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

April 16 – April 29

MARK YOUR CALENDAR:

CCW Meeting: Friday, May 4, in the Upper Social Hall following the 9:00 a.m. Mass. Please also join us for Adoration and Benediction at 8:00 a.m.

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.

CHRIS McCARTY accepted the position of Secretary beginning January 2018. Her hours are 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.

JIM TRATTAR accepted the Maintenance Position at Holy Family Church in McGregor, as of January 2018 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.”

Liturgy Schedule

Week of 4/16 – 4/29

Monday, NO Mass

The rosary is prayed before each scheduled Mass.

Week of 4/16 through 4/22
Tuesday, NO MASS
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. 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

Week of 4/23 through 4/29
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. 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

Week of April 16 through April 29

Monday, April 16 through Sunday, April 22

Monday, 4/16, 3rd Week of Easter Collect: Grant, we pray, almighty God, that, putting off our old self with all its ways, we may live as Christ did, for through the healing paschal remedies you have conformed us to his nature. Who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Tuesday, 4/17 3rd Week of Easter Collect: O God, who open wide the gates of the heavenly Kingdom to those reborn of water and the Holy Spirit, pour out on your servants an increase of the grace you have bestowed, that, having been purged of all sins, they may lack nothing that in your kindness you have promised. 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, 4/18 3rd Week of Easter Collect: Be present to your family, O Lord, we pray, and graciously ensure those you have endowed with the grace of faith an eternal share in the Resurrection of your Only Begotten Son. Who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Thursday, 4/19 3rd Week of Easter Collect: Almighty ever-living God, let us feel your compassion more readily during these days when, by your gift, we have known it more fully, so that those you have freed from the darkness of error may cling more firmly to the teachings of your truth. 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, 4/20 3rd Week of Easter Collect: Grant, we pray, almighty God, that we, who have come to know the grace of the Lord’s Resurrection, may, through the love of the Spririt, ourselves rise to newness of life. 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, 4/21 St. Anselm, Bishop and Doctor of the Church (Optional Memorial) Collect: O God, who led the bishop Saint Anselm to seek out and teach the depths of your wisdom, grant, we pray, that our faith in you may so aid our understanding, that what we believe by your command may give delight to our hearts. 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, 4/22, 4th Sunday of Easter Collect: Almighty ever-living God, lead us to share in the joys of heaven, so that the humble flock may reach where the brave Shepherd has gone before. Who lives and reigns for ever and ever. Amen. “Is Our Lord not always the Good Shepherd, the Divine Consoler, The Changeless Friend?” —St. Peter Julian Eymard

Monday, April 23 through Sunday, April 29

Monday, 4/23, St. George, Martyr (Optional Memorial) Collect: Extolling your might, O Lord, we humbly implore you, that, as Saint George imitated the Passion of the Lord, so he may lend us ready help in our weakness. 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, 4/24 St. Fidelis of Sigmaringen, Priest and Martyr (Optional Memorial) Collect: O God, who were pleased to award the palm of martyrdom to Saint Fidelis as, burning with love for you, he propagated the faith, grant, we pray, through his intercession, that, we pray, through his intercession, that, grounded in charity, we may merit to know with him the power of the Resurrection of Christ. Who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Wednesday, 4/25 St. Mark, Evangelist (Feast) Collect: O God, who raised up Saint Mark, your Evangelist, and endowed him with the grace to preach the Gospel, grant, we pray, that we may so profit from his teachjing as to follow faithfully in the footsteps of Christ. Who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Thursday, 4/26 4th Week of Easter Collect: O God, who restore human nature to yet greater dignity than as its beginnings, look upon the amazing mystery of your loving kindness, and in those you have chosen to make new through the wonder of rebirth may you preserve the gifts of your enduring grace and blessing. 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, 4/27 4th Week of Easter Collect: O God, author of our freedom and of our salvation, listen to the voice of our pleading and grant that those you have redeemed by the shedding of your Son’s Blood may have life through you and, under your protection, rejoice for ever unharmed. 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, 4/28 St. Peter Chanel, Priest and Martyr (Optional Memorial) Collect: O God, who for the spreading of your Church crowned Saint Peter Chanel with martyrdom, grant that, in these days of paschal joy, we may so celebrate the mysteries of Christ’s Death and Resurrection as to bear worthy witness to newness of life. 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. “Jesus loves us. He does what he teaches. He forgives his enemies. His teaching is good.” —St. Peter Chanel

Sunday, 4/29, 5th Sunday of Easter Collect: Almighty ever-living God, constantly accomplish the Paschal Mystery within us, that those you were pleased to make new in Holy Baptism may, under your protective care, bear much fruit and come to the joys of life eternal. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your son, who lives and reigns for ever and ever. Amen.

“The Risen One goes before us and he accompanies us along the paths of the world. He is our hope. He is the true peace of the world.” —Pope Benedict XVI

“We shall steer safely through every storm, as long as our heart is right, our intention fervent, our courage steadfast, and our trust fixed in God.” —St. Francis de Sales

“Jesus showed the signs of his passion even to the point of allowing Doubting Thomas to touch him . . . indeed, in touching the Lord’s wounds, the hesitant disciple not only heals his own diffidence but also ours.” —Pope Benedict XVI

Easter quote: “Let us not allow ourselves to be robbed of the basis of our hope, which is this: Christ is risen! Let us not deprive the world of the joyful message of the resurrection!” —Pope Francis

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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