Pre/Post Events


More Fun and Fellowship


Join fellow NCSC attendees for fun, fellowship and sight-seeing before and after the conference! Events are being hosted by local NCSC volunteers/attendees beginning Thursday evening, June 7th. Post-conference events will extend beyond the weekend. Details Subject to Change!

Please note: If you register for pre-conference events after Tuesday, June 5th, organized transportation is not guaranteed. (You must be willing to get to the site on your own if necessary.)

Update 6/8: Please come to the info table during the conference if you wish to join a post-conference event (space available).

Known as the “Land of 10,000 Lakes” and lesser known as the runner-up to New York City for the cultural opportunities per capita, the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul, MN have much to see!  Please note that the cost for each event listed does not include transportation costs. Transportation costs will be determined based on whether carpooling, Uber/Lyft or other means of transportation are employed. Please bring cash to chip in for gas/parking or Uber/Lyft fares.

Young Adult Pre and Post Events (Ages 20-39)

Friday, June 8th:

Day at Minnehaha Falls – 10:30am – 4pm

Adults (age 20-39) are welcome to spend the afternoon at Minnehaha Falls, the most photographed site in Minnesota! Have some time getting to know others who will be attending the conference with you while exploring the walking trails, playing disc golf, and/or playing volleyball. For lunch, we plan to go to Sea Salt Eatery  To RSVP click here.

10:30am: Meet in Hotel lobby to carpool to Minnehaha Falls (approx. 10 min. drive)

11:00am – 3:45pm: Hang out at Minnehaha Falls and eat lunch

4:00pm Arrive back at hotel

Sunday, June 10th:

Minnetonka pontoon ride with dinner at Lord Fletcher – 1:30 – 10:00pm (Ages 20’s-40’s)

Minnesota is known as the Land of 10,000 Lakes!  Explore Lake Minnetonka on a five-hour pontoon ride (Max 18 people per 30′ Pontoon – with boats being separated by age group) and conclude at Lord Fletcher’s restaurant for dinner.  Click here to reserve your seat on the pontoon! Update 6/4: We’ve opened up a third boat! Please use the “All Ages” Pontoon boat link below and you will be put on the appropriate boat.

Schedule (Subject to change)

1:30pm Meet in the Hotel Lobby to carpool to Lake Minnetonka

2:00-7:00pm: Spend time on the Lake

7:30pm: Eat at Lord Fletchers

9:00pm: Return back to Hotel

Cost: $30 + Dinner  

Transportation time: Approximately 45 minutes from hotel

Open to All Ages!

Thursday, June 7th:

Cathedral of Saint Paul at night_dusk_Visit St Paul_goodTwo Tours, Two cities, in One Trip – 1:15 – 7:45pm

Basilica of Saint Mary – America’s First Basilica AND Cathedral of St. Paul – National Shrine of the Apostle Paul

Recognized as one of the finest examples of Beaux Arts architecture in the country, the Basilica of Saint Mary was constructed between 1907 and 1915. It was raised to the rank of minor basilica by Pope Pius XI in 1926 and was named to the National Register of Historic Places in 1975.

Make a pilgrimage to the National Shrine of the Apostle Paul. Learn about our bond of spiritual affinity with the Papal Basilica of Saint Paul Outside-the-Walls in Rome and the Archconfraternity of the Apostle Paul.  Each year, the Cathedral of Saint Paul welcomes over 200,000 guests and visitors. The Cathedral is recognized as a historical landmark, one of the most prominent buildings in the city and as a center of spiritual worship. Click here to sign up to join us! Update 6/2 – we’ve been able to open up a few more spaces for this trip. Register now to secure a place!

Both the Basilica and Cathedral where designed by the illustrious French architect Emmanuel Masqueray and construction of both occured in the same time period.

1:15pm: Meet in Hotel lobby to carpool to the Basilica in Minneapolis (approx. 30 min. drive)

2:00pm: Guided tour

3:15pm: Carpool to St. Paul Cathedral (approx. 20 min. drive)

3:45pm: Self-guided tour of the Cathedral (National Shrine of the Apostle Paul)

5:15pm: Mass at Cathedral

6:00pm: Dinner at Tavern on Grand

8:15pm: Arrive back at hotel (approx. 20 min. drive)

Cost: $2 suggested donation to Basilica, $2 suggested donation to Cathedral, and dinner. (cost of ride sharing split by participants if using Uber or Lyft)


Wabasha Street Cave_Visit St PaulSwing Dance at Wabasha Caves – 5:30 – 11pm

Since the 1920’s, the Wabasha Caves were used as a restaurant and nightclub, said to have been frequented by visitors such as John Dillinger and Ma Barker.  Join us for an evening of Swing in this historical cave! Click here to RSVP!

5:15 – Meet in the hotel lobby

5:30pm Carpool or Uber to the Wabasha Street Caves

6:15pm:  Dance lesson

7:00-10:00pm: Dance

Conclude at a local Restaurant (TBD)

Cost: $8.00 + Dinner   (bring cash for dancing entrance fee)

Transportation time: Approx. 20 minute drive from hotel


Friday, June 8th:

Arboretum2Arboretum  – 9am-4pm

The Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, a top visitor attraction, is more than 1,200 acres of gardens and tree collections, prairie and woods and miles of trails.  Join us for an afternoon exploring lush trails and MN’s state flower, the Lady’s slipper.  We will conclude at locally owned Maynards restaurant, known for the best views of Lake Minnetonka. Click here to join us!

Schedule (Subject to change)

9:00am Meet in the Hotel lobby and carpool to the Arboretum in Chanhassen

9:45am: Walk grounds

1:00pm: Carpool to Maynards restaurant  

1:30pm: Lunch

3:00pm(ish) : Return to Hotel


Arboretum: $15 per person

Maynards: (Avg $15 per plate)

Transportation time: Approximately 30 min. drive from hotel


NE Churches TourNE Minneapolis Church tour – 10am-3pm

Lower NE Minneapolis, along the Mississippi River, is home to a concentration of 17 Catholic Churches, most of which were built for different ethnic groups and many of which are only a block or two apart.  Join a local on a walking tour of a few of these ornate Churches, then conclude with lunch at the quirky Betty Dangers – a place unlike anywhere you’ve ever been! Click here to join the tour! Update 6/5 – we’ve been able to open up a few more spaces for this trip. Register now to secure a place!

Schedule:  (Subject to Change)

10:00am:  Meet in Lobby of Hotel and carpool or Uber to NE Mpls

10:30am:  Arrive in NE Mpls

12:30pm: Lunch at Betty Dangers

2:00pm: Leave for Hotel

Cost: Free + Lunch


Stone Arch Bridge and falls_Meet Minneapolis (Hike w_Jen)City Hike with Jen – 9am-3:30pm

The river fronts of Minneapolis and St. Paul are both scenic and historic.  Join local Jen Messing for a walking tour of where Minneapolis grew up:  the Stone Arch Bridge overlooking St. Anthony Falls, what used to be the world’s largest flour mill, historic Main Street, Nicollet Island, and more.  This will be a leisurely 3 mile hike with several meandering “trails” to linger over local interests.  We will then enjoy patio seating at the Aster Café , facing downtown and the Mississippi River. Click here to RSVP! Update 6/4: This event is completely full. Please take a look at the other excursions available!

Schedule: (weather permitting):

9:00am: Meet in lobby of hotel and carpool or Uber to Our Lady of Lourdes

9:45am: Depart to begin the city hike

12 noon: Option for Mass & prayer time at historic Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church

1:00pm: Settle in at the Aster Cafe for lunch

2:30pm: Return to Hotel

Cost: Free + Lunch


Minneapolis-Institute-Of-Arts-27445Minneapolis Institute of Art – 10am-3pm

Come explore Van Gogh, Rembrandt, and various other exhibitions in the beautiful (and FREE!) Minneapolis Institute of Art (MIA). Established in 1915 and ranked among the top 10 comprehensive U.S. art museums, MIA’s world-class collection ranges from ancient sculpture to classic paintings to contemporary photography and much more.  Afterward, we’ll walk to “Eat Street” for lunch. Click here to RSVP!

Schedule: (Subject to change)

10:00am: Meet in hotel lobby to carpool/Uber* to MIA**

1:00pm: Walk to “Eat Street” for multiple choices of restaurants for lunch

3:00pm: Leave for Hotel

*Transportation time: Approximately 25-30 minutes

**Free admission to galleries and general exhibitions.


Informal Pre-Conference Mixer (attendee-organized) – 4 – 5:30pm

Fellow NCSC attendees, Katarina and Melanie, have offered to host an informal get-together on Friday afternoon, so if you’re getting in early, drop by the hotel bar and meet some new friends!
Cost: Social – complimentary; drinks – cash bar


Sunday, June 10th:

James J Hill HouseJames J Hill House and St. Paul Cathedral – 2:30 – 8pm

Visit the largest house in St. Paul, the iconic James J. Hill House, a 36,000 SF mansion built for Railroad CEO James J Hill.  Marvel at the impressive house details such as chandeliers, stained glass, and hand-carved woodwork sprawled throughout the home. Discover original mechanical systems that provided heat, light, water, ventilation, and security.  After a guided tour, we will walk up to the highest point in downtown St. Paul, the famous Cathedral of St. Paul (National Shrine of the Apostle Paul) and conclude the evening at Moscow on the Hill for Dinner. Click here to buy your ticket!

Schedule (Subject to change)

2:30pm: Carpool to St. Paul

3:00pm: Tour of James J Hill House

4:30pm: Self guided tour of the Cathedral of St. Paul

5:45pm:  Dinner at Moscow on the Hill

Price:  $10 plus Dinner

Transportation time: Approximately 20 minutes from hotel


Minnetonka Pontoon RideMinnetonka pontoon ride with dinner at Lord Fletcher – 1:30 – 10:00pm (all ages boat)

Minnesota is known as the Land of 10,000 Lakes!  Explore Lake Minnetonka on a five-hour pontoon ride (Max 18 people per 30′ Pontoon) and conclude at Lord Fletcher’s restaurant for dinner.  Click here to reserve your seat on the pontoon! Update 6/5: We’ve opened up a third boat! Register now to secure a space as it is filling quickly. Please use this link for all pontoon boat tickets!

Schedule (Subject to change)

1:30pm Meet in the Hotel Lobby to carpool to Lake Minnetonka

2:00-7:00pm: Spend time on the Lake

7:30pm: Eat at Lord Fletchers

9:00pm: Return back to Hotel

Cost: $30 + Dinner

Transportation time: Approximately 45 minutes from hotel


Lakes and gardensLakes and Gardens – 1:30 – 7pm

Spend the afternoon with new found friends relaxing at the most popular Lakes in Minneapolis:  Lake Calhoun, Lake Harriet, or Lake of the Isles, and enjoy a stroll through the lovely Rose Garden and Japanese Garden off of Lake Harriet.  Later that evening, we will reconvene for a rooftop dinner at Amore Uptown. Click here to join us! 

Lake Calhoun has canoe, kayak, and paddle-board rentals!

Schedule (Subject to change)

1:30pm: Carpool to the Rose Garden at Lake Harriet, then divide group based on interest:  i.e: walk around lake vs. canoe trips or Japanese Garden

5:00pm: Meet at Amore for dinner

7:00pm – Head back to the hotel

Transportation time: Approximately 20 minutes from the hotel

14th Annual NE Eucharistic Procession

This is an option being held in the local area and open to all NCSC attendees. It will be a “self-organized” event. Please visit the information table during the conference to sign up to go with others.

The “Seven Churches” Procession:
Holy Cross, SS. Cyril & Methodius, St. Anthony of Padua, St/ Boniface, St. Maron, St. Constantine, All Saints (Closing Benediction)


Rocky Lakeshore. Isle Royale National Park, Michigan, USA.Isle Royale National Park – June 10-15th

Post-conference backpacking to Isle Royale National Park (a confirmed trip hosted by Into the Deep!) Explore a rugged, isolated island, far from the sights and sounds of civilization. Surrounded by Lake Superior, Isle Royale offers a variety of terrain and beauty. Discussions about how to apply the Theology of the Body to every day life will be laced throughout days of hiking with packs for up to 12 miles. Daily Mass, adoration, & personal prayer time will also be provided while on the trail. See Into the Deep’s website for more details on this opportunity of a lifetime and to sign up to go!


Monday, June 11th:

River boat excursionSt. Croix River Excursion – 8am – 7:30pm

Experience a whole day relaxing near the St. Croix River – a day filled with art, culture, local food and wine, hiking in the outdoors, and comradery amongst friends! After a visit to Franconia, a 43-acre outdoor sculpture park, we will board a river boat in Taylors Falls, MN for an 80 minute excursion down the St. Croix River. There will be options for the afternoon including hiking at Interstate State Park, going for ice cream, shopping, taking your picture in the big yellow Andirondak chair and visiting local wineries. Mid afternoon, we will enjoy wine tasting and dinner at the Dancing Dragonfly before returning to the hotel. Please RSVP here to join us! Registration deadline extended to Thursday, June 7th at noon, or until it sells out! Only a few tickets left! 

Schedule (subject to change)

8:00am: Depart for Shafer, MN to Franconia Sculpture Park (approx. an hour drive from hotel)

9:15am: Arrive at Franconia Sculpture Park

10:30am: Depart for Taylor Falls, MN

11:00 am – 12:30pm – Boat Tour with lunch on the St. Croix River (Taylor Falls, MN)

12:30pm – 3:30pm – hike at Interstate State Park, or go for ice cream at The Drive In, or walk to shops in downtown Taylor’s Falls, or visit local wineries

4:00pm: Wine Tasting and dinner at Dancing Dragonfly in St. Croix Falls, MN (5 miles/10 min away) Note: DD is only open until 6pm

7:30pm: Arrive back at hotel


  • Cruise $25 includes lunch 
  • Wine Tasting:  $12.00 per person (additional $3 if group would like a tour)
  • Dinner approx: $$


guadalupe 2 outdoorsPilgrimage to the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe – 7:00am – 7pm

Nestled among the rolling hills of LaCrosse, WI, the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe is a spiritual destination for pilgrims from all over the world, who yearn for the peace, love and compassion that Our Lady of Guadalupe promises. If you are interested in joining the trip, please sign up by clicking here!

* Relic of St. Barnabas will be on display that day!

Schedule (Subject to change):

7am – Load cars at hotel (NOTE: Please get the cell phone number of your driver)

7:30am – Depart from hotel (estimated driving time: round-trip is 6 hours, 3 hours each way)

10:30am –  Arrival to Our Lady of Guadalupe Shrine; walk around, visit Gift Shop, etc. Watch an introductory video here.

11am – Mass

11:40am/1:30pm: Orientation Video – About Shrine & the Apparitions of Our Lady to St. Juan Diega in 1531; TBD time-frame

12:15pm – Shrine Tour

12:45pm – Lunch on-site at award-winning Culina Mariana Café

2pm:  For those who want to depart for the MSP Airport

3pm:  Just our group – Divine Mercy Chaplet & Rosary Walk Devotional Area

3:30pm: Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament

4 – 4:30pm:  Depart Our Lady of Guadalupe Shrine

7 – 8pm: Arrival back to Minneapolis/St. Paul at Hilton Hotel; impromptu organize dinner, most likely at Mall of America so we can walk after a 6 hour ride; or folks can eat earlier, if they’d like; FYI: there’s a MOA app with restaurant ideas.

Tuesday – Wednesday, June 12th & 13th:

ShrineOLOGH_UpperChurchTrip to The National Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help

The Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help is the only Marian shrine in the United States on the site of an approved apparition of the Blessed Virgin Mary. If you are interested in joining the trip, please sign up by clicking here!


Tuesday, June 12th
6:30am – Load Van/Cars (NOTE: Please remember to get the cell # of your driver)

7am – Depart from Hotel (estimated drive time is 5.5 hours)

2pm – Arrival to Our Lady of Good Help; if another pilgrimage group wants to have Mass, it will be at this time; otherwise; tour on our own of Chapel and Church and gravesite and other sites,  Gift shop, etc. The group will have a special Mass time tomorrow with another pilgrimage group.

3pm –  Divine Mercy Chaplet; Our Lady of Good Help is open until 7pm

3:30 – 5:30pm (optional):  Tour of Lambeau Field, home to the Green Bay Packers, only NFL Franchise team owned by fans; tour dates & times are announced on their website one month in advance; TBD at this time, but we could have a car(s) to go over there;

3:30pm – 5:30pm; either meet up for dinner or separately; sign-up typically in advance; at the door, may be optional;

6:30pm – Dinner:  Stella’s – Italian or Nikki’s Pub, near St. Norbert’s College

8pm – Tour of the National Shrine of St. Joseph at St. Norbert College by Fr. Michael Brennan; special time to accommodate us and for those who want to tour Lambeau Field

9pm – Option to go bowling (check-in at Hotel is at 3pm)

Wednesday,  June 13th – Feast of St. Anthony

7:00am – Breakfast

8:00am – Leave Hotel for Our Lady of Good Help Shrine; do an outdoor Rosary Walk on site

9:15am – Mass with another Pilgrimage group

10:30am – Leave Green Bay; Back to Minneapolis/St. Paul (estimated drive time is 5.5 hours)

6pm – Arrival back to Minneapolis/St. Paul (MSP Airport & Hilton Hotel Drop-off)




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