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

October 14-21

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENTS:

No Holy Hour at Holy Family  Thursday, October 18th.  This will resume on October 25, 2018.

Brainerd Deanery Council of Catholic Women Fall Conference – October 23, 2018  
For more information please check out the CCW information on the Ministries page.

CCW Annual Support.  Council of Catholic Women (CCW) October begins the annual donation request.  Look for your donation envelope or one you will find in the church pews during the month of October.  Throughout the year CCW provides Holy Family Parish with many donations to projects which provide assistance with church and rectory maintenance and upgrades, funeral lunches, religious education programs and so many more.  Please consider a donation which will benefit the men, women and youth of our parish faith community in so many ways.

Our Lady of Fatima Hunting Opener Mass on Saturday, November 3, 2018 at 7 p.m.

Adoration and Vespers – Holy Family 
Holy Family will now offer a Holy Hour every Thursday evening except October 18, 2018, 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.  Thursday Holy Hour will begin September 27, 2018.

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.

Fr. David is also considering scheduling a Holy Hour for Holy Family. Please watch the bulletin and this Website for this future information.

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 USE OF THAT CHAPEL IN THE FUTURE.

NOTE: HOLY FAMILY CHURCH OFFICE IS NOW CLOSED. PLEASE SEE CONTACT INFORMATION FOR THE OFFICE AT ST. JAMES IN AITKIN ON THE “STAFF” PAGE OR “ABOUT US” PAGE.

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.

Bishop Sirba letter regarding the decision of the Strategic Planning future of Holy Family Church and Our Lady of Fatima available below. To print, please click on the .pdf document below.

BISHOP SIRBA LETTER_5_19_18

Click on image below to enlarge.

BISHOP SIRBA LETTER_5_19_18

Liturgy Schedule

Week of 10/14 – 10/21

The rosary is prayed at 7:30 a.m. prior to 8:00 a.m. Sunday Mass.

PLEASE NOTE NEW MASS SCHEDULE beginning July 15:

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.

Our Lady of Fatima Hunting opener Mass on Saturday, November 3, 2018 at 7 pm.

NOTE: Watch the bulletin and this Website for special Masses to be celebrated at Our Lady of Fatima. This may include holidays (such as Memorial Day, 4th of July weekend and Labor Day) and such days as Fishing Opener and Hunting Opener (1st weekend). The “Openers” would be on Saturday night at 7:00 p.m. and the holidays would be Sundays at 10:00 a.m. These Masses are yet to be determined as of July 22, 2018.

 

Feast Days This Week

October 14 – 21

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

Sunday,  October 14, 28th Sunday in Ordinary Time  Collect: May your grace, O Lord, we pray, at all times go before us and follow after and make us always determined to carry out good works.  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 word of God is living and effective, sharper than any two-edged sword, penetrating even between soul and spirit, joints and marrow, and able to discern reflections and thoughts of the heart.”  -Hebrews 4:12

Monday, October 15, Saint Teresa of Jesus, Virgin and Doctor of the Church (Memorial)  Collect: O God, who through your Spirit raised up Saint Teresa of Jesus to show the Church the way to seek perfection, grant that we may always be nourished by the food of her heavenly teaching and fired with longing for true holiness.  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 nothing disturb you, nothing frighten you; all things are passing; God never changes.” – St. Teresa of Jesus

Tuesday, October 16, Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque, Virgin (Optional Memorial)  Collect: Pour out on us, we pray, O Lord, the spirit with which you so remarkably endowed Saint Margaret Mary, so that we may come to know that love of Christ which surpasses all understanding and be utterly filled with your fullness.  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, October 17, Saint Ignatius of Antioch, Bishop and Martyr (Memorial)  Collect: Almighty ever-living God, who adorn the sacred body of your Church with the confessions of holy Martyrs, grant, we pray, that, just as the glorious passion of Saint Ignatius of Antioch, which we celebrate today, brought him eternal splendor, so it may be for us unending protection.  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.

“A Christian is not his own master, since all his time belongs to God.”  – St. Ignatius of Antioch

Thursday, October 18, Saint Luke, Evangelist (Feast) Collect: Lord God, who chose Saint Luke to reveal by his preaching and writings the mystery of your love for the poor, grant that those who already glory in your name may persevere as one heart and one soul and that all nations may merit to see your salvation.  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.

“We should thank St. Luke today for bringing good tidings to mankind because he was a faithful instrument in the hands of the Holy Spirit.” – Fr. Francis Fernandez

Friday, October 19, Saints John de Brebeuf and Isaac Jogues, Priests, and Companions, Martyrs (Memorial)  Collect: O God, who chose to manifest the blessed hope of your eternal Kingdom by the toil of Saints John de Brefeuf, Isaac Jogues and their companions and by the shedding of their blood, graciously grant that through the intercession the faith of Christians may be strengthened day by day.  Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who live and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

“My hope is in God, who does not need our help to accomplish his designs.  We must endeavor to be faithful to him.”  – St. Isaac Jogues

Saturday, October 20, Saint Paul of the Cross, Priest (Optional Memorial)  Collect: May the Priest Saint Paul, whose only love was the Cross, obtain for us your grace, O Lord, so that,  urged on more strongly by his example, we may each embrace our own cross with courage.  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 us throw ourselves into the ocean of [God’s] goodness, where every failing will be canceled and anxiety turned into love.  – St. Paul of the Cross

Sunday, October 21, 29th Sunday in Ordinary Time  Collect: Almighty ever-living God, grant that we may always conform our will to yours and serve your majesty in sincerity of heart.  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.

 

“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