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

Attention young adults!

New this Spring 2019 young adults in the Church (grades 10-12) are invited to a Bible study. It will run year-around (including the summer months) and is focused on the Gospels. The curriculum is The Better Part by Fr. John Bartunek. The sessions will include reading Scripture, reflection, and discussion (approx. 45 min.), followed by fellowship. The group will meet twice a month [day and time to be determined] at the youth building.  For more information about this study and to get involved, please contact the parish office.

Vacation Bible Camp

Emmaus, Bethel, St. Peter’s, and St. John’s are collaborating once again to provide a fun Vacation Bible School for all Northfield and surrounding area kids ages 3 years (by September 1, 2019) through finishing 2nd grade.  Below are some of the details if you could please pass it along to the families within your congregation.

What:  Vacation Bible School-“To Mars and Beyond” theme

Who:  All kids ages 3 years by Sept. 1, 2019-finishing 2nd grade

When: June 10-13 from 9-11:30 daily

Where: St. John’s Lutheran Church, 500 3rd Street West

Cost: $15/child, $30 max/family

Registration:  Register online here (https://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?oeidk=a07eg3oema417035178&oseq=&c=&ch=) or stop in at one of the sponsoring churches for a paper registration form.

The central verse for this the theme this year comes from Ephesians 3:20, “Glory to God who is able to do far beyond all that we could ask or imagine by his power at work within us.”

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 info@njpmn.org for information.

NJP Summer Film Festival

From literal prisons to the virtual prison that is Gaza, the 11th annual Palestine Film Festival will explore how the Israeli occupation restricts the freedom of Palestinians young and old. Two films focus on the incarceration of Palestinian youth; another explores the inhumane living conditions of those imprisoned by Israel’s blockade of Gaza.

All shows begin at 7 p.m. on three consecutive Tuesdays beginning June 11, 2019, at Bethel Lutheran Church, 1321 North Ave., Northfield, and are free and open to the public. Each evening will end with discussion and a brief question-and-answer period.

7 p.m., June 11 – “How Are the Children? Palestinian Children in Israeli Military Detention”: The Maasai people of Africa often greet each other with a phrase that means “How are the children?” This film, created by the United Church of Christ Palestine Israel Network, tries to answer that question about the children of Palestine. It was created in response to the UCC’s 2017 resolution to advocate for children living in Israeli-occupied Palestine. The film examines the Israeli military detention system and its effects on children, families and communities; it notes Israel’s violations of international law and explores U.S. complicity. It also looks at the ways the UCC and other denominations are educating their members about these abuses and offers action steps to affect change for the children of Palestine.

7 p.m., June 18 – “Killing Gaza”: Independent journalists Max Blumenthal and Dan Cohen documented Israel’s 2014 assault on Gaza during the war and chronicled its horrific aftermath. As they waded through the rubble of Gaza’s destroyed border regions, they turned a camera onto the survivors of the slaughter and let them speak for themselves. While a chilling visual document of war crimes committed by the Israeli military, “Killing Gaza” also highlights Gazans’ inspiring acts of creative resistance, from painting to break-dancing to literature, which allows them to maintain their humanity in the face of deprivation and war.

7 p.m., June 25 – “Imprisoning a Generation” is a documentary film that follows four young Palestinians who have been detained and imprisoned under the Israeli military and political system. Their perspectives, along with the voices of their families, offer a perspective of the tangled structures that oppress Palestinians well beyond prison walls.

The film series is organized by NJP, a diverse group of community members who organize local events to educate and advocate for justice and peace in Palestine/Israel. Members of the committee are available to speak about their experiences in Palestine/Israel. For more information about the event or NJP, visit the website at http://www.njpmn.orgor by e-mail at info@njpmn.org.

Annual Golf Tournament and Card Party

The annual Golf Tournament and Card Party for the School Sisters of Notre Dame will be held on Tuesday, June 25th, at the Daytona Golf Club in Dayton, Minnesota.  Golf check-in is at 10 am, and card party check-in at noon.  For more information, contact Sister Monica Wagner (507-389-4231, mlwagner@ssnd.org) or Pam Ryan (651-247-4410, PRyan@ssndcp.org)

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.

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.

Upcoming Spiritual Events and Retreats

Archdiocesan Marriage Day Celebration

Archbishop Hebda invites you to celebrate the beautiful mystery of the mutual self-gift between a man and woman in the Sacrament of Matrimony on Saturday, June 15 at the Cathedral of St. Paul at 10 am for mass, renewal of vows, and a short reception.  Couples celebrating silver, gold, and platinum anniversaries will be honored in a special way.  Families and friends are welcome!  Couples married one or more years may request a certificate.  Please contact Sonya Flomo at 651-291-4488 or flomos@archspm.org.  RSVP by May 31st.

Marriage Encounter

Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend renews the promises you made to each other on your wedding day. Experience an enrichment for your marriage that will make your good marriage great! The next available Weekends are Jul 12-14, 2019 in Buffalo, MN and Aug 3-4, 2019 in Cedar, 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 Jul 12-14, 2019 in Buffalo, MN and Aug 3-4, 2019 in Cedar, 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

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 10000vocations.org.

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.

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 Disabilitys 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 flomos@archspm.org.

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 Eileen@CatholicCruisesandTours.com.

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

NAMI Wellness Events

NAMI is presenting at Three Links the Wellness Series: Sleep and Self-Care. This event is FREE and open to the community and healthcare organizations.  See the bulletin board for registration information.  SAVE THE DATE: Thursday, May 23rd 2:30pm and 3:30pm workshops.

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

Support Group

Northfield United Methodist Church invites all parents grieving the loss of a child to participate in a support group meeting Tuesdays, April 30th through June 4.  Contact Sherri Bunch Quaas with questions at 507-645-4300.

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

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

Carleton Events

Catholic Mass with a celebration for Fr. Denny’s end of service in Northfield will be on Sunday, May 26th at 5 PM.