of lamentation as we mark the turning of the year.  All are invited to this “Blue Christmas” service led by pastors Rachel Morey and Gayle Marsh

Bethlehem Academy

Bethlehem Academy Christmas Choral Concert will be held at 2:00 Sunday December 16 at Immaculate Conception church in Faribault.

Bethlehem Academy Christmas Band Concert will be held at 7:00 Monday December 17 in the BA VanOrsow auditorium.  The public is invited to join in as we welcome the Christmas season.  Both concerts are free and open to the public.

Saturday Fun

Laura Baker Services Association offers a Saturday Fun event from 2-5pm on the second Saturday of the month.  It is a break for caregivers, engages participants, and encourages volunteers.  If you are a family caring for an individual with developmental disabilities or an interested volunteer, come by.

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

Wednesday, January 2, 2019
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

Saints’ Night Out

An evening of mystery awaits you.  On Saturday, March 2, 2019, St. Dominic School will be hosting an historic event – the 20th anniversary of Saints’ Night Out.  Help us celebrate! Join us for a masquerade ball and a fun-filled evening with live and silent auctions, games, raffles, and the opportunity to celebrate the history and future of St. Dominic School.  For more information, find us on Facebook at

Upcoming Spiritual Events and Retreats

Marriage Encounter

“Yet, O LORD, you are our father; we are the clay and you the potter; we are all the work of your hands.” As we begin the waiting of advent, let us strive to become the work of his hands by attending a Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend. The next Weekends are Feb 8-10, 2019 in Buffalo, MN and May 3-5, 2019 in Buffalo, MN. For more information, call Brent & Tracy Chessen at 612-756-8720 or visit them at

Advent Morning

St. Nicholas invites you to an advent morning service with adoration, mass, confessions, rosary, breakfast, and speaker Jon Leonetti on December 15th from 7-11:30AM.  Register at or the St. Nicholas parish office.

Exploring the Gospel of Luke

A Saint John’s School of Theology and Seminary Theology Day

Presenter: Fr. Michael Patella, OSB

If asked, many would rank the Gospel of Luke as their favorite among the New Testament writings.  With its attention on outcasts, women, and salvation history, Luke features some of the best stories in the New Testament, displaying topics foundational to the development of the Christian Tradition.  Underlying these colorful themes lies the Gospel narrative’s primary focus —Jesus’s cosmic battle with the Devil. Dec. 6th, check-in from 6:00 pm to 6:30 pm, and presentation from 6:30 pm to 9 pm, Saint Joseph the Worker Catholic Church, Maple Grove MN 55369. Free event. Registration is required:, 320-363-3560 or

ACCW Advent Retreat

The Archdiocesan Council of Catholic Women has a tradition of coming together on a Saturday in Advent for a time of retreat and reflection.  Women are invited to this Advent retreat on Saturday, December 8 from 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Holy Name of Jesus in Medina.The Mass celebrated will fulfill your Holy Day of Obligation for the Feast of the Immaculate Conception. The day begins at 8:30 a.m. with prayer and continental breakfast. Speakers for the day are Father Michael Daly and Daniel Kantor. The morning will conclude with noon Mass celebrated by Archbishop Bernard Hebda. It is also a chance to do some Christmas shopping as we will have a number of vendors available that day!

To register online visit and for more information call 651-291-4545 or e-mail

Marriage Encounter

The best gift you can give your children this Christmas are a mom and dad who are committed to loving for life! Plan to attend the December 8-9 Marriage Encounter to discover a new and deeper love for each other. Weekends are held at Mt Olivet Conference and Retreat Center in Farmington.  Visit for additional information or call 651.454.3238.

Prayer for Vocations

All are welcome to come together to prayer before the Blessed Sacrament for an increase in vocations to the priesthood, consecrated life, permanent diaconate and holy marriages in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis.  Locations vary on the second Tuesday of each month at 7 PM.  See the Office of Vocations website for more details:

Archbishop’s Discernment Retreat

Begins Friday, Dec. 28, 6:30 p.m.; Concludes Sunday, Dec. 30, 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 by Dec. 14 at

DivorceCare Classes

We will be doing our DivorceCare class for adults again but this time we will also add a DivorceCare for Kids class called DC4K and its for kids ages 5 to 12 years old. Both programs help adults and children cope and heal from divorce. Our program is faith based and is taught at a very basic biblical view.

Both programs run simultaneously, the cost is $30 for the parent and $15 for the kids, family max of $45.00. The fee includes books as well as full meals provided by the church.

The program is run at the Evangelical Free Church of Faribault 1039 St Paul Ave Faribault MN, starting January 7th 6:30pm-8:30pm and continuing on Monday nights until April 8th 2019. Pre-registration is required by contacting Jennifer David 507-210-6339 or or going on

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

Totus Tuus Team Members – Is God Calling You to Help?

College age men and women committed to their Catholic faith are invited to become Totus Tuus Team Members, and share their faith with youth from local parishes around the archdiocese.

  • The position is a two-month commitment (May 28 – July 27), 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

To apply, visit For additional information, contact Nancy Schulte Palacheck at 651-291-4489. Application deadline: Friday, February 8, 2019.

Called and Gifted™ Workshop

Saturday, January 26
9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
All Saints, Lakeville
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 this one-day workshop, you will learn the signs and characteristics of the most common charisms of the Holy Spirit. Cost: $80 per person. Includes: materials, refreshments, and follow-up personal discernment guidance. Register at Questions? Contact Patrick Conley at 651-357-1340, or Mary Kay Bungert at 952-469-6465 or

Catholic Pilgrimage to Italy with Mass Daily at the Holy Sites.

Visiting Venice, Florence, Bologna, Siena, Assisi, San Giovanni Rotondo and Rome.

Breakfast & Dinner Daily. $4199 per person with air from Minneapolis

For a Flyer or more detailed information please call

Cathie or Michael Milano at 1-800-773-2660.

Franciscan Retreats and Spirituality Center

Visit for a list of all retreats.  The 2019 Theme is “Rejoice and Be Glad: Our Call to Holiness in Today’s World.” 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

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.

Free Legal Clinic

The Volunteer Lawyers Network and the Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota sponsor this free legal service that provides private legal consultations with a lawyer on a walk-in basis.  First-come, first-served until 4:30 pm.  The sponsors are committed to making services available to all persons who meet our income guidelines and live in the Cannon Valley region.  It is open the second Tuesday of every month from 2:00-4:30PM in the St. Dominic Youth Building.

Newly Widowed Support Group

This is an open monthly group that runs October through May on the third 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.

Northfield Parkinson’s Support Group

Wednesday, Dec. 12

11:30 am-2:00 pm

Northfield Hospital, Conference Center (lower level)

2000 North Avenue

A banquet luncheon will be served at a cost of $12.30 per person. Family members and friends are welcome. The menu is Apple Brie-Stuffed Chicken, Beef Pot Roast with Roasted Baby Red Potatoes, baby carrots, tossed salad, dinner roll, and assorted desserts and beverages.

Please RSVP by Wednesday, Dec. 7 to Kathy Lathrop at (507) 646-1195 (feel free to leave a message) or Guests may pay the day of the luncheon. (checks payable to Northfield Hospital).

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