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Dining out

Knights of Columbus spaghetti bingo — Feb. 24: 5:45–9 p.m. at St. Michael’s, 22120 Denmark Ave., Farmington. Dinner is $8 for adults, $5 for children 6-12, and a maximum of $25 for families. Popcorn, soft-serve ice cream, wine, beer and soft drinks will also be available. Proceeds go to St. Paul Seminary.

Italian dinner — Feb. 24: 5:30–7:30 p.m. at St. Vincent De Paul, 9100 93rd Ave. N., Brooklyn Park. A variety of pastas, sauces, garlic bread and desserts will be served. Proceeds will benefit WomenSource and Feed my Starving Children. Tickets $11 adults, $5 ages 6-11, free for 5 and under.

Knights of Columbus Dad’s waffle breakfast — Feb. 25: 8:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. at St. John the Baptist, 835 Second Ave. NW, New Brighton. Breakfast includes waffles, sausages, flavored syrups and beverages. All you can eat $8 per person, children under 5 eat free. Take out available $8 each http://stjohnnb.com.

West End Faith Communities’ soup suppers — Wednesdays Feb. 21, March 7 and 21: 6 p.m. at St. Mark’s Lutheran (with Free At Last Congregation), 550 Seventh St. W., St. Paul. A 6:40 prayer service will follow.

Knights of Columbus Breakfast — March 4: 10 a.m.–noon at St. Casimir, 934 E. Geranium Ave., St. Paul. Menu: Pancakes, scrambled eggs, sausages and cheesy potatoes. Cost: Adults $8, Kids (6-12) $5, Family $25. http://www.stcasimirchurch.org/.

St. Patrick’s ham dinner hosted by St. Paul parish — March 11: 10:30 a.m.–1 p.m. at the Zumbrota VFW, 25 E. First St., Zumbrota. Tickets $12 adults, $6 ages 6-12, free for 5 and under. Take out available. http://www.stpaulstmichael.com.

St. Patrick’s Day dinner — March 17: 6–8 p.m. at St. Peter’s, 1405 Highway 13, Mendota. Come join us for a delicious St. Patrick’s Day dinner. We will be serving corned beef brisket with cabbage, carrots, boiled potatoes, rutabagas, onions, Irish soda bread, Irish coffee, other assorted beverages and desserts. $15 Adult, $25 for 2 adults, $35 family. http://www.stpetersmendota.org.

Music

Song of Mark — March 2: 7 p.m. at Guardian Angel, 8260 Fourth St. N., Oakdale. Our musicians present a lively retelling of the Gospel of Mark. Composed by Marty Haugen, this semi-theatrical piece tells the stories of the Gospels in a fresh way and offers us a chance to see them in a new light. You don’t want to miss this! http://www.guardian-angels.org.

Ongoing groups

Career transition group meeting — Third Thursday of each month: 7:30 a.m. at Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Community, 155 County Road 24, Medina. http://www.hnoj.org/career-transition-group.

Dementia support group — Second Tuesday of each month: 7–9 p.m. at The Benedictine Center at St. Paul’s Monastery, 2675 Benet Road, Maplewood. 651-777-7251 or http://http://www.stpaulsmonastery.org.

CARITAS cancer support group — Wednesdays: 10:30 a.m.–noon at St. Joseph’s Hospital, second floor, maternity classroom 2500, 45 W. 10th St., St. Paul.

Friday Night at the Friary — Third Friday of each month: 7–9 p.m. at Franciscan Brothers of Peace, 1289 Lafond Ave., St. Paul. Men, ages 18-35, are invited for prayer and fellowship. https://www.facebook.com/queenofpeacefriary.

Parish events

Lenten morning of reflection with Deacon Mickey Friesen — Feb. 16: 9:30–11:45 a.m. at Mary, Mother of the Church, 3333 E. Cliff Road, Burnsville. Glory and praise to our God: Praying with the Psalms. Visitors welcome. Bring a bible. For more information call 952-890-0045. https://www.mmotc.org/.

St. Gerard 2018 Spirituality Fair — Feb. 17:  9 a.m.–3:15 p.m. at 9600 Regent Ave. N., Brooklyn Park. Choose to attend one or all four morning and afternoon presentations. Childcare and lunch available on request. Register by Feb. 7. Call 763-424-8770 or http://www.st-gerard.org.

St. Agnes 2018 Lenten Lectures — Fridays during lent: 7–9 p.m. at 535 Thomas Ave. W., St. Paul. Join us for our annual St. Agnes Lenten Lectures every Friday following the 7 p.m. Stations of the Cross. Our theme is “persecution” — an examination of historic and present-day hardships endured by Catholics and how the faithful have overcome these hostilities through deep devotion to Christ. http://www.churchofsaintagnes.org/events/2018lentenlectures.

St. Mark Lenten Morning of Reflection with Father John Klockeman— Feb. 17: 9 a.m.–1 p.m. at 2001 Dayton Ave., St. Paul. Conferences, Mass, lunch. http://www.saintmark-mn.org.

Bible Study: Finding Christ in the Old Testament — Tuesdays during lent: 7 –8:30 p.m. at Saint Mark’s, Carolyn Hall (across Moore Street from the church), 2001 Dayton Ave., St. Paul. In a series of six live talks led by Dr. William Stevenson from the St. Paul Seminary will help us explore key Old Testament texts which will deepen our understanding of the Person of Christ and His saving work. http://www.saintmark-mn.org/sample/index.php?p=biblestudy&b=home.

Widow/Widowers Agape Dinner — Feb. 24: 10 a.m.–1 p.m. at St. Peter’s, 1250 S. Shore Drive, Forest Lake. Mass, presentation, and dinner with Archbishop Hebda. The Communion of Saints and how that relates to our ongoing relationship with our spouses. The cost for this event is $10. To RSVP please contact Deacon Terry Moravec at 651-295-4444 by February 16th. http://www.stpeterfl.org.

St. Michael Lenten Mission – Saints and Evangelization — Feb. 25-28:  7:30–9 p.m. at 11300 Frankfort Parkway NE, St. Michael.  Sunday, Feb. 25, Father Francis Hoffman (Fr. Rocky) will focus on the Blessed Virgin. Monday, Feb. 26, Jeff Cavins features St. Dominic and Tuesday, Feb. 27 he features St. Francis of Assisi. Wednesday, Feb. 28, Father Becker features St. Paul http://www.stmcatholicchurch.org.

Reflections at the Foot of the Cross — March 2: 7 p.m. Nativity of Mary, 9900 Lyndale Ave. S., Bloomington. Music theater event based on the visions and writings of Blessed Anne Catherine Emmerich. Free-will offering. Featuring actors and choirs of Nativity of Mary and St. Bonaventure Catholic Parishes of Bloomington. Questions? Call Karen Thompson at 952-851-0930 (ext 31). http://www.saintbonaventure.org.

St. John the Baptist Catholic Parish Fasching Gala — March 10: 6–11 p.m. at 680 Mill St. Excelsior. St. John’s Fasching Gala is the largest fundraiser of the year. The gym is transformed into a small Irish village complete with cozy Irish pub and musicians. It’s an evening of fun, laughter and generosity.Tickets are $40/person including dinner and entertainment. http://www.stjohns-excelsior.org/parish.

Ham Bingo — March 18:  1–2:30 p.m. at Guardian Angels, 8260 Fourth St. N., Oakdale. Fun for the whole family! Proceeds support our youth mission experience this summer. https://www.guardian-angels.org/event/1056483-2018-03-18-ham-bingo/.

Bingo and Ham Raffle — March 18: 12:30–3:30 p.m. at Immaculate Conception, 4030 Jackson St. NE, Columbia Heights. Play Bingo for cash! Snacks and beverages available for purchase. For information call 763-788-9062 or http://www.ICCSonline.org.

Living Stations of the Cross — March 21, 23, 25 and 30: at St. Ambrose, 4125 Woodbury Drive, Woodbury. Event times are 7 p.m. on Wednesday, March 21; 7 p.m. Friday, March 23 (following the 6:30 p.m. soup supper, free-will offering); 1:30 p.m. Sunday, March 25; and noon on Friday, March 30. http://www.saintambroseofwoodbury.org/.

The Seven Last Words of Christ Presented by Art Zannoni — March 26: 6–8 p.m. at St. Richard’s, 7540 Penn Ave. S., Richfield. Begin Holy Week exploring, reflecting and praying upon the powerful and important seven last words of Jesus. For centuries the Church has meditated on these seven last statements of Jesus from the Gospels. No fee, but registration is requested by calling 612-869-2426 or http://www.strichards.com/LENT.

Prayer/worship

50th anniversary Mass of Thanksgiving for Father Frank Fried — Feb. 25: 10:30 a.m. at Little Sisters of the Poor Holy Family Residence, 330 Exchange St. S., St. Paul. 651-698-8333.

#MeToo: A community conversation and a Christian response — Feb. 25: 1–3 p.m. at The Basilica of St. Mary, 1600 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis. Join us for a community conversation about the current cultural movement identifying the prevalent sexual harassment and misconduct in our government, media, places of work, churches, and institutions. http://www.mary.org/news-events/events/metoo-community-conversation-and-christian-response?instance=0#.Wk__3FWnGUkforums/.

Healing Mass — March 1: 7 p.m. at Holy Name of Jesus, 155 County Road 24, Medina. Father Michael Becker, Companions of Christ, will be the celebrant. Father Becker is the Rector of St. John Vianney College Seminary. The rosary will begin at 6:30 p.m. https://www.hnoj.org.

Prayer Service for Healing — March 10: 10 a.m. at Guardian Angels, 8260 Fourth St. N., Oakdale. For those seeking renewal, belonging and wholeness. For the ailing, caregivers, the elderly, family members and anyone sharing the journey with a loved one carrying physical, emotional or mental challenges. https://www.guardian-angels.org/event/1077958-2018-03-10-sacrament-of-the-sick/.

Healing Mass with Celebrant Father Jim Livingston — March 13: 7 p.m. at Immaculate Conception, 4030 Jackson St. NE, Columbia Heights. 763-788-9062 http://www.ICCSonline.org” http://www.ICCSonline.org.

Taize Prayer — Third Friday of each month: 7 p.m. at The Benedictine Center at St. Paul’s Monastery, 2675 Benet Road, Maplewood. 651-777-7251 or http://www.stpaulsmonastery.org.

Taize Prayer — First Friday of each month: 7:30 p.m. at St. Richard, 7540 Penn Ave. S., Richfield. http://www.strichards.com/first-fridays.

Retreats

Women’s weekend retreat — Feb. 16-18: at Franciscan Retreats and Spirituality Center, 16385 St. Francis Lane, Prior Lake. Experience our new theme for 2018: Towards a Spirituality of Joy: love more, laugh more, be not afraid. Four talks (conferences) on incorporating joy in our walk as Christians. Opportunities for confession, anointing and one-on-one spiritual direction. http://www.franciscanretreats.net/.

Women’s discernment retreat — Feb. 17: 8 a.m.– 3:30 p.m. at Maternity of the Blessed Virgin, St. Paul. Women ages 16-35 are invited to learn about consecrated life. Bishop Andrew Cozzens will preside at 8 a.m. Mass and will present on consecrated life. Consecrated women from a variety of religious orders also will participate. Cost is $20 and includes lunch. Scholarships are available as needed. For more information, contact the Office of Vocations at 651-962-6890 or patty.mcquillan@stthomas.edu. To register, visit http://www.10000vocations.org/contact.html.

Lenten day of prayer — Feb. 22: 9:30 a.m. at Franciscan Retreats and Spirituality Center, 16385 St. Francis Lane, Prior Lake. Our four 2018 Lenten days of prayer focus on the spirituality of four spiritual masters. Today: Dorothy Day, presented by Br. Bob Roddy, OFM Conv.
Bring your own lunch. Input by a presenter, guided prayer experience, and ample free time for personal prayer, reflection, Confession, stations.  http://www.franciscanretreats.net.

School of Lectio Divina — Feb. 23-28: at the Benedictine Center of St. Paul’s Monastery, 2675 Benet Road, Maplewood. Participants will immerse themselves in a Scriptural text that speaks to their hearts—one that can help them walk through the world in a sacred way. For many, it becomes part of how they live their daily lives. It includes spiritual direction and year-long support. http://www.benedictinecenter.org.

Friends of the Little Sisters of the Poor Lenten Day of Reflection — Feb. 24: 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at Assumption Church, 51 W. Seventh St., St. Paul. Retreat Master: Father Stephen Adrian. Light lunch included $15. Reservations call Anna 651-484-0599 or email grandma.mae@comcast.net.

Deepening Our Capacity for Love and Compassion — Feb. 24: 9 a.m.–noon at St. Olaf, 215 S. Eighth St., Minneapolis. A Lenten retreat led by Mary Noble Garcia and Carolyn Kolovitz of Loyola Spirituality Center. Loyola invites spiritual seekers to listen and respond to the everyday presence of the Sacred. Join us to pray, reflect, explore, and identify ways we are called to extend love and compassion. http://www.loyolaspiritualitycenter.org/lenten-retreat.

Lenten day of prayer — March 1: 9:30 a.m. at Franciscan Retreats and Spirituality Center, 16385 St. Francis Lane, Prior Lake. Our four 2018 Lenten days of prayer focus on the spirituality of four spiritual masters. Today: Henri Nouwen, presented by Kathy Berken
Bring your own lunch. Input by a presenter, guided prayer experience, and ample free time for personal prayer, reflection, Confession, stations. http://www.franciscanretreats.net.

Married couples retreat — March 2-4:  at Christ the King Retreat Center, 621 First Ave. S., Buffalo. Courage in marriage is the ability to face one’s struggles and move beyond them in love and understanding. The third partner in any marriage is Jesus. You can take courage by spending quality, prayerful time on retreat with your spouse and Jesus. http://www.kingshouse.com.

Women’s Lenten retreat — March 3: 8:30 a.m.–1 p.m. at Immaculate Conception, 4030 Jackson St. NE, Columbia Heights. $18 admission includes light breakfast & lunch. Paid reservations due Feb. 27 to: Diane Tieden, 1000 41st Ave. NE, #319, Columbia Heights, MN 55421 (checks made payable to ICCW) 763-788-1897 http://www.iccsonline.org.

Lenten day of reflection with Father Robert Altier — March 3: 7:30 a.m.–2 p.m. at St. Raphael, 7301 Bass Lake Road, Crystal. Lenten day of reflection on surrender and detachment, and growing in virtue.
Registration required by February 17. http://www.straphaelcrystal.org.

Mini-retreat for singles — March 6: 4–9 p.m. at St. Paul’s Monastery, 2675 Benet Road, Maplewood. Called “How Many? One, Please,” this mini-retreat and conversation will show how a single man or woman can find and contribute to a sense of true belonging in the world community. Includes supper and prayer with the monastic community. http://www.benedictinecenter.org.

Lenten day of prayer — March 8: 9:30 a.m. at Franciscan Retreats and Spirituality Center, 16385 St. Francis Lane, Prior Lake. Our four 2018 Lenten days of prayer focus on the spirituality of four spiritual masters. Today: Meister Eckhart, presented by Jayne Krim
Bring your own lunch. Input by a presenter, guided prayer experience, and ample free time for personal prayer, reflection, Confession, stations. http://www.franciscanretreats.net.

Putting art back into practicing ministry — March 8-10: at St. Paul’s Monastery, 2675 Benet Road, Maplewood. In these challenging times, we need light and beauty to re-energize our hearts to serve others most effectively. Participants will see how putting art into their ministry can enrich themselves and those they serve. http://www.benedictinecenter.org.

Lenten day of prayer — March 15: 9:30 a.m. at Franciscan Retreats and Spirituality Center, 16385 St. Francis Lane, Prior Lake. Our four 2018 Lenten days of prayer focus on the spirituality of four spiritual masters. Today: Caryll Houslander, presented by Debbie Koop. Bring your own lunch. Input by a presenter, guided prayer experience, and ample free time for personal prayer, reflection, Confession, stations. http://www.franciscanretreats.net.

Annunciation’s awakening retreat — March 16-18: at 15525 St. Croix Trail N., Marine of Saint Croix. At this bi-annual retreat you will learn more about God the Father’s tremendous love for you and help you establish and deepen your personal relationship with Christ. https://www.annunciationmsp.org/news/annunciation-awakening-retreat.

Lenten retreat for men and women — March 16-18: at Christ the King Retreat Center, 621 First Ave. S., Buffalo. Presented by Father Larry Gillick, SJ. The theme is “Enoughness, the Cancer of the Spiritual Life.” Join us as we center our prayer around invitations toward our spirits resurrecting with Jesus and His apostles. The men and women making this retreat will come to find that the desire to pray is enough. http://www.kingshouse.com.

Lenten retreat “Big Men, Big Dreams, and Big Possibilities presented by Father Tom Santa — March 17: 9 a.m.–3 p.m. at St. Gerard’s, 9600 Regent Ave. N., Brooklyn Park. Take some time for yourself to hear God’s voice in your lives. For more information and registration contact Judy Foster at judyf@st-gerard.org, call 763-424-8770 or go to http://www.st-gerard.org.

Men and Women’s Lenten midweek retreat — March 20-22:  at Christ the King Retreat Center, 621 First Ave. S., Buffalo. “Take Courage!”
We are called to be bold in living our faith, which invites us to face the challenges of life rather than run from them. Join us as we reflect on our call to take courage and act in the midst of the challenging realities of life. http://www.kingshouse.com.

Women’s Palm Sunday silent weekend retreat — March 23-25: at Franciscan Retreats and Spirituality Center, 16385 St. Francis Lane, Prior Lake. Journey deeply into your towards a Spirituality of Joy: love more, laugh more, be not afraid. Four talks on incorporating joy in our walk as Christians. Opportunities for confession, anointing and one-on-one spiritual direction. http://www.franciscanretreats.net.

Men and women’s Holy Week retreat — March 28-31: at Christ the King Retreat Center, 621 1st Ave. S., Buffalo. Presented by Father Daniel Renaud, OMI. The theme of the retreat is “Jesus Christ: Our Everything.” The retreat includes Holy Week services, prayer services, the sacrament of reconciliation, adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, conferences, Stations of the Cross, and scriptural rosary. http://www.kingshouse.com.

A Guided Tour Through the Triduum — March 29-31: at Benedictine Center of St. Paul’s Monastery, 2675 Benet Road, Maplewood. Participants will experience the three most sacred days of the church and deepen their appreciation of the narratives, symbols and lived experience of Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday. It includes worship, group spiritual direction and the option of one-on-one spiritual direction. http://www.benedictinecenter.org.

Men’s holy weekend — March 29-31: at Franciscan Retreats and Spirituality Center, 16385 St. Francis Lane, Prior Lake. Journey deeply into your Lenten Spirituality -Men’s Holy Week Retreat (Silent on Good Friday). Towards a Spirituality of Joy: love more, laugh more, be not afraid. Four talks on incorporating joy in our walk as Christians. Opportunities for confession, anointing and one-on-one spiritual direction. http://www.franciscanretreats.net.

Married couple’s retreat — April 4-8: at Franciscan Retreats and Spirituality Center, 16385 St. Francis Lane, Prior Lake. Couples, experience the excitement of our theme for 2018: Towards a Spirituality of Joy: love more, laugh more, be not afraid. Four talks (conferences) interspersed with a generous blend of open time to let you enjoy sacraments or spiritual direction. http://www.franciscanretreats.net/married_couples.aspx.

Women’s midweek retreat — April 10-12:  at Franciscan Retreats and Spirituality Center, 16385 St. Francis Lane, Prior Lake. Experience the excitement of our theme for 2018: Towards a Spirituality of Joy: love more, laugh more, be not afraid. Four talks (conferences) interspersed with a generous blend of open time to let you enjoy sacraments or spiritual direction. http://www.franciscanretreats.net/womens_retreat.aspx.

Women’s Weekend Retreat — April 20-22: at Franciscan Retreats and Spirituality Center, 16385 St. Francis Lane, Prior Lake. Experience the excitement of our 2018 theme: Towards a Spirituality of Joy: love more, laugh more, be not afraid. Four talks (conferences) interspersed with a generous blend of open time to let you enjoy sacraments or spiritual direction. http://www.franciscanretreats.net/womens_retreat.aspx.

Conferences/workshops

Order Franciscans Secular (OFS) — Third Sunday of each month: 1 p.m. at Catholic Charities, 1200 Second Ave. S., Minneapolis. Come and learn more about this group of lay Catholic men and women striving to observe the gospel of Jesus Christ by following the example of St. Francis who made Christ the inspiration and center of his life with God and people. For more information call 952-922-5523.

Working with clay as a spiritual process — Mondays, Feb. 19-March 26: 6:30–8:15 p.m. St. Paul’s Monastery, 2675 Benet Road, Maplewood. Participants will learn how making vessels of clay can be a process of meditation. This six-week series is part of the Benedictine Center’s “Art and Spirituality” focus which explores how people encounter God through the creative process. http://www.benedictinecenter.org.

#MeToo: A community conversation and a Christian response — Feb. 25: 1–3 p.m. at The Basilica of St. Mary, 1600 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis. Join us for a community conversation about the current cultural movement identifying the prevalent sexual harassment and misconduct in our government, media, places of work, churches, and institutions. http://www.mary.org/news-events/events/metoo-community-conversation-and-christian-response?instance=0#.Wk__3FWnGUkforums/.

Lenten Morning of Reflection: Hope in the Cross — March 3: 9 a.m.–noon at St. Richard’s, 7540 Penn Ave. S., Richfield. Join us to learn more about hope, reflect on how we can find hope in the cross and be inspired for the lenten journey. The morning will include time for reflection and discussion, led by author Erin O’Leary. Childcare provided. http://www.strichards.com/LENT.

Conversation: Virtue and Living a Public Life — March 15: 9 a.m.–1 p.m. at St. Paul’s Monastery, 2675 Benet Road, Maplewood. This opportunity to discuss ideas about spirituality with other people will have participants talking about the practice of virtue and the impact it has on changing the status quo. It includes a brief reflection, discussion and summary of insights. http://www.benedictinecenter.org.

Youth Gathering –Made for Happiness: Dare to Want More — March 17: 9 a.m.–noon at Immaculate Conception, (In the school auditorium), 4030 Jackson St. NE, Columbia Heights. Youth Gathering, led by St. Paul Street Evangelization for students grades 7-12 to learn how to evangelize in everyday life in easy and fun ways! Cost $5; scholarships available. Parents and youth leaders encouraged to attend. Register at http://www.stpaulse.com/columbiaheights/ http://www.stpaulse.com/columbiaheights/.

Finding Words to Describe Spiritual Insights — March 19, 26, and April 2:  7–9 p.m. at St. Paul’s Monastery, 2675 Benet Road, Maplewood. Participants will find a safe place for expressing their innermost feelings and experiences about their spiritual journey in any writing format they choose. Led by Vic Klimoski, poet and teacher. Writers at all levels are welcome. http://www.benedictinecenter.org.

Pro-Life Across America Culture of Life Banquet — April 5: 5:45–9 p.m. at St. John the Baptist, 835 Second Ave. NW, New Brighton. Pro-Life Across America Culture of Life Banquet.Guest Speaker: Father Rocky from Relevant Radio. http://www.prolifeacrossamerica.org.

Singles

Sunday Spirits walking group for 50-plus Catholic singles — ongoing Sundays: For Catholic singles to meet and make friends. The group usually meets in St. Paul on Sunday afternoons. Kay at 651-426-3103 or Al at 651-482-0406.

Singles group — ongoing second Saturday each month: 6:15 p.m. at St. Vincent de Paul, 9100 93rd Ave. N., Brooklyn Park. Gather for a potluck supper, conversation and games. 763-425-0412.

Schools

Leap Into Next Year – Open House and Registration Night — Feb. 21:  5–7 p.m. at Immaculate Conception School, 4030 Jackson St. NE., Columbia Heights. Tour the preschool through grade 8 school, meet teachers and current students. 763-788-9065 http://www.ICCSonline.org.

St. Helena’s ham bingo — March 3: 5:30–9 p.m. at 3200 E. 44th St., Minneapolis. Ham Bingo – sponsored by HoneyBaked Hams. Prizes alternate between Cash and $50 Certificates for HoneyBaked Ham stores. Raffles, pull tabs, concessions and fun! https://www.sainthelenaschool.us/.

Speakers

Women’s Club Morning of Reflection — Feb. 17: 9 a.m. at Guardian Angel, 8260 Fourth St. N., Oakdale. Renew your heart, mind and spirit at our Morning of Reflection, A Heart for God featuring presenter Jackie Witter. All women are welcome and tickets may be purchased online. https://www.guardian-angels.org/.

Can you be an economic liberal and a Catholic at the same time? — Feb. 27: 11:45 a.m.–1:15 p.m. at University of St. Thomas, 2115 Summit Ave., Sitzmann Hall, St. Paul. First in the series on “The History of Economic Thought and the Christian Faith”, this event will feature Fr. Martin Schlag presenting on the hidden influence of Adam Smith on the Catholic Church. This event is free, but registration is required. See website for details. http://https://www.stthomas.edu/catholicstudies/news/events/history-of-economic-thought–christian-faith.html.

Charles Coulombe: Catholic Influence on French Immigration into North America — March 17:  2–4:30 p.m. Our Lady of Lourdes, Parish Hall, 1 Lourdes Place, Minneapolis. Mr. Coloumbe is recognized internationally for his in-depth knowledge of Catholicism and its influence in America and Europe. This talk will generally discuss Catholicism’s influence on the French immigration into the United States and Canada. Seating is limited, so please register. http://fahfminn.org/charles-coulombe/.

Young adults

Other events

Seeing God art exhibit — Through March 2: 7–8:30 p.m. at St. Paul Monastery, 2675 Benet Road, Maplewood. Awards totaling $375 will be presented to the top three winners of a juried art competition called “Seeing God.” It features local artists who think deeply about their work and whose creativity helps viewers experience the Divine. This exhibit is free and open to the public until March 2. http://www.benedictinecenter.org.

Bags ‘n Bling Fundraiser for BIZAA — March 2: 5– 9 p.m. at 105 Forestview Lane N., Plymouth. Shop for your favorite handbags and accessories at this fun and unique fundraising event and help youth in Africa get off the streets into school. Great prices for a great cause! http://www.bit.ly/BAGSnBLING4BIZAA.

The Passion of Jesus in Music, Word and Light — March 8, 9 and 10: 8 p.m. at St. Mark’s, 350 Atwood St., Shakopee. Relive Jesus’ final days on earth from Palm Sunday to His Resurrection. A marvelous opportunity for spiritual preparation for this holy season. Original script by Father Robert Cassidy, with Father Erik Lundgren as Jesus. English narration March 8 and 10, Spanish narration March 9. Free admission. http://www.ShakopeePassionPlay.org.

Women with Spirit Bible Study — Tuesdays through April 10: 9:30–11:30 a.m. at Pax Christi, 12100 Pioneer Trail, Eden Prairie. University based teachers. Tuition $100. http://www.paxchristi.com.

Knights of Columbus Bingo — Wednesdays: 6–9 p.m. at Solanus Casey Council Hall, 1920 S. Greeley St., Stillwater.

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