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

Faribault Bethlehem Academy Open House Nov 14

Looking for that just-right 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 5:30pm November 14 or call 507-334-3948 and set up a personal tour or shadow day today. Be curious. Be challenged. Be a Cardinal. More information at www.bacards.org.

Catholic Young Adult: The Musical

Don’t miss the upcoming show, Catholic Young Adults: The Musical by Missed the Boat Theatre. Written by Archdiocesan priest, Fr. Kyle Kowalczyk with music by Br. John-Marmion Villa, BSC, this brand new musical distills the essence of Catholic Young Adult subculture in an uncomfortably accurate, unexpectedly poignant, and reverently hilarious brew. Performances are November 15-24 at Helene Houle Auditorium at Saint Agnes School in Saint Paul, MN. Recommended for audiences in high school and older. Get your tickets today at cyamusical.com.

Annual Sausage Supper and Turkey Party

St. Mary’s Catholic Church , New Trier, invites you to our Annual Sausage Supper and Turkey Party on November 24th.  The meal is served from 12:00 – 5:30 PM.  Our menu is Pork Sausage, German Potato Salad, Sauerkraut, Baked Beans, Glazed Carrots and Pie.  There is a Silent Auction, Meat Raffle and Crafts with Bingo starting at 6-8 pm.

St. Mark’s Ol’ Country Bazaar

St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Randolph invites everyone to their annual bazaar on November 30, 2019 from 9am-2pm.  There will be crafts, bake sale items, lunch, and quilts.

Cor Jesu

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.  The next Cor Jesu event is Friday, November 15th, beginning at 6:45pm.  More information can be found at: http://churchoftheimmaculateconception.net/corjesu/

Upcoming Spiritual Events and Retreats

Marriage Encounter

“The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone;” Listen with your spouse for God’s message of love by exploring a Worldwide Marriage Encounter (WWME) weekend. The next weekends are: Nov 22-24, 2019 in Prior Lake, MN and Feb 7-9, 2020 in Buffalo, MN. Early sign up is recommended. For more information visit our website at: twincitieswwme.org or contact us at applications@twincitieswwme.org or 612-756-8720

Marriage Encounter

Give the best early Christmas gift possible! Make plans to attend the December 7-8 Marriage Encounter. You will receive a blessing that gives for generations to come! Weekends are held at Mt Olivet Conference and Retreat Center in Farmington.  Register at: www.marriages.org for additional information call 651.454.3238.

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

Explore and deepen your faith while enjoying stunning Fall colors – remaining retreats of 2019

Reflect on your priorities in life while enjoying a fruitful mix of scheduled time to open time. Restore your energy and zest for life as you explore our prairie and wooded trails in the full glory of Fall colors. Enjoy opportunities for unhurried Mass, Confession, one on one Spiritual Direction and Adoration in the Spiritually stimulating setting of the retreat center. Meet Fr Jim Kent – just recently assigned to the Prior Lake Friary.

Serenity Retreat for those in recovery from addictions –

December 6-8, 2019

Men’s Weekend – December 13-15

with Father Ron Mrozinski

All meals cooked on site by our Chef Judy. Call 952-447-2182 to register or online at: www.franciscanretreats.net.

Franciscan Retreats and Spirituality Center – 16385 Saint Francis Lane, Prior Lake MN

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.

Support Events

2019 Fall Speaker Series

St. Richard’s Catholic Church and the Depression Support Coalition invite you to a series of talks on Thursdays 7-8:30 PM: November 14th, Glen Bloomstrom on veterans and mental health, and December 12th, Lynne Silva-Breen on holidays.

Coping with the Holidays

Everyone is invited to an evening dedicated to providing education and support to those who are coping with the loss of a loved one during the holiday season.  Naomi Mandsager Bartley is the speaker, hosted at St. John’s Lutheran at 5:30 PM on Monday, November 18.

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, habitatricecec@gmail.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

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.

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.

How Do I Tell My Family?
Very often victim/survivors go through the suffering alone without the support of their families or friends. We will talk about how to tell our families about our abuse or discuss whether or not to tell them at all. If so, whom do I tell, when, and how? If not, do you have strong support systems in place when needed? Join us Wednesday, November 206:30 – 8 p.m. at 357 Stonebridge Blvd., St. Paul.

If you have questions about Restorative Justice Groups, please contact Paula Kaempffer, Outreach Coordinator for Restorative Justice and Abuse Prevention for the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis, at 651-291-4429.

Living Well with Chronic Conditions Workshop

Chronic diseases such as diabetes, arthritis, high blood pressure, heart disease are among the most common of all health problems in the U.S. The Stanford Chronic Disease Self-Management Program, known as “Living Well with Chronic Conditions” in Minnesota, is being offered at no cost by Catholic Charities of Southern MN in partnership with Three Links Senior Apartments, who is hosting this workshop.

Living Well with Chronic Conditions is a free group workshop designed to enable adult participants to build their confidence and skills in managing chronic health conditions while addressing specific concerns and goals for people with ongoing health problems. Participants set goals and make a personalized plan to improve and maintain their health.  The Workshop is interactive and focuses on peer support.

Workshop sessions will take place at Three Links Senior Apartments, 805 Forest Avenue, in Northfield 2:00pm – 4:00pm each Thursday for six weeks from January 9 – February 13, 2019.  Registration is required as seating is limited. There is no fee to attend this workshop.

An informational meeting with the opportunity to register will be held on Thursday, January 2, 2020 beginning at 2:00pm at Three Links Senior Apartments in the dining room.  Individuals with chronic health conditions, family members, and caregivers are invited to attend.  For additional information, questions, or to register, you may call Michael Maas at (507) 450-1518.

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