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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

Summertime St Dominic Play and Pray 

Parents and Children, enjoy a summer morning in the church chapel and patio with families 7:30am to 8:30am – 3rd Friday of the month – July 20, Aug 17.  The chapel is open for prayer, the patio is open for refreshments and crafts.  For more details, please contact the parish office 507-645-8816.


Looking for a high school you can put your FAITH in? Faribault Bethlehem Academy offers strong academics, small classes with caring & committed teachers, leadership opportunities in a variety of sports & activities, and at the heart of it all: FAITH. Enrolling NOW for 2018-2019. Contact Kris Sauer at 507-334-3948 or for information on how to give your child the gift of a Catholic high school education.

Church Festival

St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Le Center is having its church festival on June 24th with a mass at 10 AM followed by a roast beef dinner, games, music, food court, raffles, and more!  Tickets for the roast beef dinner are $12 for adults and $5 for children ages 5-9.

Northfield Area Blood Drive

There will be a Red Cross Blood drive at the Senior Center / Fifty North Room SS103 on Wednesday, June 27, from 1-7 PM.

2018 Garden Tour Flowers and Fine Art

Support the Northfield Garden Club with a tour of gardens on July 14-15 from 11 am – 4 pm.  $10 tickets are available at Knecht’s or Eco Gardens.

Lourdes Block Party

Join Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church for the 5th annual Lourdes Block Party on Saturday, July 21st.  Food, fun, and fireworks!  Admission is free, and wristband tickets will be available for food, wine, and beer.  The festivities begin after the 5 PM mass.  There will be music and dancing.

Sexual Revolution: 50 Years Since Humanae Vitae

St. Agnes School will be hosting this documentary on the fallout of the free-love experiment against the backdrop of Pope Paul VI’S 1968 encyclical about love, sex, and marriage.  The event is Wednesday, July 25, from 5:30 – 9 PM.  Tickets are $5 for adults and $2 for kids; order tickets at

Northfield Noontime Organ Recitals

Northfield Noontime Organ Recitals open their twelfth season this summer beginning June 27th and concluding on August 15.

All seven recitals will be held on Wednesdays, noon hour from 12:15 to 12:45 p. m. with the following schedule:

June 27th:  Martha Barth, Andrew Jacob, Matt Tykutki, St. Olaf Organ Students,
Boe Memorial Chapel, St. Olaf College
(part of Pipe Organ Encounter for teens)  (Holtkamp Organ, III, 90 ranks, 2007)
July 4:                 (No recital)
July 11:              Richard Collman, Organ; Randall Ferguson, Guitar,United
Methodist Church, 1401 S. Maple St.
(all J. S. Bach)  (Gabriel Kney Organ, II, 27 ranks)
July 18:              Catherine Rodland, Boe Memorial Chapel, St. Olaf College
(Conference on Worship, Theology & the Arts)
July 25:              Noah Klein, All Saints Episcopal, 419 Washington St.
(Reuter Organ, II, 9 ranks)
August 1:   Stephen May, First United Church of Christ Congregational, 300 Union St.
(Johnson & Son/Schlicker/Rutz, III, 53 ranks)
August 8 :  Joanne Rodland, St. John’s Lutheran, 500 3rd St. W.
(Dobson Organ, II, 26 ranks)
August 15:        Janean Hall & Larry Archbold, Skinner Chapel, Carleton College, 405 1st St. E.
(J. W. Steere & Son 1916;  M. P. Moller 1952; Rutz 2018, IV, 48 ranks)
Some recitals will include a free-will offering to defray publicity expenses. 

For more information, contact Richard Collman at 507-645-1357 or email

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.

Marriage Encounter

Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend renews the promises you made to each other on your wedding day. Experience an enrichment for your marriage that will make your good marriage great! The next available Weekends are Jul 13-15, 2018 in Buffalo, MN and Jul 27-29, 2018 in EAGAN, MN. Early registration is highly recommended.  For more information visit our website at: or contact Brent & Tracy at or 612-756-8720.

We have also included an announcement in Spanish if you have a Spanish bulletin.

¿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 Jul 13-15, 2018 in Buffalo, MN and Jul 27-29, 2018 in EAGAN, MN. Para aplicar visite o para más información pónganse en contacto con Diego y Claudia Gonzalez: 704-698-1010 o

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.

Catholic Cruises

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

A Catholic Caribbean Cruise is being offered October 6th-13th, price at $1268 for two passengers.  Contact Doug or Eileen for more information – 860-399-1785 or

Pick-Up Choir Posting

Calling all singers ages 12-18!  Free one-day choir workshop at The Cathedral of St. Paul, Friday, June 22nd from 2-8 PM.  Train and perform with National Catholic Youth Choir and conductors Andre Heywood and Dr. Sean Vogt.  Learn more and register at


National Catholic Youth Choir (NCYC) is coming to the Cathedral of St. Paul, Friday, June 22nd.  This free, family-friendly concert begins at 7 PM and will include our very own local, young singers, as well as more than 30 young choristers from across the US!  The concert, conducted by Andre Heywood, is open to the whole community.  Learn more about NCYC at

Rural Life Sunday Celebration

Sunday, June 24
Goldview Farms, 9156 Grover Ave. SW, Waverly
Mark your calendars for this year’s Archdiocesan Rural Life Sunday celebration hosted by Greg & Faye Bakeberg and Pat & Joanna Bakeberg. The celebration begins with Sunday Mass at 1:30 p.m. (Fr. Charles Lachowitzer will be presiding). Following, there will be lunch, music, dance, and family-fun activities including barrel train rides, hay wagon rides, and a chance to see the farm animals. Join the parishioners from St. Mary in Waverly and others from throughout the Archdiocese to pray, remember, and celebrate all the good things God has given us in our rural way of life. All are welcome! For more details, including bulletin content, a flyer, map and directions, on the event page. Questions? Contact the Office of Parish and Clergy Services at 651-290-1647.

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

Grandparents and Grandchildren at the Cathedral

Grandparents, you are invited to bring your grandchildren for a summer pilgrimage to the majestic Cathedral of Saint Paul, National Shrine of the Apostle Paul on Thursday, June 28 from 1 – 3:00 p.m.

The first hour of the pilgrimage will include:

  • The opportunity for your grandchildren to have an up-close view of the sanctuary, altar and Archbishop’s chair
  • A brief tutorial of the Mass by Fr. John Paul Erickson (Archdiocesan Director of Worship and Pastor of Blessed Sacrament, St. Paul)
  • A prayer pamphlet to guide your way to through the Cathedral’s chapels and Shrine of Nations, to pray for families, freedom and our country.
  • An explanation and participation in Eucharistic Adoration and Benediction.

We will end the pilgrimage in Hayden Hall (lower level) to enjoy cookies and lemonade. The Cathedral gift center-kiosk will also be open.

Please register online. Free will offerings are accepted. Suggested Donation: $10 per family.

Questions? Contact Susanna Parent at or 651-291-4411.

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.

Queen of the Americas Guild Annual Conference

The Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in La Crosse, Wisconsin is hosting “Our Lady of Guadalupe: Mother of the Civilization of Love” from July 27-28.  It is open to the public.  For more information, visit or contact 630-584-1822 or

Seminary Application Information Meeting

Wednesday, August 15
6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
The seminary application meeting is for men entering their senior year in High School and are interested in entering seminary formation for the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis and attending Saint John Vianney College Seminary. Seminary candidates and their parents are welcome to attend. Arrive for Mass, a meal and information on how to make seminary application for Fall 2019 entry.

Registration is required. For more information and to register, please see the Office of Vocations website.

Prayer in Real Life: An Evening for Grandparents

Thursday, August 16

6:30 – 8 p.m.
Good Shepherd, Golden Valley
Join Bishop Andrew Cozzens for an evening as he speaks on how to pray in real life as grandparents. Let us pray more diligently for our grandchildren! All grandparents are invited to attend. There is no cost to attend, but attendees are asked to register online. A free will offering will be collected at the event. Refreshments will be provided. Questions? Contact Susanna Parent at or 651-291-4411.

The Missionary Discipleship

The Missionary Discipleship journey consists of three 4-week sessions. Each week includes time for reflection, prayer, Q&A and discussion.

Fall: Session 1 – Prayer: Hearing God’s Call to the Heart
Winter: Session 2 – Understanding and Living the Call
Spring: Session 3 – Being a Disciple in Family and Parish

Also included for all participants:

One Called & Gifted Workshop on Saturday, March 9 (St. Hubert, Chanhassen)
One evening of Eucharistic Adoration, Praise & Worship with wine and cheese reception (Date and location to be announced)

Locations and Dates (Register online):
Cost: $150 per person

St. Hubert, Chanhassen (Open to all; Childcare available)
7 – 8:30 p.m.
Session 1: Tuesdays, October 9, 16, 23, and 30
Session 2: Tuesdays, February 5, 12, 26 and March 5
Session 3: Tuesdays, April 23, 30 and May 14 and 21

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.

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

Parkinson’s Support Group discusses home safety on June 27

The Northfield Parkinson’s Support Group will hold its monthly meeting on Wednesday, June 27.

Occupational therapist Kathy Lathrop, OT will present information on increasing safety in your home, and assistive services within the community.

Northfield Parkinson’s Support Group

Wednesday, June 27

2:00 – 3:30 pm

Northfield Hospital, Conference Center

2000 North Ave., Northfield

Individuals who have Parkinson’s and those with a loved one who has Parkinson’s are invited to attend.

This support group is always free, always welcoming.

For more information about the support group, contact Kathy Lathrop at (507) 646-1195 or

Northfield Parkinson’s Support Group meets monthly, hosted by Northfield Hospital & Clinics.

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).

  • June 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.

DivorceCare Classes

DivorceCare Classes start in May at the Faribault Evangelical Free Church 1039 St Paul Ave Faribault MN. $30 to take all 13 sessions. Contact Jennifer 507-210-6339 or This class is for those who are considering divorce, separated or divorced and also for those who have been in long term relationships that just ended. This class focuses on healing and rebuilding your life as a single person or single parent. Classes are the following nights 6:30-8:30pm:

SATURDAY June 23rd Biblical Reasons for Divorce
June 26th Facing My Depression
July 10th Loneliness
July 17th New Relationships
July 24th Finanical Survival
July 31st KidCare
Aug 7th Single Sexuality
August 14th Forgiveness
Aug 21st Reconcilation
Aug 28th Moving On

Other Opportunities