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Dining out

Little Sisters of the Poor Christmas dinner and boutique — Nov. 18-19: 11 a.m.–5 p.m. at 330 Exchange St. S., St. Paul. We will be serving our ham dinner as well as other favorites including sloppy joes and chicken wings. http://www.littlesistersofthepoorstpaul.org/christmas-boutique-2017/.

Sausage Supper — Nov. 19: 12–5:30 p.m. at St. Mary’s, 8433 239th St. E., Hampton. Supper will consist of pork sausage, German potato salad, carrots, beans and pies for dessert. Following the meal will be our turkey/bingo party. A silent auction, meat raffles, craft sale and other raffles throughout the day. http://www.stmarysnewtrier.com.

Benefit breakfast — Nov. 19: 8a.m.–1 p.m. at Knights of Columbus Hall, 1910 Greeley St. S., Stillwater. Everyone is invited to an all-you-care-to-eat breakfast buffet to support St. Michael’s Boy Scout Troop 132. Bring an item for St. Michael’s Food Shelf. http://www.kc1632.mnknights.org.

Music

Contemporary Christian concert with Abe Gross and Luke Spehar — Nov. 17: 7–8:30 p.m. at St. Pius X, 3878 Highland Ave., White Bear Lake. Please join us for this dynamic evening of faith and music by nationally recognized contemporary Christian artists Luke Spehar and Abe Gross. There is no admission but a free will offering will be accepted. http://churchofstpiusx.org/.

The Singers MCA — Dec. 2: 7:30–9 p.m. at St. Olaf, 215 S. Eighth St., Minneapolis. What Sweeter Music: A meaningful mix of traditional carols, contemplative music of the season, and festive works from the Renaissance to today. This season, the choir presents Eric Whitacre’s “Lux Aurumque” and Bob Chilcott’s “What Sweeter Music.” Tickets sold at the door. http://www.singersmca.org.

Messiah sing-a-long — Dec. 3: 6:30–8 p.m. at St. Olaf, 215 S. Eighth St., Minneapolis. The Minnesota Chorale, conducted by Kathy Romey and joined by organist Lynn Trapp, present Handel’s “Messiah.” Come to sing-a-long or just to listen and enjoy. Bring your own score or borrow one here. Free will offering. http://www.mnchorale.org.

Spiritu CD release concert — Dec. 5: 7 p.m. at Nativity of Our Lord, 1938 Stanford Ave., St. Paul. The music group Spiritu will present a CD release concert for their new CD, “Emmanuel.” Their third full-length album features Advent and Christmas music to touch your spirit, from traditional hymns with a fresh twist with a warm acoustic sound. Free admission. http://spiritumusic.com.

From Age to Age — Dec. 9: 7:30–9 p.m. at St. Olaf, 215 S. Eighth St., Minneapolis. Dancing in the Morning: Come hear this talented group of young professional singers present a program that explores many of your favorite carols and Christmas music centered on the themes of dancing and Christmas morning. Tickets $10 at the door. http://www.fromagetoage.org/.

Rejoice! Christmas Concert — Dec. 17: 2 p.m. at Presentation of Blessed Virgin Mary, 1725 Kennard St., Maplewood. A family-friendly, Christmas concert and sing-along featuring DeCantus, a 10-member a capella ensemble, dressed as Victorian carolers. Traditional, sacred, and secular Christmas carols will be performed with audience participation encouraged. https://www.presentationofmary.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/05/Rejoice-Concert-Information-Website-2.pdf.

Ongoing groups

Faithful spouses support group — Third Tuesday of each month: 7–8:30 p.m. at the Chancery, 777 Forest St., St. Paul. For those who are living apart from their spouses because of separation or divorce. 651-291-4438 or faithfulspouses@archspm.org.

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.–12 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

Parish Festivals

 

Holiday sale to support Quilters for a Cause — Nov. 18: 10 a.m.–4:30 p.m. at St. Jerome, 380 E. Roselawn Ave., Maplewood. Items for sale will be both holiday themed and non-holiday themed. Proceeds of the sale will be used by the quilters to further their mission of crafting quilts to be donated to local charities.

Turkey bingo — Nov. 18: 5:30–9 p.m. at Church of St. Michael, 22120 Denmark Ave., Farmington. Hosted by the Farmington Knights of Columbus. A sloppy joe dinner will be served at 5:30 p.m. and bingo begins when dinner is done about 6:45 p.m. Cost is $8 per person and maximum of $25 per family.

Turkey bingo — Nov. 18: 7–10 p.m. at Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, 1725 Kennard St., Maplewood. Cash prizes and turkey door prizes. For more information, call the parish office at 651-777-8116.

Holiday boutique — Nov. 18: 9 a.m.–4 p.m. at St. George, 133 N. Brown Road, Long Lake. There will be 25 craft vendors, lefse making demo, food for sale, raffle with many prizes. Children’s free craft booth. http://stgeorgelonglake.org/.

Trivia night — Nov. 18: 6–8 p.m. at Guardian Angels, 8260 4th St. N., Oakdale. Tables of eight adults compete against each other to answer questions in a variety of categories. Tickets are $20 in advance, available online or $25 at the door. Buy a table of eight for $150 in advance. Proceeds support youth mission trip to help the poor in 2018. https://www.guardian-angels.org/event/882454-2017-11-18-trivia-night/.

Holiday bazaar and bake sale — Nov. 18-19: at St. Margaret Mary, 2225 Zenith Ave. N., Golden Valley. Saturday 9 a.m.–6 p.m. and Sunday 9 a.m.–1 p.m.. http://smm-gv.org.

Our Lady of Guadalupe Church “Gifts for All Seasons” craft and bake sale — Nov. 18-19: at Our Lady of Guadalupe, 401 Concord St., St. Paul. Saturday, 9 a.m.–3 p.m. and Sunday, 8 a.m.–1 p.m. http://www.olgspchurch.com.

Our Lady of Victory Fall Bazaar — Nov. 18-19: at Lady of Victory, 5155 Emerson Ave. N., Minneapolis. Saturday, 9 a.m.–6 p.m. and Sunday, 9–11 a.m.

Christmas Faire and Brunch — Nov. 19: 9 a.m.–1 p.m. at St. Leonard of Port Maurice, 3953 Clinton Ave. S., Minneapolis. Brunch tickets $8 adults. Raffle prizes: $300, $200, $100. Silent auction, craft sale, bake sale. One Mass at 10 a.m. http://stleonardmn.org.

Bingo and turkey raffle — Nov. 19: 12:30–3:30 p.m. at Immaculate Conception, 4030 Jackson St. N.E., Columbia Heights. https://parish.iccsonline.org/news/turkey-bingo.

St. John’s Mens Club turkey bingo — Nov. 19: 5 p.m. at St. John the Evangelist, 380 Little Canada Road E., Little Canada. Kitchen opens at 5 p.m. with hot dogs beverages and snacks. Bingo begins at 6 p.m. We play 15 games for turkeys and 15 games for other prizes. Lots of door prizes. Proceeds go to the school athletic program and other good organizations.

Turkey bingo — Nov. 19: 5–7 p.m. at St. Michael, 16311 Duluth Ave. S.E., Prior Lake. Come join Catholic United Financial #364 for our annual turkey bingo. $3 per card for the entire evening! Doors will open at 4:45. http://www.stmichael-pl.org/lenten-fish-fries-turkey-bingo.

Homeless Jesus Sculpture dedication — Nov. 19: 1 p.m. at Basilica of St. Mary, 600 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis. Installation and dedication of Homeless Jesus Sculpture with a presentation from the artist Timothy P. Schmalz. On this first World Day of the Poor, Pope Francis calls us to love, not with words but with deeds. http://www.mary.org/news-events/events/homeless-jesus-sculpture-dedication?instance=0#.Wej1jFtSyJB.

Celebration for Fr. Earl Simonson — Nov. 19: 11 a.m. Mass at St. Clement, 901 24th Ave. N.E., Minneapolis. Celebration of 48 years of priestly service for Fr. Earl Simonson followed by open house 1-4 p.m. at Kolbe Hall, Holy Cross, 1630 4th St. N.E., Minneapolis. Handicap accessible entrance at the rear of the building. http://www.ourholycross.org/.

Christmas tree sale — Nov. 24-Dec. 24: at St. Pascal, 1757 Conway St., St. Paul. Event is sponsored by St. Pascal Men’s Club. Weekdays from 3-9 p.m., weekends 9 a.m.-9:00 p.m. Excellent selection of Fraser, Balsam, Scotch and White pine.

I.C. Men’s Group sloppy Joe dinner, cribbage & games — Nov. 30: 5:30–8 p.m. at Immaculate Conception, 4030 Jackson St. N.E., Columbia Heights. Mass: 5:30 p.m.; dinner: 6 p.m.; games: 6:30-8 p.m. Free will offering. http://www.ICCSonline.org http://www.ICCSonline.org.

The St. Ignatius CCW annual Christ Child Luncheon — Dec. 1: 10:45 a.m.–1 p.m. St. Ignatius, 35 Birch St. E., Annandale. Cookies and candy will be available at Santa’s Sweet Shoppe. Proceeds will go to Birthline of St. Cloud, Dakota Woodlands and MCCL. Tickets will be available at the door.

Christmas bake, craft, and Pierogi sale — Dec. 2: 9 a.m.–1 p.m. at Sacred Heart of Jesus, Pulaski Hall, 2114 Fifth St. N.E., Minneapolis.  For additional information call 612-781-9328.

Twelfth annual holiday boutique and bake sale — Dec. 2: 9 a.m.–3 p.m. at Pax Christi, 12100 Pioneer Trail, Eden Prairie. It will feature a variety of handcrafted items from over 50 crafters and artisans, a bake sale, and luncheon. New this year – raw honey from our very own hives! This event is free with plenty of parking available.

Annual Christmas village — Dec 2: 8:30 a.m.–2 p.m. at St. Raphael’s Parish Center, 7301 Bass Lake Road, Crystal. Featuring entertainment by the school children and St. Nick visiting from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Gift baskets, crafts, and tasty food from grandma’s kitchen and  bake shop. For more information call 763-537-8401.

Christmas bazaar — Dec 2: 9 a.m.–5 p.m. at St. Vincent de Paul Education Center, 9100 93rd Ave. N., Brooklyn Park. Over 85 crafters, Slice of Heaven Bakery, large raffle, live music, soup and sandwich lunch. The Christmas Bazaar is sponsored by the Council of Catholic Women (CCW). http://saintvdp.org/christmas-bazaar.

Christmas boutique & cookie sale — Dec. 2-3: at Gardian Angels, 8260 4th St. N., Oakdale. Don’t miss this year’s event featuring over 70 artisans. Saturday, 9 a.m.–5 p.m. and Sunday, 8:30 a.m.–1 p.m. Come for lunch and meet Santa from 11 a.m.–2 p.m. on Saturday. Carolers & fun for everyone! Wreaths & Trees available too. https://www.guardian-angels.org/event/832361-2017-12-02-christmas-boutique/.

Fair Trade Marketplace — Dec. 2-3: 4 p.m. at St. Gerard, 9600 Regent Ave. N., Brooklyn Park. Saturday, 4-7 p.m. and Sunday, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Plan to shop and to learn more about how high quality fairly traded items change peoples lives by insuring that low-income artisans and farmers receive a fair wage. Jewelry, baskets, scarfs, cocoa, coffee and chocolate. http://www.st-gerard.org.

St. Bridget unique boutique, bake sale and luncheon — Dec. 2-3: at St. Austin, 4050 Upton Ave. N., Minneapolis. Saturday 9 a.m.–6 p.m. with noon luncheon $10; Sunday 9 a.m.–12 noon. For more information call 612-529-7779.

Advent Parish Renewal — Dec. 3-6: 6:30 p.m. at St. Patrick’s, 1095 Desoto St., St. Paul. Fr. John Mark Ettensohn, a member of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate, will lead the event themed “where is God these days?” For more information call 651-774-8675.

Parish name celebration – Immaculate Conception — Dec. 8: 7:30 p.m. at Immaculate Conception, 116 Alabama St. S.E., Lonsdale. Archbishop Hebda will be here to celebrate our Parish’s name day with us. http://www.churchoftheimmaculateconception.net.

Bible Study, Catholicism: The Pivotal Players — Tuesdays through Dec. 12: 7–8:30 p.m. at St. Mark, 2001 Dayton Ave., St. Paul. http://saintmark-mn.org/sample/index.php?p=biblestudy&b=home.

Prayer/worship

Come Together — Nov. 19: 4–6 p.m. at Our Lady of Presentation Chapel, 1880 Randolph Ave., St. Paul. Hosted by the Sisters of St. Joseph Carondelet. We sing, pray for an end to violence at all levels and in any community, reflect on scripture, share experiences with each other, and eat. https://www.facebook.com/ComeTogetherTC/.

Northside Ecumenical Thanksgiving Service — Nov. 22: 7–8:30 p.m. at North United Methodist Church, 4350 Fremont Ave. N., Minneapolis. In collaboration with St. Bridget’s Catholic Church. North UMC hosts this year’s event. Musical contributions from several Northside congregations, including St. Bridget’s. All are welcome to come and give thanks, as Christian people increasingly united in faith and love http://northumc.weebly.com/.

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

Twin Cities Ignatian Associates advent retreat with Fr. Kevin Schneider, SJ — Nov 18: 9 a.m.–3 p.m. at Lumen Christi Catholic Community, 2055 Bohland Ave., St. Paul. Fr. Schneider is the director of spiritual programs for adult community at Creighton Prep, Omaha. His three presentations emphasize God’s gift of grace, the incarnation, the Christmas season and beyond. Reg.: $35/door. $30/advance, find out how thru rosedoherty44@gmail.com.

Advent retreat: Be the voice of hope — Dec 9: 9 a.m.–12 noon at St. Patrick’s, 6820 St. Patrick’s Lane, Edina. The League of Catholic Women and Loyola Spirituality Center invite you to this upbeat, interactive retreat. Discover what a prophetic voice sounds like and how to share opinions that uplift people. Speak words that give people hope this Advent. Led by Jane Leyden Cavanaugh http://www.leagueofcatholicwomen.org.

Embracing Advent — Dec 10: 3:30–6 p.m. at St. Paul’s Monastery, 2675 Benet Road, Maplewood. Participants will experience a day of reflection, prayer, conversation and silence to consider the Gospel of John, where Jesus invites his followers to make the Word of God their home. Questions to ponder will be where is your home now? What are you looking for in the year ahead? etc. http://www.benedictinecenter.org.

Retreat for families, led by Patrick Conley — Dec 16: 8:30 a.m.–2 p.m. at Immaculate Conception, 4030 Jackson St. N.E., Columbia Heights. Patrick Conley is the Director of Faith Formation at the Cathedral of St. Paul. Prepare for and connect to the real reason for Christmas. Retreat includes Mass, activities, talks, breakfast and lunch. Open to all families. Free will offering. http://www.ICCSonline.org.

Deepening Spirituality Series, Benedictine Tradition — Dec. 12: 6:30–8:30 p.m. at St. Catherine University, 2004 Randolph Ave., Coeur de Catherine, Conference Room 362, St. Paul. Learning from the Great Christian Spiritual Traditions: Each month’s program will introduce charisms, core values, and spiritualities of different religious orders as a way to think about your own spirituality. Sessions include small group sharing, and Q&A.” https://drive.google.com/open?id=0BwqaKXa-k_ZzQ1pMZV9ZQkFQSDMyYTRRZ2tyaDdhZUJRa2o0.

On the Crest of a New Year — Dec 31: 10 a.m.–7 p.m. at St. Paul’s Monastery, 2675 Benet Road, Maplewood. Participants will have an opportunity to escape the stress of the holidays and enter into the joy and mystery of St. Luke’s Gospel. This gentle session includes contemplation, guided meditation, journaling and ritual to help participants open their hearts to the God who is with us. http://www.benedictinecenter.org.

Conferences/seminars/workshops

Aging with Dignity — Dec. 5: 7–9 p.m. at The Benedictine Center at St. Paul’s Monastery, 2675 Benet Road, Maplewood. 651-777-7251 or http://www.stpaulsmonastery.org.

Deepening Spirituality Series, Benedictine Tradition — Dec. 12: 6:30–8:30 p.m. at St. Catherine University, 2004 Randolph Ave., Coeur de Catherine Conference Room 362, St. Paul. Learning from the Great Christian Spiritual Traditions: Each month’s program will introduce charisms, core values, and spiritualities of different religious orders as a way to think about your own spirituality. Sessions include small group sharing, and Q&A.” https://drive.google.com/open?id=0BwqaKXa-k_ZzQ1pMZV9ZQkFQSDMyYTRRZ2tyaDdhZUJRa2o0.

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, Brooklyn Park 9100 93rd Ave. N. Gather for a potluck supper, conversation and games. 763-425-0412.

Schools

Prospective parent/guardian information night — Nov. 20: 6:45–8 p.m. at Highland Catholic School, 2055 Bohland Ave., St. Paul. Join us for our information night on November 20, starting at 6:45 p.m. in our cafeteria. There will be information on Grades PreK-8. This is an adult event. http://www.highlandcatholic.org.

Cadet coffee and admissions information session — Nov. 21, Dec. 7, 19: 9–10:30 a.m. at St. Thomas Academy, 949 Mendota Heights Road, Mendota Heights. Visitors can gain an informal introduction to the academy, the admissions process, and get a sense for the students’ camaraderie and energy during a regular school day. https://www.cadets.com/admissions/open-house-and-events-calendar/.

Admissions open house — Jan 7: 1 p.m. at St. Thomas Academy, 949 Mendota Heights Road, Mendota Heights. Come learn how St. Thomas Academy’s proven success teaching young men both academics and values sets it apart. Boys are prepared to succeed in college and beyond because they learn a way of life focused on leadership, service, and morality. Generous financial aid packages available. https://www.cadets.com/admissions/open-house-and-events-calendar/.

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Young adults

 

Other events

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

Christmas Bazaar — Dec. 2: 9 a.m.–5 p.m. at St. Vincent de Paul Education Center 9100 93rd Ave. N., Brooklyn Park. Over 85 crafters, Slice of Heaven Bakery, large raffle, live music, soup and sandwich lunch. Sponsored by the Council of Catholic Women (CCW). http://saintvdp.org/christmas-bazaar.

The 3 1/2 Stories of Christmas — Dec. 16: 7–8:30 p.m. at St. Pius V, 410 Colvill St. W., Cannon Falls. Emmy Award winning TV personality, Frank Runyeon’s comically imperfect angel-in-training arrives with a crash–from Brooklyn. He is the Angel of Advent, sent to prepare the way for the coming of the Christmas Angel.
And he is not the only one who is “in training.” https://spvadventplay.brownpapertickets.com/.

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.

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