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Dining out

Senior Christmas lunch — Dec. 18: noon–1 p.m. at St. Richard’s, 7540 Penn Ave. S., Richfield. All seniors are invited to celebrate the season with us. Meal: Swedish meatballs, mashed potatoes, lefse, green bean almondine, and apple crisp. Cost: $10 at the door (RSVP required by December 12, 612-869-2426). Entertainment provided by Blessed Trinity Students. https://strichards.com/seniors-of-st-richard.

Knights of Columbus Lumberjack Breakfast — Jan. 6: 8:30 a.m.–noon at Mary Queen of Peace, St. Martin campus, 21304 Church Ave., Rogers. Great breakfast for the whole family, including pancakes, French toast, sausage, eggs, applesauce, orange juice, milk and coffee. Free will offering will be accepted to benefit the church, school and community. Sponsored, cooked and served by the NW-Hennepin Knights of Columbus Council. https://mqpcatholic.org.

Music

21st Annual Festival of Lessons and Carols — Dec. 14: 7 p.m. at St. Bartholomew, 630 E. Wayzata Blvd., Wayzata. This year marks the 21st year of this traditional service featuring the Parish Choir and Instrumental Ensemble. Join us for this inspirational evening and invite your friends and family as well. http://www.st-barts.org/events/a-festival-of-lessons-carols.

Lessons and Carols for Advent — Dec. 16: 4:30 p.m. at St. Agnes, 535 Thomas Ave. W., St. Paul. The Saint Agnes High School Choral Program presents works of Lauridsen, Jalkeus, Southall, Manz, Ferguson, Mendelssohn, and Beethoven, as well as traditional hymns for Advent and Christmas. http://churchofsaintagnes.org.

Consortium Carissimi Epiphany Concert — Jan 5 and 6: 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 5; 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 6 at the Chapel of St. Mary, Saint Paul Seminary School of Divinity, 2115 Summit Ave., St. Paul. Accompanied by players of period baroque instruments, Consortium Carissimi singers will perform the Vivaldi Magnificat and motets of Giacomo Carissimi at the Saint Paul Seminary Chapel of St. Mary to celebrate the Epiphany. General admission $25; MPR members $20; students $10; children free. http://www.consortiumcarissimi.org.

Ongoing groups

Grieving with Hope — Second and fourth Tuesday each month at St. Ambrose, Pingatore Room, 4125 Woodbury Drive, Woodbury. 2 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. LeAnn at 651-768-3009. http://www.saintambroseofwoodbury.org.

Job transitions and networking group — Tuesdays 7–8:30 a.m. at St. Joseph the Worker, 7180 Hemlock Lane, Maple Grove. Are you unemployed, underemployed, looking to make a job change? Then join us to network, share ideas and learn about the job search process. This faith based meeting will take place every Tuesday. For questions email Bob at bob.sjtw@gmail.com. http://www.sjtw.net/job-transition-networking-group.

Career Transition Group — Third Thursday each month: 7:30–8:30 a.m. at Holy Name of Jesus, 155 County Road 24, Wayzata. The Career Transition Group hosts speakers on various topics geared towards helping people who are looking for a job, change in career or to enhance job skills. The meetings also allow time for networking with others and opportunities for resume review. https://www.hnoj.org/career-transition-group.

Calix Society — First and third Sundays each month: 9–10:30 a.m. at Cathedral of St. Paul, 239 Selby Ave., St. Paul. A group of men, women, family or friends supporting the spiritual needs of recovering Catholic alcoholics. We meet the first and third Sundays in the assembly room downstairs. This is a potluck breakfast meeting. For more info call Kathy at 651-330-3387. http://www.calixsociety.com.

Dementia support group — Second Tuesdays each month: 7–9 p.m. at St. Paul’s Monastery, 2675 Benet Road, Maplewood. Each session will be a form of group spiritual direction with check-ins, introductions and discussions around the disease of dementia. Caregivers can share stories, feelings, frustrations and joys in a supportive, non-judgmental setting. RSVP sarnold@benedictinecenter.org. http://www.benedictinecenter.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.

Parish events

Santa breakfast — Dec. 16: 11:30 a.m.–3 p.m. at St. Mary, 261 E. Eighth St., St. Paul. Pancake and egg bake breakfast with Santa, pictures and gifts. http://stmarystpaul.org.

Prayer/worship

Advent day of prayer — Dec. 13: 9:30 a.m.–2:45 p.m. at Franciscan Retreat Center, 16385 Saint Francis Lane, Prior Lake. “A Light in the Darkness, St. Lucy, presented by Kathy Berken . Participants need only bring their lunch for the day, and any reading material that they would like to have with them. There will be input by the presenter, a guided prayer experience, and ample free time for personal reflection.” http://https://franciscanretreats.net/advent-days-of-prayer.

Advent Adoration and Fellowship — Saturdays, Dec. 15: 10 a.m.–noon. Join Cathedral of St. Paul Young Adults (CYA) for adoration Saturdays of Advent! We will be going to a different adoration chapels around St. Paul each Saturday, followed by a restaurant afterwards for lunch. Keep an eye on the Facebook page for details. http://www.facebook.com/groups/joincya. https://www.facebook.com/events/294960707893713.

Advent Reconciliation Service — Dec. 15: 10 a.m. at St. Richard’s, 7540 Penn Ave. S., Richfield. Following a prayer service, the priests will offer absolution one-on-one. https://strichards.com/reconciliation.

Advent Adoration — Dec. 15: 6–8 p.m. at St. John the Evangelist, 20088 Hub Drive, New Prague. We invite you to join us Saturdays during Advent for Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, Adoration and Benediction. Confession will be available during part of this time. Mass will take place at 8:15 p.m. We hope to see you as we prepare our hearts and souls for Christ this Advent. https://npcatholic.org/st-john-the-evangelist.

Advent Adoration and Fellowship — Saturday, Dec. 22: 10 a.m.–noon. Join Cathedral of St. Paul Young Adults (CYA) for adoration Saturdays of Advent! We will be going to a different adoration chapels around St. Paul each Saturday, followed by a restaurant afterwards for lunch. Keep an eye on the Facebook page for details. http://www.facebook.com/groups/joincya. https://www.facebook.com/events/294960707893713.

Advent Adoration — Dec. 22: 6–8 p.m. at St. John the Evangelist, 20088 Hub Drive, New Prague. We invite you to join us Saturdays during Advent for Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, Adoration and Benediction. Confession will be available during part of this time. Mass will take place at 8:15 p.m. We hope to see you as we prepare our hearts and souls for Christ this Advent. https://npcatholic.org/st-john-the-evangelist.

Taize prayer — Third Thursday of each month: 7–9 p.m. at St. Paul’s Monastery, 2675 Benet Road, Maplewood. Taize prayer consists of simple chants based on Scriptures and periods of silence. Its purpose is to create an environment that helps participants encounter the mystery of God. You are invited to stay for refreshments and get to know some other interesting and like-minded people. http://www.benedictinecenter.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.

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

Retreats

December men’s retreat — Dec. 14-16 at Franciscan Retreats and Spirituality Center, 16385 St. Francis Lane, Prior Lake. Father Ron Mrozinski has created four fresh talks on “joy” specifically for the men of this retreat. Treat yourself to a faith deepening experience before winter and all the holiday activities arrive. Franciscan retreats feature a fruitful blend of scheduled time to open time. Hearty meals cooked on site. https://franciscanretreats.net/december-mens-retreat.

Men’s Silent Weekend Retreat — Jan. 11-13 at Christ the King Retreat Center, 621 First Ave., S., Buffalo. ” Retreat Theme: “”Be Patient in Affliction, presented by the King’s House Preaching Team.” http://kingshouse.com.

Just Write: Making Time for the Love of Words — Jan. 11-13 at St. Paul’s Monastery, 2675 Benet Road, Maplewood. Writers will find support and encouragement as they explore in one-on-one conversations and small group discussions on what they’re writing, why they’re writing and what they’re discovering about the writing process. Led by poet Vic Klimoski, who has been coaching writers for the past ten years http://www.benedictinecenter.org.

Men’s Silent Weekend Retreat — Jan. 18-20 at Christ the King Retreat Center, 622 First Ave., S., Buffalo. ” Retreat Theme: “”Be Patient in Affliction, presented by the King’s House Preaching Team.” http://kingshouse.com.

Standing Vigil: A retreat with Sunday’s Gospel — Jan. 19: 3–6 p.m. at St. Paul’s Monastery, 2675 Benet Road, Maplewood. This afternoon of prayer, reflection and conversation will focus on that Sunday’s Gospel (John: 2:1-11). It’s an opportunity to go deeper into prayer and reflect on the challenges of life and the persistence of divine grace. Participants will also join the Sisters for Vigil and enjoy time together http://www.benedictinecenter.org.

Men’s Silent Weekend Retreat — Feb 1-3 at Christ the King Retreat Center, 622 First Ave., S., Buffalo. ” Retreat Theme: “”Be Patient in Affliction, presented by the King’s House Preaching Team.” http://kingshouse.com.

Women’s Silent Weekend Retreat — Feb 1-3 at Christ the King Retreat Center, 624 First Ave., S., Buffalo. ” Retreat Theme: “”Be Patient in Affliction, presented by the King’s House Preaching Team.” http://kingshouse.com.

Conferences/workshops

Housing for All Legislative Breakfast —  Jan. 23: 7–9 a.m. at St. Joseph the Worker, 7180 Hemlock Lane N., Maple Grove. St. Joseph the Worker Housing for All group will host a breakfast with legislators. Meet with NW Hennipen state and local policy makers to proclaim as people of faith everyone needs a safe decent, affordable home. Local and state policy solutions offered. Register at http://www.sjtw.net/housing-for-all.

Investment conference —  Feb. 13: 7:15–10:30 a.m. at University of St. Thomas – Woulfe Alumni Hall – Anderson Student Center, 2115 Summit Ave., St. Paul. Bringing together donors and investors interested in giving and investing with a Catholic heart. https://www.ccf-mn.org/events/investment-conference.

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. 952-922-5523.

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 651-439-1203.

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

Benilde-St. Margaret’s Open House — Jan. 7: 6–8:30 p.m. at 2501 Highway 100 S., St. Louis Park. Learn what it’s like to be a Benilde-St. Margaret Red Knight while attending our open house. Our school is a premier Catholic, college-preparatory 7– 12th grade school. Join us at one of our open houses and/or have your student spend the day with us. https://www.bsmschool.org/visit.

St. Helena Catholic School PreK-8 Open House — Jan. 10: 1:30–5:30 p.m. at 3200 E. 44th St., Minneapolis. Stop in and tour St. Helena, visit classrooms, talk to teachers, and meet students and parents from the community. All are welcome! If you cannot make it, call for a personal tour at 612-729-9301. http://www.sainthelenaschool.us.

Open House for prospective families — Jan. 10 and 15: 6 p.m. at Good Shepherd School, 145 Jersey Ave. S., Golden Valley. Learn what it’s like to be a part of our award winning school and vibrant community. https://gsgvschool.wordpress.com.

Speakers

A poetry reading — Dec. 17: 7–9 p.m. at St. Paul’s Monastery, 2675 Benet Road, Maplewood. Poets will celebrate the challenges and possibilities of revising their work down to the bone to reveal its true meaning. Through creativity, the readers can be helped to experience the divine presence of God. Beginners welcomed. http://www.benedictinecenter.org.

Young adults

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.

Other events

Knights of Columbus bingo — Wednesdays: 6–9 p.m. at Solanus Casey Council Hall, 1910 S. Greeley St., Stillwater.

“The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” – directed by Tracy and Karen Sattler — Dec. 14 and 15: 7–9:30 p.m. at Holy Family Academy, Kattar Hall, 5925 W. Lake St., St. Louis Park. Presented by Spotlight Family Theater, a group of Catholic homeschool youth. Free will offering, general admission seating. Doors open 30 minutes prior to show. http://spotlightft.wixsite.com/shows.

ADVENTure — Dec. 16: noon–3 p.m. at St. Richard’s, 7540 Penn Ave. S., Richfield. All families are invited to participate in the ADVENTure! Multi-cultural displays, a visit from St. Nicholas, bingo and other activities will be offered in the Social Hall from noon—2 p.m., followed by a sing-along in the church. http://www.strichards.com.

Catholic Single Adults Club’s Christmas dinner and dance — Jan. 5: 5:30 p.m.–midnight at David Fong’s Restaurant, 9329 Lyndale Ave. S., Bloomington. All single Catholics, 21 and older are invited to our annual dinner and dance. Call Carl at 651-603-1412 to register for dinner ($20) by Thursday, Dec. 27. Leave your name and phone number. Walk-ins for the dance ($10, after 7:30 p.m.) are welcome. http://www.caci.org/cac/tccac.html.

Knights of Columbus chili bingo and cook-off — Jan. 26: 5:30–9 p.m. at St. Michael, 22120 Denmark Ave., Farmington. The Farmington Knights of Columbus will be hosting a chili bingo and a chili cook-off contest. Enter chili from 3:30-4:30 p.m. No cost to enter. 1st, 2nd & 3rd place recipes will win cash prizes. Dinner is $8 per person and $25 max per family. Dinner served at 5:30 p.m. Bingo starts at approximately 6:45 p.m. http://www.stmichael-farmington.org.

“Seeing God” Art exhibit and reception — Jan. 30: 7–8:30 p.m. at St. Paul’s Monastery, 2675 Benet Road, Maplewood. A Juried Art Exhibit called “Seeing God” will open at the Benedictine Center on January 30, with a public reception from 7–8:30 p.m. Awards totaling $375 will be presented to the top three winners. This exhibit runs through March 2, and features local artists whose work captures the Divine. http://www.benedictinecenter.org.

Priest and Seminarian basketball tournament — April 26: 6:30–9 p.m. at Holy Family Catholic High School, 8101 Kochia Lane, Victoria. http://thecatholicspirit.com/basketball.

 

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