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!
Unity High School
Unity High School will be hosting a final open house of the school year on Tuesday, February 25. Whether you have an 8th grader still considering high school options or a student below the 8th grade and planning ahead, we welcome you to attend our event. If you are unable to attend but would like to learn more, contact us to schedule a meeting with our Principal and see first hand, Unity High School students at work! Save the date:
Tuesday, February 25 –Doors open at 6:30, presentations begin at 6:45
*RSVPs are appreciated but not required.
Located at Mary, Mother of the Church
3333 Cliff Road East
Burnsville, MN 55337
ALL YOU CAN EAT FISH FRY
Friday, February 28th, 4 to 8PM at the Lonsdale American Legion. Serving baked & fried fish, cheesy potatoes, green beans, coleslaw, tartar sauce, breads, dessert and beverages. Tickets: Adults-$13/$14 at the door, Child age 5-12-$6, Under age 5 free. Advance tickets available at Holy Cross School, Lonsdale Country Market, and Jessy Food Mart in Lonsdale. Sponsored by FCSLA-Lonsdale Branch W056. Benefit for Holy Cross Catholic School.
St. Mary’s CCW of Le Center will be hosting Sharon O’Connell Wilson on Saturday, February 29, 2020. She will be doing her presentation titled: “Meditations on the Stations of the Cross”. The presentation will begin at 9:30 am in the social hall at Church of St. Mary, 165 N Waterville Ave, Le Center, MN. Everyone is welcome to attend.
Lenten 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 at St. Odilia in Shoreview for our Lenten Prayer of the Heart Workshop to grow in your experience of prayer and to deepen your relationship with Jesus. The two sessions will be Monday, March 2 with Patrick Conley; and Monday, March 9 with Father Steven Borello from the Diocese of Joliet, Illinois.
- March 2, 2020 – Patrick Conley as speaker
- March 9, 2020 – Fr. Borello as speaker
Cost: $20 includes both dates, lecture, materials, large group Q & A and snack.
Location: St. Odilia Church, 3495 Victoria St. N., Shoreview, MN
Time: 7:00pm – 8:30pm
Bethlehem Academy Open House Feb 23
Considering a Catholic high school? Check out Bethlehem Academy in Faribault, a Catholic high school with a tradition of academic excellence and proven results for 155 years! Hosting an Open House for prospective students 10am-12pm Sunday, February 23 or call 507-334-3948 and set up a personal tour or shadow day. Be curious. Be challenged. Be a Cardinal. More information at www.bacards.org.
ALL YOU CAN EAT FISH FRY & BAJA FISH TACOS
Friday, March 6th, 4:00-8:00PM at the Crusader Civic Center-Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Lonsdale. Adults $12, Age 7-17 $8, 6 and under free. Take-Out Available! Includes Icelandic Cod, Creamy Au Gratin Potatoes, Steamed Green Beans, Cole Slaw, Fresh Baked Dinner Roll, Homemade Dessert & Beverage…or…Spice it up with our signature FISH TACOS!! Proceeds to support local Pro-Life Ministries. Hosted by the Lonsdale Knights of Columbus.
St. Patrick’s in Shieldsville invites you to their Fish Fry on Friday, March 13th, 27th, and April 3rd from 5-7 PM. Tickets are $13 for adults and $8 for children 5-8. Visa and Mastercard accepted.
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/
Upcoming Spiritual Events and Retreats
“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.
Happy World Marriage Day – Feb. 12! Celebrate your sacrament by signing up for a Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend. The next available Weekends are May 1-3, 2020 in Buffalo, MN and Oct 9-11, 2020 in Buffalo, MN. Early registration is highly recommended. For more information visit our website at: twincitieswwme.org or contact Brent & Tracy at firstname.lastname@example.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 1-3, 2020 in Buffalo, MN and Oct 9-11, 2020 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
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.
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.
Lenten Lecture Series: The Sexual Revolution
The 2020 Lenten Lecture Series at the Church of Saint Agnes: “The Sexual Revolution, the Catholic Church, and God’s Plan for Life and Love” features:
- Anne Maloney, “The ‘Free Love’ Revolution”
- Deborah Savage, “From Contraception to Abortion-on-Demand”
- Nathan Allen, “Divorce and Remarriage”
- Rachel Lu, “Homosexual Ideology”
- Jason Adkins, “Gender Identity Ideology”
- Teresa Collett, “Polyamory and Other Aberrations”
Fridays in Lent following the 7:00pm Stations of the Cross. Light refreshments provided; free-will offering.
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.
The Bible and the Modern World:
Believers have always viewed the Bible as the foundation and heart of divine revelation, but in the modern world, there is considerable confusion both about how to interpret the Bible, and also concerning what role it can have in human self-understanding. This lecture will examine the long road from the Bible’s origins and the presuppositions of its ancient interpreters to the debates of the 16th century Reformation and 18th century Enlightenment to the 21st century and the difficult legacy of this long journey. In an age of science, what can the Bible contribute to human knowledge, and within the Church, what challenges are posed by a historical-critical view of the Scriptures? March 5th, check-in at 6:00 pm, presentation from 6:30-9:00 pm, Pax Christi Church, Eden Prairie. Free event. Light refreshments provided. Registration is required: www.collegevilleMN.com/theologyday, 320-363-3560 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com or call the Office of Vocations at 651-962-6890.
Lenten Retreat Opportunity: Ox Herding: Living amidst Ambiguity with Purpose and Peace.
Father Edward Vebelun will enhance Benedictine Spirituality for all with insights from Zen.
Enjoy a praying community, good meals, a beautiful campus, stimulating conferences, time alone and together.
The retreat is March 27 (Fri. 5:30 PM) – March 29 (Sun. 1:00 PM) at the Saint John’s Abbey Guesthouse, Collegeville, MN. Cost: Single room, $195; double room, $170 per person, suite double, $190 per person. Meals are included. Please register at http://www.abbeyguesthouse.org/home/news/lenten2020/ or call for more information and assistance: 320.363.3929 (Spiritual Life Office, Abbey Guesthouse).
Conversations for Discipleship: From Encounter to Sharing Your Faith
March 23 – 24
7 – 9 p.m. (Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with music)
St. Odilia, Shoreview
Join us this Lent for a back-to-back workshop with nationally-renowned speaker André Regnier, “Conversations for Discipleship: From Encounter to Sharing Your Faith.” Don’t miss out on this opportunity to encounter the Lord more deeply, and learn how to effectively share your faith with others.
Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with music, and André will speak from 7 – 8:30 p.m. Light refreshments will follow both nights until 9 p.m. Cost: Free will offering at the door.
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.
The Gift That You Are: Catholic Young Adult Rally March 28
Calling Catholic young adults from around the Twin Cities! The Church of St. Peter’s Young Adult Ministry is hosting an evening of worship, fellowship, and thanksgiving at the Church of St. Peter in Mendota. Join us for Mass at 5:00PM followed by dinner, a talk featuring Fr. Steven Hoffman and William Schemeret, and Adoration!
Cost: The event is FREE and dinner is provided.
Location: Church of St. Peter, Mendota – 1405 Hwy 13, Mendota, MN 55120
Please register through the Google Form located here.
CI: School of Discipleship is Open to All
Tuesdays, April 14 – May 26
7 – 8:30 p.m.
St. Pius X, White Bear Lake
The CI: School of Discipleship, a seven-week course taught by Jeff Cavins with special guest teacher Dr. Mary Healy, invites you to join over 1,000 activated disciples and experience what it means to follow the Lord 24/7. The cost for the course, materials (The Activated Disciple book, The Activated Disciple 40-Day Challenge Journal, Kerygma chart, and more), and follow-up social gathering is $125/person by March 1 and $150/person after. Register online.
For more information on either course call 651-962-5028 or visit semssp.org/ci.
Depression Support Coalition Speaker Series
Mary Mother of the Church in Burnsville is hosting monthly talks on depression and hope Tuesdays at 7 PM. The topics are: March 10: postpartum psychosis, April 21: suffering and spiritual direction, May 12: prayer and depression. www.DepressionSupport Coalition.org
Grief Support Group
St. Peter’s Lutheran Church is offering a grief support group open for everyone on Mondays, March 2 – April 6 from 6:30 – 8 PM. Contact Nancy Topp at 507-254-7878 to preregister.
Newly Bereaved Support Group
Allina Health is offering a 4 week group Tuesdays March 24-April 14th at two locations, Faribault District One Hospital (10:30-11:30 AM) and Owatonna Homestead Hospice House (5-6 PM). Pre-registration is required. Contact Shannon Kuball and 507-977-2856,
IRIS Support Group Gatherings
IRIS (Infants Remembered in Silence) has a support group for those who have lost a child, regardless of when, where, or how. Midday meetings are 2nd Wednesdays from 11 AM – 1 PM. Evening meetings are the 4th Tuesdays from 7-8 PM. They are held at 218 3rd Ave. NW in Faribault. More information is available at www.irisremembers.com or 507-334-4748.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.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.
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.
Next meeting: Tuesday, March 10, 6:30 – 8 p.m., 357 Stonebridge Blvd., St. Paul
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. Next meeting will be Monday, March 16.
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.