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

Part Time Work

Bethlehem Academy is accepting applications for an Administrative Assistant to begin mid-March. This regular part-time position is available on days when students are in session and during summer as determined annually.  If you are a responsible, friendly person looking to work in a positive environment please send a letter of intent, resume, 3 current references to Bethlehem Academy attn: Dr Chuck Briscoe by February 28.

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.

Free classes on Advance Care Planning set for March 4

Northfield Hospital + Clinics introduces a free class to help individuals understand Advance Care Planning and get a start on their own plan.

Advance Care Planning is the process of thinking about and communicating your health care wishes, in case illness or injury prevents you from decision-making.

Class participants will learn about Advance Care Planning and how to complete a Health Care Directive.

The free class starts with 60 minutes of ACP education, followed by 30 minutes of assistance in completing your Health Care Directive.

Class is led by Certified Advance Care Planning Facilitator Susan Lohmann, MSW, LICSW.

The free class is offered in Northfield and Lakeville (each session is the same). Choose one session:

Advance Care Planning class

Monday, March 4 (6:30-8:00pm)

Northfield Hospital, Meeting Room A

2000 North Avenue, Northfield

Class is free; registration is required to contact participants in case class is cancelled.

Please contact Susan Lohmann, Advance Care Planning Coordinator, at 507-646-1314 or lohmanns@northfieldhospital.org at least 72 hours in advance and indicate the class you would like to attend.

Learn more about Advance Care Planning here: https://www.northfieldhospital.org/advance-care-planning

Spaghetti Dinner

All are welcome to enjoy a delicious homecooked spaghetti dinner, hosted by St. John the Evangelist Catholic United Financial Council.  This matching grant spaghetti dinner will be on Friday, February 22 from 4:30-7:30pm at the KC Hall in New Prague.  Take-outs will also be available.

Habitat for Humanity

Habitat for Humanity is having its orientation and kick-off event on Sunday, February 24, from 4-5 PM at Cornerstone Community Church.  There will be treats and learning about Habitat!  RSVP at www.habitatricecounty.org, 507-323-5167, or habitatricecounty@gmail.com !

Carleton Choirs with Carrie Newcomer

The Carleton Choirs welcome GRAMMY-award winning songwriter Carrie Newcomer in a concert collaboration titled The Growing Edge. Through songs, poems, and choral works ranging from Brahms to Northfield’s own Carolyn Jennings, this interdisciplinary program explores questions around themes of environmental stewardship, self-care, social equality, and living amidst uncertainty. Visiting Director of Choirs Matthew J. Olson conducts. Tuesday, February 26 at 8:00pm at Kracum Performance Hall, Carleton College. No admission fee.

Northfield Area Blood Drive
Senior Center
Room SS103
1651 Jefferson Parkway
Northfield, MN 55057

Wednesday, February 27, 2019
1:00 PM to 7:00 PM

All presenting donors will receive a coupon for a Free Pint of Culver’s Frozen Custard!  Please call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org and enter: Northfield Senior Center to schedule an appointment.

Climate Action Plan

The City of Northfield’s Climate Action Plan Advisory Board is hosting an educational event for residents to learn about climate change, the impacts we are seeing in Minnesota today, and what the City’s plans are to combat climate change. The event will be held on Thursday, February 28th, 2019 from 7 to 9 pm at the Northfield High School Auditorium.

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 www.facebook.com/saintsnightout.

Deanery Day of Recollection

The South East Deanery CCW and the St. Pius V CCW will host the 2019 Day of Recollection on Thursday, March 14th at the St. Pius V Catholic Church of Cannon Falls.   Our speaker for the day will be Yen Fasano who has dedicated nearly two decades working with young people and the young-at-heart, teaching and sharing in Catholic schools, parishes and local settings.   She was a part of the delegation from the Archdiocese that went to Orlando last July that focused on Pope Francis’ encyclical, The Joy of the Gospel.  Her proudest form of identification will always be “beloved daughter of God”.    Registration at 8:30, Speaker 9:00, Rosary 10:45 with Mass and Lunch to follow.  A free will offering will be taken.  Reservations call Pat Reinardy at 507-263-3295 or Ron.Reinardy@gmail.com by March 10,2019.   Everyone welcome.

Unity High School

Unity High School is now accepting applications for the 2019-20 academic year. Set to begin its first year of operation this fall, Unity High School initially will offer ninth grade. Please see www.UnityHighSchoolMN.com for details. Click on the “Registration” icon for tuition information and application form.

Upcoming Spiritual Events and Retreats

Home for the Summer

“Home for the Summer” is a Catholic summer household experience for women who are interested in discerning their vocation while living in community for eight weeks. This summer program is for women who are college age up to 27. Applications are now being taken! Please see www.10000vocations.org for more information.

Marriage Encounter

Show your spouse how much you appreciate them with some quality time together. A Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend makes a great gift for any special ocassion.  The next available Weekends are May 3-5, 2019 in Buffalo, MN and Jul 12-14, 2019 in Buffalo, MN. Early registration is highly recommended.  For more information visit our website at: twincitieswwme.org or contact Brent & Tracy at applications@twincitieswwme.org 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 3-5, 2019 in Buffalo, MN and Jul 12-14, 2019 in Buffalo, MN. Para aplicar visite http://ncmarriagediscovery.org/faqs-es.php o para más información pónganse en contacto con Diego y Claudia Gonzalez: 704-698-1010 o Claudiagg@ymail.com.

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:  www.10000vocations.org

WINE: Catholic Women’s Conference

Saturday, March 2, 2019 (Optional evening gathering on Friday, March 1)
St. Vincent de Paul, Brooklyn Park
WINE: Women In the New Evangelization invites you to the 5th annual WINE: Catholic Women’s Conference with an optional evening gathering on Friday. The Saturday conference from 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. includes inspirational talks by Catholic singer and storyteller ValLimar Jansen; Catholic evangelist, author, and retreat leader, Kathleen Beckman; and St. Paul’s own Bible teacher, author and singer, Elizabeth Kelly. You are invited to come at 8 a.m. for Mass celebrated by Bishop Andrew Cozzens. Register today! Cost for Saturday only: $55 per person (Early Bird); $70 per person after February 2. Cost for Friday Social Gathering & Saturday WINE Conference: $100 per person (Early Bird); $125 per person after February 2. (Special pricing for religious sisters, consecrated women, and students). For more information and to register, visit WINEconference.org.

STAY WITH ME, REMAIN HERE WITH ME: A Lenten Online Interactive Retreat on Prayer, March 6 – April 20.

Take time to deepen your relationship with God this Lenten season using reflection materials provided by Sr. Sandra Weinke, SSND.  Deepen your personal reflection and prayer by meeting weekly, by Skype, phone or in-person, with a School Sister of Notre Dame as a spiritual companion.  Register by February 25th at  https://ssnd.org/events/online-lenten-retreat/ or contact Sr. Stephanie Spandl at sspandl@ssnd.org or 651-278-4498.

Operation Andrew Dinner

Thursday, March 7,   6 – 8 p.m., Archdiocesan Catholic Center 777 Forest St., St. Paul

Archbishop Bernard Hebda 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. Priests, Religious and Guests are asked to register online at www.10000vocations.org before March 4. Questions?  Email stpaulvocations@10000vocations.org or call the Office of Vocations at 651-962-6890.

Lenten Retreat

March 8-10, 2019

Listening Our Way Through Lent

Mary Stommes, editor Give Us This Day

Sharing her love for scripture, story, and Benedictine spirituality, Mary Stommes will lead us to reflect on listening as a rich and fruitful Lenten practice. If our Lent is a “continuous listening”—to God and to everyday life—then we will more easily recognize the hope and joy of Easter that await at journey’s end.

The retreat begins with supper at 5:30 p.m. on Friday and concludes after lunch on Sunday.

Cost: single room, $195; double room, $340 ($170 per person); suite (double), $380 ($190 per person); meals included.

For those who wish to commute: $65 per person; retreat conferences, Saturday and Sunday lunches included.

To register for a retreat or to learn more, contact the Spiritual Life Office at 320-363-3929, email us at spirlife@osb.org, or register at www.abbeyguesthouse.org.

Miriam Dinner

Tuesday, March 12, 6 – 8 p.m., Holy Cross Catholic Church   1621 University Avenue NE, Minneapolis

Archbishop Bernard A. Hebda and Father David Blume, Director of Vocations, invite women, ages 16 – 35, who are discerning consecrated life to join us for a Miriam Dinner.  Come for an evening of prayer and dinner with consecrated women sharing their vocations testimonies.  It is typical for guests to be accompanied by their pastor, consecrated religious, or youth / campus minister.  Priests, Religious and Guests are asked to RSVP before March 8 at www.10000vocations.org

Prayer of the Heart

Are you looking to quiet your soul this Lent and enter more deeply into the heart of Jesus? Join us this Lent as we learn “Prayer of the Heart” with videos from Father Steven Hoffman and live speakers including Fr. James Perkl, Sheryl Moran and Jessica Balzarini. Come to grow in your understanding of prayer and to deepen your relationship with Jesus this Lent.

Dates: Tuesdays, March 19 – April 9
Time: 7-8:30 p.m.
Location: Mary, Mother of the Church. 3333 Cliff Rd. E., Burnsville
Cost: $40 per person and includes lecture, materials, large group Q&A and snack.
More information to come! If you have any questions please e-mail at parents@archspm.org.

Women’s Leadership Luncheon

Join speaker Suzanne Koepplinger for her talk “The Moon is Always Full: Phases of Leadership in the Fight Against Human Trafficking” at the 2019 Women’s Leadership Luncheon at the University of St. Thomas, Friday, March 29, from 11:30-1 PM.  Complimentary parking available in lots M and O with shuttle service.  RSVP by March 20 to www.ssndcp.org/wll, mkempen@ssndcp.org, 262-787-1036.

Exploring the Gospel of Luke

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

Presenter: Fr. Michael Patella, OSB

DATE CHANGE for Basilica of Saint Mary location

The April 25 presentation HAS BEEN CHANGED TO April 4, 2019. If you already registered, your registration has automatically been changed.

New Date: April 4, 2019, check-in from 6:00 pm to 6:30 pm, and presentation from 6:30 pm to 9 pm, Basilica of Saint Mary, Minneapolis 55403. Free event. Registration is required:www.collegevilleMN.com/theologyday, 320-363-3560 or theologyday@csbsju.edu.

Married Couples Retreat – April 5-7, Franciscan Retreat Center, Prior Lake

Do you ever feel you should do SOMETHING to invest in your marriage but are not sure what?? Do you feel that you should do something to preserve, nurture, enhance, strengthen, grow, explore, preserve, protect, renew, beautify and support, the bedrock relationship that a happy family is based on, but you’re not sure what?

Experience a weekend as a couple built around our new theme of 2019: Rejoice and be Glad: Our Call to Holiness Today.

A fruitful blend of scheduled time to free time (between the four talks) ensures that married couples come away recharged mentally, spiritually and physically.

Experience unhurried Mass, Confession, one on one Spiritual Direction and Adoration in the spiritually stimulating setting of the retreat center Chapel. Our Married Couples Retreats are not specifically designed for healing, but often healing does occur.

All meals cooked on site by our Chef Judy. To register call 952-447-2182 or visit www.franciscanretreats.net/register.

Franciscan Retreats and Spirituality Center, 16385 St Francis Lane, Prior Lake MN 55372

PS – all our guestroom updates; vanities, sinks, bedspreads and drapes are complete and awaiting your enjoyment.

Women’s Mid-week Retreat April 9-11; Women’s Weekend Retreat April 26-28

Experience a weekend exploring how holiness is NOT just for people pictured in stained glass windows! Holiness is alive and well in our world today.

New Theme of 2019: Rejoice and be Glad: Our Call to Holiness Today.

A fruitful blend of scheduled time to free time (between the four talks) ensures that married couples come away recharged mentally, spiritually and physically.

Experience unhurried Mass, Confession, one on one Spiritual Direction and Adoration in the spiritually stimulating setting of the retreat center Chapel. Enjoy our trails through 60 acres of prairie and forest.

All meals cooked on site by our Chef Judy. To register call 952-447-2182 or visitwww.franciscanretreats.net/register.

Franciscan Retreats and Spirituality Center, 16385 St Francis Lane, Prior Lake MN 55372

PS – all our guestroom updates; vanities, sinks, bedspreads and drapes are complete and awaiting your enjoyment.

Franciscan Retreats and Spirituality Center

Visit www.FranciscanRetreats.net 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.

Into the Deep Retreats

Visit idretreats.org 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, www.nfpandmore.org.  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

Beginning Experience – class for widowed, divorced or separated

“Coping with Life Alone”  meeting weekly beginning Tuesday, February 12 – April 16, 2019 from 6:30 – 8:30 pm at Bethel Lutheran Church, 810 3rd Ave SE, Rochester, MN 55904. is being offered by Beginning Experience of Rochester. For more information call 507-261-8248 or emailing beminnesota@gmail.com to start an amazing healing process for yourself or to encourage someone you love to step beyond grief and pain.

Annulment Consultations on Ash Wednesday

Wednesday, March 6
7 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Cathedral of Saint Paul, St. Paul
Staff members of the archdiocesan Metropolitan Tribunal will be available for confidential consultation and to answer questions regarding the investigation into the possibility of nullity of the marriage bond (annulment process). No appointment necessary.

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.

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.  https://www.faceitfoundation.org/

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 info.ruthshouse@gmail.com

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 richter316@aol.com.

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