Holy Family Catholic Church ~ McGregor, MN

Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church ~ McGrath, MN

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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!

Special Announcements

January 20 – January 27

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENTS:

Our Lady of Fatima Chapel (McGrath) Mass Schedule:  (All Masses are at 10 a.m.)

  • January 27, 2019
  • February 3, 2019
  • February 10, 2019
  • February 17, 2019
  • February 24, 2019
  • March 3, 2019

 

Holy Hour at Holy Family Thursdays from 5-6 pm.

Adoration and Vespers – Holy Family 
Holy Family will now offer a Holy Hour every Thursday evening from 5-6 p.m.  This hour will include quiet time to be with the Lord, Vespers and Benediction.  You may come for the whole hour or just stop in for a few minutes to pray.

TO REACH FR. DAVID: Fr. David does have his email published but does not check it often. It is preferred that you email thoughts and requests to Aggie LaCore at aggie@aitkincatholic.org as she will give Fr. David all messages intended for him. He only checks his email occasionally and does not correspond with email. If you use Fr. David’s personal cell phone number, he prefers that you please use text only if possible. He will be able to respond more quickly to texts than to voice calls.

SEE FR. DAVID FORSMAN’S INTRODUCTION AND BIO ON THE STAFF PAGE UNDER HIS INFORMATION AND CLICK ON “LEARN MORE.”

BULLETIN ANNOUNCEMENT: SEE OUR NEW BULLETIN ON THE “Bulletins” page. 

SEE THE “WORSHIP SCHEDULE” PAGE FOR MORE DETAILS ABOUT OUR LADY OF FATIMA AND THE UPCOMING MASS SCHEDULE.

NOTE: HOLY FAMILY CHURCH OFFICE IS NOW CLOSED. PLEASE SEE CONTACT INFORMATION FOR THE OFFICE AT ST. JAMES IN AITKIN ON THE “STAFF” PAGE OR “ABOUT US” PAGE.

Are you an actual member of Holy Family? 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.

Liturgy Schedule

Week of 1/20- 1/27

The rosary is prayed at 7:30 a.m. prior to 8:00 a.m. Sunday Mass.

Holy Family:
Confession: Sunday @ 7:15 to 7:45 a.m.
Confession by appointment is also welcomed by Fr. David. (See contact information of the “Staff” page.)
Mass: Sunday @ 8:00 a.m.

St. James:
Confession: Saturday @ 10:00 to 10:45 a.m.; 4:00 to 4:45 p.m.
Confession: Confession by appointment is also welcomed by Fr. David
Mass: Saturday @ 5:00 p.m.; Sunday @ 10:00 a.m.

Daily Mass will be in Aitkin from Tues. – Friday at 8:30 a.m. with Rosary at 8:05 a.m.

Masses to be celebrated at Our Lady of Fatima Chapel (10 a.m.)

  • January 20, 2019
  • January 27, 2019
  • February 3, 2019
  • February 10, 2019
  • February 17, 2019
  • February 24, 2019

Feast Days This Week

January 20 – 27

For the full Daily Mass Scripture Readings please look under Links of Interest -Catholic Links – at the bottom of this page.

Sunday, January 20, 2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time  Collect: Almighty ever-living God, who govern all things, both in heaven and on earth, mercifully hear the pleading of your people and bestow your peace on our times.  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.

“Mary can teach us kindness…”They have no wine,” she told Jesus at Cana.  Let us, like her, be aware of the needs of the poor, be they spiritual or material, and let us, like her, give generously of the love and grace we are granted.” -St. Teresa of Calcutta

Monday, January 21, Saint Agnes, Virgin and Martyr (Memorial)  Collect: Almighty ever-living God, who choose what is weak in the world to confound the strong, mercifully grant, that we, who celebrate the heavenly birthday of your Martyr Saint Agnes, may follow her constancy in the faith.  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, January 22, 2nd Week in Ordinary Time  Collect: Almighty ever-living God, who govern all things, both in heaven and on earth, mercifully hear the pleading of your people and bestow your peace on our times.  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.

“You are called to stand up for life!  To respect and defend the mystery of life always and everywhere, including the lives of unborn babies, giving real help and encouragement to mothers in difficult situations.  You are called to work and pray against abortion.” -St. John Paul II

Wednesday, January 23, Saint Vincent, Deacon and Martyr (Optional Memorial) Collect: Almighty ever-living God, mercifully pour out your Spirit upon us, so that our hearts may possess that strong love by which the Martyr Saint Vincent triumphed over all bodily torments.  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, January 24, Saint Francis de Sales, Bishop and Doctor of the Church (Memorial) Collect: O God, who for the salvation of souls willed that the Bishop Saint Francis de Sales become all things to all, graciously grant that, following his example, we may always display the gentleness of your charity in the service of our neighbor.  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.

“Great deeds may not always come our way, but at all times we can do little deeds with perfection, that is, with love.”  -St. Francis de Sales

Friday, January 25, The Conversion of Saint Paul the Apostle (Feast)  Collect: O God, who taught the whole world through the preaching of the blessed Apostle Paul, draw us, we pray, nearer to you through the example of him whose conversion we celebrate today, and so make us witnesses to your truth in the world.  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.

“The same Jesus who touched Saul is ready and able to transform each of us, setting us on fire with his love.” -A Year of Celebration

Saturday, January 26, Saints Timothy and Titus, Bishops (Memorial)  Collect: O God, who adorned Saints Timothy and Titus with apostolic virtues, grant, through the intercession of them both, that, living justly and devoutly in this present age, we may merit to reach our heavenly homeland.  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, January 27, 3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time  Collect: Almighty ever-living God, direct our actions according to your good pleasure, that in the name of your beloved Son we may abound in good works.  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.

“Today is holy to the Lord your God.  Do not be sad, and do not weep…for rejoicing in the Lord must be your strength!  -Nehemiah 8:9-10

“I am the Lord’s poor servant; to him alone, the living God, I have offered all in sacrifice; I have nothing else to give; I offer him myself.”  -Antiphon, Liturgy of the Hours, Memorial of St. Lucy

“Following Christ means leaving behind, sometimes at great cost, everything that is incompatible with true discipleship and embarking upon a new life.” —Pope Benedict XVI

“Each year, Lent . . . stimulates us to rediscover the mercy of God so that we, in turn, become more merciful toward our brothers and sisters.” —Pope Benedict XVI

“During Lent let us improve our spirit of prayer and recollection. Let us free our minds from all that is not Jesus.” —St. Teresa of Calcutta

PRAYER REQUESTS

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.

LINKS OF INTEREST