Church briefs: Learn about Catholic miracles

Learn about Catholic miracles

Watch and discuss DVDs on Catholic miracles at St Mary’s Education Building (423 5th St. S. Stillwater) Saturdays 8:30-10 a.m. through Jan.18.

The classes look at the Church teaching on miracles. Participants will explore Jesus’ miracles, Eucharistic miracles, the tilma of Our Lady of Guadalupe, the Shroud of Turin, the Holy Face of Manopello, miracles at Lourdes and the mysteries of the House of Loreto.

There is no charge for this class and no booklet. For more information call John Navin at 651-351-9427 or Lisa Lawin at 612-865-5774.

DivorceCare class starting Jan. 7

Faith Community Church is holding its next seminar series of DivorceCare 6:30-8:30 pm. Tuesday, Jan. 7 at Faith Community Church, 777 Carmichael Rd, Hudson.

DivorceCare is a 13-week divorce recovery seminar and support group for individuals going through divorce or separation. New members are welcome at any time during the 13 weeks. The group meets at Faith Community Church in Hudson, WI, each Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. Each session includes a video and group discussion. The videos feature nationally recognized experts on divorce and recovery topics. Seminar sessions include “Facing My Anger,” “Facing My Loneliness,” “Depression,” “New Relationships,” “KidCare” and “Forgiveness.”  A workbook is available for purchase or reduced fee.  No registration is required.

The Divorce Care Group is sponsored by Faith Community Church. For more information, please call 715-386-4070 or visit the Faith Community website or visit the DivorceCare website at

Widows or widowers  support group

Widows or Widowers will meet Jan. 14 at 7 p.m. at the North Presbyterian Church located at 2675 Hwy 36 in North St. Paul.

Our organization welcomes all widows or widowers that may choose to be involved in many social activities we have to offer throughout the year. Some of these are golfing, theater, dinners, cards, etc. The first meeting takes place on Jan. 14 and is every second Tuesday of the month after that where entertainment, refreshments and a short meeting. For further information please call 777-1451.

Are you looking for a good discussion?

The Benedictine Center is offering a three-part series that called “The Great Conversations Series.” Each session will feature a theological teacher or expert addressing spiritual issues facing the modern world.

The next session is Thursday, Jan. 9, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The event includes a meal. A freewill offering will be taken. The event features Vic Klimoski, director of Life-Long Learning at Saint John’s University, who will host a discussion called “What is the Central Thread of My Life?

This session will include reflection, discussion and summary of insights emerging from the conversation.

The remaining conversation in this series is scheduled for May 8 and focuses on the question, “How do we say yes to the first half of life?”

Each group is limited to 12 participants. For more information, or to register for one or more of these conversations, go online to and follow the Benedictine Center link, or call 651-777-7251 or email [email protected]

The Benedictine Center, a ministry of the Benedictine Sisters at St. Paul’s Monastery, is located at 2675 Benet Road in Maplewood.


The Episcopal Church of Ascension hosts Zazen Meditation classes on Saturday mornings from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. It’s a Buddhist Prayer group that gathers for 20-minute sessions of sitting meditation interspersed with 20 minutes of walking meditation. A dharma reflective talk and discussion follows, concluding by 8:45. The community goes for coffee & tea afterwards.

Yoga in church

Instructed by Lyne Seppala, a yoga instructor of more than 16 years and a trained Doctor of Naturopathy and Master Herbalist, these yoga sessions at The Episcopal Church of Acension are for beginners as well as those with more experience. They are offered in the context of a mind, body, spirit wholeness with a understanding of Christian prayer forms. Courses are on Tuesdays at 7 p.m. and run six to seven weeks the cost is $7 per person per session.

Open breakfast 

Our Community Kitchen is rooted in food justice, a desire to create community, and to encourage social responsibility through food. Breakfasts take place on Tuesday and Thursday mornings at The Episcopal Church of Acension from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Donation-based breakfast programs promise to delight, served up by volunteers using locally produced ingredients including many certified organic and chemical free ingredients.

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