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Shrine to host Marian Symposium
The weekend of Oct. 12-13 at the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe, La Crosse, the Franciscans of the Immaculate will host “Mary Co-Redemptrix: Relevance and Remedy for Our Time.” The event includes two days of presentations by priests and lay speakers, a daily Mass and Holy Hour. The cost is free; freewill offerings will be accepted. Registration is requested. Visit

Hayward to host Silver Ring Thing
A free Silver Ring Thing event will be held Wednesday, Oct. 24, at Hayward High School from 7 to 9 p.m. Doors opens at 6 p.m. To register, visit “Silver Ring Thing” events inspire teens to choose the life found in a relationship with Jesus over the “meet-up, hook-up, break-up culture” of today. Their presentations go beyond living purity to pursue a lifestyle that brings honor and glory to God. Topics include: critical role of parents, technology trappings and the effects of pornography, debunking the “safe-sex” myth and seven key things every parent should do.

Professional development in diocese
As part of the Ecclesial Ministries and Diocesan Consultation office, director Chris Newkirk has three professional development sessions planned for the 2018-19 academic year. Designed for clergy, parish leaders, religious sisters, parish and school catechetical leaders, the sessions run from 9:30 to 3 p.m. in the St. Joseph Parish Center, Hayward. Topics and dates include: Oct. 9, “Sabbath Time: A spirituality of time and rest for ministers”; Jan. 22, 2019, “Why does Jesus ask so many questions?”; and April 25, 2019, “Goodness is contagious.” Visit for more information.

Adoration event in diocese
A Project 177 nationwide adoration event starts at 6:45 p.m. Oct. 12 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Rice Lake. The evening includes a Holy Hour and rosary with opportunities for confession. Musicians Lee Roessler and Francis Cabildo will give a concert. Project 177 is a group dedicated to hosting an adoration event in each of the country’s 177 dioceses during a three-month tour. For details, visit

Women’s retreat in River Falls
All women are invited to a daylong retreat, “Finding and Claiming your Sanctuary,” at St. Bridget, River Falls, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22. The speaker is Terry Hershey, an author, humorist, inspirational speaker, dad and ordained minister. He divides his time between designing sanctuary gardens and sharing his practice of “pausing.” His book, “Sanctuary: Creating Places for Grace in Your Life,” offers the permission to slow down and to be gentle with oneself. The suggested donation of $15 includes endless coffee, muffins, healthy snacks and lunch.

Doug Barry presentation
EWTN’s Battle Ready presenter Doug Barry will be at St. Joseph, Hayward, on Saturday, Oct. 13. The event begins with free 11 a.m. and 2:15 p.m. showings of “Power in My Hands,” a film on the rosary, at the Park Center in Hayward. Mass is at 4 p.m. at St. Joseph, followed by dinner at 5 p.m. and Barry’s presentation at 6 p.m. Barry’s website is

Convert from Islam to speak
The weekend of Sept. 22-23, St. Anthony Church, Park Falls, and Immaculate Conception Church, Butternut, will host Dr. Mario Joseph, of India. A convert from Islam, he is the first Muslim cleric to convert to Christianity. He will speak during the 4:30 p.m. Mass Saturday at St. Anthony’s; during the 8 a.m. Mass Sunday in Butternut; and during the 9:30 a.m. Mass Sunday at St. Anthony’s.

Bible on display in Duluth
The College of St. Scholastica, Duluth, hosts Diocese of Duluth Bishop Paul Sirba for a celebration of Mass at 4:30 p.m. Sept. 18 in Our Lady Queen of Peace Chapel on campus.

The event is part of a yearlong celebration of the Saint John’s Bible, which St. Scholastica will host during the 2018-19 school year.

Commissioned by Saint John’s University and the monks of Saint John’s Abbey, the Saint John’s Bible was the first handwritten Bible published in 500 years. It features 160 illustrations by six artists, and 1,150 handwritten pages written by six calligraphers. The creation of this Bible inspired the publication of the Heritage Edition, a full-size, museum quality reproduction of 299 seven-volume collections to be shared with the world.
In the coming school year, in honor of St. Scholastica Monastery’s 125th anniversary, the college will host Volume 6 of the Heritage Edition, Gospels and Acts. A variety of events and programming are being scheduled around the Heritage Edition’s presence. The book will be available for viewing in the St. Scholastica Library and elsewhere. For details, visit

Food drive to begin
The St.Therese of Lisieux Conference of St. Vincent de Paul will hold a food drive match campaign from Sept. 23 to Oct. 28. For every dollar raised to serve the poor in Price County, a pound of food will be donated from Feed My People, of Eau Claire, up to 5,000 lbs. Donations can be mailed to 134 S Avon St., Phillips, WI 54555. Please note Match Campaign on the memo line of checks, which must be dated between those dates.

Grief support program
Holy Family Circle of Care is offering a session of GriefShare from Sept. 11 through Dec. 11. The group offers encouragement to those struggling with the death of a spouse, child, family member or friend. A nondenominational support group, GriefShare meets Tuesdays from 3-5 p.m. at Holy Family Catholic Church, Woodruff. For information, call 715-356-6284, ext. 168 or 155.