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 12 – 19

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENTS:

Brainerd Deanery Council of Catholic Women Spring Convention – May 21, 2019, St. Francis Church, Brainerd
Register by May 15th to help plan for food and materials, $15.  Make check payable to BDCC and send to Linda Braynard 500 8th Avenue, #111, Ironton, MN 56455.  Questions, call Pat Walsh at 218-831-0580.  

The speakers for the day are Britt Johnson (Live Your Discipleship) and Dan Johnson (Following! How to know if you are on the right path).  Registration and refreshments at 8:30-9:15 a.m.  9:15-9:30 opening prayer, 9:30-10 welcome by Fr. Tony Wroblewski and meeting, 10-10:45 Speaker Dan Johnson, 10:45-11 break, 11-Noon Mass and installation of officers, noon – 1:15 lunch, 1:15-2 speaker Britt Johnson, 2-:215 Bag raffle winners and closing prayer. 

MEMORIAL DAY MASS on Monday, May 27, 2019, at St. Anthony Cemetery, McGrath at 10 a.m.

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

  • Saturday, May 11, 2019 at 7 p.m.
  • May 19, 2019
  • May 26, 2019
  • June 2, 2019
  • June 9, 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 5/12 – 5/19

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.)

  • May 19, 2019
  • May 26, 2019
  • Monday, May 27, 2019 – MEMORIAL DAY MASS at St. Anthony Cemetery at 10 a.m.
  • June 2, 2019
  • June 9, 2019

Feast Days This Week

May 12 – 19

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

Sunday, May 12, 4th Sunday of Easter  Collect: Almighty ever-living God, lead us to a share in the joys of heaven, so that the humble flock may reach where the brave Shepherd has gone before.  Who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.  Amen.

Jesus said: “My sheep hear my voice; I know them, and they follow me.  I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish.  No one can take them out of my hand.”  -John 10:27-28

Monday, May 13, Our Lady of Fatima (Optional Memorial) Collect: O God, who chose the Mother of your Son to be our Mother also, grant us that, persevering in penance and prayer for the salvation of the world, we may further more effectively each day the reign of Christ.  Who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,one God, for ever and ever.  Amen.

Tuesday, May 14, Saint 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.

As a hidden disciple – that is, one about whom little is known – St. Matthias points the way for us, most of whom live hidden lives. -A Year of Celebration

Wednesday, May 15, Saint 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.

Thursday, May 16, 4th Week of Easter Collect: O God, who restore human nature to yet greater dignity than at is 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, May 17, 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, May 18, Saint 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.

Sunday, May 19, 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 with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.  Amen.

The Resurrection of Jesus is the crowing truth of our faith in Christ  -Catechism of the Catholic Church, 638

“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