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

May 22 – 31

MAY IS “MOTHER’S MONTH” and an opportunity for you to contribute to the pro-life mission. Please visit the display in the Narthex at Holy Family during this month to contribute. Envelopes are available for cash/check donations–new or “gently used” baby clothing or layette items may be placed in the basket. After the last weekend in May, all donated items will be delivered to Birthright in Brainerd. Please help us with this worthwhile pro-life mission.

We welcome our new Secretary, Steffanie Sanford. See the “Staff” page for contact information and new days and hours.

Also see that same page for Genevieve “Skye” Fiedler’s schedule and hours as bookkeeper.

We are so grateful that we have such talented and skilled staff members who provide us with wonderful support and access for the needs of our parishes.

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.”

Liturgy Schedule

Week of 5/22– 5/28

The Rosary will begin 30 minutes before each scheduled Mass.
Monday, No 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.
Saturday, Mass at 5:30 p.m.
Sunday, Mass at 8:45 a.m. at Holy Family
Mass at 11:30 a.m. at Our Lady of Fatima

“What a blessing it is to know Christ, the Good Shepherd, to know him as the Redeemer who laid down his life for the sheep, to know him as the Risen Lord, the source of everlasting joy and life.” –St. John Paul II

Jesus said to his disciples: “Do not let your hearts be troubled. You have faith in God; have faith also in me.” —John 14:1

“God never tires of forgiving, but at times we get tired of asking for forgiveness. Let us never tire, let us never tire! He is the loving father who always pardons, who has that heart of mercy for us all. ” –Pope Francis

“Let the Risen Jesus enter your life; welcome Him as a friend, with trust: He is life! If up till now you have kept Him at a distance, step forward. He will receive you with open arms . . . He is with you, and He will give you the peace you are looking for and the strength to live as he would have you do.” –Pope Francis

“Let us not forget that the Lord always watches over us with mercy; he always watches over us with mercy. Let us not be afraid of approaching him! He has a merciful heart! If we show him our inner wounds, our inner sins, he will always forgive us. It is pure mercy. Let us go to Jesus! —Pope Francis

MINISTRIES SCHEDULE updated for April and May 2017. See the Ministries page and also click on the Ministries Schedule for each (adobe icon) to print.

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.

Feast Days This Week

Week of May 22

Monday, May 22, through Sunday, May 28

Monday, 5/22, St. Rita of Cascia, Religious (Optional Memorial) Collect: Bestow on us, we pray, O Lord, the wisdom and strength of the Cross, with which you were pleased to endow Saint Rita, so that, suffering in every tribulation with Christ, we may participate ever more deeply in his Paschal Mystery. who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Thursday, 5/25, The Ascension of the Lord (Solemnity) Collect: O God, whose Son today ascended to the heavens as the Apostles looked on, grant, we pray, that, in accordance with his promise, we may be worthy for him to live with us always on earth, and we with him in heaven. Who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen. “Today our Lord Jesus Christ ascended into heaven, let our hearts ascend with him . . .
although he ascended alone, we also ascend, because we are in him by grace.” —St. Augustine

Friday, 5/26, St. Philip Neri, Priest (Memorial) Collect: O God, who never cease to bestow the glory of holiness on the faithful servants you raise up for yourself, graciously grant that the Holy Spirit may kindle in us that fire with which he wonderfully filled the heart of Saint Philip Neri. 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, 5/27 St. Augustine of Canterbury, Bishop (Optional Memorial) Collect: O God, who by the preaching of the Bishop Saint Augustine of Canterbury led the English peoples to the Gospel, grant, we pray, that the fruits of his labors may remain ever abundant in your Church. 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, 5/28, The Ascension of the Lord (Prayers and readings from Thursday, May 25. Otherwise, the 7th Sunday of Easter.) “As we contemplate the mystery of the Ascension, may we too bear joyful witness to the Lord’s resurrection, his loving presence in our midst, and the triumph of his Kingdom of life, holiness and love.” —Pope Francis

Jesus said to his disciples: “Whoever loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and reveal myself to him.” –John 14:21

“Remember always that God is eternal. Work courageously in order one day to be united to him.” –St. Damien de Veuster

Jesus said to his disciples: “Do not let your hearts be troubled. You have faith in God; have faith also in me.” –John 14:1

“What a blessing it is to know Christ, the Good Shepherd, to know him as the Redeemer who laid down his life for the sheep, to know him as the Risen Lord, the source of everlasting joy and life.” –St. John Paul II

“Christ is alive.” This is the great truth which fills our faith with meaning. Jesus, who died on the cross, has risen. He has triumphed over death; he has overcome sorrow, anguish and the power of darkness. –St. Josemaria Escriva

“By word and example, Mark has taught generations of disciples to trust the Lord completely by taking up his cross and following him (Mark 8:34).

“Jesus on the cross feels the whole weight of the evil, and with the force of God’s love he conquers it, he defeats it with his resurrection.” –Pope F

“Jesus’ resurrection has formed a bridge between the world and eternal life over which every man and every woman can cross to reach the true goal of our earthly pilgrimage.” –Pope Benedict XVI

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.

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