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 19 – February 25

MARK YOUR CALENDAR:

WEEKDAY MASSES: The only church door to be open on weekdays for Mass will be the back entrance to the church just outside the social hall (opposite the rectory basement/office door.)

FAST AND ABSTINENCE DURING LENT: Every person 14 years of age or older must abstain from meat (and items made with meat) on Ash Wednesday, Good Friday, and all the Fridays of Lent. Every person between the age of 18 and 59 (beginning of 60th year) must fast on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. People should abstain from just meat and poultry on Ash Wednesday and every Friday during Lent. There is no obligation to fast on the six Sundays in Lent. Dairy, eggs and fish may still be eaten. A rule of thumb is that the two meals should not add up to the equivalent of another full meal. Fasting is abstaining from food between meals. Lent is the season that precedes the greatest feast day: Easter, which marks the day when Christians celebrate Jesus’s resurrection and triumph over death.

FRIDAY STATIONS OF THE CROSS: All Fridays during Lent through March 23, Stations of the Cross will be prayed beginning at 5:30 p.m. in our new church space. On all Fridays following the stations, there will be a soup supper in the Lower Social Hall. Please join us!

NEW LOCATION FOR MASS AT HOLY FAMILY: Please note that beginning with Mass on Tuesday, February 6, 2018, Mass will be celebrated in the upper Social Hall at Holy Family Church. This will include all weekend and weekday Masses until further notice. Mass at Our Lady of Fatima will remain the same.

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.

WELCOME! We are pleased to announce that Christina (Chris) McCarty has accepted the position of Secretary. Her hours will be 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday and Friday beginning Tuesday, January 2. She will be a wonderful addition to the staff for our churches at Holy Family and Our Lady of Fatima.

WELCOME JIM TRATTAR to the Maintenance Position. Holy Family Church in McGregor, MN has hired Jim as of Wednesday, January 10, 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 2/19 – 2/25

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. (Stations of the Cross at 5:30 p.m. followed by soup supper–Lower Social Hall.)
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 February 19 through February 25

Monday, February 19 through Sunday, February 25

Monday, 2/19, 1st Week of Lent Entrance Antiphon: Like the eyes of slaves on the hand of their lords, so our eyes are on the Lord our God, till he show us his mercy. Have mercy on us, Lord, have mercy.Cf. Ps 123 (122:2-3 Collect: Convert us, O God our Savior, and instruct our minds by heavenly teaching, that we may benefit from the works of Lent. 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, 2/20 1st Week of Lent Entrance Antiphon: O Lord, you have been our refuge, from generation to generation; from age to age, you are. Cf. Ps 90 (89):1-2 Collect: Look upon your family, Lord, that, through the chastening effects of bodily discipline, our minds may be radiant in your presence with the strength of our yearning for 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, 2/21 St. Peter Damian, Bishop and Doctor of the Church (Optional Memorial)Entrance Antiphon: Remember your compassion, O Lord, and your merciful love, for they are from of old. Let not our enemies exult over us. Redeem us, O God of Israel, from all our distress. Cf. Ps 25 (24):6, 2, 22 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.

Thursday, 2/22 The Chair of St Peter the Apostle (Feast) Entrance Antiphon: The Lord says to Simon Peter: I have prayed for you that your faith may not fail, and, once you have turned back, strengthen your brothers. Lk 22:32 Collect: Grant, we pray, almighty God that no tempests 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.

Friday, 2/23 St. Polycarp, Bishop and Martyr (Optional Memorial) Entrance Antiphon: Set me free from my distress, O Lord. See my lowliness and suffering, and take away all my sins. Cf. Ps 25 (24):17-18 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.

Saturday, 2/24 1st Week of Lent Entrance Antiphon: The law of the Lord is perfect; it revives the soul. The decrees of the Lord are steadfast; they give wisdom to the simple. Cf. Ps 19 (18):8 Collect: Turn our hearts to you, eternal Father, and grant that, seeking always the one thing necessary and carrying out works of charity, we may be dedicated to your worship. 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, 2/25, Second Sunday of Lent Entrance Antiphon: Remember your compassion, O Lord, and your merciful love, for they are from of old. Let not our enemies exult over us. Redeem us, O God of Israel, from all our distress. Cf. Ps 25 (24):6, 2, 22 Collect: O God, who have commanded us to listen to your beloved Son, be pleased, we pray, to nourish us inwardly by your word, that, with spiritual sight made pure, we may rejoice to behold your glory. 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.

Gospel–Ash Wednesday–February 14
Gospel MT 6:1-6, 16-18 Jesus said to his disciples: “Take care not to perform righteous deeds in order that people may see them; otherwise, you will have no recompense from your heavenly Father. When you give alms, do not blow a trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets to win the praise of others. Amen, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you give alms, do not let your left hand know what your right is doing, so that your almsgiving may be secret. And your Father who sees in secret will repay you.

“When you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, who love to stand and pray in the synagogues and on street corners so that others may see them. Amen, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you pray, go to your inner room, close the door, and pray to your Father in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will repay you.

“When you fast, do not look gloomy like the hypocrites. They neglect their appearance, so that they may appear to others to be fasting. Amen, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face, so that you may not appear to be fasting, except to your Father who is hidden. And your Father who sees what is hidden will repay you.”

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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