Faith briefs for the week of Sept. 1

Harvest Festival at Church of St. Joseph

The Church of St. Joseph in Rosemount will hold its annual Harvest Festival Friday, Sept. 15, and Saturday, Sept. 16.

Weekend festivities kick off Friday at 6 p.m. with food and music featuring an Oktoberfest theme. Brats, hot dogs, pretzels and beer will be available for purchase. Polka music will be provided by the Jolly Zuks Band.

An Irish Mass is planned 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 16, led by the Rev. Paul Kammen. Irish Fest starts off at 6 p.m. with a broasted chicken dinner and Irish music by The Legacy Band. The dinner – $12 for adults, $6 for children, or $42 for a family pack – includes chicken, mashed potatoes, dressing, carrots, coleslaw, dinner rolls and dessert.

A craft fair, bingo and children’s activities take place both evenings. Admission and parking are free with a moderate charge for food, bingo, raffles, games and children’s activities.

The Church of St. Joseph is at 13900 Biscayne Ave. W. For more information, call 651-423-1658 or visit stjfestival.org.

Women’s luncheon

The Minnesota Valley Christian Women’s Connection will hold its September luncheon 12:30-2 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 14, at GrandStay Hotel and Conference Center, 7083 153rd St. W., Apple Valley.

Speaker Sally Hjelle will present “Accentuate the Positive…Eliminate the Negative.” She will share in both word and song how she learned this in life. Hjelle also will show her handcrafted accessories available for purchase.

Cost is $17.50. To RSVP, call Jan at 651-434-5795 or email [email protected] Sponsored by Stonecroft.

Growing Through Loss series

A four-week Growing Through Loss series will be offered by the Interdenominational Coalition of South Suburban Churches 6:30-9 p.m. Mondays, Sept. 18 through Oct. 9, at Church of St. Thomas Becket, 4455 S. Robert Trail, Eagan. Suggested donation per session is $3.

Topics: “Grief – Moving Through but not Moving On”; “When Does Grief Become Depression?”; “Joy in the Journey: Using Music to Grow Through Loss”; and “Special Days Bring Special Challenges.”

Call Barb Korman, 651‑452-8261, or email [email protected] with questions.

The next series will be held on Tuesdays in April and May at St. James Lutheran Church in Burnsville.