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

National Hispanic Heritage Celebration

The Northfield Public Library (210 Washington Street) is hosting a National Hispanic Heritage Celebration.

Come experience the richness, vibrancy and diversity of Hispanic heritage and learn Latin dances, create art and discover the power of words.

The celebration continues with in-depth programming on Latino history and culture throughout the months of September and October, giving the community opportunities to learn about Latino history and culture.

These events are sponsor by SEMAC, FFOL, City of Northfield, and Northfield Public Library.

St. John the Baptist

St. John the Baptist in Jordan invites you to its annual Fall Festival on September 15.  Masses are 8 and 10 am, followed gy music, bingo, marketplace, booths, raffles, and more.  A chicken and ham dinner will be served.  A viewing area for the Vikings and Twins is available.  Visit their website at for more details.

Annual Lebanese Festival

St. Maron Catholic Church invites you to their annual Lebanese Festival at St. Maron on Saturday, September 21-Sunday, September 22.  There is food, music, dance, silent auction, and more.  Visit for more information.

Spirit Fest

Divine Mercy Catholic Church is hosting Spirit Fest on September 22nd at our church grounds located at 139 Mercy Drive in Faribault.  Saturday we will be hosting a soccer tournament from 9am – 3 pm.  Sunday we will have a 10am mass with Polka music, featuring Gary’s Ridgeland Dutchmen and a Spanish mass at noon with Mariachi Estrella.  There will be many food options including an open pit grilled chicken and ham dinner, authentic Mexican fare, burgers and brats and many sweets.  Entertainment under the tent is Gary’s Ridgeland Dutchmen and Mariachi Estrella will be strolling the grounds.  Along with entertainment and food, there will be kids games, a pedal tractor pull and inflatables; bingo, raffles, including goodies and gadgets and a basket raffle; a farmers market and beer garden. New this year is chicken plop poker and a euchre tournament.  We will also be having a basketball competition with the Fr. Cory and Fr. Brandon; and much, much more.  Call 507-334-2266 for more information or visit

St. Anne’s Applefest Fall Festival

St. Anne’s in Le Sueur invites you to its Applefest Fall Festival on Sunday, September 22.  Outdoor Mass is at 10:30 am followed by hog roast.  There are shops, silent auction, beer garden, sports, and more.  Dinner is $12 for adults, $5 for children.

St. Patrick’s Steak/Chicken Cook-out

St. Patrick’s of Cedar Lake invites you to their cookout and silent auction on Friday, September 27th, from 5-8:30 PM.  Cost is $13 and includes steak or chicken with sides.  There is a $2 children’s meal.  Take-out available.

Together in Hope Choir Concert

The Together In Hope Choir, accompanied by present and former members of the St. Olaf Orchestra, will perform two landmark works by brilliant Norwegian composer Kim André Arnesen:  So That the World May Believe:  a Motet for Unity and Service and The Holy Spirit Mass.  This program was originally performed at the invitation of the Vatican in Rome on the 501st anniversary of the Reformation, October 31, 2018.  Bring your friends and join us on September 28 at 7:30pm in Boe Memorial Chapel, St. Olaf College, Northfield, MN.  No ticket required—join us for this FREE concert!

St. John’s UCC Germanfest

St. John’s UCC in Faribault invites you to a German buffet and fest on Sunday, September 29th.  Food is served 11-2 and 4-6pm.  There will be music, a 3 PM polka praise service, stores, zoo, and more.  Adult tickets are $15, children $5, 4 and under are free.

40 Days for Life

Join the Twin Cities Fall 2019 40 Days for Life with PLAM, September 25-November 3.  40 Days for Life is a community-based campaign that takes an intentionally peaceful approach of prayer and fasting to end abortion in the Twin Cities.  Vigil Hours at Planned Parenthood will also be held 6 AM- 6 PM daily.  Register at and search for 40 Days for Life.

Festival of Lights

The 8th Cathedral Festival of Lights gala, sponsored by the Cathedral Heritage Foundation, invites the community for a special evening of tours, music, a spotlight presentation, fine dining catered by the Saint Paul Hotel, and a live auction, Thursday, October 3, from 6 – 9:00 p.m. at the Cathedral, 239 Selby Avenue, Saint Paul, MN. The event will be hosted by KSTP TV Anchor/Reporter Tom Hauser. Proceeds from the event will help restore the historic Cathedral Sacristy. Register here or learn more at

Sogn Valley Harvest Celebration

Join farmers in Sogn Valley on Oct. 4th from 4:30-8:30 PM for market, produce truck, farm tour, and campfire.  Come and enjoy everything in the Cannon Falls area.

4-H Sunday

4H is a fun opportunity for people to get involved and promote educational and leadership experiences; to appreciate self-identity.  4-H is a program for youth in Kindergarten through 1-year past high school.  It is non-profit and runs with the help of volunteers.  To get involved with the Rice County 4-H Program call the extension office: Faribault 332-6109 or Northfield 645-9576, or visit the website at

SSND Craft Fair and Garage Sale

The School Sisters of Notre Dame are hosting their annual craft fair and garage sale on Saturday, October 12, from 8:30-2 at the SSND convent in Mankato, MN.  Apple pie, wood carving, ceramics, quilts, breads, jewelry and more—all proceeds benefit the Sisters.  You can also buy $20 tickets for their NoFest Octoberfest.  For more information visit or call 507-389-4212.

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

Marriage Encounter

A Marriage Encounter Weekend is a private weekend away from life’s distractions that allows a husband and wife to focus on each other. The next available Weekends are Oct 4-6, 2019 in Buffalo, MN and Nov 22-24, 2019 in Prior Lake, 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 Oct 4-6, 2019 in Buffalo, MN and Nov 22-24, 2019 in Prior Lake, 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:

Women’s Midweek Retreats

Early Fall is a lovely time to relax in the supportive calm of a retreat center and hear the Lord’s voice in your life. These Women’s Mid-week retreats have a pace all their own. We hope you consider experiencing that pace for yourself at one of these two events.

Women’s Mid-week Retreat opportunities, Tuesday – Thursday October 1-3, 2019

Theme for both retreats; Rejoice and be Glad; Our Call to Holiness Today.

Four conference talks help you explore how holiness is not just for people on stain glass windows with halos around their heads! Holiness is still viable in our lives today.

Also there are opportunities for unhurried confession,meeting one on one with a Spiritual Director, reviewing your priorities or just enjoying the retreat center’s flowers and trails during this prime time of year. There’s plenty of open time as well to restore your energy and outlook on life.

Please call to register – 952-447-2182 or register online at

Franciscan Retreats and Spirituality Center – 16385 St Francis Lane, Prior Lake MN 55372

Discernment Opportunity for Young Women

September 20 – 22, 2019
Christ the King Retreat Center, Buffalo

Single women age 18-28 who are seeking to do God’s will are invited to attend the Fiat Ministries Discernment Retreat. Religious sisters from various religious orders assist at the retreat by giving talks, leading small groups, giving their testimonies, and providing a joyful witness of what it means to be a consecrated Religious Sister. The Fiat Discernment Retreat seeks to foster prayer, self-knowledge, and authentic discernment in young women to re-center their focus back on God and the universal call to holiness. The cost of the retreat is $25 which includes meals, lodging and materials. Registration and more information can be found at

Miriam Dinner

Monday, October 1
6 – 8:30 p.m.
Holy Cross Catholic Church, NE Minneapolis

The Miriam Dinner, hosted by Archbishop Bernard Hebda, Bishop Andrew Cozzens and Father David Blume, Director of Vocations, is an event for women, ages 16 – 35, who are discerning consecrated life. It is typical for women discerners to be accompanied by their pastor, consecrated religious, or youth minister. The evening begins with prayer, followed by dinner with consecrated women sharing their vocations testimonies. Priests, deacons and consecrated women in the Archdiocese are encouraged to invite women, ages 16 – 35, who present a sincere interest in consecrated life. The evening will begin at 6 p.m. with Evening Prayer at Holy Cross Catholic Church, followed by dinner in Kolbe Hall, and conclude with a tour of Bethany House (Women’s Discernment House) with dessert and coffee.

Register online before September 26. Email or call the Office of Vocations at 651-962-6890. Please share the flyer. For discerners under age 18, please provide the parental consent and indemnity form.

The Moral Vision of Saint Pope John Paul II                                                                 

From his early years as a boy in small-town Poland to his ascent through the church hierarchy, this presentation seeks to unpack why many refer to now Saint Pope John Paul II (1920-2005) as the “man of the century.” Participants will be introduced to the moral vision of Saint John Paul II with a particular focus given to the distinctions and connections made between the human person (anthropology), the human family (sexuality), and human creativity (work).At the time of registration, participants are welcomed to download some manageable reading selections from some of John Paul II’s well-known writings. October 3rd, check-in from 6:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. and presentation from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., Minneapolis, MN. Free event. Light refreshments provided. Registration is required:, 320-363-3560 or

Behold 8-Week Series for Women Ages 21-29

Thursdays, October 3 – November 21
7 – 8:30 p.m. 
Our Lady of Grace, Edina
Young women between the ages of 21-29 are invited to come hear the mission of Behold: a mission to help each woman recognize the gift she is, realize the gifts she’s been given and give to the world the gifts that only she can give. This 8-week series will take place from 7 – 8:30 p.m. at Our Lady of Grace in Edina starting on Thursday, October 3. This series will include time for fellowship with other young adult Catholic women, Eucharistic Adoration, awesome presentations from our Behold speaker team and time for Q&A and small group discussion. To find out more visit the event page and register online today!

Marriage Encounter

Fall in love all over again and create the marriage of your dreams by registering for the October 12 ~ 13 Marriage Encounter!   Weekends are held at the beautiful Mt Olivet Conference and Retreat Center in Farmington.  Visit to register and get more information or call 651.454.3238.

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.

Men’s October Silent Retreat

7:30 PM Friday October 18 through 1:00 PM (after brunch) on Sunday October 20th

Reflect on your priorities in life by enjoying a fruitful mix of scheduled time to open time at this Men’s Silent Retreat. Restore your energy and zest for leadership 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.

Theme: Silence; the Icon of God’s Mystery

Includes four conferences on on the challenges of trusting Christ in our lives by Fr. Daniel Manger a Camaldolese Benedictine monk and prior of the Monastery of the Risen Christ in San Luis Obispo California. Silence is observed after the Opening Welcome to make it easier to absorb the teachings and discern God’s will for our lives.

All meals cooked on site by our Chef Judy. Call 952-447-2182 to register or visit

Operation Andrew Dinner

Monday, October 21
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 before October 17. Email or call the Office of Vocations at 651-962-6890. Please share the flyer. For discerners under age 18, please provide the parental consent and indemnity form

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

Divorce Care

DivorceCare is a program designed to help separated and divorced people find hope, encouragement, and support as well as developing the skills needed to rebuild their lives.  It meets Mondays starting September 9th to December 2nd from 6:30-8 PM at Faribault Evangelical Free Church.  The class is $30 for the workbook, 13 sessions, and homecooked meals.

Living Well with Chronic Pain Workshop

Northfield Hospital + Clinics and Catholic Charities offer a six week session beginning September 20 from 1-3 PM at Northfield Hospital on how to manage living with chronic pain.  A brief information meeting with be held 1 PM on Friday, September 13th at the Hospital in Meeting Room A.  Registration for the class is required, and can be done at the info meeting.  You may call 507-450-1518 with questions.

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: September 19th, NAMI on reducing stigma, October 10th, Michael Gardos-Reid on art therapies, November 14th, Glen Bloomstrom on veterans and mental health, and December 12th, Lynne Silva-Breen on holidays.

Weekend Retreat for the Widowed, Divorced and Separated

Are you or someone you know grieving the loss of a spouse or partner through separation, divorce or death?”

Consider a healing Beginning Experience Retreat – Assisi Heights in Rochester, MN. October 25-27, 2019.  

Contact Beginning Experience Rochester/SE MN  – 507-261-8248 or

Visit our website:  Registration accepted through Oct. 14, 2019.

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