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 14 – May 20

MARK YOUR CALENDAR:

CCW ECUMENICAL BABY SHOWER FOR BIRTHRIGHT: JUNE 13 AT 11:30 A.M. SEE FLYER FOR MORE DETAILS BELOW–CLICK ON ADOBE ACROBAT FILE TO OPEN.

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BIRTHRIGHT DISPLAY IN THE NARTHEX: During the month of May, as the month of the Blessed Virgin Mary and in remembrance of mothers, please see the display for your opportunity to donate either cash or layette items which will be given to Birthright at the end of the month. Please be generous!

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 5/14 – 5/20

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.
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

First Friday of every month at 8:00 a.m. Exposition and Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament

Feast Days This Week

Week of May 14 through May 20

Monday, May 14 through Sunday, May 20

Monday, 5/14, St. Matthias, Apostle (Feast) Collect: O God, who assigned Saint Matthias a place in the college of Apostles, grant us, through his intercession, that, rejoicing at how your love has been allotted to us, we may merit to be numbered among the elect. 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, 5/15 St. Isidore (Optional Memorial) Collect: Lord God, to whom belongs all creation, and who call us to serve you by caring for the gifts that surround us, inspire us by the example of Saint Isidore to share our food with the hungry and to work for the salvation of all people. 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, 5/16 7th Week of Easter Collect: Graciously grant to your Church, O merciful God, that, gathered by the Holy Spirit, she may be devoted to you with all her heart and united in purity of intent. 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, 5/17 7th Week of Easter Collect: May your Spirit, O Lord, we pray, imbue us powerfully with spiritual gifts, that he may give us a mind pleasing to you and graciously conform us to your will. 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, 5/18 St. John I, Pope and Martyr (Optional Memorial) Collect: O God, who reward faithful souls and who have consecrated this day by the martyrdom of Pope Saint John the First, graciously hear the prayers of your people and grant that we, who venerate his merits, may imitate his 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.

Saturday, 5/19 7th Week of Easter Collect: Grant, we pray, almighty God, that we, who have celebrated the paschal festivities, may by your gift hold fast to them in the way that we live our lives. 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, 5/20, PENTICOST SUNDAY (Mass during the day.)Entrance Antiphon: The love of God has been poured into our hearts through the Spirit of God dwelling within us, alleluia. Collect: O God, who by the mystery of today’s great feast sanctify your whole Church in every people and nation, pour out, we pray, the gifts of the Holy Spirit across the face of the earth and, with the divine grace that was at work when the Gospel was first proclaimed, fill now once more the hearts of believers. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns for ever and ever. Amen. “In faith, let us invoke the Spirit, the Lord and Giver of life, that he may renew the face of the earth, be a source of healing for our wounded world, and reconcile the hearts of all men and women with God the Creator.” —Pope Francis “Rejoicing and eternal praise be to you, my Lord Jesus Christ, who sent the Holy Spirit into the hearts of your disciples.” —St. Bridget of Sweden

“By dying for others, the Word banished death for all mankind.” —St. Athanasius

“Let us love one another, because love is of god, everyone who loves is begotten by God and knows God.” —i John 4:7

“Jesus loves us. He does what he teaches. He forgives his enemies. His teaching is good.” —St. Peter Chanel

“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

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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