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

July 14 – 21

No masses scheduled at Our Lady of Fatima Chapel until further notice.

Totus Tuus – July 14-19

Join us for a fun and faith-filled week!  Learn about the Sacraments and the Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary while growing in your relationship with the Lord!  

Youth grades 7-12 are invited to join the Totus Tuus team at St. James in Aitkin July 14-18 from 7-9 each evening for prayer, education, and fun.  Even if you are only able to attend one or two evenings, please come when you can!

Totus Tuus begins Monday, July 15 for the elementary students grades K-6 and continues through the week of July 15-19 from 9-2:30 each day, with the exception of Friday, which ends at 1:30.  The Totus Tuus team will teach different topics each day.  Students will spend their days with instruction, games, Mass, and other activities.

This is a week not-to-be-missed!  If you have any questions, please contact Marie at 218-839-0680 or Jen at 218-839-0344.

Registration form: Totus Tuus registration form

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENTS:

No masses scheduled at Our Lady of Fatima Chapel (McGrath) until further notice.  

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:  763-227-7968 or email fatherforsman@gmail.com

Office: 218-927-6581, email aggie@aitkincatholic.org

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 7/14 – 7/21

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.

Our Lady of Fatima Chapel:
No Masses scheduled at Our Lady of Fatima Chapel until further notice.

Feast Days This Week

July 14 – 21

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

Sunday, July 14, 15th Sunday in Ordinary Time  Collect: O God, who show the light of your truth to those who go astray, so that they may return to the right path, give all who for the faith they profess are accounted Christians the grace to reject whatever is contrary to the name of Christ and to strive after all that does it honor.  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, July 15, Saint Bonaventure, Bishop and Doctor of the Church (Memorial) Collect: Grant, we pray, almighty God, that, just as we celebrate the heavenly birthday of the Bishop Saint Bonaventure, we may benefit from his great learning and constantly imitate the ardor of his charity.  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, July 16, Our Lady of Mount Carmel (Optional Memorial) Collect: May the venerable intercession of the glorious Virgin Mary come to our aid, we pray, O Lord, so that, fortified by her protection, we may reach the mountain which is Christ.  Who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.  Amen.

Wednesday, July 17, 15th Week in Ordinary Time  Collect: O God, who show the light of your truth to those who go astray, so that they may return to the right path, give all who for the faith they profess are accounted Christians the grace to reject whatever is contrary to the name of Christ and to strive after all that does it honor.  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, July 18, Saint Camillus de Lellis, Priest (Optional Memorial)  Collect: O God, who adorned the Priest Saint Camillus with a singular grace of charity towards the sick, pour out upon us, by his merits, a spirit of love for you, so that, serving you in our neighbor, we may, at the hour of our death, pass safely over 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.

Friday, July 19, 15th Week in Ordinary Time  Collect: O God, who show the light of your truth to those who go astray, so that they may return to the right path, give all who for the faith they profess are accounted Christians the grace to reject whatever is contrary to the name of Christ and to strive after all that does it honor.  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, July 20, Saint Apollinaris, Bishop and Martyr (Optional Memorial) Collect: Direct your faithful, Lord, in the way of eternal salvation, which the Bishop Saint Apollinaris showed by his teaching and martyrdom, and grant, through his intercession, that we may so persevere in keeping your commandments as to merit being crowned with him.  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, July 21, 16th Sunday in Ordinary Time  Collect: Show favor, O Lord, to your servants and mercifully increase the gifts of your grace, that, made fervent in hope, faith and charity, they may be ever watchful in keeping your commands.  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.

“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