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

February 17 – 24

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENTS:

CCW Meetings at Holy Family:

No “formal” CCW meetings will be held at Holy Family from January through April 2019.  Our next schedule meeting will be Friday, May 10, 2019, at 10:00 a.m. in the Social Hall.  Informal meetings may be held during these months if the need arises.  Let Margaret Pavlik know of any needs for a meeting and she will put it in the bulletin and send it out to the email group list.  Thanks to all who participate and keep our organization alive in our church.

Catholic Men and Women’s Conferences

Men of Faith – Men Bearing Witness Conference
Register today for the 8th annual Catholic Men’s Conference, Men of Faith-Men Bearing Witness, scheduled for Saturday, March 9th at Marshall School in Duluth.  Paul George of Adore Ministry will be the featured speaker.  Registration is available at www.duluthcatholicmen.org.  Conference registration is $30 for registrations received on or before February 26th, and $40 for registrations received after February 26th.  Registration deadline is March 4th.

Women of Faith – Conference theme is “Fearless”
Register today for the Catholic Women’s Conference scheduled for Saturday, March 23rd at Marshall School in Duluth.  Sonja Corbitt, a gifted storyteller, will inspire listeners to take on her fears which will ultimately draw them closer to Christ.  In the afternoon there will be a panel of religious sister representing the three orders currently serving in our Diocese.  Registration deadline is March 8th.  For more information go to www.dioceseduluth.org or call the Diocese at 218-724-9111.

 

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

  • February 24, 2019
  • March 3, 2019
  • March 10, 2019
  • March 17, 2019
  • March 24, 2019
  • March 31, 2019
  • April 7, 2019
  • April 14, 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.

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 2/17- 2/24

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.)

  • February 24, 2019
  • March 3, 2019
  • March 10, 2019
  • March 17, 2019
  • March 24, 2019
  • March 31, 2019
  • April 7, 2019
  • April 14, 2019

Feast Days This Week

February 17 – 24

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

Sunday, February 17, 6th Sunday in Ordinary Time Collect: O God, who teach us that you abide in hearts that are just and true, grant that we may be so fashioned by your grace as to become a dwelling pleasing 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.

Monday, February 18, 6th Week in Ordinary Time Collect: O God, who teach us that you abide in hearts that are just and true, grant that we may be so fashioned by your grace as to become a dwelling pleasing 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.

Tuesday, February 19, 6th Week in Ordinary Time  Collect: O God, who teach us that you abide in hearts that are just and true, grant that we may be so fashioned by your grace as to become a dwelling pleasing 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.

Wednesday, February 20, 6th Week in Ordinary Time  Collect: O God, who teach us that you abide in hearts that are just and true, grant that we may be so fashioned by your grace as to become a dwelling pleasing 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, February 21, Saint Peter Damian, Bishop and Doctor of the Church (Optional Memorial) Collect: Grant, we pray, almighty God, that we may so follow the teaching and example of the Bishop Saint Peter Damian, that, putting nothing before Christ and always ardent in the service of your Church, we may be led to the joys of eternal light.  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.

“Let Christ always abide in your heart by the fire of his love.” -St. Peter Damian

Friday, February 22, The Chair of Saint Peter the Apostle (Feast)  Collect: Grant, we pray, almighty God, that no tempest may disturb us, for you have set us fast on the rock of the Apostle Peter’s confession of 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, February 23, Saint Polycarp, Bishop and Martyr (Memorial)  Collect: God of all creation, who were pleased to give the Bishop Saint Polycarp a place in the company of the Martyrs, grant, through his intercession, that, sharing with him in the chalice of Christ, we may rise through the Holy Spirit to eternal 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.

“Help one another with the generosity of the Lord, and despise no one.  When you have the opportunity to do good, do not let it go by.” -St. Polycarp

Sunday, February 24, 7th Sunday in Ordinary Time  Collect: Grant, we pray, almighty God, that, always pondering spiritual things, we may carry out in both word and deed that which is pleasing 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.

“Bless the Lord, O my soul; and all my being, bless his holy name.  Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits.”  -Psalm 103:1-2

“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