WELCOME TO HOLY FAMILY & OUR LADY OF FATIMA CATHOLIC CHURCHES
Our parishes are a faith community located in the beautiful northern Minnesota Lakes Region in Aitkin County. We are within the Duluth, MN Diocese (about 60 miles west of Duluth), the gateway to the great “up north” – and we love having visitors!
If you visit our area, please come and join us in worship - maybe you’ll even be there on a day when we have fresh coffee and caramel rolls after Mass!
During the winter months many of our parishioners “fly” South for the warmer climate – but many of us stay to enjoy our glorious winter beauty and fun in the snow sports. During summer months our numbers “swell” again as the “Snowbirds” return, along with the many friends and travelers to our beautiful and peaceful land of lakes and pines.
The goal of the site is to help you learn more about us, our faith, and the McGregor and McGrath areas.
Please visit us often to view updates!
MARK YOUR CALENDAR:
Communal Penance Service: Wednesday, March 21 at 5:30 p.m. at Holy Family Church. An additional Priest will be here to help Father K.K. with the service.
Holy Thursday–foot washing: To commemorate Jesus’ washing the disciple’s feet, Fr. K.K. is looking for 12 men or boys (who have received their First Communion) to volunteer for a foot-washing ceremoney at the Holy Family Mass. Please let him know if you are willing to volunteer.
WEEKDAY MASSES: The only church door to be open on weekdays for Mass will be the back entrance to the church just outside the social hall (opposite the rectory basement/office door.)
FAST AND ABSTINENCE DURING LENT: Every person 14 years of age or older must abstain from meat (and items made with meat) on Ash Wednesday, Good Friday, and all the Fridays of Lent. Every person between the age of 18 and 59 (beginning of 60th year) must fast on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. People should abstain from just meat and poultry on Ash Wednesday and every Friday during Lent. There is no obligation to fast on the six Sundays in Lent. Dairy, eggs and fish may still be eaten. A rule of thumb is that the two meals should not add up to the equivalent of another full meal. Fasting is abstaining from food between meals. Lent is the season that precedes the greatest feast day: Easter, which marks the day when Christians celebrate Jesus’s resurrection and triumph over death.
FRIDAY STATIONS OF THE CROSS: All Fridays during Lent through March 23, Stations of the Cross will be prayed beginning at 5:30 p.m. in our new church space. On all Fridays following the stations, there will be a soup supper in the Lower Social Hall. Please join us!
NEW LOCATION FOR MASS AT HOLY FAMILY: Please note that beginning with Mass on Tuesday, February 6, 2018, Mass will be celebrated in the upper Social Hall at Holy Family Church. This will include all weekend and weekday Masses until further notice. Mass will return to the church proper on the morning of Easter Vigil Saturday. CAN YOU HELP return the furnishings of our worship space by coming at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, March 31?
Bookkeeper Position OPEN: Holy Family Church in McGregor, MN is hiring to fill a Part-Time position. Provides bookkeeping assistance to the Pastor and Finance Council for Holy Family Church and Our Lady of Fatima Chapel. Bookkeeping to provide financial reports, checks for vendors and payroll functions. Training regarding office procedure and internal procedures will be provided as well as use of Diocese CDM accounting software. Work schedule Wednesday of each week. Pay based on experience and skills. Call Tuesday, Thursday or Friday 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at 218 768 2702 to apply. Please pass this on to anyone who may be interested.
WELCOME! We are pleased to announce that Christina (Chris) McCarty has accepted the position of Secretary. Her hours will be 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday and Friday beginning Tuesday, January 2. She will be a wonderful addition to the staff for our churches at Holy Family and Our Lady of Fatima.
WELCOME JIM TRATTAR to the Maintenance Position. Holy Family Church in McGregor, MN has hired Jim as of Wednesday, January 10, to serve the needs of Holy Family Church and Rectory campus. If you have needs to be reported on behalf of Holy Family Church you can call: 218-768-2702 Tuesday, Thursday or Friday 9:30 to 4:00.
Are you an actual member of Holy Family or Our Lady of Fatima? You may think so because you have been attending faithfully, but have you actually ever filled out a Parish Registration form? If you are not sure, please complete a registration form and return it at your convenience. (Single young people out of school are requested to register as adult members.) An Application for Membership form can be found on the “About Us” page at the top. It is an Adobe Acrobat .pdf file which you can open and print to fill in your information and drop off at or mail to the church. You can also find these forms in the Narthex of Holy Family Church.
THE HINGE: This is the newsletter of the Duluth Diocesan Council of Catholic Women. Find it on the Ministries page–under Council of Catholic Women.
Don’t miss Fr. K.K.’s Biography and story of his calling to the priesthood on the Staff page. Just click on Father’s name and his biography and story will appear. The story of his calling is as in John 15:16 “It was not you who chose me. It was I who chose you.”
Monday, NO Mass
The rosary is prayed before each scheduled Mass.
Tuesday, Mass at 9:00 a.m.
Wednesday, Mass at 9:00 a.m.
Thursday, Mass at 9:00 a.m.
Friday, Mass at 9:00 a.m. (Stations of the Cross at 5:30 p.m. followed by soup supper in Lower Social Hall)
Saturday, Mass at 5:30 p.m. at Holy Family
Sunday, Mass at 8:45 a.m. at Holy Family
Sunday, Mass at 11:30 a.m. at Our Lady of Fatima
Feast Days This Week
Monday, March 19 through Sunday, March 25
Monday, 3/19, St Joseph, Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Solemnity) Collect: Grant, we pray, almighty God, that by Saint Joseph’s intercession your Church may constantly watch over the unfolding of the mysteries of human salvation, whose beginnings you entrusted to his faithful care. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Tuesday, 3/20 5th Week of Lent Collect: Grant us, we pray, O Lord, perseverance in obeying your will, that in our days the people dedicated to your service may grow in both merit and number. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Wednesday, 3/21 5th Week of Lent Collect: Enlighten, O God of compassion, the hearts of your children, sanctified by penance, and in your kindness grant those you stir to a sense of devotion a gracious hearing when they cry out to you. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Thursday, 3/22 5th Week of Lent Collect: Be near, O Lord, to those who plead before you, and look kindly on those who place their hope in your mercy, that, cleansed from the stain of their sins, they may persevere in holy living and be made full heirs of your promise. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Friday, 3/23 St. Turibius of Mogrovejo, Bishop (Optional Memorial) Collect: O God, who gave increase to your Church through the apostolic labors and zeal for truth of the Bishop Saint Turibius, grant that the people consecrated to you may always receive new growth in faith and holiness. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Saturday, 3/24 5th Week of Lent Collect: O God, who have made all those reborn in Christ a chosen race and a royal priesthood, grant us, we pray, the grace to will and to do what you command, that the people called to eternal life may be one in the faith of their hearts and the homage of their deeds. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Sunday, 3/25, Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord Prayer and Blessing of the Palms: Dear brethren (brothers and sisters), since the beginning of Lent until now we have prepared our hearts by penance and charitable works. Today we gather together to herald with the whole Church the beginning of the celebration of our Lord’s Paschal Mystery, that is to say of his Passion and Resurrection. For it was to accomplish this mystery that he entered his own city of Jerusalem. Therefore, with all faith and devotion, let us commemorate the Lord’s entry into the city for our salvation, following in his footsteps, so that, being made by his partakers of the Cross, we may have a share also in his Resurrection and in his life. Amen Blessing: Almighty ever-living God, sanctify these branches with your blessing, that we, who follow Christ the King in exultation, may reach the eternal Jerusalem through him. Who lives and reigns for ever and ever. Amen OR Increase the faith of those who place their hope in you, O God, and graciously hear the prayers of those who call on you, that we, who today hold high these branches to hail Christ in his triumph, may bear fruit for you by good works accomplished in him. Who lives and reigns for ever and ever. Amen. Collect: Almighty ever-living God, who as an example of humility for the human race to follow caused our Savior to take flesh and submit to the Cross, graciously grant that we may heed his lesson of patient suffering and so merit a share in his Resurrection. Who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Gospel–Ash Wednesday–February 14
Gospel MT 6:1-6, 16-18 Jesus said to his disciples: “Take care not to perform righteous deeds in order that people may see them; otherwise, you will have no recompense from your heavenly Father. When you give alms, do not blow a trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets to win the praise of others. Amen, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you give alms, do not let your left hand know what your right is doing, so that your almsgiving may be secret. And your Father who sees in secret will repay you.
“When you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, who love to stand and pray in the synagogues and on street corners so that others may see them. Amen, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you pray, go to your inner room, close the door, and pray to your Father in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will repay you.
“When you fast, do not look gloomy like the hypocrites. They neglect their appearance, so that they may appear to others to be fasting. Amen, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face, so that you may not appear to be fasting, except to your Father who is hidden. And your Father who sees what is hidden will repay you.”
If you would like to add a loved one to the prayer chain, please send an email to Holy Family Church with the name of the person needing prayers.
Our faith community has a group of people who pray for those on our prayer chain.
The prayer chain is updated and printed every month – it can be found in the narthex at Holy Family. At Our Lady of Fatima, ask for a copy.