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!
MCCL March For Life
The annual MCCL March for Life will be Wednesday, January 22 at Noon. The March commemorates the deaths of more than 60 million unborn babies killed by abortion since the U.S. Supreme Court’s 1973 Roe v. Wade decision. Your presence will help show elected officials and the public the support for pro-life legislation. Join thousands of Minnesotans at the State Capitol in St. Paul. For more information, visit mccl.org/march.
Children in grades 6-12 are invited to St. Pius’ Winter Lock-In at the Grand Stay Hotel & Suites in Cannon Falls on Saturday, February 1. Events begin after 4 PM Mass. There will be games, food, prizes, and more. Admission is $30. Contact Britt LaVigne to reserve tickets at email@example.com.
Encounter the peace and joy of Jesus through prayer and music at a special event called Cor Jesu. Cor Jesu, which means “the heart of Jesus”, is hosted monthly at Immaculate Conception in Lonsdale and is a beautiful evening of Eucharistic Adoration. Plus, there is a fun gathering after adoration which includes ice cream and open gym. All ages are welcome to attend. More information can be found at: http://churchoftheimmaculateconception.net/corjesu/
Looking for a high school you can put your FAITH in? Faribault Bethlehem Academy offers strong academics, small classes with mission-driven teachers, leadership opportunities in a variety of sports & activities, and at the heart of it all: FAITH. Now enrolling for 2020-2021. Visit our website at www.bacards.org or contact Kris at firstname.lastname@example.org for information on how to give your student the gift of a Catholic high school education.
Modern Handmaid’s Tale: the Ethics of Surrogacy, Egg Donation, and Beyond
University of St. Thomas
3M Auditorium Owens Science Building
(UST’s south campus in St. Paul)
The University of St. Thomas invites the public to a free lecture on the dangers of surrogacy and its related procedures while building a solid moral foundation for understanding the implications by Jennifer Lahl. The lecture with reception will be Wednesday, February 5, 2020, from 7-8:45 PM. For more details, visit www.argumentclub.org.
Upcoming Spiritual Events and Retreats
Prayer Service for Life
Join the Archdiocese for a prayer service followed by MCCL’s March for Life, beginning Wednesday, January 22 at 10:30 am at the Cathedral of St. Paul. Visit www.archspm.org/events for more details. Parking is limited.
“Home for the Summer”
June 13–August 8, 2020
“Home for the Summer” is a Catholic summer household experience for women who are interested in discerning their vocation while living in community for 8 weeks. This summer program is for women who are college age up to 27. Applications are now being taken. For more information see 10000vocations.org Parishes, please share the poster.
Bethany House Applications Now Accepted
September 2020–May 2021
Bethany House applications are now being accepted for September 2020 to May 2021. 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. If this describes you, we invite you to contact us by completing the interest form here.
NET Lifeline Mass with Archbishop Hebda
Vocations Focus – “Is God Calling You”
Saturday, February 1, 6–9 p.m.
NET Ministries 110 Crusader Ave. W., West St. Paul
For 8-12th graders in Minnesota! NET Ministries celebrates Net Lifeline with a focus on Vocations. Archbishop Hebda will celebrate the Lifeline Mass. Doors open at 5:15 p.m. Father David Blume, Director of Vocations will team up with great priests, dynamic sisters and brothers and seminarians! The February Lifeline focus is to ask: “Lord, how are You calling me to follow You?” The Lord Jesus is calling a select group of courageous young women and men, just like you, to commit your existence totally to Him…. possibly as a Catholic priest, religious sister or brother. It’s the Call of a lifetime! Save the date. Bring a friend. Expect great things. The event will conclude at 9:30 p.m. For more information, see www.netusa.org/lifeline
Early Catholic Family Life for Grandparents and Grandchildren, February 5
Calling Catholic grandparents and grandchildren! Do you have young grandchildren between the ages of 0-6 years? Do you treasure your Catholic faith and desire to pass that faith on to your grandchildren? Would you welcome the opportunity to have fun with your grandchild – playing together in child-friendly, faith-based activities and participating in adult discussion to learn more about transmitting the Catholic faith to the next generation? If your answer to these questions is yes, St. Peter’s Church has just the opportunity you are looking for!
Early Catholic Family Life (ECFL) for Grandparents and Grandchildren, for Grandparents and Grandchildren from 0-6 years of age.
Date/Time: Wednesdays, 9:30 – 11:30 am, February 5, 12, 19 and 26, March 4 and 11
Location: St. Peter Richfield, Annex Room E
Register by email to email@example.com or call St. Peter’s Parish Office: 612 866-5089.
God gave us the greatest gift of love when He sent His Son to redeem us. In loving one another as He loves us, consider giving your spouse the gift of a Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend. The tools on this weekend are gifts that keep on giving, throughout the year. Next Weekends are February 7-9 and May 1-3 in Buffalo, Minnesota. For more information and to sign up go to WWME.org or call 612-756-8720.
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
Franciscan Retreats and Spirituality Center
Visit www.FranciscanRetreats.net for a list of all retreats. The 2020 Theme is “Fear Not: I Am With You Always.” It has weekend and midweek retreats all year for women, men, married couples, and special groups.
World Day for Consecrated Life
Sunday, January 26, 2020
Save the date for Archdiocesan Celebration of the World Day for Consecrated Life. Celebration of the Eucharist, with Archbishop Hebda presiding, at 2:30 p.m. at Our Lady of the Presentation Chapel (CSJ chapel) and reception to follow at Carondelet Village. More information to come.
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.
Begin your new year by walking closely with the Lord at Franciscan Retreats and Spirituality Center in Prior Lake
January Women’s Weekend Retreat – January 17-19
February Men’s Weekend Retreat – February 7-9
New theme for 2020: Fear Not; I am With You Always
Four fresh conference talks stimulate your thinking regarding both the challenges and rewards of trusting the Lord in our lives.
Enjoy the winter stillness in a warm space designed precisely for prayer, contemplation, reflection and growth. Weather permitting, experience the beauty of God’s creation on our trails and inviting pathways during the ample open time between conference talks.
A fruitful blend of scheduled time to free time allows you to contemplate your priorities, attend unhurried reconciliation, grow in your faith and restore your zest for life.Meals cooked on site by Chef Judy. To register call 952-447-2182. or visit www.franciscanretreats.net
February 14 – 16, St. John Vianney College Seminary, St. Paul
Vianney Visit provides high school sophomores through college age men (ages 16 – 24) the opportunity to take a closer look and experience college seminary. Attend Mass, prayer and spiritual conferences with SJV priests and hear testimonies from SJV seminarians. There is no charge for the event. All meals are provided. Please contact Father David Blume, Director of Vocations, at 651-962-6890 or firstname.lastname@example.org to let him know of your interest in the Vianney Visit. To register, please call 651-962-6825 or online at https://semssp.org/registration-sjv/.
WINE: Catholic Women’s Conference,
Register today for the 6th annual WINE: Catholic Women’s Conference at Our Lady of Grace in Edina. The day features inspiring talks by two amazing women of WINE, Dr. Mary Healy and Dr. Carol Razza; praise and worship music by the amazing women’s musical group His Own; and emcee Sherry Brownrigg-Kennedy. Beginning with Mass at 8:30 a.m. with Archbishop Hebda, the day includes: shopping, personal time to pray with prayer teams, confession, adoration, tons of laughter, a fabulous lunch, CHOCOLATE, door prizes, and a fun raffle!
This year, WINE: Women In the New Evangelization is excited to once again offer “Gathering in the Vineyard,” a Friday evening (February 21) event that includes a social hour with our keynote speakers, dinner, entertainment, and networking for leaders of women’s ministries, apostolates, small groups, book clubs, or anyone interested in leading women to Christ. It is a great opportunity to be fed spiritually (and physically) and to meet your sisters in the vineyard from around the country!
Cost for Friday Social Gathering & Saturday WINE Conference: $100 per person (Early Bird); $125 per person after February 1.
Cost for Saturday only: $55 per person (Early Bird); $70 per person after February 1. (Special pricing for religious sisters, consecrated women, and students.)
Operation Andrew Dinner
Thursday, March 3, 6–8 p.m., Archdiocesan Catholic Center, 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. Register online at 10000vocations.org before March 2. Questions? Email email@example.com or call the Office of Vocations at 651-962-6890.
Tuesday, March 10, 6–8 p.m., Holy Cross, 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. RSVP before March 6 at 10000vocations.org. Questions? Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Office of Vocations at 651-962-6890.
2020 Archdiocesan Men’s Conference
Saturday, March 28
9 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Saint Thomas Academy, Mendota Heights
Men are invited to save the date for the annual Archdiocesan Men’s Conference at St. Thomas Academy, Saturday March 28, 2020 Embrace the Challenge. The day starts at 9:00 AM and goes on until about 3:00 pm and is a great opportunity for men of Faith to come together for good fraternity, good food, and to grow in faith! This year’s keynote speaker is priest, scholar, author, and son of the late Justice Antonin Scalia, Fr. Paul Scalia. We can expect an awesome and encouraging talk on manhood in light of our Christian faith.
Restorative Justice Conference – SAVE THE DATE
Thursday, January 23, 2020
This one-day conference will be open to all victim/survivors, interested and relevant stakeholders, and anyone who has been impacted by the clergy sexual abuse crisis. Watch for more details in the coming weeks.
Retrouvaille Marriage Help:
Thinking about Separation or Divorce? Hurting? Angry? Feel helpless? Retrouvaille is a lifeline for troubled marriages. Couples learn the tools to rediscover each other and heal their marriage. 100% confidential.
When: Jan 31 – Feb 2, 2020
Where: Dakota Ridge Best Western Hotel, Eagan, MN
Big Brother/Big Sister
MAKE TODAY THE DAY YOU MAKE A DIFFERENCE.
Today’s youth need positive adult role models now more than ever. There are children right here in your community that are waiting for a Big through Big Brothers Big Sisters. You could be the adult who stands in their corner.
We often hear Bigs say “I wish I had done it sooner.” Is now your time to step up? Step up today, mentor their tomorrow.
Visit bbbsofsouthernmn.org and click Become a Big today.
Habitat for Humanity
Rice County Habitat for Humanity selects families based on need for housing, ability to pay a mortgage and willingness to partner. If your income is between $25,000 and $64,000 AND you’re ready for homeownership, then you should contact us today! For more information check out our website or call 507-323-5167 or e-mail Cheri, email@example.com
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.
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
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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Support Group for Family Members of Victims/Survivors of Clergy Sexual Abuse
357 Stonebridge Blvd., St. Paul.
Family members are often at a loss when it comes to supporting victims and survivors of clergy sexual abuse. Many do not know how to deal with the betrayal and devastation that they feel in regards to what happened to their loved one. Where was God in all of this? How could this have happened? How do I offer encouragement and hope to my family member who has experienced this tragedy in their lives. Join others who are relatives of these victim/survivors as they try to grasp and understand the trauma their loved one has suffered. This group meets on the second Tuesday of the month.
Victim/Survivor Support Group
Join with other victims/survivors of sexual abuse who share a similar experience and who want to provide each other with support, affirmation, hope, and empowerment. This group is about providing a safe, confidential environment for those who want to heal from the trauma of sexual abuse. We never heal in isolation from one another. We can help in our own healing and benefit from the experience of others in accomplishing this. The group meets on the third Monday of the month beginning November 18, 6:30 – 8 p.m. at Maple Grove Public Library, Room 105, 8001 Main Street, Maple Grove.
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.