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

Operation Backpack

The CAC annually gathers school supplies for children with financial need.  Consider donating cash or check today to Operation Backpack, PO Box 804, Northfield, MN 55057 before the school supply season begins.

Northfield Organ Recitals

Northfield Noontime Organ Recitals open their 13th season with six recitals, all Wednesdays 12:15 to 12:45 p. m.

Brian Carson, Boe Chapel at St. Olaf, July 17

Noah Klein, United Methodist Church, July 24

Bill Peterson, All Saints Episcopal, July 31

Stephen May, United Methodist Church, August 7

Janean Hall & Larry Archbold, Bethel Lutheran Church, August 14

Some recitals will include a free-will offering.  For more information, contact Richard Collman at 507-645-1357 or at

Thank God Ahead of Time: A Drama about the Life and Times of Blessed Solanus Casey

The Franciscan Brothers of Peace invite you all to a play about Blessed Solanus Casey on July 28th at 7 PM at St. Patrick Church in St. Paul.  Tickets are $15 adults, $10 kids, $12 seniors and students.  There will also be members of his family, members of his order, a relic, and an ice cream social at the event.

Farewell Celebration

Liz Blanchard is retiring from the Northfield Women’s Center.  Please join us in wishing her well, share some memories, and meet the new Executive Director on July 29 from 5-9 PM.  Please RSVP at or call 507-645-7638.

Northfield Shares a Dinner

Northfield Shares want to bring neighbors from all of Northfield to connect and share a meal together at one long table.  4-5:30 PM is art and entertainment; 5:30-7 PM food will be served.  More details are at

NWC Annual Banquet

The Northfield Women’s Center is pleased to announce Mike G. Williams as our 2019 Banquet Entertainment on September 19, 2019.  Formal invitation to follow!

Gianna Jessen Talk

St. Pius V Catholic Church in Cannon Falls will host abortion survivor and disability rights activist Gianna Jessen on Wednesday, October 2, 2019.  Doors will open at 6:15 pm.

Bethlehem Academy Enrolling for 2019-2020!

Looking for a high school you can put your FAITH in? One where your child will grow, learn, and thrive in an academically challenging, safe, values-based environment? Bethlehem Academy in Faribault offers this and more, including small classes, caring & committed teachers, and leadership opportunities in a variety of sports & activities. Openings still available for next year. Find out how you can give your child the gift of a Catholic high school education – contact Kris at to learn more. We’re more affordable than you think!

Part-Time BA Van Driver Needed for 2019-2020 School Year

Bethlehem Academy is looking for a safe, reliable person to transport Northfield and Webster area students to/from school on the Bethlehem Academy van during the 2019-2020 school year. Please contact Kris Sauer at if interested.

Host Families Needed!

Bethlehem Academy has 6 international students admitted to BA. Host families are needed so they can join us in the fall! Students range in age from grade 6 to grade 12. These are great kids who need a local home so they can attend BA and get a true American experience. Generous stipends and support provided. Contact Kris at for more information.

NJP Scholarships

Northfielders for Justice in Palestine/Israel offers scholarships to Palestine for those who want to gain knowledge of the Palestinians and contribute to the work of NJP.  Email for information.

Upcoming Spiritual Events and Retreats

Marriage Encounter

Grow deeper in that love!  A Marriage Encounter Weekend allows a husband and wife to get away together and focus on each other. The next available Weekends are Aug 3-4, 2019 in Cedar, MN and Oct 4-6, 2019 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 Aug 3-4, 2019 in Cedar, MN and Oct 4-6, 2019 in Buffalo, MN. Para aplicar visite o para más información pónganse en contacto con Diego y Claudia Gonzalez: 704-698-1010 o

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:

Quo Vadis Youth Vocation Camp

July 21 – 24, 2019
Dunrovin Retreat Center, Marine on St. Croix
“Quo Vadis” is a camp experience for youth ages 14-17 to learn that nothing is more important than discovering God’s will for your life – and living it! Quo Vadis begins on Sunday, July 21 with 4 p.m. registration, followed by 5 p.m. Sunday Mass and concludes on Wednesday at 1 p.m. The camp includes Mass, prayer, campfires, talks, field trips to visit religious communities, confession, rosary along with lots of outdoor camp fun and recreation! Space is limited. For more information and to register, visit

Queen of the Americas Guild Conference

Join the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in La Crosse at a conference July 26-27.  Learn more about Our Lady’s role as Guide and Intercessor.  There is a hotel and conference package.  Call the Guild office at 630-584-1822 with any questions.

Libera Concert

LIBERA last performed at the Cathedral of St. Paul in 2011 to a packed house and will return Friday, July 26 at 7:30 PM. Known for their celestial sounds and complex harmonies, you will leave feeling like you are floating on a cloud. Their new CD, Beyond, includes beautiful renditions of Ave Maria, In Paradisum and Salve Regina. Take a listen: are affordable ($11-$55) so you can bring the whole family. Purchase online:

Rachel’s Vineyard Retreat

If you or someone you love is grieving the loss of a child to abortion, come and experience the healing mercy of Jesus Christ on our weekend retreat.  The next Rachel’s Vineyard Twin Cities’ retreat is August 2-4, 2019.  For more information contact Nancy at, call 763-250-9313, or see

Sacramental Prep for Persons with Disabilities

Sacramental preparation classes will be held on Saturday, August 10th and Saturday, August 24th at 9:30-11:30 AM at the Church of St. Richard in Richfield, MN.  Both classes are mandatory for candidates and parents/guardians.  The Sacrament of Confirmation will be allowed at the Mass for Persons with Disabilities in September 2019.  Thank you!  If you have any questions or comments please contact Deacon Erick Gunderson or Sonya Flomo at 651-291-4488 or email us at

Catholic Cruises

The Holy Land Discovery cruise by Catholic Cruises and Tours will sail November 15th-November 22nd.  Deadline to reserve is September 1st.  Prices begin at $1449.  Contact Eileen at 860-399-1785 or

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.

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

Beginning Experience – class for widowed, divorced or separated

“Coping with Life Alone”  meeting weekly beginning Tuesday, August 6 – October 8, 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 to start an amazing healing process for yourself or to encourage someone you love to step beyond grief and pain.

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,

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.

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